Product Description by our Music Experts
The ABRSM Piano Exam Pieces Grade 1 book with CD contains 9 selected pieces from the grade 1 piano exam syllabus for you to choose from and other useful information about what is required for your grade 1 exam, and comes with a CD of recordings of all the pieces.
ABRSM grade 1 piano pieces
The ABRSM Piano Exam Pieces Grade 1 book contains 9 selected pieces from the 2013-14 ABRSM piano grade 1 exam syllabus, covering a wide range of styles, including a ballet, a classical fugue and an arrangement of the jazz classic ‘Chattanooga choo choo’. There are 3 pieces from each of the lists A, B and C in the ABRSM Piano Exam Pieces Grade 1 book - you have to choose one from each list for your first ABRSM practical exam. This 2013-2014 syllabus is valid from 1 January 2013 until the end of the spring 2015 exam period in the UK, and until 31 December 2015 in all other countries. Most students just choose pieces from this book for their ABRSM exam, however there is also a list of alternative pieces to choose from in the front of the book.
CD of example performances
The CD which comes with the ABRSM Piano Exam Pieces Grade 1 Book with CD contains recordings of all the pieces from the entire grade 1 syllabus (not just the 9 selected pieces in this book), with a full track-listing, which might help you choose which pieces to do, and give you an idea of how it should sound, to help you practise. There is also a Speed Shifter app available from ABRSM to reduce the speed of the pieces without affecting the pitch, perfect for practising!
Other requirements and tips
For each piece the ABRSM Grade 1 Piano Exam Pieces Book with CD includes brief notes and its composer and translations of non-English titles to put the music in context. The music is clearly printed and consistently marked with editor’s fingerings, dynamics, articulation, metronome marks and performance directions. There is also a handy list of grade 1 scales and arpeggios you will need to know in the front of the ABRSM Grade 1 Piano Exam Pieces book with CD, and it has a cool new design.
The sections of your exam
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1 Mozart Minuet in G, K. 1e
2 Rowley Fugue: No. 4 from Five Miniature Preludes and Fugues
3 Türk Das Ballett: No. 19 from 60 Pieces for Aspiring Players, Book 1
1 Gedike Moderato: No. 2 from 20 Little Pieces for Beginners, Op. 6
2 Swinstead Sailor’s Song: No. 11 from Work and Play
3 Rybicki Na łódce (In a Boat): from Zaczynam grać (I Begin to Play), Op. 20
1 Richard Rodney Bennett Thursday: from Seven Days a Week
2 Shostakovich March: No. 1 from Children’s Notebook, Op. 69
3 Harry Warren and Mack Gordon Chattanooga Choo Choo (middle eight), arr. Marshall