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Originally Posted by Jethro
Where's the five pieces a year- if that, club? wink

Yes, good questions and that's where I belong.

I was working on doing my first piece of last year challenge again and it's taking me way longer than I thought so Im already about to give up on this challenge and it's only February. laugh laugh laugh

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6. E. Grieg, Solveig's Song, op. 55 no. 4 (Soundcloud) [/b]

This sounds so good! I love it. I really like hearing the low notes, very moving.

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Originally Posted by Sebs
Originally Posted by Jethro
Where's the five pieces a year- if that, club? wink

Yes, good questions and that's where I belong.

I was working on doing my first piece of last year challenge again and it's taking me way longer than I thought so Im already about to give up on this challenge and it's only February. laugh laugh laugh
Don't give up, Sebs! There are always pieces that we underestimate and end up spending more time on and there are pieces that are easier than we thought. Keep going and maybe at the end of the year you will be surprised how much you've done throughout the year, even if it's less than 40.

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I've been a 3 a year man for the last year, but started out as a 40-some, away back frown managing 14, but

I'd say sticking with the three for now has been rewarding to say the least.

I call it my bib because it's not merely my current bibliography as it were, it's also (alphabetically, title-wise, ha-ha) a bib to splatter all over en-route to becoming a toddler; then onto adolescent; then maybe adult if I'm lucky.

I put the effort into these 3 then the next 3 maybe 1/2 a year ; then the next 1/4; and so forth wink

The 3 are:-

Blue Moon
I surrender Dear
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

It'd be a no-brainer for me not to enter the challenge with my wishful 40+, but give me a bit of time before I commit. I've yet to even set up apparatus and find a studio at that...

Not to worry, it's probably mostly classic/al jazz anyway; carry on!


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Originally Posted by Jethro
Where's the five pieces a year- if that, club? wink

Yes, good questions and that's where I belong.

I was working on doing my first piece of last year challenge again and it's taking me way longer than I thought so Im already about to give up on this challenge and it's only February. laugh laugh laugh
Don't give up, Sebs! There are always pieces that we underestimate and end up spending more time on and there are pieces that are easier than we thought. Keep going and maybe at the end of the year you will be surprised how much you've done throughout the year, even if it's less than 40.

Thanks for the motivation! I need to just have fun with and not worry how long each on takes me and see where I end up. It already got me to work on a random piece as extra practice so that’s a win itself. I’ll keep at it. And thanks again!!

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Another one in the list:

1. Dmitry Kabalevsky, Rondo-Toccata, op. 60, no. 4
2. Edvard Grieg, Fairy Dance, op. 12, no. 4
3. Johannes Brahms, Waltz in A-flat major, op. 39, no. 15
4. Robert Schumann, Fantasietanz, op. 124, no. 5
5. Isaac Albéniz, Malagueña, op. 165, no. 3

This one is really fun to play so I might keep playing it for a while but I will also pick something easier to keep the challenge going. Still working on my main pieces at the same time.

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Time for something easier...

1. Dmitry Kabalevsky, Rondo-Toccata, op. 60, no. 4
2. Edvard Grieg, Fairy Dance, op. 12, no. 4
3. Johannes Brahms, Waltz in A-flat major, op. 39, no. 15
4. Robert Schumann, Fantasietanz, op. 124, no. 5
5. Isaac Albéniz, Malagueña, op. 165, no. 3
6. Frédéric Chopin, Prélude in A major, op. 28, no. 7

Ok, so this one is really short but it still counts as a piece right? wink

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This week I got some Bach for a change wink

1. Dmitry Kabalevsky, Rondo-Toccata, op. 60, no. 4
2. Edvard Grieg, Fairy Dance, op. 12, no. 4
3. Johannes Brahms, Waltz in A-flat major, op. 39, no. 15
4. Robert Schumann, Fantasietanz, op. 124, no. 5
5. Isaac Albéniz, Malagueña, op. 165, no. 3
6. Frédéric Chopin, Prélude in A major, op. 28, no. 7
7. Johann Sebastian Bach, Little Prelude in C minor, BWV 999

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I've been a little distracted lately listening to recital #65 and the Grieg recital before that, but I wanted cheer the group on:

KevinM - I really liked your Grieg pieces and also the Mozart piece from recital #65.

Greta99 - I enjoyed all your pieces. The Bach sounded very smooth. My favorite, though was Gounod's "The Bagpipers". Such an interesting sounding piece.

Qazsedcft - You're really racking up the pieces. I liked your Bach piece from recital #65. Bach with pedal sounds just fine with me.

AndresVel - I'm not sure if the Schumann pieces from recital #65 are part of your 40 pieces, but I enjoyed them very much.

MarkOfJohnson, cfhosford, Randy Kimbrough, ShiroKuro - Congratulations on your progress.


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After a month, I'm finally moving along again after finishing a piece that took me a month instead of a week.



4. Cranky Cat by Teresa Richert (invention from RCM 1 book)
This is the one that held me up for a month, struggling with staccato/legato moving between the hands.

5. Cornelius Gurlitt, Op. 117, No. 5, Stretching
By contrast, this one only took a day.


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Thanks for your encouragement lilypad!

You're doing great. Don't worry if some pieces take up more time. Sometimes we hit a particular difficulty that we never encountered before and it just takes time to master. That invention is like a polyphonic Bach piece and you bring out the two voices nicely. 👍

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Scorpio.

A bit late to this gathering, but would like to sign up too if that’s possible? I think I did about 30 pieces last year, but not sure this year's going to be quite as productive.. we'll see.

2022:

1. Beethoven - Bagatelle in Gm (Op.119 No.1) (YouTube Link)
2. Chopin - Prelude in Em (Op.28 No.4) (YouTube Link)
3. Sibelius - Joueur de Harpe (Op.34 No.8) (YouTube Link)
4. Mompou - La Barca (YouTube Link)
5. Gillock - New Orleans Nightfall (YouTube Link)

Originally Posted by Greta99
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I’m starting with a couple of pieces.

1. J. S. Bach, Minuet in D Minor, Anh 132 (Soundcloud)
2. C. Gounod, Les Pifferari (The Bagpipers) (Soundcloud)
3. M. Clementi, Op. 36 no. 5 m. 3 (Soundcloud)
4. E. Grieg, Popular Melody, op. 12 no. 5 (Soundcloud)
5. E. Grieg, Album Leaf, op. 12 no. 7 (Soundcloud)
6. E. Grieg, Solveig's Song, op. 55 no. 4 (Soundcloud)

Really enjoyed these Greta99, especially the Grieg pieces.

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Jeremy, those vids are really good if they really took you one week to get to this level. How long have you been playing?

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Jeremy, those vids are really good if they really took you one week to get to this level. How long have you been playing?

One week? No they probably took me 3-4 weeks per piece.

Did I say somewhere they took me one week…? If I did, that’s incorrect. I’d be loving life if I could prepare a Beethoven Bagatelle in a week lol


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Jeremy, those vids are really good if they really took you one week to get to this level. How long have you been playing?

One week? No they probably took me 3-4 weeks per piece.

Did I say somewhere they took me one week…? If I did, that’s incorrect. I’d be loving life if I could prepare a Beethoven Bagatelle in a week lol
Oh, sorry. I just assumed based on the number of pieces you have so far this year. You probably have a number of these going on at the same time?

It's pretty good anyway. I have this bagatelle on my list for this year and I'm looking forward to it as I love Beethoven.

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Jeremy, those vids are really good if they really took you one week to get to this level. How long have you been playing?

One week? No they probably took me 3-4 weeks per piece.

Did I say somewhere they took me one week…? If I did, that’s incorrect. I’d be loving life if I could prepare a Beethoven Bagatelle in a week lol
Oh, sorry. I just assumed based on the number of pieces you have so far this year. You probably have a number of these going on at the same time?

It's pretty good anyway. I have this bagatelle on my list for this year and I'm looking forward to it as I love Beethoven.

Yeah I usually have 2 or 3 on the go at the same time. That particularly Bagatelle was my favourite piece to date… lots of different moods in quite a short piece.


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I got a bit off track by learning a bucket list song Miss Clare Remembers, Enya. Not quite performance ready, but I'm pleased with my progress. Its all from memory now, no reading. Back to reading easier stuff for a bit.

1) Mary Ann, Alfred All In One book.
2) Saints Go Marching In, Alfred. Goal 130bmp.
3) Love Somebody & A Friend Like You. Alfred.
4) Miss Clare Remembers, Enya. Mark almost plays Miss Clare Remembershttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGsCLGMb1_Y


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@ Jeremy - Welcome to the "40 Pieces A Year Club". Nice playing of all your pieces! Gillock - New Orleans Nightfall was my favorite. I've heard of Gillick, but not heard his music before. I watched some of your earlier videos and loved your tuxedo kitty. I doubt if I could play with a cat in my lap. Our tuxedo kitty tends to squirm, but even a quiet cat would be too much for me.

@ MarkOfJohnson - Miss Clara Remembers is a lovely piece. Well worth a place on a bucket list.


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@ Jeremy - Welcome to the "40 Pieces A Year Club". Nice playing of all your pieces! Gillock - New Orleans Nightfall was my favorite. I've heard of Gillick, but not heard his music before. I watched some of your earlier videos and loved your tuxedo kitty. I doubt if I could play with a cat in my lap. Our tuxedo kitty tends to squirm, but even a quiet cat would be too much for me.

Thank you, yes the Gillock piece was popular amongst another piano group I sometimes play with. I favour classical generally, but jazz is a close second these days. I would like to do more. I was surprised my cat was so calm around the piano - there's a second one who truly earns the 'scaredy cat' name..


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This week I got to play some Einaudi for the first time (after 7 years of piano 😏) and what was really amazing was that I could mostly sight read it. I didn't really have to practice much to play that piece and could simply enjoy playing it. Very nice feeling! But it's time to move on to something new now.

1. Dmitry Kabalevsky, Rondo-Toccata, op. 60, no. 4
2. Edvard Grieg, Fairy Dance, op. 12, no. 4
3. Johannes Brahms, Waltz in A-flat major, op. 39, no. 15
4. Robert Schumann, Fantasietanz, op. 124, no. 5
5. Isaac Albéniz, Malagueña, op. 165, no. 3
6. Frédéric Chopin, Prélude in A major, op. 28, no. 7
7. Johann Sebastian Bach, Little Prelude in C minor, BWV 999
8. Ludovico Einaudi, Nuvole Bianche

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This week's piece is one which I played before but it was about 5 years ago so it was like learning it from scratch.

1. Dmitry Kabalevsky, Rondo-Toccata, op. 60, no. 4
2. Edvard Grieg, Fairy Dance, op. 12, no. 4
3. Johannes Brahms, Waltz in A-flat major, op. 39, no. 15
4. Robert Schumann, Fantasietanz, op. 124, no. 5
5. Isaac Albéniz, Malagueña, op. 165, no. 3
6. Frédéric Chopin, Prélude in A major, op. 28, no. 7
7. Johann Sebastian Bach, Little Prelude in C minor, BWV 999
8. Ludovico Einaudi, Nuvole Bianche
9. Felix Mendelssohn, Venetian Gondola Song, op. 30, no. 6

Time to pick something else. Maybe the Bethoveen bagatelle that Jeremy Taylor played above.

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