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Hi folks!

I'm bored with my sheet music and am seeking suggestions.

I'm looking for an intermediate or intermediate-advanced piece that's in the 2-4 minute length range. Preferably something that's NOT Chopin because I've played him to death!! Less-well-known composers are always interesting to me. I tend to hate Mozart due to his floweriness.

To give you a sense of my level: I've been playing for 40 years. Chopin's Scherzo #2 is the hardest piece I've ever learned (and memorized!). Also his Fantasie-Impromptu.

But, after spending 2 years learning the Scherzo and seeing it quickly evaporate without diligent maintenance practice, I'm ready to take on something shorter!

Many thanks. :-)

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Not much shorter, but definitely different: Albeniz Evocacion



Pieces from Romeo and Juliet

Forgot to mention: Earl wild transcriptions of Gershwin

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Brahms ? Two suggestions.





Schumann? Though just a bit shorter than 2 min


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Bach Fantasia in C minor, BWV 906 (the accompanying fugue is unfinished). Rather unusual style for Bach, seems to be his experimenting with the then new galant style. Can serve as a virtuoso piece depending on tempo.


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Tchaikovsky Meditation. About 5 minutes



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Originally Posted by noamb
Hi folks!

I'm bored with my sheet music and am seeking suggestions.

I'm looking for an intermediate or intermediate-advanced piece that's in the 2-4 minute length range. Preferably something that's NOT Chopin because I've played him to death!! Less-well-known composers are always interesting to me.
Lots of popular pieces fall into the pop-song-length category. The only question is how popular or how obscure a piece you're looking for.

Pop:
Mendelssohn: Lied ohne Worte in E, Op.19/1 and several others
Schumann/Liszt: Widmung
Liszt: Liebestraum No.3
Debussy: Arabesque No.1
Grieg: several Lyric Pieces
Rachmaninov: Preludes in C# minor (Op.3/2), D (Op.23/4) & G#minor (Op.32/12)

Less popular:
F.Couperin: Les barricades mystérieuses
Scarlatti: several sonatas
Beethoven: several Bagatelles
Schubert: some of his Moments Musicaux
Fauré: Romance sans paroles in A flat, Op.17/3
Albéniz: Suite Española - several pieces
Paderewski: Nocturne in B flat, Op.16/4
Ginastera: Danza de la moza donosa
Szymanowski: Etude Op.4/3


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Originally Posted by noamb
Hi folks!

I'm bored with my sheet music and am seeking suggestions.

I'm looking for an intermediate or intermediate-advanced piece that's in the 2-4 minute length range. Preferably something that's NOT Chopin because I've played him to death!! Less-well-known composers are always interesting to me. I tend to hate Mozart due to his floweriness.

To give you a sense of my level: I've been playing for 40 years. Chopin's Scherzo #2 is the hardest piece I've ever learned (and memorized!). Also his Fantasie-Impromptu.

But, after spending 2 years learning the Scherzo and seeing it quickly evaporate without diligent maintenance practice, I'm ready to take on something shorter!
Can you give us an idea of what you've played in the past (if anything) by the following composers?

Bach
Scarlatti
Beethoven
Schubert
Mendelssohn
Schumann
Brahms
Liszt
Grieg
Tchaikovsky
Rachmaninoff
Debussy
Scriabin
Albinez
Granados


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Why don't you play some concerti?

Schumann
Liszt #1
Saint-Saens #2
Beethoven #5
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All very approachable and brings tons of joy!

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Saint-Saëns wrote some great ètudes. I particularly like the polyrhythmic study for its beauty. (Op. 52 No. 4)


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