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#2027776 - 02/06/13 12:02 AM Venetian Boat Song - Mendelssohn
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I just would like to ask anyone who plays this piece - how much limit can I use for rubato without screwing it up. I want to sound out the smooth legato features and capture the spirit, but before I start learning it I don't want to dishonour the composer however making a piece your own is why you play

I really would like to play like Ignaz Friedman plays it here
Essex EUP-123S

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#2027778 - 02/06/13 12:06 AM Re: Venetian Boat Song - Mendelssohn [Re: ju5t1n-h]
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Note: If anyone has any tips or strategies on any part of the piece or learning it before I begin, please let me know laugh
Essex EUP-123S

#2027940 - 02/06/13 08:01 AM Re: Venetian Boat Song - Mendelssohn [Re: ju5t1n-h]
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I love this piece--the first one I actually performed (as an amateur).

I have to admit I'm not a huge fan of Friedman's rendition. To me his rubato seems overdone (this may be a matter of changing fashions since his time). In any case, I think it's important to be able to play the rhythms more or less as written before taking a lot of freedoms.

I'm sure you'll have fun with it!
1989 Baldwin R
Currently working on:
Schubert, Impromptu Op. 142 no. 2
Scarlatti, Sonata K. 146
Beethoven, Bagatelle Op. 126 no. 5
Gershwin, Sweet & Down Low

#2027977 - 02/06/13 09:26 AM Re: Venetian Boat Song - Mendelssohn [Re: ju5t1n-h]
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I always think of the left hand as sort of representing the rhythmic action of poling (or rowing) the gondola. I used to put some rubato in there when I was younger for "drama", but as I've matured i really like it a little more metronomic. Paints the picture better IMO.
Yamaha CLP-240....and looking

#2028082 - 02/06/13 12:46 PM Re: Venetian Boat Song - Mendelssohn [Re: TigerRad]
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I suggest recording your playing, and listening to it. It's hard to judge rubato in "real time". But when you play it back, you'll know if you got the sound you wanted.

. Charles
. Charles
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#2028100 - 02/06/13 01:10 PM Re: Venetian Boat Song - Mendelssohn [Re: ju5t1n-h]
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okay guys, thanks for the comments. I especially like the idea from TigerRad of the left hand representing the action of poling the gondola. Thats going to give me something to work towards. I've gone through the piece HS and theres actually a lot of repeats, and the left hand motion seems to continue consistently throughout. I think the hardest thing here will be judging the rubato and getting a nice smooth legato finish.
Essex EUP-123S


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