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 Post subject: What works are you learning?
PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2006 1:20 am 
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Bach P+F G# minor (Bk i)
Beethoven Op. 109
Chopin Ballade No. 4
Liszt Dante Sonata
Ginastera Danzas Argentinas
Mvt I of The Rach 3rd


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2006 1:49 am 
Chopin - Polonaise Op. 53 A Major (heroic!!!!)
Rachmaninov - Polichinelle Op.3 No.4
Schubert - Musical Moment #4
Mozart - Volodos Turkish March (soon)


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Location: Obamanation, unfortunately...
(glad you did give it the ol' CPR manuver..gah I hate french based words!)

1- Selections from Tchaikovsky's Album for the Young op.39 (?)
2- Daniel G. Mason's Variations on the theme of Yankee Doodle in the styles of various composers.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2006 7:13 am 
I've just started Albeniz' El Albaicín from Iberia, and I'm polishing off the last piece from Granados' Goyescas. I am also relearning some pieces (Rach's op.32 #1 and 2, Debussy's Reflet dans l'eau) and I did start Balakirev's Islamey but I can only play the first 3 pages and I have kind of given up :lol:


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Bach WTC1 P+F b flat minor
Chopin Ballade No. 1

That's already enough for little poor Olaf (concerning Piano, because Organ and Guitar needs time too...)!

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I did start Balakirev's Islamey but I can only play the first 3 pages and I have kind of given up :lol:

Chicken ! :P

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Chicken ! :P


Hehe, I might continue it as a little side project, as it's very fun to play, but it's those damn left hand thirds and those large arpeggios - I find them very difficult to play at tempo.


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Little side project ! No wonder it does not work out. I think you need to devote your life to pieces like this. It's a lofty ideal though....

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Yeah, a side project alongside Gaspard de la Nuit, the Liszt Sonata.... 8)

My idea of a side project is just something to work on without any intention of performing it at the moment (well, unless they want to hear an incomplete one!)


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Chopin's Bolero (still) (but almost done :) )
Chopin Polonaise Op. 26 no 1
Mozart Sonata in C Major K. 330
George Gershwin's Preludes for Piano -1st prelude


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2006 5:08 pm 
Beethoven- 1st concerto mov. 1
Chopin- Nocturne Op. 9/1
Liszt- Transcendental Etdue No. 10
Mussorgsky- Great Gates of Kiev
Chinese folksong arranged by Lang Lang


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2006 9:49 pm 
Liszt- Consolation in Db
Prokofiev- Diabolical Suggestion

I've almost got the Liszt piece done. I can't wait for the Prokofiev, I absolutely love the piece! (Although I just started it yesterday so it'll be some time before I'm done.)


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pianolady wrote:
Chopin's Bolero (still) (but almost done :) )
Chopin Polonaise Op. 26 no 1
Mozart Sonata in C Major K. 330
George Gershwin's Preludes for Piano -1st prelude


Oh but you will do all three Gershwin at some point won't you? The second is gorgeous and the virtuosity of the third is so exciting!

I'm preparing multiple things right now, my two projects for this next year is one recital:

Bach- Prelude and Fugue in D (WTC II)
Haydn Sonata in C Hob: XVI:50
Liszt-Hungarian Rhapsody No.6
Debussy-Sunken Cathedral and General Lavine--Eccentic
Bartok- Allegro Barbaro
Morel- Etude de Sonorite No.2

then I am also learning for a separate recital the Beethoven Concerto in c minor (no. 3) Op. 37.


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[quote="Jeff Man- Oh but you will do all three Gershwin at some point won't you? The second is gorgeous and the virtuosity of the third is so exciting![/quote]

Yes, I have learned the 2nd prelude and it is indeed gorgeous. I always feel so 'mellow' after playing it. All the worries and hassles of the day just sort of drift away. The third one has always been hard for me. Maybe one day I'll give it another go.


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Chopin: Etyde 10\9
Liszt: Consolation nro.3


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What I plan in August isn't always what I play in January, but...

Rubinstein-Cello Sonata in D major op.18

Rachmaninov- Prelude in a minor Op.32 #?
Rachmaninov- Prelude in A major Op.32 #?
Rachmaninov- Prelude TBA

Scriabin- Preludes from Op.11 #19, #3, #13 and some others TBA
Scriabin Sonata #5 op.53

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Medtner- Skazka (Fairytale) in Bb minor op.20 #1
Medtner-Idylle op.7 #1
Medtner-1 or 2 other pieces TBA

Shostakovich- Cello Sonata op.40

Of all of this I've started the Cello Sonatas, Scriabin pieces and the Idylle.

We'll see how much of this I can digest...


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Bach:
Italian Concerto
WTC I P&F's in C#major, f minor, A major
WTC II P&F in b major
Organ chorales "Komm Schopfer Heilige Geist" and
"Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu Dir:

Chopin:
Variations Op.12
Polonaise Fantaisie
Mazurkas Op. 56 and Op.59 (I think)

Tchaikovsky - Dumka
Godowsky - Java Suite nrs. 1,2,4,5

plus far too many things on the sideline...

Also started to play the Dvorak Slavonic Dances with my teacher, that is good clean fun !

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I'll indicate my progress in percent. 100% means the piece is as good as I can get it. 98% means It's ready for performance. 50% indicates the point of memorization, I can put the sheet music away. 33% means I can slowly play through the whole piece while reading it.

I'm concentrating my efforts on:

Chopin: 12 etudes, opus 10 (I have these pieces fairly well mastered)(For 2007 competition) 95%

Chopin: 4 Etudes, opus 25, Nrs. 1, 10, 11, and 12 (For 2007 competition) 45%

Chopin: E minor Concerto (For 2007 competition) 60%

Bach: Prelude and Fugue in F# minor (For 2007 competition) 50%

Busoni piano transcription of Bach Organ Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C major, BWV 56 (For 2007 competition) 33%

Scriabin: Etude C# minor (For 2007 competition)50%

Beethoven: Piano Sonatas opus 27 & 28 (I learned these in my adolescence) (For 2007 competition) 90%

Chopin: 24 Preludes, opus 28 90%

Chopin: 2 Scherzos, Nr.1 & Nr.2 85%

Mozart: Piano sonata in C Major K330 98%

I'll work this repertoire through the end of 2006, then, as a sort of break from the monotony, I'll learn a potpourri of easier pieces for informal spring recitals, only to return to the first list in prep. for the 2007 competition.


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Location: Obamanation, unfortunately...
It is about time for me to find a piece for a small informal recital in december.

At this moment:

Mussogorsky- Pictures at an Exhibition (??I dont even know if I have that right) "Old Castle" I think it is number 4 or 5

Serge Bortkiewicz- Das Dunkele Zimmer (will be ready for halloween..BOOO! 8) )

Schumann- Etudes after Paganini Caprices op.3 number 5

(this reminds me, how fast is allegro assai using Beats per minute? 100? 144?)

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Czerny: Schule der Geläufigkeit op. 299: Etudes 23, 31 (and 32 if I have time left). 23: 80%, 31: 40%, 32: 0% Importance: fairly high 7/10

Bach: Three-part invention no. 11 and 13 11: 90%, 13: 75% Importance: high 8/10

Haydn: Sonata in E flat major Hob.XVI:49 Movement 1: 98%, Movement 2: 80%, Movement 3: 60% Importance: medium 5/10

Mozart: Concerto no. 13 in C, K. 415 (movement 1) 20% Importance: high 8/10

Liszt: Liebestraum no. 3 90% Importance: very high 9/10

Prokofiev: Prelude in C op. 12 no. 7 "Harp" 65% Importance: very high 9/10

Scarlatti: Sonata K. 466 L. 23 (?) in d minor 5% Importance: fairly low 4/10

Chopin: Polonaise no. 1 1% Importance: low 3/10

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Bach - Piano concerto in f - 60%
Rachmaninoff - Prelude in c sharp op.3 no.2 - 90%
Liszt - Etudes no.1,9 in C and A-flat - 30%

Not too hard pieces, but

Alkan - Etude op.39 no.11 "Ouverture" - 35% :)


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ahhh! i'm so jealous! you all sound like accomplish pianists :shock: .
i'm working on chopin's nocturne in f# minor, chopin's 1st and 3rd ballade, debussy's ballade slave, liszt's 1st valse oubliee, grieg's wedding day in troldhaugen, and the final movement of the moonlight sonata.
oh and valse romantique by debussy. do any of you know how to play the mephisto waltz (liszt) or la valse (ravel)?


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 19, 2006 1:52 am 
My current projects are Beethoven's Op. 110, Chopin's Op. 10 No. 12, and Brahms Op. 79 No. 2. That's all I can manage with so much other stuff demanding my attention.


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Because I like the way PJF is grading its preparation,I will use the same type.The only exception is that I am adding one percentage:
5%= just beginning

Current repertoire:

Gershwin Piano Concerto(1st movement for TCU concerto competition) 5%

Liszt 2nd Ballad(for TCU Jury) 5%

Haydn sonata(need to check the number/key)(also for Jury) 33%

Carter Pann,Fantasy-Invention(1st movement) 40%

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 Post subject: Repertoire
PostPosted: Sat Sep 23, 2006 4:39 pm 
Chopin Grande Polonaise Brilliante
Debussy Toccata
Liszt Totentanz
Liszt La Campanella
Liszt Reminiscences of Don Juan
Liszt Mazeppa


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Rubinstein Cello Sonata in D major op.18

Rachmaninov Prelude in c# minor Op.3 #2
Prelude in g minor Op.23 #5
Prelude in Eb major Op.23 # 6
Prelude in Bb minor Op.32 #2
- Prelude in A major Op.32 #9
- Prelude in a minor Op.32 #8

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Scriabin Prelude from Op.9 #1 in c# minor (left hand) Prelude Op.11 #3 in G major
Prelude Op.11 #9 in E major
Prelude Op,11 #19 in Eb major

Scriabin Sonata #5 op.53


Shostakovich- Cello Sonata op.40



This is my latest version of my next recital. Rachmaninov or Medtner had to go, and I'm afraid it was Nicolas who got the axe; too many composers make it hard for me to focus on any one of them. Of all this I've learned (but not perfected) the cello sonatas, the Scriabin Preludes (Eb is tough though) and am deep into the Scriabin 5th Sonata. Last night I think I got the Rach c#m Prelude substansialy down, and I've been working at the A major and a minor Preludes of Rachmaninov. Comments on this array of pieces are wanted and welcome. These two recital halves both run about 40 minutes, give or take a few.

A question; should the Rachmaninov group be on the first half and Scriabin on the second, or vice versa? I'm not sure; Scriabin and Shostakovich are more modern composers but sometimes I feel the Rach goes better with Shosty, in a way Shostakovich is more traditional than Scriabin. Wondering what you guys think; another factor is that the series organizer perfers the second half to be shorter. I could put Rach (minus a prelude or two) on the second half, and restore some Scriabin to the first half. Your thoughts...


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I'm still learning the Fantaisie Impromptu (Chopin, of course).
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This is my latest version of my next recital. Rachmaninov or Medtner had to go, and I'm afraid it was Nicolas who got the axe;

Well that is a shame. Not fair he always gets to play second fiddle to Rachmaninov ! You could well have substituted some of the Rach preludes for Medtner Skazki. Ah well maybe next time then ? I guess audiences will want to hear Rachnaminov more than they want to hear Medtner (if they know at all who that was ...)

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This is my latest version of my next recital. Rachmaninov or Medtner had to go, and I'm afraid it was Nicolas who got the axe;

Well that is a shame. Not fair he always gets to play second fiddle to Rachmaninov ! You could well have substituted some of the Rach preludes for Medtner Skazki. Ah well maybe next time then ? I guess audiences will want to hear Rachnaminov more than they want to hear Medtner (if they know at all who that was ...)



Exactly, the name "Rachmaninov" will bring people in, as will "Rubinstein" (even though they don't really know his music, because of Artur the name is a draw). And quite frankly I was having trouble "getting" the Medtner pieces, not technically (although they are very difficult) but musically, his meaning and intent is not always obvious, it's the sort of thing that takes time and the heat is almost on and I have to get the Scriabin 5th down (it's getting there). And as I said before, too many composers ruins my focus on any one of them. Also I have wanted to play those Rach Preludes for a long time, never played any of them except the c#m years ago. I guess I could still split shorten the Rach group and play a couple short Medtner pieces, the Idylle and the f minor Skazka from Op.26 are a go, but then I need a happy Medtner and there isn't a lot that isn't blazingly difficult and I don't want to get overextended; wwe'll see how it goes over the next month or so...

What about the order, should it be Ruby/Scrib/Rach/Shosty or Ruby/Rach/Scrib/Shosty?


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In my opinion,always finish with Rachmaninoff

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Location: Obamanation, unfortunately...
Will record next weekend...so with those pieces "out-of-the-way" ; I am starting these:

La Cloche Sonne - Liszt

Minuet in Fmajor KV4 - Mozart

Minuet in Gmajor KV1/1e - Mozart

Sonata in F - C.P.E Bach

Album for the Young #1 - Tchaikovsky


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I'm stressed out. I think I'll take the week off. I haven't taken a week off in almost a year.

Book One of Microcosmos. Bela Bartok.

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arensky wrote:
What I plan in August isn't always what I play in January, but...

Rubinstein-Cello Sonata in D major op.18

Rachmaninov- Prelude in a minor Op.32 #?
Rachmaninov- Prelude in A major Op.32 #?
Rachmaninov- Prelude TBA

Scriabin- Preludes from Op.11 #19, #3, #13 and some others TBA
Scriabin Sonata #5 op.53

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Medtner- Skazka (Fairytale) in Bb minor op.20 #1
Medtner-Idylle op.7 #1
Medtner-1 or 2 other pieces TBA

Shostakovich- Cello Sonata op.40

Of all of this I've started the Cello Sonatas, Scriabin pieces and the Idylle.

We'll see how much of this I can digest...


I have shelved Scriabin's Fifth Sonata :oops: I would rather save it for an all Scriabin concert in a year or so, than rush it. It's eally The shorter pieces work better between the cello sonatas. Not sure how to fit Medtner in either but I might put him in in place of some Rach Preludes, we'll see. The program is now..

Rubinstein-Cello Sonata in D major op.18

Rachmaninov- Prelude in c# minor Op.3#2
Rachmaninov- Prelude in g minor Op.23 #5
Rachmaninov-Prelude in Eb major Op.23 #6
Rachmaninov Prelude in f# minor Op.23 #1
Rachmaninov- Prelude in A major Op.32 #9
Rachmaninov- Prelude in a minor Op.32 #8


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Scriabin- Etude in d# minor Op.8 #12 (and maybe a contrasting one)
Scriabin- Preludes from Op.11 #3, #5, LH Prelude Op.9 #1 and some others TBA
Scriabin Two Poems op.32

Shostakovich- Cello Sonata op.40


I may discard the Op.32 Rach Preludes and end the first half with the g minor prelude; also going to look at his Moment Musicaux Op.16.

Your thoughts....


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Damn. That's a lot of difficult pieces. But I doubt that you are a newbie to the piano, so you'll be able to perfect those as if I were to perfect easy-one-page pieces. :oops: :roll:


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I am currently learning

Beethoven - Piano Sonata op.28
Chopin - Etudes op.10 no.2; op.25 no.11 (Winter Wind)
Liszt - Transcedental Etude no.12 (Chasse-Neige)
Prokofiev - Suggestion Diabolique

Any thoughts are welcome...

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woohoo well, ive just finished my pieces and am moving on...yay!! i love starting new pieces :D
well, i'm playing (0r going to):

Chopin's sonata bminor last movement (primarily last movement) or his variations not sure which one yet.

Mendellsohn's songs without words, opus 56 no. 3 (i think its 56. might be 55?? i dnt think so but). i like this piece. nice and easier i guess. i just finished scriabins pathetique d# minor etude so its pretty different. lighter and more mozart-like. no heavy give-it-all-you-got haha :D

appassionata- beethoven

prokofiev sarcasms- maybe havent decided either...no. 1?

liszt's un sospiro!! yessss! sooo beautiful!

a debussy piece. maybe that reflections in the water one. i love impresssionistic music. dont know if i'm sick of it at the present because i've just done ravel's jeux d'eau. i guess that's why i said no to Liszt's villa d'este. too much water :D

probably something else. any suggestions?? i'm not really fussy (tho not bartok), highish technical ability required is good :D


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Yea. Islamey. :roll: Its not too demanding.


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debface wrote:
prokofiev sarcasms- maybe havent decided either...no. 1?



These are great pieces, not done a lot. Be different! :D 8)


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Those cello sonatas are taking up a lot of practice time even though I don't have to memorize them.
Consequently have had to cut down on solos a bit; now we've got....


Rubinstein-Cello Sonata in D major op.18

Rachmaninov- Prelude in c# minor Op.3#2
Rachmaninov- Prelude in g minor Op.23 #5
Rachmaninov-Prelude in Eb major Op.23 #6 OR Moment Musical in Db Op.16 #5
Rachmaninov-Serenade Op.3 #5
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Scriabin- Etude in d# minor Op.8 #12 (and maybe a contrasting one)
Scriabin- Preludes from Op.11 #3, #5, LH Prelude Op.9 #1 and some others TBA
Scriabin Two Poems op.32

Shostakovich- Cello Sonata op.40


The Scriabin group is the easiest of all of this for me, I've always liked 1 to 2 page music that lasts 1 to 2 minutes. This group will be probably be changing right up to the week before the recital. Rach is more challenging for me, so I've truncated that group a bit. I may play Rubinstein's "Kamanoi Ostrow" after the cello sonata, after all he was one of the most influential pianists of all time, his piano music should be represented, although it is rather fluffy.

I would like your feedback on the following; should I play the Eb Prelude or the Db Moment Musical? Can't make up my mind....
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Currently learning Chopin Impromptu no.1 in A-flat major. Pretty tricky piece!
Also, I will complete the cycle of Bach's 2-part inventions one day.

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robert wrote:
Currently learning Chopin Impromptu no.1 in A-flat major. Pretty tricky piece!


owyeah he is very tricky just listen to it on the radio yesterday its sooo beautiful but the technic is to high for me hopefully next 3 months I will have the technical abilities to do it.

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oh man..all you guys sound so accomplished. i have a crippeling performance anxiety, so sadly, unless i somehow get over it, i dont think ill ever be much of a performance artist. but i just love to play, so as for what ive been working on the past few months...um...lets see..finishing up claire de lune. ive played copelands cat and mouse...so much fun, but sadly i wouldnt say that i mastered it. i also found rachmaninov's prelude in c# minor so much fun to play. i got pretty good at gershwins second prelude, for some reason the first, i never got perfect, and i havnt had time to try the third yet. ive tried to get through beethovens sonate pathetique, got about half way through. and right now, i just started katchaturian's toccata. and i think im in love. any advice for a novice musician?


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Yeah Chopin's first impromptu is very tricky! I don't even know how I'm able to play it. When I heard it for the first time I got it stuck in my head so badly I just decided to play it. One tip: you do not want to bring out the left hand too much. It sounds all bleh if you do. Just let the right hand melody flow right out of your fingers.

After you start to master it your fingers will just fall into place on the right keys and you won't even have to think about hitting the right notes! :D


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The Piano Kid wrote:
"Why exactly am i trying to read four clefts at once?" -me, after first look at prelude in c# minor.

Four clefts, whoa.... Obviously you were thinking of something entirely different when looking at the prelude. A dirty mind is a joy forever :lol:

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:lol: :lol: :lol:

No seriously, sorry to laugh at you Piano Kid. But you should change the word to 'clefs'.
By the way, welcome to the forum. See how much fun we can be?


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"Clefts" "Clefs" is there an inside joke? Should I google "clefts"? :oops:


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juufa72 wrote:
"Clefts" "Clefs" is there an inside joke? Should I google "clefts"? :oops:

You want to major in English.... better get to know your language ! I won't indulge in synonyms for "cleft" here :lol:

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techneut wrote:
juufa72 wrote:
"Clefts" "Clefs" is there an inside joke? Should I google "clefts"? :oops:

I won't indulge in synonyms for "cleft" here :lol:



No, save that for da SDC... :P


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huh?? sdc okay. i dont know what that means oh well plz explain


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 31, 2006 9:28 pm 
Bach: Italian Concerto
WTC Book 2 Prelude and Fugue in C
Chopin: Prelude no. 17 in Ab
Etude in F minor (can't remember what number it is!!)
Nocturne in C#Minor (op. posthum.)
Beethoven: Pathetique Sonata, Ist Movement.


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