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Topic: I dont want to play Schumann-what then?!  (Read 2205 times)

Offline oklagija

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I dont want to play Schumann-what then?!
on: December 30, 2002, 11:51:23 PM
I wanted to play something soundful and strong,but my teacher gave me Schumann- phantasiestucke.i would like to play something else,but I cant remember anything good. Everyone is playing Chopin, I want to play something different, but good. Do you have any suggestion?

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Re: I dont want to play Schumann-what then?!
Reply #1 on: December 31, 2002, 08:02:44 AM
If you want something really challenging, try Schubert's Wanderer Fantasy.  Now there is something you want if you want to play something "soundful".  There is also Liszt's Phantasie und Fugue on the name BACH, which he originally wrote for the organ and then transcribed for the piano.  That's a wild piece too.

If you also want something more diffucult (as if the other ones above aren't difficult enough) try any of the Leopold Godowsky's transcriptions.  You'll be in tears with agony.  Now there is a composer who arranged difficult pieces into something almost impossible to play.

Good luck.

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Re: I dont want to play Schumann-what then?!
Reply #2 on: January 10, 2003, 04:04:35 AM
To be a well rounded pianist you need to explore different composers.  Evidently, your techer thought it was time to introduce you to Schumann.  But it sounds as though you don't like the Phantasiestucke.  As a compromise, what about playing something else by Schumann that you might like better?  Take a look at the Arabesque, Op. 18, the Novellette, Op. 21, No. 1 in F, and the Romance, Op. 28, No. 2.  Each is a character piece, and all are different in mood.  I'll bet you'll like one of them, as all are "soundful" in different ways.
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Re: I dont want to play Schumann-what then?!
Reply #3 on: January 14, 2003, 06:35:18 PM
Hi oklagija!

If you want, you can try playing Scriabin's Sonata no. 9, op. 68.  :)
"And you probably thought I'd play badly?" - Sergei Rachmaninoff.

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Re: I dont want to play Schumann-what then?!
Reply #4 on: January 19, 2003, 02:29:26 AM

Da li se oklagija ipak odlucila za Schumanna ?
Jer, ja imam predlog !

xenia  ;)

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Re: I dont want to play Schumann-what then?!
Reply #5 on: January 19, 2003, 10:43:15 AM
If "everyone is playing Chopin" and you want to do something different then I could suggest from the standard piano repertoire some Mendelssohn.  His "Variations SÚrieuses" are suavely written  with brilliant effects  and could be an interesting choice for you.
What about some Liszt? His six "Consolations" are approachable and less difficult than much of his piano writing, but no less beautiful. Or even, you could think of doing some Brahms. The "Ballades", "Intermezzi" and the sixteen waltzes opus 36 are all fabulous music.  
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