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Liebermann Gargoyle #3

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  1. diminished2nd

    diminished2nd New Member Piano Society Artist

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    Did some recording today... this is Liebermann's 3rd Gargoyle. I've been working on it sort of since July or so, and it has REALLY grown on me. At first I could take it or leave it, but now it's one of my favourites to play. One thing is certain: the Gargoyles are definitely stamina pieces, and they're all harder than they sound :p


    Liebermann - Gargoyles Op. 29, no. 3
     
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    Hi diminished2nd,

    What a beautiful piece! It's very effective indeed, and even has a canonic element approaching the end. My sense is that this is not just a decorative gargoyle on a roof, but one that doubles as a water spout as well. So it turns out then that this is actually a neo-impressionistic "water piece". Yes, I can tell it's quite difficult to play. You have a nice even articulation and touch, and there is much expression, lovely dynamic shadings, poignant nuances and turns of phrase in your playing too. Your rendition both sings and sparkles. I've concluded that Liebermann is one of the very few contemporary composers for piano here in the U.S. whose music I actually enjoy. This is a fine performance and recording of a very novel piece. Thanks for posting it!

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    Yes, definitely a "water piece", reminiscent of Liszt's and and Ravel's Jeux d'Eau pieces. Indeed Liebermann is a major piano composer. Great performance ! Are you planning on the other ones as well ? I think they are even trickier than this one but that should not deter you by now.
     
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    I like Garygoyles - the music and the 'creatures'. I'd put them on my house if I could!

    This sounds very nice, Austin. Very similar to the way my teacher recorded it. (he recorded all of them - you can see him playing them here:
    http://www.youtube.com/user/adjpiano#p/u/6/vn79Zi5yJKE)

    This is on the site.
     
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    I just love this piece ... I can never decide if I like more the 3rd (which I choose to think of as the poor monsters enduring endless rain, sheeting over the stone) or the scary & ferocious 4th. I just love Liebermann. And this is a very good recording! Kudos!
     
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    aww thanks for all the nice comments guys!! I am planning on finishing the set at some point... maybe even later this year. I absolutely love what I've heard of Liebermann's music. I worked on the 4th a little bit, and it does seem to be quite a bit more challenging, especially in regards to stamina issues. this 3rd one though... when I first started working on it I thought "oh it's just going to be a little pattern in the middle with a melody on top that I'll have to voice the heck out of", but it turns out that on half of those melody notes, you have to actually JUMP to hit them, and then get back down to the swirling pattern in the middle quick enough to not "bump" any of the notes to make them stick out. it's certainly been a great exercise in practicing playing with the larger muscles completely relaxed :p
     
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    First of all, thank you for this Liebermann submission since I knew that composer only by name. It is a wonderful piece and played with a really GREAT control of dynamics and shades. Congratulations for that. Hope to listen more of Liebermann from you in the future.
     

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