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#1075711 - 10/01/07 07:34 PM Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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'THE' LIST (as of 10/21/07)

[No number after the person's name indicates the mazurka is chosen for the 1st "Recital" on March 1, 2008. A number (2) and/or (3) indicates that mazurka has been chosen for the second and third recital. October 17, 2008 and March 1, 2009 (respectively).]

Backup performers: Theowne


6/1- PianoAgain
6/2 - Mistaya
6/3 - Balakirev


7/1 - Peyton (2)
7/2 - gabytu (2)
7/3 - Frycek
7/4 - Mistaya (3)
7/5 - Piano&Violin (2)


17/1 - Rustyfingers (3)
17/2 - Rustyfingers
17/3 - Rustyfingers (2)
17/4 - Peyton

24/2 - Theowne
24/3 - Pianolina


30/1 - Schubertian
30/2 - Gabtytu
30/3 - Schubertian (2)
30/4 - Schubertian (3)

33/1 - Piano&Violin (3)
33/2 - Playadom
33/3 - Chardonnay
33/4 - Piano&Violin


41/1 - Ragnhild (E minor)
41/2 - Balakirev (B Major) (2)
41/3 - Ragnhild (Ab Major) (2)
41/4 - Ragnhild (C# minor) (3)

50/2 - Frycek (3)
50/3 - Playadom* (1 along with 33/2)

63/1 - Gerg
63/2 - Mistaya (2)
63/3 - Frycek (2)

67/2 - Nancy333
67/3 - Cruiser
67/4 - Household


68/1- Balakirev (3)
68/3 - Sleepingcats
68/4 - Bassio


Chopin wrote over 60 of them, and many are of level 6 difficulty. But

So, if you have one in the works or are planning on learning one soon (or can pull out the sheet music for one you've learned in the past), this is the time to give some possible thought to taking part.


Kathleen
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#1075712 - 10/01/07 08:46 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Is it to early to pick mazurkas? op.24 no.2 and op.67 posth. no.4 I can do.

If it is, then forget I made this post \:\)

60, a lot of marukas to distribute, though, and it seemed there was issues with the 26 preludes being distributed.
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#1075713 - 10/01/07 10:22 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Theowne:

A little early, but be on the look-out for the "offical" thread and get your "order" in early. As far as playing all 60, who knows that that may be a bit undoable, but we'll see.

Thank you for your interest...and especially your interest in the mazurkas. Aren't they wonderful?

Kathleen
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#1075714 - 10/01/07 10:28 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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I would love to do 17/4 and 7/1. I may be out of town when the official thread starts so please keep me in mind. \:\)
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#1075715 - 10/01/07 10:46 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Will do, Peyton. Those two are yours. Now I just have to make note of this somewhere.

Gosh, what have I started? But I just hope more people get wind of this and start thinking about it.

Kathleen
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#1075716 - 10/01/07 11:27 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Mazurkas! The first Chopin piece I ever learned was a mazurka - Op. 24, No. 3. Wow, that must have been 13 years ago now. I still have my old book... Maybe I'll dust it off and join in this time.

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#1075717 - 10/02/07 01:56 AM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Ooooh I wanna play. I'll need to get back home and look at my sheet music before I commit to a specific piece....but count me in!

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#1075718 - 10/02/07 02:01 AM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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I love the Mazurkas, too. Kathleen, you have really opened Pandora's Box here! I'm going to be looking through Mazurkas tomorrow when I should be recording my Prelude!

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#1075719 - 10/02/07 02:08 AM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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I would like to participate too, but cannot commit as of yet because I still do not have recording capabilities!

I'm trying to learn what it is I need, and if I can get set up within the next month or so... I'll pick something and enter officially! \:\)
(that is, if anything is left!)

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#1075720 - 10/02/07 02:41 AM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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FIrst choice: Op 17 #4
Second choice: Op 30 #4
Third choice: Op 30 #3
Fourth choice: Op 68 #3
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#1075721 - 10/02/07 03:02 AM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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The only one I know (or I should say have any hope of knowing by then) is Op 17 #4. I would dearly love to be included.

Peyton and Shubertian: Rock paper scissors for it?

Unless someone can suggest something at a similar level (she said shaking).
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#1075722 - 10/02/07 04:05 AM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Can someone post a link that shows the levels of all the Mazurkas ?
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#1075723 - 10/02/07 06:38 AM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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I would like to play Op 41 no 3 and 4 - there should be some time to practice before March...

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#1075724 - 10/02/07 10:50 AM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Just recently started on Op. 33 No. 4 - my first mazurka and first Chopin piece. At Burgmueller and 2part-invention level, I'm rather proud my teacher let me start on it.

Can you put me down on it?

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#1075725 - 10/02/07 11:10 AM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Now if you adult beginners cant stop fighting over who gets 17/4 NOBODY gets to play it =

We may have to have a separate recital just for 17/4

SCISSORS!
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#1075726 - 10/02/07 11:26 AM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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 Quote:
Originally posted by rustyfingers:
The only one I know (or I should say have any hope of knowing by then) is Op 17 #4. I would dearly love to be included.

Peyton and Shubertian: Rock paper scissors for it?

Unless someone can suggest something at a similar level (she said shaking). [/b]
Kathleen says it's mine na, na na na na na. :p

But seriously, I don't see why we couldn't share. But I leave that to those running this shin-dig. That's my favorite Mazurka which is why I wanted to be sure to get my name in early. I missed out on my favorite preludes.
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#1075727 - 10/02/07 11:39 AM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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I'm not too familiar with the marzukas yet, but I would be willing to participate.

Will have a listen and pick out one which I would like to perform.

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#1075728 - 10/02/07 11:44 AM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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My favourites are 63/3 and 33/4. I think Hershey's favourite is 63/3 also, so if he wants that one I'm happy with 33/4. Personally I think people should only be allowed to "book" one Mazurka until no-one else wants to join in. Also, if there aren't enough takers we could do a second Mazurka-thon in 2010.

This is a delicious idea - but I'd better get back to my Prelude for now....
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#1075729 - 10/02/07 11:46 AM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Good Gravy! This post was just suppose to be a "tickler." It looks as if I have started a diludge, but hey, who's complaining.

DeepElm: Since there are 60+ mazurkas, I don't know of a list that indicates the levels of all, but I will look. The only thing I can say at this point is that most are around the 6 level. They may be a few 4's, and then some that are longer, more complicated, that are in the 7 plus range. What I would suggest is to listen to as many as you can stand, over a period of a week or so, and then write down the ones that appeal to you. If you can, find the sheet music (off the internet, for free). I'm sure you will be able to tell which ones you might be able to handle. In the meantime, I will try to find a listing. So happy you are interested. I just finished one that was a level 6, but it wasn't difficult at all. A lot of repeating; however, as in the case of most of the mazurkas, it is the tempo/rubato/rhythm that is tricky and thus may place them at the 6 level.

I am thrilled that so many of you are interested. I will start a list, but please know that this can't be considered official until we really get into this and start discussing all the details and such. However, I do feel that since some of you have indicated your preferrence so early, your choices should be honored.

And, I think that the hope of playing all 60+ of them is far too ambitious, considering we had a difficult time (almost) in getting enough people for the 24+2 preludes. So, we might save some mazurkas for the following recital (as someone suggested).

Again, nothing is written in stone as of yet, but I will start the list, as promised.

All you fighting for op. 17/4...good luck.

I am so cheered by this.

Kathleen
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#1075730 - 10/02/07 12:40 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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I withdraw my request for 17/4. It would be too much pressure if I botched it anyway, given there was so much good competition for it. Good luck y'all.
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#1075731 - 10/02/07 12:43 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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I'm putting me down for 67/2 (Posth)
{edit: changed my mind to the haunting 68/2)

Everyone is "on the list" as they have selected which one they want to play...as indicated by the date submitted. First come....

I do believe (as Ramona suggested) that we might be thinking of playing just one. That way we will have many left to play in 2010, which will be Chopin's birthday. And what better way to celebrate it than by playing his most distinctive and unique Polish compositions, a genre that he created with such love of
homeland.

So those of you who posted a duplicate of one previously submitted, please be thinking of another. I think this is the fairest way to go, unless someone gives a better idea and one that we can all agree on.

Kathleen
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#1075732 - 10/02/07 01:27 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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rustyfingers, you have until March. Please choose another Mazurka and join in!
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#1075733 - 10/02/07 01:44 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Can you put me down for 67 / 4, Mazurka in A-minor?

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#1075734 - 10/02/07 01:59 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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I'm off with the 17/4 too - Peyton I hope you can do a PERFECT job with it now that you've TAKEN IT AWAY! from many many other people who ALSO wanted to do it and would PROBABLY have done it BETTER than you but NOW it's too late so we are all going to WATCH YOU to make sure YOU do a better job then we would have so NO PRESSURE so what if it's ONLY my favorite mazurka.

Can you do 2? It looks like we might have to - are there 57 people on this board who will respond to this summons? If we can I"ll do Op 30 #3, 4
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#1075735 - 10/02/07 02:03 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Originally posted by Schubertian:
I'm off with the 17/4 too - Peyton I hope you can do a PERFECT job with it now that you've TAKEN IT AWAY! from many many other people who ALSO wanted to do it and would PROBABLY have done it BETTER than you but NOW it's too late so we are all going to WATCH YOU to make sure YOU do a better job then we would have so NO PRESSURE so what if it's ONLY my favorite mazurka.[/b]
I hope this is mock petulance, not sincere. \:D

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#1075736 - 10/02/07 02:08 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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BTW - I just downloaded WIlliam Kapell's recording of some (not even half) of the mazurkas and it is excellent, wonderful - how aweful he died at the age of 31
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#1075737 - 10/02/07 02:14 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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You've started something, Kathleen! \:\)

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#1075738 - 10/02/07 02:23 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Originally posted by Schubertian:
I'm off with the 17/4 too - Peyton I hope you can do a PERFECT job with it now that you've TAKEN IT AWAY! from many many other people who ALSO wanted to do it and would PROBABLY have done it BETTER than you but NOW it's too late so we are all going to WATCH YOU to make sure YOU do a better job then we would have so NO PRESSURE so what if it's ONLY my favorite mazurka.
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I'm sorry I've ruined your life. And everyone else's too. \:D I promise that if I fail with this task I will quit piano and join a monastery.
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#1075739 - 10/02/07 02:31 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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I like -- I think it's Op. 6 No. 1 (the first one).

I'll have to think about others. My life is just on hold right now for the next few weeks. \:\(
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#1075740 - 10/02/07 02:32 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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No!
Just out of time.
I was just about to pick 6/1.
That's my favourite out of all of them.

For others, just tell me the hard ones, I'm there.
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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)

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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,
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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,
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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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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!

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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 \:\)
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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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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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#1075771 - 10/03/07 06:44 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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#1075772 - 10/03/07 07:11 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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I not only think, I KNOW we can do this. March 1, 2008 is the date to shoot for (actually a day or two earlier.) It would be a super birthdday commemeration for this unblievable and much-
loved genius.

And Frycek is correct. No way should we plan on playing all of the mazurkas this time around. I would think if we got through from 1/4 to 1/3 to 1/2... that would be mighty fine.

Kathleen
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#1075773 - 10/03/07 07:14 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Theowne:

I'm a bit confused. I put you down for 24/2 because you listed it first (gosh, sorry if that was not your order of preference). You listed 67/4 second. So are you in for 24/2 or just want to be a back-up for 67/4?

And, yes, we certainly will need back-up people!!

Thanks,
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#1075774 - 10/05/07 01:23 AM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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With fear and trembling I would like to enter.
First choice 30/2,
second choice 7/2
third choice 68/2.

I don't believe any of these have been spoken for.

Hopefully by March I will be able to play them without a mistake. Gaby Tu

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#1075775 - 10/05/07 08:29 AM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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gabytu: I am putting you down for your first choice.

Thanks and don't worry too much about mistakes. We are an error-allowed zone.

Kathleen
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#1075776 - 10/05/07 01:29 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Guys I leave for a couple of days .. and I come to find all my favorites TAKEN!!!!

God I miss the old days when I can logon daily!! An event like that can't have been missed.

Choosing mazurkas already!! This is Kathleen and her "hastiness in the name of the monsieur F.Chopin".

I guess I'll have to relisten to find if anything is still available. ;\)

Cheers to everyone. \:\)

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#1075777 - 10/05/07 02:03 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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50/2 isn't taken. It was my second choice. It's really nice and a bit famous.
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#1075778 - 10/05/07 04:37 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Thanks Kathleen, I'll really get busy with 30/2.
Glad that the sky won't fall every time I make a mistake. We will consider them my improvisation on the Chopin Mazurka. Gaby Tu

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#1075779 - 10/05/07 04:47 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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My favorite is 63/1. Chardonnay spoke for it, then withdrew the request. Anyone else doing 63/1?
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#1075780 - 10/05/07 04:49 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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#1075781 - 10/05/07 06:41 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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I changed my mind...I'm playing 68/2.

So the lovely and short 67/2 is now open.

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#1075782 - 10/05/07 07:08 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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If anyone is looking for a very charming and haunting and short and one of the simpliest (level 6) mazurkas to play, I highly recommend:

67/2

I learned it in less two weeks. So since I already know it, I thought I'd pick one that I don't know. So I'm going for 68/2.

Kathleen
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#1075783 - 10/05/07 07:36 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Wow, that's a nice piece. I'm going to learn it over the weekend (for my own benefit, not for the Mazurka Marathon, I think this would be good for people who don't want to dedicate themselves to a "long" piece)
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#1075784 - 10/06/07 06:48 AM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Hi Theowne: I am SO glad you love this mazurka. Yes, a person could definitely sight-read it with no difficulty. And definitely a piece for one who doesn't want to commit to a longer mazurka.

What took me a bit longer is getting that "rubato" right. As with all Chopin's mazurkas, that's what is so tricky, but certainly worth the effort, for it makes all the difference.

Kathleen
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#1075785 - 10/06/07 07:20 AM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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I've changed my mind. I woke up with 50/2 playing in my head this morning. I think it's calling to me. So 50/2 it is. Op 7 nr 3 is now officially open again.
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#1075786 - 10/06/07 08:00 AM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Aha, Frycek: The same thing happened to me...all of yesterday.

I'm thinking: "Now why do I know that piece so well? It is so familiar." Then it dawned on me. Hershey starting off his M. Chopin with it. It is charming.

OK, I will put you down for it and open up 7/3.

Just a warning: It is very dangerous to listen to Chopin's mazurkas if you have already chosen yours. Because you will find yourself saying: "Oh, that is so beautiful. I have to play that." And this will happen with almost every one you hear.

But changing your mind is allowed.

Kathleen
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#1075787 - 10/06/07 08:13 AM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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May I change mine to Op. 6 No. 3? \:\)

Thank you. Now 24 No. 4 is available.

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#1075788 - 10/06/07 09:00 AM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Yes, Balakirev.

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#1075789 - 10/06/07 09:37 AM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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VERY SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT- PLEASE READ[/b]

A few people have written me with a concern that I think is a valid one.

The Mazurka Marathon was created with a specific goal in mind. That is... that over a period of 18 months, members of the Piano World will be performing as many Chopin mazurkas as possible. In other words, we will be having THREE RECITALS[/b] total.

First Recital: March 1, 2008
Second Recital: October 17, 2008
Third Recital: March 1, 2009

Some people may only want to participate in one or two or (hopefully) all three. That will be just fine. No one HAS to commit to more than one, or if he/she wants to drop out completely...that's perfectly acceptable.

But the concern is that the easiest mazurkas will be performed during the first recital. And that's O.K. \:\) However, the problem will occur when we get to the second and third recitals. Since the easier mazurkas may have been played during the first recital, only the more difficult ones will remain for the second and third.

And, for some, to get a more difficult piece ready in 6 months, may present a problem.

So it has been suggested that those intending on performing in all three (or just maybe thinking about it) recitals, choose their 3 mazurkas RIGHT NOW![/b]

I know, I know...you're thinking ...how in the heck can I possibly know what I will be able to play 6 months and even 12 months from now? How can I make that decision today or within the next few days? I understand this totally.

What I suggest (that is if you really want to play in all three recitals, or even one or two), listen to as many mazurkas as you can. Write down the ones that appeal to you, thinking about the difficulty level as you do. And then make your list. If you start with a 6 level as I am, maybe chose a 7 level for the second recital and a 8 or maybe another 7 for the third recital.

BTW: If you need to know the difficult level of any, let me know.

You don't have to do all of this today, of course. But maybe within the next week or two. And, as always, the option is always there to change your mind or drop out completely.

A few of you have already indicated your 1st, 2nd and 3rd choices. If you would like to keep these as stated, I will write them next to your name on the first page. And, naturally, you can change the order at any time.

What I am trying to say in the above is simply this. We want to give people ample time to practice. If they have a year and even 18 months to do this, it is very possible that they will be willing to take on the more difficult mazurkas...and thus we will have almost all of Chopin's mazurkas performed during this 3 RECITAL MARATHON!

If you have any questions or comments, please let me know.

If you decide not to choose your other choices now, OK. But remember that the longer you wait, there is always the possibility that you will lose it. \:\(

My best,
Kathleen
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#1075790 - 10/06/07 10:03 AM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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To help in the selection:
The GRADE LEVEL is the number immediately before "Chopin

297 6 Chopin Mazurka in A minor, op. 7 no. 2
298 6 Chopin Mazurka in A minor, op. posth. 67 no. 4
299 6 Chopin Mazurka in A minor, op. posth. 68 no. 2
300 6 Chopin Mazurka in Ab major, op. 24 no. 3
301 6 Chopin Mazurka in B minor, op. 30 no. 2
302 6 Chopin Mazurka in Bb major no. 51
303 6 Chopin Mazurka in Bb major, op. 7 no. 1
304 6 Chopin Mazurka in C major, op. 24 no. 2
305 6 Chopin Mazurka in C major, op. 33 no. 3
287 4 Chopin Mazurka in C major, op. 7 no. 5
306 6 Chopin Mazurka in C major, op. posth. 67 no. 3
307 6 Chopin Mazurka in C minor, op. 30 no. 1
308 6 Chopin Mazurka in E minor, op. 17 no. 2
288 4 Chopin Mazurka in F major, op. posth. 68 no. 3
309 6 Chopin Mazurka in F minor, op. 63 no. 2
289 4 Chopin Mazurka in F minor, op. posth. 68 no. 4
310 6 Chopin Mazurka in G major no. 50
311 6 Chopin Mazurka in G minor, op. 24 no. 1
312 6 Chopin Mazurka in G minor, op. posth. 67 no. 2
313 6 Chopin Mazurka in G# minor, op. 33 no. 1
372 8 Chopin Mazurka no. 01 in F#m (op. 6 no. 1)
331 7 Chopin Mazurka no. 02 in C#m (op. 6 no. 2)
334 7 Chopin Mazurka no. 03 in E (op. 6 no. 3)
336 7 Chopin Mazurka no. 04 in Ebm (op. 6 no. 4)
341 7 Chopin Mazurka no. 07 in Fm (op. 7 no. 3)
342 7 Chopin Mazurka no. 08 in Ab (op. 7 no. 4)
373 8 Chopin Mazurka no. 10 in Bb (op. 17 no. 1)
329 7 Chopin Mazurka no. 12 in Ab (op. 17 no. 3)
330 7 Chopin Mazurka no. 13 in Am (op. 17 no. 4)
374 8 Chopin Mazurka no. 17 in Bbm (op. 24 no. 4)
375 8 Chopin Mazurka no. 20 in Db (op. 30 no. 3)
414 8 Chopin Mazurka no. 21 in C#m (op. 30 no. 4)
415 8 Chopin Mazurka no. 23 in D (op. 33 no. 2)
376 8 Chopin Mazurka no. 25 in Bm (op. 33 no. 4)
332 7 Chopin Mazurka no. 26 in Em (op. 41 no. 1)
416 8 Chopin Mazurka no. 27 in B (op. 41 no. 2)
333 7 Chopin Mazurka no. 28 in Ab (op. 41 no. 3)
417 8 Chopin Mazurka no. 29 in C#m (op. 41 no. 4)
377 8 Chopin Mazurka no. 30 in G (op. 50 no. 1)
335 7 Chopin Mazurka no. 31 in Ab (op. 50 no. 2)
418 8 Chopin Mazurka no. 32 in C#m (op. 50 no. 3)
419 8 Chopin Mazurka no. 33 in B (op. 56 no.1)
378 8 Chopin Mazurka no. 34 in C (op. 56 no. 2)
420 8 Chopin Mazurka no. 35 in Cm (op. 56 no. 3)
379 8 Chopin Mazurka no. 36 in Am (op. 59 no. 1)
380 8 Chopin Mazurka no. 37 in Ab (op. 59 no. 2)
381 8 Chopin Mazurka no. 38 in F#m (op. 59 no. 3)
382 8 Chopin Mazurka no. 39 in B (op. 63 no. 1)
337 7 Chopin Mazurka no. 41 in C#m (op. 63 no. 3)
383 8 Chopin Mazurka no. 42 in G (op.posth. 67 no. 1)
384 8 Chopin Mazurka no. 46 in C (op. posth. 68 no. 1)
338 7 Chopin Mazurka no. 52 in Am
385 8 Chopin Mazurka no. 53 in Am
386 8 Chopin Mazurka no. 54 in D
339 7 Chopin Mazurka no. 55 in Bb
387 8 Chopin Mazurka no. 56 in C
340 7 Chopin Mazurka no. 57 in Ab
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#1075791 - 10/06/07 10:08 AM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Kathleen and Frycek:

It suprises me that Chopin is so limited in his ability to write 1 or 2 rated pieces. You would think, with all his supposed skills, he would not be so limited.


JUST KIDDING - don't shoot me, it's a joke.
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#1075792 - 10/06/07 10:28 AM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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OK, here are my 3 choices:

1. op 7 nr 3 in F minor
2. op 50 nr 2 in Ab
3. op 50 nr 3 in C# minor
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#1075793 - 10/06/07 10:39 AM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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So it has been suggested that those intending on performing in all three (or just maybe thinking about it) recitals, choose their 3 mazurkas RIGHT NOW!
Alright. I choose the following:

1. op. 6 no. 3 in E
2. op. 41 no. 1 Em
3. op. 68 no. 1 in C

Thank you, and if anyone REALLY wants one of these I can change number 2 or 3.

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#1075794 - 10/06/07 11:22 AM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Frycek: THANK YOU SO MUCH. That list will be of great help.

gmm1: That comment deserves a little "love" slap.



\:D

I will update the list now. Great.

I think I am going to have a lovely week-end listening to all of Chopin's mazurkas. \:\)

Kathleen
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#1075795 - 10/06/07 11:45 AM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Yikes, this is getting complicated because I don't know what is the fairest thing to do.

If a person indicated 1st, 2nd, 3rd choice right from the start, do I give them first crack at their two other choices, even if (after my announcement of picking three) others have picked someone else's 2nd or 3rd choice?

PLEASE EVERYONE, TAKE A LOOK AT THE LIST ON THE FIRST PAGE TO SEE IF I MADE ANY REAL GOOFS. I DON'T WANT TO DISAPPOINT OR BE UNFAIR TO ANYONE.

Any comments?

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#1075796 - 10/07/07 12:22 AM 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?) [/b]
Hi Kathleen,

Could you add this to the list please when you have a chance? Thanks,
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#1075797 - 10/07/07 08:32 AM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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You're on RF. \:\)

Good morning all. Another glorious fall day here in the Chicago area. A large part of the population of Chicago is pretty sad today as the Cubs blew their chances for the pennant and the World Series last night. \:\( But..."wait until next year." Even if we get no other takers from now to March, we will have a super recital as it stands now.

To help me choose my 2nd and 3rd choice, I printed out the list that Frycek so generously provided. Then I drew a line through those already spoken for. Then I circled the "7's". Now today, I am going to listen to all the 7's to see if I can find one that I love and that is within my range. For my third choice, I am a bit leary about picking an 8. (I just finished learning and playing an 8 prelude and it just about killed me.) However, if I hear one that I just MUST play (and remember it will be 18 months from now), I will pick that one.

Kathleen
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#1075798 - 10/07/07 12:41 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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I'll sign up for another Op 30.

Let me do this:

First Recital: March 1, 2008 Op 30 #1
Second Recital: October 17, 2008 Op 30 #3
Third Recital: March 1, 2009 Op 30 #4

Might as well do them in order
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#1075799 - 10/07/07 01:52 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Hmm, I thought I had put dibs Op. 6 No. 1. But I'll do a different one. Can't think about it this week.
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#1075800 - 10/07/07 03:18 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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I'm sorry PianoAgain. Of course, the 6/1 is yours. I got you mixed up with Pianolina... :rolleyes:

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#1075801 - 10/07/07 04:44 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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I'm sorry PianoAgain. Of course, the 6/1 is yours. I got you mixed up with Pianolina... :rolleyes:

Kathleen [/b]
What you should be saying is that the 6/1 is mine \:D

PianoAgain, you just said that you'll do a different one. I'll hold you to that.

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I'll do a different one. [/b]
It's now in quote so you can't edit it out.
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#1075802 - 10/07/07 06:54 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Good grief!

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#1075803 - 10/07/07 09:49 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Good grief!

Kathleen [/b]
Hey... My avatar vanished. I think you did that to stop me.

Playdom? Is that like Play-Doh?

Of course I'm joking. I just happen to love 6/1 like crazy.

You said first come first serve. I was here first, I just checked to see if 6/1 was the right one.
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#1075804 - 10/08/07 03:31 AM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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I would still like to play 3 Mazurkas from op 41.

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#1075805 - 10/08/07 09:04 AM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Ragnhild: I'm sorry if I got confused on the numbers of the 41/ mazurkas. Since the numbers of this opus are often called by something else, could you please indicate the key.

C# m
E m
B M
Ab M


Thanks,
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#1075806 - 10/09/07 03:54 AM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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To stick to Frycek's numbering (that are not the same as on my music) I will play

Op 41.4 C# minor
Op 41.1 E minor
Op 41.3 Ab major

Hopefully in this order, but since the C# minor is the hardest (awful lots of double #, and some tough stretching of fingers), I might have to change to 1,3,4 ;\)


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#1075807 - 10/09/07 08:11 AM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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OK, Ragnhild...I put you on the list for the above. The order is up to you, of course. But I just wrote them in the order that you "thought" you might be playing. I hope this is OK.

My apologies to Balakirev. I think with his abilities he can choose another that will show off his skills.

So sorry for the mix-up,
Kathleen
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#1075808 - 10/09/07 08:21 AM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Playadom: (Oooppsss, forgot the "a.")

What happened to your avatar? I'm glad you were joking about the 6/1. I have a feeling that as people start changing their minds, and choosing different mazurkas...more mix-ups might occur. I hope not.

If the error is my fault, then, of course, whoever stated their intention first, gets it. That's the only way to be fair.

But what could happen (to really drive me over the edge) is when people drop a piece which another had indicated they wanted...somewhere later in the thread.

I will try my best to keep a handle on this. Bear with me and be kind...I'm an old lady. Fycek has kindly offerred (actually I enlisted her) to be my assistant to keep tabs on everything.

My best to all,
Kathleen
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#1075809 - 10/09/07 08:34 AM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Kathleen: Can I play more than one Mazurka in a recital?
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#1075810 - 10/09/07 09:48 AM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Gosh, Playadom...I don't know. If people start in to playing more than one then what will we have left for the other two recitals?

I can understand your desire, for I, also, would love to play two. Six months inbetween is a rather long time, I admit. The only reason for this is to commemorate either Chopin's birth or death. So we're talking a year and a half...which is a very long time. However, some people might need that long.

I don't see any real reason why a person can't play more than two. Most people (and I am only presuming) will only play one. But I could be wrong.

So, let's hear from other people on what they think about this.

Kathleen
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#1075811 - 10/09/07 07:01 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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I see. Perhaps I'll hold back until other people choose.

I really do need to get a new avatar, ha.
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#1075812 - 10/10/07 08:06 AM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Playadom:

For some reason the program that is responsible for putting in the avatars makes my portrait of Chopin look fat and wide. Ugh. But I've noticed that other people's avatars are not that way. So what gives?

Yours did work for a while. I remember seeing a page with print on it.

So far I haven't heard from the "crowd" regarding playing more than one. So the jury is still out.

Kathleen
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#1075813 - 10/10/07 08:15 AM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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The forum stretches it to 64x64 pixels so you need to resize the canvas first to be square.
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#1075814 - 10/10/07 08:41 AM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Balakirev, I hope it's ok with you that I keep the op 41.1 in E minor, that is not so hard (grade 7) and you play the no 2 in B major that I find very difficult (grade 8).

\:D
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#1075815 - 10/10/07 08:55 AM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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I think it's fixed now.

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#1075816 - 10/10/07 09:39 AM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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OK, Playadom: You've fixed it. Now (and excuse my ignorance), but I don't recognize the man. Who is he?

Thanks, LaValse.

Ragnhild: Balakirev is playing the B major. The list on the first page is updated to show this. I'm glad it all worked out for both of you.

Kathleen
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#1075817 - 10/10/07 02:15 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Can I ask you to post what is left open from the mazurkas .. that will pretty narrow options for me instead of checking all the list and excluding what others play.

Thanks (praying so that a favorite is left)

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#1075818 - 10/10/07 02:42 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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That man is Alkan. I think he was one of Chopin's friends. Great music, especially his Concerto for Solo Piano.
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#1075819 - 10/10/07 02:48 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Can I ask you to post what is left open from the mazurkas .. that will pretty narrow options for me instead of checking all the list and excluding what others play.

Thanks (praying so that a favorite is left) [/b]
I think that would be a good idea. I need 2nd and 3rd recital choices.
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#1075820 - 10/10/07 02:57 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Dear Bassio: There are over 30 that have not been spoken for. Look on the first page of this thread and you will find those that are, in order of their opus number, so it should be easy to find what you are looking for.

If you have a particular one that you want to know about and are not certain, let me know. Otherwise, I will have to make a list of 30. Not that I mind, but I have to get back to the piano sometime today.

Thanks, Playadom: Yes, I do recall Alkan being a good friend of Chopin's.

Kathleen
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#1075821 - 10/10/07 03:24 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Thanks, Playadom: Yes, I do recall Alkan being a good friend of Chopin's.

Kathleen [/b]
Chopin left Alkan his unfinished "Method for the Piano."
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#1075822 - 10/10/07 03:29 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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> 68/4 - LaValse

With apologies I'm going to withdraw from the Mazurka Marathon (great title BTW) - 68/4 is available again. Good luck everybody...
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#1075823 - 10/10/07 03:36 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Oh gosh, so sorry LaValse. I hope all is well with you.

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#1075824 - 10/10/07 03:53 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Heh. What would be cool is if Chopin's 26.2 were a mazurka. (Maybe it is. Perhaps he didn't make a 26.2?)

But it would be insanely cool, given the title.
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#1075825 - 10/10/07 04:17 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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playadom, 26.2 is a polonaise I think but yeah it would have been very very neat - and 42.2 is a waltz I think - what about furlongs, leagues...? \:\)
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#1075826 - 10/10/07 04:17 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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> 68/4 - LaValse

With apologies I'm going to withdraw from the Mazurka Marathon (great title BTW) - 68/4 is available again. Good luck everybody... [/b]
It's a hit then (for now). \:\)

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#1075827 - 10/10/07 04:25 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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We have 33.3(mazurka) - 7.1(mazurka) = 26.2 (mazurka-mazurka = nothing? or perhaps it's like miles - miles?)
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#1075828 - 10/10/07 06:06 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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What are you talking about? If it concerns math, don't bother telling me.

OK, Bassio You're on for 68/4

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#1075829 - 10/11/07 08:51 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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I'm not sure if I have ever asked this question before, but what characterizes a mazurka? That is, what differentiates it from other musical "genres", perhaps let's say, a polonaise? Sorry for being ignorant. I can usually tell the difference when hearing them. But I'm looking for a more theoretical explanation.
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#1075830 - 10/12/07 12:16 AM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Hi Kathleen,

Can you put me down for 17 3 for recital 2 and 17 1 for recital 3?

Just a thought: those are a long way away. If we put our dibs on the ones we want to do for the next two recitals now, will there be mazurkas left for any new members that join between now and then?

If we want to change our minds about putting in bids for these so far in advance, I'm happy to withdraw these two requests.
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#1075831 - 10/12/07 08:27 AM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Good question, pianoluvr:

Yes, I know what you mean when you say you can "hear" the difference. There is no doubting when you hear them, for it is the modal tinges, bagpipipe drones, and their characteristic dotted rhythms, triplets and ornaments, that Chopin draws on from his memories of folk songs and dances that he knew so well from his childhood." The mazurkas are entirely different from his polonaises, both in style and dimensions. The mazurkas are social poems, poems of private life, as the polonaises are political poems. They are essentially minatures of inexhaustible variety of design, mood, rhythm and style, as against the large-scale, heroic "set" plan of the Polonaises. (paraphrased by Bailie's book).

She goes on to describe in two-page detail what are they and how their "Polishness" is so evident that many well-known pianists tend to avoid them because they feel they don't quite understand them...not in reasoning, but in the blood. She further states that no one can fully understand the mind of this great composer, but it is in the mazuraks that one can come close.

I personally think it is their lovely and enigmatic subtleties and haunting melodies and rhythms that make them stand out from all of his other works. They are not exactly easy to play but certainly not as difficult as some would think.

I know I probably didn't answer your question fully, but it is a difficult one because to define them exactly is impossible. One has to "feel" them.

Hi Rustyfingers: I will put you down for the two you requested. I don't know if there will be any left for any "newcomers." But we'll cross that bridge when we come to it. Right now, I am overjoyed by the huge response from so many.

My best to all,
Kathleen
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#1075832 - 10/13/07 08:29 AM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Hi Kathleen--

I've listened to all the Mazurkas that are left, and I think I'll go with 67 #2.

I hope I don't take a look at the music and find it's 100 pages long!

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#1075833 - 10/13/07 08:36 AM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Hi Nancy: So good to have you "aboard." I just finished learning this one (it's wonderful and only 3 pages long...with lots of repeats)...and it's a level 6.

Regards,
Kathleen
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#1075834 - 10/14/07 08:47 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Just bumping!

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#1075835 - 10/17/07 10:59 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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I hope you'll let me do 2 for now. I've fallen in love with 50/3 and would like to play it too.
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#1075836 - 10/18/07 04:10 AM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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I will pick up a cd of Marzukas over this weekend and have a listen...

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#1075837 - 10/18/07 09:17 AM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Haven't checked in here for a while and I'm quite surprised how busy this thread gets!

It's a superb idea to have three recitals, it really makes you get a little more familiar with the mazurkas.

When I listend to them the first time this summer, I found them a little challenging and thought you got to be a real Chopin lover to like them but I've really come to love them since.

Do you still have mazurkas left to choose from for the 2nd and third recital? If so, I'd love to put my name on the list for that. Where can I find the latest update - the last list I've found was from 1st October.

Not sure whether this is the same with all mazurkas and score editions, for Op. 33.4 I've found three different pedalling versions in three different score editions. Also bows appear to be different in the various score editions.

How do you go about it in such an instance?

I've ordered the score edited by Carol Mikuli who's supposed to have been a student of Chopin and listend to many of Chopin's piano lessons as that seems to be about the closest to what you can find to Chopin's intentions as even with Urtext editions you can never be certain if they used the right source material.

Any ideas/suggestions?

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#1075838 - 10/18/07 01:07 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Playadom: Although I did put you down for playing two for the first Mazurka Marathon, I'm not certain whether this is a good idea because we might run into the situation where we will have none left for the other two. Frycek would like to play this one for the 3rd recital. So right now, it's "pending," until ....?

Piano&Violin: Boy, with me...you're asking the wrong person. You are a professional, so, naturally you are very concerned with playing from the "right" edition. I should be that way, but I play from the editions on my CD. I know this is totally wrong, but it works for me.

However, perhaps those of you out there familiar with different scores can help PV out. We'd appreciate it.

Euan: Looking forward to hearing from you.

Kathleen
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#1075839 - 10/19/07 06:17 AM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Originally posted by loveschopintoomuch:
You are a professional, so, naturally you are very concerned with playing from the "right" edition. [/b]
Kathleen, you made my day! That's about the best compliment I got about piano playing!!!!

Regarding the list of still available pieces for the 2nd and 3rd round, is there anything current on that?

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#1075840 - 10/19/07 07:00 AM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Playadom: Although I did put you down for playing two for the first Mazurka Marathon, I'm not certain whether this is a good idea because we might run into the situation where we will have none left for the other two. Frycek would like to play this one for the 3rd recital. So right now, it's "pending," until ....?
Kathleen [/b]
I plan on playing in the Etude recital(if it's going on), if that makes any difference. If I'm not allowed to do 50/3 for the first one, I'll definitely take for the second or third recital.
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#1075841 - 10/19/07 07:17 AM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Playadom, 50/3 is yours with my blessing.
Kathleen, please put me down for 63/3 instead.
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#1075842 - 10/19/07 09:08 AM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Piano&Violin: What compliment?? You ARE a professional. The List on the very first page of this thread is now up-to-date. If you will notice, some have numbers after them, which indicates that person has chosen that mazurka for either the second and/or third recital. Please check that page. It hopefully will make more sense. And then, please, let me know which mazurka/s you want to play and when.

Playadom: You are down for 50/3 for the second mazurka for the first recital. (I've indicated my thoughts about an Etude Recital on the "On Line Chopin Recital" thread. Good luck on that one.)

Frycek: You're on for the 63/3 for the second recital.

My best to all,
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#1075843 - 10/19/07 09:53 AM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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... I'm in my 3rd year of serious piano studies and regular practice ...

Will take a look at the score and listen to the mazurkas again over the week-end and let you know which ones I'll add.

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#1075844 - 10/20/07 03:16 AM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Hi Kathleen,

had a good look at the mazurkas and found two that appear to be both ideal for me and not to be taken yet.

op. 7.5 and
op. 33.1

I've already started on 33.4 as I'm doing it in my lesson and therefore it might be best to prepare it for March 2008, but it being my first Chopin piece ever I'd like to be able to take op. 7.5 instead - at last minute - should I get into trouble getting through (33.4 is rather long and 7,5 is 1/2 page only).

Let me know if the choice is fine.

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#1075845 - 10/20/07 05:15 AM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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...Not sure whether this is the same with all mazurkas and score editions, for Op. 33.4 I've found three different pedalling versions in three different score editions. Also bows appear to be different in the various score editions.

How do you go about it in such an instance?

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Unfortunately none of the printed editions are completely accurate. I guess by "bows" you mean slurs? ;\) The thing to remember as a general guideline is that Chopin's pianos were much less resonant than today's. You should pedal lightly or even not at all in the Mazurkas.
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#1075846 - 10/20/07 07:28 AM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Hi PA:

You were down for 6/1 for #1 (from 10/2), so now I will put you down for 7/5 for #2 and 33/1 for #3.

Piano&Violin had chosen 33/4 for #1 back on 10/2.

I hope all of this is correct. Please let me know if I have goofed...once again.


Mary-Rose: How beautiful you look today. A woman of ever-changing personas. Our mystery lady, to be sure. ;\)

Thank you for the advice on playing the mazurakas. As one who relies heavily on the pedal to mush over my mistakes, I will have to change my approach. Can an old dog learn new tricks?

Arf, arf,
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#1075847 - 10/20/07 11:50 AM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Man, there's not much left other than level 8 pieces - should have gotten on the ball with second choices. Could I try 63.2 for (2), and 7.4 for recital 3? It's too bad about IMSLP, I was using that to check out the scores. thanks.
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#1075848 - 10/20/07 11:59 AM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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You're on for those, Mistaya. You know what they say about the early bird....ugh! :rolleyes:

I am so thrilled about the way these mazurkas have been going...almost like "hotcakes." \:\)

Kathleen
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#1075849 - 10/20/07 12:07 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Remember that I can be a backup if there's any mazurka left that needs a player.
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#1075850 - 10/20/07 12:14 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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....and the response is then what about the early worm, right?

So, when do we do we go into free-for all for the waltzes and nocturnes \:\)

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#1075851 - 10/20/07 06:12 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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It doesn't pay to be an early worm...it would seem.

OK and thanks Theowne: I will write in your name at the top of the list as a possible "back-up person."

Kathleen
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#1075852 - 10/20/07 08:50 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Has anyone noticed Theowne's video of 24/2 at his Youtube link ?

Very well played Theowne !
You make it look so easy.
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#1075853 - 10/20/07 10:11 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Hi PA:

You were down for 6/1 for #1 (from 10/2), so now I will put you down for 7/5 for #2 and 33/1 for #3.

[/b]
Hmmm ... I think you have me confused with Piano&Violin. He/she has asked for those two.

The only mazurka I have spoken up for so far is 6/1. I haven't had a chance to look through the others yet.
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#1075854 - 10/21/07 03:38 AM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Kathleen,

Is Piano again correct that you confused us - I did ask for 7.5 and 33.1. If that's a problem with anybody I don't mind to have another look and find different mazurkas. If you could just clarify.

Mary-Anne. Thanks for your info on pedalling Chopin. Greatly appreciated! If you - or anybody else - got any literature on this or related studies on Chopin, please let me know.

I'm currently waiting for a socalled study edition of the mazurkas to be delivered, advertisement said it was with Urtext, edited text and much explanation ... I'm really keen on not just playing it "somehow".

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#1075855 - 10/21/07 07:56 AM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Sorry about the mix-up PianoAgain and Piano&Violin. It doesn't take much to confuse me, so you two are doing a good job of it. \:D

I made the corrections.

Piano&Violin: I do have you down for 33/4 for the first recital. Is that correct.?

Kathleen
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#1075856 - 10/21/07 08:02 AM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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I just listened to Theowne on You-tube. He is just super. Perfect touch for Debussy and also for Chopin. His piano sounds beautiful also.

Great job, TheOwne: \:\) \:\)

Kathleen
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#1075857 - 10/21/07 02:28 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Kathleen, yes, it is.

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#1075858 - 10/24/07 11:23 AM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Hi All:

Please ignore the next two posts. Sorry for the confusion.

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#1075859 - 10/24/07 01:06 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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#1075860 - 10/24/07 01:29 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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#1075861 - 10/24/07 01:37 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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#1075862 - 10/25/07 08:54 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Wait, what happened? There was some stuff I saw before you deleted it all, and it's all quite confusing...
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#1075863 - 10/27/07 05:38 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Hi everyone, I was just looking at the list on the first page and see that you have twenty Mazurkas covered. That seems an ideal number, as there will then be enough left for future Chopin Commemorative recitals. So I suggest you check your choices, and anyone wanting to change or join in at the last minute, please do so quickly. Then the list can be finalised.

Has everyone started practising? Isn't it amazing how quickly four months can fly by!
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#1075864 - 10/28/07 01:00 AM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Well, I'm not too much into mazurkas, also I like a few of them, particularly 17 n. 2 in Em and Op. 67 n. 3 in C. I know these were already spoken for; but I can serve as a backup; these are pretty simple for me, so a month notice would suffice (of course, the longer the better).
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#1075865 - 10/28/07 06:25 AM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Yuri, have you played the Mazurkas much in the past? If not, force yourself to dip into them a bit and you might find they grow on you...

Certainly if we need a back-up for 17.2 or 67.3 then you will be called upon. Thanks!
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#1075866 - 10/28/07 10:25 AM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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68.2 looks free according to the list. Could I switch my first choice to that from 6.2?
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#1075867 - 10/28/07 10:52 AM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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'THE' (NEW) LIST (as of 10/28/07)

***I suggest we FREEZE THE LIST for the 1st recital Nov. 1st***

[No number after the person's name indicates the mazurka is chosen for the 1st "Recital" on March 1, 2008. A number (2) and/or (3) indicates that mazurka has been chosen for the second and third recital. October 17, 2008 and March 1, 2009 (respectively).]

Backup performers: Theowne, Yuri


6/1- PianoAgain
6/3 - Balakirev


7/1 - Peyton (2)
7/2 - gabytu (2)
7/3 - Frycek
7/4 - Mistaya (3)
7/5 - Piano&Violin (2)


17/1 - Rustyfingers (3)
17/2 - Rustyfingers (backup Yuri)
17/3 - Rustyfingers (2)
17/4 - Peyton

24/2 - Theowne
24/3 - Pianolina


30/1 - Schubertian
30/2 - Gabtytu
30/3 - Schubertian (2)
30/4 - Schubertian (3)

33/1 - Piano&Violin (3)
33/2 - Playadom
33/3 - Chardonnay
33/4 - Piano&Violin


41/1 - Ragnhild (E minor)
41/2 - Balakirev (B Major) (2)
41/3 - Ragnhild (Ab Major) (2)
41/4 - Ragnhild (C# minor) (3)

50/2 - Frycek (3)
50/3 - Playadom* (1 along with 33/2)

63/1 - Gerg
63/2 - Mistaya (2)
63/3 - Frycek (2)

67/2 - Nancy333
67/3 - Cruiser (backup Yuri)
67/4 - Household


68/1- Balakirev (3)
68/2 - Mistaya
68/3 - Sleepingcats
68/4 - Bassio

Note 6/2 is now free.
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#1075868 - 10/28/07 04:39 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Yuri, have you played the Mazurkas much in the past? If not, force yourself to dip into them a bit and you might find they grow on you...

Certainly if we need a back-up for 17.2 or 67.3 then you will be called upon. Thanks! [/b]
Yes, I went through Soviet 7-year music school, and played mazurkas as part of program. Right now, my study program is kind of full: I am learning 2 Chopin Etudes, 4 Liszt pieces, and an 18-page Alkan's etude (op 76 #3). Adding a mazurka to the mix would certainly provide some relief; but at the moment the only effort I am realistically willing to expand on it is just sight reading through the piece a few times. That is until I am called for the backup (as I mentioned, I'd need about a month notice to bring it up to reasonable level), of course - then I'll concentrate more on the details.
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#1075869 - 10/30/07 12:22 AM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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OK, now I'm officially intimidated.
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#1075870 - 10/30/07 12:59 AM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Oh dear. And why would you ever be intimidated...?
I've heard you play on previous recital, and I felt you were one of the more accomplished pianists.
Now, some of us like to beat on the technical pieces until our fingers hurt, but that does not add any musicality to our playing (I am not saying it is not useful). Mazurkas are not that technical, anybody above, say, grade 6 level can play these at very competent level.
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#1075871 - 10/30/07 01:26 AM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Well that was sweet. I'm literally blushing. I played my recital piece at about half tempo, and every time I think about it I get embarrassed. I guess one can get away with that playing something nobody knows well....

Thanks very much for the encouragement. I'll see what I can do! But after hearing your Revolutionary Etude....

Edit: I'm reminded of a time in jr. high school. My best friend was the accompanist for the chorus, and he was quite talented. Since I played, I turned pages for him. For some reason, the director decided to ask me to accompany one of the songs. I practiced and rehearsed with the chorus. But I knew that my friend could play it better than I could. So I backed out. And turned pages. Not one of my more shining moments, I'm afraid...
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#1075872 - 10/31/07 08:02 AM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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rustyfingers, I would feel even more nervous turning pages than playing myself - in case I let the pianist down! I was at a recital at the Chopin Society here in London earlier this year, and the pianist was playing something by Weber. His wife was the page-turner. At a really fast passage (where the pages seemed to need turning every two seconds) she lost her place, and he had to do it himself in the midst of a virtuosic run. She looked *so* abashed I felt really sorry for her.
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#1075873 - 10/31/07 08:16 AM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Being page turning is not a shining momonent, more like "somebody has to do it", but I will say it's a job for real enthusiasts - no pay, no honour and glory, just the joy of taking a tiny little part in music.

I have turned pages and pulling registers for our organist a few times in concerts. Last time on Sunday and I'm ashamed beacause he played a flawless and very musical Rheinberger Sonata and the only slip that could be heard was me being a tiny bit too late pulling the Trumpet...

Still it's always a pleasure to assist a great musician !

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#1075874 - 10/31/07 05:23 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Ragnhild, I bet nobody but you and the organist even noticed.

I agree with you both that page turning is important and can be difficult. I didn't really meant to underestimate page turners.

I should have made it clear when I said "Not one of my more shining moments" I actually meant my cowardice in backing out, not the fact that I turned pages!
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#1075875 - 11/01/07 12:02 AM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Pulling the Trumpet a bit too late is still better than a bit too early. \:D

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#1075876 - 11/03/07 06:39 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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It's funny to think of Chopin being an organist, isn't it. He played the organ in his local Catholic Church in Warsaw, and also at the funeral of his friend the tenor Nourrit in Marseilles.

I think the organ is a great way of practising really extreme legato.
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#1075877 - 11/06/07 12:16 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Can I push my 33/1 back to the second recital? Learning 25/11 and 3 other Chopin pieces is a little bit of overload.
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#1075878 - 11/07/07 11:59 AM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Can I push my 33/1 back to the second recital? Learning 25/11 and 3 other Chopin pieces is a little bit of overload. [/b]
Of course you can, Playadom.

So - the latest list looks like this:

[No number after the person's name indicates the mazurka is chosen for the 1st "Recital" on March 1, 2008. A number (2) and/or (3) indicates that mazurka has been chosen for the second and third recital. October 17, 2008 and March 1, 2009 (respectively).]

Backup performers: Theowne, Yuri


6/1- PianoAgain
6/3 - Balakirev


7/1 - Peyton (2)
7/2 - gabytu (2)
7/3 - Frycek
7/4 - Mistaya (3)
7/5 - Piano&Violin (2)


17/1 - Rustyfingers (3)
17/2 - Rustyfingers (backup Yuri)
17/3 - Rustyfingers (2)
17/4 - Peyton

24/2 - Theowne
24/3 - Pianolina


30/1 - Schubertian
30/2 - Gabtytu
30/3 - Schubertian (2)
30/4 - Schubertian (3)

33/1 - Piano&Violin (3)
33/2 - Playadom (2)
33/3 - Chardonnay
33/4 - Piano&Violin


41/1 - Ragnhild (E minor)
41/2 - Balakirev (B Major) (2)
41/3 - Ragnhild (Ab Major) (2)
41/4 - Ragnhild (C# minor) (3)

50/2 - Frycek (3)
50/3 - Playadom* (1 along with 33/2)

63/1 - Gerg
63/2 - Mistaya (2)
63/3 - Frycek (2)

67/2 - Nancy333
67/3 - Cruiser (backup Yuri)
67/4 - Household


68/1- Balakirev (3)
68/2 - Mistaya
68/3 - Sleepingcats
68/4 - Bassio

Love to all Mazurkathoners - Mary-Rose
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#1075879 - 11/09/07 10:10 AM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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How is everyone enjoying their Mazurkas? Is this a new genre for some of you? Do you find them addictive?
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#1075880 - 11/09/07 11:45 AM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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This is the first time I've played one in a long long time, and I really am enjoying it. I admit that had it not been for this recital, I may have delayed exploring these (so much music, so little time!). But the rhythms are so catchy that I will definitely try others after this. (Plus, they're relatively short, which is sometimes good psychologically!)

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#1075881 - 11/09/07 12:38 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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How is everyone enjoying their Mazurkas? Is this a new genre for some of you? Do you find them addictive? [/b]
It's certainly not new for listening, but this is the first time I've played a Mazurka. I find the one I'm playing to be quite addictive.
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#1075882 - 11/09/07 02:39 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Hey, you're quoting gerg! That's cool \:D
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#1075883 - 11/09/07 03:26 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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 Quote:
Originally posted by Mary-Rose:
Hey, you're quoting gerg! That's cool \:D [/b]
It makes a great sig.
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#1075884 - 11/20/07 04:24 AM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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OK, time for a bump and progress report. I've fallen in love with mine. How about you?
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#1075885 - 11/20/07 05:48 AM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Not fallen in love, I think.
41.1 is a weird little piece and I'm not att all sure how to play it to make it mine, but still make it sound like a Mazurka...

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#1075886 - 11/20/07 05:55 AM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Mary-Rose,

it's my first Chopin piece, and it's the most difficult one I'm doing so far. I love Chopin music, and I'm doing a bit of background reading. For me, the mazurka is clearly a huge next step. My teacher had chosen it before I joined the marathon, so I should be fine with it, and I do enjoy the teacher's help.

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#1075887 - 11/20/07 10:30 AM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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I'm sort of flailing away and not making much progress. Playable but slow and messy. I started with a public domain score which I had trouble reading, so I've switched editions, and am trying to replace the fingering I was using with the better suggestions in my new edition.

I figure I'll really buckle down on it after the holiday piano bar.
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#1075888 - 11/23/07 01:40 AM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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So you want a progress report. Hmmm. Well I am working on my Mazurka. Love em, but not sure I am doing justice to them. I have a CD with them and the pianist plays them much much faster than I do. When I speed up, I make mistakes, so will stick to the slow playing. Maybe by March I will have them somewhat up to tempo. Gaby Tu

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#1075889 - 11/23/07 03:52 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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gabytu, I think it's more important to stay in the correct rhythm than to play fast.

rustyfingers- what edition do you have now? I really think it's worth buying the better editions - I have noticed actual wrong notes in public domain scores. When you consider how much effort and time you put in, you might as well invest in a proper edition (and even they aren't perfect).
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#1075890 - 11/26/07 02:38 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Hi Mary Rose,

I splurged and got the Henle edition. My eyes are thanking me for it!

-rf
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#1075891 - 11/26/07 05:30 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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 Quote:
Originally posted by gabytu:
So you want a progress report. Hmmm. Well I am working on my Mazurka. Love em, but not sure I am doing justice to them. I have a CD with them and the pianist plays them much much faster than I do. When I speed up, I make mistakes, so will stick to the slow playing. Maybe by March I will have them somewhat up to tempo. Gaby Tu [/b]
Slow practice really helps A LOT!
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#1075892 - 01/15/08 10:46 AM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Is this still on or is it dead?

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#1075893 - 01/15/08 12:53 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Still on, as far as I know.

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#1075894 - 01/15/08 09:35 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Well, I'm still practicing and I think I've been elected Mistress of Ceremonies by default so it's still on.
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#1075895 - 01/16/08 05:04 AM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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I was just wondering because a while ago, I'd asked to switch 33/4 to October 2008 and 7/5 to March 2008 and never heard back, but I assume now that that's just fine.

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#1075896 - 01/19/08 10:54 AM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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68/3 is now up for grabs.

I have to withdraw from the Marathon due to stresses of a move coming up in a few weeks, and pain from a shoulder injury in November that has noticeably become much worse in the last two weeks, both of which have severely reduced piano bench time and increased depression. (I still have a bit of neck pain although that decreased quite a bit with medication in the last 2 months).

I'm hoping to get back on track with lessons and practicing in February; however, there is just not enough time for me to get the Mazurka 68/3 to a performance level.

Looking forward to another Marathon in the future perhaps!
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#1075897 - 01/19/08 03:15 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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sleepingcats-

Please note that the recital is actually three recitals - the second and third are Oct 17 2008 and March 1 2009 - presumably things will be better for you by next year - why dont you just sign up for a later date
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#1075898 - 01/19/08 04:18 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Thank you Schubertian,

I thought the easiest pieces were to be submitted for the first recital this March, with the other recitals being reserved for the harder pieces. I must have missed something since I hadn't been able to keep up with the forum. If I can put off the 68/3 till October, then I can do it - that gives me plenty of time to catch up!
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#1075899 - 01/19/08 05:12 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Better clear it with the authorities first -
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#1075900 - 01/19/08 06:24 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Apparently, being the only "authority" around, yes, by all means save 63/3 until October. I've done a bit of switching around already. The idea was to let people choose for all two/three recitals at once so there would be more time to prepare the harder pieces if necessary. They don't need to be presented in any particular order.
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#1075901 - 01/19/08 08:33 PM Re: Join In the Mazurka Marathon!!
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Would love to take part if there is still room. I'm not clear on how this works though, so if someone could explain it to me and give me an assignment (further out is better because my piano is in the shop), then I would love to participate . . .
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