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#2306125 - 07/23/14 07:13 PM Good popular and classical songs for a piano gig?
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Here is an incomplete list of pop and classical songs I am considering doing for an upcoming gig. I am mostly playing for an older audience.

Please add to it, I am in need of some suggestions!!!

You can suggest popular classical songs too!!

Chariots of Fire
Linus and Lucy
Memories
Liebestraume
Flight of the Bumblebee
Phantom of the Opera








Edited by Tony Romo (07/23/14 07:13 PM)

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#2306132 - 07/23/14 07:30 PM Re: Good popular and classical songs for a piano gig? [Re: Tony Romo]
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Fur elise and Fantasy impromptu are really good songs.
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#2306135 - 07/23/14 07:34 PM Re: Good popular and classical songs for a piano gig? [Re: Tony Romo]
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Tony -

What pop and classical pieces do you already have in your repertoire?
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#2306164 - 07/23/14 08:31 PM Re: Good popular and classical songs for a piano gig? [Re: Tony Romo]
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If your aim for "popular" is "people who might have heard piano before":

Chopin Nocturne 9/2
Debussy Clair de Lune
Bach Prelude in C

maybe even Chopin etude 10/12

but yeah, whatever is already in your repertoire is your best bet.

youcould also play etude 10/1, that'll dazzle them!

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#2306514 - 07/24/14 02:56 PM Re: Good popular and classical songs for a piano gig? [Re: Polyphonist]
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Originally Posted By: Polyphonist
Fur elise and Fantasy impromptu are really good songs.


Yes to Fantasy Impromptu.

Think that Fur Elise might be too cliched at this point.

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#2306516 - 07/24/14 02:56 PM Re: Good popular and classical songs for a piano gig? [Re: carey]
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Originally Posted By: carey
Tony -

What pop and classical pieces do you already have in your repertoire?


I listed them at the beginning of this post.

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#2306517 - 07/24/14 02:57 PM Re: Good popular and classical songs for a piano gig? [Re: joonsang]
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Originally Posted By: joonsang
If your aim for "popular" is "people who might have heard piano before":

Chopin Nocturne 9/2
Debussy Clair de Lune
Bach Prelude in C

maybe even Chopin etude 10/12

but yeah, whatever is already in your repertoire is your best bet.

youcould also play etude 10/1, that'll dazzle them!


Good suggestion on Clair De Lune. Perhaps the Chopin Nocturnes as well.

What about pop songs? Is there something obvious I'm overlooking?

People like show tunes and all kinds of famous pop songs, but I'm not really hip anymore smile

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#2306526 - 07/24/14 03:10 PM Re: Good popular and classical songs for a piano gig? [Re: Polyphonist]
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Originally Posted By: Polyphonist
Fur elise and Fantasy impromptu are really good songs.



LOL. Don't forget Claire de Lune, might as well get that song out of the way.

Edit: Damn, not quick enough.


Edited by Art_Vandelay (07/24/14 03:11 PM)
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#2306542 - 07/24/14 03:32 PM Re: Good popular and classical songs for a piano gig? [Re: Tony Romo]
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I'd think that pop songs that use the piano are the best ones to transfer to solo piano (I assume you aren't singing too wink ).

The ones I play for friends who don't dig classical are Bridge Over Troubled Water, Imagine, Candle in the Wind and Your Song.

As for classical, don't forget Chopin waltzes (Op.64/2, Op.70/2, Op.69/2 are the easier slower ones) and mazurkas (Op.7/1, Op.30/3, Op.59/2). And Brahms waltzes (Op.39/2 & 15).
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#2306576 - 07/24/14 04:14 PM Re: Good popular and classical songs for a piano gig? [Re: Tony Romo]
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Dvorak Humoresque, most people in an older generation might even know alternate words to that one

Of the same style might consider Stephen Foster Beautiful Dreamer.
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#2306577 - 07/24/14 04:15 PM Re: Good popular and classical songs for a piano gig? [Re: phantomFive]
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Originally Posted By: phantomFive
Dvorak Humoresque, most people in an older generation might even know alternate words to that one

Of the same style might consider Stephen Foster Beautiful Dreamer.

(Here's a little known fact: the subject of Dvorak Humoresque involves death)
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#2306590 - 07/24/14 04:30 PM Re: Good popular and classical songs for a piano gig? [Re: phantomFive]
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Originally Posted By: phantomFive
Originally Posted By: phantomFive
Dvorak Humoresque, most people in an older generation might even know alternate words to that one

Of the same style might consider Stephen Foster Beautiful Dreamer.

(Here's a little known fact: the subject of Dvorak Humoresque involves death)


Thats appropriate, because by the time I'm done playing it, everyone has fallen asleep or died smile

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#2306594 - 07/24/14 04:31 PM Re: Good popular and classical songs for a piano gig? [Re: bennevis]
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Originally Posted By: bennevis
I'd think that pop songs that use the piano are the best ones to transfer to solo piano (I assume you aren't singing too wink ).

The ones I play for friends who don't dig classical are Bridge Over Troubled Water, Imagine, Candle in the Wind and Your Song.



Interesting suggestions, thank you!

Keep them coming, I need as much material as possible, I have to play for about 20 hours.

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#2306598 - 07/24/14 04:36 PM Re: Good popular and classical songs for a piano gig? [Re: Tony Romo]
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Just improv for a lot of it; that should burn up some good time.
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#2306600 - 07/24/14 04:39 PM Re: Good popular and classical songs for a piano gig? [Re: Tony Romo]
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Originally Posted By: Tony Romo
Originally Posted By: bennevis
I'd think that pop songs that use the piano are the best ones to transfer to solo piano (I assume you aren't singing too wink ).

The ones I play for friends who don't dig classical are Bridge Over Troubled Water, Imagine, Candle in the Wind and Your Song.



Interesting suggestions, thank you!

Keep them coming, I need as much material as possible, I have to play for about 20 hours.


Oh wow. Dan Coates has several volumes of music that are fairly good.
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#2306607 - 07/24/14 04:53 PM Re: Good popular and classical songs for a piano gig? [Re: Tony Romo]
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Originally Posted By: Tony Romo
I have to play for about 20 hours.


shocked And I thought my upcoming 4 hour gig was long!

Cathy
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#2306611 - 07/24/14 04:57 PM Re: Good popular and classical songs for a piano gig? [Re: Tony Romo]
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Originally Posted By: Tony Romo

Keep them coming, I need as much material as possible, I have to play for about 20 hours.


Nobody mentioned Joplin rags yet?

There're enough there to last two hours (especially if you take all repeats wink ).

Everyone loves The Entertainer and Maple Leaf Rag, but Solace, Bethena and Elite Syncopations are all good too.

And, if you're good at arranging, Piazzolla or other people's tangos will get your listeners up on their feet grin. Especially Libertango. Failing that, settle for Albéniz's Tango, nice & easy.

Grieg's Lyric Pieces (e.g. Erotik wink ) and Mendelssohn's Songs without Words (e.g. Op.19/1, Spring Song), and Fauré's equivalent Romance sans paroles Op.17/3 will all get your elderly audience nostalgic over the good old days.....
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#2306635 - 07/24/14 05:55 PM Re: Good popular and classical songs for a piano gig? [Re: Tony Romo]
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Originally Posted By: Tony Romo
Originally Posted By: Polyphonist
Fur elise and Fantasy impromptu are really good songs.


Yes to Fantasy Impromptu.

Think that Fur Elise might be too cliched at this point.


Fantasie Impromptu is just as clichéd. It's just that fewer people are capable of playing it.
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#2306638 - 07/24/14 05:59 PM Re: Good popular and classical songs for a piano gig? [Re: Tony Romo]
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Originally Posted By: Tony Romo
Originally Posted By: bennevis
I'd think that pop songs that use the piano are the best ones to transfer to solo piano (I assume you aren't singing too wink ). The ones I play for friends who don't dig classical are Bridge Over Troubled Water, Imagine, Candle in the Wind and Your Song.
Interesting suggestions, thank you! Keep them coming, I need as much material as possible, I have to play for about 20 hours.
20 hours? You're kidding - right?? What kind of gig is this??

Also - exactly how OLD is this "older audience." grin
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#2306653 - 07/24/14 06:27 PM Re: Good popular and classical songs for a piano gig? [Re: carey]
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Originally Posted By: carey
Originally Posted By: Tony Romo
Originally Posted By: bennevis
I'd think that pop songs that use the piano are the best ones to transfer to solo piano (I assume you aren't singing too wink ). The ones I play for friends who don't dig classical are Bridge Over Troubled Water, Imagine, Candle in the Wind and Your Song.
Interesting suggestions, thank you! Keep them coming, I need as much material as possible, I have to play for about 20 hours.
20 hours? You're kidding - right?? What kind of gig is this??

Also - exactly how OLD is this "older audience." grin

Tony, you can play Satie's "Vexations" and fill up nearly ten hours with it, maybe more if the tempo is reduced. It is only one page of music, the challenge is not to lose count of the repetitions.

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

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#2306660 - 07/24/14 06:56 PM Re: Good popular and classical songs for a piano gig? [Re: Tony Romo]
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Originally Posted By: Tony Romo
People like show tunes and all kinds of famous pop songs, but I'm not really hip anymore smile
Depending on how old your "older" audience is, they mightn't be hip any more either.
Originally Posted By: Tony Romo
Keep them coming, I need as much material as possible, I have to play for about 20 hours.
haha laugh
Aim for 2 hours worth of repertoire and play it all 10 times. No-one who is still awake will notice. You probably won't even notice...
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#2306670 - 07/24/14 07:10 PM Re: Good popular and classical songs for a piano gig? [Re: Tony Romo]
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Though I'm loathe to suggest him, Einaudi could come in handy here - easy to sight-read, easy to play, easy on the ear, somnolence-inducing........ thumb
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#2306683 - 07/24/14 07:42 PM Re: Good popular and classical songs for a piano gig? [Re: Tony Romo]
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If you're looking for some quasi-classical pieces, Mannheim Steamroller has some nice, easy piano music that I play a lot when I have to do background music. Here's one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9zhME0Qrek

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#2306700 - 07/24/14 08:22 PM Re: Good popular and classical songs for a piano gig? [Re: Tony Romo]
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Originally Posted By: Tony Romo
Originally Posted By: Polyphonist
Fur elise and Fantasy impromptu are really good songs.

Yes to Fantasy Impromptu.

Think that Fur Elise might be too cliched at this point.

Apparently the sarcasm was missed.
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#2306704 - 07/24/14 08:32 PM Re: Good popular and classical songs for a piano gig? [Re: Tony Romo]
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For older folks I've been asked a few times to play Blue River. I dont know how to play it but they keep asking for it. The crowd is in their 80s and 90s.
They are easy to play for. I would just get a good 2 hours repertoire and repeat it. As long as theyre good pieces, the older crowd doesnt mind hearing them again if you can play them well.
They didnt mind I played Clair de Lune three times in a row.
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#2306707 - 07/24/14 08:34 PM Re: Good popular and classical songs for a piano gig? [Re: briansaddleback]
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Originally Posted By: briansaddleback
They didnt mind I played Clair de Lune three times in a row.

Transition smoothly and they probably won't even realize you played it more than once.
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#2306710 - 07/24/14 08:46 PM Re: Good popular and classical songs for a piano gig? [Re: Polyphonist]
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Originally Posted By: Polyphonist
Originally Posted By: Tony Romo
Originally Posted By: Polyphonist
Fur elise and Fantasy impromptu are really good songs.

Yes to Fantasy Impromptu.

Think that Fur Elise might be too cliched at this point.

Apparently the sarcasm was missed.

By the target of your 'joke', sure. Wasn't it your intention to snicker at somebody's ignorance behind his back?

At least the sarcasm wasn't missed by this guy:

Originally Posted By: Art_Vandelay
Originally Posted By: Polyphonist
Fur elise and Fantasy impromptu are really good songs.



LOL. Don't forget Claire de Lune, might as well get that song out of the way.

Edit: Damn, not quick enough.

AND this in a nutshell is typical of what makes this forum the snotty place that it is.

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#2306726 - 07/24/14 09:51 PM Re: Good popular and classical songs for a piano gig? [Re: Tony Romo]
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@Goomer Piles: According to the OP he can play Liebestraum (I assume no. 3), yet he somehow hasn't grown out of calling classical pieces "songs." That combined with the claim of playing a 20 hour gig just screams troll to me.
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#2306734 - 07/24/14 10:46 PM Re: Good popular and classical songs for a piano gig? [Re: briansaddleback]
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Originally Posted By: briansaddleback
For older folks I've been asked a few times to play Blue River. I dont know how to play it but they keep asking for it. The crowd is in their 80s and 90s.
They are easy to play for. I would just get a good 2 hours repertoire and repeat it. As long as theyre good pieces, the older crowd doesnt mind hearing them again if you can play them well. They didnt mind I played Clair de Lune three times in a row.

Actually - the piece they're requesting is "Moon River" (from the movie "Breakfast at Tiffany's") and you can download the sheet music (various arrangements) on the internet. Even not so ancient folks in their 60's and 70's like Moon River. grin
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#2306737 - 07/24/14 10:49 PM Re: Good popular and classical songs for a piano gig? [Re: Polyphonist]
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Originally Posted By: Polyphonist
Originally Posted By: briansaddleback
They didnt mind I played Clair de Lune three times in a row.

Transition smoothly and they probably won't even realize you played it more than once.
Transition too smoothly and you'll probably put them to sleep.


Edited by carey (07/24/14 10:50 PM)
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