A book project aimed at reintroducing works by historic women composers into piano education. Following research into their role in the development of keyboard composition and educational publishing.
Book One - Grades 2-3
New Horizons for Piano offers a modern take on piano music for early grades by presenting music written by historic woman composers along with their musical biographies. In addition to being highly acclaimed composers and performers, some of these artists contributed huge resources to the art of piano teaching, resources whose historical significance and practical utility are only now being realised. This collection brings together sixteen pieces from the late 17th to the early 20th century which have been carefully selected to cover a wide range of piano styles and their various musical and technical challenges. The perfect addition to any course of piano study.
Book one is aimed at grades 2-3 and is available now priced at £10.
To order a copy please follow the link to bandcamp and click "Buy Sheet Music".
The book is also available at the following stores:
12 Sussex Street
10-12 Kings Hedges Rd
20 Trinity Street
Book two, grades 4-6, will be available soon.
New Horizons for Piano
- musical presentation by CJ Hazel
This presentation explores the history of women composers who wrote for the keyboard from the late 17th to the early 20th century and features extracts from some of their major solo works. Much has been written on the legacy of Nadia Boulanger, perhaps the most famous composition teacher of any era, but what is less well known is that the Paris Conservatoire, where she studied and taught before 1914, has a history of influential female pedagogues going back to the earliest days of its foundation during the French Revolution. I will focus on four of them: piano professors, Louise Farrenc and Hélène de Montgeroult and prize-winning alumni, Marie Jaëll and Mel Bonis, each a renowned composer and performer in their own right, who left us with hundreds of works both for the concert hall and for didactic purposes. I'll also be drawing on the legacy of composers Marianna Martines, Anna Bon, Élizabeth Jacquet de La Guerre, Elisabetta de Gambarini, Maria Szymanowska and Fanny Hensel. Music which could greatly enrich modern day recitals and teaching anthologies.