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Hi all,
This week I found the 'Dark Waltz' of Hayley Westenra... such a little jewel... and I was gone!
Besides my scales, etudes, ... I also want to enjoy myself by playing a piece I love and after finishing my little project on 'Song from a secret garden' I thought that this one would be a real challenge in different ways!
I found the sheet music and also an accompaniment on the web. I had to transpose it because the keys didn't match. The sheet music was in Gb, the accompaniment in Bb.
At the moment I am in the stage of listening to performances, analysing, searching and making notes. So I am exploring different paths... the recording is my first try to find my way in the positions, fingerings,... comparing all the elements with each other so that I have the best chance, that the chosen options will lead me to what I have in mind, which colours I want, etc.
I played this first version by heart, trying to 'feel' the music... A long way to go and still many choices to make... but I like 'to build' something and I have time... no rush!
Thanks for listening, ideas (especially regarding fingerings) and comments welcome!
9 Responses
Posted: January 11, 2018
Last Comment: January 13, 2018

Urban Kristan
Posted: January 13, 2018
You seem to have really good intonation. Also, I remember finding this song a few years ago. Thanks for reminding me!

Barbara Habel
Posted: January 13, 2018
Dear Frieda

Your wrist looks bend sideways when you play on the E string. You should pull your elbow back when playing on the E string. This will give you a straight wrist.

And when playing in higher positions or on the G string you should put the elbow more in front of you. This is instead of reaching with your fingers.

Watch Eddy Chen here:

On the plus side you have a nice 4th finger vibrato and a nice vibrato in general.

Posted: January 13, 2018
Thank you all for your kind words and valuable comments, much appreciated!
Beth, I found the sheet music on and did the transposition with the songbook app of musescore. For accompaniments I usually do a search on youtube. When thereís nothing available (as with the Dark Waltz) I go for a midi file which I edit with my digital piano and the sweet midi application on my ipad. This way Iím totally free to chose the instruments and the key... 

Mary Freeman
Posted: January 12, 2018
Very nice 
Thank you so much for sharing this

Janice Branley
Posted: January 11, 2018
Absolutely captivating, Bravo!

Sonia Lancaster
Posted: January 11, 2018
Thatís lovely Frieda, great start. If you could post the sheet music or link and a video which includes your bow arm to be able to pass more comments.

I love minor pieces, always find myself drawn to them. Perhaps itís my Ukrainian heritage?

The shifts will come with practice. Just watch that your arm is moving round enough to reach the high positions.

Good job 👍 

Posted: January 11, 2018
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That was profoundly beautiful Frieda...I was carried away and moved by it.

 Thank you much for sharing such music and talent.

I found this, wanted to know/listen to the lyrics as well...

Posted: January 11, 2018
Very nice playing! I would shift up/down on the same string in spots to keep the same tone color and to emphasize some notes, and maybe change the bowings to slurs in some areas. As I was listening, the color changes were beautiful, but in some they drew my attention because they went to a lower string for instance on a 4th finger.

Beth Blackerby
Posted: January 11, 2018
What a hauntingly beautiful tune! Where did you get the sheet music and accompaniment?