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#1162108 - 03/12/09 10:28 PM Five or Ten piano songs every pianist must know?  
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What are the 5 - 10 songs every pianist must know. PLEASE DONT SEND YOUR TOP 10 FAV and PLEASE DONT SEND EXTREMELY HARD STUFF that few pianists can play. Im guessing songs like entertainer or fur elise are in there? Songs as simple as chopstix? Lets see what type of lists arise..

My five (but keep in mind im new)

Fur Elise
Maple Leaf Rag
Chopin Minute Waltz
Canon
I aint mad atcha 2pac


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#1162133 - 03/12/09 11:31 PM Re: Five or Ten piano songs every pianist must know? [Re: mmikle]  
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I'm assuming that the purpose of this list is stuff that can be readily committed to memory, is familiar enough to non-musicians, and is fun to play at a party if called upon to do so. So:
Brahms Lullaby
The Entertainer (or a simplified arrangement of it)
Happy Birthday
Heart & Soul -- both parts
Various holiday songs (both secular and religious)
TV theme songs: Ballad of Gilligan's Island; Alfred Hitchcock theme (Funeral march of the Marionette); Brady Bunch
Moon River
Something from the 60's, the 70's, and the 80's.

Other than that, having a few licks stored up so that you can improvise something as the need arises.

#1162166 - 03/13/09 02:05 AM Re: Five or Ten piano songs every pianist must know? [Re: derekp]  
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i would add moonlight sonata to it smile (mov. 1 afcourse wink )

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#1162191 - 03/13/09 05:12 AM Re: Five or Ten piano songs every pianist must know? [Re: Wimbwicket]  
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Its a tough question - what sort of audience are you playing to. If it's a classical audience probably Moonlight Sonata, possibly the Sonata in C by Mozart (k535).

If it's a popularist audience, maybe Billy Joel, ELton John or Bruce Hornsby? Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen (the piano-based section).

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#1162201 - 03/13/09 06:37 AM Re: Five or Ten piano songs every pianist must know? [Re: Euan Morrison]  
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Hmmm. I don't think there is really stuff that ever pianist *should* know, but in order to have some kind of repertoire available for different occasions I would say:

One or two well known christmas songs of your own choice
A birthday song
A few well known childrens songs or lullabies
A few popsong classics (indeed, Billy Joel, or Elton John or whatever)
One or 2 'new' popsongs to impress teenagers (so you should refresh them every 6 months or so!)
A few (maybe overplayed) classics (like Fur Elise. or the Canon in D or Prelude in C (Ave maria) or the moonlight sonata)
And of course one or 2 of your own favourite pieces, whatever they may be (maybe different styles, something jazzy, or new age, or less known classical, or some kind of national hymn kind of thing)

With this mix you should be able to impress wahtever public on whatever occasion I guess.

Ingrid

#1162304 - 03/13/09 12:30 PM Re: Five or Ten piano songs every pianist must know? [Re: mmikle]  
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Originally Posted by mmikle

I aint mad atcha 2pac


I like this guy's version
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qyP9b4cpI8

Well you can also play Blackstreet's "Dont leave me" which came out the same year.

Or the original....
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXwg5QgO0Mc










#1162390 - 03/13/09 04:10 PM Re: Five or Ten piano songs every pianist must know? [Re: Devane]  
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So long as we're talking about amateur pianists, I don't think it's possible to create such a list. No matter whether we call it "pieces that one MUST know", or "pieces that one SHOULD know." Nor whether we put specific pieces on the list, or just general categories.

No two players have the same goals for playing the piano, e.g., one plays to entertain friends and family, the other plays to express their soul.

No two players have the same tastes in music, e.g., one loves classical, the other loves new age.

No two players have the same piano playing skills, e.g., one is better at sight reading, the other at improvising.


Mary



Music should strike fire from the heart of man, and bring tears from the eyes of woman. -- Beethoven
#1162408 - 03/13/09 04:43 PM Re: Five or Ten piano songs every pianist must know? [Re: tickler]  
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Beethoven sonatas:

pathetique
appasionata
moonlight
etc
Hard pieces , but worth "fighting" smile

#1162449 - 03/13/09 06:27 PM Re: Five or Ten piano songs every pianist must know? [Re: storm]  
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OK how about top five - ten songs that every beginning adult should learn after a year or so....


mmikle
#1162456 - 03/13/09 06:35 PM Re: Five or Ten piano songs every pianist must know? [Re: mmikle]  
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Hm. I've been playing since 1995 (+ 2 years in high school) and the only thing specifically mentioned here that I can play is Happy Birthday laugh

I think I could probably play one Christmas Carol.

The Entertainer was my first PW recital piece, but I can't play it any more - I mean, I could probably read thru the music, but I can't "play" it, you know? I should revisit it.

There *are* things I can just sit down and play, but I'm not sure I think Tuxedo Junction and San Antonio Rose, much less Angeline the Baker, are pieces every adult should know, beginner or not.

I'm not even sure we should all have heard of them!

But it's fun to read other people's lists.

Cathy



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#1162537 - 03/13/09 11:32 PM Re: Five or Ten piano songs every pianist must know? [Re: jotur]  
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I think it's a good idea to have a variety. I think Autumn Leaves or Moon River would be a good standard. Then maybe an Elton John or Billy Joel song, or even the piano portion of Layla. Happy Birthday is a great idea, plus a Christmas carol or two. Then something classical--Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring is a recognizable piece that isn't Pachelbel.

Oddly, I don't play any of these! I have a repertoire of four memorized pieces, but maybe I should add a few of these to it.

Nancy



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