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If you could have been any pianist... #372010
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If you could be any pianist and live when they did who would it be?

Mine would be Liszt! Not only because he had in-human technique but because all the women were crazy over him!

So who would you pick? cool

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Re: If you could have been any pianist... #372011
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Because I'm enjoying it so much: me. now. I like where I'm at and I enjoy the challenge of growing. My second choice would probably be Richter or Horowitz. I like Horowitz's personality.


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Re: If you could have been any pianist... #372012
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Yes, I'm with Bernard. The catch with wanting to assume the consciousness of someone famous is that you really don't know how happy they are, or were. For all their colossal ability and fame they might have derived less internal happiness from their music than I do - these things are not externally measurable. Therefore I'll stick with me , thank you very much.

Liszt ? No ! He must have spent half his life worrying about catching syphilis, tuberculosis and a hundred other things 80% of the population had in those days. Most of the pianos would have been grotty compared with those of today. He had to wait till he was nearly dead to muster the courage to experiment with new musical languages. And all that horrid alternating duality between repressive religion and lecherous indulgence - no, no, take it away Classical Player, he's all yours !


"We shall always love the music of the masters, but they are all dead and now it's our turn." - Llewelyn Jones, my piano teacher
Re: If you could have been any pianist... #372013
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I want to be just me, although I could do with a lot of improvement. Being a professional pianist is too demanding and would take away my enjoyment of playing and music!

Re: If you could have been any pianist... #372014
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I want to be like this girl I met. She is an engineer by profession but she can play ANYTHING on piano. All I need to do hum a few notes and without preparation or practice she can accompany, improvise to decorate the melody and everything...and a new song is born, just like that !! I have seen her done it for Jazz, blues, pop ofcoz also non-western music. She also reads and plays classicals.

non-western (Chinese, Korean, Jap, Mid-eastern, african for eg) music , like jazz has its own sets of rules for chords progression, how on earth she could figure them out just by hearing, I have not the slightest idea.

These are the skills that I think she has that I want, if I could.. chord-progressions for various genres, chords and notes tranposition, perfect pitch, reasonable sight-reading, some basic improvisation.

Piano is like a tool for her to make music. She just use it to create songs just like I would use a pen to write.

Re: If you could have been any pianist... #372015
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My choice would be Arthur Rubinstein, since he enjoyed what he did. But I wouldn't mind having the virtuosity of Horowitz and energy of Richter either. These are all the best qualities in a pianist.


"...the luckiest man I know." - Arthur Rubinstein about himself and his love of performing.
Re: If you could have been any pianist... #372016
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Richter was an incredibly unhappy person. It is difficult to be just the pianist without being the person.

That is why I would not choose to be Glenn Gould despite the admiration I have for his spiritual/musical achievement.

I would not mind being Bach. But I don't know about the 20 children. Yes Bach would be a great choice. But I suppose you have to deserve being reborn Bach.


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Re: If you could have been any pianist... #372017
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Because I'm enjoying it so much: me. now. I like where I'm at and I enjoy the challenge of growing. My second choice would probably be Richter or Horowitz. I like Horowitz's personality.
But Horowitz was immature, highly neurotic, obsessed with his health problems, and in general an unhappy person!

Re: If you could have been any pianist... #372018
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Stick with what you know and be yourself. But, musically as well as in all other aspects, be the best you can be!

How's that for advice from an old codger?

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Re: If you could have been any pianist... #372019
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I would be myself only because my technique already is inhuman AND I have to fight off the ladies with a stick! wink laugh

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Well seeing the fun that Classical Player is trying to get at, I'm not going to say myself and instead go along with it.

Hmm...let's see...Richter was quite an interesting fellow. He went through so many different life experiences, played at Stalin's funeral, premiered great works by Prokofiev, had an outstanding technique, and was recognized as one of the greatest ever.

Rubinstein would be another possibility, although dealing with the critics wouldn't be enjoyable. But he lived a long life the way he wanted too and in the end still had friends and loved ones.

A couple of pianists I would NOT have wanted to be, would be Mozart, Schumann, Chopin, Beethoven, and Schubert. There's probably more that I can't think of.

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Richter was an incredibly unhappy person. It is difficult to be just the pianist without being the person.

That is why I would not choose to be Glenn Gould despite the admiration I have for his spiritual/musical achievement.
Perhaps I'm misreading this, but I don't recall any accounts that suggest Glenn Gould was an unhappy person. Eccentric, yes, but not unhappy - why would he be...?

David


"After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music." - Aldous Huxley
Re: If you could have been any pianist... #372022
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Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli.

Re: If you could have been any pianist... #372023
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I think I would be Martha Argerich. She is truly the pianist of pianists...i practically worship her playing! oh! To just be able to play one piece by her..


"Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music." ~Rachmaninoff
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Well seeing the fun that Classical Player is trying to get at, I'm not going to say myself and instead go along with it.
Lol yeah everyone chose them selves mad laugh

Hmmm... What was wrong with Schumanns life?

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[b]Well seeing the fun that Classical Player is trying to get at, I'm not going to say myself and instead go along with it.
Lol yeah everyone chose them selves mad laugh

Hmmm... What was wrong with Schumanns life?[/b]
Well he did totally tear every ligament in his right hand trying to strengthen his 4th finger.

Mike

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Hi Classical Player!

I would be myself first of all! My piano teacher always says don't try to be like any other pianist!!!!! smile smile


A synonym is a word you use when you can't spell the word you first thought of. - Burt Bacharach
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As I love women, and especially women who love me, I'm going for Barry Manilow. smile


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[b]Well seeing the fun that Classical Player is trying to get at, I'm not going to say myself and instead go along with it.
Lol yeah everyone chose them selves mad laugh

Hmmm... What was wrong with Schumanns life?[/b]
Well he did totally tear every ligament in his right hand trying to strengthen his 4th finger.

Mike[/b]
And then I believe he went mentally crazy and ended up in an asylum where he died.

One of my past teachers said that it was such a shame that a common problem that people had was being hypoglycemic and there was no diagnosis of it and of course no treatment. So you would suffer from something that today isn't all that serious, and people would take you for being mentally ill and you'd end up in a looney bin to die.

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Hmmmmm frown The mental hospitals back then were nothing more then filthy death holes!

When did Claira divorce him?

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