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#16 fsharpminor

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Posted 11 December 2016 - 13:44

Faures first Nocturne (E flat minor) is my latest new piece. Anyone play it ?


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#17 sam93

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Posted 12 December 2016 - 09:29

Currently having a go at Chopin's Prelude in D flat major ('Raindrop'), as well as Scott Joplin's Elite Syncopations. Note wise, the Chopin isn't too bad but there's lots of voicing and it's pretty hard to play convincingly.
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#18 mel2

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Posted 12 December 2016 - 10:30

Revising technique with grade 8 syllabus and gradually working my way back to dip stuff, hopefully with improved facility. Have been enjoying the Bach Gigue from French suite V and the Medtner Idyll. Just taken delivery of Debussy's Childrens Corner for Dr Gradus ad Parnassum (which I never did before).
Seriously irritated by one of the characters in a novel I just read who, in addition to being a Family Court Judge, also managed to commit the entire Partita II to memory and perform it to her satisfaction. Bah! Can't let that one escape my clutches now.
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#19 PianoMike

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Posted 12 December 2016 - 18:50

Also playing Bach's gigue from french suite 5.
Beethovens, lustig and traurig (easy but fun time filler).
Returned to Lyadov'music box, which I can't make sound like a music box. In other news, I've self tuned the middle 2 octaves on my piano and it was no sweat and sounds great for now - will get me through christmas. Will get tuner in next year.
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Posted 12 December 2016 - 23:31

Would it sound like a music box if you played it an octave higher?
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Posted 12 December 2016 - 23:41

My new ABRSM G5 pieces

Just started the Chopin Sostenuto in Eb and the Kabalevsky Novelette - absolutely fallen in love with them

Haven't chosen the A piece yet, don't really like any of them oh
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Posted 13 December 2016 - 12:03

It's already high up the piano but the popular version sees you having to wind down to a near stop towards the end of the piece. A simple case of slowing down doesn't make it sound like a music box though. The experts seem to do it
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Posted 13 December 2016 - 21:53

I see what you mean. Without a copy in front of me I can only suppose the musical texture thins out and the rhythms become 'spikier' to suggest the slowing down of the mechanism. The ability to pull this off convincingly is what marks the true artist, and why the attempt is so worthwhile.
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Posted 19 December 2016 - 09:33

My piano playing is in a rut. Not much (if any) progress with various bits of Bach, going backwards with some Chopin, and even managing to make a complete hash of a selection of Christmas Carols.

 

New Year resolution is to go back to some Mozart - see if I can find any clarity in my playing.


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Posted 26 December 2016 - 05:26

Slowly still making my way through Bach's Prelude and Fugue in Dm from WTC Book 2 and the Beethoven Sonata in Fm 1st movement

 

Have added in the Fantasie Impromptu into the mix as working on the two pieces was getting a bit boring.

 

Using my book of Schubert music as sight reading practice at the moment. Minimal progress. 


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Posted 26 December 2016 - 12:22

My piano teacher has decided that it would be good for me to learn Field Nocturne no. 5 from memory.


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Posted 04 January 2017 - 09:37

My piano teacher has decided that it would be good for me to learn Field Nocturne no. 5 from memory.

You won't regret it! I play a couple of Field's Nocturnes myself and they're such pretty miniatures. 


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Posted 04 January 2017 - 13:31

Pirates of the Caribbean arranged by Jarrod Radnich
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Posted 04 January 2017 - 16:05

Pirates of the Caribbean arranged by Jarrod Radnich


I learnt his Harry Potter last year, next thing on the list is Jurassic Park
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Posted 04 January 2017 - 16:28

On the G8 syllabus, I love the Bach Gigue, so much so that it's fast becoming one of my most listened to Bach pieces. I listen to Angela Hewitt's recording. I'd like to start on this soon but decided to wait until my teacher gives me the nod. I've still not done the G7 exam - next spring, last chance on the 2014 syllabus.


Yes I'm doing this - love it! Such a beautiful piece
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