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Offline tadhg

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The Ultimate Piano Playlist?
on: March 02, 2005, 11:48:34 PM
Well if you were to make a CD (or playlist), however long, what piano pieces you you put on it. Be them  cliched (sp?!) or not and any genre.Basically, the classics, and the best.To start off.

(whats in my head)
Claire de Lune
Fantasy Impromptu
Mozarts Fantasy in D Minor
Hungarian Rhapsody 2
"The heart asks pleasure first" by Michael Nyman
"Big My Secret" "  "  "
Maple Leaf Rag

There's a start anyway.

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Re: The Ultimate Piano Playlist?
Reply #1 on: March 03, 2005, 12:52:33 AM
Egad!  Well, this will be an interesting thread, because the only thing on that list I'd even consider is the Maple Leaf Rag!!!!  OK OK the Hungarian Rhapsody, too, but I can't play it.

That other stuff would clear a room in no time! 

Let's see.  What would SELL:

Some Beethoven perhaps - Moonlight or Appassionata (the WHOLE thing though - no "abridged" versions allowed!)

Chopin, a couple of nocturnes.  Doesn't matter really.  They are all good.  Put numbers in a hat and draw a couple out.

Chopin again - a waltz, a mazurka, a polonaise, and maybe a ballade.

Something modern, hm.  Prokofiev maybe - a couple of his shorter pieces?  I think a sonata would suck up too much space and nobody would like it anyway, even though it's tempting.

Maybe  a Bach thing - you guys pick - Bach makes me wanna barf.

Maybe something just off the beaten path - london piano school = John Field or John Frederick Pinto.

and somehting "nasty" by Ravel.

Are we getting closer?
So much music, so little time........

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Re: The Ultimate Piano Playlist?
Reply #2 on: March 03, 2005, 02:48:15 AM
ok.  modified version of a recital i am hoping to perform:

Scarlatti sonata K 119 (L 415)
Mozart C minor fantasy (K 475)
Chopin Ballade Op. 38 (2nd)
intermission
Samuel Barber Excursions
Samuel Barber  Nocturne

encore: McDowell's 'of a Tailor and a Bear'

second night's program (in my dreams right now)

Bach English Suite #4
Beethoven Op. 10 Nr.3
Chopin Etude Op. 10, No.4
intermission
Granados: All 12 Spanish dances

no encore - too tired.
do you know why benches fall apart?  it is because they have lids with little tiny hinges so you can store music inside them.  hint:  buy a bench that does not hinge.  buy it for sturdiness.

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Re: The Ultimate Piano Playlist?
Reply #3 on: March 03, 2005, 02:50:18 AM
i would hope the first takes would be my cd.  i guess that's probably not reality.  but you would have accoustics and a good piano in concert.
do you know why benches fall apart?  it is because they have lids with little tiny hinges so you can store music inside them.  hint:  buy a bench that does not hinge.  buy it for sturdiness.

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Re: The Ultimate Piano Playlist?
Reply #4 on: March 03, 2005, 02:57:16 AM
also, i would like to make a cd made up of entirely russian piano music:

tchaikovsky-my own transcription of something (or 4 hand piano concerto)
intermission
mussorgsky - pics at an exhibition (possibly a transcription for 4 hands, two pianos, too)
 
any takers on the second set of hands.  because i like mussorgsky's pic's so much - i think it would be easier and faster to learn it this way.
do you know why benches fall apart?  it is because they have lids with little tiny hinges so you can store music inside them.  hint:  buy a bench that does not hinge.  buy it for sturdiness.

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Re: The Ultimate Piano Playlist?
Reply #5 on: March 03, 2005, 03:01:25 AM
ok. last dream (but not final)

to play gershwins rhapsody in blue one night
and leroy anderson's piano concerto the next
do you know why benches fall apart?  it is because they have lids with little tiny hinges so you can store music inside them.  hint:  buy a bench that does not hinge.  buy it for sturdiness.

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Re: The Ultimate Piano Playlist?
Reply #6 on: March 03, 2005, 03:13:05 AM
Well, for me personally........

1.  Ravel - Gaspard de la Nuit
2.  Ravel - Sonatine
3.  Liszt - Mephisto Waltz (Ashkenazy)
4.  Rachmaninoff - prelude g minor, g # minor, op 27 no 3 (c minor)
5.  Rach 2 + 3

yep, it will be more than one cd

ahhhh i'll stop there actually.

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Re: The Ultimate Piano Playlist?
Reply #7 on: March 03, 2005, 03:42:55 AM
Well if you were to make a CD ..... however long, what piano pieces you you put on it.

Prokofiev, Piano Concertos 1-5
Beethoven, Piano Concertos 3, 4, 5
Brahms, Piano Concertos 1, 2
Liszt, Piano Concertos 1, 2, Totentanz
Rachmaninoff, Piano Concertos 1, 2, 3
Schumann, Piano Concerto
Grieg, Piano Concerto
Bartok, Piano Concertos 1, 2, 3
Saint-Saens, Piano Concertos 2, 4, 5
Busoni, Piano Concerto
Shostakovich, Piano Concertos 1, 2
Mendelssohn, Piano Concerto 1
Mozart, Piano Concertos 17-27
Ravel, G Major Piano Concerto
Chopin, complete works
Alkan, complete works
Godowski, complete works

No Tchaikovsky

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Re: The Ultimate Piano Playlist?
Reply #8 on: March 03, 2005, 11:47:56 PM
Scarlatti sonata K 119 (L 415)

!!! do you play this?? This is my favorite Scarlatti sonata (that I've heard -- I've only heard a few)!!! I'm very pleased to see someone mention this! The rhythms are so awesome, the parts that sound like castanets. And then at the end the chord clusters that somehow fit -- awesome stuff!
Favorite pianists include Pollini, Casadesus, Mendl (from the Vienna Piano Trio), Hungerford, Gilels, Argerich, Iturbi, Horowitz, Kempff, and I suppose Barenboim (gotta love the CSO). Too many others.

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Re: The Ultimate Piano Playlist?
Reply #9 on: March 04, 2005, 12:21:47 AM


Prokofiev, Piano Concertos 1-5
Beethoven, Piano Concertos 3, 4, 5
Brahms, Piano Concertos 1, 2
Liszt, Piano Concertos 1, 2, Totentanz
Rachmaninoff, Piano Concertos 1, 2, 3
Schumann, Piano Concerto
Grieg, Piano Concerto
Bartok, Piano Concertos 1, 2, 3
Saint-Saens, Piano Concertos 2, 4, 5
Busoni, Piano Concerto
Shostakovich, Piano Concertos 1, 2
Mendelssohn, Piano Concerto 1
Mozart, Piano Concertos 17-27
Ravel, G Major Piano Concerto
Chopin, complete works
Alkan, complete works
Godowski, complete works

No Tchaikovsky

How about we add a little "Hot cross buns" to that list? O yeah...

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Re: The Ultimate Piano Playlist?
Reply #10 on: March 04, 2005, 01:39:38 AM
dear aquariusweb, 

the K119 isn't that hard, really, but sometimes i add an extra note (accidentally) because there ARE so many clusters.  it's fun to play.  just that the repeats are like the brahms op. 118 with nothing the same (so you have to tell yourself - you already did it the first way - do it different the second time or you'll have to repeat page 2 again).  it zips this way and that way, too, so you have to just 'let go' and let your fingers do the talking.

at first i wanted to impress people with it, but i realize now, the way to play it is like a guitarist.  really relaxed and not wound up.  and, not too fast or it sounds mechanical.
do you know why benches fall apart?  it is because they have lids with little tiny hinges so you can store music inside them.  hint:  buy a bench that does not hinge.  buy it for sturdiness.

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Re: The Ultimate Piano Playlist?
Reply #11 on: March 04, 2005, 02:55:40 AM
I would have to go with

Prokofiev complete solo piano works, concerti, and the overture on hebrew themes
Shostakovich, sonata No. 2 and the concerti
Balaikirev- entire solo works (yes he did write more than islamey)
Beethoven 5 (liszt transcription) and Beethoven Emperor
Rachmanninoff complete works for piano and orchestra/ solo piano
Liszt- complete solo piano works
Bartok- complete works
Brahms complete works
Alkan complete works
Sorabji complete works
Rutavaara complete works
Ravel- gaspard de la nuit, concerto in G, and concerto for left hand
Debussy- complete works
Tchaikovsky concerti
Mozart- all the concerti
Beethoven complete sonatas
and I think I'll end it with something flashy like ummmmmmm.................. Fur Elise lol j/k I'd end it with Khatchaturian- toccata and concerto

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Re: The Ultimate Piano Playlist?
Reply #12 on: March 04, 2005, 03:01:33 AM
I would do a Medtner / Rachmaninoff playlist, which is what I'm hoping to do at my college senior recital

Medtner: Sonatentriade
Rachmaninoff: B-flat minor sonata
Medtner: Sonata-Ballade or "Night Wind" Sonata

Encore, Medtner: "Alla Reminiscenza."

No short pieces (except for the encore)!

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Re: The Ultimate Piano Playlist?
Reply #13 on: March 04, 2005, 06:14:38 AM
so like a recital CD where we get to play any 80 minutes of music?  Would do hmmm.... "Modern Masterpieces for the Piano".


Berg Sonata Op. 1
Corigliano Etude Fantasy
Nancarrow Tango?
Ligeti Etude Book 1 No. 6 "Automne e Varsovie"
Bowen Toccata Op. 155
Prokofiev Toccata Op. 11
Babajanian Poem for Piano
Shostakovich Prelude and Fugue Op. 87 No. 15
Rzewski North American Ballad No. 4 "Winnsboro Cottonmill Blues"
Hindemith Suite "1922"

that's what i would do.  in that order btw.

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Re: The Ultimate Piano Playlist?
Reply #14 on: March 04, 2005, 11:54:56 AM
Hi,

I haven't allready played all of the following pieces,
but I would suggest:

1. Beethoven --- Moonlight (1th. mvmt.)
2. Tschaikowsky - The seasons No. 10
3. "                           "                No. 06
4. "                           "                No. 05
5. Schumann - Kinderszenen - Von fremden Menschen und Ländern (From foreign...)
6. Rachmaninoff ---  Melodie (opus 3.3)
7. Liszt - Consolation II
8. Something from Debussy like Reverie or Claire du Lune.


beethovenfan

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Re: The Ultimate Piano Playlist?
Reply #15 on: March 04, 2005, 12:01:52 PM
I would aim for

beethoven (pathetique, moonlight)
Debussy (Arabesque, Reverie, Clair De Lune, Valse Romantique)
Brahms (Opus 118 and 117 Intermezzi)
Chopin (some Nocturnes, 9.2 or something, cant play any other at the time... have not tried)
Mendelssohn ( Lied Ohne Worte 19:1)
Schubert (Impromptus opus 90 and opus 142)
And John Field Nocturnes

Debussy Rox! Debussy Rox! Debussy Rox!

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Re: The Ultimate Piano Playlist?
Reply #16 on: March 04, 2005, 02:10:33 PM
so like a recital CD where we get to play any 80 minutes of music?  Would do hmmm.... "Modern Masterpieces for the Piano".


Berg Sonata Op. 1
Corigliano Etude Fantasy
Nancarrow Tango?
Ligeti Etude Book 1 No. 6 "Automne e Varsovie"
Bowen Toccata Op. 155
Prokofiev Toccata Op. 11
Babajanian Poem for Piano
Shostakovich Prelude and Fugue Op. 87 No. 15
Rzewski North American Ballad No. 4 "Winnsboro Cottonmill Blues"
Hindemith Suite "1922"

that's what i would do.  in that order btw.

cheers to that! I'd a modern masterpieces too, using some of the following pieces in some certain order, perhaps i'll put them together into individual cd's/concerts later

Debussy--Images Book 2, Children's Corner
Bartok--Piano Sonata
Hindemith--Piano Sonatas #1 & #3, Ludas Tonalis
Webern--Variations
Ives--Concord Sonata possibly, though I'd rather just do his songs
Schönberg--3 pieces, 6 little pieces, 5 pieces, 2 pieces
Cage--Daughters of the Lonesome Isle, Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano
Boulez--Piano Sonatas #1, #2, #3
Babbitt--Post-Partitions, Canonical Form, maybe others too
.....and maybe Opus Clavicembalisticum

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Re: The Ultimate Piano Playlist?
Reply #17 on: March 04, 2005, 02:29:04 PM
wow.  i like all these ideas.  maybe someday, if we skip eating breakfast lunch dinner and posting on the forum.  (i asked my teacher one day about piano forums, and he laughed and said he didn't have time)  but, i'm learning a lot on the forum, so i think it isn't a complete waste of time for me.  only, when i get in the 'must answer or look at every question mode' that i realize i should be practicing.

pianoboy's idea of 'complete works' is a high standard.  that is what is really nice on a cd set (to have complete works)
do you know why benches fall apart?  it is because they have lids with little tiny hinges so you can store music inside them.  hint:  buy a bench that does not hinge.  buy it for sturdiness.

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Re: The Ultimate Piano Playlist?
Reply #18 on: March 07, 2005, 06:29:49 AM


How about we add a little "Hot cross buns" to that list? O yeah...

I was thinking "Freres Jacques"  (hehehehe)  ;D
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