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Adagio pieces beginner/intermediate level
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Hello,

I'm back to practicing classical piano, and I'm looking for short, beginner/intermediate level adagio pieces. (I'm saying "adagio" but it could be any slow movement, really).
No Mozart, no Chopin, and none of the "too obvious" stuff (Moonlight Sonata...).

Examples that work perfectly for me:
- Schubert : Adagio D178, adagio of piano sonata n°3 D459
- Beethoven: Adagio of piano sonatas n°3, 5, 11, 31
- Scriabin: Adagio of sonata n°1
(also Bach : Adagio BWV 974, but I'm looking more for post-18th century pieces)

Any other ideas?

Thanks!

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Sorry......you already mentioned my favorite (974).


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I think most of the pieces you listed would be considered beyond intermediate level BTW. Any slow piece or only movements from a sonata? If you mean any slow piece, there are thousands of choices. If you mean sonata movements there are a lot less except for more from Beethoven or Schubert because far fewer sonatas were written after the Classical period.

Here are a few. The first three are less advanced than the last two.

Slow movement from Schubert's "little" A major Sonata:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpjHSKUCguM

Schumann Des Abends:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SptviAoHrBc

Schumann Warum:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXYPoS91aEI

Slow movement from Schumann Sonata No. 2(starts at 5:55) played by PW member Can Cakmur.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vblqOhQW26w

Slow movement from Schubert's last sonata:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2AIMQ0-zWY




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Some ideas from my own repertoire based on the examples you've given...

Mendelssohn: Songs Without Words, Op. 31/1
Grieg: Evening in the Mountains, Op. 68/4
Haydn: Adagio, Sonata in F, Hob XVI/23
Clementi: Lento e patetico, Sonata in F# Minor, Op. 25/5
Delius: Waltz for a Little Girl
Dvorak: Silhouette Op. 8/2 (here with No. 3)
Cui: Prelude Op. 64/2















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Originally Posted by pianoloverus
I think most of the pieces you listed would be considered beyond intermediate level BTW.

Maybe I underestimated my own skills! So let's say intermediate+ smile

Originally Posted by pianoloverus

Any slow piece or only movements from a sonata? If you mean any slow piece, there are thousands of choices. If you mean sonata movements there are a lot less except for more from Beethoven or Schubert because far fewer sonatas were written after the Classical period.

Ideally from sonatas, but if you have a favorite outside that corpus, I would gladly consider it!

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I've been working the following, a recommendation from my teacher. I was watching a show the other night, and the music was playing in the background.

https://www.sheetmusicplus.com/title/adagio-in-g-minor-piano-solo-sheet-music/3130312



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If you do care for Bach, the adagio and andante from Partita 2 or the sarabande from the same one.

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OMG you guys (ZRT, PLUS and B#) just gave me about an hour's worth of homework!! Thanks can't wait to start watching smile.


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Originally Posted by dogperson


Beautiful piece, but you have to be careful with that one. Since any piano solo version is a transcription based on the original (two pianos and cello), the transcriptions can vary from the relatively easy to the relatively complex and challenging. An example of the latter is the transcription by Godowsky.

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Excellent suggestions. Mendelssohn opus 30 no 1 I have played is tricky. I dont think it would have fitted intermediate but may fit in the now expanded intermediate+!

I would like to add this Beethoven sonata. I think it is was a Grade 6 piece. Its excellent!


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Originally Posted by dogperson

Love Le Cygne. So many versions... I haven't heard this one before.


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Originally Posted by dogperson
Love Le Cygne. So many versions... I haven't heard this one before.
I think the transcriptions by Siloti and Godowsky(MUCH harder) are far superior to that one.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5dQ0YJDJb0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbg87XT0lKM

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Originally Posted by pianoloverus
[...]I think the transcriptions by Siloti and Godowsky(MUCH harder) are far superior to that one.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5dQ0YJDJb0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbg87XT0lKM


Over the last couple of years, I have worked, off and on, on the Godowsky transcription; I think it's fantastic, though very challenging. I just read through it again and the notes are still there. I really should bring it up to tempo; it's a wonderful recital piece.

I had not known of the Siloti, and I will work on it. After the Godowsky, it's relatively easy.

I like the Shun Tominaga's playing of the Siloti.

Thanks for posting.

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Thank you all for those wonderful suggestions.

I've also checked out those, although not adagios from sonatas :


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Originally Posted by BruceD
Over the last couple of years, I have worked, off and on, on the Godowsky transcription; I think it's fantastic, though very challenging. I just read through it again and the notes are still there. I really should bring it up to tempo; it's a wonderful recital piece.

I had not known of the Siloti, and I will work on it. After the Godowsky, it's relatively easy.

I like the Shun Tominaga's playing of the Siloti.

Thanks for posting.

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You can gt the score to the Siloti here:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/15Gmb8Fj5AijEIwNAtIArmIx5tb6Aedas/view

A recording of Rachmaninov playing the Siloti version:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7EMA0TJp2Q

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I'm currently 'into' Schumann, and another piece that may be considered as 'nice and restful' is this one:

(Jörg Demus plays Schumann Waldszenen Op.82 - 9. Abschied)


The only 'Adagio' that I have played recently is Haydn's Adagio in F. It's a pretty straight-forward grade 6 piece.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1dAgbjzBco
but very pleasant.


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Found a video that talked about pieces at the beginner to intermediate level. Not all the pieces presented are adagios...



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