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#1075741 - 10/02/07 02:51 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Wow, that was a close call. \:D
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#1075742 - 10/02/07 04:02 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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I found this description of the mazurkas from the Vancouver Chopin Society: thought it might help those trying to choose:
Chopin\'s Mazurkas
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#1075743 - 10/02/07 04:14 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Has Op 68 #4 (posth.) in F minor gone? And if not, can I do it?

Chopin's last composition...?
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#1075744 - 10/02/07 04:27 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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This thread is getting to be hiliarious! Keep it up everyone. I think I will do a daily update on the list as everyone seems to be changing his/her minds fairly often But that's OK.

Cruiser: I expect to see your name and selection popping up any time now. \:\)

According to Eleanor Bailie's book, the following are given an 8+ (which is advanced):

30/4
33/2
41/2 (often listed as #3)
41/4 (often listed as #1)
50/3
56/1
56/3

For those who might be interested, these are listed as 4/5's:

7/5
68/3
68/4

The rest are 6's to 8's.

If anyone has a mazurka in mind and would like to know its level, let me know. Remember that the difficulty level is an arbitrary opinion. Like everything else, it is NOT a fixed notion.

[Edit:] Rustyfingers: That is a great link and I know it would be very useful. Thank you so much.

Hope this helps,
Kathleen
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#1075745 - 10/02/07 04:35 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Everyone who has posted a preference, has it. Schubertian, I am putting you down for your second choice and Ragnhild, the same. Let me know if this is OK.

Thanks,
Kathleen
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#1075746 - 10/02/07 04:37 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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But...but....I wanna play a Polonaise \:D

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#1075747 - 10/02/07 04:47 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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LA: How we would love to have you play a polonaise, but I think the recital would consist of just a handful of people if we devoted it to his polonaises.

Maybe I could play the one he composed when he was 7, but it would take me several months. LOL.

So sorry. But pick a mazurka!

Kathleen
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#1075748 - 10/02/07 04:52 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Put me down for Op.24 No.3 for sure.

I took a look at it last night for the first time in years, and wow, did it ever bring back memories... A couple of really vivid and specific memories of sitting on the bench and hearing my teacher's comments. It's funny what gets embedded in our minds.

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#1075749 - 10/02/07 05:25 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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L A, I've been working on a Polonaise. Lets have dueling Polonaises. (since my mazurkas have been taken by about a dozen people already)
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#1075750 - 10/02/07 05:41 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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I'd love to try 68/3 since that's what I have the most practice with; however since I have neck problems and am seeing another neurosurgeon for a second opinion in Nov. I don't know if I'd get it up to red dot level.

Nevertheless, my teacher would be happy if I'd start working on it again so maybe I'll just practice along with all of you anyway.
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#1075751 - 10/02/07 05:57 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Is Op. 24 No. 4 taken? Maybe I'll do it if it is not taken.

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#1075752 - 10/02/07 06:22 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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I'll have a go at Op.68 no.1 if it hasn't been spoken for. That seems to finish up the Op.68 set.
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#1075753 - 10/02/07 06:29 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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I'm currently in love with 33/2. That doesn't mean I'm sure to do it, but I think it'll be safe to assume so.

Anyway, I'd much rather be in the Philosophically Provoking, Powerfully Puzzling Polonaise Practicing/Playing Persistence Proof

Or be playing 6.1, that's really the only one that I actually like.
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#1075754 - 10/02/07 08:56 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Hi Kathleen, MBF, (mailbox full).
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#1075755 - 10/02/07 09:16 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Sorry...C.O. (Cleared Out)

Kathleen
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#1075756 - 10/02/07 09:23 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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I would like to do the 63/1, if I may...

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#1075757 - 10/02/07 09:39 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Hi all: And I do mean ALL! \:\)

I have updated the list up to and including Chardonnay's request. So far, no repeats. If you mentioned more than one, I put you down for your first choice. If you thought you might, I put you down as a definite. Just let me know if this changes.

As always, we want this to be an enjoyable and stimulating experience.

Should or if the time comes when you want "out," absolutely NO PROBLEM. Again, just let me know and I'll put your mazurka on the "available" list.

Regards,
Kathleen
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#1075758 - 10/02/07 09:52 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Where is this list you speak of?
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#1075759 - 10/02/07 09:53 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Kathleen (and all),
Sorry but I must withdraw my request for 63/1 because it is not what I thought it was: it is mis-numbered (mis-named?) on my CD!

What I thought was 63/1 is actually 63/3, which is taken already \:\(
So, I'll put in my bid for 33/3.
Sorry for the confusion!
C.

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#1075760 - 10/03/07 12:57 AM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Everyone who has posted a preference, has it. Schubertian, I am putting you down for your second choice and Ragnhild, the same. Let me know if this is OK.

Thanks,
Kathleen
Now I've changed my mind! I want to do Op 30 #3 instead! Give me that or I"ll have another tantrum like before
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#1075761 - 10/03/07 01:14 AM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Oops - I screwed up - I really did mean Op 30 #4

I promise not to post anything here again until March, or whenever this recital is.
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#1075762 - 10/03/07 06:59 AM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Posted by Kathleen :
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Everyone who has posted a preference, has it. Schubertian, I am putting you down for your second choice and Ragnhild, the same. Let me know if this is OK.
Kathleen, as far as I can see I'm the only one who has asked to play one of the op 41 Mazurkas, I was hoping, If I have to choose only one that I could have some more time to look at them before I decide.

If not, I choose 41.4 which is usually played as number one of the four. (and in February I might be out of my mind beacuse it's too hard... ;\) )

And, everybody, please notice, I did not ask for Op 17 no 4 even if it's special to me....... \:D

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#1075763 - 10/03/07 08:40 AM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Kathleen, please put me down for Op 67 No 3 - thanks!

Mike \:\)

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#1075764 - 10/03/07 11:29 AM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Hey...Cruiser: So glad!

Ragnhild: I just put you down for Op. 41 because the numbers were getting too confusing. So whichever one you chose, will be fine. You have first "crack" at any of them.

Schubertian: I made the change.

NOW...WHERE IS THIS LIST??

I have created one and it is on the very first page of this thead. And please know I wrote it out with only one cup of coffee in me, and it's about 5 in the morning. So please be kind if I made any mistakes (but I think it's accurate and up to date so far). Of course, let me know otherwise.

THE LIST OF MAZURKAS/PERFORMERS

And once again, if you change your mind, let me know...no problem.

And, some of you said you were very interested but did not indicate which mazurka, so I didn't include your name. We'll wait until you come to a decision.

Again, I am thrilled that we have so many interested at such an early date.

Just a suggestion that I found invaluable while learning to play the prelude for the Prelude Recital. START IN EARLY IN PRACTICING! Even if the piece is relatively short. As in almost all of Chopin's music, looks can be deceiving, especially with the mazurkas.

Let me know if you have any particular questions about your mazurka or post them so others might help you with the answer.

I am going to spend then next two days trying to record my prelude...my battle with the red dot is about to begin, so I will not be on the forum for a couple of days. But keep posting.

Regards to everyone \:\)
Kathleen
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#1075765 - 10/03/07 04:53 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Mazurka in F minor Op 7 nr 3
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#1075766 - 10/03/07 05:14 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Oooh, good choice Frycek, I was just looking at that one.

OK, put me down for Op 17 No 2 please. (OMG what am I saying?)
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#1075767 - 10/03/07 05:56 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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okay, having tried 68.1 - it's not grabbing me. Could I switch to
Op. 6 No.2 please. Too many choices....

I'm with you Kathleen - still need to record my prelude before starting something new.
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#1075768 - 10/03/07 08:19 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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By the way, I did ask for 67/4 in the second post in the thread though you said there was no repeats (not that I mind if someone else takes it).

And I could do any leftovers that might need filling.
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#1075769 - 10/03/07 09:15 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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When is this Mazurka recital going to take place? October 18, 2008?

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#1075770 - 10/03/07 06:42 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Originally posted by LisztAddict:
When is this Mazurka recital going to take place? October 18, 2008? [/b]
Theoretically on Chopin's birthday, March 1, 2008. Think we can do it? I don't think anyone is expecting us to cover all the mazurkas this round, probably about a third of them.
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