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Lesson: Lesson #9Lesson0000089

{{#vardefine:parm1| Score0000100 }}{{#vardefine:parm2| title }}Score0000100 Count. Not just a little, but count as if you were Sesame Street's Count von Count. That is one 16th note, two 16th notes, three 16th notes, four 16th notes, Ah... ah... ah!

  • No pounding. It is even marked Dolce three times. That is one dolce, two dolce, three dolce, Ah... ah... ah!
  • Bars 13 to 16. Keep the LH light, but still legato.
  • With the long runs near the end, keep them even. All notes should be played (even the tricky fingering ones), no rushing, no stuttering on the s and s.
  • The ending is filled with cresc markings. End like you mean it, don't fade out.

This commentary has been brought to you by the number eight. As the Count says, "8 is great because you can hold it this way you can hold it that way it is still eight."

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  • Schubert pieces in general, and this one in particular, are musically simple. (Don't confuse simple with easy!) The music plays itself, meaning you shouldn't have to put much effort into the performance. Keep things as pure as possible. Clean and pristine. You will have to try and try again to achieve this properly.
  • The overall sound of this piece is one of innocence, maybe a little sadness too.
  • There are three obvious voices in this piece. The unfortunate fact is that the most difficult voice should be the least dominant.
  • You might want to practice by omitting the inside voice. You can then really focus on the melody, making it ring pure. This is the target sound that you want when the inside voice is added back in. Also try playing using just your Right Hand finger 5, as this is how you will play when the inside voice is there.
  • Top three characteristics of the inside voice:
    • All of the notes must be present.
    • It must be even. Never waiver.
    • It must be subdued. Soft as soft can be.
  • There is a secret to mastering the inside voice. Lower your arm, and flatten your hand. You can try moving your hand further into the keys than usual. Also keep your fingers on the keys, versus using large hand motions. There should be a slight wrist rotation movement, but not a lot due to the speed at which the notes are played.
  • Hold the melody note throughout the full value. If you hold it properly, then the pedal does not have to be depressed fully. Try half or third pedal, to avoid blurring.
  • For the best performance, watch Horowitz play in the Vienna Musikverein. Click on this score's title, and then the first Youtube link that is on the page. Watch his hands. I'm amazed at how little movement there is. Side note: I have been in the Vienna Musikverein where Horowitz played. See me here. And yes, I did just put myself in the same sentence as Horowitz. :-)

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  • Your choice. No, you don't have to compose an original masterpiece; just bring and play one. Your selection could be from something we touched on but not fully finished. Or it could be from the proposed material that was mentioned in the beginning of the term. (We are actually tracking closely to the list.) Or something else; just figure out how to distribute the material before class so we can follow along.

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  • {{#vardefine:parm1| Score0000005 }}{{#vardefine:parm2| inline }}Score0000005. Part II, #12.
  • {{#vardefine:parm1| Score0000083 }}{{#vardefine:parm2| inline }}Score0000083. Op 64, Number 2 in the PDF, the Piu Lento page.
  • {{#vardefine:parm1| Score0000082 }}{{#vardefine:parm2| inline }}Score0000082.

{{#vardefine:parm1| Calendar }}{{#vardefine:parm2| title }}Calendar As of now, we're looking at something like:

  • April 22: Lesson 10
  • April 29: Lesson 11
  • May 6: Lesson 12
  • May 13: Lesson 13
  • May 20: Victoria Day, which I believe is a holiday. I could be mistaken.
  • May 27: Lesson 14

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