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#967470 - 07/25/07 02:04 PM Bach Invention no.4
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my recording in Bach invention no.4, with phrasing hints. I wonder what people will say about my playing....is such a way of playing Bach acceptable ?


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#967471 - 07/25/07 02:36 PM Re: Bach Invention no.4
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For the 1st version - personally I find you pull the tempo around a little too much for my liking - particularly because you seem to consistently hang on the first beat. If you used that more sparingly it would be fine.

For 2nd version - I sometimes practice like that, changing the rhythm around. I find it helps memorize the notes. Wouldn't perform it that way though...

#967472 - 07/25/07 03:14 PM Re: Bach Invention no.4
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I think you'll find John's comments pretty standard. Most pianists don't play with so much rubato in Bach. Many harpsichordists, however, play with that kind of rubato quite often, and it's definitely a valid approach to Bach interpretation. (You'll find it much more common in French harpsichord music, but it works for Bach as well.)

As for the phrasing hints, they're good, but I'd urge everyone to look at the big picture - where are the phrases that are 2 and 4 measures long? How do we pace the dynamics over the entire length of the piece?
"If we continually try to force a child to do what he is afraid to do, he will become more timid, and will use his brains and energy, not to explore the unknown, but to find ways to avoid the pressures we put on him." (John Holt)


#967473 - 07/25/07 03:21 PM Re: Bach Invention no.4
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Why did you pull your performance of #1 off of YouTube?

#967474 - 07/25/07 10:18 PM Re: Bach Invention no.4
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I try to play the piece using idea of harpsichord. As I haven't learn harpsichord before, I don't know if my interpretation goes wrong or not. Kreisler, thank you for your comment.

#967475 - 07/25/07 10:25 PM Re: Bach Invention no.4
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My performce of invention #1


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