5 Staff Classical Music Picks for February’s YouPerform Contest

Are you practicing your video entry for February’s YouPerform Contest? In January, we had announced new rules that would allow you to pick from over 1,000 songs featured in our Musicnotes Editions format. Some of you had asked why we limited the contest to the songs that we had arranged. All of our Musicnotes Editions are songs that are within the public domain that we arranged, which gives us the ability to offer you permission to record your performance. Even though you may love songs like Bella’s Lullaby or Stairway to Heaven, legally we can’t grant you permission to record the song. That right belongs to the copyright holder.

The good news is that we do have over 1,000 songs that you can pick from for your chance to win a $100 gift certificate to Musicnotes.com. If you want to, you can download our free sheet music song of the month to perform as your contest entry, or pick from any of the songs in the ever-growing Musicnotes Editions list.

Five Classical Sheet Music Song Picks for the YouPerform Contest

  • Clair de Lune composed by Claude Debussy continues to be a popular not only with our staff, but with music lovers as well. This song was featured in the movie Twilight and offers musicians the chance to add their impressions of this world-renowed favorite.
  • Ave Maria, a song brought to life by Franz Schubert, is gorgeous for both a vocalist or a pianist. One of the versions of Ave Maria that we offer includes a full set of lyrics, vocal line and piano accompaniment. This piece makes a great contest entry because it tends to be performed extremely emotionally, offering the performer an opportunity to shine.
  • Nocturne in C-Sharp Minor by Chopin is another classical piece that begs to be played very emotionally but carefully. When you play pieces with a lot of phrasing like this, the trick is to master your footwork on the pedals.
  • Toccata and Fugue in D Minor by Bach is a very technical piece that shows off your fingering. The nice thing about this particular piece, is that it is excellent for flutists as well because you can pull out the treble line with little to no difficulty. If you want to show off how accurate your fingering is while playing at high speeds, this is the song for you.
  • Flight of the Bumblebee by Rimsky-Korsakov is another one of those famous classical pieces that works well for any instrument. From trumpet solos to piano and everything in between, this is a challenging classical song that is very demanding to play and play well.

When you’re picking your favorite classical music piece from our Musicnotes Editions, take a look at what you feel is right for your style of performing. From very emotional pieces like Fur Elise to technical songs like Golliwog’s Cake Walk, you’ll want an arrangement that works well for your level of playing ability and plays to your strengths.

Don’t forget, you can always download the free sheet music we offer every month to enter as your contest entry, too! Watch for more contest news this week!

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