I just finished an arrangement of the beautiful first movement by Beethoven. Tough arrangement to make because on the piano you have two hands to work with and on the guitar you only have one hand that frets notes!
This arrangement for guitar of the famous Für Elise by Beethoven comes from my second volume of easy arrangements. I have always loved this piece and used to play it on piano a long time ago. You can learn this at my guitar school found on my website.
This is one if two arrangements I have made of the famous Ode to Joy melody found in the 9th Symphony by Beethoven. This is the harder of the two to play but, to me, it is more fun. You can see the full video at my guitar school on my website.
A Soup of Beethoven for Erhu and Guitar. Includes Für Elise, 5th Symphony, Sonata Pathétique, Violin Concerto, and the 9th Symphony. This has been a lot of fun collaborating with Onion. She lives in Hawaii and I live in Michigan. I would record my part and then send it to her. She would record her part and then send that back to me and I would then put the video together.
I am currently working on a piano trio piece, commissioned by the Trio Nuovo to be performed in April. The plan is to have this performed in an all-Beethoven concert so I am incorporating some of Beethoven’s themes and motives into the piece. You can download and listen to the score here:
Anyways…so far I have included Für Elise and the opening motive of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony. The plan is to have this piece begin in C minor and end in C major. Why, do you ask? Because that is what Beethoven does in his 5th Symphony!!
This is my second piano trio. Here is my first one….
Side note…it is Christmas time and all of my family is in town. It is always great to see my brother, sister, nephews, nieces, etc but it can get exhausting. Yesterday I played a game of football with them and halfway through realized that my 45-year-old self needs to chill or a torn ACL is in my future. I was trying to make moves I haven’t made in 45 years. Here is a pic of a few family members: