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Op 28 No. 8 #2810578 02/04/19 01:01 PM
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Hi All,

I had a couple quick questions about Chopin's prelude Op 28. No. 8. I was wondering if you had any tips on how to voice the melody while still keeping the middle notes clear? Additionally, for those who can play this prelude, how long did it take you to learn?

I am currently working through each prelude in order, and I hear this is one of the hardest ones, so if anyone has any other technical tips, I would very much appreciate it.

Thanks!

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Re: Op 28 No. 8 [Re: RmntcPianoLvr] #2810585 02/04/19 01:14 PM
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I don't think voicing the melody is difficult since it's played by the thumb. Of course, playing the non melodic figuration is difficult.

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Originally Posted by RmntcPianoLvr
Hi All,

I am currently working through each prelude in order, and I hear this is one of the hardest ones, so if anyone has any other technical tips, I would very much appreciate it.

Thanks!


To my mind, that's not the best way of "working through" the Op. 28. You may have hit a (temporary?) road block which may prevent the enjoyment that the others may provide while you struggle with this one.

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Joseffy has some methods of practicing this prelude that you might find helpful.


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Hi All,

I am currently working through each prelude in order, and I hear this is one of the hardest ones, so if anyone has any other technical tips, I would very much appreciate it.

Thanks!


To my mind, that's not the best way of "working through" the Op. 28. You may have hit a (temporary?) road block which may prevent the enjoyment that the others may provide while you struggle with this one.

Regards,


Thanks for your concern Bruce. Actually, I've barely even begun this piece, and was just looking for tips before I dive in, so I don't know if this will be a "road block" for me; I guess only time will tell. And so far, none of the other preludes have taken me more than a week and a half to learn, so hopefully, this one doesn't end up taking like a month. And if I do get stuck, I'll just move on to another prelude and come back another time; it's worked so far for other pieces, so maybe it will for this one too haha

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Originally Posted by pianoloverus
I don't think voicing the melody is difficult since it's played by the thumb. Of course, playing the non melodic figuration is difficult.


Right, the thumb part doesn't seem too bad, but I don't want it to overbear the middle notes. Additionally, I feel that trying to hold that note with the pedal while clearly playing the other notes would be very hard to pull off lol

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As I am performing the preludes actually, all the time now till end of summer, I reworked them for this series of concerts. They always take me by surprise, because, as they are a staple of my rep, I tend to think they will be there at a snap of the finger, which is alas never the case, so my technical workout has been and will always be: nrs 3,5,8,12,16,19,24, the others will follow more easily. Nr.8 has an etude-like appearance, so the fingers will remember it from previous occasions, that's a bonus, if one has done it before. But for a 1st timer, it is quite a challange indeed. The melody should not be too big a problem, it's the understanding of the 32nd notes as harmonic instead of just 'quick' that might help you, think of broken thirds after the octave, and keep it SLOW, longer than you might think is wise, the slower you practise this piece, the sooner you'll play it.


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