Tuesday, December 4, 2012


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First Impressions

My newly rebuilt Mason & Hamlin AA grand has the most lustrous sound.  Every time I play Dvorak I am reminded of how dangerous it is to form wrong first impressions of such works as his Waltzes or the Suite in A Major, works I first heard in orchestrated versions.  No orchestration can capture the overtone glow that causes harmonies to merge rather than modulate.  Before the rebuilding I could get away with playing these works on the piano while hearing the orchestral version in my head.  Thank goodness that is no longer possible: the orchestration has been overpowered by the pianistic dimension that inspired these works in the first place.