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Re: What are you playing now?

Postby PianistSk8er on Sat Aug 11, 2007 4:08 pm

I just found out that I'm not eligible to have access to the practice room... :cry:Now I have to wait until I see my family next week. I've gone a whole MONTH without touching a piano. I seriously think that's a new record for me!

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Re: What are you playing now?

Postby Jeliness2 on Tue Sep 18, 2007 1:45 am

i'm probably only going to work on Liszt sonetto 104 del petrarca and Bach P+F in f# minor wtcII for one more week before I set it aside...

Then I'm not sure what I'll work on, besides Beethoven Variations in C Minor (WoO80) and Beethoven concerto no.1 starting november in preparation for my first orchestral performance in January 2008! My new teacher had me learn chopet 25/2 and another out of op.10 #1-5, or #8, or op.25 no.1 or no.12... I will probably learn 25/1 since it's pretty standard. Then i'd like to try op.10 no.8 or op.25 no.12, though these will be more challenging... And then there's chamber music... and contemporary pieces. (i'm working on a trio for piano, violin, & clarinet --and possibly scarlatti cadences/ brainstorm-- by Sebastian Currier [one of the composers for the 2005 van cliburn competition] and hopefully I'll get to work with him this year at my music school's contemporary festival.

i'd really like to learn in my two last years in high school a Chopin scherzo (no.3??) and who knows what else... maybe ravel la valse??? (lol it's always been a "super"-goal of mine...) plus i've always got to have bach... so maybe i probably need to learn a french suite this year or an english suite/partita/tocatta... but french suite would probably be the easiest to begin with. plus more prelude and fugues... lol... yay.
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Re: What are you playing now?

Postby Jeliness2 on Sat Oct 06, 2007 10:43 pm

never mind about my previous post, my teacher and I talked about new repertoire:

-Chopin: Etudes Op.10 nos. 1-5
-Rachmaninoff: Elegie in E-flat Minor (Op.3 no.1)
-Debussy: L'isle Joyeuse
-Beethoven: 32 Variations in C minor
-Currier, Sebastian: Scarlatti Cadences + Brainstorm


YAYYYY... lol so excited
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Re: What are you playing now?

Postby PianistSk8er on Sun Oct 07, 2007 1:19 am

Jeliness2 wrote:-Chopin: Etudes Op.10 nos. 1-5
-Rachmaninoff: Elegie in E-flat Minor (Op.3 no.1)
-Debussy: L'isle Joyeuse
-Beethoven: 32 Variations in C minor
-Currier, Sebastian: Scarlatti Cadences + Brainstorm

Wow, good luck! And be sure to upload some recordings when you're ready! :)

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Re: What are you playing now?

Postby Jeliness2 on Sun Oct 07, 2007 1:37 am

thanks! i need recording equipment ... lol or i should need to get some friend to help me record.

How has your piano situation been, PS? have you been able to get to a piano at all??
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Re: What are you playing now?

Postby PJF on Sun Oct 07, 2007 10:44 pm

J.L. if you need/want any advice on the etudes, don't hesitate to acks! :D
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Re: What are you playing now?

Postby Jeliness2 on Sun Oct 07, 2007 11:52 pm

PJF wrote:J.L. if you need/want any advice on the etudes, don't hesitate to acks! :D


cool, thanks PJF... I did have a few questions about them...

on etude op.25 no.2, I'm trying my best to bring out the RH eigth note triplets, but it's hard to coordinate that with the right hand quarter triplets. do you play it? would you bring out the quarters or the eigths ... my teacher told me that it ends up being almost imperceptible to the ear when played piano and legato.

also... any suggestions on which etude op.10 no.1-5 I should pick to play first?
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Re: What are you playing now?

Postby PianistSk8er on Tue Oct 09, 2007 11:50 pm

Jeliness2 wrote:How has your piano situation been, PS? have you been able to get to a piano at all??

Much better, thanks. In my new residence I have access to a baby grand Heintzman (from Toronto), which is actually pretty good. There is also a couple of upright pianos that I do not touch. They're out of tune and very old. But the baby grand is great, at least much - much! - better than nothing.

The only problem now is that I don't have lots of time. But I'm enjoying a little bit of Black Keys or random pieces from the previous school year whenever I get the chance. I sure do miss lessons, but after university I'll get back to it, I hope!

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Re: What are you playing now?

Postby PJF on Wed Oct 10, 2007 7:44 pm

Jeliness2 wrote:
PJF wrote:J.L. if you need/want any advice on the etudes, don't hesitate to acks! :D


cool, thanks PJF... I did have a few questions about them...

also... any suggestions on which etude op.10 no.1-5 I should pick to play first?


I would suggest the order 5, 3, 4, 1, 2. or maybe 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. I'd be really careful about trying no 1 and 2 simultaneously, as they can overwhelm your RH.

IMO, they increase from easiest to hardest in the following order: 5, 4, 3, 1, 2.
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Re: What are you playing now?

Postby PianistSk8er on Wed Oct 10, 2007 9:49 pm

PJF wrote:IMO, they increase from easiest to hardest in the following order: 5, 4, 3, 1, 2.

I agree with Op. 10 No. 5 being ranked as the easiest. It doesn't take much to learn the notes. Projecting them nicely and musically, while integrating them into well thought-out ideas, however, takes practice. The rewards of that piece are great, and the public loves it. I wouldn't have said that Op. 10 No. 4 is the second easiest, but I haven't played it so I can't judge based on my own experiences.

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Re: What are you playing now?

Postby Drummer06 on Wed Oct 10, 2007 11:18 pm

I agree with Op. 10 No. 5 being ranked as the easiest. It doesn't take much to learn the notes. Projecting them nicely and musically, while integrating them into well thought-out ideas, however, takes practice. The rewards of that piece are great, and the public loves it. I wouldn't have said that Op. 10 No. 4 is the second easiest, but I haven't played it so I can't judge based on my own experiences.


Op. 10 No. 4 is one of those Pieces that is really more of a Mental Challenge Than it is a Physical Challenge.
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Re: What are you playing now?

Postby PJF on Thu Oct 11, 2007 12:09 am

PianistSk8er wrote:
PJF wrote:IMO, they increase from easiest to hardest in the following order: 5, 4, 3, 1, 2.

I agree with Op. 10 No. 5 being ranked as the easiest. It doesn't take much to learn the notes. Projecting them nicely and musically, while integrating them into well thought-out ideas, however, takes practice. The rewards of that piece are great, and the public loves it. I wouldn't have said that Op. 10 No. 4 is the second easiest, but I haven't played it so I can't judge based on my own experiences.

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Don't get me wrong, all the etudes are extremely difficult. I'm curious, how would you rank them?
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