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#401680 - 11/03/07 10:34 PM What are you working on right now?
LiszThalberg Offline
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It's been a while since this question was asked. What's everybody working on?

For me:

Debussy: Girl with the Flaxen Hair (Prelude VIII)
Clementi: Sonata Op. 26 No. 2
Chopin: Etude Op. 10 No. 1, No. 12
Haydn: Concerto in D major (Done! Concerto competition in December!!!)

I need to pick a new concerto soon. My teacher is thinking the Grieg. What would you suggest?

Matt

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#401681 - 11/03/07 10:38 PM Re: What are you working on right now?
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Hey, great concerto. Have you heard Andsnes's recording? Have you heard Piano_Dad's son's recording? ;\) (He's "bookworm" here, right?)


For me:

Mendelssohn: Variations Serieuses
Scarlatti: Sonata in f minor, K466
Scarlatti: Sonata in A Major, K113

Also rewriting one of my own pieces, and practicing that and something else of mine.

I'm also doing a term paper on Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6 (Pathetique). It's not a piano piece necessarily, but I did get a copy of the solo piano score. :p
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#401682 - 11/03/07 10:41 PM Re: What are you working on right now?
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Chopin: Scherzo in C-Sharp Minor Op. 39 (Clean up)

Haydn: Sonata in E-Major Hob. XVI:49 (learning)
Allegro
Adagio e cantabile
Finale: Tempo di Minuet
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#401683 - 11/03/07 10:43 PM Re: What are you working on right now?
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Haven't updated my sig yet, here's the current batch:

Scarlatti - Sonata in C Major K159
Schubert - Impromptu in A-Flat
Debussy - L'Isle Joyeuse
Chopin - Nocturne in C# Minor posth.

Coincidence Matt, I just finished recording my version of "Girl with the Flaxen Hair" (going to be on my youtube sometime soon). It's a great, short piece. I also benefited from reading the poem it's based on.
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#401684 - 11/03/07 10:54 PM Re: What are you working on right now?
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Theowne - I talked with a pianist who has played this quite a bit and recorded it a few times. He said the it terms of technique... it is not very challenging, but musically (much to do with dynamics) speaking it is very hard. Please PM me when you post your recording on Youtube.

Thanks,
Matt

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#401685 - 11/03/07 11:05 PM Re: What are you working on right now?
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#401686 - 11/03/07 11:07 PM Re: What are you working on right now?
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you could also consider the mendelssohn piano concerto no.1 in g minor or the schumann concerto

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#401687 - 11/03/07 11:14 PM Re: What are you working on right now?
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Thanks for your suggestion Amelia! We've been looking for at The Schumann aswell. I'll definatly need to start working on a new one in December after the competition.

Matt

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#401688 - 11/03/07 11:26 PM Re: What are you working on right now?
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On Monday in studio class, I'm playing a few things:

Debussy: Les collines d'Anacapri, Des pas sur la neige, and Ondine
Stravinsky: Trois Movements de Petrouchka

After that, I've got a violin recital. It's cakewalk rep - a Bach Sonata, Beethoven Kreutzer, Poulenc Sonata, and some Gershwin. :rolleyes:

Next semester (my last in school!) will be fun - Tchaikovsky Trio, Pierrot Lunaire, Barber Concerto for some competitions, and few solo programs.

I also have to come up with a lecture-recital topic, STAT. I was thinking of either John Adams' Phrygian Gates or doing a program of a Chinese and Japanese music with Cage's 4'33" in between. The overall idea in the latter would be meditation in music as it exists in various styles. Not sure if I can convince my teacher on it, though. \:D
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#401689 - 11/03/07 11:28 PM Re: What are you working on right now?
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 Quote:
Originally posted by Brendan:

Stravinsky: Trois Movements de Petrouchka
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#401690 - 11/03/07 11:32 PM Re: What are you working on right now?
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Chopin Etude Op 25 No 4 and No 6, and some other stuff.

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#401691 - 11/03/07 11:44 PM Re: What are you working on right now?
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 Quote:
Originally posted by Theowne
"Girl with the Flaxen Hair" ...It's a great, short piece. I also benefited from reading the poem it's based on.
Theowne, thanks for mentioning this - I didn't know the piece was connected with a poem.

Here's a link to the poem if anyone else is interested.
http://fr.wikisource.org/wiki/La_Fille_aux_cheveux_de_lin

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#401692 - 11/03/07 11:47 PM Re: What are you working on right now?
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Chopin etude op. 25 no 11.
Bach sinfonia 14, going to start g-minor fugue from book 2 next week.
Beethoven sonata op.2 no. 1
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#401693 - 11/04/07 12:36 AM Re: What are you working on right now?
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Beethoven 32 variations in c minor (just start)
Bach invention 9 (finishing up)
Rach op.16.4 (continue)
Chopin op.10.2 (put aside for a while, and start again)

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#401694 - 11/04/07 12:36 AM Re: What are you working on right now?
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Chopin: Heroic Polonaise Op. 53
Etude No. 12 Op. 25
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#401695 - 11/04/07 12:37 AM Re: What are you working on right now?
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Brahms Sonata in F minor (Op. 5)
Schubert Sonata in A minor (can't remember the opus number)
Liszt 1st Piano Concerto

I just started school this semester for my Master's in Piano Performance and thought I'd take it easy the first semester! Didn't end up happening though! Next semester, I'm going to try to work on Bach's Partita No. 4 (D major), continue work on the Liszt, maybe do Liszt's Transcendental Etude 11 (I think - Harmonie de Soirs) and definitely do Beethoven Op. 111.
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Brahms - Sonata in F minor (Op. 5)
Beethoven - "Waldstein" Sonata
Beethoven - "Apassionata" Sonata
Beethoven - Concerto No. 5 ("Emperor")
Chopin - Etude (Op. 25, No. 11)
Rachmaninoff - Etude Tableaux (Op. 39, No. 6)
Liszt - "Mazeppa"

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#401696 - 11/04/07 01:03 AM Re: What are you working on right now?
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Stravinsky: Trois Movements de Petrouchka

I absolutely love the Petrouchka suite, I listen to it pratically everyday, it sounds so fun to play and is delightful. If my hands were not so small, I would learn it.

the op. number for the schumann concerto is op.54

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#401697 - 11/04/07 01:24 AM Re: What are you working on right now?
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I started all new music this semester. I am trying to be ready for a recital this April. I am playing Bach Prelude and Fugue in F Minor bk. 1,
Mozart Sonata in F Major K. 332, Rachmaninov Etude in Eb Minor (the famous one), Rzewski North American Ballades (just the first movement so far), and Liszt Valle d'Obermann. I still need to add another 10 minutes to the program, I am either going to learn a few Rach Preludes to add to the Etude as a set or learn another movement of the Rzewski.

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#401698 - 11/04/07 01:35 AM Re: What are you working on right now?
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Been working on some of these more than others.

Bach: Sinfonias 12-15
Bach: French Suite No. 6 E Major
Scarlatti: Sonata in C Major K 461 (I think)
Beethoven: Tempest Sonata
Chopin: Etude Op. 10 No. 4 c# minor
Schumann: Papillons Op. 2


I hope to finish the Sinfonias by the end of year so I can finally be finished learning all the two and three part inventions. I still play through some of them of course. And I am also accompanying a Trumpet player in a piece. Otherwise, I am keeping pretty busy

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#401699 - 11/04/07 01:44 AM Re: What are you working on right now?
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When I say I'm working on pieces I mean I'm working on them on... it could still take me another year to master.

Grieg: Concerto in A Minor (Slowly... All Movements) (Will take awile)
Beethoven: Moonlight Sonata (Just started working on last movement. I've pretty much mastered the first movement... but it could always get better.)
Bach: Prelude in C minor (I'm almost done with this... for some reason I can't master the accidentals.)
Chopin: Revolutionary Etude (I better work to finish this by contest in Jan.)
Rachmaninoff: G Minor Prelude (I'm not even close...)

I'm also working in some theory/technique books.
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#401700 - 11/04/07 01:47 AM Re: What are you working on right now?
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Debussy20... the Grieg concerto is awesome. I'm still not bored with it. I'm trying to get it ready for a competition next year. The third movement is my favorite.
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#401701 - 11/04/07 04:52 AM Re: What are you working on right now?
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Now that I have more time to devote to music I am embarking on many projects. At the moment I am trying to learn several of the Farrell transcriptions of Waller at once. It's all a bit slow because I have allowed the memorising faculty to get slack in recent months. Most of my playing time is going, as usual, in recording CDs of improvisation, in which the ideas are tending to outstrip physical capability - so I have some work to do there. I'm probably getting further away from any semblance of musical normality but I am enjoying my music more than ever, which I suppose is all that matters in the end.

Once I am fully retired I might start writing a few compositions again, although not to the extent of earlier years.
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#401702 - 11/04/07 05:24 AM Re: What are you working on right now?
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Bach: WTC Book I C# minor P&F
Beethoven: Sonata Op.10 No.3
Chopin: Op.25 Nos 7 & 9
Debussy: Reflets dans l'eau
Hindemith: Sonata No 2

-Michael B.
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#401703 - 11/04/07 05:46 AM Re: What are you working on right now?
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Just finished learning-
Handel- Prelude and Fugue F minor, Suite 8
Haydn- 1st movt Sonata in E major No. 37
Faure- Prelude No. 4 Op. 103
Khatchaturian- 3rd movt. Sonatine (my teacher wants me to learn the other two movements, which i probably will now that i have 4 months uni holidays!)

I want to start learning-
Faure- Nocturne No.4 in E flat (cant remember opus)
Debussy- Suite Bergamasque
Schubert- Sonata in A minor Op. post. 143
Grieg- Wedding Day at Troldhaugen
*Maybe* Kabalevsky- 'Youth' concerto Op.50
and *maybe* Mozart- Concerto in B flat K456.

Oh, and I just remembered, i need a study for next semester as well...I'd better look for one!

Well, I'd better get cracking! \:\)
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#401704 - 11/04/07 08:28 AM Re: What are you working on right now?
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 Quote:
Originally posted by joe102:
Debussy20... the Grieg concerto is awesome. I'm still not bored with it. I'm trying to get it ready for a competition next year. The third movement is my favorite. [/b]
This competition is mainly for high school students. It only allows you to play one movement that is less than 10 minutes. If the Haydn isn't "strong" enough this year, we're planning on the Grieg or Schumman or a Beethoven for next.

Matt

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#401705 - 11/04/07 08:29 AM Re: What are you working on right now?
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*Double Post - sorry*

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#401706 - 11/04/07 09:12 AM Re: What are you working on right now?
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Mozart : Sonata in Bb major, K333
Schubert : Impromptu in c minor, Op 90, No 1
Schubert : Impromptu in Eb major, Op 90, No 2
Chopin : Nocturne in F# major*, Op 15, No 2
Chopin : Nocturne in c# minor*, Op posth.
Brahms : Intermezzo in e minor, Op 119, No 2
Grieg : Schmetterling (Butterfly)* from Lyric Pieces, Op 43, No 1
Liszt : Liebestraum, No 3*

* pretty well "finished", just polishing up memory work. Well, a piece is never "finished"; it continues to grow as we live with it, but you know what I mean, I hope.

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#401707 - 11/04/07 09:29 AM Re: What are you working on right now?
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I'm actively working on my long term goal of learning Book I of the Debussy Preludes. Currently working away on
- Les Collines d'Anacapri
- La Seranades Interompue
which will put me about 3/4s of the way through this project that was started in the late 1970s, interrupted by 25 odd years of other priorities and now resurected...

As well as the
Shostakovich P&F #24 (d-)
Shostakovich PC#2 (Mvmt 2) (hoping to be able to play all of this over time...)

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#401708 - 11/04/07 12:17 PM Re: What are you working on right now?
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gmf001:
...project that was started in the late 1970s, interrupted by 25 odd years of other priorities and now resurrected...

Hey, I resemble that remark ;\)

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#401709 - 11/04/07 12:43 PM Re: What are you working on right now?
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Beethoven, Op. 78, 1st movement finished and memorized but needs some work, just starting on the 2nd movement.
Scriabin, Op. 11, Nos. 7, 13 & 14
Chopin, Op. 25, No. 12 (Still trying to get up to speed.....cleanly.)and Op. 10, Nos. 5 & 12.

Polishing:

Bach, Prelude & Fugue in F minor WTCII
Schumann, Des Abends and Aufschwung
Scriabin, Op. 11, Nos. 5 & 10.


Brendan, I love the Kreutzer, especially the variations!

apianonne, good luck with the Rach Etude. I started it earlier this year, but put it aside. At the time it was (probably still is) a big stretch for me and I just didn't love it as much as the other stuff I was working on to really put the effort into learning it. Will probably pick it up again next year.
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#401710 - 11/04/07 01:49 PM Re: What are you working on right now?
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Alkan - Allegro Barbaro
Albeniz - Sevilla
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#401711 - 11/04/07 02:23 PM Re: What are you working on right now?
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Ah I hate these threads . . . always makes me feel that I should stop working on a piece because I keep repeating myself; I keep on working on pieces for ages, there's no real end to it, I'm pretty sure that all pieces I'm learning now or have learned I won't go over a week (unless I'm away from home) without working on them.

But anyway, here goes:

Brahms: Two rhapsodies.
Chopin: Ballade in G minor, etudes op.10 no.1 & 2, nocturne in F minor.
Rachmaninoff: Prelude in G minor.
Liszt: Liebestraume.
Shostakovich: Prelude and fugue in A major (no.7 op.?)
Beethoven: Moonlight Sonata, 3rd mvt..
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#401712 - 11/04/07 04:44 PM Re: What are you working on right now?
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Mine are vocal & instrumental accompaniments which I have to perform soon:
Faure - La Bonne Chanson (nine songs)
Bernstein - song cycle "I Hate Music" (really cute but tricky rhythmically in parts)
Mozart concert aria Ch'io mi scordi di te - I've performed this before but there are some bits I need to work on again.
Brahms clarinet sonata op.120 no.2 (E flat). I've performed this before, too, but it's hard to keep everything maintained when there's always so much new music to learn.
Montsalvage - Cinco Canciones Negras
And as for solo repertoire, well, I spend a bit of time on the Chopin F minor ballade when I can, and a few of the etudes. And I've started looking at the Janacek From an overgrown path. Also planning to revive the Bartok bagatelles. So much music, so little time - *sigh*
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#401713 - 11/04/07 05:56 PM Re: What are you working on right now?
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 Quote:
Originally posted by bryan s:
Alkan - Allegro Barbaro
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talk to Playadom about this one. I'm sure he'll be quite interested to know that there's another Allegro Barbaro player here. Arn't there no black keys in that entire piece?


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#401714 - 11/04/07 06:20 PM Re: What are you working on right now?
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 Quote:
Originally posted by bryan s:
Alkan - Allegro Barbaro
Albeniz - Sevilla [/b]
Hey! I finished the Alkan a little while ago.

Matt- you're right, it's all white keys!
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#401715 - 11/04/07 08:04 PM Re: What are you working on right now?
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Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor (for a concert w/ an orchestra)

Chopin Etudes Op. 10 No. 4, 8
Op. 25 No. 9 (main focus on the first 2)

Liszt Mephisto Waltz

Rachmaninov Trio No. 1 in G minor (with 2 of my friends). Severely underplayed IMO.
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#401716 - 11/05/07 09:15 AM Re: What are you working on right now?
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It appears I've got a lot of work needed right now...

Chopin: Ballade no.4 Op. 52
Liszt: Transcendental Etude #5 Feux Follets
Liszt: Transcendental Etude #4 Mazeppa
Ravel: Gaspard De la nuit "Le Gibet"
Beethoven: Sonata "Hammerklavier" 2nd movement.

I think I'll need to hold Mazeppa out...seeing as I'll only need one etude at a time and finish Feux Follets first. Either that or I'll pause the Gaspard and take the Mazeppa along with the Feux Follets. I don't know...hehe I'll ask my teacher what she thinks...

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#401717 - 11/05/07 09:41 AM Re: What are you working on right now?
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Other than my endless attempt at "polishing" Chopin nocturne 55/1, Etude 10/2, Fantasia Impromptu and Shubert Impromptu op 90 #2... I'm working on;

Chopin
Nocturne in C# min
Waltz 64/2
Mazurka 17/4
Mazurka 7/1
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#401718 - 11/05/07 01:52 PM Re: What are you working on right now?
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I've been without a teacher since the beginning of summer but I hope that will change soon.

Bach: English Suite in A-minor
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.18, Op.31/3
Chopin: Scherzo #2 in B- minor
Gershwin: 3 Preludes

Only the preludes are memorized and are near ready for performance.
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#401719 - 11/05/07 02:02 PM Re: What are you working on right now?
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(continuing) work on Hanon...#11 this week.
Working on getting Solffiggeto up to speed...
2 technic exercises from the Hirschberg book - "Butterflies" and "Old Mill Wheel"

And...struggling through Schutt's "Canzonetta". I made a LOT more progress than I thought I would, and I can play it all the way through, but I'm missing a couple fingerings, and the teacher found a couple mistakes - missing the change from D to Dm on page 2, and playing in unison instead of harmony in the last 2 lines.

I seem to swap between making lots of progress, and feeling like I'm not making any....but I guess that's normal.
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#401720 - 11/05/07 06:36 PM Re: What are you working on right now?
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I just started Mozart Concerto in E-flat, No. 14, K. 449

There's a version for piano + string quartet, so I might even get to play it with a little ensemble some time!
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#401721 - 11/05/07 09:57 PM Re: What are you working on right now?
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Rachmaninoff prelude in G minor (polishing it up, but other wise pretty much done. Will probably start working on either his elegie or gavotte in d major after)

Chopin's nocturne in c minor (my favorite nocturne and im making excellent progress if i do say so myself.) I want to get some of his etudes under my belt before i tackle some of his bigger stuff like ballades, scherzos, and polonaises.

Bach's Italian Concerto. Progress is slow considering im not exactly a huge fan of bach, practicing this is like torture, but im determined to finish it.

Going to start work on Liszt's 7th hungarian rhapsody soon.

I might be doing Rhapsody in Blue (original concerto version) next semester. Anyone who's already played it with the orchestra want to give any advice on what to look out for in this piece?
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#401722 - 11/05/07 10:16 PM Re: What are you working on right now?
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Everybodies working on some nice stuff right now!!! We need more recordings posted!

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#401723 - 11/05/07 10:28 PM Re: What are you working on right now?
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Alkan - Allegro Barbaro
Albeniz - Sevilla [/b]
Hey! I finished the Alkan a little while ago.

Matt- you're right, it's all white keys! [/b]
It's alot of fun to play, and way easier than it seems. Besides the endurance aspect, the technique is fairly straight foward. I've always been very accurate with octaves though, so I guess it was right up my alley. The last two pages are pretty crazy too. I was surprised how fast I picked up the first couple of pages though.
I wondered why Alkan didn't write it in C (F Lydian). I guess they were scared of modes. I'm also sort of working on Alkan's G minor Barcarolle; great piece, good for sight reading.
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#401724 - 11/05/07 10:36 PM Re: What are you working on right now?
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I'm definatly going to take a look at it! It sounds like fun to play.

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#401725 - 11/23/07 03:25 PM Re: What are you working on right now?
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I'm working on Prelude in G Minor.

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#401726 - 11/23/07 03:35 PM Re: What are you working on right now?
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Hi Matt - I'm working on Schumann's beautiful Traümerei... currently struggling with the fermata chord in bar (measure) 21

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#401727 - 11/23/07 04:01 PM Re: What are you working on right now?
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Bach-Liszt prelude and fugue a-minor;
Bach prelude and fugue no.7 WTC II;
Beethoven - Appassionata (All 3 mvts);
Liszt - Transcedental etude no.10;
Chopin - polonaise-fantasie;
Prokofiev - sonata no.7 (All 3 mvts);
Rachmaninov - piano concerto no.2.

It's a program for a competition I will be performing at.
I'm really happy that my teacher told me I will play Rachmaninov because it is really a concert I always loved so much!

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#401728 - 11/23/07 04:09 PM Re: What are you working on right now?
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Only one new piece that I'm sticking with at the moment. Chopin's F minor Fantasy.

Also as time and energy permit, I've been reading through various keyboard sonatas by Scarlatti, C.P.E. Bach, Haydn, and Clementi for a maybe performance on the clavichord. I'm trying to get some ideas for the program, but I haven't decided which ones to choose yet.

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#401729 - 11/23/07 05:57 PM Re: What are you working on right now?
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Beethoven Sonata Op.2 No.1
Chopin - Mazurka Op.67 No.4
Liszt - Bagatelle sans tonalite
Bach - Fugue No.8 WTC1

Some of these are hanging there since God knows when.

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#401730 - 11/24/07 06:06 PM Re: What are you working on right now?
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Don't know about the "working" part. Does near-daily playing through at half-speed with no hope of ever getting up to full speed count? If so, then I'm working on:

Michalowski - Etude (arrangement of the Weber C major sonata perpetual motion finale)
Lyapunov - TEs 2 (Ronde des Fantomes) and 9 (Aeolian Harp)
Chopin - op. 10, nos. 1, 4, 5
Medtner - Skaski op 8, no. 2; op 34, no. 2; op. 51, no. 1

Then there are the things that are going at approximately three-quarter's speed:

- Moscheles - op. 70 studies 1, 13, and 14
- Moszkowski - op. 72 studies 1, 2, and 6 (hooray, these don't have MM indications so I can pretend I'll eventually get them up to presentable speed)
- Moszkowski - op. 91 studies, about 15 out of the twenty.
- Hummel - op. 13 Sonata
- Prokofiev - Scherzo, op. 12, no. 12 (anybody know of an edition with fingering? the double-note stuff is kind of horrifying)

And a few things that might be close to a real tempo:

- Clementi - Sonata op. 25, no. 2
- Beethoven - Sonata op.14, no. 2
- Debussy - Deux Arabesques (these are pieces I struggled with as a kid and never mastered, and revisiting them now over four decades later is a sort of pleasurable vindication of having kept slogging away all these years; I think they may actually be getting close to not too embarassing)
- Leighton - Sonatina no. 2 (I promised someone I'd learn and record this for them, and it's turned out harder than I expected)
- Chopin - Barcarolle (I'm probably deluding myself here)

And there's a ton of stuff that gets read through at whim.

As a newbie here, that listing is probably as good a way to introduce myself as any.

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#401731 - 11/24/07 06:53 PM Re: What are you working on right now?
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Originally posted by wr:
Don't know about the "working" part. Does near-daily playing through at half-speed with no hope of ever getting up to full speed count? If so, then I'm working on:

Michalowski - Etude (arrangement of the Weber C major sonata perpetual motion finale)
Lyapunov - TEs 2 (Ronde des Fantomes) and 9 (Aeolian Harp)
Chopin - op. 10, nos. 1, 4, 5
Medtner - Skaski op 8, no. 2; op 34, no. 2; op. 51, no. 1

Then there are the things that are going at approximately three-quarter's speed:

- Moscheles - op. 70 studies 1, 13, and 14
- Moszkowski - op. 72 studies 1, 2, and 6 (hooray, these don't have MM indications so I can pretend I'll eventually get them up to presentable speed)
- Moszkowski - op. 91 studies, about 15 out of the twenty.
- Hummel - op. 13 Sonata
- Prokofiev - Scherzo, op. 12, no. 12 (anybody know of an edition with fingering? the double-note stuff is kind of horrifying)

And a few things that might be close to a real tempo:

- Clementi - Sonata op. 25, no. 2
- Beethoven - Sonata op.14, no. 2
- Debussy - Deux Arabesques (these are pieces I struggled with as a kid and never mastered, and revisiting them now over four decades later is a sort of pleasurable vindication of having kept slogging away all these years; I think they may actually be getting close to not too embarassing)
- Leighton - Sonatina no. 2 (I promised someone I'd learn and record this for them, and it's turned out harder than I expected)
- Chopin - Barcarolle (I'm probably deluding myself here)

And there's a ton of stuff that gets read through at whim.

As a newbie here, that listing is probably as good a way to introduce myself as any.

wr [/b]
You've got a full plate here, wr. I used to pile on the work before, but now I concentrate my energy on getting a handful of pieces up to a sucessfull level rather than push a little bit on so much. You might want to consider this as you'll see your progress will increase dramatically.

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#401732 - 11/24/07 08:15 PM Re: What are you working on right now?
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 Quote:
Originally posted by wr:
Don't know about the "working" part. Does near-daily playing through at half-speed with no hope of ever getting up to full speed count? If so, then I'm working on:

Michalowski - Etude (arrangement of the Weber C major sonata perpetual motion finale)
Lyapunov - TEs 2 (Ronde des Fantomes) and 9 (Aeolian Harp)
Chopin - op. 10, nos. 1, 4, 5
Medtner - Skaski op 8, no. 2; op 34, no. 2; op. 51, no. 1

Then there are the things that are going at approximately three-quarter's speed:

- Moscheles - op. 70 studies 1, 13, and 14
- Moszkowski - op. 72 studies 1, 2, and 6 (hooray, these don't have MM indications so I can pretend I'll eventually get them up to presentable speed)
- Moszkowski - op. 91 studies, about 15 out of the twenty.
- Hummel - op. 13 Sonata
- Prokofiev - Scherzo, op. 12, no. 12 (anybody know of an edition with fingering? the double-note stuff is kind of horrifying)

And a few things that might be close to a real tempo:

- Clementi - Sonata op. 25, no. 2
- Beethoven - Sonata op.14, no. 2
- Debussy - Deux Arabesques (these are pieces I struggled with as a kid and never mastered, and revisiting them now over four decades later is a sort of pleasurable vindication of having kept slogging away all these years; I think they may actually be getting close to not too embarassing)
- Leighton - Sonatina no. 2 (I promised someone I'd learn and record this for them, and it's turned out harder than I expected)
- Chopin - Barcarolle (I'm probably deluding myself here)

And there's a ton of stuff that gets read through at whim.

As a newbie here, that listing is probably as good a way to introduce myself as any.


wr [/b]
I think you are overdoing it too. and you said you practise the pieces by playing through half-speed? that is not called practising at all and you will be simply stuck or hardly move at all.

i'm working on 9 pieces at once, ppl call me crazy and you are working on wayy more.

just change the way you practise and work on fewer pieces and you will progress much faster

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#401733 - 11/24/07 08:48 PM Re: What are you working on right now?
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"A Reel" from "Four Irish Dances." Composed by Villiers-Stanford, freely arranged by Percy Grainger. Very impressive when played at the indicated breakneck tempo! (I'm not there yet!)

It is one of those pieces that sounds even harder than it is.

The other 3 pieces in the set are very well written too.
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#401734 - 11/24/07 09:13 PM Re: What are you working on right now?
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Bach Partita no. 1
Mozart Sonata in c minor K. 457 or 457...Can't remember.
Chopin Op. 10 nos. 1 and 2
Rachmaninoff Sonata no. 1
Moskowski Etude in d minor (octaves)
Prokofiev Concerto no. 2

All that I can remember whilst watching Pink Panther.
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#401735 - 11/24/07 09:14 PM Re: What are you working on right now?
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my playing has gone from bad to worse from lack of practice so for now I'm working on pieces I used to be able to play.

Since I will likely have people over for Christmas I am thinking I will learn Waltz for Debby by Bill Evans. It's accessable and not too long. I can't play anything much more than 4 pages these days.

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#401736 - 11/24/07 09:43 PM Re: What are you working on right now?
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Some months ago, I ended up with a contract job in downtown Seattle. My friend (he is the much stronger player and used to be my teacher many years ago) and I decided to play duets once every two weeks at lunch time, as we did about 10 years ago when we both worked in downtown Seattle. I play secondo. So, after figuring out the program and practicing one additional time, the pieces have to be ready for performance. This has quickly made my playing improve, because the pieces have to be ready anad there are a defined number of them every two weeks. My partner says I am improving every time we play together. So, we have performed some Dvorak (Slavonic Dances), Brahms (Hungarian Dances), Faure (Dolly), Debussy (Petit Suite), Bizet, Mozart, Moskowski (Spanish Dances and Polish Dances). At some point, someone asked me to play solo and I realized that I have no solo pieces ready since I have concentrated on the duet repertory for some years now. In trying out pianos I go into stores and play the Secondo and guess what--people come up and think it is beautiful and don't even know the other half is missing!!!! The point being, that a discrete number of pieces, practiced intensively and out of fear, improves playing in my case, like nothing else!
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#401737 - 11/24/07 10:20 PM Re: What are you working on right now?
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All that I can remember whilst watching Pink Panther. [/b]
Which one?

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#401738 - 11/24/07 10:38 PM Re: What are you working on right now?
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#401739 - 11/24/07 10:45 PM Re: What are you working on right now?
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Wow! That is A LOT of music. Have fun!

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#401740 - 11/24/07 11:18 PM Re: What are you working on right now?
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Right now I am working on the following:

William Bolcom=Piano Rags(5 of them)
Michael Daugherty=Piano Plus
Till Mein=Suite(3 movements)
Carter Pann=Uptown

The above is for the 2nd recital toward the master in piano performance

Schumann Piano Concerto for a concert in November 2008

In addition,I have a few recitals coming up

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#401741 - 11/25/07 01:51 AM Re: What are you working on right now?
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Originally posted by wr:
(too big list deleted) [/b]
I think you are overdoing it too. and you said you practise the pieces by playing through half-speed? that is not called practising at all and you will be simply stuck or hardly move at all.

i'm working on 9 pieces at once, ppl call me crazy and you are working on wayy more.

just change the way you practise and work on fewer pieces and you will progress much faster [/QB]
Thanks for the response.

It's only some of those pieces that are going at half speed; I think what I'm doing with them is worthwhile, even if it doesn't meet your criteria for "practicing", about which you are probably right. It's more like "study" or maybe "experimentation".

But whatever it is, something does come from doing it. For example, working on the Chopin op. 10, no. 1 very slowly has proved amazingly beneficial in developing a suppleness of hand I've never experienced before in 50-odd years of playig the piano and which I doubt I would ever have found otherwise. Actually, I couldn't attempt that etude at all, any other way. I really don't care if it ever gets even in the vicinity of Chopin's metronome marking, because what I've learned about playing the piano from working on it at half-speed is pretty good stuff to know, I think. In a way, it's like getting some coaching from Chopin himself.

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#401742 - 11/25/07 02:25 AM Re: What are you working on right now?
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I've been working on the Italian Concerto on and off over the last half year. Finally I've kicked things into gear because I have a recital in two weeks. I've gotten myself a teacher, and it's shaping up very nicely. I'm pretty happy with my progress! It sounds very different than the way I was playing it a month ago, which is of course good.

Also on my plate is the Chopin etude in 3rds, Mozart c minor sonata, Mozart a minor sonata, Beethoven 110, Debussy's Pagodes. A whole lot to accomplish, but I have determination and time on my side.
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#401743 - 11/25/07 02:52 AM Re: What are you working on right now?
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maintaning at performance level:
J.S Bach-Partita in c minor (Sinfonia)
Beethoven-Sonata in A major op.2 no.2 (1st&3rd)
Rachmaninoff-Prelude in g sharp minor op.32 no.12
Chopin-Etude in F major Op.10 No.8

pieces that I will be working with my teacher on Monday after putting them off for 6-7 months(working on them independently):
Mendelssohn-Andante & Rondo Cappriccioso op.14
Prokofiev-Visions Fugitives no.3,7,8&10
Chopin-Etude in G flat major op.10 no.5
Schumann-Piano Concerto in a minor op.54*finally*

just started:
Chopin-Etude in c sharp minor op.10 no.4

will be adding in another classical sonata and early 20th C piece soon as well as a p+f:
possibly Schubert Sonata in a minor D845
a debussy piece estampe or image
p+f in c sharp minor no.3 from bk 1?

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#401744 - 11/25/07 03:10 AM Re: What are you working on right now?
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Gee...you guys make me look bad!

Stuff I'm working on when not teaching:

Mozart--Sonata in B-flat, K. 333, 1st movement

Reinhold--Impromptu in C-sharp minor

Berkovich--Paganini Variations
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#401745 - 11/25/07 05:27 AM Re: What are you working on right now?
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I'm doing the first movement of Waldstein sonata by Beethoven and the K332. I'm 13 years old, is that good?

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#401746 - 11/25/07 08:57 AM Re: What are you working on right now?
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Oh no, not another one of the "Am I good?" posts.

You should know that if you're doing the Waldstein at 13 you fall into one of two categories. The first is that you are overreaching and although you can play the notes now, the maturity of the piece is going to escape you. It may facilitate the process when you pick the sonata back up later in life, but right now, you're too young.

The other category is that you are some sort of genius who spends all his time practicing and going to competition instead of going to school and being a regular kid. The Waldstein would work itself out under your fingers and you have the musical experience, maturity, and aplomb to pull it off.

I'm saying this now before you get yourself shut down. So really this is a glorified "in before" post...
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#401747 - 11/25/07 11:38 AM Re: What are you working on right now?
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The stuff I'm working on is listed below, but I'm also trying to find a good Christmas piece to work on (I've got a bunch I can sight read, but I want something a little more challenging). I was also thinking of adding Muczynski Toccata (I think that's the name of it, have ot pick up my book at the studio to verify).

Chazdaspaz: The Waldstein first movement isn't overly difficult, but it is advanced. The 3rd movement, however, is something entirely different! I agree with Minaku, that the maturity of emotion required for this stuff is something that will come as you get older, but there's not harm in working out the technical issues now if you are able. Many of these pieces you will revisit for competitions and auditions, and so by then perhaps you will be able to add something more to it. Of course, I'm saying this all without hearing you.

The K.332 is also not one of the hardest Mozart sonatas, but a lovely one. Will you be working on the 2nd movement of that? It is absolutely gorgeous.

I wouldn't really worry about where you are, becuase no matter how far you go, there will always be more. You add your own unique view on your pieces at whatever age, and you should be content with that. Comparing yourself with others really is an exercise in futility. There will always be at any given point in time someone who is better than you and someone who is worse than you. \:\)
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#401748 - 11/25/07 12:47 PM Re: What are you working on right now?
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Originally posted by Minaku:
Oh no, not another one of the "Am I good?" posts.

You should know that if you're doing the Waldstein at 13 you fall into one of two categories. [/b]
Actually there are a few "other" catgories. ;\)
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#401749 - 11/25/07 01:24 PM Re: What are you working on right now?
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Ok, I usually don't post in these "what are you working on" threads, but here it goes:

Prokofiev Seventh Sonata
Brahms Rhapsody in B minor
Chopin Etude in C mnor Op. 25 # 12
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#401750 - 11/25/07 06:23 PM Re: What are you working on right now?
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I don't feel like I'm making a lot of progress lately... I started studying with a new professor earlier this year, so he's changing up my fingerings and paying attention to close detail... Now he fell sick and I have a replacement who disagrees and is making me change everything. Once my regular professor comes back, he'll probably scream at me for not making any progress. But anyway,
Bach - Prelude and Fugue in C-Minor, Book I
Beethoven - "Pathetique" Sonata
Chopin - Etude Op. 10 No. 5
Rachmaninoff - Prelude Op. 23 no. 5 - that's not being practiced right now.

On my own I've learned Chopin's Waltz in C#m, and I've been working on some other older pieces I used to play.

I am scared that even with a year of work, I may not have a good enough repertoire for the big name school auditions - what do you guys think of these pieces so far?

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#401751 - 11/25/07 06:33 PM Re: What are you working on right now?
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Right now, I am working on three pieces by Mompou. They'll all from his Preludes, Book 2:

- Prelude 5
- Prelude 6 (Pour la main gauche)
- Prelude 8

This was a good year for me as a piano student. My instructor just hosted an informal all-day recital for his students at his studio (lots of food!), and I got to perform all the pieces I studied with him this year. This was my "set", performed in the following order:

BACH: Allemande (from Partita #4, BWV 828)

SCRIABIN:

Op. 16 - Prelude #4
Op. 11 - Prelude #12
Op. 11 - Prelude #15

SHOSTAKOVICH: Prelude and Fugue #18 in f minor, Op. 87

I was pleased I got good feedback from the other students. I myself am most proud of the HARD WORK I put in the Bach piece (especially that third page!) and on the Shostakovich pieces.
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#401752 - 11/26/07 05:05 PM Re: What are you working on right now?
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New stuff:

Prokofiev - Toccata Op. 11
Rachmaninoff - Piano Concerto No 2 Op. 18 (1st Mvt)

I'm also thinking about starting with Chopin Etude No 2 Op. 10. I have two piano teachers.
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#401753 - 11/26/07 05:10 PM Re: What are you working on right now?
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Prokofiev - Toccata Op. 11

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I can play the first page with ease... the rest , uhh

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#401754 - 11/26/07 05:12 PM Re: What are you working on right now?
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Originally posted by chazdaspaz:
I'm doing the first movement of Waldstein sonata by Beethoven and the K332. I'm 13 years old, is that good? [/b]
I was playing the Waldstein at age 4... so I don't know...

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#401755 - 11/26/07 05:14 PM Re: What are you working on right now?
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#401756 - 11/26/07 05:26 PM Re: What are you working on right now?
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 Quote:
Originally posted by chazdaspaz:
I'm doing the first movement of Waldstein sonata by Beethoven and the K332. I'm 13 years old, is that good? [/b]
Funny, I'm doing the whole[/b] op. 53, and I'm 14. Technically, I find it to be no challenge at all. That lets me focus on the MUSIC[/b] more!

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#401757 - 11/26/07 05:37 PM Re: What are you working on right now?
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Some kind of contest here? Well my cousin is 6 months old and he can play the Rach 3.

(Play as in press play on the CD player).
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#401758 - 11/26/07 06:00 PM Re: What are you working on right now?
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Bach- Prelude and Fugue in C#
Beethoven- Piano Concerto #3 1st Mvt.
Chopin- Nocturne #13 in C minor, Etudes Op. 10, #1,3,12
Liebermann- Gargoyles(Working on 3 and 4 now)
Schumann- 2nd Sonata in G minior (1st Mvt.)

I have yet to find anyone who is playing Gargoyles. It's such a fun piece. And yes I love Chopin.

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#401759 - 11/26/07 06:13 PM Re: What are you working on right now?
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Prokofiev - Toccata Op. 11

[/b]
I can play the first page with ease... the rest , uhh [/b]
The rest is very hard for sure. I've just worked my way through page 2 and a little bit through page 3. The left hand jumps needs good accuracy and strict exercising. The right one isn't that hard yet, just repetitions of minor figures. I'm looking forward to my next piano lesson when my teacher and I will work more on it.
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#401760 - 11/27/07 03:42 PM Re: What are you working on right now?
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Originally posted by Debussy20:
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Originally posted by chazdaspaz:
I'm doing the first movement of Waldstein sonata by Beethoven and the K332. I'm 13 years old, is that good? [/b]
I was playing the Waldstein at age 4... so I don't know... [/b]
Wow... I'm speechless.

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#401761 - 11/27/07 06:19 PM Re: What are you working on right now?
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Originally posted by crazypianist1116:
I have yet to find anyone who is playing Gargoyles. [/b]
Everyone plays Gargoyles, it's kind of a cliché.

Then again, so is the Vine Sonata #1, which I am guilty of.
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#401762 - 11/27/07 07:16 PM Re: What are you working on right now?
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Originally posted by chazdaspaz:
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Originally posted by Debussy20:
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Originally posted by chazdaspaz:
I'm doing the first movement of Waldstein sonata by Beethoven and the K332. I'm 13 years old, is that good? [/b]
I was playing the Waldstein at age 4... so I don't know... [/b]
Wow... I'm speechless. [/b]
My infant repertiore was enourmous...

From there, thanks to sugary cerials and mindless television, my skill degressed to the point which I am at now. \:D

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#401763 - 11/27/07 07:39 PM Re: What are you working on right now?
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Originally posted by Debussy20:
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Originally posted by chazdaspaz:
I'm doing the first movement of Waldstein sonata by Beethoven and the K332. I'm 13 years old, is that good? [/b]
I was playing the Waldstein at age 4... so I don't know... [/b]
You still remember it?

Chang said that it's easier to remember pieces learned when you're young.
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#401764 - 11/27/07 07:44 PM Re: What are you working on right now?
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Originally posted by playadom:
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Originally posted by Debussy20:
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Originally posted by chazdaspaz:
I'm doing the first movement of Waldstein sonata by Beethoven and the K332. I'm 13 years old, is that good? [/b]
I was playing the Waldstein at age 4... so I don't know... [/b]
You still remember it?

Chang said that it's easier to remember pieces learned when you're young. [/b]
I wish I did! Fruit Loops and BugsBunny put an end to that.

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#401765 - 11/27/07 07:55 PM Re: What are you working on right now?
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Originally posted by playadom:
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Originally posted by Debussy20:
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Originally posted by chazdaspaz:
I'm doing the first movement of Waldstein sonata by Beethoven and the K332. I'm 13 years old, is that good? [/b]
I was playing the Waldstein at age 4... so I don't know... [/b]
You still remember it?

Chang said that it's easier to remember pieces learned when you're young. [/b]
I wish I did! Fruit Loops and BugsBunny put an end to that.
Perhaps there's a link between TV + sugary foods and brainpower
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#401766 - 11/27/07 10:27 PM Re: What are you working on right now?
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Almost Done-Bach Invention No. 14

Halfway thru- Nakada's A Story in My Dream
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#401767 - 11/27/07 10:42 PM Re: What are you working on right now?
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I can't wait to learn the Vine sonata! I don't care about cliches! That piece is brilliant.

What I am working on now:

Fantasiestucke, Op. 12 Schumann

No. 2 - Aufschwung
No. 4 - Warum?

Partita No. 6 in e minor Bach

Tocatta

Vingt Regards Sur L'Enfant-Jesue Messiaen

No. 1 - Regard du Pere
No.11 - Premiere communion de la Vierge

Piano Sonata in a min, Op Post 143 Schubert


\:D I want to do another Ligeti etude, Beethoven's Op. 26, and maybe Liszt's second Legende
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#401768 - 11/27/07 11:08 PM Re: What are you working on right now?
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John Thanks for taking the time to comment. I didn't realize how big that list looked until after I'd posted it. Yikes! And it doesn't even include the other stuff I've played through in the last 4-5 days:

- Bach - WTC I c min, C sharp maj, G maj, a min, plus the 4 duets
- Beethoven - op. 53
- Chopin - op. 10, nos 2 and 7; nocturne op 55, no. 2; Allegro de concert; Herold Variations
- Rachmaninoff - Etudes-Tab. op 39, no.s 4, 8, 9; Bach Partita arrangement, Mendelssohn MSD scherzo, and Kreisler Liebslied
- Weber - the original "Perpetual Motion" that the Michalowski in the first post is an arrangement of (I think this should probably be in the "working on" list, since I've gravitating towards it a bit and it is going fairly ok), plus the Godowsky arrangement of it, too
- Prokofiev - 4 Pieces, op 32
- Hummel - Variations on a Gluck Theme, op 57
- Debussy - Suite Bergamasque; Reflets dans l'eau and Mouvement from Images I; L'Isle Joyeuse; Etudes in Thirds and Sixths
- Mendelssohn - about a half dozen of the SWW

So that's the more complete picture, together with Hanon and such for warm up.

You are absolutely right that spreading myself so thin is not going to help me progress at optimal speed on any one thing, but as an old geezer playing to amuse myself, I'm not terribly goal-oriented, and so progress is more of a side-effect than a primary consideration (although progress does happen, believe it or not). And I rather enjoy having many things going at various stages of ineptitude/accomplishment and which are coming along at all different rates, too. It keeps it interesting.

But I'm thinking that participating here might motivate me to at least pick out one or two things to really concentrate on and get into shape. We'll see how it goes...

wr [/b]
I understand now. You're just out enjoying the scenery. \:\) There's so much to play and so little time to enjoy it all.

You'll find the participation here can be very addictive. \:\) I have found myself rethinking things about technique, and interpretation not only by just reading the posts, but also by listening to the wonderful performances the members have posted.

Anyway the biggest thing is as long as you're having fun, which is what this should be.

John
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#401769 - 11/28/07 01:35 AM Re: What are you working on right now?
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John Thanks for taking the time to comment. I didn't realize how big that list looked until after I'd posted it. Yikes!


< listing of material representing too much fooling around deleted>

But I'm thinking that participating here might motivate me to at least pick out one or two things to really concentrate on and get into shape. We'll see how it goes...

wr [/b]
I understand now. You're just out enjoying the scenery. \:\) There's so much to play and so little time to enjoy it all.

You'll find the participation here can be very addictive. \:\) I have found myself rethinking things about technique, and interpretation not only by just reading the posts, but also by listening to the wonderful performances the members have posted.

Anyway the biggest thing is as long as you're having fun, which is what this should be.

John [/b]
I'm definitely having fun. And in spite of all appearances to the contrary, there is a small subset of all that stuff that I actually hope to get into presentable shape. I haven't checked out the member performances here yet - hope to do that soon. If the standard isn't too terrifyingly high (as in "if it's not as good as Argerich or Kocsis, don't even bother"), I may entertain the idea of posting some easy little ditty myself eventually. It would be a good reality check, I think. At any rate, just reading people's thoughts is great - this place is great.

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