Flashy solos that sound more difficult than they are

Firefly look inside Firefly By Anton Bilotti. Piano. For Piano. Solos of Distinction. Classical. SMP Level 8 (Early Advanced); NFMC Level: Difficult Class 1. Solo part. Standard notation. 5 pages. Published by Carl Fischer (CF.P2232)

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This sounds like what I imagine Rachmaninoff would have written if he'd written a teaching piece. Almost overly dramatic, chromatic, dark and loads of fun. My daughter played this on a recital at age 12 and adored it.  

Toccata in F Minor Toccata in F Minor By Robert D. Vandall. For Piano. Piano Solo; Solo. Form: Toccata. Late Intermediate. Sheet. 8 pages. Published by Alfred Music Publishing (AP.881205)

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So well-constructed that it can be taught by rote, if necessary, I love to teach this piece. It sounds harder than most of his other pieces and has very few "tricky" moments. It's a "bring down the house" kind of solo that is a great finish to any recital. Though it's listed as Late Intermediate, it sounds quite advanced.

MacDowell: Selected Works For Piano MacDowell: Selected Works For Piano By Edward MacDowell (1861-1908). Edited by Keith Snell. For piano. Neil A. Kjos Master Composer Library. Intermediate. Sheet music. Published by Neil A. Kjos Music Company (KJ.GP429)

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This whole volume is full of gems, but particularly the Preludium, the final piece in this book, is great for a student who wants to play a Brahms Rhapsodie but isn't quite ready. It's full of dramatic octaves and flourishes which aren't really that difficult. Not suggested for small hands.

Fountain in the Rain look inside Fountain in the Rain (Mid-Intermediate Level). By Wiliam Gillock. For piano solo. Willis. Mid-Intermediate Level. SMP Level 4 (Intermediate). Single piece. 4 pages. Published by Willis Music (HL.414908)

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A great piece which "looks" impressive (lots of cross-hand passagework) but ultimately isn't anywhere near as difficult as it sounds and looks.

Dancing on the Keys, Book 3 look inside Dancing on the Keys, Book 3 (5 Late Intermediate Piano Solos in Dance Styles). By Catherine Rollin. For Piano. Book; Piano Collection; Piano Supplemental. Late Intermediate. 24 pages. Published by Alfred Music Publishing (AP.39360)

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There's a piece in here called "Argentina" that is in a mixed 3/4 and 6/8 meter that is fantastic and fun to play. I found this when I was doing the New Materials Review at the MTAC convention. There's a "look inside" page and you can see what that piece looks like. My student, Leo, loves this piece.

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