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 Post subject: Re: Chopin - Impromptu No. 1
PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 2011 7:15 pm 
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Hello Hye-Jin. Thank you for listening/commenting. I have played the mazurka for a long time, but not the impromptu. Although, I did have to work hard on it, because there really are a couple tricky spots. I know exactly which phrases you are talking about that aren't as smooth as they should be. It's all because of the 'club' - our 'Pianists with Small Pinkies" club. I couldn't reach those places and to jump around a lot. Supposedly, Chopin had rubber fingers and could reach these places with no problem. I wish I could get some of that rubber!

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Monica wrote:
It's all because of the 'club' - our 'Pianists with Small Pinkies" club.

:lol: Then I withdraw my "two cents"! There seems to be things which cannot solved by our small hands :evil:
Did you perhaps see the thread titled with "Help!!! (Brahms op.120-2)" on the "Technique" forum which I opened? It's about the problem of that "club" and I was very surprised at the commiserations from other members (I attached pics of my RH struggling with large chords there) :lol: :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Chopin - Impromptu No. 1
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Hi Monica,

I listened to the Impromptu and believe you produced a fine rendition there. Your articulation seems flawless, you bring a wonderful fluidity to the music, and you had a good control of dynamics too. You brought out the playfulness of this music very well. Very nice!

Chopin's dance forms don't appeal to me as much, so I didn't get to the mazurka yet... although tonight I posted Ravel's take on Borodin's "Polovetzian Dances". OK, don't even think about asking me to explain myself on that one! :lol:

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Hi again, David.
That's okay, at least you bothered to listen to one of these recordings. And that you take a moment to comment means much to me. Thank you! :)

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 Post subject: Re: Chopin - Impromptu No. 1
PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2011 5:26 pm 
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Hi Monica, I listened to the Impromptu as I used to play it a long time ago. It's clear and precise, though there are points where I would opt for a bit more in the way of dynamic (and hopefully emotional) expansiveness, in particular in the middle section. Sometimes I think it's perhaps a little metronomic and more rubato would help: an impromptu is originally in sense an improvisation. In no way is it a bad recording; it's well presented and professional, I personally would play it in a freer manner.


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 Post subject: Re: Chopin - Impromptu No. 1
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Hi Andrew. Thank you for the feedback. I didn't understand about the middle part before when I recorded this. But thanks to you and some others here, now I know and have marked it in my score for future re-record. Thanks again! :)

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Hi Monica,

This mazurka is one of the more popular ones in Chopin's collection. You execute all of Chopin's "detail work" in the right hand crisply and fit it all into the melodic line accurately and smoothly making it sound effortless. A fine performance!

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Hi David. Wow....you listened to my mazurka! Are you sick or something? :lol:
Seriously, thank you very much! You just made my Monday a little better. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Chopin - Impromptu No. 1
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Hi Monica,

I was familiar with the mazurka, knew it was a fairly short one, and that you would likely play it quite well. :wink: I was right. Trying to get that characteristic rhythm just right would be difficult, so I stay clear of them leaving them all to you. :lol: I love the preludes, etudes, nocturnes, ballades, scherzos, and polonaises but have never taken a shine to those mazurkas.

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 Post subject: Re: Chopin - Impromptu No. 1
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Hi, Monica!

I've been thinking in recording all the four impromptus. But I've only been thinking. Too lazy for that! :D

I don't have much time, so I listened only to your impromtu. I'm very impressed! It sounds really nice, spontaneous and vivacious.
Thanks for keeping the correct strong beat at 46'' (most recordings make the strong beat disappear).

I'd say only that the middle section is maybe too straight, and sounds less of what I'm used to hear from Chopin. Can't say what it is exactly (maybe a darker atmosphere, don't know). Same for the coda.

Nice recording!

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felipesarro wrote:
Hi, Monica!

I've been thinking in recording all the four impromptus. But I've only been thinking. Too lazy for that! :D

I don't have much time, so I listened only to your impromtu. I'm very impressed! It sounds really nice, spontaneous and vivacious.
Thanks for keeping the correct strong beat at 46'' (most recordings make the strong beat disappear).

I'd say only that the middle section is maybe too straight, and sounds less of what I'm used to hear from Chopin. Can't say what it is exactly (maybe a darker atmosphere, don't know). Same for the coda.

Nice recording!


You mean you are not at the beach? :wink:

Thank you for listening, Felipe. :D I am also too lazy to learn the other three Impromptus....

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 Post subject: Re: Chopin - Impromptu No. 1
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Hi Monica! Nicely played !
@ Impromptu: I think, you could be more free in the expression.

I really enjoyed the recordings.

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Jana Marinova wrote:
Hi Monica! Nicely played !
@ Impromptu: I think, you could be more free in the expression.

I really enjoyed the recordings.

Jana

Thank you for listening and commenting, Jana! :)

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Hi Monica, very nice indeed! Some have remarked where some passages are not as smooth. I haven't learned this piece, but like many other Chopin pieces it's difficult to play legato with fluidity and make all the parts fit seamlessly to tempo. Don't harp on the small pinkie syndrome - you're not the only one.

A piece like this really depends on the action of the piano and a légère style of legato. Just like Chopin's fingers, if the action is supple, it will reward you. If the action is not totally responsive, playing such a piece smoothly is more awkward and requires more effort. More effort leads to tightening of the wrists, and that in turn leads to jerky movements. I remember on my parents Bradbury while growing up, the action was stiff, and it would be next to impossible to play a piece like this and have all the passages come together smoothly.

You are at the point where with a little more playing the fluidity will come in time. These kind of pieces demand continual performance to have it sound fresh and legato. Now that you've recorded the piece and there's no more pressure, I bet you a trip to Paris that you'll be the queen of legato with this piece if you keep on playing it...

Nonetheless, a beautiful recording of a delightful Impromptu! :D

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88man wrote:
Hi Monica, very nice indeed! Some have remarked where some passages are not as smooth. I haven't learned this piece, but like many other Chopin pieces it's difficult to play legato with fluidity and make all the parts fit seamlessly to tempo. Don't harp on the small pinkie syndrome - you're not the only one.

But I gotta harp on something! :lol:


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You are at the point where with a little more playing the fluidity will come in time. These kind of pieces demand continual performance to have it sound fresh and legato. Now that you've recorded the piece and there's no more pressure, I bet you a trip to Paris that you'll be the queen of legato with this piece if you keep on playing it...

You know...my Paris trip is still on for next year. If I could get you to pay for it, that would be terrific! :D Okay....I'll keep practicing... :lol:

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Nonetheless, a beautiful recording of a delightful Impromptu! :D

Thank you, George. :)

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pianolady wrote:
88man wrote:
Hi Monica, very nice indeed! Some have remarked where some passages are not as smooth. I haven't learned this piece, but like many other Chopin pieces it's difficult to play legato with fluidity and make all the parts fit seamlessly to tempo. Don't harp on the small pinkie syndrome - you're not the only one.

But I gotta harp on something! :lol:


That's it. You were playing the HARP. Practicing for heaven. :roll: :idea: :?: :!: :arrow: :roll:


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RSPIll wrote:
pianolady wrote:
88man wrote:
Hi Monica, very nice indeed! Some have remarked where some passages are not as smooth. I haven't learned this piece, but like many other Chopin pieces it's difficult to play legato with fluidity and make all the parts fit seamlessly to tempo. Don't harp on the small pinkie syndrome - you're not the only one.

But I gotta harp on something! :lol:


That's it. You were playing the HARP. Practicing for heaven. :roll: :idea: :?: :!: :arrow: :roll:


I love the harp! I am reminded of going to Marshall Fields on State Street in downtown Chicago every Christmas. There was always this beautiful woman playing a harp in one of the lobbies. She had long, golden hair and played a bejeweled golden harp and she even had on a long, gold gown. I was memorized every time I watched her play.

But you want to know what's funny? The first thing that came to my mind when I read your comment, Scott, was that I was playing a jews harp! :mrgreen: :oops: :lol:

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pianolady wrote:
I love the harp! I am reminded of going to Marshall Fields on State Street in downtown Chicago every Christmas. There was always this beautiful woman playing a harp in one of the lobbies. She had long, golden hair and played a bejeweled golden harp and she even had on a long, gold gown. I was memorized every time I watched her play.

But you want to know what's funny? The first thing that came to my mind when I read your comment, Scott, was that I was playing a jews harp! :mrgreen: :oops: :lol:


(I think you meant "mesmerized" :idea: {Vocabulary Police here}).

Ahhhh, Marshall Fields on State Street, that Great Street. I always loved going there when we would take the train up to visit relatives. We would always eat in the Walnut Room. Did Macy's :evil: keep the Walnut Room?

Now I have the full picture. You in your long, golden gown (with golden slippers, I am sure) and your long, golden hair playing a bejeweled jews harp playing "Silent Night", "Away in a Manger", and "Jingle Bells."

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RSPIll wrote:
(I think you meant "mesmerized" :idea: {Vocabulary Police here}).

Damn ! I missed that one :x

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techneut wrote:
RSPIll wrote:
(I think you meant "mesmerized" :idea: {Vocabulary Police here}).

Damn ! I missed that one :x


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Oi. speling mistak

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Oh you guys.... :)
I was trying to be so careful last night when I wrote that, but I did drink a little merlot beforehand, so...well...you know....

My bejeweled jews harp :lol: .

Yes, the Walnut Room is still there - complete with the tall Christmas tree and Jimminy Cricket on top (or whatever the heck that little guy's name is....must be the wine again....we're celebrating right now because finally Osama Bin Laden is gone!!!!) ( I dont' think I'm going to feel too well at work tomorrow....)

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pianolady wrote:
....we're celebrating right now because finally Osama Bin Laden is gone!!!!

That must be a relief. How long's he been staying with you then ?

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pianolady wrote:
....we're celebrating right now because finally Osama Bin Laden is gone!!!!

That must be a relief. How long's he been staying with you then ?

Oh haha again :lol:
I meant "goner".
I think I am going to pay more attention to your writing! :)

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I think I am going to pay more attention to your writing! :)

Always a good thing :P

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pianolady wrote:
Oh you guys.... :)
I was trying to be so careful last night when I wrote that, but I did drink a little merlot beforehand, so...well...you know....

My bejeweled jews harp :lol: .

Yes, the Walnut Room is still there - complete with the tall Christmas tree and Jimminy Cricket on top (or whatever the heck that little guy's name is....must be the wine again....we're celebrating right now because finally Osama Bin Laden is gone!!!!) ( I dont' think I'm going to feel too well at work tomorrow....)


BTW Monica,
You were the means by which I learned last night that we got OBL! I Called my wife (visiting in California) rightaway, proving that all the time I spend on PS is definitely worth it! :D

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You were the means by which I learned last night that we got OBL! I Called my wife (visiting in California) rightaway, proving that all the time I spend on PS is definitely worth it! :D

Why Eddy, you mean to say you actually learnt something here ? :lol: :P

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Guess I am the town crier. But OMG I'm so glad I typed the right words. I was at my computer (listening to piano music, of course), when the news broke. My son called to me from downstairs saying, "Obama has been killed!" I was completely stunned and really in shock :shock: :shock:

So then I finally ran downstairs to watch the television and my goofy son said that he meant to say Osama, not Obama.

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techneut wrote:
musical-md wrote:
You were the means by which I learned last night that we got OBL! I Called my wife (visiting in California) rightaway, proving that all the time I spend on PS is definitely worth it! :D

Why Eddy, you mean to say you actually learnt something here ? :lol: :P


Absolutely! Even now with your use of the word "learnt" rather than "learned," as is more the standard in America. I think this is a wonderful on-line community. :)

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Absolutely! Even now with your use of the word "learnt" rather than "learned," as is more the standard in America. I think this is a wonderful on-line community. :)

I know you are a learned person, Eddy.
But this being an European site, we use the Queen's English here :P

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techneut wrote:
musical-md wrote:
Absolutely! Even now with your use of the word "learnt" rather than "learned," as is more the standard in America. I think this is a wonderful on-line community. :)

I know you are a learned person, Eddy.
But this being an European site, we use the Queen's English here :P


Uh, Chris, read the following from the Merria-Webster on-line dictionary:


learnt \ˈlərnt\

chiefly British past and past participle of learn

Or is the Queen not British? 8) :shock:

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RSPIll wrote:
Or is the Queen not British? 8) :shock:

The English queen, she sure is.
Proper English uses learnt as the past tense of learn, and learned as a synonym for scholarly.
I rest my case.

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