AuthorsDen.com   Join | Login  

     Popular! Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry
Where Authors and Readers come together!

SIGNED BOOKS    AUTHORS    eBOOKS new!     BOOKS    STORIES    ARTICLES    POETRY    BLOGS    NEWS    EVENTS    VIDEOS    GOLD    SUCCESS    TESTIMONIALS

Featured Authors:  Aberjhani, iellen george, iR. Glenn Brown, iBrad Bathgate, iDavid Hearne, iKellee Stone, iShawn Cormier, i

  Home > Music > Articles Popular: Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry     

Shirley S Kirsten

· Become a Fan
· Contact me
· Success story
· Articles
· News
· Stories
· Blog
· Messages
· 644 Titles
· 42 Reviews
· Save to My Library
· Share with Friends!
·
Member Since: May, 2007

Shirley S Kirsten, click here to update your pages on AuthorsDen.




Featured Book
Revenge of the Castle Cats
by Ken Brosky

Book 3 in The Grimm Chronicles series closes out Alice's first adventure with a bang! ... and a hedgehog...  
BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members


Featured Book
American Heroes: Students Who Learn
by Will Clark

A new education book that not only gives twenty important study skills for young students, but also explains why learning is important to protect our country...  
BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members



   Recent articles by
Shirley S Kirsten

My Steinway M Grand gets Royal Treatment
Stay Longer with a Piece for higher levels of learning and awareness
An Adult Piano Student Who Builds Pianos and Restores Planes
An afternoon with my piano student in Nature's Paradise
Piano Technique: Playing Scales without bumps or accents
Climate Control and Pianos: A Conversation with an industry professional
Scarlatti's music that's within reach of the Intermediate level student
Playing a Bach Invention: Say what you mean and mean what he said
J.S. Bach Prelude in C, Seymour Bernstein and I chime in
Approaching a brand new piece with spirit and emotion
My Birthday Present to me: A new piano replenishes a loss
Love the Second Time Around: Seymour, an Introduction
           >> View all

A Killer Middle Section of a Chopin Nocturne and how to deal with it
by Shirley S Kirsten   
Rated "G" by the Author.
Last edited: Monday, January 23, 2012
Posted: Monday, January 23, 2012

Share    Print   Save    Become a Fan


Chopin Nocturne in F Major Op. 15 No.1
Step-by-step practice in a You Tube tutorial format.

A dreaded, Killer Middle Section of a Chopin Nocturne and How to deal with it. (F Major, Op. 15, No.1) VIDEOS

http://arioso7.wordpress.com/2012/01/23/a-dreaded-killer-middle-section-of-a-chopin-nocturne-and-how-to-deal-with-it-f-major-op-15-no-1-videos/

The way I handle fear is to meet it head on, working through my dreaded moments. It’s the same for a killer section of music that’s marked con fuoco, “with a combination of force and speed.” The metronome marking is even more intimidating considering the barrage of 16ths. Quarter = 84!

While I might first run scared at the sight of dizzying notes, and Forte broken-chord patterns with accent marks; shifts of turbulence from one hand to another cluttered with bands of dreaded semi-quavers in break-neck speed that MUST NOT overshadow the melody wherever it appears, I just SLOW myself down and BREATHE through my practicing.

Such a time old approach applies to learning the middle section of Chopin’s Nocturne in F Major, Op. 15 no. 1 as well as any dare devilish measures found in other works.

1) As expected, I advise SLOW, mindful, ear-attentive practicing in SEPARATE HANDS for starters. (Slow doesn’t mean fast. It’s a pacing that allows you to consistently keep one tempo in good control) I will often play DOUBLE SLOW, making sure to shape my phrases as I would in a faster tempo.

FINGERING is also a big consideration in a steady, deliberate read, though if you have a better suggestion for yourself that improves phrasing or is more comfortable, enter those changes in the score.

As for dynamics, especially in regard to the motivic stream of agitated 16ths that are announced in the bass, I would do my best to implement the crescendo within a slow frame. This swell, for me, is a major challenge and one that must be met as the hallmark of this section. (The entrance immediately defines a changed mood and spirit by contrast to the framing molto cantabile at the beginning and end of the Nocturne)

2) Be sure to MAP out harmonies, chord progressions, modulations, secondary dominants, pivot chords, as you go along. (Write these into the music)

Look for melodic and harmonic sequences and tab them. Are there any echo phrases? Circle them. Is there a place in the music where you see a counter-melody that you might want to bring out? If so, then note it with a pencil. With this reference in mind, I found two measures in the Left Hand TENOR voice that drew my interest–bars 33 to 34. Not that I would be dismissive of the soprano (right hand) which contains a divine echo, but perhaps I could reveal both voices in a magical way.

3)After much saturated SEPARATE HAND practicing, I would recommend a SLOW, hands together reading, though measures with glitches should be separated out and further slowed before re-integrating them back to practice tempo.

4) When you feel very confident with a hands together reading, gradually inch up your tempo for each playing.

The video tutorial below goes into greater detail about how to practice the middle section, and the attached score can be followed along.

I haven’t yet addressed rubato in this instruction, because my first priority was to help myself and others navigate the technical terrain. (Note that I raised the iMovie volume of my speaking voice so it could be heard more clearly between playing samples)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0uc2VaMvLM

One of my favorite performances of Nocturne in F Major: Livia Rev, pianist

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nDonZrbFpc

(Unfortunately, the blue title screen has an incorrect naming of the composition)

Personally, I liked her tempo in the middle section. It was clear and passionate, not over-rushed.

Here’s the blog I wrote about her:

http://arioso7.wordpress.com/2011/12/07/the-old-world-playing-like-fine-wine-of-livia-rev-hungarian-pianist-and-teacher-see-her-teaching-segments-on-the-pliant-wrist/

 

Web Site: Practicing a Killer Mid-section of a Chopin Nocturne, Op. 15 No. 1 in F Major



Want to review or comment on this article?
Click here to login!


Need a FREE Reader Membership?
Click here for your Membership!






Melodies of the Heart by Lena Kovadlo

Get ready to embark on an emotional journey through love, heartbreak, loss and more.....  
Featured BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members


Soundtrack of My Life: Volume 1 by Lena Kovadlo

A collection of lyrics that can turn into the soundtrack of your life.....  
Featured BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members

Authors alphabetically: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Featured Authors | New to AuthorsDen? | Add AuthorsDen to your Site
Share AD with your friends | Need Help? | About us


Problem with this page?   Report it to AuthorsDen
AuthorsDen, Inc. All rights reserved.