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Asking for feedback on my interpretation of prelude BWV934
#3027807 09/22/20 10:39 AM
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Hi forum,

I tried on the member recording board but maybe this is actually a better place for it.

I recorded my version of Bach's c minor prelude (BWV934) and I was aiming for something that is slow but delicate and "sparkly?"(I do like Gould here) but somehow missed the mark a bit.

Of course people like Angela Hewitt do it more "pure" or whatever, which I also like a lot (--> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0V5mgUYoVE) but this just wasn't what I wanted here.

Anyway, here's my version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLOLXaZ0hE4

Thanks!

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Re: Asking for feedback on my interpretation of prelude BWV934
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Overall well done.

I feel you're rushing a little in some places and cutting some measures short, like the last measure of the first section. You have to have a very strong pulse when playing Bach, even if you slow down slightly at the end you should still feel the pulse very strongly. Maybe practice with a metronome, exaggerating the first beat of every bar and then play it normally afterwards.

The second thing is tempo. It should be a bit faster so you can really feel the movement of the counterpoint line. Otherwise, that line gets a little lost and so is the polyphony.

I think you're well on your way to make this sound great.

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It is kind of hard to comment without knowing how long you have been playing piano and what kinds of pieces you have been playing. The two things that stuck out to me was that you could 1) bring out the left hand part since it plays a beautiful counterpoint to the right hand, and 2) try to shape your phrases more so that the sound rises and falls, and that some phrases are overall louder while others are quieter. Think of people speaking with expression as a metaphor. That one long phrase that goes to around 0:57 in your recording has several smaller phrases within it. Listen to how Hewitt shapes those smaller phrases.



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In addition to other comments, your version is really different from Gould. He is mainly playing in staccato, ...

Also in bar 32, you play a trill when it is a 3 notes mordent.

If you can speed quite a bit and put some additional articulation to make it come more alive, that should be quite good.

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Thanks for all your comments - I listened to some interpretations (including mine) again after reading you comments, focusing on the phrasing. The left hand seems to be the key for improvement for me. I'm still concentrated on getting the right hand right - I need to be more in control of the right hand to free up resources to really listen to myself playing the LH. A good bass should give a good pulse.

I had lessons until is was about 18 but didn't really practice the I quite. It has now been about 3? years since I restarted by struggling through Bach's Minuet 115 and have been practising a lot since and I'm getting occasional lessons. I haven't discussed this piece much with my teacher though - we use the time to work on more complex pieces.

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In addition to other comments, your version is really different from Gould. He is mainly playing in staccato, ...

Also in bar 32, you play a trill when it is a 3 notes mordent.

If you can speed quite a bit and put some additional articulation to make it come more alive, that should be quite good.
True - I just liked it better when played so slowly. When I play it faster, I play the mordent. btw, "Come more alive" is exactly what I'm looking for - thanks for putting it so succinctly.

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Re: Asking for feedback on my interpretation of prelude BWV934
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It took me a while but what I've got now is probably much better but far away from what I initally wanted laugh Maybe once I'm done for now, I'll let it rest for a couple of months and then revisit with a new approach.

Second part is a little more shaky so it'll be a couple of days to get that right (it's not my main piece at the moment...)

So... what do you guys think? The left hand is much more alive now

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

Okay... maybe I should actually add the link...


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