Yury Falik is one of the most performed St Petersburg composers. His musical style is crisp and clear, open emotional attitude and poetic musical language ensure the success that his works always had by the audience.
Falik’s style is clearly discerned also in music addressed to the youngest musicians. Laconic pieces of the 1st cycle (which is actually a namesake of Prokofiev’s Children’s music) introduce different piano skills, styles and genres. The bright music sketch Cat’s house aflame ends the cycle. With a bit of imagination one can outline music pictures in the hurricane of this ‘drama’ — bell tolls, hurring with help animals stumble, even cackling of the hen running about with water bucket can be discerned.
Nadia’s tales require some skill from the pianist. The music material is complex, the rhythm is syncopated, chords are widely layed out. Young pianists definitely will like Jolly Pif with its ‘barking cluster chords or Princess and the Pea adorned with the mist of ages or Merry-go-round with its spring-like energy. Both cycles undoubtedly will benefit greatly to the children’s piano repertoire.
Music for children
The Small Canon (Music text example)
“The Cat's House Burned Down”
Nadia's Fairy Tales. 5 pieces for piano
2. Soft Snow Is Falling Down
3. Happy Pif
4. The Princess and the Pea