Morning Song by Grieg
Morning Song is one of those famous pieces from the world of classical music that your students will certainly encounter eventually, perhaps in band!
Listen to a recording of the sheet music below...
I have not placed any pedal marks in the music (I almost never do), but if you listen closely to the recording, you may be able to detect that I am not lifting the pedal at all until there is a different chord.
Even though the C chord goes on for 5 measures, through lots of non-chord passing tones, I don't change the pedal until the Am chord shows up.
Then, right back to the long-pedal approach with the C chord as the hands lift and shift down an octave. This is very atmospheric (in my opinion!) and creates a pleasant "ringiness," especially going into the E major chord.
Your students, however, (if they are anything like mine) may have developed a foot with an autopilot control that lifts once a measure no matter what's happening.
You can't really blame them; it's so hard to have the equivalent of three hands going on! Eventually, they will begin to pedal when rests and dissonance alert them, but for now they will likely need lots of input. Broken piano chord patterns practice is an excellent background for this.
A shorter and easier arrangement
Even though the arrangement above is easier than the one at the top of the page, care will need to be taken not to rush your student through the music, unless their treble clef notes are pretty solid. There's nothing very intuitive about the fingering necessary to navigate this melody.
A lead sheet approach
Some music works very well with the lead sheet approach, and so does Morning Song, with its open chords in the left hand.
The story of "Morning Song"
You music teachers probably all are aware that this music is the first piece in the Peer Gynt Suite by Edvard Grieg, the most famous of Norwegian composers, who sought to incorporate the folk music sounds of Norway into his compositions.
He wrote lovely and lilting melodies, Solveig's Song among them, and stormy and exciting pieces as well, such as In the Hall of the Mountain King!
The links to the sheet music:
Download longest arrangement of Grieg's song
Download the short version of Morning Song
Download the lead sheet Morning Song with some helper notes
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