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#2192833 - 12/05/13 08:22 AM Sets of short pieces?  
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Hello I'm thinking off adding learning a small piece for every week into my practise sceduale. I'm gona use 30 minutes each day I think, so the pieces should be rely short, Ca 1-2 pages! I want to do this to sharpen my memory, since i often work on hard pieces that takes months to learn, it would be fun to have some small gems to my repertoire as well.

I know of sets like Grig's "lyric pices ", Mendelssohn's "songs without words" and Prokofiev's "Visions fugetives"

Do you have any other sets to recommend? The length of the vision fugetives seem best, so something in line of it would be splendid.

It can be from any period as well!

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#2192847 - 12/05/13 09:04 AM Re: Sets of short pieces? [Re: haakonsb]  
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Muczynski Fables, Op. 21 (or Diversions, Op. 23)
Heller Studies Op. 45, 46, or 47
Mompou Musica Callada
Koechlin Les Heures Persanes, Op. 65
Tcherepnin Expressions, Op. 81 or Bagatelles, Op. 5
Ginastera American Preludes
Turina Miniatures, Op. 52
Shostakovich Preludes, Op. 34


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#2192852 - 12/05/13 09:17 AM Re: Sets of short pieces? [Re: haakonsb]  
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Bach's French and English Suites would seem to fit the bill. Brahms Opp. 116-119 could be done, although many of the pieces are a bit longer than your 2 page limit.

#2192862 - 12/05/13 09:45 AM Re: Sets of short pieces? [Re: haakonsb]  
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Schumann Opus 12
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#2192887 - 12/05/13 10:38 AM Re: Sets of short pieces? [Re: haakonsb]  
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Brahms Waltzes Op. 39
Chopin Preludes Op. 28

Many are one page or even less and some of the preludes will offer you technical study (e.g. nos. 3 & 22).

#2192902 - 12/05/13 11:09 AM Re: Sets of short pieces? [Re: haakonsb]  
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As it happens in the course of the past 18 months, we published quite a few sets for solo piano, so I'm linking away, to our webpage, where you can listen the youtube videos and check out previews of the pages as well...

Cool Beans by Ben Crosland

Vol. 1 Dreams, Themes and Love Songs
Vol. 2 Jazz, Blues and Latin Grooves

A collection of 12 and 14 works respectively, of works in various contemporary (in a more pop sense) style.

Ben is a member of PianoWorld.

Eludes by Jaap Cramer

Eludes

A collection of 7 short works for solo piano, in various difficulty levels.

I'm also linking the video here, cause I have a small technical glitch and can't share in our webpage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Mw9hUzSM84c

Monographs I by Nickos Harizanos

Monographs I

This is a collection of 7 short works for solo piano, featuring great artwork by artist William Cajin, in a rather tonal setting. Intermediate (<-?) difficulty and no video to share yet unfortunately.

Monographs II by Nickos Harizanos

Monographs II

Sharing the same title of the first set, this set is influenced by contemporary playing techniques. Inside the piano, placing items, extensive use of all three pedals, etc... The score, if I may say so, is truly magnificent (I should know, since I've edited the whole thing)... And I'm really proud of the result.

Seven Diverse Preludes by Scott Miller

Seven Diverse Preludes

Now, I don't know what's up with number 7, but this is a collection of 7... diverse preludes... Some in a more baroque-ish style, other closer to Scriabin...

Note that Scott Miller is a member of PianoWorld.

Sketch Music by Nikolas Sideris

Sketch Music

And here's my own Sketch Music. A set of 21 short works (3*7... thought that 7 was not in there? ;)) in various difficulty settings, but all interesting in a sense I hope... I'd imagine that they are challenging due to their semi-dissonant nature, but...

That's all for now. smile

#2192952 - 12/05/13 01:23 PM Re: Sets of short pieces? [Re: haakonsb]  
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You could do a lot worse than the many, many pieces in Bartok's Mikrokosmos. Some are very easy, some are harder. Also as Pathbreaker said, the very first thing I thought of was Chopin's Preludes.


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#2192955 - 12/05/13 01:30 PM Re: Sets of short pieces? [Re: Kreisler]  
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Originally Posted by Kreisler
Mompou Musica Callada


Great suggestion. Almost no technical difficulty, but musically complex and challenging to memorize. I performed the full set of 28 at Oberlin and it got a great response.

#2192957 - 12/05/13 01:32 PM Re: Sets of short pieces? [Re: haakonsb]  
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Prokofiev - Music For Children, Op. 65


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#2192972 - 12/05/13 02:20 PM Re: Sets of short pieces? [Re: haakonsb]  
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Some are not very easy(which is true about many of the above suggestions, some of which are virtuoso repertoire,)but several of Mompou's Impressionas Intimas(especially 1,2,and 4) would probably fit the OP's requirements.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jej0-_sP04

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#2192975 - 12/05/13 02:26 PM Re: Sets of short pieces? [Re: pianoloverus]  
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On that note maybe Debussy's Children's Corner suite should be added to the list. I think they all fall somewhere within the intermediate range.

#2192981 - 12/05/13 02:34 PM Re: Sets of short pieces? [Re: haakonsb]  
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There are just too many to list. If you are doing this, it is a great opportunity to explore some lesser-known composers, or piano piece by composers not known for piano music.


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#2193111 - 12/05/13 06:32 PM Re: Sets of short pieces? [Re: haakonsb]  
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Chopin op. 28 is the ultimate, IMHO. Schumann Carnaval, op. 9, comprises 21 vignettes within 28 pages. Liszt Consolations S172 are all rather short and approachable.

#2193117 - 12/05/13 06:39 PM Re: Sets of short pieces? [Re: haakonsb]  
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Unlike most piano teachers, mine focused on development, growing the musical ear, and finally, maintaining a level of interest in the student. Memorizing Beethoven Sonatas ad nauseum is not a good way to do that.

Therefore, I grew up learning what they used to call the "Chestnuts." These are shorter works, which require a great deal of musical development, but are not necessarily technically challenging.

So, my suggestion, is that you read through Book I of the Debussy Preludes, and the later Opus' of Brahms, e.g. Op. 117, and Op. 118. You can also pick out individual works from the Debussy Children's Corner Suite.

Finally, search around for some old recordings made in the early to middle 20th century, and you will find collections of these shorter pieces. Johnny Smith, aka Tzimon Barto, recorded an entire CD of these kind of pieces.

Before him, so did Philippe Entremont, and Jose Iturbi. Cliburn, Horowitz, and Rubinstein did similar things.

The good news is that if anyone compares you to Lang Lang or any other famous pianist, if you can whip one of these shorter works out and play it well, it will shut them up permanently. Further, when someone wants you to just: "play something for me," these pieces are perfect for such an occasion.

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#2193138 - 12/05/13 07:18 PM Re: Sets of short pieces? [Re: haakonsb]  
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Debussy has some two-page preludes I believe.

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Dvorák's Humoresques, Op.101 (which include the famous one in G flat), and Silhouettes, Op.8 are all short and tuneful.

For a more contemporary set, Howard Blake's Lifecycle, Op. 489, a set of 24 short pieces which includes the Christmas hit "Walking in the Air" (used in the animated film 'The Snowman') is also attractive and tuneful.



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#2193187 - 12/05/13 09:59 PM Re: Sets of short pieces? [Re: haakonsb]  
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The Hellers 45,46,47 are great. I've been learning one a week, from Schimer's 50 Selected Studies. Also check out Burgmuller 100, 109, 105 in that order.

What about the Inventions?


#2193265 - 12/06/13 01:03 AM Re: Sets of short pieces? [Re: JoelW]  
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Originally Posted by JoelW
Debussy has some two-page preludes I believe.


None of them can be learned in a week.


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Originally Posted by DanS
The Hellers 45,46,47 are great. I've been learning one a week, from Schimer's 50 Selected Studies. Also check out Burgmuller 100, 109, 105 in that order.


Way too intermediate grade! You'll never program any of them in concert, or use any of them in an audition despite their obvious merits.

Better to learn the Schumann Papillons, or the Kinderszenen. Somebody suggested you learn less well-known rep. Well, learn the core rep first if you haven't already, like either of these two Schumann cycles; these are all easier than the Chopin préludes. Learn to play them well, then move on to the more obscure. There'll be plenty of time for that LATER. Right now, get your bases covered with the things everybody with any talent learns in high school/lycée.


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Just because a piece is "intermediate" is no reason not to program it.

I have been looking at a number of salon pieces which fit your bill. Lately I have been reading through some Ethelbert Nevin, some Zez Confrey, some Wim Statius Muller, and the like, and realizing that there is a lot of music which is short, but still well worth performing.

I have thought that an interesting program would be to perform complete sets where one of the pieces is so well known it is hackneyed, like the set of Songs Without Words that contains the Spring Song. The Dvorak Humoresques would be another, and Nevin's Water Scenes.


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Originally Posted by laguna_greg
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Debussy has some two-page preludes I believe.


None of them can be learned in a week.


Are you kidding? Some of them only take a couple hours.

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Originally Posted by JoelW
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Debussy has some two-page preludes I believe.


None of them can be learned in a week.


Are you kidding? Some of them only take a couple hours.


Clearly, you're light years ahead of the rest of us. I don't say this sarcastically. To truly learn any of them in the space of a couple of hours is remarkable.



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#2193321 - 12/06/13 04:01 AM Re: Sets of short pieces? [Re: haakonsb]  
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Plenty of short pieces of 1 or 2 pages. A whole world of music in there. Not something you can quickly work through. Some are really difficult. For a few stormy, ravishing short pieces check out No. 14, No. 19, No. 24.

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Must just tell the Norwegian OP chappie about a neighbour
of mine at Newlands, Cape Town ... who had a love of dogs
and used to collect my Spaniel with his motley bunch for a
chase after moles on the Rondebosch Common.

The name, as I recollect was Clode ... a member of a
bomb-diffusing squad based in London ... he told the
story of washing up after a visit to the Pub toilet,
and in the then mood of camaraderie,
shook hands with King of Norway, Haakon.

He wasn’t showing off ... merely recalling a tidbit of
the time he had a drink with a King.

Haakon escaped to England during WWII to escape
the Nazi menace.

Just a passing comment ... regards btb

I’m with frenchflip in suggesting Chopin’s Opus 28 ...
A favourite of mine with 13 short masterpieces.


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Originally Posted by stores

Clearly, you're light years ahead of the rest of us. I don't say this sarcastically. To truly learn any of them in the space of a couple of hours is remarkable.

He just might be!

Reminds me of how quickly Valentina Lisitsa acquires repertoire. She committed to memory the entirety of Adinsell's Warsaw Concerto (having never seen the score before) and was able to recite it at near performance caliber in less an hour. Of course, the eidetic memory helps smile Brilliant!


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Originally Posted by stores
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Debussy has some two-page preludes I believe.


None of them can be learned in a week.


Are you kidding? Some of them only take a couple hours.


Clearly, you're light years ahead of the rest of us. I don't say this sarcastically. To truly learn any of them in the space of a couple of hours is remarkable.


If you mean it -- thanks. But, really, The Girl with the Flaxen hair? Dancers of Delphi? How long does it take most people? (by the way, I'm talking simple muscle memory, not a detailed understanding of the structure)

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Originally Posted by Atrys
Reminds me of how quickly Valentina Lisitsa acquires repertoire. She committed to memory the entirety of Adinsell's Warsaw Concerto (having never seen the score before) and was able to recite it at near performance caliber in less an hour. Of course, the eidetic memory helps smile Brilliant!


Now that's just messed up (in a good way). Good for her.

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The Hellers 45,46,47 are great. I've been learning one a week, from Schimer's 50 Selected Studies. Also check out Burgmuller 100, 109, 105 in that order.


Way too intermediate grade! You'll never program any of them in concert, or use any of them in an audition despite their obvious merits.

The OP is looking for simple pieces to learn quickly, not for audition pieces.

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