“Afrikosmos”, composed by the South African composer Michael Blake, is an African answer to Bela Bartók’s “Mikrokosmos”. With“Afrikosmos”, Blake has composed a guide for composers of new African or neo-African music. Just as “Mikrokosmos”, “Afrikosmos” is comprised of six volumes and Blake has followed Bartóks’ method of starting with the easiest pieces progressing to the
Piano books, lesson books and sheet music
Petris Vasks (born 1946) is a contemporary composer born in Latvia. In his piano work Balta Ainava (Winter), you can hear the beauty of the Baltic winter landscape; vast snow plains, icicles and hushed forests. Not only a beautiful work to listen to, but also very suitable for the not so advanced pianist. I have
Over time, more and more links, the ones you click on View/Order, lead to an error page. Piano books are no longer available or books get a different link.
I checked all 1930 links and updated the incorrect links and also updated links. All links should now lead to the correct books again.
Johann Friedrich Burgmuller (1806-1874) was a German pianist and composer. Burgmüller was born in Regensburg (Germany) as the son of the conductor August Burgmüller and Therese von Zandt. In 1836, Burgmüller settled in France (Paris) where he would stay for the rest of his life.
Today, Burgmüller is mainly known for his piano works. His
The Piano Book Guide can also be used on a tablet or smartphone. It’s now possible to simply add a quick link to the start screen of your tablet or smartphone. This then works as an App.
Via the the quick link you will have fast access to the Piano Book Guide. Whenever you
Christina Viola Oorebeek (1944) is an American-Dutch composer.
The following works have been added:
- Afterwalk (après promenade) : for partially prepared piano added to level 9.
- Tremors and Quakes added to level 15.
- Prismatic blues added to level 13.
aprés promenade for partially pre-pared piano solo
"Afterwalk", composed by Christina Viola Oorebeek,
Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953) was a Russian composer and pianist. He is counted among the great Russian composers of the 20th century.
The following works have been added:
- Four Etudes op. 2 (1909) added to level 15.
- Four Pieces op. 3 (1911) added to level 11.
- Four Pieces op. 4 (1910-12) added to level 14.
Piano Adventures, established in 2009, is an American piano lesson method. Nancy and Randall Faber have combined their backgrounds as composer and pianist to support both teacher and pupil with a new and very extensive lesson method. They have already published more than 300 books. The method is called Basic Piano Adventures and consists
Philip Glass (b. Baltimore, January 31,1937) is an American composer. His compositions generally fall under the genre minimal music.
The following works have been added, or further subdivided:
- Metamorphosis, Nos. 1 and 5, subdivided into level 4.
- Metamorphosis, No. 3, subdivided into level 5.
- Metamorphosis, Nos. 2 en 4, subdivided into level 6.
At the moment (December 18, 2015), data in the Piano Book Guide consists of 1,885 records!
This figure is the total number of lines visible via the home page of Piano Book Guide. There is a difference between the number of records and the number of books that are included on the Piano Book
On December 11, 2015, I added the following books:
- A. Pärt - Für Anna Maria (level 6).
- A. Pärt - Ukuaru valss (level 6).
- A. Pärt - Partita op. 2 (level 11).
- D. Scarlatt - Ausgewählte Klaviersonaten Band IV, (‘The best of Scarlatti’). This book contains the most famous sonatas, including K33, K87, K118, K162,
In June 2015, I expanded the Piano Book Guide extensively with titles from EPTA’s Gids Lichte Muziek (Light Music Guide).
This publication was printed in 2004 and was also placed online. The printed version has not been available for some time and there are no plans to reprint it. The online version disappeared
Various methods of classifying piano books into levels exist.
The most well-known is the ten-step classification in the booklet Nieuwe leergang voor het piano-onderwijs (A new study path for teaching the piano), written by the piano pedagogue W. C. M. Kloppenburg.
One disadvantage with this classification is that ten steps is insufficient, especially
Part 1: Kloppenburg: a study path for teaching the piano
One of my tasks when I was studying to become a piano teacher was to create a ‘study path’. The intention was to provide an overview of the diverse number of piano methods and musical styles available, and their associated level of proficiency. If