DONATION STATUS
Needed before 2016-12-31
$ 2,500
So far donated
$ 805

The Bowed Piano Ensemble

Discussion in 'Useful resources' started by techneut, Mar 15, 2013.

  1. techneut

    techneut Active Member Piano Society Artist

    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2006
    Messages:
    9,930
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Netherlands
    Last Name:
    Breemer
    First Name:
    Chris
    LOCATION:
    Netherlands
    Youtube again unearths fascinating rarities:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14jPvnWhdNM

    Who needs an orchestra when you got a grand :)
    They could have been a bit more creative with the percussion, but otherwise very entertaining.
     
  2. StuKautsch

    StuKautsch Member Piano Society Artist

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2008
    Messages:
    439
    Likes Received:
    0
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Software Developer
    Location:
    New Jersey, USA
    Last Name:
    Kautsch
    First Name:
    Stewart
    LOCATION:
    New Jersey, USA
    Chris,
    Truly wonderful, and thanks for posting this.
    OTOH, it made me rather nervous for the instrument's sake...
     
  3. techneut

    techneut Active Member Piano Society Artist

    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2006
    Messages:
    9,930
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Netherlands
    Last Name:
    Breemer
    First Name:
    Chris
    LOCATION:
    Netherlands
    It looks rather ghastly indeed :lol:
     
  4. pianoman342

    pianoman342 Member Piano Society Artist

    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2008
    Messages:
    721
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Carbondale, IL
    Last Name:
    Tucker
    First Name:
    Riley
    LOCATION:
    Carbondale, IL
    Chris,

    Interesting post! I am not able to access the youtube due to access restrictions, but, I was able to visit http://bowedpianoensemble.com/ and download the suncatcher from the vikings of the sunrise.

    Yes, the rhythm seems to be just a metronomic pulse, but the sonic textures and the picture of a nine people gathered around a concert grand is quite interesting. I think The Piano Guys had an episode like this. But they were slapping the side of it, like it was a bongo drum. This seems more reverent than that! Gives an entirely different meaning to "piano music" I have to say, this prepared piano (I would even qualify it more as string piano) and with the damper pedal released it sounds a lot like a orchestra harp which it is in a very crude way, I suppose... nevermind the intentions of Cristofori who probably solely playing the piano as by means of the playing the keyboard part of the piano..
     
  5. Rachfan

    Rachfan Active Member Piano Society Artist

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2008
    Messages:
    2,146
    Likes Received:
    1
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Chief Operating Officer, retired
    Location:
    U.S.A.
    Last Name:
    April
    First Name:
    David
    LOCATION:
    U.S.A.
    Hi Chris,

    I had found that Bowed Piano Ensemble on my own awhile back. Some contemporary composers for piano have for years been using "prepared pianos". I always thought of it as a sacrelege. The piano was never designed for any of that nonsense. This ensemble in my opinion takes that to an extreme. I think it's outrageous. Dreadful!

    David
     
  6. techneut

    techneut Active Member Piano Society Artist

    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2006
    Messages:
    9,930
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Netherlands
    Last Name:
    Breemer
    First Name:
    Chris
    LOCATION:
    Netherlands
    Outrageous it is indeed. Dreadful, no I would not say that. Good clean fun, and a musically worthwhile result. The piano as as much right of being mocked as anything else :D
     

Share This Page