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 Post subject: Re: Mendelssohn - Songs Without Words #40, Op. 85 no. 4
PostPosted: Sun Mar 28, 2010 12:21 pm 
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Hi Scott. I really liked your interpretation, which is very nice and soft.
I didn't know this piece yet, but really appreciated it. Thanks for making me discover it ^^

Henri

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 Post subject: Re: Mendelssohn - Songs Without Words #40, Op. 85 no. 4
PostPosted: Mon Mar 29, 2010 4:58 pm 
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Thanx Henri for listening.

I had never really paid much attention to these Mendelssohn pieces until recently. I downloaded the set from IMSLP and started looking through them because they weren't too long. I was also looking to see where there were holes in recordings of various composers on PS.

Anyway, I rather liked this and it was usable for part of my prelude at church. I'm now looking at some of the others.

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 Post subject: Re: Mendelssohn - Songs Without Words #40, Op. 85 no. 4
PostPosted: Mon Mar 29, 2010 7:24 pm 
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Anyway, I rather liked this and it was usable for part of my prelude at church. I'm now looking at some of the others.

Yes I've played some of them before the service once too. The slow ones are well suited, and people always like them.

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 Post subject: Re: Mendelssohn - Songs Without Words #40, Op. 85 no. 4
PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2010 5:13 pm 
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Of course, there is one in the whole set that I can never play. I tried playing through it yesterday but had difficulty with my gag reflexes.

"Which one could that be??", you ask. That would be op. 62 no. 6 or the "Hearts and Flowers" theme played on violins during old silent films.

Actually, even though the pieces are rather compact, they offer several challenges among them. Many or not unlike short etudes in that they generally are built on one primary technique throughout a particular piece.

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 Post subject: Re: Mendelssohn - Songs Without Words #40, Op. 85 no. 4
PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2010 2:19 pm 
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Hi Scott, a very enjoyable and musical performance. Baldwin is a fantastic instrument. Don't worry, a piano technician can soften up those hammers with pins. It will give you a smoother timbre, deepen the tone a bit, and will feel more expressive to play on. Great piece of music.

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 Post subject: Re: Mendelssohn - Songs Without Words #40, Op. 85 no. 4
PostPosted: Tue Apr 06, 2010 5:06 pm 
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88man wrote:
Hi Scott, a very enjoyable and musical performance. Baldwin is a fantastic instrument. Don't worry, a piano technician can soften up those hammers with pins. It will give you a smoother timbre, deepen the tone a bit, and will feel more expressive to play on. Great piece of music.

George


Thanx for listening, George.

I'm actually in the process of looking into getting the church to have it refurbished/restored/rebuilt and they seem receptive to the idea. The instrument was donated and since it is a good name and actually overall in reasonable condition and considering the price of a new 5'8" Baldwin, we could have a fine instrument.

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