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Piano score: Scanned score complete collection kB. Debussy - Clair de Lune. Beethoven - Piano Sonata, opus 27 no 2 Moonlight. Chopin - Nocturne opus 9 no 2.

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Bach - Goldberg Variations. Chopin - Fantasie Impromptu. Bach - Invention 1 authograph manuscript. Chopin - Raindrop Prelude.

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Huneker rightly contends—but even in those we meet with clear-cut forms and in one instance with a charming set of cleverly worked-out variations, hardly ever with free trend of extemporaneous thought. The puzzle of titles in music, whether generically conventional or aiming at mysterious associations, ever remains a puzzle. Definiteness of word and elusiveness of sound can only be ill-mated. Two conceptions, contrasted in character and treatment, have supplied the material and form of this Impromptu, which—like a minuet—consists of three parts, the third being a repetition of the first, the main subject thus enclosing the middle-section.

These parts are in turn divided into sections, the first in three A,B,C ; the second or middle part into two D,E. The greater the length of the ascending wave, the greater must be the crescendo which once even rises to a powerful climax 11 [12] when the melodic top-notes can be markedly brought out in their shifting, syncopated rhythm see Figure 2.


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Some repetitions of bars and harmonic sequences offer instructive examples of coloristic possibilities in treatment. As this writer ahs previously insisted upon, repetition—and the kindred term of sequence, which is repetition on another degree of the scale—can either mean increased intensity of mere echoing. The duplication of the first bar may be played piano, without the [crescendo sign] indicated 1 [in m. But when that repetition recurs at 2 [in m. Again the repetition of bar 5 [in m.

Tone-quality at the piano is a largely quantitative affair and the damper-pedal is an important dynamic as well as coloristic factor, the importance of which has surely been fully recognized by Chopin, in whose music the use of the pedals, in every way, is of paramount importance.

The sustained quarter notes in this section require, of course, a singing quality 3 [in m. There is yet another way of shading repetitions and sequences. The chromatic chords at 6 [in m. In the same way can be treated the harmonic repetitions before the close of section C 10 [in m. The editor suggests a crescendo with slight hastening toward the middle, followed by a gradual diminuendo effect and slackening of tempo to melt finally into the pianissimo top note F 11 [in m.

Also what Dr. This an adequate of the pedal should enhance without excessive fear of ornamental passing notes, but with due respect to the purity of line. The indicated sustaining of quarter notes in the chromatic sequences in treble and bass, also the slight, occasional overholding of melodic notes as indicated 10 [in m.

In the middle section a voice seems to rise from the depths of the playing waters.

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The change of the everflowing triplets into a broad rhythm and the shifting of tonality to the relative minor key adds to the contrasting value of a cantilena, which now as distinctly dominates the whole fabric as previously the melody had been concealed in figuration. It breathes nobility, tenderness, yearning; in its second section even rises to passion. The noble melody is apt to please German critics. The broad and noble initial bars of section D appear twice, leading through passing modulations to a cadence in the key of C major, reached in a roundabout enharmonic way, of truly Chopinesque character in its boldness and novelty.

The haze of melancholy that seemed to veil the singing voice as it arose toward the sun is now dissolved in soft light 14 [in m.

The holding back of the tempo is not only permissible in such cases, but necessary; and rhythmical divisions then may be read into the seemingly irregular and puzzlingly capricious arabesques see Figure 4. Thus, the editor would suggest playing the bar with ornament 13 [in m.

This without conspicuously retarding, only insisting somewhat upon the pathetic repetition of the B flat. In the group of small notes at 14 [in m. Other irregular runs may be divided as suggested in the test 17,19 [17 — in m.

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The first of the grace-notes preceding a trill 18,21 [18 — in m. After two transitional bars of harmonic filling 15 [in m. This episode consists of two main repetitions including that of the modulation to the relative major key; but a noteworthy feature of it is that various figurations are employed to enhance and enrich the several repetitions of the design of the initial bar.

The most remarkable are Chopin's, of which there are 4—op. The two sets of pieces by Schubert known as Impromptus—op.


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The autograph of the first exists. The autograph of the second set is at present unknown. It was to these latter ones that Schumann devoted one of his most affectionate papers 'Gesamm. Schriften,' iii.