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 Post subject: Chopin Nocturne Op.32 , No. 1, H-major
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Hello and welcome, Leonald. You've picked a good time to offer up your nocturne, as there are a couple of us in the 'nocturnal' mood. ( :wink: to CB)

I think you played this piece well. I liked your phrasing and dynamics very much. There's a few things that may be just related to different scores. The first thing- on measure 40 - the g-sharp should be held a little longer before you start the trill. Same thing happens on measure 61. Next, the last line - first measure- I show the two d-naturals coming down together by themselves and then you hit the two quarter note chords. Last, the final two measures - I don't show staccatos on the fourth beat of second last measure or first beat of last measure. Also, you play the last measure as a minor third. I show a major third and have heard it played your way before, but I'm not sure which is the more popular way. I prefer the major third, just because I like happy endings.
Again, these little things may be just differences in scores. I really liked the way you play this.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 28, 2006 6:13 pm 
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Really well played, very sensitively and refined, with good touch, dynamics, phrasing and rubato. Strangely, we did not have this one on the site yet, so it is very welcome. There is not really much to criticize, just some minor things I noticed :

In bar 21 and 39 you play an extra A# in the RH

In bar 23 the upper note of the trill should be d#

In bar 63, the rhythm of the 15 eight notes seems peculiar. Paderewski suggests they should be of equal length (which of course does not preclude rubato). Towards the end of that very long bar, it seems you come too early with the two F#-E-G-A# chords

All these could be score deviations though (I have the Paderewski Edition).

Also in bar 63, I find your chords a bit too sec and martial. This could just be personal taste. I did not realize some scores have an ending on the major third, I think it should definitely be minor (sorry pianolady, but a major third would not be able to make a happy ending out of all this despair).

Your runs and trills are very good, and I like the way you execute the bass notes in bar 62. The piano sound, while not optimal, is perfectly decent and acceptable.

All in all, a very good debut. If you wish for this to go up the site, please provide some biographical information so I can create your pianists's page. You can mail that (and a photo if you have it) to me at cbreemer@hotmail.com.

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techneut wrote:
(sorry pianolady, but a major third would not be able to make a happy ending out of all this despair)


Yeah, but the real dispair doesn't hit until the last two and half lines.

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pianolady wrote:
Yeah, but the real dispair doesn't hit until the last two and half lines.

Exactly. And trying to end that with an upbeat major third would be like whistling in the dark. Very common in Baroque music, I cannot recall an instance of this in Chopin's music.

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Hmmmm. I guess you're right. Just ran to get my nocturne book and skimmed through it. I still like the major third ending.

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pianolady wrote:
Hmmmm. I guess you're right. Just ran to get my nocturne book and skimmed through it. I still like the major third ending.

If you did the entire last four bars in major key it would be much more cheerful :lol: I'm sure Chopin would not have minded :P

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I'll ask him next time I talk to him. :)

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Indeed a very good recording and your use of dynamics, phrasing and rubato is delicate! I enjoyed every second of it.

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