Improve your piano sound in Kabalevsky's "Cradle Song"
In this video we're going to do
from Dimitri Kabalevsky "Lullaby".
This lullaby is like a dream.
It's a very dreamy atmosphere.
It's like a little story in a dream.
That's how it should be played and performed.
And it's a nice piece to work on,
to have this esoteric sound quality
and a 'Cantabile' melody.
Also we learn the independence of left and right,
the switching of the melody
between, first the right hand,
and then it comes back in the left hand.
The notes are not very complex.
In previous videos
I did a few other pieces of Kabalevsky;
Etude in a-minor
from the children's album
and A little story.
he wrote not only children's pieces.
He wrote beautiful piano sonatas.
Vladimir Horowitz recorded
a few of them. Brilliant pieces
and they certainly are
no less genius than the Prokofiev Sonatas.
I would certainly check them out
and I would certainly not dismiss this album.
Each of those pieces
have some elements in them to learn,
for not only beginners, but also intermediate.
Those are really very rewarding pieces.
In the link in the description
I have a PDF to the pieces.
Make sure to download them.
In those PDFs I write my fingerings,
I write pedalling,
and I write the arm movements.
So make sure to download them,
then you can follow along with my remarks
for educational purposes.
So let's listen a little bit.
The character and the way the piece is written,
it could be a little prelude of Shostakovich.
It's a little bit in that style. Dreamy...
in this left...
So I would really work to make this
little movements here, little arm movements
to make it nice supple and smooth.
And take the weight out of the keys.
See and I have this beautiful circle.
and then Mezzo Piano, that is for the melody.
it's a moderate tempo with a singing tone,
particularly in the melody,
It's a nice melody!
Search for the sound, deep, this one.
it's a Portato Mark here. And
see... and the arm movement is:
go up and down, and up, and then up,
See I will write the movement in the score,
so when you download it
you can nicely see the arm movements and the fingerings,
and the pedaling
of course. The pedal is one pedal at the beginning,
and 1/2 pedal here, half
So per bar, and some bars,
where the harmony doesn't change,
and the melody doesn't require it, we use 1/2 pedal
and other bars we use a whole pedal.
When the harmony changes
it needs a whole pedal for sure, so...
and here 'Più Forte'
Deeper, 'Più Forte' a little bit deeper. With a weight.
And here the melody takes over in the left hand.
And here is the pedal per quarter
note, where we have this...
So the pedal follows here the left hand.
Più Forte! 'Poco ritenuto' and 'Piano' again.
Piano and then Mezzo Forte
ending with a Diminuendo.
It's a beautiful piece to work on. The smooth,
smoothness of broken 7th chords.
To have this beautiful smooth sound,
and in the same time having a 'Cantabile' melody,
which changes in the different hands.
So let's play that whole piece from the beginning:
Make sure to watch also the other videos with
Kabalevsky pieces that I recorded.
Maybe I will record a few more in the future.
It's a really beautiful album for beginners,
all study pieces which is real music,
and all have elements to learn some new stuff.
So check the description. There
I put also the links to
the other videos that I have of Kabalevsky.
Or watch on my channel.
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Let's improve your piano sound in Kabalevsky's Lullaby (Cradle Song) from Children Pieces opus 27.
One of the main elements in piano playing is to develop complete control over the quality of your piano sound. There are several principles and techniques involved. Working on sound quality at the piano is an essential part of working at piano technique. Working with the right mindset (set goal) and a good strategy at the piano secures a good result after some practice.
This video is part of a series of tutorials learning Kabalevsky 30 Children Pieces opus 27. These pieces by Kabalevsky are very good for learning modern piano techniques. They are written in the style of the Russian piano school and are designed to develop piano finger technique, piano chord technique, and learn a singing tone at the piano in melodic playing, and create special piano sounds. I RECOMMEND THESE TO ALL BEGINNERS!
DON'T FORGET TO DOWNLOAD THE SCORE WITH MY FINGERINGS.