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#1519740 - 09/21/10 12:00 PM Famous Teaching / Beginner Pieces
dadof5 Offline
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I am familiar with Bartok's Mikrokosmos and have heard of Schumann's Album For the Young. What other well known pedagogical works or pieces for beginners written by major composers are there?

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#1519748 - 09/21/10 12:07 PM Re: Famous Teaching / Beginner Pieces [Re: dadof5]
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Originally Posted By: Kevin
What other well known pedagogical works or pieces for beginners written by major composers are there?

Many!

Begin with J S Bach: the Notebook of his wife, Anna Magdalena, were primarily teaching pieces.

Not so often used these days is Tchaikovsky's Album for the Young.

Clementi's sonatinas were primarily written as teaching pieces.

Kabalevsky has written several opus of teaching pieces.

Shostakovich has an opus for young beginners.

I'll let others add some more for you.
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#1519800 - 09/21/10 01:25 PM Re: Famous Teaching / Beginner Pieces [Re: dadof5]
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Burgmuller Op. 100

Sonatinas by Kuhlau, Diabelli, Lichner, Lynes, and Gurlitt

Several books by Gurlitt, Kohler, and Czerny
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#1519821 - 09/21/10 01:47 PM Re: Famous Teaching / Beginner Pieces [Re: AZNpiano]
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Originally Posted By: AZNpiano
Burgmuller Op. 100

Sonatinas by Kuhlau, Diabelli, Lichner, Lynes, and Gurlitt

Several books by Gurlitt, Kohler, and Czerny
Good music choices, certainly. But major composers? Hardly.
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#1519840 - 09/21/10 02:13 PM Re: Famous Teaching / Beginner Pieces [Re: david_a]
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Originally Posted By: david_a
But major composers? Hardly.


That depends on what you define as "major." Some of the composers in Anna Magdalena Bach Notebook aren't "major," either.

In my books, if they can publish stuff used by countless teachers for their students for many many decades/centuries, they're "major."
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#1520041 - 09/21/10 06:25 PM Re: Famous Teaching / Beginner Pieces [Re: dadof5]
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Many of them were quite well-known in their day. Bach truly didn't come to fame until a century after his death.
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#1520193 - 09/21/10 11:29 PM Re: Famous Teaching / Beginner Pieces [Re: dadof5]
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i love czeny op 599, and the young pianist.. they are good..
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#1520197 - 09/21/10 11:34 PM Re: Famous Teaching / Beginner Pieces [Re: dadof5]
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Beethoven wrote a number of sonatinas, including the two he never wished published, Op49. The other five, I believe, were teaching pieces pure and simple.
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#1520392 - 09/22/10 09:01 AM Re: Famous Teaching / Beginner Pieces [Re: dadof5]
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Beethoven, Haydn and Mozart (both Leopold and Wolfgang) all wrote simple dances that are excellent teaching pieces.
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#1520519 - 09/22/10 01:15 PM Re: Famous Teaching / Beginner Pieces [Re: AZNpiano]
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Originally Posted By: david_a
But major composers? Hardly.


That depends on what you define as "major." Some of the composers in Anna Magdalena Bach Notebook aren't "major," either.

In my books, if they can publish stuff used by countless teachers for their students for many many decades/centuries, they're "major."
That's a good point.

When I think "major composers", I think "composers whose work one expects to pay to hear in high-level concerts on a regular basis".
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