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 Post subject: Let's have a discussion on alkan :)
PostPosted: Sun Mar 15, 2009 4:37 am 
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHQfe4jM ... 6A&index=0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVacAeAT ... 6A&index=1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6OQpkOU ... 6A&index=2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blRNIX_4 ... 6A&index=3

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uy8GFclw ... 6A&index=4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SrZmkbth ... 6A&index=5

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VvRcfH1 ... 6A&index=7

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ju3rZWS3 ... 6A&index=6

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwd_dMyM ... A&index=13

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyQ1QPLO ... A&index=12

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhJiLLcU ... A&index=16

Forgive me for the gigantic selection but this composer gives me a kind of hysteria, depression, nostalgia, and awe stricken set of emotions that only a few others do in the whole realm of music. Does anyone think he is too brash?


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 15, 2009 8:14 pm 
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Location: Obamanation, unfortunately...
His Knight etude is purely demonic for the hands.

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You would think Alkan did nothing but play scales all day and keep speeding up until reaching pure madness with a metronome. It's hard to believe that some people find his compositions repulsive.


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What is very "mindblowing" (any composer for that matter) is to hear the music, which once completed is to be played "presto" or requires fast-moving hands and timing, when playing a few notes at a time, then writing them down, playing a few more at a slow pace, and then writing them down, repeating this process over and over and over again.

Case in point: the Knight etude. Each note had to be written down and it takes a genius to hear the music at such a slow pace.

This is why I regard Alkan to be in my top 10 composers.

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Well, that may not necessarily be the case. I use the sketch method, as if i were a painter. I come up with several motifs generally as a result of me being a student of Scriabin and his wonderful flightiness, a set of themes, very often a scripture for help with the them(Alkan was rather fond of the old testament, and the Super Flumina Babylonis was his best old testament based composition). I take a little while working out rhythmic device, seeing as there is a wide berth between the ingenious and the ingenuine. After getting a wide sketch i normally flesh things out, maybe add 1 or 2 semi motifs, and find a way to combine the either the main themes(in an atonal piece) or motifs. Hysteria just isn't as hysterical without a semblance of structure, in my opinion.


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