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#1013588 - 12/07/06 06:52 PM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
funburger Offline
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Hey, thanks all for joining in on the challenge. I have officially received my book--i mean sheetmusic:) i am excited to get started!! does everyone already have their sheet music? and is it ok to set sept. 1 as the deadline? just wondering.
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#1013589 - 12/07/06 07:14 PM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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Sept 1 sounds like a good date to me - I"m ready to go.
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#1013590 - 12/07/06 07:16 PM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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I have my sheet music (two copies in fact!) and have (very conservatively I might add) estimated that it will take me about 6 months to complete this piece, so 9 months should be a good actual estimate!

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#1013591 - 12/08/06 01:31 AM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
Sarah M Offline
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Yeah, I have the sheet music already as well.

I think Sept 1 can be the official deadline, but people of course can set personal deadlines and finish faster if they can. My piece is kinda short so I'm aiming to finish quicker.

Later on, maybe we could start a special thread in member recordings for challengers to upload their stuff. I know I would love to hear other people's challenge piece.

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#1013592 - 01/10/07 05:34 PM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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Well, it was gonna happen sooner or later...
Could I switch to a different piece please? \:\)

I'm nominating to play the slow movement to Schubert's final Piano Sonata (d.960).

According to the quote on the cd box "ANYBODY can get it to sound emotional....", so that suits me fine!

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#1013593 - 01/10/07 05:40 PM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
funburger Offline
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Euan, thats funny, hahahhahaha. wanting to switch at this point!!! hahahahahahhahaa!!! NOPE sorry no can do :p

the 1812 is a bit harder than i thought, however i am pushing through it, veeeeerrrrry slllloooooowly. however if you want to switch now thats ok. as long as it is still a challenge to you, that is the whole point ;\) to challenge yourself to your limits.
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#1013594 - 01/10/07 05:44 PM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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 Quote:
Originally posted by Euan Morrison:
Well, it was gonna happen sooner or later...
Could I switch to a different piece please? \:\) [/b]
Oh Euan, I was waiting for this :-))))) Good luck with your next choice. We don't hear enough Schubert IMO.
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#1013595 - 01/10/07 06:12 PM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
Euan Morrison Offline
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I think its an understatement to say that I wouldn't exactly do much justice to the Chopin! Glad I realised that now instead of 5 months down the line.

The Schubert piece is certainly a challenge - its gut-wrenching beautiful, and also nearly 10 minutes long, so its a big challenge that way.

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#1013596 - 01/10/07 08:40 PM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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The Andante Spinato appears to require a truly exquisite touch to do it justice - probably that which takes many years of playing to acquire, probably a wise decision Euan, it will be one to look forward to learning in the future, its definetly on my list!

So how's everyones progress on their challenge pieces going? My Liebestraume is coming along quite well - it has a crazy middle section that I work on daily and two cadenza sections which will be a daily ritual for some months (part of the reason for studying Hanon more seriously!) - overall I'm quite happy with the progress.

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#1013597 - 01/10/07 11:57 PM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
Tana Offline
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What a great idea. Is it too late for me to jump in? I don't think I was here when the thread started. \:\(

Keep in mind that I've only had lessons for a year, so my idea of a challenging piece will be sightreading for you guys. LOL \:\)

If it's not too late my choice would be CPE Bach's Sonata in E Minor (H. 106 I think; I haven't got the score in front of me). I stumbled across it the other day, and I think it's absolutely magnificent. \:\)

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#1013598 - 01/11/07 12:07 AM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
funburger Offline
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Tana, of course you can still join in:) there is still plenty of time left to practice.

stephenc, my progress is not as fast as i had hoped, however it is helping me tremendously with my sightreading and my overall playing. so that is cool. i will have this done by sept.!!! how is everyone else doing? still in and doing well i hope \:D
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#1013599 - 01/11/07 12:15 AM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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OK. I'm in too then. I have no intention of massacring any well known classical piece so my piece is 'Jessica's theme' by Bruce Rowland. It's only 3 pages long but it's a grade 5 piece and I've only been playing for 4 months so that should be enough of a challenge!

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#1013600 - 01/11/07 10:57 AM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
funburger Offline
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Shimmer, hey three pages of tough music is quite a feat. you have only been playing 4 months and taking on grade 5!! you have been added to the list

ps. if anyone choose a piece and they are totally frustrated with it, please dont get down, put it down:) hows everyone coming along?

heck if we all just get half a piece down it will be like a music sampler:)
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#1013601 - 01/11/07 11:22 AM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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I'm getting a little frustrated about my progress on my piece. I'm now on the third page and still chugging along very slowly. I'm trying to play it at a slow speed but it's meant to be played fast and loses a bit of "context" when slowed down, if that makes sense. The good thing for me is that it's 9 pages long with a lot of repeated themes, so by the 5th page or so I should technically know most of what's coming in the last few pages.

It is does feel a bit too fast for me, even when slowed down, so I may consider temporarily dropping it for one of two other pieces I have lined up to try instead. But I am very stubborn when it comes to not giving up on a piece that I chose that was too hard for me in the first place!

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#1013602 - 01/16/07 05:09 AM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
Sarah M Offline
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Um... I would like to change my challenge piece if that's okay.

I would like to switch to Chopin Ballade #1.

I listened to it today for the first time in like 10 years and I love it so much. It's 16 pages long so it will keep me busy too. It will... keep me out of trouble! \:\)

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#1013603 - 01/16/07 12:18 PM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
Patty39 Offline
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Well, I think I had kind of a head start playing my Bach Invention 8 (note the word "my" :3hearts: ) HS for about 9 months or something last year (and sometime HT but all legato) - I am speeding it up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It's great great great great!!!

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#1013604 - 01/16/07 05:24 PM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
Sarah M Offline
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Thanks funburger for accepting my change.

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#1013605 - 01/16/07 05:28 PM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
funburger Offline
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sarah, your welcome.

Patty39, thats awesome news!!! by september i am sure it will just rock---can i say that with classical music?
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#1013606 - 01/16/07 05:48 PM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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Uh, can I join?
I didn't hear about this thread until just now, but I've been working on a hard piece for 2 weeks now.

Liszt-HR2

Dakota
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#1013607 - 01/16/07 05:52 PM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
funburger Offline
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Playadom, i have added you:) thanks for joining in on the challenge!!
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#1013608 - 01/16/07 06:15 PM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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I was thinking about this challenge thing - it really is so tough to pick a piece. I mean, we are talking about a deadline 8 months away.

SO naturally we know we will improve by then.

But by picking the piece now, we have to gauge just how much we think we will improve, and also be able to learn the piece as we go along.

I think many of us will finish quite early, by under-estimating our abilities or picking a piece below our final ability level, or not get pieces finished, as they were too difficult to start (e.g. me and Mr.Chopin).

[Edit:] I suppose the musings abouv simply show how cool this challenge is - the fact is that all of us have no idea whether or not we will succeed, it really is a shot in the dark!

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#1013609 - 01/16/07 06:23 PM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
funburger Offline
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Originally posted by Euan Morrison:


[Edit:] I suppose the musings abouv simply show how cool this challenge is - the fact is that all of us have no idea whether or not we will succeed, it really is a shot in the dark! [/b]
i just hope i dont get hit in the head
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#1013610 - 01/17/07 03:25 AM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
Patty39 Offline
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 Quote:
Originally posted by funburger:
sarah, your welcome.

Patty39, thats awesome news!!! by september i am sure it will just rock---can i say that with classical music? [/b]
Of course! Bach rocks absolutely!!!
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#1013611 - 01/17/07 11:07 AM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
playadom Offline
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Funburger, thanks for adding me.
I must say, my progress has been great. I think I'll get finished before the deadline. Now that I think about it, I probably should have chosen something like Mazeppa(not that I want to switch, I'd probably kill myself)

Dakota
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#1013612 - 01/18/07 03:36 AM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
Sarah M Offline
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Playadom, I heard Hungarian Rhapsody 2 is one of the toughest pieces out there. If you can play that then you can probably handle almost anything else. But what do I know. Not much, lol.

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#1013613 - 01/22/07 11:56 AM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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 Quote:
Originally posted by Sarah M:
Playadom, I heard Hungarian Rhapsody 2 is one of the toughest pieces out there. If you can play that then you can probably handle almost anything else. But what do I know. Not much, lol. [/b]
I'm thinking of this piece as like a catapult to launch me into the land of extreme technique.
Even then, I still won't be that good, you know.
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#1013614 - 01/22/07 12:42 PM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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 Quote:
Originally posted by Sarah M:
Hungarian Rhapsody 2 is one of the toughest pieces out there. [/b]
It's pretty tough but not quite in the category of toughest. But if you can play it, it certainly makes everything else a bit more manageable.

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#1013615 - 01/22/07 09:12 PM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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 Quote:
Originally posted by playadom:
 Quote:
Originally posted by Sarah M:
Playadom, I heard Hungarian Rhapsody 2 is one of the toughest pieces out there. If you can play that then you can probably handle almost anything else. But what do I know. Not much, lol. [/b]
I'm thinking of this piece as like a catapult to launch me into the land of extreme technique.
Even then, I still won't be that good, you know. [/b]
Playadom,

I found this link of the 19 year old Don Juan on Pianostreet playing the wonderful HR2:

Liszt HR2

He's an amazing pianist.

Mel
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#1013616 - 01/22/07 09:42 PM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
playadom Offline
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 Quote:
Originally posted by dannylux:
 Quote:
Originally posted by playadom:
 Quote:
Originally posted by Sarah M:
Playadom, I heard Hungarian Rhapsody 2 is one of the toughest pieces out there. If you can play that then you can probably handle almost anything else. But what do I know. Not much, lol. [/b]
I'm thinking of this piece as like a catapult to launch me into the land of extreme technique.
Even then, I still won't be that good, you know. [/b]
Playadom,

I found this link of the 19 year old Don Juan on Pianostreet playing the wonderful HR2:

Liszt HR2

He's an amazing pianist.

Mel [/b]
Thanks for the link, Mel. The quality of the recording isn't that great, but that's not what matters! This one is about as fast as Cortot's.

Anyway, my left hand hurts, I think I've practiced a bit too much. The left hand part of this piece makes La Campanella look easy!

brojek.
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#1013617 - 01/31/07 03:10 PM Re: I Challenge you, You challenge me!!!
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I'll try for the first two movwements of Beethoven's moonlight sonata
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