Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Yet More Piano for You

By Chopin:
Military Polonaise (Opus 40, No.1)

Yet another one I'm learning for the first time in my adulthood.

Scherzo (Opus 31)

and another interpretation:

Believe it or not (and I hardly believe it myself, I'll admit), I played that for my senior piano recital. Not quite that way nor quite as fast (you may have guessed that much) as Yundi Li and on a piano not quite (ahem) that nice, but I did play it. And, if I may be permitted to say so, I do not think I would wish to play the piece the way Yundi Li (talented though he is) does the piece. That's just my opinion, of course. But I thought it was an interesting example to share and there you have it. Zimerman is more to my taste and what I would aspire to imitate, but that's just personal preference again.

This one I'm working to restore to my memory. It's there but the past thirteen years have buried it a bit.

My Sophomore recital piece was Schubert's Impromptu in A flat (Opus 90, No. 4):

I'll admit, I felt quite accomplished with that one, until I realized there are about a thousand videos on YouTube of ten year olds playing this. Yeah, so, I wasn't a prodigy. I can still play the entire thing from memory, which is nice.

And, just because I really do love it so much, here's another version:

There. You've had your culture inoculation for the week.

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