For reasons I probably shouldn't go into right now, I'm trying to assemble a list of 'dream pieces' -- pieces that have a special significance to me, have carried, or are likely to carry a certain kind of emotional resonance upon first listening to them, or pieces that, quite simply, every self-respecting amateur pianist should aspire to get under their belt (and this is where you lot can potentially help).
I've more or less successfully tackled two of the pieces on my '50 things' list already: Gymnopédie n° 1 by Erik Satie, which I played at a friend's house on Christmas day, and the 'Adagio Sostenuto' from Beethoven's Piano Sonata n° 14 (otherwise known as the first movement of the 'Moonlight' Sonata), of which I made my first note-perfect recording tonight.
Other than that, I currently have a Chopin Nocturne on it (19 right now, but that's subject to change), as well as a particular Chopin Waltz, which I want to learn to play very well; my teacher likes it, but hasn't yet found a student who was really motivated to play it well. And the second movement of Beethoven's third piano Sonata, just because I like the sound of it. Then there are the odds and ends, such as 'some rag by Scott Joplin', and a particular arrangement for piano solo of Jeff Buckley's 'Hallelujah', which was written by a guy called Kyle Landry, and came to me via YouTube.
So, that makes seven. Any ideas for what the other 43 should be?
Loc: United Kingdom
Clair de lune has always been on my list of dream pieces. I have just started trying to learn it again. If you like Satie check out the Gnossienne's. Number 1 and 3 are my favourites. Quite dark compared to his Gymnopédie's but I like dark...
Just started working on: Clair de lune Nocturne in c minor - Chopin youtube.com/elysiumproject
Loc: Scottsdale, AZ
When I restarted piano I had only a few pieces in my bucket list. Since then my list has expanded out of control - the rate of expansion far exceeds the speed of leaning (Very Slow). I may have to live to be a centurion.
Chopin Mazurka Op 63 #3 (12/15 due) Schubert Sonata D960 2nd mvmnt Andante sostenute, Bach f minor P&F WTC Book I, Rachmaninoff Elegie Op 3 #1, Chopin Nocturn Op 27 #2 and Mozart Fantasie c minor K. 475 (2014)
From Debussy Arabesque in E Major The Snow is Dancing What the west wind saw (Ce qu'a vu le vent d'ouest)
Tchaikovsky's Sick doll and doll's funeral (from his children's album of 24 easy pieces, but nice)
Padereweski's Minuet in G
Leybach's 5th Nocturne
Liszt's Liebenstraum and Hungarian Rhapsody Maybe La Campanella.
Rimsy-Korsakov's Song of India
Bach's Prelude and Fugue in C Major and (pick another in your favorite key and his Two part invention #1
Bach (the younger)'s Solfeggietto
Burgmuller's Angel's voices, Ballade, and Silent Longings
Joplin's entertainer and Maple Leaf Rag
Beehtoven's Fur Elise
Maybe some Jazz Standards
Autumn Leaves Misty Afternoon in Paris On Green Dolphin Street
Probably some christmas carols or hymns that you like if you can find good arrangements that suit you
And finally I'd throw in some arrangements or transcriptions of pop/rock songs that you like depending on your tastes. Billy Joel, Ray Charles, Beatles, harder to make recommendations for that without knowing your tastes better.
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Another - Khatchaturian's Toccata in E Minor. Not as difficult as it sounds, and once mastered is pretty much the most fun you can have on a piano. Bit of 20thC Russian percussiveness, a bit of jazz - what more could you want in a piece?
(the flourish from this kid on the final chords says it all really! He knows what I'm talking 'bout.)
-Jubilation/Sweet Lorraine/Come Sunday (in Tete Montoliu's style). -The Hilltop (Chick Korea). -Lament (like, say, Peter Martin). -My favourite things (in a Brad Mehldau way). -One from Chano Dominguez, if you like flamenco/jazz fusion.
I guess they're all in youtube, not sure about Martin's one.
Learning piano from scratch since September, 2012. Kawai ES7.