Pieces - what do you like?

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Postby 81-1074658942 » Fri Jan 23, 2004 7:50 pm

Hello! well... I seem to be the only young student here at the moment (; he he. I was just wondering what you all are playing right now. Also wondering what you really really like.
My teacher schedules lessons in blocks [eight weeks of baroque, eight of classical, romantic, et c.] so I just finished the first movement of a Mozart sonata. It's K 310 just for the curious (: and just before that i learned a fugue.... YAY! becaue of the block pattern of doing things i have completely fallen in love with Bach. I had never studied his work before. Anyway... as to what i like... basically everything! Hope some new 'young students' materialize! ttyl :laugh:
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Postby 73-1078374881 » Thu Mar 04, 2004 10:43 am

Wow, that is a REALLY good idea for the way Quidam learns pieces. I'm really a violinist (but I took piano till 8th grade), so it's a little different for me. My teacher has developed this really awesome scale pattern, divided into two parts- one for a major scale, and the other for the relative minor. She has me do a new scale each week. In this way, I've learned all the scales, and nearly perfected my bow arm. Then, we also work on a concerto and sometimes a shorter piece as well.
For piano, I'm self-taught now, and I really like to play the modern composers (especially Rachmaninoff, Debussy, and Ravel) and the accompaniments for violin pieces.
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Postby Mins Music » Thu Mar 04, 2004 6:06 pm

Do you and Quidam play duets?

If so, could you name some really easy pieces. I have a grade 5 AMEB student who would like to be an accompaniest. And I'm learning the violin.

By the way! Welcome to the PEP violin, I mean piano forum! Good to have you on board. :cool:
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Postby 81-1074658942 » Thu Mar 04, 2004 9:42 pm

well, violinner and I haven't actually played any duets, although we went to music camp together last summer. alas, she thinks she's cool, so she's not coming to camp this year, and is going to college instead.. :( traitor.. :D :;): But it's okay, because college will be a good thing.

Anyway... I'm not working on the Bach or Mozart any more. I'm now in the romantic block, so I'm working on Chopin. Nocturne in C minor [op. 48, no. 1]. I'm also working on the third movement of Beethoven's tempest sonata. HOORAY! fun stuff all around. hard stuff, but fun anyway.

And I've also discovered that I really like Khatchaturian. I got the Adventures of Ivan. very very easy, but so fun! And baroque music is lovely too... purcell, scarlatti, pachelbel. So much to be discovered!

I'm so glad I'm not the only young student any more!
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Postby 73-1078374881 » Wed Mar 10, 2004 8:50 pm

Alas and alack, that Quidam and I shouldest not have played those the violin-piano duets!!! Thanks for the welcome, Mins Music!! Umm... the easiest piano/violin duets that come to mind are the Suzuki violin method w/piano accompniment. The accompaniments usually get harder as the violin part grows more difficult. Another thing you might want to try is Mel Bay's Violin Pieces I Like to Play. If I think of anything else, I'll put it on!!! :cool:
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Postby 81-1074658942 » Wed Mar 10, 2004 11:21 pm

I thought you might mention Suzuki, IPlay. It's a very very popular method. when you get a big group of strings students together, there are so many suzuki books that they actually float through the air. :;):

Well maybe there wasn't really any floating involved, but I wouldn't put flooding past them.

Wouldn't it be a wonderful world if you could play the piano and the violin at the same time?
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Postby Mins Music » Thu Mar 11, 2004 2:05 am

Thanks for the suggestions violinplayer. :)
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Postby 73-1078374881 » Thu Mar 11, 2004 6:15 pm

Thanks for the loooooovely suggestion, Quidam!!! I have developed a way to play the violin and piano at the same time! Hold your bow between your knees. You play the violin by moving your torso up and down. Then with your right hand, you play an accompaniment on the piano!! You may look like someone with massive stamoach cramps, and Rachmaninoff may die if he found out that you can't play those loooooooow piano bass notes, but wait!!! Rahmaninoff's dead, anyways!!! :D So have fun!
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Postby 81-1074658942 » Thu Mar 11, 2004 10:40 pm

speaking of dying I'm about to die laughing! violinplayer I can completely see you doing that. But this is about pieces... so...

I recently discovered that I MUST eventually learn some of Shostakovich's preludes and fugues. They're WONDERFUL! he wrote a cycle of them. twenty-four actually, inspired by, but very different from the Well Tempered klavier. I recently got the set of them [on CD] off amazon.com. They're performed by Konstantin Sherbakov. great recording and performance btw. And you can't beat the price. I have found a new favorite CD...

okay okay.. enough of my commercial, but really, just check it out. :D
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Postby 73-1078374881 » Sat Mar 13, 2004 8:28 pm

Yay!!! I don't listen to nearly as much Shoshtakovich as I should... so I'll be checking out that CD, Quidam!!! Has anyone ever heard "A Window in Time" or something like that? It's Rachmaninoff playing his own music!!! VERY cool.
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Postby 81-1074658942 » Sat Mar 13, 2004 10:34 pm

Actually I that CD. It's WONDERFUL. But I haven't listened to it in a while. I guess I know what I'll be breaking out tomorrow!
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Postby Chris X » Wed Mar 17, 2004 2:00 pm

^ I noticed in that one of your earlier you posts, you mentioned that you liked Khatchaturian. You might want to look in to his Toccata. I am unsure of the opus number. It seems quite difficult and fast, but it is a gourgeous piece
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Postby 73-1078374881 » Wed Mar 17, 2004 10:32 pm

Oh yeah!! I've played that!! That is a wonderful piece!! I don't see an opus number anywhere on my score, so that may be why you don't know the opus number. :;): Welcome to the board, Chris X!!!
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Postby 81-1074658942 » Wed Mar 17, 2004 11:10 pm

This is kind of funny, just yesterday morning my teacher mentioned that toccatta to me. I'll have to learn it someday!
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Postby Chris X » Fri Mar 19, 2004 5:39 pm

^ You really should. It's gorgeous, and in my opinion it makes for a very impressive performance. I hope to try it someday, my teacher did not reccomend it now because she said the actual speed is very difficult.
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