Do you know some fun, easy pieces?
There's a Fun Fest next month that I'll be performing at. So I'm looking for some fun, enjoyable pieces. They have to be fairly easy (between beginner and intermediate), as I have to learn them quickly.
I'll do Greensleeves, Ashokan Farewell, the first movement of Vivaldi's Concerto in A Minor, Sad Romance, Crystallize, Czardas, but beyond that I need suggestions. I'm not really certain how long it will be yet.
So obviously it doesn't matter the genre. They can be classical, folk, etc.
For the pianists here: I think there's a piano there, so I might do that, as well. I was thinking of Murka, Rondo Alla Turca, Für Elise, Mariage D'Amour, maybe a Rachmaninoff Prelude. Do you have any suggestions for other pieces?
Thanks in advance.
Boy Paganini, or if that is too much to learn in your time allotted, Infant Paganini.
Thanks for replying so quickly! I will check on those.
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star is a classic.
Mary Ellen - Infant and Boy Paganini - WOW! I never heard of those and they look really cool and there they are on IMSLP.org .
For the piano, I recommend the "Woodland Sketches" by Edward MacDowell. One of them is very famous, "To a Wild Rose." But overall they are quite playable and very crowd-pleasing. Another nice piece is the "Poem" by Fibich (one page, and very pretty). You also don't have any Chopin. There are several of the Preludes, Waltzes, and Mazurkas that are easy to learn and well loved by audiences. (By the way there are arrangements for the violin of much of what I've mentioned so far, but I'm talking about piano music here.) I would ditch Fur Elise -- that's just so repetitive and overplayed. If you have an equally skilled pianist friend to join you at the piano, the Schubert "March Militaire" is wonderfully fun. You don't have to take all the gratuitous repeats.
I also think some Irish jigs such as Kesh jig and Swallowtail jig are really fun and sound pretty well on a basic arrangement without fancy ornamentation; I find Kesh easier and it's also usually played at a much slower tempo than Swallowtail. The Blarney Pilgrim is another very nice, not too difficult jig; it's somehow similar to Kesh and I have heard them played in the same set quite often. John Ryan's Polka is also very popular and fun to play. O'Keefe's slide and Skye boat song can also be played in quite simple arrangements. Les poules huppées and Far away are two nice, easy folk tunes (if you don't know them, check Katy Adelson's youtube channel). Scarborough fair... there are lots of them! And if I can play them in their basic versions, you can too! :-)
How about some Cajun pieces:
Cotton, thanks for suggesting composing. I've only had one teacher who encouraged it, out of six. Unfortunately I stopped for a few years, but I'd like to start soon. Having the deadline of next month might be what I need to keep at it.
On thesession.org there is a folk jig, "The Swift", that I posted a few years ago. It is an arrangement by Paganini of an 18th century Ligurian dance tune, and is that rarity - a Paganini piece that's within everybody's grasp. There are two versions, one in G and the other in A; I prefer it in A.
Thank you, Trevor!
Andrew, glad you find my suggestions useful! I love teaching Boy Paganini, though I don't use it with every student. Some fun technique in a very accessible form.
Jeanette a few of the Scriabin Preludes are easy enough to learn quickly. Some are dark indeed, but no deep bass octaves. Pretty hard to match Rachmaninoff for that! Try Op. 11 part 2 No. 9 and 10. Op. 11 part 3 No. 13. Op. 17 no. 4, and op. 51 no. 2.
And did you know Rachmaninoff wrote a transcription of Kreisler's Liebesfreud? Thats a little too hard for me now.
I didn't know that, actually. It's probably too difficult for me right now, too, then, but thanks for mentioning it.
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