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Rachmaninov - Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini #2783264
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My Countdown-to-Christmas challenge: to play a variation a day (or so, and not including Sundays) from the Rachmaninov Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. The first day starts off easy with the Intro and Theme (but I know I'm in for a whipping by Variation 24... I'll see how long I last!).



Apologies for the digital piano---it's all I have while staying at my parents' place.

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Re: Rachmaninov - Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini [Re: pianoincognito] #2783285
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Good luck on your goal.


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Re: Rachmaninov - Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini [Re: NobleHouse] #2783574
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Originally Posted by NobleHouse
Good luck on your goal.


Thanks! I'll see how long I can keep this up... There's a few harder variations coming up.

Here's Variation 2, for today.



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Re: Rachmaninov - Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini [Re: pianoincognito] #2783863
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Variation 3 for today.



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Re: Rachmaninov - Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini [Re: pianoincognito] #2784314
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Variation 4 - Not technically perfect, but it's what I could manage in a few days. Hopefully after this challenge is over, I can polish up the whole piece and have it settle under my fingers a bit better. Enjoy!



Tomorrow I'll be taking a break as Sundays are busy for me with church and family stuff.


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Re: Rachmaninov - Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini [Re: pianoincognito] #2784531
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Re: Rachmaninov - Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini [Re: pianoincognito] #2785081
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Back to work... Variation 5.



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Re: Rachmaninov - Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini [Re: pianoincognito] #2785462
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And now, Variation 6.



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Re: Rachmaninov - Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini [Re: pianoincognito] #2785835
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Variation 7, with Rachmaninov's obsession with Dies Irae on full display. On a side note, it was nice to give my fingers a break today. I'm a little worried about tomorrow's variation. I might not be able to get it ready in time frown



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Chopin Etude Op. 10 No. 1
Rachmaninov Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

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Re: Rachmaninov - Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini [Re: pianoincognito] #2785848
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I am really enjoying these! Thanks for sharing!


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Re: Rachmaninov - Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini [Re: pianoincognito] #2785895
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Originally Posted by pianoincognito
Variation 7, with Rachmaninov's obsession with Dies Irae on full display. On a side note, it was nice to give my fingers a break today. I'm a little worried about tomorrow's variation. I might not be able to get it ready in time frown





Really enjoyed this.


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Re: Rachmaninov - Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini [Re: pianoincognito] #2786588
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Thanks for everyone's encouragement! Here's what I could manage of Variation 8, but obviously it needs some more work. I'm thinking of going back to it after learning the other variations, so as to give my fingers a break from two days' straight of octave and chord practice.



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Rachmaninov Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

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Re: Rachmaninov - Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini [Re: pianoincognito] #2786928
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Variation 9.



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Re: Rachmaninov - Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini [Re: pianoincognito] #2787835
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All right, here's Variation 10. I had quite a time trying to record it because something about the sweater I was wearing was making me sneeze like crazy. It took a lot out of me to try to not sneeze the whole time!



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Rachmaninov Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

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Re: Rachmaninov - Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini [Re: pianoincognito] #2788423
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Oops, forgot to post this yesterday. Here it is.



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Re: Rachmaninov - Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini [Re: pianoincognito] #2788587
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Variation 12. Tomorrow, I go off to San Francisco for a few weeks, where I'm not sure whether I'll have access to a piano somewhere to practice. So, I will update when I can but it is not likely to be everyday.



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Chopin Etude Op. 10 No. 1
Rachmaninov Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

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Re: Rachmaninov - Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini [Re: pianoincognito] #2798586
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Variation 13. Enjoy!

After a long pause, I'm back in Romania, working full-time, and relying on occasional moments when I have access to a piano. I didn't have regular enough access to a piano to make my goal of learning the rhapsody by Christmas, but it's still a worthy goal just to try to finish.



Currently Working On:
Chopin Etude Op. 10 No. 1
Rachmaninov Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

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Re: Rachmaninov - Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini [Re: pianoincognito] #2805610
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Already posted this on Youtube (subscribe if you like it haha), but I just remembered to post it here now. After several lunch breaks of practice... Variation 14. Sorry for the bad sound quality... Someone was vacuuming in the music store and I had to try to filter the background noise using Audacity to try to get rid of the sound, but that affected a bit of the original sound quality too...



Currently Working On:
Chopin Etude Op. 10 No. 1
Rachmaninov Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

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Practice Journal of Progress & Performance: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_gFNyVrmKptZF0zf3_A1Jw/
Re: Rachmaninov - Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini [Re: pianoincognito] #2805810
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Originally Posted by pianoincognito
Already posted this on Youtube (subscribe if you like it haha), but I just remembered to post it here now. After several lunch breaks of practice... Variation 14. Sorry for the bad sound quality... Someone was vacuuming in the music store and I had to try to filter the background noise using Audacity to try to get rid of the sound, but that affected a bit of the original sound quality too...



Good job on the filtering. I couldn't hear the vacuum at all. Nicely played.


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And... now, much later, Variation 15. Technically, it was pretty tough to get to 144 bpm. Because I can only play piano 4 days a week at most, it felt for a while like every time I built up a speed, I'd have to miss 3 days in a row (due to work schedule and lack of access to a piano), then have to start building up speed all over again. And I still struggle to play this variation if I play on a piano that is damped too much or has a very rigid action that requires more finger force to play. Anyways, one step closer to learning the whole piece!



Currently Working On:
Chopin Etude Op. 10 No. 1
Rachmaninov Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

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