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Originally Posted by Wie Waldi
But what is a beginner piece?
I am starting with searching for sheet music and I get different versions of the same piece. Some are very simple with about only one, sometime two notes per hand. No doubt - a beginner piece or at least a beginner arrangement. And others are much more sophisticated with having chords, sometimes sevenths, but still the same piece. What version should I go for?

For as far back as I can remember, it's seemed to me that there were three levels of "Beginner": early, middle, and late. I don't know from where I got that subdivision, but it still makes sense to me. After all, an absolute beginner in the literal sense of the word is just learning how to read music and translate that to the keyboard. But the late beginner stage is just before becoming "Intermediate", which is pretty far along in skill. The Clementi sonatinas are "late beginner" to me, and they require a certain amount of facility.

But, as Sam says, you get to decide what it means, for you.

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To pledge to play something, hit the quote button of the most recent post with the list in this thread, remove the quote in brackets at the beginning and end, and write the composer/transcriber, title of the piece, and your forum name.

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So I will add to this one too. Found old books when cleaning my parents house since they are moving. Mozart and homework I got when I was very young and sort of just started with piano. Seem to fit in here?


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1) Christopher Norton - something from the MicroJazz books - Sam S
2) Really not sure - How about someone pick something for me? - bSharpCyclist
3) A few selections of the Tchaikovsky's Children's album - PikaPianist
4) Something for sure - Emily2lame
5) Timothy Brown - Ashran's Magic Carpet, Fandago del Sol from "From Far Away Places" - Peter071
6) Something(s) from Khachaturian's children's album - qwerty53
7) Samuil Maykapar - Biriulki, Op. 28, No. 1, 3, 10, and 12 - AndresVel
8) Dmitri Shostakovich - Children's Notebook, Op. 69, No. 1 - March - AndresVel
9) Christine Donkin - The Haunted Harp - Lilypad
10) Boris Tchaikovsky - 8 Children's Pieces - wr
11) Robert Schumann - About Foreign Lands and People from Scenes from Childhood Op.15 No.1 - Beemer
12) Beethoven - Marmotte - Calavera
13) MacDowell - To a Wild Rose - Rwsavory
14) Ludovico - Nuvole Bianche - KrisR
15) Mozart - Romance from Eine kleine Nachtmusik, piano transcription - KevinM
16) As tribute to my avatar, something from the Muppet Show - Wie Waldi
17) Beethoven - Eccosaise WoO 23 - karen627
18) John Lunn/Nancy and Randall Faber - Downton Abbey (Theme) - lilypad
19) Mozart - Allegro (KV 3) - flygbladet

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To pledge to play something, hit the quote button of the most recent post with the list in this thread, remove the quote in brackets at the beginning and end, and write the composer/transcriber, title of the piece, and your forum name.

1) Christopher Norton - something from the MicroJazz books - Sam S
2) Really not sure - How about someone pick something for me? - bSharpCyclist
3) A few selections of the Tchaikovsky's Children's album - PikaPianist
4) Something for sure - Emily2lame
5) Timothy Brown - Ashran's Magic Carpet, Fandago del Sol from "From Far Away Places" - Peter071
6) Something(s) from Khachaturian's children's album - qwerty53
7) Samuil Maykapar - Biriulki, Op. 28, No. 1, 3, 10, and 12 - AndresVel
8) Dmitri Shostakovich - Children's Notebook, Op. 69, No. 1 - March - AndresVel
9) Christine Donkin - The Haunted Harp - Lilypad
10) Boris Tchaikovsky - 8 Children's Pieces - wr
11) Robert Schumann - About Foreign Lands and People from Scenes from Childhood Op.15 No.1 - Beemer
12) Beethoven - Marmotte - Calavera
13) MacDowell - To a Wild Rose - Rwsavory
14) Ludovico - Nuvole Bianche - KrisR
15) Mozart - Romance from Eine kleine Nachtmusik, piano transcription - KevinM
16) As tribute to my avatar, something from the Muppet Show - Wie Waldi
17) Beethoven - Eccosaise WoO 23 - karen627
18) John Lunn/Nancy and Randall Faber - Downton Abbey (Theme) - lilypad
19) Mozart - Allegro (KV 3) - flygbladet
20) Christopher Norton - Dots and Dashes - lilypad
21) Elissa Milne - Smooth and Crunchy - lilypad
22) Robert D. Vandall - Witches'Waltz - lilypad
23) Andrew Lloyd Weber/arranged - Angel of Music - lilypad


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To pledge to play something, hit the quote button of the most recent post with the list in this thread, remove the quote in brackets at the beginning and end, and write the composer/transcriber, title of the piece, and your forum name.

1) William Gillock - a selection of pieces - Sam S
2) Really not sure - How about someone pick something for me? - bSharpCyclist
3) A few selections of the Tchaikovsky's Children's album - PikaPianist
4) Something for sure - Emily2lame
5) Timothy Brown - Ashran's Magic Carpet, Fandago del Sol from "From Far Away Places" - Peter071
6) Something(s) from Khachaturian's children's album - qwerty53
7) Samuil Maykapar - Biriulki, Op. 28, No. 1, 3, 10, and 12 - AndresVel
8) Dmitri Shostakovich - Children's Notebook, Op. 69, No. 1 - March - AndresVel
9) Christine Donkin - The Haunted Harp - Lilypad
10) Boris Tchaikovsky - 8 Children's Pieces - wr
11) Robert Schumann - About Foreign Lands and People from Scenes from Childhood Op.15 No.1 - Beemer
12) Beethoven - Marmotte - Calavera
13) MacDowell - To a Wild Rose - Rwsavory
14) Ludovico - Nuvole Bianche - KrisR
15) Mozart - Romance from Eine kleine Nachtmusik, piano transcription - KevinM
16) As tribute to my avatar, something from the Muppet Show - Wie Waldi
17) Beethoven - Eccosaise WoO 23 - karen627
18) John Lunn/Nancy and Randall Faber - Downton Abbey (Theme) - lilypad
19) Mozart - Allegro (KV 3) - flygbladet
20) Christopher Norton - Dots and Dashes - lilypad
21) Elissa Milne - Smooth and Crunchy - lilypad
22) Robert D. Vandall - Witches'Waltz - lilypad
23) Andrew Lloyd Weber/arranged - Angel of Music - lilypad

Last edited by Sam S; 09/11/21 01:23 PM.

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I wasn't feeling the love for the Christopher Norton pieces, so I switched to William Gillock. He is described on the Hal Leonard site as "the Schubert of Children's Music". They still have hundreds of books in their catalog of his pieces. In my opinion his compositions are pretty dated (he was born in 1917, died in 1993). Anyway, I found a couple of books of his music, and my plan is to set aside a day or two to record something. Some of them are interesting - he definitely has an eclectic style. There is quite a variety from piece to piece.

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To pledge to play something, hit the quote button of the most recent post with the list in this thread, remove the quote in brackets at the beginning and end, and write the composer/transcriber, title of the piece, and your forum name.

1) William Gillock - a selection of pieces - Sam S
2) Really not sure - How about someone pick something for me? - bSharpCyclist
3) A few selections of the Tchaikovsky's Children's album - PikaPianist
4) Something for sure - Emily2lame
5) Timothy Brown - Ashran's Magic Carpet, Fandago del Sol from "From Far Away Places" - Peter071
6) Something(s) from Khachaturian's children's album - qwerty53
7) Samuil Maykapar - Biriulki, Op. 28, No. 1, 3, 10, and 12 - AndresVel
8) Dmitri Shostakovich - Children's Notebook, Op. 69, No. 1 - March - AndresVel
9) Christine Donkin - The Haunted Harp - Lilypad
10) Boris Tchaikovsky - 8 Children's Pieces - wr
11) Robert Schumann - About Foreign Lands and People from Scenes from Childhood Op.15 No.1 - Beemer
12) Beethoven - Marmotte - Calavera
13) MacDowell - To a Wild Rose - Rwsavory
14) Ludovico - Nuvole Bianche - KrisR
15) Mozart - Romance from Eine kleine Nachtmusik, piano transcription - KevinM
16) As tribute to my avatar, something from the Muppet Show - Wie Waldi
17) Beethoven - Eccosaise WoO 23 - karen627
18) John Lunn/Nancy and Randall Faber - Downton Abbey (Theme) - lilypad
19) Mozart - Allegro (KV 3) - flygbladet
20) Christopher Norton - Dots and Dashes - lilypad
21) Elissa Milne - Smooth and Crunchy - lilypad
22) Robert D. Vandall - Witches'Waltz - lilypad
23) Andrew Lloyd Weber/arranged - Angel of Music - lilypad
24) Erik Satie - Gnossienne No. 3 - wr

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I am on track to open the recital for submissions at 6AM tomorrow morning (Eastern US time). About 11 hours from the time of this post.

I am looking forward to recording some pieces for this one. Nice to have an excuse to play some easier music!

Sam


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