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9. Satie, Gymnopedie no.3. I love Satie! The biggest problem I had with this was controlling the dynamics of the lowest bass notes. I was too stiff and PP sometimes came out like F. I'm now getting a bit better at relaxing into the keys. 8. Granados, Valses poeticos no.6 in F# minor.I'm very fond of Granados and the Valses poeticos have long been on by to-do list. A few are much too fast and athletic for me but most of them are quite manageable. 7. Shostakovich, Prelude no.7 from 24 Preludes, op.24. Another favourite composer. I have the whole book of preludes and will be working on some more of them, though some look impossible. 6. Nielsen, En lille langsom Vals, op.11 no.3 5. Granados, La Mendiga(The little beggar girl), from "Stories for the young". 4. Mendelssohn, Kinderstuck op.72 no.1 3. Harburg and Arlen, Over the Rainbow 2. Mark Tanner, Zebra Crossing (Pianist magazine no.90) 1. Satie, Gnossienne no.3
Oh, wow. Thank you for the acknowledgement that our 40 Piece Challenge members participated in Recital 49! That was a wonderful opportunity and first time experience. The comments and suggestion on technique are so very encouraging and much appreciated. 😀
8. "Red River Valley", traditional; arrangement from Allysia PianoTV.
9. Ode To Joy by Beethoven; arrangement in G from Allysia PianoTV. 10. Minuet in G from Anna M Notebook, by Bach (Petzold); without repeats and without ornamentation, single voice in LH.
The Minuet is hard! Hard for me, anyway. Spent a ton of time working on it over the past few weeks.
It's not "perfect". No repeats, no ornaments, and it turns out there are two voices in the LH toward the bottom of page 2, that I misunderstood while I was practicing it. But! I can play it all the way thru, at or about 70bpm (with some noticeable slowing at the hard parts). Sometimes I can play it without a mistake! Like one time in three or four. But those are adding up. Anyway, my teacher seemed impressed.
We're targetting me doing the National Guild Auditions in June. I asked my teacher if this could be one of my pieces – I'm probably looking to attempt 4 – and he said yes, absolutely. Some sharpening up to do on this, obviously. Clean up the slow points; also my teacher talked to me about "portamento" in the quarter notes. A lot of work. But, it's "under my fingers" enough for me to count it.
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 (Roberto Cacciapaglia) 3/5
I picked Luminous Night as it was in the r/piano Piano Jam last month. I couldn't participate but it looked like a fun piece to learn, I haven't done much of the "lots of arpeggios crowd pleasers" type music, but as I was listening to a recording of my my wife chimed in that she liked it, so I thought I'd give it a shot. I might try to record it if I can get enough of it down. I finally got brave enough to record for a recital here (the Waltz Recital) and since I got through that hardest one, it should be easy to post more, right?
Currently learning: Beethoven "Easy" Sonata Op 49 No 2 (Tempo di Minuetto movement, finished first), JS Bach WTC Prelude No 2 in C minor, Grieg Lyric Pieces Book 1
Luminous Night - what a lovely piece! My background is mostly classical and there are whole swathes of music that are unfamiliar to me. I've just downloaded the sheet music and will give it a go. This thread is great for expanding my horizons - thanks!
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) 9Arabesque (Opus 100, No. 2) <Recording>(by Friedrich Burgmüller)
My #9, the next of the Burgmüller pieces (is this one ever really "finished"? I guess it can always be played more even, more relaxed...).
Some updates. Mainly working on RCM 5 pieces right. I can play the Beethoven Sonatina well at a tempo of 80. RCM suggests 96 to 104, haha. I think that's crazy fast. It will take some time to reach that. Going to start looking at the second movement and a second List C selection.
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 8. Sweet Sorrow (Op. 100, No. 16) (SoundCloud) (YouTube) - Burgmüller - RCM Celebration Series Piano Etudes Level 5 9. Prelude In D Flat Major (YouTube) - Catherine Rollin - RCM Celebration Series Piano Etudes Level 5 10. A Slow Waltz (Op. 39, No. 23) (YouTube) – Dmitri Kabalevsky - RCM Celebration Series Piano Repertoire Level 5 11. Sonatina In F Major (Anh. 5, No. 2, First Movement) – Ludwig Van Beethoven - RCM Celebration Series Piano Repertoire Level 5 12. Sonata in D Minor (K34) – Domenico Scarlatti - RCM Celebration Series Piano Repertoire Level 5