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'Impossible' fingering

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  1. diminished2nd

    diminished2nd New Member Piano Society Artist

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    These types of chords are not impossible to play, you just have to have large hands or maybe roll the chord... I'm not familiar with this exact passage, but I can guarantee you my teacher could play it and w/out rolling it. With each hand he can reach a five note chord stretching over the span of a 12th 0_0
     
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    Hi Paul,

    Let me assure you that the LH chord is not impossible for everyone. It's basically an octave containing two other notes. The fingering (which is very comfortable for me at least) is 5-F#, 3-C#, 2-E, and 1-F#. I realize that everyone's hand has a different span, and what is comfortable for one pianist might not be workable for another. If absolutely necessary, you could use the option of rolling the LH chord upward as an arpeggio. Or, if that cannot be managed well, you could simplify the chord by eliminating the top F# fingering the LH 5-F#, 2-C# and 1-E. That would at least substantially preserve the tonal colors of the chord. I hope this helps.

    David
     
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    On his "Chopin I Love" CD, Jean-Yves Thibaudet played a few of the pieces on
    Chopin's actual piano. There used to be an interview with JYT on youtube in which
    he talks about that piano and how it was much smaller than normal pianos. JYT said his
    fingers would barely fit between the black keys and he had to learn all over again how to play
    in order to record those pieces. So, some of those "impossible" fingerings were not
    so impossible back in the day.
     
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    Oh, Brian - that is the most interesting thing I've heard today! I have wondered about this countless times while I'm playing Chopin. From what we can read, Chopin's fingers were so flexible and like rubber, but there are times when I can not picture him actually reaching certain wide stretches. And I think he was about the same size as I am, maybe he's a little taller, but his hands wouldn't have been that large, so yes - this does answer that question.

    My other question which I still have not found an answer to, is what exactly is the length of Chopin's fingers? I know there is a cast of his hands in a museum, so I guess I'll have to go there and measure it.
     
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    Wow! Thanks for that youtube link, Brian. Oh how I love that man even more, now. And how weird is this, huh? Look at Chopin's hand! I've seen pictures of the cast before, but this one looks very real. How slim and long his fingers were. No wonder...! I'll watch the other parts another time. Great videos!
     
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    I just finished watching the rest of the videos. There are six altogether. Anyone who is a Chopin nut should watch them. There is nothing that I did not already know in them, but Schiff describes things very nicely and you get to see places where Chopin lived and performed. Another plus is watching Schiff play several pieces. Does anyone know how to save a youtube video? I wouldn't mind saving these videos onto my computer but I don't know how.
     
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    Yes I watched them too and enjoyed them very much. I have converted
    youtube stuff to mp3's before using http://vidtomp3.com/ but for some reason it didn't work on this time?

    If someone gets it to work I would like to know as well.

    You know I sometimes wonder what it would have been like to hear Chopin play the WTC on his piano. When I listen to Chopin, although I am no Chopin expert, I hear a strange mix between Bach, folk music and virtuoso piano playing.

     
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    Thanks, darlin'. That's exactly what I wanted! :D
     

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