Favourite pieces - To play or listen to

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Postby Mins Music » Wed Jun 23, 2004 10:10 pm

What are some of your favourite pieces you like to play, or just like to listen to?

Here's one of mine I really enjoying playing.

Chopin's Waltz Op.64 No.2
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Postby 114-1078657089 » Fri Jun 25, 2004 8:38 am

Currently, Sonny Chua's Theme & 12 Deviations. Because more pieces should have performance directions like "schmaltzissimo" and "as quick as you dare!" :D
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Postby Mins Music » Sun Jun 27, 2004 9:36 pm

...an Australian composer!! The AMEB uses a lot of his works. Have you ever seen him in concert rach3?

What's your favourite 'deviation?'
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Postby 114-1078657089 » Mon Jun 28, 2004 7:06 am

it gets even better - he's originally from my country!! ;) No, I've never seen him in concert; didn't know of him until the ABC played the 12 deviations on the radio once. Hmm favourites... it's a toss between the schmaltzy waltz and the tango :)
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Postby Mins Music » Tue Jun 29, 2004 6:54 pm

Apparently Chua does a LOT in Melbourne... keep your ear/eye out for him. He does heaps of fun stuff, teaches, gives masterclasses, conducts workshops, gives kids performances etc.

The only pieces I have from his are those in the AMEB books. Qiuite a few though...




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Postby 65-1074818729 » Wed Jul 07, 2004 6:34 pm

Mins,

Chopin's Op:64 No.2 is a nice waltz. I don't think I have heard that one before. Your piano skills are obviously ahead of mine if you can play that piece.

I always enjoy listening to a waltz played as a piano solo.
I like Brahms Op. 39 waltzes, especially 3 and 15.

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Postby Mins Music » Fri Jul 09, 2004 5:16 am

Aflat, Waltz op.39 No15 is about the only piece from Brahms I DO know how to play, (besides lots of versions of his lullaby I teach to kids). I think I'll learn No.3 just to add another of his to my repertoire. Thanks for sharing Aflat!

What's something you're working on at the moment that you love to play?
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Postby 65-1074818729 » Sun Jul 11, 2004 4:27 am

At the present time I am working on "Moonlight Sonata" and "Fur Elise". I enjoy playing both of there pieces. I am also working on "Grief" Op: 47 No: 15 by Stephen Heller.

Some other pieces I play often and keep as repertoire are "The Rose" , "Unchained Melody" and "Harmony of the Angels" Op: 100 No: 21 by Burgmuller.

It occurred to me Mins, as I was writing this up, that the piece I actually enjoy playing the most is the latest music I have started to learn. Right now that is "Grief" by Heller. When I first sit down at the piano to practice, I will almost always start with the latest piece. I think it is because when learning a new number, I can actually see progress and have that feeling of achieving something almost on a daily basis. Later, as I finish learning a piece, it takes longer to notice any improvement. Plus, after playing it so often in the learning process, it is always refreshing to start something new. :;):
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Postby 110-1089657553 » Wed Jul 14, 2004 5:28 am

I am the same way ... my favorite piece to play tends to be the one I am working on! Right now I am learning Chopin's Nocturne in B-flat minor, Op. 9, No. 1. It's a piece I have always loved but have never learned to play. VERY beautiful--even when I play badly, it sounds good! :D I'm also working on Bach's Eb Major Three-Part Invention, which is also very beautiful. Both are challenging in different ways.

As for pieces that I love to play that I'm *not* working on, I would have to say that "Maple Leaf Rag" is my favorite. It is so spirited and fun.
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Postby Mins Music » Thu Jul 15, 2004 8:57 pm

Hi guys! Not trying to repeat everything you say, just thought it would be a good idea to include the midis to our favourites (if PEP has them) so others can hear and see if they would like to play these too!

Chopin Nocturne Op9 No1

Joplin Maple Leaf Rag

nrogers, which number is your Bach piece?
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Postby 110-1089657553 » Fri Jul 16, 2004 5:56 am

Mins Music, the three Bach pieces I've worked done recently are the A Major & A Minor Inventions (Nos. 12 & 13, I think) and the Eb-Major Sinfonia (No. 5?). I'm not sure how to link to the midis ...
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Postby Mins Music » Fri Jul 16, 2004 9:51 pm

How to link midis from PEP

1. Go to The Audition Room
2. Find the midi you're after and right click on your mouse button and select 'copy'.
3. Come back to your reply box and click the blue http:// button. A box will open
4. Click on the right mouse button again and select 'paste'.
5. Click OK.
6. Another box will open. Type in the name of the piece.
7. Click OK.

You can preview your post to see if it worked before clicking the Add Reply button.
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Postby 110-1089657553 » Mon Jul 19, 2004 9:44 am

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Postby 110-1089657553 » Mon Jul 19, 2004 9:45 am

OK, it worked! I just posted the three Bach pieces that I've worked on most recently. Those trills in the A Major invention are a bear!!
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Postby 65-1074818729 » Mon Jul 19, 2004 1:33 pm

nrogers,

Interesting stuff. I was attempting to locate the score on the A Major and A Minor inventions. Are these two or three part inventions, and do you know what numbers they are?

I just want to see what I am up against if I decide to start one of these.

AFlat :D

PS - Just noticed your post on July 16 where you mentioned numbers 12 and 13. Will go with this and see what I can find.




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