Welcome to the Piano World Piano Forums
Over 2 million posts about pianos, digital pianos, and all types of keyboard instruments
Join the World's Largest Community of Piano Lovers (it's free)
It's Fun to Play the Piano ... Please Pass It On!

SEARCH
the Forums & Piano World

This custom search works much better than the built in one and allows searching older posts.
(ad 125) Sweetwater - Digital Keyboards & Other Gear
Digital Pianos at Sweetwater
(ad) Pearl River
Pearl River Pianos
(ad) Pianoteq
Latest Pianoteq add-on instrument: U4 upright piano
(ad) P B Guide
Acoustic & Digital Piano Guide
PianoSupplies.com (150)
Piano Accessories Music Related Gifts Piano Tuning Equipment Piano Moving Equipment
We now offer Gift Certificates in our online store!
(ad) Estonia Piano
Estonia Piano
Quick Links to Useful Stuff
Our Classified Ads
Find Piano Professionals-

*Piano Dealers - Piano Stores
*Piano Tuners
*Piano Teachers
*Piano Movers
*Piano Restorations
*Piano Manufacturers
*Organs

Quick Links:
*Advertise On Piano World
*Free Piano Newsletter
*Online Piano Recitals
*Piano Recitals Index
*Piano Accessories
* Buying a Piano
*Buying A Acoustic Piano
*Buying a Digital Piano
*Pianos for Sale
*Sell Your Piano
*How Old is My Piano?
*Piano Books
*Piano Art, Pictures, & Posters
*Directory/Site Map
*Contest
*Links
*Virtual Piano
*Music Word Search
*Piano Screen Saver
*Piano Videos
*Virtual Piano Chords
Topic Options
#2081940 - 05/13/13 02:32 PM Mendelssohn - Spinning Song Opus 67 No. 4
carey Offline
6000 Post Club Member

Registered: 05/13/05
Posts: 6343
Loc: Phoenix, Arizona
I purchased the score for this popular little scherzo at my teacher's suggestion back in 1958. Didn't do anything with it back then (it was really beyond my abilities), and have been carrying it around in my music library for 55 years. Finally decided that it was "now or never" in terms of learning and recording it. (One more thing to cross off my piano bucket list.) ha

Of course, there are several youtube videos of precocious 10 year olds playing this piece sick, and there are "pristine" renditions on youtube by such greats as Rachmaninov, Rubinstein and Serkin which are absolutely breathtaking and humbling.

Then there is this rendition by a 66 year old amateur. grin

http://youtu.be/EHIy0KsjQ1Y

I was planning to record the Spinning Song a month ago for the Mendelssohn e-cital, but am unexpected medical situation put me out of commission for three weeks. Thankfully Morodiene stopped up and learned and recorded the piece on very short notice so it could be presented along with ALL of the Mendelssohn Songs Without Words. Thanks Morodiene !!!!!!
_________________________
YouTube channel - http://www.youtube.com/user/pianophilo

Top
#2082017 - 05/13/13 05:37 PM Re: Mendelssohn - Spinning Song Opus 67 No. 4 [Re: carey]
pianoloverus Offline
Yikes! 10000 Post Club Member

Registered: 05/29/01
Posts: 19347
Loc: New York City
Excellent!

I think it's quite hard to make it through this piece without a single "glitch". Very nice accompanying visuals also, although I didn't quite understand the one at around :57?


Edited by pianoloverus (05/13/13 05:42 PM)

Top
#2082070 - 05/13/13 07:39 PM Re: Mendelssohn - Spinning Song Opus 67 No. 4 [Re: carey]
Damon Offline
6000 Post Club Member

Registered: 09/22/06
Posts: 6148
Loc: St. Louis area
Originally Posted By: carey

Of course, there are several youtube videos of precocious 10 year olds playing this piece sick, and there are "pristine" renditions on youtube by such greats as Rachmaninov, Rubinstein and Serkin which are absolutely breathtaking and humbling.


Click to reveal..
I'm betting Louis will post the Rachmaninov.

Originally Posted By: carey

Then there is this rendition by a 66 year old amateur. grin

http://youtu.be/EHIy0KsjQ1Y


Yours is pretty good too! thumb
_________________________
It's been scientifically proven that Horowitz sucks.

Top
#2082079 - 05/13/13 08:03 PM Re: Mendelssohn - Spinning Song Opus 67 No. 4 [Re: carey]
Polyphonist Offline
7000 Post Club Member

Registered: 03/03/13
Posts: 7605
Loc: New York City
Quote:
I'm betting Louis will post the Rachmaninov.

Don't click on "Show me"!

Click to reveal..


grin


Seriously now...carey, your performance is very good. I mean VERY good. Congratulations. Just work on the articulations a little bit. smile


_________________________
Regards,

Polyphonist

Top
#2082095 - 05/13/13 08:21 PM Re: Mendelssohn - Spinning Song Opus 67 No. 4 [Re: pianoloverus]
carey Offline
6000 Post Club Member

Registered: 05/13/05
Posts: 6343
Loc: Phoenix, Arizona
Originally Posted By: pianoloverus
I think it's quite hard to make it through this piece without a single "glitch".

Quite frankly, I couldn't get through it without at least one glitch !! Some were more obvious than others.
Quote:
Very nice accompanying visuals also, although I didn't quite understand the one at around :57?

I just noticed the 'bird" in the image. What's up with that ????? laugh
_________________________
YouTube channel - http://www.youtube.com/user/pianophilo

Top
#2082100 - 05/13/13 08:31 PM Re: Mendelssohn - Spinning Song Opus 67 No. 4 [Re: Polyphonist]
carey Offline
6000 Post Club Member

Registered: 05/13/05
Posts: 6343
Loc: Phoenix, Arizona
Originally Posted By: Polyphonist
Quote:
I'm betting Louis will post the Rachmaninov.

Don't click on "Show me"!
Click to reveal..


grin
Seriously now...carey, your performance is very good. I mean VERY good. Congratulations. Just work on the articulations a little bit. smile


Hey - at this stage of my life I'm happy with "very good!! Thanks. Of course, the articulations get much better when I slow it down. grin

And as for other youtube performances, this one blows me away.

http://youtu.be/c3y2CaZ8JSw





Edited by carey (05/13/13 08:36 PM)
_________________________
YouTube channel - http://www.youtube.com/user/pianophilo

Top
#2082104 - 05/13/13 08:35 PM Re: Mendelssohn - Spinning Song Opus 67 No. 4 [Re: Damon]
carey Offline
6000 Post Club Member

Registered: 05/13/05
Posts: 6343
Loc: Phoenix, Arizona
Originally Posted By: Damon
Originally Posted By: carey

Then there is this rendition by a 66 year old amateur. grin
http://youtu.be/EHIy0KsjQ1Y

Yours is pretty good too! thumb

Thanks Damon. And it only took me 55 years to get it to this point. ha
_________________________
YouTube channel - http://www.youtube.com/user/pianophilo

Top
#2082126 - 05/13/13 09:24 PM Re: Mendelssohn - Spinning Song Opus 67 No. 4 [Re: carey]
Morodiene Online   content
Yikes! 10000 Post Club Member

Registered: 04/06/07
Posts: 11929
Loc: Boynton Beach, FL
Great job, Carey! I hope to have mine sounding as good after some more work on it! smile

You should post this on the Mendelssohn recital thread too, I'm sure everyone would really love hearing it!
_________________________
private piano/voice teacher - full time
MTNA member
www.valeoconservatory.com
Petrof 9'2 Concert, Yamaha G3, Roland FP-7, Yamaha MOX6, Kawai MP11

Top
#2082883 - 05/15/13 02:47 AM Re: Mendelssohn - Spinning Song Opus 67 No. 4 [Re: carey]
D. S. F. Offline
Full Member

Registered: 01/10/10
Posts: 142
I really enjoyed your performance and the discussion. This piece takes me back to childhood...memories of a video I had, "Remembering Rubinstein" which had a great effect on me. Boy, and Mendelssohn's even an underrated composer because people expected something revolutionary out of his super talent. What he wrote was just plain great music. (Attended a great performance of Elijah a few days ago...great!)
_________________________
Music does not have to be understood;
It has to be listened to.
- Hermann Scherchen.

Top
#2082892 - 05/15/13 03:23 AM Re: Mendelssohn - Spinning Song Opus 67 No. 4 [Re: carey]
FarmGirl Offline

Silver Supporter until Jan 02 2013


Registered: 09/14/10
Posts: 1990
Loc: Scottsdale, AZ
Wow Phil, you are a fine pianist. I love the fast fingers, rythem and articulation. Glad you got better.
_________________________
Solo - Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2, Schubert Sonata D960 Andante sostenute (9/7/14), Bach f minor Fugue WTC Bk1, Rachmaninoff Elegie Op 3 #1, Chopin Trois Nouvelles Etudes #1



Top
#2083055 - 05/15/13 11:39 AM Re: Mendelssohn - Spinning Song Opus 67 No. 4 [Re: carey]
Hakki Offline
2000 Post Club Member

Registered: 05/26/01
Posts: 2566
Bravo ! Very good.

Thanks for sharing.
_________________________
Put in one of IMO, I think, to me, for me... or similar to all sentences I post

http://www.youtube.com/user/hakkithepianist

Top
#2083107 - 05/15/13 01:45 PM Re: Mendelssohn - Spinning Song Opus 67 No. 4 [Re: carey]
FarmGirl Offline

Silver Supporter until Jan 02 2013


Registered: 09/14/10
Posts: 1990
Loc: Scottsdale, AZ
Phil, I also thank you for providing fast playing tip in the Mendelssohn thread in ABF. Its very useful since I'm currently struggling to speed up Mozart's piece I'm working on.
_________________________
Solo - Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2, Schubert Sonata D960 Andante sostenute (9/7/14), Bach f minor Fugue WTC Bk1, Rachmaninoff Elegie Op 3 #1, Chopin Trois Nouvelles Etudes #1



Top
#2083141 - 05/15/13 02:54 PM Re: Mendelssohn - Spinning Song Opus 67 No. 4 [Re: D. S. F.]
carey Offline
6000 Post Club Member

Registered: 05/13/05
Posts: 6343
Loc: Phoenix, Arizona
Originally Posted By: D. S. F.
I really enjoyed your performance and the discussion. This piece takes me back to childhood...memories of a video I had, "Remembering Rubinstein" which had a great effect on me. Boy, and Mendelssohn's even an underrated composer because people expected something revolutionary out of his super talent. What he wrote was just plain great music.


Well, speaking of Mendelssohn AND Rubinstein, perhaps you'd enjoy THIS video ......

http://youtu.be/g7ZL5ipkiFs

The Spinning Song starts at .48. Great views of Rubinstein's hands. I'm betting the piano he was playing had a fairly light action. smile
_________________________
YouTube channel - http://www.youtube.com/user/pianophilo

Top
#2083149 - 05/15/13 03:01 PM Re: Mendelssohn - Spinning Song Opus 67 No. 4 [Re: carey]
Schubertslieder Offline
Full Member

Registered: 02/02/13
Posts: 373
Loc: Michigan, USA
Sounds great. thumb

I agree with Morodiene, you should share it with others at the Mendelssohn recital. It is good enough. wink
_________________________
Charles Peck (American)--Metropolitan
Debussy--various pieces
Grieg--various pieces

Top
#2083150 - 05/15/13 03:03 PM Re: Mendelssohn - Spinning Song Opus 67 No. 4 [Re: FarmGirl]
carey Offline
6000 Post Club Member

Registered: 05/13/05
Posts: 6343
Loc: Phoenix, Arizona
Thank you Hakki !!

Originally Posted By: FarmGirl
Phil, I also thank you for providing fast playing tip in the Mendelssohn thread in ABF. Its very useful since I'm currently struggling to speed up Mozart's piece I'm working on.

Here's the statement FarmGirl is referring to.

The biggest challenge with this piece was determining a fingering that worked for ME (not for the editor). In one measure I couldn't make my LH do what Mendelssohn intended so I resorted to dividing the musical line between the RH and LH - and it actually worked. Also found that at this tempo it was necessary to keep the hands high - and play on the fingertips (including the tips of the thumb). Anything short of that bogged the piece down. Then, of course, there was the challenge of getting my brain and my fingers to work together during two minutes of INTENSE concentration. In the end, I tried to have fun with it.

We do whatever it takes !! (Thanks, FarmGirl !! I'm glad I got better too. A couple of weeks ago I wasn't sure I'd ever get this recorded!! sick)


Edited by carey (05/15/13 03:09 PM)
_________________________
YouTube channel - http://www.youtube.com/user/pianophilo

Top
#2083154 - 05/15/13 03:07 PM Re: Mendelssohn - Spinning Song Opus 67 No. 4 [Re: Schubertslieder]
carey Offline
6000 Post Club Member

Registered: 05/13/05
Posts: 6343
Loc: Phoenix, Arizona
Originally Posted By: Schubertslieder
Sounds great. thumb

I agree with Morodiene, you should share it with others at the Mendelssohn recital. It is good enough. wink


Thanks !! It's been added by Rostosky to the "Grieg" thread in ABF - but hasn't quite made it to the Mendelssohn recital thread yet. grin
_________________________
YouTube channel - http://www.youtube.com/user/pianophilo

Top
#2083205 - 05/15/13 04:43 PM Re: Mendelssohn - Spinning Song Opus 67 No. 4 [Re: carey]
Old Man Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 04/04/12
Posts: 777
Loc: Michigan, USA
Originally Posted By: carey

Then there is this rendition by a 66 year old amateur. grin

Well, for a "66 year old amateur" those fingers were spinning just fine! Very nicely done. thumb

Top
#2083269 - 05/15/13 06:41 PM Re: Mendelssohn - Spinning Song Opus 67 No. 4 [Re: carey]
Damon Offline
6000 Post Club Member

Registered: 09/22/06
Posts: 6148
Loc: St. Louis area
Originally Posted By: carey
I'm betting the piano he was playing had a fairly light action. smile


Forgot where, but I read that he liked heavy actions.
_________________________
It's been scientifically proven that Horowitz sucks.

Top
#2083273 - 05/15/13 06:57 PM Re: Mendelssohn - Spinning Song Opus 67 No. 4 [Re: Damon]
carey Offline
6000 Post Club Member

Registered: 05/13/05
Posts: 6343
Loc: Phoenix, Arizona
Originally Posted By: Damon
Originally Posted By: carey
I'm betting the piano he was playing had a fairly light action. smile

Forgot where, but I read that he liked heavy actions.

If so - more power to him !!!!! grin
_________________________
YouTube channel - http://www.youtube.com/user/pianophilo

Top
#2083444 - 05/16/13 01:05 AM Re: Mendelssohn - Spinning Song Opus 67 No. 4 [Re: carey]
ChrisKeys Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 01/21/03
Posts: 1274
Loc: Dallas, TX
Phil, I just now saw this thread. I am definitely impressed! Thanks for posting this!

Top

Moderator:  Kreisler 
What's Hot!!
HOW TO POST PICTURES on the Piano Forums
-------------------
Sharing is Caring!
About the Buttons
-------------------
Forums Rules & Help
-------------------
ADVERTISE
on Piano World

The world's most popular piano web site.
-------------------
PIANO BOOKS
Interesting books about the piano, pianists, piano history, biographies, memoirs and more!
(ad) HAILUN Pianos
Hailun Pianos - Click for More
ad (Casio)
Celviano by Casio Rebate
Ad (Seiler/Knabe)
Knabe Pianos
Sheet Music
(PW is an affiliate)
Sheet Music Plus Featured Sale
(125ad) Dampp Chaser
Dampp Chaser Piano Life Saver
(ad) Lindeblad Piano
Lindeblad Piano Restoration
New Topics - Multiple Forums
How about this Knabe Studio Piano?
by Paul678
09/20/14 11:49 PM
Who invented the Compression Soundboard?
by chernobieff
09/20/14 11:46 PM
Round Eagle Claw Piantool
by jayr
09/20/14 11:08 PM
Tuning Stability
by PhilipInChina
09/20/14 10:48 PM
External Powered Speakers for Yamaha Clavinova
by eighty80eights8s
09/20/14 10:19 PM
Who's Online
108 registered (anotherscott, AZ_Astro, accordeur, BarryR, 32 invisible), 1028 Guests and 17 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Stats
76260 Members
42 Forums
157658 Topics
2315706 Posts

Max Online: 15252 @ 03/21/10 11:39 PM
(ads by Google)

Visit our online store for gifts for music lovers

 
Help keep the forums up and running with a donation, any amount is appreciated!
Or by becoming a Subscribing member! Thank-you.
Donate   Subscribe
 
Our Piano Related Classified Ads
|
Dealers | Tuners | Lessons | Movers | Restorations | Pianos For Sale | Sell Your Piano |

Advertise on Piano World
| Subscribe | Piano World | PianoSupplies.com | Advertise on Piano World | Donate | Link to Us | Classifieds |
| |Contact | Privacy | Legal | About Us | Site Map | Free Newsletter | Press Room |


copyright 1997 - 2014 Piano World ® all rights reserved
No part of this site may be reproduced without prior written permission