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PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2007 7:05 pm 
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John, it's the Weber piece. Scroll up and you should see the file that Juufa posted.
Ok, so that's five people, I believe. Sandro, John, Robert, Chris, and myself. Room for more, right Sandro?

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John, it's the Weber piece. Scroll up and you should see the file that Juufa posted.
Ok, so that's five people, I believe. Sandro, John, Robert, Chris, and myself. Room for more, right Sandro?


Ok. My purpose: each pianist uploads his/her recording between 16 and 18 of July.
From now this is the "Weber contest on pianosociety".

All best, and wishes to participating pianists :)

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John, you can just delete a posting you made by mistake.

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OK, I'm in too!

This should be interesting; not once in my life have I heard this Weber piece. Since I have nothing to compare myself to, my performance will be entirely mine.

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Hey I want to join too.
I have competition in 3 days, but I should have time to work on this piece after. :D


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I am going to pass on this one, for two reasons:

1) I am too biased about this piece. I have known it since I was a toddler, probably before I knew any real piano music. My late grandmother had a lovely Swiss music box (which is now in my possession) and this is one of the tunes on it. Whenever we went there, first thing I did was run upstairs, wind the music box and sit there in rapt wonder. It still it is a very sentimental sound to me, and I just can't envisage this music to sound any other than this. Attached is a picture of the music box (on the on the beautifully handwritten chart, it's the title at the bottom), and a recording of it playing this tune. The noise at the end is the cylinder slotting back into its initial position (of course that was part of the fascination as well).

2) I do not believe this is an original piano composition. I have played through the version that juufa posted but it seems to me like a rather crude and boring transcription. Could be wrong about it, but playing it gave me no satisfaction.

But y'all have fun with it ! At least you now know what it should sound like :wink:

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That's a neat music box. Looks very pretty. A friend of my from the Netherlands bought a music box here for his first child (expecting in 3 weeks) and it showcases "Le Vie en rose".

I checked all over the internet for the composition format of Weber's Last [Musical] Thought and I commonly saw that it was for the piano.

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juufa72 wrote:
I checked all over the internet for the composition format of Weber's Last [Musical] Thought and I commonly saw that it was for the piano.

I only checked Google :wink:
And found no evidence for it being original. Yes it's available for piano, but so is just about every popular tune written in the 19th century. Anyway, I may still be wrong.

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I love those kind of music boxes! My dad has one that used to be his mother's, except it's a wooden cabinet that plays large metal 'records' that are about a foot and half wide. I'm hoping to inherit it if I can beat my sister to it.

p.s. Yikes! the tempo is a lot faster than I expected. :shock:

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According to my Schott book, this transcription is by Carl Gottlieb Reißiger. And according to this site, it's rather not original:
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It was Reissiger, by the way, who really composed the delightful waltz known in England and this country as "Weber's Last Thought," the original melody being borrowed from an Austrian national song, and arranged by this composer in its present form.


I know this kind of game from another (German) piano forum. I didn't participate there, but I find it's a good idea and a change from the usual evaluating of recordings and such. :)

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pianolady wrote:
Yikes! the tempo is a lot faster than I expected. :shock:



I think Mr. Techneut's box is on speed.

If that is Andante, then there is no way our ears could distinguish each note at a presto tempo (following the respective metronome increase).

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juufa72 wrote:
I think Mr. Techneut's box is on speed.

Well that depends much on how far I dare to wind the spring. I was always told not to overdo it for fear of damage.

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This would have been fun to hear:

(Each person with one variation and then compiled to one continous track....sort of like the "telephone" game I used to play when I was a little kid)

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Yeah, I find the piece (weber's last thought) a bit contrived, too. I still haven't listened to anyone else's version. I'll have to play it in a way to make it different, somehow.

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