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Looking for recommendations of short encores #2936354 01/20/20 03:53 PM
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Hello everyone!
I am a pianist looking for recommendations for short encores that have a graceful ending. For example: Yuja Wang plays Tea for Two (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZxU0zW23-wY). It's such a jazzy piece, with a sweet ending that the audience loves. I have no problem that the end will be more virtuosic and powerful, but the important thing is that its end will be sweet for the audience to like smile
I'd love to hear recommendations!

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Re: Looking for recommendations of short encores [Re: PianoLen3] #2936376 01/20/20 05:02 PM
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There are probably thousands of possibilities but here's one that probably fits the bill:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KoL99_o38fU

Re: Looking for recommendations of short encores [Re: PianoLen3] #2936378 01/20/20 05:05 PM
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There are zillions of short encores that fit your specification, ranging from Scarlatti sonatas to Beethoven bagatelles to Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninov and Scriabin études to even toccatas (Schumann, Ravel, Khachaturian).

But as you mentioned Yuja and arrangements, I'll mention one specially:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrOxzR5VvYk


"I don't play accurately - anyone can play accurately - but I play with wonderful expression. As far as the piano is concerned, sentiment is my forte. I keep science for Life."
Re: Looking for recommendations of short encores [Re: PianoLen3] #2936386 01/20/20 05:36 PM
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Granados- Andaluza
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=zGmNvj0BtR8

Albeniz- Pavana
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=B1HDHeDRDtA

Albeniz- Gavotta

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Qvr9Cdx3MgM

Gershwin ‘I Got Rhythm’ transcription by Earl Wild (thanks Plover)

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=XuGvemYP4T8

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Re: Looking for recommendations of short encores [Re: PianoLen3] #2936387 01/20/20 05:37 PM
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Re: Looking for recommendations of short encores [Re: PianoLen3] #2936745 01/21/20 01:44 PM
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It depends a lot on what you're looking and also on what you're comfortable with. I played encores after some concertos and I usually choose a work that I like and know people will like too.
Once I played an arrangement for piano solo of a popular song that everyone knows: Bohemian Rhapsody. People loved it. Also in that place people suggested me to play arrangements of popular songs, so that could be a good point.

Other encores I have in mind for next recitals are:

Schumann/Liszt - Widmung No.1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IfWh4XIovMs

Rachmaninov - Prelude Op.32 No.13
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDX_yQ7H0Sk

Respighi - Valse Caressante from 6 pieces for piano (maybe you'll like this one)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T19mqDSR5ws

In the other hand, you can play any of the war-horses pieces as a Chopin Nocturne or Waltz, Rachmaninov prelude in C sharp or something like that.

If you want something more popular (also if the audience allows it, because popular music is not always well received in a serious concert - once I had an issue with the Queen encore when I told it to the organizers) and you are willing to pay sheet music, try looking trought Vika Yermolyeva's or Peter Bence's arrangements. Here some examples:

Fats Domino -The Fat Man (Vika Yermolyeva)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WnSnmY3gaMM

Queen - Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy (Vika Yermolyeva)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNP0f0QxMFM

Extreme - More Than Words (Vika Yermolyeva)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5KBk76b9HE

Queen - Don't Stop Me Now (Peter Bence)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrQnnhAXLt0

If I find or remember another possibly encore, I'll comment again.

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Re: Looking for recommendations of short encores [Re: PianoLen3] #2936748 01/21/20 01:54 PM
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I think a great encore would be El Pelele by Granados.

Re: Looking for recommendations of short encores [Re: PianoLen3] #2936763 01/21/20 02:29 PM
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There's one piece by MacDowell that I absolutely adore and I believe needs to be known by any competent virtuoso.
A lot of people may disagree with me on that, because MacDowell is no longer a big name composer like he was in the 1880s, 1890s, and 1900s. But he certainly knew how to write music.
Liszt and Grieg would tell you the same about MacDowell!

MacDowell's Hexentanz (Witches Dance), Op. 17, No. 2
This recording I provided below is by none than other Leopold Godowsky. He loved this as an encore piece.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xyc4Fvskdis


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Some of my favorite composers: Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Liszt, Edvard Grieg, Edward MacDowell.

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