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#463665 - 07/24/08 12:27 PM Piano Contest
081273Piano Offline
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Registered: 02/17/08
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Loc: Tarkio, MO
Hello Fellow Pianists. I need some help choosing a song to play at music contest. I need a piece that you don't hear very often, a very different and unique piece. I'm not worried about the difficulty at the moment. I'll weed out the ones that are too difficult for me. If you can, could you send me a website that has the sheet music to the particular piece(s). \:\) :)Thanks \:\) \:\)

The reason I am asking your advice is because last year for contest, I played Clair de Lune, and I played it perfect. PERFECT! And I got a 2 rating. I think the reason that I got that rating is because I played a piece that is heard alot. Therefore, the judge had other recordings to compare my playing to. Therefore, if I pick a piece that isn't heard very often, I'll have a better chance of getting a 1 rating. Thanks SOOO much for your help and advice!! \:\) \:\) It means a whole lot to me! \:\) \:\)

Thanks Again,
Donovan \:\)
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#463666 - 07/24/08 12:51 PM Re: Piano Contest
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Are you sure you want to play a song...?

#463667 - 07/24/08 01:41 PM Re: Piano Contest
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Wow Auntie Lynn, you totally called him on it...

How about Macdowell's A Scotch Poem ? Fun and possibly impressive piece to play, not too difficult to learn. Ignore the hand-written squiggly lines on this score as they seem inaccurate.
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#463668 - 07/24/08 02:11 PM Re: Piano Contest
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You have the right idea at least. Maybe a piece that is a bit harder though. Although I do like that piece, it would be too easy. I need more of a challenge. Thanks! \:\)
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#463669 - 07/24/08 02:48 PM Re: Piano Contest
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Try some of the more difficult pieces in Prokofiev's Romeo & Juliet Suite (Op. 75). You'll have to buy a score, though. I don't think it is available free.

My son enjoyed Montagues & Capulets from that opus, but there are two or three others (out of the ten) that are also good competition pieces.

#463670 - 07/24/08 03:36 PM Re: Piano Contest
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Here is a good one:


It is seldom heard, but is a fantastic intermediate competition piece. It does not have the heavily-syncopated sound of most of his mazurkas. It's very lyrical and beautiful.

It has a central passage that shows off the left hand, has a fairly difficult, but short, chromatic passage (the hardest part), and has a flashy ending. It's only about three pages long. Find a recording of it and see what you think.

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#463671 - 07/24/08 07:10 PM Re: Piano Contest
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Oops...I wrote down the wrong Chopin mazurka. When I got home I looked it up. It is op. 59, no. 2, which is #37 in Henle. Sorry about that.

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#463672 - 07/24/08 09:47 PM Re: Piano Contest
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Rachmaninoff Prelude Op. 32 No. 10 maybe?
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#463673 - 07/24/08 11:58 PM Re: Piano Contest
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It is impossible to exceed anyone's expectations competing with a piece as well-known as Clair de Lune.

Here's a fun piece most will probably not have heard. There isn't a good recording of it on YouTube.

Gottschalk "Tournament Galop"

In this recording, in my opinion, he's smacking the horse too much with the whip!

#463674 - 07/25/08 02:15 AM Re: Piano Contest
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Posts: 6086
Loc: Orange County, CA
Originally posted by tenders:
It is impossible to exceed anyone's expectations competing with a piece as well-known as Clair de Lune. [/b]
Hey, I played that in high school for a competition and got second place! It really depends on how you play it. I could also have lucked out with the judges because I was the only person who played a slow piece. Everybody else was going for the fast and flashy pieces.

If you want obscure pieces, try the Saint-Saens Toccatas. There are two that I know of. Op. 72 No. 3 is the easier of the two, but it sounds very impressive and is not that difficult at all. Op. 111 No. 6 is a monster with its endless parallel octaves in both hands. Nobody ever performs these pieces.
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