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Sonia Lancaster
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Hello Everyone,
I've just started work on Telemann Fantaisie No 9. I looked up the meaning of Fantasie and found that interpretation should be quite free, so baring that in mind I have tried to use a bit of artistic licence.
Please excuse the double stops etc - I have to work on those.
Being a baroque piece, I have used some (but not much) vibrato and also tried to use open strings where possible. 
This will be one of the pieces for my next exam, so I have quite a while to prepare.
The pieces are: Siciliana, Vivace and Allegro.

Any comments, most welcome
Sonia


Sonia Lancaster
16 Responses
Posted: December 30, 2017
Last Comment: January 3, 2018
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Mary Freeman
Posted: January 3, 2018
I absolutly love your controlled expression
I gives such a bright tone this work.
Thank you for the youtube clip
His masterful bow control is a joy to watch
Wow what a tone

Beth Blackerby
Posted: January 3, 2018
Oh wow, that is a fantastic performance. Thank you for the link. I had not seen him before. I love the freedom he has with the piece. Yes, I see what you mean, he does play those scales like little gusts of wind. :)

Sonia Lancaster
Posted: January 2, 2018
Thank you ever so much Beth, your input is invaluable. How to interpret different music eras is alway difficult unless you can ask someone in the know. I love the idea of having space between skipped notes and then the decrescendo on the slurs, it certainly puts variety into it, bringing out the polyphonic nature of the piece.
I wholeheartedly agree that at the double stopped section my bow arm really doesnít help my left hand! Iíll put into practice relaxing it. I will also use your suggestions of getting the perfect 4th in tune first, before adding the 5th.
In the second movement, the semi-quavers, I played them that way after hearing a recording by Peter Shephard-Skśrved on YouTube  https://youtu.be/FlkBYM6HcCA which I liked. Perhaps for an exam itís too different from the score and would be frowned on.

Thank you once again.
Sonia

Beth Blackerby
Posted: January 1, 2018
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MsPolkadotz
Posted: January 1, 2018
Wow Sonia! Really a pleasure to listen to you play. These are wonderful pieces. I love your light and airy interpretation ^_^ Happy 2018!

Sonia Lancaster
Posted: December 31, 2017
Thank you Jaime, and hello :)

Jaime - Orlando , Fl
Posted: December 31, 2017
Sonia, nice to meet your acquaintance! I am Jaime.
Beautiful performances! I enjoyed them to the fullest! BRAVO! :0)

Sonia Lancaster
Posted: December 31, 2017
Thatís great Frieda. I also love this version of it https://youtu.be/FlkBYM6HcCA

Happy 2018,hereís to lots of music and playing :)

Frieda
Posted: December 31, 2017
Hi Sonia, I also found the sheet music for free on the web and a performance of Jean-Baptiste Poyard on youtube. FantasticÖ and I LOVE the ĎSicilianaí!!! I know what Iím going to do this last day of 2017!!!
https://youtu.be/z3JAcU33lwg


Sonia Lancaster
Posted: December 31, 2017
Thank you Beth, That would be fantastic.

Happy New Year
Sonia

Beth Blackerby
Posted: December 31, 2017
Sonia, wow! That was delightful! Your phrasing and musical gestures translated quite well. I absolutely love the Telemann Fantasies. In fact, it was only recently that I found them, which still is so hard for me to believe. How did no teacher ever give me one of these gems to work on? I guess everyone just plays Bach if they're gong to go for unaccompanied works. I'd love to make you a video response. I have some suggestions for you. I will have to get my book back from a student however, so it may be a little later this week.

Bravo!

Sonia Lancaster
Posted: December 30, 2017
Feedback
Thanks for listening and your replies. Frieda, I have read the link you sent (I think I had seen this, but not read it properly) it has good suggestions on how these pieces should be played. A shame it goes into detail on the first 6 fantasies but not no 9.

The baroque Bow is lovely to play with Barbara, very light and responsive. Thank you for reminding me I need to watch my own recordings very carefully. This is something I should do but donít tend to. I think itís like looking at oneself through a microscope! I found some interesting things and areas for improvement though. Namely:
Bow position in relation to fingerboard and bridge,
More emphasis on the polyphony nature of the piece - what this really means.
Dynamics and phrasing.
Double stops and chords need work.
Intonation in various places in addition to the chords etc.

Cheers and Happy New Year everyone.
Sonia

Barbara Habel
Posted: December 30, 2017
Dear Sonia

Nice that you are playing authentically with a Baroque bow. Is there much difference in handling and sound to your regular bow?

In the second video I was especially impressed with your fast runs and nimble and agile fingers.

On rare occasions a note sounded off. But I donīt know whether that is written into the music to create dissonance or whether you made a mistake.

They are nice pieces that have a nice flair to them. Thank you for putting yourself out to share this with us. You did yourself justice.



Maria
Posted: December 30, 2017


Only I can say is... Such brilliant sound!

Frieda
Posted: December 30, 2017
Hi Sonia... is this Ďa startí? 😀... fantastic!

Dianne
Posted: December 30, 2017
Great playing, and nice baroque bow!