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#578119 - 02/20/06 11:29 PM wow
pianojerome Offline
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My teacher performed Rachmaninov's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini tonight. I was talking with him before the concert, and I remembered that he had just recently learned this piece.

"Yeah, I started learning it after I got back from Moscow" (the beginning of January 2006).

"So you learned the entire Rhapsody in a month and a half and now you're performing it?"

"Well, I performed it with an orchestra already, in January, so I should be fine tonight."




(and, that was only one of several pieces that he was working on at the time)


He played it sooooo well tonight (from memory).
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#578120 - 02/21/06 07:12 AM Re: wow
Ronel Augustyn Offline
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Registered: 04/14/05
Posts: 527
Loc: Bloemfontein,SA
He must be an alien - no question about it. There just doesn't exist a human being who could achieve this! \:D ;\)
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#578121 - 02/21/06 07:29 AM Re: wow
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Registered: 12/21/04
Posts: 350
Every famous and semi-famous concert pianist can prepare a concerto from scratch in three weeks. Some won't, as a matter of principle, and some never need to, but they all can.

OK, I'm generalizing a bit, but what you've observed is the rule, Sam, not the exception.

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#578122 - 02/21/06 10:41 AM Re: wow
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My college professor learned the Saint-Saens second concerto over two days before performing it in public.
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#578123 - 02/21/06 10:57 AM Re: wow
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Registered: 08/23/05
Posts: 202
 Quote:
Originally posted by pianojerome:
My teacher performed Rachmaninov's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini tonight. I was talking with him before the concert, and I remembered that he had just recently learned this piece.

"Yeah, I started learning it after I got back from Moscow" (the beginning of January 2006).

"So you learned the entire Rhapsody in a month and a half and now you're performing it?"

"Well, I performed it with an orchestra already, in January, so I should be fine tonight."




(and, that was only one of several pieces that he was working on at the time)


He played it sooooo well tonight (from memory). [/b]
 Quote:
Originally posted by 8ude:
My college professor learned the Saint-Saens second concerto over two days before performing it in public. [/b]
Ummm... "Wow"
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#578124 - 02/21/06 12:12 PM Re: wow
jpw101 Offline
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Registered: 01/17/05
Posts: 631
Loc: UK
You hear of certain pianists who can play pretty much anything at first sight, so for them presumably learning a concerto may not entail more than playing it through several times to memorize it.

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#578125 - 02/21/06 12:40 PM Re: wow
AndrewG Offline
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Registered: 05/26/01
Posts: 2506
Loc: Denver, Colorado
With performing concert pianist this is not too 'out of the norm'. It's a well-known fact that Ashkenazy, Kalishtein, Biret, Barenboim and others learn a concerto or full length sonata from 'cold' and commit to memory within a week or two. Richter was another example of super fast learner. In this day and time you almost HAVE to be a fast learner to make the cut, so to speak.

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#578126 - 02/21/06 02:11 PM Re: wow
Brendan Offline



Registered: 05/26/01
Posts: 5289
Loc: McAllen, TX
Yup, you have to be ready to go, plain and simple. If you aren't, there are 400 other similing young pianists who are, and you don't want to make a reputation as someone who turns things down.
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#578127 - 02/21/06 02:22 PM Re: wow
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Registered: 01/01/03
Posts: 19862
Loc: Kansas
i am sooo underemployed
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#578128 - 02/21/06 03:12 PM Re: wow
debrucey Offline
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Registered: 01/18/06
Posts: 2600
Loc: Manchester, UK
Perhaps thats why almost every recording or performance that I hear of my favourite concertos sound shoddy, under-practiced and rushed. No matter how skilled a pianist I was, I couldn't allow myself to play something like that without having nailed it perfectly beforehand, unless I despised the piece.

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