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achieveable "bucket list" pieces
#3026238 09/18/20 04:05 AM
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I'm in my early 40s and starting to wonder what pieces I would still enjoy playing in, oh, say towards the end of my life. Kinda like pieces you'd put on your bucket list. For the most part I'm skilled enough to learn almost anything... given time. Still, my horizon is "rest of my life", so some amount of time investment is ok.

So, laziness aside... on my bucket list so far, I have the Goldberg Variations (though frankly I find parts of it a bit dry, maybe it won't stay there haha), and some of the Beethoven sonatas. It hasn't really gotten any longer yet. You guys have your own bucket list?

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My bucket list has, in the past decade, been availed of and emptied, as I'm nearing the age when I could kick the bucket anytime, anywhere, anyhow. One shouldn't go to meet one's maker with regrets of not emptying one's bucket before it is kicked.

In case anyone is interested in my bucket's contents in 2010 (which was when I bought my piano), it included stuff like Gaspard, as well as the Goldberg and assorted Russian, French, Spanish, Polish and Hungarian pieces and even a few from the Austro-German rep, plus a concerto or two. Some I picked up and put into my bucket along the way.


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After I started playing again (after a 20 year gap) I put a few things on my bucket list, including the Brahms Op. 116 through 119, Debussy's "Reflets dans l'eau", and Chopin's Berceuse and Barcarolle. Here's how it's going after a few decades:

I've learned the Brahms Op. 117 (very early on, they're not terribly difficult), and then the Op. 118 (much more difficult). Now I'm working on the Op. 119 (progressively more difficult; the Rhapsody is pretty darned tough). Long ago I learned the easier bits of the Op. 116; the faster pieces still seem pretty scary.

I remember that ten years ago I thought the Debussy was not achievable, but I'm working on it now. It's never going to be up to professional level but I love it anyway.

I tried working on the Berceuse a long while back and found parts of it really tough but perhaps do-able with enough practice. I love the Barcarolle but a lot of it seems out of reach, alas.


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Chopin ballades. I can play the first one but rather badly. If I can memorize and play the rest, that would be an achievement. Since recently, I’d be glad mastering a sonata by Scriabin too, maybe one of the first five.


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Mine consists of:

Goldberg Variations
Brahms Op 118 (complete set)
Chopin Ballades
Beethoven Op 101

This will likely change within 24 hours.

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Rach 2....someday.


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I'm at the point in my life where I do more accompaniment work than anything else, so I feel like my focus has shifted a bit. Whereas I used to take a couple of pieces and learn them to death so that it was 100% perfect, now I learn a lot of music, but I don't worry so much about absolute perfection. In light of that shift in focus, my bucket list is pretty darn long, but again, I am content to learn these pieces to a sufficient level of mastery and not drive myself crazy going for absolute perfection.

So that said, my bucket list is:
- Complete Chopin solo works
- Complete Beethoven Sonatas
- Complete Liszt Rhapsodies
- Bach WTC, at least book 1 - book 2 doesn't quite speak to me as much
- Maybe a couple of the big concertos, but as I'll never get an opportunity to perform them with an orchestra, they're not quite at the top of the list.

That should keep me busy for pretty much the rest of my life...


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I have a Henle book (HN46) that has both Album for the Young and Scenes from Childhood by Schumann. I would love to be able to sit down and play through the book at tempo and musically. I would say another 2 years to do so.

Almost all the pieces I am capable of but I am balancing this with lessons and there are only so many hours in the day.

Another piece would be Wedding day at Troldhaugen. Should also be attainable.

No epic pieces as I am quite aware my abilities are average.

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Achievable is the key word. How about my ‘dream’ piece.....3rd movement of Apassioniata!!!!

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Ironically this came up yesterday. I was listening to a recording of Vladimir Ashkenazy playing Rachmaninoff's 2nd concerto and I noticed he was rolling the opening chords. It sounded fine. Since I can't reach the chords, I've never tried to learn the concerto. I brought out the music and rolled the chords. I kept reading but soon decided I don't have patience and didn't want to put in the time to learn it so I firmly put it back on the bucket list.


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Achievable is the key word. How about my ‘dream’ piece.....3rd movement of Apassioniata!!!!

That's a tough piece, but it's not quite as horrible as you might think it is, excepting the coda. I personally found it much harder to pull off the first movement.
Keep practicing and it'll be achievable!

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I have no bucket list pieces. I'm interested in what I can and want to play now. I'm advanced enough so that there's an almost endless list of incredibly great pieces I can play even if my technique gets no better.

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I also do not want to think of bucket lists .Everyday I put my mask on and go out, "mortality" comes to mind.So tired of it, if I could I would kick that bucket right down the road If I could.😴

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Originally Posted by Lady Bird
I also do not want to think of bucket lists .Everyday I put my mask on and go out, "mortality" comes to mind.So tired of it, if I could I would kick that bucket right down the road If I could.😴

Mortality comes to mind all the time but wearing masks and feeling like one might be a biological terrorist makes it worse.

I have always hated all those bucket lists. Everything we do is in some way the first and last time we will do it.

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I never feel like a biological terrorist, although unmasked shouting , laughing , coughing people in shops and malls behave in very uncaring ways !
As for bucket list I would like to learn the slow movement of one of the Chopin concertos .I cannot remember which one.
Probably the popular one.( is it the concerto in F minor)
Is there an original solo arrangement of this movement ?
(the piano part not modified in any way )

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