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#2036942 - 02/21/13 12:38 PM Which is the most slip-inviting piece you know?
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By slip-inviting, I mean the hardest one to play "correct" in tempo?

I got curious after listening to several recordings of Baba Yaga (Mussorgsky) without finding a single mistake-free performance. Everyone seems to mess around at the same spot, those fast octaves/chords in the right hand.

Not that perfection is something to strive for at the expense of expression, I fully advocate to let that piece run wild rather than be played safe, but my question is just: is there a more slip-inviting moment in a piece that you know of? Maybe to the point where a couple of slips are generally accepted?

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#2036969 - 02/21/13 01:23 PM Re: Which is the most slip-inviting piece you know? [Re: davaofthekeys]
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Chopin Scherzo No. 4 is one of the most perilous pieces out there. Actually, all four of them are, because they're so fast and have such delicate figurations, but No. 4 is especially bothersome because of the rapid staccato chords.

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#2036983 - 02/21/13 01:49 PM Re: Which is the most slip-inviting piece you know? [Re: davaofthekeys]
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Feux Follets...

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#2037012 - 02/21/13 02:47 PM Re: Which is the most slip-inviting piece you know? [Re: davaofthekeys]
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slip-inviting? sounds like seduction to me

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#2037025 - 02/21/13 03:26 PM Re: Which is the most slip-inviting piece you know? [Re: davaofthekeys]
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The coda to the central march of Schumann's Fantaisie in C, Op.17, where there are leaps in both hands at high speed. Richter's live performances are particularly accident-prone (as is Horowitz's in his comeback concert in Carnegie Hall, 1965, played much more cautiously than Richter), but he never goes for safety.....

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#2037062 - 02/21/13 04:42 PM Re: Which is the most slip-inviting piece you know? [Re: davaofthekeys]
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Ligeti, Musica ricercata no. 1

The entire piece (except for the last note) is composed of A's. So if you accidentally touch a note other than A, everybody knows.
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#2037119 - 02/21/13 05:55 PM Re: Which is the most slip-inviting piece you know? [Re: davaofthekeys]
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To my knowledge...likely Michael Finnissy; English Country Tunes.
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#2037177 - 02/21/13 07:40 PM Re: Which is the most slip-inviting piece you know? [Re: davaofthekeys]
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Just about everything I attempt to play!
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#2037189 - 02/21/13 08:00 PM Re: Which is the most slip-inviting piece you know? [Re: BruceD]
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Just about everything I attempt to play!

Well that seems fair enough.

I have not formally studied Beethoven's Op. 101, but my piano teacher told me that in the last movement, four measures after the right hand trills, the right hand 16th notes -d, e, f#- then jumping down to an octave on b, were treacherous for accuracy. And Beethoven at that point asks for a repeat!
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#2037194 - 02/21/13 08:10 PM Re: Which is the most slip-inviting piece you know? [Re: davaofthekeys]
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Any piece that encourages caution to be thrown to the winds - and there are a lot of them.

Also, Scarlatti's fast leaps seem generally treacherous to me.

Of course, today's young pianobots virtuosi seem not to have such human flaws as making mistakes.

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#2037197 - 02/21/13 08:12 PM Re: Which is the most slip-inviting piece you know? [Re: davaofthekeys]
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The other end of the spectrum is difficult, too. I heard it was very difficult to find musicians who could play this:

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#2037282 - 02/22/13 12:55 AM Re: Which is the most slip-inviting piece you know? [Re: davaofthekeys]
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Here is another piece which can trip you up because of its bare-bones structure. It is hard to hide mistakes in this:


This one has an exotic piano, for those who are into that sort of thing.
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#2037329 - 02/22/13 03:42 AM Re: Which is the most slip-inviting piece you know? [Re: davaofthekeys]
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La Campanella is near the top of my list. Anything with such large leaps makes it easy to miss. Many people tend to have difficulty with the octave leaps at the end. Even Evgeny Kissin in this great performance, where he clocks in at an incredible 3:58.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0U73NRSIkw
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#2037476 - 02/22/13 12:00 PM Re: Which is the most slip-inviting piece you know? [Re: davaofthekeys]
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4G-WTzptag as wonderfully played by Claudio Arrau.

I have an almost-lifelong frustration with the giocoso section (@ 4:14) of Fete dieu a seville from Albeniz's Iberia bk 1.

I hate adrenaline. I wish that I can switch it off there.

....and in the realm of the truly er,...spastic: My inability to avoid slips while playing the piano accompaniment to Schumann's Der Nussbaum when sung in the key of G. It's very strange that I have no prob whatsoever with any other key.

(funny, it just hit me that the section of the Albeniz starts in G major!)
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#2037539 - 02/22/13 02:17 PM Re: Which is the most slip-inviting piece you know? [Re: davaofthekeys]
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Rach 2 is maddeningly un-pianistic in so many spots. Most important skill learned - how to fake really well :P
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#2037619 - 02/22/13 05:04 PM Re: Which is the most slip-inviting piece you know? [Re: davaofthekeys]
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Two spots for me immediately come to mind.

The 4th movement of Mendelssohn's Bb Sonata. There are so many quick bass note jumps. Leaving out a few accompaniment notes (or slowing down) is almost required (at least for me). Also, the entire movement is really tricky to memorize.

In Ondine (no, not where you think). Near the beginning, when the intro melody reenters and the acc figure is playing the +5 figure up and down the octaves (right before the C# m9). I could never get from the B to the C# without my hand bumping each other. For me, that was by far the most infuriating part of the piece.
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#2037625 - 02/22/13 05:12 PM Re: Which is the most slip-inviting piece you know? [Re: DanS]
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Originally Posted By: DanS

In Ondine (no, not where you think). Near the beginning, when the intro melody reenters and the acc figure is playing the +5 figure up and down the octaves (right before the C# m9). I could never get from the B to the C# without my hand bumping each other. For me, that was by far the most infuriating part of the piece.


I agree, although I would argue there are more difficult parts in the piece. It's very tough to get, but once you master it it's like ballet.

Also, I'd say (since I listen to MANY performances of both) that a lot of people slip in the climax of Ondine, and the climax(es) of Scarbo, the terrifying two chord part.

Also, the Heroic Polonaise seems to invite finger slippage in parts, and I always seem to catch something when I listen to live performances.

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#2037632 - 02/22/13 05:25 PM Re: Which is the most slip-inviting piece you know? [Re: didyougethathing]
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Originally Posted By: DanS

In Ondine (no, not where you think). Near the beginning, when the intro melody reenters and the acc figure is playing the +5 figure up and down the octaves (right before the C# m9). I could never get from the B to the C# without my hand bumping each other. For me, that was by far the most infuriating part of the piece.


I agree, although I would argue there are more difficult parts in the piece. It's very tough to get, but once you master it it's like ballet.


Yeah, I know, that's the strange part. The climax and the decending 3rd/4th parts are WAY harder, yet I was able to eventually get them in my hands, but that cross hand thing...ugh. I never could get it even close to the way I wanted it to sound. Also, I never made it through Scarbo. I got about a third of the way in and ran away blush
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#2037651 - 02/22/13 05:56 PM Re: Which is the most slip-inviting piece you know? [Re: davaofthekeys]
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Liszt's Mazeppa is high up there!

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#2037695 - 02/22/13 07:29 PM Re: Which is the most slip-inviting piece you know? [Re: davaofthekeys]
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Maybe Lavapies from Iberia!
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#2037970 - 02/23/13 12:52 PM Re: Which is the most slip-inviting piece you know? [Re: davaofthekeys]
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I find the Chopin Mazurka Op. 59 #2 a thorn in my side. Every time I review it there is a new fire to put out!
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#2037982 - 02/23/13 01:15 PM Re: Which is the most slip-inviting piece you know? [Re: DanS]
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Originally Posted By: DanS


In Ondine (no, not where you think). Near the beginning, when the intro melody reenters and the acc figure is playing the +5 figure up and down the octaves (right before the C# m9). I could never get from the B to the C# without my hand bumping each other.


That shouldn't be happening. If your right wrist/forearm is sufficiently low, and your left sufficiently high, and if you raise your left off the keys after playing the octave Bs, there will no danger of colliding hands.

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#2038032 - 02/23/13 02:56 PM Re: Which is the most slip-inviting piece you know? [Re: davaofthekeys]
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Rachmaninoff 1 sonata. You have to be a complete robot not to [censored] that up SOMEWHERE.
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#2038078 - 02/23/13 04:44 PM Re: Which is the most slip-inviting piece you know? [Re: davaofthekeys]
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NO NO NO!A transcription of this song would clearly be the winner:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_H-LY4Jb2M


Edited by pianoloverus (02/23/13 04:46 PM)

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#2038093 - 02/23/13 05:12 PM Re: Which is the most slip-inviting piece you know? [Re: Kuanpiano]
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Rach 2 is maddeningly un-pianistic in so many spots. Most important skill learned - how to fake really well :P


http://www.brendankinsella.com/Rachmaninoff.mp3

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#2038539 - 02/24/13 04:25 PM Re: Which is the most slip-inviting piece you know? [Re: davaofthekeys]
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Liszt, sonata, octave-passage page 4/5
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#2038635 - 02/24/13 06:52 PM Re: Which is the most slip-inviting piece you know? [Re: Lemon Pledge]
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Originally Posted By: DanS


In Ondine (no, not where you think). Near the beginning, when the intro melody reenters and the acc figure is playing the +5 figure up and down the octaves (right before the C# m9). I could never get from the B to the C# without my hand bumping each other.


That shouldn't be happening. If your right wrist/forearm is sufficiently low, and your left sufficiently high, and if you raise your left off the keys after playing the octave Bs, there will no danger of colliding hands.
So I should keep the upper hand up high and the lower hand low?
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#2038646 - 02/24/13 07:20 PM Re: Which is the most slip-inviting piece you know? [Re: DanS]
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Originally Posted By: Lemon Pledge
Originally Posted By: DanS


In Ondine (no, not where you think). Near the beginning, when the intro melody reenters and the acc figure is playing the +5 figure up and down the octaves (right before the C# m9). I could never get from the B to the C# without my hand bumping each other.


That shouldn't be happening. If your right wrist/forearm is sufficiently low, and your left sufficiently high, and if you raise your left off the keys after playing the octave Bs, there will no danger of colliding hands.
So I should keep the upper hand up high and the lower hand low?


Are you playing the LH melody with LH above RH all through that section, or skipping from underhand to overhand and vice versa? Assuming you're playing the whole lot with LH overhand, the RH needs to keep low to the keys throughout, and play the LH very detached, staccato even (the pedal does the rest), to allow enough time to move out of the way of the RH.

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#2038668 - 02/24/13 08:16 PM Re: Which is the most slip-inviting piece you know? [Re: davaofthekeys]
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That upper/lower hand comment was loosely veiled, but friendly sarcasm. wink

I spent a little bit of time yesterday on this part. I think the problem I have with it is that I'm trying to make those 8va rolls as slow as I can(with the top note landing on the beat, obviously)...Think Bernsteins version of the orchestated Alborada. Those big rolled chord from the piano version (starting with the G7 over the F#s) take forever to happen, I just love that. That's the sound I'm going for there. That being said, I have pretty big hands and my LH pinky gets hit by my big fat RH on it's way down.

It's been years since I've spent any serious time on this one...maybe it's time
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#2038728 - 02/24/13 10:58 PM Re: Which is the most slip-inviting piece you know? [Re: dolce sfogato]
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Originally Posted By: Kuanpiano
Rach 2 is maddeningly un-pianistic in so many spots. Most important skill learned - how to fake really well :P


http://www.brendankinsella.com/Rachmaninoff.mp3

cool

Kayy, I play just a biiiit better than that :P. Just I have no orchestra!
Originally Posted By: dolce sfogato
Liszt, sonata, octave-passage page 4/5

OMG YES THAT PASSAGE KILLS ME!


Edited by Kuanpiano (02/25/13 08:19 AM)
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