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Ernesto Halffter - Danza de la Pastora

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  1. techneut

    techneut Active Member Piano Society Artist

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    This popular Danze de la Pastora by Ernesto Halffter comes from his ballet "Sonatina" (strange name for a ballet IYAM...)
    I created a video also. I'm not at all satisfied seeing my mug on YT - I think I need a face lift and brow correction at the least.
    Even less satisfied with the performance. Despite this piece being simple and repetitive (which is the only reason I know it by heart) it is
    a bastard to bring off well. I seem to have been practicing it forever now and am still nowhere near perfection. I think I'll have to redo it... groan..... some things never end.


    Edit: redone today, nov 17, 2013. It's a lot better now.

    E.Halffter - Danza de la Pastora (from the ballet "Sonatina") (4:54)

    And a new video: http://youtu.be/wQfkCMVY9C8
     
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    Boy, you sure have been busy this weekend! (this from someone who said he wishes he had more time to record....)
    Anyway, I don't know this piece. You're right in that it is very repetitive. But I think this is the first time I've seen you play by memory!

    Regarding the video..the sound is a little funny. There is a swimmy/swirling sound in the background. Most noticeable in the very beginning just before you start to play. I'm not totally sure if it's just my headphones, though. Could be Youtube sound quality isn't optimal either.
     
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    Hi Chris,

    This Halffter piece certainly sounds very kinetic. I think you make the most of it and play it with drive (even as I hear it for the first time). There is considerable repetition in this music. Had the composer introduced some contrast within it, it would have enriched it in my opinion.

    I'm agog at all your recordings recently. You've been busy!

    David
     
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    Thanks both for the comment !

    Well, the big jobs for this year are done, the days are getting shorter, and the weather often too bad to even go out. Time at last to record some of the pile of things I've been working on the last half year.

    A simple piece like this just seeps into muscle memory after sufficient repetition. I don't think I will pull this off more often. It's nice not to have to look at the score but I can't say it helped my accuracy here. And then there's the companion piece Danza de la Gitana

    Not sure what supersonic extraterrestrial noise you're hearing this time. Could well be kitchen or bathroom sound. Our house is very compact.

    Indeed so. Maybe it is up to the performer to make some variation in the repeats, as is done in baroque music. Although I have not heard any pianist do that. Maybe it would not be much the worse for leaving out the repeats.

    I'm always busy, but tend to save up for a long time and then record a lot of stuff in a short time. Not sure if this is the most efficient way of working... I think I will record another bunch of pieces coming weekend when I'm home alone :)
     
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    Maybe I didn't explain right. It's not a background noise, but a file noise. I don't know what you call that. Interference maybe? It was pretty prominent when I listened last night, but could just be Youtube.
    Also, nobody likes the way they look on videos. I hate it!
     
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    Can't say that I hear anything unusual. But there's lots that I do not hear.

    Same here. Actually I hate this performance too, despite all hard work and good intentions. I'm going to listen to AdL again and weep with envy...
     
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