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Topic: Chopin Impromptu in Ab major  (Read 2642 times)

Offline amee

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Chopin Impromptu in Ab major
on: April 17, 2003, 10:00:01 AM
I'm currently learning the Impromptu in A flat major, op 29.  I am having some difficulty with the trills at the start of each measure - should I place them before the beat or after?  

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Re: Chopin Impromptu
Reply #1 on: April 17, 2003, 05:27:33 PM
before the beat. accent on the beat. it's easier and sounds much better.
Ned

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Re: Chopin Impromptu
Reply #2 on: April 17, 2003, 10:02:16 PM
It is not a trill on the E flat but a mordent with the notes E flat, F, E flat.  Chopin was most precise in his realisation of ornamentation according to Carl Mikuli and it should be played on the beat.
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Re: Chopin Impromptu
Reply #3 on: April 18, 2003, 04:46:26 AM
Thanks guys.

I tried listening to recordings of this piece by Ashkenazy and Kempff and I think they play it before the beat.  Not sure though.  I could barely hear the left hand in Kempff's playing!
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