Perpetuum Mobile – transcribed for easy / intermediate level piano

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Perpetuum Mobile: This is one of my favourite piano pieces – it looks deceptively tricky, especially due to the wacky time signatures, but once you get the perpetual motion working, it’s not too hard. The challenging bit is where both hands have the same melody at the same time – have fun working out what fingers to use to make this legato! The piece is around Grade 2 – 3 as an indication of difficulty. Keep your wrists loose and flexible whilst playing this piece – don’t lock your wrist and try to reach the notes without letting your hand move freely around the keys.

Here is the original version of the piece by the Penguin Cafe Orchestra, written by Simon Jeffes:
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvbCV6E0Wro]

And my version:

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IstTD6Czfjw]

My transcription is only available to my piano students. Find an alternative arrangement in this book.

This version is only available to SE22 Piano School students. You can find an alternative arrangement of the piece by clicking on this image.

Author: Lorraine Liyanage

Owner of the SE22 Piano School in East Dulwich. Founder and Director of the Dulwich Music Festival. Piano teacher based in East Dulwich since 2007.