“Children’s Land” is a collection of 20 piano pieces, published in 1967. At that time, the composer Akira Yuyama wrote many children’s songs for NHK radio programs. The music publisher, Ongaku No Tomo Sha Corporation, asked him to make this collection. He already serialized piano works in the magazine “Ongaku No Tomo (Friends of Music)” for six months, and he collected those pieces for “Children’s Land”. This is the first children’s piano music collection for him.
The difficulty level of this collection is for beginners and intermediate students. It is an appropriate level for the piano learner who studies Burgmürler’s text and Sonatines, after finishing Bayer’s Piano Method. For children with small hands, the octave is not used. The titles of the songs were chosen from the life of children such as ‘Something Good May Happen!’ and ‘Yawning’, which had great popularity. In ‘Jazz’ and ‘Space Station’, modern musical resonance is actively used.
At the end of the book, as a ‘Guide for Performance’, Yuyama wrote an explanation of each song for the teachers, the mothers and for the children. This collection aimed for children to enjoy the piano while using their imagination in their daily lives, and improving piano performance techniques including the use of pedals and articulations.