26 January 2018
Learn how to play 'Let It Go' from Disney's Frozen with the score for this popular piece appearing inside Pianist issue 100, perfect for the intermediate player.
'Let It Go' song background
This anthem of one woman’s anger, loneliness and independence (‘A kingdom of isolation, and it looks like I’m the Queen... the cold never bothered me anyway’) became a worldwide hit for Demi Lovato in 2013, though Idina Menzel sang it on the original soundtrack of the Disney movie Frozen.
It’s 6 pages long, so it will take a bit of work, but it’s well worth the effort!
Take time to study the score first. Mark out the different sections, think about where the climaxes are and so on. Even if the notes fit well under the hand, the song has its tricky moments, mainly because of the swift tempo. The hardest part is obvious: Bars 77-78 in the RH. These will require practising in isolation, and building up the speed gradually.
There are also many repeated chords, octaves, thirds and sixths. These will need a relaxed wrist if your hand is not to seize up. Fingerings have been added here and there. It may be worth bearing in mind that the performance on the covermount CD is in the spirit of a pop arrangement, making fairly free with notes and rhythms from time to time.
Use ample pedal, changing when the harmonies alter.