DONATION STATUS
Needed before 2016-12-31
$ 2,500
So far donated
$ 860

Avo Raud: Danse Estonienne (1948)

Discussion in 'Submission Room' started by troglodyte, Apr 22, 2013.

  1. troglodyte

    troglodyte Member Piano Society Artist

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2008
    Messages:
    292
    Likes Received:
    0
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Professor
    Location:
    Uppsala, Sweden
    Last Name:
    Parrow
    First Name:
    Joachim
    This is Off the Beaten Track, in fact it may be where No Man Went Before. If you can find another recording of this I would be very intrigued.

    Avo Raud courted my mother in her late teens. She was a reasonably accomplished amateur pianist, and on her 20th birthday she received the gift of his manuscript of three Miniatures. I remember seeing it when I was young. Mum didn't say much about it and I never heard her play it, and at that time I was neither interested in her pre-marital affairs nor in questionable handwritten music, and soon forgot about it. She died 15 years ago and the manuscript was buried in piles of paper, only to surface recently.

    Google has not much to say about Raud. It seems he was somewhat known for his piano playing and among the elite of Swedish chess players, and practised medicine in Stockholm. He must have been born around 1925 and died not 60 years old.

    Of the three miniatures the first, "danse monotone", is aptly named, and the third, "danse d'espagne", has thick chords very hard to read. Here I present the second and most fun piece, "danse estonienne".

    Joachim

    Raud - Danse Estonienne
     
  2. pianolady

    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2006
    Messages:
    8,716
    Likes Received:
    1
    Last Name:
    Hart
    First Name:
    Monica
    What an interesting story! I liked the piece too and think you played it nicely. Did the glissandos hurt? Thank you, Joachim, I'll try to put this up tonight or tomorrow.
     
  3. techneut

    techneut Active Member Piano Society Artist

    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2006
    Messages:
    9,930
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Netherlands
    Last Name:
    Breemer
    First Name:
    Chris
    Whoa, you certainly can't get further off the beaten track than this ;-)
    Judging by the name, I'd guess the composer was Estonian himself. Is that the case ? The idiom reminds me of that of Tubin, a composer I respect but fail to warm to. Like this piece, his music seems a bit grim and in-your-face, without much in the way of melodic charm. I'm not sure whether I like this piece or not. The outer sections sound arid and dour to me but the middle section is effective and exciting. Very convincingly played despite some minor signs of strain - it sounds hard on the fingers.
     
  4. musicrecovery

    musicrecovery Member Piano Society Artist

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2009
    Messages:
    386
    Likes Received:
    3
    Occupation:
    Special Ed/Music Teacher NYC (Retired)
    Location:
    New York City
    Home Page:
    Last Name:
    Rochelle
    First Name:
    Kaila
    Hi Joachim,

    What an engaging interpretation. The piece seems a bit like Bartok. You play it with a
    nice crispness with lots of expression and wonderful variations in timing and tapering of phrases.
    While the piece is built on repetitions, you make all of them interesting.

    What a nice story to go along with it.

    Thank you for sharing,

    Kaila
     
  5. pianolady

    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2006
    Messages:
    8,716
    Likes Received:
    1
    Last Name:
    Hart
    First Name:
    Monica
    Ok, this is up now. It's in the 'various composer' page.
     
  6. pianoman342

    pianoman342 Member Piano Society Artist

    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2008
    Messages:
    721
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Carbondale, IL
    Last Name:
    Tucker
    First Name:
    Riley
    Joachim,

    I had a listen to this piece. It is very intriguing and the story to go with it, most exquisite. :)
     
  7. troglodyte

    troglodyte Member Piano Society Artist

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2008
    Messages:
    292
    Likes Received:
    0
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Professor
    Location:
    Uppsala, Sweden
    Last Name:
    Parrow
    First Name:
    Joachim
    Thanks all!

    Glissandos are OK on my piano, it has a very light and precise action. I would indeed guess Raud is Estonian but don't know for sure.

    Joachim
     
  8. StuKautsch

    StuKautsch Member Piano Society Artist

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2008
    Messages:
    439
    Likes Received:
    0
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Software Developer
    Location:
    New Jersey, USA
    Last Name:
    Kautsch
    First Name:
    Stewart
    Joachim,
    Just another 'thank you' for both the wonderful recording and even more wonderful story.
     

Share This Page