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Re: "40 Pieces A Year Club" for 2019
scorpio #2797709 01/02/19 08:11 AM
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Sign me up again please - didn't sign up last year as I was focusing on learning jazz/pop repertoire with my tutor, am aiming to focus a bit more on classical this year - it's also a good excuse to buy more books or download more scores.


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Re: "40 Pieces A Year Club" for 2019
scorpio #2797711 01/02/19 08:17 AM
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I would like to join, please.
In 2018 I managed to learn 15 pieces within 7 months of playing with teacher (had to take 5 months off to heal my hands after initial shock I served them by playing improperly in 2017, which triggered early OA symptoms).
In 2019 I aim to reach 25 pieces (getting harder pieces as I progress and still have to go easy on my hands).

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I'll be joining this year as well!


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I was thinking about a new year resolution of learning a new easy piece every week, having over 52 pieces in 2019, and then someone directed me to this post in this forum. I just register here to participate. I think it would be a great motivator and will help to keep track of progress. I just learned a new piece today, I will be recording it soon.
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Originally Posted by facdo
I was thinking about a new year resolution of learning a new easy piece every week, having over 52 pieces in 2019, and then someone directed me to this post in this forum. I just register here to participate. I think it would be a great motivator and will help to keep track of progress. I just learned a new piece today, I will be recording it soon.
Please, count me in smile

Welcome to PW, facdo. You might also be interested in the MOYD thread.


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Please sign me up! Looking forward to a great 2019!


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Hmmm, that translates to learning a piece every 9 days or so... let me get though a month of classes and see how that works out.
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scorpio #2797953 01/02/19 11:50 PM
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I'm just getting back into piano and after not consistently playing since being a teenager and I'd be down for this. Should we upload recordings somewhere? Can we count sonata movements as individual pieces?

I'll probably try a mix of Bach inventions/symphonias/P&Fs, Mozart/Haydn/Beethoven sonata movements, and some smaller romantic pieces e.g. Chopin preludes/mazurkas/waltzs/etudes, Brahms klavierstucke etc

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1. Prelude, Op. 28, No. 20 (Chopin)
2. WTC, Book I: Prelude no. 12 in F minor, BWV 857 (Bach)

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scorpio #2798096 01/03/19 12:34 PM
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I am ready for another year of the 40 piece challenge as well. For me, I plan to bring back some pieces that I have played to build a working repertoire. That means some pieces here will be repeats from the past, that I will take to a higher level. My total number for the year will probably be less that 40, but hopefully I will make them more permanent!

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Originally Posted by Tech-key
Please sign me up. For now, I'll mostly be working on Alfred's Adult Book 1, plus whatever supplemental pieces my teacher prescribes. On the side, I am looking forward to working on easier pieces from "Essential Keyboard Repertoire- Volume 1", as and when I get time.

Hopefully, it will be a fruitful year!


I am new to piano too, but have many years of music experience playing guitar. I will be working through Alfred's Adult Book 1, as well as online lessons at Playground Sessions. So, I should easily complete 40 "pieces" between the two resources, although I don't know that most of them would be called complete songs. Anyway, as is said in the "rules" above, the challenge is what I want to make of it and perhaps this challenge will motivate me and keep me on task.

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Question, just out of curiosity:

Do sonata movements count as individual pieces, or does the whole sonata count as one piece? What about a prelude and fugue, such as from the WTC? Does that count as two separate pieces, or one piece?

One could argue these questions either way, I'm just curious.


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Dr. Rogers #2798123 01/03/19 02:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Dr. Rogers
Question, just out of curiosity:

Do sonata movements count as individual pieces, or does the whole sonata count as one piece? What about a prelude and fugue, such as from the WTC? Does that count as two separate pieces, or one piece?

One could argue these questions either way, I'm just curious.

Entirely up to you. There are no rules as to what constitutes a piece.

Me personally, I'd probably count each Sonata / Sonatina movement as a separate piece (I've done so in the past with the one Sonatina I have recorded).


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Originally Posted by Dr. Rogers
Question, just out of curiosity:

Do sonata movements count as individual pieces, or does the whole sonata count as one piece? What about a prelude and fugue, such as from the WTC? Does that count as two separate pieces, or one piece?

One could argue these questions either way, I'm just curious.

The object is to work on an average of one new piece every week using the 40 week academic year as a base.

If you work on three pieces a day, one a challenging three month piece (4 a year), an easier piece taking about four weeks (12 a year), and a very easy piece taking only a week or two (say, 24 pieces) that's a total of forty pieces over the year.

The easier pieces allow an exploration of unfamiliar composers, unfamiliar genres, fun pieces, finishing easier collections like Schumann and Tchaikovsky's Albums for the Young, and so on.

For the beginner it's better to whizz through very easy pieces and rack up the numbers but once the exam cycle begins it's common to bog down on only the exam pieces. This challenge overcomes that problem.

Once you're good enough to work on sonata movements it's no longer a question of numbers but broadening our musical horizons and exercising a wider variety of skills. It prevents students going stale on a few long term pieces and keeps up their lesser used skills of reading, analysing, memorising and problem solving. The latter skills don't usually get much of an airing once a piece has been on the rack for a week or two.


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Please sign me up. Thank you.

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Thanks Tyrone, I think I will be joing the MOYD as well.


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Just recorded my first piece of the year.

1 - Burgmuller Op.100 No.1 - La Candeur (youtube video)


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Posting the pieces I learned so far this year. The recordings are far from perfect, but these will have to do for now!

1) Cafe Vienna (Alfred's AIO, Level 1) <SoundCloud>
2) Fantasia in G minor, by Telemann (Essential Keyboard Repertoire, Volume 1) <SoundCloud>


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Okay, I think I'm in...

Not 100% certain what level I will be looking at for getting through them all. Currently prepping for my RCM level 8 so sight read level for that is around level 6 so I am thinking I will probably start around the level 4 or 5 for the first few pieces and see how they go with the goal being to get to where I can learn a level 6 piece in a few sessions which hopefully means can competently read at that level? And will pick a few harder pieces to start now with the goal of having them done for later in the year.

First time taking an approach like this so excited to see how it goes.

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