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Question: Which of the following etudes are technically the most demanding? Choose the TWO you think are most difficult.
Chopin, 25/10 (octaves)
Chopin, 25/12 (ocean)
Liszt, TE nr. 10 (appassionata)
Liszt, TE nr. 11 (harmonies du soir)
Liszt, TE nr. 12 (chasse-neige)
Liszt, Un Sospiro
Liszt, Waldesrauschen
Liszt, Gnomenreigen
Liszt, La Campanella

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cloches_de_geneve
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« on: August 27, 2006, 10:01:40 AM »

I would like to pick a couple of those and would appreciate any comments on these pieces by members that played them. Thanks.
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« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2006, 05:21:29 AM »

Un sospiro was the first piece of Liszt that I played.  It was very comfortable to play; the only parts I struggled with were the cadenzas because I hadn't played any Liszt cadenzas beforehand.  I thought it was very fun to learn and perform this piece --> everyone loves it!

I voted for Chasse-Neige and La Campanella, because tremolos are difficult to control.  La Campanella doesnt look that bad, but then I imagine trying to look confident while performing it, and then I feel weak.
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« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2006, 12:30:11 PM »

Do you have a teacher?  Your teacher would know your individual strengths and weaknesses and would be able to help you choose one. 

Chasse-Neige is really hard and so is Campanella, but if you put your weight into the keys and do rotations, even 45 trills aren't so bad.   Smiley  La Campanella, I read, is the least valuable, musically, of the paganini Etudes.

I think Appassionata is an incredible piece, but to do it justice would be, I think, harder than most of the others.  The same would go for the Op. 25 No. 12. 

I believe Un Sospiro fits well under the fingers.
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