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    I’m preparing some combination of the following Pieces for a concert:

    Chopin- Nocturne #1 in Ab
    Ravel - Le Tambeau de Couperin (Forlane)
    Bach - Italian Concerto, 1st movement
    Schumann Arabesque in F
    Debussy - Rhapsody
    Schubert - Impromptu (Three Pieces #2)
    Chopin - Ballade #3
    Albeniz - Spanish Pieces
    Granados - Goyesca (La Maja ò El Reseiñor)
    Debussy - Ballade

    I’ll pair it down to about six pieces with one or two as an encore.

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    Mozart Fantasy in D minor and Brahms Sarabande No.2 in B minor. I recently bought a Yamaha P115 digital piano so I can wear headphones and endlessly repeat a passage without driving my wife crazy! (She swears it doesn't bother her, but I feel very self-conscious while learning a piece.)
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    Finally time to tackle some new music! Had a lesson recently, and this is what we landed on.

    Debussy - Reflets dans l'eau
    Liszt - Ballade No. 2 in b minor
    Chopin - Etude in g-sharp minor, op 25, no 6

    We'll see about the Chopin. That piece is something I've wanted to try for some time now, but had until only recently seemed impossible. Wanted to try and take a stab at it. Even if I'm getting in over my head, attempting it should at least help improve my technique. Right?
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    Not necessarily. TBH I'm not normally a fan of trying to play something which is way beyond one's current technical level. If your teacher's happy to take you through it I guess that that's OK, but please make sure you follow his or her instructions to the letter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Animal the Drummer View Post
    Not necessarily. TBH I'm not normally a fan of trying to play something which is way beyond one's current technical level. If your teacher's happy to take you through it I guess that that's OK, but please make sure you follow his or her instructions to the letter.
    Thank you for your input, and I hear you. I've definitely made peace with the possibility that I may have to take some time off from working on it and then come back to it before it gets to anywhere near performance level. Knowing I would be wanting to study this, I have spent several months doing prep work for this piece such as working on four-note trills, scales in thirds and chromatic scales in minor thirds. All of which has definitely seemed to help.

    Over the past year, my technique has been almost completely dug up and replanted. I used to deal with persistent pain in my right wrist from playing piano and being at a computer all day for work. After a lot of careful retraining, I'm practicing more, and playing more demanding repertoire without any issues today. Kind of why attempting op 25 no 6 is so important to me. It kind of represents the reward for all the work to overcome those issues I dealt with earlier. With that said though, yes, I am all too familiar with the damages attempting something beyond one's technical capacity can cause, but I feel as if I've gotten my technical issues resolved sufficiently enough so that the study of this piece will be a rewarding experience.

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    Sounds good. Go for it then, and the very best of luck to you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Animal the Drummer View Post
    Sounds good. Go for it then, and the very best of luck to you.
    I appreciate that. I'll take all the luck I can get!

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    Pretty cool to see this thread is still going. And I did never learn to play that Debussy étude...
    I can't play Debussy étude

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rasa View Post
    Pretty cool to see this thread is still going. And I did never learn to play that Debussy étude...

    Welcome back!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rasa View Post
    Pretty cool to see this thread is still going. And I did never learn to play that Debussy étude...
    Congratulations on a great thread. I hope you eventually learn that Debussy étude. But if I recall correctly you were more focused on Chopin and Bach.

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    Debussy ~ La plus que lente

    By request... but I am enjoying it more and more. The offset rhythms in the right and left hands remind me of Schumann -- in particular, the last section of Kreisleriana. Devilish to memorize but beautifully destabilizing when mastered.

    With limited time, I am spending most of my keyboard hours with the WTC, revisiting old favorites, and reading new things for fun...
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    Quote Originally Posted by tdc View Post
    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'm still working on this stuff, but I've decided once I finish up with the Ravel I'm going to try the first piece of Brahms OP. 119. When I'm done with the 2 part inventions I'm going to try Bach's prelude and fugue in G minor from book I of the WTC.

    I may also try out some of Grieg's Lyric Pieces.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdc View Post
    I'm still working on this stuff, but I've decided once I finish up with the Ravel I'm going to try the first piece of Brahms OP. 119. When I'm done with the 2 part inventions I'm going to try Bach's prelude and fugue in G minor from book I of the WTC.

    I may also try out some of Grieg's Lyric Pieces.
    Interesting for me because I've just recently gone through Book 1 of Grieg's Lyric Pieces. I have books 1, 2 and 3 in old Peters Editions.

    Starting a few months back I tried (again) the 2nd intermezzo from Brahms's op.117. After six weeks of practice I decided to record my playing for critical listening purposes. I disappointed myself; it sounded mechanical in places and I hit a couple of glaringly wrong notes that I didn't even notice while playing. I'll push on.

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