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#2199074 - 12/17/13 11:29 AM Chopin Mazurkas - 2013 Recital!
Polyphonist Offline
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Thanks to all those who participated, and now...the long-awaited recital!

Here is the first set of recordings, the Opus 6 Mazurkas.

Mazurka in F# minor, Opus 6 No 1
Performed by Sam S


Mazurka in C# minor, Opus 6 No 2
Performed by SwissMS


Mazurka in E major, Opus 6 No 3
Performed by AZNpiano


Mazurka in Eb minor, Opus 6 No 4
Performed by Roland the Beagle
https://soundcloud.com/cowoncrack-1/mazurka-opus-6-no-4

Happy listening! smile
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#2199088 - 12/17/13 11:55 AM Re: Chopin Mazurkas - 2013 Recital! [Re: Polyphonist]
Dipsy Offline
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Thanks SamS, SwissMS and Roland the Beagle - I really enjoyed your performances. I can't wait to hear all the others!

When will the next batch be - will it be one opus per day?

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#2199091 - 12/17/13 11:57 AM Re: Chopin Mazurkas - 2013 Recital! [Re: Polyphonist]
Polyphonist Offline
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I think more than that. Perhaps three per day.
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#2199095 - 12/17/13 12:01 PM Re: Chopin Mazurkas - 2013 Recital! [Re: Polyphonist]
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Lovely music. I'm really in the mood for this but I know what you mean, you don't want it to be all over too soon!!

Did you want to keep this thread comment free? Just the performances? I can delete all this...

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#2199097 - 12/17/13 12:03 PM Re: Chopin Mazurkas - 2013 Recital! [Re: Polyphonist]
hreichgott Offline
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I'm glad you aren't fatiguing the audience with one giant post (she said, having submitted 2 posthumous mazurkas, i.e. the last batch smile )
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Sounding the depths of small pieces: Beethoven Op. 33
Daily attempts at 16th notes: Chopin Op. 10 no. 4, Pischna
Totally loving Fauré/Barcarolles and Ravel/Tombeau de Couperin
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#2199104 - 12/17/13 12:16 PM Re: Chopin Mazurkas - 2013 Recital! [Re: dire tonic]
Polyphonist Offline
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Originally Posted By: dire tonic
Lovely music. I'm really in the mood for this but I know what you mean, you don't want it to be all over too soon!!

Did you want to keep this thread comment free? Just the performances? I can delete all this...

No no, the comments are fine.

I will be posting the next set of Mazurkas in about 3 hours.
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#2199121 - 12/17/13 12:54 PM Re: Chopin Mazurkas - 2013 Recital! [Re: Polyphonist]
Vid Offline
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What a tease! Great stuff. Looking forward to listening to the rest.
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#2199139 - 12/17/13 01:25 PM Re: Chopin Mazurkas - 2013 Recital! [Re: Polyphonist]
FarmGirl Offline

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Sam, really enjoyed listening to your performance. Congratulations for completing the piece. I thought its neat to put the moving score to the music.

SwissMS, good job. You seem to be so calm. Loved your sensitive playing.

AZN, bravo! from the first note I noticed that you are a pro. Loved exciting rhythm. Enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing it.


Edited by FarmGirl (12/17/13 01:27 PM)
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#2199158 - 12/17/13 02:03 PM Re: Chopin Mazurkas - 2013 Recital! [Re: Polyphonist]
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Good stuff all round tonight . . .

SamS Dark and delicious! Loved following the music. . .but I`d ha stuck on an extra chord for an ending, just to wind up Poly . . SwissM Wonderful recording quality; you`re relaxed playing this. I am because I`m hearing it. Well done! Roland the Beagle I enjoyed this lively piece greatly. I know none of this music. I`m finding out . .
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#2199182 - 12/17/13 03:08 PM Re: Chopin Mazurkas - 2013 Recital! [Re: Polyphonist]
Polyphonist Offline
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Second installment!

Unfortunately, I have not received a submission from WinsomeAllegretto, the member who was supposed to play Opus 7 No 1. So I am using an alternate recording provided by another member.

Mazurka in Bb major, Opus 7 No 1
Performed by sandalholme
https://app.box.com/s/me4kqt1f4dsac4l9b80n

Mazurka in A minor, Opus 7 No 2
Performed by Brad Hoehne


Mazurka in F minor, Opus 7 No 3
Performed by Cinnamonbear
https://app.box.com/s/q2wu396iiu0ex568kn3q

Mazurka in Ab major, Opus 7 No 4
Performed by Cinnamonbear
https://app.box.com/s/57aq4f8rkgajkdg79rfj

Mazurka in C major, Opus 7 No 5
Performed by peterws
https://soundcloud.com/peterws7/chopin-7-5

Enjoy!
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#2199198 - 12/17/13 03:23 PM Re: Chopin Mazurkas - 2013 Recital! [Re: Polyphonist]
Brad Hoehne Offline
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Holey moley, Cinnamonbear, I'm glad you did #3 and 4 (I wanted to do #3) instead of me. That was beautiful.
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Casio Privia PX-330

Currently working on:
Rach. Prelude Op 32 #12
Mozart Piano Sonata #17, K570
Villa-Lobos, Bachianas Brasileiras #4
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#2199212 - 12/17/13 03:42 PM Re: Chopin Mazurkas - 2013 Recital! [Re: Polyphonist]
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Wohoo, this is a lot of fun!

Would anyone be willing to PM me a quick guide on how to make a movie with sheet music?
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Piano Sonata Hob. XVI: 34 in E Minor, Franz Joseph Haydn
Nocturne, Op. 15 No. 1 in F Major, Frédéric Chopin
Prelude, Op. 11 No. 4 in E Minor, Alexander Scriabin
Prelude and Fugue in G Major, Well-Tempered Clavier Vol. 2, Johann Sebastian Bach

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#2199216 - 12/17/13 03:45 PM Re: Chopin Mazurkas - 2013 Recital! [Re: Roland The Beagle]
Brad Hoehne Offline
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Originally Posted By: Roland The Beagle
Wohoo, this is a lot of fun!

Would anyone be willing to PM me a quick guide on how to make a movie with sheet music?


The easiest way is likely with Podcast software. Sheet music can be downloaded from IMSLP and "screen grabbed" one chunk at a time.
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1999 Petrof 125-111 (upright)
Casio Privia PX-330

Currently working on:
Rach. Prelude Op 32 #12
Mozart Piano Sonata #17, K570
Villa-Lobos, Bachianas Brasileiras #4
Playing by ear and "filling out" pop tunes

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#2199217 - 12/17/13 03:46 PM Re: Chopin Mazurkas - 2013 Recital! [Re: Roland The Beagle]
FarmGirl Offline

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Registered: 09/14/10
Posts: 1990
Loc: Scottsdale, AZ
Originally Posted By: Roland The Beagle
Wohoo, this is a lot of fun!

Would anyone be willing to PM me a quick guide on how to make a movie with sheet music?


Can anyone make it a thread? I would like to know how to do it too.
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#2199257 - 12/17/13 04:32 PM Re: Chopin Mazurkas - 2013 Recital! [Re: Polyphonist]
carey Offline
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Registered: 05/13/05
Posts: 6343
Loc: Phoenix, Arizona
Artur - Brilliant playing as always !!

Brad - Really enjoyed your approach to the main theme in particular, and I must say - the finish on your Petrof upright is pretty doggone amazing !!!!

Andy - These have come a LONG way since your first readings - and I must admit you've definitely mastered the spirit of the Mazurkas. Wonderful playing !!

Peter - Very nice job with this strange little piece - but why did you end it the way you did???? Every recording I've heard simply ends with the repeated LF octaves dying away.........I wonder if that really was Chopin's intent? crazy

Things are starting to ramp up now - this is fun.

Can't help but wonder how folks back in 1830 reacted when they first heard these unique works from Opus 6 and 7.
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#2199274 - 12/17/13 04:57 PM Re: Chopin Mazurkas - 2013 Recital! [Re: Polyphonist]
hreichgott Offline
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Registered: 04/11/13
Posts: 1010
Loc: western MA, USA
Hey AZNpiano, just wanted to say I really like your style. Those LH figures are very fun in your interpretation.
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Sounding the depths of small pieces: Beethoven Op. 33
Daily attempts at 16th notes: Chopin Op. 10 no. 4, Pischna
Totally loving Fauré/Barcarolles and Ravel/Tombeau de Couperin
I love Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven and new music

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#2199286 - 12/17/13 05:13 PM Re: Chopin Mazurkas - 2013 Recital! [Re: hreichgott]
carey Offline
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Loc: Phoenix, Arizona
Originally Posted By: hreichgott
Hey AZNpiano, just wanted to say I really like your style. Those LH figures are very fun in your interpretation.

Ditto !!
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#2199304 - 12/17/13 05:35 PM Re: Chopin Mazurkas - 2013 Recital! [Re: Polyphonist]
Brad Hoehne Offline
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Registered: 04/22/11
Posts: 369
Loc: Ohio
I'm really delighted with how musical everyone's interpretations are. For instance, I was never a huge fan of the Op 6 Mazurkas- the pieces not doing much for me- but these performances have helped me "get" them. I'm humbled.
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1999 Petrof 125-111 (upright)
Casio Privia PX-330

Currently working on:
Rach. Prelude Op 32 #12
Mozart Piano Sonata #17, K570
Villa-Lobos, Bachianas Brasileiras #4
Playing by ear and "filling out" pop tunes

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#2199312 - 12/17/13 05:43 PM Re: Chopin Mazurkas - 2013 Recital! [Re: carey]
Brad Hoehne Offline
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Loc: Ohio
Originally Posted By: carey
the finish on your Petrof upright is pretty doggone amazing !!!!


Thanks! That's the main reason I wanted to record a video- with the music ledge up- instead of just an audio, so everyone could see its beautiful color. In person it has a rich, red mahogany finish.

I was a bit worried that I might not be able to record on it, though, since I'm really sensitive to tuning. We had a serious cold/dry snap in mid November in my neck of the woods, and my piano, formerly perfectly tuned, went into a bit of a tizzy and detuned itself from "classical grand piano"-sounding to "honky tonk" within a span of about 5 days. Already hearing the unisons going out, I rushed to get the piece recorded in mid de-tune. The recording was made about half way to "honky-tonk".

If things go as they did last year, some time in late March everything will snap back in place.


Edited by Brad Hoehne (12/17/13 06:06 PM)
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1999 Petrof 125-111 (upright)
Casio Privia PX-330

Currently working on:
Rach. Prelude Op 32 #12
Mozart Piano Sonata #17, K570
Villa-Lobos, Bachianas Brasileiras #4
Playing by ear and "filling out" pop tunes

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#2199336 - 12/17/13 06:32 PM Re: Chopin Mazurkas - 2013 Recital! [Re: Polyphonist]
FarmGirl Offline

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Loc: Scottsdale, AZ
Brad, beautifully done. Love the incredible sound of the piano (rich in nuances) and the way you put together.

Cinnamon, I liked the speed and lightness. You played effortlessly. Great job.

Peter, wow nice performance. Have never heard of this before. What an exciting piece!
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#2199359 - 12/17/13 07:20 PM Re: Chopin Mazurkas - 2013 Recital! [Re: Brad Hoehne]
carey Offline
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Originally Posted By: Brad Hoehne
Originally Posted By: carey
the finish on your Petrof upright is pretty doggone amazing !!!!


Thanks! That's the main reason I wanted to record a video- with the music ledge up- instead of just an audio, so everyone could see its beautiful color. In person it has a rich, red mahogany finish.

I was a bit worried that I might not be able to record on it, though, since I'm really sensitive to tuning. We had a serious cold/dry snap in mid November in my neck of the woods, and my piano, formerly perfectly tuned, went into a bit of a tizzy and detuned itself from "classical grand piano"-sounding to "honky tonk" within a span of about 5 days. Already hearing the unisons going out, I rushed to get the piece recorded in mid de-tune. The recording was made about half way to "honky-tonk".

If things go as they did last year, some time in late March everything will snap back in place.


Having lived for a time in a neighboring state (Indiana) I know all about "de-tuning" syndrome. I thought the Petrof sounded just fine - certainly better than the instrument Chopin probably composed the Mazurka on !! I agree that the Petrof will probably re-tune itself !! grin
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#2199360 - 12/17/13 07:22 PM Re: Chopin Mazurkas - 2013 Recital! [Re: Polyphonist]
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Good job, peoples. Can't wait for the next three opuses!

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#2199364 - 12/17/13 07:32 PM Re: Chopin Mazurkas - 2013 Recital! [Re: Polyphonist]
Polyphonist Offline
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Speaking of which, it's about time for Opus 17!
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#2199367 - 12/17/13 07:38 PM Re: Chopin Mazurkas - 2013 Recital! [Re: Polyphonist]
Polyphonist Offline
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Here's the third installment! smile

Mazurka in Bb major, Opus 17 No 1
Performed by jeffreyjones
https://app.box.com/s/n7nl2v3nl0jqoi4b3925

Mazurka in E minor, Opus 17 No 2
Performed by Dipsy
Happy Christmas everyone!


Mazurka in Ab major, Opus 17 No 3
Performed by jeffreyjones
https://app.box.com/s/5nh64kn18wa061a8gl7e

Mazurka in A minor, Opus 17 No 4
Performed by Valencia
This beautiful piece is dedicated to my mum, who is currently unwell, but will hopefully see brighter days very soon.
https://app.box.com/s/aqkcg1vc2puq8n3u1rk1

Enjoy! smile
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#2199378 - 12/17/13 08:15 PM Re: Chopin Mazurkas - 2013 Recital! [Re: Polyphonist]
JoelW Offline
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Chopin must have gotten very introspective in the short two years between his opus 7 and opus 17. The difference is remarkable.

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#2199407 - 12/17/13 09:10 PM Re: Chopin Mazurkas - 2013 Recital! [Re: Polyphonist]
hreichgott Offline
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Valencia, that was gorgeous. Sending warm wishes to your mom.

Other things I love include Cinnamonbear's energetic F minor mazurka, and jeffreyjones' bold fanfare quality on the B flat major.

I don't know that I've ever listened to so many of these in a row. There is such a variety, and having a variety of pianists fits quite nicely.
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Sounding the depths of small pieces: Beethoven Op. 33
Daily attempts at 16th notes: Chopin Op. 10 no. 4, Pischna
Totally loving Fauré/Barcarolles and Ravel/Tombeau de Couperin
I love Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven and new music

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#2199427 - 12/17/13 10:10 PM Re: Chopin Mazurkas - 2013 Recital! [Re: Polyphonist]
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Cinnamonbear..my you are accomplished, andPeterws7 what rhythmic excitement! Congratulations. The Op. 17 no.4 HAS to be one of the all time most gorgeous of pieces..and SO beautifully played!!


Edited by musica71 (12/17/13 10:21 PM)
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#2199478 - 12/18/13 12:54 AM Re: Chopin Mazurkas - 2013 Recital! [Re: Polyphonist]
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Wonderful submissions so far, and convincing interpretations. I really loved Cinnamonbear's Op. 7/4, so light and delightful.

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#2199479 - 12/18/13 01:04 AM Re: Chopin Mazurkas - 2013 Recital! [Re: Polyphonist]
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Hearing these performances really brings the music to life for me and I can listen with more care somehow. Thank you everyone - and congratulations on a great job.

Valencia that was beautiful.

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#2199485 - 12/18/13 01:27 AM Re: Chopin Mazurkas - 2013 Recital! [Re: Polyphonist]
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Cinnamonbear: That was smokin' hot! Both of them. Some extreme Musicality with a capital M.
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