Product Description by our Music Experts
The ABRSM Piano Exam Pieces Grade 2 book with CD contains 9 selected pieces from the grade 2 piano exam syllabus for you to choose from and other useful information about what is required for your grade 2 exam, and comes with a CD of recordings of all the pieces.
ABRSM grade 2 piano pieces
The ABRSM Piano Exam Pieces Grade 2 book with CD contains 9 selected pieces from the 2013-14 ABRSM piano grade 2 exam syllabus, covering a wide range of styles, including pieces by classical composers such as Purcell and Telemann, and fun contemporary pieces such as the theme from ‘The Flintstones’. There are 3 pieces from each of the lists A, B and C in the ABRSM Piano Exam Pieces Grade 2 book with CD - you have to choose one from each list for your grade 2 ABRSM practical exam. 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. 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.
CD of example performances
The CD which comes with the ABRSM Piano Exam Pieces Grade 2 Book with CD contains recordings of all the pieces from the entire grade 2 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
This ABRSM Grade 2 Piano Exam Pieces book with CD includes brief notes on each piece and its composer and translations of non-English titles, to help you put the pieces into their musical context. It is clearly printed and the music is consistently marked with editor’s fingerings, dynamics, articulation, metronome marks and performance directions. There is also a handy list of grade 2 scales and arpeggios you will need to know in the front, and the cover has a cool new design
The sections of your exam
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1 Purcell Hornpipe: from Abdelazer, Z. T683 (observing 1st repeat)
2 Telemann Très vite: 3rd movt from Fantaisie in E minor, TWV 33:21
3 Attwood Allegro: 1st movt from Sonatina No. 2 in C
1 Nicolai Podgornov Bear Dance: from Nicolai Podgornov’s Graded Pieces for Piano, Vol. 1
2 Stanford Lullaby: No. 5 from Six Sketches
3 Li Yinghai Xiong mao (The Panda): No. 1 from Dong Wu Yuan zu qu (The Zoo Suite)
1 Hanna, Barbera and Curtin Meet the Flintstones, arr. Scott-Burt
2 Seiber Polka: from Leichte Tänze (Easy Dances), Book 2
3 Sarah Watts Strange Things Happen