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Topic: The most and least satisfying pieces to play  (Read 2894 times)

Offline eddie92099

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The most and least satisfying pieces to play
on: October 19, 2003, 05:43:37 PM
Fairly self-explanatory...
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Offline Wired

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Re: The most and least satisfying pieces to play
Reply #1 on: October 20, 2003, 04:47:32 AM
While I'm not as well-versed as most of you are, I don't generally play pieces that aren't rewarding for myself. This is a luxury I have simply because I play for my pleasure and don't take lessons anymore. So, usually it's what I'm working on, which right now includes Chopin's Polonaise #53. I also enjoy playing Sing Hallelujah arranged by Mark Hayes.

As for songs I don't find satisfying -- well, I can't think of any :) I personally don't finish working on them if I don't enjoy them.

Offline allchopin

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Re: The most and least satisfying pieces to play
Reply #2 on: October 20, 2003, 05:01:46 AM
Ahh the joys of teacherless playing...
A modern house without a flush toilet... uncanny.

Offline Wired

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Re: The most and least satisfying pieces to play
Reply #3 on: October 20, 2003, 05:10:24 AM
Yeah, it is joyful, but I worry that not having a teacher will hamper me progressing, which is another reason I decided to join here. I figure if I can't get ideas on my own, I can always see what other people enjoy and play it :)

But, I've been considering taking more lessons... just don't have the resources to do so yet.

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Re: The most and least satisfying pieces to play
Reply #4 on: October 20, 2003, 05:18:26 AM
Same here, and also I do not want to pay for a teacher right now.  Not having a teacher will almost definitely hamper your playing in most aspects, but there are advantages (such as playing whatever you want, whenever!)  But if you do happen to get up to concert-pianist proficiency, you can always say that you didn't have lessons :).

I think the most satisfying pieces to play is Liszt's Paganini Etude #5 (Liszt is fun to play- always a challenge though).  Another satisfying one, when played well (which is alnost never), is Chopin's Ballade #4.
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Re: The most and least satisfying pieces to play
Reply #5 on: October 20, 2003, 06:42:16 AM
True. I want to be a concert pianist. I think it'd be awesome to earn a living that way. However, considering my current job security, there's no way I'm going to attempt to do that.

So, I'm just working on things that challenge me away from work -- and surprisingly I've been putting in over an hour a day (sometimes up to 3 hours in a day) after my usual 9-6 shift at work. Couple that with additional contracting work which is adding to my funding to get a house next summer (and a Grand I hope :D), I've been very pleased with the amount of playing I've done.

I haven't played much Liszt yet, perhaps I'll add him to my list. Up further on the list is Chopin's Ballade #1 in G Minor, and his Grande Pollonaise Brillante (Op 22), which I just acquired the music to yesterday (Yay! Weeks of searching finally revealed it!)

Anyway, I'm getting really far off topic with these posts :P I think I'll back off and go to sleep :P

Offline eddie92099

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Re: The most and least satisfying pieces to play
Reply #6 on: October 20, 2003, 03:48:11 PM
I don't understand why everybody seems to have the impression that if you have a teacher then you can't play what you want - I have always had a teacher and have always chosen my repertoire (well, since I have known enough to be able to do so). If you don't enjoy playing the pieces you are doing then what is the point?!
Ed

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Re: The most and least satisfying pieces to play
Reply #7 on: October 20, 2003, 04:34:51 PM
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Fairly self-explanatory...
Ed



 Interesting question.  Nailing the coda in the Scriabin 4th sonata is rather satisfying.  
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Re: The most and least satisfying pieces to play
Reply #8 on: October 22, 2003, 12:55:27 AM
As for least satisfying, (please don't hurt me anyone for saying this, only my opinion!  :-/), I would say some of Mozart's Sonatas.  After sightreading one of the sonatas, one would get the impression, "Wow, I just wasted some time on that!"
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Re: The most and least satisfying pieces to play
Reply #9 on: October 23, 2003, 06:03:44 PM
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As for least satisfying, (please don't hurt me anyone for saying this, only my opinion!  :-/), I would say some of Mozart's Sonatas.  After sightreading one of the sonatas, one would get the impression, "Wow, I just wasted some time on that!"


I agree with Mozart, but in my case it's because Mozart is so difficult to perform well - every little mistake sticks out like a sore thumb.
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Offline eddie92099

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Re: The most and least satisfying pieces to play
Reply #10 on: October 23, 2003, 06:37:40 PM
I agree with Hmoll's view on Mozart rather than Xenon's (which is, by the way, just wrong!),
Ed

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Re: The most and least satisfying pieces to play
Reply #11 on: October 24, 2003, 03:44:39 AM
Hey, if you miss a note in Chopin, I'll catch you...
I find that playing Mozart's Sonata in A is very satisying to play out of compared with all my Chopin repertoire.
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Re: The most and least satisfying pieces to play
Reply #12 on: October 24, 2003, 04:28:18 PM
If you can truly relate to the music at that moment then it doesn't really matter how you actually play, you still get an experience of another most satisfying piece.  :)

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Re: The most and least satisfying pieces to play
Reply #13 on: October 24, 2003, 05:15:53 PM
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Hey, if you miss a note in Chopin, I'll catch you...
I find that playing Mozart's Sonata in A is very satisying to play out of compared with all my Chopin repertoire.



So, you caught me that time I dropped the D in the left hand five measures into the coda of the op.52 Ballade?

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Re: The most and least satisfying pieces to play
Reply #14 on: October 24, 2003, 05:28:57 PM
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Hey, if you miss a note in Chopin, I'll catch you...


You act like it would be a crime,
Ed

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Re: The most and least satisfying pieces to play
Reply #15 on: October 25, 2003, 12:37:53 AM
Hmoll: What are you writing about?  I think your causticity was all too subtle, but then thats your style

Eddie: indeed it would :) - but wait, then I'd be in jail for life
A modern house without a flush toilet... uncanny.
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