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#1 jelly roll harris

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Posted 30 November 2011 - 12:59

Hi all. I wonder if you can help? I am trying to prove myself as a pianist but lost my certificates donkeys' years ago. I need to demonstrate my rather rusty skills by playing a piece at about grade 8 standard for a small panel of established musicians. It doesn't have to be a set piece or anything, it just has to be:

short.
of a grade 8ish standard (ie incorporating elements that you may find at grade 8).
easy to get hold of.
enjoyable!!

I tend to like fast, rowdy pieces but will consider anything. Love Beethoven's piano stuff in particular.


Any suggestions?? Thanks! Jelly.
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Posted 30 November 2011 - 13:04

QUOTE(jelly roll harris @ Nov 30 2011, 12:59 PM) View Post

Hi all. I wonder if you can help? I am trying to prove myself as a pianist but lost my certificates donkeys' years ago. I need to demonstrate my rather rusty skills by playing a piece at about grade 8 standard for a small panel of established musicians. It doesn't have to be a set piece or anything, it just has to be:

short.
of a grade 8ish standard (ie incorporating elements that you may find at grade 8).
easy to get hold of.
enjoyable!!

I tend to like fast, rowdy pieces but will consider anything. Love Beethoven's piano stuff in particular.


Any suggestions?? Thanks! Jelly.

What about the Rondo from the Beethoven Sonata which is currently on the grade 8 syllabus? Or the Bach Cappricio which we have been discussing on the gap between grade 7 and 8 thread?


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Posted 30 November 2011 - 13:43

Well as I have said on other threads I'd steer clear of the Capriccio, but that last movemnt of Beethoven Op13 (as in Grade 8 syllabus) is a good idea. Or the first movement of Mozart K284 , also in Grade 8 syllabus.

But do have alook at the Kapustin Sonatina in the Grade 8 Syllabus, Rowdy and Jazzy in style , might be what your'e looking for , and not too difficult. Easier to learn than the Capriccio .
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Posted 30 November 2011 - 14:34

If you do not get scared off by the key signature, the Chopin Nocturne in B major Op32 no1 is very playable as it lies nicely under the hands. There are other Chopin Nocturnes of a similar standard, and they are very enjoyable to learn and play.

Both Debussy Arabesques have featured on recent Grade 8 syllabi recently too.
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Posted 30 November 2011 - 14:56

QUOTE(jod @ Nov 30 2011, 02:34 PM) View Post

If you do not get scared off by the key signature, the Chopin Nocturne in B major Op32 no1 is very playable as it lies nicely under the hands. There are other Chopin Nocturnes of a similar standard, and they are very enjoyable to learn and play.

Both Debussy Arabesques have featured on recent Grade 8 syllabi recently too.


But Jod, OP asked for fast and rowdy ! Chopin and Debussy pieces are beautiful indeed but not fast !

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Posted 30 November 2011 - 15:03

Month's Mind by John Ireland is definitely rowdy in places but has soft passages too - one of my favourites but probably not everyone's cup of tea. Sounds very impressive and is great fun to play!
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Posted 30 November 2011 - 15:57

QUOTE(fsharpminor @ Nov 30 2011, 02:56 PM) View Post

QUOTE(jod @ Nov 30 2011, 02:34 PM) View Post

If you do not get scared off by the key signature, the Chopin Nocturne in B major Op32 no1 is very playable as it lies nicely under the hands. There are other Chopin Nocturnes of a similar standard, and they are very enjoyable to learn and play.

Both Debussy Arabesques have featured on recent Grade 8 syllabi recently too.


But Jod, OP asked for fast and rowdy ! Chopin and Debussy pieces are beautiful indeed but not fast !

No they are not! That was the art of playing them. Oh it appears that I must be disturbing my brains with all the coughing I've been doing!
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Posted 30 November 2011 - 16:06

QUOTE(jod @ Nov 30 2011, 03:57 PM) View Post

QUOTE(fsharpminor @ Nov 30 2011, 02:56 PM) View Post

QUOTE(jod @ Nov 30 2011, 02:34 PM) View Post

If you do not get scared off by the key signature, the Chopin Nocturne in B major Op32 no1 is very playable as it lies nicely under the hands. There are other Chopin Nocturnes of a similar standard, and they are very enjoyable to learn and play.

Both Debussy Arabesques have featured on recent Grade 8 syllabi recently too.


But Jod, OP asked for fast and rowdy ! Chopin and Debussy pieces are beautiful indeed but not fast !

No they are not! That was the art of playing them. Oh it appears that I must be disturbing my brains with all the coughing I've been doing!


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Posted 30 November 2011 - 16:36

QUOTE(fsharpminor @ Nov 30 2011, 02:56 PM) View Post

But Jod, OP asked for fast and rowdy ! Chopin and Debussy pieces are beautiful indeed but not fast !


You could do the Minute Waltz in 45 seconds ph34r.gif
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Posted 30 November 2011 - 16:38

QUOTE(fsharpminor @ Nov 30 2011, 03:56 PM) View Post

QUOTE(jod @ Nov 30 2011, 02:34 PM) View Post

If you do not get scared off by the key signature, the Chopin Nocturne in B major Op32 no1 is very playable as it lies nicely under the hands. There are other Chopin Nocturnes of a similar standard, and they are very enjoyable to learn and play.

Both Debussy Arabesques have featured on recent Grade 8 syllabi recently too.


But Jod, OP asked for fast and rowdy ! Chopin and Debussy pieces are beautiful indeed but not fast !


Golliwogs Cake Walk ??
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#11 jelly roll harris

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Posted 30 November 2011 - 16:39

Thanks all. I've just downloaded the Beethoven Finale. I'll try that blink.gif Was thinking of the Minute Waltz but didn't like the key signature much!!

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Posted 30 November 2011 - 16:41

QUOTE(jelly roll harris @ Nov 30 2011, 04:39 PM) View Post

Thanks all. I've just downloaded the Beethoven Finale. I'll try that blink.gif Was thinking of the Minute Waltz but didn't like the key signature much!!

Jelly Roll.


Neither do I, but somehow that fits nicely under the hands. No double sharps to contend with. tongue.gif
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