Welcome to the Piano World Piano Forums
Over 2.5 million posts about pianos, digital pianos, and all types of keyboard instruments
Join the World's Largest Community of Piano Lovers (it's free)
It's Fun to Play the Piano ... Please Pass It On!

SEARCH
Piano Forums & Piano World
What's Hot!!
Hurricane Irma & Our Piano Friends!
--------------------
Posting Pictures on the Forums
-------------------
Forums RULES & HELP
-------------------
ADVERTISE on Piano World
(ad)
Tuning a Piano
How to Tune Pianos
(125ad)
Piano Life Saver - Dampp Chaser
Dampp Chaser Piano Life Saver
(ad)
Piano Buyer Guide
Piano Buyer Spring 2017
(ad)
4th Finger Enigma Resolved!
Schumann's 4th Finger Enigma Resolved!
Who's Online Now
104 registered members (AJB, Beakybird, accordeur, anotherscott, 36251, 29 invisible), 1,659 guests, and 1 spider.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
(ad)
Estonia Pianos
Estonia Pianos
Quick Links to Useful Piano & Music Resources
Our Classified Ads
Find Piano Professionals-

*Piano Dealers - Piano Stores
*Piano Tuners
*Piano Teachers
*Piano Movers
*Piano Restorations
*Piano Manufacturers

Quick Links:
*Advertise On Piano World
*Free Piano Newsletter
*Online Piano Recitals
*Piano Recitals Index
*Piano & Music Accessories
*Live Piano Venues
*Music School Listings
* Buying a Piano
*Buying A Acoustic Piano
*Buying a Digital Piano
*Pianos for Sale
*Sell Your Piano
*How Old is My Piano?
*Directory/Site Map
*Virtual Piano
*Music Word Search
*Piano Videos
*Virtual Piano Chords & Scales
Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
#2057849 - 04/01/13 03:21 PM How are you spending Easter Monday?  
Joined: Oct 2010
Posts: 9,529
bennevis Online content
9000 Post Club Member
bennevis  Online Content
9000 Post Club Member

Joined: Oct 2010
Posts: 9,529
How about in the company of that most pious of great composers, JSB? grin

I thought I'd prepare for the 'Bach Marathon Live' (sic) this afternoon - a live broadcast via BBC Radio 3 from the Royal Albert Hall - by playing several of the variations of the Goldberg (i.e. all the ones which I've learnt, which is roughly a third) this morning, to get myself into the Bachian frame of mind. To make sure my musical mind was unsullied by anyone else, I didn't play any other composer, not even my beloved Rachmaninov and Chopin..... wink

Then John Eliot Gardiner took over proceedings, talking about and introducing a motet (Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, BWV 225), then Alban Gerhardt introduced and played the Cello Suite No.6; then the highlight, of course, the Goldberg Variations BWV 988, played on a Steinway D by Joanna MacGregor. When she arrived at the reprise of the Aria at the end, she kept the pedal down, the Aria re-emerging ppp (some 65 minutes later) after the bluster of the Quodlibet, as if slowly surfacing from the depths, in the pedal wash. (Glenn Gould would have a fit at this..... grin). An imaginative idea, and why not? I've not heard any other pianist doing this (though I've heard MacGregor do the same in a previous performance from the Wigmore Hall a few years ago, but I think it works better in the vast spaces of the RAH).

Then the Cantata for Easter Day: Christ lag in Todes Banden, BWV 4, where JEG coached the audience beforehand so that they could join in the chorales. Just the way it would have been done in Bach's day. The audience sang lustily too....

Next, Viktoria Mullova played the solo violin Partita No.2 in D minor, BWV1004, a HIP with no lingering at all in the great Chaconne, which she ended quietly.

Then some lovely organ music, including the 'St Anne' Prelude & Fugue, with John Butt getting the most out of the RAH's mighty organ (which everyone associates with Land of Hope and Glory from its use at the Last Night of the Proms every summer).

In between, there were discussions about Bach and his music, as well as JEG introducing historic recordings by Pablo Casals and Thurston Dart (on clavichord) and Benjamin Britten. Quite a contrast between Casals's romanticism and today's HIP....

At present, the great B minor Mass is under way......and I'm in Bach heaven grin.


"I don't play accurately - anyone can play accurately - but I play with wonderful expression. As far as the piano is concerned, sentiment is my forte. I keep science for Life."
(ad)
Piano & Music Accessories
piano accessories music gifts tuning and moving equipment
#2057853 - 04/01/13 03:24 PM Re: How are you spending Easter Monday? [Re: bennevis]  
Joined: Oct 2010
Posts: 9,529
bennevis Online content
9000 Post Club Member
bennevis  Online Content
9000 Post Club Member

Joined: Oct 2010
Posts: 9,529
Forgot to add - you can hear what I'm hearing via www.bbc.co.uk/radio3 right now.


"I don't play accurately - anyone can play accurately - but I play with wonderful expression. As far as the piano is concerned, sentiment is my forte. I keep science for Life."
#2057924 - 04/01/13 05:14 PM Re: How are you spending Easter Monday? [Re: bennevis]  
Joined: Aug 2009
Posts: 6,451
ChopinAddict Offline
6000 Post Club Member
ChopinAddict  Offline
6000 Post Club Member

Joined: Aug 2009
Posts: 6,451
Land of the never-ending music
I am not religious, but I had the need to play Bach both on Sunday and Monday. It was like an inner voice telling me to play Bach. smile



[Linked Image]

Music is my best friend.


#2057979 - 04/01/13 06:25 PM Re: How are you spending Easter Monday? [Re: bennevis]  
Joined: May 2010
Posts: 2,194
Kuanpiano Offline
2000 Post Club Member
Kuanpiano  Offline
2000 Post Club Member

Joined: May 2010
Posts: 2,194
Canada
In class finding the bending moment diagram for a prestressed concrete bridge...hahaa.


Working on:
Chopin - Nocturne op. 48 no.1
Debussy - Images Book II

(ad ) MusicNotes.com
sheet music search
#2057985 - 04/01/13 06:30 PM Re: How are you spending Easter Monday? [Re: bennevis]  
Joined: May 2007
Posts: 6,171
currawong Offline
6000 Post Club Member
currawong  Offline
6000 Post Club Member

Joined: May 2007
Posts: 6,171
Down Under
Tuesday already here, but I spent yesterday recovering from a rather stressful concert on Sunday (one of those ones where you think the choir is going to fall apart but they somehow pull it together) - did a little practice, went out for a walk and a coffee, had one student come for a lesson. Gorgeous autumn weather here - mild and sunny.
(and yes, bennevis, the choir sang Bach)


Du holde Kunst...
#2057990 - 04/01/13 06:43 PM Re: How are you spending Easter Monday? [Re: currawong]  
Joined: Oct 2010
Posts: 9,529
bennevis Online content
9000 Post Club Member
bennevis  Online Content
9000 Post Club Member

Joined: Oct 2010
Posts: 9,529
Originally Posted by currawong

(and yes, bennevis, the choir sang Bach)


A short motet - or the mighty Matthäus-Passion? wink


"I don't play accurately - anyone can play accurately - but I play with wonderful expression. As far as the piano is concerned, sentiment is my forte. I keep science for Life."
#2058009 - 04/01/13 07:37 PM Re: How are you spending Easter Monday? [Re: bennevis]  
Joined: Aug 2008
Posts: 409
riley80 Offline
Full Member
riley80  Offline
Full Member

Joined: Aug 2008
Posts: 409
Florida
Filed away my music from yesterday. Made a note to self for next Easter about the little organ I am asked to play ev. Easter at an outdoor service. Ya hafta push the reset button on the elec. outlet and I never remember it.

The choir sang pretty well and I made it thru those triads.

#2058014 - 04/01/13 08:06 PM Re: How are you spending Easter Monday? [Re: bennevis]  
Joined: May 2007
Posts: 6,171
currawong Offline
6000 Post Club Member
currawong  Offline
6000 Post Club Member

Joined: May 2007
Posts: 6,171
Down Under
Originally Posted by bennevis
Originally Posted by currawong

(and yes, bennevis, the choir sang Bach)

A short motet - or the mighty Matthäus-Passion? wink
Christ lag in Todes Banden, actually.

Your mention of the audience singing the chorales reminds me of when I used to go to a terrific performance of the St Matthew passion in Sydney on Good Friday and the audience brought scores and sang all the chorales. It was great!


Du holde Kunst...
#2058021 - 04/01/13 08:26 PM Re: How are you spending Easter Monday? [Re: currawong]  
Joined: Oct 2010
Posts: 9,529
bennevis Online content
9000 Post Club Member
bennevis  Online Content
9000 Post Club Member

Joined: Oct 2010
Posts: 9,529
Originally Posted by currawong


Your mention of the audience singing the chorales reminds me of when I used to go to a terrific performance of the St Matthew passion in Sydney on Good Friday and the audience brought scores and sang all the chorales. It was great!


What a pity audience participation in such singing is a dying art.

Some years ago, I had a memorable experience where I attended a concert as part of a singing festival at London's South Bank. As the audience walked in, ushers handed everyone a brand new score. We discovered we were expected to be active participants in a new choral piece by Bob Chilcott, and Sir David Willcocks (no less) would be teaching us the piece for an hour prior to the performance later that day, which the BBC would be recording for broadcast.

Just the experience of learning from a great choral conductor, and the way he effortlessly marshalled the huge and disparate forces (not all of whom could read music) was amazing.


"I don't play accurately - anyone can play accurately - but I play with wonderful expression. As far as the piano is concerned, sentiment is my forte. I keep science for Life."
#2058024 - 04/01/13 08:32 PM Re: How are you spending Easter Monday? [Re: bennevis]  
Joined: Sep 2006
Posts: 6,624
Damon Offline
6000 Post Club Member
Damon  Offline
6000 Post Club Member

Joined: Sep 2006
Posts: 6,624
Lisztening.

#2058162 - 04/02/13 06:08 AM Re: How are you spending Easter Monday? [Re: bennevis]  
Joined: Oct 2010
Posts: 1,275
LarryShone Offline
1000 Post Club Member
LarryShone  Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Joined: Oct 2010
Posts: 1,275
England
What, its Easter? Ah that's why there's so much chocolate in our cupboard wink


If the piano is the King of instruments then I am its loyal servant.
[Linked Image]

My Piano Group
#2058482 - 04/02/13 11:39 PM Re: How are you spending Easter Monday? [Re: bennevis]  
Joined: Dec 2010
Posts: 345
RickG1 Offline
Full Member
RickG1  Offline
Full Member

Joined: Dec 2010
Posts: 345
TX
After playing Holy Week and 3 services on Sunday, I did as little as possible on Monday. Finally, this evening, I sat down and finally practiced some for up coming performances.


Mason-Hamlin "A" and Schlicker 2 manual and pedal pipe organ
#2058619 - 04/03/13 09:43 AM Re: How are you spending Easter Monday? [Re: bennevis]  
Joined: Dec 2008
Posts: 4,708
Pogorelich. Offline
4000 Post Club Member
Pogorelich.  Offline
4000 Post Club Member

Joined: Dec 2008
Posts: 4,708
not somewhere over the rainbow
It was just a normal monday here - played for a bunch of singers in the morning, then played in piano duos class, went for lunch with a friend, got into a huge fight with my teacher, and practiced (somewhat). Had coffee with another friend, and practiced some more (badly, because I was still fuming).



"The eyes can mislead, the smile can lie, but the shoes always tell the truth."
#2058684 - 04/03/13 12:23 PM Re: How are you spending Easter Monday? [Re: bennevis]  
Joined: Dec 2007
Posts: 14,828
keystring Offline
Yikes! 10000 Post Club Member
keystring  Offline
Yikes! 10000 Post Club Member

Joined: Dec 2007
Posts: 14,828
Canada
The most memorable part of my Easter Monday was going out to buy some milk, having a cold wind whip up out of nowhere hurling these tiny snowflakes that were so dense that they seemed like flying fog, then coming home and staring out the window at a clear blue sky. Other than that - work.

#2058696 - 04/03/13 12:44 PM Re: How are you spending Easter Monday? [Re: bennevis]  
Joined: Feb 2010
Posts: 2,630
jeffreyjones Offline
2000 Post Club Member
jeffreyjones  Offline
2000 Post Club Member

Joined: Feb 2010
Posts: 2,630
San Jose, CA
I watched the Secret movie, the one about the Taiwanese piano students. Very interesting and creative movie which is let down a little by a dull male lead, who was much more interesting at the piano (and behind the camera, as he directed the movie) than when he was trying to act.

#2058722 - 04/03/13 01:25 PM Re: How are you spending Easter Monday? [Re: jeffreyjones]  
Joined: Oct 2010
Posts: 9,529
bennevis Online content
9000 Post Club Member
bennevis  Online Content
9000 Post Club Member

Joined: Oct 2010
Posts: 9,529
Originally Posted by jeffreyjones
I watched the Secret movie, the one about the Taiwanese piano students. Very interesting and creative movie which is let down a little by a dull male lead, who was much more interesting at the piano (and behind the camera, as he directed the movie) than when he was trying to act.


I wonder if anyone here has ever seen the German series Heimat, about some families going through the period before and after the Second World War (between 1919 and 2000), and onwards through generations. It's mostly in black and white, and the acting is very naturalistic, nothing is faked (including the occasional nudity: it's German, after all grin) - I still remember a scene where one young guy, who had been lounging amongst his artistic peers, got up, went to the grand piano and played Ravel's Ondine remarkably well (as one does...) while the others continued chatting while listening......(one imagines it being almost like a Schubertiade in Schubert's time).

Would any English-speaking country have incorporated classical music and the piano so naturally into the fabric of a long TV series, without it being the point of the story?


"I don't play accurately - anyone can play accurately - but I play with wonderful expression. As far as the piano is concerned, sentiment is my forte. I keep science for Life."
#2058729 - 04/03/13 01:33 PM Re: How are you spending Easter Monday? [Re: bennevis]  
Joined: Feb 2010
Posts: 2,630
jeffreyjones Offline
2000 Post Club Member
jeffreyjones  Offline
2000 Post Club Member

Joined: Feb 2010
Posts: 2,630
San Jose, CA
Originally Posted by bennevis
Originally Posted by jeffreyjones
I watched the Secret movie, the one about the Taiwanese piano students. Very interesting and creative movie which is let down a little by a dull male lead, who was much more interesting at the piano (and behind the camera, as he directed the movie) than when he was trying to act.


I wonder if anyone here has ever seen the German series Heimat, about some families going through the period before and after the Second World War (between 1919 and 2000), and onwards through generations. It's mostly in black and white, and the acting is very naturalistic, nothing is faked (including the occasional nudity: it's German, after all grin) - I still remember a scene where one young guy, who had been lounging amongst his artistic peers, got up, went to the grand piano and played Ravel's Ondine remarkably well (as one does...) while the others continued chatting while listening......(one imagines it being almost like a Schubertiade in Schubert's time).

Would any English-speaking country have incorporated classical music and the piano so naturally into the fabric of a long TV series, without it being the point of the story?


Cybill did, but that's mainly because Alicia Witt is a terrific pianist.

#2058818 - 04/03/13 04:57 PM Re: How are you spending Easter Monday? [Re: bennevis]  
Joined: Sep 2011
Posts: 589
Thrill Science Offline
500 Post Club Member
Thrill Science  Offline
500 Post Club Member

Joined: Sep 2011
Posts: 589
California
You mean the last day of Passover (this year, anyway)? Work is prohibited! I resumed my daily practicing on Tuesday evening.


Robert Swirsky
Thrill Science, Inc.
#2058834 - 04/03/13 05:21 PM Re: How are you spending Easter Monday? [Re: Thrill Science]  
Joined: Oct 2010
Posts: 9,529
bennevis Online content
9000 Post Club Member
bennevis  Online Content
9000 Post Club Member

Joined: Oct 2010
Posts: 9,529
Originally Posted by Thrill Science
You mean the last day of Passover (this year, anyway)? Work is prohibited! I resumed my daily practicing on Tuesday evening.


Being an atheist, the significance of religious days - whatever the religion - pass over me wink .

I just enjoy the music, which is why I love Easter and Christmas. Including the Russian Orthodox Christmas. I'm just glad that so many composers were inspired to write so much wonderful music because of their faith, without which the world of music would be so much poorer....


"I don't play accurately - anyone can play accurately - but I play with wonderful expression. As far as the piano is concerned, sentiment is my forte. I keep science for Life."
#2059024 - 04/04/13 03:48 AM Re: How are you spending Easter Monday? [Re: bennevis]  
Joined: Mar 2010
Posts: 143
aidans Offline
Full Member
aidans  Offline
Full Member

Joined: Mar 2010
Posts: 143
I spent Monday frantically learning the piano part for the Brahms FAE Scherzo to accompany a friend. It's really fun! Learning frantically is less fun, but the performance was worth it.


Moderated by  Brendan, Kreisler 

Piano Acc. & Gift Items in
Piano World's Online Store
In PianoSupplies.com ,(a division of Piano World)
our online store for piano and music gifts and accessories, Digital Piano Dolly, party goods, tuning equipment, piano moving equipment, benches, lamps Caster Cups and more.


Free Shipping* on Jansen Artist Piano Benches, Cocoweb Piano Lamps, Hidrau Hydraulic Piano Benches
(*free shipping within contiguous U.S. only)
(ad)
Pearl River
Pearl River Pianos
(ad)
Pianoteq
PianoTeq 6 Out now
(ad)
Lindeblad Piano
Lindeblad Piano Restorations and sales
ad
Pierce Piano Atlas


New Topics - Multiple Forums
What makes me play too loudly?
by Beemer. 09/25/17 08:21 AM
Clavinova CVP 701 vs Celviano AP 650
by VMK. 09/25/17 04:22 AM
VST/External audio interface technical issues
by genuse. 09/24/17 10:22 PM
How can I learn "Never Surrender" by Lionel Yu?
by Piano Master 757. 09/24/17 09:45 PM
removing key cover on Mason Hamlin model 50
by jbclem. 09/24/17 08:10 PM
Forum Statistics
Forums44
Topics182,015
Posts2,659,996
Members88,888
Most Online15,252
Mar 21st, 2010
(ad)
Accu-Tuner
Sanderson Accu-Tuner
Check It Out!
There's a lot more to Piano World than just the forums.
Click Here to
Explore The Rest of Piano World!!
Visit our online store for gifts for music lovers


 
Help keep the forums up and running with a donation, any amount is appreciated!
Or by becoming a Subscribing member! Thank-you.
Donate   Subscribe
 
Our Piano Related Classified Ads
| Dealers | Tuners | Lessons | Movers | Restorations | Pianos For Sale | Sell Your Piano |

Advertise on Piano World
| Subscribe | Piano World | PianoSupplies.com | Advertise on Piano World |
| |Contact | Privacy | Legal | About Us | Site Map | Free Newsletter |


copyright 1997 - 2017 Piano World ® all rights reserved
No part of this site may be reproduced without prior written permission
Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.6.0