Barbara Arens (*1960) Piano Misterioso
28 Magically Easy Pieces for Piano [pno]
Barbara Arens plays her 28 Magically Easy Pieces Piano Misterioso on YouTube.
40 pages | 23 x 30,5 cm | 176 g | ISMN: 979-0-004-18473-8 | Softcover
Mysteriously at the piano
“The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious.” – A. Einstein
The World as I see it ... and here we have a whole collection – Piano Misterioso, in which Barbara Arens gives us mysterious, eerie, dark, exotic pieces for the piano. As in Film music, atmospheric pictures and moods are conjured up. We wander through monastic ruins by moonlight (Ruinae gothicae) or are alone at the piano at 2:30 a.m. – with only one candle lit (Cogita nocturna). Scotland, Ireland, St. Petersburg, Arabia – we have many backdrops for the “Cinema in our Heads”. Like the other piano works of Barbara Arens, these 28 pieces are surprisingly easy to play, allowing pianists of all ages to concentrate completely on expression.
|1 Ruinae Gothicae|
|2 Imagines et umbrae|
|3 Praeludium vocis mollis a|
|6 Media nox Blues|
|7 Praeludium vocis mollis d|
|8 Somnia Doria|
|9 Saltatiuncula araneosa|
|11 Obscura luce|
|12 Insula in nubibus|
|13 Fabula tristis|
|14 Cantus Byzantius|
|16 Variationes de carmine quodam a Guillaume de Machault composito|
|18 Illi Alfred dedicatum|
|20 Campanellae Athenarum|
|22 Lyra Celtica|
|23 Mors sola|
|24 Tango passionis|
|25 Cogitata nocturna|
|26 Fata urgentia|
|27 Arabia incognita|
The most beautiful experience we can have is the Mysterious. Albert Einstein*
I admit it – I love “dark” music. The more minor, the better!
When taught the difference between major and minor, we’re always told that minor sounds sad. But does the classic James Bond theme (in E minor) sound sad? Or the soundtrack to Pirates of the Caribbean (D minor)? Exciting, cool, bursting with energy – anything but sad! Minor can be sad – but it can also be angry or introspective or mysterious.
So that’s what we have here: 28 dark and mysterious pieces in minor keys – made even more mysterious by their Latin titles! From the chants of medieval monks to the magic spells learned at Hogwarts, Latin has many mysterious associations, which make the titles in this book seem most appropriate! Translations for all the titles will be found at the foot of the page, along with occasional “word pictures” – brief sketches based on actual experiences which might help to conjure a mood, a situation, a picture in the mind of the pianist.
Almost all of these pieces can be played by small hands. As a piano teacher, I have frequently encountered pupils, including adults, who have difficulty playing octaves; therefore few octaves will be found in these pieces. Runs and big chords are also avoided except in Arabia incognita (No. 27). As in 21 Amazingly Easy Pieces (EB 8774), my aim is always to write as simply as possible, allowing the player to concentrate more on expression.
The witty Latin titles were created by the classical philologists Ludger Arens and Justus Finkel. Maximas gratias ago!
I hope that you will enjoy creating a mysterious atmosphere with the help of these pieces!
Dettelbach, Spring 2015 Barbara Arens