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Hello! I'm trying to recover from an injury in my right hand and need pieces to play this autumn. Preferably with a difficult left hand, I still want to develop my playing. So I'm looking for pieces with technical patterns in the left, while with a simple melody in the right. Any ideas? I really love all eras ranging from baroque to contemporary classical smile
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You should give us an idea of the level of difficulty you are looking for; what two-hand repertoire have you played?

Also, why not consider some works for left hand alone?

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Before the injury I played Liszt ballade no.2, Scriabin etudes, Schumann sonata no.2, Alban Berg sonata..... Etc.

Yes there are many wonderful only-left-hand pieces, but I played them for a year now 😅

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While there are many great pieces with relatively simple RHs, my guess is that simple RH combined with difficult LH is, unfortunately, quite rare. It will be interesting to see if any suggestions emerge.

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Originally Posted by Asmaa
Hello! I'm trying to recover from an injury in my right hand and need pieces to play this autumn. Preferably with a difficult left hand, I still want to develop my playing. So I'm looking for pieces with technical patterns in the left, while with a simple melody in the right. Any ideas? I really love all eras ranging from baroque to contemporary classical smile

The obvious pieces would be Chopin's Op.10/12 and its imitator (and superior) Rachmaninov's Op.23/2 - though both have their RH challenges too.

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Hello! I'm trying to recover from an injury in my right hand and need pieces to play this autumn. Preferably with a difficult left hand, I still want to develop my playing. So I'm looking for pieces with technical patterns in the left, while with a simple melody in the right. Any ideas? I really love all eras ranging from baroque to contemporary classical smile
The obvious pieces would be Chopin's Op.10/12 and its imitator (and superior) Rachmaninov's Op.23/2 - though both have their RH challenges too.
Yes, those certainly don't seem to fit the OP's needs and would certainly already be familiar to anyone at his level.

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Probably the simpliest would be to take a piece that you like and simplify the RH by yourself. Since you know what you can and can not play, that is the easiest solution. I am not sure if there are that many pieces with a complex LH and a very simple RH.

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

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


The OP stated she does not want LH only pieces, as she has been playing them for one year.


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While I agree many of Scriabin's works have very difficult LHs, I'm not at all sure the ones with technically difficult LHs also have very simple non taxing RHs.

I'd suggest the OP consider playing mostly Mozart for a while even thought the LHs are not extremely taxing. If the RH parts of that music are too much of a strain on his injured hand, I can't imagine any other music being OK right now.

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I wouldn't worry too much about playing with hands together whilst you're recovering. Maybe just focus on playing some RH parts in your LH and see how you get on.

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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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Brahms has a couple of exercises that fit the bill, inversions of Weber and Schubert pieces.


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There's Rachmaninov prelude op23 no6. May not be quite the technical challenge you are looking for, although the left hand is awkward in places. The right hand is mostly chords but not big stretchy ones. Would make a nice encore.

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Chopin's Prélude in G, Op.28/3 (short & sweet) is an exercise for LH all the way.

You can always leave out or simplify the RH part when it's supposed to join in the fun just before the end......


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Godowsky transcription of Chopin op.10 no.6? I love that piece, that would be what I learn if (god forbid) I injure my right hand again. Or maybe the op.10 no.12 transcription.

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Originally Posted by bennevis
Chopin's Prélude in G, Op.28/3 (short & sweet) is an exercise for LH all the way.

You can always leave out or simplify the RH part when it's supposed to join in the fun just before the end......

Added to the list! It's wonderful smile

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Originally Posted by BDB
Brahms has a couple of exercises that fit the bill, inversions of Weber and Schubert pieces.

Will check them out thoroughly! Thanks!

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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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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.

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
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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
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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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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Originally Posted by pianoloverus
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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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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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