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Topic: Should I try to learn La Campanella?  (Read 1063 times)

Offline rasberri

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Should I try to learn La Campanella?
on: October 02, 2022, 10:35:42 PM
I am 14 years old and I've been playing piano for 10 years. The last piece I learned was Fantasie Impromptu, which I played at around 168 bpm. While this was a bit difficult for me, I think I'm capable of playing harder things. I love playing piano, but lately I've been a bit bored with it and I've been looking for a challenge. Would La Campanella be a good choice, or should I shoot for something easier? What might be some good songs for me to try?
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Offline hmoll53

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Re: Should I try to learn La Campanella?
Reply #1 on: October 02, 2022, 11:13:30 PM
Something easier for sure. La Campanella is way harder than FI, but if you really want Liszt then you can try his famous but less difficult Un Sospiro. (I didn't put Liebestraum because it's about the same level as FI and you wanted something challenging). If it's something other than Liszt maybe Ravel's Jeux D'eau or Rachmaninoff's Op.23 No.5 could work, but it's up to you.
Some Current Repertoire:
Scriabin: Sonatas 2,4 and 5
Chopin: Ballade 1,4, Scherzo 1
Rachmaninoff: Concerto 3
Ravel: Gaspard de la Nuit
Barber: Sonata
Beethoven: Appassionata

Offline ranjit

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Re: Should I try to learn La Campanella?
Reply #2 on: October 02, 2022, 11:16:02 PM
It depends on how well you can play Fantaisie Impromptu. If you've nearly mastered it, then another Liszt piece I've seen people approach is Gnomenreigen, or Liszt etude 6.

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Re: Should I try to learn La Campanella?
Reply #3 on: October 02, 2022, 11:23:17 PM
It depends on how well you can play Fantaisie Impromptu. If you've nearly mastered it, then another Liszt piece I've seen people approach is Gnomenreigen, or Liszt etude 6.

Gnomenreigen is ok, but Liszt Etude 6? Really? I always thought that was harder than Campanella, if not on the same level.
Some Current Repertoire:
Scriabin: Sonatas 2,4 and 5
Chopin: Ballade 1,4, Scherzo 1
Rachmaninoff: Concerto 3
Ravel: Gaspard de la Nuit
Barber: Sonata
Beethoven: Appassionata

Offline ranjit

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Re: Should I try to learn La Campanella?
Reply #4 on: October 03, 2022, 02:35:37 AM
Gnomenreigen is ok, but Liszt Etude 6? Really? I always thought that was harder than Campanella, if not on the same level.
I meant Liszt TE 6, Vision

Offline krncandi

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Re: Should I try to learn La Campanella?
Reply #5 on: October 10, 2022, 01:02:42 AM
Hmmm from FI to La Campanella is a huge huge step. I definitely wouldn't recommend learning it yet as Fantaisie Impromptu is an early introduction to pre-advanced level. La Campanella is very very difficult and exhausting to learn, to nail all the difficulties and to perform to speed. I'd recommend something like the Hungarian rhapsodies...except the 9th one which is the hardest. Or his etudes
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