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#1 Latin pianist

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Posted 31 January 2020 - 14:24

A friend has some mini concerts of about 45 minutes at her home each year for charity. Last year she persuaded me to take part. As there were already slots with 2 concert pianists and I can't compete with that, I decided to play lots of pieces with a theme of animals or birds.I found it great fun to prepare. This year I've chosen pieces with girl's names. There are lots of popular songs that fit this bill, but I want to play a few proper piano pieces too. So far I've only come up with Fur Elise, Ballad pour Adeline and Girl with the flaxen hair. I'd appreciate any other suggestions
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Posted 31 January 2020 - 14:35

Solveig's song

Anything from the Notebook for Nannerl by various Mozarts
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Posted 31 January 2020 - 14:37

And there's an 80s song called Sara if I recall correctly
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Posted 31 January 2020 - 14:48

Just looked that one up and it's Fleetwood Mac. Thank you for suggestions. I'm really looking for things originally written for piano. I've got lots of things in arrangements already.
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Posted 31 January 2020 - 15:00

I think theres an 'Estrella' in Schumanns Carnival, but I think the other named pieces are male names , Eusebius , Florestan  . Ah no maybe Charina and Coquette are also female, and who were Pantalon and Columbine?


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Posted 31 January 2020 - 17:32

Bill Evans – Waltz for Debbie

 

Gershwin – Oh, Lady be good! (arrangement by the composer)


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Posted 31 January 2020 - 17:47

Also 'Rosemary' by Frank Bridge

 

There's a version of 'Alice in Wonderland' (the Disney song) by Bill Evans that I particularly like


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Posted 31 January 2020 - 18:11

Elizabeth by Parry - a lovely piece


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Posted 31 January 2020 - 18:12

Brilliant. I found a Rosemary piano piece by Elgar. I think it's an original for piano. But the Frank Bridge is nice. Like the waltz too, thank you.
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Posted 31 January 2020 - 18:14

Oh yes. I've got Elizabeth by Parry somewhere among my embarrassingly large collection of music. Forgot about that!
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Posted 31 January 2020 - 18:26

Was just about to mention Elizabeth! I will be doing that for Grade 7 (if I don't turn into a complete jelly for Grade 5, see exam thread....) It is a lovely piece! 

 

Great idea to do a themed recital, LP - would love to be a fly on the wall!


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Posted 31 January 2020 - 18:34

Arvo Part: Für Alina (lovely and very striking!)

 

You might find some good material in Grieg's Lyric Pieces (Bridal songs, etc)

 

And try French Baroque, especially Couperin. There's a Soeur Monique, and La Tendre Nanette in my little Schirmer collection, but he wrote a huge number of pieces, all with descriptive titles. There's a full list on wikipedia.


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Posted 31 January 2020 - 22:11

Schubert's Rosamunde.

Mozart's Piano Concerto No 21, aka Elvira Madigan.  I've just learnt this one and I've really enjoyed playing it, albeit it's only an arrangement.


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Posted 01 February 2020 - 10:24

Some great ideas. I don't know the story of Peer Gynt, but presume Anitra is female. I might play the dance as well as Solveig's Song as they're a great contrast. I've also found Nola which is a novelty piece by Arndt written for his fiancee. And the grade 6 Cruella de ville. Looking forward to practising all these. And also Maria from both Westside Story and Sound of Music.
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Posted 01 March 2020 - 18:01

Some great ideas. I don't know the story of Peer Gynt, but presume Anitra is female. I might play the dance as well as Solveig's Song as they're a great contrast. I've also found Nola which is a novelty piece by Arndt written for his fiancee. And the grade 6 Cruella de ville. Looking forward to practising all these. And also Maria from both Westside Story and Sound of Music.

 

Thought I would add my piece to this thread.  I made this the other day.  It is by no means finished but I like it.

 

https://youtu.be/vXRKij3E2wQ


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