Allow me to share a scary story...
As some of you know, I'm working my way through Tchaikovsky's opus 72 ("18 pieces for piano"), although not in sequence.
After doing one or two, I downloaded the entire set in one PDF file from IMSLP, and just print out the one I want to work on. Seems easier that way, n'est-ce pas?
I've been working on #13, "Echo Rustique". One thing that bothered me was that the piece did not have a double-bar line at the end. But the music at the end seemed perfectly credible as an ending
, since it repeated the first 5 bars - the first exposition of the theme - and ended on the tonic. So I had supposed that something went wrong in the scan that produced the PDF. Something did
I do not always try to listen to an existing recording of a piece that I'm learning, but this time I wanted to see what tempo other pianists have used, since Tchaikovsky, as usual, put one that seemed way too fast. I got on YouTube and found a recording; was quite gratified that the artist took a tempo close to mine, and was horrified
to hear him playing beyond the end of the piece as I knew it.
Back to IMSLP and found a PDF of just this piece; indeed there is a fifth page!!
I guess the lesson is not to assume that everything on IMSLP is accurate; or perhaps to always try to listen to recordings of others playing your repertoire.