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What to play on my early 20th century Werner before it goes?
#3010908 08/06/20 05:10 PM
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So now, we really might get rid of my semi-refurbished Werner upright (1910s?, Chicago) to replace with a Yamaha U3 to encourage more practicing. (There is already a piano good enough for practicing and performance, a small grand, but...)

Any ideas for what might be good to play / record on such a piano? In limited time?

If anyone is interested, here is my playlist of recordings I have made on this piano.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDtig-RMDutp2L5_FFiaY8WAwW8HoCtTjhttps://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDtig-RMDutp2L5_FFiaY8WAwW8HoCtTj

(So you can hear the piano and my semi-skill. Not much visuals, though.)

I suspect that rags (besides, I have a book) or else MUSIC no later than Schubert might be preferable. I have a recording of a Rachmaninoff etude-tableau on this Werner!—
but really, since the piano's slightly too run down for great control and the pedals currently don't work, there are serious limitations.

(Any ADVICE ON RAGTIME?)

Also realize that I won't really put in the effort to do the music justice. I can make plenty of pieces sound pretty, but I somewhat skimp in polish or technical perfection or even tempo and am sort of in a rush to get recordings now.

Re: What to play on my early 20th century Werner before it goes?
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A 1910's piano is a modern piano. It is not a period piano limited in repertoire in any way.


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Re: What to play on my early 20th century Werner before it goes?
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I would recommend that you record the pieces that you play well or as you put it ‘Do the music justice’. Better to record a few really good pieces than just a large quantity.


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Please, no more Rachmaninoff on this piano. One cannot play Rachmaninoff if "... the pedals currently don't work...."

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Originally Posted by winterflower
since the piano's slightly too run down for great control and the pedals currently don't work, there are serious limitations.
The solution is obvious. As that great pianist Emilie Najkowowski once said: "One must always adapt one's repertoire to the piano."

So, if the pedals are kaput, there's only one solution: Baroque and early Classical.

I once played an upright while waiting for my flight at Heathrow Airport. It was perfectly fine (even in reasonable tune), but the pedals didn't work.

So, instead of Chopin, Brahms, Rachmaninov and Ravel, I played Bach, Scarlatti and Mozart, to much acclaim..... cool


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Originally Posted by BruceD
Please, no more Rachmaninoff on this piano. One cannot play Rachmaninoff if "... the pedals currently don't work...."

Regards,

Did he or she say the pedals don't work? Most uprights of that era have a bass sustain pedal that can be used for the C#m prelude. Unfortunately, my own piano, does not (the middle pedal activates a silencing rail) a source of personal frustration for that piece.

edit: sorry I missed that the pedals don't work in the posting, a major limitation for far more than Rachmaninov.


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