So many ideas inspired this elementary piano solo – a misty mountain range to the gorgeous blues of the sky. A Distant Blue seemed like just the right title for a blue that’s just beyond your reach. A blue that’s full of mystery and intrigue. A blue changes as you study and observe. A blue that just feels like you almost have it in reach, but not quite.
Features of A Distant Blue
A Distant Blue is in C major with a dark, lowered 6th. The piece is easy to play and features easy hand crossings. The left hand contributes with deep fifths on C and F. A Distant Blue contains mostly steps and skips in the right hand, but it uses the entire piano with 8vas and easy whole tone scale passages.
Who will enjoy A Distant Blue
Any age of student with an appreciation for nuanced sound or a need to learn it. This piece feels like it could accompany an interesting scene from an epic movie, so it is appealing even to older elementary students like teenagers and adults.
It is a good idea to play this piece for the student before they attempt to play it on their own. This will give them a vision of the nuanced beauty that they can achieve. There are many hand crossings in this piece, but what makes them easy is that almost all of them cross to an A flat! Take a moment before the student plays the piece to note all the Ab’s in the LH that are at the beginning of a hand crossing. This will help make these hand crossings easier to master.