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« on: December 04, 2005, 10:30:48 PM »

Never played any Tchaikovsky, could someone recommend any of his solo piano pieces, around grades 4, 5 or 6 difficulty if possible Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2005, 12:29:21 AM »

The "Months" is a great suite. Not difficult. Each month is depicted admirably.
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« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2005, 03:40:14 AM »

In comparison to the other greats, Tchaikovsky is really lacking in the solo piano department, IMO.  Huh
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« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2005, 11:10:00 AM »

The "Months" is a great suite. Not difficult. Each month is depicted admirably.
Don't you mean "The Seasons" ? Yeh - they are great! The different months depict the different seasons and moods etc. They all have their each and own colour and style. I would recommend April, October and November Smiley But all 12 are really good!
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« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2005, 01:01:57 AM »

What about his piano sonata? I have never heard it, but I saw the sheet music for it and it looks HUGE.
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« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2005, 12:01:03 PM »

Hi,
If I would make my choice,that would be OCTOBER  (Seasons) and DANCE OF THE FLOWERS
from Suite Nutcracker.
Recently heard Dance played with 4 hands,that is amazing.
To add Sentimental Waltz  or Piano solo  from Swan Lake.
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« Reply #6 on: December 07, 2005, 12:05:15 PM »

No, the Sonata is a silly suggestion. I'm assuming you are talking about the G major. I would not agree that Tchaikovsky is lacking in piano solo repertoire. They expand to four volumes. You can't really call that lacking can you?
"The Seasons" or "The Months" is a good suggestion but not all of the pieces are equally good. I would reccomend August, October and November. June if you want something a little bit more familiar. Another one of my favourites is his Romance in F minor.
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« Reply #7 on: December 07, 2005, 01:29:31 PM »

'dumka' is quite good, and nicely laid out for the hands somehow..
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« Reply #8 on: March 18, 2010, 08:38:37 PM »

Hi,

I need to get the piano notes of Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto no 1 but the file won't open

HELP PLEASE!!!
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« Reply #9 on: March 19, 2010, 05:37:39 AM »

What about his piano sonata? I have never heard it, but I saw the sheet music for it and it looks HUGE.

Sonata-s. There were three last I counted! Tongue
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« Reply #10 on: March 19, 2010, 05:49:25 AM »

Sonata-s. There were three last I counted! Tongue

What am I missing? I know the grand G major and the C-sharp minor, both of which I love. What is the third?
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« Reply #11 on: March 24, 2010, 04:23:00 AM »

What about his piano sonata? I have never heard it, but I saw the sheet music for it and it looks HUGE.
If you are referring to the "Grand Sonata", op.37, I find it rather perfunctory and nationalistic, particularly with the first movement, which is full of impetuous chords "on the march". After that there are some nice sections that divert away from the 1st movement; the 2nd movement is, at times sole-full with hints of the 1st Piano Concerto. The 3rd movement is more of a scherzo than the score suggests, basically a quick moderato.  The short finale is, to me, the most interesting, and requires the most virtuosic skills. Again it incorporates pianistic technique on the level of the 1st Concerto. Overall though, I've never found this sonata to be all that attractive, either for the pianist pondering the learning of it, or the general appreciation of an imaginary audience.

While Tchaikovsky did write some decent solo piano works, it appears to me that the shorter works, as in "The Seasons" (mentioned by others here), tend to be more rewarding on all grounds. Personally I believe he was destined to compose orchestral music with wonderful imagination, and much of the non-orchestral works tend to struggle on their own, for better or worse.

My parents were Classical Romantics, and that's the sort of music I inherited as a child, and while I've embraced far distant "musics" over the years, I continue to appreciate much of Tchaikovsky works. Many people consider it inferior, along with his "successor" Rachmaninoff, but regardless of one's own preferences, just consider the "popular impact" these late 19th - early 20th century composers have had on maintaining a public interest in Classical Music in general. Without a "ground base" of devotes of the most popular classical works, intertwined with "new" (lesser known, yet well deserving of public performance) works, the strength of the platform that much of Classical Music stands on could crumble, and that would be a shameful disaster I hope never to see.

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« Reply #12 on: March 24, 2010, 05:28:34 PM »

The "Months" is a great suite. Not difficult. Each month is depicted admirably.
opus number??
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« Reply #13 on: March 28, 2010, 03:14:01 AM »

opus number??
It's "The Seasons", and it is easy enough to find the opus number with a little tool called Google. It's op. 37a.

Find it here: http://imslp.org/wiki/The_Seasons,_Op.37a_%28Tchaikovsky,_Pyotr_Ilyich%29
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« Reply #14 on: April 01, 2010, 12:10:30 PM »

i just "finished" studying the romance in f . once i mastered the techniques in the fast part, this piece
gave me the feeling it should and can be performed in many totally different ways. this piece is real big fun to play and everyone seems to like listening to it.
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