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Chopin Polonaise in A Flat M & Debussy Soiree Dans Grenade
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1 Month progress for both these pieces!



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does anybody have any suggestions? I know it's not too good but I want to hear your opinions smile


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I'm not in a position to offer technical advice but I really liked the Debussy. It's partly because I'm in another Debussy phase where his music is just magical. It's also because I think your playing is more convincing in that piece at this stage. The Chopin is not as appealing because normally it's heard so often as a showpiece. That makes it harder to appreciate the work in progress except in an academic context (which I have nothing to offer). I can tell that you will be able to play these wonderfully once you've had more time.

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Leona:

Before you get too far into the study of the Polonaise - and I realize, since you've made it clear, that you're only one month into it - I think that you need to check the tempi of the various sections of this work. Don't play any section any faster than the section that is the most challenging for you and keep all the other sections in (more or less) the same tempo.

I am finding that there is considerable change in tempo from section to section, changes which I don't think can be justified musically or artistically. For example: check the considerable difference in tempo from the introductory 16 measures with the tempo that you set at measure 17. The introductory measures are considerably slower than what follows. While that is understandable this early into the work and while you are practicing, keep in mind that this piece needs a consistency that is going to be lost if you don't get a grasp of an overall tempo. When you get this work up to tempo, then you can decide which sections might generate interest from a slight change in tempo, but at the moment those changes seem to be based on technical challenges rather than on choice.

Keep at it; I'm sure that it will eventually come together.

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Leona,

regarding the polonaise, at this point it is difficult to give you some feedback. This is still work in progress and until you can connect smoothly the various parts, it is not that usefull to point out various issues which you will correct naturally as you progress. I think all in all the phrasing and articulation are very good, and the biggest challenge will be to get up to speed and refining the intonation. One point is to bear in mind that the forte would need to be stronger and sharper, inthe beginning for example.

Soiree dans Grenade is a very difficult piece. Again it is a very good work in progress. But I think you play it more like a Schumann piece than Debussy... you must add a little more exotic flavor to it !

In the beginning the initial melodic line is not very clear. You need to work out the accentuation a bit so that one can feel the winding line, and adjust the accent to make it a little less metronomic.

At 1.40, in my opinion you are mistaken in the interpretation. You make it very forte and too much in your face; but your right hand should play more sensuous, more peacefull too.

At 2.59-3.30, same, it is too forte in my view. The whole section must feel like surrounded by mystery, play it more gently, with more shading of nuances.

Around 4.00, same comment as above.

I think overall you will have more work on the interpretative side on this piece vs the Chopin one. Of course just my opinion. Good luck.

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Thank you everybody- I will keep your suggestions in mind!


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