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The Italian Ditty

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  1. pianoman342

    pianoman342 Member Piano Society Artist

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    Here is a poem I wrote based off the piece by Tchaikovski which Chris and Monica have both played well. Chris your version seems to swing along and Monica your interpretation is that of a slower gait. Both enjoyable. Here is the poem:

    The Italian Ditty

    I once heard a piece

    called, “The Italian Ditty.”

    It's written by Tchaikovsky--

    and sounds quite witty.

    if you hear it you might like it,

    so give it a try.

    What is the worst that can happen?

    “I don’t like it!” You cry.

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    What do you think? More development needed? :lol:

    Have a listen to the actual piece:

    Here is a link to the recording page:

    http://pianosociety.com/cms/index.php?section=797
     
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    Maybe this should be put in the program notes??? :evil:
     
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    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist

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    Except, mine is called Italian Song. It's much different.... :lol:

    Your poem would need just a slight modification:


    The Italian Ditty

    I once heard a piece

    called, “The Italian Song.”

    It's written by Tchaikovsky--

    and is not very long.

    if you hear it you might like it,

    so give it a try.

    What is the worst that can happen?

    “I don’t like it!” You cry.
     
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    pianoman342 Member Piano Society Artist

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    hehe. Who cares about when this set is written, or Tchaikovsky for that matter, just stick my lame poem in there.. :oops:

    Monica,

    Very good! For the worse, it's as simplistic as what I just wrote, but for the better, a nice (albeit minor) addition.

    The only thing I would change is the title, from the word "ditty," to "song."

    It is true, this piece is not very long! In fact, were you going for saying this to draw attention to the fact that the poem is not long either? If so, that's a stroke of genius.. :shock:

    Maybe you should write my book, you could be a ghostwriter :D

    In my project, I am trying to blur the lines between writing music and writing poetry. Yours is a great example, I think, of an Ossia... 8)
     
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    Haha, very inventive. It's called Italian Ditty in my Peters score. The original title is Chanson Italienne, so I guess Italian Song is the better translation.

    The poem rather rambles rhythmically. To correct that I would suggest following streamlined version

    I once heard a piece called
    Italian Song
    Composed by Tchaikovsky
    It's not very long
    I think you'll enjoy it
    So give it a try
    The worst that can happen ?
    "Don't like it !" you cry
     
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    Definitely my stroke of genius... :lol:



    Regarding your book, can you please tell me again when you need the recordings?
     
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    Very good, Chris. I can say yours in 2/4, my original was more about rhyming the end of every other stanza instead of something that works on a rhythmic level. And now that I think about this more, it actually makes a lot more sense. You tell someone that you heard a piece called "Italian Song" and that they will enjoy it. I'm picturing some opera fan expecting great things--to be serenaded by a lovely frotolla sung in no less but the bel canto style--think Michele Pesenti. Then they hear this little piano opuscule that's half trite and mostly repetitive and they cry "DON'T LIKE IT!!!" and rip their headphones off before the "Song" is ended. :lol:

    @Monica

    I need them by June, but preferably by May, thanks! :)

    Up to 23% funded and there isn't even a month left running on the campaign clock. :D
     
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    Ha ! Taking the piss out of the opera buffs. I like that :p
     
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    Here's another poem,

    The Minuet

    I once heard a Minuet.

    My puppy danced along,

    the silly pet!

    Music is for everyone,

    I suppose that it’s true.

    Did my goldfish like The Mozart?

    I haven’t a clue…

    I was going to put in the K. number but I couldn't get it to rhyme :x
     

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