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Offline BoliverAllmon

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hardest piece to memorize
on: December 04, 2003, 04:02:19 PM
what do you think the hardest piece to memorize is? My teacher told me that Bach's chromatic fantasy and fugue is extremely difficult.

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Re: hardest piece to memorize
Reply #1 on: December 04, 2003, 04:22:40 PM
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what do you think the hardest piece to memorize is? My teacher told me that Bach's chromatic fantasy and fugue is extremely difficult.

boliver



 In my experience:

Scriabin 8th Sonata
Reger Variations on a theme of Bach
Nancarrow Tango?
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Re: hardest piece to memorize
Reply #2 on: December 04, 2003, 05:38:35 PM
Everyone has different memorization techniques, and every person finds different styles harder to memorize.

For me, I find any pieces that have almost the exact same theme repeated with slight variations and no apparent pattern in the variation. I can't recall which piece I'm thinking of... one that my piano teacher in college purposely gave me to make me read the music :) I never did memorize it...

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Re: hardest piece to memorize
Reply #3 on: December 04, 2003, 06:14:40 PM
The second movement of Prokofiev's 7th sonata is what I have found most difficult to memorise, although I can think of works which would be harder (much of Schoenberg),
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Re: hardest piece to memorize
Reply #4 on: December 04, 2003, 06:37:07 PM
 I also forgot to mention Boulez 2nd sonata (never was able to get this memorized) and Carter Night Fantasies.
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Re: hardest piece to memorize
Reply #5 on: December 04, 2003, 11:01:37 PM
Agreeing with Wired, Id say Franz Liszt's transcription of Franz Schubert's Ave Maria was my most challenging memorization feat.  It repeats sets of arpeggiating chords for seven pages, changing slightly and inverting.  But I think I have it now *whew*
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Re: hardest piece to memorize
Reply #6 on: December 06, 2003, 06:58:20 AM
Bach's Chromatic Fantasy&Fugue is not so hard to memorize imo . But yes, everyone has different memorizing techniques.

I would say :

Stockhausen Klavierstücke Nr.9

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Re: hardest piece to memorize
Reply #7 on: December 06, 2003, 02:27:15 PM
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Stockhausen Klavierstücke Nr.9


Interesting piece though,
Ed

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Re: hardest piece to memorize
Reply #8 on: December 06, 2003, 04:15:59 PM
I wouldn't really know about the bach. I personally haven't found a piece that I find terribly difficult to memorize. That doesn't mean there is one, just that I haven't found it yet.

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Re: hardest piece to memorize
Reply #9 on: December 06, 2003, 05:04:38 PM
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I personally haven't found a piece that I find terribly difficult to memorize.


You will!  ;),
Ed

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Re: hardest piece to memorize
Reply #10 on: December 06, 2003, 10:47:23 PM
I can tell Bach Prelude&Fugue (1st Book) E flat minor is a bit hard (especially fugue) to memorize because of the tonality .
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