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Toccatas for piano #2738703 05/22/18 04:29 PM
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Hey folks, I'm looking for solo piano pieces that are toccatas or a similar form, comparable in difficulty to Khachaturian's Toccata in E-flat Minor. Any ideas?

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Re: Toccatas for piano [Re: KenBakerMN] #2738707 05/22/18 05:03 PM
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The fifth of Unsuk Chin’s Études is a toccata. It’s good fun.



There’s also Elliott Carter’s Caténaires which is a bit harder...



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Re: Toccatas for piano [Re: KenBakerMN] #2738801 05/23/18 12:04 AM
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The Prokofiev Toccata is a pretty hard piece, as is the Toccata from "Le Tombeau de Couperin" by Ravel.

The Toccata and Fugue in D min by Bach is an old favorite.

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The Khachaturian is pretty easy as toccatas go.

Bach wrote 7 for keyboard and Alessandro Scarlatti wrote 10. Some of Dominico's sonatas are in toccata form. K. 141 is not too difficult.

There is the one from Pour le Piano by Debussy, and the one from Trois Pieces by Poulenc. They are probably more difficult than the Khachaturian.


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Re: Toccatas for piano [Re: KenBakerMN] #2738839 05/23/18 05:11 AM
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This, played by Heathred (of this very forum) in this recording.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTMkyZ62R1k

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Liszt's Toccata is relatively easy and quite short.

The Saint-Saens Toccata, one of my favorites, is lots of fun, but more difficult than Khatchaturian's in my opinion.


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Re: Toccatas for piano [Re: KenBakerMN] #2738902 05/23/18 09:39 AM
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Re: Toccatas for piano [Re: KenBakerMN] #2738936 05/23/18 01:01 PM
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We mustn't forget the Schumann Toccata!!!!!! My all time favorite for this genre


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Re: Toccatas for piano [Re: KenBakerMN] #2738955 05/23/18 02:47 PM
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Hi, KenBakerMN -- and welcome to Piano World! One Toccata not yet mentioned is Katherine Hoover's, written in 2011. It's quite effective, and I think comparable in difficulty to the Khachaturian.

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Don't forget Kapustin...he wrote at least two "Toccatinas." They're both really nifty, but my favorite is the Op. 36:


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Re: Toccatas for piano [Re: KenBakerMN] #2739046 05/24/18 04:35 AM
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The first movement of Bach’s Partita no 6 is a toccata:

https://youtu.be/lxkbltXdoKI

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Thanks for all the great answers. I'll check out some of those, especially the Hoover and Kapustin.

Re: Toccatas for piano [Re: KenBakerMN] #2739130 05/24/18 11:34 AM
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How about the piano version of Widor's toccata from his fifth organ symphony? It sounds a lot smaller on a piano naturally, but still sounds pretty interesting, and it seems if one was good with music theory that they could add more to it to get it to sound different.

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Re: Toccatas for piano [Re: KenBakerMN] #2739138 05/24/18 12:03 PM
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Most of the suggestions so far are much harder than the Khachaturian Toccata although the OP indicated he was looking for a piece of similar difficulty.

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Pianoloverus, you're right, most of those suggestions are beyond a level I am likely to achieve. Nonetheless I appreciate the suggestions. I sometimes like to read through hard stuff just to see what's inside. They also make good listening.


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