have to play a program of French music, will/must do it, no regrets, will play a 4-mains thing also, have a thread out about that, is on, and my main concern: Alkan, want to play the following: Ouverture, not there yet, Symfonie, practically in the fingers, break, Concerto, in the fingers and heart, is this musically appealing to an everage public? I'll do it anyway...
Do it! Do it! Do it! And record it so all us people can hear it! As you said in the Kapustin thread, Hamelin's recordings won't get (insert composer here) famous, more people learning and performing his music (well) will. And you're a professional, so I have faith you'll do great justice to his music.
What would your encore be? Would you be like "I've had you here for just about two hours, that's long enough" or would you milk it for all its worth?
Play the Beethoven Concerto No. 3 transcription for encore, haha!
Mostly, I think a 4-hand arrangement of it would be really cool, don't you think?
A two hands arrangement you mean, do you not ?
Edit : but jokes aside, it would be cool. I've been learning the Rachmaninov op17 suite for a while now, hoping to perform it with a friend - two piano chord frenzy looks so fun I want to try it. On only one piano, maybe not so much - you'd have to be careful with the grand gesture and the elbowing !
Haha! And the coda would be a little tricky to score effectively I think, but the rest of it seems like it would be simple to arrange for 4 hands, and even on one piano... I mean, during the B major part (and then switches to G sharp minor) when the "stark straightforward style" comes back after the dreamy part with the happy melody and lots of jumps, I can imagine both pianists swinging their heads back and forth with a carefree smile on their face.
"I can't believe you just slapped me ! - Sorry, honest mistake ! - No, I was clearly playing with much more style than you, so you slapped me ! - I was just being expressive, no need to make a fuss..."
I can already imagine some of the youtube performers playing 4-hands. You'd have to glue stools and piano to the ground, unless you wanted them to ebb and flow in rhythm with the crazy head/body choregraphy some guys make up.
try it and notice that the left hand will have more problems then the right, this comes from a lefthanded pianist who plays the darned piece, same applies to the finale of Chopin's 2nd sonata of course
the right hand study is cruel on, well, the right, the left hand study is taxing for the left hand, but the two hand one is so cruel on the left, because the runs are ok to the right, but so awkward for the left, it's one of the best études I know, btw, but hairraisingly difficult, by far the most horrible of the 3, and the only of 2 examples that I know of, al least of this calibre, Chopin's movement is thought to have been written after Alkan's, isn't that stunning?
but the two hand one is so cruel on the left, because the runs are ok to the right, but so awkward for the left, it's one of the best études I know, btw, but hairraisingly difficult, by far the most horrible of the 3, and the only of 2 examples that I know of, al least of this calibre, Chopin's movement is thought to have been written after Alkan's, isn't that stunning?
Chopin's movement? What work are you talking about?
But yes Sorcerer88, the left hand part of Hands Reunited at full speed is harder than the left hand etude. Mr. Sfogato was probably joking around that they were chickening out by not playing the left hand, because Mr. Holbrook actually plays the etude like normal. Alkanian probably does too, but he doesn't have a video of it up (I don't think).
Also, if both people can play evenly and keep tempo and are aware of/listening to each other, coordinating (especially on this piece) is not very difficult. Plus, they're conservatory pianists, and VERY good conservatory pianists at that... I'm sure they have duet experience.
Well, there aren't too many letters between them BECAUSE they were close neighbors (according to Piers Lane's Alkan lecture on YouTube that I re-uploaded after it was taken off). The lecture actually does discuss one specific event where they went together to see a comedian and how they were laughing so hard at the stories he was telling. I'll have to find more info on that occasion...
Haha! We could make it a soap opera instead and involve the love triangle between Fred, Chuck, and Georgina (George Sand).
That's actually only speculation, and I don't think it's totally true... But for show purposes it would be great.
In the end, Chuck and Fred fight over it. Chuck poisons Fred's drink and Fred dies. Chuck says it's tuberculosis as a cover up, but has a guilty conscience and withdraws from the public. Finally, over 20 years later, he gets over it and comes back out into public. Then some relative to Chopin or something rigs his bookcase to kill him for the season finale.
...In the end, Chuck and Fred fight over it. Chuck poisons Fred's drink and Fred dies. Chuck says it's tuberculosis as a cover up, but has a guilty conscience and withdraws from the public. Finally, over 20 years later, he gets over it and comes back out into public. Then some relative to Chopin or something rigs his bookcase to kill him for the season finale.
The most amazing thing about that is.......it was written by you in just a couple of minutes.
I nominate you for head-writer of the soap opera or duo-ography or whatever.
P.S. You're wasting your time playing the stupid piano. You need to get into TV writing.
Dang... We're really getting off topic, aren't we? Oh well, threads like this well really help your post reach 10,000 before your 1 year anniversary here!
So yeah. About that Alkan. Neat stuff, hmm? How about that first movement to the violin sonata? After the intro, when the tremolo in the piano starts, it just becomes so glorious! Mark C, this could be the theme song (er, I mean piece) to the show.