Schubert piano duet music FREE for your intermediate piano students from Schubert's "12 Valses Nobles opus 77." This particular elegant little waltz is made up almost entirely of chord inversions, solid and broken -- good practice for classical music.
This duet music is an arrangement of just one piece in a series of waltzes. Listen as Lili Kraus plays Franz Schubert Valses Nobles, recorded 1938.
The particular waltz that is arranged here on my page starts at 3:50 and only lasts till 4:26! Short but sweet:
Here is the piano sheet music duet:
Being made up almost entirely of chord inversions, solid and broken, this waltz is good practice for classical music. When you hear it played, you think, "Oh, it sounds rather easy..." but I would not give this duet music to a student who hadn't spent some time playing chord inversions, because this pretty piano duet sheet music takes a bit of skill to play, particularly the Primo.
Schubert's Valse Noble also requires a light touch. In the Primo, most of the measures end with an eighth rest; I instruct my piano players to lift lightly at the end of each phrase, as if taking a breath. While the Primo players are developing grace and refinement in their part, the Secondo must be careful not to THUMP!
The Secondo is composed of left-hand octaves and 3-note chords in the right hand - and "Oom-pah-pah" rhythm, as I tell my students. It's easy to lean too hard into the keyboard with this part of the duet music; I make my Secondo players also lift at the end of the measures so that we can feel the "breathing" of the Primo melody. No, there are no 8th rests there, but it makes the players sound like a unit.
Be picky about the fingering with the chords. Many students panic, seize up, and grab any cluster of fingers when they encounter a non-root chord; they need to be taught standard, usual fingering for chord inversions, and try to apply those fingerings when they meet up with 1st and 2nd inversion forms of chords. I haven't put fingering into the duet; this is a good opportunity to discuss making fingering choices with your student.
Finally, enjoy this lovely, light-hearted duet music! I tell my piano students to remember the lovely waltz music in "The Sound of Music," the party scene, when Fraulein Maria dances with Captain Von Trapp.
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