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Poulenc - Improv. 15 and Novelette No. 3

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  1. pianolady

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

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    Thank you, Guy. Yes, this music would be nice for more advanced students who need to get away from the 'everyday' classics and step into something a little lighter and contemporary.
     
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    robert Active Member Piano Society Artist

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    The improvisation is a lovely piece of music and your playing is wonderful. I liked the novelette too but the improvisation is gorgeous.
     
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    Very lovely pieces and nicely played. Its interesting how light the feeling of the Improvisation is throughout, yet it has such a dark cloudy ending. Ah, such is life sometimes.

    Your playing is quite true to the score too.
     
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    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist Trusted Member

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    Thank you, Robert. The Improvisation is indeed nice, but I still like the Novelette better. There's just something about it that just grabs me!

    I was a little afraid to read this, Greg, but good - I'm glad we are not arguing! :) Thank you for the nice words. And yes, life can be dark and cloudy. Good thing there is plenty of dark and cloudy music to play. It's more interesting....
     
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    I'm glad to have discovered these little gems. Thank you for sharing.

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

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    There are 15 Improvisations. I've only learned/recorded five of them so far, but they are nice too. One of these days I'd like to learn some more.
     
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    Wonderful recording! Great expression and use of subtle nuances.
     
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    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist Trusted Member

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    Thank you, Samuel!
    It's been a while since we've heard from you. What are you up to these days? Hope you're still practicing your piano.... :)
     
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    Hi Monica, these pieces are wonderful in scope and breadth. I didn't know that Poulenc wrote an improvisation dedicated to Edith Piaf. She was a sensational spark in the chanson Française. You strive to capture her essence well here. However, one can always go to extremes as that fits her personality. Towards the end, I wished Poulenc doubled the melody more emphatically in octaves. Piaf was no dainty Parisian - her musical life was enigmatic with an emotional ferocity that made her stand out above the rest; her contours are roughened with a serrated edge - when rubbed the wrong way, watch out!; and a no apologies attitude for her origins. Again this is all a part of her unique charm. This was all expressed in her song Non, je ne regrette rien (No, I don't regret a thing). She was also very generous to upstart singers too, like my fellow Armenian, Charles Aznavour. Have you seen the film, La Vie En Rose? I think you would like it. It's an amazing biographical movie that captures Piaf's being. I love the movie, along with your playing here...

    The Novelette was charming too, but felt more inspired by the Improvisation, as you can tell.

    Your recorded sound gets better every time... You've found a nice sweet spot for your mics or you've changed them. I can hear that the piano has developed its own character with time - it's tone and timbre sound different than recordings made a few years ago.
    OK, off to watch the Super Bowl - GO PATRIOTS!

    George
     
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    A fantastic film with an award-winning performance by Marion Cotillard who starred as Piaf. Highly recommended.

    Edited for spelling: thank you Chris!
     
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    Thank you, George. I do like the Improvisation No. 15, but to me the Novelette is deeper and just so delicious and romantic and seductive and I wish I could rub it onto my whole body and
    wear it! 8) :lol:

    I'm very glad you think my sound is okay. No, I have not changed anything - I decided to stop fooling around with the settings and placement all the time and just stick to what I had developed. Maybe my piano tone is changing too; I never thought of that before, but I guess that would happen over time.

    No, I did not know about that movie. But since you and Eddy both say it's good, I will definitely put it on my 'to watch' list. Thank you for the recommendation! :)

    Edit: btw - I'm watching the game too, but really only the commercials and the half-time show. Madonna was pretty good!
     
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    Hi Monica,

    Thanks for sharing and posting the Poulenc Improvisation No. 15.

    I do not know the piece, but it sounded as though you played the melody line with a lot of conviction
    and in a nice continuous line and flow.

    -Kaila
     
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    Nobody could stare like Piaf :lol:
     
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    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist Trusted Member

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    Thank you, Kaila. And Happy New Year to you! :)
     
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    :evil:
    Why don't we have the emoticon with the tongue sticking out?
     
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    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist Trusted Member

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    You mean like this?

    :p

    Or this?
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    Or this?
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    :lol:
     
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    musical-md Active Member Piano Society Artist Trusted Member

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    I cannot see your mysmiley imports and can only imagine. But I'm looking for the one that kids do to eachother when they don't like somebody.
     
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    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist Trusted Member

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    I don't understand, Eddy. Why can you not see the smilies? I can see them. Is it like that on all posts here in the forum, or just this one?
     
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    musical-md Active Member Piano Society Artist Trusted Member

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    Just this one, and just the linked ones, not the ones we have and use all the time.
     
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    Now, why would you want to use that one Eddy ? Is there somebody here you don't like ? :p
     

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