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Piano Tales For Alice, 14 solos and 2 duets, were Inspired by the characters from Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through The Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll.
We recommend this collection for pianists at Gr.1-3 ABRSM levels.
Nikki Iles is the award-winner jazz pianist, composer, who won the 2017 British Jazz Awards for best jazz pianist and is already well-known for her jazz piano publications at Oxford University Press and Faber. She is also a key member of the team at ABRSM.
Descriptions for pieces
|A CURIOUS DREAM, Grade 3|
“The whole thing is a dream,” said Lewis Carroll, “but that I don’t want to be revealed until the end “. Beginning with a rabbit that disappears and reappears, like a magic trick, the story develops by generating a real dream’s mixture of vagueness and vividness. Even words start to blur into each other “Did you say ‘pig’ or ‘fig?’ This piece depicts the beginning of the dream as Alice shrinks and follows the White Rabbit, falling down the hole (at the end of the piece) into Wonderland.I’M LATE, Grade 3
The White Rabbit is like a decoy – he’s a frantic and anxious creature, consistently running late. Alice follows him down his hole, which leads to an enchanted house and garden. He is the character that guides Alice through Wonderland, although he is much too concerned about himself to really be guiding anyone.CATERPILLAR BLUE, Grade 2
The cool, blue caterpillar (also known as Russell) is a hookah – a smoking insect who meets Alice after she has been shrunk to a tiny size. He tells Alice how to grow and shrink by eating the magic mushroom upon which he is sitting.THE CHESHIRE CAT – Grade 2
The Duchess’ grinning cat who stealthily appears and disappears at will. He displays a clearheaded logic and explains Wonderland’s madness to Alice. THE MAD HATTER, Grade 3
The Hatter is the leader of perpetual teatime. When Alice arrives at the tea party, he switches places on the table at any given time, making short, personal remarks, asking unanswerable riddles and reciting nonsensical poetry.DORMOUSE, Grade 2
The Dormouse is a mad creature who tells funny tales of three young girls who live in a treacle well, live on treacle and draw pictures of things beginning with M, such as mousetraps, memory and muchness.
TEA DANCE, Grade 3
PINK FLAMINGOS /Duet, pupils part Grade 2
THROUGH THE LOOKING-GLASS, Grade 2
JABBERWOCKY, Grade 2
TIGER-LILY, Grade 2
TWEEDLEDUM & TWEEDLEDEE, Grade 2
CABBAGE & KINGS, Grade 2
FANFARE FOR A QUEEN, Grade 1
A BOAT BENEATH A SUNNY SKY, Grade 2
SONG FOR ALICE / Duet, pupil’s part is Grade 1
Published by EVC Music Publications, UK
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