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 Post subject: Re: Larrard - 5 waltzes for piano (one per week)
PostPosted: Sat Feb 22, 2014 1:40 pm 
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Hello everybody, this is time to submit the last one of the series. Hope you like it !

No.5 is a fast, short, two-voice waltz. The melody at the RH is very tonal and melodic, while the LH is rather ignorant about the obvious RH harmony. The sarcastic tone can evoke some Prokofiev's pieces (still not intentional, but my love for this composer is evident here).



Larrard - Valse No.5 pour piano (1:15)

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 Post subject: Re: Larrard - 5 waltzes for piano (one per week)
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Hi Francois,
That is really cute! I like this one the best. Sounds like Satie's Gymnopedie no. 1 was your inspiration? I hear that familiar melody here. Fun!! :)

As you mentioned before, Chris said he will put these up so he can make a pretty table for the set.

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 Post subject: Re: Larrard - 5 waltzes for piano (one per week)
PostPosted: Sat Feb 22, 2014 4:59 pm 
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I've uploaded the complete set.

Larrard - Valse No.1 pour piano (2:11)
Larrard - Valse No.2 pour piano (1:41)
Larrard - Valse No.3 pour piano (2:42)
Larrard - Valse No.4 pour piano (7:01)
Larrard - Valse No.5 pour piano (1:15)

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 Post subject: Re: Larrard - 5 waltzes for piano (one per week)
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Wow, the last one is great! I do hear inspiration from Prokofiev (I'm also a fan) in the treatment of the voices and tonalities. This is actually one I'd contemplate to play myself - do you plan to sell this music?


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 Post subject: Re: Larrard - 5 waltzes for piano (one per week)
PostPosted: Sat Feb 22, 2014 6:33 pm 
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These are on the site. Please check, I had a bit of trouble with our unwieldy, illogical and clumsy CMS.

Had to correct the ID3 tags (Name and Composer did not comply) but I've decided it is less hassle to just fix these things than to try to get people to do it properly.

As for the valses, they are clever and inventive, and well played of course, but somehow they don't really connect with me. I guess it is the combination of jazz and modern harmonies.

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 Post subject: Re: Larrard - 5 waltzes for piano (one per week)
PostPosted: Sat Feb 22, 2014 7:18 pm 
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pianolady wrote:
Hi Francois,
That is really cute! I like this one the best. Sounds like Satie's Gymnopedie no. 1 was your inspiration? I hear that familiar melody here. Fun!! :)

Thank you Monica ! Finally, if you like the first and the last one, this is fine. It makes me think about my old piano teacher, who liked to say that, in a recital, you have to start well and to finish as well. In the middle, it doesn't matter, because the people is sleeping :) Regarding Satie's first Gymnopedie, I find the general mood quite different from my waltz, but yes ther is a common point between the two pieces - and this is not intentional: the first four notes of the theme are the same: 3-5-4-3, number 1 being the tonal note.

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Wow, the last one is great! I do hear inspiration from Prokofiev (I'm also a fan) in the treatment of the voices and tonalities. This is actually one I'd contemplate to play myself - do you plan to sell this music?


It would be a great honor for me if you would play this piece, Joachim. No, I don't sell my music, and the score can be freely downloaded from my personal site, or from this one. I have declared my pieces at the French composer association (SACEM), so that they are protected in terms of intellectual property.

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These are on the site. Please check, I had a bit of trouble with our unwieldy, illogical and clumsy CMS.

Had to correct the ID3 tags (Name and Composer did not comply) but I've decided it is less hassle to just fix these things than to try to get people to do it properly.

As for the valses, they are clever and inventive, and well played of course, but somehow they don't really connect with me. I guess it is the combination of jazz and modern harmonies.


Thanks Chris for your patience, not only in uploading the files, correcting the tags but also listening the music :? . May I borrow you a little more, asking you to add the presentation text on head of the Waltzes pages ? Here it is. Many thanks in advance !
Oups, looking at the page, I noticed that there is a mistake in the numbering of the table : 4 - Valse No. 3. Could you fix it ?

Five waltzes for piano
Composed in 2010-2011
Recorded in 2014

No.1 starts in Cmajor but modulations come quickly. The general structure is A-A-B-A'. A is made of a right hand (RH) melody accompanied by the left hand (LH) playing a bass and a chord. B is written with one voice at each hand. Finally, A' is a reminiscence of the beginning theme, with a different modulation and a shorter length.

No.2 has a completely different structure. It is made up with 4 superimposed themes, played at different places of the tessiture. The various themes are introduced one after each other, providing a fugue feeling (although all themes are different). In the central part of the piece, each theme is recalled, being exposed with a waltz voicing. Then the third part comes, as a reflect of the first one (starting with 4 voices and ending with a single one). The harmonic structure is cyclic (but with a shift after each cycle), with a period of five measures. The results sounds a little like some Shostakovich pieces (not intentional, but more the result of our common reference to Bach !).

No.3 is a kind of study for the RH. It is a succession of ups and downs, supported by a bass played by the LH, as in Chopin's 1st study op. 10 (I'm not claiming it has the same merit, of course...).

No.4 (the longest one) is a theme with variations. The theme can be compared to the one of No.1, but it is more developed. A first variation emphasizes the RH, then it is the turn of LH. In the third one, I used an 'alternate' arpeggios structure between the two hands. The piece ends by a small recitative (RH alone) followed by a coda quoting the beginning of the theme.

No.5 is a fast, short, two-voice waltz. The melody at the RH is very tonal and melodic, while the LH is rather ignorant about the obvious RH harmony. The sarcastic tone can evoke some Prokofiev's pieces (still not intentional, but my love for this composer is evident here).

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 Post subject: Re: Larrard - 5 waltzes for piano (one per week)
PostPosted: Sat Feb 22, 2014 8:37 pm 
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I believe that classical music people like us have so many musical memories in our heads--some of which are in the very farthest recesses of our minds and pop out at unexpected times. After I listened to your recording, I went about straightening up my house and found myself humming that first main melody. But I was surprised when I had inadvertently transitioned into singing Satie's G...no. 1. That's how I figured that out. I believe you didn't do it purposely, but as it happens, all the melody notes of the opening phrase are the same in both pieces. Of course, the left hand and the rhythm is totally different, so yes, the tones are completely opposite, and your pieces are completely unique! :)

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 Post subject: Re: Larrard - 5 waltzes for piano (one per week)
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You're right, when improvising or composing, we very often play sections of musical phrases we have stored years or decades before in the depth of our memories. It is just like a puzzle: taking elements of several stories and making another one (or trying, at least...). By the way, I love Satie and he had much influence on my inspiration !

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 Post subject: Re: Larrard - 5 waltzes for piano (one per week)
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Ok, I've added that text to the page, and fixed the mistake (which BTW originated from your ID3 tags).

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 Post subject: Re: Larrard - 5 waltzes for piano (one per week)
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techneut wrote:
Ok, I've added that text to the page, and fixed the mistake (which BTW originated from your ID3 tags).

Thanks Chris, and sorry for the mistake in the tag. I'm definitely not a computer man...

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