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audition [11 Jan 2006|03:20pm]

So, there's this music camp at FSU and I want to go to the Piano camp. But, I have to send an audtion tape. I haven't found any regulations on time, nuber or songs, types of songs, or anything. So, what do I do? I'm totally confused as I've never done a piano audition before...


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David del Tredici [04 Nov 2005|03:27pm]

I am interested in studying a newly published song cycle by David del Tredici--Lament on the Death of a Bullfighter. It is too new to get through ILL and I don't want to spend $20 plus shipping and discover that it is not for me. So I'm looking for some more information before I do anything that will cost money. Do any of you know his style--either in general or specific to voice?

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What would you do? [09 Sep 2005|11:38am]

[ mood | perplexed ]

I'm giving my graduate piano recital in a couple of weeks and my teacher wanted me to get some playing in at area nursing homes/retirement communities. I called some places yesterday and lined up two concerts.

This morning I talked to the woman from the care center in SF (50 miles from where I live). She wants me to come on Sunday. I said I would, but this is what scares me. She said that hour was their "social time", it is grandparents day, and they will move the piano into the dining hall. I'm afraid it's going to be loud and no one is going to listen which will make it really unpleasant for me. The snob in me says, I'm not driving all the way to SF and back to play background music! On the other hand, it could be a great opportunity to test my concentration and memorization.

Some background information: Many years ago, I was asked to provide some music during dessert of a church dinner. It was a total disaster. The louder I played, the louder they talked and I couldn't hear myself play. When I had to give up and get my music to finish a piece, they clapped!! That's how much they were paying attention. I was so enraged that I stormed out and bit the head off of anyone who tried to thank me for playing. Vowed never to set foot in that church again. This is the church my dad served for eleven years.

How this situation is different--I have no connection to the place or anyone there, my memory is MUCH more secure, and I have low expectations going into it. Should I keep my engagement or call her back and ask for, on second thought, a time that isn't "social"? I have to decide by 5PM today, I suppose. To cancel after that would be very rude.

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performing multi-movement works [01 Sep 2005|02:16pm]

Hi all!
I'm preparing my graduate piano recital. This is the first fully memorized piano recital I've ever had to do since my undergrad did not require a recital at all. My question for you all is this: my Mozart sonata is 30 min. long (& therefore the entire first half of the program). I find that about 2/3 the way through the second movement, I start to lose focus and more and more little slips creep in. Then the 3rd mvt. is worse and by the end I feel like I'm hanging on for dear life. Now, the second half is Schubert, Bach and Debussy, so I can go off stage and get water, etc. between each set and I feel fine. Do you have any tricks for refreshing the brain between mvts of the sonata?

BTW, I've started reading The Art of Practice and I HIGHLY recommend it (even though I'm only about 50 pages into it). It has helped me a lot already.

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[09 Aug 2005|10:43pm]

Hello Tuesday Recital! I am inviting music communities to my new commnunity called 1st_learnmusic I hope it's okay that I write my invite on here. It's a community for musicians to help other musicians or those just starting out. I believe once more people join it will become a really great helping community for music. So if you would like to check it out, feel free to, and I as well as the other members would really appreciate it and would be honored if you joined! :)
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[30 May 2005|09:55pm]
mmmmm richter :)
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[02 May 2005|09:25pm]

[ mood | curious ]

Has anyone else bought the 5 Browns CD? You know, the 5 siblings that play piano and were Juilliard-trained? I'm just wondering what your opinions are of the CD.

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[02 May 2005|09:22pm]

[ mood | happy ]

I posted an entry awhile back. I started piano lessons at age 5 with my mother. I'm currently sixteen, and have been off and on with piano, due to issues with teachers. (After my mother wasn't able to teach me, I learned from a lady who later got too sick to teach anymore, etc., etc.) Anyway, I got serious about playing piano two years ago, thanks to my oboe-playing.

Anyway, I am currently a junior in high school. I am involved in a post-secondary program that allows me to take college courses at a local university. I recently found out that I am able to get private lessons at the college for free, since the high school covers the cost of tuition with the post-secondary program.

I already get private oboe lessons, of course, so I am going to sign up for private piano and voice lessons. My question is, is it too terribly late for me to become advanced on the piano? Is there hope? Does anyone know of any real-life examples of people who started late on piano?

I really wish I would've stuck with piano as a young child. I could've been a pretty decent pianist by now! I can't change the past, but if I could do anything for the rest of my life, it would be to play piano. Not necessarily as a job, but for enjoyment. I know I don't need to be an incredible pianist to enjoy it, but I'm just wondering if there's hope. That's reasonable, right?

Any help or encouragement would be deeply appreciated.

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inspiration [13 Apr 2005|12:21pm]

I found this quote in a recent Clavier magazine article:

"For the artist, his calling is not a means of livelihood, but life itself...He does not practice his calling, but is it." --psychologist and philosopher Otto Rank (as quoted by Seymour Bernstein, Clavier, April 2005, p. 17)

That is SO true! I love it!

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Iowa Piano Competition [07 Mar 2005|02:28pm]

I just wanted to report in on a new piano competition--I know some of you in this group are very serious aspiring concert artists. The inagural Iowa Piano Competition just completed in my hometown of Sioux City, Iowa and it sounds like it was a success. I doubt it will be an annual thing but keep your eyes open. The winner was a DMA candidate at Yale but the other two semi-finalists were an undergrad and a prof. They structured it like a junior Van Cliburn competition. The first round was 30 min. solo recital, second round chamber music, and third round classical (Beethoven & Mozart) concerto. 12 pianists were invited and half were eliminated in each round. The judges were reputable. And the prize money is good! $7.5K and a return engagement the following season for winner. The orchestra isn't wonderful, but you could do worse. I'm embarrassed to admit that I didn't go to any of the concerts even though I was home. Mainly I would have liked to hear the solo recitals but I wasn't home then. Otherwise, I just needed a break from music period for a couple of days! Good luck to everyone in all their endeavors!
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new here :) [11 Jan 2005|07:28pm]

[ mood | content ]

Hi! I've been trying to find a good piano community and I haven't had any luck. Well, a little bit about me. I've taken piano lessons from my lovely mother since I was five. Then my parents split when I was seven, mom of course took her piano so I was left with nothing to practice on. I finally moved with mom a few years later and continued my lessons with her. I taught myself for a year or two, though I always asked questions about things I did not understand. In highschool, I finally made the transition to a new teacher..a college student. He was an awesome guy but he forced me to play Des pas sur la neige by Claude Debussy. I can play it just not very well at the moment. Now, I'm a freshman in college and I'm looking into some piano lessons through my school. I just hope they have room for me!

Anyways, when I was younger my mother always had on Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, Cliburn, etc. I remember telling my parents I wanted to be just like Van Cliburn! Infact, I just recently purchased a biograhpy on dvd about him. (Which I watched already a total of 15 times. I just love how he plays! Amazing..simply amazing.)That's what got me into finding a community on LJ.

I'm currently enrolled in the Concert Band at Normandale Community College in Minnesota, I play clairnet...which I'm dreading tomorrow since I have to play for my prof, since I'm a new student this semester. Hopefully I'll get second chair...though first would be nice. I've been playing since 5th grade. Wow, I feel so old. Seems like it was just yestesday. So, please wish me luck for that and for finding a new piano teacher. Oh, I'm currently working on a Sonatina Op.20, No.1 by Friedrich Kuhlau and another Sonatina Op.26, No.3 by Muzio Clementi. One of those will be my audition piece once I find someone with an opening. Thank you!

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[27 Dec 2004|09:59am]


In an effort to keep you abreast of the ever-changing world of musical
terminology, we provide you with some terms with which you should be familiar:

Adagio Fromaggio: To play in a slow and cheesy manner.

AnDante: A musical composition that is infernally slow.

Angus Dei: To play with a divine, beefy tone.

Anti-phonal: Referring to the prohibition of cell phones in the concert hall.

A Patella: Unaccompanied knee-slapping.

Appologgiatura: A composition, solo or instrument, you regret playing.

Approximatura: A series of notes played by a performer, not intended by the composer.

Approximento: A musical entrance that is somewhere in the vicinity of the correct pitch.

Bar Line: What musicians form after a concert.

Concerto Grossissimo: A really bad performance.

Coral Symphony: (see Beethoven-Caribbean period).

Cornetti Trombosis Disastrous: The entanglement of brass instruments that can occur when musicians exit hastily down the stage stairs.

Dill Piccolino: A wind instrument that plays only sour notes.

Fermantra: A note that is held over and over and over and ...

Fermoota: A rest of indefinite length and dubious value.

Fog Hornoso: A sound that is heard when the conductor's intentions are not clear.

Frugalhorn: A sensible, inexpensive brass instrument.

Gaul Blatter: A French horn player.

Good Conductor: A person who can give an electrifying performance or, alternative use, one who obeys the orchestra and/or chorus

Gregorian Champ: Monk who can hold a note the longest.

Kvetchendo: Gradually getting annoyingly louder.

Mallade: A romantic song that's pretty awful.

Molto bolto: Head straight for the ending.

Opera buffa: Musical stage production by nudists.

Poochini Musical: performance, accompanied by a dog.

Pre-Classical Conservatism: School of thought which fostered the idea, "if it ain't baroque, don't fix it."

Spritzicato: Plucking of a stringed instrument to produce a bright, bubbly sound, usually accompanied by sparkling water with lemon (wine optional).

Tempo Tantrumo: When a young band refuses to keep time with the conductor.

Tincanabulation: The annoying or irritating sounds made by extremely
cheap bells.

Vesuvioso: A gradual buildup to a fiery conclusion.

ZZZfortzando: Playing REALLY loud in order to wake up the audience.
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A newcomer. [03 Dec 2004|11:28pm]

[ mood | calm ]

What a wonderful community.

I'm sixteen, and I come from a very musical family. My mother began teaching me piano when I was about 6 years old. She taught me for about 3 years, and then I began taking lessons from my mother's cousin who majored in music. I was only with her for a few years before she got very ill and had to stop giving piano lessons. Anyway, I stopped taking piano lessons in seventh grade, and began again my tenth grade year of high school, which was last year.

I realize that it really hurt me to stop taking lessons for that period of time, and there's nothing I regret more than not having stuck with my piano lessons.

Anyway, I plan on majoring in music performance on oboe. I began playing oboe in fifth grade, and I am now a junior in high school. I'm currently working on Haydn's Oboe Concerto in C-major for solo and ensemble contest. It's not a crazy-hard piece, but I guess this community isn't about oboe, anyway... (Sorry.)

With a major in music, I've heard it helps to be able to play piano. Besides that, though, I love playing piano, and I'm glad that I've gotten serious about it as of late. I mean, technically, I've been playing piano for 10 years, but I haven't been taking lessons for 10 years.

Like I said, I come from a very musical family, and I'm very passionate about it. I memorize every piano piece I play (and very, very quickly, at that), and I'm told that I play with good technique and all that jazz.

I plan on continuing piano lessons throughout college. I love piano. The only thing keeping me from majoring in piano performance is the fact that I haven't been serious about piano for very long. (That and the fact that oboe players tend to get a lot of scholarship money...)

The point is, I want to be good at piano. Even if I don't end up majoring in music, I want to continue playing piano, no matter what. I want to play piano for my children, and I want to play piano when I'm 60. Even if I have to take piano lessons until I'm 26, I'm determined to be able to play Chopin and Rachmaninoff (whom I adore) sometime in my life.

Now, I have a question. Does anyone know of some intermediate pieces that would be good for strengthening the left hand? My right hand is definitely a lot better than the left (it's funny, though, because I'm actually left-handed), and I would just like to know if anyone has any favorite pieces that would allow me to work on my left hand. Any help would be appreciated.

Oh, by the way, I prefer classical composers.

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[26 Sep 2005|09:38am]

Hello hello

I need help: In school, I have an oral essay, and the subject is : 'Convince someone to practice one of your hobbies'. I chose the piano....But how can I ocnvincesomeone to play the piano?
Arguments are welcome :)

Thank you so much,
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[31 Dec 2004|09:33am]

[ mood | curious ]

Maybe this is random, maybe I am wrong...But still: we always hear about the virtuosos/musical geniuses (Helfgott, Gould, ect...).
But what about the women? (no I am not a crazy feminist) I mean , I never heard of a VIRTUOSA.
If you have heard of one, please give names :)

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Glenn Gould community [18 Aug 2004|02:43pm]
Hi there, I made a community for Glenn Gould, and I thought it would be of interest here. If anyone wants to join please do! beautiful_hands
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Book rec [09 Aug 2004|08:14pm]

Yikes, the esteemed mod hasn't shown her face in quite a while...research and practicing have been eating all my time these days. I have been reading all the posts, and am thrilled that there are new members who are trying to breathe new life into the community! Keep on truckin'...

This is just a quick drive-by post to recommend Charles Rosen's new book, Piano Notes: The World of the Pianist. I've just started it, and I'm already enthralled. His style of writing is so richly intellectual, but never daunting to read. It's basically just a general book about the piano, playing, music, etc. He has a way of saying things so that you go, "Oh, yeah, I've thought of that before!" but you've never thought to put it quite like that. He also makes some controversial claims (his thoughts on tone production particularly struck me). Anyway, this is mainly just a mess of rambling generalizations, but I highly recommend it. *thumbs up*
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My encounter with Richard Raymond [28 Dec 2004|05:18pm]

[ mood | annoyed ]

(see title)
I was at a music camp, and the guest artist was Richard Raymond. We had a master class with him that lasted 3 hours.
Just to say that I was very decieved by him: I found him arrogant, grumpy, self-complimenting.
People are not always what you think they are.
It is not because he is very talented that he can permit himself to say that a 14 year old who plays the 1st Ballade by Chopin not in a perfect way makes 'noise, not music'.

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hi guys [03 Aug 2004|11:52pm]

It appears as though this will be the first post in this community in over a month...well, maybe it will serve as the impetus for a spirited, vigorous discussion that will not only resuscitate this community, but drive it to the top of the LJ charts! ok, probably not, but still, I like to think big.

Anyway, Hi, My name is Michael. I'm a piano performance major at the cleveland institute of music, and I am hell-bent on making piano performance my career, even if it means living off of pasta and canned tuna for the rest of my life. My very incomplete list of pianistic heroes includes Vladimir Horowitz, Artur Rubinstein, Sergei Rachmaninov, Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, Claudio Arrau, Murray Perahia, Radu Lupu, Myra Hess, Benno Moisevich, Sviatoslav Richter, Emil Gilels, Krysian Zimmerman, and...okay, okay, I'll stop...as you can see, I don't like to narrow these things down.

Anyway, I was happy to stumble upon this community, so I hope that it isn't completely dead. :-)
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