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 Post subject: The 3 B's
PostPosted: Fri Nov 25, 2011 8:49 pm 
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I had some time this morning and felt like visiting some of my favorite pieces from when I was kid and taking lessons. It was nice to not have to kill myself over these and just play/record without my usual anxiety. Probably everybody knows these pieces, so I hope I do them justice. Comments welcomed.... :)

p.s. the Beethoven "La Marmotte" is a lieder. It's new to me; I have never heard it before but I like the melody.

Bach - Seven Little Preludes, BWV 927 in F Major

Bach - Five Little Preludes, BWV 939 in C Major

Beethoven - "La Marmotte" Op. 52, No. 7

Beethoven - Ecossaise, WoO23 in G major

Brahms - Waltz in A-flat Major, Op. 39, No. 15

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 Post subject: Re: The 3 B's
PostPosted: Sat Nov 26, 2011 6:13 am 
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Hi Monica,

I enjoyed listening to all these little pieces. You play all of them very well. They should go into the archive here for young students who want to hear how these pieces sound, as they're often assigned by teachers. The Brahms waltz is interesting, as there is the original, the simplified version, and another version for four hands. There have always been loads and loads of "teaching pieces" around. But all pianists are fortunate that some of the greatest composers, like the Three B's, for example, took the time to write accessible pieces for children. And I believe that the more kids are given these works of the masters to learn rather than just pedagogical pieces, it's far better for their development as musicians and their appreciation of music in general.

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 Post subject: Re: The 3 B's
PostPosted: Sat Nov 26, 2011 1:43 pm 
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Thank you for listening, David, and for the kind words. :)

I agree with you 100% about that students should be given this kind of music to learn. My first teacher had me working on Mozart, Bach, Schumann practically right from the beginning. I probably wouldn't have loved playing piano so much if I had to do only pedagogical-type pieces.

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 Post subject: Re: The 3 B's
PostPosted: Sat Nov 26, 2011 8:46 pm 
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Monica,
These were all very delightful to listen to. They are fine demonstrations that would point any student towards artistic playing. With the Bach, I must add that no matter the level required, he writes such great music.

One other point regarding teaching, I always add Bartok (4 B's) and use his Microcosmos from the get go, the very first number of which even offers the opportunity to teach about applying phrasing to execution.

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 Post subject: Re: The 3 B's
PostPosted: Sat Nov 26, 2011 10:29 pm 
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Thank you, Eddy! :) I'm glad these pass muster (and the mustard too.... :lol: ).

Bartok - 4 B's - good one!
For some reason, I did not play much Bartok when I was a kid. But to be honest, I don't really care for a lot of his music, except for the Romanian Folk Songs, which are really neat - I like that set a lot!! :D

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 Post subject: Re: The 3 B's
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Bartok is finally included in the Suzuki curriculum. Book 2 has "Hungarian Folk Song" and "Children at Play" from For Children. Now if only they wouldn't take 100 years to include pieces...


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 Post subject: Re: The 3 B's
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To Bach, prelude f-major: nice playing overall, at the beginning there could be a little more rhythmical eveness.
To Bach, prelude c-major: that was the first bach-prelude I have played, I remember well. Nice playing, Monica.
To "La Marmotte": Well, I think you have played nicely that very famous little song. Nice p-part.
To "Ecossaise": That´s also a sweet piece, isn´t it? I have enjoyed your performance.
To Brahms-walzer: That´s absolutely one of my favourites. It has so much peace and consolation, it´s a highly devine inspirated little piece. I usually play it with a bit more flow. But your slow contemplative interpretation also has something. You have done so nice rubati and dynamics especially at the end, where you perfectly have caught the atmosphere!

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 Post subject: Re: The 3 B's
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Hi Andreas. I'm happy to see you! Are you getting time off now for the holiday season?

I did not realize that my rhythm was uneven in the beginning of the F-major Prelude. I really needed a "Bach person" to check and help me, so thank you for pointing that out. I'll practice the piece some more and do a re-recording in a little while.

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 Post subject: Re: The 3 B's
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Thanks, Monica, for posting these wonderful little melodies.

I particularly enjoyed the way you play Beethoven’s “Marmotte”,
I have never heard this wonderful melody before, and I shall look-out for it's score...

Thanks again. :D


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 Post subject: Re: The 3 B's
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Thank you, Kristina. :)

I had never before heard "La Marmotte" either. But to be honest, I didn't even know Beethoven wrote any lieders. :oops: I just randomly turned a page in a book that consists of various classical piano music and there it was. I like it a lot too and wish it were longer.

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 Post subject: Re: The 3 B's
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Pianolady wrote:
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Are you getting time off now for the holiday season?


Until Christmas, I think, I will be busy with corrections of papers, but then I will practice on prelude and fugue f -sharp-major and try to get a recording during the holidays.

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I'll practice the piece some more and do a re-recording in a little while.


I will listen to that!

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 Post subject: Re: The 3 B's
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Hello, Monica,

I have now found the score and have started to learn “La Marmotte”.

It is such an inspiring and lovely melody !

Thanks again for posting it.

I also would like to take this opportunity and wish everybody at the Piano Society

a Happy Christmas and a very Happy New Year and very good luck in 2012

with lots of music and lots of inspiration.

Kristinaolga.


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 Post subject: Re: The 3 B's
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Kristinaolga wrote:
Hello, Monica,

I have now found the score and have started to learn “La Marmotte”.
It is such an inspiring and lovely melody !
Thanks again for posting it.
I also would like to take this opportunity and wish everybody at the Piano Society
a Happy Christmas and a very Happy New Year and very good luck in 2012
with lots of music and lots of inspiration.

Kristinaolga.

I'm glad you found the score. It's like a Christmas present to yourself, isn't it? I've just learned that some Mompou books I ordered have arrived but I have to pick up the package at the post office, which I can't do until Monday, so my present will have to wait.
Merry Christmas to you too, Kristina. :)

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 Post subject: Re: The 3 B's
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Hello, Monica,

You are right, it is like a Christmas-present to myself
and I am very enthusiastic to learn this wonderful melody.
Mind you, it is not easy, but it is great fun
and certainly “gets both of my hands going”.

Thanks for your kind wishes
and I do hope you receive your books very soon.

Kind regards from Kristina. :D


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 Post subject: Re: The 3 B's
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pianolady wrote:
I'm glad you found the score. It's like a Christmas present to yourself, isn't it? I've just learned that some Mompou books I ordered have arrived but I have to pick up the package at the post office, which I can't do until Monday, so my present will have to wait.
Merry Christmas to you too, Kristina. :)[/quote]

Hate to be a Grinch, Monica, but Post Office is closed Monday. No Mompou until Tuesday.

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 Post subject: Re: The 3 B's
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RSPIll wrote:

Hate to be a Grinch, Monica, but Post Office is closed Monday. No Mompou until Tuesday.

Scott


Really? Rats!! I didn't know that. Darn it!! :x I was going to stay in my pajamas all day tomorrow and just play new music the whole time. I have to go back to work on Tuesday... :(

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 Post subject: Re: The 3 B's
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Hello, Monica,

I do hope you have received your books from the post-office.

I am still learning Beethoven’s “La Marmotte” and I am very pleased about my progress.
Good thing is that the melody is so inspiring that I don’t mind trying again and again and again,
and an hour quickly passes and I have developed further.
I am very pleased, because my left hand coordinates very nicely with my right hand.

Best wishes for 2012 from Kristina


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 Post subject: Re: The 3 B's
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Hello Kristina,

I'm glad you are making good progress on "La Marmotte". :)

Yes, I had one of my sons go to the post office yesterday to retrieve my package of Mompou books. So now I have a lot of new music to explore and I'm very happy about that! :D The only problem is that I have to get a few pieces off my piano first, plus I am working very hard on a couple big pieces for an upcoming amateur piano group gathering, and so I don't have much time to spend on other music. But many of these new Mompou pieces are short and not very difficult so the music will make a good diversion for when I need a break and want to play something else.

I just thought of something....since you like "La Marmotte" so much, you may also like Faure's "Pavane", and Paderewski's "Sarabande" from his Humoresques de Concert - Op.14. Both of these pieces have that beautiful and melancholy feel to them.

Happy New Year to you too, Kristina!

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 Post subject: Re: The 3 B's
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Hello, Monica,

Thanks for pointing out Faure’s “Pavane” and Paderewski’s “Sarabande”. I am "almost there" with my "La Marmotte" and I have just had a look
at the scores of "Pavane" and "Sarabande" on the Internet and I look forward to study them.

Faure’s “Pavane” should be interesting to study because one has to be careful not to play it “too sweetly” and I imagine it a challenge to “get it right”.

I was quite surprised about Paderewski’s “Sarabande” because I did not know he composed such sensitive melodies. I have a few records of him playing Liszt/Chopin and I only associated him with Liszt/Chopin-interpretations.

I have listened to your interpretation of Paderewski’s “Sarabande” and I like it very much

I am glad you have received your package of Mompou books and I wish you good luck with learning the “couple of big pieces” for the upcoming amateur group gathering.

Best wishes from Kristina.


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Hi Monica,

I had a listen to your various recordings by the three B's, I found something to enjoy in each piece--the playing!

nice "baroque" detached style of playing in the Bach in F Major and C major, while still maintaining legato voicing

Interesting the "marmotte" is a lieder. It sounds to me like it could be an arabesque by Bergmuller. I enjoyed the short staccato like feel you give the octaves, and the top octave note accent

I liked your control of dynamics in your Beethoven piece. Did you use a soft pedal the second time or did you just play softer?

Your interpretation of the Brahms waltz is sensitive and I can hear accents on the 2 and 3 beats which gives the piece the distinctive waltz feel!

I read you have acquired some mompou literature. I am jealous :lol: But am happy for you, I do enjoy his music. Look forward to more mompou from you! (alliteration and rhyming unintended :wink: )

Riley

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 Post subject: Re: The 3 B's
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Thanks, Riley! I did use the soft pedal on both repeats of the Beethoven Ecossaise. I always try to somehow alter repeats to avoid monotony.
And yes, I'm so happy with my new Mompou music. It's never-before-published material - three whole books! :D :D :D :D :D :D

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