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#256 jch48

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Posted 17 January 2019 - 18:36

 

F# minor Novelletten Op 21 no 8 is the one to go for. i did some serious and mostly enjoyable work on it a year or 2 ago. ultimately disappointed that i never got it the whole way through to the 'play to my teacher' level. the best bits are brilliant but I'm not sure every bar is equally inspired. good luck

Thanks the first one is pretty straightforward, but I haven't looked at the others yet, will have ago at No 8 this evening

 

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=T8nt65zvhgk


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#257 fsharpminor

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Posted 17 January 2019 - 20:14

 

 

F# minor Novelletten Op 21 no 8 is the one to go for. i did some serious and mostly enjoyable work on it a year or 2 ago. ultimately disappointed that i never got it the whole way through to the 'play to my teacher' level. the best bits are brilliant but I'm not sure every bar is equally inspired. good luck

Thanks the first one is pretty straightforward, but I haven't looked at the others yet, will have ago at No 8 this evening

 

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=T8nt65zvhgk

 

Thanks jch.  Will listen to that later.  Have just played it through, not overly difficult from a technical point of view, but 'doable'. However its longer than all the others, rather a lot of 'sections'.  Faschingsschwank is a bit like that.  


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Posted 18 January 2019 - 13:43

I do wish I could play more Schumann - a composer I like very much indeed. I continually try to get the exquisite Op 111/2 (Drei Phantasiestucke) to an acceptable standard, but I find the central C-minor section very troublesome. The stretches are awkward but it is more than that - getting the top notes to stand out and controlling those left hand octaves. Outer A-flat sections are just so beautiful it makes the practice worth it though. Anybody else play this?


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Posted 18 January 2019 - 19:18

I do wish I could play more Schumann - a composer I like very much indeed. I continually try to get the exquisite Op 111/2 (Drei Phantasiestucke) to an acceptable standard, but I find the central C-minor section very troublesome. The stretches are awkward but it is more than that - getting the top notes to stand out and controlling those left hand octaves. Outer A-flat sections are just so beautiful it makes the practice worth it though. Anybody else play this?

I do play a lot of Schumann but I dont know those, or have the score.  They are mainly the earlier works I play, Papillons, Davidsbundler, Fantasiestucke Op 12, Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Arabeske Op18 (not difficult).  Of the later works I particulalry love playing the 9 pieces of Waldscenen, none is harder than Grade 8, several have been set at that grade.


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Posted 10 April 2019 - 22:00

I've just started "Awakening in the woods" by Burgmuller. I've also returned to one of easier Beethoven sonatas in G - Op.79. I like the first movement. I think its the one on the current G8
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Posted 11 April 2019 - 08:06

Rachmaninov  Etudes-Tableaux . Starting with Op33 No 7 , but probably try some more. I have a gap in my repertoire for late Romantics, not my favourite period of piano music.  Tend to go straight from early romantics to 20th century.  But I loathe Brahms !


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Posted 11 April 2019 - 10:09

Bach WTC Bk 2 no.14

Rameau, La Poule

Messiaen, Regard des hauteurs

and John Adams, China Gates – a whole new challenge of a kind I haven't experienced before


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Posted 11 April 2019 - 10:34

Bach WTC Bk 2 no.14

Rameau, La Poule

Messiaen, Regard des hauteurs

and John Adams, China Gates – a whole new challenge of a kind I haven't experienced before

My favourite WTC. Have performed a few times.  Straightforward prelude, fugue tricky in places. Its set LRSM


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#264 Gordon Shumway

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Posted 11 April 2019 - 11:26

I've started re-acquiring Bartok's Mikrokosmos. I'm on volume 3 at the moment.

Since my keyboard has a harpsichord setting, I've been playing Handel's D minor suite HWV437.

And yesterday I contemplated getting volume one of Beethoven's piano sonatas (since it contains the Pathétique, which was the last piece I formally studied), and it was £20 for about 400 pages, which seemed like value for money, but I'm away for much of the time looking after ageing parents, so it will have to wait until I'm permanently back in London.


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#265 Clovis

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Posted 11 April 2019 - 15:33

 

Bach WTC Bk 2 no.14

Rameau, La Poule

Messiaen, Regard des hauteurs

and John Adams, China Gates – a whole new challenge of a kind I haven't experienced before

My favourite WTC. Have performed a few times.  Straightforward prelude, fugue tricky in places. Its set LRSM

 

The fugue seems to be tricky just about everywhere at the moment.


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Posted 11 April 2019 - 19:53

Messiaen, Le Traquet Stapazin (Catalogue d'oiseaux no.4).
 
Now I'm thinking about stuff I could play with it in a recital (possibly for a diploma?) Not selected anything for definite yet...

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#267 EllieD

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Posted 29 July 2019 - 17:17

Chopin Prelude in (supposedly, most of it is in C#m) Db. Weirdly sometimes entitled "Raindrop" but this is about as far from the soothing patter of cooling raindrops as you can imagine so goodness knows where it got that title from. Looks scary on paper, but actually isn't so hard after all and will be fun when I can really let rip with the C#m section!

 

Beethoven Moonlight second movement, also Db. Sounds so easy played by the professionals, looks so easy on paper - and really isn't! Each note needs careful thought how to play it, there is a lot of detail there that needs to be brought out.

 

Scarlatti K2, bucking the trend, it's in G Major and has nothing to do with Db .... It's in my Grade 7 keyboard anthology, and Zwhe having suggested I try K 27 as a piece a bit harder than G7, I thought I would try the slightly easier one first. Brilliant, as is all Scarlatti I think! I have the music to K 27 now, but I may be getting my teacher to help with it as there's a lot of crossing hands and I want to make sure I get that right.

 

Anyone else learning anything fun?


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Posted 29 July 2019 - 18:34

Beethoven moonlight sonata 1st movement, I've wanted to play it for ages and feel I can now give it a serious attempt, been working on it for a couple of weeks now and feel I'm making decent progress. I'd really like to play the 3rd movement but for now I'll happily settle for the 1st as the 3rd is way out of my grasp but in time it will come to me, it's a long and varied journey.
There are lots more but patience is what's required
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#269 Gordon Shumway

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Posted 29 July 2019 - 18:51

Yes, initially I confused the first movement and the second. I did the first movement for grade 5.


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Posted 29 July 2019 - 18:58

Yes, initially I confused the first movement and the second. I did the first movement for grade 5.

It's a beautiful piece, how did you find it ?
I'm getting along ok with the 9th stretches and I'm just getting my head around the broken chord runs in bars 32 to 38. Any tips would be very gratefully appreciated
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