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Czerny Op 740 #9, 2 Versions

I find this one of the most charming pieces in the collection with its attractive tunefulness and the “giocoso” extremes of those high chirping RH grace notes and octave skips and those low LH octaves. I also think that Czerny’s very fast tempo, while exciting in itself, actually makes the music seem bland. I play #9 with the quarter @130. At that slower tempo you can give the music flounce and highlight the extremes. And, as usual, the slower tempo is easier to play and will serve many more combinations.

Op 740 #9, 1st Version: light flouncy 2/4, 8 sets of 8

This is my performance of #9 in a shortcut arrangement, the shortcuts according to the following recipe:

1) mm 1-32 as written

2) mm 33-36 as written but repeated

3) mm 37-38 as written but repeated

4) mm 39-40 adjusted to create a pedal-point for the turnaround and recapitulation of A

My affection for this little piece made it well worth the work of seeing how I might get double use out of it as some kind of waltz.

Op 740 #9, 2nd Version: light 6/8 allegro, 16 sets of 8

This is my performance of my 1st Version of #9 recast as a 6/8 allegro, for which I supply a score. The process I settled on was turning each of Czerny’s measures into a 6/8, adding an 8th to each beat of his 2/4 bars, and then filling out the LH with an “um-pa-pa” accompaniment. I thinned out the LH voices and octaves, aiming for less “giocoso” and more “gracioso.” I like how Czerny at times places the LH quite far down the keyboard, and in this arrangement I’ve exaggerated that, but it does make for some strenuous skips.

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