Welcome to the Piano World Piano Forums
Over 2 million posts about pianos, digital pianos, and all types of keyboard instruments
Join the World's Largest Community of Piano Lovers (it's free)
It's Fun to Play the Piano ... Please Pass It On!

Gifts and supplies for the musician

SEARCH
the Forums & Piano World

This custom search works much better than the built in one and allows searching older posts.
(ad) Pianoteq
(ad) Pearl River
Pearl River Pianos
(ad) P B Guide
Acoustic & Digital Piano Guide
(ad) Lindeblad Piano
Lindeblad Piano Restoration
Who's Online
160 registered (Albunea, 5019, accordeur, 40 invisible), 1643 Guests and 18 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
(ad) Estonia Piano
Estonia Pianos
Quick Links to Useful Piano & Music Resources
Our Classified Ads
Find Piano Professionals-

*Piano Dealers - Piano Stores
*Piano Tuners
*Piano Teachers
*Piano Movers
*Piano Restorations
*Piano Manufacturers
*Organs

Quick Links:
*Advertise On Piano World
*Free Piano Newsletter
*Online Piano Recitals
*Piano Recitals Index
*Piano & Music Accessories
*Music School Listings
* Buying a Piano
*Buying A Acoustic Piano
*Buying a Digital Piano
*Pianos for Sale
*Sell Your Piano
*How Old is My Piano?
*Piano Books
*Piano Art, Pictures, & Posters
*Directory/Site Map
*Contest
*Links
*Virtual Piano
*Music Word Search
*Piano Screen Saver
*Piano Videos
*Virtual Piano Chords
Topic Options
#1210040 - 06/01/09 09:52 PM Pedaling Debussy's Reverie
danthemusicman91 Offline
Full Member

Registered: 01/09/09
Posts: 57
Loc: Washington
I've tried pedaling through these measures in so many ways and still can't find a way that sounds good.

M: 1, 2, etc.
M: 27-30
_________________________
I want a grand piano, if you would like to donate email me, joking, kind of.

Top
Piano & Music Gifts & Accessories (570)
Piano accessories and music gift items
#1210045 - 06/01/09 10:00 PM Re: Pedaling Debussy's Reverie [Re: danthemusicman91]
Horowitzian Offline
8000 Post Club Member

Registered: 09/18/08
Posts: 8453
Joseph Banowetz's wonderful book, The Pianist's Guide to Pedaling, has an entire chapter devoted to Walter Gieseking's methods of pedaling Debussy and Ravel.

The book is available free online here:

http://www.iupress.indiana.edu/iol/

You need to sign up, is all. smile
_________________________
Close only counts in horseshoes, hand grenades, and nuclear weapons.

Top
#1210069 - 06/01/09 10:27 PM Re: Pedaling Debussy's Reverie [Re: Horowitzian]
Ridicolosamente Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 07/08/08
Posts: 1470
Loc: Miami, Florida, USA
For the Reverie, I'm sure you know you want to create a dreamy texture, which is accomplished by a tasteful overlapping and blurring.

You need to experiment with your piano to see how sensitive the damper pedal is. If it's a better piano, there should be a varying sustain depending on how far you depress the damper pedal.



As an example, I basically pedal right through the first 6 measures, not depressing the pedal completely. I lift slightly between 6 & 7, then again between 7 & 8, and do my first complete "clear" at measure 9. Then again, I pedal right through 11, and don't clear until the G minor arpeggio in 12, and similarly throughout the piece.

The key is not depressing the pedal all the way, maintaining a very light touch in the left hand, and taking care to have the melody stand out above that "blurred" harmony. But of course in the end, it's a matter of personal taste, and how sensitive your instrument is.

Hope this helps somewhat.

Daniel
_________________________
Currently working on:
-Dane Rudhyar's Stars from Pentagrams No 3

Top
#1210115 - 06/02/09 12:28 AM Re: Pedaling Debussy's Reverie [Re: Ridicolosamente]
BruceD Offline
Yikes! 10000 Post Club Member

Registered: 05/26/01
Posts: 18759
Loc: Victoria, BC
Daniel :

Good post!

Regards,
_________________________
BruceD
- - - - -
Estonia 190

Top

Moderator:  Brendan, Kreisler 
(ad) Yamaha CP4 Rebate
Yamaha CP4 Rebate
Shop our Store for Music Lovers!
PianoSupplies.com is Piano World's Online Store
Please visit our store today.
Composer Statuettes
(ads) PD - WNG - MH
Wessell Nickel & Gross
(ad 125) Sweetwater - Digital Keyboards & Other Gear
Digital Pianos at Sweetwater
Ad (Seiler/Knabe)
Knabe Pianos
(125ad) Dampp Chaser
Dampp Chaser Piano Life Saver
New Topics - Multiple Forums
Intro to 'Steppin' Out' live
by Visalia
55 minutes 40 seconds ago
White chalk-like substance on metal rods at bottom of piano
by kiwik
Today at 03:51 PM
Key requires more velocity to achieve same volume as others
by Schick
Today at 03:05 PM
Returning to piano after 11 year absence
by Isabelle1949
Today at 01:12 PM
European Pianos in Canada
by Juli_et
Today at 08:16 AM
What's Hot!!
New Forum for Selling Your Products or Services
--------------------
Historic Piano Documents
--------------------
Posting Pictures on the Forums
-------------------
Forums Rules & Help
-------------------
ADVERTISE
on Piano World

The world's most popular piano web site.
-------------------
PIANO BOOKS
Forum Stats
79,462 Registered Members
44 Forums
164,428 Topics
2,412,225 Posts

Most users ever online: 15,252 @ 03/21/10 11:39 PM
Sheet Music Plus (125)
Sheet Music Plus Featured Sale

Visit our online store for gifts for music lovers

 
Help keep the forums up and running with a donation, any amount is appreciated!
Or by becoming a Subscribing member! Thank-you.
Donate   Subscribe
 
Our Piano Related Classified Ads
|
Dealers | Tuners | Lessons | Movers | Restorations | Pianos For Sale | Sell Your Piano |

Advertise on Piano World
| Subscribe | Piano World | PianoSupplies.com | Advertise on Piano World | Donate | Link to Us | Classifieds |
| |Contact | Privacy | Legal | About Us | Site Map | Free Newsletter | Press Room |


copyright 1997 - 2015 Piano World ® all rights reserved
No part of this site may be reproduced without prior written permission