1) F. Liszt, La Campanella "The Little Bell" from Grandes études de Paganini
Another composer who brought the etude to the concert stage - Franz Liszt. A pianist of unparalleled virtuosity, Liszt's composition certainly reflects his incredible technique. There are even more notes than you can hear. Try to follow along with the notes - it can be a dizzying sight!
- What is an etude?
- What technical challenges do you think this etude focuses on? (Hint: take a look at the music notes)
2) Claude Debussy - Arabesque no. 1
A much more serene piece, but much like the previous one, there are many 'hidden' notes. This is the fact with most good piano playing - a melody that must stand out crystal clear though all the other notes. Advanced students might recognize the polyrhythm of triplets playing against eighth notes.
- What images come to mind after listening to this piece?
- For advanced students: Can you tap the 3 against 2? Try tapping triplets with one hand while tapping eighth notes with the other.