Project: Privia

Josh got me an electric piano. It’s a Casio Privia PX-120 and it came with a book containing 60 famous classical pieces. I opened it up and #2 happened to be Chopin’s Fantaisie-Impromptu Op.66, a piece that has been one of my life goals to master. This got me thinking. I’ve still got time in my life to master Chopin. If I mastered all 60 pieces in this book, with the ultimate goal of mastering F-I Op.66, how much better of a pianist would I be? I decided I needed to try it out.

Some people have blogs where they cook their way through a cookbook. So I thought, why not play my way through a piano book? In this section you’ll see me check off each piece one by one as I master them all (hopefully) while offering insights (or frustrations) on how to overcome difficult fingerings, crazy key signatures, and cramped forearms. We’ll see how it goes.

The Master List (All pieces are rated by yours truly and are subject to change at any time.)

  1. Nocturne Op. 9-2 — F.F.Chopin ★★☆☆☆
  2. Fantaisie-Impromptu Op. 66 — F.F.Chopin ★★★★★
  3. Étude Op. 10-3 “Chanson de l’adieu” — F.F.Chopin ★★★★★
  4. Étude Op. 10-5 “Black Keys” — F.F.Chopin ★★★★★
  5. Étude Op. 10-12 “Revolutionary” — F.F.Chopin ★★★★★
  6. Étude Op. 25-9 “Butterflies” — F.F.Chopin ★★★★★
  7. Prélude Op. 28-7 — F.F.Chopin ★☆☆☆☆
  8. Valse Op. 64-1 “Petit Chien” — F.F.Chopin ★★☆☆☆
  9. Valse Op. 64-2 — F.F.Chopin ★★★★☆
  10. Moments Musicaux 3 — F.P.Schubert ★★★☆☆
  11. Impromptu Op. 90-2 — F.P.Schubert ★★★★☆
  12. Marche Militaire 1 (Duet) — F.P.Schubert ★★☆☆☆
  13. Frühlingslied [Lieder Ohne Worte Heft 5] — F.Mendelssohn ★★★☆☆
  14. Fröhlicher Landmann [Album für die Jugend] — R.A.Schumann ★☆☆☆☆
  15. Von fremden Ländern und Menschen [Kinderszenen] — R.A.Schumann ★★☆☆☆
  16. Träumerei [Kinderszenen] — R.A.Schumann ★★☆☆☆
  17. Tambourin — J.P.Rameau ★★☆☆☆
  18. Menuet BWV Anh. 114 [Clavierbüchlein der Anna Magdalena Bach] — C. Petzold ★☆☆☆☆
  19. Inventio 1 BWV 772 — J.S.Bach ★★★☆☆
  20. Inventio 8 BWV 779 — J.S.Bach ★★★☆☆
  21. Inventio 13 BWV 784 — J.S.Bach ★★★☆☆
  22. Praeludium 1 BWV 846 [Das Wohltemperierte Klavier 1] — J.S. Bach ★☆☆☆☆
  23. Le Coucou — L.C.Daquin ★★☆☆☆
  24. Gavotte — F.J. Gossec ★★☆☆☆
  25. Sonatina Op. 36-1 1st Mov. — M.Clementi ★☆☆☆☆
  26. Sonatine Op. 20-1 1st Mov. — Fr.Kuhlau ★★☆☆☆
  27. Sonate K. 545 1st Mov. — W.A.Mozart ★★★☆☆
  28. Sonate K. 331 3rd Mov. “Turkish March” — W.A. Mozart ★★★★☆
  29. Rondo K. 485 — W.A.Mozart ★★★☆☆
  30. Für Elise — L.v.Beethoven ★★☆☆☆
  31. Marcia alla Turca — L.v.Beethoven ★★★☆☆
  32. Sonate Op. 13 “Pathétique” 1st Mov. — L.v.Beethoven ★★★★☆
  33. Sonate Op. 13 “Pathétique” 2nd Mov. — L.v.Beethoven ★★★★☆
  34. Sonate Op. 13 “Pathétique” 3rd Mov. — L.v.Beethoven ★★★☆☆
  35. Sonate Op. 27-2 “Moonlight” 1st Mov. — L.v. Beethoven ★★★☆☆
  36. Rhapsodie 2 — J.Brahms ★★★☆☆
  37. Waltz Op. 39-15 (Duet) — J.Brahms ★★☆☆☆
  38. Liebesträume 3 — F.Liszt ★★★☆☆
  39. Blumenlied — G.Lange ★★★★☆
  40. La Prière d’une Vierge — T.Badarzewska ★★★☆☆
  41. Csikos Post — H.Necke ★★★☆☆
  42. Humoresque Op. 101-7 — A.Dvořák ★★★☆☆
  43. Melodie [Lyrische Stücke Heft 2] — E.H.Grieg ★★☆☆☆
  44. Sicilienne Op. 78 — G.Fauré ★★★☆☆
  45. Berceuse [Dolly] (Duet) — G.Fauré ★★★☆☆
  46. Arabesque 1 — C.A.Debussy ★★★☆☆
  47. La Fille aux Cheveux de Lin [Préludes] — C.A.Debussy ★★★☆☆
  48. Passapied [Suite bergamasque] — C.A.Debussy ★★★★☆
  49. Gymnopédie 1 — E.Satie ★★☆☆☆
  50. Je Te Veux — E.Satie ★★★☆☆
  51. Salut d’Amour — E.Elgar ★★★☆☆
  52. The Entertainer — S.Joplin ★★★☆☆
  53. Maple Leaf Rag — S.Joplin ★★★☆☆
  54. L’arabesque [25 Etüden Op. 100] — F.Burgmüller ★☆☆☆☆
  55. La Styrienne [25 Etüden Op. 100] — F.Burgmüller ★★☆☆☆
  56. Ave Maria [25 Etüden Op. 100] — F.Burgmüller ★☆☆☆☆
  57. Le retour [25 Etüden Op. 100] — F.Burgmüller ★★☆☆☆
  58. La chevaleresque [25 Etüden Op. 100] — F.Burgmüller ★★☆☆☆
  59. No. 13 [Études de Mécanisme Op. 849] — C.Czerny ★★★☆☆
  60. No. 26 [Études de Mécanisme Op. 849] — C.Czerny ★★★☆☆

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