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Repertoire reccomendations: Baroque to Romantic #2767958
09/27/18 01:13 PM
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So here is my repertoire so far sorted by period and composer:

Baroque:
Bach: Prelude in C, Fugue in C minor, Prelude in C minor, Toccata and fugue in D minor, all 2 part inventions
Handel: Largo from "Xerxes"(Though I play it slower at a more largo tempo whereas I hear it as an andante tempo more like that of a minuet in other recordings)

Classical:
Mozart: K 545, Alla turka, learning rest of K 331(Sonata in A major), Theme from Piano Concerto no. 21
Beethoven(Yes I consider Beethoven a classical period composer even though his later works were in the Romantic period): Fur Elise, Pathetique sonata first movement, Moonlight sonata, Piano Sonata no. 1 first movement, Lizst transcription of Beethoven's 5th first movement, Turkish march from Ruins of Athens transcription
CPE Bach: Solfeggio in C minor

Romantic:
Chopin: Grande Valse Brilliante(can play the right hand full speed, my left hand has to go slower because of all the leaps), Nocturne op. 9 no. 2, Mazurka in Bb(I have to slow down the first few bars of the A theme though), Prelude no. 20 in C minor(I myself call it the "Octave" prelude though I have heard it called the chord prelude), Minute waltz(not close in speed but I have the notes in muscle memory), Prelude in A major, Funeral March from Piano sonata no. 2
Strauss II: The Blue Danube(Incredibly long trills in the left hand though at the beginning)
Grieg: In the Hall of the Mountain King, Morning Mood
Brahms: Hungarian dance no. 5
Bizet: Habenera from Carmen
Dvorak: Largo from New World Symphony
Rimsky-Korsakov: Flight of the Bumblebee
Debussy: Claire de Lune(at least the Db major section, when I reach the E major section, I often get rogue Bb notes that aren't supposed to be there), Reverie

I don't play pieces past Debussy in terms of composition date because I feel that after Debussy, classical music really diverges from what I would consider classical music. Few piano sonatas if any, Few symphonies, and Scott Joplin which I keep seeing in lists of classical music, I feel is more of like a "Jazz before it was Jazz" composer than a classical music composer. This gets even worse in modern music.

So what do you recommend I add to this repertoire I have?

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Re: Repertoire reccomendations: Baroque to Romantic [Re: caters] #2767959
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Hi Caters
Just a thought? Have you considered going back to the Chopin and Debussy that have issues? Personally, I just find it so satisfying to have the issues go away

Re: Repertoire reccomendations: Baroque to Romantic [Re: caters] #2767960
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Originally Posted by caters

I don't play pieces past Debussy in terms of composition date because I feel that after Debussy, classical music really diverges from what I would consider classical music.

Really? Not even composers like Shostakovich?

Originally Posted by caters

So what do you recommend I add to this repertoire I have?

Some Scarlatti sonatas!

Re: Repertoire reccomendations: Baroque to Romantic [Re: caters] #2767964
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There are hundreds of appropriate pieces.

Here are some ways to get lists of those pieces after which I suggest listening to them on YouTube and choosing the ones you like.

1. Recommendations from you teacher if you have one.

2. There are many graded lists of pieces available. These are in books(Hinson's Guide to the Pianist's Repertoire, for example),
https://www.amazon.com/Pianists-Repertoire-Fourth-Indiana-Guides/dp/0253010225/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1538071348&sr=1-1&keywords=maurice+hinson&dpID=41PwW7uHBFL&preST=_SY291_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=srch
gradings available from the publishers like Henle, and repertoire lists form various groups like ABSRM that have exams for students. So you can find the general level you're at and choose pieces at the same or slightly higher level.

3. My personal suggestion would be to choose some pieces by great composers not on your repertoire list(Scarlatti, Haydn, Schubert, Schumann, Ravel, Scriabin, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov, etc.) although there are certainly many, many additional pieces the composers you listed that would be also good choices.

Re: Repertoire reccomendations: Baroque to Romantic [Re: caters] #2767999
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You are missing such beautiful music if you stop at Debussy!

Re: Repertoire reccomendations: Baroque to Romantic [Re: caters] #2768054
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Two suggestions:

1) Don't spend too much time and effort learning arrangements of orchestral or operatic works (i.e. Handel "Xerxes," Bizet "Habenera", Dvorak "Largo from New World Symphony," etc.} They are fun to play, of course, but are not considered standard solo classical piano repertoire.

2) Try to approach "classical music" with a more open mind. I like this definition from ALLMUSIC:

"Classical music is hard to define in specific terms, but it is generally understood to be music rooted in Western European traditions performed by trained musicians in formal settings like concert halls, opera houses, and churches. Its key emphasis is the faithful interpretation of composers' written scores. Classical music's roots lie in the chant melodies of Medieval religious rites. Its contemporary incarnation encompasses everything from opera and the symphony orchestra to chamber ensembles, solo works, choral music, songs, film music, and the avant-garde. Works from the intervening centuries make up the bulk of the recorded repertory, and they mirror the artistic and architectural trends of the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern eras in their sound worlds and conception. The dichotomy between classical and popular music is a fairly recent cultural development. In fact, much of what is considered classical music today grew out of, was influenced by, or was popular music of its time."

Here's a comprehensive list of intermediate to early advanced solo piano works by a variety of 20th century composers.

http://www.kathyrabago.com/pianorep/composers.php


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Re: Repertoire reccomendations: Baroque to Romantic [Re: caters] #2768166
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I like your Repertoire. Rachmaninoff is very worthwhile as is Enrique Granados. They both had such wonderful abilities to bring their souls forward in their music.

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Re: Repertoire reccomendations: Baroque to Romantic [Re: caters] #2768193
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