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I recently learned to play Robert Schumann's Melodie and First loss (both from Album for the young). I like those short pieces: not more than one page long (so it won't take forever to learn them), I like the style (you can play them with feel and emotion) and level (suited for a beginner but not sounding like a beginner wink ).

Anyone knows where I can find similar pieces when it comes to length, style and level? I've been looking though various books but the pieces either are too dull or too difficult or too long.

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Tchaikovsky - Old French Song


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I love Tchaikovsky's The Sick Doll and The Doll's Funeral, No. 7 and 8 from Op. 39.


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Thanks for the tips! These are nice pieces indeed! And exactly the kind of pieces I am looking for! That entire Opus 39 sounds interesting (specially the slower pieces: somehow I like somewhat melancholic music more than happy jumpy music). I am downloading it as I type. wink

BTW That The Doll's Funeral: I know that tune. I am wondering if I just know it because it is a well known piece or that is has been used somewhere...? If I hadn't known now it was from Tchaikovsky I would have said it was from Grieg's Lyric pieces. Somewhere the piece is ringing a bell.

And keep the tips coming! wink

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It always reminds me of Chopin's Marche Funebre (3rd movement of his 2nd sonata), which isn't too strange considering both are funeral based. I've been listening a lot to Grieg's Lyric Pieces, but I can't think of a piece similar to Op. 39 No. 8.

There's this comment on 'The Sick Doll', which has stayed with me ever since I've read it; it's just too perfect.

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My piano teacher said to me to imgine a sick child breathing. While some breaths are strong, others are weak and each one is agony, while it weakens....but... there is one more,...one more....one more....one ...........


Also, maybe take a look at MacDowell's 'To A Wild Rose'. I'm not quite sure how it ranks up in terms of difficulty, but it's properly beautiful.


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Rachmaninoff - Fragments:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvvvUvKH0Zg

It has 2 pages, but not sure if it's approachable by beginner. Still nice piece to listen!

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Originally Posted by J van E

BTW That The Doll's Funeral: I know that tune. I am wondering if I just know it because it is a well known piece or that is has been used somewhere...? If I hadn't known now it was from Tchaikovsky I would have said it was from Grieg's Lyric pieces. Somewhere the piece is ringing a bell.

And keep the tips coming! wink

It sounds very similar to the one in last ABF recital "l'enterrement du puppeee". Maybe the same song ?

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Brahms Waltz op 39 no 9... Not sure how "beginner-ish" this piece is, perhaps intermediate, but is a beautiful short piece.

Most people on Youtube seems to play it very fast, but I personally like it much slower, like this one...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhMNK0SQPwA


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Originally Posted by Ralph L.

It sounds very similar to the one in last ABF recital "l'enterrement du puppeee". Maybe the same song ?

"L'enterrement du puppeee" is French for "The funeral of the doll" so yes, I suppose that must have been the same piece.

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Brahms Waltz op 39 no 9... Not sure how "beginner-ish" this piece is, perhaps intermediate, but is a beautiful short piece.

Yes, very nice!!! However, I can only find sheets of it for four hands...? Anyone knows where to get the version for just one player? Found it already!
I also prefer the slower version btw.

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The easy one-stop shopping approach is to get a leveled "repertoire book" -- for example, the Keith Snell series (Here is a link to the Romantic/Early 20th Century Level 4 book: https://www.amazon.com/GP624-Piano-Repertoire-Romantic-Century/dp/0849762243/) You'll see that these collections often include pieces from the Schumann or Tchaikovsky pieces people have already mentioned.

If you don't want to spend money and if you are willing to do a little more work, you can just go off directly from the index list (http://kjos.vo.llnwd.net/o28/pdf/brochures/snell_reper_index.pdf) and find them on IMSLP and the like.

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These 4 pieces are all 1 page and enjoyable to play. The MacDowell is the easiest and Mendelssohn the most difficult of the 4.







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The University of Iowa Pedagogy Project is posting videos, played by professional pianists, for beginning to intermediate players. Some are single postings, but they also post by levels, where you can check out many pieces at about the same difficulty --- It is a multi-year project with the intent of having 9,000 videos.

https://www.youtube.com/user/UIPianoPed/playlists


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Chilly Gonzalez's Re-Introduction Etudes is a lot of fun.
https://www.amazon.com/Re-Introduction-Etudes-CHILLY-GONZALES/dp/0560154054

There's a Youtube playlist introducing some of the pieces here:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLsZg4lnJII5UYeGUCXmT0Eycj6kBqGsUz


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Probably my favourite one page wonder that I am currently attempting to learn.

https://s3.amazonaws.com/static.musescore.com/139938/3be4d7f290/score_0.png

Song of Storms from Ocarina of Time


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Chopin prelude no 20 op 28 is less than one page (it even has a repeat) and I think is relatively easy to play and great for learning big chords. I had lots of fun learning it and can sound quite impressive when you get the dynamics right.

Another vote from me for "the sick doll". Tremendous piece for learning the subtleties of dynamics.


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You might want to take a look at

Essential Keyboard Repertoire, Volume 8 (Miniatures): 95 Early to Late Intermediate Piano Miniatures - Baroque to Modern (Alfred Masterwork Edition: Essential Keyboard Repertoire)

by Maurice Hinson (Editor)

These pieces are all one-pagers.

MegumiNoda mentioned graded anthologies. I own a bunch of them such as Denes Agay's Early Classics to Moderns (levels 3-4), Jane Magrath's Masterpiece Classics (1-9). Most of these pieces are one-pagers.


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I also recommend Alfred's Essential Keyboard Repertoire Vol 8 - all the pieces are 1 or 2 pages in length. On Amazon here:
https://www.amazon.com/Essential-Keyboard-Repertoire-Vol-Miniatures/dp/0739027832/

I'm really enjoying this book and am using it for the 40 Pieces challenge. They are graded from fairly easy to intermediate, and in lots of different styles from baroque to modern.

I recorded these two recently from this book for the challenge:
Ecossaise in G Major – Johann Wilhelm Hässler (Essential Keyboard Repertoire Volume 8 - Alfred Publishing). [Soundcloud]
Valses Poeticos No. 5, Allegretto (elegante) – Enrique Granados (Essential Keyboard Repertoire Volume 8 - Alfred Publishing) [Soundcloud]


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Good thread.

Another little gem I came across in pianist magazine by Enrique granados the other day.

A recording can be found here in this playlist.




I can't find a score for it in public domain, but it can be bought. Alternatively, it can be found in issue 97 of pianist magazine with a nice recording of it too and extra info to go with it. It's a mag I would highly recommend in any case, there is always something in it for everyone at all levels and an interesting read all round. Graham Fitch has regular features in the mag too.

https://www.pianistmagazine.com/

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