- Chopin Piano Trio
- Chopin Polonaise Op. 53
- Beethoven WoO 32 Variations- Mozart Sonata K 330
- Bach Toccata in D minor (BWV 911)
- a Scarlatti sonata
- Shostakovich 2nd concerto
- Rachmaninoff Etude 39/6
- Paganini Liszt Etude #3, #4
So I'm missing a sonata that qualifies as a relatively big work. I'm planning on at some time down the road taking one of those ABRSM exams, and I'm thinking I might as well use this sonata to fulfill one of those requirements. So technically, it has to be a piece that is relatively advanced.
I've had my mind se ton Prokofiev #7 for a while now, but tonight I wavered a little; and listened to a few other sonatas:
- Shostakovich #1 and #2.
I like #2 better, and I'm sure I'll grow to love both of these sonatas, at this moment I can't say I love them. There also don't have a clear melody or motif that an audience can readily identify.
- Barber Sonata
I thought I liked this, but I guess I didn't like the 1st movement. The 2nd movement is awesome. Anyway, since learning any one of these big sonatas takes a lot of effort, I don't want to play something that has an entire movement that I might struggle to fall in love with.
- Alkan Sonata, Solo Piano Concerto
Great works--but too difficult. I really like them, just that they're take too long to learn. Especially the solo piano concerto--outstanding. Also, I'll probably injure myself before I learn these pieces.
So Prokofiev #7 it is! I like #6 quite a bit too, especially the last movement. But while I love "bangy" music, #6 is a little too bangy for me at the moment--I want to develop my musicianship some more, and I feel #7 has more room for me to shape and phrase musical ideas and lines in the context of atonal and slightly bangy music, whereas #6 has more of a bangy element (at least the 1st movement).