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Arrangement from Bellini's Il Pirata

Discussion in 'Composing' started by andrew, Nov 30, 2014.

  1. andrew

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    Enjoyed this Andrew, thanks for posting. Sounds nice to me, even if it isn't the theatre version, scored for strings and soprano. Played right, the RH can sing just as much as a talented singer. All that is missing is the words, and nobody comes here to Pianosociety for song recordings :p
     
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    Thanks, I'm glad you liked it. I plan on using it in the future - there's a relative paucity of effective slower opera transcriptions.
     
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    This could almost be a Nocturne by Field ! Now there's a back-handed compliment if ever there was one ;-)

    I don't care much for Bellini'e melodies but this is probably my loss. Chopin was so fond of Bellini that there must be something in this music.
    You treated the aria respectfully and lovingly, resisting the temptation to make it into a glittering show piece. I find your playing rather subdued here, maybe it is the recording and/or piano partly to blame for it. It also seems you are using a bit too much pedal in places but I could be wrong. Anyway
    this will be a nice addition for your next CD, providing some repose and introspection amidst all the fireworks.
     
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    Thanks - somehow smothering it in arpeggios, octaves and thirds seemed a little rude! Thalberg's Casta diva setting was probably a bit of a role model for the style. I agree that the playing is a little too introspective in places (although the introduction, which is orchestra only, I fully intend to be more subdued than the soprano part). Around 1.46 and in the parallel passage shortly after I think I need to change it to a portato touch to be closer to the orchestral original. I don't think I have many unintentional blurs in the pedalling but this aspect does need to be thought about and clarified. Indeed, I'm hoping it will be a useful contrast to more flamboyant repertoire!
     
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    You are a great talent as an improviser. Very musical and expressive. Marvelous!
     

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