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Balakirev: Islamey - Oriental Fantasy in D-flat Major

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Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev :
Islamey - Oriental Fantasy
Islamey - Oriental Fantasy   in D-flat Major by Balakirev piano sheet music
Key: D-flat Major Year: 1869
Level: 8+ Period: Late Romantic
piano sheet music Piano score: Scanned score (3292 kB)

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xx When can I reach Appassionata/Islamey?
November 24, 2008, 03:49:43 AM by rihyun

I've been playing piano for about a year and a half, and I recently finished Fantasie Impromptu after about a week of hard practice (prior to Fantasie Impromptu, I've played mostly nocturnes, waltzes, and mazurkas by Chopin and some Bach). I practice around 1.5 hours to 2 hours on weekdays, and I practice 3-4 hours on weekends.

So I have two questions:
1) Would beginning Beethoven's Appassionata be too big of a jump from the impromptu (I'm aware that the pieces are on way different levels)? If it is, what would be intermediary works that I could go through before attempting Appassionata?

2) And this one is probably far fetched...but down the road, when would be the most reasonable time for me to attempt Balakirev's Islamey?

Thanks. Smiley

xx Learning Islamey
November 08, 2006, 10:14:07 PM by w0mbat

I have loved this piece many years for a number of reasons, but resisted learning until recently as I finally feel 'ready' to devote to playing it.  (After just having learnt Beethoven's Appassionata, I realize this may be a bit of a jump in technique, but am willing to work hard to achieve it.) 

I would greatly appreciate any suggestions / tips on how to approach it, if it is a piece that you learn from beginning to end, what to look out for, or any other insightful things about the piece that you may have discovered or read about. 

Thank you!

xx Balakirev - Islamey
August 22, 2006, 05:55:49 PM by franz_

How difficult is this piece? Somebody who played it? To what can you compare it?
I adore this piece.

xx Opinions on the Hardest piano piece ever written
July 12, 2005, 10:49:43 AM by rachfanatic

I have heard several views on this but the two pieces which have nearly always come up in conversation are Islamey by Balakirew and Gaspard de la nuit by Ravel. What is every one elses opinion on this topic. Undecided

xx Balakirev - Oriental Fantasie "Islamey"
May 14, 2005, 04:32:40 PM by e60m5

From my conservatory screening tape. Was paired with Schubert - Fantasie in C D.760

From a while back, hope you enjoy! Smiley

Thoughts, comments, suggestions?

Thank you for listening.

xx Islamey
January 24, 2004, 07:18:50 PM by liszmaninopin

Why does it seem that whenever I read a cd review where the pianist played Islamey-always the reviewer mentions how difficult this piece is.  I've never actually played it, but just looking at the score, it looks like one needs great octave and repeating note technique, endurance, and the ability to smash the keyboard.  Honestly, I don't know how it got its reputation as the hardest in the literature-at least when there are other pieces out there that require far more musicality, and probably have more varied technical demands.  Am I alone in this opinion of Islamey?

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