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My Chopin Nocturne Op. No. 48

Posted By: TheMadMan86

My Chopin Nocturne Op. No. 48 - 11/14/07 03:39 PM

Here is my video of me playing the C minor nocturne by Chopin. I apologize for the mistakes, my dog kept running in and out. I eventually gave up. If the reactions are good, I will re record this on a better piano, a grand I hope. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxwPB2RSIJI
Posted By: cruiser

Re: My Chopin Nocturne Op. No. 48 - 11/14/07 03:42 PM

I'm looking forward to seeing your video but... where's the link? smile

In the meantime, have you seen this thread?
Posted By: TheMadMan86

Re: My Chopin Nocturne Op. No. 48 - 11/14/07 03:47 PM

Edited my post link is there sorry about that. Thanks for the link. I am no adult beginner, but im sure there are things I can learn from the post. I learned the Nocturne in a Month when I was 17, I am 21 in the video. It my favorite piece, and I try to keep it in my recital programs even when im busy with many other pieces.
Posted By: Max W

Re: My Chopin Nocturne Op. No. 48 - 11/14/07 05:37 PM

You're very assertive with your interpretation, good job.
Posted By: L'echange

Re: My Chopin Nocturne Op. No. 48 - 11/14/07 06:01 PM

I haven't listened to this piece for a long while, and I really enjoyed it! Thanks for getting me back into it... it's so beautiful. I think you have a very nice pace and feeling, and for the piano and recording quality, I was suprised with your sound.

Good Job!
Posted By: Robert Kenessy

Re: My Chopin Nocturne Op. No. 48 - 11/14/07 08:44 PM

Great, I especially liked the agitato/doppio movimento where I love the balance between the melody and the restless hammering (If you allow me this rather Bartókian thumb

If I may say what I would play differently, it is the first section, where I would refrain from any rubato. It is a funeral march after all, and you can't march (and bear a casket) to a wiggly rhythm.
Posted By: BruceD

Re: My Chopin Nocturne Op. No. 48 - 11/15/07 12:58 AM

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Originally posted by Robert Kenessey:
If I may say what I would play differently, it is the first section, where I would refrain from any rubato. It is a funeral march after all, and you can't march (and bear a casket) to a wiggly rhythm.
I have never thought of the opening section of this Nocturne as a funeral march, for me the melody is too much in the lyrical bel canto style with its wide-spread and embellished theme to lend itself - definitevly - to being considered a funeral march. I have never seen it refered to as such in anything I have read about this Nocturne.

That is not to say that one shouldn't consider it as a funeral march if that is how one sees it, but I certainly don't see it as such.

If there is anything march-like at all in this Nocturne, surely it's the second section, the first 14 measures of the poco più lento the C major section.

Regards,
Posted By: Peyton

Re: My Chopin Nocturne Op. No. 48 - 11/15/07 01:06 AM

Wow Jeffrey, that was excellent!
Posted By: Robert Kenessy

Re: My Chopin Nocturne Op. No. 48 - 11/15/07 12:03 PM

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Originally posted by BruceD:
I have never thought of the opening section of this Nocturne as a funeral march, for me the melody is too much in the lyrical bel canto style with its wide-spread and embellished theme to lend itself - definitevly - to being considered a funeral march. I have never seen it refered to as such in anything I have read about this Nocturne.

That is not to say that one shouldn't consider it as a funeral march if that is how one sees it, but I certainly don't see it as such.

If there is anything march-like at all in this Nocturne, surely it's the second section, the first 14 measures of the poco più lento the C major section.

Regards,
Interesting comment. To put my view clearer: I view the first section as a duet of a (funeral) march and a bel canto melody on top. Chopin wrote quite some funeral march-type sections and pieces, e.g. the fantasie op 49. His favortie Beethoven Sonata was one with a funeral march in it. One reference to this nocturne's start as a funeral march is by Angela Lear.

I think the più lento section is rather a chorale.
Posted By: TheMadMan86

Re: My Chopin Nocturne Op. No. 48 - 11/16/07 03:03 PM

Thanks for the comments. The first section is a bel canto, tugging the other voices along. Second section definitely a chorale. while the third allows me to just go all out.
Posted By: Robert Kenessy

Re: My Chopin Nocturne Op. No. 48 - 11/16/07 03:18 PM

OK, I agree the main feature of the first section is the Bel canto melody. But is there a chance you might be willing to consider, if only for a second, that the LH accompaniment of this section is 'march-like'?

LH accompaniments come in different forms: chords, arpeggated chords, waltz-type broken chords, alberti basses yawn , scalar runs (Revolutionary étude, and later sections in the fourth ballade). Could the LH accompaniment of the start of this Nocturne be 'march-like'? I think yes.
Play the section without the RH melody and give the thought a chance.
Posted By: TheMadMan86

Re: My Chopin Nocturne Op. No. 48 - 11/16/07 03:29 PM

For me its a preference thing. When I first learned the piece about 2-3 years ago. I considered a march like feel. I did not like it when I played it. Not saying it was wrong, saying it was wrong for me. For me the piece is building, the pui lento is more intense then first section.
Posted By: LisztAddict

Re: My Chopin Nocturne Op. No. 48 - 11/16/07 04:17 PM

I agree with Robert on the march-like LH in the first section. It feels like stepping with left foot, right foot, left foot, right foot, etc.
Posted By: TheMadMan86

Re: My Chopin Nocturne Op. No. 48 - 11/17/07 08:53 AM

I can definitely see where your coming from with the march idea, but for me it just does not really fit the feel of a nocturne. Now I know there are things written on Chopin that says the left had is very steady and the right hand flowed in and out of that. But I am not Chopin. Not to say Chopin did not know what he was doing. My interpretation of this nocturne does not involve a march. A nocturne does not even register a march for me.

I am just defending my own interpretation. I do not mean to say anyone is wrong, because I have learned there are so many different interpretations. What works for me will not work for others. For me this piece is about sensuality. I would not march in that setting. I let things happen naturally.
Posted By: Bassio

Re: My Chopin Nocturne Op. No. 48 - 11/17/07 08:14 PM

This is a very nice rendition. I also liked how you played the agitato part.

These large chords towards the end look very difficult. And I thought of playing this one time myself eek
Posted By: cruiser

Re: My Chopin Nocturne Op. No. 48 - 11/17/07 08:39 PM

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Originally posted by Celt:
I'm looking forward to seeing your video but... where's the link? smile

In the meantime, have you seen this thread?
I've seen your video and your effort is very commendable, if I may say so , as someone who's struggling to learn this masterpiece smile
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