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Offline Mayla

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Schumann, ABEGG Variations, Op. 1 (new clip in my new post)
« on: February 14, 2011, 08:42:21 PM »
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piano sheet music of Variations on the name


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Re: Schumann ABEGG (baby steps)
«Reply #1 on: February 14, 2011, 10:58:45 PM »

I am hoping to not let this thread die before I've got the entire Theme and Variations from start to finish in one breath.  

I think I will probably die before you have finished, if you are just going to give us 6 seconds a day.

This is a bit of a tease really. You obviously have the fingers and I suspect you have more than this "in the bag" at the moment.

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Re: Schumann, ABEGG Variations, Op. 1
«Reply #2 on: February 15, 2011, 03:33:49 AM »
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Re: Schumann ABEGG (baby steps)
«Reply #3 on: February 15, 2011, 08:14:54 AM »
It's so easy to forget how to play for other people!  

Some of us, including me, have never had this ability in the first place. In fact, last night I was playing so well, that I reached for the recording button as I wanted to capture the moment. The second I did this, everything turned to crap ???.

Perhaps it would be best for me to build up through posting small snippets as I lose my nerve incredibly quickly.

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Re: Schumann ABEGG (baby steps)
«Reply #4 on: February 15, 2011, 08:18:44 AM »
It's short, but fun, and it sounds good. :)
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Re: Schumann, ABEGG Variations, Op. 1
«Reply #5 on: February 15, 2011, 04:44:37 PM »
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Re: Schumann, ABEGG Variations, Op. 1
«Reply #6 on: February 16, 2011, 06:04:59 PM »
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Re: Schumann ABEGG (baby steps)
«Reply #7 on: February 16, 2011, 08:51:22 PM »
I'm aiming to get over the kind of perfectionist attitude that would keep me forever to myself

This is difficult to do and I have never managed it myself. I recorded a Herz nocturne last night and it sounded great whilst i was playing it. When I played back the recording, I could hear nothing but faults.

The thought of posting it here fills me with dread. It is just too personal and I would rather post nude photos of myself. Besides that, I would find myself shaking with fear waiting for the first comment.

You could call me fat and I would not care, you could insult my favourite banjo and i would not bat an eyelid, but if anyone insulted my playing, I would feel it justified to hunt them down and massacre their entire family to destroy their bloodline.

Piano playing reveals too much of the inner soul.

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Re: Schumann ABEGG (baby steps)
«Reply #8 on: February 16, 2011, 09:08:36 PM »
Thal, I am shaking with fear waiting for the first comment too everytime I post something, but I post it anyway  :P And I am completely sure you play at least 100 times better than me! And I'm sure I would like your playing!  :)

Mayla, I like this, I can't wait for you to post the whole variation! :)  8)

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Re: Schumann, ABEGG Variations, Op. 1
«Reply #9 on: February 16, 2011, 09:11:26 PM »
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Re: Schumann, ABEGG Variations, Op. 1
«Reply #10 on: February 17, 2011, 04:29:46 PM »
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Re: Schumann ABEGG (baby steps)
«Reply #11 on: February 18, 2011, 06:32:10 PM »
Cool!  8) Really you were sleepy? :) No I couldn't hear it :)  :P It sounded to me like you were playing it with a lot of energy... I can't imagine what it would sound like if you weren't sleepy then!  :-\  :P  :)

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Re: Schumann, ABEGG Variations, Op. 1
«Reply #12 on: February 18, 2011, 07:22:43 PM »
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Re: Schumann, ABEGG Variations, Op. 1
«Reply #13 on: February 19, 2011, 07:49:52 PM »
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Re: Schumann, ABEGG Variations, Op. 1
«Reply #14 on: February 20, 2011, 05:17:23 PM »
Wow cool! Now i did hear the difference between the III variation from when you said you were sleepy and the one from here...  8) I didn't think I could hear the difference but I did :) and I listened about 3 times to make sure I wasn't just imagining  :P Cool!  8)

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Re: Schumann, ABEGG Variations, Op. 1
«Reply #15 on: February 20, 2011, 08:18:18 PM »
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Re: Schumann, ABEGG Variations, Op. 1
«Reply #16 on: February 21, 2011, 04:56:29 PM »
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Re: Schumann, ABEGG Variations, Op. 1
«Reply #17 on: February 22, 2011, 05:34:09 PM »
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Re: Schumann, ABEGG Variations, Op. 1
«Reply #18 on: February 22, 2011, 06:37:02 PM »
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Re: Schumann, ABEGG Variations, Op. 1
«Reply #19 on: February 23, 2011, 12:21:18 AM »
AAhhhh ... I am sure these small steps will soon coalesce into one and in due time
will sound as one fluid, enjoyable to listen piece. The way you tinker with the notes
tells me you have the ability waiting to burst into action. And how do I know? I have
had the opportunity to listen to my son take small steps on the ABEGG for several
weeks last year and it came to something good .. I think (it is posted here in pianostreet). 
Please forgive me for this gut-feel statements as I am not schooled in the piano but really
love to listen to it.  I know you will have it to your satisfaction sooner than later. ;D 
member on behalf of my son, Lorenzo

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Re: Schumann, ABEGG Variations, Op. 1
«Reply #20 on: February 23, 2011, 04:23:47 AM »
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Re: Schumann, ABEGG Variations, Op. 1
«Reply #21 on: February 23, 2011, 08:19:37 PM »
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Re: Schumann, ABEGG Variations, Op. 1
«Reply #22 on: February 23, 2011, 09:10:14 PM »
Mayla I like what you are posting and I think it's really cool that you let us hear how everything is developing and changing...  8) :) but just take your time if you feel like you need it :) and don't worry too much... I'm sure everything will turn out the way it's supposed to :)

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Re: Schumann, ABEGG Variations, Op. 1
«Reply #23 on: February 24, 2011, 02:48:22 AM »
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Re: Schumann, ABEGG Variations, Op. 1
«Reply #24 on: March 18, 2011, 07:49:15 PM »
i only heard a few of your tinny clips, mayla. in general i find it's too notey. try to voice it wiser - so it'll flow more fluently and you won't have to struggle too much.
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Re: Schumann, ABEGG Variations, Op. 1 (updated, ENTIRE, in this post)
«Reply #26 on: May 26, 2011, 09:51:07 PM »
Bravo and congratulations for recording this (imho very difficult) piece in one session!

It's one of those works I know of since a long time, but I got never really close to it, and I never played it. So you might take my input as coming more from only a listener's perspective.

To me it sounds as if Schumann somehow combines French and almost "chopinesque" elegance with Beethoven's "constructivistic" approach.  And then he adds a lot of humour, lightness and smiling :) And you are communicating this smiling, cheerful ("heiter") character very well to me as a listener :)
As I follow your recording with the score, I miss a bit the dynamics, in general, especially the pp, for instance in the theme I actually hear not much difference between mf and pp. Or in Var. 1 the contrast between "energico" and leggiero. Well I know, he doesn't write "leggiero" but to me there needs to be a strong contrast to the "energico" whenever you enter the pp sphere, coming from a decrescendo. And the "energico" and the buildup to it from the pp could be stronger!

So, well, I'd suggest to "exaggerate" the dynamics and contrasts. Leggiero, syncopations, affects, characters, imaginations, all you can imagine. Play the piece like you were an actor who needs to switch roles within seconds :)

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Re: Schumann, ABEGG Variations, Op. 1 (updated, ENTIRE, in this post)
«Reply #27 on: May 27, 2011, 02:14:44 AM »
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Re: Schumann, ABEGG Variations, Op. 1 (updated, ENTIRE, in this post)
«Reply #28 on: May 28, 2011, 11:17:42 AM »
Hi Mayla!  If I ever figure out how to do it, I'll have to post a recording of "Jingle Bells" as Rachmaninoff would have done it, just to add a bit of levity to this forum.  It is as though, as a musical standard to which to become tethered, Schumann is not a star or even a planet, but an asteroid, taking pianists places unpredictable even by computer, but making them feel guilty for failling to reach, because theoretically predetermined.  I don't have the score to the A-B-E-G-G variations, and even if I did, I probably couldn't tell if you were getting all the notes right because it goes so fast.  The variation with the almost ragtime base and triplets in the right hand just seems to walk along like an I-don't-know-what.  It's enough to make me think that, by some standard of ethical reckoning that only Aristotle could provide, Schumann should be held accountable for making any pianist jump through such hoops!  Runs in my mind he got off in the top storey later in life but I've never studied all the details.

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Re: Schumann, ABEGG Variations, Op. 1 (updated, ENTIRE, in this post)
«Reply #29 on: May 28, 2011, 02:28:26 PM »
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Re: Schumann, ABEGG Variations, Op. 1 (new clip)
«Reply #30 on: July 04, 2011, 09:26:24 PM »
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Re: Schumann, ABEGG Variations, Op. 1 (new clip in my new post)
«Reply #31 on: July 04, 2011, 11:41:52 PM »
Icky-pooh  :-[ :-X :-\

Watch your language!  %$@%....   

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Re: Schumann, ABEGG Variations, Op. 1 (new clip in my new post)
«Reply #32 on: July 05, 2011, 03:15:41 PM »
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Re: Schumann, ABEGG Variations, Op. 1 (new clip in my new post)
«Reply #33 on: July 05, 2011, 10:40:58 PM »
Could be a mutant snail.  You shouldn't mock mutant snails.

Or it could be a brilliant scientist snail...  ::)  ... who invented a teleportation pod.  Except a fly was also in the pod with him when he teleported and now he slithers around a lump of malformed snailness.  



@$#%@%.....
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Re: Schumann, ABEGG Variations, Op. 1 (new clip in my new post)
«Reply #34 on: July 06, 2011, 02:40:25 AM »
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Re: Schumann, ABEGG Variations, Op. 1 (new clip in my new post)
«Reply #35 on: July 06, 2011, 04:04:49 AM »
Aw, now you've made it feel bad.  He's leaving.



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Re: Schumann, ABEGG Variations, Op. 1 (new clip in my new post)
«Reply #36 on: July 06, 2011, 04:13:13 AM »
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Third Variation, latest (12/31/11)
«Reply #37 on: December 31, 2011, 08:04:24 PM »
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Re: Schumann, ABEGG Variations, Op. 1 (new clip in my new post)
«Reply #38 on: December 31, 2011, 08:49:21 PM »

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That's so good Mayla, and it just fits for New Years Eve, it's really really good, and brilliant, and cheerful, and I like it soo soo much! :)

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Re: Schumann, ABEGG Variations, Op. 1 (new clip in my new post)
«Reply #39 on: December 31, 2011, 09:04:36 PM »
I'm watching the eagles and there were bird sounds (I don't know if it was eagle sounds or from some other birds) and I was listening to the recording at the same time and it goes really great together! Like you were playing outside in nature!  :)  8)

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Updated Var. III in post #37
«Reply #40 on: December 31, 2011, 09:33:08 PM »
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Theme, 1/1/12
«Reply #41 on: January 01, 2012, 09:34:50 PM »
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Re: Schumann, ABEGG Variations, Op. 1 (new clip in my new post)
«Reply #42 on: January 02, 2012, 08:29:30 PM »
Also the theme is played very beautifully! Yes you're in love with it, that's absolutely hearable :)

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Re: Schumann, ABEGG Variations, Op. 1 (new clip in my new post)
«Reply #43 on: January 02, 2012, 09:43:40 PM »
Yes I loved it too!! It made me smile while I was listening!  :)  8)

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Re: Schumann, ABEGG Variations, Op. 1 (new clip in my new post)
«Reply #44 on: January 02, 2012, 09:56:10 PM »
It's interesting to watch your work progress and I admire you for your perseverence!  Your fingerwork is SO musical and lyric.  The line is never missing.  I'm sure your vocal background has something to do with that.  I've met sopranos that began with the piano, but never the opposite.  Only once did I meet a Russian baritone, who was fixated with the piano.  Everytime he came to sing at the opera house, we would get together and shoot the dirt about the latest pianists, recordings, concerts, etc.  I would think singing would be a more satsifying musical experience.  More immediate.  And less work! ( ;D)  I imagine Schumann would be the ideal composer for you.  So difficult for me.  Anyway, I really am looking forward to the completed work.
I'm in cap d'antibes for three months.  I brought my yamaha keyboard with me and I've drawn up a very ambitious programme.  I doubt if I'll even get through half of it.  That's why I'm so taken with your abegg project.  I want to do the same with the Berg sonata.  We'll see what happens...

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Re: Schumann, ABEGG Variations, Op. 1 (new clip in my new post)
«Reply #45 on: January 03, 2012, 12:27:44 AM »
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Re: Schumann, ABEGG Variations, Op. 1 (new clip in my new post)
«Reply #46 on: January 03, 2012, 12:45:02 AM »
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Re: Schumann, ABEGG Variations, Op. 1 (new clip in my new post)
«Reply #47 on: January 03, 2012, 03:40:56 PM »
Absolutely lovable, Mayla!!!
Your musicality is amazing... A joy to listen :)  :)  :)
Please, post more of this!!!!
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Re: Schumann, ABEGG Variations, Op. 1 (new clip in my new post)
«Reply #48 on: January 03, 2012, 05:06:32 PM »
The more lyrical passages gave me shivers. You must be doing something right!

Some really inspired playing here - you are not a million miles from owning this piece - Excellent.

 
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Re: Schumann, ABEGG Variations, Op. 1 (new clip in my new post)
«Reply #49 on: January 05, 2012, 04:36:39 PM »
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