Week 3: Music is Music!
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I had a few other pieces in mind for this challenge, but couldn’t make it. This piece, I wanted to submit, because it’s kind of special. It sounds a little weird, at times. I like the harmonies, Tuning in F. Technically it’s not too complicated, but s difficult to ‘balance the contrasts’.
It’s from a series of piano pieces (for children!) by Czech composer Leoš Janáček (1854-1928). I lived in Prague and got the score from one of Pavel’s students. Pavel Steidl made the transcription. I heard him play a duo version.
Chopin Mazurka Op 7 No 2 measures 1-32 (Jan 24)
This is an update of the same 32 measures I posted above. I did not get a chance to practice yesterday. Today, I made a few small changes to the transcription, and practiced this section more. Hopefully it's a bit better. To be honest, I think if Chopin had stopped the piece here, it would feel complete as is (without the change to A major in the last measure). That said, the last 24 measures are wonderful. I hope I will be able to play them decently, as they are very challenging.
Chopin Mazurka Op 7 No 2 measures 34-58 (Jan 24)
Here is the final section of this piece before the return to the beginning. From what I've read, there are actually three different mazurkas, and this section is an oberek, which is very fast and usually cheerful. I'm not playing it fast yet, but maybe it is a bit cheerful! Let me know.
For this section, I am going back to the transcription of Walter Jacobs, as I think he did a nice job here. I do change his fingerings a bit, but it's basically the notes he transcribed.
Chopin Op 7 No 2 question about measure 41 (Jan 24)
I'm trying to bring the speed up in the last section, but this one measure that repeats several times is causing me trouble. I don't really know what the best right hand fingering would be for it. A picture of the measure is below. I'd be very grateful for anyone's wisdom on this one.
Chopin Mazurka Op 7 No 2 measures 34-58 revised (Jan 24)
After working with this section today, and after some wonderful help from joosje and Blaise Laflamme , I am liking the result. I also revised the short bit in F# minor (measures 42-47) and despite the extended use of barre, I think it sounds and feels much better.
I think it could stand to go a bit faster, but I do like the feel at this speed as well.