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    There's no contest for me, because in oversimplification: Bach: interesting, Haydn: Boring. I'm more into the counter-point then into the style galant, although it has it's charms. I think that it's mainly due to the fact I don't have the fingers to play it well: smooth, clear, brilliant.

    feel like I'm the only one here that is NOT performing at the concert pianist level.
    Everybody has to start somewhere. Besides, not everybody who studies pieces of a (slightly in my case) elevated level is a concert pianist. Me, I used to take lessons as a kid, had a bit of talent so I progressed well. When I was 14 I got fed up with everything, I got stopped at school (had to retake my year), and stopped playing the piano for 2 years. I took it up again when I was 16 (courses at the local academy), but never really studied hard.

    In my last year (not even the final year) of academy, my godfather (who used to be a conservatory teacher in accompanyment, and is a brilliant teacher for technical matters) gave me the Sonatine of Katchaturian. I got so obsessed with playing this piece (against the advice of my teacher) that suddenly the idea entered that I wanted to do conservatory, that is was a perfect way out of doing a study that would interest me but not passion me.

    so there I went, with a huge disadvantage. I studied all summer to get a programme ready (WTC1 P&F 13, my first ever fugue, The aforementioned Sonatina, 2 technical etudes, and a couple of kinderzehnen. This is a program usually way to light to enter). I got hooked up with a conservatory teacher who told me to come audition and we struck a deal: I would be allowed to enter the class, and fail my first year for piano. I'd do the theory courses as normal, and just spread my first year of instrument over two. So now, I'm in year two and I don't stand out as being a lesser pianist anymore.

    All that just to show that progress can be made if you work, and just because you can show of an important looking programme, it doesn't mean you're a concert pianist
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aramis View Post
    Rage Over the Lost Penny by guess-who.
    Wolfgang van Bachoven.

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    A string quartet with Ligeti and Lutoslawski influences, transcriptions of famous orchestral pieces for small ensembles, and finally studying harmony from like 10 different manuals for a student that I can't handle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rasa View Post
    There's no contest for me, because in oversimplification: Bach: interesting, Haydn: Boring. I'm more into the counter-point then into the style galant, although it has it's charms. I think that it's mainly due to the fact I don't have the fingers to play it well: smooth, clear, brilliant.
    Look and listen closely enough, and you'll hear counterpoint in Haydn. Start with opp. 20 and 33.

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    I also am not a concert pianist. I started with 12, but dropped after a few months, the teacher was awful, returned two years ago, with 23, and now I'm pretty happy with the piano, I know I'll never play, say, the Études d'execution transcendentale, but I really prefer to enjoy the pieces I master.

    Right now I'm studying:
    Valse op. 64 no. 2 Chopin
    I began this last year, it took me hard to master it, but now I'm quite happy from what I'm doing right now. When I started it was a very hard piece, and I think it brought me considerable technical improvement.

    Impromptu in Ab major op. 142 no. 2 - Schubert
    I thought this Impromptu would be harder to master, began it a month a go and it is almost done. It's a very nice piece, with some very interesting harmonic writing and a nice Trio section which forces us to colour the inner voices.

    Sonata 61 in D major Hob XVI: 51 - Haydn
    Just started this sonata, and I'm still struggling with the large scope (for my skills) of the first movement, it is being difficult to me to mantain the same level throughout. It is not my first classical sonata, but it is surely the most advanced I studied, having done before only some of Beethoven sonatinas, the op. 49 of the same composer and an early Haydn sonata in G.

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    Anything that Bach can come up with really. But I'm concentrating on his Inventions. They are a real challenge and they've given me "finger-aches", as to say, for weeks.

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    And finally, it's over, I can let go of this aweful program (not really, but after half a year, ya rly)

    i'm now working on Bach's WTC1 Fugue in Bb Major, and (since i want a salon repertoire) Chopin's Nocturne op. 9 no.2

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    Vaughan Williams Suite for Viola and Orchestra
    The finale of Beethoven's string quintet in C minor, Op. 104 (second viola): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VymyW6xwOoo yes, it is amazing.
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    I am working on Bach and more Bach and now a little Rameau. I like Baroque keyboard music, very satisfying stuff. I am also composing - piano music and a piece for solo flute, so I am busy.

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    Beethoven's Spring Sonata on the violin..
    And Dvorák's Sonatina in I think it's G..

    And also composing a string quartet and a piece for woodwind choir..
    Life is a long lesson in humility.

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    And my holiday is over. Programme for the next academic year:

    Bach: WTK 1: Prelude and fugue #9 (Emaj) and #21 (Bb maj)
    Chopin: 1st Polonaise
    Scriabin: Etude op. 8 #5
    Rachmaninov: Etude op. 33 #1
    Clementi: Sonata in Sol maj, op. 25 #2

    I think I got a lot of work this year

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    I'm trying to become a bar pianist (as a hobby), so I'm basically learning standards (of course, in the jazz way- just melody and chords, with improvisations off of that). But there are a few tunes that I'm working on to improve my improv:

    John Coltrane's "Crescent"
    John Lewis' "Django"
    Rodgers/Hart's "My Funny Valentine"

    And I'm slowly composing a choral piece based on sea shanties.
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    Ah forgot: Kabalevsky, 3d sonata

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    Quote Originally Posted by BuddhaBandit View Post
    I'm trying to become a bar pianist (as a hobby), so I'm basically learning standards (of course, in the jazz way- just melody and chords, with improvisations off of that). But there are a few tunes that I'm working on to improve my improv:

    John Coltrane's "Crescent"
    John Lewis' "Django"
    Rodgers/Hart's "My Funny Valentine"

    And I'm slowly composing a choral piece based on sea shanties.
    Cool, man. That's the kind of rep I like to play around with as well.

    I gave up trying to lay classical music on the piano years ago. It was fun for awhile, but I don't have the patience, or desire for that matter. I'll just listen to the pros!

    But, I do like to try and lift music. I am making my way through Brahms 1st - just chords and melody! Testing the ear and memory. As well, I like to just sit down and play modulations in a classical style. I have a weird sense of fun.

    But most of my piano time is working on new compositions.

    The trombone sits and collects dust...oh my old friend, we will be united soon.

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    I'm working on Debussy's Children's Corner right now. I just love "Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum" so much and it's quite fun to play. I think I will just focus on that, "Golliwoggs Cakewalk" and "Serenade for the Doll" for the time being and see if I want to work on the three other movements. Other than that, I still have some Satie that I will be working on.

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