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 Post subject: Re: Dohnanyi, Postludium, Op. 13, No. 10 from Winterreigen
PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2014 1:29 am 
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Hi Kaila,

On the tempo: The piece is marked "allegro non troppo", but then as a contradiction the time signature is cut time. I went to YouTube and listened to the next half-dozen under my recording (which is at the top of the list). Their tempi seemed quite close to mine, such that I felt that mine was similar to the norm there. There was one odd rendition there where the pianist seemingly put a rallentando followed by an accelerando within each phrase! This caused exaggerated rubatos in my opinion, despite their being emotive. Too idiosyncratic for me. From all I heard, I don't think I would want to change my approach to the piece. In my own interpretation I don't think my playing is without the emotive aspect; however, exhilaration is also a powerful element there.

Thanks for listening and commenting!

David

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 Post subject: Re: Dohnanyi, Postludium, Op. 13, No. 10 from Winterreigen
PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2014 2:57 am 
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Hi David,

My comment is a totally subjective, not based on
any kind of knowledge of the composer's intent and is no reflection of your interpretation.

What is interesting is you bring up the fact that it is in cut time while being
allegro non troppo. There is a bit of a contradiction in that.
Given the kind of harmonies and emotion it sounds like it should have been marked
andante to me.

You definitely play this piece  with expression.

Thanks for Sharing,
Kaila

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 Post subject: Re: Dohnanyi, Postludium, Op. 13, No. 10 from Winterreigen
PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2014 3:37 am 
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Hi Kaila,

Yes, writing allegro non troppo and then marking cut time.... When I first looked at the score, I must say that struck me as a paradox--a collision of two truths. I really had to think about it! Here's something interesting I discovered tonight--a sample of Dohnanyi playing his "Postludium" from a CD! To me his tempo sounds somewhat close to mine, but just a little bit faster. Link:

http://www.allmusic.com/performance/wid ... 0000815684

David

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 Post subject: Re: Dohnanyi, Postludium, Op. 13, No. 10 from Winterreigen
PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2014 3:52 am 
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David,

Thanks for the link. Very interesting.

-Kaila

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