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    A View to the North
    Five Piano Improvisations
    By David J. Sosnowski

    - A Glance at Evening
    - Talking Back to Lightning
    - Perseids
    - The First to Fall
    - Something in the Wind

    To listen:


    There's a story behind this. (There always is.) It's a long one
    I will try to keep brief. I don't believe I ever mentioned in the
    forum, but twenty years ago a viral malady attacked my nervous
    system, ending my ability to play. Permanently, I thought.

    But then, Gary put that gorgeous Steinway out. The desire to play
    became overwhelming, to the point where last week I purchased a
    Yamaha YDP-223 and gave it a shot.

    Forgive me, my friends, for hands still weak, technique gone far
    to rust, and improvisatorial skills too long unused... yet the joy
    of playing once again, however ungracefully, is a deeply personal
    moment I wished to share with you.

    Thank you, all. And a special thanks to Gary for luring me back
    to the piano with an instrument -- and one can only fully appreciate
    it by playing it -- that is truly a masterpiece.


    The northern view from my studio is always a source of beauty
    for me. One recent night, the Perseids meteor showers were visible.
    And a day or two before that I got the perhaps not-so-bright
    idea of playing into a thunderstorm. Autumn is at hand, too, I
    notice... with the first leaves now turning, it's in the wind.

    Hence, the addition of four other small improvisations, Perseids,
    Talking Back to Lightning, The First to Fall and Something in the
    . Like A Glance at Evening, I do forewarn that these are rather
    rough; and I appreciate the forebearance of the listener...

    All my best,

    David Sosnowski

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    Re: A Glance at Evening - Piano Improvisation (Sosnowski)

    A beautifully designed teetering of the naturally imperfect and masterful musicianship.

    An inspiring introduction as well.

    Enjoyed David! - on many levels.

    "...Wiktor's a Jekyll-Hyde personality..." - Lycos Music

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    Re: A Glance at Evening - Piano Improvisation (Sosnowski)

    Glad to hear you can play again.......ain't it grand?

    Regards, John

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    I was deeply touched by your story!

    For an enthusiastic pianist and musician, not to be able to play for so many years, is very very sad, and the courageous step you took is really admirable!

    There's no doubt in my mind that if you continue practicing you'll get back a lot that you thought you had forever lost!

    That's the amazing thing in life... you don't know until you try. And you did!

    Your improvisation is absolutely wonderful! there's a continuous stream of emotions, alternating smoothly. A delight much enjoyed!

    Thank you for posting it and revealing the story behind it!


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    Masterful writing/winging it, Mr. David. I didn't hear any obvious "clinkers". One needs a special talent to compose "on the fly" and you certainly possess that talent in abundance. Nice work!

    My best,

    Larry G. Alexander

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    One of the great things of improvisations is they are like conversations. In this case, it's like listening to a good friend that you haven't seen in years talking about his life... I really enjoyed this listening, David. Please from now on keep improvising a lot


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    Thank you for sharing this wonderful and enchanting piece. Yes, there always is a story and I, for one, am glad that it has a happy ending. The need tp perform is an overwhelming need in any musician, whether performing for a crowd of listeners, or the personal reward of performing for self. This piece, this little personal journey into the realms of "David Sosnowski's mind" was indeed inspiring. I can see (hear) the influences of Chopin and Bartok that you must have studied while learning the piano. The rust may be their my friend, but is a shiny and pure rust only a true performer carries. Welcome back to performance, my friend, welcome back!

    We dream to write and we write to dream.

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    Stunning music, rich and full of exquisite charm. It is lovely to hear you play. Thank you.
    Kind Regards

    Louis Dekker
    My Music Site

    Pour être grand, il faut avoir été petit.

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    Touching the keyboard once again must have been an
    "awesome thrill" revisited. To be able to once again express your
    musical thoughts and emotions through musical improvisation
    has to have been a highpoint in your current musical journey.

    Very touching lines and smooth, legato phrases are very
    evident here. We all can be a tad "rusty" after so long away
    from anyting, but your first experience back at the keyboard
    signals to me that you haven't forgotten much in "how" to
    play it or "what" to play on it........

    Just a wonderful little improvisation on a great instrument.

    Why did you select the Yamaha YDP 223 and how is it
    responding? Was it the keyboard "action" that made your
    final purchase decision? I'm in the market for a new keyboard
    and any information that impressed "YOU" personally about this
    keyboard will be helpful in my decision-making process.

    BRAVO, David

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    Quote Originally Posted by etLux View Post
    yet the joy of playing once again......... is a deeply personal
    moment I wished to share with you.
    David, I can sense both the joy and perhaps more painful emotions that have found their way into this beautifully crafted improvisation. But the overall mood is uplifting and celebratory - as indeed it should be. What a joy that you have been tempted back to the keyboard - and a pleasure for those lucky enough to hear the result.


    Kind regards, Graham

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