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Offline alvaritooo13

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Exercises or pieces to practice octaves
« on: February 02, 2020, 05:30:36 PM »
Hi there i'm an intermediate piano student who has been  practicing my octaves with some parts from Hungarian Rhapsody 2. I would like to know what other pieces with octaves can I practice (and have fun playing them) to keep improving my  accuracy playing them. If its possible I would like some suggestions, thank you!

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Re: Exercises or pieces to practice octaves
«Reply #1 on: February 03, 2020, 12:09:44 AM »
Well, if you're isolating fragments from HungRhaps2, then surely the precipitato from Prokofiev's 7th Sonata is not an outrageous suggestion.  For me, the two-bar rhythmic pattern (in seven time) shared between the two hands is really difficult to internalize, but perhaps with more concentration than I've given it, it would not be that way for you.  Seems that a really wide range of pianists have recorded this piece, in studio or in concert.

What else that's familiar music?  Well, sure, the B-minor Rhapsody of Brahms is jammed full of octaves.

Obviously there are many more, but those two immediately came to mind.

For something different, there are plenty of transcriptions of stride piano pieces that feature octaves in both hands, but I doubt that's what you're looking for. 
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Re: Exercises or pieces to practice octaves
«Reply #2 on: February 05, 2020, 05:18:01 PM »
HR6 is legendary and Erlkonig is brutal.

Horowitz Stars and Stripes will wring out your octaves plus it's a great crowd pleaser.  And you just play the first part to keep them wanting rather than the whole thing which many will tire from.

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Re: Exercises or pieces to practice octaves
«Reply #3 on: February 17, 2020, 07:14:46 AM »
This could be quite practical:



Not hard to read at all, and quite fun to listen to in my opinion.

https://imslp.org/wiki/The_Art_of_Finger_Dexterity%2C_Op.740_(Czerny%2C_Carl)

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Re: Exercises or pieces to practice octaves
«Reply #4 on: February 17, 2020, 11:31:38 AM »
The A section of Alkan's Allegro barbaro.

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Re: Exercises or pieces to practice octaves
«Reply #5 on: February 23, 2020, 10:31:03 PM »
Theodor Kullak wrote entire school for piano playing