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Billy Joel - Invention Op. 6 (video)

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    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist Trusted Member

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    Billy Joel, "the Piano Man", has written some classical music that I recently discovered through a dear friend. The whole book was recorded by Richard Joo, of "Igudesman & Joo" fame. It's a wonderful CD...Joo really plays well! Anyway, there are around four or five pieces in the book that I want to learn, and this is one of them. It's a short, one-minute-long invention. I bet if I didn't say the piece was written by Joel, someone out there would think it was really by Bach.

    So here it is....I recorded it as a video yesterday.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_iDMQai ... fVnX5BuRtg
     
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    Not as good as Bach's Inventions but still a nice piece. Seems like Joel is a composer to be reckoned with.
    Good performance though you don't sound and look optimally comfortable in it. You should play more Bach :)
    I don't understand what happens at the end. The closing notes are very strange rhythmically.
    Your piano does not sound as open and bright as it used to. A bit muffled as it were. Been fluffing around with the recording setup again ?
     
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    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist Trusted Member

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    I'm really enjoying the book. The more I play some of the pieces, the more I like them!

    I don't understand what you mean by 'not feeling comfortable'. I was perfectly comfortable! However, I was struggling a little with my articulation. You know how it goes when making videos....it takes a long time! It was late in the afternoon when I finally got a take that wasn't terrible, but I was tired and I think some of my articulation paid the price. The only thing I did different with the recording setup is that my camera was using the tripod that my Edirol usually uses, so the Edirol was sitting on a chair next to the piano. This means it was lower....usually my Edirol is above the strings by a couple feet....and perhaps having it closer to the ground makes the piano sound muffled. It doesn't sound bad to me though.
     
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    Hi Monica,

    Your playing was very good. I can well understand a grueling recording session--been there many times myself.

    Billy Joel--who would have guessed? This invention is certainly Bach-ian in its nature.

    Decades ago ago I recall the young Andre Previn doing jazz improvisations on the piano of the Steve Allen Show. Then he was playing/recording Rachmaninoff duo piano music with Ashkenazy! Next he was conducting the London Symphony! So my guess would have been that Joel definitely had some training in Classical music--and I'm right. A bit of digging revealed that in his youth Billy studied piano with Morton Estrin, one of America's finest concert pianists and pedagogues.

    I also watched your video of "Jingle Bells". Delightful!

    David
     
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    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist Trusted Member

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    Hi again, David.

    Thank you again! And for the Jingle Bells thing too!! :)

    Yes, I have also heard of many, many pop/rock musicians whose roots are in classical music. At least the 'good' pop/rock musicians are the ones who last and have staying power.

    Hope you have a Happy New Year!
     

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