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#1854025 - 03/01/12 01:47 AM Intermediate classical piano pieces
Atryx Offline
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Hello all,

I am looking for some intermediate-level classical piano pieces to learn.

Some background of my skill level; I've been self-taught for the past 6 years and practice daily from 4-6 hours and often go up to 8 hours. I can play nearly everything written by Yiruma with ease as well as countless other modern songs in my repertoire, but the only classical piece I know is Fur Elise, which I can play easily.

I am seeking more classical songs to learn, but nothing too advanced (no Chopin etudes or La Campanella please!)

I am very interested in emotional pieces that move and contain dissonance as well as pieces that are happy and playful.

Thanks for any help!

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#1854187 - 03/01/12 10:53 AM Re: Intermediate classical piano pieces [Re: Atryx]
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If you like Happy and Playfull - Why not trying to play some Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. You need light fingers though.
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#1854191 - 03/01/12 11:05 AM Re: Intermediate classical piano pieces [Re: Atryx]
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Originally Posted By: Atryx
Hello all,

I am looking for some intermediate-level classical piano pieces to learn.

Some background of my skill level; I've been self-taught for the past 6 years and practice daily from 4-6 hours and often go up to 8 hours. I can play nearly everything written by Yiruma with ease as well as countless other modern songs in my repertoire, but the only classical piece I know is Fur Elise, which I can play easily.

I am seeking more classical songs to learn, but nothing too advanced (no Chopin etudes or La Campanella please!)

I am very interested in emotional pieces that move and contain dissonance as well as pieces that are happy and playful.

Thanks for any help!

It's not what you asked for, but I recommend you get a teacher. A teacher should instruct you in better practice techniques (the huge amount of time you've been putting in is probably inefficient) and can teach you about the repertoire you're interested in.
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#1854193 - 03/01/12 11:10 AM Re: Intermediate classical piano pieces [Re: Atryx]
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4-6? Woah! shocked

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#1854195 - 03/01/12 11:13 AM Re: Intermediate classical piano pieces [Re: Atryx]
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Some ''intermediate'' pieces:

Mendelssohn's Andante & Rondo Capricioso



Schubert's D.784 A minor sonata



Beethoven's Sonata no.1 in F minor

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#1854244 - 03/01/12 12:14 PM Re: Intermediate classical piano pieces [Re: pianomie]
Atryx Offline
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Originally Posted By: Hermanberntzen
If you like Happy and Playfull - Why not trying to play some Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. You need light fingers though.


Yes, I am very interested in works by Mozart, Beethoven, and Chopin smile

Originally Posted By: pianomie

It's not what you asked for, but I recommend you get a teacher. A teacher should instruct you in better practice techniques (the huge amount of time you've been putting in is probably inefficient) and can teach you about the repertoire you're interested in.


I am going to take some music class(es) at my university starting next term, and will hopefully get an instructor to guide me.

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Thank you Respighi! These seem like they would be right up my alley!

Any more recommendations are appreciated; as I mentioned, I am very interested in works by Mozart, Beethoven, and Chopin.


Edited by Atryx (03/01/12 12:14 PM)

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#1854253 - 03/01/12 12:31 PM Re: Intermediate classical piano pieces [Re: Atryx]
Hermanberntzen Offline
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Yes, Mozart is good. But not my taste in playing. Im more likely to play Bach.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JcUh-ggBfzI
I have a sense that many people start of by learning this one as their first Mozart Sonata.
Somone is really likely to learn this piece to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrk-zuuc77U
Both are quite overplayed but Mozart is famous, isn't he? smile

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#1854269 - 03/01/12 01:05 PM Re: Intermediate classical piano pieces [Re: Atryx]
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Chopin #20 C sharp minor

Chopin op 9 no2

Chopin op 15 no 3

Brahms op 118 no 2

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#1854278 - 03/01/12 01:15 PM Re: Intermediate classical piano pieces [Re: Atryx]
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I am somewhat nonplussed as to how one would answer - or could answer - the question from a self-taught pianist who practices 4 to 6 hours a day, knows only one classical piece but which s/he can "play easily" and who now asks for some "intermediate level classical piano pieces."

I would have no idea, from the information given, the OP's level of technical and interpretive skills, nor what would be best to recommend. The field is wide open with hundreds - if not thousands - of "intermediate level pieces" that one could recommend.

I think the only sound advice if the OP wants to "learn" classical repertoire is to get a teacher who will assess his/her skills and who will then help guide the student on a program that will develop both the technique needed and the repertoire hoped for by the OP.

Failing that, why not go through collections of "intermediate level pieces" - there are dozens of volumes published that would fit that description - and start playing through some until pieces are found that meet the criteria of the OP's needs.

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#1854661 - 03/02/12 01:46 AM Re: Intermediate classical piano pieces [Re: Atryx]
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I highly recommend Haydn's sonatas.

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#1854747 - 03/02/12 07:03 AM Re: Intermediate classical piano pieces [Re: Atryx]
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Chopin Mazurkas--each one is a gem, and many are not too hard.

Also, in the "Joy of" book series there's a "Joy of Classics" that has a nice set of selections.
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#1854750 - 03/02/12 07:13 AM Re: Intermediate classical piano pieces [Re: Atryx]
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Originally Posted By: Atryx
I am very interested in emotional pieces that move and contain dissonance as well as pieces that are happy and playful.

Thanks for any help!
I don't know if it's appropriate but there's also my short works for piano which could fit the bill...
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#1854935 - 03/02/12 01:55 PM Re: Intermediate classical piano pieces [Re: Atryx]
Atryx Offline
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Wow, thanks for all the leads!

I spent about 7 hours yesterday working on Mozart's Sonata no. 16 K. 545 and I've got it down relatively well smile

I've taken note of everything you have all suggested and will be sure I check all of these pieces out! I think I'll be having a look at Chopin's Raindrop Prelude next smile

I'm definitely enjoying the common practice of counterpoint, as opposed to the modern stuff I usually play where the left hand is just playing a bassline with lower octave ornaments.


Edited by Atryx (03/02/12 01:55 PM)

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#1855381 - 03/03/12 06:07 AM Re: Intermediate classical piano pieces [Re: Atryx]
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Glad you took my advice! smile
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#1857883 - 03/07/12 03:46 PM Re: Intermediate classical piano pieces [Re: Gould]
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Originally Posted By: Respighi
Some ''intermediate'' pieces:

Mendelssohn's Andante & Rondo Capricioso




I don't know about the others, but the above piece is certainly NOT intermediate! Lots of runs which call for both very good technique and stamina, as well as very fast octave work.
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#1857898 - 03/07/12 04:04 PM Re: Intermediate classical piano pieces [Re: Bex]
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Originally Posted By: Bex

I don't know about the others, but the above piece is certainly NOT intermediate! Lots of runs which call for both very good technique and stamina, as well as very fast octave work.


Yup - that one kind of made me chuckle as well....... grin
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#1858047 - 03/07/12 08:57 PM Re: Intermediate classical piano pieces [Re: Atryx]
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Go to http://www.henle.com/en/home/index.html
Select the difficulty you want and/or the composer, then browse the pieces smile

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#1858661 - 03/08/12 09:13 PM Re: Intermediate classical piano pieces [Re: Nikolas]
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Originally Posted By: Nikolas
Originally Posted By: Atryx
I am very interested in emotional pieces that move and contain dissonance as well as pieces that are happy and playful.

Thanks for any help!
I don't know if it's appropriate but there's also my short works for piano which could fit the bill...


Oh no!!! Not challenge enough for even a six months intermediate pianist, regarding finger skill! But challenge to your mental skill. You can't name the note, nor the chord. Play this piece can escape from the left brain.
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