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    Default Which Composer most clearly shows your technical errors?

    Since many compositions (especially romantic era works) can be fumbled through and still sound acceptable, I would like your opinions on a composer who puts those “fumblings” and technical errors at center stage.

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    In my experience, Bach or Mozart. In somewhat different ways, they each leave the performer nowhere to hide.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Animal the Drummer View Post
    In my experience, Bach or Mozart. In somewhat different ways, they each leave the performer nowhere to hide.
    I also think those are the hardest to play correctly.
    Do you have any composers who make it hard to sound bad?

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    I'm not sure they're the hardest to play correctly, but they're the ones who make it hardest to hide mistakes!

    In answer to your question: no, bad playing is bad playing and I don't think there's any music which can really disguise that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Animal the Drummer View Post
    In my experience, Bach or Mozart. In somewhat different ways, they each leave the performer nowhere to hide.
    Yup. Me too. Mozart exposes my weakness at producing a light, balanced touch and Bach my weakness for seamlessly connecting intricate phrases without pedaling, not to mention playing counterpoint.
    "If we understood the world, we would realize that there is a logic of harmony underlying its manifold apparent dissonances." - Jean Sibelius

    "Art, like morality, consists of drawing the line somewhere." - G.K. Chesterton

    "Ceaseless work, analysis, reflection, writing much, endless self-correction, that is my secret." - Johann Sebastian Bach

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    Yes I meant, hiding technical errors.

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    Most: Brahms, Schumann, Mozart

    Least: Mendelssohn, Liszt, Grieg

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    Quote Originally Posted by CarlHaydn284 View Post
    Yes I meant, hiding technical errors.
    In my opinion the answer is pretty much the same. If I were a professional pianist, playing Bach and Mozart (and Haydn) would terrify me more than any others.

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