Roatan Suite of Piano Music for Children. This suite of music consists of my impressions of of the Honduran island of Roatan. Children love to learn the numbers. They will even memorize it before they learn to read the notes, they love it so much. For piano teachers it is a must for their students. I can’t begin to say how many students came to study piano in Sarasota with me over the years because of it. My hit opus, the Iguana Farm.
My Newly Published Roatan Suite also Makes Use of the Tarantella Dance Form
I compose music everywhere. Sharon and I were on the island of Roatan. We did the first and last show on the island. But that’s another blog. One of my piano students in Sarasota asked me: “Mr. Ohrenstein, why don’t you compose something for children?” So I did. Since, many chamber music groups have asked for the music. All the pieces are real “crowd-pleasers.”While on the island, off the coast of Honduras, I depicted its daily life in a dozen compositions. Their titles with a brief description is listed below. Shortly I will have a piano sampling for listening pleasure.
- The Roatan Rhumba- with fun calypso rhythms
- Island Dreams- expresses the hope that natives have for a better life. Many dream to work on the cruise ships.
- Iguana Farm (Disney would love to get a hold of this one. Ed played it with the pianist in the picture in a Cleveland concert).
- Children on the Beach
- Crazy Taxis on the Island. They are worse than the drivers at the Indy 500.
- Sunrise Worker With Machete- the first perpetual motion Tarantella. It depicts the continual swinging motion of men cutting the grass on the mountains.
- Sauntering on the West End. The beauty of the 1.5 mile walk defies description. The shops are are fun. One is even on a ship.
- Fishing Fleet Expedition
- Deep Sea Diving. Boy, are there colorful specimens below!
- Town of Coxen Hole (named after the famous pirate, Coxen).
- Stroll on the Beach
- Shimmering Water on the Gulf- Another Tarantella. It also uses the Perpetual Motion and rhythms of 6/8 meter.
My Iguana Farm is currently posted as a product. Even my beginner piano students in Sarasota want to play the Iguana Farm. I teach it to them section by section by rote. What a hit! When others hear one of my students play it, I can pick up four or five more students. Sauntering on the West End is also quite popular.