Perpetuum Mobile – transcribed for piano

Musical Aptitude Test - Specimen test paper (answer sheet)

MAT – Specimen paper answer sheet

We have created a target set of training materials for the Music Aptitude Test in conjunction with music technology experts. These sample tests are created in line with the MAT syllabus and will help you prepare for the test. Our test materials  Blank test sheets and answers are available to download on our dedicated Music Aptitude Test web site.


This is one of my favourite piano pieces – it looks deceptively tricky, especially due to the wacky time signatures, but once you get the perpetual motion working, it’s not too hard. The challenging bit is where both hands have the same melody at the same time – have fun working out what fingers to use to make this legato! The piece is around Grade 2 – 3 as an indication of difficulty. Keep your wrists loose and flexible whilst playing this piece – don’t lock your wrist and try to reach the notes without letting your hand move freely around the keys.

Here is the original version of the piece by the Penguin Cafe Orchestra, written by Simon Jeffes:

And my version:

My transcription is only available to my piano students. Find an alternative arrangement in this book.

This version is only available to SE22 Piano School students. You can find an alternative arrangement of the piece by clicking on this image.

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27 Responses to Perpetuum Mobile – transcribed for piano

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  3. John says:

    Hi – The download for your PDF of Perpetuum Mobile doesn’t work.
    Regards
    John

  4. Brian says:

    This is great! Any chance I could get it too?

  5. Matthew says:

    Hi, Thank you so much for this! I was looking everywhere for it! Do you know the violin part, in the middle of the piece, where the sequence keeps getting higher?

  6. Lynn Remy says:

    Hello I would like to request the PDF of the sheet music, I see where you said that you would re-post it, but I can’t seem to locate a link. I would really appreciate you help!

  7. JiaYuan says:

    Could i get a copy of the score as well please

  8. Awesome Blog/Website ! I would love to have some of my students try this piece! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  9. Paul Wongo says:

    I don’t see it, did you remove the download?

  10. Giulio says:

    Hi, is it possible to have the pdf of this sheet? I’d like to give it to my sister who studies piano from a couple of years.

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  12. Leah says:

    When you play the keys, D, E, F, G, with the right hand. What notes are you playing with your left?

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