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September Piano Bar #1507163
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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.







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Re: September Piano Bar [Re: BillM] #1507165
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I love the picolo sounds laugh Music Man is one of my favorite musicals ever. This was really fun.

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Re: September Piano Bar [Re: BillM] #1507173
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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:

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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.




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Re: September Piano Bar [Re: BenPiano] #1507256
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I sometimes feel that Bartok has been under-represented; his folksong influenced pieces are so fun to play and to listen to. Thanks for sharing, Ben!

Also, I like the images you chose. Great video!

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Any of you musicologist types who know a bartok expert and can get the origin of the folk song?


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Re: September Piano Bar [Re: BillM] #1507269
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First of all, I absolutely refuse to believe it's September already. I guess I'll have to try to record my Tansman piece which is pretty close.

Bill - not a song I know but I was almost singing along by the end. Very nice.

BenPiano - loved it. I kept forgetting I wasn't watching a movie and got surprised when your piano returned. The images were great!


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BILL - Oh, yeah! This was great! It's one of those really great songs I find myself singing every now and then. Loved it!

BEN - Very touching piece. I too, really like the video you put with it.


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Re: September Piano Bar [Re: BenPiano] #1507384
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BenPiano - I really enjoyed both your selection and the video. Your playing is very impressive for the length of time you have been playing. Well done!


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Re: September Piano Bar [Re: BillM] #1507410
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Ben, nice piece. The vid was very moving.

My favorite musical Bill! That was fun listening.


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Re: September Piano Bar [Re: BillM] #1507431
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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.


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Re: September Piano Bar [Re: BillM] #1507433
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Thanks Ed - that was great! And if you used Audacity you could have sped it up to 300 very easily wink


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Re: September Piano Bar [Re: BillM] #1507509
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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. smile 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! smile


Bill -
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. ha


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Re: September Piano Bar [Re: BillM] #1507510
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BenPiano - what a great project! You did a superb job of matching the imagery with the piano playing. Very, very well done.

Ed - Yes! What a classic piece. I loved having it playing while I surfed the net smile

Cathy


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Re: September Piano Bar [Re: BillM] #1507698
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Hi everybody,
this month I've only two little pieces for you.

William Gillock - Phantom Rider


and Leopold Kozeluh - Andante



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Re: September Piano Bar [Re: BillM] #1507709
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David - it's always fun to see what little friend you've got on your piano this time laugh

I love the ease with which you played the Gillock piece. Very nice.

Cathy


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Really nice Ed. I liked the soft staccato chords in the left hand particularly. The melody seemed to ride above these just right.


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Re: September Piano Bar [Re: JimF] #1508046
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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!


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Re: September Piano Bar [Re: Riddler] #1508093
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Ed - Very cool. I played this several times through headphones while catching up on PW posts. You sound downright professional.


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Re: September Piano Bar [Re: David Ruzicka] #1508098
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David - Both pieces were beautifully performed. Short but very sweet.


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Re: September Piano Bar [Re: BillM] #1508204
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Just wanted to chime in with the latest Yiruma piece I've learned! smile

Yiruma - I....

Re: September Piano Bar [Re: BillM] #1508327
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Bill I Love the Music Man! Great Job.
BenPiano- I've never heard this song before but I like it. Like the pictures you added with it, made a nice touch to the video:)

David-Great job on both pieces:)
z32- your piece was very relaxing to listen to so early in the morning:)


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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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Re: September Piano Bar [Re: BillM] #1508715
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Wow, that was just wonderful, Bill! thumb smile

Well, here's a little something by one of my favorite composers, Michel Legrand, from The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg:


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Augustina - What a fun piece! I think the cat enjoyed it also.


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Elssa - You always seem to find great songs with strong, memorable melodies and play them beautifully. Very nice! I noticed that unlike Augustina you had no cat in your video this time.


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Elssa That was a very pretty song I enjoyed it a lot:)


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Bill, this is much better than any big bang bong. By the way, make certain any Chinese gong you purchase has been seasoned for destination. eek


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Ben, that's a nice little piece. I enjoyed listening. You captured the mood of the piece and enhanced it with the photos in your video.


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Ed, I've always enjoyed Cherokee - it's a fun song. Your improv here is really nice. Hey, 150 is pretty darn quick. Very enjoyable!


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David, I had not heard either of these pieces before. Both are quite well done. I see your girlfriend's bird is back at home on your piano again.


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