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    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist Trusted Member

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    Thank you, James. I get my piano tuned every three months. Summer has hit big-time for me here in the Midwest now. First day of Summer and the humidity already hits you in the face when you step outside. Florida's got nothin' on us. :wink:

    All the rest of you goofballs: Ha ha ha - red nose, no longer (besides, it was white lotion) and Ole to you, too! :) Also, not all noses are pretty :wink:.
     
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    Nicely played as usual. I don't know the Mazurka so can't offer much comment except that it's not his best work. A bit repetitive. The Granada is done very well but one thing caught my ear. In bar 10 of the slow middle section you play Eb-D, this should be E-Db (at least in my score (Edition Schott). Similar spot later on you play Eb-Db.

    I have toyed with idea of recording this set (Suite Espagnole), are you planning more items ?

    If you play the Fete-Dieu not too bad you have my eternal admiration Francois. The 'giocoso' section leading up to the coda was descrived by Hamelin as 'two pages of pure hell'. Could be a bit tongue-in-cheek coming from him, but still... Yes the difficulties get enormous later on. Lavapies has always been my main stumble block, together with Fete-Dieu. Messiaen did exclaim once (referencing Iberia) that Albeniz was 'from the stars'.
     
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    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist Trusted Member

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    Thank you. The Mazurka - I know - I was pretty bored with it after only short time and put it away. Then when I got onto the Granada, I said, "What the heck, might as well stick the Mazurka up as well." He wrote more mazurkas - maybe some of the others are better? I have not looked at them yet.

    Granada - I have a natural sign on that D the first time it occurs, but not the second time.

    As to doing the set - I've only put my fingers on no. 2, 4, and 5. That leaves another four open. All eight pieces are very nice, but I wouldn't mind sharing the set with you. Of course, it's your prerogative if you want to do the whole set - I don't mind either way.
     
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    Ah, picking out all the easy ones aren't you :wink:
    Not that Asturias is exactly easy. Bastard to get these fortissimo chords out on cue.
     
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    Are you going to do them too?



    I know, it reminds me of that one Granados piece (can't think of the name right now).
     
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    Yes I remember this part is especially tricky. Actually, I won my virtuosity diploma in '87 with this Albeniz first book (plus some Chopin's studies and other nice promenades like Schumann's toccata). Normally during examinations you make wrong notes where you play perfectly at home. In this case, I played miraculously this 'giocoso' section, better than I never did before... We will see if I can get this chance again with the recorder.
    But for Lavapies, I had to give up even at home ! Maybe with three hands...
     
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    are you calling ME a goofball? I'm not even 1/8th the goof of Nathan, I should not be honored with the title of goofball...yet.


    And yes, this heat sucks. 98 degrees with 80% humidity and no wind or clouds. I can't take any more layers off once I am in my birthday suit. I should move to Iceland or Greenland.


    Like the wicked witch from the Wizard of Oz once said:

    I'm melting...melting...melting


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