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Offline cabbynum

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What piece to assign next
« on: January 07, 2015, 06:10:57 AM »
My student is a 13 year old girl and wants to start playing real classical music as she put it. I play for her after every lesson and she loves Alkan Barcarolle but its too advanced for her at the moment for sure. However I dont know what to assign her as i am still a fairly new teacher.
She has CAGED major and minor scales 3 octaves at 110 with sixteenths and can reach an octave fairly easily. She hates fur elise. I was thinking the chopin e minor prelude or b minor. She has done a few short Bach pieces. She really gets musical phrasing and has a fairly natural technique.  Does anyone have any suggestions?
Currently Working on
Liszt Sonata B minor
Dante Sonata
Vallee d'Obermann
Invocation

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Re: What piece to assign next
«Reply #1 on: January 07, 2015, 06:44:38 AM »
Perhaps some Schumann such as Knecht Ruprecht or another piece from Album for the Young. Also some Tchaikovsky seasons are beautiful and very simple like January and March. Tchaikovsky also wrote a work similar to Album for the Young

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Re: What piece to assign next
«Reply #2 on: January 07, 2015, 04:43:52 PM »
Thanks! Ill check these out.
Currently Working on
Liszt Sonata B minor
Dante Sonata
Vallee d'Obermann
Invocation

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Re: What piece to assign next
«Reply #3 on: January 08, 2015, 12:06:55 AM »
Mozart Viennese Sonatinas
Made a Liszt. Need new Handel's for Soler panel & Alkan foil. Will Faure Stein on the way to pick up Mendels' sohn. Josquin get Wolfgangs Schu with Clara. Gone Chopin, I'll be Bach

Offline chopinlover01

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Re: What piece to assign next
«Reply #4 on: January 08, 2015, 09:48:57 PM »
Some possibilities (play for her the pieces and let her decide):

Chopin:
E minor prelude (don't let her butcher it!!!!)
B minor prelude
C minor prelude
A major prelude as a warm up/cool down if you pick something exhausting (but don't sacrifice musicality- it's still Chopin)
D flat major prelude "Raindrop" if she's looking for a challenge
Mazurka 67/1
Mazurka 6/1
Mazurka A minor No. 6 (can't remember the Opus)

Mozart:
Any sonata (take your pick)
Fantasy in D minor
Perhaps a concerto once she's more familiar with his style (understanding mozart also helps with Chopin)

Other things I'm thinking of....
Haydn sonatas
Easier Scarlatti sonatas
Bach Inventions
Beethoven Romanze in F major, if you have a violinist or a second piano handy
Grieg Lyric pieces

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Re: What piece to assign next
«Reply #5 on: January 08, 2015, 11:18:21 PM »
Give her Le Preux.

Offline alistaircrane4

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Re: What piece to assign next
«Reply #6 on: January 09, 2015, 12:44:55 AM »
Give her Le Preux.
Le Festin d'Esope might be more her level haha

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Re: What piece to assign next
«Reply #7 on: January 09, 2015, 12:57:44 AM »
Le Festin d'Esope might be more her level haha
actually, no seriously, why not give her a few of the easier blumenfield preludes? they all sound great.

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Re: What piece to assign next
«Reply #8 on: January 10, 2015, 12:17:48 AM »
Maybe you could use the NZMEB syllabus as a guide?
Its just a huge  list of graded repertoire. Some of it has unhelpful references to "Getting to..." books and what not, but most of it is proper opus numbers and most of it you can find for free on imslp.
Find a piece she can play to give you an idea of what grade she's at and start from there.
http://www.nzmeb.org/syllabuses/piano/performance/