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Good Debussy piece for Early Intermediate #1571457
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I've been given Clair de Lune, but I think my teacher would be open to other Debussy or impressionist pieces. I'm a little concerned that this piece is overplayed and would like something that is beautiful like Clair, but not as well known. Suggestions? I've just played my first Beethoven Sonata (Op. 49, #2), and a Bach 3 part invention. Thanks.

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Re: Good Debussy piece for Early Intermediate [Re: kellypiano] #1571466
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Rêverie, Nocturne, 2 Arabesques, La Fille aux cheveux de lin, Bruyères, La plus que Lente


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Re: Good Debussy piece for Early Intermediate [Re: kellypiano] #1571530
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You could also try some Ravel instead of Debussy: Menuet from Le Tombeau de Couperin, Pavane for a Dead Princess, or the Minuet on the Name of Haydn.

But if you want to stick with Debussy, look at the choice above.

Re: Good Debussy piece for Early Intermediate [Re: kellypiano] #1571552
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After I played Claire de Lune I learned the prelude of the same suite (Suite Bergamasque). I've learned more in that piece than in the overplayed but beautiful Claire de Lune. Suggestion?



Re: Good Debussy piece for Early Intermediate [Re: dolce sfogato] #1571557
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Originally Posted by dolce sfogato
Rêverie, Nocturne, 2 Arabesques, La Fille aux cheveux de lin, Bruyères, La plus que Lente


All good suggestions! ... to which I might add - in just a somewhat livelier vein - "Golliwog's Cakewalk" from The Children's Corner Suite and also "Minstrels" from the first book of Preludes.

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Re: Good Debussy piece for Early Intermediate [Re: kellypiano] #1571568
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Most of the suggestions so far are reasonable but I think Minstrels, the Ballade, Arabesque No.2, La plus que lente, and Prelude from the Suite Bergmasque are considerably harder than the others and not really appropriate for someone whose recent rep was the Beethoven Op. 49.

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Re: Good Debussy piece for Early Intermediate [Re: kellypiano] #1571582
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I just played his Ballade as a part of my audition program. It is somewhat romanticist and an audience-pleaser for sure (sounds somewhat like slow jazz), but it's not grouped with Debussy's "Impressionist" pieces, so it is much more obscure in the concert repertoire (although Debussy himself objected to being called an Impressionist in the first place). The technical demands are not extreme, however the voicing of the melody and abundance of tuplets can make it tricky to master. It would definitely be more difficult than Clair, but perhaps worth a look.

Re: Good Debussy piece for Early Intermediate [Re: kellypiano] #1571604
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Re: Good Debussy piece for Early Intermediate [Re: kellypiano] #1571623
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I second La plus que lent. It's a beautiful piece that doens't get much play. I didn't find it harder than Clair de lune. Easier than Golliwog's cakewalk is Le Petit Negre, but it's nothing like Clair de lune. I second the Ravel's Pavane. And since we're going outside of Debussy, what about Grieg's Nocturne? It's wonderful and similar to Clair de lune.


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Re: Good Debussy piece for Early Intermediate [Re: kellypiano] #1571632
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Quite frankly, some of the pieces mentioned above are too difficult for someone who has just finished the Opus 49 No. 2.

The following might work .....lots of variety in a short piece - and very impressionistic.

Jimbo's Lullaby from Children's Corner

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Re: Good Debussy piece for Early Intermediate [Re: Carey] #1571705
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Originally Posted by carey
Quite frankly, some of the pieces mentioned above are too difficult for someone who has just finished the Opus 49 No. 2.


Absolutely! Minstrels is not "early intermediate."


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Re: Good Debussy piece for Early Intermediate [Re: kellypiano] #1571923
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Thanks chaps for the Debussy La plus que lente ...
a greatly valued new venture ... gob-smacked by the first page...very neat workmanship ... hangs together beautifully.

Re: Good Debussy piece for Early Intermediate [Re: kellypiano] #1571945
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If you have big hands, check out La Cathédrale Engloutie. I'm working on it at the mo, and most of the difficulty I find is in maintaining phrasing and a sense of atmos whilst playing HUGE chords...


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Re: Good Debussy piece for Early Intermediate [Re: kellypiano] #1572024
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I think any of the Preludes would be too hard. But the OP was going to do Claire de Lune, which is very challenging (more so than Op 49/2). I would not call any of what the OP is currently playing early intermediate.


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