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This is a game similar to Name That Tune, but with piano repertoire. Here are the rules:
I will start by naming any of the 88 notes on the piano. The notes will be named such that the lowest note on the piano is A0, the highest is C8, and Middle C is C4. More information on this system can be found in this Wikipedia article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piano_key_frequencies The person who responds will name a solo piano work which begins with that note. Enharmonic spellings are NOT allowed. The piece must start with a single note, it can't be part of a chord. Transcriptions of chamber or orchestral works do not count. After that, they will name a new note for the next person, and so on. I think that's about it. Have fun!
[...]Good game! I never realized how rare it is for a piece to start with a single note.
On the contrary; I'm finding many pieces that begin with a single note....
I'd say it's relatively rare -- especially when we're quizzed with a particular note that has approximately zero pieces that start with it!
Well, "relatively rare" is relative, isn't it? I found 45 examples by looking at one "set" or "genre" each of the works of only four composers whose music was sitting on my piano. I didn't even have to go searching.
(Hey, has anyone seen a copy of the score lately....)
Not lately; I had to put it aside until I have further developed my technique to make studying this piece a fruitful endeavour with a possibly positive outcome.
Which reminds me : At my last lesson I asked my teacher what she thought of my working on a piece that she had recommended but about which I had doubts that I could ever master to a somewhat professional degree. She indicated that she wouldn't have suggested the piece if she weren't totally confident that I couldn't handle it well.
Of course, I wasn't talking about Kreisler's piece, and her answer might have been different had that been the subject of the discussion.