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Fugue Impossible #2750477
07/09/18 06:09 PM
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Can anyone help with this fugue.

Shostakovich Fugue No.7 A major

Starts at 1:20

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPrmv6eCCvU

Its quite a neat performance as it is all arrpeggio based but although it looks easy it is very hard to play.

This is a talk about it which inspired me to play it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHJzdEGq26I

I gave up with it a couple of years ago but inspired by cat fugue by scarlatti which I finished without such difficulties I think I have the skills now to finish the piece.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbW1nNBqVnI

It is very much a fun piece so its not like one I am willing to spend ages to do practice on but I dont like to give up on things so it may be a longer term project piece.

Does anyone have any tips or suggestions other pieces that may help ?

Thanks x

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Re: Fugue Impossible [Re: Moo :)] #2750480
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I'd say - get the fingerings sorted out bar by bar (write them in, and stick to them) - and practice lots of simple arpeggios (especially in A major) in each hand.

It's all arpeggios, not scales.


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Re: Fugue Impossible [Re: Moo :)] #2750598
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Thanks. I have fingering written in. Hope arpeggios practice will help.

Re: Fugue Impossible [Re: Moo :)] #2757072
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This is a piece I'm about to start learning myself after hearing Peter Donohoe play it. I agree fingering is the key and of course using the same fingers every time you practice it. What I find very useful when playing fugues like this is to work out the most comfortable fingering through slow playing and do it creatively by not always restricting the left and right hands to the bass and treble staves. This might mean when the left hand isn’t doing much such as holding a note, reaching up into the treble stave with 'spare' fingers to play notes that are particularly difficult to reach with what's going on with the right hand at the time (and vice versa). It's like trying to share the load between the hands and it could be to reach up with the left hand (or down with the right hand) to play just one or two notes to fill in and make it easier. It sounds more complicated to work out and play but once you’ve learnt a difficult sequence shared between the hands like this it makes it so much easier. I do it all the time when practicing complex Bach fugues on the organ and it enables me to play pieces that I wouldn’t otherwise be able to.

Good luck!


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