[f_minor] Re : Short list of hard stuff

Jean-Christophe Ponsero ponserj2 at yahoo.fr
Tue Aug 31 11:06:39 EDT 2010

Hi Fred, 

I would personally not consider Appasionata a technically difficult piece. I'm 
OK with the Waldstein and would add the op. 111 because of the trills + theme at 
the right hand. Hammerklavier is difficult because of the final fugue.

Balakirev's Islamey is a good candidate as suggested by James. 

More food for thought (and fingers) :

For Ravel I would add Scarbo from Gaspard de la nuit and the concertos
Schumann's Fantasie op. 17 has one reportedly unplayable moment at the end of 
the 2nd movement, although I've neved checked the score.
Godowsky's Passacaglia and most of the etudes on Chopin's etudes
Liszt's transcription of the Tannhäuser overture + some of the hungarian 
rhapsodies + the B-minor sonata + transcendental etudes
Brahms's Paganini variations
3 movements from Petrushka by Stravinsky
Bartok's sonata


De : "Houpt, Fred" <fred.houpt at rbc.com>
À : Discussion of the Canadian pianist Glenn Gould. <f_minor at glenngould.org>
Envoyé le : Mar 31 août 2010, 15h 57min 51s
Objet : [f_minor] Short list of hard stuff

I have drafted a short list, not in any way fully representative, of hard piano 
music.  Just an opening bunch to think about and add to.
Difficult piano music 
Appassionato, Waldstein, Hammerklavier
JS Bach
most of Goldberg
Second Piano Concerto
D. Scarlatti
All his keyboard sonatas (at full tempo)
Parts of Piano Sonata 1
Piano sonata #2
Butterfly Etude
“La Valse” for two hands
Paul Dukas
“The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” for two hands
Piano Sonatas (all hard, can’t imagine the concertos….)
Piano Etudes, Preludes and Fuges (at full tempo)

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