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#1021934 - 09/29/08 09:51 AM Name pieces that sound tough, but are in fact easy.
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I'd be curious to see what you guys think.
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#1021935 - 09/29/08 10:01 AM Re: Name pieces that sound tough, but are in fact easy.
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Great idea.

Chopin - Prelude in E minor.

I'm starting this next week (I think). My teacher said this should be easy enough for me. As I've only had 2 lessons so far (but self-teaching since January) I'll have to get back to you on this \:D
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#1021936 - 09/29/08 11:32 AM Re: Name pieces that sound tough, but are in fact easy.
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Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody no.2

Chopin piano sonata no.2

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#1021937 - 09/29/08 01:28 PM Re: Name pieces that sound tough, but are in fact easy.
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Anything where you cross hands always looks impressive, even if it is really easy.

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#1021938 - 09/29/08 01:33 PM Re: Name pieces that sound tough, but are in fact easy.
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Originally posted by Matt H:
Anything where you cross hands always looks impressive, even if it is really easy. [/b]
But is there really any intermediatte pice where you have to cross hand except etudes?

I remember only mozart fantasie k 397

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#1021939 - 09/29/08 01:43 PM Re: Name pieces that sound tough, but are in fact easy.
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 Quote:
Originally posted by Matt H:
Anything where you cross hands always looks impressive, even if it is really easy. [/b]
So true.

I have these 2 under my belt.
Heller - 30 Progressive Studies Op.46 no 11
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kaJL4rqtXng


L'Hirondelle - Burgmüller
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQhDujDosTo

I remember reading a letter in Pianist Magazine about this topic. The Chopin piece and the Burgmüller one was mentioned. I'll try to find it and see what the others were. This was for a student who was a grade 3 or 4 if I remember correctly.
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#1021940 - 09/29/08 02:42 PM Re: Name pieces that sound tough, but are in fact easy.
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Chopin Prelude in A Major Op 28 no. 7
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#1021941 - 09/29/08 03:42 PM Re: Name pieces that sound tough, but are in fact easy.
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For beginners, Night Song from Alfred's Book II sounds harder than what it really is and was fun learning.
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#1021942 - 09/29/08 03:51 PM Re: Name pieces that sound tough, but are in fact easy.
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Originally posted by Oxfords Gal:
Chopin Prelude in A Major Op 28 no. 7 [/b]
I agree. Apart from one crazy stretch it's REALLY manageable and very beautiful. But... does it sound tough? I wonder.


M.
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#1021943 - 09/30/08 08:22 AM Re: Name pieces that sound tough, but are in fact easy.
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Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody no.2





ha ha ha ha ha. OK!!!
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#1021944 - 09/30/08 09:12 AM Re: Name pieces that sound tough, but are in fact easy.
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As a side note, you might want to remove those images, OG. It says at the top that this is copyrighted material, so posting it at all is already a violation of that.

Just a thought...
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#1021945 - 09/30/08 11:19 AM Re: Name pieces that sound tough, but are in fact easy.
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Thanks Strat. It's actually the viewable page they give you from Sheet Music Plus not sure if it makes a difference since they do let you view that first page. I'm not all up and up and the legality of stuff. \:D Let me know and I'll post a link instead although it would take away some of the impact. \:\(

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#1021946 - 09/30/08 11:27 AM Re: Name pieces that sound tough, but are in fact easy.
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Unfortunately, I seem to have knack for finding the ones that sound easy but are, in fact, difficult (for me).


Ted

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#1021947 - 09/30/08 11:51 AM Re: Name pieces that sound tough, but are in fact easy.
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I think the term 'easy' means something much different to someone who has been studying for three years, versus the person who has been studying for three weeks.

Tough to answer your question. It's subjective, isn't it?

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#1021948 - 09/30/08 12:09 PM Re: Name pieces that sound tough, but are in fact easy.
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By that token, I'd say most topics are subjective and are very rarely factual.

I didn't believe I needed to specify the obvious in my initial post. Obviously, I'm speaking from your own personal point of view.
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#1021949 - 09/30/08 02:19 PM Re: Name pieces that sound tough, but are in fact easy.
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I found the letter....
This was a recomendation for a grade 3 student who wanted to impress.

Burgmuller op 100 L'hirondelle & Ballade in C minor
Chopin - Prelude in E minor op 28 no 4 & A major op 28 no 7 & C minor op 28 no 20.


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Originally posted by Oxfords Gal:
Chopin Prelude in A Major Op 28 no. 7 [/b]
This was in his list. I'll definitely learn this one but my favourite of the list is op 28 no 4.

Concerning the images. It is not a copyright violation as it comes under "fair-use". It is clearly for illustrative purposes and isn't any more than sheetmusic vendors are allowed to show too. They must comply also so whatever they can do is a good guide.
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#1021950 - 09/30/08 02:22 PM Re: Name pieces that sound tough, but are in fact easy.
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#1021951 - 10/01/08 12:26 PM Re: Name pieces that sound tough, but are in fact easy.
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Thanks Devane
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#1021952 - 10/01/08 01:00 PM Re: Name pieces that sound tough, but are in fact easy.
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Yep, thanks. Was under the impression it would automatically be a violation. Thanks for clearing that up.
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#1021953 - 10/01/08 04:26 PM Re: Name pieces that sound tough, but are in fact easy.
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 Quote:
Originally posted by Oxfords Gal:
Thanks Strat. It's actually the viewable page they give you from Sheet Music Plus not sure if it makes a difference since they do let you view that first page. I'm not all up and up and the legality of stuff. \:D Let me know and I'll post a link instead although it would take away some of the impact. \:\(
[/b]
I think this is OK. 1st page of a 30-page piece viewable from a selling website should be fair use...
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#1021954 - 10/01/08 04:35 PM Re: Name pieces that sound tough, but are in fact easy.
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Back to the original question: pieces that are easier than they sound... Certainly not a beginner piece, but way easier than it sounds is Rach's C# minor prelude from fantasy pieces. The agitato part sounds way fast and complicated, while in fact there are no large jumps and all the notes fit nicely under small hands. The wide slow chords can be rearranged and are very easy to play (even my 7-year old can do it \:D )...
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