Week 16/97: Cavatina

This is the theme from the Movie The Deer Hunter, which features a surprisingly young Robert DeNiro, Christopher Walken, and Meryl Streep. Anyway, it was originally composed for the guitar. I started with a piano transcription but didn’t like it. The version here is a more faithful transcription, in that the notes are the same as those played in the guitar version (except for the parts where I possibly misread it… some parts don’t sound quite right…).


I would like to try to do a piece a week if at all possible. Next up is a Bach.


12 Responses to “Week 16/97: Cavatina”


    When I heard about this, I was originally worried that you’d rush and be all about technique and never develop any expression in your playing, but you’re becoming very well expressive. Keep that up.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    I don’t think you should push yourself to do a piece a week. I feel you should stay on one or two pieces and work on them until you really master them, rather than just rushing on. I realize that you are working towards a larger goal that will require you to move quickly, but I don’t think half-baking your pieces is the answer.

  3. ant Says:

    just stumbled upon your site… imo the 1 piece a week is great for building technique even if u dont master those pieces. good luck w/ ur goal… im personally on my own mission to learn the etude in one week (started today)

  4. Julio Says:

    I want to keep seen ur progress!

  5. Danish_Bachfan Says:

    Well played. You play with great musicality – expressive, delicate, tasteful phrasing etc.
    Technique can always come later; musicality is something you’re born with! Looking forward to following your further progress.

  6. batmasser Says:

    lol looking forward to your k545

  7. Piano Player Says:

    As someone else already said, try to play pieces for longer and learn less pieces.

    You’re really sticking to your goal and I believe that this might leave you with bad/sloppy technique.

    I am starting to learn ‘Revolutionary Etude’ right now and I believe that the hardest part in the end will be having the right dynamics for both parts and the right expression. (As this was the case when I was learning the allegro part of Fantasie Impromptu)
    You must learn how to stick to a piece for over a month and develop the dynamics.

    Any piece that is played before you have the technical ability will cause injury. Learn scales, arpeggios and other exercises. When you get better, find pieces with a fast and demanding left hand part. Learn songs with octaves in the right hand.

    You probably won’t read this but I hope you will understand that there are many things you need to learn before playing semi-complex pieces.

  8. fei Says:

    nice playing… you play it musically ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. yurg-kander Says:


    I enjoy seeing such effort and ambitiousness – the revolutionary etude is rather simple to play note-wise once you recognize the patterns. Playing it well, however, will be a great challenge.

    I can emphasize, I went from no skill on the piano to learning Rachmaninov’s Etude in C# minor in 6 months, and in a year was playing Liszt’s Trancendental Etudes – but I’ve had a background in music (violin), and it makes what you’re doing much more difficult and unique. I mean to say that what you’re trying is possible and you should keep trying at it.

    You will need daily practice of at least 1 hour, preferably 1.5.
    You will need to practice scales.
    I recommend an etude or excessive to play on the side along with your ‘primary piece’. Brahms, Czerny, both published excellent exercise books.
    I recommend Bach and the Well Tempered Clavier, as well as Schubert and his ‘Children’s Songs’. Satie and certain Debussy preludes also work very well.

    Get a pianist to show you a more proper technique. From what I see in your videos, you sit a bit high up – the wrists should be level with your arm. It’s about energy transfer; energy is most efficiently moved between right angles. This is also the reason you should play on the pads – almost tips of your fingers, and not the flat fingerprint-y part. You’ll get tired playing expending energy practicing the penultimate etude without proper technique. Also, sit up! It looks better as well.

    Mozart is a bitch. That shit is hard. Don’t let the sparseness trick you. There is no room for error in a Mozart sonata.

    When (if) you do scales, make an effort to develop a good legato, or smooth, sound. Everything interconnected – try lifting the finger and shifting the hand as late as you possibly can. Your ‘When You…Star’ recording was rather chunky in the bassline. Shift as late and as fast as you can!

    Oh, and the biggest piece of advice of all – practice slow while concentrating hard. Do it slow first. You can do anything if you play it slow enough – even that etude. Going fast too quickly will cause you to make errors when your mind can’t process the information fast enough. Think of it this way – if you never give yourself the chance to make mistakes, you never will. Go slow. You’ll hate it, but it works. If you practiced slow and you find that, sped up, you still make errors, go even slower. Yeah. So go slow.

    I wish you the best of luck!

  10. sessoms Says:

    What happened! I was excited when I saw the title of your blog. Life gets in the way sometimes, but don’t stop playing!

  11. meryll Says:

    can i hyave hte notes of cavaitna pwease?????????????

    ๐Ÿ˜ฅ ๐Ÿ˜€ pweaty pwease

    • revolutionaryetudein2years Says:

      I’m not sure where I put the file, it’s been a long time. But I know I found the sheet music online. It shouldn’t be too hard if you just google for “cavatina sheet music” etc.

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