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#1387078 - 03/03/10 07:57 AM Re: Chopin Etude op 10 no 3 [Re: ab-ster]  
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Very nice!

I started working on this piece pretty recently, since about the time this thread was last visited (over the holidays), as my main "getting back into piano" piece (I've played on and off over the years). It would be very, very tricky to learn it by ear, because of the multiple voices and figuring out exactly what notes to hold over, etc. It certainly wasn't obvious from the recordings I analyzed, anyway. So kudos to you for being able to do that!

That con bravura section is killer (my first reaction on reaching it in the sheet music: GROOOOAN... tooooo many acccidentalllls!!!!!) It was much easier for me to learn it by ear--what I did was recognize its basic "algorithmic pattern" (paired in leaps by tritones, generally chromatically descending, etc.). Despite knowing that intricately, I still play it with a lot of, as Damon would say, klunkers. It's improving, though, reasonably klunker-free at 3/4 speed, I think. It'll still be some time before I can share my results here smile

All the recordings I've analyzed have slight pauses in between each middle section theme, like, for example, right before the section with tritones. I naturally have long pauses there because I'm still simply just taking too long to figure out where to move my hands smile but I do feel that those short pauses make sense, despite the sheet music not indicating it.

But yes, thanks for sharing... it is good encouragement to stick with it, and inspires me to get it to performance quality!

Last edited by ch0ndawg; 03/03/10 08:06 AM.

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#1391246 - 03/08/10 12:00 PM Re: Chopin Etude op 10 no 3 [Re: ch0ndawg]  
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Very nice, thank you for sharing!

This piece brings back a memory... The first time I played it in a performance was for a high school literary competition. I was such a bundle of nerves; I will never forget introducing the piece, sitting down at the piano, and then completely forgetting the piece! Totally gone. Good thing the timer didn't start until I started playing because it took me awhile to compose myself and get it together, but my nerves were shot and it was all I could do to play at all by that point.

So, for this one I can't say anything but job well done! smile


I'm from the Deep South, where "Ustacould" is indeed a word.
So... I ustacould play really good. Even taught a little. Now I just play. smile
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