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#1852903 - 02/28/12 02:57 AM Re: Take me away from Chopin pieces!!! [Re: slpiano]  
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BTW My reference book insists that the Chopin Prelude 28-6 is the true Raindrop Prelude ... and not 28-15 ... I tend to agree.

The RH blocky treble provides the rhythmic patter of the rain while the LH capers about in a reflective melody.


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#1852906 - 02/28/12 03:05 AM Re: Take me away from Chopin pieces!!! [Re: btb]  
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Originally Posted by btb
BTW My reference book insists that the Chopin Prelude 28-6 is the true Raindrop Prelude ... and not 28-15 ... I tend to agree.

The RH blocky treble provides the rhythmic patter of the rain while the LH capers about in a reflective melody.



Chopin would prolly disagree with both anyways as i read he dislike ppl giving names to his pieces! (Raindrop, minute waltz, Aeolian harp, etc...). Just wrote it cause not everyone knows what op.28 no.15 refers to, but everyone knows raindrop prelude!

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#1852912 - 02/28/12 03:24 AM Re: Take me away from Chopin pieces!!! [Re: slpiano]  
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The chappie recommending John Field deserves to be clapped in irons ... the boozy Irishman was an envious 3rd rater compared to Chopin ... referring to Fred as “just the composer of mazurkas”.

Field was 20 years older than Chopin ... and although being first with the nocturne format ... was merely a salesman in the London warehouse of Musio Clementi ...
impressing customers with finger dexterity ... rippling across the piano keys in chromatic and scalar flourishes.

Chopin was 17 when he first chanced on the Nocturne format.

Anybody who has played a Chopin Nocturne
will know who was champ ... and who was the chump.

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The easiest Beethoven I know of is a little piece called La Marmotte. It's very quick and simple but lovely; I think a Chopin lover would like it. I found this in the Joy of Beethoven book, a nice collection that includes Für Elise and I think the 2d movement Pathetique as well.


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#1852957 - 02/28/12 07:39 AM Re: Take me away from Chopin pieces!!! [Re: BruceD]  
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Schumann and Schubert!

Schumann:[...]Windmung (a bit hard)

[...]Schubert:[...]Standchen

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You're giving the impression in your list that Schumann's "Widmung" and Schubert's "Ständchen" are piano pieces. They are not; they are both original songs for voice and piano. That said, Liszt arranged Schumann's "Widmung" and both of Schubert's "Ständchen" for piano solo.

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Well, of course the Liszt transcriptions were meant!

but thanks for clarifying for the OP.


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#1852985 - 02/28/12 08:47 AM Re: Take me away from Chopin pieces!!! [Re: slpiano]  
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Originally Posted by btb
The chappie recommending John Field deserves to be clapped in irons ... the boozy Irishman was an envious 3rd rater compared to Chopin ... referring to Fred as “just the composer of mazurkas”.

Field was 20 years older than Chopin ... and although being first with the nocturne format ... was merely a salesman in the London warehouse of Musio Clementi ...
impressing customers with finger dexterity ... rippling across the piano keys in chromatic and scalar flourishes.

Chopin was 17 when he first chanced on the Nocturne format.

Anybody who has played a Chopin Nocturne
will know who was champ ... and who was the chump.



That's rather harsh. Several of the Field Nocturnes are excellent and they were loved by Chopin himself. Just because you don't like them doesn't mean this guy will feel the same.

While I agree overall Chopin's were better there are few Field Nocturnes that surpass some of the "lesser" Chopin Nocturnes.

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Some very easy Beethoven(easiest to hardest) I've played:

Sonatina in G major
Six Ecossaises WoO83
Six Variations on "Nel cor piu non mi sento", WoO70

I'm the opposite - I love Bach, Beethoven and Mozart and haven't fallen in love like that with Chopin but I'm grade 6/7 so hopefully I'm getting there smile



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#1853191 - 02/28/12 03:07 PM Re: Take me away from Chopin pieces!!! [Re: RonaldSteinway]  
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Originally Posted by RonaldSteinway
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Very interesting pieces right there!!! I particularly like the Beethoven one (Sonata no.8 2nd movement for those who didnt click the link). With a bit of work i guess i could manage that. Its probably more tricky than it looks and sounds tho haha.


Actually the second movement of Opus 13 is no more difficult than the pieces you currently play....and it is an excellent work to have in your repertoire.


To me, the voicing of 2nd of Pathetique is difficult. At the beginning, both bass and top melody must be stressed. Then the tension etc are also difficult, it is definitely not for beginner.



The OP isn't really a beginner.


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#1853286 - 02/28/12 06:20 PM Re: Take me away from Chopin pieces!!! [Re: btb]  
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Originally Posted by btb
The chappie recommending John Field deserves to be clapped in irons ... the boozy Irishman was an envious 3rd rater compared to Chopin ... referring to Fred as “just the composer of mazurkas”.

Field was 20 years older than Chopin ... and although being first with the nocturne format ... was merely a salesman in the London warehouse of Musio Clementi ...
impressing customers with finger dexterity ... rippling across the piano keys in chromatic and scalar flourishes.

Chopin was 17 when he first chanced on the Nocturne format.

Anybody who has played a Chopin Nocturne
will know who was champ ... and who was the chump.


Yes btb, we all get it. You think the Chopin Nocturnes are better than Field's, and I honestly agree with you. But the OP requests repertoire that is not by Chopin, and anyways, I am entitled to my own opinion on the Field Nocturnes, as are you. Therefore, comments such as "The chappie recommending John Field deserves to be clapped in irons" are immature and unnecessary.

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Originally Posted by btb


Field was 20 years older than Chopin ... and although being first with the nocturne format ... was merely a salesman in the London warehouse of Musio Clementi ...
impressing customers with finger dexterity ... rippling across the piano keys in chromatic and scalar flourishes.



Field, was actually quite a phenomenal, famous and sought after pianist. He wasn't just a salesman for Clementi...he was his star student. He is, of course, best known for the nocturne, but his influence on a generation of composers was strong. Read the preface to the Liszt edition of the Field nocturnes written by the editor himself and tell me if you think Liszt thought of Field as a mere salesman.



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"Field, was actually quite a phenomenal, famous and sought after pianist."

Bosh! stores ... but glad you added the conditional "quite".

The Russians seemed to like his twiddily playing and he ended up in St. Petersburg.

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I would not recommend the nocturnes by John Field and I a not surprised that Liszt thought Field was good or whatever, as I find both there music more banal and shallow than pretty much all other classical composers.. Anyway, I think OP should try on some Schubert if he likes Chopin. To like Chopin often means that one appreciate great melodies and harmonies, and the trues master of melodies and harmonies is Franz Schubert.

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Originally Posted by btb
"Field, was actually quite a phenomenal, famous and sought after pianist."

Bosh! stores ... but glad you added the conditional "quite".

The Russians seemed to like his twiddily playing and he ended up in St. Peterburg.


Are you saying you don't agree?

He didn't just "end up" in St. Petersburg. Clementi, took Field, to Paris, Vienna, and St. Petersburg, when Field was about 20 and it was his choice to stay when Clementi left. Though clearly not Russian, he was one of the founders of what we call the "Russian school".



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We all know the story stores ... if you agree that Field was one of the founders of the
Russian school ... and that he stayed on at St. Petersburg (a beautiful city) ... it might just follow that he kicked the bucket
there when his liver packed in (all the booze).

PS It was much later that Field coached over to Russia and not when he was a youthful 20.

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Originally Posted by btb

PS It was much later that Field coached over to Russia and not when he was a youthful 20.


Every source I've found states that Field was born in 1782 and was living in St. Petersburg by mid-1803.

While I've heard a few of his compositions over the years - and even own a volume of his Nocturnes - I always thought Field lived and worked primarily in the British Isles throughout his entire lifetime....probably because he is referred to as an "Irish" composer. Oh well......now I know better. grin



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Try this composers: Romantic era pianists some of them looks a little bit "Chopinesque"

· J Field
· I Moscheles
· M. Glinka http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vaAFlSPrH0cv
· Kalkbrenner
· C.V. Alkan
· Edmond Weber
· Lefébure Wély: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqhMjupyBoo
· Galos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkkL6q76QxM&feature=relmfu

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#1853884 - 02/29/12 07:08 PM Re: Take me away from Chopin pieces!!! [Re: Carey]  
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Originally Posted by carey
Originally Posted by btb

PS It was much later that Field coached over to Russia and not when he was a youthful 20.


Every source I've found states that Field was born in 1782 and was living in St. Petersburg by mid-1803.

While I've heard a few of his compositions over the years - and even own a volume of his Nocturnes - I always thought Field lived and worked primarily in the British Isles throughout his entire lifetime....probably because he is referred to as an "Irish" composer. Oh well......now I know better. grin



You're exactly right, carey. He was in St. Pete at the onset of winter 1802, which would make him...hmmm 20. Maybe math isn't btb's strong point. =p



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#1853928 - 02/29/12 08:55 PM Re: Take me away from Chopin pieces!!! [Re: slpiano]  
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If you're going to work on any Bach I find it helps to think of it as a technical study - its there to excercise your fingers and brain - without troubling the soul. Its dull and uninspiring - but beats playing scales....

I have been known to use the odd P&F as warm up excercises before playing *real* music!

:-p

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Bach is dull and uninspiring? Which Bach are you playing? I'm playing J.S. Bach.

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Bach is dull and uninspiring? Which Bach are you playing? I'm playing J.S. Bach.


This is on my list at present... might turn some folks moist with joy, but to me it might as well be a page of elegant algeraic manipulation - perhaps clever, sometimes potentialy interesting, but all 'brain' and no 'heart'.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWOQVPtIo_E

(..and btw crickey he plays that fugue fast!)

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Originally Posted by Orange Soda King
Bach is dull and uninspiring? Which Bach are you playing? I'm playing J.S. Bach.

He's second rate.
Here's the Bach we all should be playing:


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Bach is dull and uninspiring? Which Bach are you playing? I'm playing J.S. Bach.


This is on my list at present... might turn some folks moist with joy, but to me it might as well be a page of elegant algeraic manipulation - perhaps clever, sometimes potentialy interesting, but all 'brain' and no 'heart'.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWOQVPtIo_E

(..and btw crickey he plays that fugue fast!)


Sure - all "brain" no "heart" - just like this one ......

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWH-mJMmano

Gimme a break.



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Originally Posted by DadAgain
- perhaps clever, sometimes potentialy interesting, but all 'brain' and no 'heart'.
I have observed that many people who don't warm to Bach have a view that the only way for music to have "heart" is for it to have been written in the 19th century.


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i was so in love with Chopin.. the etudes, waltzes, nocturnes and preludes. I had to take a 10 year break, because his music was so very soulful.. I'd just cry constantly while practicing.. it just got to be too much.. (not so much for the etudes) but the nocturnes and preludes.. omgosh


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...I have observed that many people who don't warm to Bach have a view that the only way for music to have "heart" is for it to have been written in the 19th century.


Plenty of 20th and 21st century music seems to do it for me -
but yes, I'll take your point - anything pre about 1780 struggles to 'communicate' in my book! laugh


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Originally Posted by DadAgain
If you're going to work on any Bach I find it helps to think of it as a technical study - its there to excercise your fingers and brain - without troubling the soul. Its dull and uninspiring - but beats playing scales....

I have been known to use the odd P&F as warm up excercises before playing *real* music!

:-p


Wow. I am SOOOOOOOOOO holding my tongue on this one!!!! It's not easy to do either! You're absolutely at the very pinnacle of my not to be taken seriously list, DA.



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anything pre about 1780 struggles to 'communicate' in my book! laugh


It's not the music (or its composer) that struggles to communicate...the problem lies with you.



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So many thanks for the Yudina link. What a splendid way to start the day / end the night. Debating whether I should get my lazy self to the piano or comfort my heart with more of Yudina's Bach.
dad again, you may very well land up in Purgatory for that blasphemous tirade. Just sayin. smile

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dad again, you may very well land up in Purgatory for that blasphemous tirade. Just sayin. smile


He already is in some horrible place, it seems to me.

I really don't understand why overt "emotion" is the sole gauge of musical value for some people. Don't they have any sense of music having value simply for being beautiful or intriguing? Or for conveying the joy and excitement of sheer creativity?

There are lots of analogies with natural phenomena, I think, which have no intrinsic "emotion" at all, but can nonetheless be deeply satisfying to contemplate for us humans. An obvious example is how many of us can be gobsmacked by a spectacular sunset, even though there is no emotional content in it at all. I think music can operate on us in a similar way.


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