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 Post subject: Bellini-Fumagalli Casta diva, arranged for left hand only
PostPosted: Wed Nov 17, 2010 1:40 pm 
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Adolfo Fumagalli (1828-1856) was an Italian virtuoso who primarily achieved fame through his compositions for left hand only. Many of these are, as was the fashion, arrangements on popular operatic arias and themes.

From a concert last year, here is his left hand only arrangement of Bellini's Casta diva.

Bellini-Fumagalli - Casta Diva


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 Post subject: Re: Bellini-Fumagalli Casta diva, arranged for left hand only
PostPosted: Wed Nov 17, 2010 2:54 pm 
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This is up, Andrew. Nicely played! You know, I have never tried one of these left-hand-only pieces.

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 Post subject: Re: Bellini-Fumagalli Casta diva, arranged for left hand only
PostPosted: Wed Nov 17, 2010 5:21 pm 
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Beautiful playing. I'm sure that Adolfo Fumagalli would approve of this.


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 Post subject: Re: Bellini-Fumagalli Casta diva, arranged for left hand only
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This is really beautiful! Thank you.


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 Post subject: Re: Bellini-Fumagalli Casta diva, arranged for left hand only
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Thanks for the comments!

pianolady wrote:
This is up, Andrew. Nicely played! You know, I have never tried one of these left-hand-only pieces.


It was my first serious left hand project, though I had dabbled in some Godowsky previously. It was interesting, and sometimes challenging! It's quite conveniently written in that the melody tends to inhabit the stronger fingers while the accompaniment lies in the weaker fingers, which makes it easier to bring out the melody.


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 Post subject: Re: Bellini-Fumagalli Casta diva, arranged for left hand only
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andrew wrote:
Thanks for the comments!

pianolady wrote:
This is up, Andrew. Nicely played! You know, I have never tried one of these left-hand-only pieces.


It was my first serious left hand project, though I had dabbled in some Godowsky previously. It was interesting, and sometimes challenging! It's quite conveniently written in that the melody tends to inhabit the stronger fingers while the accompaniment lies in the weaker fingers, which makes it easier to bring out the melody.


I have really had no desire to play a left-hand only piece, but I just learned that Mompou wrote one and it's part of a set that I may want to learn, so looks like I'll have to do it. I think it will be very awkward for me. I don't have long arms or fingers....

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 Post subject: Re: Bellini-Fumagalli Casta diva, arranged for left hand only
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pianolady wrote:
I have really had no desire to play a left-hand only piece, but I just learned that Mompou wrote one and it's part of a set that I may want to learn, so looks like I'll have to do it. I think it will be very awkward for me. I don't have long arms or fingers....


I didn't have any particular desire to learn a lh only piece either, but a pianist friend told me my left hand was not very good, so I viewed it as a self-improvement project. You may not find it so awkward; in this example the main issues were probably leaping and dexterity, though I have quite a large hand so perhaps I take hand size/finger length for granted. In any case, what better place to start than an area of repertoire which you find congenial? That more or less defined my selection, and I'm glad I took the project up as it was interesting to think about unusual problems.


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 Post subject: Re: Bellini-Fumagalli Casta diva, arranged for left hand only
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Beautiful LH piece, and well played :!: I should really be practicing my LH more myself as I think it could do with some improving, and what a wonderfull way to do it.


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 Post subject: Re: Bellini-Fumagalli Casta diva, arranged for left hand only
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andrew wrote:
I didn't have any particular desire to learn a lh only piece either, but a pianist friend told me my left hand was not very good, so I viewed it as a self-improvement project. You may not find it so awkward; in this example the main issues were probably leaping and dexterity, though I have quite a large hand so perhaps I take hand size/finger length for granted. In any case, what better place to start than an area of repertoire which you find congenial? That more or less defined my selection, and I'm glad I took the project up as it was interesting to think about unusual problems.


I've changed my mind and no longer want to play that particular set so I'll not be working on a LH-only piece. Though,I do understand how it would help develop technique in that hand. I am right handed, so I know my LH is weaker. Maybe I'll work on it just to see what happens. But I'm curious - are there many RH-only pieces?

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 Post subject: Re: Bellini-Fumagalli Casta diva, arranged for left hand only
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jono7 wrote:
Beautiful LH piece, and well played :!: I should really be practicing my LH more myself as I think it could do with some improving, and what a wonderfull way to do it.


Thanks.. it's a much more fun way than working through Czerny or whatever.

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I've changed my mind and no longer want to play that particular set so I'll not be working on a LH-only piece. Though,I do understand how it would help develop technique in that hand. I am right handed, so I know my LH is weaker. Maybe I'll work on it just to see what happens. But I'm curious - are there many RH-only pieces?


The only one I can think of off-hand would be the middle one of Alkan's three op. 76 etudes (left hand only, right hand only, hands reunited).


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 Post subject: Re: Bellini-Fumagalli Casta diva, arranged for left hand only
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andrew wrote:
The only one I can think of off-hand would be the middle one of Alkan's three op. 76 etudes (left hand only, right hand only, hands reunited).


Ugh! The words, "Alkan" + "etudes" = "impossible" (for me). Thanks anyway, Andrew. I better just stick to playing with both hands....

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 Post subject: Re: Bellini-Fumagalli Casta diva, arranged for left hand only
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Hi Andrew,

This is a wonderfully played "Casta diva" arranged for left hand alone. You've played it so artistically that just listening to it without the benefit of knowing otherwise, I would have assumed that it was being played with both hands. Congratulations on this fine achievement!

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 Post subject: Re: Bellini-Fumagalli Casta diva, arranged for left hand only
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pianolady wrote:
But I'm curious - are there many RH-only pieces?

Hello Monica,
I can advise you to have a look on the famous Brahms transcription for the left hand of Bach's chaconne for violin (I'm sure it should be on IMSLP). Eternal music which will bring to you some technical struggle, but also great musical pleasure ! There is a two-hand transcription by Busoni which is not easier, I think...

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 Post subject: Re: Bellini-Fumagalli Casta diva, arranged for left hand only
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Oups, sorry, you meant RIGHT hand ! I wondered about that just a week ago, since my wife, who is also a pianist, is suffering from a quite strongt left elbow tendinite. I found an Internet site listing a number of RH alone pieces, but only one is available on IMSLP (it is the Alkan's study), which looks terribly difficult ! Now she is supposed to make a trial with Bach-Brahms chaconne with the RH. I'm sure it is playable, though in arpeggiated big chords it will be more difficult to make the leading top voice singing (the RH fifth finger being weaker than the LH thumb, of course).

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Francois - I wish your wife well with her one-hand piano music. And that's okay, I don't plan on doing any myself. I'd probably fall off the bench or clunk my head on the piano, so I'm safer with two hands.

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