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 Post subject: Chopin is going to the dogs....
PostPosted: Sat Feb 19, 2011 6:00 am 
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Well, sort of....

Even though I love Chopin, I am not crazy about his nocturne op. 9, no.2. It's been ruined for me by hearing it on stupid television commercials advertising things like women's vitamins, and just recently a commercial for varicose vein removal - yuck!! So tonight I happened upon a youtube video of this nocturne, only it's a little different.... :lol: Really, I don't know if I'm just loopy tonight or what, but this cracked me up.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnNzKlEz ... ded#at=130

On a serious note, don't you think the electric keyboard in this video sounds good? Almost like an acoustic? Wonder what kind it is...

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 19, 2011 6:24 am 
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I just stared at it dumbfounded. :shock:

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 Post subject: Re: Chopin is going to the dogs....
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I agree that both Opp. 9a, b have been abused on the media. I can't change my opinion on the importance of these pieces. Chopin made his Paris debut at the Salle Pleyel playing these 2 nocturnes, thus revealing an entirely new style of music. There are several misrepresented pieces of music in the media, notably Beethoven's 5th, William Tell Overture, and the Bach Toccata and Fugue in D minor.

The keyboard sounds good because they're using a high quality external speaker that's pointing toward the mic. Unfortunately, for not only Chopin, but also for Flash - They're torturing the dog because the speaker is at ear level and the digital source contains high frequency artifacts which are not acoustically natural. I can't tell for sure, but it looks like a ribbon tweeter on the speaker which has an extended frequency response to 40,000Hz. This whole setup will probably chase away the mice too, as well as Chopin aficionados. :?

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 Post subject: Re: Chopin is going to the dogs....
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Chopin was the first composer I fell in love (much before Alkan or Brahms). I used to listening to his pieces the whole day.
but I never liked Op. 9 no. 2. I enjoyed the intense Chopin from the Polonaises, Scherzi and Ballades, and this one is too Mozartian.

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 Post subject: Re: Chopin is going to the dogs....
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Never mind Chopin..... But while on the subject of dog videos, here's one that cracks me up (and that doesn't happen easily :wink: )

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxUbwteSWVk

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 Post subject: Re: Chopin is going to the dogs....
PostPosted: Sun Feb 20, 2011 3:03 pm 
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OMG, that's my absolute favorite part of that one Jim Carrey movie (can't think of the title now). It's not a dog, but a guy and it is sooooo funny!! :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Chopin is going to the dogs....
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This is not Chopin going to the dogs, but the artist Nelson Friere playing Villa Lobos for his dog at home. Link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHffZFmSIQk

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 Post subject: Re: Chopin is going to the dogs....
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That was sort of bizarre.... :lol:

But even so, I like seeing the 'softer side' of players - like when they're being more human-like. Thanks for sharing, David. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Chopin is going to the dogs....
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Hi Monica,

I was also surprised how taken the pooch was with his master's playing. Seems like he loves piano music. I just wish we could have heard all of Villa Lobos' "Alma Brasiliera".

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 Post subject: Re: Chopin is going to the dogs....
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I saw this thread a couple of weeks ago and I had this deja vu moment which on internet forums usually causes me to jump to the idea that it's an old thread that has been resurrected.

Then I played at a master class on Chopin's birthday (assuming that March 1 is actually his birthday) and another girl played 9/1, so I thought of this thread again. I don't like dogs, but I like 9/1 much better than 9/2. Really, deep down I like both nocturnes if not nearly as much as Chopin's other stuff but I got burned out on 9/2 a long time before I discovered PS because it gets played so often (and I'm thinking, you know, every Chopin piece is like a letter, or maybe a diary entry...and out of all of them 9/2 is certainly one of the most trivial messages...so why pick that one?) but I never got the impression that 9/1 was played too much. I think that's because I've spent so little time teaching or hanging around with amateur pianists. My Chopin Popularity Exposure came from professional 'greatest hits' type recordings, and movies and such. 9/2 is everywhere; 9/1 is not. That being said, 9/1 is easier, so I can imagine it gets played a lot.

But I seem to remember saying all that at least once on this forum before. I think there was even an entire thread dedicated to it at one point in the past but I am too lazy to go look for it.

I just moved into my own place, but for months I lived with my piano professor, who of course has a piano at her house. She has a cat, and the cat goes crazy for the piano. Sometimes in a bad way, and she starts scratching at the furniture like a madcat (which she never does otherwise), or mewling like she's dying. Sometimes, especially for the peaceful music, she just gets riveted. She'll just sit there and purr loudly and stare at me (normally cats have this snobbish 'I don't care about you or what you are doing' expression on their faces but she actually stares), and she'll whine when I stop playing. I think she likes Beethoven more than I do. She likes Bach a lot most of the time, and she loves slow Chopin, but 25/11 makes her attack the furniture.

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 Post subject: Re: Chopin is going to the dogs....
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I know what you mean about deja vu...I sometimes get that feeling on the forum too. And I wouldn't be surprised if we've talked about op. 9/2 several times.

Funny about the cat attacking the furniture when you play op 25/11. Now I'll never be able to listen to the piece again without thinking about that.... :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Chopin is going to the dogs....
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Oh, it's amazingly cute. And when she gets bored with that, she attacks invisible prey on the floor.

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 Post subject: Re: Chopin is going to the dogs....
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That's funny! I had a cat once that used to climb up the living room curtains. :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Chopin is going to the dogs....
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pianolady wrote:
On a serious note, don't you think the electric keyboard in this video sounds good? Almost like an acoustic? Wonder what kind it is...


I think that it may be a Yamaha. They were making a small digital piano in blonde wood with brushed aluminum around 2002 (Suzuki did also but I haven't heard one that sounds that good) when I was shopping for mine (which ended up being a Roland RD-700). They have generally done a good job with digitizing the piano sound.

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 Post subject: Re: Chopin is going to the dogs....
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Was reading through Wilhelm von Lenz (who studied with Chopin briefly) again. I'm not sure how far the guy can be trusted, but I noticed something I hadn't noticed before:

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I tormented Chopin most, with the famous Nocturne in E flat major, Op. 9, dedicated to the lovely Camille Pleyel [?? Was this not a man?]...The nocturne is simply a perfected Field, grafted on a more interesting bass; in 1842 it was in the full bloom of fashion; now it is superseded by the later, the higher forms in Chopin—more especially by the Duperré Nocturnes, Op. 48 (C minor and F sharp minor).

When Chopin was pleased with a student, he, with a small, well-sharpened pencil, made a cross under the composition. I had received one, in the Nocturne (premier chevron); next time I came I got another. I came still another time. "Do please let me alone," said Chopin, "I do not like the piece at all."

:lol:

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