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  1. Horowitzian

    Horowitzian New Member

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    Hello all,

    Some of you might know me from Piano World. :D


    Anyhow I am a student, and my primary hobby is music, though I have little hope of being a professional. I strive for excellence, though, and I study with a fine piano teacher. Right now, as you can see in my sig, my primary projects are the Rachmaninoff Sérérade Op. 3 no. 5 and Chopin's Op. 44 Polonaise. The Polonaise is my "fun" project; I just started it to see if I could handle it at all, and much to my surprise I have made great progress with it. Very difficult, but the parts I have down are fun to play. But it's on the back burner right now because I have a timetable on the Rachmaninoff.

    Since this site focuses a lot on recordings, I'll just say that I don't have any right now, but I will this fall and I'll think about uploading. I'll be playing a Chopin nocturne (Op. 15-1) for an electronic recital at PW, and I'll plan to record a few other pieces at the same time.

    And, in case you haven't guessed it by now :lol:, I'm a Horowitz fanatic. I do enjoy other pianists, but for some intangible reason I am drawn to Horowitz more than any other.

    Cheers!
     
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    Hi and welcome to PS.

    Oh, well, by uploading that nocturne you would complete the whole set on PS, since 15/1 is the one still missing if I'm not wrong. By the way, I have been trying to convince myself to study and record it. It would be my first Chopin recording on PS.
     
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    I second the welcome to you, Horowitzian. Not long ago I watch the video of Horowitz in Moscow, and last summer attended a talk by his personal piano tuner. He's a cute little old man with some highly entertaining stories of his days together with Horowitz.

    Really? No Chopin, yet? Well then yes - you should record it, Alfonso. I haven't thought about or even looked at that Nocturne for a long time. I do like it, though, and would love to hear your velvety fingers play it. Does that convince you? :)
     
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    Welcome! I hope you will share lots of music with us for our listening enjoyment.
     
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    Thanks, guys! There's no Nocturne Op. 15-1 yet? I'll be happy to complete the selection, but as I said it'll be a while. I haven't even started the nocturne yet. I'm going to this spring, though.


    Pianolady, do you have Mr. Mohr's book, My Life With the Great Pianists? It has a lot of interesting stories about his work with Horwitz, Cliburn, Rubinstein, and Gilels; as well as his own personal life story. And that Moscow recital is simply incredible! 8) I've never been to any of Mr. Mohr's talks, but I've heard about them.

    And juufa, that sig line is a scream! :lol:
     
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    I have been wondering if perhaps Chopin makes you feel exposed. 8)
     
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    That's why I put it there!

    Maybe Alfie had a traumatic childhood experience and the sound of Chopin makes him relive the experience? Was it l'uomo nero , Alf?

    -Julius
     
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    Have you seen this? It's in the same vein as your sig, no pun intended!

    :lol: :lol:
     
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    I always thought that was Mozart. :D
     
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    In a sense, I suppose...depends on what we're talking about exposing. Mozart exposes technical weaknesses; Chopin exposes your soul. :wink:
     
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    It is exactly the opposite, Terez.

    Anyway, Monica and Terez, I'll record that Nocturne sooner or later, but want a row of serious remarks from you then! Julius, I had a traumatic childhood, and it was neither Chopin's nor bogeyman's fault. It was HANON's fault! :lol:
     
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    You know, I'd never thought of it that way. But that's so true. Perhaps introverts are the ones who have trouble with Chopin. :D :wink:

    PS--I've noticed that quotes are a bit dodgy on here. How do you get them to work properly every time? :?:
     
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    :lol: :lol:

    I actually rather like Hanon. but he isn't everything that's for certain. But YMMV. :wink:
     
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    Good grief.

    Definitely! :lol:
     
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    Disable HTML, either by checking a box in the post submission, or permanently in your profile.
     
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    Is it then? I don't feel too terribly exposed when playing Mozart, but that's just me. With Chopin, I have to pretend like you're not there. ;)

    Aye, you'll get them. I'm sure it will be perfect though - you'd never submit anything less. I have a prediction: technically perfect, stylistically quite tasteful, if tame. :lol:
     
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    :lol: :lol:

    Well, I wouldn't be as technically proficient as I am without Hanon. :wink: It is rather repetitive, so I generally don't do more than, say, 10 of them in one day before moving on to the "real music". :) What was your bad experience with Hanon? I hope it wasn't an injury from overdoing it.
     
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    Thanks, I just did that! I've never seen HTML interfere with BB code before. :?
     
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    Yes, I do have that book. I bought it from him when I went to his talk. He seems to come around my home town often. But of course that's because of the big Steinway dealer located here. :wink:
     
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    It's one of my favorite books I've ever bought. If he ever comes around here, I'm going to get him to sign it. Has he ever come around with Horowitz's piano? I've sworn to myself that I will play that piano at least once. 8)
     

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