#EVERY

VOICE

CHALLENGE

Welcome to the #EveryVoiceChallenge! Our mission is to champion and celebrate diversity in the classical piano repertoire by promoting music by composers of colour. A curated collection of well-known classics, unearthed gems, and specially commissioned new pieces, Kamilla's passion project challenges music students and teachers alike to embrace the wealth of music for the piano by often neglected composers. 

The pieces in the Challenge are organised from beginner level to ABRSM Grade 8 and beyond, and each level contains works that are available free with the project, as well as ones that are available for purchase from third parties. Want to diversify your own collection? Get suggestions to start your own #EveryVoiceChallenge-inspired library HERE. And don’t hesitate to suggest your own work ― our database is growing by the day, and we’re keen to learn about music we may have missed!

 

You can find information about the composers in the collection HERE, and see the list below to listen to, download or purchase music. Then look out for email updates on upcoming #EveryVoiceChallenge Virtual Student Concerts. 

 

Don't forget to follow and post on social media: @everyvoicechallenge #everyvoicechallenge. 

 

Enjoy the collection, and we look forward to hearing your performances!

  It's Easy:

1

PICK your piece from the collection

2

PRACTICE it

3

PERFORM it in #EveryVoiceChallenge Virtual Concerts!

 

Special thanks to composers and musicians who have composed for or donated works to this project: Anthony R. Green, Brittany J. Green, Regina Harris Baiocchi, Alice H. Jones, Julian Joseph, Brian H. Kim, Wilbert Roget II, Alice Shyy, Ayo Vincent and Kaoru Wada.

beginner

The Entertainer

Scott Joplin (arr. K Arku)

Download

A Brotherhood of Heroes (from Call of Duty WWII)

Wilbert Roget II (arr. K. Arku)

Download

Summer on the Fjord

Kamilla Arku

Download

grade 1

Portrait of Leonore (in A minor)

Brian H. Kim

Download

Baby Zo-Zan

Kaoru Wada

Download

The People Could Fly

Alice H. Jones

Download

Lara's Theme (from Tomb Raider)

Wilbert Roget II (arr. K. Arku)

Download

grade 2

Allegro from Siete Piezas Para Piano

Blas Galindo (ed. K. Arku)

Download

Mother's Sacrifice

L. Viola Kinney (Arr. K. Arku)

Download

I Jweli Ke Maai Ne (Show Your Love)

Reuben Henry (arr. K. Arku)

Download

Soufiane

Halik El-Dabh

Buy

Ella Scats the Little Lamb

Valerie Capers

Buy

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Grade 3

Portrait of Leonore (in G minor)

Brian Kim

Download

We Real Cool: piano etude #4

Regina Harris Baiocchi

Download

Passiflora

Yuji Takahashi (ed. K. Arku)

Download

 

My Scarf is Yellow

Hale Smith

Buy

 

grade 4

The Monk

Valerie Capers

Download
 

Kagayaki, Op.26 No.2

Sakri Abe (arr. K. Arku)

Download

HB4A

Regina Harris Baiocchi

Download

The Entertainer

Scott Joplin (arr. Vaitzman Or)

Download

 

Blues for the Duke

Valerie Capers

Buy

Waltz for Miles

Valerie Capers

Buy

Tender Thought

Ulysses Kay

Buy

 

Dusk

Nkeiru Okoye

Buy

Off-Beat Shorty

Hale Smith

Buy

 

grade 5

The Weeping Willow Rag

Scott Joplin

Download

La femme complexe (from Portraits for piano)

Brittany J. Green

Download

Udje

Fred Onovwerosuoke

Buy

Ayevwiomo Dance no. 2

Fred Onovwerosuoke

Buy

Tunis

Fred Onovwerosuoke

Buy

Billie's Song

Valerie Capers

Buy

Sweet Mister Jelly Roll 

Valerie Capers

Buy

Mr. Satchmo

Valerie Capers

Buy

Cancion de la Havana

Valerie Capers

Buy

Breeze

Toru Takemitsu

Buy

Ticklin' Toes

Florence B. Price

Buy

Dancing Barefoot in the Rain

Nkeiru Okoye
Buy

Rippling Spring Waltz

Estelle D. Ricketts

Buy

 

Lullaby

Bangambula Vindu

Buy

Lament in Tremelo Form

Laurindo Almeida

Buy

Piano Piece No. 2, Call and Response

Robert Mawuena Kwami

Buy

Cuban Liberty March

Anna Gardner Goodwin

Buy

 

grade 6

Miss Simmons

Julian Joseph (arr. Michael Csanyi-Wills)

Download

La fille dans les nuages (from Portraits for piano)

Brittany J. Green

Download

La mère dans le marché (from Portraits for piano)

Brittany J. Green

Download
 

The Peacherine Rag

Scott Joplin

Download

 

Humouresque op. 31 no. 1

Samuel Coleridge Taylor

Download

 

At the Dawn of Day/ Loko ku ti ga (from Twenty-Four Negro Melodies)

Samuel Coleridge Taylor

Download

The Stones Are Very Hard/ Maribye ma nonoha ngopfu (from Twenty-Four Negro Melodies)

Samuel Coleridge Taylor

Download

 

Take Nabandkji (from Twenty-Four Negro Melodies)

Samuel Coleridge Taylor

Download

 

Herero Wedding Dance

Fred Onovwerosuoke

Buy

Iroro

Fred Onovwerosuoke

Buy

Edo

Fred Onovwerosuoke

Buy

Pende (from 24 Studies in African Rhythms Vol. 2)

Fred Onovwerosuoke

Buy

Ayevwiomo Dance 1

Fred Onovwerosuoke

Buy

Ufie III

Christian Onyeji

Buy

Honey

Nathaniel Dett

Buy

The Cuckoo

Howard Swanson

Buy

Prelude No. 2 'Poor Mourner's Got a Home'

Wallace M. Cheatham

Buy

Oga

Christian Onyeji

Buy

At a Certain Church

John W. Work III

Buy

Volta Fantasy

J.H. Kwabena Nketia

Buy

Nigerian Dance No. 1

Joshua Uzoigwe

Buy

Invention No. 2

Ulysses Kay

Buy

Prelude No. 1 'Joshua fit the Battle of Jericho'

Wallace M. Cheatham

Buy

Preludio Cubano

Amadeo Roldan y Gardes

Buy

Silk Hat and Walking Cane

Florence B. Price

Buy

Igbá Kerin - Àwon Abàmi Eye

Akin Euba

Buy

Igbá Kìnní - Akèrè gbè Baba Emu

Akin Euba

Buy

Basseet

Halim El-Dabh

Buy

Nim Nawakht

Halim El-Dabh

Buy

Builsa Work Song

J. H. Kwabena Nketia

Buy

Spring Intermezzo

Betty Jackson King

Buy

 

grade 7

Le garçon qui passe (from Portraits for piano)

Brittany J. Green

Download

Deep River (from Twenty-Four Negro Melodies)

Samuel

Coleridge-Taylor

Download

They Will Not Lend Me A Child/ A ba boleki nwana (from Twenty-Four Negro Melodies)

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

Download

The Single Petal of a Rose

Duke Ellington

Download

 

My Lovely

Julian Joseph

Download

The Maple Leaf Rag

Scott Joplin 

Download

Chained Hands in Prayer

Yuji Takahashi

Download

Moving Shadows Under Water (any movement)

Yuji Takahashi

Download

Night Music

Yuji Takahashi

Download

Revelation from the Sea (any movement)

Yuji Takahashi

Download

Before Dawn (any movement)

Yuji Takahashi

Download

Okoye

Fred Onovwerosuoke

Buy

Ayevwiomo Dance 3

Fred Onovwerosuoke

Buy

Mother Earth (from 24 Studies in African Rhythms Vol. 2)

Fred Onovwerosuoke

Buy

Agbadza

Fred Onovwerosuoke

Buy

If the Silver Bird Could Speak

Eleanor Alberga

Buy

 

Take Me Back

John W. Work III

Buy

La Dangereuse

Ludovic Lamothe

Buy

 

Juba Dance

R. Nathaniel Dett

Buy

 

Jamaican Dance No. 2

Oswald Russell

Buy

 

Nimble Feet

Florence B. Price

Buy

 

Papillons

Oswald Russell

Buy

Variations on an Egyptian Folksong

Gamal Abdel-Rahim

Buy

Flowers in the Sand: Colours in the Dunes

Bongani Ndodana-Breen

Buy

Für Elena

Diana Arismendi

Buy

 

Prelude

George Walker

Buy

 

grade 8

​Oren

Julian Joseph

Download

Dispersed Calligraphy

Yuji Takahashi

Download

Bachiana Afroasiatica (any movement)

Yuji Takahashi

Download

kerokero kororo (graphic score)

Yuji Takahashi

Download

Flowers in the Sand: After the First Rain

Bongani Ndodana-Breen

Buy

Prelude No. 3: Didn't It Rain

Wallace M. Cheatham

Buy

 

Scenes from Traditional Life No. 1

Akin Euba

Buy

 

Cell Fone Blues

Ed Bland

Buy

Tumbao

Tania Leon

Buy

I wouldn't normally say

Errollyn Wallen

Buy

Prelude for Piano

Julia Perry

Buy

Caprice

George Walker

Buy

 

Ukom

Joshua Uzoigwe

Buy

Troubled Water

Margaret Bonds

Buy

The Lotus

Gyimah Labi

Buy

Barka

Fred Onovwerosuoke

Buy

Raging River Dance (from 24 Studies in African Rhythms Vol. 2)

Fred Onovwerosuoke

Buy

 

grade 8+

To Anacreon in the US

Anthony R. Green

Download

Bluedream

Brittany J. Green

Download

 

Coma Dance

Halim El-Dabh

Buy

Toccata

Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson

Buy

Fantasie Negre

Florence B. Price

Buy

The Bamboula

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

Buy

Humoresque No. 1

Oswald Russell

Buy

Etude in C-sharp Minor

H. Leslie Adams

Buy

Afro Arab Blues

Ali Osman

Buy

Egwu Amala

Joshua Uzoigwe

Buy

Rhapsody No. 4

Lettie Beckon Alston

Buy

Rain Tree Sketch II

Toru Takemitsu

Buy

 

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