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#2024413 - 01/31/13 02:46 AM Re: Thoughts on Fantasie impromptu - Chopin [Re: JoelW]
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Originally Posted By: JoelW
Speaking of Chopin pieces that I don't like anymore... the first two scherzi are pretty boring to me these days. Only the 3rd and 4th still hit it home for me. Am I the only one?


I'm bringing back the first scherzo, spending 1-2 hours a day with it, getting it ready for a performance in a couple days. If I ever start to feel a little tired of it, I just have to play it slowly, and listen. It's wondrous and beautiful down to its very core. Every measure. The trick is to not lose sight of that in the seething fury.

-J
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Beethoven op.111 first movement -- Liszt 11th Hungarian Rhapsody -- Rachmaninoff B minor Prelude -- Chopin first Ballade

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#2024420 - 01/31/13 03:16 AM Re: Thoughts on Fantasie impromptu - Chopin [Re: Beethoven747-400]
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I don't know... I guess I've just really steered away from early Chopin. Not to say that scherzo 2 is early or anything, but its form just doesn't seem as masterful as the last two. By the time he wrote the third scherzo his form was ratcheting up another notch. IMO...

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