traumerei question

Posted by: Peyton

traumerei question - 02/01/09 09:54 AM

I've been going back to some of the pieces I learned a number of years ago and approaching them again now that I'm playing a little better. In Traumerei I had always played measures 15-17, (this is not counting repeats) 20-21 and 24 with pedal. I notice there is no pedal written in for these measures (in my score anyway) and I'm wondering if that's really how it should be played?
Posted by: Kreisler

Re: traumerei question - 02/01/09 11:48 AM

Schumann is notorious for his pedal markings, often writing "Pedal" at the beginning of the score and giving no more help whatsoever!

In the case of Traumerei, some editions have no pedaling marked, others simply put "Ped." at the more important cadences.

It's perfectly reasonable to pedal the passages you mentioned, and every performance I've heard has used pedal throughout the piece (clearing the sound, of course, with the harmonies.)

I hope that helps some!

(Still have your art hanging on the wall, by the way, on display in our new house!)
Posted by: Horowitzian

Re: traumerei question - 02/01/09 01:36 PM

My pedaling for Träumerei is so personal I could not begin to describe it unless in person. But you should definitely pedal all the way through. Schumann, as Kreisler has pointed out, was ambiguous with his pedal indications.

I think the most important thing to keep in mind is that you don't want to turn it into a blur. Pedal carefully; your ears will tell you what it right. \:\)
Posted by: Peyton

Re: traumerei question - 02/01/09 07:56 PM

Thanks. I guess my intuition was right. My left side of the brain kept going "No, it says don't pedal!!" \:\)

Kreisler, glad you still like the work...
Posted by: Horowitzian

Re: traumerei question - 02/01/09 08:03 PM

Good luck with your repertoire review! ;\)
Posted by: btb

Re: traumerei question - 02/02/09 03:22 AM

Hi Peyton,
With your mention of Traumerei, couldn’t resist having a quick bleat.

For what it’s worth, here is a copy of the IMSLP PS Urtext which shows a few more indications of pedal than sparsely mentioned by Kreisler.

traumerei

It is worth noting that Schumann’s classical discipline demands splitting the full 24 measures into groups of 4 measures (akin the tidiness of a Bard sonnet) .

But highlighting the final 16 measures (as suggested by you) , the pedal comes in AT THE START of each of the 4 measure note patterns,
with an additional "gun" to the 3 glorious closing ritardando measures.

Wish I could start dreaming ... but with all the rain we have had
recently ... the Fates have decided that I’ve got to mow the lawn!!
Posted by: Peyton

Re: traumerei question - 02/02/09 11:43 AM

 Quote:
Originally posted by btb:
Hi Peyton,
With your mention of Traumerei, couldn’t resist having a quick bleat.

For what it’s worth, here is a copy of the IMSLP PS Urtext which shows a few more indications of pedal than sparsely mentioned by Kreisler.

traumerei

It is worth noting that Schumann’s classical discipline demands splitting the full 24 measures into groups of 4 measures (akin the tidiness of a Bard sonnet) .

But highlighting the final 16 measures (as suggested by you) , the pedal comes in AT THE START of each of the 4 measure note patterns,
with an additional "gun" to the 3 glorious closing ritardando measures.

Wish I could start dreaming ... but with all the rain we have had
recently ... the Fates have decided that I’ve got to mow the lawn!! [/b]
btb, thanks. You have always been a big help to me in the past.

Wow, that text has even less pedal indications than mine. Why does he put "pedal on" and no pedal off? I guess I don't understand the point of even putting in Led and then nothing for 12 measures? Is it just another way of saying "pedal at your own discretion? \:\)

When you say "It is worth noting that Schumann’s classical discipline demands splitting the full 24 measures into groups of 4 measures....But highlighting the final 16 measures (as suggested by you) , the pedal comes in AT THE START of each of the 4 measure note patterns,
with an additional "gun" to the 3 glorious closing ritardando measures." I'm sure you don't mean pedal for four full measures with no realease?
Posted by: GreenRain

Re: traumerei question - 02/02/09 12:05 PM

Pedal markings on score should always be ignored.
Posted by: BruceD

Re: traumerei question - 02/02/09 01:24 PM

Peyton :

Also keep in mind that the sustain of every piano is different. While Schumann (et al.) may have been sparse with pedal indications, that doesn't mean his pedal indications should be followed slavishly; even a "completely pedaled" score would have to be ajudsted to the sustain of the individual piano and the acoustics of the venue in which that piano is being played.

If you know the style of the period of the piece you are playing, the best guide to pedal use is your own ear.

Regards,
Posted by: btb

Re: traumerei question - 02/02/09 02:48 PM

On the money Peyton ... pedal means the introduction as such ... but I go along with BruceD with the recommendation to use your ear for the right mix.