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10 Pieces that you would like to learn before you die
#2991687 06/15/20 11:52 AM
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I saw the thread of 10 pieces that a pianist should learn. To me, the more relevant question is 10 pieces that you want to learn before you die. The technical level must be achievable (you need to learn something that you can finally be able to play at concert level).

My ten are :

1. Scherzo No. 2 - Chopin
2. Italian Concerto - Bach
3. Rhapsody No. 1 - Brahms
4. Prelude No. 5 g minor Op 23 - Rachmaninoff
5. Prelude No. 12 g# minor Op 32 - Rachmaninoff
6. Polonaise Op. 26 No. 1 - Chopin
7. Aufschwung - Schumann
8. Revolutionary Etude - Chopin
9. Sonata in F Major K333
10. Sonata in d minor "Tempest" - Beethoven

If I can, say, master 6 of the pieces from the above list, I will be very happy.

You?

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1. Chopin - Ballade 1 (I can play it from memory and used to play it at *almost* concert level but not anymore after I married and have a child. Maybe some day again...)

2. Chopin - Ballade 4 (I can go through the score but still far from satisfactory)

3. Chopin - Ballade 3

4. Chopin - Ballade 2

5. Chopin - Barcarolle (I can play it at almost satisfactory level from the score)

6. Chopin - Polonaise-Fantaisie

7. Chopin - Préludes (not sure if it can go under a single position though. I can play at least half of them. But I struggle with the more difficult ones)

8. Chopin - Sonata no.3

9. Scriabin - Préludes, op.11

10. Debussy - Reflets dans l’eau

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11. Bach-Busoni - Chaconne

12. Chopin - Revolutionary Etude

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RonaldSteinway #2991959 06/16/20 08:41 AM
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(in no particular order)

Liszt - Sonata in B minor (I learned all the notes a couple years ago, but never perfected it)
Liszt - Dante
Ravel - Jeux d'eau (I learned the notes 30 years ago in college)
Chopin - Ballade #4 (doing this one now)
Chopin - Barcarolle
Schubert - Impromptus Op. 90 (#2 & 3) (I did #4 as a kid and don't like #1)
Beethoven - Op. 57
Beethoven - Op. 53
Shostakovich - Concerto in F (at least the 1st movement... I just love it)
Debussy - Arabesque #2 (so I have the set grin)


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1. Chopin Ballade 4
2. Bach Goldberg Variations
3. Schubert Wanderer Fantasy
4. Brahms Handel Variations
5. Beethoven op. 101
6. Brahms sonata 3 op 5
7. Schumann symphonic etudes
8. Brahms op 76
9. Rachmaninoff Corelli variations
10. Every piano piece by Mozart

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RonaldSteinway #2991992 06/16/20 10:07 AM
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I can only think of seven at the moment.

From the LRSM syllabus:

  • Bach - Prelude and Fugue in G# minor, BWV 887
  • Beethoven - Sonata in D minor, Op. 31 No. 2: Tempest
  • Debussy - Pagodes


That's actually my proposed LRSM programme, if I ever get around to doing it. (Was supposed to be done with ARSM by now, but it was postponed due to the virus. Working on a DipABRSM programme, but feeling a little discouraged.)

From the FRSM syllabus:

  • Bach-Busoni - Chaconne in D minor
  • Beethoven - Sonata in C, Op.53: Waldstein
  • Beethoven - Sonata in F minor, Op.57: Appassionata
  • Beethoven - 15 Variations and Fugue in E-flat, Op.35: Eroica Variations


My proposed FRSM programme is the Appassionata and the Eroica Variations. We'll see if I ever get there.

Notice I have nothing from the Romantic period on there. I just can't get excited over Romantic music. And there's only one 20th Century piece, impressionistic at that. I used to like Gaspard, but I decided I'd much rather play Beethoven for FRSM if I ever do it.


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coaster #2992332 06/17/20 08:39 AM
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Originally Posted by coaster
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Debussy - Arabesque #2 (so I have the set grin)

So you will become a perfect Arabesque Lady! ;))

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1. Busoni Fantasia Contrappuntistica
2. Reger Bach Variations
3. Ives Concord Sonata
4. Ligeti Etudes
5. Messaien Vingt Regards

And that's it for now I think. Miraculously, I have somehow already achieved most of my childhood dreams in terms of piano repertoire smile

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Originally Posted by D959
10. Every piano piece by Mozart

May you live long and prosper!
grin


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An intriguing inquiry! Off the top of my head:

— Schubert Hungarian Melody
— Piazzolla, Four Seasons of Buenos Aires (Invierno I can play, but it could be much better; Spring has begun, but Summer and Fall are yet to arrive at my keyboard)
— Piazzolla Milonga del Angel
— Piazzolla Oblivion
— Granados Valses Poeticos (1 down, another begun, of six)
— Mozart’s Sonata no. 16 “Facile” (I’m learning the Adagio)

Is that six, or sixteen?

I just took a test that claims to predict life expectancy, and apparently I could live to 103, so I have a few more years than I thought. Okay, so...

— a Beethoven sonata (maybe Tempest)
— Bach Goldberg Variations (some, any...)
— Claudio Santoro Paulistana
— Bach WTC (perhaps a fugue to go with my C Major prelude)
— Chopin Ballade no. 1
— Donald Lambert’s arrangement of The Pilgrim’s Chorus from Tannhauser
(listen past the thirty-second mark)

Hahahahaha..... not enough years left in my fingers for these, but I’m having a great time! Interesting that at least four of these made their mark on me when I heard them as encores. What is it about encores?


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Originally Posted by D959
10. Every piano piece by Mozart

May you live long and prosper!
grin

Well hey if I die before I meet my goal, I'll at least have been busy working on something my whole life..either way it works for me!


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