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Re: Hardest short piece (less than 2 minutes) ever written? [Re: johnstaf] #2789623 12/10/18 12:07 AM
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Originally Posted by johnstaf
I think that Chopin's opus 10 no. 2 is harder than the Godowsky. The hard part of the original is playing scale passages with 4 and 5 of the right hand. Moving these to 1 and 2 in the left hand makes it much easier. The considerable difficulty of the right hand in the Godowsky doesn't offset this.

Carlos Chavez did a left hand inversion of it that retains the 4 and 5 difficulty. He also did left hand inversions of four more of the Chopin etudes.

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Re: Hardest short piece (less than 2 minutes) ever written? [Re: Intermezzo 116-2] #2795894 12/27/18 06:04 PM
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Chopin, piano sonata nr.2, 4th movement.

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Re: Hardest short piece (less than 2 minutes) ever written? [Re: precise] #2797186 12/31/18 04:56 PM
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Originally Posted by precise
There is no answer to the OP's query.
Every pianist has a different hand and a different technique - each has strengths and weaknesses. What is easy or do-able for one, may not be for another, and vice versa ad nauseum.

Playing a 'simple' movement from Mozart will make a pianist sweat much more than any of the examples you gave - simply because every single note is a nightmare to voice, and one bump kills the whole perf.

There are hundreds of pieces that you could add to your list if you just want 2 mins packed with notes.


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