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#2775154 10/24/18 09:08 AM
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My username is cmb13 and I'm an addict. My gateway piece was Beethoven Sonata #14, First Movement, in C# Minor. Got me hooked - should be illegal.

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cmb13 #2775159 10/24/18 09:23 AM
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Mozarts K454 first movement was the first classical piece I played! So I guess that was my gateway to classical piano.

It showed all the flaws in my playing and taught me I wasn't as good as I thought I was.

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cmb13 #2775167 10/24/18 09:41 AM
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There were so many building up over the years, you know? It's starts with Bach and his toccata and fugue in d minor, and eventually you're introduced to moonlight, pathetique, canon in d, and maybe a little later you need some variety in your life so in comes the billy joel and some ragtime. Then your mom's friend comes over and finally plays that piano that has been sitting silent in the living room for all this time, and all this music becomes a part of you and you tinker with the guitar or other instruments until you finally think to yourself, I'll bet I could handle the hard stuff, and you hear that one simple piece and think... I'll take just one hit (single)...

But then you realize that one piece isn't so simple, but you're stuck, and this is your life now: always chasing that high...

Raul Di Blasio - Romeo y Julieta

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cmb13 #2775172 10/24/18 09:52 AM
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It wasn’t one piece but a combination of Looney Tunes cartoons and Peter and the Wolf
Why did I restart piano after many decades? No particular piece. I just realized how much I missed it

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Originally Posted by Downhill Fast
There were so many building up over the years, you know? It's starts with Bach and his toccata and fugue in d minor, and eventually you're introduced to moonlight, pathetique, canon in d, and maybe a little later you need some variety in your life so in comes the billy joel and some ragtime. Then your mom's friend comes over and finally plays that piano that has been sitting silent in the living room for all this time, and all this music becomes a part of you and you tinker with the guitar or other instruments until you finally think to yourself, I'll bet I could handle the hard stuff, and you hear that one simple piece and think... I'll take just one hit (single)...

But then you realize that one piece isn't so simple, but you're stuck, and this is your life now: always chasing that high...

Raul Di Blasio - Romeo y Julieta

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cmb13 #2775197 10/24/18 11:04 AM
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I'm afraid my pusher... er... piano teacher... got me hooked by age four. My gateway piece was called "Tip Toe" and it consisted of nothing but middle Cs... it was enough to hook me!


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Piano sonata number 8, op 13, in c minor. Most specifically the middle movement (in A-flat major). Adagio cantabile it is marked in the score. The gentlest form of reverie and sweet nostalgia, colored just slightly with sadness. Though there have been others, this sonata as a whole and that movement in particular taught me the grace and power of the piano. I have never forgotten the lesson.

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Dr Rogers that's hilarious!

jandz love that piece.....that'll have to go on my "someday" list also!

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