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I discovered this Ballade half a year ago and really liked it (never heard someone to play it, I wanted something quiet easy and nice from Liszt), my teacher wasn't familiar with this, I learned it and played for him in lesson. He stopped me after 2 pages to say something about pedal and then said: "Don't play this anymore, this is terrible music, no wonder nobody plays it, I don't like that piece."
I was like "uhh, you didn't even heard the whole piece..." It gave me several hours of work to learn and memorize it and make it sound good.
After few months this happened I listened this Ballade today and still like it. I think it is just matter of taste... there many nice comments on youtube..
What is your opinion? Do you like this?
"If you want to understand the music, you don't even need ears as much as heart"
I actually think it's quite beautiful, and uses a lot of Liszt's classic techniques. If your teacher doesn't like it, there's not much you can do;, but you can always learn it on your own! Just don't practice it more than your other pieces
Thanks, I already learned it, but after what my teacher said I didn't have desire to play it anymore. He said, I'm weird if I like this, so I wanted to know other opinions :-)
It isn't one of my favorite Liszt pieces, but there's no reason why you can't play it for yourself if you like it, whatever your teacher (or anyone else) thinks.
I've always had my own opinions about what I like (otherwise I'd be listening to, and playing pop rather than classical music now....), and almost from the time I was able to sight-read reasonably well, I'd been learning pieces for my own personal pleasure, which I never told any of my teachers.
In fact, of the several pieces I've liked enough to commit to memory over the years and still play regularly now, only one of them had been taught to me by a teacher.
"I don't play accurately - anyone can play accurately - but I play with wonderful expression. As far as the piano is concerned, sentiment is my forte. I keep science for Life."
I think it's very beautiful! It's a shame about what your teacher said. I bet if this piece had Chopin written on top of it instead of Liszt, everyone would hail it as genius... but that's just the way of the world, I suppose.
The thing with Liszt's music is that he was often writing with his own skills in mind; and of course his skills border on complete mastery of the instrument. What this means for everyone else, is that it often takes incredibly thoughtful playing for his music to shine through, and anything less will sound contrived and amateur-ish. This is probably the reason why nobody plays this music.
Algernon: I hope, Cecily, I shall not offend you if I state quite frankly and openly that you seem to me to be in every way the visible personification of absolute perfection.
I find it an interesting example of Liszt's improvisatory skills. I can imagine it was a Ukrainian melody that Liszt heard, and just kept playing over and over, adding different riffs from his bag of tricks.
That might be your point, but the teacher did say it was "terrible music".
Oh dear. Perhaps not 'terrible music', but gawd awfully dull. What a shame Liszt used the word 'Ballade'; I was expecting something on the level of his B minor masterpiece, but no such luck.
It is well known here that Liszt is one of my TOP composers, and considering all the incredible music from Liszt's pen, I might politely ask why one would waste their valuable time with something which IMO comes off as so routine and stillborn.
Did Liszt even write this? Most likely -amongst the banalities there is the occasional and unmistakable Lisztian 'fingerprint'- but it is also possible that one of his students could have written it.
Whatever, go for it! (At least I have now heard the piece.)