SCHUMANN TO CHOPIN / CHOPIN TO BRAHMS                    audiounsatisfactory      exhibits Phase B activity

an extemporized transition from Chopin's Waltz in C# minor, Op. 64 No. 2, to Brahms' Intermezzo, Op. 118 No. 2, played on September 12th, 2013:

an extemporized transition from Schumann's Faschingsschwank aus Wien: I. Allegro to Chopin's Waltz in C# minor, Op. 64 No. 2, played on September 12th, 2013:

One hears that a certain harmony might have been attempted in [0:15] and [0:16] but not all of the inner pitches were correctly managed in time. In contrast to the transition above, this performance cannot easily be divided into two halves because it continues in a similar manner throughout. Perhaps because of this continuity, it sounds a little too long and meandering as a whole. The final texture before Brahms' score begins to be performed ends on an F# in the upper voice, which is then harmonized slightly later by new pitches in the inner-voices; although not completely unsatisfactory, the more common realization would be to conclude the upper voice with an E in order to resolve the suspension.

The first half of this transition gives a generally favorable impression while simultaneously sounding like I am almost playing faster than I am able to think of things to play  a feeling that provides certain wrong notes but also lends a sense of excitement to the playing. At circa [0:48] it sounds like I remember that I need to transition from one texture to another, which comes across as extremely abrupt. At [1:14] I arrive in the wrong key; in order to correct this mistake, a final transition from a C minor context up one half-step to C# minor is accomplished satisfactorily, but this extra modulation gives the transition as a whole the feeling that it is somewhat too long.