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Re: December Piano Bar
Riddler #2922094 12/11/19 08:51 PM
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Liz, a difficult piece, to be sure, but you are doing very well at it.

Thanks for sharing and for posting the link to the score. I love to read along.

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Riddler #2922138 12/12/19 03:52 AM
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AssociateX - Nocturne 6/2 (Clara Schumann) Oh, how beautiful and captivating! You are a very fine pianist and really mastering this difficult piece. I love your rendition. As per your invitation to add a comment on this work in progress, I wonder if it could be possible to play the left hand accompaniment softer than you are doing at the moment and whether you could end in pianissimo around 5:30-5:45 (though I have not had a look at the sheet music, I just felt it should end in pianissimo). I also had the impression this piece would sound even better if your piano had freshly been tuned. Please forgive me raising these "issues" because I got somewhat "spoiled" from what I can achieve with my VST and maybe I have forgotten what a real piano sounds like and where the threshold between playing softly and not getting a sound at all is on an acoustic instrument

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Originally Posted by Pianist685
AssociateX - Nocturne 6/2 (Clara Schumann) Oh, how beautiful and captivating! You are a very fine pianist and really mastering this difficult piece. I love your rendition. As per your invitation to add a comment on this work in progress, I wonder if it could be possible to play the left hand accompaniment softer than you are doing at the moment and whether you could end in pianissimo around 5:30-5:45 (though I have not had a look at the sheet music, I just felt it should end in pianissimo). I also had the impression this piece would sound even better if your piano had freshly been tuned. Please forgive me raising these "issues" because I got somewhat "spoiled" from what I can achieve with my VST and maybe I have forgotten what a real piano sounds like and where the threshold between playing softly and not getting a sound at all is on an acoustic instrument

Just a comment that I actually do believe AssociateX's piano sounds well-tuned, just the temperament is slightly different than standard as if her tuner was seeking a slightly different effect.

Great job AssociateX. A challenging work well done! 👍


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Re: December Piano Bar
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Here's my Christmas offering. Some'll have heard it before, it's a few years old, and I'm attempting to resuffect it and write it down. Finding it hard going, unfortunately. . .
Here it is . . .

https://youtu.be/o3DHtEci6Xs


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Riddler #2922195 12/12/19 09:52 AM
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Peter, that was fun smile Thank you.


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Riddler #2922336 12/12/19 06:23 PM
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Good morning, and I hope you are all looking forward to a happy holiday season!

Time to get the Piano Bar going.

My piece this month is Giant Steps. It was written by John Coltrane and is probably his best known (though not, I think, his best-loved) composition. It is notoriously difficult to improvise over, having 10 key modulations in 16 measures. The key changes are ingenious but are so unusual and disorienting that it has been called "a musical M.C. Escher painting”. Real jazz guys play it at breakneck speed, but my own neck being old and brittle, I opt to settle for a more leisurely, foot-tapping pace.

I am playing from a lead sheet, along with a backing track.

Ed

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Super stuff, Ed. Thought it was going to fly into "Sleigh bells" but loved the disharmonies that followed. Very subtle interesting stuff.


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BillM #2922338 12/12/19 06:31 PM
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Here are a couple of Christmas Songs I recorded this week. I’ve recorded these a couple of times in the last few years and find it fun and interesting now that I’ve turned 70 to see how much I’ve improved/deteriorated over time.

Merry Christmas to those who celebrate and Peace on Earth to all!






Hello Bill! Long time no see . . .or hear for that matter. Super arrangements in your own inimitable style. Christmas is almost here . . . . too soon too soon!


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Tim Adrianson #2922339 12/12/19 06:34 PM
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Time Flies -- Jimmy Webb

Resubmitting recording of "Time Flies" (see above)


Lovely! Contented song with very interesting movements. Big sound from your piano.


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Tim Adrianson #2922340 12/12/19 06:38 PM
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Not heard you play this stuff before, the sophistication is something I'd love to aim for.
Tomorrow . . . . .


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Originally Posted by Pianist685
I do not have any new recordings of Christmas songs, but I wiped the dust off my old 18th century harpsichord and re-recorded this famous piece by Bach

Bach, Air from the Orchestral Suite No. 3, BWV 1068


This is just soooo adorable; Bach must have loved the harpsichord, it's so melodious and a worthy ancestor to the piano. How nice to have a real one twanging in one's drawing room . . .!


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Originally Posted by Riddler
About the question of melody, a few thoughts.

First, whether a person hears Giant Steps as a melody or as a series of chords, may depend on the tempo. Coltrane actually played it much faster. I wonder if perhaps we experience things on different time scales, so that one person perceives a pattern as a melody, but another person does not, unless it is speeded up. I dunno.

However, there are lots of jazz guys who do not particularly like the song, and describe it as a mathematical puzzle rather than a beautiful piece of music. Then again, that has been said about a few of the great masterpieces.

And of course it's true - jazz guys don't always need a singable, memorable tune for improvising over. Great improvisers make beautiful music out of forgettable tunes that sound downright trite. I'll refrain from giving examples for fear of inciting a debate, but there are lots to choose from.

Anyway, thanks for the comments and thoughts.

Ed


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Peterws, that was so nice to listen to this time of year especially.

AssociateX, I enjoyed your playing. Nicely done,



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Like the Christmas tune, Peter. Makes me think of the movie a Christmas Carol. Perhaps I"ll watch the one with George C. Scott.

AssociateX - not familiar with that Nocturne. Sounds great! Thanks for the introduction.


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Pianist685 #2922430 12/13/19 12:54 AM
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AssociateX - Nocturne 6/2 (Clara Schumann) Oh, how beautiful and captivating! You are a very fine pianist and really mastering this difficult piece. I love your rendition. As per your invitation to add a comment on this work in progress, I wonder if it could be possible to play the left hand accompaniment softer than you are doing at the moment and whether you could end in pianissimo around 5:30-5:45 (though I have not had a look at the sheet music, I just felt it should end in pianissimo). I also had the impression this piece would sound even better if your piano had freshly been tuned. Please forgive me raising these "issues" because I got somewhat "spoiled" from what I can achieve with my VST and maybe I have forgotten what a real piano sounds like and where the threshold between playing softly and not getting a sound at all is on an acoustic instrument


Thanks everyone, and good ear on this, I will definitely try to end more pianissimo.my piano is temperamental, and although the piano is tuned, it was voiced differently by my tuner. The lower register sounds a bit harsher than I would like. Either way, I love this nocturne...It not too popular but it is listed as a bonus piece in one of the recent issues of Pianist Magazine (alas, no sheet music included, its just on the CD).


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Originally Posted by peterws
Here's my Christmas offering. Some'll have heard it before, it's a few years old, and I'm attempting to resuffect it and write it down. Finding it hard going, unfortunately. . .
Here it is . . .

https://youtu.be/o3DHtEci6Xs

Thanks so much, Peter, now I am ready for Christmas. I particularly like the concert hall atmosphere of your recording.

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Originally Posted by peterws
Here's my Christmas offering. Some'll have heard it before, it's a few years old, and I'm attempting to resuffect it and write it down. Finding it hard going, unfortunately. . .
Here it is . . .

https://youtu.be/o3DHtEci6Xs

Thanks so much, Peter, now I am ready for Christmas. I particularly like the concert hall atmosphere of your recording.


I thought it sounded like they'd plonked the piano in the school gym . . . .amongst all the other junk!

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Wonderful playing, Peter. Brings back memories of happy, lighthearted Christmases.

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Svyatki -- Sergei Lyapunov

In reviewing some of my past recordings, I came across what I consider to be a really fine set of four pieces, entitled "Svyatki", which roughly translated is "Christmas Celebrations", by the lesser-known Russian composer Sergei Lyapunov. The four pieces are as follows:

1 Rozhdestvenskaya Noch" -- Christmas Night
2 Shestviye Volkhov" -- Procession of the Magi
3 Slavil'shchiki* -- Christmas Choristers
4 Kolyada* -- Christmas Singing

The difference between 3 and 4 is that 3 is singing "in place", whereas 4 is singing door-to-door.

"Svyatki" is in fact a Russian Christmas festival that runs from early to mid-January, and is analogous to the 12 Days of Christmas in Western Christianity. Lyapunov wrote this set in 1911 -- to me, it comes off as REALLY Russian in character.

Enjoy!

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Svyatki -- Sergei Lyapunov

Hmmm -- it appears that the set of pieces didn't transfer from the site to here -- let's try it again.

Yep -- this one is OK!

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Wow, Tim, what a start into the weekend. My favourite piece of this set of 4 is #3, the only one I have played myself so far.

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