The Mosaic Series

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Mosaic is a series currently comprising four music books, each showcasing fresh and varied repertoire newly commissioned and composed by piano educators from around the world.

The pieces are loosely graded, arranged in order of difficulty, compiled as books suitable for elementary, intermediate and advanced players, and published by Editions Musica Ferrum. A fifth book (reaching towards Grade 8 level) is currently planned.

I am honoured to be one of the composers featured in all four books, alongside such well-established names as Barbara Arens, Ben Crosland, June Armstrong and others.

The collections are a natural addition to the Pianodao Music Library, and while I obviously cannot ‘review’ them in quite the usual way, this article will introduce the series with an overview of the concept, several recordings, and hopefully sufficient information for readers to decide whether to take a closer look.

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FREE! Ben Crosland: Memento

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Memento is a taken from the latest album of fresh, original music by British composer Ben Crosland, which is available here in physical form, and as a digital download from the publisher here. The collection will be reviewed on Pianodao soon.

Originally written for “felt piano”, the music weaves its gentle magic with a 12/8 left hand figuration that benefits from a large hand span and requires supple wrist movement. The nostalgic melodies of the right hand above this deft harmonic base will enchant player and listener alike.

Suitable for players at around Grade 4 level.


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Songs from Rainbow Hill

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Composer Ben Crosland will be known to many Pianodao readers for his popular Cool Beans series of books published by Editions Musica Ferrum, the most recent and in my view best of which, Magic Beans, I reviewed here.

Ben’s latest publication from Editions Musica Ferrum is Songs from Rainbow Hill, a collection of “Lyric Pieces for Solo Piano” that ties in with his new album recording of the same name.

As such this is very different from his previous publications, taking us deeper into Ben’s own compositional world. So let’s enter …

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Ben Crosland’s Magic Beans

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‘Magic Beans’ is the latest collection of easy piano pieces by Ben Crosland, and will be published on Saturday 5th March 2016.

Having received an advance copy from publisher Editions Musica Ferrum, I am delighted to offer this first in-depth review of the book…

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