August 14, 2017 at 3:05pm

Have you been seriously pondering over the following question? Many pianists avoid this question, perhaps because of sociopolitical sensitivity (instead of musical sensitivity)?

Take for example the entire China with a population of 1.3 billion. Most would agree that the most celebrated (classical) pianists are Lang Lang and Li Yundi.

So my question is: Are there other pianists (non-celebrities) in China whose piano playing is on par with theirs? If the answer is yes (e.g. if... See More

Have you been seriously pondering over the following question? Many pianists avoid this question, perhaps because of sociopolitical sensitivity (instead of musical sensitivity)?

Take for example the entire China with a population of 1.3 billion. Most would agree that the most celebrated (classical) pianists are Lang Lang and Li Yundi.

So my question is: Are there other pianists (non-celebrities) in China whose piano playing is on par with theirs? If the answer is yes (e.g. if you say at least thousands of them), then why aren't they famous? In other words, does it mean that only when you reach this level of piano playing superiority will you definitely be "discovered" and made eminent?

Note that I'm confining my topic to pure playing-by-score instead of playing-by-ear or improvisations, since that would have opened a bigger can of worms.

For those who feel that within China, very few pianists would match or beat the level manifested by Lang Lang or Li Yundi, then my next question for you will then be: What is it that they can do (or do well) which other pianists in China can't? Is it the speed or tempo of playing? Or is it their sheer playing techniques? Or is it their interpretations?

I would like to hear your viewpoints before I elaborate on this further.

July 31, 2017 at 3:21pm

I do have a question regarding arranging music that has been bugging me for a while. What exactly is arranging and how different is it from an actual composition of a song? My perception is that an arrangement is basically a version of a song that a player created. If it is wrong or if someone can give me an elaboration, I'd really love to hear it. Also, is there any way or any instance that an arrangement could be so different from the original composition that it can be considered a... See More

I do have a question regarding arranging music that has been bugging me for a while. What exactly is arranging and how different is it from an actual composition of a song? My perception is that an arrangement is basically a version of a song that a player created. If it is wrong or if someone can give me an elaboration, I'd really love to hear it. Also, is there any way or any instance that an arrangement could be so different from the original composition that it can be considered a composition on it's own? Thank you!

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Goh Zensen

But in the real world of music, there are several pieces whereby their original versions weren't written for piano solo -they can be for the full orchestra, or for the pop band. So we need either... See More

But in the real world of music, there are several pieces whereby their original versions weren't written for piano solo -they can be for the full orchestra, or for the pop band. So we need either professional arrangers to arrange them for piano solo playing purposes, or we arrange them ourselves. One example is Tchaikovsky's Marche Slave for the full orchestra. But for play-by-ear musicians like myself, I would rather arrange my own piano version for Marche Slave instead of playing by score on someone else's arrangement. For many pop music, sometimes we don't even have their original scores because the composers/arrangers don't prepare them. Instead, they are produced into their final audio forms (using arrangement software) straightaway.

August 6, 2017 at 3:52pm
Goh Zensen

Your last question is a tricky one. There is a thin line among compositions, arrangements and improvisations. The acid test is really whether the main motiff (melody line or tune) is still... See More

Your last question is a tricky one. There is a thin line among compositions, arrangements and improvisations. The acid test is really whether the main motiff (melody line or tune) is still recognisable. The arranger can add lots of ornaments to it to make it sound in a different style, but if the tune is still recognisable, we will still say it is an arrangement for that particular composition.

But if it sounds totally different (we don't hear any glimpse of the original song's melody at all), that we can't even say this is an arrangement of that particular composition - so it is on its own (own original composition/arrangement).

However, sometimes the case may not be so straightforward. For example, the arranger can retain the main melody notes, but arranges something completely original say for its long prolonged interlude. Nevertheless we will still recognise that this is an arrangement of the original composition.

August 6, 2017 at 3:45pm
Zafri Zackery

Woah....I didn't expect a whole essay, haha. But I do believe that my understanding on the concept is way better now. Though it might take me a while to understand everything, I do think it has... See More

Woah....I didn't expect a whole essay, haha. But I do believe that my understanding on the concept is way better now. Though it might take me a while to understand everything, I do think it has been a great help that I appreciate a lot. Thank you!

August 7, 2017 at 6:51pm
Goh Zensen

Haha, this is because you were asking one of the BIG questions in music, just like if anyone asks any of the 7 big questions in economics such as what causes inflation and what causes unemployment... See More

Haha, this is because you were asking one of the BIG questions in music, just like if anyone asks any of the 7 big questions in economics such as what causes inflation and what causes unemployment, I'm sure the economics lecturer will answer longer than an essay!

August 7, 2017 at 10:59pm
June 29, 2017 at 10:19pm

Richard Clayderman's Coup de Coeur.
Feeling nostalgic indeed.

Saw a discussion among some Pianovers about Richard Clayderman, and suddenly thought of this piece - one of my all-time favourites.

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Goh Zensen

Lovely piece!

July 4, 2017 at 8:51am
Gan Theng Beng

The first time i hear this song i dont think much about it. The 2nd time i hear it, got some feelings, after 3rd hearing the tune keep lingering in my minds and now i am hooked.

July 12, 2017 at 9:46pm
June 9, 2017 at 12:05am

Just as people ask if driverless cars will replace the joy of driving and if sending email kills the warm personal touch of writing a traditional letter, people too, are asking if it is really possible for computers to make music. Music, after all, has been an essential part of human existence for as long as civilisations have existed. Now then, to what extent can humans accept music that is artificially-created as part of their lives?

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Goh Zensen

A side track to this is: It is easier to get the computer (organ/keyboard) to harmonise for your melody than to teach someone to do so. Likewise, it is easier for the computer to identify your... See More

A side track to this is: It is easier to get the computer (organ/keyboard) to harmonise for your melody than to teach someone to do so. Likewise, it is easier for the computer to identify your chord (based on your notes played) than to teach someone to do it. Thank goodness the computer is unable to identify the key of a piece of music yet. If it is able to (in time to come), it will indeed be a scary era.

June 9, 2017 at 12:17am
May 24, 2017 at 9:11am

Steinmftz Piano for sale at just $50.

May 18, 2017 at 12:54am

Was watching this VOD about the side of piano competitions usually unknown to most people - piano tuners' work

ps: video is only available for streaming till 29th May so do watch soon if you are interested to know 😬

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Sng Yong Meng

This is really great sharing!! I enjoyed the documentary so much! Hope they don't really take it off after 29 May 2017! That would be a pity.

May 19, 2017 at 2:24pm
Wenqing

probably can download and reupload it to youtube to share here permanently but might be illegal :x

May 20, 2017 at 1:18am
May 14, 2017 at 8:44pm

Dutch pianist and composer Jeroen van Veen built a life-sized Lego Piano over a period of more than two years. Consisting of almost 30,000 second-hand Lego bricks, the idea of building the Lego Piano came about over a debate at the coffee table between Jeroen and his two sons. He gave his first public performance on the Lego Piano in his concert in Almere, Netherlands on Friday, 12 November 2016.

May 12, 2017 at 2:08pm

What is a musician's preferred flavour of cake?

Ti-re-mi-so

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Goh Zensen

Haha you shouldn't have given the answer straightaway!

May 12, 2017 at 10:36pm
Sng Yong Meng

Lol. Ok, next one!

May 13, 2017 at 4:53pm
May 7, 2017 at 11:53pm

Just completed the Mini-Recital on 32 pieces of classical works! In the future, would like to look for co-performers for future recitals. Genres could be Chinese Classical, New Age, Jazz and Siblings (blues, broadway, big band, ragtime, boogie-woogie), Marches & Patriotic Songs, Easy Listening, Soundtrack, TV & Jingles, Western Pop/Oldies, Asian Pop/Oldies or World/Folk/Ethnic/Traditional tunes!

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Sng Yong Meng

Maybe even original compositions! =)

May 8, 2017 at 12:02am
Goh Zensen

Yes!

May 8, 2017 at 12:05am
Pek Siew Tin

ten q Mr Sng Yong Meng - founder of thepiano.sg. thru pianover meetup i get to know lots of piano expert... Mr Zensen Goh kb skill is excellent ^+^

May 8, 2017 at 8:04am
May 1, 2017 at 12:45am

Final "Full Dressed" Rehearsal for our duet Mini-Recital on Classical Music (32 pieces in total) on music synthesizers/keyboards with audience Sng Yong Meng, Elyn Goh, Flyer Walker, Gteo Teo and Fi Ga Ro.

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Sng Yong Meng

Thank you Zensen for arranging this "Full Dressed Rehearsal", so that I wouldn't miss your actual recital event on 6 May 2017, owing to the fact that I'll be at The Music Run.

Amazing... See More

Thank you Zensen for arranging this "Full Dressed Rehearsal", so that I wouldn't miss your actual recital event on 6 May 2017, owing to the fact that I'll be at The Music Run.

Amazing performances by you and GladDana! I'm truly impressed by how much you can remember!!

May 1, 2017 at 7:52pm
Pek Siew Tin

5days. Yeah ^_^

May 1, 2017 at 9:12pm
Goh Zensen

Yong Meng, I'm so glad that you enjoyed it!

May 2, 2017 at 8:54am
Goh Zensen

It's happening tomorrow!

May 5, 2017 at 8:40am

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