Like chopsticks, but not chopsticks. A strange piece

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Like chopsticks, but not chopsticks. A strange piece

Post by soh choon wee » Mon Jun 25, 2018 4:55 am

I like to ask, does anyone have any idea of a piece (almost like Chopsticks) that was very popular (at least in east asia) that is largely played on black keys (with some white keys too).

I have never seen the score or even know the title, but seems that teachers in east Asia had frequently pass on this piece to younger generations.

This piece goes something like Eb Db (LH)Gb (RH) Bb+Gb Bb+Gb (repeat twice) Eb Db (LH)Gb (RH) Bb+Gb (LH)Eb (RH) Bb+Gb (LH) Db (RH) B+F B+F

Well, i do not have a notation software, and too shy to make a video out of it. Bb+Gb will mean playing the two notes together.
Fordecades i have been trying to locate the title and the score for such a piece. Please help to solve this mystery
Thank you.

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Re: Like chopsticks, but not chopsticks. A strange piece

Post by parag » Mon Jun 25, 2018 2:16 pm

Sounds like you're looking for the the Flea Waltz (Flohwalzer).
http://imslp.org/wiki/Der_Flohwalzer_(Anonymous)
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Re: Like chopsticks, but not chopsticks. A strange piece

Post by soh choon wee » Mon Jun 25, 2018 4:32 pm

Thanks Parag

Yes, this is the piece. Bingo. Finally a mystery solved.

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Re: Like chopsticks, but not chopsticks. A strange piece

Post by Jim Faston » Mon Jun 25, 2018 7:34 pm

Parag - I'm not sure if I should be impressed or appalled by the fact that you knew this :mrgreen:

Nice to have a waltz in 4/4 time.

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Re: Like chopsticks, but not chopsticks. A strange piece

Post by HullandHellandHalifax » Mon Jun 25, 2018 9:08 pm

Jim, Parag has a very good excuse for knowing this, he has young daughters. The lawyer for the defence rests his case.
regards to both
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Re: Like chopsticks, but not chopsticks. A strange piece

Post by parag » Mon Jun 25, 2018 10:57 pm

Brian is right, as always.
That piece along with the Maiden's Prayer have got to be two abominations known to humankind.

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Re: Like chopsticks, but not chopsticks. A strange piece

Post by Jim Faston » Tue Jun 26, 2018 1:03 am

Hmm....

I'll admit I greatly prefer this flea to that fleabitten waltz:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxsOXOPni0o

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Re: Like chopsticks, but not chopsticks. A strange piece

Post by HullandHellandHalifax » Tue Jun 26, 2018 8:23 am

parag wrote:Brian is right, as always.
That piece along with the Maiden's Prayer have got to be two abominations known to humankind.
You could also add Für Elise to that list of music specially composed to send shock waves of "Oh no not that piece again" through houses where a piano stands forlorn in the front parlour.
Perhaps we could begin a list of such pieces, we have the first three contenders already. In the first few years of the 1800's the Kotzwara Battle of Prague held the distinction of being the chopsticks of it's time.
best wishes fellow sufferers
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Re: Like chopsticks, but not chopsticks. A strange piece

Post by soh choon wee » Tue Jun 26, 2018 9:43 am

May i add "sweet bye and bye" to this list of inhonorable.

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Re: Like chopsticks, but not chopsticks. A strange piece

Post by soh choon wee » Tue Jun 26, 2018 10:18 am

On Für Elise

If we only look at the score and forget all the horrible rendition by young students, is Für Elise really a poor work, not reflecting Beethoven's dignity or musicianship?

If no, is it due to the fault of the students, or the fault of the teachers? Or is it due to over-playing?

What about Chopin's Fantasie-Impromptu?
What about Debussy's Arabesque or Claire de lune?

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