Autism, Music, Piano

The Einaudi Challenge

Ever since I started taking my piano playing more seriously I have been entranced by the music of the Italian pianist and composer Ludovico Einaudi. There seems to be a difference of opinion among the critics as to whether his music is genius or too simple. I love the way he builds up an atmosphere in his pieces with repetition and increasing complexity. Many of his pieces can be played solo on the piano as well as with a full orchestra. I fully intend to go one of his concerts when he is next in the UK.

I have attempted to learn a few of his easier pieces and I am making progress. I decided to listen to as many of his pieces as I could to make a shortlist of the all the pieces I’d eventually like to be able to play. True to my autistic self I then grouped them by difficulty and ranked them again within each group. Here is my list:

Group 1 (Easiest)

  • Primavera
  • Indaco
  • Una Mattina

Group 2 (Intermediate)

  • Nefeli
  • Le Onde
  • I Giorni
  • Nuvole Bianche

Group 3 (Advanced)

  • Divenire
  • Nightbook
  • Oltremare

I am confident on learning the pieces in Group 1 without help but the rest might require some assistance from a teacher. I have made a really good start on Primavera but still have a long way to go.

What I hope to do is eventually be able to record myself playing each piece and upload it to my Facebook account. I am not setting a time limit on this challenge and I fully expect it to take me a number of years to complete. Oltremare (what I consider to be the hardest) is monster of a piece and is an eye watering 10+ minutes. To be able to play this piece under pressure without mistakes will be a big ask but I am willing to put the work in.

Ludovico Einaudi

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