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I came to the realization that every piece I know and want to learn follows a sad theme, and it probably wouldn't kill me to add a few neutral or happier themed pieces to my repertoire.

Examples of my favorite pieces are Pathetique, Reverie, Nocturne C# minor, Raindrop, Op 28 4, Waltz 69 2, and Ballade 1. Nothing wrong with these but they can require significant emotional and time investment when learning and playing.

In my biased opinion, Nocturne 9 no 2 Eb isn't sad in comparison to the pieces above, but then again it still follows that melancholy nocturne feel. I asked a friend the other day if she thought it was a sad piece and her answer was "not really?" I think I may have a nocturne problem smile

So what are some great intermediate pieces that I should be looking at? Pieces that are more simple and don't require such a time investment, something I can sit down and finger my way though. Popping in my head are Bach Inventions, Clementi Sonatinas, CPE Solfegietto, and even Joplin.





"I have never in my life written another such beautiful melody" - Chopin Etude Op. 10, No. 3
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Mozart's K. 265 Ah, vous dirai-je, maman variations? Definitely cheerful and a combination of various difficulty levels.

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How about one of the Mendelssohn Songs without words.They're beautifully lyrical without being at all melancholy.
Then you can put your name down for the ABF Mendelssohn recital.

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Or try Grieg's Lyric Pieces. The Dover complete edition is excellent. I see that Amazon in the US is currently selling this for $3.99, which is a pretty amazing bargain.

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I second the recommendations of Menhelssohn's Songs Without Words and Grieg's Lyric Pieces. Both are large collections of short works in all kinds of moods and styles and with varying levels of difficulty.


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Some of the Haydn sonatas. A couple of them are downright cheerful.


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Once Schubert said he didn't know of any happy music.


Sorry for the off topic, just a thought.

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Keep it coming guys, any other must-do's?


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just some random toss-outs off my playlist I'm listening to:

Mozart K.332 mvt. 1 - an emotional piece if that's what intrigues, but I wouldn't really typify it as "sad"

Beethoven's Turkish March solo piano transcription by Anton Rubinstein - such a fun piece I wish to learn someday

Beethoven's Sonata no.14 "Moonlight" op. 27 no.2 Mvt. 2 - but only 1 page of sheet music, yet so substantial!

Chopin Valse Brillante - just a regal piece added to provide variation to the above suggestions

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Gershwin - preludes are chirpy and upbeat (although #2 is kinda sultry), Rhapsody in Blue is a lot of fun and the concerto is great.

Debussy - a lot of the children's corner bits are cheerful: Golliwogs cakewalk, Little [censored] are both good to play and not too hard.

Moussorgsky - Picturs at an exhibition is a challenging work of course but it's heaps of fun, has some bits that are definately playable and none of its really melancholy or sad.




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some I played that I think are 'classics' but are not in minor

Haydn- Fantasia
Debussy - fille aux cheveux de lin
Joplin - Maple Leaf Rag, The Entertainer
Mozart - KV545

All played in my first 2.5 years at the piano so they might be in your range.

see also
http://www.samfsmith.com/ABFRecitalIndex/index.php?title=Category:Wouter79


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