List of Display Pieces by Difficulty

Posted by: CWPiano

List of Display Pieces by Difficulty - 02/10/13 09:03 PM

I've just realised my current repertoire is lacking in more things flashy, so I've decided to compile a list of these pieces for further reference. This list contains display pieces shorter than 5 minutes (some are slightly longer). Feel free to add to them or comment if you feel any piece is inappropriately placed.

* denotes pieces longer than 5 minutes

Intermediate

Bach, CPE - Solfigietto
Bartok – Romanian Folk Dances No 5 ‘Polka’ and No 6 ‘Fast Dance’
Burgmuller - Op 109 No 10 'Velocity'
Foster, Stephen - Soiree Polka
Harvey, Paul - Rumba Toccata
Heller, Stephen – Etude Op 45 No 25 ‘Epilogue’
Kabalevsky – Presto from Sonatina Op 13 No 1
Macdowell – Etude Op 39 No 2 ‘Alla Tarantella’
Mozart - Rondo alla turca from Sonata in A Major K331
Nielsen – Humoresque Bagatelles Op 11 No 6 ‘The Musical Clock’
Paradies - Toccata

Early Advanced

Bartok - Ostinato
Chopin - Waltz op 64 no 1 ‘Minute’
Chopin – Prelude Op 28 No 22
Confrey – Kitten on The Keys
Debussy - Arabesque No 2
Debussy – Dr Gradus ad Parnassum from Children’s Corner
Debussy – Prelude from Pour le Piano
Gershwin – No 1, 3 from 3 Preludes
Grieg – Prelude from Holberg Suite Op 40
Khachaturian – Toccata
Macdowell – Etude Op 39 No 12 ‘Hungarian’
Moszkowski – Etude Op 72 No 9
Rachmaninov - Prelude op 3 no 2
Toch – Burlesken Op 31 No 3 ‘The Juggler’
Waller, Fats – Alligator Crawl

Advanced

Bartok – Allegro Barbaro
Beethoven - Rondo op 129 ‘Rage Over a Lost Penny’*
Bowen, York – Toccata Op 155
Casella – Toccata Op 6*
Chopin – Etudes Op 10 No 4, 5, 12
Chopin – Etudes Op 25 No 11, 12
Chopin – Fantasie Impromptu Op 66*
Chopin – Prelude Op 28 No 16
Couperin – Tic Toc Choc
Debussy – Jardins sous la pluie from Estampes
Debussy – Toccata from Pour le Piano
Gershwin – I Got Rhythm
Ginastera – Danza del gaucho matrero from Danzas Argentinas Op 2
Gottschalk – The Banjo
Gottschalk - Tournament Galop
Kabalevsky – Rondo Op 59
Kapustin – Toccatina Op 36
Liebermann – Gargoyles Op 29 No 4 ‘Presto feroce’
Liszt – Rigoletto Paraphrase S434
Liszt/Schumann – Widmung
Macdowell – Hexentanz ‘Witches’ Dance’
Moszkowski – Etude Op 72 No 6
Moszkowski – Etude Op 52 No 4 ‘The Juggler’
Moszkowski - Etincelles op 36 no 6
Prokofiev - Prelude Op 12 no 7 ‘Harp’
Prokofiev – Prelude Op 12 no 10 ‘Scherzo’
Prokofiev - Suggestion Diabolique Op 4 No 4
Poulenc – Toccata from Trois Pieces
Rachmaninov – Prelude Op 23 No 5
Rachmaninov – Etudes Tableaux Op 33 No 6/7 in Eb major
Rachmaninov/Rimsky Korsakov – Flight of the Bumblebee
Ravina – Etude de Style Op 40 No 1
Rubinstein – Etude Op 23 No 2 ‘Staccato’
Say, Fazil – Paganini Variations
Scarlatti – Sonata K 24 in A Major
Scriabin – Etude Op 8 No 12
Strauss/Grunfeld – Soiree de Vienne
Vogrich – Staccato Caprice

Virtuoso

Alkan – Etude Op 35 No 5 ‘Allegro Barbaro’
Babajanian - Toccata
Balakirev – Islamey*
Cziffra/Rimsky Korsakov – Flight of the Bumblebee
Debussy – Preludes Book 2 ‘Feux d’artifice’
Ginsburg/Rossini – Cavatina from the Barber of Seville
Hough/Hammerstein – Carousel Waltz*
Hough/Hammerstein - My Favorite Thing
Hofmann, Josef – Kaleidoscope
Horowitz/Mendelssohn/Liszt– Variations on Wedding March
Grainger - In Dahomey/Cakewalk Smasher
Liszt – Paganini Etudes No 2*, No 3 ‘La Campanella’*, No 6*
Liszt – Transcendental Etudes No 4 ‘Mazeppa’*, No 5’Feux Follets’, No 8 ‘Wilde Jagd’, No 10
Lyapunov – Transcendental Etudes Op 11 No 6 ‘Storm’, No 10 ‘Lezghinka’*
Mozkowski – Caprice Espagnol Op 37*
Prokofiev – Toccata Op 11
Ravel - Toccata from Le Tombeau de Couperin
Rachmaninov – Etudes Tableaux Op 39 No 5, 6
Saint Saens – Etude Op 111 No 6 ‘Toccata’
Schumann – Toccata Op 7
Volodos/Mozart – Turkish March
Posted by: Nikolas

Re: List of Display Pieces by Difficulty - 02/10/13 11:27 PM

first of all there are some star notes next to a few works, with no reference to anywhere...

Then there's the idea that this is a huge list, so good luck in studying them! laugh

Finally, I'm a bit against any kind of grading, so while I understand what it is you're doing, I find that, apart from the pianist technical and musical abilities, each work has its own merits and difficulties and it's almost unfair putting 15 works in the level "Virtuoso" and ending it there... I think...

EDIT: Me stupid. Star denoted works of 5 minutes or longer... Never mind the first comment please.
Posted by: DameMyra

Re: List of Display Pieces by Difficulty - 02/10/13 11:40 PM

The difference between Advanced and Virtuoso can be vast with many degrees between. One example, the last movement of Gargoyles is soooo much more difficult technically than Widmung. I would place it in the higher category.
Posted by: BDB

Re: List of Display Pieces by Difficulty - 02/11/13 12:37 AM

The best display pieces sound difficult but are easy. The worst ones sound easy but are difficult.
Posted by: CWPiano

Re: List of Display Pieces by Difficulty - 02/11/13 12:57 AM

I will probably only end up studying at most 10 of these pieces, but hey, when I googled and search on the web there is no such list, so I decided to make one.

I agree with you that grading a piece may not be a be clear indication of its merits and difficulties, but I do hope that at least this list can provide some starting points for piano students who wish to start learning a display piece. When I started learning piano, admittedly I was attracted to these pieces but I simply had no idea what are their difficulties. And I expended too many unnecessary hours learning some of them, only to find out that they are way out of my league.
Posted by: BruceD

Re: List of Display Pieces by Difficulty - 02/11/13 02:07 AM

Originally Posted By: CWPiano
I've just realised my current repertoire is lacking in more things flashy, so I've decided to compile a list of these pieces for further reference.[...]


Ah! I misunderstood. I thought that the list of "these pieces" referred to "my current repertoire." Lacking in things flashy, indeed!?

Regards,
Posted by: CWPiano

Re: List of Display Pieces by Difficulty - 02/11/13 02:35 AM

Originally Posted By: BruceD
Originally Posted By: CWPiano
I've just realised my current repertoire is lacking in more things flashy, so I've decided to compile a list of these pieces for further reference.[...]


Ah! I misunderstood. I thought that the list of "these pieces" referred to "my current repertoire." Lacking in things flashy, indeed!?

Regards,


Well, even my students notice that I mostly play lyrical pieces in my performances. To be honest, I find a lot of pieces in this list too cerebral for my taste; I cannot see myself learning the Gargoyle or Rachmaninov Op 39 No 6 for example. But, hey, who knows I may like them in the future.
Posted by: pianoloverus

Re: List of Display Pieces by Difficulty - 02/11/13 08:22 AM

I see no point in having a list with such a huge range of difficulty. If you're basic level was say Early Advanced then virtually all the pieces in the two higher categories would be too difficult and mostly a waste of time. And at least some of the pieces in the lower level would be uninteresting or perhaps not the best choice pedagogically.

I also see no point in making a lengthy list in even a single category. There are tens of thousands of possible pieces in each category but what is point of listing them? You're certainly not going to study all the pieces on even one group of the list.

Decide what level you're in and find three pieces that you like a lot and are flashy enough for you in that level. You may find that pieces chosen mostly for their flashiness wear thin after a while and having a handful of pieces like this in your repertoire is plenty.

More than half of your pieces in even your "Advanced" category require what I would call virtuoso conservatory technique to play at a decent level. This level if reached by 1% or less of pianists.

Posted by: JoelW

Re: List of Display Pieces by Difficulty - 02/11/13 08:26 AM

If you want to impress the common-folk, short and sweet is the way to go.
Posted by: CWPiano

Re: List of Display Pieces by Difficulty - 02/11/13 10:26 AM

Originally Posted By: pianoloverus
I see no point in having a list with such a huge range of difficulty. If you're basic level was say Early Advanced then virtually all the pieces in the two higher categories would be too difficult and mostly a waste of time. And at least some of the pieces in the lower level would be uninteresting or perhaps not the best choice pedagogically.

I also see no point in making a lengthy list in even a single category. There are tens of thousands of possible pieces in each category but what is point of listing them? You're certainly not going to study all the pieces on even one group of the list.

Decide what level you're in and find three pieces that you like a lot and are flashy enough for you in that level. You may find that pieces chosen mostly for their flashiness wear thin after a while and having a handful of pieces like this in your repertoire is plenty.

More than half of your pieces in even your "Advanced" category require what I would call virtuoso conservatory technique to play at a decent level. This level if reached by 1% or less of pianists.



Yes, as I have mentioned already above, I would probably only end up studying 10 of these pieces. When I studied music in college, I had to play really heavy pieces such as large scale works by Scriabin and Franck. And now that I am teaching full time, my repertoire gravitates heavily towards lyrical pieces. So on the contrary, I actually find working on these flashy pieces refreshing.

Also, the tricky thing is I plan to assign these pieces for my current students for competition and festival purpose very soon, and I feel that I will not be able to teach them as best as I would if I do not work on them beforehand.

I am actually working and preparing a few pieces in this list for my upcoming performances. Some of these pieces are only at the intermediate or early advanced level groups I listed above, yet I found them musically satisfying them to learn despite being technically lower than my current level.
Posted by: LadyChen

Re: List of Display Pieces by Difficulty - 02/11/13 03:35 PM

Thanks for sharing this list, CWPiano. My repertoire is also lacking "flash", and I'd like to add an encore piece to my repertoire for an upcoming recital.
Posted by: Brad Hoehne

Re: List of Display Pieces by Difficulty - 02/13/13 01:43 PM

If you want "Flashy" I'd suggest some of the piano works by Heitor Villa-Lobos.

My attempt at categorizing a couple of them that would be good encores:

Miudinha - From Bachianas Brasilerias #4 - Advanced
Festa no Sertao - Advanced <<<-- A great encore piece!
Danco do Indio Branco - Cicolo Bras. - Advanced
Impressoes Serresteiras - Cicolo Brasl - Early Advanced
Any movement from (but Bk 1 #2 is a good encore) Prole do Bebe - Virtuosic