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Chit Chat / Re: Breath controller
« Last post by sandalwood on January 17, 2018, 07:53:53 AM »
Not a breath controller but a different type of midi controller/keyboard(fretboard?) I stumbled on on the utube. Listen from 12:00

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6UEB3uD-PC8

and here is a happy user

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

and here is a competitor

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wr87Z7rZiWE

it seems you can also iron your shirts on it.
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Chit Chat / Re: Musical Recommendations thread
« Last post by perpetuo studens on January 15, 2018, 12:00:30 PM »
Tatum for sure, but I also heard Keith Jarret and Bill Evans in the sonata.

Jamie
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Chit Chat / Re: Musical Recommendations thread
« Last post by luke on January 14, 2018, 06:24:06 PM »
Luka,
 
Thank you. Very exciting. His language is jazz-based.
 
Much of it reminds me of Art Tatum.
 
Did you really sight-read that first piece? I'm impressed.
 
Cheers,
Jer

I can definitely hear Art Tatum in Kapustin's works - his Etude No. 7 sounds much like Tatum's rendition of "Tea for Two."

I didn't sight-read as in play it full tempo while reading it for the first time right off the bat; that would be unreal. I usually just mean reading it and playing it under tempo, which may have hesitations and mistakes. :laugh:

Luke
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Chit Chat / Re: Musical Recommendations thread
« Last post by Jerry Engelbach on January 14, 2018, 11:15:58 AM »
Luka,
 
Thank you. Very exciting. His language is jazz-based.
 
Much of it reminds me of Art Tatum.
 
Did you really sight-read that first piece? I'm impressed.
 
Cheers,
Jer
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Works in Progress: Senior / Re: humoresques
« Last post by Jerry Engelbach on January 14, 2018, 09:52:48 AM »

I'm glad you said that some of this will be reprised, because the way it is now it leaves one wanting more — which is a good thing.

Alternatively, it does seem like a piece that could be expanded in a later work. After it ends, I wish I could hear the middle part again.

Cheers,
Jer
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Notation / Re: String Position Question
« Last post by RJB54 on January 13, 2018, 05:25:18 PM »
OK, thanks all for the info.
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Chit Chat / Re: Musical Recommendations thread
« Last post by luke on January 13, 2018, 03:57:57 PM »
Nikolai Kapustin
is a Ukrainian (born in Ukraine Soviet Socialist Republic) classical jazz pianist-composer and he is largely the inspiration for most of my composition styles. He uses very distinctive and inventive harmonies and writes clever pianistic passages. Though he is obscure in the west, his work is relevant in repertoire among students as well as professional pianists, including Yuja Wang, Yeol Eum Son, and Marc-André Hamelin. There is a likelihood at least a couple of people on this form have heard of him; there are many of threads on Piano World where users who appreciate Kapustin discuss his obscurity and their desire to spread his music.

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His Piano Sonata No. 2 https://youtu.be/1nKmkryShXw (Marc-André Hamelin) is regarded as one of his greatest works. All of the movements are fantastically sublime, jazzy, contemporary, and emotional.

Piano Concerto No. 4 https://youtu.be/-qNIy4pEm1U (Ludmil Angelov) is also an amazing work, in my opinion, written for piano, strings, drum set, timpani, flute, oboe, and clarinet.

His most iconic works are his 8 Concert Etudes, Op. 40, several of which hold places in my and many others' hearts. (Ones I highly recommend listening to before you die in bold + italics.)
No. 1 "Prelude" - https://youtu.be/JKkAA5FKk7A (Kapustin)
No. 2 "Reverie" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBcyDISbyik (Katharina Treutler)
No. 3 "Toccatina" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OiSf6jvXvT0 (Charles Richard-Hamelin)
No. 4 "Reminiscence" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-OwkNoOK5c (Shan-shan Sun)
No. 5 "Raillery" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyyXLxiigyc (Daniel del Pino)
No. 6 "Pastorale" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8UDy-8CBfc (Kapustin)
No. 7 "Intermezzo" - https://youtu.be/9FvzPVofjyU?t=159 (Yeol Eum Son - also played No. 6 and No. 8 in the same video)
No. 8 "Finale" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSsUJOd-3Rs (Marc-André Hamelin)

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Prelude by Kapustin was the first work I heard from him after my teacher had me sight read it when I was 12. I think it was truly the first piece that impacted me emotionally and exposed me to a world of music I could appreciate. His etudes are beautifully pianistic and extremely fun to practice, perform, and hear.

I've also listened to several of the suggestions in this thread and everybody's tastes are very interesting and I like this variety. I feel like putting Kapustin in here is sudden and slightly off-topic because his music is mostly tonal and not extraordinarily unique in any aspect; he gained influence in a quite restricted world during his early years, if you read his biographies. However, his music is still fresh; he is alive today at 80 years old.
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Works in Progress: Senior / Re: humoresques
« Last post by flint on January 13, 2018, 08:54:02 AM »
Took some time on the second movement and decided that I agreed with everyone—the initial form of intro - A - A' - B - B' was indeed too short. I've added a slightly slower middle section to round it out the form (A A' B B' C C').

I didn't want to add too much as this movement is reprised in part in two other movements (in abbreviated form). Bits of the first movement (petit burlesque) is also developed a bit in the very last movement.
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Notation / Re: String Position Question
« Last post by Ron on January 13, 2018, 04:56:58 AM »
Always let the player decide what string and position to use. The only exception would be if you wanted a passage to be on a specific string because of the sonority of that string, usually the G string, or if you specifically wanted an open string. Players will always chose to stop a string rather than use an open one--except beginners.
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Notation / Re: String Position Question
« Last post by flint on January 12, 2018, 07:50:19 PM »
I would only specify a position if I were writing educational music, and even then I doubt I would bother.
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