Personal!What is the hardest music that you've studied/played?

Jan 12, 2013

The most difficult music I've played were Kreisleriana, op. 16 (Schumann, Robert), revolutionary étude (Chopin) and Ballad No 1 (Chopin)
And you?


Prelude in C# Minor, Pictures at an Exhibition 1st Promenade, 1st Arbesque, Debussy Prelude XVIII from book 1.
Arabesque is gorgeous I am currently studying the beramasque Suite
Beethoven: Moonlight Sonata 3rd movement; Scriabin: Étude Op.8 No.12, Mazurkas Op.25, Waltz Op.38; Grieg: Wedding Day at Troldhaugen...
I once tried to learn the prelude to Bach's second English Suite, which was a mistake. I learned it, but couldn't handle it - there were unsteady tempos, countless mistakes and I was terribly fatigued each time I played it. Even though it's my main instrument, I cant play the piano very well.
Beethoven: Moonlight Sonata, 3rd Movement
Chopin: Revolutionary Etude (but I'm not very good at it)

There are other works, but those are the two "big ones" that come to mind.

Happy trails, Flyingninja77
@Haotian Yu 
haha no way have I played it but ive watched a video of the guy playing La Campanella.  it sounds like the hardest piece ever lol.
Scriabin etude op 8 no 12
a crazy fast valse op.64 n.1 by chopin took me a year and a half to learn but was worth it
Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto no.1, truly hard and can't play it well
Which would you say is harder, Rachmaninovs 39 5 or Scriabins 8 12?
I play some Chopin Etudes and loose parts or ballads and nocturnes, Op.10 No.1, no.5, no.6 No.12, Op.25 No.1 no.4, no.6, no.7, not 12, are the ones i like more for play, and the Polonaise-fantasie that i love
Agree Pianok98 . playing Etude Op.10 No.1 can improve a pianist skill in playing arpeggios .
Yes, took me a long time to understand how to play, with elasticity
I TRIED to learn Scriabin's "Vers la flamme" Op 72 but could not get the rhythms correct. There's one part where there's 5 versus 7 (or is it 9?). I could not get it to sound unmechanical. I had to give up on it.

A somewhat difficult piece that I had the most success with was Beethoven's Appasionata Sonata (Op 57). I'd recommend anyone with an intermediate level technique to try to learn it as it probably is one of best pieces of music ever written.
Now I fell lame when I say Schubert impromptu 4 and cat and mouse. Clair de lune and Mozart piano sonata 16 arent quite as hard. Favorite pieces are Satie gnosiennes, Chopin preludes 4, 6, 9, 15 (raindrop right?), Haydn piano concerto no 20, Bach air on the g string, and Debussy Clair de lune.
Either Богатырские ворота (В стольном городе во Киеве) (The Bogatyr Gates (in the Capital in Kiev)) or Избушка на курьих ножках (Баба-Яга) (The Hut on Fowl's Legs (Baba-Yagá)), both from Картинки с выставки – Воспоминание о Викторе Гартмане (Pictures from an Exhibition – A Remembrance of Viktor Hartmann) by Modest Musorgskiy.
Вы из России ?
Or just you used original names ?
You can play Mazeppa? Wow! Do you use Liszt's intended fingering for the thirds?
I Write the easiest fingering for it this is my second work
The first-Learn it
@Sepehr Keyhani: I just used the original names. I do not actually know a word of Russian.
If you asked me to read them, I'd probably say for Богатырские ворота (В стольном городе во Киеве), for example, something like "Boratbipckhe bopota (be stonbhom ropoze bo khebe)."
There is just pianists here ...
Anyone ever seen the sheet music for the song "Faire's aire and Death Waltz"? Literally impossible. It is a joke piece that cannot be played. But hardest real piece? either Brahms intermezzo 2 or La Cathedrale Engloutie by Debussy.
@Ronan, the scherzos are op.20, 31, 39 and 54. You play the 31, in b flat minor, or the 39, in c sharp minor?
"Grace" by Jeff Buckley; "Road" and "Parasite" by Nick Drake.
Are you trying to play John Stump's Death Waltz?
@Nicholaus Bisma No one could do that. No one.
Or the Third Chopin sonata's 4. movement
Just wanted to comment that Vers la Flamme op.72 requires not nearly the technique of many, if not most, other pieces mentioned here to perform. Some patience is required in decoding the notation, however. A question for those that have played it: have you noticed in the Horowitz recording a very pronounced wrong note, as if either the edition has it wrong or unbelievably Horowitz read or played it wrong?
revolutionary etude.
The hardest piece that I have learned in terms of technical difficulty is the Liebestraum by Liszt. In terms of stamina and concentration, The third slow movement of Beethoven's Hammerklavier sonata.
I do not know what to write ... I think the Despair of Hatsune Miku, 1000 doors or Turkish March
Hardest that I've completed: Un Sospiro by Liszt
Hardest that I'm working on (and doing well in): Hungarian Rhapsodies No. 2 and No. 6
Hardest that I'm working on (but holding off until a bit later): Chopin Ballades No. 1 and No. 3
Rachmaninoff Prelude in G minor
Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue
Liszt Notturno 3 (liebestraum)

Working on
Rachmaninoff Prelude no 6 in Eb maj (not that hard, but its Rachmaninoff so why not)
Rachmaninoff piano concerto 2 all the movements
Rachmaninoff Prelude in G minor
Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue
Liszt Notturno 3 (liebestraum)

Working on
Rachmaninoff Prelude no 6 in Eb maj (not that hard, but its Rachmaninoff so why not)
Rachmaninoff piano concerto 2 all the movements
Danza del Gaucho Matero (Alberto Ginastera)
I know this isn't the theme of the rest of the songs here, but it was freaking hard.
The hardest piece I've attempted is Rachmaninoff etude tableau in a minor. The hardest piece I've completed is the Rachmaninoff prelude in g minor.
@dogcbt1 hey, I'm learining both of those right now!
The A La Menthe from Ocean's Twelve.
Rautavaara piano accompaniment for "True & False Unicorn". It's so damn hard I'm sweating as I type this.
"Polichinelle" by Rachmaninoff. It took me more than a year to master it so I could perform it.
gotta say as a kid a harder version of spooky scary skeletons and now its Prelude in C# Minor 
The hardest piece I've learned so far is Mozart's Turkish March arranged by Arcadi Volodos

Right now I'm trying to learn Liszt's "Mazeppa" S.137/138/139, "Vision" (etude No. 6) S.137 & "Wilde Jagd" S.137.
There's a debate whether the Douze Grandes/Intermediate version (S.137/138) or the Transcendental version (S.139) of Mazeppa is harder. In my opinion the S.139 version is harder to LEARN but the S.137 and S.138 are harder to PLAY.

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