Piano Pieces

March 16, 2018 at 1:43pm
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Carlyn Ng

Saw the pianist smiled at 1:18 mark there. Nice!!

March 20, 2018 at 10:53am
January 19, 2018 at 4:39pm

I've always known this piece by Emil Chau. Didn't know it has a Japanese origin!!

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Carlyn Ng

Btw, my favourite has been 风雨无阻! Hahaha!

February 3, 2018 at 4:52pm
Adelynn Khoo

Siew Tin, are you taking formal lessons now? I noticed you have played so many pieces, when I looked at your profile.

February 21, 2018 at 12:37pm
Pek Siew Tin

Yes. Mi try no play repeat pc during ?meetup^+^

February 21, 2018 at 6:08pm
Mabel Ong

That's really an impressive "personal rule" you have. No wonder you've a long list of pieces!! ?

February 24, 2018 at 7:06pm
January 3, 2018 at 10:37pm

Thank you, Tea Zhi Yuan, for your contribution of this article.

"One instrumental development in Beethoven’s reign was the development of piano music and hence, the development of his piano sonatas. It is in my opinion that it is in these 32 that we see a beautiful series, each sonata carrying a crucial role in the evolution of music. And if we ever compare the 1st and 32nd sonata he wrote, it would seem that 2 different people have composed them."

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Liew Soo Hin

My personal favourite is Sonata No. 17 in D minor, the 3rd movement. Simple motif but engaging.

February 12, 2018 at 1:13pm
Tea Zhi Yuan

Hi Soo Hin. Thank you for your reply. Yes, it is a simple and engaging motif and i believe that would be the tempest sonata. Ah, but unfortunately, I do have some prejudice or I guess "some beef"... See More

Hi Soo Hin. Thank you for your reply. Yes, it is a simple and engaging motif and i believe that would be the tempest sonata. Ah, but unfortunately, I do have some prejudice or I guess "some beef" with that particular sonata (which explains why I didnt include it in any of the articles). But we have own preferences and the right to preference (some say that my personal favourite sonata, the Appasionata and particularly the 3rd movement sounds like a mouthful of notes that is not constructive, and I thought this should be applied to Liszt).

February 13, 2018 at 7:29pm
Liew Soo Hin

Zhi Yuan, we are all open to discussions. ? Would you like to share why you have "some beef" with Tempest?

February 18, 2018 at 12:21pm
Tea Zhi Yuan

Hi Soo Hin. I think it for that sonata, i feel it is just a mouthful of notes especially so for the development of the 3rd movement, a style that is evident in most of his middle sonatas. All of a... See More

Hi Soo Hin. I think it for that sonata, i feel it is just a mouthful of notes especially so for the development of the 3rd movement, a style that is evident in most of his middle sonatas. All of a sudden everything sounds unconstructive. Yeah... i dont think its the best thing he has written and i dont particularly enjoy pieces with the same characteristic (Hint Hint Liszt Sonata)

February 22, 2018 at 12:42pm
February 6, 2018 at 10:45am

Thank you, Tea Zhi Yuan, for your contribution of this article.

"Since Beethoven’s time, the face of music changed forever. Beethoven made it possible for one to break the traditions of music. And by casting away the dogmatic conventional approaches of music from the past, great composers after Beethoven (many of whom modeled their own compositions after Beethoven) carried on his legacy of musical innovation. Other composers too inspired others to push the boundaries of music and the... See More

Thank you, Tea Zhi Yuan, for your contribution of this article.

"Since Beethoven’s time, the face of music changed forever. Beethoven made it possible for one to break the traditions of music. And by casting away the dogmatic conventional approaches of music from the past, great composers after Beethoven (many of whom modeled their own compositions after Beethoven) carried on his legacy of musical innovation. Other composers too inspired others to push the boundaries of music and the cycle of inspiration goes on and on till present times. And true enough, the cycle will still continue; the music of today: Pop, Rap etc. will irrevocably inspire a new music movement."

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Mabel Ong

Wa.. Mr Tea, thanks! Enjoyed reading both of your articles. Btw, what's "Tea" in Chinese? Hehe.

February 10, 2018 at 3:36pm
Tea Zhi Yuan

Hi Mabel. Glad that you enjoyed the articles. haha. you have to be the millionth person to ask me for my chinese surname! Care to take a guess? hint its not 茶

February 13, 2018 at 12:41pm
Mabel Ong

Closest I can think of is "Tay", so I guess it's Zheng?

February 18, 2018 at 12:25pm
Tea Zhi Yuan

Bingo:))) yeah my chinese surname is zheng.

February 22, 2018 at 12:33pm
January 23, 2018 at 1:46pm

The Chinese New Year (农历新年) is a very important festival that is celebrated by the Chinese populations in many Asian countries, like Singapore, Malaysia, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, Mauritius, and Philippines. During the celebrations, many popular Chinese New Year songs are sung, including "Gong Xi Gong Xi" (恭喜恭喜). The fact that it uses the minor key is the oddity, because minor key songs typically project sadness and loneliness. Why is Gong Xi Gong Xi written in... See More

The Chinese New Year (农历新年) is a very important festival that is celebrated by the Chinese populations in many Asian countries, like Singapore, Malaysia, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, Mauritius, and Philippines. During the celebrations, many popular Chinese New Year songs are sung, including "Gong Xi Gong Xi" (恭喜恭喜). The fact that it uses the minor key is the oddity, because minor key songs typically project sadness and loneliness. Why is Gong Xi Gong Xi written in the minor key then?

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Carlyn Ng

wa, this is wow! I've taken this song for granted, did not know it has a dark past.

February 3, 2018 at 4:46pm
Gavin Koh

This 1946 audio of 恭喜恭喜 sure doesn't sound happy at all - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2oXuzvbGuA

February 5, 2018 at 11:47pm
Mabel Ong

Gavin, oh my.. it sounds really unlike the happy CNY song we always know. ?

February 10, 2018 at 3:38pm
Gavin Koh

What if 恭喜恭喜 was in a major key? What would it sound like? It would probably sound like this or... See More

What if 恭喜恭喜 was in a major key? What would it sound like? It would probably sound like this or this

February 12, 2018 at 11:24pm
January 23, 2018 at 10:30am

Looking for a FREE 550+ page book of classical masterpieces? Try this link at IMSLP.

Alternatively, you could go to the Esplanade Library, borrow this truly heavy book and heft it to a Pianover Meetup.

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Gavin Koh

Here are another few IMSLP gems:
* 100 Folksongs of All Nations (217 pages compiled by... See More

Here are another few IMSLP gems:
* 100 Folksongs of All Nations (217 pages compiled by Granville Bantock)
* 100 English Folksongs (285 pages compiled by Cecil Sharp)
* Album of Russian Piano Music (266 pages compiled by Louis Osterle)
* Anthology of French Piano Music (395 pages in 2 volumes compiled by Philipp, Isidor)
* Anthology of German Piano Music (434 pages in 2 volumes compiled by Moritz Moszkowski)
* Chopin's Klavierwerke, Instructive Ausgabe (883 pages compiled in 13 volumes)
* Sonata Album (388 pages compiled by G Schirmer)
* Songs the Children Love to Sing (256 pages compiled by Albert Ernest Weir)
* The Book of a Thousand Songs (535 pages compiled by Albert Ernest Weir

January 29, 2018 at 4:43pm
Mabel Ong

I'm amazed! How did you find all these?

January 25, 2018 at 7:57pm
Gavin Koh

I got tired of downloading individual pieces and started looking for collections or anthologies on IMSLP. Plus I actually carried a 550 page book from the Esplanade to URA Centre, so I am NOT... See More

I got tired of downloading individual pieces and started looking for collections or anthologies on IMSLP. Plus I actually carried a 550 page book from the Esplanade to URA Centre, so I am NOT doing that again. And while I'm at it, why not share.

January 26, 2018 at 4:56pm
December 16, 2017 at 3:24pm

Thank you Gavin for contributing this article.

"Video game music transited through several phases. Chiptunes were predominant in the 80s, while the 90s brought digitally synthesized music, MIDI, and pre-recorded music that could be streamed during gameplay. Today, video game music has matured like fine wine; you can now have beautiful soundtracks presented with a full orchestra and even couple that with Dolby Stereo playback. This first part shall explore some of the music from the... See More

Thank you Gavin for contributing this article.

"Video game music transited through several phases. Chiptunes were predominant in the 80s, while the 90s brought digitally synthesized music, MIDI, and pre-recorded music that could be streamed during gameplay. Today, video game music has matured like fine wine; you can now have beautiful soundtracks presented with a full orchestra and even couple that with Dolby Stereo playback. This first part shall explore some of the music from the role-playing game genre."

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Mabel Ong

Yayy!! Looking forward!! Woww.. is the 3rd article related to this topic?

January 24, 2018 at 1:00am
Gavin Koh

Not at all.

January 24, 2018 at 1:49am
Mabel Ong

Hehehe, good time to reveal the title?

January 25, 2018 at 7:58pm
Gavin Koh

It's something to do with the "Piano Concerto".

January 25, 2018 at 9:02pm
January 9, 2018 at 12:16am

Anyone into Tim Burton's Corpse Bride?

This piece is short but amazing! Love it!

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Gavin Koh

That would be music by Danny Elfman. If I can dig music from The Simpsons, then I must say I will love this piece too. If you google the right words, you can even... See More

That would be music by Danny Elfman. If I can dig music from The Simpsons, then I must say I will love this piece too. If you google the right words, you can even download it.

January 10, 2018 at 3:41pm
Tan Chia Huee

❤music expresses what words cannot say

January 10, 2018 at 5:01pm
Mabel Ong

Hahaha, I'm still not competent enough to play it. Will work hard towards it! Meanwhile, Gavin and Jia hui, you both can play during the pianovers meetup! ?

January 12, 2018 at 4:17pm
November 27, 2017 at 10:13am

One of my favourite piano pieces - Eyes On Me, from Final Fantasy 8. ?

Loves Faye Wong's voice for this piece too.

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Gavin Koh

I have played some FF7 a long time back and just a bit of FF8 (as a preview). Can't wait to finish playing them once again.

December 2, 2017 at 1:03am
Mabel Ong

I see. Haha. I don't play Final Fantasy. Only know of this game because of Eyes On Me.

December 2, 2017 at 6:14pm
Carlyn Ng

Same, Mabel, I also don't play this game. Didn't even know it was from final fantasy. hehehe.

December 16, 2017 at 11:04am
Adelynn Khoo

I went to check out some songs from the Final Fantasy series after I read this post. I think To Zanarkand is great too! Suteki da ne from FF10 as well. Great to share pieces here. I get to know... See More

I went to check out some songs from the Final Fantasy series after I read this post. I think To Zanarkand is great too! Suteki da ne from FF10 as well. Great to share pieces here. I get to know some interesting pieces from the sharing. Keep it up!! =)

January 5, 2018 at 4:25pm

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