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    etude-0701, solo piano

    A short study piece for piano with some technical demands:

    etude-0701

    I can't play it myself, but the JABB piano handles it nicely.
    - Jamie Kowalski

    All Hands Music - Kowalski on the web
    The Ear Is Always Correct - Writings on composition

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    Re: etude-0701, solo piano

    Strange but nice and it reminds me of Messiaen. Maybe a bit less reverb or use half-pedal on the faster notes and full-pedal on the "resting points".

    Raymond

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    Superbly written and beautifully rendered creating a wonderfully eerie atmosphere.

    I wouldn't be able to play it either!

    Well done.

    Regards,

    John

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    Re: etude-0701, solo piano

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymond62
    Strange but nice and it reminds me of Messiaen. Maybe a bit less reverb or use half-pedal on the faster notes and full-pedal on the "resting points".

    Raymond
    Thanks for the comments, Raymond. They are well appreciated.

    The cloudy nature of this piece is completely intentional, and is due to the extreme use of the damper pedal, and only very slightly to the reverb. The reverb is used to make the piano appear to be on a small concert stage.

    Overuse of the pedal is a bad habit in general for the piano, but this piece is exploiting the pedal to get a hazy wash of notes. It's actually a study in contrasts as the second half begins with similar material and no pedal at all. Also, the pedal is used throughout to establish a tone mass that is filtered into a sustaining chord by holding down the desired pitches, and then lifting the pedal, resulting in the chord appearing through the veil of sound.
    - Jamie Kowalski

    All Hands Music - Kowalski on the web
    The Ear Is Always Correct - Writings on composition

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    Re: etude-0701, solo piano

    I enjoyed this wonderful piano etude!

    Roberto

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    Re: etude-0701, solo piano

    I haven't heard much solo piano work from you, Jamie;
    but there's no mistaking this is Kowalski.

    Other than going cross-eyed with the cross-handedness,
    the technical demands aren't very great on this piece,
    so I wouldn't worry overly on that.

    Lively etude, quite a flavor to it; rather a snapshot of
    cascading events -- quite satisfying. Jamie, I might
    recommend perhaps a set of these. It seems like
    territory that would be most fertile for you!

    My best,

    David
    www.DavidSosnowski.com
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    Re: etude-0701, solo piano

    Quote Originally Posted by mistersynth
    Superbly written and beautifully rendered creating a wonderfully eerie atmosphere.
    Thank you, John. The JABB piano is such a joy to use. A little convolution reverb on it, some careful velocity values, and I am totally fooled by even my own renderings.

    Quote Originally Posted by oldbob
    I enjoyed this wonderful piano etude!
    Thank you for listening, Roberto. I appreciate the comment.
    - Jamie Kowalski

    All Hands Music - Kowalski on the web
    The Ear Is Always Correct - Writings on composition

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    Re: etude-0701, solo piano

    Quote Originally Posted by etLux
    I haven't heard much solo piano work from you, Jamie;
    but there's no mistaking this is Kowalski.
    Yes, I promise it is Kowalski, even though my wife is not so sure. I think this is the one piece out of my hundreds that I've played for her that she simply did not seem to care for. She seemed *intrigued*, but I didn't see her usual listening smile.

    Other than going cross-eyed with the cross-handedness,
    the technical demands aren't very great on this piece,
    so I wouldn't worry overly on that.
    I haven't actually sat down and attempted this one, but the complications will be in tangled fingers and brain as well. The notes go by very rapidly, and the unusual patterns change slightly every repitition. I see it as sort of a simply laid out tongue-twister for the hands.

    Quote Originally Posted by etLux
    Lively etude, quite a flavor to it; rather a snapshot of
    cascading events -- quite satisfying. Jamie, I might
    recommend perhaps a set of these. It seems like
    territory that would be most fertile for you!
    Thank you. I'm glad you like it, David. I do have in the back of my mind to do a set, but they will come when they come. I'll wait until they appear to me on a flaming pie, as did this one.
    - Jamie Kowalski

    All Hands Music - Kowalski on the web
    The Ear Is Always Correct - Writings on composition

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    Re: etude-0701, solo piano

    Hey Jamie,
    Very frantic ... it's amazing how it reflects modern life. I believe I heard different rhythmic patterns used in similar passages; triplets? if so, I enjoyed the change. Great use of extracting chords out of a dizzying pace of notes by sudden stops.

    Enjoyed

    "smile"


    Michael
    "...Wiktor's a Jekyll-Hyde personality..." - Lycos Music
    http://www.miserymadebeautiful.com

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    Re: etude-0701, solo piano

    Jamie,

    Wow, now that is a nasty to play piece. Better you than me!!


    Gary

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