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Offline ronde_des_sylphes

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The hardest operatic fantasies
« on: September 01, 2021, 06:57:49 PM »
A bit of fun. I put together a video with samples from what I believe to be the most demanding paraphrases in the romantic style. So a lot of Liszt, obviously, and the likes of Sorabji and Finnissy don't get included. I've been a touch naughty and included a few of my compositions, but they are genuinely quite difficult, so I'm emphatically not being facetious with their inclusion. Some famous pieces here, of course, and some definitely not so famous. I'm sure Thal and visitor will enjoy this if they see it, and hopefully it might amuse a few others. There is some truly stellar piano playing at some points in this video!

It's not an attempt to create an absolute hierarchy, but I'm sure that most people would agree that those at the end are really hard whereas those at ths start are merely difficult.


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Re: The hardest operatic fantasies
«Reply #1 on: September 01, 2021, 08:44:01 PM »
Haha, this is really fun  ;D I really think you should include time codes in the video description though, I wanted to hop around a bit and also easily find my way back to a certain pianist/piece, but could not do so  :'(

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Re: The hardest operatic fantasies
«Reply #2 on: September 01, 2021, 08:49:31 PM »
Yeah, I'll incorporate that shortly.. I meant to include that but went out in a hurry this morning having just uploaded it and didn't get round to writing everything down to edit in later.

(Done now.)

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Re: The hardest operatic fantasies
«Reply #3 on: September 06, 2021, 08:02:18 PM »
Yeah, I'll incorporate that shortly.. I meant to include that but went out in a hurry this morning having just uploaded it and didn't get round to writing everything down to edit in later.

(Done now.)

Great! It's made the video even more awesome  :D

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Re: The hardest operatic fantasies
«Reply #4 on: September 07, 2021, 08:45:06 AM »
Thanks  :)

One of my regular channel viewers was kind enough to write a comment with the full details of each extract (diacritics and all!) so I pinned it.

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Re: The hardest operatic fantasies
«Reply #5 on: September 08, 2021, 03:17:32 PM »
"the likes of Sorabji and Finnissy don't get included". Any reason for that? And any other exclusions?...

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Re: The hardest operatic fantasies
«Reply #6 on: September 08, 2021, 05:33:54 PM »
I put together a video with samples from what I believe to be the most demanding paraphrases in the romantic style.



I don't think anyone can realistically describe either Sorabji or Finnissy as romantic. Plus restricting it to the romantic style means that I was selecting from repertoire I'm familiar with: in around a dozen examples that familiarity is at the performance level. As it happens I played three of them in public the week before making the video, but they were mostly at the "easier" end of the selection.

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Re: The hardest operatic fantasies
«Reply #7 on: September 08, 2021, 06:36:15 PM »
Do Sorabji and Finnissy even have operatic fantaisies? ;D

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Re: The hardest operatic fantasies
«Reply #8 on: September 08, 2021, 06:53:26 PM »
Finnissy did ones on Verdi and there is a Sorabji 'pastiche' on Carmen.