Updated: Mar 13
Many amateur pianists often find themselves in the situation where they need to play something in front of an audience, but there is nothing ready and then they end up feeling disappointed: with all this practice, how come that whenever they need to perform, they have nothing to show?
First of all, don’t be so harsh on yourself! If you do take your practice seriously, then you must be in the right state of mind, with warmed up hands and your chosen piece in a reasonably good preparation state, ideally glued into your memory. These things do not happen easily. It is understandable that you may feel less than enthusiastic about performing in front of people, if these conditions are not met.
However, there are some pieces which I call ‘Crowd Pleasers’. Once you learn them, they stay in your memory and hands easily and can be picked up at any moment.
Here is a list of pieces that you can pull out of your sleeve in no time:
1. Philip Glass ‘Metamorhopsis No 1’ (This is a great piece for testing your memory)
2. Frederic Chopin Prelude in E minor Op. 28 No 4
3. JS Bach Little Prelude in C minor BWV 999
4. Robert Schumann’. Kind im Einschlummern’ (Child Falling Asleep) from Kinderszenen (Scenes from Childhood), Op. 15 (1838)
5. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Movement no 2 from Somata in C major K 545
6. Yann Tiersen Soundtrack from the film ‘Amelie’
7. JS Bach Prelude from Prelude and Fugue in C major Book 1
8. GéNIA ‘Mon Amour’
Hope you find this selection helpful!
Remember that piano is there to be enjoyed by you and the people around you.
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