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#2305587 - 07/22/14 06:43 PM Recommend me some Shostakovich  
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I'm really sorely missing my trio. I just loved the wonderful themes in it and the way it just built on itself. No matter how far I dug into it, it just got better and better. I truly loved it.

I've got nothing on my plate more modern than Brahms.

What would be a good choice for a late intermediate player (possibly early advanced--on a good day and on definitely most days by next year) such as myself? One thing I particularly loved about the trio I was working on was its use of Jewish folk themes. To the extent there's another example of his Jewish folk theme phase in solo piano music, I'd be interested to hear it.

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#2305593 - 07/22/14 06:55 PM Re: Recommend me some Shostakovich [Re: TwoSnowflakes]  
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I always find these miniatures Jewish-sounding, but I'm no expert. Still, they're fun to play - especially the last dance:

http://youtu.be/nFOlDnVQVPs


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#2305595 - 07/22/14 06:57 PM Re: Recommend me some Shostakovich [Re: bennevis]  
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Originally Posted by bennevis
I always find these miniatures Jewish-sounding, but I'm no expert. Still, they're fun to play - especially the last dance:

http://youtu.be/nFOiDnVQVPs


The youtube says:

"This video is unavailable. Sorry about that."

Oh, blah.

What were you linking to?

#2305597 - 07/22/14 06:59 PM Re: Recommend me some Shostakovich [Re: TwoSnowflakes]  
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Originally Posted by TwoSnowflakes
Originally Posted by bennevis
I always find these miniatures Jewish-sounding, but I'm no expert. Still, they're fun to play - especially the last dance:

http://youtu.be/nFOiDnVQVPs


The youtube says:

"This video is unavailable. Sorry about that."

Oh, blah.

What were you linking to?

Try again - it's been corrected....


"I don't play accurately - anyone can play accurately - but I play with wonderful expression. As far as the piano is concerned, sentiment is my forte. I keep science for Life."
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#2305600 - 07/22/14 07:08 PM Re: Recommend me some Shostakovich [Re: TwoSnowflakes]  
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Yep, it works. Listening now!

I also found Shostakovich Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87.

Prelude #8 (F# minor) definitely evokes that sound I clearly dig.

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#2305624 - 07/22/14 08:06 PM Re: Recommend me some Shostakovich [Re: TwoSnowflakes]  
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There is not very much solo piano music by Shostakovich. Besides the Preludes and Fugues, there are a couple of sonatas, a set of Preludes, a set of Aphorisms, and five or six other pieces.


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#2305634 - 07/22/14 08:22 PM Re: Recommend me some Shostakovich [Re: TwoSnowflakes]  
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TwoSnowflakes,

Glad you've discovered the Preludes and Fugues. I happen to think that these 24 pieces make up one of Shostakovich's greatest works. You can spend many, many months getting to know them-- and they're worth it. There's incredible variety here-- from romantic-lyrical to almost atonal to militaristic to profoundly sad. By all means, get yourself the score; some of the preludes (and even some of the fugues) are quite approachable. The F major prelude is almost a Brahms intermezzo!

And while I *love* the F# minor prelude you mentioned, it's the F# minor fugue that strikes me as one of Shostakovich's deepest, strangest statements. (I've played the pair.)

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#2305649 - 07/22/14 08:58 PM Re: Recommend me some Shostakovich [Re: TwoSnowflakes]  
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The preludes and fugues are beautiful but if you crave that highly individual Shostakovich personality I prefer the Op. 34 preludes. They are awesome and some are really quite humorous too.


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#2305668 - 07/22/14 09:42 PM Re: Recommend me some Shostakovich [Re: TwoSnowflakes]  
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I'm digging the dances, Bennevis. I even found a recording of Shostakovich playing them. Very neat. Not terribly Jewish to my ear, but almost kind of a jazzy feel to them, at least to me. Clever pieces.

Moving onto the Op. 34 preludes.

No matter what, it's been a terrific evening of music!

#2305696 - 07/22/14 11:55 PM Re: Recommend me some Shostakovich [Re: TwoSnowflakes]  
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Have you tried his 3 fantastic dances, op 5? Not sure how Jewish they are, but they're not tricky and really fun!

#2305701 - 07/23/14 12:08 AM Re: Recommend me some Shostakovich [Re: TwoSnowflakes]  
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Great themes, early advanced.. how about the Second Concerto? He wrote it for his then 14-year-old son Maxim to play. Memorable and charming in all three movements.

#2305757 - 07/23/14 04:31 AM Re: Recommend me some Shostakovich [Re: TwoSnowflakes]  
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Doing the 1st concerto later this year, which is a fun piece to play! A friend of mine seems to focus around Shostakovich in his doctoral project, and has already played the two sonatas, the aphorisms, etc etc in concerts. Didn't know the aphorisms much before - they're worth checking out.

#2305909 - 07/23/14 11:00 AM Re: Recommend me some Shostakovich [Re: TwoSnowflakes]  
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Try the preludes and fugues to begin. Dover publishes them. They are pretty challenging and really different.


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#2306276 - 07/24/14 02:21 AM Re: Recommend me some Shostakovich [Re: TwoSnowflakes]  
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The Preludes op. 34 is a very nice set. I played no. 24 a while ago.


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Chopin: op. 25 no. 11
Haydn: Sonata in in Eb Hob XVI/52
Schumann: Piano concerto 1st movement
Rachmaninoff: op. 39 no. 8

#2306290 - 07/24/14 03:27 AM Re: Recommend me some Shostakovich [Re: TwoSnowflakes]  
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I like the D Minor Prelude/Fugue, especially the last 2 pages.

If you want some easier music of his, this is an excellent set, which includes some excellent transcriptions of his film music:

http://www.amazon.com/Easier-Works-Collection-Schirmers-Classics/dp/0793599326


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#2306291 - 07/24/14 03:30 AM Re: Recommend me some Shostakovich [Re: TwoSnowflakes]  
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Shostakovich also published a Children's Notebook. Maybe it's worth checking out, especially if I need to keep my Shosty efforts as a total side dish right now until I have space on my dance card for a more meaty piece.

Some of them are really nifty. "Funny Story" ain't no walk in the park with the tempo jacked up. Same goes for "Clockwork Doll". It appears to be a minute long, but Shostakovich's own recording of it clocks in at slightly over 30 seconds.

I have the book as my younger daughter is starting to play them. She also loved the Op. 67 trio and was the only one in my family who was not happy to see it get put aside so they didn't have to listen to me work through it anymore.

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