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#2075942 - 05/02/13 02:38 PM Easy but beautiful pieces
Dr_Cogitatio Offline
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Can someone recommend some easy but beautiful pieces, preferable some sad ones smile I really like Satie's Gymnopedies and Gnossiennes, so I would like something similar smile
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#2075951 - 05/02/13 02:48 PM Re: Easy but beautiful pieces [Re: Dr_Cogitatio]
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Easy is in the fingers of the beholder wink

But if the Gymnopedies are in your reach, here are some things that I've done that I think are feasible for someone who can play that, and are beautiful. I'm restricting it to pieces I have personally played, just because those are ones I'm comfortable about predicting the difficulty:

a) "To A Wild Rose" (Macdowell)
b) E minor Prelude (Chopin)
c) Second movement Mozart Sonata in C (K545). Eek, debatable as to it's difficulty. I tackled it way before Gymnopedie #1 though.

I've also found Debussy's Arabesque #1 and Chopin's Nocturne in Eb extremely beautiful ... but they are quite a bit more difficult.
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#2075952 - 05/02/13 02:48 PM Re: Easy but beautiful pieces [Re: Dr_Cogitatio]
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Those pieces don't look easy to play but they do sound nice.

I think Burgmuller Opus 100, 1-25 are somewhat easy to learn for beginners. It gets progressively harder, technique wise. But a lot of the scores are fast so it's prob not something you are looking for.

How about Prelude in C major (Bach) and Prelude in E minor (Chopin). Those were rather easy to learn....harder to polish though...then again, maybe that's just me frown
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#2075964 - 05/02/13 02:57 PM Re: Easy but beautiful pieces [Re: Andy Platt]
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Thank you! I really love Chopin's Nocturne in Eb, and also the B flat one, but I think they are a little too difficult for me to play right now, but I have promised myself that I will learn them some day! :P
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#2075965 - 05/02/13 02:59 PM Re: Easy but beautiful pieces [Re: ElleC]
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Thank you! smile I really love Chopin's prelude in E minor!
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#2075986 - 05/02/13 03:23 PM Re: Easy but beautiful pieces [Re: Dr_Cogitatio]
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I'll put my tin hat on to say this and await the onslaught, but there's lots of collections of simplified versions of well known piano works, under the heading, i.e., "Easy Piano", "Big Note Piano".


Edited by bluebilly (05/02/13 03:24 PM)

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#2076002 - 05/02/13 03:52 PM Re: Easy but beautiful pieces [Re: bluebilly]
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Originally Posted By: bluebilly
there's lots of collections of simplified versions of well known piano works, under the heading, i.e., "Easy Piano", "Big Note Piano".

Tell me more ... any concrete book recommendations?

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#2076033 - 05/02/13 04:45 PM Re: Easy but beautiful pieces [Re: ElleC]
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Originally Posted By: ElleC
Those pieces don't look easy to play but they do sound nice.

I think Burgmuller Opus 100, 1-25 are somewhat easy to learn for beginners. It gets progressively harder, technique wise. But a lot of the scores are fast so it's prob not something you are looking for.

How about Prelude in C major (Bach) and Prelude in E minor (Chopin). Those were rather easy to learn....harder to polish though...then again, maybe that's just me frown


Im now working on burgmuller opis 100 6 and 7... after getting 1 to 5 acceptable minus 4, thats going to take time due to the thirds being a pain (broken hand doesnt help.)

A rather melancholy and approchable piece is number 19. I personnally dont think they are in order of difficulty.

A sad and reasonnably easy piece from a modern composer would be come en fiore by einoudi.... however difficulty is all subjective... and even the easiest pieces are very difficult to master... quite often i find the slow pieces difficupt due to the accuracy needed in shaping and legato..
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#2076036 - 05/02/13 04:48 PM Re: Easy but beautiful pieces [Re: Dr_Cogitatio]
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One day i will post a rply without any spelling mistakes lol
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#2076046 - 05/02/13 04:57 PM Re: Easy but beautiful pieces [Re: Dr_Cogitatio]
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For something leftfield...

Toradora!

There are two pieces which are sad and slow:

Both are 73bpm

Lost my pieces

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMBN5bZl0xA

There ate two versions of this the 36 bar and the 39 bar version. The 36 bar version is thinner (one note instead of octave notes and 4 finger chords).

Yuugure no Yakusoku

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iH-65G4imlI

Took me 3 hours to learn this piece. Its quite and slow too.

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#2076073 - 05/02/13 05:43 PM Re: Easy but beautiful pieces [Re: Dr_Cogitatio]
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This one is nice: Gravitation Theme. The sheet music is also downloadable from this link. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykM6ljV6Sog



Edited by hamlet cat (05/02/13 05:44 PM)

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#2076471 - 05/03/13 08:06 AM Re: Easy but beautiful pieces [Re: xorbe]
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Originally Posted By: xorbe
Originally Posted By: bluebilly
there's lots of collections of simplified versions of well known piano works, under the heading, i.e., "Easy Piano", "Big Note Piano".

Tell me more ... any concrete book recommendations?

There's lots but one I like personally, because I'll never be good enough to play the real thing, is SIMPLY CHOPIN arranged by JERRY RAY (Alfred). Otherwise just type in "Easy Piano", or "Big Note Piano", into the Sheetmusicplus , or Amazon, search box and see what it brings up.

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#2076541 - 05/03/13 10:03 AM Re: Easy but beautiful pieces [Re: Dr_Cogitatio]
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I found this page has many beautiful songs: http://www.freesheetpianomusic.com/ I like the arrangement of GALYA ^^


Edited by mattroilanh_tt (05/03/13 10:03 AM)
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#2076677 - 05/03/13 01:54 PM Re: Easy but beautiful pieces [Re: mattroilanh_tt]
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I like this song even though is beyond my level.

Always With Me


Edited by mobislink (05/03/13 01:56 PM)

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#2076758 - 05/03/13 04:49 PM Re: Easy but beautiful pieces [Re: xorbe]
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Originally Posted By: xorbe
Originally Posted By: bluebilly
there's lots of collections of simplified versions of well known piano works, under the heading, i.e., "Easy Piano", "Big Note Piano".

Tell me more ... any concrete book recommendations?

Another easy collection I have, amongst many.

Easy Piano Classics edited by James Bastien

I got my copy spiral bound at our local college print room.

BTW, IMO this book has the nicest easy arrangement of "Liebestraum" I've come across.


Edited by bluebilly (05/03/13 05:19 PM)

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