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Topic: Nikolai Medtner  (Read 1974 times)

Offline Radix

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Nikolai Medtner
on: January 07, 2005, 06:57:36 PM
I recently discovered and fell in love with Medtner's music, so I bought the sheet music to his piano sonatas.  I've been practicing the Sonata-Skazka (Op. 25, No. 1), because it seems to be one of the easiest ones.  I was wondering where to go from there, though.  I'm thinking possibly the Sonata-Tragica or one of the sonatas from the Sonaten-Triade.  I just want to have enough under my belt before I attempt some of the tougher Medtner sonatas, such as the "Night Wind" or the Sonata Minacciosa.  Thanks!

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Re: Nikolai Medtner
Reply #1 on: January 07, 2005, 11:05:28 PM
What about the A minor, Op. 30?

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Re: Nikolai Medtner
Reply #2 on: January 08, 2005, 01:51:00 PM
You could try the last one, Sonate - Idylle (a truly divine piece and not as complex as others) or the triade - sonatas as you said yourself. Other options include pieces from the Forgotten Melodies op.38 and 39 (which share thematic material with sonatas Reminiscenza and Tragica), which i think is a very good idea. Check out his Tales as well, if you haven't already (for example, op.20 no.1, op.14 no.2 "March of the Paladin" or the "Dance Tale" op.48 no.1).

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Re: Nikolai Medtner
Reply #3 on: January 10, 2005, 07:58:11 AM
The Tales, with quite a few of reasonable difficulty (the Sonata Tragica is not an easy piece at all I would think), will bring lots of enjoyment. Also as someone mentioned already the Op.38 and 39 contain very nice materials asl well. I would also suggest the Idyll Op.7 No.1 and the Novellete Op.17 No.1 - modest difficulty but unmistakeably Medtnerian.
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