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Discussion in 'Works in Progress' started by pianolady, Mar 7, 2013.

  1. pianolady

    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist

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    Ok, here is the new Works in Progress forum. If you want feedback on a piece that isn't quite polished yet, this is the place in which to upload it.

    I currently have about 17 pieces in progress - shall I upload them all here in order to get the ball rolling? :p :lol:

    (I'm teasing :) )
     
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    MerryClarkster New Member

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    This is a bit different, but I am a poet looking for collaborations with spoken word and piano accompaniment. This is a recording I've made from a presentation made by Ewert Cousins at Gethsemani Encounter, a conference in Inter-religious Dialogue.



    I think there is a tremendous potential for collaborations between poets and musicians, both in terms of beauty, as well as making this world a better place.

    Some of my other recordings can be heard at my website:

    http://www.merryclarkster.net


    Merry Clarkster
     
  3. pianolady

    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist

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    Hello Merry Clarkster and welcome!

    I can certainly imagine piano music behind some poetry, since music enhances everything! Maybe someone here will respond to your request. In the meantime, we can also offer help in another way if you like. We have members here who know a lot of music!! If you are wanting a piece with a certain tone/style/feeling, we can point you to numerous examples. You can probably even find a recording of those pieces here on our site. And then you could contact the person if you decide that you'd like to use their recording for your poetry project.
     
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    MerryClarkster New Member

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    Thank you for your reply.

    I can attempt to give the tone of some of my poems, though I think that the synergism can best come from the musician, who is moved both by the poetry and the interpretation of the music as it moves him or her.

    The piece, Axis Mundi, creates a vision for the critical role of spirituality leading us toward a global, complexified consciousnes, which in turn will lead us forward through our present ecologic, economic, and military challenges. The tone, for me, is one of both caution and exultation. In addition, there is a phrase, building the earth, which is quite powerful. When I have done performances with West African drummers, they echo this rhythm, boo-da, doo-ba, and keep that as a repeating, underlying rhythm.

    My other pieces, which I have written, are at my website, http://merryclarkster.net.

    They fall into several different categories:

    • Profound whimsy, which highlights humankind's brilliance and frailty
    • Love--erotic, romantic, cosmic
    • Zen-flavored poems--I have at times used Satie as a background

    I hope that this is helpful.

    Merry Clarkster
     
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    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist

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    Here are a few composers that popped into my mind who have music that falls into your categories:

    1. Profound whimsy--I don't really know what that means, but as far a whimsy goes then I right away think of MacDowell, Grieg, and Kabalevsky.

    2. Love--a) Erotic - Poulenc, Granados (Spanish Dance no. 2), Barber (Excursions No. 2)
    b) Romantic - Chopin, Schumann, Field, Liszt, Faure, Granados, Poulenc
    c) Cosmic - Liszt, Mompou

    3. Zen - Mompou, Scriabin

    Maybe one of the composers and/or pieces included here will strike a chord with you....haha....that's a little pun... :)
     
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    Oh, thank you so much.

    You've introduced me to some wonderful music, as well as some composers that I was unfamiliar with. But, aahh Liszt!!! I had no idea!

    Here is a poem I wrote this morning after hearing Avguste Antonov reveal Liszt's Ballade no. 2 in B minor:


    Aaaahhhhh, Liszt
    (Inspired by Ballade no. 2 in B minor, as revealed by Avguste Antonov)

    Aahhh, Liszt
    Whose brilliance
    I have just now discovered

    Who
    Charts a course
    Like no other

    A never-ending
    Trail of rapture
    Led forward
    By flying fingers
    That capture

    Celestial evenings
    Rolling thunder
    Silent music
    Touching deep
    Then soaring up
    From under
    That silent place
    Of fear and wonder
    .....

    Now
    Quiet clarity
    Sweet bliss
    Of human harmony

    Then
    Twisting and careening
    Through dark woods
    Threatening trees and shadows
    Hidden meanings
    Of buried dreams

    Back
    To a calm safe clearing
    Warm sun cleaning
    From skin to soul
    Discordant thoughts
    No longer
    Intervening

    Then home again
    Soft hands
    In gentle caress
    Bring me back
    With kind soft smile
    And god-born bless

    Reminding me
    To remain
    Now and forever
    In happiness
     
  7. pianolady

    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist

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    That's a nice poem! Seems listening to new music inspires you. With the amount of piano music we have here, you could perhaps fill volumes of new poetry! :)
     
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    Merry Clarkster,

    Nice poem. Schumann was a poly writer, too :wink:

    Your idea to combine poetry and music is an interesting one. Last year for my universities music festival (outside the box) the grad students in poetry collaborated with the music department. They each prepared poems and we went over to my teachers house and drew from a hat who we would be with. The next step was for us composers to set the “lyrics” that is, the poem, to music. The only constraint was that this was limited to a very rare genre—solo unaccompanied voice--. Us composers wrote our pieces for the music school singers and the festival culminated in a big performance of the pieces. The singers would walk up to the stage, find their starting pitch on the piano and start singing. I give each and every one of them a tremendous amount of credit, because a lot of these pieces were… like Pierrot Lunaire style. Imagine if you had to sing Rite of Spring on a stage to a crowd of people and you get the idea. It wasn’t music as we know it here on pianosociety, but it was a great experience. Lucy Shelton taught us composers a lot about composing avant garde voice music and assisted the vocalists with maximizing their performances.
     
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    MerryClarkster New Member

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    I did find some recordings that I thought might fit nicely with some of my poems. However, I'm not sure how to contact those pianists. The pianists that I looked to contact didn't have contact information, and members are listed with their user names, which don't correspond to their given names. Could you please help me with this?
     
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    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist

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    Yes, we can give you their email address. Please send any of us admins a private message or email with the names.
     
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    But note that we do not have contact info for all the pianists on the site. Mostly only for those who are also registered on the forum.
     
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    Thank you for adding the feature. It is sort of like having loads of teachers from the forum. I'm hopefully going to be working with my brother who is good with recording, in order to obtain a higher quality recording than what I've been able to obtain. I will have a couple of mic's on the instrument now, will hopefully get it tuned. The works in progress is a great idea to help us see what you're looking for in a recording.
     

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