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    Currently I'm learning Mvmt 2 of Beethoven's Appassionata, such a beautiful Db theme. I liken it to what Liszt said about the middle movement of 'Moonlight' sonata, "a flower between two chasms". Like the Moonlight, both are in Db which is a rare key for Beethoven; he has no Db major mood per se, as opposed to his Ab and Eb Major moods. It seems to me that when Beethoven reserves Db as the home key for a movement it's meant to convey serenity, calmness, and peace.

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    I just started Beethoven's "Pathetique" Sonata 2nd movement yesterday. I haven't played piano for nearly a year (went back to guitar for a while), so it might be a bit of a challenge. My teacher says it's a great piece for balancing melody and accompaniment played with one hand. I'll have my first lesson on it next Monday.
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    Just finished:
    -Brahms, Intermezzo in Bflat minor op117 no2
    -Faure, Barcarolle no6 in Eflat major

    Now working on:
    -Bach, C minor prelude and fugue (bk. 1)
    -Brahms, Capriccio in B minor op76 no2

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    I'm working on the Minuet from Rodrigo's Suite for Piano, and also the first fugue in Book I of Bach's WTC.

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    Wow, some of the pieces you work on are amazing. I need to be patient though, since my piano journey has just started (few months back), I am working right now on first part of "For Elise". Link to my video below:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJrpTCddPos
    Any comments about mistakes I do more then welcome Thanks a lot in advance

    I am working right now hard as well on the scales (2 octaves). I need to tell you, by practicing them, I am learning a lot note reading, somehow

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    Working on these few pieces:

    Kuhlau's Sonatina in C major, Op.20 No.1

    Chopin's Prélude in E minor, Op.28 No.4

    Debussy's Golliwog's Cakewalk, from Children's Corner

    All are giving me a hard time, but all are really fun to play (safe for a few annoying passages in the Chopin... there is one bar I've been stuck on for weeks )

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    Just finished:

    Ravel's Alborada Del Gracioso from Miroirs (so fun to play)
    Ravel's Une Barque sur L'Ocean from Miroirs (equally fun to play and listen to)
    (both terrific pieces with SO much color - I may finish out the set if I check some other pieces off my lis(z)t)

    Working on now:

    Shostakovich Sonata no.2 in B minor op.61 (a rather neglected but brilliant piano work)
    Chopin's Piano Concerto no.2 in F minor, op.21 (my favorite piano concerto, though I recognize perhaps not the best one)

    Really want to start playing:

    Any Prokofiev Sonata (I've done 4 and 2, really want to learn 8)
    Any Scriabin Sonata or Vers la Flamme (Sofronitsky's 2 and Richter's 5 have made those my favorites, but 7 is good too)
    Prokofiev's Piano Concerto no.2 in G minor, op.16 (Don't think I'll ever have the skill set to play this in the near future, but I've hopefully got a long life ahead of me)

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    If I ever get to the point where I can learn one Scriabin or Ravel piece in my life I'll be happy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flamencosketches View Post
    If I ever get to the point where I can learn one Scriabin or Ravel piece in my life I'll be happy.
    Keep working towards it! I'm lucky enough to be in a stage of life where I have few responsibilities, but I can imagine how difficult it might be to set up a practice schedule with a full time job. My advice would be to not focus too much on technique - though it is still important, it naturally comes with musicality (phrasing things correctly often makes tricky sections much easier to play). Don't lose the music in the notes, especially with composers like Ravel and Scriabin, where the impression of the music created through broad textures and phrasing is what matters most.

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