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András Schiff Almost Won Grammy Without Pedal

Schiff's 2012 recording of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier was nominated for the category “Best Classical Instrumental Solo” at the Grammy Awards 2013. He did not win the Grammy this time but had there been a category for “Best Classical Piano Solo Without Pedal”, we are pretty confident that Schiff would have won it. Read more >>

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Author Topic: Chopin - Nocturne Op. 9 No. 2  (Read 10507 times)
marcuse
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« on: May 09, 2013, 11:12:44 AM »

Hello piano players,

I am Eric and am a self-taught piano player and a big Chopin enthusiast. I have been playing for about 7 months now and thought I should record a piece I played. I also recorded Op. 9 No.1 but it had too much missed notes.

The end of the piece didn't go great (missed some notes), but played reasonable for the rest I think?
Would love to hear any comment (good or bad).

* Nocturne op 9 no 2.mp3 (3911.89 KB - downloaded 429 times.)
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piano sheet music of Nocturne
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« Reply #1 on: May 10, 2013, 12:48:03 AM »

Generally very good, except your tempo is all over the place and is driven to some extent by what your hands are doing rather than musically.

What you need to do is spend a little time and learn to play it in strict tempo - no variations whatsoever.

Once you can do that, then you can start to vary things for musical effect.

You should also do some reading on rubato.  Basically, it does not mean "do what you like" but rather means "borrowed time" - any variation in tempo needs to be paid back, and usually within the one phrase.

Apart from the odd wrong note, which you already know about, the other aspects of this were very good indeed.
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« Reply #2 on: May 10, 2013, 09:32:10 AM »

Thanks for your reply!

I will look into rubato and try to get the tempo fixed a bit.
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