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There are apparently some pianists who, despite the anniversary, are not devoting them exclusively to Beethoven this year. Anyway, with his Beethoven Journey project, Leif Ove Andsnes has already done his bit, making one of the most beautiful recordings of the piano concertos. For Andsnes, Mozart is currently uppermost on the agenda, even if there is also plenty of Beethoven being played at his festival too. Time for another conversation with the Norwegian master pianist. Read more >>

Topic: Pictures at an Exhibition  (Read 4149 times)

Offline numberwizard68

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Pictures at an Exhibition
on: June 29, 2008, 12:31:06 AM
I am looking for another piece to work on, and I was thinking of working on Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition. The two parts of the piece that I like the most happen to be The Great Gates of Kiev and The Hut of Baba-Yaga. My question is, would it be feasible for me to play The Great Gates of Kiev, and does anyone have any suggestions? I know that I really should learn the whole thing chronologically, but I won't have very much time after the summer is over to work on my piano. Also, is The Hut of Baba-Yaga as crazy to play as it looks?

For those who are wondering, things that I have recently played are Beethoven's Moonlight (1st and 2nd movements only), Mozart's Twinkles, Bach's Gigue from Partitia No. 1.

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Re: Pictures at an Exhibition
Reply #1 on: June 29, 2008, 04:29:35 AM
The Pictures is a very demanding work. If you want to start, you could begin with "Il vecchio castello" and the 2nd Promenade.
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Re: Pictures at an Exhibition
Reply #2 on: June 29, 2008, 04:40:47 AM
Judging by the pieces you currently play, it would be wise to leave Mussorgsky for a few more years and learn it all at once.

Some of the movements may be possible though, like the one Aewanko suggested. The ballet of the unhatched chicks is fun to play.
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Re: Pictures at an Exhibition
Reply #3 on: June 29, 2008, 08:51:48 AM
The Old Castle is around your level, and fun to play.
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Re: Pictures at an Exhibition
Reply #4 on: June 29, 2008, 07:47:29 PM
there are many easier, yet attractive pieces other than mussorgsky picutres at an exhibition. it is a concert piece suitable only for accomplished pianists. why do you want to play something this difficult?-btw, baba-yaga and the great gates of kiev are the hardest in the set. you are only an intermediate student (judging from ur repertoire) and so it's wise to play pieces that you can really handle. tds
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