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by Steponme » Mon Jul 03, 2017 2:33 pm

I'm trying to prepare for school next month, so I'm looking for the right piece to practice this semester. Last year I worked on Sonata in D Major by Haydn, and Liebestraum No. 3 by Liszt.

I love the romantic style and the composers Rachmaninoff, Liszt, and Chopin. If you guys have any piano pieces you guys like (regardless of the composer or style), I would love to hear some suggestions.
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by hal » Mon Jul 03, 2017 3:28 pm

Steponme wrote:I'm trying to prepare for school next month, so I'm looking for the right piece to practice this semester. Last year I worked on Sonata in D Major by Haydn, and Liebestraum No. 3 by Liszt.

I love the romantic style and the composers Rachmaninoff, Liszt, and Chopin. If you guys have any piano pieces you guys like (regardless of the composer or style), I would love to hear some suggestions.
I'd say go with one of your favorites, or, have a look at Mozart. He has some of the loveliest piano concertos (if you can bring along an orchestra, haha), or how about a delightful sonatina?
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by libellula » Tue Jul 04, 2017 5:49 am

Ciao Steponme!

Do you know Maurizio Pollini? If not I warmly reccomend you: here he is with Beethoven Appasionata nr 3

Enjoy it! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yCiFZvjfuU
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by hal » Tue Jul 04, 2017 6:29 am

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by libellula » Tue Jul 04, 2017 6:57 am

hal wrote:
Steponme wrote:I'm trying to prepare for school next month, so I'm looking for the right piece to practice this semester. Last year I worked on Sonata in D Major by Haydn, and Liebestraum No. 3 by Liszt.

I love the romantic style and the composers Rachmaninoff, Liszt, and Chopin. If you guys have any piano pieces you guys like (regardless of the composer or style), I would love to hear some suggestions.
I'd say go with one of your favorites, or, have a look at Mozart. He has some of the loveliest piano concertos (if you can bring along an orchestra, haha), or how about a delightful sonatina?


Hal, I'd like to share with you and Steponme this Mozart's sonata by Friedrich Gulda. I hope it will delight you! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPaLcBD79L4
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by hal » Tue Jul 04, 2017 10:52 am

This is a lovely piece, masterfully played. I just love Mozart. Thank you, l. One of the best days of my many trips was in Salzburg, where we saw Mozart's birthplace: just an ordinary building, but special nonetheless. I liked the cafe where he spent time, and also the castle on the hill (not sure if he ever went there 8-) ).
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by Steponme » Tue Jul 04, 2017 12:54 pm

Love Mozart. I've never played a sonata before because I've always stuck with short and tough pieces. Guess I should broaden my horizon a bit :D
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by Jemane » Wed Jul 05, 2017 10:03 am

I play a lot of Beethoven on piano and love his sonatas. I also love Rachmaninov.
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by libellula » Thu Jul 06, 2017 3:33 am

Hi Jemane,

what do you like to play of Rachmaninov? I don't know his works very well, so it's an opportunity for me to hear something new.
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by libellula » Thu Jul 06, 2017 5:04 am

hal wrote:This is a lovely piece, masterfully played. I just love Mozart. Thank you, l. One of the best days of my many trips was in Salzburg, where we saw Mozart's birthplace: just an ordinary building, but special nonetheless. I liked the cafe where he spent time, and also the castle on the hill (not sure if he ever went there 8-) ).


I studied in Wien for a long time. I love Austria sometimes more than Italy! I also visited Salzburg (just 4 hrs by car from my hometown) and I perfectly remember the castle. Hal, sure you have eaten the famous Mozartkugeln? (Mozart's balls)
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by hal » Thu Jul 06, 2017 5:19 am

libellula wrote:
hal wrote:Hal, sure you have eaten the famous Mozartkugeln? (Mozart's balls)
No... I didn't know about that.

I had really looked forward to Vienna, but that day, and the following, when we were to visit the Schönbrunn Palace, I was stricken with the "mystery illness" that afflicted me for about six months. So what I saw of Vienna was in a fog.

Several doctors couldn't get to the bottom of of the mystery illness. Finally, one suggested a medication review, and the pharmacy discovered it was due to the side effects of a drug I took for a movement disorder.

I hold this against the neurologist; didn't like her anyway. She arrogantly said it could't be neurological, but she should have been familiar with the drug, ropinerole.
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by Jemane » Thu Jul 06, 2017 9:28 am

I used to play a couple of Rachmaninoff preludes but I can't remember which one as I'm not home at the moment to check. I don't play much anymore unfortunately. I think having kids got in the way.
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