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Can you guess the composer/work? #13

Discussion in 'Repertoire' started by dctpianist, Mar 21, 2012.

  1. dctpianist

    dctpianist New Member

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    With the blessings of Dr. del Rio, I found a suitable question to continue this series.


    Several 20th century composers such as Xenakis and Nancarrow wrote pieces for solo/player piano that contain measures with 4-8 staves but are impossible to play as written. However, one early 20th century solo piano piece has measures containing 2, 3, 4, and 6 staves, and has been recorded. Which piece is this?
     
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    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist

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    I don't know, but I'll guess that Marc Andre Hamelin is the one who recorded it....
     
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    And you would be absolutely right! :D
     
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    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist

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    Yay! :D Let it be known that I get partial credit on this one.... :D

    And just off the top of my head, would the piece in question be something by Strauss, or Godowsky?
     
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    Could be Villa-Lobos' Rudepoema - though I'm not sure it has 6 staves.
     
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    I have no idea and look forward to learning another factoid in the Universe of Pianism.
     
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    It is not Villa-Lobos or Strauss. This is embarassing, but I don't have a definite answer on whether or not Godowsky wrote music for more than 3 staves :oops: I would say no, though, as from what I've seen of his music it doesn't appear to be his style.
     
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    Godowsky wrote 4 staves at the start of the last Triakontameron piece (Requiem 1914-1918) and also, I think, in parts of his Passacaglia.
     
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    Thanks for sharing :) I get to learn some too!
     
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    Let's not forget good-old Rachmaninoff for his 4-staff usage in the Prelude.
     
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    Ok, I don't think anyone else will guess. The piece is...

    Leo Ornstein's Poems of 1917, no. 4.

    http://leoornstein.net/Scores/S061a%20- ... 201917.pdf

    This series was written during 1917, as the name suggests. The entire set is a good example of Ornstein's earlier experimental style and is a small taste of how music would begin to break away from the conventions of tonality.
     
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    Ah interesting ! I don't think I've seen 6-stave piano writing before. Despite the 6 staves this does not look especially difficult to handle though.
     

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