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And again a Lyric Piece: March of the dwarfs

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  1. Lord Nelson

    Lord Nelson New Member Piano Society Artist

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    This is the third piece of book V (Op.54). Maybe it has to be played a bit faster?
    Like "Homeward", it has an ABA form with a lyric middle part. Please criticize :wink:
    (I'm wondering why nobody has recorded it yet... thought it's quite familiar)

    @robert: My teacher is from Sweden, perhaps that's why I interpret Grieg in a Skandinavian manner :)


    edit: and now WITH piece :lol:


    Grieg Lyric Pieces Op. 54, No. 3 - March of the Dwarfs
     
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    nathanscoleman New Member Piano Society Artist

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    Fun piece to play, eh, Nelson?

    I love how stuck we are all on Grieg at moment.

    I wonder if it would feel a little more sprite-ish if played faster? Of course, are dwarfs sprites? Gimli seemed to be well-grounded and ploddish? Was that a personal characteristic or racial profiling? Stereotypically speaking, I mean, do dwarfs gambol about? or just plod along? All these serious religious posts have got me to thinking! :p

    Anyway, nice piece, Nelson.
     
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    Chaotica New Member Piano Society Artist

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    I think you did a very good job here, especially on those hemi-demi-semi-quavers (or whatever you're used to call them...). They are very even, you're making me a bit jealous. :wink: Did you put any extra work into them?

    I must admit I'm not familiar with this piece, but your tempo seemed perfect to me. But it's a shame that the dynamics are hardly audible on the recording though I guess you're aware of this problem. I know this very well, believe me...
     
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    A very solid performance. Yeah I think it could be a bit more kobold-ish, or troll-ish if you want. I don't think Grieg's dwarfs are meant to be as polite as presented here. They are always a bit ugly and faintly menacing.
    I was thinking this was going to be a totally note-perfect performace, but (un)luckily I spotted two very minor slips at 3:06 and 3:12. Still I would be happy with such high level of perfection.
    I think you are using too much pedal in parts of the middle section, where it gets rather blurry, losing that Nordic crystalline quality.
    And there are two very prominent clicks/pops at 3:06 and 3:12. Page turns or splices ? Either way, you should try to filter/cut them out.
     
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    Lord Nelson New Member Piano Society Artist

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    OK, thanks for your tips. I'll practise the piece more and will send a better recording later.

    What you said about those "clicks/pops" on 3:06 and 3:12... There are no. :)?:) I don't know what you mean with that, I hear nothing but the mistake on 3:12. And on 3:06, I think my score is incorrect, because there is a B and a C flat (of same height) at the same time. Also at 0:28...
     
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    Oops... Those were the errors I spotted. The clicks are at 1:46 and 2:20. You should hear them too.
     
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    Lord Nelson New Member Piano Society Artist

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    Yes, you're right. There are some "clicks". And not only there, but also in many other moments. It is just the pedal which creaks. I hope my piano will be refitted as soon as possible, then It'll be OK.
     
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    I did not mean to imply that you should have practised more. It is very good, and slips will happen. This is a perfectly acceptable recording that can go up the site if you want. But if you want to work a bit more of it, that is ok too. I'd try and make these dwarfs a little bit more persistent and eerie - these are not cute Cinderella-type dwarfs but nasty little trolls from the rugged Norwegian mountains.
     
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    If it's OK for you, then do it on the site and replace it, when I have uploaded the better recording here.
    And yes, I have to practise more because I cannot play the piece faster yet. :)
     
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    Sure, we'll put it up. Take your time. It does not even need to be much faster. Just a bit more threatrical.
     
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    So you're teacher from Sweden. I guess there is very little chance I know him unless he is from around where I live (Gothenburg).

    It is slower than what one usually expects but it is very well played. Not a hesitation nor a single key wrong which is very uncommon when you listen to a recording of this piece. Many pianists neglects accuracy in the A-part (and the repeat) as a result of the higher tempo. I listened to your recording twice and find that just a bit higher tempo would do it extremely good. You cannot be far from being able to do that but this is of course good enough for the site!
     
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    This is up! :)
     
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    Lord Nelson New Member Piano Society Artist

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    It is now in the list of new recordings, but not in the list of Lyric Pieces...
    How I said already, I'll provide you a better recording in a few days or weeks, so that doesn't matter extremely :)

    @robert: His name is Olsson. I don't know exactly where he is from.
     
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    That is one of the few things that happen automatically on PS :lol: This list is re-generated every night, straight from the mp3 files.
     
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    It is now also in the list of Lyric Pieces as intended.
     
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    Very clean and accurate executed, I like it!
     

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