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#994624 - 12/18/04 09:24 AM Bach, Bethoven, Chopin Top 40
CJHoward Offline
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Registered: 12/16/04
Posts: 29
Loc: Pt Arthur TX
Silly title I know. My question is how do you decide what you are going to learn? Does your teacher pick something for you, is it something you heard on the radio? Do you buy a CD listen to it, and say I'd like to learn that piece?
Are you listening on CD? or LP? Where did you find an LP?
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Ain't a damn thing right
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#994625 - 12/18/04 09:59 AM Re: Bach, Bethoven, Chopin Top 40
ilm Offline
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Registered: 11/25/04
Posts: 379
Loc: USA
My teacher is having me do some Bach to strength the fingers. Personally, I enjoy Chopin and Beethoven, but my hands can't always reach their chords, and I have to drop one of the notes. I like Mozart too.

Mainly I listen to CD, but do have a few LPs, but do not play them.

#994626 - 12/18/04 12:00 PM Re: Bach, Bethoven, Chopin Top 40
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Registered: 02/14/03
Posts: 6416
Loc: Washington D.C. Metro
It's a mixture. I usually ask my teacher for suggestions during lesson. She'll play some things she thinks I can handle (or thinks I should do to develop certain skills). She'll also look through this huge book of music I have for things that look suitable. I also purchased CDs of a huge number of Chopin Waltzes, Mazurkas and Polinaises, and I listen to that for ideas and inspiration.

I'm very finicky about what I'll play -- if I have to work on a song for 4-6 months to get it ready for a recital, I have to love the piece. My history with piano is littered with pieces started but never finished. I don't quit them because they're too hard. I quit them because they don't move me. And if a piece doesn't move me, I find myself not practicing it and instead practicing things that do move me.

What can I say? I'm a diva! \:\)

Cindy -- who bailed on "Venetian Boat Song" but who might attempt it again soon because Teachum is playing it
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#994627 - 12/18/04 12:44 PM Re: Bach, Bethoven, Chopin Top 40
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Registered: 12/16/04
Posts: 29
Loc: Pt Arthur TX
Cindy your enthusiasm is nothing if not inspiring. I wonder, do your daughters share this same enthusiasm with you. Do the three of you sit and talk about the music you play, the music you want to play, and how the songs/composer inspire you? Do yall share the same taste?
Ain't nothing wrong
Ain't a damn thing right
Gonna be coming home
But baby not tonight

#994628 - 12/18/04 09:54 PM Re: Bach, Bethoven, Chopin Top 40
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Registered: 05/19/04
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Loc: idaho
I too have a littered past, Cindy. Sometimes because they were over my head and sometimes because they didn't hold my interest. I usually go with some ideas of what I would like to play and then my teacher gives me her thoughts. She also suggests things (usually BACH!) to improve my skills. I also like to peruse my collection of music and pick out several other things that I just work on my own and then take to her when I need help (or I call Adagio Lady and get her advice!) Don't have to pay her for lessons!

Go for it, Cindy! The Boat Song is so beautiful and there are a couple of other Boat Songs too. But they are harder then No. 2. I never get tired of it.
You will be 10 years older, ten years from now, no matter what you do - so go for it!

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#994629 - 12/18/04 11:08 PM Re: Bach, Bethoven, Chopin Top 40
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Registered: 06/06/04
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Loc: Ohio, USA
i don't have teacher so that i choose to play/learn pieces i like, such as Beethoven's sonatas, or some essential/fundamental pieces considered by many for developing techniques, such as Bach's inventions/prelude/fugue. i enjoy Beethoven and Bach most, but also play little bit Mozart or Chopin or Scarlatti for variety of music.

#994630 - 12/19/04 12:54 AM Re: Bach, Bethoven, Chopin Top 40
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Registered: 07/08/04
Posts: 117
Loc: Newport, VA
CJ - what a great question! I was kind of excited because I've recently taken the steps of finding the music after hearing something on the radio (XM Classics) that I fell in love with, and at least give the easier parts a go. The piece was Beethoven's Pastoral sonata (# 15). The thing I love about Beethoven is his use of dynamics. Many passages are very Mozartesque - sweet, light, and pretty, but then Ludwig van will throw in some monster chords, kind of waking everything up. I love it.

Beethoven Piano Sonata Opus 28

Anyway, that's the first time that's happened to me. One of these days I'm actually going to print the piece out and try to find one of the passages I remember!

I played it better at home.

#994631 - 12/20/04 08:19 AM Re: Bach, Bethoven, Chopin Top 40
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the 2nd movement of Beethoven op.28 is one of the most exquisite/beautiful movements Beethoven ever wrote, at least to me. the chromatic passages in it touch me every time. i have Brendel's recording of it, and he plays those passages in such a way, sending a sort of shivering or thrill to one's soul.

#994632 - 12/20/04 08:37 AM Re: Bach, Bethoven, Chopin Top 40
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Registered: 08/10/04
Posts: 782
Loc: Rochester, NY
Play what you love. To play anything else is a waste of your time.. (unless you're taking exams at a conservatory and what not..)

Good post Cindy!
"You look hopefully for an idea and then you're humble when you find it and you wish your skills were better. To have even a half-baked touch of creativity is an honor."
-- Ernie Stires, composer

#994633 - 12/20/04 08:45 AM Re: Bach, Bethoven, Chopin Top 40
Beaver Offline
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Registered: 02/09/04
Posts: 257
Either he suggests something to me or I ask him to teach me something that I like. What else would one do?


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