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    Working on Idylle by Emmanuel Chabrier.

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    Im about 4 months into learning piano. Ive been a electric bass/guitar player for like 13 years tho.

    Just learned the Debussy prelude Des Pas Sur La Neige yesterday. Heres an early attempt

    https://soundcloud.com/michael-kagan...s-sur-la-neige
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    Recently, I've been playing some piano transcriptions of symphonies by Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Dvorak and others. This is the only way that I, as a pianist, can experience the orchestral repertoire from a performer's standpoint. (I must admit, I'm totally going through a phase of symphonic-instrument-envy right now! )

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    I'm bravely attempting the Aria from Bach's "Goldberg Variations." It's not especially hard from a purely fingering standpoint, but accurately playing the ornaments is challenging for me.
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    Re-woodshedding Beethoven's Pathetique Sonata. My now deceased teacher would be happy I'm practicing it 1/2 speed to get it back under my fingers so I can avoid " flirtations with neighborly notes" as he would put it.
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    Practising a 10 minute mini-programme on the piano which I'll be performing at a Baroque concert later this year to help raise funds for a local early music group which does great work with children and adults who have special needs. I'm not playing anything technically knotty as I won't have enough time meanwhile to work it up to concert standard, and the whole thing's just a bit of fun anyway: Bach (Prelude in F sharp from Bk.1 of the 48 and Sarabande from French Suite no.1 in D minor) and Scarlatti Sonata in A major K322.

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    Schubert : Part songs , could be I have to accompany this piece again very soon.
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    Currently working Bach inventions and the easier pieces of French suites.

    Going to start on WTC soon.

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    Hey, just found this forum. Last thing I worked on was the Appasionata first movement. Problem is I rarely learn to play it decently before I move on to something else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil loves classical View Post
    Hey, just found this forum. Last thing I worked on was the Appasionata first movement. Problem is I rarely learn to play it decently before I move on to something else.
    I'm pretty much the same way...I prefer reading through lots of pieces, rather than perfecting one or two pieces. The only thing that forces me to polish a piece is when I have a performance coming up. That might work for you: if you want to motivate yourself to spend more time with a piece, then maybe you should arrange some type of recital/performance opportunity for yourself.

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    Since my personal website is getting a serious face-lift soon, I'm woodshedding pieces I used to completely own in preparation for a couple video shoots - Beethoven's Pathetique Sonata, The Minute Waltz, Rachmaninoff's Prelude in C# minor, and perhaps Chopin's Bb minor Scherzo, although it will be the toughest to get back under my fingers.
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    Working on a short recital program to get back in the saddle after a number of years. Here's what I'm thinking so far.

    JS Bach, WTC 1, D-Major P & F, BWV 850
    JS Bach, WTC 1, Eb-Major P & F, BWV 852
    Haydn, E-minor Sonata, HOB XVI/34
    Schubert, Impromptu, Op 90, No 3
    Schubert/Liszt, Erlkönig

    Thoughts? The idea was to try to put together about 30-35 minutes worth of music. I haven't given a solo recital in about 10 years. I want to keep it relatively light, but still provide some fireworks.

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    I wouldn't call the Gothic macabre of "Erlkönig" light! If you can play that, what about Liszt's transcription of Schumann's "Widmung" instead?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Animal the Drummer View Post
    I wouldn't call the Gothic macabre of "Erlkönig" light! If you can play that, what about Liszt's transcription of Schumann's "Widmung" instead?
    Wow, I was completely unfamiliar with that piece, and really enjoyed it. Thank you for the recommendation! Maybe for a future recital.

    I learned Erlkönig recently and it went okay. The second Erlkönig verse starting in C never really got up to snuff and that'll definitely need to be fixed if this is to get up to performance level, but at least the notes are in the head. Luckily, this will just be for friends and family, so I'd imagine the crowd to be pretty forgiving. Working on the Haydn has seemed to really help that piece, too. My issues with it generally came from throwing too much weight down on the repeated notes. Approaching it with a lighter touch cultivated from playing Haydn has seemed to really help.

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    I'm currently working on:

    Bach - 2 part Invention No. 2 in C minor (trying to learn all the 2 part inventions, I can do the 1st and 4th so far)
    Ravel - Pavane Pour Une Infante Defunte

    I've memorized the first couple of pages of Mozart's k 545 and still practice that section but am not going any farther in the piece at the moment.

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