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Thread with "bluebird" from alexis ffrench on Kawai dp
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Recently someone posted a recording of this song "bluebird", i believe played on the internal sound of a kawai dp, but I forgot which thread it was. Does someone know?

I never heard of this composer before, but I instantly liked this song so much i started practicing it as well, I think it has a bit of a Yann Tiersen sound to it.

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If you scroll down on this page you will see the link http://forum.pianoworld.com/ubbthreads.php/topics/2979233/2.html

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Thanks!

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The actual piano world username is Amy H.

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It's a beautiful piece, and Amy did an awesome job! I'm a new fan of his and a longtime fan of Yann Tiersen. Now if I could only manage the thirds consistently in the middle section I'd have it nailed...


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Originally Posted by JB_PW
It's a beautiful piece, and Amy did an awesome job! I'm a new fan of his and a longtime fan of Yann Tiersen. Now if I could only manage the thirds consistently in the middle section I'd have it nailed...

Yes, that's where I'm struggling at the moment as well, but I think with some practice it's quite doable.

Songs like this are my taste in piano music, there's so much emotion to put in, and I think i'm in luck with my taste, because these pieces are not the most demanding pieces in existence. smile I know i'm a minority here when it comes to this, but I really like pieces like this, and Einaudi/Tiersen etc. better than most of the true classical repertoire, which is much harder to play as well.

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I really enjoy listening to and playing stuff like Yann, Yiruma, Yanni (shhhh....lol), David Lanz, Dustin O'Halloran...etc. It helps that a lot of it is less technically demanding, so it's like instant gratification. Have you checked out Catherine Rollin? You might like her stuff too...I especially like these 2 books:

https://www.amazon.com/Lyric-Moments-Collection-Expressive-Intermediate-ebook/dp/B00WY64N7Y/ref=sr_1_1?crid=32Y9BNZSEWVOF&dchild=1&keywords=catherine+rollin+lyric+moments&qid=1589980588&sprefix=catherine+rollin%2Caps%2C224&sr=8-1

https://www.amazon.com/Preludes-Piano-Complete-Collection-Intermediate/dp/1470623072/ref=sr_1_1?crid=20H9CROA0247U&dchild=1&keywords=catherine+rollin+preludes&qid=1589980617&sprefix=catherine+rollin+preul%2Caps%2C229&sr=8-1

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I'm enjoying the classics more the more I play them. That may happen to you eventually, or it may not...and that's OK! We're all entitled to play what moves us, even if it doesn't match popular opinion. The important thing is that we keep playing and (hopefully) improving.

I've been working on Bach Inventions for almost 2 years. At first it was like just a dose of medicine that I knew I needed to take. But over time I've really grown to appreciate them and even enjoy playing them (slowly and still with too many mistakes, wahh!). Mozart and Beethoven...well, I'm not there yet with those guys. smile But I am loving sonatinas by Clementi and Kuhlau. Baby steps!


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JB_PW Thanks for all these suggestions! I will look into all of those. I'm not Yiruma's biggest fan tough, but i must admit i haven't heard too much of him yet.

I do like the classics as well, eventually I will get into trying that as well, but i'm mostly attracted to those emotional pieces like bluebird, which are just magical to me.

A good example of my taste is Beethovens Fur Elise. I love the slow romantical sounding parts, you know the part that everybody recognizes easily, but I just hate the faster middle part which to me, (and i'm sorry) sounds like the drugs he took before composing kicked in.

To me some of these pieces seem to be about perfomance, like the more technically advanced it is, the better, while not particularly beautiful. I prefer beautiful. smile

Admittedly, I think I haven't heard half of the classics yet, and some pieces are stunningly beautyfull. So far Chopin and Debussy are my favourite of the known classic composers.

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I also had to buy the sheet music for this. Thanks indeed to Amy H for introducing this composer and piece!

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Originally Posted by navindra
I also had to buy the sheet music for this. Thanks indeed to Amy H for introducing this composer and piece!

I heard someone perform it at a piano club, and the moment I got home I had to buy it!

U3 - I think we are on the same wavelength. Chopin was my first real composer love when I started taking lessons again. Maybe check out Mendelssohn's Songs Without Words at some point...lovely. This book was a good intro for me, although you can find all of these for free on IMSLP:

https://www.amazon.com/Mendelssohn-without-Selected-Favorites-Masterwork/dp/0739003658/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Mendelssohn+--+Songs+without+Words+%28Selected+Favorites%29+%28Alfred+Masterwork+Edition&qid=1590065413&sr=8-1

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Will keep that in mind, thanks again!

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Originally Posted by navindra
I also had to buy the sheet music for this. Thanks indeed to Amy H for introducing this composer and piece!

I agree, beautiful, delicate piece.



This one will also get into my queue (it is getting hard keeping up smile )


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I've just purchased the sheet music for this.

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I personally prefer a couple of his others which are in a similar style and relative ease, Wishing and Moments..




A favourite which is slightly harder is Dreamland, and there's Heartbeats, and then there's Exhale from his last but 1 album. I play a lot of his work and it's a joy.

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Thanks for sharing. I agree, for piano only, the above sound nicer than bluebird. OTOH, thay all sound somewhat similar, maybe for being in ternary form.


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Originally Posted by JB_PW
It's a beautiful piece, and Amy did an awesome job! I'm a new fan of his and a longtime fan of Yann Tiersen. Now if I could only manage the thirds consistently in the middle section I'd have it nailed...

The thirds got me too! Thank you!! It's such a lovely piece, and all of Alexis Ffrench's music is equally as beautiful. I've played Einaudi for a while, and I suppose I got bored of the same minimalistic type music; I wanted a challenge I think!
I'd also suggest Peter Bence to you as well. I've just finished learning his piece Letting It Go - YouTube link to the song.


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