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#518593 - 07/12/01 01:11 AM On duets and other studies: A reply for Ben
Joy Offline
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Registered: 05/26/01
Posts: 550
Loc: Encinitas, CA
Hi Ben,
I thought it would be better to start a new thread. That Photo Album thread is quite long.

You said: "....Oh, talking about duets, we haven't really done a duet together and hope we'll do one in the near future.... Yes, how's Max? Any particular piece he is working on now? And yes, how's your M&H piano doing? ...."

Max's teacher has been encouraging him to work on duets with him. Max says it's a wonderful sensation to be playing WITH another musician and lots of fun besides. He'd never done that before.

They're working on "Abendlied" by Schumann and "La Toupie" by Bizet. New pieces he's working on include Scriabin's "Etrangeté" and Prelude #18 by Chopin.

The M&H is content at our house. It has a rich complex bass. I love it when Beethoven is played on it. But other composers' works sound pretty good on it too.

What pieces are you and your nephew working on? And what are your personal favorites?



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#518594 - 07/12/01 11:39 AM Re: On duets and other studies: A reply for Ben
Ben Foo Offline
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Registered: 06/28/01
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Loc: Singapore
By the way Joy, HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY!!! I didn't know it was your birthday until i saw that 'Birthday' post. So sorry for wising you a 'late' happy birthday. ;\) May all your future endeavours become a reality for you!!

Yes, glad to hear Max enjoying his duets with his teacher. It seems so much fun that i must try it out with my nephew one day.

Oh, my Nephew is working on Chopin's Nocturnes op64 no.1 and 2 and etudes no.10. He heard those tunes over the radio and liked it so much that he bought the scores for the pieces. I liked them alot also.

My favourties? Liszt is one of my favourite as his songs are so enchanting. Especially his Liebistruam piece (sorry for the wrong spelling). It is my favourite. Sad thing is i can only play a small section of it as the middle section is really difficult. I like Chopin's waltzes also and Debussy's Reverie and clair de lune. Just to name a few of my favourtie pieces.Piano music is so wonderful-anything that is played on the piano sounds great!!

What are yours? Max's favourites?

Happy b'day again!! \:\)

Best wishes


#518595 - 07/12/01 04:58 PM Re: On duets and other studies: A reply for Ben
Joy Offline
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Registered: 05/26/01
Posts: 550
Loc: Encinitas, CA
Favorite pieces? Now THERE'S a fun topic to share among friends here.

Hmmm. In terms of favorite pieces to perform? Max just finished studying the third movement from Beethoven's "Tempest" Sonata. He loves this piece passionately, though I suspect he feels he doesn't do it justice. Probably a piece he will re-visit as he matures and will enjoy for a lifetime. Somewhere along the way he'll learn the other two movements too, I hope. ;\)

Bach is his ultimate favorite composer, and I know playing anything by this great master gives him an all-time high. His teacher is perfecting the entire Well-Tempered Clavier for an upcoming recital, and he's promised to give us a preview performance before Max packs off for college this fall.

Perhaps I'll play more after Max leaves. I used to play rags quite a bit. Joplin's Magnetic Rag is a personal favorite of mine. I play it slowly. It was his last piece before he died. His hands were arthritic at this point, so he wrote for melodic line, not gynmnastics (ie Maple Leaf Rag) at this phase of his life. The last movement (in minor key) before the final refrain is particularly poignant to my ears. It alludes to the upcoming jazz movement from a historical standpoint -- one can imagine Joplin moving on to the blues from this piece had he lived on. Other favorites: Schubert's Impromptus, and Schumann's Scenes from Childhood.

I love all kinds of music, actually. Recently I've been trying to play Thelonius Monk's "Misterioso" by ear. Can only get as far as the introduction.


PS: I hope others will jump in and mention the pieces they love to play on a moment's notice.


[ July 12, 2001: Message edited by: Joy ]

#518596 - 07/13/01 12:28 PM Re: On duets and other studies: A reply for Ben
magnezium Offline
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Registered: 05/26/01
Posts: 722
Loc: Singapore
chopin's op. 64 isn't a nocturne if i remember correctly... it's a waltz isn't it?

#518597 - 07/13/01 01:06 PM Re: On duets and other studies: A reply for Ben
AndrewG Offline
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Registered: 05/26/01
Posts: 2506
Loc: Denver, Colorado

Benjamine probably is talking about Op.62/1-2 instead of Op.64. You're right that Op.64 is Valse.



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