Composed at the late elementary level, Circus Sonatinas contains two Sonatinas with three movements each.
The Sonatinas are as follows:
- Ringmaster’s Parade
- The Flying Trapeze (for the very brave…)
- Black Bear Boogie
- Clown Capers
- Those Amazing Elephants!
- Ferocious Lions (jump through the flames…)
A note from the composer:
“The sonatina form is explored via the imagery of the circus. It is my hope that this will allow students to use their imagination in expressing the contrasting musical themes that occur in the sonatina. All this can be vividly related to the characters and activity in the circus ring. Metronome markings are primarily suggestions and should not hinder young pianists in their interpretation and exploration of the piano’s many sounds and colors.”