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I'm working on this:

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For a concert on March 27th


L'Histoire de Babar Poulenc. Including narration and choreography.

Le Bestiaire, Song Cycle by Poulenc. I just play piano :lol:

Alborada del Gracioso, Pavane pour Infante Defunte, Oiseaux Tristes and A la maniere de Borodine Ravel.


Clair de lune, General Lavine;Excentrique and one or two other pieces by Debussy, not sure just which ones yet. Maybe some Satie...

April 24th "An Evening of Rodgers and Hammerstein" I am musical director and pianist :P

May 3rd Piano Concerto No.1 in Eb Liszt, with Orchestra Northern Arizona :shock: 8)

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Chopin 25/7, Beethoven Op. 110 (still), and Bach Partita in E minor (still, this time the Allemande and Courante). Now all I have left on the Partita is the Gavotte (been putting that one off) but I have some serious work to do on all movements still, especially the Toccata.

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:D Hello, I am a newbie here.
Current program:
Ligeti Etude #10 Der Zauberlehrling
Beethoven Sonata in E op. 109
Liszt Au bord d'une source
Chopin Ballade in g mi op.23
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Rachmaninoff Etude-Tableaux in e-flat mi op.39#5
" Prelude in D op.23#4
" Prelude in b mi op.32#10
" Prelude in g#mi op. 32#12
Prokofiev 10 Scenes from Romeo and Juliet op.75

In-Progress program:
Liszt Benediction de Dieu dans la solitude
Brahms Paganini Variations op.35
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Ligeti Etude No. 6 Autome a Varsovie
Bartok 2 Roumanian Dances op. 8a
Szymanowski 2 Mazurkas (from op.50)
Berio Wasserklavier and Fuerklavier (from 6 Encores)
Scriabin Sonata No.5 in F# op.53


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I just added Chopin's nouvelles etude #1 in f minor to my fall recital program. I've never worked on it before, but I've loved it for a long time. I'll be reworking the toccata from Bach's e minor partita this summer, learning the gavotte (last movement, woo!) and trying to polish the other movements that I've already worked up. I need to add ornaments to A section repeats.

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It's been a while, so just thought I'd post an update. Right now I'm not working on a whole lot... finishing up Chopin's 4th ballade (I have to learn the coda still...), and going to start one of the Liebermann Gargoyles next week once I get the score (still haven't decided whether I'm going to do the 1st or 4th... leaning towards the 4th though). Also soon I'll be reworking the complete Les Adieux sonata. Those three pieces (Beethoven, Chopin, Liebermann) will be for a competition in October.

Other than that, I think I might be starting a concerto (hopefully complete this time) soon. Haven't decided which one yet... if Mozart, no. 23. If Beethoven, no. 3. If romantic, I'm hoping Rach. 4. We'll see...

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Currently memorizing/learning/burnishing:

Bach/Petri Sheep May Safely Graze (hard to practice due to its beauty)
Bach French Suite no. 6 in E major
Bach P+F no. 2 in C minor (from WTC 1)
Mozart Sonata in C major K. 330 (this one seems to be popular in this thread)
Liszt Liebestraum no. 3 in Ab major

... This website is orgasmically amazing!

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I listen to Horowitz's recording from Moscow of the Mozart k330 allll the time. it makes me happy :D

Also, I hadn't heard (or even heard of) that bach-petri until I was at the cliburn this year and Yeol Eum Son played it. It was amazingly beautiful, and now I have the score!

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I listen to Horowitz's recording from Moscow of the Mozart k330 allll the time. it makes me happy :D


Me too! Lang Lang's rendition is also good; no quite as ingenious, but errs more on the conservative/accurate side. As for "sheep may safely graze", I saw Yeol's sweet rendition, but I think Greg Anderson's is even more beautiful (voicing, tempo, acoustics..); check it out:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vvOv0xlLhU

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:lol: Where is Nathan Coleman? :lol:

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Current program:
Bach - Prelude & Fugue - no.2 - c-moll - WTK 2
Beethoven - Sonate no. 15 - D-dur
Brahms - Imtermezzi no. 2, op. 118 - A-dur
Rachmaninov - Etude-Tableaux no. 7
Rachmaninov - Elegy op.3
Constantinecu - Joc Dobrogean
Czerny - etude no.50
Moshkovsky - etudes no.1, 2, 6, 9
Chopin - Etude no.1 op.25


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for nationals at the end of the year:
Beethoven Piano Concerto no.1 (complete)
Mozart Sonata K.284 (complete)
Schumann Papllions op.2
Debussy Estampes (complete)

i'm almost done with all of these pieces, right now my concerto,sonata& romantic piece are close to being done...still have quite alot of work to do on Estampes though

for school (yr 2 sem 1): still on hols, so i'm taking my time
Liszt Gnomereigen
Scarlitti Sonata in d minor Kk.141

my canada teacher whom i'm still in contact with (i still consider her as my teacher and she still is) assigned me this lot of pieces or rather asked me to pick a piece or 2 from each of these:Liszt Transcendental Etudes, Annees de Pelerinage-Swiss,Schubert Waltzers,Brahms Intermezzi as well as Schumann's Scenes from Childhood*& Abegg*(must learn), however RCM just released a new exam LRCM which is to be taken after ARCT (2 years after is the recommended time) and she is very eager to have me take it, well i'm just excited. Now I have given a task of choosing rep from the syllabus. will still have to finish the pieces assigned though...


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Haven't been on this thread in a while... I'm now working on Mozart k. 311, Prokofiev 3rd Sonata, and Liszt's second ballade. Whenever I have my next lesson my teacher is getting me a score for the Mozart D minor concerto also... and 3 weeks from today I'm playing Chopin's 4th ballade and the 3rd Liebermann gargoyle together with the 3rd movement from Mozart k311 at my teacher's studio recital! We'll be recording it. It should be fun.

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I just started working on Hindemith's 3rd sonata. I should know by the end of Christmas break whether or not I will be able to work it up in a year, for my senior recital. It scares me. I'm already signed up to play Beethoven Op. 110. I have already played the 1st and 2nd movements for juries, though they could use some more work, but the third movement scares me. Or the 3rd and 4th movements, if you prefer. I have also started working on the Bach c minor partita. It has been 'next in line' for some time now - I think the two years I spent with the e minor partita will help me learn this one more quickly.

Anyway, my teacher says that this program is all German so far, and it's just dying for something French. I can't play Chopin again, sadly, and he doesn't really count as French anyway. I have had tons of suggestions thrown at me - Debussy, Ravel, etc. - but I haven't really fallen in love with any of that music.

Any suggestions? Whatever it is, it shouldn't be too difficult. I have a lot on my plate already with the Germans. But it also shouldn't be too small. Would probably have to be Romantic or Impressionist, since I have to draw from different periods for each piece on the program, and Hindemith is smack in the middle of the 'modern' era and therefore disqualifies most of it, no matter how different the style might be. I have just listened to all the Debussy and Ravel I have on iTunes, and the only stuff I like sounds too hard. :cry:

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@Terez:

If you're looking for something French, you could always check out the music of Alkan (Some of his etudes are BRILLIANT. Check out Le festin d'Ésope), Vierne's piano works (some of his preludes are damn cool, I personally love the F# Minor Prelude), Satie (We all know of my love for him...), and my latest "discovery," Gabriel Pierné. His piano works are rather awesome-tastic.

But if you're feeling adventurous, feel free to explore around the area of Jehan Alain. :wink:

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Terez, why not Debussy? Some of the Preludes are doable at your level. Also many early Scriabin's Preludes are manageable and require a kind of technique not much different from Chopin's. You could make up a nice selection of one or the other. If the Hindemith scares you (and I'd understand why), consider some other easier modern sonata, like Kabalevsky's 3rd (Monica's recently recorded it, but you can find other interpretations on YT - notably, one by Horowitz). But I don't even know if you are you interested in Russian repertoire (beyond Shostakovich)...

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Terez, why not Debussy? Some of the Preludes are doable at your level. Also many early Scriabin's Preludes are manageable and require a kind of technique not much different from Chopin's. You could make up a nice selection of one or the other. If the Hindemith scares you (and I'd understand why), consider some other easier modern sonata, like Kabalevsky's 3rd (Monica's recently recorded it, but you can find other interpretations on YT - notably, one by Horowitz). But I don't even know if you are you interested in Russian repertoire (beyond Shostakovich)...

Well, I did consider some Russians (Rachmaninov and Scriabin), but my teacher said French, so I'm looking into the Frenchies. I have never been overly fond of Debussy. His music is nice, but it doesn't really move me. I have also never really heard anything by Kabalevsky that moved me, though I honestly haven't listened to much Kabalevsky.

Satie is one that I hadn't considered though, and he is early enough to not conflict with Hindemith. I will look into him on YouTube. I have heard a few of his pieces, but I can't really say I know any of his music.

Edit: I should probably add that, if I'm going to work on something difficult, I have to LOVE it. Beethoven 110 pushes that line for me - I do love it, but sometimes I wonder if I love it enough to put all that work into it. Beethoven's pianism doesn't appeal to me, but the music is for the most part good enough to overcome that for me. I'm still not completely convinced by his fugue, though he does some nice things with it. The Hindemith, I think I might actually love more than the Beethoven. There were some parts of Hindemith that I found to be unconvincing, but I have been doing some experimenting with pedaling and articulation, and I think I can make something interesting out of at least some of those bits. But I like the idea of having these sonatas on the program together, so I think I will stick with them. I only wish I could do Chopin's 2nd sonata as well....

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Terez wrote:
Well, I did consider some Russians (Rachmaninov and Scriabin), but my teacher said French


So, French it is.

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Satie is one that I hadn't considered though, and he is early enough to not conflict with Hindemith.


It'd be a multi-tier contrast: French vs German, humorous vs serious, agile vs ponderous, and so on.

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Edit: I should probably add that, if I'm going to work on something difficult, I have to LOVE it. Beethoven 110 pushes that line for me - I do love it, but sometimes I wonder if I love it enough to put all that work into it. Beethoven's pianism doesn't appeal to me, but the music is for the most part good enough to overcome that for me. I'm still not completely convinced by his fugue, though he does some nice things with it.


GAAAAA! How dare you?! :lol: Such a beautifully handelian fugue...

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alf wrote:
GAAAAA! How dare you?! :lol: Such a beautifully handelian fugue...

LOL I prefer Bach to Handel...

I looked up Satie and did not find anything I like. If I'm going to go Impressionist I might as well go for Debussy....

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Terez wrote:
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GAAAAA! How dare you?! :lol: Such a beautifully handelian fugue...

LOL I prefer Bach to Handel...

I looked up Satie and did not find anything I like. If I'm going to go Impressionist I might as well go for Debussy....


You don't need to go for the Preludes, there are many early works worth playing, like for example the Suite Bergamasque. But admittedly, you'd learn more on Debussy by playing some of his Preludes.

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Terez wrote:
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GAAAAA! How dare you?! :lol: Such a beautifully handelian fugue...

LOL I prefer Bach to Handel...

I looked up Satie and did not find anything I like. If I'm going to go Impressionist I might as well go for Debussy....


How DARE you refer to Satie as an Impressionist?!? His music is not Impressionist in the slightest!!! He is quite literally classified as his own creation, as he does not neatly fit into any one or two styles.

I'd actually suggest you look a little further into his works. Once you move aside the Gymnopedies and Gnossiennes (that EVERYONE plays. Hell, I even have recordings up of them. Should show you how worth-while those must be. :roll: ), some of his other stuff is quite interesting.

My suggestions: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-PV9Ynx- ... re=related - Sonatine bureaucratique. Usually played a fair bit faster than this though...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJQGM3MfqmI - Gnossienne #4. I know I just told you to ignore these... but this one isn't played quite as much (not actually a true Gnossienne really), but it's quite lovely and haunting. And WICKED easy to learn. I can sight-read this shit. 8)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5kfd6htVhc - Embryon Desseches #3. Try to ignore the ridiculous dancing please. >_> The music itself is quite good, almost makes me think of something Shostakovich would have toyed with. Gotta love the very sarcastically over-done coda at the end. :P

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cxa1ciP5Ht8 - Je Te Veux, a beautiful waltz. Not much more to say on this matter. :)

http://server3.pianosociety.com/protect ... -mansi.mp3 - So yeah... I really don't like that I'm linking my own recording here... but I can't find any decent recordings on youtube, and I'm too lazy to search elsewhere. >_> Not that I purport my own recording to be very good... but the only copy I could find on youtube was quite horrendous. :( And I'm actually sorta... pleased (?) with my own recording of this except for one slightly messy run. ANYWAYSSSSSSSSS... my favorite piece by Satie. Delightfully sarcastic and perverted. Just my style. I like to call it my "evil-clown music." 8)

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Terez wrote:
I looked up Satie and did not find anything I like. If I'm going to go Impressionist I might as well go for Debussy....


I replied twice and both times forgot to mention Poulenc. Much of his piano music is technically demanding but you could nevertheless sample some of it and make an opinion for yourself.

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alf wrote:
Terez wrote:
I looked up Satie and did not find anything I like. If I'm going to go Impressionist I might as well go for Debussy....


I replied twice and both times forgot to mention Poulenc. Much of his piano music is technically demanding but you could nevertheless sample some of it and make an opinion for yourself.

Poulenc appeals to me more than Debussy, and I've mentioned him to my teacher. She seems to think that, as a piano major, I am doing something wrong by ignoring Debussy and Ravel in favor of other folks who were influenced by them, but she didn't nix Poulenc. I am only really familiar with his sonata for flute and piano, though, and I listened to the Trois Mouvements Perpetuels when you posted them forever ago. My teacher suggested the Trois Pieces. There is some hint in those sets of what I loved in the flute sonata, but not much. Other than that, the only Poulenc I can call to mind was a bit of chamber music that was played on a recent recital, with a strange instrumentation including trombone. I want to say it was called a sonata, but I'm not sure. The first movement was incredibly functional, to the point of being boring, but there were some interesting things going on in it, in the trombone, and there was more of the Poulenc I like in the 2nd and 3rd movements, if I remember correctly.

I made the mistake when working on the Bach e minor partita of not working on the gavotte until nearly the end, because it didn't really speak to me until then. So I was having the same sort of feeling about the courante of the c minor partita (actually a corrente, isn't it? as opposed to the courante in the e minor partita, or is it the other way around?). Anyway, yesterday I had a 30-minute drive or so to make to get to the piano I like to practice on, so I put it on repeat on my iPod and listened to it the whole way there. Now it's one of my favorite movements in the partita, and I already liked all of the other ones, which is pretty much the same thing that happened with the e minor gavotte (it ended up being my favorite of the dances with the exception of the gigue). I think the reason they didn't grow on me from the page is obvious for both - with the e minor gavotte, it was the apparently polyrhythmic notation that put me off, and with the c minor courante (or corrente) it was the long notation. But I'm glad I got that out of the way early on so that I can work on the whole partita at once, rather than movement by movement (though I imagine that the capriccio at least will not be ready until closer to the recital - I've played the sinfonia before, and I also played around with the rondeau some in days past, so I've got that helping me).

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Maybe you would like Poulenc's Intermezzo in A-flat? It's not the hardest or longest thing he ever wrote, but it's got a lot of interest (at least for me).

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Poulenc rocks 8) A great and vastly underrated composer.

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How DARE you refer to Satie as an Impressionist?!? His music is not Impressionist in the slightest!!! He is quite literally classified as his own creation, as he does not neatly fit into any one or two styles.

Well, some say Debussy was the only Impressionist. But the things of Satie that I listened to were nearly all quite similar to Debussy in harmony. Some of the things you posted are not, though.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJQGM3MfqmI - Gnossienne #4. I know I just told you to ignore these... but this one isn't played quite as much (not actually a true Gnossienne really), but it's quite lovely and haunting. And WICKED easy to learn. I can sight-read this shit. 8)

I liked that one, but the ending was weird.

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http://server3.pianosociety.com/protected/satie-descriptionsautomatiques-3-mansi.mp3 - So yeah... I really don't like that I'm linking my own recording here... but I can't find any decent recordings on youtube, and I'm too lazy to search elsewhere. >_> Not that I purport my own recording to be very good... but the only copy I could find on youtube was quite horrendous. :( And I'm actually sorta... pleased (?) with my own recording of this except for one slightly messy run. ANYWAYSSSSSSSSS... my favorite piece by Satie. Delightfully sarcastic and perverted. Just my style. I like to call it my "evil-clown music." 8)

That was interesting. Too short though. The gnossienne might be long enough, and I think I like it more anyway.

Also, the Poulenc intermezzo was nice. I will have to listen to it again a few times.

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Right now Rachmaninoff 2nd piano concerto for a performance on February 20th(with 2nd piano) and March 2nd(with orchestra)
Then I have new pieces by American composers lined up for concerts and recording projects, including pieces by the following composers:

-David Lipten
-Marc Parella
-Carter Pann
-Robert Rollin
-Nick Gianopoulos

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I am new to the thread :D First post.

I am currently learning:

Beethoven Sonata op 81a Les Adieux
Beethoven Sonata op 111 mvt 1
Chopin Ballade 1
Liszt Transcendental Etude 6
Dohnanyi Rhapsody in C major
Debussy Image Book 1 Hommage a Rameau


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Hello Pianokid, weclome to PS! I love your repertoire selections.

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I am working now on:

Bach prelude and Fuge E minor first book Beethoven Mondschein sonata
Bach/brahms Chaconne for left hand. Which I putt in the audition part of this website
Rachmaninov first version of his first pianoconcerto
Mozart 23th concerto

This program is for my comming concerts in USA in a week.

After america I will start:

C minor prelude and fuge first book
Schumann first movement of fantasy op.17
Schubert A major Sonata (the small one)

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I have added the Chopin 25/1 etude to my plate (the harp one in a-flat). It was the first Chopin etude I ever played in public, and it was horrible (I was 16 or 17). I haven't re-learned all of the notes, but I can play the first page at performance tempo (actually faster than Mikuli marked it) without any tension or anything, so I think I'm going to be okay on this one.

I am also working on the Bach organ passacaglia in c minor for some reason. I think I need to go to rehab for Bach addiction...

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Terez wrote:
I am also working on the Bach organ passacaglia in c minor for some reason. I think I need to go to rehab for Bach addiction...

Don't do that !
Anyway, you plaing organ as well now ? And the Passacaglia for starters ? That is a bit ambitious... I'd kick off with the Trio Sonatas :lol:

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techneut wrote:
Terez wrote:
I am also working on the Bach organ passacaglia in c minor for some reason. I think I need to go to rehab for Bach addiction...

Don't do that !
Anyway, you plaing organ as well now ? And the Passacaglia for starters ? That is a bit ambitious... I'd kick off with the Trio Sonatas :lol:

haha, I am nothing if not ambitious! I haven't started working on the pedal part yet - I recorded it on my digital (with a metronome) and have been practicing the manual parts over the recorded pedal track. Have even gotten the hang of the big pedal gap, and the timing. Tricky stuff, but quite doable. I have played around on the school organ in the middle of the night a few times, but want to have the manual parts down before I start working on playing it on multiple manuals, and with stops, and pedals. I don't even know how to work an organ but I will figure it out. :lol:

And it's the piece that makes me want to play the organ, not the other way around! We don't have an organ professor at my school any more, but one of my theory profs plays organ, and he's going to help me. He says when I'm ready to play it for general recital class, he'll pull stops for me. :D

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Terez wrote:
I don't even know how to work an organ but I will figure it out. :lol:

That's the spirit :D
Though I consider recording the pedal part first and then filling in the manual parts cheating. Big time :lol:

Terez wrote:
And it's the piece that makes me want to play the organ, not the other way around! We don't have an organ professor at my school any more, but one of my theory profs plays organ, and he's going to help me. He says when I'm ready to play it for general recital class, he'll pull stops for me. :D

I played through the Passacaglia one or two times, and while it's far from trivial, it is not terribly hard compared to some other of Bach's big organ guns. I may want to pick it up again when I'm "done" with the Clavier Ubung.

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Not a damn thing.

I don't know why, I've just lost the desire to play piano. It's gone and it's apparently not coming back. I find the practice boring, tedious and pointless. SO much so, I've sold my piano and will be glad to never see one again.

Sorry to disappoint. Maybe I just pushed for technical perfection to the point of burnout. I've even closed my studio. I'm a CPhT, Certified pharmacy technician, now. I can't even remember why I wanted to attain such a level of skill at the piano. I look back at it and think "I had an unhealthy obsession", well the obsession is gone and so is the music, unfortunately.

I don't know what happened. One day, during practice I just "snapped", got this sense of rage, slammed down the cover and never touched the keys again. It's been a year since I've played.

I don't even listen to Classical music any more. I find it unmoving and pedantic.

As of now, I'm probably as confused as you are, but it is what it is.

I even had a brain scan to make sure I didn't have something physiologically wrong with me, all results negative.

Anyway it's been fun hanging out, but I don't fit this niche anymore. I'm too busy at work to spend much time in forums anymore, so don't be surprised if this is the last you hear from me.


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Hey Pete...
I would have loved to welcome you back - you were always great fun on the forum.
But it seems we lost you. It is a really sad story. Quitting piano playing is one thing, however drastic, but completely denouncing classical music is even worse. If you find classical music unmoving, what can move you ?
In the words of composer Michael Torke : Who needs a psychiatrist when you can listen to the B Minor Mass ?
Yes your obsession with technical matters was always apparent, but I thought it was fuelled by a love for the music.
If that was not the case, there was indeed little point to it.

Well, um, what to say..... All best to you, and come back when you feel like it. My advise would be to take up classical music again as a listener, maybe avoiding piano music.

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PJF wrote:
Not a damn thing.

I don't know why, I've just lost the desire to play piano. It's gone and it's apparently not coming back. I find the practice boring, tedious and pointless. SO much so, I've sold my piano and will be glad to never see one again.

Sorry to disappoint. Maybe I just pushed for technical perfection to the point of burnout. I've even closed my studio. I'm a CPhT, Certified pharmacy technician, now. I can't even remember why I wanted to attain such a level of skill at the piano. I look back at it and think "I had an unhealthy obsession", well the obsession is gone and so is the music, unfortunately.

I don't know what happened. One day, during practice I just "snapped", got this sense of rage, slammed down the cover and never touched the keys again. It's been a year since I've played.

I don't even listen to Classical music any more. I find it unmoving and pedantic.

As of now, I'm probably as confused as you are, but it is what it is.

I even had a brain scan to make sure I didn't have something physiologically wrong with me, all results negative.

Anyway it's been fun hanging out, but I don't fit this niche anymore. I'm too busy at work to spend much time in forums anymore, so don't be surprised if this is the last you hear from me.


Good grief, man, that doesn't sound good. Maybe a little break would be good for you?

Thanks for letting us know. We'll be glad to hear from you anytime. Keep up that good pharmacy job!

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PJF wrote:
Not a damn thing.

I don't know why, I've just lost the desire to play piano. It's gone and it's apparently not coming back. I find the practice boring, tedious and pointless. SO much so, I've sold my piano and will be glad to never see one again.

Sorry to disappoint. Maybe I just pushed for technical perfection to the point of burnout. I've even closed my studio. I'm a CPhT, Certified pharmacy technician, now. I can't even remember why I wanted to attain such a level of skill at the piano. I look back at it and think "I had an unhealthy obsession", well the obsession is gone and so is the music, unfortunately.

I don't know what happened. One day, during practice I just "snapped", got this sense of rage, slammed down the cover and never touched the keys again. It's been a year since I've played.

I don't even listen to Classical music any more. I find it unmoving and pedantic.

As of now, I'm probably as confused as you are, but it is what it is.

I even had a brain scan to make sure I didn't have something physiologically wrong with me, all results negative.

Anyway it's been fun hanging out, but I don't fit this niche anymore. I'm too busy at work to spend much time in forums anymore, so don't be surprised if this is the last you hear from me.


Oh, my!! :shock: I do hope that a year or more off can rejuvenate your interest! I have become burned out for a period of around a week before. And you know what? I played better than ever when I opened the piano again and practiced after the rest. Who knows? A rest might do your technique all the good in the world.

I recommend continuing to listen to classical music. Instead of listening to piano music, try other instruments/ensembles for a while. I've been listening to a lot of violin music lately rather than piano. :) And I go through periods where I only listen to popular music.

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To PJF, check out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifKKlhYF53w and other similar videos. It will make you smile.

Now I am beginning to work two recordings, including my own for Parma Recordings/Naxos. Both CDs are works of American living composers.
Composers such as Carter Pann, Robert Rollin, Raina Murnak, Matthew Lewis, David Lipten and others.

Also working on my schedule for 2010-2011 and 2011-2012.

By the way, I love the new forums :)

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avguste wrote:
To PJF, check out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifKKlhYF53w and other similar videos. It will make you smile.

Now I am beginning to work two recordings, including my own for Parma Recordings/Naxos. Both CDs are works of American living composers.
Composers such as Carter Pann, Robert Rollin, Raina Murnak, Matthew Lewis, David Lipten and others.

Also working on my schedule for 2010-2011 and 2011-2012.

By the way, I love the new forums :)


David Lipten? I had this weird moment where I thought I knew somebody but for some reason did not know he was a composer. Alas, it is not the same man. But this man has a site, I see:

http://www.davidlipten.com/works.html

Interesting stuff! I can't wait for your recordings to be out, 1) so I can gain access to the music you do well to promote, and 2) so I can support you, the fine artist who so well points your talents in a direction profitably for us all.


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Well I haven't posted on here in a little while. I'm working on stuff for my senior recital, which will be on may 23rd. the program looks like:

Scarlatti, Sonata (forget the key and k. number. my teacher just recommended it today, but I don't have a score yet)
Scarlatti, Sonata in A Major, k. 212

Mozart, Sonata in D Major, k. 311
I. Allegro con spirito
II. Andante espressione
III. Rondeau (allegro)

Prokofiev, Sonata #6 in A Major
IV. Vivace

-Intermission-

Chopin, Ballade #4 in F minor

Liszt, Ballade #2 in B minor


Not sure yet if I'll prepare something in case they want an encore. I have a feeling I wouldn't get to play it anyway. I didn't last year at my recital in the spring... Barely got to come out for a second bow at the end of the recital haha! I can't wait to start reworking that prokofiev sonata movement. It was always one of my favourites when I played it a couple years ago. Originally, I was planning on having the prokofiev 3rd sonata in it's place, but I injured my right 5th finger practicing it, was not able to practice for 2 weeks and then had the flu for a week after that, so a lot of lost time and now I'm a little scared to start working on it again right away/wouldn't have enough time to learn it now anyway (I know, I'm a psychological basketcase :P).

After my recital, I'm going to start working on Scriabin's 5th sonata (my first scriabin! I'm REALLY excited... I've been getting into him a lot lately), and some other stuff I'm sure. Just don't know yet what it will be :P

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I am working on Chopin 25/11. That is all. It has invaded my brain and has run off all thoughts of doing anything else.

Interestingly, it seems to be a lot harder on my LH than my RH.

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You're alive Terez ! I was starting to wonder about you.

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I am indeed alive. If you used Facebook at all you wouldn't have to wonder. :wink:

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Terez wrote:
I am indeed alive. If you used Facebook at all you wouldn't have to wonder. :wink:

Oh yes, that's where you hang out, I forgot. Say hi to Robert :P

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I don't think Robert is my friend. :( And I don't really 'hang out' on Facebook but I do check it every day. I got out of the habit of checking PS every day when the semester crunch invaded about a month before juries. :lol:

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Terez wrote:
I don't think Robert is my friend. :( And I don't really 'hang out' on Facebook but I do check it every day. I got out of the habit of checking PS every day when the semester crunch invaded about a month before juries. :lol:

But he hangs out there a lot. Or checks it, whetever :wink:
I wonder if maybe the concept of a discussion forum is outdated, and we should move our asses over to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, or some other social network.

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I wonder if maybe the concept of a discussion forum is outdated, and we should move our asses over to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, or some other social network.

Not exactly. Many websites message boards thrive with the help of these tools, but they are not good places for discussions, nor are they good places to centralize your audition room. YouTube attracts more idiots than anything else, and you can't require people to upload video when it will likely cost a good bit in sound quality even compared to mp3.

For instance, if I am in one of those periods where I'm not paying attention to PS and you update your status every time you upload something here, then you might attract me over here to comment. 'Oh, look! Chris has posted some Bach-whatever; I should go listen and see if I can find anything to nitpick about it.' Not that you care about my comments specifically; it would probably be the same for everyone you are connected to. Also, if you or anyone else were to do that via Twitter, you can set Facebook so that all Twitter updates show up in the Facebook feed.

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Terez wrote:
Not exactly. Many websites message boards thrive with the help of these tools, but they are not good places for discussions, nor are they good places to centralize your audition room. YouTube attracts more idiots than anything else, and you can't require people to upload video when it will likely cost a good bit in sound quality even compared to mp3.

I wasn't suggesting those other places are better in every way, only that many people seem to prefer them these days. I think that is part of the reason why the forum gets ever more deserted.

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For instance, if I am in one of those periods where I'm not paying attention to PS and you update your status every time you upload something here, then you might attract me over here to comment. 'Oh, look! Chris has posted some Bach-whatever; I should go listen and see if I can find anything to nitpick about it.'

Ahaahaaa, good one ! Welcome back, you are on top form :P

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