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    I'm working on Fantasy in D Minor by Mozart and Toccata and Fugue in D Minor by Bach. I'm not very talented at the piano, despite my username and spend most of my time on the saxophone but it's really hard to not get bored when practicing an instrument that can only play one note at a time. Still, I love to experiment with these fairly easy pieces (at least... some parts are easy)

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    And now I really really want to work on a slow movement from one of Beethoven's Op. 2 sonatas. I used to be not that into early Beethoven--in my salad days, when I was green in judgment. I was a fool. These are terrific. They stop time. I was playing them today, and I want to learn all of them. (And a bunch of other things--clavichorder, you're not the only one who wants to work on SO MANY PIECES; I understand.) But I think I will pick one.
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    ^Op. 2 No. 2 has a great slow movement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jalex View Post
    ^Op. 2 No. 2 has a great slow movement.
    Yes, it does! All three of the Op. 2 sonatas do. But I am leaning toward No. 2, actually.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jalex View Post
    ^Op. 2 No. 2 has a great slow movement.
    Ugh, I never really was big on that movement. It often seems pretty boring to me...I think the slow movement of Op 2 no. 3 is terrific. Out of all the Op. 2 Sonatas, No. 3 is my preferred by far, but to each his own!

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    I recently have made some triumphs of which I am very proud, and I hope won't bore you all

    I started playing piano a little over 3 years ago (When I was 12 or 13) and immediately became consumed with passion for Classical Music. I quickly devoured the starting books my local music store teacher gave me and within a month moved on to little Chopin nocturnes. A year passed and I decided I wanted to be much more than just a piano student.

    I went through a tough Russian teacher that told me I would never be a pianist without my passion leaving me. I was no longer playing just Chopin nocturnes, but serious music aiming to make up for 8 years of lost technique. Over the summer I had the opportunity of attending a Summer Music Institute at our State University. I was chosen out of hundreds of other participants to perform in an honors recital in the main hall of the music school. I played in front of thousands of people. It was really humbling to be around so many musicians and I realized how hard I would have to work to stand out.

    I played the Chopin Op. 10 No. 12 etude, and also one of my own compositions. Since then, I have worked harder and just won my first statewide competition playing the Rachmaninoff Etude-Tableau Op. 39 No. 3, a piece that I had thought to be extremely beautiful, but impossible to play when I was first starting out. I swallowed it, with only 8 weeks to play it at the competition. I am now preparing that Etude to be played in front of a conference comprised of every music teacher in my state.

    I am also preparing 2 Bach Prelude & Fugues for another statewide competition, and I am playing a Bach Keyboard Concerto with a Youth Orchestra in my state this summer. My new teacher is highly respected, and I like him a lot. He has faith in my talent and also knows how to get my best work out of me. I now accompany for 3 different choirs at my school and am constantly sight-reading and accompanying new works of varied styles.

    Anyway, I guess this is sort of a follow up to my old post about the Rachmaninoff Etude. The competition went very well, and my playing is starting to get noticed more and more in my state and I don't think I've ever been so happy after overcoming these obstacles. This Summer I hope to be accepted into a serious summer music program at a good conservatory/college and work very hard on repertoire for a national competition in Fall.


    ... Sorry for the life story, I think I was a little excited

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    Sofronitsky, it's wonderful and very impressive that you are doing all that after only three years of studying piano! Congratulations on your work.

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    You've only been playing for three years?

    I feel... like I ought to go practice.

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    I feel like I should quit.
    I can't play Debussy étude

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    Imagine that, I've been playing for 3 years too! But according to your progress, your 3 years are like dog years...

    My prof added a few more things to my rep for this semester: Ginastera's Danzas Argentinas and Pampeana no. 2 for cello and piano, and Sarabande by my composition teacher Anthony Iannaccone. Only moderately impressive for a third year student...

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    Haha it's been a lot of luck and a bit of hard work I think it's really just been all of the passion for the music that's been driving me forward! I own a copy of the Danzas Argentinas and I think that's quite impressive for 3 years ! (Far above average, certainly)

    I feel like the main thing to move forward is balancing social life and fun with music study... It's really scary to think that I could have a chance at being a really great musician and miss it because I was too focused on girls and sports, and equally scarier to think I could miss out on all the fun of being a 16 yr old boy because I was too busy studying fugues...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sofronitsky View Post
    It's really scary to think that I could have a chance at being a really great musician and miss it because I was too focused on girls and sports, and equally scarier to think I could miss out on all the fun of being a 16 yr old boy because I was too busy studying fugues...
    The former is worse than the latter.
    I can't play Debussy étude

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    Wow Sofronitsky, I am touched by this story of yours. Like seriously, all your hard work paid off, and you definitely have talent! In just 3 years. I wish I can see you perform someday when you've reached the professional level. Good luck, I also hope you'll get accepted in a conservatory, I'm sure you will though.
    “Simplicity is the highest goal, achievable when you have overcome all difficulties." - F. Chopin

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    oh boy....
    I can't play Debussy étude

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sofronitsky View Post
    Haha it's been a lot of luck and a bit of hard work I think it's really just been all of the passion for the music that's been driving me forward! I own a copy of the Danzas Argentinas and I think that's quite impressive for 3 years ! (Far above average, certainly)

    I feel like the main thing to move forward is balancing social life and fun with music study... It's really scary to think that I could have a chance at being a really great musician and miss it because I was too focused on girls and sports, and equally scarier to think I could miss out on all the fun of being a 16 yr old boy because I was too busy studying fugues...
    I hate to ask this, because I'm not a proponent of the grading system, but what grade do you play at?
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