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Some people have a 'classic' beauty. When you see them for the first time, you cannot help but notice it. It's sort of in your face and obvious, while with other people, it might take you longer to appreciate their beauty. You may need to see them several times before your brain starts to latch onto the little features of their looks.

It may be a lame comparison, but I think there there's a similar phenomenon with musical pieces. Some pieces grab my ear on the first or second listen. Others may require several listens to really get into. Many times, it's the second type that moves me more, eventually.

However, there is something very rewarding in playing pieces from the first type. They tend to sound good even before you polish them, you learn them very quickly because you enjoy every second of them. Listeners obviously love them...
They tend to be less complex and more approachable, but they are not plain by any means. They always have some twist that makes them sound this good. They are also very rare.
Of course - it really matters who plays it when you hear it for the first time. I know.

So, after this long rambling, I'd like to ask you about pieces of the first type that you have encountered in your journey so far. The instant charmers. The ones that made sense to you after just one or two listens. This way we can all get to know more of these smile


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“In the hall of the mountain king” I’m learning that right now . Very catchy and I find myself humming the tune after I leave the piano
Also “ jazz Ostinato” does the same thing two different types of music

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passacaglia, simple and dreamy

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Ok call me weird
Bach Busoni Adagio bwv 564


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Thanks to everyone who's posted videos here, this is my evening play list for tonight!!

Ido, I love this question! For sightreading/reading practice, I'm playing through the Music for Millions book (vol. 17, the easy one). And although there are pieces in there that I recognize (either by title or else I'll recognize it when I start playing), there are many many more that I have never heard before.

Some of those pieces I sort of instantly "get" -- by which I mean, not necessarily that they're easier to play than the others. In fact, sometimes the pieces that I "get" might be more difficult than some of the others.

What I mean by "get" here is I can figure what the piece is doing, and even if I can't play it the way I want, I have a sense of how I want to play it, what would bring out the qualities of the piece etc. Again, I'm talking about pieces I haven't heard or played before.

Then there are pieces that I cannot "get" and I feel like "I have no idea what this piece is about." Sometimes playing the piece a few days in a row gets me past that, sometimes I never get past that and feel like I'm "faking" it no matter what I do.

I think the pieces that I "get" are the same as what you described here:

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there is something very rewarding in playing pieces from the first type. They tend to sound good even before you polish them, you learn them very quickly because you enjoy every second of them. Listeners obviously love them...

The only difference is you're talking about hear a new-to-you piece, and I'm talking about playing a new-to-you piece without listening to a performance of it first.

It's interesting to think about what the qualities are for each of us that create that "get it" or "grab you ear" feeling....


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I don't see much difference between "charming" and "like". For most people, I think the pieces in this category would have good melodies. There are tens of thousands of them.

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I don't see much difference between "charming" and "like". For most people, I think the pieces in this category would have good melodies. There are tens of thousands of them.

Do you want to provide your favorites out of the tens of thousands?


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I don't think "charming" perfectly overlaps with "like," at least not in terms of how I react to various piano pieces....

In the non-classical world of pieces by pianist Alexis Ffrench, two of his pieces that I loved upon first listen were September Song and Bluebird. I definitely would not call September Song charming, but I think Bluebird is quite charming.

Bluebird


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I find myself using the word charming about some of the pieces I discover in the MfM book.... I'll have to go back and see what some of them were...


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Schumann, Of Foreign Lands and People. Short. Simple. Hits a catchy melody right out of the gate. I'd guess... charming? I don't know.

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Originally Posted by pianoloverus
I don't see much difference between "charming" and "like". For most people, I think the pieces in this category would have good melodies. There are tens of thousands of them.

I like Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody #2.
I think Schubert's Serenade is charming.

Huge difference in the pieces...


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There are some wildly popular and some would say overplayed choices no one will probably mention, and some of these might be on or over that line (e.g. Moonlight Sonata, Claire de Lune, Fur Elise, etc.)

Debussy - La fille aux cheveux de lin
Brahms - Op. 79 Rhapsodies, Waltz #15 from Op. 39
Schubert - Impromptu in E Flat Op.90 #2, Moment Musicaux #3
Bach WTC preludes Bwv 847, 848, 850, Minuet in G Maj Anh. 114
Chopin preludes 4, 6, 11, 15
Beethoven pathetique sonata


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Bach Busoni Adagio bwv 564

The original Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C major, BWV 564 (Pipe Organ) is worth a listen. I have a recording by Marie-Claire Alain, which recorded all of Bach's organ works three times.

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Ok call me weird
Bach Busoni Adagio bwv 564

The original Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C major, BWV 564 (Pipe Organ) is worth a listen. I have a recording by Marie-Claire Alain, which recorded all of Bach's organ works three times.

I’d love to play the Adagio on a pipe organ ! Thanks for the mention


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I completely fell for Clara Schumann's Larghetto No 1 Op 15 a few months ago, and have been trying to learn it since then. Completely understand the OP's statement "They tend to sound good even before you polish them, you learn them very quickly because you enjoy every second of them".





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The first movement of Schubert's last sonate, the D960. By no means is it something that I can play, but there will come a day when I play it. smile

The best version in my opinion, by far, is the one by Klára Würtz. None of the regular suspects come even close:



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