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 Post subject: Poulenc - Improvisation No. 15, “Hommage à Édith Piaf”
PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 2014 11:19 pm 
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This is a redo. My first version sounded quite stiff, although nobody told me that at the time. So now it's a few years later and I'm trying again. I've tried to let my hair down this time and play it with more abandonment. Hope it's okay...

Anyway, I just did a little research about this piece. Supposedly, Poulenc and Piaf did not know each other personally, but they died in the same year - 1963.

Poulenc - Improvisation No. 15, “Hommage à Édith Piaf”

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 Post subject: Re: Poulenc - Improvisation No. 15, “Hommage à Édith Piaf”
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Sorry, I get 404 not found when I try to listen to this :|

Thank you for telling me. :D I had an extra space in the file name. It's fixed now.


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 Post subject: Re: Poulenc - Improvisation No. 15, “Hommage à Édith Piaf”
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[quote="jontyl"]Sorry, I get 404 not found when I try to listen to this :|

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 Post subject: Re: Poulenc - Improvisation No. 15, “Hommage à Édith Piaf”
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Sorry, I get 404 not found when I try to listen to this :|

Thank you for telling me. :D I had an extra space in the file name. It's fixed now.

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 Post subject: Re: Poulenc - Improvisation No. 15, “Hommage à Édith Piaf”
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Not stiff at all, Monica. Either a touch too much reverb or pedal through my speakers, but it's a small thing.
Just noticed that you'd recorded a few others of these - I like the first A minor (#5), and will try to listen to the others. I could never figure out why Poulenc was not more of a big name...

I hope you find time to get a few more of these in; how many are there?

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 Post subject: Re: Poulenc - Improvisation No. 15, “Hommage à Édith Piaf”
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I like it very much... can almost hear Piaf singing :)


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 Post subject: Re: Poulenc - Improvisation No. 15, “Hommage à Édith Piaf”
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Very nice, Monica. What a beautiful piece. You make it hard to criticize anything!

Maybe one small thing is at the "céder...céder encore...Lent" section about 1.05, you
could begin the ritardando a little sooner. But that's just an interpretation thing.

The only oddity is in the "céder beaucoup" section about 1.29, the change of
tempo was unsteady enough that it made some of the rhythms sound dotted.

Certainly nothing in there that would be worth re-recording! I think you've
inspired me to put this one on my bucket list (currently 900+ and counting...),

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 Post subject: Re: Poulenc - Improvisation No. 15, “Hommage à Édith Piaf”
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Thank you for listening, Stu, Heather, and Mark! Happy Valentine's Day!! :) Image

StuKautsch wrote:
I hope you find time to get a few more of these in; how many are there?

There are 15 Improvisations. I would like to learn some more of them someday. I just looked at my list and it shows that the five I have already recorded are all odd numbers. Hmmm....

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I like it very much... can almost hear Piaf singing

Me too! :)

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The only oddity is in the "céder beaucoup" section about 1.29, the change of
tempo was unsteady enough that it made some of the rhythms sound dotted.

Thank you, Mark! Funny you mention that my tempo sounded unsteady at the spot at 1:29, because I actually was unsteady there! :lol: I had started daydreaming and suddenly came back to reality at that place but sort of 'lost it'. I'll just say it was another interpretation thing :) .

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 Post subject: Re: Poulenc - Improvisation No. 15, “Hommage à Édith Piaf”
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Hi Monica,

It's been awhile since your earlier effort, but your rendition here strikes me as being fully creditable in every way. Listening to it now, I image that your ears have to be on alert constantly for clear pedaling, as there are so many chromatic and neighboring tones abounding there. My guess is that you had to apply some light touches along with some quarter- and half-pedal releases to avoid blurs. Very nicely done, Monica. That coda leading up to the chordal close is very unusual, but it works quite well. I enjoyed listening.

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 Post subject: Re: Poulenc - Improvisation No. 15, “Hommage à Édith Piaf”
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Hi David, and happy belated Valentine's Day!

Thank you for listening. Yes, pedaling was very tricky here. And this is one of those rare pieces where I used all 3 pedals! Right there at that coda leading up to the chordal close. I had to slide my left foot over from the middle pedal to the soft pedal without missing a beat. It was an interesting little personal challenge to get it to work seamlessly.

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 Post subject: Re: Poulenc - Improvisation No. 15, “Hommage à Édith Piaf”
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Hi Monica,

And a Happy Valentine's Day to you too!

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 Post subject: Re: Poulenc - Improvisation No. 15, “Hommage à Édith Piaf”
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Hi Monica,

this piece is nice ! I like your playing and the sound of your recording too.

Yes there is definitely something of the atmosphere of some Piaf's songs but I could not recognize one particularly. Can you help me ?

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 Post subject: Re: Poulenc - Improvisation No. 15, “Hommage à Édith Piaf”
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That is very nice, and best of all, it does actually sound like a somewhat mushy late-night improvisation!


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 Post subject: Re: Poulenc - Improvisation No. 15, “Hommage à Édith Piaf”
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Didier wrote:
Hi Monica,

this piece is nice ! I like your playing and the sound of your recording too.

Yes there is definitely something of the atmosphere of some Piaf's songs but I could not recognize one particularly. Can you help me ?

Didier

Hi Didier, I'm glad to see you! I think it's been years since you've listened to one of my recordings!! :D

I don't know if this piece has in it some actual melody from a Piaf song. I think that Poulenc just had her in mind when he composed this piece. It's very dramatic and tragic....just like Piaf. I could be wrong, though.

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That is very nice, and best of all, it does actually sound like a somewhat mushy late-night improvisation!

Thank you, Andrew! Mushy late-night in a dark night club....yes!

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 Post subject: Re: Poulenc - Improvisation No. 15, “Hommage à Édith Piaf”
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pianolady wrote:
I think it's been years since you've listened to one of my recordings!! :D


You mean it's been years since I've posted a comment to one of your recordings ? Yes possibly but meanwhile I've listened to some of them... :wink:


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