This Moldau piano music arrangement captures a little of the grandeur of the theme, one of the most beautiful -- and irresistible -- melodies in Romantic orchestral literature.
Even if you don't listen to much classical music, you are likely to have heard this piece if you have ever taken a music literature class.
Please scroll down the page to find the links to the PDFs for this piano music.
These two printable piano music arrangements are my versions 3 and 4 of the melody of The Moldau.
It helps if kids already know the rhythm of the melody (see the easy versions 1 and 2 on the Beginner Piano page), but it isn't necessary.
This is such a beautiful, contagious piece of music. Most particularly with the broken chord pattern that mimics the sound of rushing, flowing water in the original piece, it is irresistible in its forward movement.
In spite of the pretty melody line, I couldn't get some kids excited about polishing the first level of this piece until I added words to it.
Yes, the words of the two verses may seem a trifle obvious ("It's a river! Flowing through ancient Bohemia!") but the mention of castles, mermaids, and old legends are just enough to engage the imagination of children and hook them into the intricacies of the melody twists.
Putting right hand together with a moving left hand is a big step -- it doesn't really happen in the Faber method books until Level 2B - 3. Up until then, it's pretty much one hand at a time.
Practice it like a duet
This easier left hand version below might be a good in-between compromise until students can coordinate the two hands. It is well for them to be acquainted with the A and Bb chords.
"The Moldau" is actually the German name for the river Vltava, memorialized by Smetana, a composer from Czechoslovakia (the Czech Republic, now).
I like to introduce pianists to classical literature early on, because even if they've learned only only an easy version of a piece, they are more likely to want to listen to "difficult" or "serious" music later on if they have that moment of "Aha! -- I KNOW this music!"
I do have a much longer, fuller piano arrangement that includes the change to the major key. It is also much harder, but very exciting!
The links to the Moldau piano music:
See all arrangements of this beautiful piece
The easiest arrangements:
For more complicated versions of this music for beginning piano:
and my favorite,