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    Hi, I'm new to the forum and this is my first post
    I'm working on Kuhlau Op.55 No.3,
    Invention #8 by Bach,
    and trying to play a couple of Mozart Sonatas... No 10 and 8 and 11.
    Mozart writes the best piano sonatas in the world!
    Also the little pieces are good.
    Does anybody know why Mozart said Alla Turca on his 11 Sonata III. Allegro?

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    I believe it is called "alla turca" because Mozart imitated Turkish Janissary music. The rolled chords or whatever they are called in the left hand supposedly imitate some of the rattles or jingles used by Janissary bands. This was considered very exotic at the time.

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    Chopin's Minute Waltz...
    Other than that, I've just been playing around with various things, trying to find another piece that I would really like to learn.
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    Well what's in my signature is what I'm working on but in terms of chamber music now I'm doing Mozart Violin Sonatas with a friend of mine and clarinet trios by Rick Sowash and Khachaturian.
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    Chopin Scherzo Op.31 in B flat
    Rachmaninov Prelude Op.23 No.4
    Liszt Harmonies Poétiques et Religieuses, S.173 7. Funerailles
    Gottschalk Paraphrase de Concert 'Union', Op.48

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    Learning Raga Bhairavi on the sitar.
    "Your mathematics are correct, but your physics are abominable..." Einstein

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    hi!
    I'm new to this forums and this is my first post

    I'm currently working on:
    J.S.Bach: Prelude and Fugue in c-minor
    Beethoven: Sonata in G- major op.14 no. 2 Allegro and Andante
    Chopin: Polonaise op. 40 no 1 Military
    Chopin: Nocturne op.9 no. 1
    Moszkowski: Etude in As-major

    Hope you like it

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    For Clarinet:
    Brahms' Clarinet Sonatas 1 and 2
    Finzi's Five Bagatelles
    Lutoslawski's Dance Preludes

    Organ:
    Vierne's Berceuse
    Satie's Gymnopedies (Written for piano, arranged at sight for organ)
    Choir accompaniment: Hine e Hine, Psalm 24 Howard Goodall, May the road rise to meet you (David Hamilton)

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    Chopin: Nocturne in C# minor post., Nocturne Op. 9 No. 2 in E-flat Major, Nocturne Op. 9 No. 1 in B-flat minor, Fantasie Impromptu, Op.66

    Bolcom: Graceful Ghost Rag

    Beethoven: Pathetique Sonata, No. 8, Op. 13, First Movement
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    Quote Originally Posted by Josef Anton Bruckner View Post
    Chopin: Nocturne in C# minor post., Nocturne Op. 9 No. 2 in E-flat Major, Nocturne Op. 9 No. 1 in B-flat minor, Fantasie Impromptu, Op.66
    I love what you're playing
    These are one of my favourite Chopin's piano pieces!

    btw. I also work on Nocturne op.9 no. 1

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    In the midst of re-learning some pieces I let go (and shouldn't have). Should keep me busy for about a year or so:
    Albeniz: "El Albaicin" from "Suite Iberia."
    Rachmaninoff: Preludes 9,10 and 12 from his Op. 32
    Falla: Three dances from "Three Cornered Hat"
    Liapunov: "Lesginka" from "12 Transcendental Etudes"
    Liszt-Wagner: Entrance of the Gods into Valhalla

    And no, I'm NOT kidding!

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    I'm to pick one of the following 20th century repertoire:

    Einojuhani Rautavaara: Narcissus (2001)
    Serge Prokofieff: Piano Sonata No. 7 (1942)
    Sofia Gubaidulina: Chaconne (1962)
    Richard Danielpour: Mardi Gras from The Enchanted Garden (1992)

    So?

    The Rautavaara ain't interesting at all - it's a rip off of Debussy, whole tone scale, pedal work, rippling water and all. Not to mention that there's a lengthy passage of overlapping "impressionistic" layers, at minimum volume, played with delicate fingers, that really does not suit my tastes.

    The warhorse - at least to those who like C20th piano music - is Prokofiev's 7th Piano Sonata (Stalingrad). I own three recordings of the work - both an advantage and a setback. Plus, if I do learn the piece, I'm not sure if I can manage the whole thing - the first and second movements plus the diabolical third movement toccata. Great, great piece though.

    Many musicians I know consider Sofia Gubaidulina to be a genius of the highest order, with her Chaconne being one of the heights of her pianistic output. She's always exploring with different combinations of sound - even on an 88-key piano, and one can discover passages in her music influenced by composers as diverse as Bach, Schubert, Debussy, Khachaturian, and Prokofiev. Yet even with this fusion of styles and cultures Gubaidulina maintains a unique voice in this highly virtuosic work, dramatic, complex, and certainly a challenge for me to contemplate.

    The only piece here that I can consider "crowd-pleasing" would be the Mardi Gras from American composer Danielpour's first book of Preludes, The Enchanted Garden. It is a fiery, dissonant ragtime romp - a true Mardi Gras, if you may. The only setbacks are some of the more technical aspects of the work: rapid leaps between chords in the left hand as well as a difficult-to-master syncopated rhythm (the "Mardi Gras" rhythm). If I ain't able to let this piece groove, it won't work. It'll just sound like the shallow, lacking-in-substance piece it is.
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    I'm going with some more Chopin Etudes and the Rachmaninoff's variation of Flight Of The Bumblebee.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Air View Post
    The warhorse - at least to those who like C20th piano music - is Prokofiev's 7th Piano Sonata (Stalingrad). I own three recordings of the work - both an advantage and a setback. Plus, if I do learn the piece, I'm not sure if I can manage the whole thing - the first and second movements plus the diabolical third movement toccata. Great, great piece though.
    Agreed. The war sonatas are all awesome. In fact, the other sonatas are pretty awesome too.

    I myself am learning some of Prokofiev's Visions Fugitives, no. 9 at the moment. Also learning Brahms' three intermezzi, op. 117.

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    Working on..
    Beethoven Piano Sonata Op.31 No.3
    Liszt Funerailles
    (Only solo stuff for now, have to prepare them for an audition in early June)
    For chamber music I'm working on Brahms' Piano Trio Op.87, gotta have it learned within the next month and a half or so.
    Ben - Pianist
    Current Pieces in Progress...
    Chopin Scherzo Op.31 in B flat
    Rachmaninov Prelude Op.23 No.4
    Liszt Harmonies Poétiques et Religieuses, S.173 7. Funerailles
    Gottschalk Paraphrase de Concert 'Union', Op.48

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    Quote Originally Posted by bplary View Post
    Working on..
    Beethoven Piano Sonata Op.31 No.3
    Liszt Funerailles
    (Only solo stuff for now, have to prepare them for an audition in early June)
    For chamber music I'm working on Brahms' Piano Trio Op.87, gotta have it learned within the next month and a half or so.
    Don't know your level, but aren't you starting a bit late?

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