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Most keyboard instruments of the baroque Era as well as early pianoforte had fewer keys than the current 88-standard (some modern piano like the Bosendorfer Imperial have 97 keys, 9 additional keys in the bass), and much of Bach keyboard works for instance can be played on such a restricted keyboard. With restricted high notes you will have difficulties ...


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Ligeti's thirteenth piano ├ętude "L'escalier du diable" or devil's staircase, uses the full range of the keyboard. You can see it clearly in this video. The pianist is Francesco Libetta.


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I recommend Fernando Sor's studies for guitar as transcribed by Andres Segovia. These studies are both highly instructive as well as beautiful works unto themselves. Given your familiarity with Andres Segovia, the music of Fernando Sor (a major influence on Segovia's development as a musician/composer) would be a logical next step. See ...


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Wow - you are really motivated :) In general one can say that book 2 is more difficult than the first one. To find an exact order of difficulty would be highly subjective. I would suggest starting with the fugues with the least amount of concurrent voices first which makes life a lot easier. This way you won't be overhelmed by the complexity (it is the way ...


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Josef Hofmann is a good bet. He had such small hands that he actually had pianos custom-made with smaller keys. I can't find any direct references to his compositions being easy to play with small hands, but I doubt he would compose something he couldn't play. Another aspect to look at is players with small hands, and what they have played. Harriet Cohen ...


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39 Progressive Solos for Classical Guitar has a good set of pieces arranged in order of difficulty.


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I think Antonio Carlos Jobim tunes (or more generally Bossa Novas) are fairly good point to start. I would start with: Girl From Ipanema Chega de Saudade (No More Blues) Aqua de Beber Hope other answers will complete Your 10-15 song list :)


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Carcassi Etude #7 YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PzztQqkj-ME Sheet Music: http://www.classicalguitarcanada.ca/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/carcassi-op60-no7.pdf I still can't play it at full speed but it sounds good anyway.


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Sequenza 21 is probably the best for keeping current with living composers - it's run by a whole bunch of contemporary composers, and it rarely discusses any composers or musicians who are not currently making music today. http://www.sequenza21.com/ On the right side bar is an entire list of contemporary classical music blogs. I believe Nico Muhly and ...


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There are a number of pieces for left-hand only piano. I'm only familiar with CPE Bach's Solfegietto (I'm not sure if it was originally written for left-hand piano or 2-hand piano), but a quick IMSLP search brings up a sizeable list of left-hand pieces. Unfortunately, to my knowledge, IMSLP has no indication of the level of the pieces; you'll have to ...


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I think that every piece of music deserves the best possible method of being prepared in a such a way that both the musicians and audience have a pleasing experience. Preparation includes time, rehearsal, and every member stepping up to meet the challenge including the conductor's interpretation so that the entire group is a part of the solution. If your ...


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Listen to others playing the same piece. Listening to several interpretations can help you to decide how to play that piece, finding which parts are the most entertaining for you etc. There are a lot of musicians out there playing the same piece, so you have plenty of choices to check out. Try to analyze the piece from the player's point of view. Spend ...


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i don't know of a single "reliable source for this sort of list" but here are some resources that could help. nonesuch records hosts nonesuchradio, which showcases their 20th-century-classical releases. alex ross, the music critic for the new yorker magazine and the author of the rest is noise frequently covers 20th-century-classical eventss for the ...


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Here is a list of his keyboard works. There's one called "Six Teaching Pieces," and I found a youtube video of someone playing one of the movements from it. Does it sound like it's within your ability level?


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I have a 61 key and don't find it a problem, but then other people used to larger keyboards do. Just make sure it has handy octave-transpose buttons and you can do a bit of quick transposing mid-song if you need it.


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For a real challenge but also a great reward try: JAZZ DUETS Joe Pass Herb Ellis Guitar Book I'm just editing my response (the above two lines) because I now realize you were asking for exercises. The book I mentioned is a set of transcriptions and not exercises so I take back my suggestion and apologize for not reading the question thoroughly before ...


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The ones you can't miss were already mentioned: Aquarela do Brasil (Watercolor of Brazil) and Garota de Ipanema (Girl From Ipanema). The first one is also known as just "Brazil" or "Brazil Theme" worldwide, so it's probably the song people most associate with Brazil. Having said that, most of the songs people will recognize are from the genres bossa nova, ...


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When learning a new instrument, it is important to start from the beginning - even if you know the theory stuff. The reason for this is that even though you may know how to read (how is your alto clef reading?) you still need to develop the technique. Playing the "baby" material is essential for developing a proper pedagogical foundation with your new ...


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Music Minus One for Recorder The Music Minus One company sells a large collection of backing accompaniment tracks on CD along with sheet music for playing solo recorder. The link above is for Baroque music for recorder; they also have Renaissance music for recorder, and a larger collection of many other musical styles. I noted that they sell one collection ...


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Late last year I was playing the piano reduction for Bruch's violin concerto and I'm not sure it uses the first and last C's of the piano, but it sure does use those octaves. I know a piano reduction is not a proper piece, but hey, two cents is two cents.


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What a great question! I am currently working my way through the second book, so I have more specific opinions about that. Of those I've learnt from the first book, I found the following to be less tricky: The C major prelude, of course. Curtis is right about the difficulty of the fugue, however. c minor prelude and fugue are a good first pair to learn c# ...


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I once asked this of my piano teacher. The response I got first suggested obtaining a good edition with all the ornamentation properly explained (and printed above the relevant parts rather than right in it so that you may learn it first without). She personally recommended the Alfred edition edited by Willard Palmer. Next, you will likely do best to ...


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Find some musical blogs. Here is one that is primarily about Boston-area live performances, but you can always find opinions on many composers: http://classical-scene.com/. This site is very strongly art for art's sake rather than about the business of music. I don't know if Musical America is still around. The web site (www.musicalamerica.com) is not ...


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I'm a Jazz pianist, and also have rather small hands. If you're playing Jazz, your hand-size doesn't really matter when you're choosing a song to learn, as your hand-size will only affect your interpretation of a given song. For instance, when I'm playing bebop, I wish I could play tall shell-voicings in the left hand like Bud Powell; since I usually can't ...


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As was already mentioned I don't think there is a single reliable source for this information, but from my Google Reader here are my 2 cents: NPR Music's Classical RSS Feed William C. White's Blog LA Times Culture Monster, Not just classical music, but very interesting Tom Service on Classical from the UK's The Guardian Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise, The ...


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Fur Elise. Instantly recognizable and the beginner arrangements are easy to play. It's in the key of A minor, and in terms of left hand fingering you can just about do it using only simple open chords.


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Mauro Giuliani and Dionisio Aguado are will known classical guitarist, both have a lot of etudes to work on. Their works are popular among classical guitarists. Since you mentioned "Recuerdos De La Al Hambra" you can check Tarrega's other works, he is one of the most celebrated guitarists.



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