A colleague recently introduced me to the music from the movie “The Firm”. I haven’t seen the movie, but the music is great – energetic and fun, jazzy and bluesy. It is at the harder end of the spectrum – about Grade 7+ – and teenagers in particular will love it. At least one piece is on the ANZCA syllabus (Memphis Stomp – Grade 7 Jazz I think), but there may well be others. I’ll be using this for my higher-level students as fun pieces to try after exams!
Here is where you can buy it and I’ve included some YouTube clips of people playing the pieces for your info:
|The Firm Soundtrack
By Various. For voice, piano and guitar chords. Piano Solo Songbook. Movies. Difficulty: medium. Songbook. Vocal melody, piano accompaniment, lyrics, chord names, guitar chord diagrams and black & white photos. 64 pages. Published by Hal Leonard (HL.312494)
Mitch and Abby – ballad
Memphis Stomp – funky
Rays’ Blues – slow blues with improv sound
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