Piano Pieces

October 29, 2018 at 8:40am

Guess the Score #3 - This parchment of music looks like a work of art. It is part of a set, so do you know which number it is, the title, and composer?

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Gavin Koh

Correct! Well done!

October 29, 2018 at 10:32am
Michael LS

I won't be able to guess from the bunch of messy notes! Is Bach that untidy?

October 31, 2018 at 10:08am
Gavin Koh

If you compare Bach's score with the rest of the composers... See More

If you compare Bach's score with the rest of the composers here, I should think that Beethoven's work was probably most untidy of the lot. You can also see the untidiness in his Appassionata.

October 31, 2018 at 11:00am
Adrian Huang

This is considered very tidy already. Try reading Handel’s manuscripts.

November 5, 2018 at 9:48am
September 25, 2018 at 1:40pm

Guess the Score #2 - What is this piece?
Hint - It's a piano sonata.

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Liew Soo Hin

This is quite confirmed to be Beethoven's Appassionata.

September 27, 2018 at 3:25pm
Gavin Koh

Well done! For those who might want to watch it (together with the proper engraved score), click below:
https://www.... See More

Well done! For those who might want to watch it (together with the proper engraved score), click below:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QImFm4Y_QPM

September 27, 2018 at 4:44pm
Liew Soo Hin

I'm a fan of Beethoven's sonatas. Simply brilliant.

September 28, 2018 at 8:19am
September 26, 2018 at 3:36am

I originally joined Pianovers with intentions of chances for public performance and to make friends.
Never did I expect to fall in love with some classical music here which I originally thought was too dreary.
Here are a few favourites of mine and acknowledgements to friends who introduced these pieces to me:
1) Military March 1 in D major by Schubert, thanks to Jeremy Foo and Matthew Soh.
2)Prélude Op. 23 No. 5 in G minor by Rachmaninoff, thanks to Jonathan Lam... See More

I originally joined Pianovers with intentions of chances for public performance and to make friends.
Never did I expect to fall in love with some classical music here which I originally thought was too dreary.
Here are a few favourites of mine and acknowledgements to friends who introduced these pieces to me:
1) Military March 1 in D major by Schubert, thanks to Jeremy Foo and Matthew Soh.
2)Prélude Op. 23 No. 5 in G minor by Rachmaninoff, thanks to Jonathan Lam
3) Pictures of an Exhibition, Promenade 1 by Modestsky, courtesy of a mental health video I watched
4) Choral Symphony no 9, 2nd Movement by Beethoven, thanks to NUS Choir and the NUS Symphonic Orchestra!!

Next I might discuss the musicalities of these classical pieces to determine why I like them so much!

September 18, 2018 at 4:36pm

Guess the Score #1 - Who is the composer of this piece?

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Gavin Koh

If you check out the Hungarian Dance No. 5 (see link below), you will know that the piece above is not composed by him. Did Brahms copy somebody else? Try again!
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If you check out the Hungarian Dance No. 5 (see link below), you will know that the piece above is not composed by him. Did Brahms copy somebody else? Try again!
http://hz.imslp.info/files/imglnks/usimg/1/17/IMSLP00961-Brahms_-_Hungar...

September 22, 2018 at 7:37pm
Gavin Koh

This is "Bártfai Emlék" (Memories of Bártfa) by Hungarian composer Béla Kéler. It is a csárdás - a Hungarian dance with a slow introduction and a fast, wild finish.

The story goes that... See More

This is "Bártfai Emlék" (Memories of Bártfa) by Hungarian composer Béla Kéler. It is a csárdás - a Hungarian dance with a slow introduction and a fast, wild finish.

The story goes that Brahms had mistakenly thought this was a traditional folksong and therefore used it in his Hungarian Dance #5. Unintentional plagiarism or not? You decide.

September 25, 2018 at 1:18pm
Gavin Koh

Here is a duet version of "Bártfai Emlék: Csárdás" - https://youtu.be/l5-6jfE-YcA?t=1m14s

September 25, 2018 at 1:19pm
Gavin Koh

Compare this with Brahm's version:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGtbzfUq9rU

September 25, 2018 at 1:35pm
September 12, 2018 at 12:57pm

Just to share:
I completed a duet version of Brahms first waltz, it's available here for reference - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-hCYqEUFhU

For those who want to practice playing "virtually" with me as your duet partner at home, follow the links below.

I want to play Primo part - https://youtu.be/LzZi0fSUSTA
I want to play Secondo... See More

Just to share:
I completed a duet version of Brahms first waltz, it's available here for reference - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-hCYqEUFhU

For those who want to practice playing "virtually" with me as your duet partner at home, follow the links below.

I want to play Primo part - https://youtu.be/LzZi0fSUSTA
I want to play Secondo part - https://youtu.be/Q4oIbzqbrOc

The score is available for free at IMSLP at the following link: http://ks.imslp.net/files/imglnks/usimg/4/42/IMSLP147080-PMLP06507-Brahm...

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Gavin Koh

The advantages of using Youtube as a learning platform is that you can slow down the video to 75% or 50% speed and slowly learn the piece from there.

Would also like to hear any feedback... See More

The advantages of using Youtube as a learning platform is that you can slow down the video to 75% or 50% speed and slowly learn the piece from there.

Would also like to hear any feedback you may have on how this series of videos can be improved.

Thanks.

September 12, 2018 at 1:00pm
October 22, 2017 at 11:18am
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Gavin Koh

Here's one for the fans - The Piano Guys are coming to Singapore again on 25th Sep to the Star Theatre. You can get your tickets from Sistic.

July 21, 2018 at 1:25pm
Linette Choo

Nice! I love these guys!

July 29, 2018 at 12:44am
Mabel Ong

Btw, The Piano Guys is coming to sg on 25/9!! ??

September 6, 2018 at 9:28pm
Linette Choo

3 more weeks. Hehe. Countdown!

September 7, 2018 at 3:54pm
August 27, 2018 at 8:32pm
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Mabel Ong

Woah! I feel so motivated after watching the video.

August 28, 2018 at 1:41pm
Mabel Ong

I saw the first page of the scores following the link in the youtube. Wanna cry...

August 28, 2018 at 1:42pm
Adrian Huang

Lol.... of cos it’s gonna be hard ?

August 28, 2018 at 3:12pm
Mabel Ong

That's sooo BAD!!! ?

August 28, 2018 at 3:43pm
August 21, 2018 at 12:37am
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Mabel Ong

Pianos look very nice! We should have a piano refurbishing service that changes a normal piano into something else like this here in sg. Will be interesting to know what other people wanna change... See More

Pianos look very nice! We should have a piano refurbishing service that changes a normal piano into something else like this here in sg. Will be interesting to know what other people wanna change it into.

For me, minion theme! You?

August 28, 2018 at 1:43pm
July 31, 2018 at 6:02pm

Piano Piece Pick #15 - And so it goes that Billy Joel's 13th (and last) album would be entirely classical compositions, and not a single piece would be performed by him.

As you hear the Air (Dublinesque) from his Fantasies & Delusions album, played beautifully here by Richard Joo, you can't help but marvel at the talent of the incredible "Piano Man" born and raised in the Bronx, New York. Here's to many more years, Billy!

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Piano Piece Pick #15 - And so it goes that Billy Joel's 13th (and last) album would be entirely classical compositions, and not a single piece would be performed by him.

As you hear the Air (Dublinesque) from his Fantasies & Delusions album, played beautifully here by Richard Joo, you can't help but marvel at the talent of the incredible "Piano Man" born and raised in the Bronx, New York. Here's to many more years, Billy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70fiAUFniNQ

PS - Yes, the intro to "And So it Goes" (also from Billy Joel) does sound very similar to the Air (Dublinesque), that I shall add a link to it below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHO6a2H-pqY

Enjoy.

I know I did, playing the Air (it was excellent) and listening to Billy Joel. You can find Fantasies and Delusions at the Esplanade Library.

May 25, 2018 at 10:13pm
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Goh Zensen

Haha, cos many of Chopin's works (both his piano concertos, his Ballade No 1, Waltzes in Bm, Am, C#m and Nocturne in C#m) are in the minor key!

June 28, 2018 at 7:24am
Liew Soo Hin

Ah, nice improvisation there, Zensen. I don't have a flair for improv.

July 2, 2018 at 8:40pm
Mabel Ong

Sorry, what's improvisation? ?

July 20, 2018 at 9:33pm
Goh Zensen

Mabel, improvisation in music is a huge topic which I can conduct an hour-long talk on it. To summarise, it is to make variations to the original music (instead of adhering strictly to its... See More

Mabel, improvisation in music is a huge topic which I can conduct an hour-long talk on it. To summarise, it is to make variations to the original music (instead of adhering strictly to its original score) via a few means. For example, one way of improvisation is to substitute some of the chords used (or even adding new chords in between existing chords). Another way is to play out the chords differently (e.g. from broken chord style to rhythmic style). Adding or changing other textures/layers such as counter melodies and bass lines also constitute improvisation.

Some singers or solo instrumentalists improvise on the melody by changing some of the notes occasionally. Jazz improvisation, on the other hand, allows complete composition of melodic lines along the original music's chord progression.

More advanced improvisations can include addition of new sections (such as adding/replacing an original interlude), employing modulations and change in rhythm/time signature.

July 21, 2018 at 12:17am

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