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1. Rebikov, Valse miniature (Pianist 91) 2. Fanny Mendelssohn, Melodie, Op. 4 No 2 (Pianist 94) 3. Scarlatti, Sonata K322 (Pianist 91) 4. Goedicke, Tanz 5. C. Petzold, Menuett in G 6. Majkapar, Der Schmetterling 7. J. S. Bach, Minuet in D Minor, "Anna Magdalena Bach Notebook", BWV Anh.132 8. J. S. Bach, Polonaise in G Minor, BWV Anh. 119 9. J. S. Bach, Invention 13 10. R. Schumann, Träumerei 11. F. Chopin, Nocturne in C sharp minor, op. posth 12. Beethoven, Op. 49 Nr. 2, M. 1 13. K. Weber, Valse in A 14. Rossi, Super Stomp Rag 15. Rossi, In the Hall of the Jazz Kings 16. Tchaikovsky, Old French Melody, Op. 39 No. 16 17. Tchaikovsky, Morning Prayer Op. 39 No. 1 18. Tchaikovsky, The Sick Doll Op. 39 No. 7 19. C. Graupner, Bourrèe 20. Maikapar, Tarantella, Op. 33, No 6 21. Beethoven, Op. 49, No 2, M. 2 22. Scarlatti, K 34 23. Scarlatti, K 40 24. R. Schumann, Melody, Op. 68 No. 1 25. R. Schumann, Soldier's March, Op. 68 No. 2 26. R. Schumann, First Sorrow, Op. 68 No. 16
1. Malaguena 2. Long Long Ago 3. Symphony #40 4. Gavotte (Adult Piano Adventures Book 2) 5. Coffee House Boogie (Adult Piano Adventures Book 2) 6. Looking Glass River (Adult Piano Adventures Book 2) 7. Kim Ba Yuh Traditional Kum Ba Yah 8. Theme from Scheherazade (Rimsky-Korsakov, arrangement) 9. In My red Convertible (Nancy Faber) 10. Sakura Sakura (Adult Piano Adventures Book 2) 11. Broken Chord Etude In A Minor (Adult Piano Adventures Book 2)
My latest two pieces: 12. Etude in A minor Louis Kohler (Original Form). I really like being able to play some original pieces because most of the time it is arrangements from the well-known classics. I believe there are plenty of simple but original pieces for adult beginners (after 5 years of daily practice I still categorize myself as a beginner) 13. Finale from the Symphony 9 (The New World) by Antonin Dvorak (Arrangement from the APA2). I think this is my favorite so far. The arrangement is very simple, but the piece is still alive. It motivated me to go and listen for the entire piece.
Adding #15. I could play High Heels all day long. I think I'll do this for the upcoming recital. It's interesting how after a week break (vacation), things seem to be easier to play. Perhaps piano fasting is just as beneficial as food fasting.
1. Study in C (Op. 65, No. 3) - Albert Loeschhorn - Pianist Magazine 2. Écossaise (WoO 23) - Beethoven - Masterwork Classics Lvl 3 (RCM Level 2) 3. Nuvole Bianche (SoundCloud) (YouTube) - Ludovico Einaudi - Essential Einaudi (Islands) 4. German Dance in G Major (WoO 42, No. 6) - Beethoven - Masterwork Classics Lvl 4 5. Loch Lomond - Traditional - Alfred's Vol 2 6. Écossaise in E Flat (WoO 86) - Beethoven - Pianist Magazine Issue 100 7. Menuet in G Minor (BWV 842) (SoundCloud) (YouTube) - Bach - RCM Celebration Series Piano Repertoire Level 5 (List A) 8. Sweet Sorrow (Op. 100, No. 16) (SoundCloud) (YouTube) - Burgmüller - RCM Celebration Series Piano Etudes Level 5 9. Prelude In D Flat Major (SoundCloud) (YouTube) - Catherine Rollin - RCM Celebration Series Piano Etudes Level 5 10. A Slow Waltz (Op. 39, No. 23) (SoundCloud) (YouTube) – Dmitri Kabalevsky - RCM Celebration Series Piano Repertoire Level 5 (List C) 11. Sonatina In F Major (Anh. 5, No. 2, First Movement) (SoundCloud) – Ludwig Van Beethoven - RCM Celebration Series Piano Repertoire Level 5 (List B) 12. Sonata in D Minor (K34) (SoundCloud) – Domenico Scarlatti - RCM Celebration Series Piano Repertoire Level 5 (List A) 13. Melancholy Reflections – Mike Schoenmehl - RCM Celebration Series Piano Repertoire Level 5 (List C) 14. Für Elise – Ludwig Van Beethoven 15. High Heels - Ludovico Einaudi - Essential Einaudi (Islands)
1. Satie, Gnossienne no.3 2. Mark Tanner, Zebra Crossing (Pianist magazine no.90) 3. Harburg and Arlen, Over the Rainbow 4. Mendelssohn, Kinderstuck op.72 no.1 5. Granados, La Mendiga(The little beggar girl), from "Stories for the young". 6. Nielsen, En lille langsom Vals, Humorous Bagatelles op.11 no.3 7. Shostakovich, Prelude no.7 from 24 Preludes, op.24. 8. Granados, Valses poeticos no.6 in F# minor. 9. Satie, Gymnopedie no.3. 10. Grieg, Solitary Traveller,Lyric Pieces op.43 11. Grieg, Little Bird, Lyric Pieces op.43 12. Nielsen, Snurretoppen (Spinning top), Humorous Bagatelles op.11 no.2 13. Nielsen, Spillevaerket (Musical clock Humorous Bagatelles op.11 no.6. 14. Joplin, Bethena: A Concert Waltz.
My latest pieces: 15. Beethoven, Bagetelle in Bb, op119 no.5. I find the sonatas a bit daunting! 16. Grieg, Solveig's Song - his own piano transcription. I have the complete Peer Gynt suite and hope to learn some of the others in due course. 17. Granados, El hada y el nino (The fairy and the child), from Bocetas (Sketches), a collection of four charming short pieces. I learned the other three last year.
Hi, It's been a while since I've submitted a post for the 40 Piece Challenge. I hope this is the correct thread.
9. Behold the Lamb of God, Bob Dufford 10. Behold the Wood, Dan Schutte 11. Father, I Put My Life in Your Hands, John Michael Talbot 12. Santa Lucia, Italian Boat Song 13. De Colored, Mexican Folk Song 14. Londonderry Air, Irish Folk Song 15. Doe Dicamus Gratias, Victor C. Johnson
This challenge and MOYD forum communities are wonderfully supportive. Life gets busy, but with daily practice I'm definitely seeing an improvement in my music reading skills. Thank you and have a wonderful week! 😁
Just updated the totals in the tracking post. Please let me know if there are any discrepancies.
We all have responsibilities and time commitments that take us away from our time at the piano. I hope there is no one that feels ashamed or embarrassed for not keeping pace. It is okay if we all don't achieve forty pieces in the year. Forty pieces is a challenge. As learners of a solo craft, it is easy to lose direction and focus. My hope for this group is to provide a means to keep moving forward with our practice and development. If we can help each other become better pianists, regardless of the number of pieces we complete, then our challenge has been achieved.
We have a new member to welcome! suzee409 It is never too late to join the group. There is much playing to be done.
1) Kullak - Op. 4 No. 2, Witches' Dance 2) Streabbog - Op. 64 No. 9, The Whirlwind 3) Streabbog - Op. 64 No. 10, The Rope Dancer 4) Streabbog - Op. 64 No. 11, The Cadets 5) J. S. Bach - Invention No. 13 in A Minor, BWV 784 6) Kuhlau - Sonatina Op. 88 No. 2, Third Movement "Rondo" 7) Gillock - The Juggler 8) Gillock - French Doll 9) Oskar Merikanto - Op. 33, Valse Lente [Soundcloud] 10) Streabbog - Op. 64 No. 12, Up and Down [Soundcloud] 11) Martha Mier - Ragtime Do-Si-Do, Book 1 of Jazz, Rags & Blues [Soundcloud] 12) Martha Mier - Hallelujah, Book 1 of Jazz, Rags & Blues [Soundcloud] 13) Martha Mier - Ol' Rockin' Chair Blues, Book 1 of Jazz, Rags & Blues [Soundcloud] 14) Martha Mier - Surfboard Boogie, Book 1 of Jazz, Rags & Blues [Soundcloud] 15) Martha Mier - Seventh Street Blues, Book 1 of Jazz, Rags & Blues [Soundcloud] 16) Gurlitt - Op. 227 No. 19, Gavotte [Soundcloud]
1. Pony Ride (Harris Piece A Week Grade 1) 1/1 2. Tick Tock (Harris Piece A Week Grade 1) 1/8 3. Floating Candles (Harris Piece A Week Grade 1) 1/15 4. Robots (Harris Piece A Week Grade 1) 1/22 5. Burgmuller 25 Progressive Pieces Op 100 No. 1 "Sincerity" 1/24 6. Magic Dust (Harris Piece A Week Grade 1) 1/29 7. Burgmuller 25 Progressive Pieces Op 100 No. 2 "Arabesque" 1/29 8. Knight In Shining Armour (Harris Piece A Week Grade 1) 2/5 9. Minuet in B-flat Major BWV Anh 118 2/5 10. Little Bird (Harris Piece A Week Grade 1) 2/12 11. Late For School (Harris Piece A Week Grade 1) 2/19 12. Burgmuller 25 Progressive Pieces Op 100 No. 3 "Pastorale" 2/19 13. Dreamy Clouds (Harris Piece A Week Grade 1) 2/26 14. Beeping Horns (Harris Piece A Week Grade 1) 3/5 15. Luminous Night Part 1 (Roberto Cacciapaglia) 3/5 16. Icy (Harris Piece A Week Grade 1) 3/12 17. Luminous Night Part 2 (Roberto Cacciapaglia) 3/12 18. Camels in the Desert (Harris Piece A Week Grade 1) 3/19 19. Luminous Night Part 3 (Roberto Cacciapaglia) 3/19 20. Dungeon (Harris Piece A Week Grade 1) 3/26 21. Luminous Night Part 4 (Roberto Cacciapaglia) 3/26 22. Hamster On A Wheel (Harris Piece A Week Grade 1) 4/2 23. What's That In The Mist? (Harris Piece A Week Grade 1) 4/9 24. A Little Flower [Op. 205, No. 11] (Cornelius Gurlitt) 4/9
Never did add my second piece last week This week taking a selection from "Essential Keyboard Repertoire Vol 1" which I've had a copy of for over 30 years. My son has been using it a lot and the comb finally broke, so I just ordered a new copy Piece A Week Grade 1 draws tantalizingly to a close, will be very happy to be done with it and move on to Grade 2.
Currently learning: Beethoven "Easy" Sonata Op 49 No 2, JS Bach WTC Prelude No 2 in C minor
Re: "40 Pieces A Year Club" for 2018
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Added Christian Petzold's Minuet in G Minor. This is to celebrate me completing Piano Marvel Method 6A exercises 1 to 6, which is variations of the A and B sections of this piece with trills of different sorts added. So I decided to learn the original and record it with the Harpsichord voice on my Piano.
01 A Little Tea Pot ... 90 Silver Lit Night. (Piano Marvel Method 5E exercise 14) Soundcloud 91 Memories (Piano Marvel Method 5E exercise 16) Soundcloud 92 Low Bridge, Everybody Down (Piano Marvel Method 5E exercise 18) Soundcloud 93 Minuet in G Minor, Christian Petzold (Representing Piano Marvel Method 6A exercises 1 to 6 which are subsections of this piece with trills in unusual places) Soundcloud
It's been a while, between travel, a minor hand injury, and just finding things a little slow coming together! I made the middle improv section a little more complicated than in previous blues pieces, and as a result it took me longer to be able to play it fluidly and up to tempo. I can still hear a bit of rhythmic unevenness which I probably shouldn't accept in myself, but I need to move on!
1. Blue Third Blues - Tim Richards 2. New Orleans Triplet Workout - Tim Richards 3. Five Finger Blues - Tim Richards 4. On-Off Boogie - Tim Richards 5. Happy Blues - Tim Richards 6. Keegan's Waltz - Trad Irish 7. Favourite Irish Waltz - J. Bellak 8. Sixth Blues - Tim Richards 9. Ev'rybody Wants to be a Cat - Al Rinker (from "Aristocats") 10. Jump Shuffle - Tim Richards 11. Riff Blues - Tim Richards (Soundcloud link)
I have another one - and it's NOT Tim Richards for a change This is the Menuet from Bach's French Suite no. 2. It's the easiest piece in the Suite - I've seen it rated as Grade 4 but it feels more like Grade 3 to me (apart from one tricky ornament maybe). I'm aiming to do a few pieces from this Suite for the Bach Recital early next year. This will need to get a lot more polished for that, but I will come back to it closer to recital time for that.
1. Blue Third Blues - Tim Richards 2. New Orleans Triplet Workout - Tim Richards 3. Five Finger Blues - Tim Richards 4. On-Off Boogie - Tim Richards 5. Happy Blues - Tim Richards 6. Keegan's Waltz - Trad Irish 7. Favourite Irish Waltz - J. Bellak 8. Sixth Blues - Tim Richards 9. Ev'rybody Wants to be a Cat - Al Rinker (from "Aristocats") 10. Jump Shuffle - Tim Richards 11. Riff Blues - Tim Richards 12. Menuet in C Minor from French Suite no. 2 - Bach (Soundcloud link)
Lady Acadia - so nice to see De Colores on your list - it was the second tune that anyone ever requested of me (after You Are My Sunshine). It's a New Mexican standard. I got my version out of a Raffi songbook
IllTemperedClavier - good going on the playing by ear! I spent my 40-pcs-year on that a couple of years ago - I learned a lot!
scorpio - Lazy Days! What a great tune and you were perfect! Great swing! Put a smile on my face.
I added another updated piece to my list. I've been working on my ragtime and adding variations (a consequence of my play-by-ear year, so I think ITC has a good thing going) and last night I played 3-pieces at a benefit concert and I was really pleased with this one:
1. Let Me Call You Sweetheart 2. Amazing Grace (new arrangement) 3. Annie Laurie (new arrangement) 4. America the Beautiful (new arrangement) 5. I Can't Give You Anything But Love 6. Weeping Willow
Been Busy with Jazz & Blues, update in bold 21 The Loco-Motion: Faber, Showtime Piano 22 Amazing Grace: Faber arrangement 23 Baby Face: Faber Jazz & Blues 2B 24 Dill Pickle Stomp: Faber Jazz & Blues 2B 25 Where Is Love: Faber Jazz & Blues 2B 26 Left Hand Louisian: Faber Jazz & Blues 2B 27 Watermelon Man: Faber Jazz & Blues 2B 28 Ain't Misbehavin: Faber Jazz & Blues 2B 29 When the Saints Go Rockin' In: Faber Jazz & Blues 2B
Currently working in Faber Piano Adventures Level 4
Two new pieces this week. The one by Le Couppey I've learned for the monthly Piano Jam on Reddit. Didn't like it much at first, but it really grew on me. The Telemann was recommended by my teacher to get me started on Baroque music.
I'm struggling to pull out of perfection mode, which, defeats the whole purpose of this activity. Here are some more that I am done with. I hope to pick up the pace.
1. Ecossaise D 299 no8, Schubert, from RCM Piano Odyssey, Repertoire, Level 2 Soundcloud 2. Sailing By Moonlight, Joan Last, from RCM Piano Odyssey, Repertoire, Level 2 Soundcloud 3. Deserted Ball Room, Gillock, from Lyric Preludes in Romantic Style, Gillock Soundcloud 4. Chant, Norton, from RCM Piano Odyssey, Repertoire, Level 2 Soundcloud 5. Maiden's Chorus, Gounod, from "Faust", Educational Edition, transcription/arrangement by L. Godowsky Soundcloud 6. Allegretto in C Major, Neefe, from RCM Piano Odyssey, Repertoire, Level 2 Soundcloud
7. The Wind, Tan, from RCM Piano Odyssey, Studies/Etudes, Level 2 Soundcloud
8. The Land of Nod, Tan,from RCM Piano Odyssey, Repertoire, Level 2 Soundcloud
9. End Titles (from movie "Emma"), Portman, from Jane Austen's World Soundcloud
10. A Little Song, Op.27 No.2, Kabalevsky, from RCM Piano Odyssey, Repertoire, Level 2, Soundcloud
Keep up the good work, everyone!
Casio Privia PX-760 Pianoteq Stage Pianist since April, 2015
Hi, update for the April. It’s been a hard month to practice, somehow managed to finish 4 pieces this month. 2 was completed in the beginning of the month though.😅 new pieces are in bold.
1. J.S Bach- Little prelude in D minor BWV 926 2. Beethoven- 6 Ecossaisse 3. Tchaikovsky- op. 39 No. 3. Mamma 4. Tchaikovsky- op. 39 no.5 March of the Wooden Soldiers 5. Tchaikovsky- op.39 no.9. Waltz 6. Mozart - Rondo K.15hh 7. Debussy-Page d’album(Album Leaf) 8. Debussy-Le Petit Negre(The Little Negro) 9. J.S Bach- Prelude in E Minor BWV 941 10. Edward MacDowell- To a wild rose 11. Kuhlau- Sonatine Op.88 No.1 12. J.S Bach-Prelude in C Minor BWV 934 13. Haydn-Sonata Hob XVI 27 1st Movement 14. Heller- The Ballet Op.45 No.20 15. Tchaikovsky- op.39 No.2 Winter Morning 16. Bach- Invention No. 6 17. Mozart-Fantasies K397 18. Haydn- Sonata Hob XVI 27 2nd movement 19. Burgmuller - Op.109 No.14 Song of the Gondolier
11. Für Elise first page by Beethoven, transcription by Allysia PianoTV. 12. Telemann Fantasia in G Minor (TWV 3316), page 10 in "Essential Keyboard Repertoire" vol 1 (Alfred; ed by Lynn Freeman Olson)
My teacher drew my attention to the list of the ~dozen easiest pieces at the front of the Essential Repertoire book. The Telemann was right at the top of that list, so I started there. Will be proceeding to the next ones.
13."Menuet en Rondeau" by Rameau, page 14 of the Essential Repertoire book.
God I hate this piece. I tried it because it was next on the list of the dozen easiest in the Essential Repertoire book. But it doesn't sound good. I don't mean just when I play it: even when I look up a good performance of it on Youtube, the piece is very “clattery” and un-melodic and repetitive. I bitched about it to my teacher a couple weeks ago, and he said yeah it's more like an etude than a real piece of music.
I'm the one who chose to try learning it; it wasn't "assigned" to me or anything. And I'm the one who chose to keep it on my "list to work on", even after I'd got it up to a level where I could play it thru, and I knew I didn't like it. That was probably a mistake. The piece clogged up my "queue" and diminished my enthusiasm for piano practice. I'm not saying it's the REASON that I don't yet have "Cafe Vienna" and the Brahms Lullaby under my fingers — but yeah it might be the reason, or part of the reason.
Well, now I'm choosing to be finished with it. I played it today “one last time” for my teacher, as part of a ritual to put it to bed. I'm not good at it; it is at by-far the lowest level of polish of any piece that I have moved on from. I'm kind of ashamed of it. After I played it, on a whim I put my teacher on the spot and asked him what "percent" done he'd say that I got that up to. 70%? 60%?
He said 80%, which really surprised me. A very welcome and pleasant surprise, since that definitely puts it over any threshold I may have had for the "40 Pieces" challenge. So: yay, I get to count it! Now, begone with you.
Next up: Russian Folk Song by Beethoven, Op 107 #3. (page 70 in the Essential Repertoire book) Fun and catchy! Also Cafe Vienna and the Brahms Lullaby, from the Method book.
Thanks for giving me a good laugh today. This is the first piece my son learned that wasn't in a method book, and he was so proud. When he wasn't practicing, it was all he would play for months. He got to where he would play it at blazing speed, and when we got the new digital piano, he would play it with every one of the instrument sounds including drums and sound effects. If I never hear this piece again it will be too soon.
Currently learning: Beethoven "Easy" Sonata Op 49 No 2, JS Bach WTC Prelude No 2 in C minor
Re: "40 Pieces A Year Club" for 2018
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I wanted to find out roughly what level I was playing at so decided to try an ABRSM Grade 5 piece. To try something in a different style to my normal classical I chose Cool, a Jazz oriented piece with swing beat.
In reality this is a work in progress, my teacher wants me to spend this week working on the feel of the rhythm, but I feel like I made a break through yesterday to the point at which I wanted to add it to my list of pieces for the 40 a year challenge.
01 A Little Tea Pot ... 90 Silver Lit Night. (Piano Marvel Method 5E exercise 14) Soundcloud 91 Memories (Piano Marvel Method 5E exercise 16) Soundcloud 92 Low Bridge, Everybody Down (Piano Marvel Method 5E exercise 18) Soundcloud 93 Minuet in G Minor, Christian Petzold (Representing Piano Marvel Method 6A exercises 1 to 6 which are subsections of this piece with trills in unusual places) Soundcloud 94 Cool Stephen J Wood. ABRSM Grade 5 2017 & 2018 Syllabus Piece C:3 Soundcloud