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I have been playing bach inventions for several months so need a change shocked. I am a big fan of Mendelssohn but looking for a quick and light piece in this style. Unfortunately the pieces I found ar henle level 6 standard and too hard to self teach. Something around Henle level 4 as I having to teach myself and short like under 3 minutes please. Any ideas ?



I have found some other composers have this style but again a little hard.


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I assume you've looked at Mendelssohn's Spinning Song/Bees' Wedding and Spring Song?

Or try this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIv87uSB3vk

Or this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5q-7WeFsooM


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Originally Posted by bennevis
I assume you've looked at Mendelssohn's Spinning Song/Bees' Wedding and Spring Song?

Yes, Spinning Song is what came to my mind too. It's Level 7 according to Henle but I don't think it's as difficult as the 2 pieces in Moo's post. Maybe the speed and articulation required is what elevates it to that level? Worth having a look at though.

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I guess you have seen this one?


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Have you looked at Grieg Lyric Pieces? There are a couple that are light and playful like the Midsummer Night's Dream and they are much easier.

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Thank you for the suggestions. I think the henle level 6-7 are just too hard for me to self learn. I have played two of the lyric pieces already - dwarf and elf ones. I think Anitra dance is a great suggestion as I started it several years ago but didn't finish it. I will buy the score as it's not a lyrical piece book. Thanks

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Originally Posted by Moo :)
Thank you for the suggestions. I think the henle level 6-7 are just too hard for me to self learn. I have played two of the lyric pieces already - dwarf and elf ones. I think Anitra dance is a great suggestion as I started it several years ago but didn't finish it. I will buy the score as it's not a lyrical piece book. Thanks

Yes, sorry, it's in the Peer Gynt suite, another great set with several famous pieces. They were originally composed for orchestra but Henle has a piano solo and a piano 4 hands version. I don't know if Grieg himself arranged those pieces for piano.

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Here is another Poulenc piece:


Like the others I posted, short and not terribly difficult.


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Thank you. I find it difficult to self learn so I think many suggestions are still too hard. I tried to learn Mendelssohn prelude e minor woo 13 but it was I struggled. It may just be lack of focus or not being used to it. I am doing better at simple back inventions. I have one piece suggested so don't need others for the moment but thank you for suggestions.

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Originally Posted by Moo :)
Thank you. I find it difficult to self learn so I think many suggestions are still too hard. I tried to learn Mendelssohn prelude e minor woo 13 but it was I struggled. It may just be lack of focus or not being used to it. I am doing better at simple back inventions. I have one piece suggested so don't need others for the moment but thank you for suggestions.

In the Tchaikowsky seasons, the March piece is nice and very doable, but it is not a fast piece. Otherwise, even if not in the Mendelssohn style, I find the Cimarosa pieces very fun to play. You could try sonata 27 for example if you like that style.

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Here are two nice intermediate but short pieces that have that "Tchaikovsky" feel:

1. Nocturne by Borodin:


Sheet music: https://russkayapianistka.files.wordpress.com/2020/01/borodine_nocturne1.pdf

2. Moment by Nikolaj Shejko:


Sheet music: http://chtoigrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Sheiko_Mittevist.pdf

They are not played often and while being "easier" they have plenty to work on and enjoy.

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How about some Scarlatti? Of course, some of his fast sonatas require virtuoso technique but I think there are some fast ones that are relatively easy.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNOFXNqd--A
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMpxkPGanv0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LiYwxXfgevY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_3pM-nW17M

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Beethoven Eccosaisen played by Kissin
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1ne-ds40-k

Gilels play Halling by Grieg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Crtes2xuwY8

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