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.
Rachmaninoff: Prelude in G minor, Prelude in B minor, Etude-Tableaux op 33. no.3 and prelude in C # minor
Debussy: Prelude from "Pour le Piano" suite.
I do enjoy playing the 1st Arabesque, it is quite relaxing to play, like suite Bergamasque.
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
I agree, op 8 no 12 is very difficult, the size of some of the jumps is a little scary as well, however NFL you can play La Campanella!
Prokofiev Sonata No. 3
Rachmaninoff Concerto No. 2, Etude-Tableau Op. 39 No. 5
Rachmaninoff's 2nd piano concerto! Can you play all three movements?
Well, the first movement is pretty much in performance shape (I'm competing with it in a week or two), and the second and third movements I pretty well have the notes down. If I could put in two weeks of serious practice on those, I think they would be in pretty good shape. Sadly, I've been too busy with other pieces to do that, but hopefully this summer I'll get around to it.
Wow, you are playing some incredible stuff, how long have you been learning?
About 13 years, if I remember correctly. All that stuff about "you'll thank me when you're older" my parents told me that I never believed back then is starting to come true.
Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto no.1, truly hard and can't play it well
@serenade17, evetually I guess it all comes true, but anyway that's pretty impressive all the music that you can play.
Which would you say is harder, Rachmaninovs 39 5 or Scriabins 8 12?
I would say Sriabin, purely because of the size of some of the jumps and you have to a have a large hand, but that's only my opinion. I would much rather play op 39 no 5 though
Just looking at the Scriabin, I think that it would be easier to play, once you learned the notes. For me, learning notes with six sharps is much more difficult than six flats. Also, I believe most of the jumps in the Scriabin are mirrored in the Rachmaninoff. Overall, it seems to me that the Rachmaninoff has more general complexity, especially in the left hand. ( pp. 64 + 67, for example) I don't see anything in the Scriabin that quite approaches that level.
True actually, the rhythmic complexity of the Rachmaninoff piece is far greater than the scriabin etude, however I think what makes it a little easier to play op 39 no 5 is the fact that the start isn't as hard, it gradually increases in diffuclty as the piece progresses allowing you to get more into your "zone" when performing the piece. The Scriabin etude just jumps straight into the main theme, with minimal entry.

Having said that though, I have the Rachmaninoff score and upon looking at it, there are a few more hairy sections. There are certainly some challengin left hand passages, and the rhythmic complexity is quite astounding, I much prefer the rachmaninoff etude and now I can see it certainly appears more challenging.
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
op 10 no. 1, really wow! That is also quite impressive.
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
Yeah, I certainly haven't mastered single handed descending arpeggios yet, in time though.
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.
I too find Chopin to be challenging, but I have to play op 25 no.9 (butterfly etude I think), my teacher insists.
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)."
MAZEPPA???!! wow, that is mighty difficult piece.
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?
Chopin etude op.25 no.9 and also Bach's prelude and fugue no. 5 from book 1
"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?

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