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Pedal in Prelude C# Rachmaninoff ?

Discussion in 'Technique' started by Anonymous, Feb 19, 2007.

  1. Anonymous

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    Hello

    I want to ask if you should play the agitato part in the C# Prelude of Rachmaninov with the pedal or just sustain the right hand melody notes instead using the pedals.

    Thats it

    Thanks
     
  2. robert

    robert New Member Piano Society Artist

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    A careful use of damper (sustain) pedal is what I prefer but a good pianist can do without.

    This is one of the few works I have played where I got really use of the sostenuto pedal and where it really makes a great difference if you own a grand with a sostenuto.
     
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    play pedal, please it will give you more a more dramatic effect in the music and that is you need with the piece ;)
     
  4. Anonymous

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    so if playing with pedal do i must sustain the rh...........

    So as you have suggested.... i will use the pedal and what about the dotted crotchets notes in the rh agitato part (the melody Notes) ? Do i have to sustain them or not...... even when using the pedal
     
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    only the first page with sustain.

    won't work if you got upright haha.

    aren't there any pedal marks in the score?
     
  6. Anonymous

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    i have an upright.... why would it not work??
     
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    Middle pedal on a grant works differently than on an upright. From Wikipedia:

    "The sostenuto pedal or "middle pedal" keeps raised any damper that was raised at the moment the pedal is depressed. This makes it possible to sustain some notes (by depressing the sostenuto pedal before notes to be sustained are released) while the player's hands are free to play other notes. This can be useful for musical passages with pedal points and other otherwise tricky or impossible situations. The sostenuto pedal was the last of the three pedals to be added to the standard piano, and to this day, many pianos are not equipped with a sostenuto pedal. (Almost all modern grand pianos have a sostenuto pedal, while most upright pianos do not.) A number of twentieth-century works specifically call for the use of this pedal, for example Olivier Messiaen's Catalogue d'oiseaux. This pedal is often unused in modern music."

    Read more at:
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