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#1 eromalodi

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Posted 12 November 2018 - 14:41

Looking for ideas for 20th century piano repertoire that is rhythmical and exciting/thrilling/dramatic, ideally with some interesting harmonic colours.

 

Rytmica (Benda) on the current G4 syllabus is a good example, also Uzbuna from the last G4 syllabus.

 

Looking for intermediate specifically (G3-5ish) but would gladly take suggestions for beginner or advanced also.


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#2 pianoisthebest

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Posted 12 November 2018 - 15:30

I'm loving a space one in the contemporary music book from abrsm. I'll find the name of it. Generally I've enjoyed those books though
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Posted 12 November 2018 - 15:44

Shostakovich 'Dances of the Dolls'  Kabalevsky '24 pieces for children', Bartok 'Pieces for Children' and Roumanian Folk Dances , Prokofiev 'Pieces d'Enfants'

 

At higher level Shost  '24 Preludes Op 34'  Prokofiev 'Visions Fugitifs' , and lots of Bartok choices


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#4 Banjogirl

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Posted 12 November 2018 - 16:02

We had a book called 'Fingerprints', that had some really nice modern pieces in it.

 

https://www.amazon.c...r/dp/0571520901

 

(I'm not suggesting you would buy it from Amazon; that was just the first person selling it that came up!)


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Posted 12 November 2018 - 22:54

Another vote for Fingerprints at an easier level.

At a more advanced level, Mikrokosmos 6, Khachaturian Toccata.

Intermediate? Khachaturian pictures of Childhood.
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Posted 13 November 2018 - 06:40

Advanced but not too ... Leos Janacek. I have done a couple from "On an Overgrown Path" and particularly loved "The Barn Owl has not flown away." Lovely contrasts of mood.
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