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Since no one has yet opened the September Piano Bar I was going to start it off with a big bang bong on a Chinese gong by a big bang bonger at the rear, but instead I thought I'd submit this song from The Music Man.
Hey Bill, great opening to the Piano Bar this month!
Here's my contribution for the month, a piece based on a Hungarian Folk song by Bartok: Dance With Me.
A strange little piece, where to me at first the music didn't match the title. Here is more from the You Tube description:
I was quickly confused by the piece. It seemed sad and weary while contradicting its title. I guess I was expecting something a little more seductive and not so remorseful.
But this is based on a Hungarian folk song I'm not familiar with, so maybe there was a story behind the song that I didn't know, but I started making up my own stories to go along with the music and mysterious title. Situations where a person asked another to dance but was rejected and forever impacted, or where one was too shy to ask the question and regrets never asking, or perhaps one who wishes a last dance with someone that is no longer with them.
Bill, I'm with Cathy - always liked the musical, and especially this song. Catchy melody + a hint of pretense and trickery + humor = formula for a good song for a musical. Ya done good, really put across the spirit of the song.
Ben, excellent performance. Bartok is my favorite composer but I have never tried to play any of his stuff. Very impressive that you are able to play this so well, considering the short period of time you have been playing.
My piece this month is "Cherokee", by Ray Noble. I've always liked this song, especially the bridge, which has a chord progression that provides an interesting basis for improvising. This is one of those pieces that real jazz musicians use to "show their stuff", which they do by improvising at tempos like 300 or 350. I too am playing at max tempo - a keyboard-burning, mind-boggling, teeth-rattling tempo of 150!!!
I am playing the piano, but the drums and bass are provided by a Band In A Box software. I am playing from a lead sheet.
Thanks everyone for the nice comments on my video above! It was a lot of fun to put together and a lot of work for such a short and relatively easy piece - but it was worth it. It just caught me so off guard when I started on it that I wanted to do something different.
Originally Posted by elecmuse3
Any of you musicologist types who know a bartok expert and can get the origin of the folk song?
There was a site I found with lyrics for a lot of Bartok's stuff, but this book was not included, unfortunately. I would love to know the origin.
Ed - Thanks for posting, that was (as always) fun to listen to!
Originally Posted by b528nf7
I was going to start it off with a big bang bong on a Chinese gong by a big bang bonger at the rear, but instead I thought I'd submit this song from The Music Man.
ok, after listening a couple of more times, I finally got it.
ED - Cherokee was great fun! Really nice work in the left hand, especially. I love this tune, too.
DAVID - Well done on Phantom Rider! I love the Gillock preludes, fun to play and listen to. I'm still lovin' the ceramics on your piano, too! The Kozeluh piece sounds so familiar, but I don't recognize the composer's name. Very nice playing on this one, also!
It's not our best duet and my sister didn't want me to put it up but I am anyways:). I don't think we are going to have time to record any duets this month:( So here it is YMCA [video:youtube] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HftyoKdXW0o[/video]
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