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Re: The Second Chopin Competition for Amateurs [Re: The Fryderyk Chopin Society] #1956309
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Is there any possibility to watching live on Internet.?

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Re: The Second Chopin Competition for Amateurs [Re: The Fryderyk Chopin Society] #1956359
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Cheers to all participants, especially "our" locals. Do blog about your experience!

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Re: The Second Chopin Competition for Amateurs [Re: Mark_C] #1956368
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Originally Posted by Mark_C
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I would like to reiterate BruceD's sentiments. It is great that all of you have achieved a world class level of amateur piano playing while sustaining impressive careers in entirely different fields.

Thank you, Otis! How beautifully said. I'm not sure I quite live up to exactly what you said grin but I happily accept the compliment, and I'm sure the others do too.

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While you are in the area, I recommend taking the time to see Warsaw and perhaps other parts of Poland (e.g. Krakow). Poland has a tragic history due to domination (and destruction) by both the Russians and the Germans that is quite apparent when visiting Warsaw. Chopin himself was very much affected by this....

Yes -- we did last time, helped by a very nice guided tour that was offered by the organization and which they will do again this time. Also my wife and I will be going to Krakow for a few days after the competition.

I'm very conscious of the history that you talked about, especially because my family was from there and Poland's story was very much their story. Poland's history in general is that of a landlocked country constantly being invaded and dominated by others. The recent independence is a blessing and Poland has been thriving wonderfully in it. It is a joy to see and to experience.

BTW Otis, it sounds like you've been to Poland yourself and know it quite well??


I have been to Poland twice and helped organize a computer science conference there a few years ago. One of my most vivid memories of Poland was a a concert that I saw by the Polish Pianist Rafal Blechacz in Wroclaw. This was in 2005 about a week after he became the first Pole to win 1st prize in the International Chopin Piano Competition since Krystian Zimerman won it 30 years earlier in 1975. The host of the meeting I was attending got the tickets in advance as the concert was completely sold out (and then some). I have never attended a classical music concert like that in the US with anywhere near the same level of excitement and anticipation by the audience . There was a huge crowd of people surrounding the concert hall who could not get tickets. He played a magnificent all-Chopin concert which included the A flat major polonaise, op. 62 no 1 nocturne, Barcarolle, 4th scherzo, 3 mazurkas, and the 3rd piano sonata (the only non-Chopin piece was the 3rd encore, Debussy's Claire de Lune). While I have seen many great piano concerts, there was something about the combination of hearing superb performances of several of Chopin's sublime masterpieces in his native country, excitement level in the audience, and the historical significance of the occasion that made Mr. Bechacz's Wroclaw concert a unique experience for me.

Wroclaw itself has an interesting history. It is in Silesia and used to be the city of Breslau in Germany. During World War II, Russia annexed eastern parts of Poland. After World War II, Poland was given some land from Germany, including Breslau, which Poland renamed to Wroclaw. People from the parts of Poland annexed by Russia were relocated to places like Wroclaw/Breslau after World War II. The city has a rich history going back hundreds of years. However, surviving families of people living in that city prior to 1945 almost all moved elsewhere after World War II.

Re: The Second Chopin Competition for Amateurs [Re: Andromaque] #1956564
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Great additional post by Otis.

And meanwhile.....

Originally Posted by Andromaque
....Do blog about your experience!

Uh, OK. grin

I already have an excuse if my playing sux: We had to evacuate from our hotel because of.....dunno what, they're saying "technical problem," but that seems pretty much like a euphemism, including because there was a security guy going through the hotel with a sniffing police dog. Worst thing about it (except for the obvious): If the dog sniffs my clothing I won't be able to wear it. (Severe allergy.) But that means even if you don't know what I look like, you might be able to recognize me in the competition: I'll be the naked guy. frown

We won't be able to go back to the hotel till tomorrow morning at the earliest -- and we're not sure we want to go back there anyway, because even if it's declared safe, it might not be.

Clothing or no clothing, I play on Wednesday at 5:00 (Poland time).


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How disruptive! I hope things improve for you in the coming days.

I would take the dog thing as a good excuse to go shopping!! smile

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Break a leg Mark!
Yeah and a real nice hotel security-dog allergy story! Insert eyeroll here! laugh

Re: The Second Chopin Competition for Amateurs [Re: Andromaque] #1956773
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Back at hotel, everything apparently fine, dog probably didn't come into our room, credible excuse probably no longer present.

Thanks for the concerns and funny comments. grin

Re: The Second Chopin Competition for Amateurs [Re: Hakki] #1956776
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Wow, good luck to the four (or five) of you. What a wonderful experience.

Is the competition being broadcast on internet? I would love to watch.

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Seems that it's not being streamed. So, you'll have to be taking our word for how we play. grin

BTW, I heard Gorden play some of his pieces at an informal "library" concert this afternoon -- library in quotes because that's what they call it, but right now it's just a grand old building that's torn up and under construction, and with would-be books-on-bookshelves painted on a couple of walls. I guess the real books will be there in due course.

Gorden played Berceuse, two waltzes (Op. 42 and the C# minor from Op. 64), and the Op. 59 mazurkas. Despite it being a tough piano and performing space, he was absolutely wonderful -- truly world-class, and in great shape. He's ready.

BTW I played too. Let's say I was sort of OK. smirk

We both play our 1st round tomorrow evening. Hakki is right before me, and LisztAddict is the second person after Gorden.

Re: The Second Chopin Competition for Amateurs [Re: Mark_C] #1957439
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Best wishes to all of you!!! I can't wait to hear more about it! I wish I could hear all of you play! Good luck!
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Good luck and continue to makes proud to follow your exploits. Hopefully no performance anxiety to our participants.


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Re: The Second Chopin Competition for Amateurs [Re: Serge Marinkovic] #1957568
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Good luck Mark! Best to LA too.

I may have missed it in the above threads... what will you be playing?

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Re: The Second Chopin Competition for Amateurs [Re: The Fryderyk Chopin Society] #1957705
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Good Luck to all of our PW members who will be there! we're proud of you!


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Thanks again for all the well wishes!

Originally Posted by Peyton
....I may have missed it in the above threads... what will you be playing?

Barcarolle and E minor Waltz

.....and about what I said about my playing in the 'library' recital yesterday:

Originally Posted by Mark_C
....BTW I played too. Let's say I was sort of OK. smirk

That was an extreme euphemism. It was pretty terrible. smile

I had problems with the piano and especially with the bench, which didn't go low enough for me, so I was very uncomfortable physically. It seems that some people are good enough and adaptable enough that they can play very well regardless of anything, but I'm not; can't help it. The Barcarolle had problems but was OK enough that maybe I could have gotten away with it, the Waltz was atrocious, and the F# minor Polonaise was the only piece that was sort of good; I guess by then I had gotten comfortable enough with the bench and piano to be able to play. I'm glad to say that today, during my practice time (we're given 2 hours a day, plus 45 minutes "warm-up" right before we perform) I recorded the two 1st-round pieces, and as bad as they were yesterday, that's how good they were today. Not 'great' by the highest standards of course, but good for what I can do. I hope to play as well when it counts. smile

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Please update who got into semifinal....Thx in advance.

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We're on a break, waiting for the announcement of the semifinalists.

I heard part of Hakki's round from outside the auditorium, since he was right before me. I think he's definite for making the semifinals -- he played very very well, including the C major Etude 10/1. (Didn't hear our other members.)

I'll consider myself very fortunate if I advance. My playing was very mixed. I think my Barcarolle was quite good if you ignore the shaking fingers and the several associated screwups (notes that didn't come out, and a couple of rhythmic tics), which you might well not, and my waltz was.....not great -- some good things, but not solid -- many notes that just didn't come out and a couple of bad clinkers. My main chance is if they feel like writing off the bad aspects to nervousness and figure 'give him another chance,' which sometimes happens in these competitions.

I didn't hear that many of the people, but from what I did hear, it seems the level is even higher than last time and that there are several very high level top contenders. Gorden seems to have as good a chance as anybody to win, and I look for him to win.

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Thank you very much for the update!!!

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Yikes...Can't wait!!!


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