Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Music Pages From May 1908

EXPLANATORY NOTES ON OUR MUSIC PAGES.  Our music pages this month contain material which is not only of most attractive character, but also of real educational value, a number of the pieces calling for extended comment.  Schubert’s “Impromptu,” Op. 90, No. 4, is an important and very popular classic, frequently used in recitals and in advanced teaching.  Our plates have been prepared according to the revision of Franz Liszt, which embodies his ideas as to the proper fingering, phrasing and dynamics.  This piece requires a facile technic, a clear light touch and a certain amount of velocity.  The characteristic figure in sixteenth notes must be delivered with absolute evenness throughout.  When the counter melody appears in the left hand this must be well brought out in the manner of a ‘cello or baritone solo.  When the melody appears in the right hand with triplet accompaniment this must also be well brought out.  In the middle section in C sharp minor the repeated chords of the accompaniment must be decidedly subdued in order that the melody may stand out and to avoid heaviness.  The frequent crescendos and decrescendos must be carefully managed.  This piece will require diligent study.


Enjoy Krystian Zimerman performing Schubert's "Impromptu":


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