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Re: Beginner Level Classic Repertoire [Re: scorpio] #2220672
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Re: Beginner Level Classic Repertoire [Re: IanW] #2220722
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Originally Posted by IanW
If you want to check the grading on a piece of music the Piano Syllabus website has a searchable database of many thousands of pieces.


Nice! That one is in my 'Bookmarks' now. Thanks.


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I'm enjoying Christine Cacioppo's "Treasures from the Piano Bench." There are two volumes and she also has a book of classical piano pieces for adult beginners.

If you google her, I'm sure she has a web site.


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I could write a long list of achievable pieces for a novice pianist but one of my favourites is PARISIAN PROMENADE by Eugenie R. Rocherolle.

"Midday on the Champs-Elysees", probably the easiest in the book.

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Re: Beginner Level Classic Repertoire [Re: scorpio] #2221267
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I don`t think you have to be a beginner to appreciate the musicality of many "beginner" pieces. I`m working through Tchaikovsky`s op39 book. 24 of `em, most are a page long. Bet I don`t finish it . . . .they are challenging too. But being short and easier, you do get quick results!

Instant gratification!! And a larger repertoire. Youtube`s full of professionals playing easy standard pieces. . . .


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I don't have the book yet but I'm gonna buy the "Essential Keyboard Repertoire" by Olson & Freeman:
http://www.alfred.com/Products/Essential-Keyboard-Repertoire-Volume-1--00-501C.aspx
My teacher uses it for all of his students as the first book after the basics.

I do myself like the first pieces from Schumann's Album fr die Jugend.

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Re: Beginner Level Classic Repertoire [Re: WimPiano] #2228739
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Essential Keyboard Repertoire is an excellent book for the money and the second volume is terrific as well. I copied the CDs to iTunes so I can listen to them through my iPod/boom box combo to see how I'm doing. These two books cover quite a bit of early intermediate classical repertoire and can fill in some of the pieces you might want to learn that aren't in the series like Masterwork Classics.


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Re: Beginner Level Classic Repertoire [Re: scorpio] #2229196
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I managed to get these three pieces ready for recital within my first year of piano:

"Minuet in Rondo Form" by Rameau
"Minuet in C" by Mozart
"Sad Song" by Bartok

They are all contained in the "Easy Piano Classics" book by Bastien


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Re: Beginner Level Classic Repertoire [Re: scorpio] #2231489
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What beginner level piece is everyone working on, right now?

I am finishing up JS Bach's Minuets 1, 2 and 3 from Overture in G minor (BMV 822). Next up is C.P.E Bach's March in D Major (BMV Appendix 122).


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Re: Beginner Level Classic Repertoire [Re: scorpio] #2231623
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I've learned 2 and a half of those three minuets! A very nice set.
After finishing Little Prelude BWV 939, today I picked up the Bourre in E minor again. I know it's too fast for me but I have to try some more. Then I think it will be Prelude BWV 999... maybe.


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Re: Beginner Level Classic Repertoire [Re: scorpio] #2231626
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Scorpio,

For the last four years I have kept a record of every piece assigned by my teacher, in the order assigned. Would it be useful for those on this thread that are self teaching to see, say, the first two years of that list? At least it would tell you what one teacher gives to one adult student who had only 9 months of Alfred's self-teaching at the time he started in on lessons. Of course my teacher used things she thought I would like. But I pretty much gave her carte blanche to assign anything she thought would keep me interested and advance my ability to play, regardless of genre or era, with the hope to someday be able to play more advanced classical pieces and some old jazz standards. Even told her I didn't mind things with funny animal names and pictures for 7-year olds if thats what I needed. grin And I got a few of those!! laugh

Let me know.


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Jim, I'd be interested in seeing your list.

I'm on week six of lessons, after self-teaching for awhile. My teacher assigned pieces out of Essential Keyboard Repertoire Level 1 for the first few weeks, now we're mostly working in EKR Level 2.


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JimF, I think posting the list is a great, helpful idea. I am curious to see what appears.

sinophilia, I am a Bach fan too. With my teacher, over the course of this semester, I will be working out of the First Lessons in Bach book.


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Re: Beginner Level Classic Repertoire [Re: scorpio] #2232036
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Ok, here's the list of everything I worked on in the first two years with my teacher.

I started from scratch at age 57, with no experience on any instrument. Prior to beginning with my teacher I had been self -teaching for 9 months and had gotten to the first part of Alfred AIO-2. I also had taken a whack at Claire de Lune...big mistake. I told her I would do whatever she said to eventually play things like Chopin nocturnes or CDL, and that I liked old jazz standards. I committed to one hour weekly lessons and one to one and a half hour per day of practice.

I'm giving all this background because every student is different and good teachers obviously try to tailor things to individual needs....so this list may be worthless for someone else. It is just one person's path through the first two years. In addition to the list I also had weekly assignments of scale work and technical exercises from the Dozen-a-Day series. List items marked with an asterisk (*) were "one-week-throwaways" that were assigned to be worked on for only a week, then tossed, mainly for extra reading practice. These are in the order assigned.

YEAR ONE

Minuet - Mozart k.6
Ashokan Farewell- lead sheet
Melody - R.Schumann
Time in a bottle - lead sheet
Minuet in G - JSBach
Valsette - Morovsky
Snowfall- Faber
Distant Chimes - ?
Phantom of the Keys - Faber
Arabesque- Burgmuller
Musette in D - Bach
Ladybug Largo - Bober
Minuet in D minor -Bach
Sonatina (rondo movement) Clementi 36-1
Sick Doll - Tchaikovsky
Waltz in A-minor - Chopin
Linus and Lucy - Guaraldi *
Minuet in G - bwv822 Bach
Starwars *
Fur Elise - Beethoven (first part only) *
Theme from Marriage of Figaro - Mozart *
Someone to Watch Over Me - Gershwin (Coates arr.)
Etude in C major - LeCouppey
Hello Brazil - Olsen *
Beauty and the Beast *
As Time Goes By - Hupfeld (Coates arr.)
Happy Times - Olsen *
Ballade -Burgmuller
Ecossaise in G - Beethoven
America the Beautiful *
Night of the Tarantella *
Besame Mucho *
Misty - E.Garner
A Jazzy Tune - Bober*
Highland Jig*
Fiesta Espana- Bober *
Prelude in E minor -Chopin op28-
What a Wonderful World*
Sunset Seranade- Bober*
Ivan Sings - Khatchaturian
Jugglers -Bober *
Minuet in G minor - Bach
Sound of Silence - P.Simon
Christmas Time is Here - Guaraldi
Sonatina (andante movement)- Clementi 36-1
Minuet in G minor Bach bwv115
Dreams at Twilight*

END OF YEAR ONE.










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Didn't realize how long that would take me to type out. Will try to put up year two when I get a chance.


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YEAR TWO

Sailboats in the Wind - Faber
Long Ago and Far Away - Bober *
Song - Diabelli*
E Lucevan Le Stelle - Puccini (Tosca) - live recital piece
Old German Dance- Ptaetorius*
Minuet- Hook*
Cassette - M.Vogel*
Minuet in G - Bach (yet another, didn't write down bwv#
The Shepherd Plays - Salturinskaya*
The Sparrows - Rubach*
Spring Waltz - Spindler*
Petite Prelude - Scheyette*
In Quelle Trine Morbide - Puccini (Manon Lescout)
Night Journey - Gurlitt*
Gypsy Legend - Chovan*
Prelude in B minor - Chopin op.28-6
Chorale - R.Schumann*
Waltz D minor - Kabelevsky*
Miniature Rondo - Turk*
Prelude in C major - Bach
Minuet in F - Mozart
Coda (from 7 German dances) - Hayden*
Musette (from English Suite in G) Bach
Sonatina in G - Beethoven
The Shadow of Your Smile - Mandel (Coates arr.)
Prelude in C - Bach (from Wtc bwv846)
In Church- Tchaikovsky
Bewitched Bothered and Bewildered- Rodgers and Hart (Coates arr)
Dolls Complaint - c.Franck
Ecossaise G - F.Schubert
Sarabande with Variations - Handel
Arioso D minor - A.Scarlatti
The Crristmas Song - Torme/Wells arr.Gauraldi
Over the Rainbow - Arlen

* denotes one week throwaway pieces

END YEAR TWO







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My recommendation is: "Melodious Masterpieces" by Jane Magrath:

I have been to the local music library and searched from about 15 to 20 beginner books for recordings of the pieces present in all those (sometimes very old) books. I found almost each song somewhere recorded and published already.

Like this I made up my very personal list. That has been 3 month of intensive work in my leisure time, until I made up my mind, took decisions, revised them, and started to search for a teacher with that list in my hand.

Unfortunately, I never found more than 3 to 6 pieces out of the published 35 to 45 pieces in one of those books to fit my taste. Thus I hesitated to purchase any book and first only took sheets from the IMSLP site.

Finally I found and purchased "Melodious Masterpieces" (Alfred Masterwork Editions), because all pieces in Book 1 and many pieces in Book 2 are on my personal list! And there are excellent CDs published in that series, which professionally play for you each piece from the books.

It could have saved me 3 month of work, if I would have known about this series before. But how would I ever have known that those are really the pieces I like more than others, if I would never have had learned about the others as well?

So, I really recommend this repertoir book series, its just beautiful. Unfortunately, the books "1" to "3" are not having a real beginner book No. "0", and thats why my recommendation is maybe not the best to a beginner, but only for those of you who are at least in the 2nd year.


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Thanks for publishing your list. I've been listening to some on youtube making my own list of thugs I'd like to try at some point.


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I would also like to thank JimF for publishing his list.

In my case, I have actually learned about 5-6 pieces each from his "Year 1" and "Year 2" lists. For me, the pieces in the first list were not doable by me until I had reached about 12 months of lessons. Of course, some on those list are harder than others.

For the second list, I've actually passed three of them and have two current in my active list. Three more are on my "to do" list.

So for me, those lists are really "Year 1.5" and Year 2.5". Still, a nice cross section of material, and again, much appreciated.


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Wow, that's a lot to learn in two years time. Thanks for the lists.


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