Welcome to the Piano World Piano Forums
Over 2 million posts about pianos, digital pianos, and all types of keyboard instruments
Join the World's Largest Community of Piano Lovers (it's free)
It's Fun to Play the Piano ... Please Pass It On!

SEARCH
the Forums & Piano World

This custom search works much better than the built in one and allows searching older posts.
(ad) End Stage Fright
End Stage Fright
(ad) Pianoteq
Latest Pianoteq add-on instrument: U4 upright piano
(ad) Pearl River
Pearl River Pianos
(ad) P B Guide
Acoustic & Digital Piano Guide
PianoSupplies.com (150)
Piano Accessories Music Related Gifts Piano Tuning Equipment Piano Moving Equipment
We now offer Gift Certificates in our online store!
(ad) Estonia Piano
Estonia Piano
Quick Links to Useful Stuff
Our Classified Ads
Find Piano Professionals-

*Piano Dealers - Piano Stores
*Piano Tuners
*Piano Teachers
*Piano Movers
*Piano Restorations
*Piano Manufacturers
*Organs

Quick Links:
*Advertise On Piano World
*Free Piano Newsletter
*Online Piano Recitals
*Piano Recitals Index
*Piano Accessories
* Buying a Piano
*Buying A Acoustic Piano
*Buying a Digital Piano
*Pianos for Sale
*Sell Your Piano
*How Old is My Piano?
*Piano Books
*Piano Art, Pictures, & Posters
*Directory/Site Map
*Contest
*Links
*Virtual Piano
*Music Word Search
*Piano Screen Saver
*Piano Videos
*Virtual Piano Chords
Topic Options
#1970879 - 10/09/12 04:06 PM Which piece should I pick?
Debbusyist Offline
Full Member

Registered: 03/10/12
Posts: 208
Loc: I'm standing upside down...
I need to pick a romantic piece to replace my brahms (op10 Intermezzo) and a baroque piece to replace my Bach (Sinfonia from Partita 2). Can you guys help me?

[BTW, my technical skills aren't all too good, and my hands are tiny - max is 9 keys with difficulty, and i'm trying for smooth double octaves.]

Baroque pieces:
Bach Prelude and fugue (any of these): Book 1 - Fmajor, F# major, F#minor, G major, G minor, Ab major, A major. Book 2 - C major, C# major, D minor, E major, F major, A major, A minor

Shostakovich Prelude and Fugues (any of these): A minor, Major, E minor, A major, F minor, Eb major, G minor, F major

Romantic pieces:
My teacher recommended to pick one out of these four (remember that my technical skills leave much to admire. :L)
Chopin: Nocturne in F# major op15 (personally, this one is nice, but a bit short)
Liszt: Ungarische Rhapsodie in E minor No5 from Ungarische Rhapsodien (i'd like to play this, but the middle section is a bit...evil for me)
Rachmaninoff: Elegie in Eb minor No1 from Morceaux de fantaise (i really want to play this, but the middle section with the double fourths is evil.)
Tchaikovsky: October from the seasons (easy to play technically, hard to interpret emotionally - i don't emit a rich warmth very much)

So, what do you think I should play, and which pieces do you like personally?
_________________________
HSC pieces:
Shostakovich Piano Concerto op 102. movement 1
Chopin 'Winter Wind' Etude
Slowly adding more on...

Top
(ad) Piano & Music Accessories
piano accessories music gifts tuning and moving equipment
#1970910 - 10/09/12 05:23 PM Re: Which piece should I pick? [Re: Debbusyist]
pianoloverus Online   content
Yikes! 10000 Post Club Member

Registered: 05/29/01
Posts: 19094
Loc: New York City
Would you want me to choose what you have for dinner?

I'd listen to them, following the IMSLP score if necessary, and choose the ones from each group you like. In terms of their difficulty, your teacher knows what's appropriate for you or if from a syllabus, the pieces are grouped by difficulty.


Edited by pianoloverus (10/09/12 05:26 PM)

Top
#1970923 - 10/09/12 05:46 PM Re: Which piece should I pick? [Re: Debbusyist]
Kreisler Offline



Registered: 11/27/02
Posts: 13706
Loc: Iowa City, IA
Personally, I like Shostakovich A minor and A Major, and the Rachmaninoff Elegy and Tchaikovsky October.
_________________________
"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)

www.pianoped.com
www.youtube.com/user/UIPianoPed

Top
#1970929 - 10/09/12 06:01 PM Re: Which piece should I pick? [Re: Debbusyist]
ScriabinAddict Offline
Full Member

Registered: 06/10/12
Posts: 320
For the Bach, choose what you will. I definitely recommend book 2 C# major (my personal favorite).

Top
#1971014 - 10/09/12 09:24 PM Re: Which piece should I pick? [Re: Debbusyist]
JoelW Offline
4000 Post Club Member

Registered: 05/25/12
Posts: 4138
The Chopin nocturne is a deceitfully tricky piece. In the middle section, bringing out the octave melody on top of the filler can be tough.

Top
#1971017 - 10/09/12 09:27 PM Re: Which piece should I pick? [Re: Debbusyist]
Mark_C Offline
Yikes! 10000 Post Club Member

Registered: 11/11/09
Posts: 19285
Loc: New York
Originally Posted By: Debbusyist
....i don't emit a rich warmth very much)....

I think if you're in touch with that and able to say it, you're probably just an inch away from being able to do it better!

Top
#1971082 - 10/09/12 11:42 PM Re: Which piece should I pick? [Re: Debbusyist]
LadyChen Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 01/25/12
Posts: 521
Loc: Canada
The Bach P&F's are ALL good, but play through them and pick your favorite. My favorite changes every month or so -- right now I'm really into the F# major in book 1. Try it out -- for me, it's one of the easier fugues and has a beautiful melody.

Top
#1971116 - 10/10/12 12:37 AM Re: Which piece should I pick? [Re: Kreisler]
DameMyra Online   happy
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 12/21/04
Posts: 1902
Loc: South Jersey
Originally Posted By: Kreisler
Personally, I like Shostakovich A minor and A Major, and the Rachmaninoff Elegy and Tchaikovsky October.


thumb

Though both Fugues are very tricky. (Fingering the A major was a nightmare for me!)
_________________________
Private Piano Teacher
Faculty, Rowan Prep Community School of Music
MTNA/NJMTA/SJMTA
Managing Director, Northern Lights Music Festival

Top
#1971121 - 10/10/12 12:47 AM Re: Which piece should I pick? [Re: Debbusyist]
ChopinAddict Offline
6000 Post Club Member

Registered: 08/29/09
Posts: 6075
Loc: Land of the never-ending music
Make sure you feel comfortable with your choice - don't think about what the examiners or PW members might like or not... YOU must like it because YOU have to play it and make a professional impression, and you cannot make a professional impression if you are somehow uncomfortable with it.
_________________________



Music is my best friend.


Top
#1971184 - 10/10/12 06:35 AM Re: Which piece should I pick? [Re: Debbusyist]
pianoloverus Online   content
Yikes! 10000 Post Club Member

Registered: 05/29/01
Posts: 19094
Loc: New York City
Now that most of the pieces have been recommended by at least one poster, guess what you have to do?
Click to reveal..
Decide for yourself.


Edited by pianoloverus (10/10/12 06:36 AM)

Top

Moderator:  Brendan, Kreisler 
What's Hot!!
HOW TO POST PICTURES on the Piano Forums
-------------------
Sharing is Caring!
About the Buttons
-------------------
Forums Rules & Help
-------------------
ADVERTISE
on Piano World

The world's most popular piano web site.
-------------------
PIANO BOOKS
Interesting books about the piano, pianists, piano history, biographies, memoirs and more!
(125ad) Dampp Chaser
Dampp Chaser Piano Life Saver
Sheet Music
(PW is an affiliate)
Sheet Music Plus Featured Sale
Download & Print Sheet Music Instantly
sheet music search
sheet music search

sheet music search
(ad) HAILUN Pianos
Hailun Pianos - Click for More
(ad) Lindeblad Piano
Lindeblad Piano Restoration
Who's Online
138 registered (adanepst, 36251, Almaviva, 41 invisible), 1461 Guests and 40 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Stats
74206 Members
42 Forums
153496 Topics
2249269 Posts

Max Online: 15252 @ 03/21/10 11:39 PM
New Topics - Multiple Forums
Teaching memorization
by clarikeys
04/16/14 07:45 AM
Accepted Procedure for Having a Piano Tech look at a piano?
by Paul678
04/16/14 07:19 AM
Tips for playing a piece through
by Hemmingway
04/16/14 06:40 AM
Temperature and tuning
by Beemer
04/16/14 04:46 AM
Tired Fingers
by adanepst
04/16/14 01:45 AM
(ads by Google)

Visit our online store for gifts for music lovers

 
Our Piano Related Classified Ads
| Dealers | Tuners | Lessons | Movers | Restorations | Pianos For Sale | Sell Your Piano |

Advertise on Piano World
| Subscribe | Piano World | PianoSupplies.com | Advertise on Piano World | Donate | Link to Us | Classifieds |
| |Contact | Privacy | Legal | About Us | Site Map | Free Newsletter | Press Room |


copyright 1997 - 2014 Piano World ® all rights reserved
No part of this site may be reproduced without prior written permission