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#1 Banjogirl

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Posted 14 September 2017 - 07:05

It's my son's birthday next week and he's asked for 'piano music'. He likes early twentieth century music, particualry russian, but already has a lot of music, and I don't know what he has. So I'm looking for something unusual that he won't have! It doesn't matter how hard it is, as long as it's not insane. Does anyone have any good suggestions?


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Posted 14 September 2017 - 07:10

Medtner or Kapustin? YouTube can generate plenty of examples
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Posted 14 September 2017 - 07:38

I'll give those a try. I've not heard of  Medtner so maybe he won't either! Thanks


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Posted 14 September 2017 - 07:53

Aaagh! I looked at a Medtner piece and it looked a bit like something he has so now I've got cold feet about buying anything. I'm pretty sure he's not got it, but I'm losing faith in myself!


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Posted 14 September 2017 - 08:11

Gift voucher for local music shop?
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Posted 14 September 2017 - 08:45

Or an Amazon gift voucher - see Medtner and Kapustin sheet music


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Posted 14 September 2017 - 08:49

Medtners Arabesque No 1 (Ein Idyll) is very playable at about Grade 8 standard. Has he tried the   24  Preludes Op 34by Shostakovitch (grade 6 to Dip level) ?  The Kapustin Sonatina has been set Grade 8 , and is Jazz in style. Then there is Scriabin, I suggest the 24 Preludes Op 11, which also run from about Grade 6 to Dip in level.   If he likes the Shost preludes, he could move on to the Preludes and Fugues Op 87.  A few have been set for Grade 8 (eg in C Major, D,Major A Major, B Major, F Major, and Bflat) others are harder. A couple of Preludes have been set Grade 7 (eg the F#Minor  smile.png ).  Another Shostakovich siggestion would be  'Three Fantastic Dances'  all about Grade8 level.


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Posted 14 September 2017 - 09:25

Thanks for all those suggestions. I think he has all the Schostakovich (I'm not saying he can play any of them, but I think he's got the music!) but I might look at the Kapustin and Medtner.


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Posted 14 September 2017 - 14:16

Kapustin Op.53 preludes – like Chopin, but jazz idiom. The slow ones are the easiest. Not strictly Russian, or early 20th C though!

 

How about Kabalevsky?


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Posted 14 September 2017 - 15:34

This book is really good and quite reasonably priced for how many pieces are in it. I'm always dipping into it smile.png

I love the Kapustin preludes also

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Posted 14 September 2017 - 15:58

I think we may have that book somewhere. I could put it in the post for him! I've ordered a couple of things now. Thanks for the suggestions. I don't suppose he would say if he already has them, so I'll never know.


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Posted 14 September 2017 - 16:33

More late Romantic but does he play Arensky? I have a mixed volume of his music including a beautiful Elegie I did at G7 I think.
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Posted 15 September 2017 - 09:37

if he is music college/conservatiore standard, there's Prokofiev - some of the 10 pieces from Romeo and Juliet might be approachable. I like his 6th sonata too.


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Posted 15 September 2017 - 11:06

if he is music college/conservatiore standard, there's Prokofiev - some of the 10 pieces from Romeo and Juliet might be approachable. I like his 6th sonata too.

....and  the 20 Visions Fugitifs,  easiest one Grade7 though to Dip level. I like the one marked 'Ridiculosamente'


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Posted 15 September 2017 - 11:10

Does he have any concerto sheet music?

Shostakovich 2 or Kabalevsky 3 are very attractive and not impossibly difficult.
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