What is *the* piece you wish you could play?

Posted by: Strat

What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 09/27/07 02:52 PM

No, don't name 2, or 3, or 4... even if it's tempting. \:D

Choose *one!* Which one is the piece you'd kill to be able to play at concert level, flawlessly?

For me, it would be the Rachmaninoff's 3rd Piano Concerto. Just chock-full of gorgeous melodies and I never tire of listening to it.
Posted by: Donna R.

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 09/27/07 02:54 PM

Rachmaninov again - the Paganini variations. Ain't going to happen outside my dreams, though.
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 09/27/07 03:04 PM

Leucona's "Maleguena"
Posted by: Chardonnay

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 09/27/07 03:06 PM

Chopin's 4th Ballade.
Posted by: DragonPianoPlayer

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 09/27/07 03:12 PM

Liszt's HR # 2.
I'll refrain from all the others.

Rich
Posted by: gmm1

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 09/27/07 03:12 PM

Chopin's Polonaise in Ab Maj...someday....
Posted by: Peyton

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 09/27/07 03:13 PM

Do you mean well? Just about everything I already play... \:D OK. I guess Liszt's Sonetto 104 del Petrarca. I used to be able to play the first three pages and then gave up. I would also love to be able to play Msorsky's Pictures at an Exhibition. and all of Bach's Goldberg Variations. But then you said "only 1"......
Posted by: signa

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 09/27/07 03:21 PM

Beethoven 32 variation in c minor and some Bach fugues!
Posted by: dannylux

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 09/27/07 03:30 PM

Alkan's Concerto for Piano Alone, from the Etudes In All The Minor Keys, Op.39.


Mel
Posted by: Oxfords Gal

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 09/27/07 03:36 PM

Fantasie Impromptu Chopin
Posted by: Matt H

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 09/27/07 03:55 PM

Beethoven Sonata no. 8

I was going to say Mussorky's Pictures at an Exhibition or Schumann's Carnival, but I'd probably have to kill a whole village.

I'd also like to learn Ray Charles's What I Say, but I might someday be able to do that without ritual sacrifice.
Posted by: HouseHead78

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 09/27/07 04:09 PM

Chopin Scherzo #3.
Posted by: LaValse

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 09/27/07 04:10 PM

At the moment Ravel's La Valse piano solo, but it changes from week to week...

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=bzEkQxOcXQA part 1
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=-7XQ5bDVxqM part 2

I'm not going to hold my breath... \:\)
Posted by: Mike White

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 09/27/07 04:18 PM

Anything by Rachmaninoff:

Monica, I have the sheet music for Maleguena if you want to start working on it now.
MIke
Posted by: mr_super-hunky

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 09/27/07 04:21 PM

I wish I could play the most beautiful melody you have ever heard. It would be composed and performed by me and be comprised of the nicest melodies I have ever heard.

I'm still searching for it, and it may be a while before I ever discover it but I know that some day I WILL find it as it is in me. It's just not ready yet!.
Posted by: -Frycek

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 09/27/07 04:26 PM

Chopin 25/11 The "Winter Wind" etude
Posted by: Peyton

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 09/27/07 05:00 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by Frycek:
Chopin 25/11 The "Winter Wind" etude [/b]
Right on! \:\)
Posted by: Peyton

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 09/27/07 05:01 PM

Mazzepa etude by Liszt.


Oh heck....I already voted.
Posted by: Aduke

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 09/27/07 05:46 PM

Chopin's Nocturne in Dflat major!
Posted by: SAnnM AB-2001

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 09/27/07 06:25 PM

Chopin Etude Opus 10 No. 3
Posted by: LisztAddict

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 09/27/07 06:29 PM

Liszt's Reminiscences de Don Juan
Posted by: HouseHead78

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 09/27/07 06:30 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by I played it better at home:
Chopin Etude Opus 10 No. 3 [/b]
Good choice - this piece is so beautiful. I think it's doable as well, but in a few years...not yet.
Posted by: J. Mark

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 09/27/07 06:48 PM

Appassionata
Posted by: playadom

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 09/27/07 07:01 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by dannylux:
Alkan's Concerto for Piano Alone, from the Etudes In All The Minor Keys, Op.39.


Mel [/b]
Exactly the same for me!
Love the piece...
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 09/27/07 07:16 PM

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Originally posted by Mike White:
Monica, I have the sheet music for Maleguena if you want to start working on it now.
MIke [/b]
Thanks, Mike; I actually bought it some time ago. Opened it up, took one look at it, and put it in my pile of "good things to leave propped open on my music desk to impress visitors senseless but which I have no prayer of learning this decade." \:D
Posted by: BB Player

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 09/27/07 07:20 PM

Rachmaninov Etudes-Tableaux, Op. 39 No. 3 in F Sharp Minor.
Posted by: menancy

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 09/27/07 07:23 PM

Bach-Bussoni Chaccone in D minor.
Posted by: Opus45

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 09/27/07 07:33 PM

Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, op. 73 ["Emperor"]

(but considering it took me about a half a year to get through the Croatian Rhapsody, I suspect I'll not be playing this one in this lifetime)
Posted by: Sundew

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 09/27/07 07:39 PM

Chopsticks.....

Tchaikovsky concerto in B flat minor which I have wanted to be able play since I was a teenager and could only manage ........chopsticks.
Posted by: Rosanna

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 09/27/07 07:46 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by mr_super-hunky:
I wish I could play the most beautiful melody you have ever heard. It would be composed and performed by me and be comprised of the nicest melodies I have ever heard.

...it is in me. It's just not ready yet!. [/b]
That's my favorite piece too!

While that piece is getting ready, I would like to be able to play Chopin Polonaise in Ab major (op. 53.)
Posted by: mr_super-hunky

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 09/27/07 08:11 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by Monica K.:


I put it in my pile of "good things to leave propped open on my music desk to impress visitors senseless but which I have no prayer of learning this decade." \:D [/b]
Monica, that is brilliant!, I love it. I think I will go out and buy the most difficult piece known to mankind and prop it up on the fallboard of my piano just for *show*. I mean we've all heard of people who go out and buy a tier one piano just to use as a piece of furniture right?, what's the difference?.

Or how about the people who put a player system on a tier one piano....[looks up the definition of blasphemy!!]. ;\)
Posted by: Mike White

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 09/27/07 09:21 PM

I'm one step ahead of you SH. I don't have to go out and buy any difficult music, I have plenty of it laying around already.

Mike
Posted by: Opus45

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 09/28/07 12:07 AM

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I think I will go out and buy the most difficult piece known to mankind and prop it up on the fallboard of my piano just for *show*.
Mike beat me to it Mr SH...but on the off chance you might be serious, let me know & I'll mail you some.

...if I could play only a fraction of the sheet music I have I would be in heaven!
Posted by: gravy

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 09/28/07 12:07 AM

I do the opposite. When I'm done ploughing through Bach, I cover it up with my 5-year-old's piano exercises - nice big notes with maybe four measures per page - and I feel like that's about right for anyone's expectations of me!

Someday I'd like to get through Debussey's Claire de Lune. It's a tough read - five flats in the key signature, then it switches to five sharps, then back to five flats again. At least it's not as long as some of the concertos some of you aspire to. This thread is also making me realize I need to buy more piano music...
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 09/28/07 12:24 AM

 Quote:
Originally posted by gravy:
I do the opposite. When I'm done ploughing through Bach, I cover it up with my 5-year-old's piano exercises - nice big notes with maybe four measures per page - and I feel like that's about right for anyone's expectations of me!
[/b]
:D LOL! That's a good strategy, too, gravy! With my technique, there's always the danger that some guest might actually ask me to PLAY the difficult decoy piece I propped up there.

Welcome to the forum, btw. \:\)

Opus45, the Emperor Concerto would've been my second choice, if Strat would've let us name more than one piece, but he didn't. ;\)
Posted by: Opus45

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 09/28/07 12:45 AM

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the Emperor Concerto would've been my second choice, if Strat would've let us name more than one piece, but he didn't.
At the office, we have all the radios tuned to NPR (none of us can tolerate radio commercials) and today our local station played someone performing this very concerto and my ears locked in on it playing in the background & I wasn't able to concentrate on our work related lunch conversations and this didn't go unnoticed and I had to explain myself.

Fortunately, I help them make alot of money & they forgive me my occasional eccentricities (sp? will they ever get the spell check working here?).
Posted by: Theowne

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 09/28/07 12:51 AM

If I could play L'Isle Joyeuse perfectly from beginning to end, that's all I would ever need.
Posted by: Opus45

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 09/28/07 12:55 AM

 Quote:
If I could play L'Isle Joyeuse perfectly from beginning to end, that's all I would ever need.
...it's reading comments like this that cause me to buy so much sheet music!

Moderator, would you PLEASE lock this thread!!
Posted by: Concerto40

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 09/28/07 02:09 AM

Tough to narrow down to one.

Tie between Chopin's Fantasie Impromptu and Chopin Etude No. 1 in C major.

C
Posted by: stefflo

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 09/28/07 02:17 AM

Fantasie Impromptu Op.66 by Chopin
Posted by: Lisztener

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 09/28/07 02:40 AM

Franz Liszt

La Campanella played like this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpnM1ahqzdw
Posted by: mr_super-hunky

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 09/28/07 03:08 AM

Lisztener: I just watched your video and was going to make some stupid comment as usual but the only problem I had was at the end of that video, I was..........stuck!. I could'nt move, for like a minute or so.

Did this happen to anyone else? Are there words for what I just watched??
Posted by: NancyM333

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 09/28/07 03:38 AM

Wow, it's performances like the one Lisztener posted that make me simultaneously discouraged and inspired.

The piece I wish I could play: Chopin's Revolutionary Etude.

I'm with Jeff about locking this thread. Or at least limit your dream pieces to ones I already have the music to--I'm going to the poorhouse!

Nancy
Posted by: pianist.ame

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 09/28/07 03:39 AM

can't narrow it down

for me
Chopin-Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise Brilliante
Beethoven- Emperor Concerto
Prokofiev Concerto in D major No.1 I think...
Rachmaninoff Piano concerto in c minor
Posted by: Lisztener

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 09/28/07 03:55 AM

Hunk,

He's my favorite concert pianist. I believe he's the greatest virtuoso in the world today.

Hey man, what happened to you? Looks like the Mrs. must have got hold of you and flattened your face out a little. \:D I'm just teasing, but I had to make a comment on your new avatar. I see she gave you a perm in the process. :p

You're still the original ABF Joe Kewl, so don't let me rattle you, OK? ;\)

Regards,

Lisztener
Posted by: BB Player

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 09/28/07 04:07 AM

 Quote:
Originally posted by Lisztener:
Franz Liszt

La Campanella played like this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpnM1ahqzdw [/b]
The solo right hand part at 2:30 is absolutely amazing! His hand looks completely relaxed, his fingers are a blur and he's playing loudly enough to be heard throughout Albert Hall.

I've got the DVD of this performance and I never tire of watching it.
Posted by: BB Player

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 09/28/07 04:09 AM

 Quote:
Originally posted by Opus45:
 Quote:
If I could play L'Isle Joyeuse perfectly from beginning to end, that's all I would ever need.
...it's reading comments like this that cause me to buy so much sheet music!

Moderator, would you PLEASE lock this thread!! [/b]
Didn't you know? We moderators get a kickback from sheet music publishers \:D

I wish....
Posted by: LisztAddict

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 09/28/07 04:12 AM

 Quote:
Originally posted by Lisztener:
I believe he's the greatest virtuouso in the world today. [/b]
I agree 100%.
Posted by: signa

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 09/28/07 04:15 AM

this is another amazing one, probably even better than Kissin's:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5f4dULwo6s&mode=related&search=
Posted by: IpsoPhatso

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 09/28/07 04:22 AM

For me, Chopin's G Minor Ballade. It's a piece of music that I totally get from a listening stand point. It really is an emotional rollercoaster for me, and I see what Chopin was thinking with each and every note. Unfortunately, I am not much of a piano player, and I struggle through a large majority of it.

Being able to play it properly for a very special lady to me, with the passion that I have when I listen to it, would be my greatest goal! \:\)
Posted by: YD

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 09/28/07 04:39 AM

Liszt Transcendenta Etude No. 12 in B-flat minor, "Chasse-Neige"
Posted by: Ragnhild

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 09/28/07 08:03 AM

I've had one wish since I was a little girl, to play one of the late Mozart concertos with an orchestra, but I learned very early that it would never happen.... ;\)

Ragnhild
Posted by: Patty39

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 09/28/07 10:37 AM

But Ragnhild, never say never....

For me it's Debussy's Clair de Lune, and for what my sister-in-law-concert-pianist says, only 4-5 years away from it (and it would still be tough, but never mind).

Patty
Posted by: Ragnhild

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 09/28/07 10:58 AM

OK, Patty - you are right.
It will by 99,99 % chance never happen... ;\)

But Clair the Lune is beutiful too...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AgRbp_EznTI

Ragnhild

-------------------------
Fallen out of love with life !
Posted by: SAnnM AB-2001

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 09/28/07 11:44 AM

 Quote:
Originally posted by HouseHead78:
 Quote:
Originally posted by I played it better at home:
Chopin Etude Opus 10 No. 3 [/b]
Good choice - this piece is so beautiful. I think it's doable as well, but in a few years...not yet. [/b]
I carry this piece around with me all the time - have for about 3 years now. Learned the first two pages (main theme) although needs much polishing. Have tackled the next couple of measures but it's about 3 years of reach I figure....
Posted by: Mike White

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 09/28/07 12:11 PM

For those of you who need more sheet music:

http://imslp.org/wiki/Main_Page

Mike
Posted by: ShootCraps

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 09/28/07 01:05 PM

Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody". I have a good start on it, another couple years and I should have it down.

I sure wish stupid stuff like work and eating wouldn't interfere with my piano practice.
Posted by: SEODave

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 09/28/07 02:05 PM

Chopin's Etude 10/3.
Posted by: Euan Morrison

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 09/28/07 02:18 PM

The Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise Brilliante, by Chopin.
Posted by: Cornelia

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 09/28/07 02:46 PM

Bach's 1st Piano Concerto(ok,actually it's his 1st Harpsichord Concerto).
Posted by: Minaku

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 09/28/07 03:24 PM

Chopin's 4th ballade, Beethoven sonata op. 110. I'm working on both now slowly but sometimes I just wish I had them in hand already!
Posted by: BWV846

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 09/28/07 03:47 PM

To get everyone's attention about how well I control my fingers and tone: a Bach WTC fugue

To get everyone crying about my intensity of pianistic emotion: a Chopin Ballade

To get everyone standing and cheering at the end about my amazing and overwhelming musical ability: the Rachmaninov 3rd piano concerto

When will this happen: only in my dreams but it is a lot of fun to keep trying--so far I can do the first Prelude of the WTC book 1 but once there was a time when I could not even do that.
This forum has given me a lot of inspiration and very helpful comments and direction. Thanks to all.
Posted by: Aduke

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 09/28/07 03:57 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by Lisztener:
Franz Liszt

La Campanella played like this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpnM1ahqzdw [/b]
I was going to say this was the piece I wish I could play but, the piece is so out of reach it is beyond "a wish". It would be a miracle!
Posted by: Soleil_nuage

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 09/28/07 04:26 PM

Rachmaninoff's Prelude in G-sharp minor.
Posted by: Rodney

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 09/28/07 05:54 PM

I don't have a specific piece I'd like to learn but I do wish that I could effortlessly harmonize any melody at will (think Sir Elton John).

When mr.SH writes that awsome melody, I'd like to take a shot at the accompaniment.

Rodney
Posted by: vanityx3

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 09/28/07 05:58 PM

Any Rach. or Clair de lune
Posted by: LiszThalberg

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 09/29/07 08:59 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by mr_super-hunky:
Monica, that is brilliant!, I love it. I think I will go out and buy the most difficult piece known to mankind and prop it up on the fallboard of my piano just for *show*.

[/b]
What if someone came to your house and wanted a listen to mankinds most difficult piece ;\)
Posted by: gmm1

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 09/29/07 09:04 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by Debussy20:
 Quote:
Originally posted by mr_super-hunky:
Monica, that is brilliant!, I love it. I think I will go out and buy the most difficult piece known to mankind and prop it up on the fallboard of my piano just for *show*.

[/b]
What if someone came to your house and wanted a listen to mankinds most difficult piece ;\) [/b]
I fall back on my standard answer - "I'm so far beyond that now, go listen to some 14 year old kid if you want to hear it".

And then make them listen to Matt's version and just hope they buy it.
Posted by: Albanypark38

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 09/29/07 09:12 PM

O Well. "In a Mist" tonal piano piece by Bix Biederbecke. Main theme "Concerto in F" George Gershwin.
Posted by: synthman

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 09/30/07 12:24 AM

Chopin's Polonaise in Ab maj...
Posted by: Schubertian

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 09/30/07 02:26 AM

Yes - the Chopin Scherzo #3 -

(that's the one with the celestial ripples - the one my teacher refers to as the How Dry I Am Scherzo - Do I have a sign around my neck saying "Spoil Chopin for me please" ? - my parents would sing "I'm always chasing rainbows" whenever that came on the radio - now I can never listen to that - thanks Dad)
Posted by: LiszThalberg

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 09/30/07 02:59 AM

 Quote:
Originally posted by gmm1:
 Quote:
Originally posted by Debussy20:
 Quote:
Originally posted by mr_super-hunky:
Monica, that is brilliant!, I love it. I think I will go out and buy the most difficult piece known to mankind and prop it up on the fallboard of my piano just for *show*.

[/b]
What if someone came to your house and wanted a listen to mankinds most difficult piece ;\) [/b]
I fall back on my standard answer - "I'm so far beyond that now, go listen to some 14 year old kid if you want to hear it".

And then make them listen to Matt's version and just hope they buy it. [/b]
haha! \:D If i messed up, I'll just reply "well, thats the way gmm1 taught it to me"
Posted by: pianist.ame

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 10/01/07 01:19 AM

I almost forgot about this piece

to add to my list Brahms Piano Concerto No.2
Posted by: melissa d

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 10/01/07 02:20 AM

Fantaisie-Impromptu by Chopin. One day maybe...
Posted by: DragonPianoPlayer

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 10/01/07 02:29 AM

 Quote:
Originally posted by Debussy20:
 Quote:
Originally posted by mr_super-hunky:
Monica, that is brilliant!, I love it. I think I will go out and buy the most difficult piece known to mankind and prop it up on the fallboard of my piano just for *show*.

[/b]
What if someone came to your house and wanted a listen to mankinds most difficult piece ;\) [/b]
Of course we all know that this is "Faerie's Aire and Death Waltz" by John Stump. Here is the sheet music:
http://www.well.com/user/bryan/waltz.html

This is hanging on the wall at the studio I take lessons at. I'm not sure if this is one I want to play or conduct. Of course, if the program also included “String Quartet No. 556(b) for Strings In A Minor (Motoring Accident)”, it would be a definite program to conduct. LOL

Rich
Posted by: TLuvva

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 10/01/07 11:14 AM

Chopin's Scherzo No. 2 - still the classical piece that blows me away most. Perfect combination of beautiful melody, and urgent virtuosity!

There's only one lifetime and why is it that I'm not already working on it? Remind me to drop noodling around with anything that isn't one the great pieces that I've always wanted to learn.
Posted by: Les Koltvedt

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 10/01/07 11:43 AM

 Quote:
Originally posted by DragonPianoPlayer:
 Quote:
Originally posted by Debussy20:
 Quote:
Originally posted by mr_super-hunky:
Monica, that is brilliant!, I love it. I think I will go out and buy the most difficult piece known to mankind and prop it up on the fallboard of my piano just for *show*.

[/b]
What if someone came to your house and wanted a listen to mankinds most difficult piece ;\) [/b]
Of course we all know that this is "Faerie's Aire and Death Waltz" by John Stump. Here is the sheet music:
http://www.well.com/user/bryan/waltz.html

This is hanging on the wall at the studio I take lessons at. I'm not sure if this is one I want to play or conduct. Of course, if the program also included “String Quartet No. 556(b) for Strings In A Minor (Motoring Accident)”, it would be a definite program to conduct. LOL

Rich [/b]
gave a copy to my teacher...he about fell of the stool...used it on his better pupils for a laugh..

Would love to play Bumble Boogie, Bob Seeley style... Bumble Boogie you really need to see this guy play in person...he's in his 70's...WOW
Posted by: LaValse

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 10/01/07 11:48 AM

It almost looks as hard as Finnissy's English Country Tunes - but not quite... \:\)
Posted by: DinoCow

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 10/01/07 02:18 PM

Chopin's Fantasie Impromptu

I tried playing this a few years ago... failed miserably. That whole thing with playing 3 notes with the right hand while playing two notes with the left... that kicked my butt hard. And then the speed of the whole piece and the range of octaves it encompasses... haha. Yea, it might be a couple of years before I touch this one again. But I did play the fake version of this piece, and it impressed my mom. :-D
Posted by: 193866

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 10/01/07 07:09 PM

George Gershwin's "Rhapsody In Blue." All 31 pages. This is "What If?" Am I still dreaming and asleep? Good question to ask me. Thank you, Sandy B
Posted by: NancyM333

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 10/01/07 07:20 PM

Rich, I had seen that Faerie's Aire and Death Waltz" before, but I had never bothered to read everything written on the page. I'm still wiping my eyes from laughing--that thing is great. I want to print it out, but I think you have to have great resolution on your printer to see everything.

Thanks for posting it.

Nancy
Posted by: HouseHead78

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 10/01/07 07:25 PM

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Originally posted by TLuvva:
Chopin's Scherzo No. 2 - still the classical piece that blows me away most. Perfect combination of beautiful melody, and urgent virtuosity!

There's only one lifetime and why is it that I'm not already working on it? Remind me to drop noodling around with anything that isn't one the great pieces that I've always wanted to learn. [/b]
It's a tossup for me between Scherzos 1, 2, and 3. I'm going to wait about 5 or 10 years before I even try, just because I don't want to get too frustrated. My repertoire is getting more advanced but these are virtuoso pieces that not many people can rightly claim that they play well.
Posted by: 193866

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 10/01/07 07:31 PM

Donna R...Rachmaninoff's "Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini 18th variation." I believe I copied this from the Reader's Digest hard cover piano music book series, this is from the classical book. It is a very beautiful arrangement. Double check me on this if you are interested. I just looked and no references to where the copy came from. Maybe you can go into a music store and check this book to see? If you can read and play intermediate level classical music this will not be difficult for you. If you cannot find this I will get it to you somehow. Let me know. Sandy B
Posted by: gerg

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 10/01/07 07:39 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by TLuvva:
Chopin's Scherzo No. 2 - still the classical piece that blows me away most. Perfect combination of beautiful melody, and urgent virtuosity!

There's only one lifetime and why is it that I'm not already working on it? Remind me to drop noodling around with anything that isn't one the great pieces that I've always wanted to learn. [/b]
Hear, hear!

This is the piece that, when I was eight years of age, made me a lifelong Chopin fan. I do intend to learn it - and can play the first three pages or so, but first plan to finalize and polish Op. 47 to which I've already devoted hundreds of hours.
Posted by: Rick Brown

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 10/05/07 12:44 AM

For me, I would like to learn to play Dan Fogelberg's "Paris Nocturne"....it's simply one of his most beautiful pieces.

Rick
Posted by: IThinkIKnowIMean

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 10/08/07 10:42 PM

I agree with the people that said Fantasie Impromptu- Chopin. That would be incredible.

Though, I'd also like to go off the beaten path here, and list a pop song- Philosophy, by Ben Folds, which I WILL learn to play...eventually.
Posted by: Playmisty4me

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 10/08/07 11:45 PM

I'm with Saundra - Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue", but I don't think I have enough life left.

Meanwhile, I'll keep working on this bugger of a Bach Invention.........
Posted by: Oxfords Gal

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 10/09/07 02:07 PM

Look at this 7 year old playing Fantasie (My dream piece). droolllll

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKQmoZURbLY&mode=related&search=
Posted by: Schubertian

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 10/09/07 05:59 PM

Le Gibet
Posted by: Mile Hi Steve

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 10/09/07 09:16 PM

Memphis Stomp from the movie The Firm by Dave Grusin.
Posted by: Donna R.

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 10/10/07 11:48 AM

Hi Sandy,

I just saw your post about the transcription of the 18th Variation. Actually, it's the whole thing I'd love to be able to play, with full orchestral backing - but as I said in the original post, dream on! I'm hoping to tackle the 18th variation one day, but I'm not in that class yet. Thank you for the information, though. I always follow the discussions of transcriptions on 'that other forum' with interest, so I shall add this to my growing list of versions I should think about acquiring :.
Posted by: Turfer

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 10/11/07 05:57 AM

Chopin's Etude in E - Not the world's most difficult piece, but I think it will steal the heart of everybody, wouldn't it!
Posted by: Les Koltvedt

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 10/11/07 07:35 AM

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Originally posted by Rick Brown:
For me, I would like to learn to play Dan Fogelberg's "Paris Nocturne"....it's simply one of his most beautiful pieces.

Rick [/b]
Good choice
Posted by: TThomas

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 10/11/07 09:44 AM

I've wanted to play Chopin's Etude Op.10 No.5 since the first time I heard it and my jaw dropped to the floor.

Also, not really a piece, but the piano solo in Skynyrd's version of Call Me the Breeze just blows...me...away! I like JJ Cale's original, but there's no piano solo and I surely don't play guitar! (Oh, but if I did....!)

Tina
Posted by: ddh

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 10/11/07 11:52 AM

I'll have to cheat as well (only one is impossible because of the moods one can be in)

Classical: definitely Chopin Polonaise Héroique op. 53 - this has been my favorite since childhood (and that was long ago) - played effortlessly and "nuancé" like Horowitz \:D

Semi-classical, blues: Gerschwin Rhapsody in Blues

Rock: Jethro Tull - Flying Dutchman, if I can ever find a piano score for it, I will die trying to play it.

Years of fun ;\)
Daniel
Posted by: TThomas

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 10/11/07 12:33 PM

Hi ddh and welcome to the forums (although I noticed you registered nearly a year ago! ;\) )
Those are mighty fine choices of yours!

Tina
Posted by: ddh

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 10/11/07 01:23 PM

Thanks Tina, you're right, first post.
I've been lurking sporadically !

Guess I didn't have something interesting to say ;\)

Anyhow, glad to be here;

Cheers
Daniel
Posted by: TThomas

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 10/11/07 04:39 PM

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Originally posted by ddh:
Thanks Tina, you're right, first post.
I've been lurking sporadically !

Guess I didn't have something interesting to say ;\)

Anyhow, glad to be here;

Cheers
Daniel [/b]
Daniel,
I bet you have lots of interesting things to say! (I see that you also enjoy kayaking and I could probably talk hours about that, but I reckon that'd be for another forum, haha!)
How long have you been playing? What kind of music do you like to play?

Tina
Posted by: ddh

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 10/11/07 09:37 PM

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Originally posted by TThomas:
Daniel,
I bet you have lots of interesting things to say! (I see that you also enjoy kayaking and I could probably talk hours about that, but I reckon that'd be for another forum, haha!)
How long have you been playing? What kind of music do you like to play?

Tina [/b]
Actually, Tina, I started taking lessons one year ago exactly at the ripe age of 55. So, I am still an "Early beginner" as my teacher says. :p
I like quite a variety of music - classical, neo-classical (as David Nevue puts it) , Québec folk songs, rock ballads. Eventually, I might add jazz or blues but it is still out of reach for now.
I am presently working on three pieces:
October, by Toronto pianist Stephan Mocci (check out his website, he wrote for Celine Dion, Sarah Brightman, Randy Bachman and Josh Groben, very good)
Je ferai un jardin (I will grow a garden) by Clémence desrochers and of course, a sonatina by Clementi.

I don't expect to get through these for at least another 3 months.
Then, I might take on a piece by Greg Maroney or David Nevue. I'm staying with slow paced music for a while.

I know... I am getting in over my head but... I think I learn better with a challenge.

What about You ?

Daniel
Posted by: Capsule1979

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 10/11/07 11:49 PM

The bumble bee. In many years probably.
Posted by: TThomas

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 10/12/07 09:48 AM

Daniel,

I will look up Stephan Mocci, sounds interesting, thank you! And Greg Maroney as well. I'm not familiar with either but it sounds as though we share about the same interests, so perhaps this will lead me to composers new to me! That's one thing I love about this forum!
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What about You ?
I'll have been playing for a year next month. I started with classical, but then quickly discovered (again, through this forum!) composers such as David Nevue (who has quite a fan base here and pops in from time to time \:\) in case you haven't already noticed!) Ludovico Einaudi and Yann Tiersen. So, that's the kind of music that has me captured for now. Like you, I'm keeping it on the slower side until my fingers can follow the speed of my brain (not that my brain functions all that well to begin with :p ). But, I've begun to challenge myself with slightly faster pieces here lately.
I'd very much like to play blues one day and I dream of having the ability to actually improvise it!

Capsule1979 - I love that piece and watching the fingers of those who can play it!

Tina
Posted by: drjt87

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 10/30/07 10:34 AM

I'm surprised there's so little concertos or even trios listed. For me, it'd probably be Beethoven's 4th, though Tchaikovsky and Chopin's trios come very close.
Posted by: RhondaLynne

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 10/30/07 04:26 PM

Mozart sonata for 2 pianos, K448/375a. I want to play the pianoforte I, not II. And, I would be content with only the Allegro molto section. I don't know who would play the II part, though, maybe someone from the ABF ?? My second choice is Rhapsody in Blue, but not a solo, I want to play with an orchestra. Since starting piano again, I'm drawn to ensembles, duets, orchestras, etc. And I prefer pieces that are written as duets originally, not arranged later on for a duet. Anyway, that's my dream.

"You've got to have a dream, if you don't have a dream, how you gonna have a dream come true?" (Happy Talk - South Pacific)

(edited - changed "make a dream" to "have a dream" Should have checked that before I used it, although both are true ;\) )
Posted by: Sepanto

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 10/30/07 04:57 PM

Balakirev's Islamey.
Posted by: Piano&Violin

Re: What is *the* piece you wish you could play? - 10/31/07 05:42 AM

Ah ... entering dreamworld here .... I'd really love to play Prokofief's 7th piano sonata and Rahmaninoff's 3rd piano concerto ... years ahead, if ever ....