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Chopin - Trois Nouvelles Etudes no. 1 in F-minor

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

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    Even though these three etudes are considered easier than the op. 10 and op. 25, they still gave me a hard time. Especially this one, which I think is the easiest of the three! Sure took me a long time to get down!! I don't know why. Well, yes I do know why. Because it's Chopin!

    Chopin - Trois Nouvelles Etudes No. 1 in F minor
     
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    Very good indeed. Dark, solid, and compelling. I never quite realized what a good piece this is.
     
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    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist Trusted Member

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    Thank you! Yes, it's a nice piece, but I'm going to put it away for a while now.
     
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    Hi Monica,

    This etude sounded very nice--compliments on your playing!

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

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    Hi David,

    Thank you!
     
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    Very very well played! I don't think this is the easiest of the set, it is surprisingly difficult to maintain the cross-rhythm, singing melody and phrasing, and dynamics. (I have tried it but never finished it to my satisfaction). There is a stark monomaniac Schubertian beauty that you bring out perfectly.

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

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    Thank you, Joachim!
     
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    First comment on someone else's piece ... mostly because I've never really had to critique someone else's playing before! I've only critiqued photography :)

    But anyways, coming from someone who has a far more limited musical perspective than you, the playing was very nice. I especially liked the balance you maintain throughout the entire piece, clearly bringing out the melody.

    The other etudes I've done in the past usually have a technical meaning behind it ... is it also the case with this one?
     
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    Agreed with the others - this is very good. Nicely shaped!
     
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    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist Trusted Member

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    Thank you, Andrew! I worked hard on shaping the phrases, so I'm glad you noticed! :D

    And thank you, Jeff???? I'm not sure if that is your name....
    I have not spent much time here on the forum lately, so I don't know your real name. Anyway, you don't need to be an expert or anything like that here on our forum. We just like when someone says something! Regarding this etude...what is involved is basically working on the polyrhythms. But also phrasing, pedaling, dynamics....just about everything. I have to constantly work on all these elements, so for me every piece I work on is an etude.
     
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    Hi Monica,

    Your use of dynamics and your unrelenting eveness of the
    right hand and rich tone combine to make a statement that is
    both other worldy and sensuous. The left and right hand speak with a
    strong independence, but present as very cohesive.

    It was mesmerizing and well disciplined.

    Congratulations,
    Kaila
     
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    Hi Kaila, and Happy New Year to you!!

    Thank you for the kind remarks. This was a tough piece for me, but looks like practicing hard really pays off. Guess I should do that more often. :lol:
     
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    Monica,

    Happy New Year to you too !!

    Kaila
     
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    Curiously, my first comment on this got lost in the ether. I'll try to reconstruct.

    I'd heard this piece before but did not know what it was - it was used in the soundtrack of the movie Impromptu (Hugh Grant as Chopin). It was played a little quicker - perhaps because of the movie action - but this tempo works better for the brooding nature. (And it seems to be the more popular tempo as well, judging from the lengths of the other renditions on our site.) It's so easy to lose patience in a piece like this, but you did not, and it paid off with a good effect.

    Perhaps my earlier comment got siphoned off by some software because I mentioned a problem with my PC that put it out of action for a month. Anyway, I'm back online on the PC with the good sound system and hope to catch up soon.
     
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    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist Trusted Member

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    Thank you for listening, Stu! Sorry about your computer problem. I hate when that happens...almost as much as I hate car problems!
    Glad you are back in action. :)
     

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