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Sep 18 11 9:13 AM

This is really one of those pieces of 2-handed piano solo music where a themodist-equipped instrument can make a real difference and other non-theme players will struggle to produce the subtleties Liszt intended.

I'd suggest first of all, go back and listen to some 1st rate orchestral renditions such as Zubin Mehta : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OomkOrOl8WM. Then go listen to a pianist play the Liszt piano version so you can better feel for what Liszt's piano score is trying to paint a music picture of on the piano. I recommend Benno Moisewitsch and how he plays this piece : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKDYla5C5cA. The overture is comprised of distinct musical parts drawn from the musical motifs used in the opera. Try searching YouTube and online and read up on these motifs such as the "Pilgrim's Chorus" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_IOgXH5po8 and the "Venusburg" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfYAw3fgaXQ music which are all to be heard in this work. Moisewitsch makes each very distinct and evocative and all the fancy decorative technical bits are always subordinate to the dominant melody throughout.

Listen to how Moisewitsch plays the music at 7'15" onwards in his http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKDYla5C5cA version and compare it to 7'40" in your own http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfCICoXiwo8 version

I have no hesitation in saying that Moisewitsch had undoubtedly seen the opera and knew it very well - it shows in his interpretation .


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Adam

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Sep 21 11 2:37 AM

This roll is arranged rather than hand played, and needs quite a lot of tempo-variation just to get the basic speed of the music right even before you put in any detailed phrasing changes. Don't be afraid to pull the music around even more than you have here! It's a very good roll to practice with, particularly as Adam says to get the themes to stand out from the decoration.

Julian

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Sep 21 11 7:43 PM

Paul, please please don't spend too much time trying to fix the roll - it is a relatively common title and I'd hate for you to spend ages fixing something that would easier just be replaced. Tannhauser Overture turns up regularly in both post-based UK roll auctions and never costs more than about £2 due to its commonness here. I think I have at least 3 copies of it myself lurking about!

It was always popular on roll here in the UK and, unlike much else, it still remains popular - indeed it's the only piece of Wagner on roll that is ever requested with any frequency to be honest.


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Adam

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