Where the Aspens Grow
Categories: Piano Duo (2 Pianos, 4 Hands)
My first experience in the mountains was the year I got married. My husband and I were lucky enough to "honeymoon" in Aspen, Colorado as part of a summer institute. I was entranced by the majesty of the snow-covered peaks, the delicacy of the alpine meadows and the amazing colours of the aspen groves. In 2017 I was invited to join the faculty of the Festival for Creative Pianists in Denver, Colorado. Through that wonderful festival, I have met so many talented composers and musicians. In particular, I met local piano teacher, Linda King, who encouraged me to compose a two-piano work.
Childhood Excursions: Are We There Yet?!
When Amy was a child growing up in Detroit, Canada was just 30 minutes away! In this suite, Amy takes the performer through her most-treasured childhood memories in Ontario, exploring places like the Algoma Railway to Sault Ste Marie, performances at Stratford, the waterfalls at Niagra-on-the Lake, the monarchs at Point Pelee, and harvest time in Chatham. The suite teaches arm and wrist fluidity, with each piece focusing on a different aspect of using elbow and wrist movements at the piano: drop-lift slurs, wrist rotation, wrist circles, side-to-side and in-and-out motions. Amy combines classical form with jazz language and sensibilities in these very fun pieces.
Scenes of San Francisco
This Third Stream suite combines classical form with jazz language and rhythm in six sophisticated pieces depicting the composer's favorite places around San Francisco, one of the most fascinating cities in the world. The collection has been an award-winner in the International Association of Women in Music's Search for New Music, American Prize, SMP Press and Composers Today composition competitions. These intricate pieces are great for recitals, adjudications, and competitions.
A Day at the Beach
Five super-fun pieces in various Latin-jazz and jazz styles depicting sites at the beach: skipping rocks, hang gliding, exploring tide pools, surfing, and watching dolphin pods swim. Each piece has an accompanying song construction activity page to help students understand the compositional devices behind the music and gives students the opportunity to compose their own ideas. This book also helps students understand chromatic, whole tone, lydian, and blues scales, as well as complex intervals like 9ths and 10ths. Most of all, these rhythms feel really fun under the fingers!
Piano Mime in Concert
A collection of theatrical character pieces affords an opportunity to create a unique concert program where you can mix and match to design your very own mini recital!
Classics Made New
This unique collection of intermediate - late intermediate piano solos is inspired by my favorite classical pieces as a young student. These classics, written by treasured composers, spark happy memories for me! They are also popular choices for my students. And now, these new renditions offer jazzy updates to their traditional counterparts. Consider using both versions in recitals and community performances. Mix the nostalgia of the past with refreshing new sounds for the 21st century! Hard copies are available through the Red Leaf website. Affordable digital copies are also available through www.sheetmusicnow.com. Please note that dear friends who are also talented concert pianists/educators made top quality videos of each selection. Be sure to check them out!
O Canada - Martha Hill Duncan
Categories: Anthem - O Canada
Since Canada welcomed me as an immigrant so many years ago, I wanted my version of its anthem to include varied stylistic moods, rhythms and harmonic colour as well. Starting with a lush introduction in C Major, the melody of this Level 8-9 arrangement makes its way into both hands ending with a downward reflective fade away and finishes with a glorious and triumphant A Major final chord flourish. My favourite and the most challenging section is the climactic chordal bell ringing with grand movements across the keyboard in both hands. I also love the occasional touch of "gospel" articulation in the cadences as well as the quartal descending chords. Enjoy! 2019 Martha Hill Duncan
Dance, Danse, Danza Volume 1
Lively dances and a little bit of soul to get you moving!
LIMESTONE ETCHINGS is a collection of piano works paired with original pencil drawings by artist Spencer Hope. This musical and visual collaboration honors the picturesque and historic city of Kingston, Ontario. Other titles published separately are the piano duets Hollyhocks and The Old Stone Church. 1. THE WAR MEMORIAL is inspired by The War Memorial on the shores of Lake Ontario and has a Celtic flavor reflecting the background of the Kingston families whose fallen sons are honored. Distant drums and cannons remind us of a sorrowful past but the bells toll for a brighter future. 2.KINGSTON MILLS LOCKS is my musical attempt to depict the past and present of the most southerly component of the Rideau Canal System. The grinding of the locks mechanism, present day boating and a haunting underwater scene underscore this beautiful, poignant and historical landmark. Many lives were lost in the building of the locks, but they still operate today marking the resolve of early settlers to navigate a new homeland. 3. ON THE POND Imagine a shivery winter morning surrounded by ice fog with the sun just beginning to peek through. The lone skater christens the pristine ice first with easy glides, then more energetic spins and jumps, an exquisite solitary moment amid the natural winter magic. 4. AT CITY HALL The closing piece follows the bustling and energetically charged outdoor rink from the first skater of the day to the last straggler of the night. A variety of skaters are featured including beginners and experienced, along with rambunctious teenagers and romantic couples. MH Duncan
Zarzamora Suite is loosely based on five Spanish street names, that figured prominently in my life as a child and young adult in Austin and San Antonio, Texas. 1. Zarzamora: (trans: bramble berry, Level 9) This piece was inspired by my father's streetcar memories, my grandmother's zippy driving and my own experience of learning to drive. Thanks to my sweet sister O.A. for her patience as i scarily rolled her '62 Valiant backwards down the hilly streets of San Antonio. 2. Dolorosa (trans: suffering, Level 9) Even in a blessed life, one experiences family discord, teenage angst, heartbreak and loss. Fortunately, many of these same bittersweet memories can become ingredients for personal and passionate artistic expression. 3. Mariposa (trans: butterfly, Level 6) was the Austin street that I lived on while attending university. I like to think that I was tucked away in my cocoon there, struggling, growing and developing into my own version of a butterfly. 4. Brazos (trans: arms, Level 10) was written for my husband Martin, who I met on a train to Mexico City. 5. Guadalupe: (Our Lady of Guadalupe, Level 10) The portion of this street running through the campus of the University of Texas at Austin, is known as the "drag" and is home to a colourful array of students, shops, street vendors, congestion, culture and academia. Martha Hill Duncan