Piano Pieces

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
July 8, 2018 at 12:24pm

Some of the best piano pieces for a funeral are listed below. What would you add to or remove from the list?
1) Death of Åse, Peer Gynt Suite 1, No. 2, Op 46, by Edvard Grieg - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEcZ22XVPus
2) Prelude, No. 20, Op. 28 by Frederic Chopin - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XeX4X_1_lo0
3) Enigma... See More

Some of the best piano pieces for a funeral are listed below. What would you add to or remove from the list?
1) Death of Åse, Peer Gynt Suite 1, No. 2, Op 46, by Edvard Grieg - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEcZ22XVPus
2) Prelude, No. 20, Op. 28 by Frederic Chopin - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XeX4X_1_lo0
3) Enigma Variations, No. 9 (Nimrod) by Edward Elgar -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nz8DVpcyLZM
4) Lacrymosa (from Requiem), S 550, by Mozart/Liszt -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKl4B75td70
5) Ave Maria, S 558, No. 12 by Schubert/Liszt -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCucnn-95nY
6) Symphony No 1, Mvmt 3 by Gustav Mahler -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3pu8migxZQ&t=28s
7) Harmonies poétiques et religieuses, No. 7 (Funérailles) by Franz Liszt - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EadS7DEHSKM
8) Piano Sonata No 2, Mvmt 3, by Frederic Chopin - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oL_HFnnywEU
9) Pavane pour une infante défunte by Maurice Ravel - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPHSHZssOLs
10) La Cathédrale Engloutie by Claude Debussy -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-4qAxZ0F6s

June 13, 2018 at 12:42am

Excellent Transcriptions #2 - Frank Dupree's transcription of Gershwin's An American in Paris is so well done that people have been asking for his version to replace the current simplistic rendition being sold today. It's that good!
PART 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBSXpKj_WSA
PART 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtSh6JfiSSA... See More

Excellent Transcriptions #2 - Frank Dupree's transcription of Gershwin's An American in Paris is so well done that people have been asking for his version to replace the current simplistic rendition being sold today. It's that good!
PART 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBSXpKj_WSA
PART 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtSh6JfiSSA

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Adelynn Khoo

I watched the film! But is this used in the film?

June 18, 2018 at 2:07pm
Gavin Koh

The 1951 movie An American in Paris (starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron) only features the orchestral version of the piece. This transcription is a 2014 version for a pianist to indulge in and... See More

The 1951 movie An American in Paris (starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron) only features the orchestral version of the piece. This transcription is a 2014 version for a pianist to indulge in and perform with. However, I haven't seen it on sale anywhere yet, possibly some copyright issues.

June 18, 2018 at 2:46pm
Adelynn Khoo

Haha. I like the turning effect of the video btw. Rarely seen.

June 18, 2018 at 3:01pm
Goh Zensen

IMHO, the trumpet solo blues tune (followed by the Big Band Broadway feature) is nicer than the Rhapsody in Blue. But in the piano community, fewer know of the former because of it being a non-... See More

IMHO, the trumpet solo blues tune (followed by the Big Band Broadway feature) is nicer than the Rhapsody in Blue. But in the piano community, fewer know of the former because of it being a non-piano piece. Thus I always play it via a hybrid of by-ear and improvisation.

June 20, 2018 at 2:48pm
May 29, 2018 at 11:33am
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Michael LS

Ya, I just learned in wiki. Ha. The Walking Stick in 1970. Never even heard of this movie.

May 30, 2018 at 11:06am
Susan Teo

Old movie!

June 3, 2018 at 12:04pm
Mabel Ong

Never watch the movie before. ? Think the song is more meaningful if you know the story behind?

June 5, 2018 at 11:55am
Susan Teo

Touching movie. Must watch!

June 17, 2018 at 1:57pm
May 29, 2018 at 11:30am
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Michael LS

I heard the keys are heavier on a grand. Shouldn't it be more tiring instead?

June 8, 2018 at 3:49pm
Gavin Koh

Keys are indeed heavier on a grand but they have something called double escapement. Double escapement allows for quick play of repeated notes. If I remember correctly, the hammer does not fall... See More

Keys are indeed heavier on a grand but they have something called double escapement. Double escapement allows for quick play of repeated notes. If I remember correctly, the hammer does not fall completely, just partially.

June 8, 2018 at 7:20pm
Michael LS

Interesting. Double escapement. Gotta read up on that!

June 11, 2018 at 10:25am
Gavin Koh

Watching the double escapement action is way better: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGxuD3lWaCs

June 11, 2018 at 10:48am
November 8, 2017 at 8:36am

Just viewed the performance of this lady - impressed !

Btw, I usually hear this on the guitar instead. Probably my first, or perhaps second, time hearing it on the piano.

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Mabel Ong

Thanks Gavin for sharing! Amazing pieces.

You can play these?

May 30, 2018 at 12:29am
Gavin Koh

Yes. But the Alhambra piece is very tiring on anything but a grand. And, the Villanesca can be quite tricky. The Cavatina is easiest of the lot. Refer to the individual threads that discusses them... See More

Yes. But the Alhambra piece is very tiring on anything but a grand. And, the Villanesca can be quite tricky. The Cavatina is easiest of the lot. Refer to the individual threads that discusses them separately in the forums. Thanks.

May 30, 2018 at 1:45pm
Mabel Ong

Gavin, you mean it's not tiring to play on grand piano?

June 5, 2018 at 11:59am
Gavin Koh

Pse see my reply in the Alhambra thread.

June 5, 2018 at 1:49pm
June 3, 2018 at 6:29am

Excellent Transcriptions #1 - Debussy's Prélude à l'aprés-midi d'un faune, or Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, is originally a symphonic poem for orchestra, but beautifully transcribed here for the piano.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbr7c2eRpUY

May 31, 2018 at 5:26pm

Time to share my fourth (I think) useful nugget of knowledge. Have you heard or seen arrangements by Mercuziopianist on Youtube?

Well, he actually has a full page of FREE scores arranged by him that is available for download at: https://mega.nz/#F!3BwFVQDT!KxeT8Wt426Y0XEKHHF8v2w

The 532 arrangements are quite... See More

Time to share my fourth (I think) useful nugget of knowledge. Have you heard or seen arrangements by Mercuziopianist on Youtube?

Well, he actually has a full page of FREE scores arranged by him that is available for download at: https://mega.nz/#F!3BwFVQDT!KxeT8Wt426Y0XEKHHF8v2w

The 532 arrangements are quite well done, so go and download what you need and play them at the next Pianover Meetup.

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