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Offline hexanite

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Show off piece
on: March 11, 2016, 12:00:34 AM
Hi, I'm looking for a showy piece that I can learn in my free time. I'm looking for something that is challenging, will be satisfying to learn, yet not too long so as to take forever to learn. Something around 6 minutes in length or less. I'm looking for something in the romantic era or 20th century.
Here are some pieces that I've played in the past few years.
Mvmt. 1 Grieg piano concerto (2 pianos)
Mvmt. 3 Beethoven appassionata
Liszt Sonetto 104 del Petrarca]
Around first ~10min. of Mvmt. 1 of Tchaikovsky's piano concerto - stopped a little before the octaves
Liszt Un Sospiro
Chopin Etudes Op.10 No.3, 4, 8

I guess the difficulty on these pieces vary a decent amount, and there's more pieces that I've played in the past few years, but these are the first to come to mind.

Here are some pieces that I do not want to play...
Revolutionary etude
Winter wind
Wanderer fantaisie

Offline chopinlover01

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Re: Show off piece
Reply #1 on: March 11, 2016, 12:15:45 AM
Well, 10/4 is a showy piece in and of itself, but I'll bite.

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Re: Show off piece
Reply #2 on: March 11, 2016, 12:20:05 AM
Theyre all great.

I personally love 10-4 still raises my hair till the end when played demonically.
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Re: Show off piece
Reply #3 on: March 11, 2016, 12:32:41 AM
Well, 10/4 is a showy piece in and of itself, but I'll bite.


Wow! This is the first time I've heard that piece and it's beautiful. I'd love to play it, but honestly I don't think I could do it justice. Looking at the music, with the repetitive chord-single note sequence throughout, it looks like a nightmare. I'll sight read through part of it to see how it goes.
Thanks for the suggestion!

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Re: Show off piece
Reply #4 on: March 11, 2016, 12:33:48 AM
I suggest Scarlatti 141 ;D
I agree with former posters - 10-4 is a great show off piece!
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Re: Show off piece
Reply #5 on: March 11, 2016, 12:37:50 AM
I suggest Scarlatti 141 ;D
I agree with former posters - 10-4 is a great show off piece!
Something about baroque music just doesn't resonate with me. When I had to play Scarlatti and Bach previously, it seemed very mechanical and forced.
Thanks for the suggestion though!

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Re: Show off piece
Reply #6 on: March 11, 2016, 01:03:26 AM
Ups, while reading replies to your original post I forgot you wanted something romantic or 20th century.  :-X
How about Rachmaninoff's Moment Musicaux No 4? It always pleases audiences:-)
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Re: Show off piece
Reply #7 on: March 11, 2016, 02:01:06 AM

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Re: Show off piece
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Re: Show off piece
Reply #9 on: March 11, 2016, 02:11:03 AM

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Re: Show off piece
Reply #10 on: March 11, 2016, 03:30:45 AM
Jardins by Debussy is always a favorite show off piece.  It isn't as difficult as it sounds but still difficult of course I would learn it one day definitely. 
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Re: Show off piece
Reply #11 on: March 11, 2016, 05:32:08 AM
@chopinlover unfortunately that one is right around the bend for me... I just see long hours of practice XD





Kholodenko owns both of the pieces BTW if you want to look them up on youtube.
You might have seen one of my videos without knowing it was that nut from the forum
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Re: Show off piece
Reply #12 on: March 11, 2016, 05:37:53 AM
Obviously.

You might have seen one of my videos without knowing it was that nut from the forum
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Re: Show off piece
Reply #13 on: March 11, 2016, 05:39:10 AM
Ups, while reading replies to your original post I forgot you wanted something romantic or 20th century.  :-X
How about Rachmaninoff's Moment Musicaux No 4? It always pleases audiences:-)
Huh, I completely forgot about these. I think I will actually play the 4th, a played one of the slower ones a while back and enjoyed it.

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Re: Show off piece
Reply #14 on: March 11, 2016, 08:52:50 AM
No offense, but why would you want to show off your pianistic skills to people. It is an awful tendency that a lot of pianists seem to have. It is the combination of hedonism with artistry which, in my opinion, can't go together well. Instead, use your artistic skills to make decisions about your playing, and therefore develop a wonderful interpretation of that certain piece.

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Re: Show off piece
Reply #15 on: March 11, 2016, 11:33:48 AM

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Re: Show off piece
Reply #16 on: March 11, 2016, 04:15:09 PM
this piece plays  very much like an etude. i absolutely love all those super gnarly rapidly changing harmonies. it's tough and quick but it's short, so that keepts difficulty in check sort of. rad piece. it's been on my desk for ages, i need to quick lollygagging and learn the silly thing already, fun 20th century option

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Re: Show off piece
Reply #17 on: March 13, 2016, 09:18:49 PM
A few that come to mind for me:

Etude op 25 no 11- Chopin
3rd movement of moonlight sonata - Beethoven
Hungarian rhapsody no. 2 -Liszt (longer than 6 minutes, but very impressive piece)
Etude op. 8 no. 12- Alexander Scraibin

If you're looking to learn a showy piece for non musical people, then learn pirates of the Caribbean or something.
Recently learned:
Beethoven- sonata 32, op111, I
Chopin- sonata 2, scherzo
Liszt-Etude 4, S.136
Rachmaninoff-Prelude C Sharp Minor
Learning:
Liszt-Transcendeal Etude 2
Chopin-Etude op25 no 11

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Re: Show off piece
Reply #18 on: March 14, 2016, 01:27:37 AM
Here are some pieces that I do not want to play...
Winter wind

A few that come to mind for me:

Etude op 25 no 11- Chopin
You might have seen one of my videos without knowing it was that nut from the forum
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Re: Show off piece
Reply #19 on: March 14, 2016, 02:21:29 AM
A few that come to mind for me:

Etude op 25 no 11- Chopin
3rd movement of moonlight sonata - Beethoven
Hungarian rhapsody no. 2 -Liszt (longer than 6 minutes, but very impressive piece)
Etude op. 8 no. 12- Alexander Scraibin

If you're looking to learn a showy piece for non musical people, then learn pirates of the Caribbean or something.
The sad thing is, you're probably right. If I played islamey for non-musical people vs. pirates of the Caribbean, they'd probably enjoy the latter more.
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