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Hello - and my first Chopin!
#3039184 10/25/20 10:11 AM
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Hi all,

I've browsed the forums here for some time, but have only just decided to join & get stuck in. I took piano lessons from the age of 4 until 12, when I flounced off and decided I never wanted to play a piano ever again. At the age of 28 I decided that I really wanted to get back into it, and try and get back to where I had been (Grade 5-ish). In my last job I didn't have a lot of spare time so progress has been slow, but I now have a substantial amount of time to dedicate to the piano.

I have been working on my first Chopin piece - Waltz in A Minor (Posthumous - B.150) which I'm relatively happy with, although it will get tighter and evolve the more I play it. I'm also working on Nocturne Op9 No.2 of which I've learned about 2/3 of so far. Learning a new piece is still a long process for me, as my reading is pretty rusty!

Here's my recording of the Waltz in A Minor - https://clyp.it/jscld0ho

Looking forward to participating here!

Oz.

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Re: Hello - and my first Chopin!
oswaldpeters #3039208 10/25/20 11:32 AM
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Really good, Oswald. Congratulations. Perfect trills and beautifully soft left hand. Your slow tempo is so very appropriate to this waltz (IMHO). The printed sheet music has the tempo marking "Allegretto" (Ashkhenazy is accordingly playing this waltz really fast), however, Chopin's autograph on the IMSLP does not bear any tempo marking at all. If it is true that this is a piece of "great sadness" (as per Wikipedia), it does call for a tempo much slower than "Allegretto" (btw, "allegro" does not only mean "lively", but rather "happy" in Italian).

I suppose you have listened to Tiffany Poon's interpretation (or mine on the IMSLP?) prior to recording - she is playing it in the same manner.

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oswaldpeters #3039237 10/25/20 01:07 PM
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Lovely playing Peter such sensitivity, not just of touch but of interpretation.

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An excellent performance IMO. My only criticism is that the RH and LH are usually not together on the first beat of each measure. Although some pianists around the turn of the century(around 1900 not 2000!) used the asynchronization of hands a lot, it is not considered the best practice today. Occasionally, I think it's fine as an expressive device and probably wouldn't even notice it. But because you do it on almost every measure it gets repetitive and ends up sounding like a grace note at the beginning of each measure. Even with the asynchronization I think your performance is much better than most of the many performances of this often posted piece.

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oswaldpeters #3039523 10/26/20 12:36 PM
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I agree with others here. Excellent interpretation.


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Lovely.


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Welcome to the forum! This was really nice, thank you for sharing.


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oswaldpeters #3039614 10/26/20 05:16 PM
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Very nicely played. Welcome!


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oswaldpeters #3039626 10/26/20 05:29 PM
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Your Chopin waltz sounded beautiful!


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This was lovely. One of my all time favorite pieces. I am planning on starting to relearn this one soon. Though I never had it at this level it was still so enjoyable to play. Great job and thanks for sharing.


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oswaldpeters #3040149 10/28/20 03:52 AM
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Hi all,

Thank you for the comments - really appreciated!

@Pianost685 - You're right, I spent a lot of time listening to various interpretations of this on Youtube & I liked Tiffany Poon's the best - it seemed to make the most sense to me. This piece is still evolving for me though, every time I play it it's slightly different, so we'll see where it goes!

@PianoLoverUS - Thanks for pointing this out - this is why sharing with others is useful for feedback! It's something I hadn't really noticed myself doing, but now I can't 'unhear' it! This is definitely an aspect that I will be working on as I practice the piece.

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That was a beautiful interpretation! Thanks for sharing. At first I thought you may have slowed down too fast at the end but I love it!


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