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#1262070 - 09/03/09 09:16 PM Help needed - Obscure pieces for beginners
heidiv Offline
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Registered: 04/21/09
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I am organizing an e-cital on Pianists' Corner and Adult Beginners' Forum, featuring works by obscure composers, to be held August 20, 2010. We already have several participants from PC, but would like to offer some suggestions to the ABF members so that all may participate.

Who better to ask for suggestions than the fine teachers here. Can you recommend any early to late beginner pieces by under-appreciated composers? Any links to recordings or scores would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks so much!

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#1262223 - 09/04/09 07:35 AM Re: Help needed - Obscure pieces for beginners [Re: heidiv]
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There are several collections of early level pieces by Alexandre Tansman that are very charming.

Also look into Alexina Louie's collection "Star Light, Star Bright." It has some really wonderful pieces in it, including this:

"If we continually try to force a child to do what he is afraid to do, he will become more timid, and will use his brains and energy, not to explore the unknown, but to find ways to avoid the pressures we put on him." (John Holt)


#1262251 - 09/04/09 09:17 AM Re: Help needed - Obscure pieces for beginners [Re: Kreisler]
heidiv Offline
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Thanks, Kreisler!

#1262561 - 09/04/09 07:03 PM Re: Help needed - Obscure pieces for beginners [Re: heidiv]
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I'm not sure if these are obscure enough, but they're two of my favorites. One is a Level 2 NYSSMA piece - Aeolian Harp by W. Gillock. The other is Tokyo Twilight by Melody Bober - a Level 3 piece. Both are nice dreamy selections.
I also like The Green Dragon - Level 2.

Another good one is Egyptian Rhapsody by N. Faber, which is longer, and a Level 4.

Hope this helped.

Joan Edward

Private piano teacher, 20+ years

#1262587 - 09/04/09 08:06 PM Re: Help needed - Obscure pieces for beginners [Re: EDWARDIAN]
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Album for the Young, by Lowell Liebermann. There was an entire article dedicated to it in Clavier magazine. I have not seen an increase in its performance at festivals or exams.
Private Piano Teacher and MTAC Member

#1262663 - 09/04/09 10:34 PM Re: Help needed - Obscure pieces for beginners [Re: AZNpiano]
heidiv Offline
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Thank you, Edwardian and AZNpiano. I'll post these on the ABF for consideration. smile


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