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Chopin Andante Spianato & Grande Polonaise

Discussion in 'Repertoire' started by pianolady, Feb 10, 2007.

  1. pianolady

    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist

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    I just came home from sitting in a long line at the car wash, and while waiting there, popped in a Malcolm Frager CD. I have to say this or I will burst: This is such a wonderful, terrific, glorius, magnificent piece of music. Tears well up in my eyes on the Andante Spianato section and by the end of the Polonaise my heart is pounding. I wanted to jump out of my car and yell at everybody else, "Did you hear that? It's heaven on earth!"
    So....anybody around here playing this?
     
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    This was one if the first pieces that got me hooked on Chopin as a teenager... I used to play it all the time, mostly terribly I think. Inevitably, I got bored/tired of it and did not touch it for many years. Have played it only sporadically since, which is a shame really. I may get around to it again one day - or perhaps not.
     
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    I am all the time terrible.

    I also got tired of working on it and have not looked at it or listened to it for a long time. I guess it has been long enough for me to get excited about it, again.

    I dare anyone to not want to jump out of their seat at the end.
     
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    I've been thinking. If Chopin were alive today he'd be like that Emo band which teenaged girls and boys cry and swoon over
    :cry: :cry:


    ....much like the Beatles of the 60's.


    -Juuf


    p.s. Bach would be that smart kid who beats Gary Kasparov in 20 moves :idea: :!:
     
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    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist

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    I have no idea what you are talking about. :?
     
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    Let me rephrase:

    When I was splitting wood today I thought of the "big composers" (bach, beethoven, chopin, etc.) and what they would be today. When I read that you wanted to cry because you heard Chopin's music. It reminded me of the matches that I made: (Think of a high school recess)


    Bach = the smart kid who could beat a chessmaster in 20 moves
    Chopin = the pale-looking emo kid (emo stands for "emotional", emo is also a type of punk music--the songs are pretty much about how the guy's girlfriend dumped him and now he is in his closet crying to himself)
    Beethoven = the bully who bullies his peers but yet holds a soft fung-shui private life.
    Liszt = the ladies man
    Mozart = Mr. Nice Guy
    Rachmaninov = the athlete of the playground
    Tchaikovsky = the quiet poet, but well known.



    Anyways, I'll stop now because it is quite off topic. But i hope you understand what I was trying to say.
     
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    this was my first piece to play with orchestra. i actually got to play with my high school orchestra but it was beyond words HORRIBLE!!!!! (especially my playing of it)
     
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    Yes, I played this before, and I stopped because I don't have much time to polish it.
    I wish I could pick it up again soon.
     
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    I am having one of those, "OMG, I can't stand it!" moments. Just watched Kissin play this piece at the Verbier Festival. Talk about Wow! Here is the link: http://www.medici-arts.tv./#
    It's a wonderful site: If you want to see the Spianato/Grande Polonaise, go to July 30. There is soooo much to see on all the dates listed. And on the video I just watched, the camera angles showed his hands much of the time, which was great, because you can really see how he holds them. He plays with high fingers, something my teacher is trying to get me to do sometimes.
     
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    Hi! Have you got sheets of this ? l love that piece.
     
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