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Discussion in 'Repertoire' started by juufa72, Aug 30, 2007.

  1. juufa72

    juufa72 New Member Piano Society Artist

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    Hello all.

    I hope that this is not another short-lived topic. I have been thinking lately (insert joke here :? ) and it struck me that this site has yet to produce a large quantity of less heard composers. There is as of now a handful (~15-20) composers with a dedicated page; but what about greats like Saint-Saens and, Liszt's rival, Rubinstein. For that matter a woman composer (Amy Beach, Cecile Chaminade)?
    Have you ever given it any thought? I don't know how it could work out and maybe not even "specialize" but by showcasing more, lesser heard composers I believe that Piano Society would be the Website for all piano listeners.
    I wish I had means to better recording equipment, a decent piano, and a drop of talent; I would certainly try to contribute "more to the less".

    I hope this doesn't come off as a pointless rant. I did not intend it on being one. :x

    -jg

    p.s. I am aware of the fact that the lesser heard composers are lesser heard for a reason, that being that their compositions were not that exciting back in the day. I am also aware that 99% of the contributors are hobby pianists who have lives outside of this wonderful place. I am also aware that this site is relatively young and with time the repertoire will grow substantially. *Sigh*.
     
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    Great idea! I totally agree with you. A while back I made a topic about Anton Rubinstein, but no one even responded! Kind of shows you how unheard of he is (or at least how unheard of his music is). I think less popular composers like him definitely deserve a chance at "fame" again. Or at least a small chance.
     
  3. juufa72

    juufa72 New Member Piano Society Artist

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    It would be something if this site would spark a new phase of classical pianism. Much like Hamelin, and the like, renewed Alkan's music to today's audience. Perhaps by having the largest database for a composer, whose music "is lurking just beneath the surface", and the fact that this site is a high traffic, there would be an appreciatation of lesser known composers.

    Or on the contrary this is all a dream, I mean, who can compete with Bach, Chopin, Beethoven etc.?
     
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    I agree with your rant, JG.
     
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    I don't quite see what your issue is juufa. There is a fair amount of stuff by relatively lesser composers on this site, more so perhaps than on other sites offering free music. A number of pianists here (like John Robson and myself) spend considerable time adding new, lesser-known composers, and while I agree that musical tastes could be a bit more adventurous around here, I think we are not doing too badly.

    As for PS being the site for all music lovers, that is already the case I think. If you look at the stats then you see it's the popular works that get downloaded by the zillions. All the lesser-known stuff gets trailing far behind. We seem to give the public what they want.....
     
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    It was an act of letting out frustration, I guess. :(
     
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    Well now that you've done that...

    Why don't you get down to recording something unknown :!: Nothing wrong with your
    keyboard except it misses a few keys. Surely that can not be an impediment for each and every
    piece of music.
     
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    I would, but Mr. Robson bought my Edirol :wink:
     
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    Edirol

    An' I ain't a-givin' hit back! :lol:
     
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    juufa72 New Member Piano Society Artist

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    Re: Edirol

    Good! Keep it, I don't care :eek:
     
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    Well,I do more or less specialize in modern composers and specifically in less known composers for piano. Just look at my artist profile and listen to the Carter Pann piece. In a few weeks,I will post another recording from that composer and sometime next semester I will post recordings from Daugherty,Pann and others(I hope)
     

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