Eine Kleine Nacht Musik for Easy Piano

Mozart’s “Little Night Music” was originally written for string ensemble, consisting of string quartet plus an optional bass. I played the quatre-mains version with my classmate Jeff Beaudry one summer at New College, Oxford for a talent contest. We won a bottle of champagne which we shared with the other team at our next bridge game.

There are many performances of the first movement on Youtube.

Meanwhile, the score is easily and freely downloadable from IMSLP. Click on the image to get the full scores in PDF.

Since the students in my morning piano class all managed to sightread the easy version in C major yesterday morning, I was tempted to arrange the original version in G as a transposition exercise. As students span many levels and I prefer a fuller sound, I adapted the famous opening for my two classes to try tomorrow.

The following are arranged for four easy pianos. Each is independent of each other. As we have 20 digital pianos and two grand pianos in our classroom, we can easily spread ourselves into the four different levels.

Level I is the easiest, using both hands to play the melody but reading both in the treble clef may be troublesome for some (excuse the pun).


Level II is slightly harder, with the bass line.

Level III includes the harmonic accompaniment of the second violin.

Level IV fills in the rest of the harmony, below.

Eine Kleine Nacht Musik for easy piano level 4

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So nice!

“Can you teach me to play this,” asked my friend Joan in a Facebook Message in mid-October.

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Piano Medley on Bach’s Prelude in C

A piece for performance needs to be long enough for the audience to digest. There is such thing as a minimum and optimal length for the listener. Easy piano pieces are often deemed too short. One strategy for beginning piano students to play a piece long enough to satisfy the ear is to combine what they know into a medley.

How does one arrange a medley?

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Extracts from Reviews: Morgenstern Trio

After the concert, I asked to be led to the back stage to meet the three musicians of the Morgenstern Trio from Germany. I remarked that the program was not one about “destiny” as the cellist indicated in his speech but one on “death.”  I added that it was refreshing to hear serious music — one that was unamplified. Here on Maui, I explained, we hear a lot of “happy” music that’s always amplified. We get a lot of background music, too.

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Review: Morgenstern Trio

The Germany-based Morgenstern Trio performed at the McCoy Theatre of the Maui Arts and Cultural Center on Friday October 24, 2014. As usual, it was the ONLY classical concert with a piano in it that I knew of, back in August 2014 when the 16-week semester began. As such, I urged my piano students to save the date. Every semester, I require my students to attend an approved concert and write a review. At the end of the term, I extract the best bits, edit, and post a blog here.

One review stood apart from the rest. It’s not a typical review by any means but one written by a student who writes daily and aspires to write fiction. I’ve received his permission to publish his review in its entirety.

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Jason Mraz I Won’t Give Up for piano ensemble

Unlike “I’m Yours,” Jason Mraz‘s “I Won’t Give Up” is a ballad, requiring broken instead of block chords. Similar to “I’m Yours” the chord progressions repeat: A/E E | E | A/E E | A/E E | E | Bsus | B |

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Jason Mraz I’m Yours for piano ensemble

I discovered Jason Mraz one night watching “The X-Factor” and other talent contests on Youtube. His “I’m Yours” sounded very familiar, for the ukelele version that’s played in the Hawaiian Islands. Then I saw his face on the cover of the latest edition of “On Maui” magazine.

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