Oct. 24, 2020

Can't figure out how to pedal this!

Each time I hear recordings of Fantaisie Impromptu that I like, I'm amazed at how crisp the melody sounds. The best instance I've ever seen of this was from Dmitri Shishkin: https://youtu.be/H4v4Ipl_UJI - like, how does he sustain the bass notes while still making the melody sound so well-articulated and clear?

Even when I half-pedal at the bare minimum, the melody already sounds muddled and the bass isn't even sustained.

My first thought was that he was using the Sostenuto pedal which we do have here at home. Thing is, it works quite different; instead of sustaining any notes that you were still playing and not the ones you might play next, it just acts as a normal sustain pedal for only the bass register (which sadly does not include the notes I need) - which means I'll have to find another way.

I tested for a bit putting down the pedal on beats 1 and 3 and lifting it on beats 2 and 4 (varying it for certain parts), but I don't know, it wasn't really having the same effect I wanted. I tried many other things, but this one seemed to be the best in achieving what I was going for, so I'll still try to make it work tomorrow.

It's at times like this when I would really like to talk to a teacher, face-to-face, but it looks like I'll have to wait for a very long time until that can happen.

Maybe I should do what Arthur Rubinstein did and basically use no pedal at all: https://youtu.be/75x6DncZDgI. I honestly really do like his version, and I could probably change my current interpretation and very sparingly use the pedal too.

Hopefully, I can solve this problem tomorrow or at least make progress in doing so. Be kind and keep striving!

Written by Quarter

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