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Re: What's the Most Delicate, Beautiful Piano Piece You've E
Fugue14 #1263034 09/05/09 02:45 PM
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Liszt Liebestraum no. 3, which has only been said once before
Rach 2 2nd movement, which I haven't seen yet
Of course, Liebestraum might be a bit overpowering, but it's the most beautiful piece I've heard.
However, looking at all these unfamiliar pieces which people say are the most delicate and beautiful piano piece they'eve ever heard makes me realize how little music I know.


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Philip Lu #1263576 09/06/09 03:34 PM
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I am a total neophyte unfit to be in your presence, but what the heck... After nearly eight months of total piano practice during which I wasted about two hardly practicing, I have the gall to try to learn how to play something 'delicate and beautiful'. After all, I'm almost done with Alfred's level one book!

For the first time since I started with the piano, I happened to listen to Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata and immediately decided to learn it. So I went online got some sheet music and after a week or so, have darn near learned four bars. I don't expect the rest gets any easier (and I don't even want to look).

So my question is, among all these beautiful and delicate pieces you all have mentioned, or others not mentioned, is there a suggestion for one that is less formidable for a beginner to learn who has lots of effort and determination? I have never been to a teacher and don't plan to.(have my own reasons, and I'm 67 so I get to have my own reasons smile

I just love the sound of Moonlight Sonata but in the music I have, it will be very tough. The "easy" arrrangements I have seen are el stinko in my humble opinion.

Any ideas? thanks so much

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dukeofhesse #1263583 09/06/09 03:45 PM
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I would like to clarify something in my previous post.
I do not think that the difficulty with Moonlight Sonata lies in learning the notes so much as it might in being able to play it smoothly and with enough sensitivity. In fact, I'm guessing that I could probably eventually get it down - as in hitting the keys at the right tempo, but getting the emotion would be beyond my current level.

Maybe that will be the problem with anything anyone suggests?

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Originally Posted by dukeofhesse
I am a total neophyte unfit to be in your presence, but what the heck... After nearly eight months of total piano practice during which I wasted about two hardly practicing, I have the gall to try to learn how to play something 'delicate and beautiful'. After all, I'm almost done with Alfred's level one book!

For the first time since I started with the piano, I happened to listen to Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata and immediately decided to learn it. So I went online got some sheet music and after a week or so, have darn near learned four bars. I don't expect the rest gets any easier (and I don't even want to look).

So my question is, among all these beautiful and delicate pieces you all have mentioned, or others not mentioned, is there a suggestion for one that is less formidable for a beginner to learn who has lots of effort and determination? I have never been to a teacher and don't plan to.(have my own reasons, and I'm 67 so I get to have my own reasons smile

I just love the sound of Moonlight Sonata but in the music I have, it will be very tough. The "easy" arrrangements I have seen are el stinko in my humble opinion.

Any ideas? thanks so much


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Scriabin Sonata #2 in G# Minor - Movement 1.

I literally get chills and am pretty much overjoyed when I hear the climax at the end. You just want to listen to it forever.

Also, two Chopin pieces that really stick out: His Barcarolle, and also his G Major Nocturne (don't know the opus, the one with lots of double notes at the beginning). The middle section of the Nocturne is genius. The Barcarolle is immensely beautiful also.

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nanabush #1263919 09/07/09 08:26 AM
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Maybe Ravel's Pavane. Very delicate piece - a bit of a tearjerker.

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Scriabin - Prelude OP 17 no 3

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJPBWp0Yyo4

Chopin Mazurka op 17 no 4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idbaPu1gDPg

I just had to revive this thread, I'm looking for more pieces to start on!

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tksler #2322939 09/02/14 02:28 AM
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It is interesting to look through the usernames in these earlier threads to see who still is here and who has moved on.

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quiescen #2323168 09/02/14 01:35 PM
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Prelude and Fugue in A Major, Dmitri Shostakovich
Pianist: Keith Jarret

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bE_OeCLXoG0

Gorgeous beyond words.

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Danzas Argentinas, Alberto Ginastera
Piano Sonata Hob. XVI: 34 in E Minor, Franz Joseph Haydn
Nocturne, Op. 15 No. 1 in F Major, Frédéric Chopin
Prelude, Op. 11 No. 4 in E Minor, Alexander Scriabin
Prelude and Fugue in G Major, Well-Tempered Clavier Vol. 2, Johann Sebastian Bach
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It's difficult tonthink of pieces that are nothing but delicate, but here are a couple: Chopin's Andante Spianato, and the menuet from Ravel's Sonatine.





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quiescen #2323427 09/02/14 10:51 PM
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Chopin Op. 45.
Jason Gilham playing the "extra" prelude.
Also, the last movement of Balakirev's Piano Sonata is a virtuoso gem.
(Though I suppose that doesn't meet you criteria . . . )

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Originally Posted by TempoPrimo
Maybe Ravel's Pavane. Very delicate piece - a bit of a tearjerker.


I love this piece. Andrei Gavrilov played it in his first concert outside the USSR - Salzburg Festival late 1970s. I was privileged to attend this performance, which included his inimitable, and I still think unmatched, rendering of Islamey.


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I'm currently working on Scriabin's Etude Op. 8 #5 which I think qualifies.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9B5idPQ8OM8&index=2&list=FLjkygaua6eyxZYXilkuq2mg

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Federico Mompou was IMO a specialist in the delicate miniature -- "Young Girls in the Garden"; "El Lago"; and a couple of the pieces from "Musica Callada" come to mind, along with a couple from "Intimate Impressions". Of those, I guess I would vote for "El Lago", although any of the others are certainly worthy candidates.

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Put my vote down for Shubert's Imprompty Op 90 No 3 in G flat. Such a beautiful lyrical piece with a long flowing melody. My favorite performance from a lyrical standpoint is this one by Horiwitz:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxhbAGwEYGQ

Some people don't like the temp here, and I prefer to play it faster also, but this is pretty beautiful.


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I love Peace Piece by Bill Evans smile


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quiescen #2323826 09/03/14 07:24 PM
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You took the words right out of my mouth!

Ditto.


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quiescen #2323896 09/04/14 12:39 AM
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Though not as brooding perhaps as some of the classical pieces, well-orchestrated,
and popular,
I always liked the 45 rpm I had way back when of "Nadia's Theme"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxZDeiTgNRs

and the first tune I could ever pluck out on piano,
a movie that moved me a lot
The Summer of 42- "the Summer knows"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYu6HtUxRJs

and who can forget "Love Story"?
Not me- I have the DVD!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWlNhHGUfDU

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Very delicate pieces for me would be...
Bach Sicilenne (after Vivaldi) from Organ Concerto in D minor BWV 596.
Mompou Musica Callada (selection).
Mompou Prelude XII.
Schumann Scenes from Childhood no 7.
Liszt Romance in E Minor.
Brahms Intermezzi 117, 118 no 2.

These pieces are 'easier' than big works by Scriabin, Rachmaninoff and Liszt, but to capture the mood you need to be able to blend very soft sounds at pianissimo level with very musical soft touch in which the sound still needs to have substance, and project. This is never easy.

Many people can play fast and are impressed but what about performing a delicate piece perfectly to have a moving, profound effect on the people watching, now this is real art. Real music.

One misplaced chord where the touch is too heavy can ruin the ambience.

What do you think?


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Schumann Romance Op.28 No.2
Mozart D Minor Fantasy

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