Hey George, good to hear from you again! I will never forget the first time I saw Saturn WITH MY OWN EYES through a little telescope. The image was very small and had no detail other than the disk of the planet and its rings, but I was seeing the real thing! It was awe inspiring for me and left an indelible mark. I have two works for piano that I premiered while working on my DMA at Cincinnati, by a composition grad student named Steve Kowalsky. They are titled: "First Observations" for Piano (1988). No.1 NGC 224 "Andromeda", and No.2 Remnant: Crab Nebula. The style is very modern with porportional rhythms and cells, changing time signatures but no meter to speak of, etc. The amazing thing is that it sounds "spacey." Maybe someday I'll look at them again.
I just wondered about Steve and found the following from a 1991 Chicago tribune:
"Another new American piece, also a CSO commission and Chicago premiere, occupied the first half. It was La Grange composer Steve Kowalsky`s "Last Voyage," winner of the Illinois Young Composers` Competition and first performed by Barenboim and the CSO during the orchestra`s Downstate tour last fall. At first hearing, Kowalsky`s sound-collage impressed as a pretty but banal piece of orchestration. What a shame that the first statewide composers` competition-a worthy idea-could not have turned up a more substantial score.
It sounds like the critic didn't care too much for it.
Always a pleasure, Eddy! Saturn was visible earlier in the summer - it's one of my favorites too! Try using the Tele Vue Ethos eyepieces. The immersive views are like walking in space with its 100 degree wide views.... Well, reviews like that can present a crossroad to a budding composer. What did he do after that? I'd be curious how do you feel about the work years later. I wonder if the composer was an amateur astronomer too?... I am curious how he was able to keep it all together. Even large galaxies and nebulas have gravity - a unifying force that holds and binds all the themes, proportional rhythms, cells, time signatures together.
@George...I don't really know if Lang Lang is an amateur astromer. I just meant that he looks
up at the ceiling a lot when he plays (makes me gag...I hate that!!)
There's a pill for that too, but yes, he does seem aloof on cloud 9 when he plays. Perhaps he's dreaming of cloud 10?
I don't care for his histrionics on stage either.
Well, now it is the 90th anniversary of Cziffra's birth today, so perhaps here is the appropriate place for this Liszt performance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yN6d4nGVwU
(live, part 1 of 2, audio only)
(in part response to the Lisitsa Totentanz, and partly because I can't resist)
Brilliant performance in Montreux! I listened to both parts. That's a savage piece to play on your fingers. I am curious when he changed his name from György to Georges?... I know that he became a French citizen in 1968, but I have recordings with his birth name. I've heard his French interviews - Wow, can he smoke up a storm! It's amazing to wonder how he would have evolved musically in his later years if his son didn't commit suicide in the apartment. He didn't make any recordings after 1981. Cannons and Flowers
only goes up to 1977.
OK Andrew, I listened to the sweet "Valentine" Lisitsa version too... She's the most popular pianist on youtube now. She's still young (unfortunately married)
, but once she gets every Etude out of the way, it will be interesting how she will musically evolve. I admit she's hot; it's like watching young Gwyneth Paltrow at the piano.
Looking more closely I know the answer to the first question. I made a 85x85 crop of the original image, Monica made a slightly bigger crop, then resized it to 85x85. Resizing should probably be avoided, if possible, for these small images.
Chris, you can downsize, don't try upsizing photos. You'll get jpeg artifacts. When you save, go for the highest quality on file size - that's where I run into problems. Try to screen your photos at 100% and 200% to detect any noise in the original. Also, your file size for the photo is too small which can lead to compression artifacts. If you have to upsize, double the pixels first, then Despeckle to remove noise. Here's a resized 85x85 if you need another one.