This sparkling piano arrangement of the main musical theme from The Snowman will win your students' hearts and imaginations with its beauty. Just in time before the snow starts falling!
There are a lot of notes, continually, in the left hand... have a listen to me playing on my studio piano (only a couple muffed notes!):
Only page one appears in the video, as this is COPYRIGHTED music, available at Sheetmusicplus.com.
So why is it here on my web page? Because I and my daughter are the arrangers of this piece!
Sheetmusicplus.com has a new program going, inviting composers and arrangers to submit their pieces for publication. They have acquired the rights to almost 2 million music compositions which are not in the public domain (as of October 2019).
Very cool... I'm excited to submit a number of arrangements that I can't have here on my site otherwise!
So what about the piece itself? What are the primary difficulties?
First off, look at that left hand. Your student must have a hand-span of an octave to play this easily.
It starts off as a "broken chord stretch", a technique I explain on my Mary Had a Little Lamb page.
But then on the way back down, finger 3 takes the place of finger 2, enabling the hand to reach VERY HIGH up to the 10th - a G ten steps higher than the root of the E minor chord.
This fingering takes lots of practice! But it is a beautiful chord pattern that your students can make their own. It is used all through page one, then on page two, simpler broken chords replace them.
On page 3, above, things seem to wind down, with a return to the broken chord pattern of page 1 again.
Then, the music repeats all the way back to the beginning, with right hand playing an octave higher for a bit, until the "loco" at the top of page 2 (not shown here).
I tell my students that "loco" means to go back to the ordinary LOCATION of those notes, coming away from the 8va...
Four times, right hand crosses over and hits a low D. That's FUN. Listen for it on the piano video at the top of the page.
On page 2 (not shown), there is a VERY LOW D - it booms, reminiscent of the splashing tail of the whale in The Snowman video.
Watch that part of the movie, below:
There is another difficult spot, at the very end of the piece, and also just before the repeat on page 3. Long E minor broken chords alternate, from root position to an inverted position, several times.
Very pretty, but your student may need preparation both mentally and "geographically" to "see" the chords that are happening.
I play the chords all with one hand, but they could EASILY BE SHARED, LIKE THIS:
Check out this lovely piece The Snowman Theme: Walking In the Air at Sheetmusicplus - your students (and their parents!) will be enthralled!
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