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 Post subject: Fortepiano video thread
PostPosted: Wed Sep 24, 2014 4:20 pm 
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I haven't seen a thread just for fortepiano videos so I thought I'd start one!





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Kindly note this thread is for videos related more to demonstrating the fortepiano as opposed to demonstrating the music played on a fortepiano (for which you must look for a thread dedicated to the music or create a new thread for it if one doesn't exist... ) :D

Anyway I'll check out those vids and report back if anything comes to mind.

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Just watched the two vids. He covers some very pertinent points in these videos, the first deals with the physical requirements of actually playing the fortepiano, and the second demonstrating how and why these instruments possess a more varied tone across the register than modern designs. Readers may be interested in Polly's thread also featuring Kristian which discusses how the fortepiano's development influenced Beethoven's compositions...

kristian-bezuidenhout-on-the-fortepiano-dialogue-interview-t2126.html

I'll see if I can locate some other such videos for this thread.

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Thanks Rod, will watch that later. I liked the other two vids a lot- explains it well as you said.

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A demonstration of some of the various pedal effects Viennese fortepianos were often equipped with (though I've heard a more effective 'bassoon' pedal than this example)...


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Hi TMT

Thankyoufor the attached video of the demo on the 1827 Fortepiano. The various effects were very interesting---the fortepiano is full of surprises isn't it? However I found that the speech of the demonstrator hard to follow , and had to turn up the volume somewhat, to understand what he said.

Infact, in both explaining and demonstrating his instrument he can't "hold a candle' to Kristen Bezuidenhout's manner and clarity. As you'd guess from my previous thread, I admire his playing,the clarity of his explanations and clear enunciation!

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Hi TMT

Thankyoufor the attached video of the demo on the 1827 Fortepiano. The various effects were very interesting---the fortepiano is full of surprises isn't it? However I found that the speech of the demonstrator hard to follow , and had to turn up the volume somewhat, to understand what he said.

Infact, in both explaining and demonstrating his instrument he can't "hold a candle' to Kristen Bezuidenhout's manner and clarity. As you'd guess from my previous thread, I admire his playing,the clarity of his explanations and clear enunciation!

Regards,

Polly.

True about Bezuidenhout, but I was looking for a vid that would highlight some of the 'weird and wonderful' effects that were available back then, something the others so far hadn't looked into.

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Rod Corkin wrote:
True about Bezuidenhout, but I was looking for a vid that would highlight some of the 'weird and wonderful' effects that were available back then, something the others so far hadn't looked into.

If you want to hear those pedal applied in a real composition check out this post...

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Hi Rod,

Thankyou for the link, which I accessed and duly listened to.

A fine rollicking tune and the banging effects enough to lift the performer off his seat! Infact so convincing were they that I quite expected to see a little drummer boy --or two---standing beside the fortepianos!!! I duly noted the bassoon effect later on and it was clearer than than I'd previously heard.

I expect these effects went down well with the younger and eager element of the audience!

I enjoyed that glimpse from an earlier era.

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pollyp78 wrote:
Hi Rod,

Thankyou for the link, which I accessed and duly listened to.

A fine rollicking tune and the banging effects enough to lift the performer off his seat! Infact so convincing were they that I quite expected to see a little drummer boy --or two---standing beside the fortepianos!!! I duly noted the bassoon effect later on and it was clearer than than I'd previously heard.

Just one fortepiano with two persons playing for the march. I do like the use of bassoon pedal in that recording.

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I expect these effects went down well with the younger and eager element of the audience!

Maybe but not so for Beethoven, that march is the only Beethoven piece that comes to mind whereby he prescribed the use of these 'exotic' pedals. However the moderator pedal/stop is used on just about every Beethoven fp recording I've heard.

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Just one fortepiano with two persons playing for the march. I do like the use of bassoon pedal in that recording.


Err... are you saying there was no drum?! :?

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Just one fortepiano with two persons playing for the march. I do like the use of bassoon pedal in that recording.


Err... are you saying there was no drum?! :?

There's no drum, all the effects you hear come from the piano. In the Beethoven march the Bassoon and Janissary pedals were employed. Another example featuring the Janissary...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2OjYKvl5raM

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Oh wow! That is one awesome piano! I love the bell hitter thing! But what makes the drum sound?

And people think it wasn't until digital pianos that pianos could make all sorts of sounds!!

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Oh wow! That is one awesome piano! I want one!!! I love the bell hitter thing! But what makes the drum sound?

And people think it wasn't until digital pianos that pianos could make all sorts of sounds!!

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AeolianHarp wrote:
Oh wow! That is one awesome piano! I want one!!! I love the bell hitter thing! But what makes the drum sound?

And people think it wasn't until digital pianos that pianos could make all sorts of sounds!!

You'll need a Lottery win to buy one of those beauties!

Here is some info on pedals compiled at Wikipedia...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piano_pedals

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