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Musicroom’s Staff Picks – 11th July 2022

Stromae: Multitude

With a Rwandan father that he did not see often and a Flemish mother who single-handedly ran a household of six, Stromae was born Paul Van Haver in 1985 in Brussels. He grew up with this sometimes blurry and chaotic double identity, a relationship to himself and others that he learned to soothe through music. An innate alchemist of opposites, he found the magic formula for mixing rap, afrobeat and francophone lyrics without offending the tradition tied to one or corrupting the dance DNA that the others share. The albums Cheese (2010) and Racine Carrée (2013) spearheaded by the titles Alors On Danse, Papaoutai and Formidable exceeded all expectations, filled concert venues and took over dancefloors: 4 million albums were sold (including 3.5 million physical sales). To date, his discography has about 6.5 billion streams worldwide. Discover now the official folio of his new album Multitude!

Gradebusters: Grade 2

Boost your performance with these songs, all specially arranged for students at Grade 2 level. Songs include “Someone Like You” (Adele), “Shotgun” (George Ezra), “Havana” (Camila Cabello), “He’s a Pirate” (Pirates of the Caribbean), “Star Wars: Main Theme” (John Williams), and more. Demonstration, backing tracks, and piano accompaniment PDFs are included in the price of this book and can be streamed or downloaded using the unique code found inside. This edition includes PLAYBACK+, a multi-functional audio player that allows you to slow down audio without changing pitch, set loop points, change keys, and pan left or right – available exclusively from Hal Leonard. Now available for Flute, Clarinet and Cello.

Igor Stravinsky: March, Waltz and Polka

Russian-born, French adopted and American settlee and composer Igor Stravinsky had a revolutionary impact on pre and post World War I classical music. His musical thought and sensibility remain a touchstone of modernism, serialism and neo-classicism with iconic pieces such as Rite of Spring, Firebird and Petruschka. The March, Waltz, and Polka were first composed in 1915 as a collection of three piano duets for Stravinsky and his children. They have been arranged for Clarinet and Piano by the American musician Ray Jackendoff, a Professor of Linguistics and professional clarinestist based in the Boston area.

Encanto: We Don’t Talk About Bruno

Encanto took the world by storm with “We Don’t Talk About Bruno!” Sung in the movie by by Pepa and Félix, alongside their children Dolores and Camila, the song warns Mirabel not to mention her uncle Bruno, who has the gift of telling prophecy. Written by Lin-Manuel Miranda and performed by an ensemble that includes Carolina Gaitán, Mauro Castillo, Adassa, Rhenzy Feliz, Diane Guerrero, and Stephanie Beatriz, We Don’t Talk About Bruno reflects the rise of latin pop music. Indeed the piece fluctuates through different musical styles, from Cuban piano sounds, a cha-cha feel to tongue twisters. With arrangements for SSA, SAB, 3-Part, “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” is sure to make you the favourite teacher of the year! Other titles from Encanto are also available on Musicroom such as the equally popular songs “The Family Madrigal”, “Two Oruguitas”, “Surface Pressure” and “Colombia, Mi Encanto”.

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