Easy Piano Songs
Minka in 3 keys & 5 arrangements

Easy piano songs from Russia, four vigorous arrangements and one flowing version of Minka, in three keys.  Download this beginner piano music for your students.

This rendition of Minka by Russian accordian player Alexander Shirunov is wonderful (and I am usually not an accordian fan):

My first arrangement of Minka, in the keys of Dm or Em, has a tricky crossing-over in measures 3 & 4, and a big stretch in the right hand in measure 7.  

Easy piano songs - Minka, or Russian Dance, in 3 keys

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Do NOT give this arrangement to a child who is not able to read the notes and also "hear" the minor melody.  

If they play an F natural in the first line and fail to correct themselves, for example, they are probably not ready for this piece!  Lots of scale preparation, and transposing of Mary Had a Little Lamb (or a similar song) into minor will train their ear.

Make a longer piece out of the melody

Now, this next arrangement in 3 pages is really the same arrangement, but starts high on the piano and jumps down an octave every 8 measures (until the last 16).  

Russian Dance for piano

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Starting with repeated block chords in the left hand, it has a different sound than the short Minka, and though the notes are harder to read, yet it is easier to play, because there isn't the coordination problem of left and right hands for the first 16 measures.

Russian folk song Minka for piano
Russian folk tune Minka for piano

At measure 16, both hands descend another octave, and suddenly the arrangement is just like the short one... but the hands keep moving down.  

By the end of the piece, the chords are sounding deep and a bit rough, perhaps like dancing Cossacks!  (Although some claim this song is Ukrainian, not Russian.)

A bit easier arrangement - perhaps this should come first

Here (below) is an even easier arrangement of Minka in D minor, with the traditional second part:

Dm easy version of Minka

This is a good first step to learning the version farther up the page.  

Now here is a super-easy version, followed by a duet arrangement:

Easy elementary arrangement of Pretty Minka

The same arrangement as above, with a secondo part:


Minka duet with both primo and secondo
Duet with primo and secondo, Minka

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The secondo may LOOK advanced, but it's easy enough for an elementary student with a bit of encouragement.

An alternative melody

The last arrangement of "Pretty Minka" uses more of the traditional melody.  You will notice the difference starting in line 3.  Compare it to the videos here, and the Beethoven set of variations.

This version of Minka has a flowing left hand, and is obviously harder than late elementary piano.  

In fact, the left hand chord inversions may be quite a challenge for an intermediate student at first.  But it's so pretty!

Minka, a Ukrainian folk song

Here is a set of variations on the Minka folk tune by Beethoven's Opus 107 for piano and flute: Variations on Schöne Minka (Pretty Minka) - it actually starts about 30 seconds in.  

It is pretty but mostly slow:

And a last video, uploaded to Youtube by a school teacher, using English Christmas carol lyrics set to the Minka tune (and another tune as a descant):


The links to the piano music:



Download easy piano songs one-page arrangement of Minka in Dm



Download easy piano version of Minka in Em



Dm easy version of Minka with left hand triads



And an easier "helper" version of the same arrangement, with lettered notes



Download long 3-page arrangement of Minka in Dm



Download long arrangement in Em



Download early elementary version of "Pretty Minka"



Free download of duet arrangement of Minka for elementary piano



Download traditional Minka melody arrangement








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