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#1118937 - 08/06/04 03:39 PM Hi
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Hi,
I have been taking lessons for a year, I am a sophmore in high school. I was wondering about some easy pieces that are in their original form (not transcribed for easy piano) that a one year student, with a very good knowledge of rythm, and music in general, could play. I am really interested in Chopin works and Beethoven. But I am open to anything good.
I imagine this subject has been posted before, if it has point me in the right direction, if not fire away!
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#1118938 - 08/06/04 03:48 PM Re: Hi
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Check out the Alfred Piano series books. They have easier (not arranged/transcribed) pieces for most of the major composers. I especially like the Chopin Book - I think it's called Chopin's 14 easiest pieces. There's a very nice Chopin Waltz in A minor.
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#1118939 - 08/06/04 03:50 PM Re: Hi
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Also there's a book called Joy of Beethoven edited by Denes Agay which has some nice Beethoven dances, sonatinas etc. Again, original compositions.
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#1118940 - 08/06/04 08:34 PM Re: Hi
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you might find that Beethoven sonata op.49, no.1 & 2 are manageable at your level. they are the easiest of the 32. no.2 is little bit easier than no.1, but i like the no.1 better. they both have only a 2-movement structure and are not very long. i heard them both from an Arrau's recording, and liked them immediately.

for Chopin, some op.28's preludes may also be good for your level, and most of them are fairly short pieces.

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#1118941 - 08/07/04 02:00 AM Re: Hi
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You might consider something like Satie\'s Gymnopedie #1 which you can get free of charge here.

Also Beethoven\'s Sonata, Op.27, No.2 ("Moonlight Sonata") (first movement) which you can also get free of charge from the same place.

There are non-classical pieces that may interest you as well. What types of music do you like (pop, new age, oldies) and what are some of the most advanced pieces you can currently play?
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#1118942 - 08/07/04 08:46 AM Re: Hi
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Ok
Besides Beethoven and Chopin, anything else you can suggest, and thanks for all the suggestions!!
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#1118943 - 08/07/04 09:45 AM Re: Hi
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Bach's inventions are something you can try. they are good not only for the technical value but also musical value. you will learn great a deal by learning them. btw, Moonlight sonata can wait till you can handle all its movements.

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#1118944 - 08/07/04 09:46 AM Re: Hi
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I adore a particular Chopin book.

http://www.sheetmusicplus.com/pages.html...k=&r=wwws-er r5

Get the version with the CD so you can hear what it should sound like without hunting around in your extensive classical music collection.

Heh, heh.

Cindy -- who performed the Chopin Waltz Teachum describes at her second recital

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#1118945 - 08/10/04 08:54 AM Re: Hi
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Brahms?? Satie?? OTHERS??
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#1118946 - 08/10/04 09:39 AM Re: Hi
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Well, there is "Music Box Dancer". \:D

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#1118947 - 08/10/04 09:42 AM Re: Hi
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how about Scarlatti sonatas, 555 of them, among which some are quite easy for you, such as K32(Aria - quite beautiful and short) and K64(Gavotta). his pieces are in wide technical range, and some of them are very advanced (such as K141).

i never played Brahms (- not true, did play his easy arrangement of Hungary dance no.5), but you may try some of his waltzes. i am sure someone will recommand you some pieces of Satie later (some Gymo... perhaps).

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#1118948 - 08/14/04 07:38 PM Re: Hi
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In responce to gryphon i paly musical theater, its no fun, popular music on piano DOESNT interest me
what about debussy?
signa - i was listening to the radio today, there was a scarlatti sonata.. GREAT CHOICE!
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#1118949 - 08/14/04 09:36 PM Re: Hi
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ericpianoboy, Scarlatti indeed! i have 3 CDs of his sonatas from Mario Tipo, Vladimir Horowitz and Mikhail Pletnev, and i like the last 2 better in comparison. i only learned K32 and half of K25, and plan to learn more of his sonatas in the future.

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#1118950 - 08/17/04 08:58 PM Re: Hi
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There is a very good series of repertoire books called Piano Adventure. It is graded accordingly and each grade comes with a workbook that discuss each piece in the repertoire book ( and also the CDs are available for purchase ) . The book itself comes with extensive notes detailing the pieces. I use this series with my students and they definitely enjoy them.

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