“You say some Greek philosophers could dazzle their audiences
with their riddles? That does not interest me at all. Bring
more wine instead and play your lute; your changes in tones
remind me of the wind that rushes past and disappears,
just like us.” ~ Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, 1048–1131
Arabia Etudes-Tableaux, composed by Elena Cobb is a late intermediate-advanced piece perfect for aspiring virtuosos. In the key of Bb Major, Arabia begins “like a prayer” and then builds with majestic sounds and lots of octaves. There is a lot of room for artistry. Lots of opportunities for rubato. Fermata’s and trills fill the air and keeps one anxious to hear what is coming next.
Arabia is a is a modern romantic piece with the Oriental feel. I felt like I was pulled back in time or visiting another country when playing Arabia. I also thought it would be a perfect piece to hear in a movie. Elena says, “It evokes a fleeting memory of a train journey I took with my parents across the desert as a child.”
You can listen to Arabia here:
Some exciting news to announce! Elena recently announced that Higgledy Piggledy Jazz will be available soon (launch will be in September) on Piano Maestro! I’m so excited! Congrats Elena. If you are not familiar with Higgledy Piggledy Jazz, please visit a past review here, and visit her website here.
Also another congrats goes out to Elena. She is on the cover of the August issue, Piano Bench Magazine!
Piano Bench is an iOS subscription that is available to view on your iPhone and iPad. Be sure to check out that issue! Elena gave a little hint to keep your eye out for something special over at Piano Teacher Central Facebook group. If you aren’t already a member there, be sure to join. It’s a great group of teachers!
For the month of August, Elena is offering 15% off on all her books. Just use the code PBM15. Click here for her website. Elena has also offered one unlimited reproduction of Arabia to a lucky teacher. Just leave a comment below. Thanks Elena! Deadline to enter is by this Thursday, August 6th, 10:00pm (AZ Mountain Standard).
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