What is your dream piece to perform?

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    • Ben LaudeTeam
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    • Ben_Laude
    • 1 yr ago
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    Rach 3... I'm in my mid-30s. Too late?

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      • Daniel
      • Daniel.1
      • 11 mths ago
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      Ben Laude At Carnegie Hall? Possibly. 

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    • Ben Laude Check out the solo piano transcription by Peng-Peng Gong, if you ever wanted to do it as a 鈥渟onata鈥. I鈥檝e had to rearrange just a few things in the last movement and the cadenza because he changes things too drastically and combines Paganini with it (LOL). It鈥檚 still beautiful, but not to my taste. Other than those few measures, it is a worthy transcription!! 

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  • Ravel's Ondine. I know most of it, but it's not secure and it's not fast enough.

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    • Mat
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    • Mat
    • 1 yr ago
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    The dream piece...  As a total beginner, for me, this is it.

    Claude Debussy: "L'Isle joyeuse"

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    • Ben LaudeTeam
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    • Ben_Laude
    • 1 yr ago
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    gallaghejas not that you (or anyone else) could learn it just from tuning in, but I highly recommend tuning in to Inna Faliks's livestream on the whole Gaspard next Tuesday.

     

    Mat FYI tonebase is releasing a lesson on L'isle Joyeuse with Louis Schwizgebel this summer. I suppose not the easiest Debussy to start with, if you're just beginning... but I'm sure you'll enjoy what he has to say. By the way, have you tried poking around at any simpler Debussy pieces? We've got plans to produce lessons on the Arabesques and some Children's Corner later this year. 

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    • Mat
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    • Mat
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    Ben Laude said:
    By the way, have you tried poking around at any simpler Debussy pieces? We've got plans to produce lessons on the Arabesques and some Children's Corner later this year.

    Hi Ben, I haven't yet. It's just a little too "out there" for me right now.  Being a part time RCM Grade 2 student, I'm trying hard to preserve my sanity by playing things close my level: preludes, minuets, sonatinas (around Henle 3-4)... So Debussy will wait a while. But I absolutely WILL be watching the Schwizgebel lesson!  Thanks!

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  • Liszt Mephisto Waltz No 1 

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    • marina
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    • marina
    • 1 yr ago
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    Ben Laude have you heard Yefim Bronfman play this? - absolutely stunning!

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=aFkAwFDZGHk

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    • marina Thanks for sharing! Amazing recording!

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    • Ben LaudeTeam
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    • Ben_Laude
    • 1 yr ago
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    marina In fact I heard him play it live in Houston around the same time he played it with Gergiev in this performance! It was my first live Rach 3, and I was so stunned I had to go back the next day to see the matinee.

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    • Ben Katt
    • Ben_Katt
    • 1 yr ago
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    Performing one of Rachmaninoff's Concerti would be a dream but seems less attainable than solo works given how challenging it is for amateurs to perform with an orchestra.

     

    From the solo repertoire, Liszt's B minor Sonata is at the top of my bucket list. The thematic transformation through the entire work is mesmerizing. It has been one of the most satisfying pieces I've worked on. I learned all of the notes many years ago and revisit it when practicing every 6 months or so. I usually just focus on a few pages at a time though which makes the prospect of performing the entire thing with a cohesive interpretation seem overwhelming.

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    • Ben Katt Like anything, patience and determination can lead to amazing results. Keep up the good work on the Sonata!

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    • PeighK
    • PeighK
    • 1 yr ago
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    No, Ben, it's not too late.  Get cracking.

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    • Darrell
    • Darrell
    • 1 yr ago
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    Scriabin's Fantasy in B Minor

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    • marina
    • pianophile
    • marina
    • 1 yr ago
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    Ben Katt have you seen Stephen Hough's app on the Liszt sonata?

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    • Ben Katt
    • Ben_Katt
    • 1 yr ago
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    marina - somehow I had not heard of this before. I just found it - this looks very exciting! Hough is one of my favorite artists. Thank you for sharing this!

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  • Darrell  join us TOMORROW for a livestream on Scriabin's Fantasy in B minor, including a performance of the work.

     

    If you can't watch but have questions about this piece, please visit this link to post your comments before the stream and I will answer them all!

     

    https://piano-community.tonebase.co/t/83hky01/colors-on-the-piano-featuring-scriabins-fantasy-june-15

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    • marina
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    • marina
    • 1 yr ago
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    Ben Katt Stephen Hough has also written an excellent book Ben. I think it's called "Rough Ideas." 

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    • marina It IS a great book - I have a copy :)

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    • Darrell
    • Darrell
    • 1 yr ago
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    Dominic Cheli Thank you! I will have to view the replay, but I really look forward to seeing it!

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    • Brett Gilbert
    • Piano and classical guitar
    • brett_gilbert
    • 1 yr ago
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    Bach Goldberg variations. 

    I can get through the notes for most variations but am a long way from playing at speed and with proper voicing.   Some of the "2 manual" variations present the most challenge.

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