Anders Miolin plays Gnossienne n°1.
Chilly Gonzales brings some of the joy back to the lapsed amateur pianist with his Re-Introduction Etudes: a book of 24 easy-to-master, fun-to-play piano pieces specifically designed to unlock musical mysteries for those who gave it up.
Each etude is introduced by a short text, in which Gonzo shares his point of view on scales, explains how melodies are designed, how modern pop harmony works … and divulges his own personal “shortcuts”. The companion CD of his recordings of the 24 pieces goes a long way to getting the music into the piano student’s head, so it can then spill out onto the keys and a tear-out poster strategically placed near the piano will inspire the musician in all of you!
Now this looks and sounds promising!
Prélude à l’Après-Midi d’un Faune, pour Flûte et Piano
I am so in love with this arrangement that I don’t think I’ll listen to the orchestral version ever again.
Here’s an arrangement of Bach’s famous Air from the Orchestral Suite in D that I found in an old piano magazine. My teacher and I improved it a bit and I eventually retyped it in my notation program so I could optimise the layout and add my own fingerings.
This is intermediate level I would say, but it took me quite a while to find fingerings I was confortable with, especially for the right hand.
No pedal of course, and the left hand has to play portato (not potato, thank you Autocorrect)
Not many pianists follow Debussy’s tempo indication (66), this is usually played a lot slower. A beautiful version though, but I like to have more time to dwell on the melody. Or maybe I’m just envious because I’ll never play it that fast :-)
No one beats William Sheller when it comes to blending classical music with French pop.
I have written elsewhere that it looks doubtful that musicians will be able to make much of a living from their recordings given…
“So, I wonder similarly if streaming-on-demand might be similarly a business model that will deplete the resource—we who create music—that it depends upon. Many industries have depleted the resources they depend on, it’s not like it hasn’t happened before.”
Very insightful, as always. Thank you, David :-)