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 Post subject: Chopin - Funeral March, Op.72.no.2
PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2007 9:05 am 
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OK, I won't kill you if you find this piece boring... :wink:

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Chopin - Funeral March in C minor, op.72 no.2


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2007 12:55 pm 
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Oh fiddle sticks! You beat me to it! I am going to learn this after a few pieces from Tchaikovsky's Album for the Young (btw they are kicking me in the rear right now! :evil: )

I will comment when I get home because now I am back at school and at a computer with no speakers.

Hope it went well because this piece is NOT boring.

-JG

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2007 11:31 pm 
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Location: Obamanation, unfortunately...
(Since I am back at school and I am taking a German class and you are from Germany. I will try to respond in German :P :? )

Ich hörte zu Ihrer Aufnahme. Möglicherweise könnten Sie den wenig schneller spielen. Jedoch ist den gut.

Translation: I listened to your recording. Perhaps you could play it a little bit faster. Other than that it is well done.

-JG

p.s. How was my German?

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Not boring. Good is an understatement! You sound very much in control of the instrument (in every sense) and have produced an amazing performance that shows artistic depth. It's nice to hear these oft overlooked Chopin works, esp. when played so well.

Pete


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2007 7:56 am 
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Thank you, Pete!

@ juufa

Das war nicht schlecht. Du darfst aber auch "du" zu mir sagen. :)

Good to hear people taking the challenge and learning German. It must be hell difficult to learn a language that's (quite unnecessarily) ten times more complex than your own. Good luck! :wink:


Back to topic: If you ask me, tempo control is a major difficulty with this piece. If you play it too slowly it gets boring, but if you make it faster it sounds hasty and not like a funeral march. At first, I tried to play the Trio section faster than the outer parts (it was a whole minute shorter when I did it like this), but that didn't sound very convincing. So I relaxed and did it slowly. Btw, the only recording I found on the net is even longer than mine, around six minutes.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 19, 2007 8:47 am 
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This is very good indeed. The piece may not be vintage Chopin, but it has its charm. You play it wonderfully steadily, with good firm tone, rock solid rhythm, and careful dynamics. For a digital, the sound is surprisingly good. Nice to have this underrated piece on the site. I will put it up this evening, provided the friday evening wine doesn't hit me too hard :wink:

Some very minor things to niggle about:

1) In Bar 8 of the trio, you play a D flat octave in the LH instead of the written E flat.
2) The large appeggios come off splendidly, but some small ones, inexplicably, sound awkward.
3) In some places, your hand synchronization is not optimal.

Even so, a very good recording that you and us can be proud of. Well done !

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Dank je wel! :)

But the E-flat in your score is a printing error, I think. It must be D-flat. Otherwise, you wouldn't have anything of a dominant seventh before returning to the tonic and to the beginning of the theme. The result would be two very long bars of A-flat major, even the young Chopin wouldn't have done this. Plus, playing E-flat sounds weird and awful, you can trust me... in this case... :wink:

Points 2 and 3: OK, will do it better next time.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 19, 2007 9:21 am 
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Chaotica wrote:
But the E-flat in your score is a printing error, I think. It must be D-flat. Otherwise, you wouldn't have anything of a dominant seventh before returning to the tonic and to the beginning of the theme. The result would be two very long bars of A-flat major, even the young Chopin wouldn't have done this. Plus, playing E-flat sounds weird and awful, you can trust me...

Ah, I see now that the SMA version has D flat, and my score (as well as the one on CD Sheet Music) has E flat. Not sure if D flat is in any case 'better' than E flat, and why the E flat sounds weird and awful. But I guess it's a moot point and everybody makes his own choice (or rather, plays what's in the score assuming that is 'right').

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This one is up the site. Well done.

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I forgot to comment earlier but yes, very well done!

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