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Topic: Is tackling Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 a good idea?  (Read 1839 times)

Offline beethovenfan01

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Is tackling Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 a good idea?
on: April 15, 2017, 05:39:20 AM
So, I'm really busy in music right now. But after May, I'm going to have next to nothing left to work on, as nearly all my pieces are going to be performed at different places within a couple weeks of each other, for festivals and such.

After that, my summer is going to be almost completely open. I have wanted to learn Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 for a long time, but obviously it's been beyond my technical ability.

I've looked over the piece, even played some of it, but never seriously gone in and done the grunt work, and now I'm trying to decide if I should. My strengths are in Chopin and Rachmaninoff, my weakness is Beethoven (even though I absolutely love all his music!!!). See below for my current repertoire, most of which will be done very soon, excepting the Beethoven Op. 26.

I've identified many of the chief technical problems and will have plenty of time to attack them over the summer, barring any nasty, unpleasant surprises that tend to come along every so often ...

Is attempting HR 2 a good idea?
Bach Chromatic Fantasie and Fugue
Beethoven Sonata Op. 10 No. 1
Shostakovich Preludes Op. 34
Scriabin Etude Op. 2 No. 1
Liszt Fantasie and Fugue on BACH

Offline expressman70

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Re: Is tackling Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 a good idea?
Reply #1 on: April 30, 2017, 01:53:46 AM
How is your technique doing in terms of octaves scales and arpeggios?

Offline canada100

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Re: Is tackling Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 a good idea?
Reply #2 on: May 03, 2017, 07:24:40 AM
Could you list some the pieces you are currently working on, or have worked on? It is not quite possible to judge whether you're ready for the Rhapsody unless we get an idea of what your current level is (based on repertoire that you've studied/are studying now)

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