The piano repertoire is impossibly vast. Just making your way through all of the Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Schumann, Mozart, Bach, Haydn, and Brahms can be daunting enough. But what about all of those other composers and compositions that are out there? I'm talking, of course, about the ones that should be heard at concerts and on recordings, but are invariably passed by. I'm often told by other pianists that it's not for a lack of wanting to learn about these pieces - it's just that they don't know where to look! I have been programming works like this for years, and I'm always asked where I come across this stuff. Sometimes it's by listening to recordings, sometimes by perusing scores in a library or music shop. But there's really no place out there for pianists to go where someone says "This is good - check it out." I'd like to do just that with this new series of posts. About every month or so, I'll post about a discovery I've made of some 'off the beaten path' repertoire. Things that I know are good and can stand up to concert performances and recordings. Much of it I'll have played myself, and much of it will be things I haven't played, but are on my "list". Some will even be lesser known works by "famous" composers. I will also include a link to the score, making things just that much easier!
The first one will be this beautiful little piece by Heitor Villa-Lobos: "A Lenda do Caboclo".
-Click Here for the score-