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Originally Posted by Saan
Ok, I’m back. I started to wonder if this challenge is for me, as I have been in the thick of Bach and Mozart for months now, heh. But I’ve decided to continue even if I’m off to a slow start. I finished the Scarlatti Sonata in February but I never did get a decent recording of it—I still have a lot of nerves when I record. I’m going to count it anyway. smile

1. Chopin, Prelude Op. 28 No. 20

Saan, you are on your way to playing Barry Manilow...check it out.


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Originally Posted by trooplewis
Saan, you are on your way to playing Barry Manilow...check it out.

Ha! I love it! I don't think I've heard this before.


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Originally Posted by barbaram
bSharpCyclist: great job on the Solfeggietto, I worked on that a lot early last year/late the year before, I should go back to it again. Speed is not one of my strengths and this is a great piece to try and work on the that. I say about nearly every piece I do "but it should be faster" and while that is usually the case, for this piece it is *really* true smile smile

Thanks, that's kind of you to say smile I wouldn't say speed is a strength of mine either, but it has gotten better over the years. And for this particular piece, I've seen some play it way too fast I think.


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Originally Posted by AndresVel
Are you still working on your invention?

Andres, I'm so impressed with your commitment to the invention! Well done! It must be very interesting discovering the new techniques the acoustic demands / makes possible.


I'm adding my 3rd baroque piece, a sonata I discovered thanks to the "what have you played today" thread. It's sweet.

1. Schumann - Mai Lieber Mai - op 68 no 13
2. Grieg - Watchman's Song - op 12 no 3
3. Schumann - Wilder Reiter / The Wild Horseman - op 68 no 8
4. Schumann - Fröhlicher Landmann / The Happy Farmer - op 68 no 10
5. David Arnold - Good Omens (soundtrack arranged by "Becky_ on musecore)
6. Offenbach - Barcarolle
7. JS Bach - Invention no 7
8. Rameau - Gigue en Rondeau no 1
9. Cirri (Don Ignazio) - Sonata no 3

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I finally got time to sit down and record my progress in video (learning piano for almost 3 months now!). I have abandoned Faber's method entirely and am following only my teacher's method now (Russian School of Piano Playing / Die Russische Klavierschule). That means I gave up on most of my work in progress (WIP) pieces I had in my list, in favor of new ones smile


1. Morning (Peer Gynt suite no. 1) (PA book 1) soundcloud | youtube
2. When the Saints go Marching in (learn & master piano) soundcloud
3. Musette (from the notebook of Anna Magdalena Bach) (PA book 1) soundcloud | youtube (now in the right tempo too!)
4. Half-time Band (PA book 1) soundcloud | youtube
5. Theme by Mozart (Sonata in A major transposed to G major) (PA book 1) youtube
6. Greensleeves (PA book 1) youtube
7. Egyptian Ballet Dance, Camille Saint-Saëns (faber's studio selections level 2A) youtube
8. Old German Dance, Michael Praetorius (Keith Snell essential piano repertoire prep grade)
9. Two Marches, Daniel Gottlob Türk (Keith Snell essential piano repertoire prep grade)
10. Yakety Yak, The Coasters (faber's studio selections level 2A) youtube (last thing I learned on my own, pre-teacher)
11. River Visla (russian school of piano playing book 1a) youtube


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Hi Maira, great playing on your River Vista and continued great progress overall. I'm curious why you abandoned Faber. Was it the dislike for pieces or other reasons?

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I've been listening and reading all the recent posts but haven't had much chance to reply lately. I have really enjoyed all the pieces and kudos to all for continuing to learn to pieces. I am hoping to catch up on some posts later today.

I have been doing lots of playing and need to get some time to record some pieces to add to my own list. I think I lost a bit of momentum because I got a whole bunch of new music and have been exploring pieces from many of the various books. Some may have been too much of a leap for where I am at right now (or I have too many on the go at the same time!) so I might need to refocus to a smaller subset of music so I can continue my journey a bit more effectively. I really am enjoying this thread so much and wanted to thank you all for sharing your music here.

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Charming Arietta added to the list. Such a delight to play.

1. Schumann - Mai Lieber Mai - op 68 no 13
2. Grieg - Watchman's Song - op 12 no 3
3. Schumann - Wilder Reiter / The Wild Horseman - op 68 no 8
4. Schumann - Fröhlicher Landmann / The Happy Farmer - op 68 no 10
5. David Arnold - Good Omens (soundtrack arranged by "Becky_" on musecore)
6. Offenbach - Barcarolle
7. JS Bach - Invention no 7
8. Rameau - Gigue en Rondeau no 1
9. Cirri (Don Ignazio) - Sonata no 3
10. Grieg - Arietta - op 12 no 1

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Originally Posted by sisi
8. Op.25 No.5 Secrets, Amy Beach

9. Op.45 No.2 Avalanche, Stephen Heller (This one is still a work in progress)
Sisi, your rendition of Secrets is beautiful. With Avalance, you are nearly there. Your hands look really relaxed even playing at this pace. Really great progress!

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6. A Rising Melody - Borislava Taneva Link[/quote]
What a lovely piece! And beautifully played.

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Originally Posted by mel_lem
1) Walter Carroll - The Reef: No. 5 from "In Southern Sea"
2) Edward Elgar - Chanson de matin, Op. 15 No. 2
3) William Gillock - Holiday in Paris
4) William Gillock - Mister Trumpet Man
5) Heather Hammond - Changing Times


Adding in two more pieces. I think I will mostly be learning and playing exam pieces for this year challenge, as there are many nice pieces in the mix.
Welcome back! I enjoyed your pieces very much. I love exploring exam pieces! Those are great resources for graded material.

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Andres, it was very nice, I think baroque suits you!

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Originally Posted by Saan
Ok, I’m back. I started to wonder if this challenge is for me, as I have been in the thick of Bach and Mozart for months now, heh. But I’ve decided to continue even if I’m off to a slow start. I finished the Scarlatti Sonata in February but I never did get a decent recording of it—I still have a lot of nerves when I record. I’m going to count it anyway. smile

1. Chopin, Prelude Op. 28 No. 20
2. Scarlatti, Sonata in F minor K.466
3. Bach, Prelude in C minor BWV 847
4. Bach, Fugue in C minor BWV 847
Saan, I find your list very impressive! It's hard to believe you're having trouble recording, your performances are very polished. Three of your pieces (Scarlatti and both by Bach) are on my todo list for this year, well, Scarlatti is a maybe. I'm pretty sure, I'll need a couple of months for each of them.

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Originally Posted by Monviso
1. Schumann - Mai Lieber Mai - op 68 no 13
2. Grieg - Watchman's Song - op 12 no 3
3. Schumann - Wilder Reiter / The Wild Horseman - op 68 no 8
4. Schumann - Fröhlicher Landmann / The Happy Farmer - op 68 no 10
5. David Arnold - Good Omens (soundtrack arranged by "Becky_ on musecore)
6. Offenbach - Barcarolle
7. JS Bach - Invention no 7
8. Rameau - Gigue en Rondeau no 1
9. Cirri (Don Ignazio) - Sonata no 3
Monviso, I hope that you plan to share recordings of your pieces sometime. I'd love ot listen to them!

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Originally Posted by Maira713
11. River Visla (russian school of piano playing book 1a) youtube
You can be a beginner in terms of experience, but you certainly don't sound like one!

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Zenga, I loved your Burgmüller, I remember struggling with this one.

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I thank everybody for your comments on Mel Bonis piece.

I'm adding three pieces to my list:

1) Wynn-Anne Rossi, Pasos locos (Música Latina, Bk 2)(Soundcloud, hearthis.at)
2) Cécile Chaminade, Idylle, Op. 126 No. 1 (Soundcloud, hearthis.at)
3) Amy Beach, Pierrot and Pierrette, Op. 25 No. 4 (Soundcloud, hearthis.at)
4) Louise Farrenc, Étude in A Minor, Op. 50 No. 2 (Soundcloud, hearthis.at)
5) Barbara Arens, Moonbeams (From "Rendezvous with Midnight") (Soundcloud, hearthis.at)
6) C. Gurlitt, Little Flowers, Op. 205 No. 3 (Soundcloud, hearthis.at)
7) Barbara Arens, Looking back (From "Rendezvous with Midnight") (Soundcloud, hearthis.at)
8) Barbara Arens, Summer Moonlight (From "Rendezvous with Midnight")(Soundcloud, hearthis.at)
9) C. Gurlitt, Little Flowers, Op. 205 No. 4 (Soundcloud, hearthis.at)
10) Agathe Backer Grøndahl, Sommervise, Op 45 No 3 (Soundcloud, hearthis.at)
11) C. Gurlitt, Little Flowers, Op. 205 No. 5 (Soundcloud, hearthis.at)
12) C. Gurlitt, Little Flowers, Op. 205 No. 6 (Soundcloud, hearthis.at)
13) Mel Bonis, Impromptu "Gai Printemps", Op. 11 No. 1 (Soundcloud, hearthis.at)
14) M. Clementi, Op. 36 no. 4 m. 1 (Soundcloud, hearthis.at)
15) C. Gurlitt, Little Flowers, Op. 205 No. 7 (Soundcloud, hearthis.at)
16) C. Gurlitt, Little Flowers, Op. 205 No. 8 (Soundcloud, hearthis.at)

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No. 7 - "Cry Me A River".
I started this last month with the idea that it would be a quick study piece, then changed my mind and decided I wanted to not only learn it properly but even memorise it, which took quite a bit longer!

1. Paso Doble - Catherine Rollin Link
2. Norwegian Dance Melody Op 12 No 6 - Grieg Link
3. Evgeni's Waltz - Abel Korzeniowski Link
4. Oriental Jade - Alison Mathews Link
5. Mazurka Op 39 No 11 - Tchaikovsky Link
6. A Rising Melody - Borislava Taneva Link
7. Cry Me a River - Arthur Hamilton arr. Dan Coates Link


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Love the sultry Cry Me A River.


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