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#443437 - 09/21/01 02:34 PM What pieces would you recommend?
Nina Offline
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Registered: 08/13/01
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Loc: Phoenix, AZ
Hi, folks:

I'm itching for some new pieces to add to my repertoire. I've spent a lot of my time working on large pieces (Beethoven and Mozart Sonatas, etc.) and my knowledge of shorter pieces isn't too good--aside from Chopin and Debussy.

What are your favorite shorter pieces to play?

Thanks!
Nina

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#443438 - 09/21/01 03:11 PM Re: What pieces would you recommend?
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the Chopin preludes without a doubt.. fun to play, short, and some are quite a challenge..and the Scriabin preludes I recommend as well..the Shumann kinderszenen are nice too, shall I go on? \:\)

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#443439 - 09/21/01 03:13 PM Re: What pieces would you recommend?
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I'm working on Ginastera's Danzas Argentinas and I really like it. It sounds like you don't have contemporary pieces so maybe you should try that. I also really enjoy liebestraume and Un Sospiro by Lizst.
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#443440 - 09/21/01 06:10 PM Re: What pieces would you recommend?
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Brahmns Intermezzi, Schubert Impromptus, Haydn Variations.
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#443441 - 09/21/01 08:49 PM Re: What pieces would you recommend?
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Registered: 07/21/01
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Loc: Atlanta Area
Mendelsohn's Songs Without Words: every mood imaginable and from intermediate level up to....

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#443442 - 09/21/01 11:18 PM Re: What pieces would you recommend?
Nina Offline
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Registered: 08/13/01
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Thanks, everyone! These are great suggestions. I've always been curious about Scriabin, have played nothing by him at all.

Interesting about the Kinderszenen... I've just started playing them and am finding them to be deceptive. There's nothing "hard" about any of them, so for me the challenge is making sure they're exactly right, plus interpreted correctly. I've been having a good time working on the details on these pieces.

BTW, one of my absolute favorite memories was hearing Horowitz play "Traumerei" as an encore one one of his final (last?) tours. After dazzling everyone with his technical skills, he played Traumerei simply and absolutely beautifully... the only time I have ever heard an audience WAIT to applaud until the last echoes of the final chord died down... and even then, not wanting to break the spell by clapping. It was truly amazing.

Any opinions out there on Shostakovitch?

Thanks!
Nina

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#443443 - 09/21/01 11:54 PM Re: What pieces would you recommend?
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Registered: 05/26/01
Posts: 722
Loc: Singapore
Tchaikovsky's Seasons.

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#443444 - 09/23/01 08:51 PM Re: What pieces would you recommend?
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Loc: Cape Cod, MA, USA
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The problem begins when one forgets the artificiality of it all, when one neglects to pay homage to those designations that to our minds-to our reflect senses, perhaps-make of music an analyzable commodity. The trouble begins when we start to become so impressed by the strategies of ours systematized thought that we forget that it does relate to an obverse, that it is hewn from negation, that it is but a very small security against the void of negation which surrounds it.

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