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Scenes from Childhood for Piano Solo

Erik Meyer Of Foreign Lands and Places . Blind Man's Bluff . . . Soldier's March . . . Pleading Child . . . Bad Santa . . . . At the Fireside . . . Scheherazade . . . . First Loss . . . . The Wild Horseman . . Sicilienne . . . . Padoga (sic) . . . . Norse Song . . . .

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Every young pianist is at some point subjected to Schumann's piano miniatures from

Album for the Young and Scenes from Childhood - and for a good reason: the pieces are memorable, short, have programmatic titles, and are not difficult to play. When I began teaching my young daughter to play “Of Foreign Lands and Places”, it stirred up a great deal of emotion in me. I was transported to my adolescence – specifically, when I was 13 years old – when my younger brother was learning the same piece. I look back at this time as one of the happiest of my life. I had begun to explore and attempt to understand the world, to see and experience new things, while retaining the last shreds of my childhood innocence. The sentimental melody of “Of Foreign Lands and Places” had become, for me, a very personal memory of my own childhood experience. I began writing my own set of short piano pieces bearing the same titles as Schumann's, and requiring a similar level of keyboard skill, as a sort of homage to Schumann, whose

Scenes from Childhood is known to anyone who studied piano in their youth. I do not seek to replace Schumann's music, but perhaps to add to his wonderful collection of piano miniatures. It is intended more for personal use than for the concert stage. I hope it brings you hope, healing, and joy.

Erik Meyer

Notes:

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“Bad Santa” is 'Knecht Rupert', the German mythological figure who punishes bad children around Christmastime. “Padoga” is a misspelling of 'Pagoda', because when I first learned Debussy's piece by that name, I had no idea what it was, and would call it by the wrong name. “Norse Song” pays homage to the fact that Scandanavia has the highest number of heavy metal bands per capita, and lots of funny looking vowels.

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Scenes from Childhood

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1. Of Foreign Lands and Peoples    

Very slow, with flexibility

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for my Brother

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Blind Man's Bluff

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At a blinding speed

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Soldier's March

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Pompous

                                           f                                       6                                                                                                       11                                                                  cresc.                                   16                                                         sfz                                     21                                                                             p                                           26 L.H.                                                                                                                          for performance. Please  visit MusicSpoke.com  to purchase  This score is not licensed performance copies. (hold E with R.H.) 


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                                            f         

       

                                                                                                           45                                                                                                         50                                                                cresc.                                         55                                              sfz                            to purchase performance   This score is not licensed for performance. Please visit MusicSpoke.com copies. 


Pleading Child

8

Gently q=60

    p    

    

         

8

           

15

                                                   

                       p                           

          pp               22                             

      mp cresc.         

29

               

 

                                 

mf

  

                                      

f

           

   

         p

   

     

                                     

                        pp rit.                           This score is not licensed for performance. Please visit MusicSpoke.com to purchase performance copies. 35

          


Bad Santa

9

With looming fear and apprehension (rubato as well) q=124

          sfp     10

   

17

 

 

 

  

  

          p sfp          

  

  

          

p

  

        f            

       

29

 

 

sfp

          

                

                                                

23

 

                  

 

p

        

                                

                               This score is not licensed for performance. Please visit MusicSpoke.com to purchase performance copies.


10

                                       

33

 

                     

    

       

     

     

46

    

       

 

40

 

 

 

            

 

 

 

  

  

   

         

  p

                          

pp

54

         

      

37

sfz





  

              

     pp               



  

     cresc.               

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     

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68

 

11

           

          

         

 

      

                                                                       

72

                                   f                                

77

                           

80

   

sfz

        

    pp

   

 

ff

  

      

   

sfz

    

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At the Fireside

12

           p          

3

                

5

3

                

3  3                                                     

     

        

              

                              

  

                  pp  3         

     

3

                           3 3 3              

 

    

3

3

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



   

                       

16





                   p 3                      

12

3



         

3

                    3

   

  

3

                  

   

9

3

3



Warmly


13

                         

  3

    

       



   

20

3

              23                                            

      

                

3

    

3

        

29

  



   

3

3



   

                      

3

3

3

3

    3                      

         

3



3  3                     

                          

37

     

                                                3 3 3 3 

               

33

3

               

26

       

3

3

   

     

        3

                        3

    

  

p

                      pp

    

    

3         3                     

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3

     


14

   

  

Scheherezade

Exotically

p

        

5

      

   

  

                            

   

  

  

 

   

                             

                                                               mf                                   13                                                                                 

9

      

           f                      

17

    

  

              

              

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     

15

21

   

  

                

   p

                                          

25

mp

mf

                          

29

 

             

      ff

 

37



   

  

 

                                 

      33

 

 

   

f

     

    

        

   

                       

   p

        

 

  

   

  

 

                

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16

     

41

    

 



   

   



 



    



   

   

 

  



                                                       mf                                  49                                                                                                 

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     

    

              f                            

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     

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               

                  p                            rit.

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First Loss

                            p 3   3     3     3       3 Tenderly

3

3

                 3 3               3 3

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3

                           3

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 

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               

        

3

3

        

                     3  3  mp

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p

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3

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3

                           3 f mf mp 3 3 3 3 3                                   3 3 3 3 3 14                                 pp 3 3 p 3 3 3                    3

              p 3  3                  3

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             3 p 3           3

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   

             3       3  3   3     3                 3 3  

   mf 3        3

3

3

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The Wild Horseman

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a Wild Horseman Like          

                       sfz p                                         5                                                           f                                                       

                                                                                                  14                                                                                                       18                                                                      f                                                             10

                                                                 

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              

     

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                                                                              sfz pp                               32                                                                f                                37                                                          ff                                                                          42                                                                                                                   46                     sub. p                        52                                                    pp                   

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Sicilienne

20

Moderato

         mp        

                                               

                                              mp                                    

6

                              

11

                             mf                     

                                              

16

poco piu Moderato

               

20

        

               

    

                 





             

             

                

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21

                                                                                 

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                                        mp                                            

28

Moderatissimo

             

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      

  



                                    

     

   

 

 

                                         mp                                         

39

                                                                       This score is not licensed for performance. Please visit MusicSpoke.com to purchase performance copies. 44

        p       


Padoga

22

(sic)

   

In the style of a 19th-century European who has never visited Eastern Asia q=52

       pp

   

       

7

     

                  

                

                                   

12

          

    

      

    

  

    

   

       

          

         

f

                                    f                            

                                        p                          23                                               

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

  

        

               

                         This score is not licensed for performance. Please visit MusicSpoke.com topurchase performance copies. 


     

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          

          

    

    

    

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             pp              

                                     ff                                                  

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                                                mf                                                               rit. a tempo molto rit.                                             

      

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  

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        

       pp     

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            

mp

         

p

         

                            

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        


Norse Song

Metal!

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bang the keys left hand 8vb throughout

   

                                                                                                         11                                                                                                                   19                                                                                 f

    27          

 

          

              

     

                                                                                                                          35                                                                                                          f  

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 

sing this while you play:

               mf

 rö

                      

    



                            ghä - be

   

   

   

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

da

         


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  yø





pÿ

 

   

    

ma

         

    54    

               

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 

 

 

  

 

     



 

  

 

   

te ma

 

   

 

 

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

                      f           ta - ba - she zü!

               hø

 

   

ff

     

 

te ma

   

 





te

ma

         

te ma yø

  

 

  

  

 

  

 

te ma

 

 

     

  

te ma

 

   





 

 

 

 

     

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Scenes from Childhood | Eric Meyer | MusicSpoke  

A set of twelve short solo piano pieces, bearing similar titles to Robert Schumann's "Kinderszenen". Like Schumann's, they are full of humor...

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