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Short, advanced, crowd-pleaser technical piece?
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Hey folks,

I'm looking for suggestions for a short piece to learn that is a sure-fire crowd-pleaser. Like, 2.5 minutes in length or less.

To give you a sense of my level, the most advanced piece I can play is Chopin's Scherzo #2.

Thanks!

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First one that came to mind is this ……

https://youtu.be/7ClDFmFmr0k

Scriabin Etude Opus 8 no. 12

Some folks seem to have no problem with it - others find it rather challenging. Audiences love it !! smile


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Here's a diabolical suggestion for your delectation:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KkXyE9CZ_lk


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Gershwin Preludes, No. 1 or No. 3?

Bartok's Allegro Barbaro comes to mind, but I've never played it (so I can't speak to difficulty).


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Rubinstein staccato study in C might go down well and is a lot easier than it sounds.


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Polichinello by Heitor Villa-Lobos. Not too difficult, but quite effectful. Listen here!

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Not to mention Revolutionary Etude.

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Or Chopin 10.4

One of the first 3 Kapustin etudes?

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Polichinel by Rachmaninoff

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Hi, noamb -- Sneak up to Member's Recordings in this Forum and have a listen to Chopin's take on the "Maiden's Wish", compliments of Lafi. To me, it fits your requirement like a glove.

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Saint Seans Etude Op 52 no 1


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Many Moszkowski etudes might fit the bill, they were popular crowd-pleasers of Horowitz and Hoffmann.





These are technically demanding but doable.

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Great suggestions! (Keep 'em coming!)

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And if you're good at chromatic scale, there is Flight of the Bumblebee by Rimsky-Korsakov (arr. by Rachmaninoff).

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Sometimes crowd-pleasers can be very gentle, soft, reflective pieces; they don't always have to be displays of (empty?) virtuosity. Think of Debussy's "La fille aux cheveux de lin," Schumann's "Träumerei," Bach's Prelude in C major (from Bk I of the WTC), for example, and many others like those.

Depending where it goes on the program, such a number can be a welcome respite from other more demanding listening.

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Most younger folks probably haven't heard of it...but it was a hugely popular catchy little encore in its day: Abram Chasins' "Rush Hour in Hong Kong".... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dgePlbOowmg

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Chopin waltz #14 in E Minor.


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