The Tsubaki, or the camellia flower, is vibrant and beautiful. There are over 100-300 species, and close to 3,000 hybrids! Talk about theme and variations…
Now, this piece is no theme and variations, but the elegant pentatonic motive is easy to grasp and play. The challenge is in making the simple music, well, musical! Tsubaki challenges late beginner to early intermediate students with its dynamic contrast and rubato feel.
Show a picture or two of the subtly beautiful camellia flower to your students before assigning this piece!