La Vale des Fleurs, by Anna Steiger, age 8. Written circa 1972.

Anna Steiger is an opera singer. When she was a child in London she took piano lessons from Carola Grindea. Ms. Grindea was a remarkable teacher. She felt that children had something to say musically so she included composition as part of her lessons. This piece, “La Valse des Fleurs” (Flowers Waltz) was written by Anna Steiger when she was 8 years old.

The best recording of this piece received by February 15, 2015 will receive a $15 gift certificate Amazon.com. Pianists age 14 and younger are eligible.

Please post your recording (and you may also post a video of you playing the music) under the category Music: Young Composers and Musicians.

A PDF of the music that can print out: Anna Steiger Waltz

About the Author

In 1973, I was twenty years old, teaching children’s art classes at my college, the University of California, Santa Cruz, and came up with the idea that the best way to encourage children to write was to introduce them to the best writing by their peers. Stone Soup grew out of that idea. Along with co-editor Gerry Mandel, I have continued to edit and publish Stone Soup for all these years. I am also a culinary historian. I write about traditional foodways. My book, “The Magic of Fire,” is about hearth cooking. My book, “Bread, a global history,” speaks for itself. I am currently writing a bread history for a University Press. I publish articles on gardening and traditional foodways at Mother Earth News. I also publish on wild mushrooms and other food-related subjects.

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