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Re: Traditional New Year's Resolution Thread
Pogorelich. #2492450 12/20/15 09:08 PM
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Record the op 10 etudes and share it with pianoworld!


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Re: Traditional New Year's Resolution Thread
Tim Adrianson #2492455 12/20/15 09:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Tim Adrianson
Hmmmmmm... good question! My plans for next year are to visit some of the 1940's - '50's American piano literature that I haven't yet worked on seriously -- such as Harold Shapero's Variations in C minor, Roger Sessions Sonata #2, Norman Dello Joio's Sonata #2, Vincent Persichetti's Sonatas, and Elliott Carter's Sonata, along with a few other miscellaneous compositions. In that context, I can also re-visit the Dello Joio Sonata #3, and the Barber Sonata. Any other major compositions from that era that I should consider? IMO, it was certainly a "golden age" for American piano composition.


Arggh, Tim! You keep saying "Norman Dello Joio," and I haven't finished "Willow Creek," yet! (Recording must wait for cicadas next summer for my vision to be fully realized.) I really want to visit Dello Joio! Every time you say "Norman Dello Joio," a little bell rings in my ear. (Alas, Kapustin is also on my list!)


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Re: Traditional New Year's Resolution Thread
Pogorelich. #2492469 12/20/15 10:52 PM
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My resolution for 2016 is to have 16 memorized pieces that I can play anytime, anywhere, any place without crashing and burning.


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Re: Traditional New Year's Resolution Thread
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Originally Posted by Tim Adrianson
Hmmmmmm... good question! My plans for next year are to visit some of the 1940's - '50's American piano literature that I haven't yet worked on seriously -- such as Harold Shapero's Variations in C minor, Roger Sessions Sonata #2, Norman Dello Joio's Sonata #2, Vincent Persichetti's Sonatas, and Elliott Carter's Sonata, along with a few other miscellaneous compositions. In that context, I can also re-visit the Dello Joio Sonata #3, and the Barber Sonata. Any other major compositions from that era that I should consider? IMO, it was certainly a "golden age" for American piano composition.


Not all are necessarily "major" compositions, but I would suggest the three short Amateur Sonatas by Shapero, Bernstein's Four Anniversaries and Irving Fine's wonderful Music for Piano.

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Re: Traditional New Year's Resolution Thread
Pogorelich. #2492500 12/21/15 03:23 AM
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My resolutions:

1. Take at least one non-music day each month and actually do something instead of staying rooted to my screen all day.

2. Don't let anyone think or ask me if I'm still a student. How? Put more practice into my accompaniments, and create more hours in a day.

My wish list:
1. Find another advanced musician to work with to help me become a better and more professional collaborative pianist. The one time this past year that I worked with a professional flautist (As opposed to a student) I felt very amateurish.

2. Learn a Chopin Etude without hurting myself.



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DameMyra #2492554 12/21/15 10:45 AM
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Hi, DameMyra! Yes, very good choices indeed -- but I've already worked on the Bernstein early Anniversaries and Fine Music for Piano extensively, and can't "justify" just re-visiting as part of a resolution (In fact, I got a chance to perform the Fine in both the Boston and Colorado Spring Amateur competitions 10 years or so ago -- just a wonderful suite of pieces; American Neo-Classicism at its best.). I, too, am a great fan of the Shapero Sonatas, but have not been able to determine who publishes them -- if you know, I would be most appreciative!

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Hi, CinnamonBear! I may have mentioned this before, but you might be especially interested in two Dello Joio compositions: his early Suite for Piano (1940), and his very charming and witty Salute to Scarlatti (1982) -- a set of four pieces that evokes various "Scarlatti-isms" in contemporary musical language. Both of those are published by Schirmer, and are easily obtainable. I consider both sets Early Advanced in technical level, and so you should expect to have to put significant time against either to get them up to speed. Another possibility is Diversions (1975 or so), a set of pieces more of Intermediate difficulty, published by Carl Fischer (I don't know why this is, but Dello Joio's music is not available under one publisher -- it's sort of like Poulenc, whose piano music is "distributed" among several publishers.). Just a few suggestions for your consideration!

Oh, and a Blessed Christmas to you and your family! No, I won't be providing a Christmas medley this year; my daughter's getting married in January, and things are just too busy as a consequence.

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Originally Posted by Cinnamonbear
Well, o.k... I'll play nice. (No resolution pun intended, but you can have that one for free if you want it...)

My new year's resolution is to look at the key signature of every piece I play, and take the time to name it, BEFORE I start to play. eek

--Andy


In a similar vein, I resolve to look at both clefs before playing a piece and make sure the bottom staff is a bass clef.


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Well, o.k... I'll play nice. (No resolution pun intended, but you can have that one for free if you want it...)

My new year's resolution is to look at the key signature of every piece I play, and take the time to name it, BEFORE I start to play. eek

--Andy


In a similar vein, I resolve to look at both clefs before playing a piece and make sure the bottom staff is a bass clef.


I may even try to start looking at these things *before* the new year!


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Re: Traditional New Year's Resolution Thread
Tim Adrianson #2492719 12/21/15 07:49 PM
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Originally Posted by Tim Adrianson
I, too, am a great fan of the Shapero Sonatas, but have not been able to determine who publishes them -- if you know, I would be most appreciative!


They were published by Schirmer in 1949 and I believe are out of print. I do have some additional information if you would like to PM me.


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Seriously, I'm going to start playing octave scales.


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Pogorelich. #2493474 12/24/15 12:25 PM
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My "musical" resolution would be to go to Berlin and find and marry the virtuoso-supermodel pianist Alice Sara Ott. laugh laugh

But since we're no longer living in the medieval times and things don't work that way anymore(a shame) -

A realistic resolution would be to have a repertoire of 10 pieces, or around an hour's worth of music ready and memorized at all times, to play on short notice whenever needed.

I've already had one too many missed chances at quite a few extra bucks due to this...

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Mine:

To play faster than Yuja Wang,
More sensitively than Theodor Leschetizky,
More intelligently than Artur Schnabel,
More powerfully than Georges Cziffra,
and more perfectly than Josef Lhevinne.

Are you not aware that New Year's resolutions are supposed to be challenging?


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