List of Recommendations: Advanced Level 3

Approximately 60 pieces which are of the same level as those played by students of Japanese college or graduate schools of music at the graduation or course completion recitals. These are Piano solos that are either “core” or of a similar kind, played by pianists with advanced techniques and ability to express for 45 min. to 90 min. at joint recitals and solo recitals. These excerpts from piano pieces (such as one single part from a Sonata) are often chosen for piano competitions and auditions. They are highly recommended for graduation or course completion exam as well. Etudes are not included.

The pieces are listed in the order of the composers’ birth years.

Sonatine and sonatas of which the specific number of the movement is not indicated mean they include all.

Length of performance is just a rough idea.
Depending on whether there are repetitions or not, it may get long or short.

Title Composer Time Score
Chromatische Fantasie und Fuge d-moll BWV 903 J.S.Bach 11'00" score
Variationer Eroica Thema mit Fuge Beethoven 20'00" score
Sonate Nr.21 "Waldstein" C-Dur Op.53 Beethoven 26'00" score
Sonate Nr.23 "Appassionata" f-moll Op.57 Beethoven 26'00" score
Sonate Nr.32 c-moll Op.111 Beethoven 33'00" score
Sonate Nr.14 a-moll Op.143 D784 Schubert 22'00" score
Sonate Nr.18 G-Dur Op.78 D894 Schubert 40'00" score
17 Variations sérieuses Op.54 Mendelssohn 11'00" score
Ballade No.4 f-moll Op.52 Chopin 11'30" score
Fantasie f-moll Op.49 Chopin 13'00" score
Polonaise-Fantaisie As-Dur Op.61 Chopin 13'30" score
Sonata No.2 b-moll Op.35 Chopin 27'00" score
Barcarolle Op.60 Chopin 9'00" score
Grande sonate pour le pianoforte Nr. 1 fis-moll Op.11 Schumann 32'00" score
Grande sonate pour le pianoforte Nr. 3 f-moll Op.14 Schumann 28'00" score
Fantasie C-Dur Op.17 Schumann 31'00" score
Humoreske B-Dur Op.20 Schumann 26'00" score
Tocccata C-Dur Op.7 Schumann 6'30" score
Mephisto Walzer Nr.1 Liszt 10'00" score
Rhapsodie espagnole Liszt 14'00" score
Fantasie und Fuge über den Namen BACH Liszt 12'00" score
Ungarische Rhapsodie Nr.2 cis-moll Liszt 10'00" score
Ungarische Rhapsodie Nr.9 ”Pester Karneval” Es-Dur Liszt 10'30" score
Totentanz (Saint-Saens) Liszt 10'30" score
Apres une lecture du Dante (Annees de pelerinage Deuxieme annee Italie) Liszt 17'00" score
Etudes d'exécution transcendante Nr.4 "Mazeppa" Liszt 8'00" score
Prelude, Choral et Fugue Op.21 Franck 18'00" score
Prelude, Aria et Final Op.23 Franck 28'00" score
Sonate Nr.1 C-Dur Op.1 Brahms 27'00" score
Sonate Nr.2 fis-moll Op.2 Brahms 24'00" score
Ballade Op.10 Brahms 23'00" score
Variationen und Fuge über ein Thema von Händel Op.24 Brahms 28'00" score
Oriental Fantasy "Islamey" Balakirev 8'00" score
Ballade Op.19 Faure 11'00" score
Theme et Variations Op.73 Faure 14'30" score
Nocturne No.6 Op.63 Faure 9'30" score
Estampes Debussy 15'00" score
Images 1 Debussy 16'00" score
Images 2 Debussy 14'00" score
Chaconne (= J.S.Bach) d-moll Busoni 16'30" score
Fantaisie Op.28 Skriabin 10'00" score
Sonate No.2 gis-moll Op.19 Skriabin 11'00" score
Sonate No.3 fis-moll Op.23 Skriabin 18'30" score
Sonate No.4 Fis-Dur Op.30 Skriabin 8'00" score
Sonate No.5 Op.53 Skriabin 11'30" score
Sonate No.9 'Messe noire' Op.68 Skriabin 8'00" score
Variations on a theme of Corelli Op.42 Rachmaninov 18'30" score
Scarbo (Gaspard de la nuit) Ravel 9'00" score
Sonata tragica (Forgotten melodies 2) Op.39-5 Medtner 8'00" score
Klaviersonate 1926 Bartok 12'00" score
9 Preludiow Op.1 Szymanowski 19'30" score
Sonate Op.1 Berg 10'30" score
Sonate No.2 d-moll Op.14 Prokofiev 18'00" score
Toccata d-moll Op.11 Prokofiev 4'00" score
Sonata No.3 B-Dur Hindemith 18'00" score
Theme varié As-Dur Poulenc 12'00" score
Sonata No.1 Op.12 Shostakovich 12'00" score
Sonata es-moll Op.26 Barber 19'00" score
Danzas argentinas Op.2 Ginastera 8'00" score

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