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#1220241 - 06/20/09 07:44 PM Rachmaninoff's Little Red Riding Hood
pianogal37 Offline
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I just discovered this piece. It's amazing and so expressive. Does anyone know what level it is and how difficult it is to learn? I have small girlie hands.
Bach French Suites No. 6, Allemande and Gigue, Beethoven's Pathetique, Chopin Nocturne 72/1, Fantaisie-Impromptu, Debussy's First Arabesque, Takacs Toccata Op 54, Rachmaninoff Etude-Tableau 33/8.

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#1220247 - 06/20/09 07:54 PM Re: Rachmaninoff's Little Red Riding Hood [Re: pianogal37]
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This is the etude-tableaux op. 39 no. 6, right? Looking at the score and listening to a performance I'd estimate that it's about Grade Ridiculously Hard. Honestly, the piece is easily into the realm of professional performance qualifications. As long as you can play a four-note chord spanning an octave you should be fine with the stretches though.

Edited by FunkyLlama (06/20/09 07:55 PM)

#1220320 - 06/20/09 11:18 PM Re: Rachmaninoff's Little Red Riding Hood [Re: FunkyLlama]
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The editor of the MCA Piano Library edition of the Rachmaninoff Etudes Tableaux writes the following :

"In the case of the "Etudes Tableaux", the composer has intentionally refrained from revealing the source of his inspiration. According to von Riesemann (Oscar von Reisemann [sic!]:Rachmaninoff Recollections), Rachmaninoff did disclose his sources of inspiration of a few of the "Etudes Tableaux". Two Bocklin paintings, "Morning" and "The Waves", are named - another one is said to represent the gay bustle of a Russian country fair, and Opus 39, No. 6 to have been motivated by the fairy tale "Red Riding Hood And The Wolf". However, as there are several obvious inaccuracines in von Riesemann's list, the authenticity of this information is to be seriously doubted."

To answer the OP's question, Mirovitch goes on to say : "These pieces set a formidable task for the performer and, frequently, seem to demand more from the piano in range, sonority and power than the instrument is capable of giving." It may not, therefore, be a work that you will approach lightly, wondering "how difficult it is to learn".

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#1220386 - 06/21/09 03:52 AM Re: Rachmaninoff's Little Red Riding Hood [Re: BruceD]
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There's a whole range of difficult music about which I always think that if anyone asks about how hard it is, it's automatically beyond their capabilities. It's a lot like that old line about buying power and certain high-end material things - if you need to ask the price, you can't afford it.

#1221218 - 06/22/09 08:11 PM Re: Rachmaninoff's Little Red Riding Hood [Re: wr]
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Opus 39, No. 6 to have been motivated by the fairy tale "Red Riding Hood.

R. told Ruth Slencynxka that this was about LRRH.

#1221469 - 06/23/09 09:56 AM Re: Rachmaninoff's Little Red Riding Hood [Re: LJC]
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Rachmaninoff was very reluctant to reveal the sources of his inspiration for pieces such as the Etudes tableaux. He took the view that people did not need to know the inspiration in order to interpret them.

However, when Ottorino Respighi wrote to Rachmaninoff requesting that he (Respighi) could orchestrate some of the Etudes tableaux, Rachmaninoff revealed the source of five etudes tableaux so that the orchestrations would be faithful to the inspiration. This is how we know about Op 39 No 6 being inspired by the Little Red Riding Hood tale. Had Respighi not orchestrated it, I very much doubt Rachmaninoff would have told anyone.

Edited by timbo77 (06/23/09 10:11 AM)


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