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#1810033 - 12/21/11 02:54 PM Re: What are you practicing? [Re: Arghhh]
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Originally Posted By: Arghhh
What am I practicing?
- Schumann Kreisleriana
- Rachmaninoff "Spring Waters" (vocal accompaniment)
- Menotti Trio (piano, clarinet, violin)
- orchestra reduction of Grieg concerto

My teacher nixed my ambitious plan to play Liebermann Gargoyles or a Carl Vine sonata, and suggested instead Rzewski's "Down by the Riverside", or a Terry Riley set. (sigh) That's not at all the same kind of piece, so maybe I'll try for the Vine Bagatelles.


I got one of those teacher looks when I asked about doing a Vine Sonata. I wonder what kind of look I will get if I asked about Dutilleux?
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#1810120 - 12/21/11 05:15 PM Re: What are you practicing? [Re: Hermanberntzen]
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Bach - Italian Concerto, 3rd movement
Chopin - Ballade no 1
Chopin - Ballade no 3

The Italian Concerto and the 3rd Ballade are my latest pieces, which I'll be diligently working on throughout the winter holidays before my next lesson in January. As for the 1st Ballade, that's a piece I've last seriously studied in 2009... decided to revive it, ever since I met someone who absolutely loves this piece. (Coolest guy I've ever met - opera singer and actor.. He's too old for me though, boohooo)

I also occasionally practice Chopin's Nocturne op 48 no 1, in preparation for my teacher's student recital in January. We'll be playing on a Fazioli! Though I prefer Bosendorfer, this will be just fine...

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#1810173 - 12/21/11 06:32 PM Re: What are you practicing? [Re: Brad Hoehne]
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Originally Posted By: Brad Hoehne
Originally Posted By: Tim Adrianson
John Harbison Sonata No 2
Paul Schoenfield 3 Intermezzi
William Bolcom 9 New Bagatelles

These are all pieces written after 2000. I'm trying to put together an entire program of pieces written since 2000.


Wow. I'd watch that. I've always enjoyed programs of contemporary classical music that I've never heard before.


+5,000!! I can't believe that I missed Tim's post the first time around. One look at his list of pieces ( and alternates ) and my mouth started watering and my pulse quickened.........(I'm calm now).
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#1810315 - 12/21/11 11:24 PM Re: What are you practicing? [Re: Hermanberntzen]
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Currently working on and hoping to record in 2012:

Bach/Busoni - Toccata and Fugue in D minor BWV 565
Schubert - Sonata in A major Opus 120
Chopin - Etude Opus 25 No. 12
Chopin - Etude Opus 25, No. 9
Chopin - Polonaise Opus 53
Chopin - Ballade No.2
Schumann/Liszt - Widmung
Brahms - Rhapsody Opus 79, No.1
Brahms - Intermezzo Opus 118 No. 2
Brahms - Ballade Opus 118 No. 3
Prokofiev - Sonata No. 3


Edited by carey (12/21/11 11:26 PM)
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#1810336 - 12/22/11 12:08 AM Re: What are you practicing? [Re: Hermanberntzen]
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I just cannot stop playing Ludwig at the moment. tiki
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#1810512 - 12/22/11 09:57 AM Re: What are you practicing? [Re: Hermanberntzen]
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Not much "serious" practicing happening here; I've been working on the Bach Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue and Schumann Fantasie very casually (it's a wonder I remember anything at from session to session). I've been building a repertoire of video game and anime music in the meanwhile. My transcription of Angry Birds was a huge hit at my piano party so now I have to get it written down and make it a lot more complicated. Katamari Damacy was popular as well; I didn't get to play the original Thomas theme. Oh well!
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#1810909 - 12/23/11 12:14 AM Re: What are you practicing? [Re: Hermanberntzen]
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Loc: California
Right now, I am currently working on:
Bach: Prelude & Fugue BWV 851 in d minor
Bartok: Rondo no.2
Schumann: Aufschwung (from Fantasiest├╝cke)
Haydn: Sonata hob XVI 23 (all movements)

-Will

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#1811043 - 12/23/11 09:34 AM Re: What are you practicing? [Re: Hermanberntzen]
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#1811204 - 12/23/11 01:24 PM Re: What are you practicing? [Re: Hermanberntzen]
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Bach - Fantasia in C minor (just assigned and going MUCH better than French suite pieces already - see next)
Bach - French suite Allemnade and Gigue (Allemande almost fully memorized but giving up memorizng gigue; just want to polish) I just can't seem to "get" these pieces
Mozart - Sonata in Eflat major K282 (mvmt one memorized so moving to memorizing second mvmt) Third mvmnt is work in porgress but coming along well
Schubert - Moment Musical Op94/No.2 May start memory work here too

Giving up on Debussy Arabesque #1 for immeidate future; was partly memorized but not really going anywhere. Nice piece but not right for my abilities. My teacher is thinking about either a Rachmaninoff piece or a Chopin Nocturne but I'll have to wait for New Year.

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#1811223 - 12/23/11 01:47 PM Re: What are you practicing? [Re: Hermanberntzen]
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Finishing up my first round with the Waldstein, (I think I figured out how to do the glissandos!), and was just assigned 2 Chopin etudes: Opus 25 #1 and #12.

The plan is to work on the Waldstein another month or so. Let it rest for a month or two and then really polish it up. Meanwhile, my teacher wants me stretching my technique - thus the etudes.
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#1811224 - 12/23/11 01:49 PM Re: What are you practicing? [Re: Hermanberntzen]
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Beethoven's op.110, and Liszt's 2nd Ballade. I think the Liszt is better than all 4 Chopin ballades put together. It's so amazing....!!
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#1811674 - 12/24/11 07:31 AM Re: What are you practicing? [Re: cagal]
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Originally Posted By: cagal

Mozart - Sonata in Eflat major K282 (mvmt one memorized so moving to memorizing second mvmt) Third mvmnt is work in porgress but coming along well
Schubert - Moment Musical Op94/No.2 May start memory work here too

I'm working on both of these at the moment as well.
Also Schubert Moment Musical no 4 and Mozart concerto K.488 (not likely to finish the concerto).

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#1811738 - 12/24/11 10:31 AM Re: What are you practicing? [Re: Hermanberntzen]
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Switch Done! smile Beethoven 4 here I come! Yay!!!

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#1811745 - 12/24/11 10:53 AM Re: What are you practicing? [Re: Hermanberntzen]
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Pieces du jour: Moment Musicale in 4 flats, Solace, Brahams' variations on a theme by Haydn, waltz in C#m chopin, reading through several of his nocturnes trying to decide. {I invented a warm-up, playing rhythm changes through all the keys, and kind of drill on that along with scales, too}
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#1811776 - 12/24/11 11:44 AM Re: What are you practicing? [Re: daviel]
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Originally Posted By: daviel
Pieces du jour: Moment Musicale in 4 flats, Solace, Brahams' variations on a theme by Haydn, waltz in C#m chopin, reading through several of his nocturnes trying to decide. {I invented a warm-up, playing rhythm changes through all the keys, and kind of drill on that along with scales, too}


You better figure out what key that musical moment with 4 flats is in....!

Also, the Brahms Haydn variations for two pianos of the Brahms Handel variations (for solo)??
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#1811825 - 12/24/11 01:08 PM Re: What are you practicing? [Re: Pogorelich.]
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Ab, maybe? Nope, Fm [tritone down] Aww, I don't worry about no keys, I just play it laugh

The Brahms is Op 56a, solo arr by Ludwig Stark. I bought the sheet music a long time ago after I heard the piece on the radio. I hadn't the ability to learn it until lately.


Edited by daviel (12/24/11 09:58 PM)
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#1811893 - 12/24/11 03:25 PM Re: What are you practicing? [Re: Hermanberntzen]
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I just started Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 11, Opus 22, so most of my practice today was devoted to that.
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#1812074 - 12/24/11 11:43 PM Re: What are you practicing? [Re: Hermanberntzen]
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Loc: California
Bach Partita #4. My favorite. First attempted it a couple of years ago, found it intimidating, put it aside. Now I think there's a good chance of making a passable rendition.

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#1812086 - 12/25/11 12:28 AM Re: What are you practicing? [Re: Hermanberntzen]
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I can't practice for 3 days because the school isn't open. It's only day 1 but I already feel weird not practicing.... I just want to play!!! (and I have so much stuff to learn argh). Serious withdrawal symptoms.....
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#1812091 - 12/25/11 12:42 AM Re: What are you practicing? [Re: Pogorelich.]
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So you are practicing patience.

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#1812115 - 12/25/11 03:58 AM Re: What are you practicing? [Re: Hermanberntzen]
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Still working on my competition pieces, the Bach G minor P&F from WTK II and Mazeppa, slowly and patiently. Also working in some of the Debussy etudes. There really isn't anything in the literature that can prepare you for these.. they require a technique all their own.

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#1812118 - 12/25/11 04:00 AM Re: What are you practicing? [Re: jeffreyjones]
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Originally Posted By: jeffreyjones
Still working on my competition pieces, the Bach G minor P&F from WTK II and Mazeppa, slowly and patiently. Also working in some of the Debussy etudes. There really isn't anything in the literature that can prepare you for these.. they require a technique all their own.


What competition is that? I didn't know.

-J
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#1812119 - 12/25/11 04:02 AM Re: What are you practicing? [Re: Hermanberntzen]
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Today I began Chopin's F minor etude, op.10/9. A nice benefit of a teacher with smallish hands: she knows lots of good fingerings for people with smallish hands.

-J
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#1812120 - 12/25/11 04:02 AM Re: What are you practicing? [Re: Kuanpiano]
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Originally Posted By: Kuanpiano
Beethoven's op.110, and Liszt's 2nd Ballade. I think the Liszt is better than all 4 Chopin ballades put together. It's so amazing....!!


Me too! I have played them both before but am planning them as part of a recital I am preparing for the summer. I will pair the Liszt with En Reve, and Valse Oubilee No. 1. Also, I will include some lesser known Ravel pieces such as Menuet on the Name of Haydn and Menuet Antique along with 3 Scarlatti Sonatas.

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#1812121 - 12/25/11 04:07 AM Re: What are you practicing? [Re: beet31425]
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Originally Posted By: beet31425
Originally Posted By: jeffreyjones
Still working on my competition pieces, the Bach G minor P&F from WTK II and Mazeppa, slowly and patiently. Also working in some of the Debussy etudes. There really isn't anything in the literature that can prepare you for these.. they require a technique all their own.


What competition is that? I didn't know.

-J


A small local competition, the USOMC. I don't do many competitions because I don't like the high-stakes nature. I just need something to commit me to improving..

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#1812175 - 12/25/11 11:18 AM Re: What are you practicing? [Re: Tim Adrianson]
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Bonus Festivus to all! ~
my menorah is firing overtime, since we're down in the 30s here in Arizona.

To Tim Adrianson: If you're up for the Harbison 2nd Sonata, then look into my WIZARDS or Jupiter's Moons (instead of the little Hitchin' - a travellin' groove. [ WIZARDS gets it formal Carnegie Hall premiere in early March, at debut recital by Young-Ah Tak. It's also on the 2012 Kapell rep list.]

A New Year's note: my 2009 CONCERTO for Piano and Wind Orchestra 'Solar Traveller' gets its Midwest Premiere in February, in Minneapolis. Tim Lovelace is soloist.

-- And what am I practicing? For upcoming chamber music recitals ...Medtner 3 Nocturnes (vln. + pno.) and the Mendelssohn d minot Piano Trio. For myself: Tombeau de Couperin, and the CF Peters collection "Waltz Project".
(Just played the Poulenc 4-hands Sonate last week - that first movement is a riot.)

Good wishes from the USA ~
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#1812565 - 12/26/11 12:06 PM Re: What are you practicing? [Re: Composer888888]
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Well, I'll certainly take a look at "Wizards" and/or "Jupiter's Moons", in response to your specific suggestion. I would agree that "Hitchin'" is not a major statement, but I have a special fondness for ingratiating, interesting, well-crafted minor pieces, and "Hitchin'" definitely falls into that category.

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#1812610 - 12/26/11 01:12 PM Re: What are you practicing? [Re: Hermanberntzen]
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Brahms 1st concerto. smile

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#1813369 - 12/27/11 07:56 PM Re: What are you practicing? [Re: Hermanberntzen]
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Schumann Fantasy mvts 2+3, Haydn Sonata no. 50 mvts. 2+3, Bach prelude and fugue in g minor, Beethoven concerto 4. All at once!
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#1813385 - 12/27/11 08:22 PM Re: What are you practicing? [Re: Hermanberntzen]
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Schumann/Liszt Widmung
Rachmaninoff op. 16 no. 6 (Bringing this back after having some trouble before)
Schumann's Carnaval

I've quit lessons because of the lack of time frown and also cause I've realized my teacher taught me all she could. Anyway, I feel a duty to play some non late romantic pieces! I'm looking at something Debussy or early Beethoven. Maybe L'isle Joyeuse or the Pagode not sure

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