February 12, 2018 at 1:04pm

Happy Chinese New Year! 恭喜发财!

What's your favourite CNY song?

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Gavin Koh

Thanks for asking! It surely must be one of these: Top 10 list from... See More

Thanks for asking! It surely must be one of these: Top 10 list from Spotify. Here is a complete Youtube playlist for those who want to listen -
#01: 大地回春
#02: 恭喜恭喜
#03: 財神到
#04: 迎春花
#05: 賀新年
#06: 恭喜发财
#07: 春天来了
#08: 祝福你
#09: 小拜年
#10: 新年喜洋洋

February 12, 2018 at 11:26pm
Liew Soo Hin

Haha. Certainly a list of very popular CNY pieces.

I think 新年歌儿唱 should be in the list too!

February 20, 2018 at 9:54am
Mabel Ong

Mine would be 大地回春! But didn't hear this piece played very often this CNY period leh. Anyone went to River Hongbao?

February 24, 2018 at 7:07pm
November 16, 2017 at 8:49pm

The pianos at URA are slowly deteriorating week by week. Will we ever be going to another place for our meetups? Like maybe with the all important milestones - session 60 and Xmas coming, we need some place else special.

Here's an article with all the pianos for play in Singapore.

http://www.buro247.sg/culture/art-and-design/play-me-im-yours-singapore-...

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Mabel Ong

Nice! Any idea when the pianos are open to public?

January 24, 2018 at 1:02am
Gavin Koh

At Pianover Meetup #68. If I understand correctly, we are officially "opening" them to the public. Join us! Check the details here:... See More

At Pianover Meetup #68. If I understand correctly, we are officially "opening" them to the public. Join us! Check the details here: https://www.meetup.com/singapore-piano-lovers/events/247023769/?_cookie-...

January 25, 2018 at 2:00pm
Gavin Koh

Haha... Didn't notice the voucher. Am here because I got a chance to share music and to establish a portfolio regardless of mistakes or not.

January 25, 2018 at 9:06pm
November 7, 2017 at 9:28pm

The use of classical music in classic cartoons started in the 1930s and spawned a whole new learning process for children and adults alike. For example, an episode of Tom and Jerry, the popular cartoon depicting the cat and mouse in a perpetual chase, titled The Cat Concerto, features one of Liszt’s works - Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2.

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Gavin Koh

The Rhapsody Rabbit (Warner Bros) was released a few months before The Cat Concerto (MGM). Both studios accused each other of plagiarism. But today, both studios have merged. Talk about irony!... See More

The Rhapsody Rabbit (Warner Bros) was released a few months before The Cat Concerto (MGM). Both studios accused each other of plagiarism. But today, both studios have merged. Talk about irony!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QukNmiOC5P0

December 9, 2017 at 1:30am
Gavin Koh

In truth, Franz Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody #2 was featured in way too many cartoons. Take a look here: https://www.youtube.com/... See More

In truth, Franz Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody #2 was featured in way too many cartoons. Take a look here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1laz-7C2KM

December 9, 2017 at 1:35am
Carlyn Ng

Mabel, I didn't know there is a bugs bunny version! Hehehe, nice!

December 16, 2017 at 11:00am
Susan Teo

Wow, I watched this before! Nice!

January 15, 2018 at 5:38pm
December 25, 2017 at 10:09am

Merry Christmas, piano lovers here! ?? ⭐️?

Have a blessed Christmas!

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Tan Chia Huee

Merry Christmas! Are u going to the countdown party for pianovers?

December 25, 2017 at 7:45pm
Mabel Ong

Unfortunately, I cannot, because I was overseas. Hehehe. I saw your video performance on that day. Great performance!

January 5, 2018 at 8:59pm
Tan Chia Huee

Thank you for your encouragement! Lots of area for improvement unfortunately.....hope to see you in a meet up soon, maybe we can discuss more on performance tips?

January 7, 2018 at 2:15pm
January 2, 2018 at 8:28am

Happy 2018, every one!! ?

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Carlyn Ng

Thank you, Mabel! And I also wish everyone has a great year ahead!

January 3, 2018 at 12:19am
Adelynn Khoo

Hey Mabel, nice to hear from you! Hope you have a great start so far!

January 5, 2018 at 4:21pm
December 22, 2017 at 2:23pm

The book Absolutely on Music
was purchased this year . For the price
I paid, I thought more people can benefit from reading it besides my family. Anyone who is interested in it can borrow from me. Will gladly bring it out in the next meet up.

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Goh Zensen

Great to find another fellow piano concertos lover, Jia Hui! Hope you are able to attend my talk on Analysis of Chopin's Piano Concertos - The Formalism Way, The Expressionism Way and the... See More

Great to find another fellow piano concertos lover, Jia Hui! Hope you are able to attend my talk on Analysis of Chopin's Piano Concertos - The Formalism Way, The Expressionism Way and the Referentialism Way.

December 27, 2017 at 10:23pm
Gavin Koh

I was planning to write an article on Piano Concertos. Might be able to glean something from this here book.

December 27, 2017 at 10:38pm
Tan Chia Huee

Ok! Am bringing the book tonight. Let's talk more over food tonight. I am indeed very interested in piano concertos. Let's talk more on violin concertos too......especially Izhak Perlman who is... See More

Ok! Am bringing the book tonight. Let's talk more over food tonight. I am indeed very interested in piano concertos. Let's talk more on violin concertos too......especially Izhak Perlman who is playing the violin.?

December 30, 2017 at 5:05pm
Carlyn Ng

I saw the pictures from the chalet. Food, wine, friends, and music!! So happening! Great community! *Thumbs up!!

Hope you all had a good discussion about the concertos at the chalet. Hehe... See More

I saw the pictures from the chalet. Food, wine, friends, and music!! So happening! Great community! *Thumbs up!!

Hope you all had a good discussion about the concertos at the chalet. Hehe. So nice to share and support each other.

January 3, 2018 at 12:22am
November 29, 2017 at 7:44pm

Sanctuary of the Heart - Music by Albert Ketelbey, Lyrics by Goh Zensen, Soprano Vocal (to be) by Karen Aw:

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Goh Zensen

Karen is with the Singapore Symphony Chorus, singing the soprano part. I also introduced her to the Pianovers; and as a result, she has found several good friends!

December 2, 2017 at 11:54pm
Carlyn Ng

I see! I haven't heard a performance by Singapore Symphony Chorus before. ? Hee. Does she play the piano too?

December 5, 2017 at 12:09am
Gavin Koh

You can watch the Singapore Symphony Chorus (plus the Children's Choir) performing "Bimm Bamm! Es sungen drei Engel" from Mahler's 3rd Symphony.... See More

You can watch the Singapore Symphony Chorus (plus the Children's Choir) performing "Bimm Bamm! Es sungen drei Engel" from Mahler's 3rd Symphony. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sW0dIi4mqas&t=1h14m15s

And, I'm pretty sure Karen plays the piano too: https://www.thepiano.sg/pianover/karen-aw-2622

December 5, 2017 at 1:07am
Goh Zensen

Yes, Karen is a piano tutor too!

December 5, 2017 at 12:05pm
November 21, 2017 at 10:02am

Another topic that needs addressing is the size of our meetups (20 performers in #57 and 17 performers in #59). Short of reducing play time gradually from 5 to 4, 3, 2, 1 minute, are there suggestions for addressing the popularity of our mini recitals?

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Goh Zensen

Soo Hin, good idea! I will try to convince the sub-station leaders/owners to do what you suggest.

November 24, 2017 at 9:38am
Liew Soo Hin

It's a win-win situation, and of course the entire piano community will benefit. And in your own terms, making Singapore even less of a cultural desert (I saw you contributed an article under your... See More

It's a win-win situation, and of course the entire piano community will benefit. And in your own terms, making Singapore even less of a cultural desert (I saw you contributed an article under your name).

November 24, 2017 at 5:03pm
November 24, 2017 at 5:09pm
Gavin Koh

Excellent proposal!

November 24, 2017 at 5:39pm
November 12, 2017 at 10:14pm

Would you play the piano like that? Please discuss below. Hope it cheers up your Monday Blues!

1) Crazily fast [Flight of the Bumble Bee by Rimsky-Korsakov] - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daVftrhHyTM
2) Outrageously destructive [Orage (which means "Storm") by Liszt] - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0EAv9qENcH4
3) With amusing... See More

Would you play the piano like that? Please discuss below. Hope it cheers up your Monday Blues!

1) Crazily fast [Flight of the Bumble Bee by Rimsky-Korsakov] - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daVftrhHyTM
2) Outrageously destructive [Orage (which means "Storm") by Liszt] - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0EAv9qENcH4
3) With amusing antics [The Scarlet Cape by Federer] - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGChZFWnzus
4) Monumentally sad [Elegy for the Victims of the Tsunami of March 11, 2011 in Japan by Tsujii] - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LqoV4ZW7xTA
5) With 2 fingers taped up on each hand - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RyK_o_tRtuM
6.1) Defying gravity in outer space, part 1 - [Beethoven Piano Sonata #8, 1st movmt] - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBAPps64uds
6.2) Defying gravity on Earth, part 2 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7d1nENCol1Q
7) Playing the piano backwards and upside down [Rondo Alla Turca by Mozart] - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0iH5iNSDMY
8) "Breed" a different kind of pianist [America the Beautiful by Ward] - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfPBfMGLf9Q
9) In full costume [Maple Leaf Rag by Joplin] - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItA-pPKBP8Y
10) Creatively improvising with different music styles [Happy Birthday by Mildred J Hill] - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S75gYhODS0M
11) Playing a large piano with your feet, I kid you not! [The Pink Panther Song by Mancini] - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PMhkemeQRg
12) Handicapped, but yet playing the piano and singing with such dignity! [A Million Stars by Luminița Anghel] - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwTpbRPT4HU

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Gavin Koh

Yes, Yuja Wang was insanely fast! But, the Guinness world record for hitting a single piano key in one minute is 824. Sounds pointless, but I guess it's fair as playing a piano piece subjects the... See More

Yes, Yuja Wang was insanely fast! But, the Guinness world record for hitting a single piano key in one minute is 824. Sounds pointless, but I guess it's fair as playing a piano piece subjects the effort to an evaluation of accuracy and correctness.

November 18, 2017 at 12:16pm
Mabel Ong

824 in a minute? That means... 13 times in a second??!!! OMG!

November 21, 2017 at 10:40am
Gavin Koh

Yes. Fingers will be totally numb after a few seconds. See here:
... See More

Yes. Fingers will be totally numb after a few seconds. See here:
http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/news/2017/6/portuguese-musician-brea...

November 21, 2017 at 10:45am
Mabel Ong

Ya, I just read about him. And the record is so recent, just this year!

November 21, 2017 at 12:15pm
November 8, 2017 at 11:16am

If you could only liszt* one, what would be your personal favorite piano (or music-related) quote? Can you find it on this liszt* (https://takelessons.com/blog/quotes-about-piano)?

*pun intended

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Mabel Ong

Music should strike fire from the heart of man, and bring tears from the eyes of woman - Beethoven.

Haha.. different quote, but from the same composer! ?

November 9, 2017 at 10:58am
Adelynn Khoo

There's one quote I came across, can't remember from where or who.

Life without music is a mistake.

November 13, 2017 at 1:12pm
Gavin Koh

That would be Friedrich Nietzsche, German philosopher and cultural critic. He said, "Ohne Musik wäre das Leben ein Irrtum", or translated as "Without music, life would be a mistake."

November 13, 2017 at 10:09pm
Adelynn Khoo

I see! Really love that quote.

November 14, 2017 at 1:47pm

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