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comment Realistic long-term goals for an adult piano learner? (Limits of adult learning)
@StephenHazel: When I say 'play' Rach3, I don't mean fooling around with the piece a bit. I mean playing it well enough to make a reasonably competent recording. As far as I know, less than 100 people have recorded Rach3, which is of course notoriously difficult. If you can provide me an example of one of these people who started learning the piano after the age of 14 or so, I would be very interested.
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comment Realistic long-term goals for an adult piano learner? (Limits of adult learning)
I also disagree that this question is too localized. I am sure there are many many adult piano learners interesting in knowing what reasonable long-term goals are.
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@MatthewRead: I disagree. The fact that there is probably not a single world-class concert pianist who started learning the piano after his / her teen years must count for something. I would argue that in the abstract sciences and arts - mathematics, music, chess, for example - once MUST start early in order achieve a extraordinary level of skill. On the other hand, if you can provide me with a counter-example (a world-class pianist who started after 19), I would be very interested (and inspired). Practically everyone I know of started at 3 or 4. :P
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comment Please recommend the next piano piece I should learn
About Post-romantic: This is where I was completely clueless, since I haven't heard much post-romantic music. Thanks for the recommendation of the Bartok. I just started learning Satie's first Gymnopedie, but my teacher says that's very easy and shouldn't take long - I'll tackle the Bartok after that!
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About Romantic: I've never heard Albeñiz, but I'll check him out. I am quite familiar with Kinderszenen, and I know it wasn't written for children. I actually suggested Traumerei to my teacher earlier, but he'd rather that I wait a bit before attempting that. I haven't heard the Grieg - I'll check it out!
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About Baroque: My teacher actually thought of giving me a two-part invention after I learned the Prelude in C Major, but then reconsidered and gave me the CPE Bach Solfeggio instead. Your opinion seems to reinforce the fact the the two-part inventions are above my level right now, so I'll certainly try the Handel.
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Thanks a lot for the recommendations! This was just what I needed! As I mentioned, I started learning to play the piano in September last year, so I've had around 6 months in all - not 6 months on each piece.
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Yes, I am aware of this, but for my purposes I don't need to distinguish between them.
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I'd say 90% of what Rach wrote should be called late-romantic, and not post-romantic. FOR MY PURPOSES, post-romantic means everything starting from Debussy to the present day (although this may not be a technically correct definition). My understanding of present-day classical piano music though, is that it is highly technical, and completely unsuitable for beginners like me. I would obviously love to be proved wrong.
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