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Re: Ludovico Einaudi [Re: Waltz] #1419208 04/17/10 10:28 PM
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I decide which piece to tackle next really just based on two factors: (a) Do I like how it sounds? and (b) is it something within my grasp? The last factor probably could be broken down into two sub-questions, (b1) how much of a stretch would it be technically for me, and (b2) if it's a big stretch, how hard do I want to work on a piece right now?

But I'm not nearly disciplined enough to pick something deliberately because, say, I want to brush up on my 3-against-2's or anything like that. wink Though I certainly see the benefits in taking such an approach.

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Re: Ludovico Einaudi [Re: Monica K.] #1419231 04/17/10 11:11 PM
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I stuck a couple of Einaudi albums on the ipod for my 10k run this morning. Una Mattina and I Giorni. I really like the former and the title track sounds like it may be within my grasp...but it's probably more complicated than it looks!


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Re: Ludovico Einaudi [Re: 20thCenturyBoy] #1419492 04/18/10 01:31 PM
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Thanks Monica. Actually, that sounds more how I have approached classical as well; sometimes there is a specific technique, yet often it is just something around my level but perhaps slightly more challenging.


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Where would you all recommend beginning with Einaudi's music?


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Re: Ludovico Einaudi [Re: Waltz] #1419668 04/18/10 08:29 PM
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Depends on how far along you are, Waltz. Limbo is the easiest Einaudi piece, but I like I due fiumi as a not too challenging but incredibly pretty piece.

20thCenturyBoy, Una Mattina looks easier than it really is, as it's got some sneaky rhythmic challenges. I Giorni is not too bad at all, but it's long. There are also some big chords toward the end that I can't reach and had to re-arrange instead.

Re: Ludovico Einaudi [Re: mr_super-hunky] #1419694 04/18/10 09:12 PM
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Although I haven't been here for awhile...I think this is a great idea! thumb

I'm currently working on pieces from Einaudi's "Nightbook". What is frustrating is I can't get my hands on Einaudi's Nightbook CD through Amazon, so I resort to whatever is on youtube to hear what the pieces sound like.

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It's great to hear from you again, Kawaigirl!! Any chance you'll be submitting something for the next recital (coming up May 15). Have you tackled "Reverie" yet? It's a bit harder than I feel up to tackling now, but I bet you would have little problem, and it's one of my favorite pieces on the album.

I bought my Nightbook CD as an import through the UK amazon.com, because I was too impatient to wait for the US release. It's also now on iTunes, if either of those places is easier for you to order from.

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You guys got me curious about Einaudi so I just went to Youtube and found "Primavera".

Unfortunately, right after it started playing I had to leave the room and when I returned it had finished!

Fortunately, I didn't miss anything.



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Re: Ludovico Einaudi [Re: Monica K.] #1420250 04/19/10 07:52 PM
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Txs Monica. My last resort is to go through amazon.uk as I like the actual CD and not a download via itunes. Okay...call me old fashion laugh I was hoping that I get something learned in time for the next recital from Einaudi's Nightbook album. I find that the Nightbook pieces is much harder than his previous song books frown

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I just wish his books would be spiral bound...

Re: Ludovico Einaudi [Re: Furtwangler] #1420389 04/20/10 12:45 AM
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Originally Posted by Furtwangler

Fortunately, I didn't miss anything.


Ooh harsh! Not a fan I take it?!





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Re: Ludovico Einaudi [Re: Mark...] #1420391 04/20/10 12:47 AM
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I bought the Feb/March issue of Pianist magazine just because it had an intermediate-level Einaudi piece in it. (The Snow Prelude no. 2 from Nightbook) Thank goodness there was also a CD. This is going to be a challenge to learn. My first piece of new age music.

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Re: Ludovico Einaudi [Re: 20thCenturyBoy] #1422213 04/22/10 06:23 PM
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Originally Posted by 20thCenturyBoy
Originally Posted by Furtwangler

Fortunately, I didn't miss anything.


Ooh harsh! Not a fan I take it?!





You could say that.

I tell you what - if you like "New Age" music here is a tip:

Listen to some pieces by Greg Maroney. As a composer he runs circles 'round certain others that we won't name. But one of them hails from Montana originally. thumb



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Re: Ludovico Einaudi [Re: Furtwangler] #1422291 04/22/10 08:29 PM
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Greg Maroney is very good indeed, Furtwangler. Kawaigirl has done some lovely recital pieces of his. But I still like Einaudi better. wink

Re: Ludovico Einaudi [Re: Monica K.] #1422399 04/23/10 12:27 AM
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I'll give Maroney a shot.

I have to admit, a while back I bought a "New Age" piano CD off Amazon called Piano Dreamers or somesuch.
It was awful. Reminded me of the worst sort of plinky plonky muzak. I don't get that feeling with Einaudi. Well, mostly anyway.


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Re: Ludovico Einaudi [Re: 20thCenturyBoy] #1430342 05/05/10 08:11 PM
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I enjoy both of these composers very much smile

Monica....I finally got the Nightbook CD from amazon.uk! I love the CD very much smile

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Here's my latest contribution to the Einaudi thread:



I recorded it a while back but thought I might get around to doing a better take. Didn't happen. wink

I like Anthony's version better. I had a hard time making the middle chord section flow like syrup, for want of a better phrase. Mine's also much slower than the original. I didn't realize HOW much slower until I compared my video length to other youtube clips. Oops. whome

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still excellent no matter what you say thumb OK hoping today I can get a good take for Recital piece (one of two Einaudi choices) smile
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That's beautiful Monica smile thumb

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I knew you were working on that one for a little while Monica. Glad to get to hear it finally. I did notice it was a bit slow but then again I'm quite familiar with the piece so I could tell pretty quickly that you'd run longer than the album length.

As for me, I'm working on another short piece from Nightbook. I'll likely wind up posting a video whenever I get done with it even if I do wind up using it for a future recital. I simply cannot keep things until a recital because then I just sit around and not work hard enough on new stuff.

TTigg, I can't wait to hear whatever piece it will be for your recital entry. smile


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