QUOTE(Little Miss Muffet @ Jan 12 2006, 02:22 AM)
Which songs do you think is best for 'showing-off' and won't bore the audience?
For me, I think the following songs are great (notwithstanding their difficulty)
Beethoven --> Tempest Sonata
Chopin --> Ballade in G, Fantasie Impromptu, Etude number 23, scherzo in B minor (i love chopin!!!)
Schumann --> Abegg Sonata
Liszt --> La Campanella
Dohnanyi --> Rhapsody number 3 and 4
What else can you think of?
I recon you cant go wrong with 'Le Chat e la Souris'
(i think it's spelt like that) - by Copeland. You have to decide when you play it whether you want the cat to win or the mouse to win, and play it accordingly!
Here is a link to a movie of someone playing it and info about it:
I also think that the following are beautiful pieces that any audience (and the performer) will enjoy without doubt! These are a little harder to play - grade 7/8 up to LRSM standard (if you want easier pieces, scroll down!)Rachmaninovs Prelude in G Minor
(op 23 #5) Scriabin's Etude in C# Minor Schuberts Sonatas
(There are a couple of stunning ones, but particularly Vol II, in A minor and Bb Major
) Schuberts Valse Caprice no.6
which isnt too difficult, just fastMoszkowski's Etincelles (Op 36 #6)
For the easier works, you could try some of the first or middle movements of Clementi's sonatas
-they tend to be brilliant, easy to learn and not too difficult to get up to speed and show off with. I seem to remember the first movement of #3 and middle movement of #4 (or #5?)
being particularly nice and around grade 4...
A lot of Burmuller's Etudes/studies (Opus 109)
are lots of fun to show off with and arent hard - especially #10 - 'Velocity', #12 - 'Awaking in the Woods', #13 - Thunder Storm
(which is my personal favourite!) and also #15 - Les Sylphes
(another of my most favourite showy-offy pieces!)
I have lots of pieces that i like to play that are showy-offy - so tell me what grade you want approximately, and i will make a list. Message me...
I think that many composer's Tarantellas are worth looking at as well.
What about Chopin's or Debussy's stuff - they have written some very beautiful melodies and interesting harmonies... Debussy's preludes and childrens corner pieces are lovely.
There is too much to choose from - but hopefully you will find something here that you like and can show off with!