Editors and Clementi

A pupil was working with me on Clementi Sonatina in D op 36 No 6, 1st movement.

I wanted her to play longer phrases and I noticed that she was more or less following the phrase marks in her edition. I then looked at my different edition and found the phrases even more chopped up into smaller units.

How then to get across my feeling that her playing was too broken up when she probably felt she was following the text?

Her edition also had a sforzando at the high point of a lyrical phrase – again a need to explain or demonstrate that sfz’s in forte and piano passages differ. I suppose it was put there to help an inexperienced player give the phrase some shape.

Finally fingering – one edition had a slightly cramped change of position to maintain use of the stronger pair of fingers 2 and 4, the other avoid this but used the weaker pair of 3 and 5. You pays your money and makes your choice.

Sophisticated as it is notation cannot convey everything we may want to do with the shaping, timing and articulation.

Next, I want this player to shape her semiquaver runs and quieten the LH for the second subject and improve to her phrase endings.

I will play her Diane Hidy’s version on youtube

Recitative and Aria is not dead

A pupil asked to listen to Mariah Carey’s ‘All I want for Christmas is you‘.

I could barely remember how it went but I recognised an introduction over simple chords with free vocals before the main body of the song in a different tempo and I thought ‘recitative and aria’.

The first classical example to occur to me was ‘Behold I tell you a mystery…’. I’m sure there’s others I could have referred to.

And another pop example (one of my favourites) is Gloria Gaynor’s I will survive.

Christmas Quiz 2015

For technical reasons this year’s quiz is here.

And here it is as a pdf – Christmas Quiz 2015 pdf version

Putting it together has been frustrating for many reasons.

I wanted to embed extracts of pieces of music. I usually do this via soundcloud which is fine for recordings of my playing, but soundcloud delete uploads of commercial recordings even if they’re only 20 seconds long.

I looked at linking through to spotify, but that was never going to work as I wanted the tracks to play without their titles. My free wordpress blog won’t allow me to embed video, so the idea of a video with audio-only content was a non-starter here.

I then found that blogger allowed uploads of video but not audio files so I joined together my extracts and put a static title over each one.

Next was the discovery that my tablet won’t play such videos – is that because they are .wmv files. So for tablet-use they are uploaded to youtube, but are very blurred because they were designed to play in a smaller area of the screen.

Who know what hurdles next year will bring.