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#455183 - 05/07/08 05:26 PM Re: Wow Pieces  
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Originally posted by dannylux:
Why not wow them with something they've probably never heard before?

Felix Blumenfeld's Impromptu in G flat, Op.13 No.2 is 2 minutes of some of the most gorgeous music ever written.

I sent a recording to a friend, and his response was, "The music is very strong. It just swoops over you like a storm and leaves you behind dazzled."

Another friend wrote, "It's one of those pieces that leaves me sitting motionlessly in awe, jaw dropped open and needing to catch my breath upon its ending."

Needless to say, the recording wasn't of me.

I've never found a commercial source for the score, but you can download the free public domain sheets at piano.ru.

Blumenfeld Impromptu Op.13 No.2

As for difficulty, try playing a series of four-note chords legato, cantabile, and allegro. The interlocking triplets in the second half of the piece make it shimmer.


Mel
Where can I hear this piece?


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#455184 - 05/07/08 06:02 PM Re: Wow Pieces  
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Originally posted by virtuoso_18:
It's reputed that Brahms fell asleep during Liszt's performance of his Sonata. While many consider this Sonata to be among Liszt's finest works, Brahms thought it was boring. And i'm quite sure that neither is Brahms musically illiterate, nor is Liszt a bad pianist! It's just a matter of taste.
Actually, Brahms excused himself because he had been absolutely exhausted from traveling. Thus, the fact that he fell asleep is not a demonstration of dislike for the piece.

Daniel


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#455185 - 05/07/08 06:33 PM Re: Wow Pieces  
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Originally posted by Aviator1010110:
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[b] [QUOTE]Originally posted by dnephi:
<strong> [QUOTE]Originally posted by Brendan:
[qb] La Campanella always does it for me
That's some interesting ... playing. [/b]
So mean! :p I'd love to know what those Chinese comments are saying. [/b] I literally cannot watch this video all the way through. </strong>
Are you serious??? I couldn't stop watching.

#455186 - 05/08/08 03:22 AM Re: Wow Pieces  
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Originally posted by apianostudent:
[b] Regarding the La Campanella video(the "interesting" one)-Is he being serious? Is there an avant-garde thing going on here that I don't understand?
Well, I think it's pretty serious, at least compared to his interpretation of the revolutionary etude ... [/b]
I don't usually like to comment on other peoples' playing like that, but someone put it in public (youtube) so I assume that it's ok.

Oh my! This is bad playing! Bad bad playing!

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#455187 - 05/08/08 08:11 AM Re: Wow Pieces  
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Oh jesus, my poor ears! Did he really post those videos himself? You can hear the audience mumbling to each other and some even leave during it. I am of course refering to the la campanella and revolutionary-videos.

Did he really do this volentaraly? Maybe his teacher was holding his family hostage or something until he did the performance.

I wonder if his teacher was proud that night.
I´m just imagining if it had been one of my students...I would have offered to comitt suicide in front of the audience as apology.

I guess some people just don´t have it. I mean, I have never been close to being this bad, ever. Even my first sight-read through those etudes sounded more convincing. How the heck could they let him up there? I´ve seen some bad stage-nerves, but oh the humanity.

#455188 - 05/08/08 11:20 AM Re: Wow Pieces  
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Originally posted by Amnesia:
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Originally posted by dannylux:
[b] Why not wow them with something they've probably never heard before?

Felix Blumenfeld's Impromptu in G flat, Op.13 No.2 is 2 minutes of some of the most gorgeous music ever written.

I sent a recording to a friend, and his response was, "The music is very strong. It just swoops over you like a storm and leaves you behind dazzled."

Another friend wrote, "It's one of those pieces that leaves me sitting motionlessly in awe, jaw dropped open and needing to catch my breath upon its ending."

Needless to say, the recording wasn't of me.

I've never found a commercial source for the score, but you can download the free public domain sheets at piano.ru.

Blumenfeld Impromptu Op.13 No.2

As for difficulty, try playing a series of four-note chords legato, cantabile, and allegro. The interlocking triplets in the second half of the piece make it shimmer.


Mel
Where can I hear this piece? [/b]
I'm not sure about where you can find a recording. I did print the music out from the link earlier in the chain, and it is a quite nice piece. It's not exceptionally difficult to play at a moderate tempo. The fact that the piece is in Gb makes it easier to play, as it's easier to navigate the keyboard on the black notes. The difficulty level would ramp up if you moved to a performance tempo.

As for it being a "Wow" piece, my wife told me without prompting that she thought it was really pretty. She usually just complains that I'm playing too loudly. :rolleyes:

#455189 - 05/08/08 12:06 PM Re: Wow Pieces  
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Yes, I saw the music, thanks wdot smile
I like to hear someone else playing the piece first... so I can get a "feel" of it.

Regarding people who want to hear a "wow" piece.

I LOVE the Raindrop Prelude, and if played with emotion (as it was intended) you can actually feel the raindrops pitter-patting off the roof tops smile

It's a gorgeous piece.

I also like to play Chopin's Prelude in B Minor... (can't remember the op. numbers, will get back to you on that one tonight).
The Prelude in B Minor is not difficult at all, but you can put so much feeling into it.

To me, a "wow" piece is how I "feel" the piece under my fingers.

I think that is partly because I am nowhere near a standard you guys are (even though I'm grade 6). I couldn't do massive long technical runs that have people jumping up and down with joy. I just love playing pieces I can feel... smile


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#455190 - 05/08/08 02:37 PM Re: Wow Pieces  
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Originally posted by Amnesia:
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Originally posted by dannylux:
[b] Why not wow them with something they've probably never heard before?

Felix Blumenfeld's Impromptu in G flat, Op.13 No.2 is 2 minutes of some of the most gorgeous music ever written.

I sent a recording to a friend, and his response was, "The music is very strong. It just swoops over you like a storm and leaves you behind dazzled."

Another friend wrote, "It's one of those pieces that leaves me sitting motionlessly in awe, jaw dropped open and needing to catch my breath upon its ending."

Needless to say, the recording wasn't of me.

I've never found a commercial source for the score, but you can download the free public domain sheets at piano.ru.

Blumenfeld Impromptu Op.13 No.2

As for difficulty, try playing a series of four-note chords legato, cantabile, and allegro. The interlocking triplets in the second half of the piece make it shimmer.


Mel
Where can I hear this piece? [/b]
I'll send it to you.

Felix Blumenfeld's Complete Preludes and Impromptus, played by Philip Thomson is one of my very favorite CDs:

Blumenfeld Complete Preludes and Impromptus

The pieces range from nice to exquisite, Thomson's playing is wonderful, the Ivory recorded sound is gorgeous and Earl Wild's Baldwin sounds alive.

From classicstoday.com:

Pianophiles will adore this music.

Track 26 is the G flat Impromptu.


Mel


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#455191 - 05/10/08 08:04 PM Re: Wow Pieces  
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Originally posted by RogerW:
Well, I think it's pretty serious, at least compared to his interpretation of the revolutionary etude ...
Curiosity got the better of me, and I finally checked out this ... umm ... atrocity. (Yep, that's the word.)

Dang. That's a "wow" piece for sure! It made me think of Charles Bukowski's title, "Play the Piano Drunk Like a Percussion Instrument Until the Fingers Begin to Bleed a Bit."

Just when my ears were about to begin to bleed a bit, I found a bit of unexpected relief in this incisive comment:
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hey
what r u playing?
is it the orginal one?
or you add changes there?
shocked

frown

Steven

#455192 - 08/16/08 10:59 PM Re: Wow Pieces  
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HUGE Wow pieces for me have been:

Chopin Prelude No. 16
Chopin Scherzo No.1


-J. R.

Currently working on:

Liszt: Transcendental Etudes #1 and #3
Beethoven: Appassionata op. 57
Rachmaninov: Sonata No. 1 D minor and etude-tableux op. 39 no. 3 in f# minor
Ravel: Gaspard - Ondine
Tchaikovsky: Concerto No. 1 B-flat minor
Mozart: Concerto No. 9 E-flat major
#455193 - 08/17/08 09:40 AM Re: Wow Pieces  
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Chopin Ballade no.4

Of course, La Valse for 2 hands is breathtaking as well.

#455194 - 08/19/08 05:58 PM Re: Wow Pieces  
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Somehow when I play fast Chopin Waltzes like Op.34 No.3 (valse brillante) people get impressed. Stuff that has fast notes which aren't actually hard to play impress people.

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