O CANADA - C. Lavalée - Piano Solo arranged by Martha Hill Duncan
Since Canada welcomed me as an immigrant so many years ago, I wanted my version of its anthem to include varied stylistic moods, rhythms and harmonic colour as well. Starting with a lush introduction in C Major, the melody of this Level 8-9 arrangement makes its way into both hands ending with a downward reflective fadeaway and finishes with a glorious and triumphant A Major final chord flourish.
My favourite and the most challenging section is the climactic chordal bell ringing with grand movements across the keyboard in both hands. I also love the occasional touch of "gospel" articulation in the cadences as well as the quartal descending chords. Enjoy!