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#2145520 - 09/06/13 11:35 PM Suggestions for First Schubert Piece
IreneAdler Offline
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Registered: 09/07/11
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Loc: Washington
I am almost finished with my current sonatina by Beethoven and I have been reading about Schubert's music and I though it was high time I learned one his compositions I have the sheet music for his Schwanengesang, one of my dream pieces, but I think it is probably a little too demanding for me at present even with my teacher's guidance. I recently fell in love with his "Litany for all the Souls", but again I have a feeling that Liszt's adaptation might be a little much for me. Does anyone have suggestions for a good first Schubert piece, I am not sure exactly what level I am, but I have learned: Chopin's Waltz in A minor, his Prelude in E minor, and the first movement of Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata among other pieces. Thanks!

Edited by IreneAdler (09/06/13 11:36 PM)

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#2145536 - 09/07/13 01:00 AM Re: Suggestions for First Schubert Piece [Re: IreneAdler]
7naturals Offline
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Registered: 04/09/12
Posts: 16
Here is a couple. Since you like Schwanengesang, start with #7. I have this one in my list to learn and downloaded the music not too long ago..

Here is valentina playing it..

Then down the road the impromtu op.90 no.3

Listen to those and see if you like them...

#2145592 - 09/07/13 03:48 AM Re: Suggestions for First Schubert Piece [Re: IreneAdler]
Pavel.K Offline
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Registered: 07/01/12
Posts: 88
Loc: Czech Republic
Hi Irene,
I do not know what sheet music of Liszt's transcription you have got, but there is a simplified version of the Standchen, which was published simultaneously with "full version". This simplified version is available alone in Alfred's "Liszt - 21 selected piano works" or together with "full version" in Editio Musica Budapest - Liszt Transcriptions VI.
The Easiest Schubert's Impromptu seems to be 142/2.
If you love Schubert's Ave Maria, there is a solo piano version (not that extreme insane Liszt transcription). It is on two pages - search for Carl Fischer - Schubert Ave Maria for piano solo. I think it is interpreted on this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXyzIJNBuLg

#2145596 - 09/07/13 04:15 AM Re: Suggestions for First Schubert Piece [Re: IreneAdler]
Bobpickle Offline

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Registered: 05/24/12
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Loc: Cameron Park, California
You might try listening to and/or reading through some of the easier pieces on this list: http://www.pianoworld.com/Uploads/files/Graded_Pieces_Sorted_By_Difficulty.PDF

I imagine http://pianostreet.com also has a pretty comprehensive (if not the entire piano output) list of grades for Schubert's pieces.
Bernhard - Always Have a Plan

#2145644 - 09/07/13 08:25 AM Re: Suggestions for First Schubert Piece [Re: IreneAdler]
zrtf90 Offline
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Registered: 02/29/12
Posts: 2914
Loc: Ireland (ex England)
I'm currently finishing off Liszt's easy transcription of Ständchen prior to taking on the full thing. I think it might be a stretch.

His Scherzo in Bb is very popular and easier than any of his Impromptus and maybe a tad easier than Moments Musicaux 1, 2 and 6 though not as easy as his Landler and Waltzes. The ABRSM has it at grade 5.

Here's a very competent amateur performance giving a better indication of tempo than any of the pro versions I can find on YouTube. This is about the tempo I play it at. I also have a CD of Ronan O'Hora doing it about this tempo.

The video names it incorrectly as being in B but it's B flat.


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