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#1696205 - 06/15/11 05:20 PM What Beethoven piano piece are you playing/practising??  
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Yeah, so I just want you guys to tell me and make this topic BIG!!
I'm currently practising Beethoven Sonata No.25 in G Major Op.79 1st Mov. (Presto Alla Tedesca) for my Grade 8 Exam 2012 (Royal Irish Academy of Music). Thinking of becoming a pianist when I'm older...

So yeah tell me what beethoven piece you are playing or practising?

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#1696237 - 06/15/11 09:43 PM Re: What Beethoven piano piece are you playing/practising?? [Re: MusicClassical1]  
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Trio in C Minor Op. 1 No. 3 smile

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Op. 110. Again. smile

#1696270 - 06/16/11 02:27 AM Re: What Beethoven piano piece are you playing/practising?? [Re: MusicClassical1]  
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#1696271 - 06/16/11 02:45 AM Re: What Beethoven piano piece are you playing/practising?? [Re: MusicClassical1]  
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Op. 31/1. Legend has he wrote it for a student who couldn't play with his hands together..

#1696272 - 06/16/11 02:58 AM Re: What Beethoven piano piece are you playing/practising?? [Re: MusicClassical1]  
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No. 17 in D minor, Op. 31, No. 2. "The Tempest"

#1696278 - 06/16/11 03:38 AM Re: What Beethoven piano piece are you playing/practising?? [Re: MusicClassical1]  
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#1696296 - 06/16/11 05:53 AM Re: What Beethoven piano piece are you playing/practising?? [Re: MusicClassical1]  
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Presto alla tedesca here too.


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Haydn: Sonata in in Eb Hob XVI/52
Schumann: Piano concerto 1st movement
Rachmaninoff: op. 39 no. 8

#1696298 - 06/16/11 06:02 AM Re: What Beethoven piano piece are you playing/practising?? [Re: jeffreyjones]  
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Originally Posted by jeffreyjones
Op. 31/1. Legend has he wrote it for a student who couldn't play with his hands together..


So he wrote it for me?

#1696336 - 06/16/11 08:39 AM Re: What Beethoven piano piece are you playing/practising?? [Re: MusicClassical1]  
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#1696340 - 06/16/11 08:54 AM Re: What Beethoven piano piece are you playing/practising?? [Re: MusicClassical1]  
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If you just want a list of what we are working on, this topic will die from lack of interest. If you want to discuss interpretation or share coaching ideas, it might get "big".

I just started Opus 53, the Waldstein.


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#1696354 - 06/16/11 09:25 AM Re: What Beethoven piano piece are you playing/practising?? [Re: MusicClassical1]  
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I decided to embark on Op. 101. Not quite easy, but I think I can do it.


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#1696381 - 06/16/11 10:11 AM Re: What Beethoven piano piece are you playing/practising?? [Re: MusicClassical1]  
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#1696387 - 06/16/11 10:23 AM Re: What Beethoven piano piece are you playing/practising?? [Re: MusicClassical1]  
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So, yeah, why does it matter?


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Originally Posted by BruceD
So, yeah, why does it matter?


So, yeah, why not? laugh

#1696479 - 06/16/11 01:45 PM Re: What Beethoven piano piece are you playing/practising?? [Re: MusicClassical1]  
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Op90, 109 and the 7th violin sonata



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#1696482 - 06/16/11 01:46 PM Re: What Beethoven piano piece are you playing/practising?? [Re: MusicClassical1]  
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Although I should add I'm currently learning how to play the piano...



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#1696486 - 06/16/11 01:52 PM Re: What Beethoven piano piece are you playing/practising?? [Re: MusicClassical1]  
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Well, i was learning 109 and was thinking bout either 81a or 111 but unfortunately i stabbed myself in the hand at work to day so i won't be playing the piano at all for a while frown


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#1696541 - 06/16/11 03:33 PM Re: What Beethoven piano piece are you playing/practising?? [Re: LimeFriday]  
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Are they hard to play?? I would say difficult enough! What Grade you at?


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#1696545 - 06/16/11 03:35 PM Re: What Beethoven piano piece are you playing/practising?? [Re: LimeFriday]  
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Originally Posted by LimeFriday
Currently working on both movements of Op 90


Are they hard to play? I would say they are hard enough! I'm Grade 8 and just finished learning Nocturne Op.9 No.2 that I started 4 days ago (Yeah, I'm a fast learner!);)
Whats Grade are you at?


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#1696546 - 06/16/11 03:36 PM Re: What Beethoven piano piece are you playing/practising?? [Re: TheHappyMoron]  
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Originally Posted by TheCannibalHaddock
Well, i was learning 109 and was thinking bout either 81a or 111 but unfortunately i stabbed myself in the hand at work to day so i won't be playing the piano at all for a while frown


Really! Sorry to hear about the hand, hope you get better. All three are very difficult to play. You must be good!!


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#1696549 - 06/16/11 03:39 PM Re: What Beethoven piano piece are you playing/practising?? [Re: Verbum mirabilis]  
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Originally Posted by Verbum mirabilis
Presto alla tedesca here too.

I going to be playing that for my Grade 8 exam in 2012(April). How is it going for you, hard?? I didn't try it yet though.


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#1696550 - 06/16/11 03:41 PM Re: What Beethoven piano piece are you playing/practising?? [Re: gooddog]  
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Originally Posted by gooddog
If you just want a list of what we are working on, this topic will die from lack of interest. If you want to discuss interpretation or share coaching ideas, it might get "big".

I just started Opus 53, the Waldstein.

The Waldstein??? Ohh, a very difficult work indeed!! What grade are you at and are you currently studying music at university?? Is the piece difficult for you?


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Chopin Waltz Op.18 in E flat Major
Beethoven Sonata No.27 in E Minor Op.90 1st Mov.
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#1696559 - 06/16/11 03:59 PM Re: What Beethoven piano piece are you playing/practising?? [Re: MusicClassical1]  
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Originally Posted by MusicClassical1
Originally Posted by gooddog
If you just want a list of what we are working on, this topic will die from lack of interest. If you want to discuss interpretation or share coaching ideas, it might get "big".

I just started Opus 53, the Waldstein.

The Waldstein??? Ohh, a very difficult work indeed!! What grade are you at and are you currently studying music at university?? Is the piece difficult for you?
I've never sat for an exam so I can't give you an exact grade but I've been told I'm playing grade 10 and above. I do not have a music degree. I'm a 60 year old high school science teacher.

Is the Waldstein difficult? I don't know yet. Playing the right notes at the right tempo shouldn't be a problem. It seems to fall under the fingers quite easily. (It certainly is a lot easier to play than the Brahms I'm working on.) Playing it well is another thing entirely. My teacher thinks I can handle the last movement. We'll see....


Best regards,

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Originally Posted by MusicClassical1
Originally Posted by TheCannibalHaddock
Well, i was learning 109 and was thinking bout either 81a or 111 but unfortunately i stabbed myself in the hand at work to day so i won't be playing the piano at all for a while frown


Really! Sorry to hear about the hand, hope you get better. All three are very difficult to play. You must be good!!


I thank you kindly for your sympathy, but you know, [censored] happens. And no, i'm not particularly good, but i try my best! It's okay as i only play for myself really. The only real difficulty of 109 are some of the variations, e.g. the one with the trills near the end.....


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#1696683 - 06/16/11 09:07 PM Re: What Beethoven piano piece are you playing/practising?? [Re: gooddog]  
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Originally Posted by gooddog
Originally Posted by MusicClassical1
Originally Posted by gooddog
If you just want a list of what we are working on, this topic will die from lack of interest. If you want to discuss interpretation or share coaching ideas, it might get "big".

I just started Opus 53, the Waldstein.

The Waldstein??? Ohh, a very difficult work indeed!! What grade are you at and are you currently studying music at university?? Is the piece difficult for you?
I've never sat for an exam so I can't give you an exact grade but I've been told I'm playing grade 10 and above. I do not have a music degree. I'm a 60 year old high school science teacher.

Is the Waldstein difficult? I don't know yet. Playing the right notes at the right tempo shouldn't be a problem. It seems to fall under the fingers quite easily. (It certainly is a lot easier to play than the Brahms I'm working on.) Playing it well is another thing entirely. My teacher thinks I can handle the last movement. We'll see....

I remember playing that sonata last year for my ARCT exam. Funnily enough, it was that sonata (or the Appasssionata) that I swore I would play back when I was twelve after I got my first classical CD and went crazy (Kempff playing the Pathetique, Moonlight, Waldstein and Appassionata).

The sonata...sits well under the hands at a slow pace but can get messy when it gets quick. I think I practiced with about 152 to the quarter when I was building up speed (the first movement). The tricky parts include those R.H. scales in thirds in the second theme, those long scale-y passages in the right hand which are accompanied by a thin set of L.H. chords, and those runs in the right hand leading to the coda. This movement is more "classical" under the hands, so it's more transparent and more risky than the third movement.

I like how there's a lot of time in the last movement to warm up and get prepared for the difficulties because it varies between sections. Playing the theme when crossing the left and over the right is very tricky in maintaining voice balance and pedalling. The "B" part of the rondo, with those triplets in the right hand, is very difficult to voice well, and play without getting fatigued. It gets really nightmarish when that section returns and gets extended into a more substantial hand-torture session (but it's so wonderful!). The part with the modulation to C minor is risky but isn't as difficult to get perfectly.

The coda is tough, that's all I can say. I think a speed of half note = 144 - 152 is good...playing the szforzandos is extremely difficult at the presto pace...the gliss is tough as well, but the following section is really hard but I think the best moment of the entire piece.

Good luck!


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Debussy - Images Book II

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MC1 I finally had time to watch the masterclass video. It's wonderful. Thank you for sharing it.

Kuanpiano thank you for the advice. I'm actually taking it quite slowly for now because I'm trying to make a major change in my technique. I have tended to play in a very fingery way - which works great for Bach, but I need to learn to use more arm weight and wrist relaxation to get the fullness of tone needed in Beethoven. It's a gorgeous piece of music and I expect I will enjoy every minute I work on it - even if it takes a long, long time!


Best regards,

Deborah
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The Waldstein is crazy hard, but hey, it's definitely worth it because the music is so beautiful and wonderful!

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I am currently studying the op. 2 no. 2 sonata. I like it alot and think it's underrated.

Also, I was thinking about to start studying perhaps one sonata that was written a bit later.
Any suggestions? Preferably something later than op. 14.

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Originally Posted by Petur
I am currently studying the op. 2 no. 2 sonata. I like it alot and think it's underrated.

Also, I was thinking about to start studying perhaps one sonata that was written a bit later.
Any suggestions? Preferably something later than op. 14.


Op. 22!!!!!

Regarding 2/2, I like that one, too! The opening motif sounds a little like something Haydn would write.

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