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The Women Behind Chopin’s Music

Chopin revolutionised the nature of piano music composed both technically and emotionally but the actual musical instrument that provided his greatest source of inspiration was the female voice. In this documentary marking the 200th anniversary of Chopin’s birth, pianist and trailblazer James Rhodes explores not only the Polish master’s music but also his complex relationships with women. Read more >>

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Author Topic: Brahms Waltz A flat major op.39/15  (Read 2581 times)
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« on: December 11, 2006, 04:42:07 PM »

Any comments welcome. Especially regarding agogics -- did I take too much liberty? You certainly would not enjoy dancing to this any more... On the other hand, when I try to stick to the metrum, all the feeling gets lost. How do you play this one? Well, I look forward to any kind of tips.

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piano sheet music of Waltz
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« Reply #1 on: December 14, 2006, 02:39:50 PM »

I dance and I think you have kept the dance like quality without it becoming metronomic. It has a sweet tender sound, like a lullaby almost.
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« Reply #2 on: December 14, 2006, 03:08:29 PM »

Wow, very impressive!
I thought this was just a well-known but boring piece, since it's impossible to put much feeling into the melody line. You showed me that it is actually possible. I never tried to put this much liberty in it. Worked surprisingly well!
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How Can Modern Technology Contribute to a Great Piano Performance?

Why haven’t there been any fundamental changes of grand piano design since the 1870s? Some claim it is because manufacturers are afraid of getting beaten up in the marketplace if their pianos are seen as being “experimental”. Others say that musicians tend to be a conservative group of people and do not embrace radical changes to the touch or tone of their instruments. Read more >>

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