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Poulenc - Improv. 15 and Novelette No. 3

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  1. musical-md

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    Not at all, I just feel childish! Na, na, ni, na, na.
     
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    Should I have the Novelette score monogrammed on a silk bathrobe for you by Valentines Day? :idea: :wink: Monica, I had to listen again, and there's no doubt that you have two sensational winners here!
    Perhaps this can be stated of any music that inspires one at the deepest level: If you feel that the music just vividly transported you to another place, then you have not only captured the soul of the music, but have indeed shown the listener a clear picture of how this place looks through the power of one's performance. On most days, we are faced peering down a blank keyboard for answers, but on those rare and special moments when the portal is open for a short time, seize the unique opportunity to be transported to that special place... You must have pressed the "Record" button during one of these moments here... This is also my view toward improvisation.

    And the sound is not "okay." It's excellent for living room acoustics! Don't change a thing as you've found the sweet spot.

    George
     
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    :shock: :shock: :shock:
     
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    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist Trusted Member

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    Yes, please... 8)


    Thank you, George. It's great when we can lose ourselves in music, isn't it? I'm practicing Granados' Goyescas No. 2 again, which I still love dearly, except I love it so much that I get 'lost' in the music all the time. I get to the end but can hardly remember what I played. That's probably not a good thing; I need to stay more focused and work on my technique.

    What's wrong, Eddy? :lol:

    Actually, it seems I'm not the only one who has these kinds of thoughts. In part of a book I'm reading now....

    One of the best sources of income for professional musicians was teaching, especially of aristocracy’s daughters. These were fertile grounds—in more ways than one. Private music lessons were not only lucrative; they also offered certain opportunities against which the only defense was parental vigilance. In a satriric report that reveals the pervasiveness of concerns about this danger, a 1754 article in the Connoisseur announced the invention of a “female thermometer” for measuring “the exact temperature of a lady’s passions.” The device, created by Mr. Ayscough of Ludgate Hill, consisted of a glass tube filled with a mixture of distilled extracts of lady’s love, maidenhair, and “wax of virgin bees.” It could supposedly detect the full range of feminine response, from “inviolable modesty” to “abandoned impudence,” and was remarkable accurate, claimed the author, when used at the theater and the opera.
     
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    yes i too find the novelette beautiful and seductive a lot of french music is i also love melancolie by poulenc
     
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    I downloaded these a few weeks ago and loved them. Usually when I save an MP3 to my computer I post a reply to thank the pianist, but hesitated this time because I noticed that the pieces had been uploaded several months ago and I don't know if everyone else minds that this thread never dies.
    Also, since I'm totally new to Poulenc's solo pieces, I have nothing intelligent to say except "thank you" to Monica and also to express my surprise at how different this material is from Ravel - only a generation's difference - and even Satie. Hopefully, I'll have time to explore it a little more.
     
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    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist Trusted Member

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    Thank you, Stu. I'm glad to have passed along some music that someone else likes. You should take a look at this set of improvisations; there is a lot of variety among them.
     
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    The quality of recordings on this forum is astounding. I'll be hanging out here more often. Poulenc always make me so sad, which is really the greatest emotion that music can evoke, in my opinion.
     
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    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist Trusted Member

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    I'm so glad to read that! Thank you!! We admins work diligently in selecting new recordings and accepting new members who we feel will enhance our vast collection and also provide some intellectual as well as some social interaction on the forum.

    And I agree about Poulenc... :)
     
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    Hi, Monica!

    I only listened to the Improvisation. I didn't know it... but it is really great playing! You have a deep understanding of it, and you seem very comfortable at playing it. Great!
     
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    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist Trusted Member

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    Thank you, Luis! :)
     
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    Nice playing Monica,

    I found the improvisation very convincing. A real pleasure. It has been some time after i heard your last recording and I could hear a firm progression compared to earlier recordings. More subtle and more polyfonic. Congratulations!

    The novelettes needs is to static though. I believe there must be more flow in this piece for it to realy come alive and catch the imagination with is lyric qualities. But i think you will achieve that in due time.

    Greetings,
    -- Peter
     
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    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist Trusted Member

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    Thank you, Peter. Yes, I still love him and have already decided to re-do the Novelette. I'm still playing it now and really I don't think it will change that much, but I want to eliminate some breaks in the music from when I was video-recording. I need to go straight through without cuts. Thanks for listening. :)
     

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