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#2173209 - 10/28/13 01:43 PM Adult favorite classical pieces  
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I am a teacher, mostly of children. However, I do teach 2 adults. What piano pieces do adults enjoy learning the most? One is beginner (though he is expert at classical guitar) and the other has been taking lessons for a little over 3 years. Both are "timid" on the keyboard but love classical pieces and will work hard to learn them.

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#2173218 - 10/28/13 02:10 PM Re: Adult favorite classical pieces [Re: Gisele]  
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I think looking at the ABF recital index would be an excellent way of seeing popular items. For me, if you said - one composer, just one, I would pick Chopin. Probably won't work for the beginner but for the intermediate rich pickings!

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  • Debussy - Le Petit Nègre, L. 114
  • Haydn - Sonata in Gm, Hob. XVI/44

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#2173290 - 10/28/13 04:40 PM Re: Adult favorite classical pieces [Re: Gisele]  
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As I have no interest in taking exams my teacher gives me the luxury of picking all my own pieces. I started with the Alfred All In One Books but eased over to Keith Snell Essential Piano Repertoire from the 17th, 18th & 19th Centuries. There are books for all levels and each book comes with a CD.


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#2173292 - 10/28/13 04:49 PM Re: Adult favorite classical pieces [Re: Gisele]  
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Still wrestling with the Alfred All-in-one books, but I enjoy playing from the Keith Snell books also. Some of those easy pieces are really lovely.


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#2173296 - 10/28/13 05:05 PM Re: Adult favorite classical pieces [Re: Gisele]  
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Since I first started, I've gotten some of my favorite pieces from the sheet music printed in each issue of Pianist magazine. Each issue also comes with a demonstration CD with some lovely playing by pianist Chenyin Li. There are usually 10-12 pieces in each issue, and the difficulty always ranges from early beginner to something quite advanced.

Beyond that, "First Lessons in Bach" is a great source for the beginner, and an advancing player can move from those to the Bach Little Preludes.


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#2173329 - 10/28/13 06:11 PM Re: Adult favorite classical pieces [Re: Gisele]  
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Traumerei maybe?


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#2173394 - 10/28/13 07:47 PM Re: Adult favorite classical pieces [Re: Gisele]  
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Bach prelude no. 1? minuets in g minor and g major from first lessons in bach?


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i call it the paino because its where i put all my pain
#2173508 - 10/29/13 01:33 AM Re: Adult favorite classical pieces [Re: findingnemo2010]  
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I think there may be a fundamental fault in asking a question like that smile

There's a lot of variation in adult's personal tastes, more than with kids (although I think kid's personal tastes are far too often ignored). The way to go is to make them listen to piano music and find their favorites and go from there. They may not be in the level of playing the music they liked, but one can find easier pieces in similar style.

#2173728 - 10/29/13 12:56 PM Re: Adult favorite classical pieces [Re: Gisele]  
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I third the Keith Snell series with the caveat that the fingering is frequently geared to small hands. My teacher and I changed the fingering more in that series than other editor's material. But the selections are very nice and consist of loosely graded books.

Anther series I enJOY, is the Denis Agay "Joy of....." series. The editing is very good and there are editions for nearly every genre and ability.


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#2174021 - 10/29/13 09:18 PM Re: Adult favorite classical pieces [Re: Gisele]  
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Why not ask your students?

If they don't know what they would like, play a bit of a few pieces for them and have them choose one.


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#2174271 - 10/30/13 11:25 AM Re: Adult favorite classical pieces [Re: Gisele]  
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I enjoyed learning a few Bach pieces from Anna Magdalena's Notebook. Right now, I'm learning Bizet's Duet from the Pearl Fishers. It's a piece I've always loved, so I searched out the sheet music myself & took it to my teacher. I've started working on the first part & it's quite easy. Looks like there's a more difficult part coming up.


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#2174458 - 10/30/13 05:24 PM Re: Adult favorite classical pieces [Re: Gisele]  
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Melodious Masterpieces edited by Jane Magrath and published by ALFRED meets at least my taste just perfectly.


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