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    Default Suggestions for my sheet music collection? Particular desires and picky tastes

    I recently made a little mental catalogue of my sheet music collection. Its an odd one. I've probably played less than .25% of the pieces in my collection, as I'm a terrible site reader, but I really want to dig into it some day. I have this compulsion to keep expanding, so after I've listed what I have, I'll list what I want to have.

    -Tisdale's Virginal Book: A compilation of Elizebethan Keyboard Music by the likes of Dowland, Byrd, Bull, Tisdale(whoever he was), anonymous and so on. I like the set, its not so overwhelming like the Fitzwilliam book.

    -An old compilation recently remade by my teacher on the website Lulu called Keyboard Music from the Baroque to the Roccoco: Its basically a good sampling of various composers from Byrd and Frescobaldi to Benda and CPE Bach, excluding Bach and Handel.

    -A baroque compilation edited by Denis Agay: similar to the one above but not as extensive in obscure composers

    -Scarlatti Sonatas edited by Ralph Kirkpatrick: a decent selection of Scarlatti Sonatas

    -Another Scarlatti edition, not as good both in pieces, quantity, and editing

    -Bach Keyboard transcriptions of various composers: about half of the transcriptions that Bach did of the likes of Vivaldi, Telemann, and others

    -Bach Inventions and Sinfonia edited by Williard Palmer: has all the trills written in variou

    -Complete Well Tempered Clavier: not sure which edition, but its really nice and has a white cover

    -Bach French Suites

    -Telemann complete Keyboard Fantasias: really like these pieces, very fun to play around with

    -WF Bach complete sonatas: paper back but nice white cover, well edited

    -CPE Bach sonatas with varied reprises, dover edition: really nice and playable set

    -Several other CPE Bach sets

    -Classical Period compilation edited by Dennis Agay

    -Really skimpy collection of over edited Haydn sonatas in this one volume

    -Complete Mozart sonatas, paperback

    -A collection of Clementi sonatas: green paperback

    -Clementi Gradus Ad Parnassum-custom edition from Lulu

    -Beethoven Sonatas volume one

    -Miscellaneous Beethoven pieces in one green volume: bagatelles, moonlight sonata, diabelli variations, pathetique, ect.

    -Schubert piano pieces: moments musical, impromptus, stuff of the sort

    -Schumann Kinderszenen: very edited edition

    -Chopin: miscellaneous pieces in this volume, not the best of Chopin

    -Liszt/Beethoven symphony transcriptions, 1-5: I don't know what I'm doing with this

    -Brahms op. 10 Ballades

    -Stephen Heller Preludes: cool composer, sort of like Chopin-lite

    -Chabrier complete piano works: paperback

    -Lyadov, I think its either the op. 39 or 40 set

    -Eric Satie, complete Gnossienes

    -Debussy, popular easier piano works

    -Scriabin complete Poems

    -Medtner complete skazki(fairy tales): you'd better believe it!

    -Alexander Tcherepnin op. 5 Bagatelles

    -And a few collections of popular classics throughout the repertoire

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    And now for the works that I desire in approximately chronological order

    -Carlos Seixas keyboard sonatas(I have my teacher to help me with this one)

    -WF Bach Polonaises

    -John Field Nocturnes

    -Chopin Nocturnes

    -Alkan, his lighter pieces

    -Brahms op. 76, 79

    -Balakirev piano pieces, miscellaneous, Mazurkas, and nocturnes

    -Scriabin Mazurkas

    -Faure nocturnes and barcarolles

    -Shostakovich Preludes and Fugues

    -Mompou: Canzion I Danza and others like it

    Any help with editions of these works? Any recommendations based on my tastes and abilities?

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    Henle! The word is HENLE!

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    I think you need some Ravel.

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    I think you need more Schumann and the second volume of Beethoven Sonatas.

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    Wow, you have Mompou in your collection? If you're not a good sight reader but like sounding profound, see if you can hunt down Mompou's Musica Callada.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Manxfeeder View Post
    Wow, you have Mompou in your collection? If you're not a good sight reader but like sounding profound, see if you can hunt down Mompou's Musica Callada.
    Tried those a while back and they didn't click enough, but now I think they'd interest me tremendously, thanks for the reminder!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdc View Post
    I think you need some Ravel.
    But excepting the Sonatine, Ravel is so hard! But sure, I think I can make room for Ravel, he's suits my snobby alternative aims much better than Debussy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klavierspieler View Post
    I think you need more Schumann and the second volume of Beethoven Sonatas.
    There were some Schumann pieces I really liked a while ago that were not Kreisleriana or Carnival, not nearly as hard. Do you have any recommendations in Schumann for pieces apart from those two I just mentioned?

    As for Beethoven, my teacher has been nagging at me to acquire this essential.

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    A volume of Chopin preludes, nocturnes and waltzes. Or for the more advanced reader Mazurkas and Polonaises.
    A henle full collection of Haydn sonatas. A lot of these sonatas are easy to read AND world-class music.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clavichorder View Post
    I've probably played less than .25% of the pieces in my collection
    Only 1/4 of a percent? You must have loooads!

    Yes, I am supposed to be working and am just wasting time...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Polednice View Post
    Only 1/4 of a percent? You must have loooads!
    The implication is either that I have a lot, or that I just suck at sight reading and have only been able to go through a handful of my pieces. Getting better all the time though, as the Beatles say.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rasa View Post
    A volume of Chopin preludes, nocturnes and waltzes. Or for the more advanced reader Mazurkas and Polonaises.
    A henle full collection of Haydn sonatas. A lot of these sonatas are easy to read AND world-class music.
    I'll go for the Haydn eventually, but the thing is, I don't want to touch any Chopin but the nocturne form anytime soon. Its not that I dislike Chopin, its just that I'd rather play other music. That is, unless there is a Chopin piece I just fall in love with.

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    Buy full edition of my works for piano. I'm the only distributor. We'll come to an agreement as to price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clavichorder View Post
    There were some Schumann pieces I really liked a while ago that were not Kreisleriana or Carnival, not nearly as hard. Do you have any recommendations in Schumann for pieces apart from those two I just mentioned?
    Album für die Jugend?

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