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Topic: Pedaling and Cross overs for Beethoven Sonatas  (Read 3058 times)

Offline didi100

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Pedaling and Cross overs for Beethoven Sonatas
on: April 19, 2017, 12:36:17 AM
I was wondering what most other pianists are doing as far as pedaling. I was instructed by one of my teachers that pedaling should not be used when I played the Tempest Sonata. It just doesn't sound very smooth without pedaling and from watching You Tube, I see most pianists using pedaling throughout. I was also told not to do cross overs but that is the only way I can play up to speed on the Tempest which I've also seen others do on You Tube.
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Offline mike_lang

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Re: Pedaling and Cross overs for Beethoven Sonatas
Reply #1 on: May 01, 2017, 12:58:04 PM
Can you be specific about a passage?

Offline iansinclair

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Re: Pedaling and Cross overs for Beethoven Sonatas
Reply #2 on: May 02, 2017, 12:44:48 AM
Your teacher may be concerned about overuse of the pedal -- and crossover fingerings.  This is much more common, particularly among students.  Overuse of the pedal to achieve a smooth legato is a crutch, and a very unfortunate one -- leading to all sorts of problems in more advanced or difficult music.  I'd be a little concerned if they'd said "never ever use the pedal in Beethoven sonatas", but I doubt that that was what was said.  There is a time and place for it.
Ian
 

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