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Topic: Rachmaninov Moments Musicaux No. 4 in E min  (Read 8487 times)

Offline moby1

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Rachmaninov Moments Musicaux No. 4 in E min
on: August 18, 2009, 01:52:23 AM
I've been working on this and have a question.  The L.H. has a number of leaps that need to happen very quickly.  This sort of thing starts around measure 7 and continues throughout the piece  (i.e. measure 7, 14, 15, 26, 45, etc).  I can't really figure out how to play this without it sounding like there is a break occurring in the line.  The basic problem is getting down and back smoothly (e.g. from B down to A(octave) up to E or from E down to B(octave) up to F# in measure 7).   The way I'm playing it now, the break is happening when coming back up (e.g. A(octave) to E in the example above).

Anyway, does anyone have any thoughts on how to approach this?

Thanks,

Dave
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Re: Rachmaninov Moments Musicaux No. 4 in E min
Reply #1 on: March 28, 2010, 06:42:16 PM
Hi! I am playing this too. Off course, you can't play it without a break, so you should definitely use pedal. Try to make the stop look intentionally, so people don't figure out that is hard for you to play it. Do not divide the hands exactly (I mean you don't have to play the 16th in RH in the same time with the 16th in LH). Don't play the LH exactly in rhythm - highlight only the 1st and 3rd beat of the measure. And practice - that's the key. I played it for 4 months before 1st concert.

P.S.: Sorry for bad English - it's my fourth language :)

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Re: Rachmaninov Moments Musicaux No. 4 in E min
Reply #2 on: March 28, 2010, 06:44:34 PM
Oh, by the way - I just saw when the topic was opened  ;D

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Re: Rachmaninov Moments Musicaux No. 4 in E min
Reply #3 on: March 29, 2010, 02:32:14 AM
I agree and add PLAY IT VERY SLOWLY to start with.
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Re: Rachmaninov Moments Musicaux No. 4 in E min
Reply #4 on: September 29, 2010, 10:20:57 PM
dont play too slowly , or youll break the phrase. Music must remain, never practice NOTES, practice MUSIC. And its actually wierd that pianist who plays that piece, doesnt feel how the music flows or should flow and dont know where to expand and take time to prepare leaps. Just listen and make it natural.
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