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I am playing "To Zanarkand" from Nobuo Uematsu . It should be "Con sentimento ".
I am thinking, how can I play it this way?
Exaggerating the dynamics? A lot of rubato?

In a different publication of the same arrangement it says 'expressivo'.
But I think I like it better with sentiment. whistle

To Zanarkand by Aki Kuroda.

I will ask my piano teacher next week, but I am curious.
How would you play con sentimento?


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With sentiment, so try to be sentimental. Imagine something from your childhood, something sweet, and try to touch the keyboard with this kind of feeling.

It's not easy to explain wink. It's not a matter of rubato, dynamics. It's a matter of mood of the piece, so if you imagine it, it will be there.


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Thank you for the good advice.


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This is one of my all time favorite tunes that I try and keep in my current repertoire. My inspiration came from this video which gives me goosebumps every time I watch and listen to it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1JgIg38QBU [sorry, I can't get it to embed]

It helps to play this piece when you are 'mood-compatible' to get the best results. For me, this is when I am very tired late at night, or when I am feeling sad. I can transfer these feelings/emotions into this song and am very happy with the results.

I cannot play a delicate-sensitive piece like this when I am all amped up and full of energy as it is not mood compatible for me most of the time.

In case you are unfamiliar with another INCREDIBLE piano solo from Nobuo Uematsu, I would also highly recommend 'Path of repentance'. I've played both and cannot begin to express how beautiful both pieces are. Well worth whatever amount of effort it takes to learn them.

Have fun with it.




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Originally Posted by verqueue

It's not a matter of rubato, dynamics. It's a matter of mood of the piece, so if you imagine it, it will be there.

The mood of the piece IS a matter of rubato, dynamics, articulation, phrasing, etc.
You have to practice each of this elements before being able to "imagine it and play it". Otherwise you will imagine it in your head but you'll play bad.
Everything has to be learnt, even playing con sentimento.

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I know the youtube video of the orchestra version. Love it very much.

Yesterday I played to Zanarkand at my piano lesson. My teacher changed some of the fingerings I use and suggested that I first practice to play it legato without the pedal.
She also gave tips to make it more relax and fluent.
Next week we will look at how to pedal it.

I listened to the Path of repentance on youtube and soundcloud. I also found the sheet music (in different arrangements). It doesn't look very difficult. Which arrangement do you play ? I found Arnold Morrison and Riulyn.

I like the arrangement in this video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-W80gp5FyM
(I don't need the tutorial, but I like the sheet music. Do people really learn to play using this kind of tutorials ?).
Do you know where I can find/buy this ?

For To Zanerkand I use the same arrangement as in the youtube video in my first post.







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Originally Posted by verqueue

It's not a matter of rubato, dynamics. It's a matter of mood of the piece, so if you imagine it, it will be there.

The mood of the piece IS a matter of rubato, dynamics, articulation, phrasing, etc.
You have to practice each of this elements before being able to "imagine it and play it". Otherwise you will imagine it in your head but you'll play bad.
Everything has to be learnt, even playing con sentimento.


You are also right. It must be a combination: imagine the mood and know how to express this.



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To Zanarkand was the first real piece I learned to play and remains my favourite, even after three years of playing it nearly every week. When not in the correct mood, which Mr S-H describes rather well, I like to picture the original scene from Final Fantasy X, gathered before the ruins of Zanarkand, our journey almost over and about to reach its uncertain conclusion.

With that dreary locale in mind, the sentiment comes naturally and the notes with it. Until I stumble on the 32nds part near the end. Eh.


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