You enter a dark, scary forest. The trees are huge and block out the sun. It seems like danger is lurking behind every tree and the whole world is about to close in on you…But then you find your way to a sunny clearing. The sun streams through the tree branches, and you hear birds singing merrily. Your fear dissipates as the forest becomes warm, inviting, and peaceful.
This is the “Eintritt in den Wald” or “Entry into the Forest” theme from Richard Strauss’s epic tone poem “Alpine Symphony”. This elementary piano arrangement begins dramatically in C minor, builds in intensity, and then the mood suddenly shifts for a calmer, more peaceful ending in C Major. This arrangement uses an extensive key range with octave changes, cross-hand arpeggios, and pedal for a grand, full sound. Best for mid to late beginner level and a fantastic choice for a recital piece.
This old New Zealand sea ballad has recaptured the attention of modern audiences — and for good reason! Like many sailor songs and sea shanties, Wellerman has a memorable melody with interesting rhythms that perfectly fit a ship and crew sailing across the ocean waves. This arrangement for early to mid intermediate piano will suit students of any age.
One of the most memorable and recognizable musical themes from the Tim Burton Disney film “The Nightmare Before Christmas”!
This is an “easy piano” arrangement written in large print. It modulates between A minor, G minor, and C minor (with no key signatures; all flats and sharps are written as accidentals). Some finger numbers are included to assist with hand movement and arpeggios. Written for late elementary pianists and accessible for smaller hands. Great to play during both Halloween and Christmas seasons.
Note: Sheet music has been updated and no longer includes a D.S. al Coda as shown in the video (the repeated section has been written into the music instead).
The iconic Halloween song from the Tim Burton Disney film “The Nightmare Before Christmas”! This is an early intermediate piano solo arrangement, written in large print. Includes multiple key changes (all flats and sharps are written as accidentals, no key signatures). Also includes some courtesy accidentals. Can be played by smaller hands. Fun to play during both Halloween and Christmas seasons!
Trick-or-Treating captures the playful spirit of Halloween. Staccato passages feel like mischievous children in costume tiptoeing from house to house (will they play a trick or get a treat?!), followed by dramatic unisons, octaves, and full four-note chords that absolutely scream, “THIS IS HALLOWEEN!” This late intermediate to early advanced Halloween piano solo is perfect for a Halloween recital piece or and will get everyone in the mood for something delightfully spooky!
Skeleton Dance is SO much fun to play! Heavy swing, syncopated rhythms, LH stride, grace notes, big chords — this is a definite favorite for a Halloween advanced piano solo. Use it as a showpiece for your Halloween piano recital, or enjoy playing it all through the Halloween season to bring out that delightfully spooky mood!
The monster under the bed takes on a whole new concept with Mister Pumpkinhead, whose attempts to scare the little ones are met with offerings of friendship and candy. Beginner pianists will love hearing his story and playing his bouncy original song filled with repeating patterns and spooky-sounding minor thirds and seconds. This is a fantastic choice for a beginner performance piece at an autumn or Halloween piano recital.
Moonlit Walk is a somber beginner piece in C minor. It has moving melodic lines in both hands, played in turn so that the two hands are not moving simultaneously and so that beginners can focus their attention on the moving hand. It also has atypical hand positions (instead of both in C), all intervals are steps or skips (except one), and finger numbers are only included occasionally to help develop reading skills. Moonlit Walk is a contemporary beginner Halloween piece that is smooth, serious, and sad in tone.
Burgmüller’s “Ballade” is a popular piece with interesting contrasting musical themes. This newly revised edition is ideal for early intermediate students and develops musical interpretation skills as well as finger technique (especially for the left hand). Because of its mysterious minor introduction and ending, it’s a great choice for a Halloween or fall piano recital piece.
All Original Classics are historic works, reformatted and edited for readability and accessibility for today’s pianists.
Soft, broken chords and a sad refrain paint a picture of lonesome beauty in this 3-page piano solo. The melody passes from treble to bass with continual flowing accompaniment and develops a progressively deeper tone over the course of the piece before ultimately dying away.
With flickering eyes like witch hats and a fearsome pointy-toothed grin, Jack-O-Lantern chants his scary song from the front porch steps as All Hallow’s Eve begins. This composition combines bass Left Hand minor melody, black keys, spooky seconds, minor triads, and staccatos to capture the delightfully frightful spirit of the holiday.
Whether they’re raiding your candy bag or tying your shoelaces together, these mischievous little hobgoblins put the “trick” in “trick-or-treat”! You might feel a little hobgoblin coming out in you when you play this delightfully spooky composition.
A studio favorite, this original composition hails from the untamed hills of Scotland where Medieval Scots traveled and fought for their clans. The minor melody bred from Scottish beauty and strength quickly draws the listener in with impressions of adventuring and battling across the lonely landscapes through centuries past.
The hypnotic powers of this archetypal vampire will capture the minds of your listeners as you play his portentous waltz. This composition featuring bass Left Hand melody is for any Halloween-loving pianist who wants something fun and easy to learn.
Chromatic passages in the right hand feel like a spider spinning its web while supported by ominous three-note chords in the left hand. (Just keep an eye out for those tricky passages that look chromatic but aren’t!)
A spinoff of the classic 12-bar blues, “Tombstone Boos” helps newer pianists swing their way into the Halloween season. A spine-tingling jazzy chord closes out this late beginner number filled with syncopation, swing rhythm, hand movement, and more.
* The Studio License comes with two versions: one with the C minor key signature and one with no key signature (all accidentals). The Single-User License comes with one version that has no key signature (all accidentals). Both versions sound the same when played.