The Moldau by Smetana (Die Moldau), here in printable sheet music for piano. This long and fancy version, my own arrangement of the beautiful music from Ma Vlast, makes a stirring recital piece for your intermediate piano students.
It is a favorite in my studio; after hearing another student play it at a recital, kids remember and ask if they can have it too!
Listen to this ravishing music as performed by the Japanese Youth Orchestra:2009 National Orchestra Cup, Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, New York, April 5:
This beautiful music dramatizes the story of a river (called "Vltava" in Bohemian/Czechoslovakian, but "Moldau" in German) from its small beginnings as a stream high in the mountains where little breezes blow, to meanderings past country villages, to splashing waves and rushing torrents which finally empty into the Elbe River.
(Unlike almost all of the music on this site, this arrangement is for sale only -- UNLIMITED COPIES for $5.00 USD. If you would like a little taste of the flavor, for free, check out my very short but similar arrangement of The Moldau.)
In order to be successful with this piece, students need to be able to coordinate broken chords in the left hand with independent melodic notes in the right hand. A beginning understanding of chord inversions is helpful, too.
This is a great recital piece, with potential for lots of expressiveness. The on-rushing feeling of the melody and constant rhythmic "1-2-3, 1-2-3" seems to encourage a surging feeling, a growing power.
You can purchase this student-pleasing piece here for $5.00 USD. It comes with permission to make UNLIMITED COPIES, for your students only.
Why Buy From Me?
So why should you buy Smetana's Moldau for piano from me, aside from the fact that music stores charge $4.95 and more for one copy of their own not-very-interesting versions of The Moldau (not counting postage or sales tax!), while I am charging $5.00 for UNLIMITED copies of this very lush and satisfying arrangement?
* It is available immediately as a digital download onto your computer.
* You don't have to download any new software into your computer in order to download this PDF. I don't know about you, but I detest clogging up my computer with yet another program I didn't know I needed. You just need a version of Adobe Acrobat or another PDF reader, which all computers come with. If you DON'T have Adobe Acrobat or a similar program, then you couldn't download any of my other PDFs either.
* You can print The Moldau by Smetana on any kind of paper you want, and thus avoid the glare of shiny pages (so irritating at recitals, when the adrenaline is already high!). Much of my shiny, store-bought music does reflect my piano light, and I find myself ducking and weaving to play off of it.
*Write and make notes all over these copies, in red and other colors, without feeling you are spoiling your music for posterity. I hate messing up my music books, but learning the piece is always the first priority. These printouts make great working copies.
* I give you permission to make UNLIMITED copies legally. Do I speak tongue-in-cheek? Not at all -- as music teachers, as music students, you know there are times when you need music RIGHT NOW and your only recourse is to make a copy of copyrighted music...or do without.
What are your students learning from you about the value of the work of composers, arrangers, and publishers? Of the value of musicians' work in general?
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Tip for Printing
Once you've got the PDF file for The Moldau sheet music, feed just one page at a time, unless you know you have high-quality paper which won't grab extra sheets when being pulled through the feeder.
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