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From: =?iso-8859-1?q?Tony=20Pay?= <tony_pay@-----.uk>
Subj: Re: [kl] (DerHirt auf dem Felsen) /Shephard on the Rock
Date: Tue, 24 Aug 2004 15:26:54 -0400

--- henderk2@-----.ca wrote:

> I've been asked to play the Schubert "Der Hirt auf dem Felsen
> (Shepherd on the Rock)" in a friend's vocal recital. Does anyone have
> any insights or advice to share?

Singers often want the music to speed up when the piano goes into duplets,
because they're worried about breath control issues later. But it's musically
much more effective if it actually slows down. They can sing the first couple
of phrases against an almost 'dead' accompaniment, and speed up, if they really
find it necessary, later. (I personally prefer them to sing slowly, and take
more breaths, using the words, but .... well, it's up to them.)

Dan mentioned the 'Serkin' recording. I'd say this performance clearly
demonstrates that the person truly in control of any performance of this piece
is the pianist, who's often thought to have a raw deal.

So much is possible, in terms of both tempo and atmosphere, in those 'simple'
triplets and duplets, -- not to mention the bass part.

Tony

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