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Re: Extremely emotional Romantic repertoire? [Re: Dean F] #2685047
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Wagner/Liszt Liebestod! Effective, not terribly difficult, and passion incarnated! Almost impossible not to come of as impressive if played well.

Some other things that come to mind:

Scriabin, Fantasie in B minor
Schumann: Sonata in G minor, 1st Mov.
Chopin: Selection of Preludes OR Nocturne in C minor, op. 48 no 1 (Most passionate and virtuosic of nocturnes)
Liszt: Ballade no. 2
Janacek: Sonata "From the Street" X

AZNpiano has mentioned late Brahms, which I agree with. Also consider the 2nd piano sonata.

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Re: Extremely emotional Romantic repertoire? [Re: Dean F] #2685308
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Re: Extremely emotional Romantic repertoire? [Re: TwoSnowflakes] #2685344
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Originally Posted by TwoSnowflakes
Originally Posted by SonatainfSharp
I came into this thread all excited to mention the Rach Elegie, and I see it was the very first suggestion listed and then a few more times after that.


Yeah, that makes two of us.
I think the Elegie is a bit too easy for a competition piece.

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Originally Posted by pianoloverus
Originally Posted by TwoSnowflakes
Originally Posted by SonatainfSharp
I came into this thread all excited to mention the Rach Elegie, and I see it was the very first suggestion listed and then a few more times after that.


Yeah, that makes two of us.
I think the Elegie is a bit too easy for a competition piece.

Depends on the competition, which isn't mentioned, or at least I didn't notice it mentioned.


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Re: Extremely emotional Romantic repertoire? [Re: SonatainfSharp] #2685903
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Originally Posted by SonatainfSharp
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I came into this thread all excited to mention the Rach Elegie, and I see it was the very first suggestion listed and then a few more times after that.
Yeah, that makes two of us.
I think the Elegie is a bit too easy for a competition piece.
Depends on the competition, which isn't mentioned, or at least I didn't notice it mentioned.
I based my comment on the fact that the OP plays Gaspard de la nuit so he/she must be advanced. Several other suggested pieces also seemed far too easy for competition pieces for a pianist at this level.

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Originally Posted by SonatainfSharp
Originally Posted by pianoloverus
Originally Posted by TwoSnowflakes
Originally Posted by SonatainfSharp
I came into this thread all excited to mention the Rach Elegie, and I see it was the very first suggestion listed and then a few more times after that.
Yeah, that makes two of us.
I think the Elegie is a bit too easy for a competition piece.
Depends on the competition, which isn't mentioned, or at least I didn't notice it mentioned.
I based my comment on the fact that the OP plays Gaspard de la nuit so he/she must be very advanced. Several other suggested pieces also seemed too easy for competition pieces for a pianist at this level.

Re: Extremely emotional Romantic repertoire? [Re: Dean F] #2685907
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Originally Posted by Sean P
This is such a specific question, I apologise! But I need suggestions grin

Basically, I'm entering a competition soon in which I need to play something romantic, over 5 minutes and under 12. The rest of the programme is filled with Prokofiev and Scarlatti and Debussy, but I do need that one romantic piece. Now, my teacher thinks that I do BIG emotions really well, and my programme as it stands is a little cold. Not necessarily big music, but music that shoots you right in the heart - tragic, romantic, tender, the stuff that makes you feel like you're going to cry. So, that's what I'm looking for! Difficulty isn't a massive consideration - I've played big Chopin and currently studying Gaspard for my masters.


Suggestion what you have; little known is preferred but all suggestions are great, I may have missed something big, just as long as it's emotional.

A good example, for me, is the Rach 2 mvt 2 or the Franck violin, only it must be solo.


Thanks so much!


There's a lot of great choices, so I'm just going to list various possibilities that fit the time parameters.

Chopin: Polonaise in F# minor Op. 44
Chopin: Barcarolle Op. 60
Liszt: Harmonies du Soir
Liszt: La Ricordanza
Liszt-Wagner: Liebestod
Schumann: 3 Romanzes, Op. 28
Mendelssohn: Variations Serieuses

Re: Extremely emotional Romantic repertoire? [Re: AZNpiano] #2686690
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Originally Posted by AZNpiano
Originally Posted by BruceD
Originally Posted by AZNpiano
To me, late Brahms piano pieces are full of emotions. I think they are some of the saddest music ever written. Can you program several pieces? Or play an entire opus?


Sadness is only one emotion, however. There are many other emotions well-portrayed in music: joy, anger, passion, devotion, etc.

Hmm...to me, late Brahms pieces provide different shades or variations on sad. Or they evoke sadness in the listener. Even that last Rhapsody, which sounds joyful and full of hope, has to end on a crushingly sad coda in a minor key.

Maybe I'm just associating that music with old age, regrets, sorrows, lost love, what could have been, yadda yadda yadda


I'm a big fan of Brahms, and I wish that his piano music was programmed more. I know that I always feel wrung out when I get to the end of opus 10, especially if I've played or heard the whole set. On the other hand, I do think Brahms is too understated for what the OP is looking for. There's a certain cerebral restraint to his music that gets in the way of "big emotions."

I'd suggest the Liszt Wagner paraphrases, or something from the Annees de Pelerinage


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