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Postby Mins Music » Mon Jul 19, 2004 8:09 pm

Nice bit of linking nrogers! Which one do you enjoy the most?



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Postby 112-1089851768 » Tue Jul 20, 2004 7:41 am

I myself enjoyed listening to all of the pieces. :)
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Postby Chris X » Sat Jul 31, 2004 4:20 pm

I mentioned this awhile ago, but one piece I reccomend is Aram Khatchaturian's Toccata for piano. I am working on it now, and it is a lot of fun.

In my opinion, it is not as difficult as it sounds, but I would not consider it easy either. For example, it has fast repeated notes, quick right hand jumps, and interlocking hands. It also has a slow section with polyrhythms, that for me was very difficult to interpret.
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Postby Mins Music » Sat Jul 31, 2004 5:34 pm

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Postby Mins Music » Sat Jul 31, 2004 5:55 pm

Aflat also mentioned Fur Elise


What's one of YOUR favourite pieces? It doesn't have to be classical!! It may be a movie theme (or TV theme), a Jazz piece, something from the top 40 or a student piece you're working on.

One of my favourite movie themes is from Anne of Green Gables!!! Love the books, loved the movies and LOVE the theme! I have two versions of it (an easier one and a harder one) arranged by Dan Coates.




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Postby 81-1074658942 » Sat Jul 31, 2004 11:28 pm

ooooooooo Anne of Green Gables! You're completely after my own heart on that one!

I have been working on the same pieces for far too long because my summer events have screwed up my lesson schedule, but now I'm going to start on some new pieces! YAY! I learned a fugue by Shostakovich over the summer, but I haven't polished it up very much (it's no. 3 in G by the way). I memorised the first movement of MacDowell's 2nd piano concerto, and now I'm working on it, and I'm going to start on Ravel's sonatine and some Chopin Etudes. Probably the one called the black key etude, I think it's number five. I'm thrilled to bits! These will all probably be my new favorites for a while. I have a new favorite every time I meet a new piece basically.
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Postby Chris X » Sun Aug 01, 2004 1:23 am

^ It sounds like you are working on some great pieces Quidam!! Chopin's etude: op. 10, no.5 is the Black Key etude, I have not personally played it, but by what I understand it is quite difficult. I would reccomend starting off slow, memorizing it, and focusing on an even sound, as well as dynamics.

I absolutely love Ravel's Sonatine. In my opinion, the three movements will provide you with some great impressionistic techniques.

My piano teacher just recently assigned me the last movement of Images, book 2 by Claude Debussy. It is called Poissons D'or, and after reviewing the score, I do not think I am ready for that. Not that I am underestimating myself, but Poissons D'or is difficult. I personally want to play Claude Debussy's Ballade (Slave) for piano.




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Postby Mins Music » Sun Aug 01, 2004 5:37 pm

Hey Quidam! Glad to have you back. :) How was your Summer? (It's Winter here ... just)

Ravel's Sonatine (minuet movt.)

Chopin's Etude Op.10 No.5




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Postby 80-1091265929 » Mon Aug 02, 2004 2:30 am

I would say my favorite pieces is chopin ballad 23, fantasy impromptu and then appasionata by beethoven... mins, op64no2's common name is the minute waltz, named that way because you can play it in under a minute(i can play it in 30 seconds)... can anybody play chopin's harder pieces?
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Postby Mins Music » Mon Aug 02, 2004 5:06 pm

Welcome to the board pianoloverinwashington!

Chopin's "Minute Waltz" Op.64No.1

Ballad 23 (I love this one too! Can't play it completely but listen to it often!)

Fantasie Impromptu (and this one - I like your taste in music pianoloverinwashington....)




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Postby 77-1075933204 » Tue Aug 03, 2004 7:53 pm

... the list goes on with Chopin:

Ballade Op.23 In G major.. (something like that)

..its that song they played in the movie:

The Pianist (starring Andre Brodie) :) :cool:
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Postby Dr. Bill Leland » Fri Aug 06, 2004 9:49 am

I don't want to be argumentive, but anybody who can play the Minute Waltz in 30 seconds is either kidding us or has a technique that beats Josef Hofmann's.

I don't think this piece should be played in a minute anyway, it just turns it into an unmusical ratrace. Did Chopin really give it this name? I've read that he was illustrating George Sand's dog chasing its tail, but some scholars say that's apocryphal, too. I'm going to try and track the story down.

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Postby 80-1091265929 » Sat Aug 07, 2004 4:45 pm

ooh, sorry about that mins, I was a little hasty, i didn't recognize the number error until it was already posted, I was hoping no one would catch it but you are just too smart :D

30 seconds was for the first movement, with the repeat, but didn't include the middle and the repeat of the first.. with all that it would probably end up to be a minute or a little over.

Dr.leland.. did you really play the g minor 23 at graduation? how on earth did you play the last part, where it becomes presto(believe its called rondo)?
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