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#1992049 - 11/28/12 05:12 PM Ballade in G Minor: Criticism Requested
peraspera19 Offline
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Registered: 11/28/12
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PianoWorld:

Long time reader, first time poster. I am preparing to record Chopin's Ballade in G Minor. I am a computer scientist, not a pianist, so this was quite an ordeal for me to learn.

Here is my trial performance (76MB):
www.jrwallrabenstein.com/Media/Ballade_in_G_Minor_Stream.m4v

Issues I am aware of:

Bar 19: I used the LH chord from bar 197
Bar 34: Accent too light to show start of new phrase
Bar 43: Sloppy transition
Bars 56 - 63: Missed the runs. I learned the piece primarily on my digital (I'm in an apartment), so I'm used to slightly different key spacing.
Bar 66: Video Transition, I used the ending from the second trial run.
Bar 136: Lost just the turn of the run
Bar 141: The E flat, D, C, B flat could be more accentuated
Bar 182: Missed LH note
Bar 200: Too long of a pause
Bar 246: Need to differentiate the turn of the run
Bar 252, 256: Too quick off top note, need gentler release

Of course, the presto con fuoco could be faster and clearer smile

I recorded this on a Pramberger (in my apartment, sorry about the acoustics) using two AT2050's and a Focusrite 2i2 preamp. The gain was a little low, so you may have to turn the volume up to hear everything. I used a Panasonic HD camcorder, but after linking the external audio in iMovie and exporting it appears to have been filmed with a potato.

Any and all criticism is welcome - I have a few weeks yet before I perform for my family. Thank you so much for your time!

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#1992711 - 11/30/12 07:27 AM Re: Ballade in G Minor: Criticism Requested [Re: peraspera19]
peterws Offline
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Registered: 07/21/12
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I listened to that; it had touches of Rackmaninoff in it. Sounds complex to me. The slow beginning could perhaps flow a tad better to maintain interest. I would speed it up, and shorten the silent bits, but what do I know? You handled the fast bits very well. Your list of perceived shortfalls - throw it away. Get into the music, feel what the composer feels. And how it feels to you. And enjoy what you do . . Well done!
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#1992787 - 11/30/12 11:22 AM Re: Ballade in G Minor: Criticism Requested [Re: peterws]
peraspera19 Offline
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Registered: 11/28/12
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Thank you so much for taking the time to listen! I think you are right - the beginning does drag, and I'll speed that up. If anyone else has comments, I would love your opinion as well. I promise to post an updated recording by the end of December. Thank you again for your thoughts and encouraging words!

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#1995368 - 12/06/12 09:24 AM Re: Ballade in G Minor: Criticism Requested [Re: peraspera19]
peraspera19 Offline
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Registered: 11/28/12
Posts: 3
UPDATE:

Here is the final version, with an introduction from The Pianist (I start playing at 3:35 if you don't care about the introduction):

http://vimeo.com/54994647

Thanks again to peterws for the comments!

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