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Ligeti's thirteenth piano étude "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 http://en.wikipedia....


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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 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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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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The Goldberg Variations are considered infamous / demanding for a few reasons, which I will outline briefly below. Firstly, the reasons why the work is infamous: The work is a theme and variations, and to my knowledge there is only one other JS Bach piece that follow suit (see comments below). The work represents the highest model of Baroque theme and ...


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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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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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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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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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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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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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Very few before 1890. Some pianos like the Steinway A still had only 85 notes at that time, and most composers stayed within that range. After that time, many composers pushed the limits. Olivier Messiaen's piano compositions use the full range. For instance the two-piano piece "Visions de l'Amen" opens with a triad on the lowest A of the piano. Another ...


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Two answers: 1) You order to your heart's content and wallet's tolerance from The Early Music Workshop of New England, the retail shop of The Von Huene Workshop, makers of some of the very finest recorders. If you're overwhelmed by the variety of choices at that link, allow me to recommend picking up the phone and calling them when they're open, and asking ...


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There are stories about Glenn Gould 'practicing mentally' rather than physically at the piano. Of course he had extraordinary talent and memory, and mere mortals can't do exactly as he did. But the story suggests that repeated play through might not be the only way to keep a piece of music in memory. I think some people talk about 'visualizing' performance ...


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Not having enough time to spend with an instrument will always be challenging to improve your skills. However, as per answer above, practising away from the instrument can be done: I always practise! In the shower, walking the dog, driving, waiting for the kettle.... you get the idea. It is hard to start and takes discipline but with perseverance, it ...


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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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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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I don't know how old this topic is, but generally speaking, VERY generally, the preludes are easier than the fugues, the easier keys are the ones with the fewer sharps and flats, C,D,F,G. etc. The two voice fugues are easier than the three and four voiced fugues, and as far as tempo goes, though it may be tempting, and everybody does it, don't play at tempo ...


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You'll tend to find a lot of what you're looking for in standard introduction books, such as this one. I say a lot of, not all, because while they focus on techniques of progressive difficulty, as an accomplished musician on one instrument already you may well not find them musically interesting. At least not to start with. If you want to plump for the ...


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In IMSLP it is possible to select by instrument. Unfortunately the repertoire there is not overwhelming and one has to recognize the desired period(s) oneself. More of an idea, what exists, can be found at score shops like Sheet Music Plus. Good news is, that there is really a lot. In Renaissance there was no strict instrument assignment, so scores for ...


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Take a look at Duets for One (duetsforone.com) where you'll find some beautiful baroque music recorded and pdf sheet musc for you to play along with in your practise time. There are some free samples on there to try before you buy.


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For you in particular, I highly recommend the Suzuki books for the following reasons: It does not try to teach you how to read music It's not just generic etudes; it has has a good variety of pieces from a variety of decent composers, especially as you go further up the volumes And most importantly, you can view the full first volume here to see if you like ...


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Chapeau to the directors you encountered. I can only speak for orchestras, but there I've seen more than once the over-ambitious director, frequently choosing pieces, which were (at least one level) too difficult. It's always a tight line to find, but the danger of musicians stumbling through a piece completely absorbing all concentration, so that none ...


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@RafaelAlmeida, @HubertCzerski and @blueberryfields answers and its comments have already a nice list of musics. But if you want some musics currently more popular, I recommend you to choose some music from following artists: Roberto Carlos (e.g: Detalhes; Eu sei que vou te amar; Como é grande o meu amor por você) Ivete Sangalo (e.g: Deixo; Não Precisa ...


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Another little known gem is Luigi Legnani, a friend of Nicolo Paganini. While there are some published guitar works by Paganini, I find them very boring. They lack the fury of the violin works; but being mostly moving chords over drones, they could serve as nice exercises. Legnani, on the other hand, is a firecracker at a Quaker meeting. Dark marcato ...


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I have been meaning to play Brahms's Study for the Left Hand after Schubert's Impromptu (Op.90 No2, easily available via a google search) for a while now. The majority of the piece is triplet scales in the left hand, with some weirdness thrown in for flavor. It is worth noting that about halfway through the piece, there are a few stretches that could be ...


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I went from a board with 61 keys to one with 73. It was a vast improvement. I still miss the very lowest keys, not so much the highest octave. Happily I have my old upright at home for when nothing will do but that low A, or Bb. When gigging, I need to stay away from too much bass anyway, so it is not so bad. But if this is your only keyboard, I expect ...


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