If I'm right in thinking that you're speaking of my rendition of the
Prelude, I actually play this at about 2:35 on the version at my site.
Whether this is a good tempo or even the suggested one is a whole other
point, though I agree with you that "too" fast and then you are left
questioning whether we have a piece of music? My opinion is that it becomes
a muddled and mechanical exercise with no redeeming quality of expression.
Glenn Gould comes to mind....just because you can .... doesn't mean you
should. Believe me, I can play it fast, as I'm sure Stanley or any other
experienced player can. Would they let you hear it? Well maybe I
would...but only as an exercise in crackin' you up, much like my Invention
#1 rendition so many months back :-) Now that made me and my silly ass
laugh real hard that day... Peace.
Richard F. Sayage
Post by Matanya Ophee Post by John Rimmer
Note: So much music...so little time...should have started 15 years
I started 48 years ago, at the age of 23. No way of telling what would
have happened if I started much earlier, but after a couple of hours
on this amazing guitar, today, I am overwhelmed by the joy of it all.
Now speaking of the prelude of the First Cello Suite. This will be the
first piece I shall play in Merida. An arrangement for the Russian
seven string guitar ( in C Major) made by one Vasilli Iuriev in 1939.
Of course, I changed a few things in it here and there, added a few
additional basses which I am renting from Stanley, (We haven't agreed
yet on the level of the rent...) and getting the piece more or less in
Now the question is: how fast?
Richard is playing this at 3:47. Stanley at 2:42, and Rostropovich at
2:20. I find it a lot easier to play at the aster tempo, because I
tend to lose the thread of it at the slower tempo. But how fast this
can be played and still be sustained as a piece of music?
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