Click on the light blue title links to view the first page of selected scores (PDF format).
Prices do not include shipping



The Lion's Tale

18 piano solos for the early reader
Designed for the early reader, these piano solos are intended to explore contemporary sounds and colours. This collection was inspired by the Northern Lights Canadian National Conservatory of Music's Composers & Kids program.



20 Elementary Solos
Red Leaf Pianoworks Anthology, Volume I, 20 Elementary Piano Solos by composers Joanne Bender, John Burge, Martha Hill Duncan, Janet Gieck, Susan Griesdale, Rebekah Maxner, Beverly Porter, Teresa Richert, Peter Rudzik

Rainy Days for Solo Piano, 2015

Elementary to Intermediate, Cdn. Gr. 1 - 5
These playful pieces are dedicated to my dearest playmates Rebecca and Michael, growing up in Houston, Texas, and are inspired by rainy days stuck indoors.  Gr. 1: Pillow Fight, Gr. 2: 52 Pickup, Gr. 3: Monkeys on the Bed, Rock, Paper Scissors, Paper Dolls, Gr. 4: Paper Airplanes, Crazy 8s, 1 Mississippi, 2 Mississippi, Gr. 5: Canasta, Dear Diary, In The Mirror

Click here to show Sound & Score samples

Pillow Fight


Monkeys on the Bed


Rock, Paper, Scissors


Paper Dolls


Paper Airplanes






Dear Diary


In the Mirror


1 Mississippi, 2 Mississippi


Zarzamora Suite for Solo Piano, 2014

Late Intermediate - Advanced, Cdn. Gr. 7-10
Zarzamora Suite is loosely based on five Spanish street names, that figured prominently in my life as a child and young adult in Austin and San Antonio, Texas.  1. Zarzamora was inspired by my father's street car memories, my grandmother's zippy driving and my own experience of learning to drive on hilly San Antonio streets.  2. Dolorosa touches on bittersweet memories.  3. Mariposa was the street I lived on during university years in Austin. 4. Brazos is an Austin street and was written for my husband Martin, who I met on a train to Mexico City.  5. Guadalupe is known as the "drag" in Austin and is home to a colorful mix of students, shops, vendors, congestion and academia. M.H. Duncan, 2014

Click here to show Sound & Score samples


If Dogs Could Talk, 2011

Beginner to Cdn. Gr. 1/2
These "pianosongs" are designed to develop rhythm, reading and pitch matching skills in the aspiring young musician. In addition, by highlighting dramatic musical effects in each, I  hoped to capture the young performer's imagination.  Rumble Tumble has marching staccatos, rhythmic tapping and clapping.  Little Bird sings it's legato line in both the RH and LH, whereas in Twins, the melody intertwines between the two.  The African Kitty  pounces from behind a chair  with a big forte crash, followed by the lowest E. Sleepy Head and Sunnier Days explore 3/4 and 6/8 time in a more lyrical and legato setting. If Dogs Could Talk tackles the key of Bb Major with a tail wagging accelerando to the end. M.H. Duncan, 2011

Click here to show Sound & Score samples

- SubtitleRumble Tumble
More Info


Even More Info

Little Bird




African Kitty


Sleepy Head


Sunnier Days


Flying Horses, Talking Fish, 2011

Late Beginner to Cdn. Gr. 2
The second level of "pianosongs",  this set explores slightly more challenging keys and musical concepts: I Want To Fly - A Major with LH crossovers, Why? - D minor with detailed articulation,  Moonlight - B minor with pedal, This and That - Eb Major with rhythmic rest challenges.  Party Plans - C minor with frequent keyboard shifts and  Flying Horses, Talking Fish - G minor with detailed articulation and dynamics. M.H. Duncan, 2011

Click here to show Sound & Score samples

I Want to Fly


This and That




Party Plans




Flying Horses, Talking Fish


Angular Measures for Solo Piano, 2008

Late Intermediate to Advanced ~ Cdn. Gr. 7 - 9

Angular Measures for Solo Piano, 2008 -- With CD ---

Four explorations of reverberant sound and rhythm with opposing black and white keys between the hands. Quadrangle (Cdn. Gr. 7) explores a projected LH line,under RH clusters.  Pentangle (Cdn. Gr. 8) focuses on strong driving rhythms and colorful drumming effects. Triangle (Cdn. Gr. 7/8)  imitates a triangle with percussive tingling, accellerandos and pedal effects. Tangle (Cdn. Gr. 9) is mystical and lyrical with gong effects in the bass. M.H. Duncan, 2008

Click here to show Sound & Score samples









Cottage Days for Solo Piano, 2008

Elementary to Intermediate, Cdn. Gr. 1 - 5,

Cottage Days, 2008 --- With CD ---

This summer collection consists of  ten colorful  soundscapes and one playful elementary "dog" duet. Opening the day with Misty Morning (Cdn. Gr. 1) the pieces move through the day with  Summer Lightning (Cdn. Gr. 2) and Rowboat at the Dock (Cdn. Gr. 4) where the player is asked to simulate the knocking of a boat against a dock.  Cicadas and Cattails (Cdn. Gr. 3) and Dragonflies, Waterlilies and Sandcastles (Cdn. Gr. 5-6) use cross overs and pedal to create a sonorous and expressive buildup.  Fire Circle (Cdn. Gr. 3) and August Moon (Cdn. Gr. 5) close the day and the season.    M.H. Duncan, 2008

Click here to show Sound & Score samples

Misty Morning


Summer Lightning


Rowboat at the Dock






Dragon Flies


Sand Castles


Fire Circle


August Moon


The Dog That Was and The Dog That Is* (Piano Duet)


Isla Vista Suite for Solo Piano, 2008

Late Intermediate - Advanced, RCM Gr. 7 - 9

Isla Vista Suite for Solo Piano, 2008 --- With CD ---

Isla Vista is a colorful and lively community bordered by the Pacific Ocean and UC, Santa Barbara. My family and I share memories of eucalyptus groves, tidepools, the over-wintering site for the monarch butterfly and the dry and dangerous Santa Ana winds. M.H. Duncan, 2008

Click here to show Sound & Score samples

- NEW RCM Grade 7The Eucalyptus Grove




- NEW RCM Grade 9Monarchs


- NEW RCM Grade 9Santa Ana Winds


Precipitations for Solo Piano, 2009

Late Intermediate to Advanced, Cdn. Grades 7 - 9

Precipitations, 2009 --- With CD ---

Seven highly contrasted "weather-related" soundscapes that can be played individually or as a complete recital set.  They sound much harder than they actually are, and use frequent patterning, shifting harmonies, extended pedal effects and rhythmic drumming between the hands.  Gr. 7: First Snow, Sunshower and  Drizzle, Gr. 8: Sundog, Dryspell and Hail. Gr. 9: Racing the Storm. M.H. Duncan, 2009

Click here to show Sound & Score samples





Dry Spell


Racing the Storm




First Snow




The Sunken Garden for Solo Piano, 2008

Advanced, RCM Gr. 10
This three movement work, commissioned by Mexican-Canadian pianist Jorge Suarez, was inspired by The Sunken Gardens and Theater built in an abandoned limestone quarry in San Antonio, Texas. The movements are designed to be played either individually or straight through with a gentle lead in between each.  1. The Japanese Tea Garden is set amidst limestone and water and reflects the stratified nature of the garden.  2. The River speaks to it's  timeless flow, starting as a tiny trickle and making its way through the land.  3. The Theater in its outdoor and casual setting pays tribute to my Texas upbringing with its warm nostalgic and Hispanic flavor.  M.H. Duncan, 2008

Click here to show Sound & Score samples

- NEW RCM Grade 10The Japanese Tea Garden

- NEW RCM Grade 10 (Pianist: Kaleigh Alkenbrack)The River


- NEW RCM Grade 10 (Pianist: Kaleigh Alkenbrack)The Theatre

Solution Graphics