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    I am looking for virtuosic music, in the sense of music written or used to promote one's technical abilities. Preferably with light, if any, accompaniment.

    The first ones that come to mind as examples are Paganini's Caprices and Liszt's Transcendental Studies.

    What else?
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    Op. 21 by Paderewski - it's so virtuosic that it could make Liszt grab his head in horror if he would see the score.

    Etudes by Chopin and Rachmaninow are also considered to be dream of every ambitious pianists.

    Try this if you want some cello music too - this cute piece seems to be nightmare of all cello students:

    [YT]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJWjYLG3B7o[/YT]

    Och, and Prokofiev's 1st piano concerto was written by him in purpose to test his pianistic skills at the time he was finishing his education.

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    Talking about the nightmares and cello music, who was that composer who was named " the Paganini of the cello"?

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    For solo piano music, the Russians have some good ones: Balakirev's "Islamey" and Liapunov's "Transcendental Etudes" chief, among them. Of the Liapunov, #10--"Lezghinka" is somewhat akin to "Islamey", both of them being among the best examples of Russo/Oriental pianistic showpieces I can think of. Both are extremely difficult.

    And for sheer fiendish difficulty, Albeniz monumental suite "Iberia" is bristling with virtuostic brilliance and pianistic athleticism. Take a listen to #3 from Book 1: "El Corpus en Sevilla", it almost explodes the keyboard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wicked_one View Post
    Talking about the nightmares and cello music, who was that composer who was named " the Paganini of the cello"?
    Popper.

    And while we're talking about the piano, try checking out Sorabji and Alkan. Sorabji wrote incredibly long pieces that are also incredibly difficult the entire way through (let's put it this way: makes Wagner look like cheap exercises). Alkan just wrote incredibly difficult stuff.

    Oh, and Marc-Andre Hamelin has also released a disc of his etudes he's written over the years. He puts three Chopin etudes into a single of his... played at the same time.

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    I feel dizzy just listening to Sorabij. There are so many notes. It is really insane. But it is very wonderful indeed. And so is Alkan.

    But there are also Georges Cziffra's transcriptions of different orchestral pieces. Like Johann Strauss' Trisch-Trasch Polka
    [YT]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zGx98fuR4I[/YT]

    And RK's Bumblebee flight
    [YT]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8alxBofd_eQ[/YT]

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    Rimsky-Korsakov's Flight of the Bumble Bee can be a real show piece for any instrument. For flute, it's just hard... but say you see a trombone do it, that's real talent.

    For flute:
    [YT]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQEXZEGYW0k&feature=related[/YT]

    And this:
    [YT]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TFyhM3vflSA[/YT]
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    Yes. It at least sounds fiendishly difficult.
    Pictures at an exhibition with trombone is also quite insane. Especially Tuileries and Limoges. I saw Christian Lindberg live playing it. My jaw hit the floor. Several times.
    But I do think that the Cziffra one is a tad harder than you normal, run-of-the-mill Bumblebee transcription.

    And also:
    [YT]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42EWs9Y9ULc&feature=related[/YT]
    [YT]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iueBRU6PewM&feature=related[/YT]

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    To answer, I must say that Sorabji was my favourite of those suggested.

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    Ligeti's etudes are no walk in the park! (a silly but entertaining performance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ZTaiDHqs5s)

    From a different angle, there's also this.

    [yt]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKb0Sc2lYVU&feature=related[/yt]
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    St Saens 2nd Cello Concerto

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    Egil Hovland's Variations on Now Thank We All Our God

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7qc6EI2M1E

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    Locatelli's 'The Art of the Violin'.

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    [YT]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGF0cQ9Mbwk[/YT]

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    Default And there will always be this:

    [YT]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rfle8wSwJM&feature=related[/YT]

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