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#345720 07/08/07 03:59 PM
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I'm thinking of putting together a program for a recital called "Around the World in 60 Minutes" (or however long it is). The idea is to play piano music from countries all around the world-- and not fugues and sonatas and so forth that are more continental/global in style, but rather music that "sounds like" the countries of origin.

Here's what I've been playing around with so far:

Norway -- "Norwegian Bridal Procession" (solo piano, but it's also the 1st movement of Peer Gynt Suite, by Grieg)
Transylvania -- "Bagpipes" (from the Sonatina/Tranyslvanian Dances by Bartok)
Hungary -- "Hungarian Rhapsody #6" (Liszt)
China -- "Meditation" (Shu-san Chow)
Cuba -- "Malaguena" (Lecuona)
Brazil -- "Atrevedinha" (Nazareth)
USA -- "Swanee" (Gershwin)
England -- Carman's Whistle (Byrd)
Poland -- something short by Chopin?

I'm looking more for shorter pieces, and single movements, so that I can fit in more countries -- another reason for not wanting to do entire sonatas/suites/etc. (If they average 3-4 minutes/piece, then I could fit in 15-18 countries for a 1-hour program). (On the other hand, it might be better to have some a little longer and some a little shorter, so that not every piece is the same length)

I'm also thinking of maybe having my brother sing a couple songs (and I'll accompany), by Schubert and Donizetti, especially because the languages sound so different.

Any ideas for other pieces I might try out? I've come across some neat pieces on pianosociety.com by Turina (Spain), Peterson-Berger (Sweden), Smetena (Czechoslovakia), Sibelius (Finland). Maybe something by Khachaturian (Armenia), or Nakada (Japan)?

The Liszt Rhapsody #6 is probably about as hard as I can do.


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For USA- "The Serpent's Kiss" by William Bolcom, from The Garden of Eden. It's a great little funny/diabolical rag.

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For USA- "The Serpent's Kiss" by William Bolcom, from The Garden of Eden. It's a great little funny/diabolical rag.
Hey, that's actually another piece that I was thinking of, if not Gershwin.

I'm a student at the University of Michigan, where Bolcom teaches, so I thought it might be neat to begin and end my "voyage" here in Ann Arbor with a couple pieces by William Bolcom.


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Very interesting project:

Have you thought of doing it chronologically to place Italy, Germany and England in the baroque, and move on from there to into including other countries in the classical, romantic, neo-classical, contemporary? Are you going to include women composers?

Your brother would be a nice addition! Does he sing operetta? That might add lightness and humor in English.

How did you come to choose "Swannee" by Gershwin for the US category? Were there others you dismissed?

Now, you really are going to do this right?

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So many questions!

1. Yes, I've thought of doing it chronologically; though I have the impression that a lot of the music during Mozart's time is very cosmopolitan, and not very nationalistic. I had also thought of doing it geographically -- I'd have a big map, and sort of move the airplane as I go from country to country... like Carmen Sandiego. laugh

2. Of course I would include women composers!

3. My brother and I (and my parents) love Gilbert and Sullivan, so that would definately be a good idea. He and I have already performed together one of the "Wanderer" songs by Schubert, and an aria "Bella si comme un angelo" by Donizetti, which is why those came to mind (and he already said he'd love to sing something(s)).

4. I enjoy listening to Gershwin's whole song book (recorded by Bolcom), and I have the book, but the only one that I've played so far is Swanee -- though any of the others would be fine, too.

5. If I can manage it, yes, I want to do this! smile I'm aiming for sometime next spring (maybe in March or April).


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I once thought of "Around the World, 4 Hands at a Time" marathon. Brahms' Hungarian Dances, Dvorak's Slavic Dances, Busoni's Finnish Dances, Moszkowski's Spanish Dances and German Rounds, Bruch's Swedish Dances, McPhee's Balinese Ceremonial Music, Milhaud's Suite Françaix, Kentuckiana, New Orleans Suite, Tchaikovsky's Russian Folk Songs, Janacek's Moravian Dances, Grieg's Norwegian Dances, etc.

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Cuba -- "Malaguena" (Lecuona)
From his Suite Española!? He wrote Cuban music, you know. If you are doing songs, how about "Siboney"? Or one of his Cuban dances.


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Originally posted by phonehome:
[b] For USA- "The Serpent's Kiss" by William Bolcom, from The Garden of Eden. It's a great little funny/diabolical rag.
Hey, that's actually another piece that I was thinking of, if not Gershwin.

I'm a student at the University of Michigan, where Bolcom teaches, so I thought it might be neat to begin and end my "voyage" here in Ann Arbor with a couple pieces by William Bolcom. [/b]
Cool, I'm at WVU right now. Michigan was one of the schools to which I was thinking of applying for undergraduate study. My teacher LOVES Bolcom's music. I'll have to ask him tomorrow if he has any personal ties to the man.

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What about Russia? You could do something by one of the "Five". And France- Debussy, Ravel, Poulenc. There are a lot of nationalistic pieces from Spain, you could do a few movements from Espana by Albeniz.
Argentina- Danzas Argentinas by Ginastera.

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For Poland, there is a lovely piece called "Polish Christmas" by Liszt in his Christmas Tree suite.

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Try something from Macedonia. smile
You won't find any sheet music I'm afraid.
Just trying to explain how complex the music is.

The rythmic paterns are heck, and almost nothing is written in the standard 4/4, 3/4, 3/8 etc.
It's an amazing music, with a long tradition.

That's a very interesting idea, Sam, I can't think of anyone else that done this in a recital!

Go ahead, and enjoy! thumb

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FINLAND:

Sibelius: Tree suite

Toivo Kuula: Lambs polska

Merikanto: The Summernight's idyll

Selim Palmgren: May night

Heino Kaski: Pankakoski prelude

DENMARK:

Gaade: Spring tunes

RUSSIA:

Tjaikovsky: All 12 pieces from The seasons

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The piano arrangement/transcription of Spanish Dance #1 from Manuel de Falla's La Vida Breve would fit the bill - around 3 minutes 20, and not too difficult, certainly not in the league of the Liszt Rhapsody technically. Wonderful piece, very evocative - there's a piano duet performance on Youtube, but the sound quality is poor - check out the stunning guitar version instead for a real flavour of the piece:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYpdUo__dM8

It was that performance that inspired me to learn the piano solo, strangely enough - Julian Bream and John Williams, true guitar gods smile

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Some Danzas Argentinas? Ginastera is a great composer!!

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Which one is your favorite, KoRnU? I've only heard a couple!


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For U.S., you've got to consider Gottschalk's L'Union.

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Try something from Macedonia. smile
You won't find any sheet music I'm afraid.
Marko Tajčević: 7 Balkan Dances for piano (1927)
Alojz Srebotnjak: Macedonian Dances for piano (1976)

just to name a few; but not easy to find, I agree


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[b] Try something from Macedonia. smile
You won't find any sheet music I'm afraid.
Marko Tajčević: 7 Balkan Dances for piano (1927)
Alojz Srebotnjak: Macedonian Dances for piano (1976)

just to name a few; but not easy to find, I agree [/b]
Thanks, bluemarine.

Would you recommend any Croatian music?


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Would you recommend any Croatian music?
Boris Papandopulo: Contradanza, Op.21 (1930)
based on Dalmatian dances. Very good music!


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[b] Would you recommend any Croatian music?
Boris Papandopulo: Contradanza, Op.21 (1930)
based on Dalmatian dances. Very good music! [/b]
This one?

http://www.calamusrecords.de/contra.rm


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cannot open the link, but yes, this is probably that piece (the only by Papandopulo named Contradanza)


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