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Sergei Prokofiev – Piano Concerto No. 5

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on October 31, 2018

 

 

Published on Nov 4, 2015

– Composer: Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev (23 April 1891 — 5 March 1953) – Orchestra: Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra – Conductor: Witold Rowicki – Soloist: Sviatoslav Richter – Year of recording: 1958 Piano Concerto No. 5 in G major, Op. 55, written in 1931-1932. 00:00 – I. Allegro con brio 05:06 – II. Moderato ben accentuato 09:06 – III. Toccata. Allegro con fuoco (più presto che la prima volta) 10:59 – IV. Larghetto 17:40 – V. Vivo After the Fourth Piano Concerto, for the left hand, the Fifth is the least popular of the five piano concertos
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Prokofiev wrote. Yet the work offers much of great appeal and delivers a challenge to the finest virtuosos. The composer spoke of the Fifth’s abundance of melody, pointing out that each of its five movements contains four or more melodies. Those unfamiliar with the concerto might conclude from that statement that the work must be a large one; yet its duration is typically only 22 to 25 minutes. The formal structure of the concerto is unusual and rather episodic, hardly clinging to a typical sonata-allegro scheme. If a tag can be put on the work, one to capture both its music and performance features, it would be “athletic,” or perhaps “acrobatic.” –
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The first movement, marked Allegro con brio, offers a colorful, jumpy main theme, containing wide leaps for the piano and much difficult writing. A lyrical clarinet melody contrasts well with the main material and the movement eventually comes to a brilliant conclusion with a final backward leap on the piano. – The second movement carries the marking Moderato ben accentuato, and while a bit less effervescent and driven, it is also lively in its march theme and contains glissandos and glissando-like elements that leap about and emphasize the grotesque and humorous nature of the main theme. Those coming to the concerto for the first time may find this colorful, rhythmic movement the most appealing of the five. –
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The third movement Toccata derives its main theme from the opening of the first, and serves almost as a belated development section to it. Its furious pace (Allegro con fuoco) and challenging writing for the orchestra, especially for the string section, give the piece a mood of brilliance and breathlessness typical of the composer’s earlier Toccata and of other similar piano works. – The Larghetto fourth movement is the deepest of the five and also the most lyrical. Its main theme is gentle and lovely. A tense middle section is brilliantly conceived, with crashing chords on the piano at the climax accompanying the eerie orchestral rendering of the profound theme. – The finale, marked Vivo, contains a mixture of menace and humor, of otherworldliness and joy.
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Near the end of the exposition a variation on a theme from the third movement appears, and at the same racing tempo. After a dreamy, unearthly middle section, the mood brightens and the piece ends brilliantly. Prokofiev was the soloist in the work’s premiere on 31 October 1932 in Berlin, led by Wilhelm Furtwängler and on the same program with Paul Hindemith as violist in Berlioz’s Harold in Italy. While Prokofiev was only midway though his career, he wrote unfortunately no more works for piano and orchestra after the tepidly-received Fifth Concerto.

 

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Meet the Artist – Tim Psappha, percussionist — The Cross-Eyed Pianist

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on September 25, 2018

You have to be true to yourself

but at the same time listen to others and take advice,

listen to live performances,

listen to multiple recordings of the same piece

and work out how you want it to sound.

Record yourself and listen back;

in my experience it doesn’t always sound

the way you think it does!

If, like me, you have the privilege of

working with composers,

make sure you spend a decent amount of time with them

and get into their sound world.

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Horacio Lavandera – Compositores Argentinos – Tribute to Argentinian Composers Full Concert

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on September 18, 2018

 

 

 

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Paul Hindemith – Bassoon Sonata – Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Chamber Soloists

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on June 24, 2018

Saint-Saens Bassoon Sonata:

 

 

Published on Dec 19, 2016

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Chamber Soloists play Paul Hindemith. Bassoon Sonata (1938) – Helma van den Brinck, Bassoon; Sepp Grotenhuis, Piano;

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IGOR STRAVINSKY – The Rite of Spring – Two-piano arrangement by composer

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on January 18, 2018

 

Stravinsky The Rite of Spring (Two-piano arrangement by composer) Part I : Adoration of the Earth Part II : The Sacrifice (15:02) Yeol Eum Son, Da Sol Kim 손열음, 김다솔 Pianos

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Latin American Composers

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on November 19, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Carl Vine – Advice to Emerging Composers

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on August 15, 2017

First gig:
https://youtu.be/8OUVjR0oBmk
Daily life
https://youtu.be/NQHmG8ujTA0
Influenes
https://youtu.be/btUuJj1HwEM
Published on Mar 14, 2016

So you want to be a composer? Some words of wisdom from Carl Vine AO.

Considered one of Australia’s 10 Greatest Composers (Limelight Magazine 2015), Carl Vine AO is also Senior Lecturer in Composition at the Sydney Conservatorium and Artistic Director of Musica Viva Australia. Read more about him at http://carlvine.com/

It’s the Boroondara Eisteddfod’s 25th birthday and we’re celebrating the range of careers open to music lovers. LIKE our Facebook page for more insights from Australia’s inspiring arts leaders:https://www.facebook.com/boroondaraei…

Music: Garden of Bronze (2015) by Peggy Polias, Federation Bells, http://federationbells.com.au/. Visit http://peggypolias.com to hear more.

 

Boroondara 

 

 

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Simply Piano – by Classical Music Thought Bubbles – 7-29-17

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on July 30, 2017

The Romantic Era is a time when the larger forms become more mammoth than ever, and the miniature forms become more intimate than ever. In solo piano, we find both extremes, made possible through the sheer imagination, genius, and artistic brain powers of individuals, as well as the emerging technology of the modern piano and […]

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“Too many pieces of music finish too long after the end.” – Igor Stravinsky – Art Of Quotation

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on June 29, 2017

“Too many pieces of music finish too long after the end.”

— Igor Stravinsky, composer, Russian Composer”

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Composers of Ecuador

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on June 22, 2017

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Ma Sicong – Symphony No. 2

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on June 21, 2017

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Published on May 26, 2012

Symphony No. 2 (1958-59)

I. Allegro agitato –
II. Adagio maestoso –
III. Allegro

The second symphony of Chinese composer and violinist Ma Sicong (1912-1987), whose name is sometimes also rendered as Ma Sitzon. A native of Heifeng in Guangdong province, Ma became one of the first of his compatriots to become a professional violinist when he followed his older brother’s example and traveled to France at the age of eleven to study music at the conservatories of Nancy and Paris. His skill as a violinist and composer of violin music became legendary and he was known in China as the “King of the Violinists”. After the People’s Republic of China was established, Ma became the director of the China Central Conservatory of Music. In 1958, he served on the jury of the first International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow (that was Van Cliburn’s annus mirabilis). However, when the Cultural Revolution broke out in 1966, Ma and his colleagues at the conservatory fell into disfavour for teaching and playing Western-style classical music; they were all rounded up and sent to a reeducation camp, and their families were harassed by authorities. In 1967, Ma and his family managed to escape to Hong Kong, after which they settled in the United States permanently. Ma remained in exile for the rest of his life.

Ma’s Second Symphony was composed in 1958-59, and ostensibly, it takes as its subject the struggles of the Chinese Workers’ and Peasants’ Red Army. The composer claimed that there is a connection between his music and the poem “Loushan Pass” by Mao Zedong; however, the music can be also interpreted abstractly rather than programmatically. The vigorous first movement makes use of the Phrygian mode and it is in a fairly traditional sonata form. The second theme is derived from “Tian Xin Shun”, a folk song from north Shaanxi. After reaching a climactic moment of great intensity, the music transitions smoothly into the slow, sombre second movement, which bears some resemblance to a funeral march; it is an expression of mourning for fallen comrades-in-arms. However, the battle theme soon emerges again as the Army returns to the fray. The third and final movement is jubilant and lively, as the Army celebrates its victory. At one point the soldiers begin dancing the yangge, a popular rural folk-dance. In the end, a grand coda introduces a new heroic march theme that brings the work to a close.

Conductor: Cao Peng
Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra

 

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Latin American Guitar Music

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on June 5, 2017

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Harmonic Analysis – Wagner’s Prelude to Tristan und Isolde, Act I

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on May 20, 2017

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WAGNER – Tristan und Isolde – Prelude and Liebestod (Georg Solti – Chicago Symphony Orchestra)

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Isaac Albéniz – Cantos de España Op. 232 (1898)

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on May 19, 2017

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IMSLP Composer Page

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on May 4, 2017

In order to allow my music to be played and enjoyed, I am happy to announce that I have begun to share some of my compositions on IMSLP. The first piece I’ve uploaded is Percussion Quartet No. 1, Jungle Path. This piece was premiered back in March, 2015 as part of an LA Composers Collective […]

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Composing and Gender Equality

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on March 8, 2017

Earlier this week Susanna Eastburn, chief executive of Sound and Music, wrote an article expressing by March 2020, ‘at least 50% of the composers we work with will identify as women.’ This is a major step for gender equality in music and composing. The also article talks about gender equality and the ‘drop out’ rate of […]

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Carl Nielsen (1865-1931)

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on January 25, 2017

 

East Windies Players begin 2017 by embarking on 20th Century music with Carl Nielsen’s famous Wind Quintet Op 43. Here is some generic info about Nielsen (for starters): Carl Nielsen age 14, 16th Battalion, Odense Denmark’s most prominent composer (orchestral and chamber music) Works are organized by CNW (Carl Nielsen Works) numbers Generally […]

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Nineteenth Century History: 1820-1830 {Composers of the Romantic Period}

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on January 25, 2017

The Romantic Period, a time in history where composers wished to reduce their listeners to tears and melt their hearts, ran from around 1825 to 1900. To be honest, this was a tough week for me to plan. I am so very unmusical, so my go-to option for planning a week based on composers is […]

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Women classical composers – the January edition

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on January 15, 2017

Our culture doesn’t really expose young people en masse to much more than current popular music. And that’s a shame.

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Joep Franssens – Harmony of the Spheres

Posted in Uncategorized by Higher Density Blog on October 13, 2016

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