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.

April 15, 2018 at 10:22pm

Should only technically-challenging pieces be deemed as being aesthetic? The following is a good read:

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Goh Zensen

I think I did post it here (via another thread). Once I've done the recording with our local soprano Karen Aw, I will post the entire video clip on Youtube (public domain).

May 30, 2018 at 8:30am
Gavin Koh

The Search function on the forums here is non-existent. You have to do it via Google. The link that Zensen mentions is this:... See More

The Search function on the forums here is non-existent. You have to do it via Google. The link that Zensen mentions is this: https://www.thepiano.sg/discussion/post/2017/11/29/1469-1511955896-275

May 30, 2018 at 9:05am
Michael LS

Thanks for link. Looking fwd to the recording Zensen mentioned.

May 30, 2018 at 11:01am
Goh Zensen

Thanks, Gavin!

May 31, 2018 at 8:59am
May 30, 2018 at 12:57pm

For Michael: Here's the third missing thread originally discussed under the Asturias video. Playing the Villanesca requires you to master the hand-crossing technique. Here is the piece being played by Pierre Morabia: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqyOMz4pQ7Y

April 30, 2018 at 9:42am

I can't believe it that the movie "Space Odyssey 2001" is 50 years old this April. Here is Also Sprach Zarathustra (a tone poem from Richard Strauss) which was featured prominently in the movie and played on the piano here by David: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7E3u4ABksco

Do you know of any other classical piece being used in movies? Share below.

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May 27, 2018 at 4:32pm
Michael LS

Yes!! That's the one, very impressive with the part. The playing of the Tempest, the sequence of the notes, is the code to unlock the message that is hidden in a black key. How awesome!

May 27, 2018 at 11:25pm
Gavin Koh

Here's another one - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gw05bErme6Q - Beethoven's Appassionata was featured in the van Damme... See More

Here's another one - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gw05bErme6Q - Beethoven's Appassionata was featured in the van Damme action flick "Hard Target" where Lance Henriksen (of Aliens fame) and Arnold Vosloo (of Mummy fame) act.

May 30, 2018 at 6:53pm
Michael LS

Ah nice! Anyway, that song is out of reach to me. Too difficult for me.

May 28, 2018 at 8:38pm
April 14, 2018 at 10:19pm

Would we see electronic gadgets that are useful for pianists? For example, I need one of these because URA Centre is a bit too dark for my poor eyesight.

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Carlyn Ng

Can this be found anywhere in any electronic store here in sg, or at some bazaar? Looks like the type that can be easily found.

April 25, 2018 at 1:00pm
Gavin Koh

Possibly. I haven't had a chance to see a bazaar near my neighborhood for months now.

April 25, 2018 at 2:26pm
April 14, 2018 at 11:17pm

Awkward situation for a pianist #1 - What would you do if you, the pianist, attended a recital all ready to play K.467 and was caught off guard by the starting bars of K.466? Luckily, it was only a lunchtime concert (a rehearsal for the evening concert) for Maria Joao Pires. But, more luckily for her, Maria had played K.466 before and she easily switched gears to play the required piece.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v... See More

Awkward situation for a pianist #1 - What would you do if you, the pianist, attended a recital all ready to play K.467 and was caught off guard by the starting bars of K.466? Luckily, it was only a lunchtime concert (a rehearsal for the evening concert) for Maria Joao Pires. But, more luckily for her, Maria had played K.466 before and she easily switched gears to play the required piece.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n89F9YKPNOg

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Mabel Ong

Woah, that will be a lot to memorise! I'm still struggling with just one or two pages! Kudos to her!

April 18, 2018 at 1:18pm
Gavin Koh

Yes, memorizing is a pain for pianists everywhere. The best I have memorized is a single piece at a time. And nowadays, I just prefer sight reading on the spot, although you can't do that with... See More

Yes, memorizing is a pain for pianists everywhere. The best I have memorized is a single piece at a time. And nowadays, I just prefer sight reading on the spot, although you can't do that with very fast pieces.

April 18, 2018 at 1:25pm
Carlyn Ng

piano teachers should be able to sight read even faster pieces?

April 21, 2018 at 9:33pm
Gavin Koh

I should think so. If you get your hands on a piece that reads greater than Allegro (eg. Vivace, Presto, and Prestissimo, etc.), you're at least going to do some music speed reading - be aware of... See More

I should think so. If you get your hands on a piece that reads greater than Allegro (eg. Vivace, Presto, and Prestissimo, etc.), you're at least going to do some music speed reading - be aware of the key and signature, glance through the score to ferret out difficult passages, note all changes to key and signature, repeats, dynamics and other special ornamentation. After that, you could theoretically play the piece at a fast enough rate on the first go, and aim to pick up speed after acclimatizing yourself to the piece.

The pain is always memorizing the piece for a performance; well, rote learning helps.

April 21, 2018 at 11:54pm
April 15, 2018 at 12:12am

Awkward situation for a pianist #5 - When something breaks on the piano, will you panic? Perhaps a string snaps in the middle of your performance, perhaps your score flies off, or perhaps this happens to you... your chair breaks... Ouch! Has something similar ever happened to you? Did you keep your cool and continue?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fb9NXU4yUYw

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Gavin Koh

Maybe, but unlikely. In an upright, the snapped string will whip around inside the wooden enclosure. But in a grand, this is likely to happen:... See More

Maybe, but unlikely. In an upright, the snapped string will whip around inside the wooden enclosure. But in a grand, this is likely to happen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCDxvLheZiY

Bottomline: Beware your eyes when a piano string snaps.

April 18, 2018 at 1:37pm
Mabel Ong

Won't have time to react if it really snaps. No?

April 18, 2018 at 5:42pm
Gavin Koh

Very unlikely that it could hurt someone though. Never heard such news before - "Man attacked by slashing piano wire". Sounds like something I would read in the tabloids.

April 18, 2018 at 7:31pm
Mabel Ong

Keke.. I also never heard of.. and certainly hope it won't happen to anyone.

April 21, 2018 at 9:33pm
April 14, 2018 at 11:47pm

Awkward situation for a pianist #4 - Cell phones! Bleeping and blooping in the middle of the concert hall? Oh no... please don't make it awkward for the pianist. Always remember to turn it to silent mode. Please. Listen to Christen Zacharias' views on disturbed concerts. Would it happen in Singapore too? Share any experiences you have. Thanks.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAaU8yPXA1A

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