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    Default What are you working on right now.

    Just curious which pieces everyone's learning.

    For me it is:

    Brahms, 2nd Rhapsody
    Chopin, étude op. 25n2
    Bach, WTC1 P&F 23 in G sharp minor
    Bartok, Allegro Barbaro


    The Allegro Barbaro is pretty epic win. It's easier then it sounds/looks, until you get to the good tempi. then its a fun game to practice the displacements.

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    Bach WTC1 P&F 18 - much, much harder than it sounds
    Beethoven piano sonata No. 32 - one of his best, impossible runs w/wild mood-swings
    Schumann Klavierkonzert - The gem of the romantic piano repertoire
    Liszt Rigoletto-Paraphrase (after Verdi) - the technical giant of this mix
    Liebermann noct. No. 4 - A technical beast with a heartbreakingly beautiful melody (and a 5-voice fugue in stretto)

    I love my entire repertoire, but if I had to pick one, it would go to the Klavierkonzert in a. It'll be SO exciting to play with an orchestra!
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    I'll be doing a Klavierkonzert next year for my exam, can't wait either (even though it's probably not going to be with orchestra).

    Preludes and fugues are always much harder then they sound. The work you do in those are infinite. This sunday I heard Pierre-Alain Volondat play a chromatic fanatasia and fugue, and suddenly was ashamed of my own dabblings in my fugue.

    Say, looks like not a lot of people are working the piano

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    By Giovanni Bottesini,

    Allergretto Capriccio,
    Elegy in D,
    Romanza Dramatica,
    Gavotte in G,
    Fantasy on Themes from Sonnambula,
    Bolero,
    Variations on Nel Cor Piu Non Mi Sento,

    By Reinhold Gliere
    Intermezzo Op 9 no 1
    Prelude Op. 32 no 1

    By Derek Bourgeois
    Romance Op 64

    By Bach
    3rd suite for unaccompanied cello

    Also Faure - Apres un Reve
    and Rachmaninof - Vocalise

    All for solo double bass and piano (except for the Bach of course).

    Good luck with your recital.
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    Invention if F- Bach. Deceptively tricky, seeing as you only usually have one note in each hand!
    The Simpsons Theme- Danny Elfman. Sure, it's pretty empty music, but it's a lot of fun and actually really good for practicing syncopated rythms.
    Montagues and Capulets (Dance of the Knights)- Prokofiev. This is probably the hardest piece I'm learning. Forte a large amount of the time, lots of octaves, leaps too. With my current ability I don't think I could get this up to concert standard, but it's a great piece to learn at home.
    A Scottish Poem- Edward Macdowell. I didn't know this piece, but found it in a book. It's a wonderful piece I think!

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    Piano:
    Beethoven - Concerto #4 (1st movement)
    Chopin - Ballade in G minor
    Prokofiev - Sonata #2 (Scherzo, maybe more movements eventually)
    Barber - Nocturne

    Violin:
    Bloch - Baal Shem Suite (1st movement)
    Handel - Sonata in G minor
    Hopefully soon the 1st movement of the Khachaturian concerto.

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    Just playing it simple-ish with some Erik Satie. Learning his Sarabandes right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JSK View Post
    Piano:
    Beethoven - Concerto #4 (1st movement)
    Chopin - Ballade in G minor
    Prokofiev - Sonata #2 (Scherzo, maybe more movements eventually)
    Barber - Nocturne
    Very, very nice program. Some of my favorite composers of the piano. But where, may I ask, is the Bach?
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    I will either be starting a Bach P+F or the D minor Toccata or a Haydn Sonata soon.

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    Bach - Hayden. Not even a contest.

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    I'm so sick of this étude. And the exams only in three weeks so I have to keep at it still.

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    Rage Over the Lost Penny by guess-who.

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    Errr...I feel like I'm the only one here that is NOT performing at the concert pianist level. I'm only just starting my first serious piece of the classical repertoire: Sonata #8 "Pathetique" by Beethoven. Mozart's actually my favorite but I don't feel confident enough about my technique to perform his more serious works just yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rasa View Post
    Bach - Hayden. Not even a contest.
    Can you clarify, please? I don't get it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rasa View Post
    I'm so sick of this étude. And the exams only in three weeks so I have to keep at it still.
    I know the feeling.

    Quote Originally Posted by Aramis View Post
    Rage Over the Lost Penny by guess-who.
    Uggh... those left hand chords.

    Quote Originally Posted by trazom View Post
    Errr...I feel like I'm the only one here that is NOT performing at the concert pianist level. I'm only just starting my first serious piece of the classical repertoire: Sonata #8 "Pathetique" by Beethoven.
    No pressure.

    Hmmm... the "Pathetique"... it's actually quite hard unless you're only playing the second movement...

    Quote Originally Posted by trazom View Post
    Mozart's actually my favorite but I don't feel confident enough about my technique to perform his more serious works just yet.
    No one ever feels confident enough to play Mozart... you just have to try.
    "Summit or death, either way, I win" ~R. Schumann

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    Hmmm... the "Pathetique"... it's actually quite hard unless you're only playing the second movement...
    Well, I plan on playing the sonata in its entirety. I have the music and it looks only a little challenging, but in a good way. The kind where I know I can actually play it if I work towards it. Not the kind of challenge where you look at a piece in utter disbelief and struggle for hours over the first couple of measures. LOL!

    Besides, I cherish the sonata. It's juicy and fits the hands comfortably in the way that only classical pieces can. Unlike the Romantics where you need freakishly large spider hands to easily perform those wide leaps usually for the left hand.

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