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Re: Build my classical education...
leemeadowcroft #2910484 11/10/19 05:41 PM
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Originally Posted by leemeadowcroft
@Tyrone That’s certainly very different to something like Goldberg Variations, many of which are those that nothing for me.

If you like this piece, there is a 17-min film short built around this piece, and features a rather non-conventional playing of this piece too. Here it is in its entirety with English subtitles.


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Originally Posted by Tyrone Slothrop
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@Tyrone That’s certainly very different to something like Goldberg Variations, many of which are those that nothing for me.

If you like this piece, there is a 17-min film short built around this piece, and features a rather non-conventional playing of this piece too. Here it is in its entirety with English subtitles.


Wow, not at all what I would have expected from this thread haha, but I love international art house films! Thanks.

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How about the four Rachmaninoff piano concertos.

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Tyrone Slothrop #2911589 11/13/19 01:57 PM
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Where would you suggest I start with Bach? When I’ve listened before it’s not really held my attention; I like melody and expression/drama/emotion in a piece. A couple of specific pieces that catch my imagination might set me on a new path of discovery.

If you are looking for expressiveness, have you listened to Bach's Adagio?


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Originally Posted by Tyrone Slothrop

If you are looking for expressiveness, have you listened to Bach's Adagio?

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Originally Posted by Tyrone Slothrop

If you like this piece, there is a 17-min film short built around this piece, and features a rather non-conventional playing of this piece too. Here it is in its entirety with English subtitles.

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leemeadowcroft #2911664 11/13/19 05:20 PM
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Another Baroque piece you might like is Handel's Chaconne in G Major HWV 435. It's incredibly forward looking in its range of expressive subtleties and quasi-romantic minor section.

Murray Perahia plays it the way I'd imagine Brahms would -- both true to the piece but not ignoring the potential the piece has for expression.

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leemeadowcroft #2911667 11/13/19 05:34 PM
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Thanks for the further suggestions. Today’s listen has been the complete Chopin Nocturnes. My clear favourites are No.2 (of course, and I already have the Henle for that), No.13 in C Minor and No.15 in F Minor.

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leemeadowcroft #2911688 11/13/19 06:32 PM
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That’s about where I started my classical education. I like Emin and c#min. I learned those first. I also like 9.1 and 9.2 but there’re a little harder.

Also the Chopin Preludes. E min, Db maj (Raindrop).

Then the Beethoven Sonatas. Pathetique and Appasionata. And Moonlight.

That will give you some listening!


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leemeadowcroft #2911697 11/13/19 06:52 PM
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It’s quite reassuring that I’ve not lost all my piano experience...

I’ve just played Fur Elise all the way through with the score in front of me, only slowing down in a few places but playing all the notes. A couple of weeks of good practice and I’ll have that one in my possession. I then played the right hand of Chopin E min Nocturne all the way through with most of the notes and trills.

I needed something to get me back in to regular practice and not just listening to piano every evening. All my spare time now is spent listening or reading about piano and I just need to add back in the regular playing bit! Let today be the day!

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Originally Posted by leemeadowcroft
It’s quite reassuring that I’ve not lost all my piano experience...

I’ve just played Fur Elise all the way through with the score in front of me, only slowing down in a few places but playing all the notes. A couple of weeks of good practice and I’ll have that one in my possession. I then played the right hand of Chopin E min Nocturne all the way through with most of the notes and trills.

I needed something to get me back in to regular practice and not just listening to piano every evening. All my spare time now is spent listening or reading about piano and I just need to add back in the regular playing bit! Let today be the day!


Good for you! Just stay disciplined and consistent. It's easy to get off track. Keep us updated on your progress as a pianist too!

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leemeadowcroft #2912478 11/15/19 05:09 PM
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I never realised that Elgar wrote a solo piano version of his Enigma Variations. Nimrod goes near the top of my must-learn pieces, and doesn’t look particularly challenging. The score is on imslp and Lang Lang played a version of it on his album this year:

https://youtu.be/MFy2OQvtMnY

I’ve given some of the Bach and Handel pieces a listen but only really the Goldberg Aria has grabbed me thus far.

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leemeadowcroft #2912482 11/15/19 05:19 PM
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Elgar transcribed the whole of his Enigma Variations for piano......should you wish to take up the challenge.

As for Handel, have you heard his most famous keyboard piece? It used to be very popular. Well, Dickens used to be very popular......

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ajk110pLZf8


P.S. Never realised that the great Rach also recorded it thumb:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2gg-IqHtnak

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leemeadowcroft #2912489 11/15/19 05:34 PM
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Firstly thanks for the link. I was just going to post the link to the Rach version which I really enjoyed but your edited post beat me to it.

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