February 12, 2018 at 1:04pm

Happy Chinese New Year! 恭喜发财!

What's your favourite CNY song?

#general

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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
January 19, 2018 at 4:39pm

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

#PianoPieces

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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."

... See More

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."

#PianoPieces

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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."

#PianoPieces

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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
February 2, 2018 at 10:21pm
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Liew Soo Hin

Listening Live with a group of concert goers definitely feel different altogether. That said, I only attend concerts selectively.

If you're a fan of Yiruma and haven't been to one, I guess... See More

Listening Live with a group of concert goers definitely feel different altogether. That said, I only attend concerts selectively.

If you're a fan of Yiruma and haven't been to one, I guess you could take the chance.

February 12, 2018 at 1:02pm
Michael LS

Been seeing a lot of this concert's advertisement on the TV recently.

February 20, 2018 at 9:55am
Adelynn Khoo

Yup, I noticed too. What's the cheapest ticket?

February 21, 2018 at 12:36pm
Mabel Ong

Think it's $98.

February 21, 2018 at 7:43pm
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
February 8, 2018 at 11:37am

Can this be done - 3 months to train a person (with a little play by ear knowledge) to play jazz on a piano professionally? Yes. Ryan Gosling in La La Land. "And his performance was impeccable... 2nd day of shooting."
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7szilgmvaeQ

#teacher

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Mabel Ong

Omg!! Is this possible!?!? ?
How long have I taken?!! *ashamed*

February 10, 2018 at 3:35pm
Liew Soo Hin

But this will be a rote learning process, no?

February 12, 2018 at 1:06pm
Gavin Koh

Precisely. Ryan memorized a couple of pieces, then he put in some showmanship and pizzazz for the camera. So, would you rather memorize just a few pieces or learn everything about music theory? It... See More

Precisely. Ryan memorized a couple of pieces, then he put in some showmanship and pizzazz for the camera. So, would you rather memorize just a few pieces or learn everything about music theory? It depends on your ultimate goal. Both works just as well, but you just have to have the right aptitude and attitude.

February 12, 2018 at 1:35pm
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
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-...

... See More

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-...

#general

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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
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."

#PianoPieces

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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 15, 2018 at 6:08pm

I might be asking a silly question. But how do you polish your piano? And how often? What about the white and black keys?

#PianoCare

March 31, 2017 at 10:15pm

Something I've noticed : pianists who are good at sight reading are generally not so good at playing by ear or improvising, and vice versa. I wonder why. (Because two different parts of the brain are utilized?)

#performing

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Liew Soo Hin

Haha, can see that this can be a "war" between sight-reading and play-by-ear. But I think we can discuss with educational benefits.

One simple example that sight-reading will survive is... See More

Haha, can see that this can be a "war" between sight-reading and play-by-ear. But I think we can discuss with educational benefits.

One simple example that sight-reading will survive is because composers want their works to be reproduced correctly.

Maybe a piece played by a single instrument can be reproduced by a person with great ears, but a film music typically comprising many instruments would be better reproduced with scores.

I've always looked at scores with thick chords, maybe both hands playing about 8 notes together, and wonder how someone can pick these 8 individual notes out easily by ear. It's quite obvious which side I'm on.

November 23, 2017 at 11:57am
Goh Zensen

Not really a "war" but more a "divide". In fact I was invited to delivery a talk on this topic at one of Pianovers's special meetup at the Bliss House some months ago. In the talk I mentioned each... See More

Not really a "war" but more a "divide". In fact I was invited to delivery a talk on this topic at one of Pianovers's special meetup at the Bliss House some months ago. In the talk I mentioned each serves a different set of purposes, and the merits and shortcomings of each. If you are keen I can email you the slides.

November 24, 2017 at 9:24am
Goh Zensen

Another vital insight to share with regard to play-by-ear is as follows. If we treat classical/art music as THE genre, then of course sight-reading carries heavy weight. Don't get me wrong, I'm a... See More

Another vital insight to share with regard to play-by-ear is as follows. If we treat classical/art music as THE genre, then of course sight-reading carries heavy weight. Don't get me wrong, I'm a classical music specialist (among all genres) and I advocate all music learners go through at least the main classical repertoire.

However, the world of music is more than the classical genre. We have several other genres of music whereby "scores aren't available" for such pieces because of the nature/context of things. For example, traditional folk music of several countries/regions such as Greensleeves (England) and Sakura (Japan) - we can't really traced their original composer. And even if we are able to, most of them did not pen their works via the 5-lined stave. Many could be played/sung throughout the generations/eras. And if we need to rely on scores to play such pieces, we can only find specific score versions done by specific ARRANGERS. So we are playing someone's arrangement, instead of its original version (which has no score). Play-by-ear and improvising/arrangement skills of us (as pianists) are thus coming in handy for such purposes.

Even in the mege-genre of pop music, and also other genres like New Age music and Soundtrack music, many composers don't create the stave notations - they only produce the final product (the audio track). As such, music score transcribers start to earn some market share by notating these to various degrees (which again is subject to their own "arrangement"). So in this context, wouldn't it be better that we play by ear?

November 24, 2017 at 9:52am
Michael LS

Black cat or white car, as long as it can catch the mouse, it's a good cat.

Using this philosophy, it doesn't matter the method to learn, as in the end, you achieve your aim. Of course,... See More

Black cat or white car, as long as it can catch the mouse, it's a good cat.

Using this philosophy, it doesn't matter the method to learn, as in the end, you achieve your aim. Of course, your aim might be different from me.

January 15, 2018 at 5:59pm
November 21, 2017 at 9:49pm

Music as art? Will Synthesia redefine music for the modern era?

Imagine a piano piece embellished with more than 100,000 notes for art's sake. Can we play it? No. But a computer sure can!

Here is a Christmas Black MIDI piece for you. BLACK because if you were to print out the score, you'd smear the whole paper black with the "thousands of" (or sometimes "millions of") notes.

Is this visual artistry perhaps just a passing phase?

... See More

Music as art? Will Synthesia redefine music for the modern era?

Imagine a piano piece embellished with more than 100,000 notes for art's sake. Can we play it? No. But a computer sure can!

Here is a Christmas Black MIDI piece for you. BLACK because if you were to print out the score, you'd smear the whole paper black with the "thousands of" (or sometimes "millions of") notes.

Is this visual artistry perhaps just a passing phase?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5l3557hyp4

#MusicAesthetics

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Gavin Koh

To achieve the snowflakes effect you see in the video, you only need to copy and paste a group of notes resembling a single snowflake. To displace the snowflakes across the horizontal axis, you... See More

To achieve the snowflakes effect you see in the video, you only need to copy and paste a group of notes resembling a single snowflake. To displace the snowflakes across the horizontal axis, you only need to transpose these groups.

November 23, 2017 at 11:44pm
Mabel Ong

I can't keep up with the everything flying here and there. Lol! Who in the world has the time to make this kind of song?! ?

November 29, 2017 at 9:42pm
Gavin Koh

I am hoping it will be Generation Z, Alpha Generation and beyond, who will take any form of music and make it into a visual spectacle.

November 29, 2017 at 9:56pm
Michael LS

What did I just see!? ?

January 15, 2018 at 5:56pm
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.

#general

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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
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
December 25, 2017 at 10:09am

Merry Christmas, piano lovers here! ?? ⭐️?

Have a blessed Christmas!

#general

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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
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.

#PianoPieces

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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
January 2, 2018 at 8:28am

Happy 2018, every one!! ?

#general

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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.

#general

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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 3, 2017 at 10:55pm

It is amazing that four decades after the movie’s release, people are still finding new ways of interpreting Halloween’s theme song. The original theme was created with simple piano music, however, sometimes it is simple things that really capture people’s imagination and withstand the test of time. As John Carpenter said, “Horror movies will live forever.”

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Adelynn Khoo

You watched the movie? Quite an old show.

November 13, 2017 at 1:11pm
Carlyn Ng

Nay.. I didn't watch. I avoid horror shows. I run away! I guess you did?

November 30, 2017 at 2:36pm
Adelynn Khoo

I didn't as well. But I'm familiar with this famous title. Just like how I know the existence of Lord of the Rings, but I have never watched them.

December 20, 2017 at 8:53am
Mabel Ong

My first time with this piece! ?

December 20, 2017 at 10:50am
December 8, 2017 at 12:10am

Piano Piece Pick #14 - Looking to perform for a wedding, but yet you have been requested to perform something other than the standard Wedding March (Mendelssohn) and Bridal Chorus (Wagner). And you have been further instructed to avoid overused romantic pieces like Canon in D (Pachelbel), Claire de Lune (Debussy), Ave Maria (J S Bach), and Ode to Joy (Beethoven).

So, what will you perform at this wedding? I recommend "Wedding Day at Troldhaugen" from Edvard Grieg. It is the last... See More

Piano Piece Pick #14 - Looking to perform for a wedding, but yet you have been requested to perform something other than the standard Wedding March (Mendelssohn) and Bridal Chorus (Wagner). And you have been further instructed to avoid overused romantic pieces like Canon in D (Pachelbel), Claire de Lune (Debussy), Ave Maria (J S Bach), and Ode to Joy (Beethoven).

So, what will you perform at this wedding? I recommend "Wedding Day at Troldhaugen" from Edvard Grieg. It is the last piece from Volume 8 of Grieg's Lyric Pieces (a large collection of 66 solo pieces). Click on the video below to listen!

No? A bad choice, you say? So, what would YOU recommend we play at this wedding other than the pieces listed here?

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gq83dUB37rI
Score: https://imslp.org/wiki/Special:ImagefromIndex/285710/ft01

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Gavin Koh

No, I don't think so. Canon in D doesn't sound that nice on the piano, not without some strings backing.

December 9, 2017 at 9:46am
Mabel Ong

Most gals would melt with Canon in D, even just piano alone!! ?

December 10, 2017 at 1:54am
Carlyn Ng

Yes Mabel, I will melt... ?

Gavin, to me, I don't think this song is suitable for a wedding here in SG leh. Hehehe, just my personal opinion, at least for my wedding.

December 19, 2017 at 5:07pm
Gavin Koh

Ok... majority wins, I suppose! ?

December 19, 2017 at 5:08pm
November 17, 2017 at 3:03pm

Piano Island Festival - 9th to 15th Jan 2018. Has anyone ever heard of this event co-sponsored by the Portuguese Embassy and Steinway? Is attending such Masterclasses/Lectures worth it?

https://www.pianoislandfestival.com/calendar

#events #concerts

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Goh Zensen

I have several pianist friends (who were graduates from overseas' prestigious music conservatories) who agree with me that music theory stemming from the 5-lined staff system is indeed superfluous... See More

I have several pianist friends (who were graduates from overseas' prestigious music conservatories) who agree with me that music theory stemming from the 5-lined staff system is indeed superfluous and complicating, and there is a political reason for them to stay put that way (instead of being overhauled and simplified to meet the ease of learning by the masses). The reason is to preserve their elitism and exclusivity, period.

November 24, 2017 at 9:36am
Gavin Koh

I would tend towards disagreeing. The ability to learn and read music is no more elitist than say the ability to learn and read English. I feel that the language of music is likewise imposed upon... See More

I would tend towards disagreeing. The ability to learn and read music is no more elitist than say the ability to learn and read English. I feel that the language of music is likewise imposed upon by something akin to grammar - as in rules that you must follow on how to place notes and rests properly on the staves. It is an efficient system for communicating ideas on a musical level.

You could compare a lively piano concerto to be equivalent to a suspense novel from Tom Clancy, but that is something that you don't boast to friends who don't know anything about music. To do so is to invite people to start labeling you - they may make a snide comment saying you are a "show off". But they are right, because you are actually letting boasting about your skill in knowing another "language" - the language of music. For some reason, this boastfulness may be misconstrued as a form of elitism.

Surely we do not want to regress back to the era of bards and skalds where we repeat everything to our students. But, it is ultimately your prerogative If you want others to learn by playing by ear. They can always embellish or rearrange however they wish, of course, enriching a musical piece this way - but you would have lost the original version. This is probably how songs like Greensleeves and Sakura (and a million other traditional songs) were passed down through the ages.

But in today's context, it would be silly to not use a proper music notation system to preserve and communicate your work to the next generation. Just power up Finale (or Musescore) and enter in your music, as simple as ABC.

If a person should feel that the 5-lined staff system is too complicated or elitist, there are always other music systems around - like the interesting Klavarskribo or the Lead Sheet used by jazz musicians to abbreviate the gist of a song. The most common of these alternative music notation systems would likely be the numbered musical notation system. There are reams of these scores being passed down to preserve the rich musical heritage in China, and you could always promote that as a good alternative to the 5-lined stave system. I guess looking at a page full of numbers, dots, and underlines, would deem to be less elitist.

November 24, 2017 at 12:05pm
Goh Zensen

Spot on, Gavin! It is exactly the choice of notation system I'm talking about (when the use of notation is necessary like you've rightfully pointed out). I'm advocating the use of cipher (numeral... See More

Spot on, Gavin! It is exactly the choice of notation system I'm talking about (when the use of notation is necessary like you've rightfully pointed out). I'm advocating the use of cipher (numeral) notations adopted by millions of Chinese because this is a much simpler way to understand music, read music, play music, etc., and also, like what you'd highlighted, DOCUMENT music throughout the ages. I'd in fact conducted a full Western orchestral piece using the Cipher notation system, dismissing the myth that it is too simple (i.e. not sophisticated enough) to match the needs of the Western music tradition. This IS the revolution I've been talking about!

Many who were initially unconvinced by me were encouraged to watch the movie The Time Machine (2002 film). After watching it, many became convinced!

Also explaining why SOTA admits pupils who can sight-read on any other forms (need not be the 5-lined notation system).

November 24, 2017 at 12:43pm
Carlyn Ng

So, anyone going?

December 19, 2017 at 5:03pm
November 28, 2017 at 4:56pm

How many pianists here love taking a hiatus now and then from playing the piano and trying something else - like learning another instrument, composing music, limelighting as a lyricist, or partaking in singing?

#performing

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Goh Zensen

Cakewalk! Superb! Been using its ancient versions for orchestral music arrangements since the early 90s, recently upgraded to using Sonar Artist!

December 2, 2017 at 11:56pm
Gavin Koh

Arrgh... why do I keep typing Cakewalk. I am using Sonar too.

December 3, 2017 at 2:36pm
Carlyn Ng

Teik Lee, what is comping?

December 16, 2017 at 11:01am
Gavin Koh

"Comping" is short form for complement or accompaniment. You can read more about it here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comping... See More

"Comping" is short form for complement or accompaniment. You can read more about it here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comping

December 16, 2017 at 10:02pm
December 10, 2017 at 1:39am

Piano Piece Pick #15 - With the evil clown "It" terrorizing cinema goers, it is perhaps never a better time then to think about addressing people's coulrophobia, or fear of clowns.

What about learning how to play the tune that started it all for the world of the Ringling Brothers, and Barnum & Bailey Circus? And, that would be Czech composer Julius Fučík's Entrance of the Gladiators (Op 68). The march gained popularity in circuses after it was arranged for wind bands and... See More

Piano Piece Pick #15 - With the evil clown "It" terrorizing cinema goers, it is perhaps never a better time then to think about addressing people's coulrophobia, or fear of clowns.

What about learning how to play the tune that started it all for the world of the Ringling Brothers, and Barnum & Bailey Circus? And, that would be Czech composer Julius Fučík's Entrance of the Gladiators (Op 68). The march gained popularity in circuses after it was arranged for wind bands and published as "Thunder and Blazes". Today, it is played to introduce clowns.

So, let's "Send in the Clowns". Click and listen!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_B0CyOAO8y0
http://imslp.org/wiki/Category:Fu%C4%8D%C3%ADk,_Julius

#PianoPieces

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Goh Zensen

Playmobil evades copyright issues by composing "this song using different notes but of the same style"! Give it a listen!

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Playmobil evades copyright issues by composing "this song using different notes but of the same style"! Give it a listen!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pt2xGsUsQQ

December 10, 2017 at 4:55pm
Gavin Koh

Laugh out loud! Yes, it is a rip off of Fučík's march. But, I don't think you can get away scot free in today's music industry; you will very likely get sued if there are derivative similarities... See More

Laugh out loud! Yes, it is a rip off of Fučík's march. But, I don't think you can get away scot free in today's music industry; you will very likely get sued if there are derivative similarities.

December 11, 2017 at 8:48am
December 7, 2017 at 12:15am

Piano Piece Pick #13 - Claude Debussy wrote a 6 piece suite for children back in 1908. The final piece of the set contained this peculiar title - "Golliwogg's cake-walk". But, what does the title mean?

Well, a golliwogg is a stuffed rag doll characterized by white-rimmed eyes, clown-like lips, and frizzy black hair and skin. The cakewalk is a dance invented by slaves to make fun of the elite class; often slaves would dance against each other to win a delicious hoecake (southern... See More

Piano Piece Pick #13 - Claude Debussy wrote a 6 piece suite for children back in 1908. The final piece of the set contained this peculiar title - "Golliwogg's cake-walk". But, what does the title mean?

Well, a golliwogg is a stuffed rag doll characterized by white-rimmed eyes, clown-like lips, and frizzy black hair and skin. The cakewalk is a dance invented by slaves to make fun of the elite class; often slaves would dance against each other to win a delicious hoecake (southern cornbread).

Debussy's Golliwogg's cake-walk invokes an image of black dolls dancing in mocking fun and the music borrows elements from ragtime and jazz. And boy, doesn't that distinctive melody take the cake?

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCLVB2tPY98

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