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 Post subject: The Bowed Piano Ensemble
PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2013 5:44 pm 
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Youtube again unearths fascinating rarities:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14jPvnWhdNM

Who needs an orchestra when you got a grand :)
They could have been a bit more creative with the percussion, but otherwise very entertaining.

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 Post subject: Re: The Bowed Piano Ensemble
PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2013 3:04 am 
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Chris,
Truly wonderful, and thanks for posting this.
OTOH, it made me rather nervous for the instrument's sake...

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 Post subject: Re: The Bowed Piano Ensemble
PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2013 8:53 am 
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It looks rather ghastly indeed :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: The Bowed Piano Ensemble
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Youtube again unearths fascinating rarities:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14jPvnWhdNM

Who needs an orchestra when you got a grand
They could have been a bit more creative with the percussion, but otherwise very entertaining.


Chris,

Interesting post! I am not able to access the youtube due to access restrictions, but, I was able to visit http://bowedpianoensemble.com/ and download the suncatcher from the vikings of the sunrise.

Yes, the rhythm seems to be just a metronomic pulse, but the sonic textures and the picture of a nine people gathered around a concert grand is quite interesting. I think The Piano Guys had an episode like this. But they were slapping the side of it, like it was a bongo drum. This seems more reverent than that! Gives an entirely different meaning to "piano music" I have to say, this prepared piano (I would even qualify it more as string piano) and with the damper pedal released it sounds a lot like a orchestra harp which it is in a very crude way, I suppose... nevermind the intentions of Cristofori who probably solely playing the piano as by means of the playing the keyboard part of the piano..

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 Post subject: Re: The Bowed Piano Ensemble
PostPosted: Thu May 30, 2013 3:46 am 
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Hi Chris,

I had found that Bowed Piano Ensemble on my own awhile back. Some contemporary composers for piano have for years been using "prepared pianos". I always thought of it as a sacrelege. The piano was never designed for any of that nonsense. This ensemble in my opinion takes that to an extreme. I think it's outrageous. Dreadful!

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 Post subject: Re: The Bowed Piano Ensemble
PostPosted: Thu May 30, 2013 9:24 pm 
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Outrageous it is indeed. Dreadful, no I would not say that. Good clean fun, and a musically worthwhile result. The piano as as much right of being mocked as anything else :D

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