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I've played the Rondo pretty much daily for several years now. I don't think I'll ever get tired of it!

It's a heck of an unusual rondo, ain't it!
So much so, that even though I've known it for half a century (never worked on it, though) and know it very well (although obviously not as well as I thought!) ....I've never in my life thought of it as one.

Granting that there are other exceptions, like a couple by Mozart (especially the A minor, K. 511), rondos usually have something rompy or 'jocular' (or at least sort of rompy or jocular) as the main theme.

It's not often something mainly lovely or reverent, like this is.

Agreed!

That's exactly what makes it so special to me. There's something transcendent (for lack of a better term) about Schubert's last 3 sonatas. They each have something special about them. One of these days I'm going to have to tackle the other two.

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Well, nearly any Chopin I've tried! I love Chopin, but never feel I manage to play it as I understand it - if I even really understand it!
If I had to pick one piece to fit the description, it would be Debussy's "Danseuses de Delphes". I play it so often, it's not technically challenging, and yet I always feel the urge to play it again and again - there's just something about it.

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Barcarolle and Ballade 1 by Chopin, Paganinivariations by Brahms and the Goldbergvariations by Bach.


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I think it has to be Mozart. And I think it has to be the A minor Rondo K511. I never tire of it.

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Originally Posted by dolce sfogato
Barcarolle and Ballade 1 by Chopin, Paganinivariations by Brahms and the Goldbergvariations by Bach.

I suspect "my piece" will change when I get good enough at Bach to play the Goldbergs.

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Regretfully, none of my pieces define me.

Instead, they all seem to DEFY me....


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A bit strange that "my piece" is actually a transcription of an organ piece, since I never was interested in organ music. But so it is and it has indeed been with be almost a decade now. It's Cesar Franck's Prelude, Fugue and Variations (I play Friedmann's version). It just has it all. It's not too easy and only the prelude is fully memorized so there's always more work to do when I return to it. It has a fugue which intrigue me. It is in h minor which is among my favorite keys. Once when I played the prelude my teacher spontaneously commented that this music really suits me. I also think it will stay at the top of my ability to perform well being realistic about my age, physique and time to invest in learning the piano. Not only do I love to play it myself but it always has an effect when someone really good plays it...

There are plenty of other pieces I might get as attached to if I could play them well enough but they are all too far from my reach.

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What a wonderful piece and one I, sadly, had not heard before. I can see why you are enchanted


"Music, rich, full of feeling, not soulless, is like a crystal on which the sun falls and brings forth from it a whole rainbow" - F. Chopin
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Nimrod from Enigma - Elgar. There's others but I will wait for some helpful soul to start "Your Piece 2.0"...

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