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  1. richard66

    richard66 Richard Willmer Piano Society Artist

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    I've never had a desire to play any left-hand-only music, but that site is a nice resource!
     
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    I'm currently preparing the Scriabin Nocturne for LH alone as an encore; I hope to record and share it in the not too distant future.
     
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    richard66 Richard Willmer Piano Society Artist

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    That's good. That way you can wave to the audience while you play! :D
     
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    What a great site, thanks for posting the link!

    My favourite ever left hand piece is Brahms' arrangement of the D minor Chaconne. And there's a pretty set of studies by Saint-Saens. I haven't yet played any of this music in concert, nor seen anyone else play it (although I've seen the Ravel concerto a couple of times now).
     
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    :lol: Or brush your hair...
     
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    richard66 Richard Willmer Piano Society Artist

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    There was one piece sited when one had to swat a mosquito with the right hand.

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    Appart from technical considerations (as exercises), should someone with two hands play something with only one hand? Considering that the only really important thing is to play a piece well and that how you play it makes no difference to listening (after all, how many people listening to a recording of Ravel's piano concerto for the left hand would be able to say if it was played with one or two), would it be valid for a normally endowed pianist to play such pieces with both hands?
     
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    I'm afraid that after having performed the Busoni transcription, there is no way I personally could be musically satisfied playing the Brahms LH only version - even just listening to it. I would rather just hear it on violin (or guitar). However, to judge LH works, I would have to agree with you. It is great!
     
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    Absolutely, if composed for one hand! It's about the music. If it is good, then yes. If not, then forget it. BTW I highly recommend the Berens Studies for LH (several exercises followd by some nice pieces/etudes).

    Absolutely not! Such an attempt would (hopefully) be booed right off the stage!
     
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    richard66 Richard Willmer Piano Society Artist

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    I agree with you there, Eddy, but could you possibly detect from a recording if the pianist is using one or two hands?
     
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    Actually, yes. And I think you could too. It would be detected by never hearing anything that was impossible to play with only one hand. Similar to when one realizes that they are listening to 2-piano music: "What's that? That not possible! Ah, it's 2 pianos!"
     
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    richard66 Richard Willmer Piano Society Artist

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    I notice two pianos when I hear a greater volume of sound and passages which would not be possible on one piano. I am handicapped by the fact I have probably never heard something for left hand played with both.
     
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    It happens regularly to me that I hear something on the radio, while commuting to/from work, and I am sure it must be two pianos, and then it turns out it was only one.
     
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    I'll re-phrase it, then. I sometimes think a piece is played by 4 hands and then there are only 2.
     
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    Just wondering....Is there any piano music written for three hands?
     
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    Strange! Chris, your post two above this one (quoting me), is listing it as if it were me posting and quoting you! What happened? :?

    Edit: Further, I now observed that both an origial reply to Richard by me (that I never saw posted), and a replacement for same, do not appear! Something is going on. :evil:
     
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    I can't think of any. I've played piano music for 6, 16 or 32 (!) hands, but not for any odd number bigger than 1.
     
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    This is further off topic but ... the strangest piece of music I ever performed was Satie's Vexations. As I remember it, it was about two lines of music with the instruction to repeat it 840(?) times. It was performed on an all-nighter as part of a modern music observance. Pianists were individually signed up for a 10-minute performing slot (with 5 minutes "on-deck" prior), and the performers would swap out without interruption of the performance. The stranger part was that the cultural elite of Cincinnati would come and listen to this for long stretches of time.
     
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    Wasn't there something that Haydn or Mozart wrote that required use of two hands and one nose?
     
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    Oh well....I did a little checking and couldn't find anything written for three-hands from a main-stream composer. Although for me, sometimes I could almost consider calling music written in three staves to be 'three-hand' piano music. At least that's what I wished I had had when learning such pieces. Or maybe if only I had someone nearby who could 'lend me a hand' when I come to the difficult parts....
     

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