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Gryphon,

You really ought to give Villa-Lobos a try. Try to find a copy of his Ciclo Brasileiros or Prole do Bébé Volume I. He throws all sorts of touches and rhythms at you, the full range of emotions and it's fun, fun, FUN!

Drews

PS -- my problem is that I never thoroughly *learn* any piece of music. There's so much great repertoire out there to try out...

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But don't you think it's easier than his transcriptions of Hungarian Rhapsodie No.2,
Rakoczy March, Dance Macabre, Wedding March, and Stars and Stripes?
Loud and fast = easy

Soft and fast != easy

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Originally Posted by Orlando Gibbons
I'll go with an oldie - comparatively speaking - Feux Follets. Especially in the 2nd version of the transcendental etudes. Rachmaninoff thought this to be the most difficult piece, too.


Agreed. I attempted the piece and managed to get 2 or 3 pages down without much trouble, but to get it up to par and at the required speed AS WELL AS playing with musicality and managing to keep a light touch is a feat indeed.


Noteworthy Completed Pieces:
Chopin's Polonaise Op. 53, Fantaisie Impromptu, Etude Op. 10 Nos. 12&5
Rach's Prelude Op.23 No.5
Liszt's La Campanella
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Liszt's Mazeppa

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Chopin's Ballade #4 is the most technically challenging piece ever written in my humble opinion.

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In addition to many that have been mentioned, I'd throw in Chopin's Winterwind Etude and Beethoven's Hammerklavier 4th movement. In the end it's all subjective.

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Out of these three concertos: Grieg Piano Concerto in A Minor, Franck Symphonic Variations and Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No.1 in G Minor, what is the order of difficulty?

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Originally Posted by PianoMuse
I'd put in a vote for the Prokofiev 2nd concerto as well...that thing is a BEAST...and not only physcially taxing, but emotionally very draining.
"Beware the fury of a patient man"(unknown)

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Oh come on! Chopin Op. 25 No. 5. It is physically impossible not to play wrong notes in this etude. (Though, as Mark C has pointed out, for most of us all of Chopin's Op. 10 and 25 are "wrong note" etudes!)


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Cage's 4:33. (At least for my daughter -- she could NEVER manage it. wink )

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Almost made me spit my tea!


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liszt feux follets
schoenberg piano concerto
ligeti etudes
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rachmaninoff piano concerto no. 3
alkan piano pieces

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It is perhaps the most violent piece of music
eek Anyone have an mp3 or midi link? I want to hear this. The word "violent" makes me think of Ginastera.

I'm a Philistine. Are we talking about the guitar guy Villa-Lobos?

Villa-Lobos composed over 2000 pieces for a variety of instruments, solos, concertos, symphonies, chamber music, ...

I was able to count 34 compositions for guitar. Rudapoema is likely the most difficult work for solo piano composed by Villa-Lobos. It is a long, large scale work.

Here is Rubinstein playing O Polichinello (The Clown Doll) from Villa-Lobos's A Prole do Bebe Suite #1. This was an encore from a recital Rubinstein gave in Moscow in the early 1960's.


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The zombie thread that won’t die— created in 2001, but periodically raises its head again


"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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There is nothing wrong with old threads. Many new threads are just paraphrasings of old threads.

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Liszt's transcription of Beethoven's symphonies. #7 and #9 are the hardest by default, #1 would be the "easiest" but still very dang difficult.


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