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#2264272 - 04/19/14 07:28 PM Re: Bach - Chorales 8 + 170 [Re: Louis Podesta]  
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Originally Posted by Louis Podesta
Originally Posted by carey
And the first performer was....(from Wikipedia)

"Silvio Vittore Alberto Scionti (born 20 November 1882; d 22 May 1973) was an Italian-born American pianist and teacher. Born in Acireale, Sicily, he trained at the Royal Conservatory in Naples. He eventually settled in the United States, teaching at the American Conservatory of Music, the Chicago Musical College, and the University of North Texas College of Music from 1942 to 1953, and privately in the Dallas area. He performed as a soloist numerous times with the Chicago and Minneapolis orchestras, and frequently gave recitals. After 1935, he and his wife Isabel toured Europe, Mexico, and the United States. He also recorded a handful of piano rolls."

Scionti's students included Ivan Davis and Jack Roberts, both of whom studied with him in the late 1940s. (Louis and I studied with Roberts at UNT in the early 1970's).

Louis - It was fun to hear this !! Thanks for sharing !!


With all due respect to my dear friend Carey, Silvio Scionti was listed as a somewhat faculty member in literature associated with North Texas State University," (as it was known at that time) until the day he died (from 1953 until 1973).

They actually used to wheel him in his wheel chair through the back door of this enormous music school for a special lesson. One of those lessons was Miss America, Phyllis George, who used to list him in her bio as her major teacher.


You're bringing back lots of memories Louis !! grin You are indeed correct about Scionti's continuing "connection" to NTSU well after he stopped teaching there full time in 1953. I recall that I gave my Master's Recital at NTSU about five weeks before Scionti passed away.

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#2264696 - 04/20/14 07:48 PM Re: Bach - Chorales 8 + 170 [Re: Polyphonist]  
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Hi Polyphonist,

I just listened to your two Bach Chorales. You articulate them very well, they flow nicely, and you play them with expression too. Very nice!

David









#2265289 - 04/22/14 12:57 PM Re: Bach - Chorales 8 + 170 [Re: Polyphonist]  
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I very much enjoyed listening to these recordings (I'm less familiar with the chorales than other areas of Bach's music, but I often hear them praised) and would encourage Polyphonist to submit more!

#2265434 - 04/22/14 06:19 PM Re: Bach - Chorales 8 + 170 [Re: WellTemperedPizza]  
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Originally Posted by WellTemperedPizza
I very much enjoyed listening to these recordings (I'm less familiar with the chorales than other areas of Bach's music, but I often hear them praised) and would encourage Polyphonist to submit more!

I second the motion. Every freshman theory student is forced to listen to some TA bang through these in order to teach four part harmony.

Would it not be great if we heard more of them professionally played, again!

#2266678 - 04/24/14 11:56 PM Re: Bach - Chorales 8 + 170 [Re: Polyphonist]  
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I have some constructive criticism: they were too short. I was just settling in for some thoroughly enjoyable Bach and then it was all over.

I encourage you to post more recordings.

#2267111 - 04/25/14 07:30 PM Re: Bach - Chorales 8 + 170 [Re: TwoSnowflakes]  
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Originally Posted by TwoSnowflakes
I have some constructive criticism: they were too short. I was just settling in for some thoroughly enjoyable Bach and then it was all over.

I encourage you to post more recordings.

Thank you for asking. There were 371 Chorales, which somewhat answers your question regarding brevity.

They were not written for the Hammerklavier, and the OP should be applauded for taking the courage and insight for recording and presenting these (especially with authentic expressive stylistic devices).


#2269235 - 04/30/14 07:02 PM Re: Bach - Chorales 8 + 170 [Re: Polyphonist]  
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These were lovely. You made the voices sing so well. They made me smile =)

Donald


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#2290308 - 06/16/14 03:29 AM Re: Bach - Chorales 8 + 170 [Re: Louis Podesta]  
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Originally Posted by Louis Podesta

More importantly, if any piano major got up in a Jury and did this, they would be given a grade of "C" and disqualified as a major. In that there are 644 U.S. accredited college/university music schools by the NAMS, this is the point, people!

Hi Louis, I don't think you give piano professors enough credit. I can't imagine any of them having an issue with the playing in these two chorale recordings - of course what we are hearing is the playing of a grown man with an artistically mature style, not a 17 or 18 year old who they would feel needs to be taught and meticulously so. If a student has a liberated, self-directed style of play, then what is the function of the teacher? I had one piano professor who didn't mind, but in consequence all he could do every week was sit back and watch.

Polyphonist: your playing of these has a tremendous sense of presence and quietude, I would love to hear more of the 371 under your hands.

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