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Let's have a discussion on alkan :)

Discussion in 'Composing' started by Lukecash, Mar 15, 2009.

  1. Lukecash

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    His Knight etude is purely demonic for the hands.
     
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    You would think Alkan did nothing but play scales all day and keep speeding up until reaching pure madness with a metronome. It's hard to believe that some people find his compositions repulsive.
     
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    What is very "mindblowing" (any composer for that matter) is to hear the music, which once completed is to be played "presto" or requires fast-moving hands and timing, when playing a few notes at a time, then writing them down, playing a few more at a slow pace, and then writing them down, repeating this process over and over and over again.

    Case in point: the Knight etude. Each note had to be written down and it takes a genius to hear the music at such a slow pace.

    This is why I regard Alkan to be in my top 10 composers.
     
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    Well, that may not necessarily be the case. I use the sketch method, as if i were a painter. I come up with several motifs generally as a result of me being a student of Scriabin and his wonderful flightiness, a set of themes, very often a scripture for help with the them(Alkan was rather fond of the old testament, and the Super Flumina Babylonis was his best old testament based composition). I take a little while working out rhythmic device, seeing as there is a wide berth between the ingenious and the ingenuine. After getting a wide sketch i normally flesh things out, maybe add 1 or 2 semi motifs, and find a way to combine the either the main themes(in an atonal piece) or motifs. Hysteria just isn't as hysterical without a semblance of structure, in my opinion.
     

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