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#604188 - 04/22/05 09:09 PM Romantic Piano Pieces?
Dictationhater Offline
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Registered: 12/01/04
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Hi, I am looking for any good romantic piano pieces. I just finished playing Clair de Lune, and it is a beautiful song. To give some idea of my skill level, a few things in my reptoire include:

Monlight Sonata: 3 movements
Chopin: Minute Waltz plus another one which I don't know the name.
Bach: 4 inventions

If there are any suggestions on romantic composers or pieces that i may like, any advice is helpful!
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#604189 - 04/22/05 09:31 PM Re: Romantic Piano Pieces?
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Chopin's Nocturne in E minor, Op. 72, No. 1

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#604190 - 04/22/05 09:34 PM Re: Romantic Piano Pieces?
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Schubert "Serenade". sorry i dont have an opus number.

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#604191 - 04/23/05 07:21 AM Re: Romantic Piano Pieces?
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Schubert's Serenade is originally a song, but it has piano arrangement.

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#604192 - 04/23/05 07:50 AM Re: Romantic Piano Pieces?
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Probably any of the Chopin waltzes, mazurkas, and nocturnes.
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#604193 - 04/23/05 07:57 AM Re: Romantic Piano Pieces?
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Some big romantic composers (I'll briefly describe some general attributes of each):

Chopin (poetic, lyrical)
Schubert (very lyrical, song-based, fluid)
Schumann (youthful, fresh-sounding pieces)
Brahms (deep, generally reflective)
Liszt (virtuosic, exciting, melodic)
Scriabin (elements of both Chopin and Liszt, his later works are considered more Contemporary than Romantic)

Have fun finding your romantic piece!

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#604194 - 04/23/05 11:16 AM Re: Romantic Piano Pieces?
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I'm learning Chopin's Bb minor nocturne, No.1.
There is beautiful, mysterious, longing, even restless. Technically it is not very difficult, buy musically it's tought, because there are suttle nuances in dynamics that have to be used in order for the piece to make sense.
Check it out.

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#604195 - 04/23/05 11:20 AM Re: Romantic Piano Pieces?
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I just picked up Chopin's Nocturne In C minor, Op 48, No.1. I recommend this, it is beautiful, powerful, and also very haunting.

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#604196 - 04/23/05 12:10 PM Re: Romantic Piano Pieces?
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I've just realised I have no idea to which period Brahms belong to O.O

Anyway, I suggest you tackle something from Liszt. Like, the Gnomenreigen or the Campanella. If thou needeth sheets, Im happy to provide(th)

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#604197 - 04/23/05 04:01 PM Re: Romantic Piano Pieces?
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Thanks for all of the suggestions I will look into all of these composers and songs and post which one i have started
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#604198 - 04/23/05 04:18 PM Re: Romantic Piano Pieces?
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 Quote:
Originally posted by oneofmany:
I've just realised I have no idea to which period Brahms belong to O.O

Anyway, I suggest you tackle something from Liszt. Like, the Gnomenreigen or the Campanella. If thou needeth sheets, Im happy to provide(th) [/b]
Brahms a Romantic composer (1833-1897).

I would strongly disagree with trying to tackle a piece of Liszt. Liszt's music is very difficult - he does have some easier works, but I suggest that you get more experience with Romantic music before you try and play Liszt. La Campanella is very difficult, and takes a virtuoso to play - it comes from his Paganini Etudes which he wrote with the intention to emulate Paganini's virtuosity.

I say play Chopin - nocturns, impromtus, preludes... you could handle most of them.
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#604199 - 04/24/05 09:44 AM Re: Romantic Piano Pieces?
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Tschiakowski Romance, Op. 5
Sonata Pathetique, 2nd movement
Grieg Notturno Op. 54, No. 4
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#604200 - 04/24/05 12:43 PM Re: Romantic Piano Pieces?
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Brahms, Ballade in G-minor then :p

Liszt's music in genious at its best. But it is horrificly difficult.

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#604201 - 04/24/05 07:44 PM Re: Romantic Piano Pieces?
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 Quote:
Originally posted by TS:
I just picked up Chopin's Nocturne In C minor, Op 48, No.1. I recommend this, it is beautiful, powerful, and also very haunting. [/b]
I wouldn't recommend that just yet! Just getting the lyrical melody out in the Doppio Movimiento section is difficult, let alone have a well-balanced harmony.

I think Liebestraum No. 3 might be a good choice. I wouldn't say it's too difficult and the theme is just beautiful! Wedding Day at Trouldhaugen (sp?) by Grieg is another great piece.

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#604202 - 04/24/05 08:19 PM Re: Romantic Piano Pieces?
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Yeah, the C Minor prelude Op.48 No.1 is quite advanced. So is a lot of great romantic repertoire, however.

For something that is more your level, I'd recommend Chopin Prelude in D-flat "Raindrop," possibly Prelude in C Sharp Minor by Rachmaninoff, either of the Debussy Arabesques, an easier Chopin Nocturne like maybe the E Minor or G Minor. I worked on Brahms Rhapsody in G Minor Op.79 No.2 for a little while, but I had too much other stuff going on in order to study it through to the end. That's a nice romantic piece that would require quite a bit of work to perform. If you want something faster, there are some fairly accessible Chopin preludes that go along very quickly.

There is a ton of romantic repertoire out there that is beautiful. If I were you, I'd do a couple of things to choose a new piece. First, I'd ask my teacher, and see what suggestions she comes up with. It may be that your teacher has a few great pieces in mind for you that are the right level and are also very appealing. The other thing I would do is listen to as much new music as I can (which I still do everyday) by going to the library and checking out cd's from their classical section. You can also check out most of the sheet music online at www.sheetmusicarchive.net.

Anyway, good luck in finding a new piece to play. The ones I mentioned are quite popular.

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#604203 - 04/24/05 08:23 PM Re: Romantic Piano Pieces?
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La Campanella is very difficult, and takes a virtuoso to play - it comes from his Paganini Etudes which he wrote with the intention to emulate Paganini's virtuosity.
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I would agree. I recently heard a sixteen year old perform La Campanella in a competition. He was a good pianist, but he was trying to perform a piece written for virtuosi when he is not one himself. He was playing it at about half-tempo, and because of this, was forced to cut the piece down significantly in order to meet the five-minute max time limit for the competition. I'd say he is a better pianist than I, but because the piece was too much for him, I received a higher award than he did.

I doubt I'll attempt La Campanella until I'm well into college or possibly after that. However, there is a nice accessible Liszt piece that comes to mind, which is also very popular, and that is Consolation No.3.

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#604204 - 04/24/05 08:26 PM Re: Romantic Piano Pieces?
Awakening Offline
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 Quote:
Originally posted by Mikester:
Some big romantic composers (I'll briefly describe some general attributes of each):

Chopin (poetic, lyrical)
Schubert (very lyrical, song-based, fluid)
Schumann (youthful, fresh-sounding pieces)
Brahms (deep, generally reflective)
Liszt (virtuosic, exciting, melodic)
Scriabin (elements of both Chopin and Liszt, his later works are considered more Contemporary than Romantic)

Have fun finding your romantic piece! [/b]
Don't forget Rachmaninoff (grave, dramatic, and RUSSIAN)

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#604205 - 04/24/05 08:40 PM Re: Romantic Piano Pieces?
pianojerome Offline
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 Quote:
Originally posted by C.V. Alkan:
 Quote:
Originally posted by oneofmany:
I've just realised I have no idea to which period Brahms belong to O.O
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Brahms a Romantic composer (1833-1897).
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This Brahms? Doesn't look very romantic to me...



Neither does Liszt... I don't understand what the ladies' fuss was all about!
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#604206 - 04/24/05 08:54 PM Re: Romantic Piano Pieces?
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Registered: 03/13/05
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Didn't Brahms feud a bit with his contemporaries, and have more regard for the classical form? I've read this in passing in several places, anyone else have any idea about this?

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#604207 - 04/24/05 08:57 PM Re: Romantic Piano Pieces?
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Already mentioned, Liszt Consolation #3.Absolutely beautiful, not difficult, some cross rhythms (2 against 3 and 4 against 3), requires a beautiful singing tone.

Brahms Intermezzo Op. 118, No. 2, another beautiful piece. Requires excellent voicing, contains some cross rhythms. Very well known, frequently performed and can die if not played musically.

Chopin Nocturne, Op. 15, No. 2 Only four pages long with a lovely melody. The middle doppio movement section can be a little tricky. Absolutely gorgeous ending.
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#604208 - 04/25/05 02:52 PM Re: Romantic Piano Pieces?
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in my opinion chopin's op.9 no.2 in e-flat major and his posthumous nocturne in c-sharp minor are superb examples. the first is a tad more difficult to play, but a great exercise for dynamics and phrasing. the latter uses occasional scales, but its melody is sublime.

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#604209 - 04/25/05 03:11 PM Re: Romantic Piano Pieces?
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The C# nocturne or the "Raindrop" would be good additions to your repertoire, both well-known pieces and not very hard to play and memorise.

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#604210 - 04/25/05 08:19 PM Re: Romantic Piano Pieces?
Dictationhater Offline
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To the awakening:

I think you hit my musical taste right on the spot. I have actually started the Prelude in C# Minor, and it is the perfect difficulty for me. Hopefully it should be done by the end of this school year. Furthurmore, I love debussy, but in my opinion his work is harder then Rach's becuase it has to be interpreted perfectly in order to get the effect that is desired. Also thanks for the suggestion about listening to a lot of music. I agree that this will help me to find a new song.
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#604211 - 04/25/05 10:26 PM Re: Romantic Piano Pieces?
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Hearing how hard the La Campenella etude is I am afraid now. My teacher offered me to learn it and since I loved it decided to. Is this a bad idea?
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#604212 - 04/25/05 10:31 PM Re: Romantic Piano Pieces?
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No, just practice it slowly! I've been messing around with it the last few days, it's not easy...

I also tried taking a look at the 6th etude, "theme and variations" - my god it's hard!
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