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Kevin, I enjoyed your performance, nice and steady. I agree with you about changing up the dynamics a bit with all the repeats. The trills will come with practice and your runs are fluid.



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Originally Posted by KevinM
I have attempted to record this piece. Perhaps a foolhardy thing to do to include it in this thread with these incomparable recordings for mine to be compared against. I'm still not assured enough of the trills and my fingering in places to give it the dynamics and variation in tempo the piece really needs to come alive. But since I've been learning it and this is a thread on the piece I thought I'd add my own here.

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Thank you both for the positive response.

I very much enjoy listening to your playing of this piece PianogrlNW.

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I gave this another go today. Feels more comfortable than it did 2 years ago, when I played it for one of the themed recitals. I guess it's one of those pieces you just keep coming back to. Had a little alone time since our poor dog had to go to the vet frown

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZoO9OcbH3Oc


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Originally Posted by bSharp(C)yclist
I gave this another go today. Feels more comfortable than it did 2 years ago, when I played it for one of the themed recitals. I guess it's one of those pieces you just keep coming back to. Had a little alone time since our poor dog had to go to the vet frown

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZoO9OcbH3Oc


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Originally Posted by bSharp(C)yclist
I gave this another go today. Feels more comfortable than it did 2 years ago, when I played it for one of the themed recitals. I guess it's one of those pieces you just keep coming back to. Had a little alone time since our poor dog had to go to the vet frown
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Very nice! Except for the too loud first note.

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Originally Posted by bSharp(C)yclist
I gave this another go today. Feels more comfortable than it did 2 years ago, when I played it for one of the themed recitals. I guess it's one of those pieces you just keep coming back to. Had a little alone time since our poor dog had to go to the vet frown
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Very nice! Except for the too loud first note.

Thanks blush Someone else pointed that out too. I'll have fix that ;0


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Originally Posted by bSharp(C)yclist
I gave this another go today. Feels more comfortable than it did 2 years ago, when I played it for one of the themed recitals. I guess it's one of those pieces you just keep coming back to. Had a little alone time since our poor dog had to go to the vet frown

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZoO9OcbH3Oc

Thank you for posting this, this is very inspirational. I also came back to this piece after a while. First time it was really beyond my abilities so I just used it to practice some parts. Now I plan to add it to my repertoire - my first Chopin, very exciting.

One suggestion: when you play the mordents they sound a bit 'off' as you tend to stress the first note. Try to play towards the final note instead. So for instance with the first mordent in bar 4, the first E and the F are light and fleeting, with the emphasis on the final E.

It's a bit like the reverse of the waltz rhythm of the left hand where the first beat is heavy and the chords in 2nd and 3rd beats are light.


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Originally Posted by Montuno
One suggestion: when you play the mordents they sound a bit 'off' as you tend to stress the first note. Try to play towards the final note instead. So for instance with the first mordent in bar 4, the first E and the F are light and fleeting, with the emphasis on the final E.

It's a bit like the reverse of the waltz rhythm of the left hand where the first beat is heavy and the chords in 2nd and 3rd beats are light.

Interesting thought, I'll give it a try. Might go against what my teacher has been trying to ingrain into me lately, the idea of the S-W-W, S-W-M-W, etc beats, and not over emphasize weak notes. She's pretty particular about that, especially in the Bach Invention. And she wants me to pantamine that (be able to play one hand silent). That's crazy.


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Originally Posted by bSharp(C)yclist
I gave this another go today. Feels more comfortable than it did 2 years ago, when I played it for one of the themed recitals. I guess it's one of those pieces you just keep coming back to. Had a little alone time since our poor dog had to go to the vet frown

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZoO9OcbH3Oc

Well played and I wish I had such control over my trills. Mine are so all over the place, mostly because I am trying to play them faster than I am actually capable of playing trills.

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Just as an aside, here she is at age 11, LOL.

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Dang. I feel like quitting, again.

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