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steven-miller

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Some piano stuff for you guys
« on: July 25, 2010, 10:34:29 am »
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Do not feel obliged to listen to this stuff if you don't like piano music or don't have an interest in getting to know what can be done with that beautiful instrument. These are some performances I absolutely - love - both compositional as well as in terms of the actual playing.




Let's start with some Franz Liszt, an Hungarian composer everybody should know. Unfortunately he is still not widely recognized by his musical genius but rather famous for his pianistic virtuosity (although he died in 1886 and therefore no living man heard him play, but the success he had as a concert pianist in his heyday is probably without comparison in the history of classical music). There are lots of interesting things to be said about Franz Liszt, but I will leave it at that and let the music speak.

This is the piano reduction of one of my favorite pieces called Totentanz (which translates to "dance of the dead") played by Valentina Lisitsa.

Part I:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QxMKB-xe3lM" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QxMKB-xe3lM</a>

Part II:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VM27fk6CWIw" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VM27fk6CWIw</a>


More to come :-).
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Re: Some piano stuff for you guys
« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2010, 04:27:21 pm »
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nice man, enjoyed those.. i grew up around piano/classical/jazz because my dad is a pianist/piano teacher.

peace!

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Re: Some piano stuff for you guys
« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2010, 06:18:30 pm »
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Hey, that's great! Do you think this has influenced yourself in terms of taste of music or appreciation of the arts? I always wondered what my life would have been like growing up in a really musical environment... I only acquired a serious interest in music in my mid to late teens unfortunately...

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Re: Some piano stuff for you guys
« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2010, 06:37:00 pm »
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I do not understand music. The sounds (as in, not the lyrics) elicit no emotional response in me. Merely the lyrics suffice to do that. My tone sensitivity is not very great, so often I struggle to make out the lyrics.

I do, however, respect the genius required for the most high level of creation of any kind, music is no exception.
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Chopin
« Reply #4 on: July 25, 2010, 07:21:57 pm »
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<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hOKcdZJJFU" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hOKcdZJJFU</a>
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Re: Some piano stuff for you guys
« Reply #5 on: July 25, 2010, 07:37:50 pm »
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I do not understand music. The sounds (as in, not the lyrics) illicit no emotional response in me. Merely the lyrics suffice to do that. My tone sensitivity is not very great, so often I struggle to make out the lyrics.

I do, however, respect the genius required for the most high level of creation of any kind, music is no exception.

Is it that way with all music for you?

I am not a very huge listener anymore, but when I am in the mood I can listen to music all day and do nothing else really. Unfortunately I rarely have the time to do so anymore :(.

If I may give advise to you: Enjoying music is something that can be learned just like enjoying other forms of art. And learning to enjoy it can be a very rewarding thing to do!

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Re: Some piano stuff for you guys
« Reply #6 on: July 25, 2010, 07:50:52 pm »
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I do not understand music. The sounds (as in, not the lyrics) elicit no emotional response in me. Merely the lyrics suffice to do that. My tone sensitivity is not very great, so often I struggle to make out the lyrics.

I do, however, respect the genius required for the most high level of creation of any kind, music is no exception.

Is it that way with all music for you?

I am not a very huge listener anymore, but when I am in the mood I can listen to music all day and do nothing else really. Unfortunately I rarely have the time to do so anymore :(.

If I may give advise to you: Enjoying music is something that can be learned just like enjoying other forms of art. And learning to enjoy it can be a very rewarding thing to do!

I can enjoy music, but it is in a merely analytical way, much in the same way I enjoy the visual arts. I do find some sounds, tastes, smells, textures and visuals pleasant or unpleasant, but beyond that, rarely is a strong emotional response evoked. I examine, analyse in order to enjoy. Left-brain, right-brain.
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Re: Some piano stuff for you guys
« Reply #7 on: July 25, 2010, 08:14:54 pm »
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That's okay, musicians are often like that, too, or are perceived as such. You may be one of the rare examples of non-musicians, who are that way. Maybe you are just a very analytical person  ;D.

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Re: Some piano stuff for you guys
« Reply #8 on: July 25, 2010, 08:25:04 pm »
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Maybe you are just a very analytical person  ;D.

Yup.
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Re: Some piano stuff for you guys
« Reply #9 on: July 26, 2010, 11:21:33 am »
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"Music, I regret to say, is only an arbitrary succession of more or less unpleasant sounds."

-Vladimir Nabokov

I don't happen to agree with the guy but I love that quotation.
Muscles are nonsensical they have nothing to do with this bullshit.

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Re: Some piano stuff for you guys
« Reply #10 on: July 26, 2010, 11:23:34 am »
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"Music, I regret to say, is only an arbitrary succession of more or less unpleasant sounds."

-Vladimir Nabokov

I don't happen to agree with the guy but I love that quotation.

I do not agree, as I recognize what music can be, but I certainly relate.
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Re: Some piano stuff for you guys
« Reply #11 on: July 26, 2010, 11:55:04 am »
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"Music, I regret to say, is only an arbitrary succession of more or less unpleasant sounds."

-Vladimir Nabokov

I don't happen to agree with the guy but I love that quotation.

The thing I disagree the most about this statement is the word "arbitrary". There is some insanely organized music out there, maybe I will post some of it later. Some of you guys might appreciate that on an intellectual level  ;D.

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Re: Some piano stuff for you guys
« Reply #12 on: July 26, 2010, 11:57:20 am »
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I think Nabokov's point was that his brain was completely incapable of appreciating the structure. It just had absolutely no effect on him whatsoever.
Muscles are nonsensical they have nothing to do with this bullshit.

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Re: Some piano stuff for you guys
« Reply #13 on: July 26, 2010, 03:37:39 pm »
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Hey, that's great! Do you think this has influenced yourself in terms of taste of music or appreciation of the arts?

well yeah, but not in some kind of structured appreciative way.. I don't just put music on, listen to it, and appreciate all of the subtleties about it. I have my own style I guess, I like to listen to classical when I'm training, walking, etc.

I think it helped me gain a respect for alot of music that my generation doesn't normally have any interest in, that's for sure.. My dad is big into jazz but I'm more into blues. I don't like brass instruments for the most part, I really hate saxophones with a passion, I think they turn every song into some kind of elevator music love song. Trumpets I can stand if it's something like miles davis, but it has to go hard.

My favorite instrument has to be violin.. I am obsessed with violin.. Most of my classical songs on my ipod are heavily violin based. I don't really know the names to any songs, hardly any rap songs either, I just listen to stuff and know it by feel.. When I played piano, I memorized each song I had to play and never read the music after that, so I guess that's how that works. My dad had taught me piano for years growing up until about 12 or so, but you know how that goes when you're a kid that wants to go hoop it up rather than play piano, didn't end good, he finally let me just do my own thing.

He'd be surprised though if he knew how much I listen to classical and stuff like that.. he just thinks I listen to rap heh.. He doesn't have much of an appreciation for rap, which is odd, considering most people into "the arts" lack an appreciation for jazz, especially the older generations, like my grandpa etc.. Rap is a child of jazz, and plenty of rap is still directly rooted in jazz.

If you're into jazz, this is actually a CD made for his friend who was killed by a bouncer, some bass guitar legend Jaco Pastorius:

http://www.adarq.org/forum/music-and-sheet/jazz/

It's just piano, drums, and bass guitar... some of it hits pretty hard it's cool.. mostly all improvised i guess too, even though they had a general idea of what they were going to play..




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I always wondered what my life would have been like growing up in a really musical environment... I only acquired a serious interest in music in my mid to late teens unfortunately...

damn, perhaps though you might have developed less of a taste had you not found it for yourself! you never know..

maybe I will start a violin thread eventually, and put some really intense violin solos in there :D

peace man

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Re: Some piano stuff for you guys
« Reply #14 on: July 26, 2010, 03:39:07 pm »
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I think Nabokov's point was that his brain was completely incapable of appreciating the structure. It just had absolutely no effect on him whatsoever.

he was a tard then.

you know what's cool, people whose brains have the auditory and visual centers that "share" the same pathways.. they end up hearing sounds/instruments and seeing colors/splashes of colors/objects.. shit is like a non-stop adobe after effects video.. i can see how it would get annoying but for the most part, that sounds pretty badass.