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Topic: Dante Sonata  (Read 1598 times)

Offline Ryan

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Dante Sonata
on: February 23, 2004, 01:17:32 PM
A few years back i started to learn this piece and got half way through before giving up because if found it too demanding, i am not the best pianist in the world but wondered if it was just me or if this piece is considered a daunting technical piece to perform?
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Offline trunks

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Re: Dante Sonata
Reply #1 on: April 02, 2004, 10:47:17 AM
Hi Ryan,

No, don't give up. Never give up. Pick out the passages that you feel hard and focus your practice on them. You may choose 2 - 3 difficult passages to practise at a time so that you won't feel bored by one single passage. The rest is easy to manage anyway.

Once you have mastered all the difficult sections combine them and play the entire piece. I can assure you, the Dante Sonata - properly known as "apres une lecture du Dante - fantasia quasi sonata" - is a pleasure to play. It is demonic yet heavenly, it is showy yet it has some of the most touching melodies.

Sorry words can't convey in detail on HOW to practise the numerous difficult passages. I can only show you how to do so on the keyboard.
Peter (Hong Kong)
part-time piano tutor
amateur classical concert pianist
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