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#2201725 - 12/23/13 06:02 AM Classical repertoire from begginer to master
Danijelcro Offline
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I'm playing piano for more then 6 years but I never decide to step really serious in classical playing.
Is there any order which composer and their piece to start playing and if its possible can someone please make some list of them by. I have started with JSBach - Two-part inventions.

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#2201727 - 12/23/13 06:12 AM Re: Classical repertoire from begginer to master [Re: Danijelcro]
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It doesn't work with composers, as you seem to imply... I mean some works by Chopin are easier than some sonatas by Scarlati. Even Scriabin has some easy preludes...

Generally you go by individual works rather than composers. You could, perhaps, tackle an easy sonata (sonatina in G?) by Beethoven, before going into Mozart or Haydn, for example...
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#2201756 - 12/23/13 08:43 AM Re: Classical repertoire from begginer to master [Re: Danijelcro]
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You might find this list helpful. It's the US analogue of the RCM exams. The Bach invention no. 1 is on the level 7 list and the rest of the inventions are on the level 8 list, so you might look at those levels to start with, or maybe a couple levels down if you want something easier.
http://www.musicdevelopmentprogram.org/s...e_SECURE(1).pdf

There are also two useful repertoire books (these don't include the scores -- they are several hundred pages of titles, composers and brief descriptions of the pieces):
Jane Magrath, The Pianist's Guide to Standard Teaching and Performance Literature - Covers late beginner through early advanced repertoire

Maurice Hinson, Guide to the Pianist's Repertoire - Covers early advanced through concert repertoire


Don't take any list for granted, though, because difficulties always depend on the individual pianist. I use those books as a starting place for choosing rep for students, but I always play through stuff to make sure it is really the right level for that student. For example, Magrath doesn't take piece length into account as much as I would, but her book is more aimed at adult learners and I teach mostly children.
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#2201794 - 12/23/13 09:58 AM Re: Classical repertoire from begginer to master [Re: Danijelcro]
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So you want us to list every single composition ever written in exact order of difficulty? I don't think that's going to happen. We get this type of question all the time and the answer is always the same: to echo stores, "Do your homework."
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#2201812 - 12/23/13 10:40 AM Re: Classical repertoire from begginer to master [Re: Polyphonist]
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Originally Posted By: Polyphonist
So you want us to list every single composition ever written in exact order of difficulty? I don't think that's going to happen. We get this type of question all the time and the answer is always the same: to echo stores, "Do your homework."


With only 20-something posts, the idea that stores are something other than a place to shop is probably foreign to them.

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#2201817 - 12/23/13 10:42 AM Re: Classical repertoire from begginer to master [Re: Damon]
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Originally Posted By: Damon
Originally Posted By: Polyphonist
So you want us to list every single composition ever written in exact order of difficulty? I don't think that's going to happen. We get this type of question all the time and the answer is always the same: to echo stores, "Do your homework."


With only 20-something posts, the idea that stores are something other than a place to shop is probably foreign to them.

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#2201839 - 12/23/13 11:20 AM Re: Classical repertoire from begginer to master [Re: Polyphonist]
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Originally Posted By: Polyphonist
So you want us to list every single composition ever written in exact order of difficulty? I don't think that's going to happen. We get this type of question all the time and the answer is always the same: to echo stores, "Do your homework."
The OP was under the impression that one should choose composers in a particular order. Nikolas cleared up that misconception.

The books hreichgott listed were a perfect way for the the OP to get a handle on which pieces would be appropriate. It wasn't necessary to list every composition written in order of difficulty to give the OP a very clear road map of how to proceed. It only took a few minutes time from those who were interested in helping instead of berating.


Edited by pianoloverus (12/23/13 11:27 AM)

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#2201973 - 12/23/13 04:59 PM Re: Classical repertoire from begginer to master [Re: Danijelcro]
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tnx hreichgott that is exacly what i was looking for

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#2201985 - 12/23/13 05:47 PM Re: Classical repertoire from begginer to master [Re: Danijelcro]
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You're welcome. Have fun exploring!
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