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dannylux - Charles Mayer Etude in Waltz Form 83: Message Board

dannylux's Comments

Charles Mayer (1799-1862), the teacher of Glinka, wrote a lot of charming music. My favorite is the Etude de Valse, Op.83. Mayer labeled the piece Vivo grazioso, but with no metronome marking. In one of the editions I have, an editor has suggested quarter note = 190, but this is clearly too slow. I play it at about 260.

I believe there is an error in the fourth from the last chord. It's a G flat chord, but it seems to me it should be b flat minor, which is the way I play it. The only recording of the Valse-Etude is on the Burgmueller site; the pianist plays it as written. so who knows?

Aside from being a delightful piece of music, it's tremendous fun to play. A real workout.

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Name Date Comment
gerg 2010-08-27 11:29:47 Ebullient, brilliant Mel! You make it sound effortless. That ending - amazing!

My hat's off to you for your significant contributions here!
wr 2010-08-22 01:33:44 What fun, and such energy in the playing! I thoroughly enjoyed it.
heidiv 2010-08-21 20:53:36 What a wonderful job you do building up the excitement! Such happy music.
Inlanding 2010-08-21 19:12:29 How do you do it? This is such a high-energy piece and you left none of it behind. What fun it was listening to this magnificent waltz.
Carey 2010-08-20 22:41:48 Whew !! That is a workout !! Sounds like a piano transcription of an orchestral work. Very engaging !!
Sorcerer88 2010-08-20 21:19:22 charming indeed :)

maybe the chord progression with G-flat is a little more adventurous? many ways lead to rome ;)