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#2299155 - 07/06/14 01:06 PM Re: Just for those totally devoted to Chopin [Re: Elene]
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I hadn't considered the second possibility you raised, it makes sense (pretty macabre though!). Thanks for the replies.

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#2321074 - 08/28/14 11:17 AM Re: Just for those totally devoted to Chopin [Re: loveschopintoomuch]
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Our edwardianpiano has posted some interesting Chopin-on-antique instruments videos. I hadn't realized how much more of these 19th-century piano performances were around these days.

Here is a real gem:
Janina Fialkowska plays and explains an 1848 Pleyel

And this is fun-- a music box plays 10/3, though only the A section:
Chopin on a Victorian Music Box

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#2321829 - 08/30/14 08:45 AM Re: Just for those totally devoted to Chopin [Re: loveschopintoomuch]
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Hi folks. I'd like a look at the autograph of op 10 no 5. It's listed here http://en.chopin.nifc.pl/chopin/manuscripts/detail/page/3/id/4 Anyone got a copy? or how do I get it from The Fryderyk Chopin Institute? Thanks.

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#2321984 - 08/30/14 07:20 PM Re: Just for those totally devoted to Chopin [Re: chopin_r_us]
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Looks like you can order it from NIFC here:

http://sklep.nifc.pl/index.php?produkt=5_27


A bit pricey but apparently available.

Thanks for bringing this up-- I didn't realize they had manuscript facsimiles. I own the National Edition volume of the Etudes but no manuscript copies.

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#2322132 - 08/31/14 06:11 AM Re: Just for those totally devoted to Chopin [Re: loveschopintoomuch]
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Thanks. Hopefully they're in stock as Amazon are out! 68 Euros - I'll have to think about it. I found some Korean channel on youtube that displays it but the detail is lacking. http://www.yourepeat.com/g/%E8%87%AA%E7%AD%86%E8%AD%9C/

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#2322914 - 09/02/14 01:43 AM Re: Just for those totally devoted to Chopin [Re: loveschopintoomuch]
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An aspect of Polish musical culture we may not have experienced....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHmwVfy3X1E&feature=youtu.be

(OK, the song's from Ukraine and the Ukrainian woman is a man, but it's in Polish here.)

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#2327101 - 09/13/14 10:26 AM Re: Just for those totally devoted to Chopin [Re: loveschopintoomuch]
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Here is an interesting article on Chopin as a teacher. My apologies if this has been shared before.

http://www.forte-piano-pianissimo.com/Chopin-the-Teacher.html

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#2327356 - 09/14/14 04:23 AM Re: Just for those totally devoted to Chopin [Re: loveschopintoomuch]
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Quote:
One of his students, von Timm used to prefer Erard pianos, but after studying with Chopin she clearly change her mind. She describes Chopinís preference to Pleyel pianos:

Up until now I have worked more on difficult pianos than on easy ones; that has strengthened my fingers a great deal. However, on this kind of piano it is impossible to obtain the finest gradations by the movements of the wrists and the forearm as one can with each finger taken separately.
quoted from the above page

Those of us who try Pleyels of the period find the actions pretty horrendously heavy but as this well known quote makes quite clear it was not the case. At some point - I would hazard in the 1840s - Pleyel went for volume over touch. Chopin would have not been amused. He did, in fact, send a piano back to Pleyel in this period and also suggested Fontana secretly go to Erard. Erard on the other hand went the other way. According to Moscheles Erard delivered a piano to himself (1850) with not only the perfect sound but also perfect light touch (but maybe deeper key dip?). Previously he found Erard's heavier touch not to his liking.

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#2327915 - 09/16/14 12:16 AM Re: Just for those totally devoted to Chopin [Re: loveschopintoomuch]
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Hmm. My only, and very brief, experience with a Pleyel of the period was an 1840 spinet at Nohant, and I only had a couple of minutes with it. It was extremely light. It's so hard to know what the "average" instruments were like at the time because of course any that have been put back in playing condition have had many parts replaced, technicians can adjust actions quite a bit, etc. etc. It's an endlessly fascinating subject.

Our friend edwardianpiano brought the following performance to my attention on her blog:

G minor Ballade in a non-modern temperament

It's a lovely performance however you hear it. However, I couldn't hear much difference between this and a rendition in current equal temperament. (Which is not entirely equal, at any rate, since tuners commonly stretch and compress some intervals to get the sound they want.) Neither could my husband, who's a woodwind player.

I was inspired to read more about historical tunings after hearing this, since I'd been under the impression that by Chopin's time tuning was pretty much like ours. Apparently that is not correct-- though it can't have been tremendously different, either. Does anyone have details?

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#2327940 - 09/16/14 02:42 AM Re: Just for those totally devoted to Chopin [Re: Elene]
chopin_r_us Offline
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Originally Posted By: Elene
Hmm. My only, and very brief, experience with a Pleyel of the period was an 1840 spinet at Nohant, and I only had a couple of minutes with it. It was extremely light.
Thanks, that's important knowledge. The Pleyel he was displeased with and sent back was for Nohant. Could that be the replacement? Had Chopin used that particular one?

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