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spirit move me ...

I found out during my piano lesson last night that I'd left my foot on the pedal for most of
my recital performance. I was somewhat aware of pedaling problems while I was playing, but I
couldn't really do much about it. I didn't have a chance to try the piano out before the
recital, and it may not have mattered anyway. (It might have even made me more nervous.) The
pedal wasn't very responsive in general. Also, I was trying to quarter-pedal the section of
the first movement of Sonatina Romantico that gives me problems, but couldn't quite get
the desired sound. (I found out later from my teacher that that particular piano doesn't
quarter-pedal well.)

My teacher wants to start me out with totally new pieces and put the others I've been working
on on the back burner for a few months. This is the new lineup, for now:

The Orphan (Op. 64, No. 4) - Streabbog
Chopin's Prelude in C Minor (Op. 28, No. 20)
Clementi's Sonatina in G Major (Op. 36, No. 5), third movement (Rondo)

I started working on all of them today. The Chopin prelude is a killer. It took me half an
hour to learn the first measure. But it sounds so big. The last two have been used in
pop songs; I'll let you figure out which ones if you wish. I'm reluctant to totally let go of
Knight Ruppert, because I'm just getting to the point where I can play it around 48 bpm
(except for the eight measures before it returns to the beginning). I'd like to be able to
play the entire piece at 48 bpm, at least, and then play it once every few days so I don't
forget it.

Comments

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moxiesocks
Jun. 29th, 2005 11:54 am (UTC)
I'd love to know what pop songs have used those! I love it when I hear a song that uses a piece of classical in it..

I wish I'd kept up with piano lessons as a kid.. but it was softball season and I was a tomboy!
gregbo
Jun. 30th, 2005 03:07 am (UTC)
The subject is a hint for the Chopin prelude. As for the Clementi sonatina, I wouldn't worry about it too much. When I'm feeling blue, all I have to do is take a look at a search engine, which will usually give me the answer. (There's a hint here too!)
gregbo
Jul. 3rd, 2005 05:24 am (UTC)
Hmmm ... no one's responded yet. The Chopin prelude is featured in Barry Manilow's Could It Be Magic (1974). The Clementi rondo is the basis for A Groovy Kind of Love by the Mindbenders (1966) and later by Phil Collins (1988).
cellio
Jun. 29th, 2005 02:18 pm (UTC)
Is it customary for people to do recitals on pianos they've never been able to practice on? That sounds annoying in so many ways -- every piano is a little different and even if you only have 5 or 10 minutes with it in advance, that's enough for you to at least have some clues about where the problems might be.
gregbo
Jun. 30th, 2005 03:28 am (UTC)
Actually, I don't know if it's customary for people to do recitals cold. I thought I read somewhere that recitalists should try to arrive at the recital early enough to warm up a bit, but this isn't always possible.
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