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Hello! I'm trying to recover from an injury in my right hand and need pieces to play this autumn. Preferably with a difficult left hand, I still want to develop my playing. So I'm looking for pieces with technical patterns in the left, while with a simple melody in the right. Any ideas? I really love all eras ranging from baroque to contemporary classical smile
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You should give us an idea of the level of difficulty you are looking for; what two-hand repertoire have you played?

Also, why not consider some works for left hand alone?

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Before the injury I played Liszt ballade no.2, Scriabin etudes, Schumann sonata no.2, Alban Berg sonata..... Etc.

Yes there are many wonderful only-left-hand pieces, but I played them for a year now 😅

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While there are many great pieces with relatively simple RHs, my guess is that simple RH combined with difficult LH is, unfortunately, quite rare. It will be interesting to see if any suggestions emerge.

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Originally Posted by Asmaa
Hello! I'm trying to recover from an injury in my right hand and need pieces to play this autumn. Preferably with a difficult left hand, I still want to develop my playing. So I'm looking for pieces with technical patterns in the left, while with a simple melody in the right. Any ideas? I really love all eras ranging from baroque to contemporary classical smile

The obvious pieces would be Chopin's Op.10/12 and its imitator (and superior) Rachmaninov's Op.23/2 - though both have their RH challenges too.

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Hello! I'm trying to recover from an injury in my right hand and need pieces to play this autumn. Preferably with a difficult left hand, I still want to develop my playing. So I'm looking for pieces with technical patterns in the left, while with a simple melody in the right. Any ideas? I really love all eras ranging from baroque to contemporary classical smile
The obvious pieces would be Chopin's Op.10/12 and its imitator (and superior) Rachmaninov's Op.23/2 - though both have their RH challenges too.
Yes, those certainly don't seem to fit the OP's needs and would certainly already be familiar to anyone at his level.

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most works by Scriabin


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Probably the simpliest would be to take a piece that you like and simplify the RH by yourself. Since you know what you can and can not play, that is the easiest solution. I am not sure if there are that many pieces with a complex LH and a very simple RH.

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Originally Posted by dolce sfogato
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Isn't the obvious suggestion Ravel's left hand piano concerto?

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Isn't the obvious suggestion Ravel's left hand piano concerto?


The OP stated she does not want LH only pieces, as she has been playing them for one year.


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While I agree many of Scriabin's works have very difficult LHs, I'm not at all sure the ones with technically difficult LHs also have very simple non taxing RHs.

I'd suggest the OP consider playing mostly Mozart for a while even thought the LHs are not extremely taxing. If the RH parts of that music are too much of a strain on his injured hand, I can't imagine any other music being OK right now.

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I wouldn't worry too much about playing with hands together whilst you're recovering. Maybe just focus on playing some RH parts in your LH and see how you get on.

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This may not quite be the sort of thing you were looking for, but :

Czerny, Studies for the left hand

The right hand is relatively simple; it's the left hand that gets the workout, but ... it is Czerny!

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Brahms has a couple of exercises that fit the bill, inversions of Weber and Schubert pieces.


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There's Rachmaninov prelude op23 no6. May not be quite the technical challenge you are looking for, although the left hand is awkward in places. The right hand is mostly chords but not big stretchy ones. Would make a nice encore.

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Chopin's Prélude in G, Op.28/3 (short & sweet) is an exercise for LH all the way.

You can always leave out or simplify the RH part when it's supposed to join in the fun just before the end......


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Godowsky transcription of Chopin op.10 no.6? I love that piece, that would be what I learn if (god forbid) I injure my right hand again. Or maybe the op.10 no.12 transcription.

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Originally Posted by bennevis
Chopin's Prélude in G, Op.28/3 (short & sweet) is an exercise for LH all the way.

You can always leave out or simplify the RH part when it's supposed to join in the fun just before the end......

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Originally Posted by BDB
Brahms has a couple of exercises that fit the bill, inversions of Weber and Schubert pieces.

Will check them out thoroughly! Thanks!

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