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Topic: Chopin Waltz in B minor (Op 69 No 2)  (Read 1595 times)

Offline soundofmusic

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Chopin Waltz in B minor (Op 69 No 2)
on: March 08, 2021, 03:02:41 PM
Thank you for taking the time to listen. I would appreciate your feedback.

Link to sheet music: https://imslp.org/wiki/Waltzes,_Op.69_(Chopin,_Fr%C3%A9d%C3%A9ric)

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Re: Chopin Waltz in B minor (Op 69 No 2)
Reply #1 on: March 09, 2021, 09:28:16 PM
I think it sounds pretty good. It sounds like you have an ear for phrasing. Some details are a bit hard to judge due to the recording quality. I think you could have a slightly more elastic tempo at times, and a bit more variation in the dynamics too, just to get a bit variation in there and breathe some life into it, as there is a lot of material that is repeated many times by Chopin. You could also play the left hand chords a bit softer.

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Re: Chopin Waltz in B minor (Op 69 No 2)
Reply #2 on: March 09, 2021, 10:05:17 PM
I agree with most of anacrusis' comments; it's a bit hard to discern the details since the audio quality isn't great but it still sounds pretty good. The biggest thing I would work on would be the character - I feel like it needs some more personality, which you could add through more rubato and dynamic contrasts. Some of the phrases felt a little stagnant, and considering how many times we hear that main theme throughout the whole waltz, putting more effort into making each phrase interesting and unique would really elevate your playing.

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Re: Chopin Waltz in B minor (Op 69 No 2)
Reply #3 on: March 10, 2021, 03:58:14 AM
Thank you for the detailed feedback. Looking forward to trying your suggestions.

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Re: Chopin Waltz in B minor (Op 69 No 2)
Reply #4 on: March 16, 2021, 03:16:04 AM
A fluent presentation of the piece.  You kept going even though a few notes did not sound, which is a good thing.

What you can work on is phrase shaping and direction.  Identify where breaths take place in the music.  Also identify where the important parts of the phrases occur and shape accordingly. 
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