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Author Topic: Fantasie Impromptu  (Read 3770 times)
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« on: July 07, 2003, 03:54:53 AM »

After 2 mounths i finally made it!
I'm proud to announce that I can actually play Fantasie-Impromptu Opus. 66.

I was wandering...
Here's a recording of my performance... I Know I really suck but I was wandering if you could give me some help or just your opinion about my work. Thank you.
ps. my piano really sucks as well as the recording (and as well as me), sorry  
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piano sheet music of Fantaisie-Impromptu
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« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2003, 05:04:28 AM »

Hi Cartman

Welcome and how nice of you to share your playing with us.  Thanks for the performance.  

Now, a little word from a teacher's point of view, you did a good performance, which you need a lot of refining to do.  First of all, as you already probably know, your left and right hands are not quite together.  Playing 3 agains 4 is very difficult and they should be individually even.  I think your left hand is still not sure of the notes so I'd work on them.

As for your right hand, I miss the thumb melody and the pinky melody (you know where I'm talking about) and I think you are relying on your pedal much more than you should.  It's very muddy and can't hear the details.

There were some funky notes in the middle section which I'd take a look and fix.  What edition are you using, by the way?  I'd recommend the Pederewski edition.

Dynamic wise, I didn't hear much variations.  Also there are several places where you can take some time to give this piece life (taking time and breathing).  It seems to me that you are concerned about speed more than the details of this piece.

Also, your playing did not sound like you, I mean your own playing.  It sounded like I was listening to someone else playing it. (Horowitz popped into mind)  If you are imitating other performances from a recording, my advice is DON'T.  If you do, then no one will hear Cartman.  They will hear other performers played by you.

I hope I didn't discourage you in any way.  I hope that this somehow helps you how you are playing now.  But you did an excellent work, being able to play this in 2 months.

Oh, by the way, I'd get the piano tuned  Wink but you already know that.
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