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Beethoven: Für Elise

The graceful, meandering simplicity of this slightly melancholy music makes it a favorite with the public. The piece was composed in Beethoven’s middle period, around 1810. However, it was not published until 1865, several decades after the composer’s death. Read more >>

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Author Topic: I just learned an easy piece: Fur Elise... anyone else plays it?  (Read 6369 times)
aferrucci
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« on: August 27, 2012, 09:15:10 AM »

Comments, suggestions, advices.... I will take everything seriously!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HxYWdyWDYr0
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« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2012, 08:19:22 PM »

Wait you're calling Beethoven's original:

"The ordinarily played version creeps me out. I feel it childish and cheesy, that lacks flow, character and brain. "

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Do you not have appreciation for the legacy he has left us?
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« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2012, 02:09:29 AM »

Wait you're calling Beethoven's original:

"The ordinarily played version creeps me out. I feel it childish and cheesy, that lacks flow, character and brain. "

?

Do you not have appreciation for the legacy he has left us?

Also, varying the rhythm randomly around doesn't qualify for "improvisation" or "making it interesting". Sorry to be negative about this, but I suggest spending some quality time building your repertoire first so that you can understand the original compositions (and composers!) well enough. Fur Elise sounds childish only because you've heard many children and amateurs play it.
 Try this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnieHfyi-5w (try to focus on the piano sound.. the recording is crackly)

or

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Di3vM5icF8&feature=related (a much better recording, qualitywise, and this is the legendary Brendel playing).

or

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYWBj7C3nnQ&feature=fvwrel





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« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2012, 07:17:23 AM »

I think you are using quite a bit too much rubato. The "improvisational" nature of your interpretation doesn't fit the nature of piece very well. Quit changing the tempo like that, and keep it at a constant tempo. Careful of the notes in the second section, I hear way too many pianists just kinda gloss over these notes because of the relative difficulty compared to the first section. Slow it down, try to keep a more constant tempo, and make sure those notes are correct.
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« Reply #4 on: September 04, 2012, 07:21:56 AM »

I have just started going piano class but I know how to play "fur elise" earlier because I learned from a website.It is a famous website but I don't wish to publish it.There is that middle part of that song where I can't play.It is to fast.I am hoping I can learn that part.
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