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Originally Posted by BruceD
This may not quite be the sort of thing you were looking for, but :

Czerny, Studies for the left hand

The right hand is relatively simple; it's the left hand that gets the workout, but ... it is Czerny!

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A perfectly timed thread for me. My right hand has been slightly swollen for over a week and overnight really went south. The Czerny looks perfect for me to focus on while it heals. Thanks for posting that Bruce.


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Originally Posted by BruceD
This may not quite be the sort of thing you were looking for, but :

Czerny, Studies for the left hand

The right hand is relatively simple; it's the left hand that gets the workout, but ... it is Czerny!

Regards,


A perfectly timed thread for me. My right hand has been slightly swollen for over a week and overnight really went south. The Czerny looks perfect for me to focus on while it heals. Thanks for posting that Bruce.

Be careful with that hand!

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Be careful with that hand!


The doctor I just saw about it had a great line why it took a week to get really bad. She said "On the seventh day, God created pus." smile

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Tchaikovsky made a left-hand-centric version of the Weber Perpetuum Mobile that might work for you (although the right hand has some stuff to do, which you could possibly simplify) -

https://imslp.org/wiki/Special:ImagefromIndex/180677/hfaz

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Originally Posted by wr
Tchaikovsky made a left-hand-centric version of the Weber Perpetuum Mobile that might work for you (although the right hand has some stuff to do, which you could possibly simplify) -

https://imslp.org/wiki/Special:ImagefromIndex/180677/hfaz
In the original form, my guess is the piece would be far too taxing for the OP. A lot of RH passages would need simplification.

IMO there have only been a handful of pieces so far that fit, barely IMO, the bill:
1. Chopin Prelude in G(with last lines simplified in the RH)
2. Brahms Studies after Weber and Schubert(the Weber would definitely need simplification in the RH)
3. Czerny Etudes for the LH, although most of them look unsatisfying musically

I think Mozart and Bach, although many of their pieces may not have super difficult LHs, are much better solutions if one wants to use great music to try and rehab the OP's RH.

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Chopin Nocturne in F 15/1.


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Originally Posted by pianoloverus
Originally Posted by wr
Tchaikovsky made a left-hand-centric version of the Weber Perpetuum Mobile that might work for you (although the right hand has some stuff to do, which you could possibly simplify) -

https://imslp.org/wiki/Special:ImagefromIndex/180677/hfaz
In the original form, my guess is the piece would be far too taxing for the OP. A lot of RH passages would need simplification.

IMO there have only been a handful of pieces so far that fit, barely IMO, the bill:
1. Chopin Prelude in G(with last lines simplified in the RH)
2. Brahms Studies after Weber and Schubert(the Weber would definitely need simplification in the RH)
3. Czerny Etudes for the LH, although most of them look unsatisfying musically

I think Mozart and Bach, although many of their pieces may not have super difficult LHs, are much better solutions if one wants to use great music to try and rehab the OP's RH.

Agree! Mozart and Bach certainly have their own difficulties...... And yes I can simplify the RH in the pieces mentioned, I'm just lazy 😂

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Originally Posted by Sweelinck
Chopin Nocturne in F 15/1.
The middle section is very difficult for the RH even when one is not recovering from an injury.

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Chopin Nocturne in F 15/1.
The middle section is very difficult for the RH even when one is not recovering from an injury.
I was assuming the OP would just practice the LH during recovery. The RH part may not be playable while recoverying from injury, but is easier to learn by just blocking the tremolos into chords to work out the hand positions, and thus requires less practice time to learn. The piece requires more LH practice time.

The Chopin Etude 10/12 also is LH dominant.


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Chopin Nocturne in F 15/1.
The middle section is very difficult for the RH even when one is not recovering from an injury.
I was assuming the OP would just practice the LH during recovery. The RH part may not be playable while recoverying from injury, but is easier to learn by just blocking the tremolos into chords to work out the hand positions, and thus requires less practice time to learn. The piece requires more LH practice time.

The Chopin Etude 10/12 also is LH dominant.
The OP was specifically looking for pieces where he would play with both hands.

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How did you mess your hand up?

The usual... Started hurting in september last year and I pushed through the pain because I was stressed..
Now my arm goes numb after I play and the fingers become weak

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Chopin Nocturne in F 15/1.
The middle section is very difficult for the RH even when one is not recovering from an injury.
I was assuming the OP would just practice the LH during recovery. The RH part may not be playable while recoverying from injury, but is easier to learn by just blocking the tremolos into chords to work out the hand positions, and thus requires less practice time to learn. The piece requires more LH practice time.

The Chopin Etude 10/12 also is LH dominant.

It's a good suggestion! Looking for pieces to play with 2 hands though because I played left hand-pieces for one year and I need to start somewhere, though really carefully and slowly..

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Originally Posted by ranjit
Isn't the obvious suggestion Ravel's left hand piano concerto?

Yeah, a bit of an obvious suggestion, but still a good one. That said, it doesn't fit the bill. A less obvious suggestion [although it also doesn't fit the bill] is the Prokofiev left hand piano concerto (that'd be his fourth piano concerto).

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I realize the OP (Asmaa) says they want pieces with difficult LH and simple right hand, but I would not rule out some wonderful pieces for the LH alone.

Foremost is Brahms's transcription of the Bach violin chaconne for the LH. It is brilliant, a true concert piece, and a great transcription.

More to the OP's request, Brahms also arranged Schubert's Impromptu Op. 90, No. 2 as a LH study with a simple RH accompaniment (available at IMSLP).

Scriabin's Op. 9, Nos. 1 & 2 are challenging and rewarding pieces for the LH.

Bela Bartok has a challenging Study for the Left Hand (no opus numbers, sorry, but with a date of 1903).

In the super challenging category are several of Godowsky's arrangements of Chopin's etudes, many of which he arranged for LH alone as well as for two hands.

Godowsky also wrote some original pieces for LH: Waltz-Poems I-V, an Allegretto Grazioso, and a Con Fuoco...all originally published by Cark Fischer.

Carl Reinecke's Op. 179 is an entire sonata for the LH (not bad at all).

Then there's a Schirmer collection edited by Raymond Lewenthal that includes some of the above and much more, with a great introduction to LH repertoire by Lewenthal.


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Isn't the obvious suggestion Ravel's left hand piano concerto?

Yeah, a bit of an obvious suggestion, but still a good one. That said, it doesn't fit the bill. A less obvious suggestion [although it also doesn't fit the bill] is the Prokofiev left hand piano concerto (that'd be his fourth piano concerto).

Yep, played one movement from that one last year!

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These are all nice pieces.. I played a lot of LH Godowsky last year, transcriptions by Wittgenstein, Bach violin sonata arrangements, Rzewski "Second hand" for LH, etc....

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Originally Posted by Asmaa
These are all nice pieces.. I played a lot of LH Godowsky last year, transcriptions by Wittgenstein, Bach violin sonata arrangements, Rzewski "Second hand" for LH, etc....

Here's another idea: have you played Saint-Saëns ètudes for the LH Op. 135?

And yet another idea, this one's a little wild - maybe try rearranging some LH/RH pieces to suit your needs. I'm sure there are some pieces out there that can be rearranged for that purpose.


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