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Offline samuel.saarikivi

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Pedaling (U.C.) and Baroque
« on: December 29, 2019, 02:22:18 PM »

Do you think it's OK to use even Una Corda with Baroque pieces (like Bach Sinfonias) or do you think that we should be using zero pedaling with Baroque?

Offline brogers70

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Re: Pedaling (U.C.) and Baroque
«Reply #1 on: December 29, 2019, 02:32:24 PM »
Why not? It's a piano. If you want to play a harpsichord, play a harpsichord. Even apart from that, the U.C. pedal could easily be considered sort of like switching manuals on a double manual harpsichord to get a different tone. So don't play Bach as though it were Brahms or Debussy, but don't be afraid to play the piano as a piano.

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Re: Pedaling (U.C.) and Baroque
«Reply #2 on: December 30, 2019, 03:40:52 AM »
That's a nice way of putting it, above. 

I never even considered the una corda pedal for Bach, but why not? 

I admit I find it more refreshing and liberating to play without the sustain pedal you know, just because so much other music really needs it, it's a nice change of pace.  But it's handy to cheat while turning a page or in some tricky bits where you can't spontaneously grow an extra finger or two.  Even half-pedalling can do the job.  I think of it as an additional trick that can be used very musically.

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