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The piece closest to your heart
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Those of us who have played the piano for a while develop personal relationships with the pieces that we play, by coming back to them and revisiting them and rekindling good memories. Mine is the Chopin Barcarolle. Every time I play it, it stirs me a little more. I remember sneaking into the living room at night to listen to Rubinstein's recording on headphones. I won the high school talent show playing it. I spent many evenings with my mother listening raptly as I recited it, and I performed the piece in public about a dozen times. But above all, it has a combination of generosity and tenderness that really speaks to me. It's a piece that lasts a lifetime.

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op. 9 no 1 on the radio was the first time I heard Chopin

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Easy for me: Brahms 1st piano concerto smile

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Oh, so many... Chopin: Op 48 no 1, Ballade no 4, Etude Op 10 no 3, Scherzo Op 31
Schubert: Winterreise, Piano sonata D960, String Quintet D956, Impromptus D899
Beethoven: Piano Sonata Op 111, String Quartet Op 130, 131, 132


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Though I've never played it: the Schumann Humoreske. I probably listen to it every other day (and I love it a bit more every time!)

Also Beethoven Op. 109. I've spent a lot of time with that piece...

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Brahms Op. 116/4

Prokofiev 3rd Sonata

Schubert Op. 143

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Unqualified to answer : I'm told I don't have a heart!

Cheers!


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Originally Posted by BruceD
Unqualified to answer : I'm told I don't have a heart!Cheers!
Can't be true. Your music is too expressive.

For me, Chopin 72/1. I learned it last year as a 91st birthday present for my Mom. I played it for her in the rehab facility on a horrible digital piano about 2 weeks before she died. I can't play it anymore. It makes me sob.


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Assuming that you mean a piece that I have actually played, I think it would be the Mozart A minor Rondo K511. A piece which I keep coming back to; I seem to never tire of it however many times I play it.

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And also Mozart's Turkish Rondo; I learned it as a child and have relearned it two or three times because it's just fantastic. No desire to learn the rest of the sonata though! smile

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No desire to learn the rest of the sonata though! smile


Aww, the 2nd movement is SO good!

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Goldbergs, Op. 111, Dflat nocturne, Bach/Busoni chaconne



"And if we look at the works of J.S. Bach — a benevolent god to which all musicians should offer a prayer to defend themselves against mediocrity... -Debussy

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Originally Posted by jeffreyjones
.....Mine is the Chopin Barcarolle. Every time I play it, it stirs me a little more. I remember sneaking into the living room at night to listen to Rubinstein's recording on headphones. I won the high school talent show playing it. I spent many evenings with my mother listening raptly as I recited it, and I performed the piece in public about a dozen times. But above all, it has a combination of generosity and tenderness that really speaks to me. It's a piece that lasts a lifetime.

Beautiful, and beautifully said. And this piece would be my #1 too. And my close-2nd would be another piece of yours, the F# minor Polonaise. It's a little funny (don't you think?) grin that our musical loves coincide so exactly, because our ideas about how to actually play pieces don't seem to coincide that much. Just goes to show something or other. smile

I actually had sort of the same thing with my long-time teacher, Seymour Bernstein. We loved all the same music, but often had very different ideas about what to do with pieces. Yet, the pianist who had been "closest to my heart," Alexander Brailowsky, and whose approaches I identified with very strongly, had been his teacher!! I didn't find this out till after I began studying with him, and it seemed like the most ironic thing imaginable, especially since I had consoled myself with the idea that Seymour just doesn't appreciate the approach of someone like Brailowsky -- and it turned out that he had studied with him; in fact he had been Brailowsky's only student. But the really funny thing is, the whole thing turned out not to be that ironic after all, because although they worked together, indeed they were very much yin-and-yang on their approaches. So my first thought was sort of right.

Sorry for the digression. ha

And maybe because I love the Barcarolle so much, I apparently play it lousy, maybe because it makes me not open enough to input. I'm planning on playing it in the 1st round of the amateur Chopin competition. My wife is begging me not to. grin

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Also a little funny, Mark, with you and these keys of F#'s. What's that about?

For me, the answer to this thread's question is Beethoven op.111, second movement. I just can't believe some of the things in there.


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Also a little funny, Mark, with you and these keys of F#'s. What's that about?

I've never thought of that.
Although I do often group the two pieces, because of the key.
But I never exactly 'realized' they're (sort of) in the same key.

(Don't ask me to explain what I'm talking about.) ha


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Brahms Op. 116/4....

Hea-vy!!! grin

Darn interesting pick from among Brahms' works.....

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Unqualified to answer : I'm told I don't have a heart!Cheers!
Can't be true. Your music is too expressive.

For me, Chopin 72/1. I learned it last year as a 91st birthday present for my Mom. I played it for her in the rehab facility on a horrible digital piano about 2 weeks before she died. I can't play it anymore. It makes me sob.


My heart goes out to you, Deborah. What a poignant memory forever tied to that piece.


Sophia

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chopin op.9 no.1


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For the past decade, I think the pieces I have gotten most attached to are ones my kids have played (Cecile Chaminade's Concertino for Flute and Piano is the current theme reverberating in my head).

For myself I always return to two relatively simple pieces:

Debussy's First Arabesque
Chopin Waltz, Op. 64 no. 2

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Brahms Requiem
Mozart Piano Concerto No. 27 in B-flat major
Brahms Ballade Op. 10 No. 4
Duruflé Requiem


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