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Pianists: Do you know of some relatively easy piano music of the twelve tone technique?

Asked by Rarebear (25162points) June 7th, 2012

It doesn’t need to be Schoenberg, but I’d like some examples of some easier piano music that uses the composition style.

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bkcunningham's avatar

Is 12 Short Piano Pieces by Krenek too obvious?

Rarebear's avatar

@bkcunningham Thanks. I hadn’t heard of it.

marmoset's avatar

Great question. Otto Joachim actually has a suite called 12 Twelve-tone Pieces for Children—I have not seen its score, just googling, but I assume that would be good to look at.

Rarebear's avatar

@marmoset Another I hadn’t heard of. I’ve been playing many of the easier Bartok pieces (some of the Bagatelles and the 10 Easy Pieces) and I want to fast forward 40 years.

mattbrowne's avatar

Well, certain pieces in Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier are relatively easy like the very first one, the book 1 – prelude no. 1 in C major. But at some point it does get hard and it has to do with the fact that the brain needs to get used to handling accidentals. Only practice will allow you to do that.

Rarebear's avatar

Thanks. I play some Bach but I am specifically interested in the Schoenberg style twelve tone technique. Which is inspired by Bach of course but it’s several hundred years later.

mattbrowne's avatar

I understand. But I think Schoenberg doesn’t fall into the category of easier piano music. It’ll be a challenge. Personally I like Alban Berg better than Arnold Schoenberg. Berg also wrote some piano music.

Rarebear's avatar

@mattbrowne I know that. That’s why I was asking the question on Fluther. If it were an easy answer I’d have found it myself.

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