Keys Piano School
listening and composition
project for 2021!
The Seasons Reinvented is a year-long project with lots of ways to get involved. Keep reading to see how your ideas could be part of the very first Keys Album!
Explore, enjoy, create!
The famous composer Tchaikovsky will be a focus for our Academy students during the summer term of 2021. During our own research into the composer, we discovered his Opus 32, "The Seasons". Written as a set of 12 pieces for piano, this work contains a piece for each month of the year, and the pictorial nature of this music reflects the story-telling style Tchaikovsky was using in his ballet writing at the time. When they were published, each month was accompanied by a poem to help convey the thoughts, pictures and emotions behind each piece. This year we would like to go one step further and invite our lovely piano community produce their own piece of art, poem or dance to be part of a multi-media album to be produced at the end of the year!
Our Head of Academy and resident performer Madalina Rusu will be recording one movement each month, which will be posted on our YouTube channel and shared on social media. We are inviting students to listen to one or all of these performances and create a dance, piece of art or a poem to reflect their favourite piece or month. The winning entries will be featured on the forthcoming album and 2022 calendar!
This month's featured video:
How to get involved...
Explore the music of "The Seasons" here
Choose a month or piece which inspires you
Create a piece of art (any medium or size), write a poem, or choreograph a piece of dance to re-invent the season!
Compose your own month!
At Keys we LOVE to get creative with our playing!
We are therefore inviting you to compose a piece for solo piano which reflects some of the stories, festivals and feelings we associate with one of the months of the year. Twelve chosen pieces, one for each month, will be recorded by our concert pianist Madalina at the end of the year, and featured on our album
"The Seasons Reinvented".
How to get involved...
Consider which month you feel inspired to compose
Look for inspiration in photographs, poems, artwork to help you come up with ideas
Begin by improvising at the piano until you come up with something you like and reflects your chosen month.
Ask your teacher for help with any difficulties you have
HOW TO ENTER:
Entry will be online, and an uploading facility will be added to this page shortly.
Entries will be welcomed from anyone in the UK, aged 5-18. Entrants do not need to be students at Keys.
For composition entries, you are not required to provide a score of your work, video recording is acceptable.
DEADLINES FOR ALL ENTRIES AS FOLLOWS:
JANUARY, FEBRUARY, MARCH entries by SUNDAY 18th APRIL 2021
APRIL, MAY, JUNE entries by SUNDAY 4th JULY 2021
JULY, AUGUST, SEPTEMBER entries by SUNDAY 26th SEPTEMBER 2021
OCTOBER, NOVEMBER, DECEMBER entries by SUNDAY 31st OCTOBER 2021
(early deadline due to recording and production time)