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Hi QuinGold - have you tried the Nielsen Humorous Bagatelles (nos.12 and 13 in my list)? They are quite short, lie well under the hands, and have Nielsen's tyical quirkiness.
I'm not sure I learn pieces particularly fast, but for this challenge I always have several on the go, with some easier than others. E.g. note-wise the Piazolla was straightforward and most of the time was spent on phrasing and pedal control. The Schubert was easy apart from a few bars here and there so it didn't take long to get it up to speed. I had actually started on one of his Moment Musicaux but then found that the Gade was taking longer than I expected - the middle section LH accompaniment was harder than I thought to get up to speed.
I had piano lessons as a child until I left school, but was a hopeless sight-reader (my teacher actively discouraged it) and it took me for ever to learn a piece. By the time I had done so I had unintentionally memorised it, and I watched my hands all the time which was great for doing jumps. However I got awfully bored - I probably only learnt about four pieces a year.
Since leaving school 50 years ago (!) I've played the piano very little, preferring to concentrate on the violin which gives me lots of opportunities for ensemble playing. This 40 Pieces challenge has been great for getting me back into the piano - each day I work on technical stuff, pieces for the challenge, and sight-reading. I enjoy playing far more than I ever used to. At the moment I don't record - my piano needs tuning, for one thing, and in any case recording would raise the stress levels considerably. I'm doing this for FUN.
hi Malone, thanks for the Nielsen Humorous Bagatelles tip; downloaded now. I also heard the Piazolla piece from someone a while back and it's on my list as well.
I hear you on only playing 4 pieces a year growing up; I did the same thing through Grade 6 before moving into playing synths and then giving up. Just got back to playing again two years ago after 30 years away. This challenge has been great for learning new pieces and for focusing me on learning and finishing pieces instead of flailing around.
I guess I like to record so I have a record of what I've learned, since I don't expect to keep most of them up. It adds a little pressure for sure, but I find I don't give up on them so soon if I want to polish them for recording. The trick is to make sure I really like a piece so I'm not sick of it! And the pressure always stands in for what it feels like to play in front of an audience.
Will be adding more to my list soon. I was happy to have my right hand working again after trigger thumb surgery last Nov., but then I had to go injure my left hand in April and it's been a month healing to the point where I can play again. (A friendly warning to anyone out there with those water bottles with the "hook" on the top: I put mine in the car coffee cup and didn't realize it was jammed in there. I picked it up quickly with my thumb and the bottle stayed put, tearing my thumb away from the wrist. Four chiropractic visits just to get the thumb and wrist reset, and a month for the ligaments to heal. No fun...so be warned about those hiking bottles!)
Ending the month of May with the piece from Programmed Music of the Romanic Era.
20. Winter, Movement 3 - Vivaldi
I really love the Winter, all movements, of Vivaldi, and I was so excited to find an arrangement I can play on my level (from the Piano Adventures and they even have a short blog post about it https://pianoadventures.com/2018/01/11/vivaldis-winter-delights/). I have been learning the piece for a few weeks, and it is coming along. I have memorized it 100% so I don’t need to sheet music when I am playing it. Although I am marking this as complete, I am certainly not satisfied with how it sounds coming from my fingers . It is missing something, and I can’t figure out what (I guess this is when a teacher come in, but I don’t have one).
Regarding the piece itself, I really like the transition between bars 14 and 15 - where the melody shifts from Bb to A (the melody drifts back and forth and has a very nostalgic feel). The chromatic scale for bars 34-37 gave the most trouble as I have not seen that before, and it certainly took me multiple tries before I was able to connect the pieces (although that is still my weakest spot in the piece). There is one thing in the arrangement that I actually don’t like very much - it is the transition to the ending. It has you running 16-th notes (as if you run on ice), but then the shift back to 8-th notes for the ending is too sudden, and I feel like I am literally tripping there each time. Perhaps, that was intentional. I am going to listen to the original and try to hear if it has the same awkward transition.
I got 3 more pieces done. I found the Gigue a l'Angloise very challenging, it didn't come together until the day before my lesson today, thankfully. I want to move on but my teacher is asking that I play it a couple more days to see if I can improve the speed for our next lesson. I am also learning a piece from Pride and Prejudice but I am also finding it challenging and putting it aside for just one week. Both hands are played in the treble clef and I find it is messing with me, particularly with fingering. My teacher picked an etude that has both hands in the treble to see if that helps me with the P&P piece which I really really really want to learn.
1) E Dorian with Modulation, Robert D. Vandall, RCM Grade 2 2) Colors of the Wind, Really Easy Piano 3) The Wind, Chee-Hwa Tan, RCM Grade 2 4) Quiet Lagoon, Jon George, RCM Grade 2 5) Ladies in Waiting, William Gillock, RCM Grade 2 6) Pinwheels, Linda Niamath, RCM Grade 2 7) Etude in F Major op. 190, no. 27, Christian Louis Heinrich Kohler, RCM Grade 2 8) Atacama Desert, Wynn-Anne Rossi, RCM Grade 2 9) Little Dance in Canon Form, Bela Bartok, RCM Grade 2 10) Turkish Bazaar, Mark Mrozinski, RCM Grade 2 11) Etude in C Major, Carl Czerny, RCM Grade 3 12) Theme from Jurassic Park, John Williams, Faber & Faber Adult level 1 13) Sonatina in G Major I, Thomas Attwood, RCM Grade 3 14) Sonatine in C Major op. 36. no. 1, Muzio Clement, RCM Grade 3 15) Gigue a l'Angloise, Georg Philipp Telemann, RCM Grade 3 16) Invention in C Major, Renee Christopher, RCM Grade 2
Made live the recital piece (No 95) and also the first time I managed to get from beginning to end of Bach's Invention No 8. so that becomes No 96
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 95 Beethoven's Pathetique Sonata Op 13 2nd Movement (Adagio Cantabile) Youtube 96 J.S Bach Invention No 8 Soundcloud
14. "Cafe Vienna" from the Alfred Method book. 15. Brahms Lullaby from the Alfred Method book
The Russian Folk Song is coming along, but not quite at a level where I can pronounce it "learned".
16. Russian Folk Song by Beethoven, Op107 #3, from page 70 in "Essential Keyboard Repertoire" vol 1 (Alfred; ed by Lynn Freeman Olson) 17. "The Entertainer" by Scott Joplin; the "easy" first two pages from the Alfred Method book (not the whole piece!)
Originally Posted by JimZipCode
So: I'm doing the Natl Guild of Piano Teachers auditions next month, first or second wkend of June. I've settled on a program and run it past my teacher:
Bach (Petzold) Minuet in G
Beethoven "Russian Folk Song"
Joplin "The Entertainer" (2-page version in the Alfred Method book)
This is an exciting batch of music for me. Challenging, but doable (I think!). ... I'll probably slow down on new-piece-acquisition for a few weeks, while I prepare for the audition.
So I did my Guild Audition yesterday. My teacher put me up for Elementary level E; and I passed! With an actual judge having evaluated my rendition of the Russian Folk Song and Entertainer, I think it's safe to check them off as "learned enough" for my 40 pieces list.
The whole audition process was extremely positive. I started a thread on it a week or so ago; I'll add some detail there, for anyone interested.
The great thing is, with the audition behind me I can go back to learning new pieces again. I ordered the Christopher Norton Microjazz Collection 1 book, because I loved learning The Entertainer so much. It's one of the books that Allysia PianoTV recommends on her blog; though it might be ambitious for a first-year student like me.
I also might order Bartok's Mikrokosmos. Since the audition yesterday, I'm feeling froggy. Ambitious.
21. Scarborough Fair - English Folk Song from the Piano Adventures Book 2
This is a nice melody that introduces a new time signature - 3/8 in the same key I have been working for the last month - D minor. The arrangement is rather easy, so it took me about a week to declare this done (although not perfect, I didn’t feel like hanging here longer). The piece also introduces to Dsus4 although I didn’t like its sounds very much (it has a slightly dissonant sound — I guess that the idea).
Re: "40 Pieces A Year Club" for 2018
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1 Sonata No. 11 - Variation V from Movement 1 (KV 331, 300i) (no recording) (by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) 2 Farewell to Cheyenne <Recording>(by Ennio Morricone, arranged by Jan Koláček) 3 Sonata No. 11 - Variation VI from Movement 1 (KV 331, 300i) (no recording) (by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) 4 Sonata No. 11 - Menuetto from Movement 2 (KV 331, 300i) (no recording) (by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) 5 Sonata No. 11 - Trio from Movement 2 (KV 331, 300i) (no recording) (by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) 6 Klavierstück "Lustig und traurig" (WoO 54, "Happy-Sad Bagatelle") <Recording>(by Ludwig van Beethoven) 7 La Candeur (Opus 100, No. 1) <Recording>(by Friedrich Burgmüller) 8 Volksliedchen (Folk Song, Opus 68, Album für die Jugend / Album for the Young) <Recording>(by Robert Schumann) 9 Arabesque (Opus 100, No. 2) <Recording>(by Friedrich Burgmüller) 10 Gymnopédie No. 1 <Recording>(by Erik Satie) 11 Walzer (Opus 39, No. 3) <Recording>(by Johannes Brahms) 12 Pastorale (Opus 100, No. 3) <Recording>(by Friedrich Burgmüller) 13 Petite Réunion (Opus 100, No. 4) <Recording>(by Friedrich Burgmüller) 14 Goodbye Blue Sky <Recording>(by Pink Floyd, arranged by Daniel Redly) 15 Innocence <Recording>(by Friedrich Burgmüller) 16 Abendmusik (Evening Music - Opus 99, No. 12) <Recording>(by Robert Schumann) 17Hedwig's Theme - Harry Potter <Recording>(by John Williams)
#17 is from the soundtrack of the Harry Potter movies. For this arrangement, I mashed together two arrangements that I found on the internet, plus a few changes of my own. Hope you like the result!
Found this arrangement of Greensleeves on Piano Marvel and decided to try and learn it. Despite a slight glitch at one point I still scored 100% with this recording, so decided to add it to my list of pieces learnt this year.
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 95 Beethoven's Pathetique Sonata Op 13 2nd Movement (Adagio Cantabile) Youtube 96 J.S Bach Invention No 8 Soundcloud 97 Greensleeves Soundcloud
22. Campbells are coming - Traditional Scottish. F major. 6/8
This arrangement from the Faber Adult Adventures (Book 2) does not take too long to learn at a slower speed. The challenge comes when you want to play it at its suggested tempo which is really fast. The most interesting pieces are bars 9 through 16 that have a very nice and simple melody that asks you to shift the right hand back and forth by one note which is kinda cool. Nice piece, but not my style.
3 more pieces for me. As I mentioned last time the Etude was mostly in the treble clef which threw me off a bit. So we picked another piece this week that is completely in the treble clef to help develop the skill. I am determined!
1) E Dorian with Modulation, Robert D. Vandall, RCM Grade 2 2) Colors of the Wind, Really Easy Piano 3) The Wind, Chee-Hwa Tan, RCM Grade 2 4) Quiet Lagoon, Jon George, RCM Grade 2 5) Ladies in Waiting, William Gillock, RCM Grade 2 6) Pinwheels, Linda Niamath, RCM Grade 2 7) Etude in F Major op. 190, no. 27, Christian Louis Heinrich Kohler, RCM Grade 2 8) Atacama Desert, Wynn-Anne Rossi, RCM Grade 2 9) Little Dance in Canon Form, Bela Bartok, RCM Grade 2 10) Turkish Bazaar, Mark Mrozinski, RCM Grade 2 11) Etude in C Major, Carl Czerny, RCM Grade 3 12) Theme from Jurassic Park, John Williams, Faber & Faber Adult level 1 13) Sonatina in G Major I, Thomas Attwood, RCM Grade 3 14) Sonatine in C Major op. 36. no. 1, Muzio Clement, RCM Grade 3 15) Gigue a l'Angloise, Georg Philipp Telemann, RCM Grade 3 16) Invention in C Major, Renee Christopher, RCM Grade 2 17) Menuetto II in F Major, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, RCM Grade 3 18) Etude in D Minor op. 261, no. 53, Carl Czerny, RCM Grade 3 19) Echoes of November, Stephen Chatman, RCM Grade 3
I had two tiny fragments of this last piece in my fingers when I restarted piano after a 56 year break. After sharing those fragments in Pianist Corner on PW and also on the ABRSM forum, I discovered it was Henry Purcell's Hornpipe in E-minor. That was two days ago. After downloading the sheet music from IMSLP I set about trying to relearn it. After a very little effort in the last two days and a more concerted effort this morning for about 30 minutes, its come back to me.
I can remember how enthralled I was having learnt this piece in 1961, I had considered it a major achievement. Now, just 9 months of learning later is seems such a trivial little ditty.
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 95 Beethoven's Pathetique Sonata Op 13 2nd Movement (Adagio Cantabile) Youtube 96 J.S Bach Invention No 8 Soundcloud 97 Greensleeves Soundcloud 98 Henry Purcell Hornpipe in E Minor Soundcloud
Hi, It’s been busy May and June. Here is my update for May and June till now. New pieces are in bold. I tried to keep on practicing but recently has been difficult to find time for it so I tried to add a relaxed pieces and save longer and challenging pieces for later. 😅
40 pieces challenge
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 20. Debussy - Little shepherd 21. Tchaikovsky- op.39 No. 4 The Hobby-horse 22. Martha Mier - Katy’s Dance 23. Heller - op. 45 No. 9. Celestial voices 24. Martha Mier - Steamboat Rag
23. Habanera - George Bizet; arranged by Faber’s Adult Adventures book 2
This is the most difficult piece I have learned to this day. I found the fingering pattern challenging to get used to, but after a month of practicing, it became more natural. It has a very enticing melody with a staccato rhythm which took awhile to play at the right volume for each hand. Overall, I really like it!
1. Song of the Gondolier - Joy of First Classics 2. Beauty and the Beast - Alfred Greatest Hits Bk. 1 3. Simple Gifts - arr. G. Benedetti 4. Circus March - Alfred Adult AIO Book 2 5. White Sails - Joy of First Year Piano - Denes Agay 6. Alexander March = Joy of First Year Piano - Denes Agay 7. Ladybug Boogie - Mier 8. Melody With Varied Accompaniments - Joy... Denes Agay 9. Snowboard Boogie - Mier 10. Chimichanga Cha Cha - Mier 11. Moody Twins - Joy of First Year Piano 12. Wooden Shoe Dance - Joy of First Year Piano
ALFRED'S ADULT BOOK 1 GRADUATE Faber Adult PA Bk. 1 Graduate
Hi, It's been a busy couple of months. Thank you for tracking our progress. Have a great week!
26. Blessed Be the Lord Almighty, Bob Fitts 25. I'll Walk with God, Nicholas Brodszky & Paul Francis Webster 24. Wings of a Dove, Bob Ferguson 23. Alle, Alle, Alleluia, Fr. Richard Ho Lung 22. For God So Loved, Stuart Dauermann 21. Pie Jesu, Marcy Pyrtle 20. Not for Tongue of Heaven's Angels, Timothy Dudley-Smith & Michael Joncas 19. Pie Jesu, Andrew Lloyd Webber 18. Song for a Young Prophet, Damian Lundy 17. Abba Father, Carey Landry 16. Tanging Yaman, Philip Gan & Manuel Francisco