Mosaic: decorative art involving many different small pieces.
This is also the name appropriately given to a new collection of 26 easy educational pieces for solo piano, currently available in two volumes. What makes these sheet music books unique is that they draw on the works of thirteen different contemporary composers from diverse nationalities and compositional backgrounds. The result is exciting! There is something for everyone, from beautiful soaring melodies to evocative storytelling; A treasure trove of inspiring pieces to capture the imagination of the developing pianist.
Mosaic Vol. 1
The publisher has put together a playlist of all the pieces so you can see the songs for yourself. Just click on the link to get a flavour of the diversity.
Mosaic Vol. 2
Again, the publisher has provided a YouTube playlist to help preview the pieces in the second collection. Just click on the link.
Notes on the Works
A helpful feature is the comments at the beginning of the books which give hints about the pieces as well as some teaching directions which I am sure many students and teachers will find useful and inspiring.
As a composer and editor of sheet music myself, I am very fussy about the quality of the presentation and editing of the scores but it is commendable to see a high standard of notation, printed on expensive cream paper making for a quality product.
To be honest, it is hard to find any. The only thing I can say is that, as the collections are so diverse, there may be one or two pieces that might not be to everyone’s taste but if pupils and teachers are open-minded, I think there are lots of great discoveries here to be made. The addition of high-quality videos to support the book makes for a great online resource for choosing and learning the pieces in the books.
As a piano teacher, I am always looking for new material to inspire my students. In Mosaic, I think there is much to capture the imagination of young piano players, to help develop technique and most importantly, to nurture musicality through these diverse and exciting pieces. Bring on Vol. 3!
To buy Mosaic Vol 1 click here
To buy Mosaic Vol 2 click here
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