This piece of Godowsky is very beautiful indeed. You played it very convincingly in my opinion, and it sounds quite difficult too. Whenever you have multiple sequential and ever changing small tone clusters in the figuration, there is little or no predictability to them. And being inspired by Java, there is that exotic quality to the music as well. The piece almost has an impressionistic sound. It must have taken more time and effort than usual to learn it and to feel secure in the accuracy of execution. Very nice and very different.
Thanks you David. It's not a staggeringly difficult piece but quite a handful. Despite Godowsky's reputedly small hands, he demands a lot of wide stretches.
In hindsight I notice a number of read errors, slips and weak notes, and failure to bring out some important voices, that annoy me. Also, the dynamics are insufficient. Nothing seems harder than playing shades of piano and pianissimo. I was foolish to think I had this one nailed.
I love this Java Suite so much, its is a true treasure trove containing the most luxurious, opulent and beguiling jewels. It's the exoticism that appeals to me most of all. One of the pinnacles of all piano literature, IMHO. I just wish I could do it proud.