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#2054176 - 03/25/13 06:38 PM dream pieces - a.k.a. "50 things to play before I die"  
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Hi everyone,

For reasons I probably shouldn't go into right now, I'm trying to assemble a list of 'dream pieces' -- pieces that have a special significance to me, have carried, or are likely to carry a certain kind of emotional resonance upon first listening to them, or pieces that, quite simply, every self-respecting amateur pianist should aspire to get under their belt (and this is where you lot can potentially help).

I've more or less successfully tackled two of the pieces on my '50 things' list already: Gymnopédie n° 1 by Erik Satie, which I played at a friend's house on Christmas day, and the 'Adagio Sostenuto' from Beethoven's Piano Sonata n° 14 (otherwise known as the first movement of the 'Moonlight' Sonata), of which I made my first note-perfect recording tonight.

Other than that, I currently have a Chopin Nocturne on it (19 right now, but that's subject to change), as well as a particular Chopin Waltz, which I want to learn to play very well; my teacher likes it, but hasn't yet found a student who was really motivated to play it well. And the second movement of Beethoven's third piano Sonata, just because I like the sound of it. Then there are the odds and ends, such as 'some rag by Scott Joplin', and a particular arrangement for piano solo of Jeff Buckley's 'Hallelujah', which was written by a guy called Kyle Landry, and came to me via YouTube.

So, that makes seven. Any ideas for what the other 43 should be?


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#2054192 - 03/25/13 07:25 PM Re: dream pieces - a.k.a. "50 things to play before I die" [Re: Saranoya]  
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This:




Every difficulty slurred over will be a ghost to disturb your repose later on. Frederic Chopin

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#2054215 - 03/25/13 08:12 PM Re: dream pieces - a.k.a. "50 things to play before I die" [Re: Saranoya]  
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Originally Posted by Saranoya
...and a particular arrangement for piano solo of Jeff Buckley's 'Hallelujah', which was written by a guy called Kyle Landry, and came to me via YouTube.


Just a note to correctly credit Leonard Cohen for the much covered song "Hallelujah". (which might be picking a small nit but I am a big LC fan)

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#2054275 - 03/25/13 10:00 PM Re: dream pieces - a.k.a. "50 things to play before I die" [Re: Saranoya]  
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Clair de lune has always been on my list of dream pieces. I have just started trying to learn it again. If you like Satie check out the Gnossienne's. Number 1 and 3 are my favourites. Quite dark compared to his Gymnopédie's but I like dark...


Just started working on:
Clair de lune
Nocturne in c minor - Chopin
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#2054283 - 03/25/13 10:17 PM Re: dream pieces - a.k.a. "50 things to play before I die" [Re: Saranoya]  
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Since you mentioned Beethoven - I haven't played this one yet, but it's on my list, and it might not be far out of your reach - how about the 2nd movement of Beethoven's 8th sonata?

http://youtu.be/vGq3-Fi_zQY

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#2054287 - 03/25/13 10:20 PM Re: dream pieces - a.k.a. "50 things to play before I die" [Re: gahdzila]  
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#2054290 - 03/25/13 10:23 PM Re: dream pieces - a.k.a. "50 things to play before I die" [Re: TrapperJohn]  
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My previous comment was to trapperjohns submission. Leaves on the river seine.
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#2054367 - 03/26/13 02:43 AM Re: dream pieces - a.k.a. "50 things to play before I die" [Re: Saranoya]  
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When I restarted piano I had only a few pieces in my bucket list. Since then my list has expanded out of control - the rate of expansion far exceeds the speed of leaning (Very Slow). I may have to live to be a centurion.



1) Bach c minor fantasy
2) Beethoven sonata g major 14 No. 2 (re do)
3) Chopin a flat major Ballade (schubert Impromptu A flat D935 No2)
4) Scriabin op11 prelude #2 and #14 (Re do #2, new #14)
5) Bartok. 4 old tunes and Scherzo)
#2054379 - 03/26/13 03:43 AM Re: dream pieces - a.k.a. "50 things to play before I die" [Re: Saranoya]  
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Chopin's Nocturne 9 No 1 is lovely and well worth learning.
http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=ZtIW2r1EalM&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DZtIW2r1EalM



#2054393 - 03/26/13 05:05 AM Re: dream pieces - a.k.a. "50 things to play before I die" [Re: Saranoya]  
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Bach - Matthäus Passion - Wir setzen uns mit Tränen nieder:

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

So beautiful, so moving.. I'm not even a religious person.

I had to play it. I found the score. I looked at it and I was terrified. This beauty was in front of me but I couldn't convert it to music, not a single bar! Maybe in 3 years I'll be able to play it.

#2054399 - 03/26/13 05:39 AM Re: dream pieces - a.k.a. "50 things to play before I die" [Re: Saranoya]  
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Another Bach:


I love it since I saw Solaris movie (original) years ago. And thanks to Valentina I found there are transcriptions for a piano.

#2054406 - 03/26/13 06:13 AM Re: dream pieces - a.k.a. "50 things to play before I die" [Re: Saranoya]  
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Some suggestions:

From Debussy
Arabesque in E Major
The Snow is Dancing
What the west wind saw (Ce qu'a vu le vent d'ouest)

Heller's Avalanche

Tchaikovsky's Sick doll and doll's funeral (from his children's album of 24 easy pieces, but nice)

Padereweski's Minuet in G

Schumann's Traumerei

Pieczonka's Tarantella

Leybach's 5th Nocturne

Liszt's Liebenstraum and Hungarian Rhapsody Maybe La Campanella.

Dvorak's Humoreske

Rimsy-Korsakov's Song of India

Bach's Prelude and Fugue in C Major and (pick another in your favorite key smile and his Two part invention #1

Bach (the younger)'s Solfeggietto

Burgmuller's Angel's voices, Ballade, and Silent Longings

Joplin's entertainer and Maple Leaf Rag

Beehtoven's Fur Elise

Maybe some Jazz Standards

Autumn Leaves
Misty
Afternoon in Paris
On Green Dolphin Street

Probably some christmas carols or hymns that you like if you can find good arrangements that suit you

And finally I'd throw in some arrangements or transcriptions of pop/rock songs that you like depending on your tastes. Billy Joel, Ray Charles, Beatles, harder to make recommendations for that without knowing your tastes better.


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#2054427 - 03/26/13 07:33 AM Re: dream pieces - a.k.a. "50 things to play before I die" [Re: Saranoya]  
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Also this:




Every difficulty slurred over will be a ghost to disturb your repose later on. Frederic Chopin

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#2054433 - 03/26/13 08:09 AM Re: dream pieces - a.k.a. "50 things to play before I die" [Re: Saranoya]  
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If I could play I would have to include Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata, Rachmaninov's pf conc.#2 and Debussy's Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun.


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#2054470 - 03/26/13 09:52 AM Re: dream pieces - a.k.a. "50 things to play before I die" [Re: LarryShone]  
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If you have any interest in more modern music, I would suggest Keith Emerson's "Trilogy" and "Tarkus", as well as Jon Schmidt's "Game Day".

It may take me 10-15 years, but those are on my list.

Bruce

#2054642 - 03/26/13 04:41 PM Re: dream pieces - a.k.a. "50 things to play before I die" [Re: Saranoya]  
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As long as we're dreaming.....

THIS



Tarantella, Pieczonka
Sonatine, No.2 Menuet - MRavel


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#2054646 - 03/26/13 04:46 PM Re: dream pieces - a.k.a. "50 things to play before I die" [Re: Saranoya]  
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or this....



Tarantella, Pieczonka
Sonatine, No.2 Menuet - MRavel


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#2054692 - 03/26/13 05:49 PM Re: dream pieces - a.k.a. "50 things to play before I die" [Re: Saranoya]  
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Bach-Busoni Chaccone D and Toccata and Fugue D-minor 565

Chopin: Polonaise op.53, Etude op.10 nr12 (ok, I played it already few years ago :D) also op 25/5 25/11 and 25/12
Godowski: Revolutionary and Ocean etudes for left hand solo

Rachmaninov: ALL :D, 3rd Concerto, Moment musicaux 16/4 e minor, Prelude 23/2 Bb major and 32/5 G major

Scriabin: Etudes 42/5 and 8/12 and Ab major 8/8

Liszt: Etudes 3 and 6 from Paganini, Mazeppa, as also nr 6 and 11 (don't remember the names now), 2nd, 6th and 13th rhapsody, Alleluja (beaufitul virtuoso piece rare known)

Mussorgsky: Pictures from exhibition

Ginastera: Danza Argentina 3

Arthur Vincet Lourie - Gigue (immensly beautiful piece)

Cziffra-Vecsey: Valse Triste and Cziffra-Brahms 5th Hungarian Dance

And Islamey of course smile

Rzewski: El Pueblo Unido El Jamas Venicido

from funny list:
Stars and Stripes by Horowitz
Alla Turca by Volodos

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#2054721 - 03/26/13 06:25 PM Re: dream pieces - a.k.a. "50 things to play before I die" [Re: Saranoya]  
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Another - Khatchaturian's Toccata in E Minor. Not as difficult as it sounds, and once mastered is pretty much the most fun you can have on a piano. Bit of 20thC Russian percussiveness, a bit of jazz - what more could you want in a piece?

[video:youtube]http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=Bfo4-CnJZQQ&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DBfo4-CnJZQQ[/video]

(the flourish from this kid on the final chords says it all really! He knows what I'm talking 'bout.)

#2055019 - 03/27/13 09:18 AM Re: dream pieces - a.k.a. "50 things to play before I die" [Re: Saranoya]  
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A treasure trove of beautiful tunes - Classical is fine fare, but this is dessert, the icing on the cake...


Broadway Anthology


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#2055040 - 03/27/13 10:19 AM Re: dream pieces - a.k.a. "50 things to play before I die" [Re: Saranoya]  
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Jazz proposals:

-Jubilation/Sweet Lorraine/Come Sunday (in Tete Montoliu's style).
-The Hilltop (Chick Korea).
-Lament (like, say, Peter Martin).
-My favourite things (in a Brad Mehldau way).
-One from Chano Dominguez, if you like flamenco/jazz fusion.

I guess they're all in youtube, not sure about Martin's one.


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#2055242 - 03/27/13 05:48 PM Re: dream pieces - a.k.a. "50 things to play before I die" [Re: Saranoya]  
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Maybe the most sublime peace of music ever written :


or maybe, if there is one, a piano transcription of the Solveig's song for piano.

Of course, there is so many ways to travel with music.

BTW, I don't know you but I hope you are okay, something in your message, I don't know...


- Please, forgive my bad English smile

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#2055443 - 03/28/13 01:47 AM Re: dream pieces - a.k.a. "50 things to play before I die" [Re: Jean-Luc]  
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Originally Posted by Jean-Luc
BTW, I don't know you but I hope you are okay, something in your message, I don't know...


No worries. I'm OK. Trying to stay that way, too, and so, making plans for the long-term future.

Thank you all for the wonderful suggestions, so far. Keep them coming! I really do plan on compiling a list from these some time soonish.


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#2055456 - 03/28/13 02:23 AM Re: dream pieces - a.k.a. "50 things to play before I die" [Re: Saranoya]  
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Chopin

Bercuese
Barcarolle


If i were going to pop it, maybe compose my own piece before i go too...

Ps. Im doing the burgmuller op 100 too, just started on number 6, though number 4 is a gradual thing to master due to the trickyness if thirds...

Maybe we will compare notes as we look at 109 op in the future..... good luck with your journey.

#2060080 - 04/05/13 10:49 PM Re: dream pieces - a.k.a. "50 things to play before I die" [Re: Saranoya]  
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Can't list 50 but one of them would be Chopin's Polonaise in A flat Major (posthumous)

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#2060089 - 04/05/13 11:09 PM Re: dream pieces - a.k.a. "50 things to play before I die" [Re: Saranoya]  
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Rachmaninoff:

Etude tableaux op. 39 no. 5 in e-flat minor;

Etude tableaux op. 39 no. 8 in d minor;

Etude tableaux op. 39 no. 3 in f#-minor;

Etude tableaux op. 33 no. 2 in c minor;

Piano sonata no. 1 in d minor;

Piano concerto no. 3 in d minor;

Prelude op. 32 no. 5 in g minor;

Prelude op. 32 no. 12 in g# minor;

Prelude op. 23 no. 5 in g minor;

Vocalise op. 34 no. 14 in d minor;

Chamber Trio no. 1 in d minor;

Moment Musical no. 4 in e minor;

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, 18th Variation in d-flat;

Variations on a Theme of Corelli, the entire set;

Arrangement of the Minuet from Bizet's Carmen;

and

Piano Sonata no. 2 Movement 2 in b-flat minor

Should keep me busy for a few lifetimes.



Beethoven - Op.49 No.1 (sonata 19)
Czerny - Op.299 Nos. 5,7 (School of Velocity)
Liszt - S.172 No.2 (Consolation No.2)

Dream piece:
Rachmaninoff - Sonata 2, movement 2 in E minor
#2060237 - 04/06/13 08:18 AM Re: dream pieces - a.k.a. "50 things to play before I die" [Re: Dwscamel]  
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Dream piece?

That's an easy one:

#1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GKQztuU3LI

Man, I wish Horowitz was still around...

OR:

#2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1U2bc96Z3QU

Boris at his best, IMHO.

I'd need a lifetime to learn either of these pieces, but it's fun to dream!


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