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Jul
24
comment I find myself making the same mistake when practising - despite focussing on that part- how to remedy?
In Frances Clark's famous piano pedagogy book, she says that one must play at a speed 3 times in a row without error before proceeding to the next tempo. I might increase the speed by 2 or 4 bpm instead of 5. Each of those numbers should be adjusted to your style, I suppose.
Nov
12
comment Piano Concerto Evolution
Liszt invented a few things like the profile view of the pianist.
Sep
21
comment Why is B flat in this key sigiture when B is never played?
@neilfein I think that's true only for simplistic music. Music that an accompanist would play (songs, for example) modulate. A common modulation is to 5 of 5, which has a raised 4th. In this case, that's to G, which uses B natural.
Sep
21
comment Why is B flat in this key sigiture when B is never played?
I didn't know that. Thanks.
Aug
22
comment Interpreting ornamentation in Haydn Piano Sonata in G Major Hob. XVI: 8
This manuscript writes out the appoggiatura in bar 8 and specifies trills in bars 6 and 12. The linked recording in my answer is the same.
Aug
21
comment Interpreting ornamentation in Haydn Piano Sonata in G Major Hob. XVI: 8
Bar 8 is, yes. Bar 6 is a normal trill.
Aug
8
comment What is the name of the interval Db - D#?
Double-augmented unison is correct.
Aug
8
comment Could a group of musicians play a new piece by sight-reading on first attempt?
Anecdote I was told by my band director: over half of the recordings for the Star Wars Ep. 1 soundtrack were first reads. I think these musicians are some of the world's best, and can actually perform at that level.
Aug
7
comment Could a group of musicians play a new piece by sight-reading on first attempt?
However hourly rate can be around the $1000/hr mark, so cheaper is relative.
May
23
comment Is playing with two hand really necessary in this passage?
-1: It has nothing to do with finger strength (5 is used so often as the melody finger that its strength must be sufficient for higher level pianists). It has everything to do with ease of playing. Playing that passage well at speed with one hand is quite difficult.
Apr
4
comment Quickly flip a page of sheet music while playing
Also note that at the college level and above, all solo performances are always memorized. I have never seen a soloist have a score near in case they forget.
Feb
13
comment Can you help me expand this trill in Mozart's Sonata 16 (k545)?
Based on my answer...
Feb
1
comment How do classical composers write music?
Also recall that composers are generally the ones who actually progress the performer's ability on instruments by demanding performances that are difficult or impossible at the time of composition. Two examples: 1) Stravinsky's Rite of Spring starts with a bassoon solo which was so high it sounded "pinched". Today's bassoonists can play that high more easily, and now it doesn't quite have the sound it used to. 2) When told that a soloist would need six fingers to perform his concerto, Arnold Schoenberg replied, "I can wait."