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Topic: What to play next - advice  (Read 1271 times)

Offline callalily90

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What to play next - advice
on: July 01, 2015, 06:53:26 PM
A little background -

I played since I was a child, played for around 7 years before quitting first year of high school. I'm now getting back into it after several years and taking lessons again. I just took the National Guild piano exam and scored a superior plus on preparatory A level. My pieces were Moonlight Sonata 1st Movement and Sonata in C by Mozart.

If anyone could give me some suggestions on some good pieces to try on the preparatory B or an appropriate level, that would be much appreciated. I will be asking my teacher, but I would like some suggestions here also :)

Thank you!

Offline pytheamateur

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Re: What to play next - advice
Reply #1 on: July 01, 2015, 08:40:02 PM
Moonlight Sonata 2nd movement.  You can work on the 3rd movement as well if you can avoid the temptation of playing in tempo.  To start with, work at small chunks at half speed or even quarter speed, hands separately. Keep working like this to make sure the technical foundation is firm.  In a few year's time you will reap the benefits.
Beethoven - Sonata in C sharp minor, Op 27 No 12
Chopin - Fantasie Impromptu, Nocturn in C sharp minor, Op post
Brahms - Op 118, Nos 2 & 3

Offline mjames

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Re: What to play next - advice
Reply #2 on: July 01, 2015, 09:53:37 PM
Wow, some people actually have trouble coming up with stuff they want to play? My problem is that I usually have way too many pieces on my plate, I always have to remove a few pieces in order to focus on the ones I'm actually making progress on. ololololol

Currently having fun with 6 works (polishing a few, learning and studying the others), and  I already know what I want to learn after I'm done with this set. So much to play, so little time! How are you seriously having trouble? xD Also you gotta be a little bit more specific on what you're looking to play. What style, form, length, genre, era..etc

Honestly I'm just going to say: "Listen to more music."

Offline callalily90

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Re: What to play next - advice
Reply #3 on: July 01, 2015, 11:39:08 PM
@pry, thank you. Will look into those. I've dallied with movement 3 but it looks quite difficult.

@mja, your tone was quite unnecessary. I do know some things I want to try, but as this is a piano forum with many experts, was hoping to get some recs appropriate for my level. Perhaps you could suggest some.

As for specifics -

Faster piece
Classical (not picky about era)
Length:medium
Sonata

Offline chopinlover01

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Re: What to play next - advice
Reply #4 on: July 02, 2015, 04:16:20 AM
Mjames means well.
I think what he's saying is that you should get to the point to where you know exactly what you want to play. Listen to lots of music from a wide variety of eras.
As far as recommendations, I'd recommend Bach two part inventions, Chopin mazurkas and some of the easier nocturnes, easier Mozart sonatas, Schumann Kinderszenen, among other things.

Offline callalily90

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Re: What to play next - advice
Reply #5 on: July 04, 2015, 02:41:48 AM
Thanks everyone. My teacher and I settled on Revolutionary Etude and Pathetique. 

Offline diomedes

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Re: What to play next - advice
Reply #6 on: July 04, 2015, 04:06:33 AM
Listen to more music is the best advice you can possibly get. You'll find something that truly motivates you and then you'll catch peoples attention: examiners, jury, audience, female admirers etc.
Beethoven-Alkan, concerto 3
Faure barcarolle 10
Mozart-Stradal, symphony 40

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Re: What to play next - advice
Reply #7 on: July 04, 2015, 04:52:41 AM
Thanks everyone. My teacher and I settled on Revolutionary Etude and Pathetique. 
That's quite a step up- good luck!
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