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 Post subject: Curious site
PostPosted: Thu Mar 10, 2011 6:53 pm 
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While doing research for Nepomuceno's biography I came across this site:

http://www.left-hand-brofeldt.dk/

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 Post subject: Re: Curious site
PostPosted: Thu Mar 10, 2011 8:02 pm 
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I've never had a desire to play any left-hand-only music, but that site is a nice resource!

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 Post subject: Re: Curious site
PostPosted: Thu Mar 10, 2011 8:13 pm 
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I'm currently preparing the Scriabin Nocturne for LH alone as an encore; I hope to record and share it in the not too distant future.

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 Post subject: Re: Curious site
PostPosted: Fri Mar 11, 2011 8:11 am 
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musical-md wrote:
I'm currently preparing the Scriabin Nocturne for LH alone as an encore; I hope to record and share it in the not too distant future.


That's good. That way you can wave to the audience while you play! :D

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 Post subject: Re: Curious site
PostPosted: Fri Mar 11, 2011 1:42 pm 
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What a great site, thanks for posting the link!

My favourite ever left hand piece is Brahms' arrangement of the D minor Chaconne. And there's a pretty set of studies by Saint-Saens. I haven't yet played any of this music in concert, nor seen anyone else play it (although I've seen the Ravel concerto a couple of times now).

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 Post subject: Re: Curious site
PostPosted: Fri Mar 11, 2011 2:33 pm 
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richard66 wrote:
musical-md wrote:
I'm currently preparing the Scriabin Nocturne for LH alone as an encore; I hope to record and share it in the not too distant future.


That's good. That way you can wave to the audience while you play! :D



:lol: Or brush your hair...

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 Post subject: Re: Curious site
PostPosted: Fri Mar 11, 2011 3:29 pm 
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There was one piece sited when one had to swat a mosquito with the right hand.

Question:

Appart from technical considerations (as exercises), should someone with two hands play something with only one hand? Considering that the only really important thing is to play a piece well and that how you play it makes no difference to listening (after all, how many people listening to a recording of Ravel's piano concerto for the left hand would be able to say if it was played with one or two), would it be valid for a normally endowed pianist to play such pieces with both hands?

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 Post subject: Re: Curious site
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hanysz wrote:
What a great site, thanks for posting the link!

My favourite ever left hand piece is Brahms' arrangement of the D minor Chaconne. And there's a pretty set of studies by Saint-Saens. I haven't yet played any of this music in concert, nor seen anyone else play it (although I've seen the Ravel concerto a couple of times now).


I'm afraid that after having performed the Busoni transcription, there is no way I personally could be musically satisfied playing the Brahms LH only version - even just listening to it. I would rather just hear it on violin (or guitar). However, to judge LH works, I would have to agree with you. It is great!

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richard66 wrote:
There was one piece sited when one had to swat a mosquito with the right hand.

Question:

Appart from technical considerations (as exercises), should someone with two hands play something with only one hand?

Absolutely, if composed for one hand! It's about the music. If it is good, then yes. If not, then forget it. BTW I highly recommend the Berens Studies for LH (several exercises followd by some nice pieces/etudes).

richard66 wrote:
Considering that the only really important thing is to play a piece well and that how you play it makes no difference to listening (after all, how many people listening to a recording of Ravel's piano concerto for the left hand would be able to say if it was played with one or two), would it be valid for a normally endowed pianist to play such pieces with both hands?


Absolutely not! Such an attempt would (hopefully) be booed right off the stage!

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 Post subject: Re: Curious site
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I agree with you there, Eddy, but could you possibly detect from a recording if the pianist is using one or two hands?

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 Post subject: Re: Curious site
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richard66 wrote:
I agree with you there, Eddy, but could you possibly detect from a recording if the pianist is using one or two hands?

Actually, yes. And I think you could too. It would be detected by never hearing anything that was impossible to play with only one hand. Similar to when one realizes that they are listening to 2-piano music: "What's that? That not possible! Ah, it's 2 pianos!"

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 Post subject: Re: Curious site
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I notice two pianos when I hear a greater volume of sound and passages which would not be possible on one piano. I am handicapped by the fact I have probably never heard something for left hand played with both.

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 Post subject: Re: Curious site
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musical-md wrote:
Actually, yes. And I think you could too. It would be detected by never hearing anything that was impossible to play with only one hand. Similar to when one realizes that they are listening to 2-piano music: "What's that? That not possible! Ah, it's 2 pianos!"

It happens regularly to me that I hear something on the radio, while commuting to/from work, and I am sure it must be two pianos, and then it turns out it was only one.

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 Post subject: Re: Curious site
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techneut wrote:
@ Chris: Don't forget piano duets (1 piano, 2 players) :)

I'll re-phrase it, then. I sometimes think a piece is played by 4 hands and then there are only 2.

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 Post subject: Re: Curious site
PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 2011 6:35 pm 
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Just wondering....Is there any piano music written for three hands?

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