I recently received a new transfer adult student. She’s an excellent sight-reader and a fun person to be around! She has a great interest in anime (for those of you not familiar with anime [AH-nee-may], it is “a style of animation developed in Japan,” according to Answers.com). Shehas been teaching me quite a bit about anime and video game music. I think I am learning just as much from her as she is from me. =)
Evidently, there is a wealth of free piano arrangements of anime music themes online. The arrangements she has been working on (they are “just for fun” pieces, which accompany her classical repertoire, of course) basically sound like new age solo piano music (think Jim Brickman or George Winston). Below, I’m passing on a few links she shared with me:
- First, you’ve got to listen to this on YouTube: orchestral piece “Sadame” or “Destiny” from an anime movie — simply gorgeous!
- Check out this recording of “Sadame” for piano here, and then find the sheet music here (scroll down to the “Animes” section, and click the pdf icon for “Destiny – Sadame” ).
- Other sites for finding free anime sheet music can be found here, here, and here.
- It can seem overwhelming to browse through these anime sites, especially when you’re not sure what you are looking for. For me, it’s a whole new world within the sheet music realm! According to my student, anything from Final Fantasy, Naruto, and Inuyasha is good.
I hope you find this information helpful for any high-school or college-aged piano students you might have. Happy browsing!