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#1210040 - 06/01/09 09:52 PM Pedaling Debussy's Reverie
danthemusicman91 Offline
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Registered: 01/09/09
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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
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#1210045 - 06/01/09 10:00 PM Re: Pedaling Debussy's Reverie [Re: danthemusicman91]
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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:


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#1210069 - 06/01/09 10:27 PM Re: Pedaling Debussy's Reverie [Re: Horowitzian]
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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.

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-Dane Rudhyar's Stars from Pentagrams No 3

#1210115 - 06/02/09 12:28 AM Re: Pedaling Debussy's Reverie [Re: Ridicolosamente]
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Daniel :

Good post!

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