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Topic: Schumann Fantasy or Beethoven Appassionata  (Read 5958 times)

Offline bballpianist

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Schumann Fantasy or Beethoven Appassionata
on: August 25, 2008, 10:33:02 PM
Hey everyone.

Could you please tell me which piece you prefer and for what reasons. I have been trying to choose one but I can't pick. I like both of the a lot.

thanks :)
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Re: Schumann Fantasy or Beethoven Appassionata
Reply #1 on: August 26, 2008, 03:13:59 AM
appassionata ? How many movements you play ?

if whole song appassionata is 23 mins

if you cant handle then schumann fantasy

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Re: Schumann Fantasy or Beethoven Appassionata
Reply #2 on: August 26, 2008, 03:15:45 AM
i would play all three movements for both of them.

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Re: Schumann Fantasy or Beethoven Appassionata
Reply #3 on: August 27, 2008, 11:05:17 PM
the Fantasy in C major by Schumann is one of his greatest works, and one of the greatest works for piano ever written! You should play it only if you know and love and worship each and every note of this piece, in my opinion. Apassionata is a great work but so many people have ruined it already, so it won't really matter if another one will. But the fantasy should be treated carefully.
I would suggest you to take the fantasia, eventually, but please, please, make sure you gave everything so that this music will make people feel as if they are in the space, away from everything in that world, and the only thing there is is Schumann's wonderfull music and the sadness it has inside. Because there are only few who can do this, unfourtunatelly.
Good luck!

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Re: Schumann Fantasy or Beethoven Appassionata
Reply #4 on: August 27, 2008, 11:21:01 PM
I would begin by tackling the appassionata before thinking about the schumann fantasie.

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Re: Schumann Fantasy or Beethoven Appassionata
Reply #5 on: August 28, 2008, 02:01:22 AM
Both pieces are so different!  It depends on what you are learning it for.  An audition?  A piano competition?  Recital?  It also depends on your temperament.  I often choose pieces that I don't think I can play well specifically to grow.  But then, I wouldn't be expecting to use it in a competition or audition where I would need to have my best foot forward.  I have played both pieces-Schumann fits my temparement more, and it was something I thought of using for competitions.  But it is not a very good competition piece.  Very difficult, subtle and much is dependent on the beauty of your instrument.  Both are great works.  Appasionata is more straightforwared but I don;t think it is easier or harder.  Just very different.  Depends on your strengths.  Pick what you love!  Make an instinctive decision and start learning the notes.  You will know better once you have started working on it.  I started learning the Schumann fantasy so many times vefore I finally committed to it. 

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Re: Schumann Fantasy or Beethoven Appassionata
Reply #6 on: August 28, 2008, 05:53:15 AM
Hey everyone.

Could you please tell me which piece you prefer and for what reasons. I have been trying to choose one but I can't pick. I like both of the a lot.

thanks :)

Sorry, but my take on this is if you are just about to start the either one you should be on such level that this question would not come up, first thing. But as always, I might be terribly wrong.

Best, M

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Re: Schumann Fantasy or Beethoven Appassionata
Reply #7 on: August 28, 2008, 08:32:00 PM
the Fantasy in C major by Schumann is one of his greatest works, and one of the greatest works for piano ever written! You should play it only if you know and love and worship each and every note of this piece

i quite agree Schumann will not sound good if you do not love every note
it is so easy to tell when a person does not love a Schumann piece so but Beethoven and Schumann are so different what is restricting you from learning both?
"Talent is hitting a target no one else can hit, Genius is hitting a target no one else can see"

A. Schopenhauer

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Re: Schumann Fantasy or Beethoven Appassionata
Reply #8 on: August 28, 2008, 10:42:28 PM
Sorry, but my take on this is if you are just about to start the either one you should be on such level that this question would not come up, first thing. But as always, I might be terribly wrong.

Best, M

I see what your saying. And I completely agree. I do believe I'm at the level to play both pieces. I was just wondering which one everyone else preferred since I like both pieces.
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