Piano students dying for a really beautiful piece of music? Give them one they already love, one they will recognize from one of the most popular movies ever! I'm talking about "Once Upon a Time... Storybook Love", from The Princess Bride.
Here's what it sounds like:
This piece makes a fabulous recital song for a student who isn't interested in performing a classical piece, but wants something lovely with a bit of a challenge. "Once Upon a Time... Storybook Love" is evocative and mood-setting from the very first notes:
So why am I offering copyrighted music, Mark Knopfler's "Storybook Love," on my site? Because this is my arrangement of The Princess Bride music, and I have permission from the copyright holders! Hooray - I'm so excited!
Unfortunately, this music is not free... however, your students will love it so much that their parents won't mind buying it. In fact, your students' parents will adore this music as much as your piano students! This soundtrack is a blast from the past - who doesn't have a set of favorite Princess Bride quotes?
Here is what PAGE 3 looks like, with apologies for the watermarks on the graphics (those watermarks do not appear on the PDF download, of course):
This music has made a lot of piano students happy! Mostly romantic young girls, but even the occasional boy... Once Upon a Time-Storybook Love also makes a fine wedding song, for before or after the ceremony.
You may ask, What special difficulties are in this piece? Mostly chord inversions - a lot of them in the first page, especially. But the most daunting hurdle, which your students may need help with, is simply READING the chord-plus-simultaneous-melody which occurs in measure 3.
It's likely your students haven't seen that configuration of notes before. They may try to play the F#s one after the other, instead of simultaneously.
Also, page 1 is very tricky because there is NO PATTERN to follow - students must conquer reading those notes! Halfway down page 2, when the main theme begins, there is a predictable left hand broken chord pattern that repeats a lot.
This piece would've been easier in the key of C... but that would have meant an additional license. I'm not ready to go there yet. Licenses aren't free!
So why should you buy Storybook Love - Mark Knopfler's "The Princess Bride" Movie Soundtrack Music from me? A number of reasons, but foremost, because you won't find this sheet music any other place!