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#1817933 - 01/03/12 04:45 PM Re: What are you practicing? [Re: Orange Soda King]
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Originally Posted By: Orange Soda King
I'm barely pushing down, my friend. If you could be in my house you would be very, very surprised. I promise you. I'm using my weight to slowly drop into the keys. "Attack" almost wouldn't even describe how I'm playing.


OK, then.
Maybe you can post another recording played on a decent grand, recorded with a better setup.

Currently, this recording is not justifying your playing.

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#1817934 - 01/03/12 04:48 PM Re: What are you practicing? [Re: Hakki]
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Originally Posted By: Hakki

OK, then.
Maybe you can post another recording played on a decent grand, recorded with a better setup.


And that's the number 1 reason I can't wait to go back to University!

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#1817944 - 01/03/12 05:05 PM Re: What are you practicing? [Re: Orange Soda King]
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What piano did you play on? You do deserve a better piano doing justice to your dynamics.
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#1817968 - 01/03/12 05:45 PM Re: What are you practicing? [Re: ChopinAddict]
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It is a Kolher and Campbell baby grand. I agree, but it's fine to practice on.

Don't worry. I'll have three 9 foot Steinways and a 9 and a half Bosie Imperial at my selection in a few days. wink

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#1818075 - 01/03/12 09:31 PM Re: What are you practicing? [Re: Hermanberntzen]
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I played the G minor prelude from WTK II at a marking of 60 per sixteenth note, to get all of the holding and releasing down. It was a shock to find how difficult it was even at that speed. After about 15 minutes of it, though, I had it down solid. Then I did a similar thing with the fugue, that still needs some work.

Followed it up with a run of Mazeppa, which sounded better than it ever has at full speed. Bach is good for you, people!

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#1818078 - 01/03/12 09:34 PM Re: What are you practicing? [Re: jeffreyjones]
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Originally Posted By: jeffreyjones
It was a shock to find how difficult it was even at that speed... After about 15 minutes of it, though, I had it down solid.

This almost seems like a contradiction. smile

I've never considered anything "difficult" which I then had solid after 15 minutes. Almost by definition.

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#1818080 - 01/03/12 09:34 PM Re: What are you practicing? [Re: jeffreyjones]
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Originally Posted By: jeffreyjones
I played the G minor prelude from WTK II at a marking of 60 per sixteenth note, to get all of the holding and releasing down. It was a shock to find how difficult it was even at that speed. After about 15 minutes of it, though, I had it down solid. Then I did a similar thing with the fugue, that still needs some work.


Love that P & F!
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#1818082 - 01/03/12 09:35 PM Re: What are you practicing? [Re: beet31425]
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Originally Posted By: beet31425
Originally Posted By: jeffreyjones
It was a shock to find how difficult it was even at that speed... After about 15 minutes of it, though, I had it down solid.

This almost seems like a contradiction. smile

I've never considered anything "difficult" which I then had solid after 15 minutes. Almost by definition.

-J


Only at that slow speed! It will still take some time to scale it up and still get all of the durations right. It's a four-voice overture, and the repetitive nature of it makes it easy to slip and take a wrong turn..

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#1818147 - 01/04/12 12:24 AM Re: What are you practicing? [Re: Hermanberntzen]
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For the next few weeks:

Rach Cello Sonata
Beethoven A major Cello Sonata

Then back to Liszt transcriptions for early Feb., Chopin op. 22 and some two-piano stuff for March, and about a billion accompanying/chamber recitals through April/early May.

I'm thinking of doing a jazz/rock/improv-themed recital next year:

Radiohead/O'Riely - 3 or 4 song transcriptions
Kapustin - Variations, op. 41
Vine - Sonata #1
-intermission-
Bach, C minor Toccata
Rzewski, Winnsboro Cottonmill Blues
David Cutler, Superpower (Hilarious piece! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9AEiQyPzzk)

I might swap out the Vine, but since everything else is new/unperformed I need something that I've played before and know I that can dropkick.
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#1818168 - 01/04/12 01:19 AM Re: What are you practicing? [Re: Hermanberntzen]
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Beethoven, Beethoven, Beethoven Waldstein!!!!! The piece is turning out to be trickier than I thought...it's so, so, so hard to find what to do with all those repeating patterns

Good News: I might have a recording of the Liszt up soon!

and a little PS: I'm dying for a recital opportunity. I haven't had a recital since early December, and I miss performing...I might not have another chance until, yikes!, February!

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#1818575 - 01/04/12 05:58 PM Re: What are you practicing? [Re: PaulaPiano34]
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Beethoven, Beethoven, Beethoven Waldstein!!!!! The piece is turning out to be trickier than I thought...it's so, so, so hard to find what to do with all those repeating patterns

Good News: I might have a recording of the Liszt up soon!

and a little PS: I'm dying for a recital opportunity. I haven't had a recital since early December, and I miss performing...I might not have another chance until, yikes!, February!


That reminded me of this Peanuts' comic:


I'm working on Beethoven Op. 22, and I'm also working on the piano part of Beethoven's Violin Sonata #5.
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#1818612 - 01/04/12 06:49 PM Re: What are you practicing? [Re: ChibiSF]
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Originally Posted By: ChibiSF

I'm working on Beethoven Op. 22


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That is an EXCELLENT piano sonata. It BAFFLES me why it is so underrated. It's easily my favorite sonata from his early period. It's also very, very difficult...

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#1818616 - 01/04/12 06:52 PM Re: What are you practicing? [Re: PaulaPiano34]
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Originally Posted By: chobeethaninov
Beethoven, Beethoven, Beethoven Waldstein!!!!! The piece is turning out to be trickier than I thought...it's so, so, so hard to find what to do with all those repeating patterns
Tell me more! I've been working on it since June. My biggest challenge is to stay focused and not tense up. I found the first movement tricky but doable. The Rondo is mostly easy but there are places that are murder!
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#1818629 - 01/04/12 07:05 PM Re: What are you practicing? [Re: Orange Soda King]
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Originally Posted By: Orange Soda King
Originally Posted By: ChibiSF

I'm working on Beethoven Op. 22


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That is an EXCELLENT piano sonata. It BAFFLES me why it is so underrated. It's easily my favorite sonata from his early period. It's also very, very difficult...


Interesting. I never was too fond of op. 22. Of his early ones I much prefer Op 2/3, 7, 10/3, 13, 26, 27 1/2. To each his own, though smile


Edited by pianojosh23 (01/04/12 07:06 PM)

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#1818681 - 01/04/12 08:04 PM Re: What are you practicing? [Re: Hermanberntzen]
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I practiced an Octave Chemieux waltz for about 45 minutes today for my Random IMSLP project. What a name, Octave Chemieux.
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#1819169 - 01/05/12 03:39 PM Re: What are you practicing? [Re: pianojosh23]
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Originally Posted By: pianojosh23
Originally Posted By: Orange Soda King
Originally Posted By: ChibiSF

I'm working on Beethoven Op. 22


thumb

That is an EXCELLENT piano sonata. It BAFFLES me why it is so underrated. It's easily my favorite sonata from his early period. It's also very, very difficult...


Interesting. I never was too fond of op. 22. Of his early ones I much prefer Op 2/3, 7, 10/3, 13, 26, 27 1/2. To each his own, though smile


Interesting. Of all the Beethoven Sonatas I have played, all of them are on the list you just mentioned. And I love Op 22.

But then again, I share the same opinion of Beethoven as dear Schroeder above.
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#1819250 - 01/05/12 05:49 PM Re: What are you practicing? [Re: Hermanberntzen]
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I haven't practiced in 5 days. I think that's the longest break I've taken in a really, really long time!
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#1819824 - 01/06/12 05:59 PM Re: What are you practicing? [Re: Hermanberntzen]
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At the moment Scriabin Op. 11 No. 24, Chopin Op. 25 No. 1 and Rachmaninoff Op. 3 No. 1.

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#1920197 - 06/28/12 04:11 PM Re: What are you practicing? [Re: Hermanberntzen]
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Shall revive this!

Currently working on bach partita no. 6, chopin sonata no. 3, chopin ballade no. 4, chopin etudes op. 25 no.s 10&12, kreisleriana, mozart's lacrymosa smile

Having a blast too!

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#1920210 - 06/28/12 04:34 PM Re: What are you practicing? [Re: chuasm]
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Shall revive this!
Okay, I liked this thread:

Liszt Sonetto del Petrarca 104
Beethoven Opus 53
Rachmaninoff Etude Tableaux #6
Chopin Ballade #3.
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#1920215 - 06/28/12 04:51 PM Re: What are you practicing? [Re: gooddog]
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Me, too!

Handel, Keyboard Suite No. 13 in Bb Maj. (the whole thing)
Chandler, "Consolation"
Bach, "Solo per il Cembalo" from LNAMB
Davis/Akst, "First, Last and Always (I Love You): Ballad Fox Trot (1923)
Kahn/Donaldson, "Beside a Babbling Brook" (Song), (1923)
Egan/Whiting, "The Japanese Sandman" (1920)

today, anyway...

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#1920220 - 06/28/12 05:04 PM Re: What are you practicing? [Re: Hermanberntzen]
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Brahms Sonata for Piano and Violin in G major
Beethoven Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 4 in A minor

Chopin Fantasie in F minor
Kutnowski Tango Etudes
Balakirev Islamey
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#1920221 - 06/28/12 05:12 PM Re: What are you practicing? [Re: gooddog]
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Originally Posted By: gooddog
Originally Posted By: chuasm
Shall revive this!
Okay, I liked this thread:

Liszt Sonetto del Petrarca 104
Beethoven Opus 53
Rachmaninoff Etude Tableaux #6
Chopin Ballade #3.

Which Rachmaninoff Etude tableaux?? The op.33 one (which is either the short E flat minor or the E flat major march), or the A minor op.39 one? I don't understand the appeal of the A minor etude tableau, I think it seems to mostly turn out as a bad showpiece.

As for me, I'm trying to finish up learning the third movement of Rach 2, and then start polishing the whole concerto. I'm also sorta working through the Tombeau. The Vine sonata and the Chopin ballade aren't getting as much attention, though I've performed the Chopin before.
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#1920242 - 06/28/12 06:30 PM Re: What are you practicing? [Re: Kuanpiano]
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Originally Posted By: Kuanpiano
Originally Posted By: gooddog
Originally Posted By: chuasm
Shall revive this!
Okay, I liked this thread:

Liszt Sonetto del Petrarca 104
Beethoven Opus 53
Rachmaninoff Etude Tableaux #6
Chopin Ballade #3.

Which Rachmaninoff Etude tableaux?? The op.33 one (which is either the short E flat minor or the E flat major march), or the A minor op.39 one?
Oh, sorry. It's opus 33 E flat major. (I've also been messing with Op 33 #4 because I like it. I may prepare it as a present for my teacher.) And I forgot, in a little over a week a friend and I are performing the Andante from Mozart's sonata for 2 pianos K448.
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#1920245 - 06/28/12 06:37 PM Re: What are you practicing? [Re: Hermanberntzen]
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The D minor is fantastic!! It's extremely hard to voice though. It's my favourite of the bunch, aside from the other D minor in op.39.
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#1920281 - 06/28/12 09:17 PM Re: What are you practicing? [Re: Hermanberntzen]
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I've been practicing Liszt's 2nd Legend (which my ignorant self choose to learn instead of the Beethoven 4th Concerto. Regrets now but oh well. :P), man I really need to strengthen and discipline my left hand and Schubert A minor Sonata from the op.143 I think and entitled D784, perhaps my favorite Schubert sonata I have ever encountered.


Edited by Gould (06/28/12 09:24 PM)

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#1920301 - 06/28/12 10:05 PM Re: What are you practicing? [Re: Hermanberntzen]
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And a pile of ensemble stuff about a metre high - brass, string, wind, vocal. Some pretty straightforward pieces, others very far from being so.
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#1920312 - 06/28/12 10:39 PM Re: What are you practicing? [Re: Kuanpiano]
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The D minor is fantastic!! It's extremely hard to voice though.


I've been struggling with this one myself. That inner melody that pokes out around bars 11-12 and (I think) 32-33 is giving me quite a bit of grief. Any suggestions on how to practice this?

There is a youtube video by, I think, Debrucey where he does a nice job of bringing this part out.

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#1920317 - 06/28/12 10:55 PM Re: What are you practicing? [Re: Hermanberntzen]
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I'm almost ready to go on my jazz/rock/improvisation-themed recital program for next year:

Radiohead/O'Reily: Karma Police, Subterranean Homesick Alien, and Let Down
Kapustin: Variations, op. 41
Miguel del Aguila/Kinsella: Conga Line in heck
Bach: Toccata in c minor, BWV 911
Rzewski: Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues
David Cutler: Superpower (hilarious piece!)

The Bach, Radiohead, and Cutler are good to go. Rzewski will take some reviving, and I've just got to learn the last variation of the Kapustin. I might sub out my transcription of Conga Line in heck for Vine's First Piano Sonata (a golden oldie for me) because I'm not sure if I can play it or not. smile

An excerpt:


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#1920342 - 06/29/12 12:09 AM Re: What are you practicing? [Re: Hermanberntzen]
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Pretty much done with Ondine and Scarlatti K. 531

Working on:

Ravel's Sonatine
Scarlatti K. 239 and K. 517 (that one is a bit much for me though)
Chopin's Military Polonaise and Nocturne in Eb (never learned it, so I figured I'd get it in)

Barely working on:
Moleiro - Joropo
Lecuona - Gitanerias

If you haven't heard the last two pieces:
Joropo
Gitanerias

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