Topic: How to write a case teaching note
July 19, 2019 / By Becky Question:
I mean the whole thing. No, I'm not thinking that I can play it or anything. And I'm not trying to teach anyone, and I know that it's not a song. I just want some pointers on what is difficult about it. Saying I can reach an octave, would I ever be able to play something like that without modifiying it? I've heard the piece, but i'm tone deaf so I can't hear all the difficulties that I'm told about, and no one has specified.
Er- so I'll take that as a no I can never play it?
Adisson | 1 day ago
I'm so non-plussed by your Q that I can only think of this way to answer it, for I cannot answer honestly as a prof. musician in terms that would be 'legal, decent & truthful'... : -) Bear with me?
Let me take you to the kitchen and translate your Q in those terms, literally:
"What is difficult about cooking for a State Banquet of 1000 guests?
I mean the whole thing. No, I'm not thinking that I can cook or anything. And I'm not trying to teach anyone, and I know that a Wellington is not just a general. I just want some pointers on what is difficult about it.Saying I can break an egg, would I ever be able make something like a soufflé without modifying it? I've seen a banquet on TV, but i'm junk-food only so I can't taste all the difficulties that I'm told about, and no one has specified."
Believe me, I am **not** mocking you. I just want to try to show you how impossible it would be to answer your question seriously as a concert pianist, which is what I am, and I have performed the work you're asking about too many times.
Sometimes, it's by translating these things into the everyday -- which is what performing such works is for me -- that we can shed fresh light.
Thank you for your private note. I'm glad you enjoyed the funny side of my re-write of your Q. Because you're clearly sincere about questioning the difficulty, again in your note, it set me thinking that possibly what you know under the title 'Rhapsody on a theme by Paganini' could actually be one of the many abridgements of the work, principally centering around the 18th Variation, simplified to whatever degree or not?
Were that indeed the case, we'd be at cross purposes as I'm obviously reacting on the basis of the original work in its just short of 25-minute entirety, so let's test this out. Here are the closing 5 minutes of the original work, Var. 19-24, as Rachmaninoff wrote them, complete with a veritable gridlock of difficulties piling up, one after the other, to keep everyone well occupied right to the bitter end:
If this is new to you, then my conjecture is correct. If you were talking about this all along, then there are difficulties aplenty in just these 5 minutes you can then go on to ask me about. :-)
All the best,
Originally Answered: REGARDING RHAPSODY FRAUD CHARGES!1?
Good grief what a mess! How indeed!!! Unfortunately this is not all that uncommon. You now have to fight Rhapsody AND your Bank - and the Bank is the larger of both evils as none of this could have occurred again without the bank screwing up royally. Go directly to the Branch Manager and be firm but tough, and do not delay, and be a pain until they absolve this. This fubar sits squarely on the banks shoulders and insist they fix this, return all charges, and get it in writing. Keep documentation of everything-all phone calls, visits,names of persons you spoke with and date/time, etc - make a paper trail and timeline. Save all letters you send to the bank re: situation, via certified mail. Continue up the chain of command if not satisfied, and also report the bank to whatever agency oversee's and regulates it ( it depends on what type of bank it is as to who is the regulator). Sorry this happened to you but it also happened to 2 friends of mine within the last 2 years. Same scenario but one was a closed gym membership , and the other was a closed phone acct. Both times it was a PIA to perservere, but they both were sucessful in getting the bank to refund all charges and give them a letter stating the error and charges were a mistake- but they had to fight for it. Sorry to hear of this trouble you certainly didn't need!
Well, the only difficulties in the Rhapsody is the speed, though the first few notes to be played (or the first few keys to be hit) involves both hands.
I don't find it difficult. Well, I've never listened to the whole thing, I just listened to Maksim's, and it's not complete. I mean, only variations 1, 2, and 18 are played.
So maybe you can't find it difficult, too?