The new RSL Classical Piano syllabus aims to reflect the widening tastes of young people, positioning itself at the forefront of the vast array of music available to pianists, encompassing the rich heritage of music from the Baroque right through to the modern day and emerging composers. The repertoire strikes a balance between a radical redesign and maintaining a recognisable structure, and sticks to four key principles: championing ethnically diverse composers, representing genders, acknowledging the history and tradition of piano learning, and enabling students to feel comfortable studying music in a popular and classical environment.
The syllabus books are all beautifully presented, and to the high standard for which RSL books have become renowned from their market-leading Rockschool examinations for contemporary music. Each contains 10 pieces from a diverse range of composers and include everything students need to take their exams, including technical exercises and supporting texts for sight-reading, ear tests and general musicianship questions.
- Prelude and Fugue in C minor, BW V 847 from The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1 (Johann Sebastian Bach)
- Allegro first movt. from Sonata in F, K. 332 (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)
- Papillon from Lyric Pieces, Op. 43 (Edvard Grieg)
- Arabesque No. 1 in E from Two Arabesques (Claude Debussy)
- Blue in Green (Take 3) (Miles Davis)
- Maple Leaf Rag (Scott Joplin)
- Allegro first movt. from Sonata in E, Op. 14 No. 1 (Ludwig Van Beethoven)
- Mouvements perpétuels (Francis Poulenc)
- Impromptu: Le Sabbatfrom 4 Pièces caractéristiques (Clara Schumann)
- Cameo No. 3 from 3 Cameos for Piano, Op. 56 (Samuel Coleridge-Taylor)