Discovering Schubert Month: Piano Community Challenge!
Hey Everyone Hilda here!
Do you have questions or This month, February 2022, feel free to post questions, enthusiasms, and other content on this general discussion thread about our latest piano community challenge, Schubert Discovery Month. This is a place to chat with fellow participants about topics that don't belong in the main updates thread or rules thread.
- Do you have a piano question inspired by the challenge?
- Do you have repertoire observations?
- Or are you just looking to chat with fellow pianists about Schubert and music and piano?
This is what this thread is for
Feel free to discuss anything about this challenge that doesn't fit in any of the other threads. You are also welcome to start your own thread, if you prefer!
Hello Hilda, I tried to post something on the Feedback area but all the sessions are booked at the moment. It's about fingering in scales. I watched again this month the very good class with Penelope Roskell where she talks about alternative fingering in scales to pass the thumb under the fourth finger on a black note rather than on a white note. She uses the LH of D major as an example starting on 2. It is very comfortable. I have gone through all of the major and minor scales to track down where the 4th/thumb issue arises and have come up with the following alternative fingerings for the LH, following Penny's position: D maj and A maj [starting on 2] and G and F [starting on 3]. The minors: A min starting on 3 in the LH and G min starting on 2 in the LH, F min starting on 2 and using 3 on A flat. D minor has a possibility of more comfortable fingering by starting on 5 but using the 4 instead of 3 on the B flat. C min - both hands starting on 2 and using 4 on the E flat in both hands. I hope my notes are accurate! Any thoughts! Dominic will love this?
I am planning on exploring Schubert's Impromptu #1 Op 90, which I spent many hours yesterday examining and practicing. Never played this before, and it might be a bit over ambitious to choose this piece but I love it so much. I haven't played Schubert in years and forgot about his mesmerizing melodies. The score which I have does not include any sustain pedaling indications. My biggest question is: is there a score which has a good set of ideas on how to do the correct pedaling? I am exploring possibilities of my own. I am used to playing a lot of D. Scarlatti so I tend to use sustain pedaling very sparingly for clarity. A couple of YouTube recordings show an artist using the pedaling but it is hard to discern. My biggest area of ignorance is correct pedaling for the Romantic composers.
The second item on this impromptu is tempo changes. Here too, I use rubato very sparingly due to my main specialty with Scarlatti. How to use tempo changes with Schubert would be wonderful live presentation.
A third observation with this impromptu is the dynamic (loud vs soft) independence between the left and right hands. It's a challenge with lots of repeated notes to vary the dynamics to create appropriate drama.
My main concentration in 2022 is Beethoven and Scarlatti, but this Schubert diversion is quite nice. Some of his melodies I may be able to use for violin practice as well.
Anthony Miyake Jeffrey Segor Those are great questions about pedaling - and the subject of pedaling during Schubert’s time is fascinating because the fortepiano’s pedals are so many more than on the modern pedal! I also led a livestream a few days ago about finger pedaling - something that one can use in conjunction with sustain / damper pedaling to exercise greater control on fine grain shaping and legato.
Hi Hilda, Have you set a date for the Watch Party?
It seems that many people are having a wonderful time learning their special Schubert piece. What a joy to listen to their selections and, above all, read their reflections. The questions for Week 2 really brought our some deep thoughts that may never have been shared otherwise.