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I getting back into playing the piano after a long absence. I am looking for some suggestions for pieces to play. My favorite piece that I used to play all the time was Intermezzo Op 118, No. 2 in A Major by Brahms, which I am relearning now. Love that one!

Any suggestions for pieces of similar difficulty, and particularly stuff that has more complex harmonic content. Post romantic material would be awesome, but I'm really clueless about what works I could work on that will sound beautiful and not be overly difficult.

All suggestions welcome.


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Not sure if you have considered Debussy.. but no one can argue that the harmonic content is not complex

The Cathedrale Engloutie
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jg5hvGS7X7w

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Debussy in general is for sure on the list. Any particular pieces besides the one you quoted above?


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Those are great, thanks for the suggestions so far....

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Rachmaninov Prelude Opus 23 no 5
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXU7I_Yyi2Y

Rachmaninov Prelude Opus 23 no 7

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_l2mWn1GWE

Rachmaninov early years

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDSDprWUl9Q

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Those are not so much what I'm looking for. I'm not looking for big and flashy and difficult to play. I will look at the early stuff a bit more, might fit.

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Originally Posted by Dewdman42
Those are not so much what I'm looking for. I'm not looking for big and flashy and difficult to play. I will look at the early stuff a bit more, might fit.


Ok on the Preludes although they are great exercises. I didn't really like how the person played the early pieces but just wanted you to hear them. They can really be beautiful and aren't overly difficult. He wrote them when he was 17 and 18 years old while still living in Russia.

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Here's the general style I'm wanting to find: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqBzK5tKFVc

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What about Chopin's Nocturnes? Very similar style, not overly flashy and beautiful melodies?

Chopin Nocturne Op 72 No 1 in E minor
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJpAIOFN5WQ

Chopin Nocturne Op 9 No 2 in Eb Major
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EvxS_bJ0yOU

Chopin Nocturne Op 27 No 2 in Db Major
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPErSyk5iHs

Chopin Nocturne Op 48 No 1 in C minor
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c94nySKKoWE

What about Scriabin? Or Debussy's early works? Both their earlier works are very pleasing to the ears and don't have much/any atonality from their later works.

Scriabin Prelude Op 11 No 11 in B Major
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8AA_QzSC1wQ

Debussy Arabesque No 1 in E Major
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GStfo_f4L0g

Have a listen and let me know what you think. Or what you like/don't like about each and maybe I can recommend more.


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Schubert: Moment Musical, Op. 95, No. 2

Debussy: Reverie, 1st Arabesque


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WhoeDwaldi, did you mean op 94? I can't seem to find 95

The debussy one is definitely on my list....!!


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Originally Posted by Dewdman42
WhoeDwaldi, did you mean op 94? I can't seem to find 95

The debussy one is definitely on my list....!!



Yes, on the Op. 94. 😀

https://youtu.be/1dCknZwsClA

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Originally Posted by Michiyo-Fir
What about Chopin's Nocturnes? Very similar style, not overly flashy and beautiful melodies?

Chopin Nocturne Op 72 No 1 in E minor
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJpAIOFN5WQ

Chopin Nocturne Op 9 No 2 in Eb Major
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EvxS_bJ0yOU

Chopin Nocturne Op 27 No 2 in Db Major
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPErSyk5iHs

Chopin Nocturne Op 48 No 1 in C minor
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c94nySKKoWE

What about Scriabin? Or Debussy's early works? Both their earlier works are very pleasing to the ears and don't have much/any atonality from their later works.

Scriabin Prelude Op 11 No 11 in B Major
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8AA_QzSC1wQ

Debussy Arabesque No 1 in E Major
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GStfo_f4L0g

Have a listen and let me know what you think. Or what you like/don't like about each and maybe I can recommend more.



Definitely like the Scriabin and Debussy! I will give the chopin Nocturnes a look though Chopin to me always sounds a bit tied to earlier classical styles to my ears in some way...I like more chromaticism generally speaking, but those are definitely beautiful and would not kill me to learn at least one of them.


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Liszt: Consolation No. 3

[video:youtube]u2m5q0VGGbE[/video]
https://youtu.be/u2m5q0VGGbE

Or, something else by Brahms!


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Originally Posted by Michiyo-Fir
What about Chopin's Nocturnes? Very similar style, not overly flashy and beautiful melodies?

Chopin Nocturne Op 72 No 1 in E minor
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJpAIOFN5WQ

Chopin Nocturne Op 9 No 2 in Eb Major
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EvxS_bJ0yOU

Chopin Nocturne Op 27 No 2 in Db Major
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPErSyk5iHs

Chopin Nocturne Op 48 No 1 in C minor
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c94nySKKoWE

What about Scriabin? Or Debussy's early works? Both their earlier works are very pleasing to the ears and don't have much/any atonality from their later works.

Scriabin Prelude Op 11 No 11 in B Major
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8AA_QzSC1wQ

Debussy Arabesque No 1 in E Major
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GStfo_f4L0g

Have a listen and let me know what you think. Or what you like/don't like about each and maybe I can recommend more.

The Chopin Opus 48 No. 1 and the Scriabin Opus 11 No. 11 are MUCH more difficult that the other pieces mentioned.


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There are a few other Op. 11 preludes that are a little easier than #11. Look at:

No. 5 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmIbUnx9H9w

No. 13 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjyDBk6SIu8



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Originally Posted by DameMyra
There are a few other Op. 11 preludes that are a little easier than #11. Look at:

No. 5 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmIbUnx9H9w

No. 13 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjyDBk6SIu8



Such a beautiful recording you linked to for the D major; but why did you pair it with a clunky sounding, synthetic Disklavier version of the Gb? Just my opinions here, of course, but was that intentional?

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Such a beautiful recording you linked to for the D major; but why did you pair it with a clunky sounding, synthetic Disklavier version of the Gb? Just my opinions here, of course, but was that intentional?
-J


No, just really, really tired after working my second double shift in two days. I spent too much time looking for the first and then I just posted the link for the first result I came to for the G-flat. (Didn't bother listening to it.) Now I've got to leave for a full day of teaching. Won't be home till 12:20 am tomorrow. If you have the time, please post another version. Thanks.


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You might try all the other late pieces by Brahms, starting with the 118.

There are many other very beautiful pieces like this after op.76, too many to list really.

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