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November 27, 2017 at 10:44pm

Piano Piece Pick of the Day #6 - For those looking to be armchair travelers, let Albert William Ketèlbey take you on a journey "In a Persian Market" and "In a Chinese Temple".

I remember playing the latter many years ago and still recall the enchanting tunes that Ketèlbey created to make you believe you were in a faraway place. The orchestral version features all kinds of exotic sounds - from oriental themes to mystical gongs and chanting "monks".

Listen to them and then grab... See More

Piano Piece Pick of the Day #6 - For those looking to be armchair travelers, let Albert William Ketèlbey take you on a journey "In a Persian Market" and "In a Chinese Temple".

I remember playing the latter many years ago and still recall the enchanting tunes that Ketèlbey created to make you believe you were in a faraway place. The orchestral version features all kinds of exotic sounds - from oriental themes to mystical gongs and chanting "monks".

Listen to them and then grab the scores to practice on the piano below.

Chinese Temple: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXXozkxE40M
Persian Market: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Ede2QMi5JM

Scores: http://imslp.org/wiki/Category:Ket%C3%A8lbey,_Albert_William

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November 24, 2017 at 7:09pm

Piano Piece Pick of the Day #4 - For those who love ice skating, Les Patineurs Valse, or more popularly known as The Skaters' Waltz, Op. 183, is a waltz by Émile Waldteufel that is sure to please; this is possibly his best known composition.

The Waltz sets out to capture the atmosphere of skaters on the surface of the frozen River Seine, and it achieves this admirably through an introduction, four brilliantly enchanting waltz themes and a coda section that captures that wintry spirit... See More

Piano Piece Pick of the Day #4 - For those who love ice skating, Les Patineurs Valse, or more popularly known as The Skaters' Waltz, Op. 183, is a waltz by Émile Waldteufel that is sure to please; this is possibly his best known composition.

The Waltz sets out to capture the atmosphere of skaters on the surface of the frozen River Seine, and it achieves this admirably through an introduction, four brilliantly enchanting waltz themes and a coda section that captures that wintry spirit.

Video | Score

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November 15, 2017 at 9:03pm

If I move my piano to another location, and during the moving, the piano got a few fresh scratches, is the piano mover liable to pay for the damages?

#PianoMoving

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November 26, 2017 at 10:42pm

Piano Piece Pick of the Day #5 - Mention Alfred Hitchcock and you might remember the diversity of dramas, thrillers, and mysteries from "Alfred Hitchcock Presents", a TV series that was produced back in the mid-60s.

Indelibly linked to the TV series is Charles Gounod's Funeral March of a Marionette. Originally planned as part of a suite dedicated to a music critic, only this piece was released after the critic's untimely death. Listen to the familiar strains of Gounod's music in the... See More

Piano Piece Pick of the Day #5 - Mention Alfred Hitchcock and you might remember the diversity of dramas, thrillers, and mysteries from "Alfred Hitchcock Presents", a TV series that was produced back in the mid-60s.

Indelibly linked to the TV series is Charles Gounod's Funeral March of a Marionette. Originally planned as part of a suite dedicated to a music critic, only this piece was released after the critic's untimely death. Listen to the familiar strains of Gounod's music in the video below.

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

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November 21, 2017 at 3:55pm

Piano Piece Pick of the Day #1 - Was playing this piece earlier today at URA Centre, when I thought, why not introduce it here for Pianovers to play.

Granados' well known piece from the Goyescas suite called "Quejas, o La Maja y el ruiseñor" or aka "The Maiden and the Nightingale". This piece is actually what the famous song "Bésame Mucho" (composed by Consuelo Velázquez) was based off.

Listen to a performance of the piece below:
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Piano Piece Pick of the Day #1 - Was playing this piece earlier today at URA Centre, when I thought, why not introduce it here for Pianovers to play.

Granados' well known piece from the Goyescas suite called "Quejas, o La Maja y el ruiseñor" or aka "The Maiden and the Nightingale". This piece is actually what the famous song "Bésame Mucho" (composed by Consuelo Velázquez) was based off.

Listen to a performance of the piece below:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7naaVPKatOo

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November 23, 2017 at 4:42pm

Piano Piece Pick of the Day #3 - It seems that today's recommendation has something in common from yesterday's writeup - the year 1944.

From a romance movie known as Love Story comes this exquisite piece of film music that feels like a mini piano concerto - the Cornish Rhapsody by British film composer, Hubert Bath.

Often showcased as a companion to the Warsaw Concerto by Addinsell, it was made popular by Richard Clayderman when he did a cover of both pieces in 1985.

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Piano Piece Pick of the Day #3 - It seems that today's recommendation has something in common from yesterday's writeup - the year 1944.

From a romance movie known as Love Story comes this exquisite piece of film music that feels like a mini piano concerto - the Cornish Rhapsody by British film composer, Hubert Bath.

Often showcased as a companion to the Warsaw Concerto by Addinsell, it was made popular by Richard Clayderman when he did a cover of both pieces in 1985.

Video

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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?

#general

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November 22, 2017 at 1:34pm

Piano Piece Pick of the Day #2 - Tchaikovsky wrote all kinds of music in his time. But, one of his most melanchology songs would have to be "None, But the Lonely Heart".

Coming from his set of Six Romances (Op 6), the last piece wraps around your heart and embraces you in sadness. There is even a movie of the same name that came out in 1944, staring Cary Grant and Ethel Barrymore. A sad movie of the time, it featured Tchaikovsky's song as the background music.

Listen to this... See More

Piano Piece Pick of the Day #2 - Tchaikovsky wrote all kinds of music in his time. But, one of his most melanchology songs would have to be "None, But the Lonely Heart".

Coming from his set of Six Romances (Op 6), the last piece wraps around your heart and embraces you in sadness. There is even a movie of the same name that came out in 1944, staring Cary Grant and Ethel Barrymore. A sad movie of the time, it featured Tchaikovsky's song as the background music.

Listen to this piece below and follow the link to the voice/piano score.
Video: https://www.youtube.com.sg/watch?v=uE6kbNuSOEY
Score: https://imslp.org/wiki/Special:ImagefromIndex/03988/ft01

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November 10, 2017 at 5:13pm

How would one start off as a piano teacher? I am guessing the hardest bit would be to find yourself students who are willing to give you a try. How should one go about that? Or it would it better to join a school and work for them to get experience?

#teacher

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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

#general

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November 1, 2017 at 1:44am

Which performing pianist do you like best and why?

#performing

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April 2, 2017 at 10:07pm

At my recent talk on composing and arranging at Anglican High, I highlighted to the O-Level music students on the importance to deepen one's understanding of music theory in order to be a superior music arranger. Then one of the them asked me this question, "Would ABRSM Grade 8 theory suffice?"

#composing

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April 9, 2017 at 12:58am

This thread is meant not just for adults, but also for children. To what extent do you find taking piano exams a stressful experience? Or do you feel motivated to go for it as the outcome is rewarding?

#exam

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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

#general

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October 31, 2017 at 5:59pm

Joke riddles for pianists (with cringeworthy answers):
a) What do you get when you drop a piano down a mine shaft?
b) Why was the stupid pianist banging his head against the keys?
c) What is the difference between a piano and a fish?
d) Why did Mozart kill his chickens?
e) Why is crossing the street like playing the piano?
f) What do you call a laughing piano?

#general

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November 9, 2017 at 11:27am

Too bad we have no polls like those on Facebook. What do you think about the following ideas for Pianovers? Should we have them? What does our organizer, Yong Meng, himself say to these?

a) Allow for that rare diversity in pianovers performances. Maybe piano + vocals, piano duos, trios, quartets, etc. Would be great to collaborate with like-minded musicians
b) Poll the Pianovers community and pick the best youtube performance so that they can be invited back to play again. Or... See More

Too bad we have no polls like those on Facebook. What do you think about the following ideas for Pianovers? Should we have them? What does our organizer, Yong Meng, himself say to these?

a) Allow for that rare diversity in pianovers performances. Maybe piano + vocals, piano duos, trios, quartets, etc. Would be great to collaborate with like-minded musicians
b) Poll the Pianovers community and pick the best youtube performance so that they can be invited back to play again. Or maybe they could be given a Pianover Reward card? Or something like that.
c) Allow the pianist to contribute some write-up that can then be presented to the audience too.
d) Create a Facebook group for Pianovers.
e) Attain 50 performances and get a free Pianover Reward card?
d) Opening to the floor: Anyone have any other proposals?

#general

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November 6, 2017 at 5:21pm

A question: What comes to mind when a foreigner asks you to tell them more about "Singaporean Music"? Do we label ourselves as a culture that churns out patriotic songs only during National Day? Or is there truly a Singaporean identity - elusive though it may be?

#general

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November 2, 2017 at 2:48pm

Time to share another useful nugget of knowledge. Third off my list:

Need to refresh yourself on a musical concept (eg. recalling the Circle of Fifths) or are you starting out in learning a musical piece and need some basic lessons?

Well, try this free online course that already has 300+ videos: http://www.daveconservatoire.org/

#PianoPieces... See More

Time to share another useful nugget of knowledge. Third off my list:

Need to refresh yourself on a musical concept (eg. recalling the Circle of Fifths) or are you starting out in learning a musical piece and need some basic lessons?

Well, try this free online course that already has 300+ videos: http://www.daveconservatoire.org/

#PianoPieces

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May 1, 2017 at 12:45am

Final "Full Dressed" Rehearsal for our duet Mini-Recital on Classical Music (32 pieces in total) on music synthesizers/keyboards with audience Sng Yong Meng, Elyn Goh, Flyer Walker, Gteo Teo and Fi Ga Ro.

#events #concerts

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March 25, 2017 at 9:57pm

What's the difference between playing a piece in the privacy of your living room versus performing the same piece for an audience? After all, it's the same piece right (no?) Any thoughts or comments on this? :)

#performing

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October 13, 2017 at 1:05am

My son is in P2 this year. He takes piano lessons at home, now Grade 1. Is it advisable to take piano exam every year?

#exam

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March 26, 2017 at 1:53pm

Playing on Zensen's baby piano . This is how small it is!

#PianoBrands #PianoModels

goh-zensen-1469's picture
April 17, 2017 at 8:10pm

What is your take on this? If a person is feeling very sad, should he be listening to a melancholic piece such as Tchaikvosky's Pathetique symphony? Or should he be listening to a cheerful and joyful piece like Mozart's Paris Symphony?

#general

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November 6, 2017 at 5:43pm

Unique Piano Pieces Thread #1 - For those looking to play a piece that allows you to perform a glissando on black keys only, here's one really cool piece: Cyril Scott's Lotus Land. You get to do it 3 times, on bars 35, 36, and 62.

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DoqDR5Zvu_M
Score: http://... See More

Unique Piano Pieces Thread #1 - For those looking to play a piece that allows you to perform a glissando on black keys only, here's one really cool piece: Cyril Scott's Lotus Land. You get to do it 3 times, on bars 35, 36, and 62.

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DoqDR5Zvu_M
Score: http://petruccilibrary.us/scores/Scott_Cyril_1970/Scott_-_LotusLand_Op.4...

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