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A hauntingly beutiful piece you probably never heard
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXK2LiMhwPQ

I never heard this piece or its composer until some random surfing led me to it yesterday.

Do you like it? It reminds me a little of Medtner's Sonata Reminiscenza since they both have a beautiful opening theme that keep on returning.

You can download the score for free here:
https://www.mutopiaproject.org/ftp/RoyerJNP/PremierLivre/PremierLivre-a4.pdf

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It's lovely. Thank you for the link. I'm printing it now.


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Very nice piece ! There are many composers that deserve to be played more often.

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Wonderful piece! Thx much for sharing both the recording and the score


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Per wikipedia (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexandre_Tharaud) Tharaud was born in 1968, and has some interesting methods of work:

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Tharaud refuses to keep a piano in his residence because he believes he would begin to prefer the pleasure of improvisation to the necessity of rigorous work. He practices on different instruments at friends' residences. He composes, but usually privately. Before each recording he lays flowers at the tomb of Emmanuel Chabrier at Montparnasse Cemetery. When asked what a camera would record at his recording sessions, he replied that he sings, shouts, dances, and argues with the piano ("absurd behaviour"—comportements ridicules).


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At first I misunderstood the name of the composer and thought it was Tharaud himself. When I printed out the score, I saw it was dated 1746. The composer is Pancrace Royer.


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Oh that's lovely, thank you for posting the link Pianoloverus!

Also, Sweelinck thanks for that C&P! I am especially interested that he doesn't have a piano at his own home!


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One of our members recounted the tale of a pianist he knows who had no piano. He was asked to record the Goldberg Variations, but he hadn't played the piano in many years, so he learned the work just using the score and no piano. I don't know if he got a chance to actually play it before the recording sessions.

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Thank you for sharing the links pianoloverus!

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I have a cousin who is one day older than me and we have this tradition of exchanging music links to congratulate ourselves for our birthdays each year. So, for this year, in October, she sent me this exact piece from the same recording by Tharaud! And we commented how it sounded almost Romantic despite the composer living in the Baroque era. I even downloaded the score to learn it but never got there.

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Thanks Pianloverus. I find music of the Baroque period endlessly interesting so it's lovely to find a "new" composer and a wonderful interpretation.
I've been dipping into Tharaud's videos, he performs a lot with the score, hooray!
(And his dance to Debussy's Clair de Lune is something!!)

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Hauntingly beautiful. And so French!


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Wow! Beautiful indeed! Thank you for sharing this!

Tharaud's Versailles piano album is available on Apple Music, so I just added it to my library. I'm a fan of baroque music, but haven't explored much beyond Bach. I'm now curious to learn more about French baroque composers and their music!


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Same mood as 'les barricades mysterieuses', same pianist, same exquisite execution, but very pedally, not bad though.


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The piece is even more effective when played (brilliantly) on a harpsichord.

https://youtu.be/cOByod4tA8g


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It's pretty, not very Haunting though.. One would define haunting as a sense of hollow and dread. The piece has too many notes for that.

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