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11 January 2010 @ 06:04 pm
What are some awesome pieces that you think aren't played nearly enough? I'm looking for something to play this semester a bit outside of the typical flute repertoire. I played the Liebermann Concerto last semester, so stuff in that range of difficulty would probably be the best. Thanks in advance!

(I've been listening to the Khachaturian Concerto, trying to decide whether or not I'm up to learning it... does anyone know if it's as ridiculously hard to learn as it sounds like it is?)
kreutzmarie: happy!Tenkreutzmarie on January 12th, 2010 12:53 am (UTC)
I memorized the Khachaturian last year for our university's concerto competition. It was sooo fun to learn. That's actually what I had the most fun doing - figuring out what I wanted to do with it. Technically, it is a beast. The very opening has to be so solid, crisp, and demanding that there's no question why you're there. The last movement has to be so smooth it sounds like a lark. If you've done the Liebermann, I think the Khachaturian would be a good piece for you to grit your teeth on.

Yes, it's passionate, forceful, and at times melancholy, but there's so much joy to be lived in it. Have fun!
cognosco on January 15th, 2010 08:15 am (UTC)
The more I listen to it, the more I want to play it! I think I may only do one movement, though. Which one was your favorite?
kreutzmarie: Serious Businesskreutzmarie on January 15th, 2010 03:20 pm (UTC)
Oh, that's like making me pick between children. However, I'd recommend picking betwene the first two. :(

The 2nd mvt is the most technically feasable, but make sure you're comfortable with the extremes in range and some funky rhythmical stuff.

The 1st movement is easier than the last, and like oopsiedaisy says, the 3rd has nearly no places to breathe (and has to be technically SOLID). There's a bit more fudge room with the first movement for technical stuff.

I recommend the 1st movement (between the first two) for its sheer badassery.

Go for it!
kreutzmarie: happy!Tenkreutzmarie on January 15th, 2010 03:21 pm (UTC)
AND the cadenza's heart-wrenchingly *gorgeous*.
Jaxie: playful spock0opsiedaisy on January 12th, 2010 05:00 am (UTC)

Okay, now that that's done...
I've heard that the Khachaturian Concerto is incredibly difficult because of breathing issues, especially in the last movement--after all, it was originally a violin concerto. But it sounds like a riot to play, and if you want to, then I say go for it!

Also, if you liked the Liebermann Concerto, maybe look at his sonata, because it also has some great moments. I'm trying to think of what other pieces I wanted to play (I also had the desire/tendency to stray from the typical repertoire path)...I would say that Rodrigo's Concierto Pastoral would provide a worthy challenge! And if you're looking for something more on the classical side, then I would suggest (as a somewhat more mainstream piece, but nevertheless beautiful, and could never be played too much) Schubert's Variations on Trockne Blumen. One more, which is much easier than what else I have listed but still excellent is the flute transcription of Dvorak's violin sonata. If you like his ninth symphony, you'll like this piece a lot as well.

You may have just inspired me to drag that concerto back out just to mess around with it and see what I remember...I switched my concentration from flute to voice a year ago, and I haven't looked at the Liebermann Concerto in at least as long. It's a great piece, though, I definitely remember that! :)
cognosco on January 15th, 2010 08:18 am (UTC)
Awesome, thank you so much for the recs! I will definitely give them a listen. :)
Erica: ivyefg7 on January 12th, 2010 02:35 pm (UTC)
Sonata for Flute & Piano by Otar Taktakishvilli :)

http://www.amazon.com/Beyond-Iron-Curtain-Gubaidulina-Taktakishvili/dp/B00000FDDT/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1263306663&sr=8-4 (the first 3 tracks)

i played this as one of the pieces for my senior recital & LOVED it & my teacher was so happy that i found it.

if you want something easy that sounds nice & you know some string players, i did the Gordon Jacob "Four Fancies" for flute & string trio. i liked that it was easy to put together, easy to play, but sounded wonderful and avoided the stigma of having all flute & piano for the whole recital.

another idea also.... do you know the Mercadante Concerto in E minor? sooooo fun & tuneful. another piece i told my teacher about & she suggested it to another student who played it for a concerto competition & got to perform it with a really good orchestra.
cognosco on January 15th, 2010 08:14 am (UTC)
I've listened to the Taktakishvilli once or twice and it's very cool. :) I haven't heard the Mercadnate Concerto, but I'll check that out too. Thanks!