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Poulenc - Improvisation No. 15, “Hommage à Édith Piaf”

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

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    Thank you, Joachim. That's okay....I'm happy you took the time to listen and comment. :)

    Yes, she was great!! Just a small sample below - but really - just perfection!!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WhqJ_fK1 ... BF96306EB0
     
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    Thanks for this gift, Monica. Another thing I like with her way of singing is her diction (does this word exist in English ? I mean we can understand every word she sings). What a great lady !
     
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    Yes, diction is the correct word. And you're right about that she has good diction. Also, she's always in tune and makes it sound so easy to hit the high notes. Francois, do you like Nat King Cole? He's another one of my favorites. A voice smooth as silk!
     
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    Yes, I do ! Actually, I am less familiar with his production, but my son, who is also a jazz fan, let me quite recently realise how good is Cole. So much of good music to listen, and so little time to do so ! Have a good sunday,
     
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    Hi Monica,
    it´s a pleasure to listen to this recording, because it´s played so expressively and contains many subtle dynamic differentiations. Your pedaling is excellent! My only suggests for improving are also, that you could pay more attention on the "ceder"-passages in the middle of the piece, but that´s a matter of taste. And there is a small thing in bar 22 counted from backwards from the end and the parallel bar in the first part: there the notes "b" and "a-flat" in the tenor are missing or hardly audible. But these are absolutely minors in a splendid recording like this. I only mention it, because I have noticed that at the both places, where these notes are.

    Hope you are well and your piano still works. :wink:

    With best regards
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    Hi Andreas,
    Hmmm....I'm at work now and can't check out if I missed those notes, but I will when I am home tonight. Thank you for pointing that out.

    My piano works fine, but the person who plays it could use some work. :wink:
     
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    Pianolady wrote:
    What about giving some piano lessons? Could be a good job for you. :wink:
     
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    I used to do that! But I meant that I need work...as in, I need help. Like someone needs to fix me so I can play better. :)
     
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    So what about some four hands playing? Would be great f. ex. to do another Haydn-symphony or the other movements of the Farewell- symphony. What do you think? May be this is the kind of work you had in mind?
     
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    Sorry Andreas, but I don't have any extra time these days. I've entered a piano competition which will be held in the end of May and I have to devote most of my practice time to the pieces I will play.
     
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    Okidoki, so what did you mean with "work"? I wish you success on your piano competetion!
     
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    Maybe it's just a saying here in the US....when you say "he's a piece of work" or "she needs some work", it means "he's a pompous ass," or "he's an idiot." Or "she needs help with getting her act together,"....something about her needs improving.
     
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    Ah, I have not known, of course, that this was an idiomatic expression with a special meaning.
     
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    Hi Monica,

    You did a beautiful job with this piece. It is very sensitive and combines a sense of
    French cabaret, classical, 60's pop and emotional longing and a sense of looking back.
    I think it is amazing that a piece that repeats the same phrase continuously is none the
    less engaging throughout. Great job!

    Kaila
     
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    Hi Kaila,

    Thank you very much! :)
    I know what you mean...everybody seems to really like this piece. It reminds me of a soap opera theme song.
     

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