Prairie Creek Sunrise is the third in a series of elementary pieces written for the older or more mature piano student. This serene and tranquil piece is full of beauty and is an excellent way of encouraging sensitive playing. The piece is in a comfortable position and though it explores different parts of the piano, it does so in a simple way that’s easy to remember.
This “In Beautiful Places” currently includes Prairie Creek Sunrise, By the Blue-green Bay, and In Miller’s Meadow and all of these are fantastic choices for the older beginner, teens, adults, or any students who love beautiful music.
Features of Prairie Creek Sunrise
Prairie Creek Sunrise are in familiar positions, but they are not the usual “middle C” or C position. Students’ hands sit in D position for some of the piece and then a modified middle C position in others. The piece is very easy to play, even for students struggling with hands together playing. This is because the piece never has two notes play at once yet it’s beautiful and very mature sounding.
All accidentals are written in, so there is no key signature.
The smallest note value is the quarter note. The entire piece contains only quarter, half, and whole notes.
There are only four pedal changes, making it easy even for a student who has never played with the damper pedal before.
The “In Beautiful Places” Series
Prairie Creek Sunrise is the third in the “In Beautiful Places” series. The seed of this series was planted upon the creation of Up Sandy Ripple Road which was inspired by the critically acclaimed author, Wendell Berry. If you love this pieces, you’ll also love these pieces:
Note: Up Sandy Ripple Road is only available as a print since it is published by Willis Piano Music. So we’re excited to be able to bring you a new series of these “In Beautiful Places” pieces available as a studio license this time.
Who will enjoy Prairie Creek Sunrise
We’ve heard from all ages of students about these pieces, so it’s appropriate for any age. But we’ve heard from many adults and teens who are loving these pieces and that’s exactly for whom they were written!