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Beautiful intermediate pieces #1073842
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Hello Fellow Adults smile

I'm looking for suggestions on some really beautiful but manageable music. I love Debussy for one,though most of his work is over my head at the moment. But "Girl With The Flaxen Hair" is very manageable and incredibly sweet. It was kindly suggested by a teacher over in their forum. I just can't play it enough. I love Clair de Lune even more, but that took me months to learn to play reasonably well..

I guess I'm looking for music at the level of "...Flaxen Hair" on up to something short of "Clair De Lune" on the range of difficulty...

I have an especial fondness for that dreamy kind of romantic music that maakes you want to take a long walk in some fairy tale wood smile

Any suggestions would be very gratefully received...

CG

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Re: Beautiful intermediate pieces #1073843
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Hi cardguy,

Some of my faves of that sort of thing at that sort of level - ish...

Scriabin: preludes op 11 #4, 6, 10, 12, 13, 15, 21, 22. Prelude op 2. Other preludes.

Kapustin: preludes in a jazz style #3 and 5.

Szymanowski: prelude Op 1 #3.

Prokofiev Vision Fugitives #1 and #8.

Debussy: Reverie.

Liadov: Prelude Op 40 #3. http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=RYIVTz56AT8&feature=channel_page

Horner: The Portrait (as per the offical sheet music).

Chopin: Nocturne #2.

Ravel: Prelude. http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=A4WoCf3QCtE&feature=channel_page

Chopin: Prelude #4.

Poulenc: Improvisations #13.

Bach: Goldberg Variations - Aria.

Re: Beautiful intermediate pieces #1073844
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Re: Beautiful intermediate pieces #1073845
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Hi CG,

I've actually written a piece you might enjoy. It's titled "Coral Reef" and takes you on an underwater journey! Best of all, it's free. Find it at http://www.quiescencemusic.com/coral1.pdf

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Re: Beautiful intermediate pieces #1073846
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LaValse,
I just copied your entire list for future reference when I'm out buying sheet music again. Thanks

Re: Beautiful intermediate pieces #1073847
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I tried the Ravel Prelude, but I get stuck at the part where the hands and fingers get all crossed up.

Re: Beautiful intermediate pieces #1073848
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Manuel Maria Ponce Intermezzo No.1

Ravel's Pavane

Clara Schumann's Nocturne Op.6 No.2 from Soirées Musicales

Anton Rubinstein's Romance in E flat, from 6 Soirées á Saint-Petersburg

Ponce's Estrellita

Alkan's Nocturne in B, Op.22

Mélanie Hélène Bonis' Romance Sans Paroles

Felix Blumenfeld's Prelude Op.17 No.16

Blumenfeld's Prelude Op.17 No.21

Cécile Chaminade's Au Pays Dévasté Op.155

Chaminade's Élévation Op.76 No.2 from 6 Romances Sans Paroles


These are all at the intermediate difficulty level, and highly romantic.

Most of the scores are at IMSLP.

I almost forgot the gorgeous Largo Per Pianoforte by Alfredo D'Asdia, which you can download here:

D\'Asdia Largo


Mel


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Re: Beautiful intermediate pieces #1073849
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Originally posted by Mike White:
I tried the Ravel Prelude, but I get stuck at the part where the hands and fingers get all crossed up.
...nice one, Mike! laugh


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Re: Beautiful intermediate pieces #1073850
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Quote
Originally posted by Mike White:
I tried the Ravel Prelude, but I get stuck at the part where the hands and fingers get all crossed up.
Hi Mike,

I'm doing this piece with my teacher - the idea is to play the thirds legato keeping the wrist high and out of the way (as per the youtube vid above) and the octaves as legato as possible. I use 'una corda' for that section too.

It took us a while to work out some fingering which I'd be happy to share if you like... AIUI this was a sight reading test for conservatory students - and the dedication to Jeanne Leleu is because she really impressed him with her performance. I tried sight-reading that section - it was - amusing... Hitting the notes of this piece is one thing - playing the marked phrases legato is quite another... smile

Re: Beautiful intermediate pieces #1073851
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Thanks, LaValse. No wonder I had a problem...there are no fingering marks on the music that I have.

Re: Beautiful intermediate pieces #1073852
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One of my favorite pieces is a lovely
Nocturne no. 5 by John Field.

His nocturnes exerted a marked influence among the early nocturnes of Chopin.

I used to play it out of my Michael Aaron book Grade 4 .

Here is a Utube clip of it. Of course, I don't play it as well as her!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cI06jz3n7QM&feature=related

Re: Beautiful intermediate pieces #1073853
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Mike, See PM.

Re: Beautiful intermediate pieces #1073854
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What you are looking for is "Bruyeres" by Debussy in his second book of preludes. It is the "Girl with the Flaxen Hair" of his second book, essentially.

http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=7S3i3OE2X5I

http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=mHrlou6M4oc&feature=related

My version:

http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=29mmWa_T944&feature=PlayList&p=D87B9F75D2C509BC&index=9


http://www.youtube.com/user/Theowne- Piano Videos (Ravel, Debussy, etc) & Original Compositions
音楽は楽しいですね。。。
Re: Beautiful intermediate pieces #1073855
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I've played (and forgotten, and tried to re-learn) the Nocturne in B-flat by Paderewski - it's fairly easy, slow and dreamy, with some simple hand-crossing. The score is available at IMSLP:

http://imslp.org/wiki/Special:ImagefromIndex/03721

And this rendition by Stephen Hough is nice:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WsolZt7KYH4

Thanks for the other suggestions, I'm looking for similar stuff.


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Re: Beautiful intermediate pieces #1073856
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Thanks for the other suggestions, I'm looking for similar stuff.
Hough also recorded the beautiful Paderewski Melodie.

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A few more suggestions:

Mompou: Secreto
Schumann:Kinderscenen especially the first and last, afew of the Papillions Op.2
Brahms:Waltz in A flat, Intermezzo in E(not the one with the triplet opening)
Chopin:some of the easier Mazurkas, everyone a masterpiece!
Scriabin:Etude in C# minor Op.2?, some of the slow Preludes Op.11

Re: Beautiful intermediate pieces #1073858
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Don't forget the Grieg Lyric Pieces! A few that are relatively easy and in the same vein as La fille aux cheveux di lin are Arietta, Op. 12, No. 1; Melody, Op. 47, No. 3 and Notturno, Op. 54, No. 4.

Ted

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Hey guys and gals,
I want to thank each and every one of you for all the suggestions. I've already listened to many of these pieces and even gone ahead and downloaded the music to some. It's clear that one could spend a lifetime exploring all the beautiful music in the world.
This forum's an incredibly valuable resource and I'm very grateful to be a part of it smile

CG

Re: Beautiful intermediate pieces #1073860
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What piece is this ? is this really by Haydn ?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KjOHyEQ01aQ
sounds not too hard - and I'd like to learn it just for the nice lady in the example ;-)

Re: Beautiful intermediate pieces #1073861
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Cardguy. Have you ever played Satie? The style is a bit different, and some of the the pieces may be a bit easy for you, but if you love 'dreamy' music.....hmhmh. I don't know anything more dreamy and almost trance-like then Satie.

Please check out the you tube links underneath for the 6 Gnossiennes, and if you like them there's a lot more (the gymnopedies ara also very beatiful)

Ingrid

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