Schumann: Novelette

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Schumann: Novelette

Postby John Robson » Sat Apr 28, 2007 2:16 pm

Schumann: Novelette, Op. 21, No.1

Another beautiful work of art by Schumann. I could really get into Schumann. None of my teachers ever assigned anything by Schumann to me, so I never knew much about his music. I find it tedious looking up translations which are sometimes inaccurate of the German notations in his music since I can't read German. Thanks to I'm becoming more familiar with his music. I like all of the Novelettes, but I'm afraid the others are more difficult than this one.

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Postby juufa72 » Sat Apr 28, 2007 3:10 pm

I am not familiar with Schumann :cry:

But here is the sheet music:

Schumann - Op.21, Score
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Re: Schumann: Novelette

Postby Sandro Bisotti » Sun Apr 29, 2007 8:53 am

>I like all of the Novelettes,

All of them are masterworks.

>but I'm afraid the others are more difficult than this one.

The only I do not like very much is the first (which is the most played andrecorded).
I adore the n.6 (with the empty fifths at the end....a straordinary inversion of time:
what the strings do at the beginning of the music, here is done at the end) and it is not very
difficult . Also the 4th and the 7th are not so difficult.

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Postby joeisapiano » Sun Apr 29, 2007 10:58 am

I'm not terribly familiar with this work but I find the marchlike section a bit too choppy and staccato for my taste. Maybe a very short pedal would help it a little to keep it from being too dry.

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Postby pianolady » Sun Apr 29, 2007 3:30 pm

Wow, John. That was really good. I think your technique was right on. And the pretty sections were nice and dreamy. Nice way to catch my breath as I take a break from yard work.
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Postby Anonymous » Mon Apr 30, 2007 2:33 am

really very nice performing of Schumann: Novelette, Op. 21, No.1 Bravo

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Postby techneut » Mon Apr 30, 2007 11:01 am

Very well done, much better than the earlier version I heard. especialy the cantabile sections come out well. I agree with joe the march sections are a bit dry and I would even say a bit monochrome and militaristic. I miss Schumann's humour here, there should be more little inflections of tempo and dynamics. Hard to define precisely though. Technically and notewise nothing to pick on, except in bar 11 and similar where in the RH you play a D flat instead of D natural (sorry, I can't help noticing these things :P ).
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Postby John Robson » Mon Apr 30, 2007 1:38 pm

Thanks for listening.

Chris, you are right again. I read bar 11 incorrectly. Wow! You have a good ear for noticing that.

As for the "march sections," I can't hear any rubato or variation of tempo in my head as I think of the march sections. I only think of them as being an almost exaggeratedly strict militaristic marches. (What a weird adverb: exaggeratedly. LOL) Sorry 'bout dat.

As for pedal. I wasn't sure what to do. I didn't want to blur any of the triplets and wanted to maintain the feel of a strict march, so I used the pedal very sparingly in the march sections.

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Postby robert » Thu May 03, 2007 4:14 am

(Time to get back to normal business)

This is new music for me as I have never (I think) heard this Schumann work before. I followed your playing in the score and I think you did a great job.

The recording is up on the site.

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