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#2118144 - 07/15/13 06:25 PM Entertainment Repertoire
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What are some good pieces for entertaining people. I play classical, but in today's world, that doesn't entertain most people. That's fine, but I'd also like to have some repertoire that people like to listen to too. Any composers or books that you could recommend? Thanks.
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#2118156 - 07/15/13 06:40 PM Re: Entertainment Repertoire [Re: collinsinclair]
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Who are the "people" that you want to entertain? Sixteen-year-olds who walk around listening to pop music on earphones?
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#2118161 - 07/15/13 06:45 PM Re: Entertainment Repertoire [Re: collinsinclair]
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Poly brings up a good point -- the "who" will change the list considerably. smile
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#2118756 - 07/16/13 08:58 PM Re: Entertainment Repertoire [Re: Derulux]
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People at nice restaurants or classy parties (not like cubs or anything) but it seems like people have gotten bored of straight classical. I want to be able to entertain today's classy, genial people. I couldn't care less about the 16 year olds you mentioned though.
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#2118759 - 07/16/13 09:01 PM Re: Entertainment Repertoire [Re: collinsinclair]
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Originally Posted By: collinsinclair
People at nice restaurants or classy parties (not like cubs or anything) but it seems like people have gotten bored of straight classical. I want to be able to entertain today's classy, genial people. I couldn't care less about the 16 year olds you mentioned though.

So what kind of music do you want to learn to play? Jazz? New Age? Who do you want to entertain? "Classy, genial people" could mean anything. Are these 35-year-olds? 70-year-olds? People who go to expensive restaurants?
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#2118791 - 07/16/13 09:50 PM Re: Entertainment Repertoire [Re: Polyphonist]
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Yes. By that I mean I'm up to anything. I really like Jon Schmidt, and he's "new age classical", so I guess that's a good way to go. And younger people, like my parents friends or family. I'd also like to end up playing in a nice restaurant someday, for a job during high school. My apologies for not being very specific. I'm new here. crazy
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#2118795 - 07/16/13 10:01 PM Re: Entertainment Repertoire [Re: collinsinclair]
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Originally Posted By: collinsinclair
Yes. By that I mean I'm up to anything. I really like Jon Schmidt, and he's "new age classical", so I guess that's a good way to go. And younger people, like my parents friends or family. I'd also like to end up playing in a nice restaurant someday, for a job during high school. My apologies for not being very specific. I'm new here. crazy

Wait, so you're what, 11 years old? wink
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#2118799 - 07/16/13 10:05 PM Re: Entertainment Repertoire [Re: collinsinclair]
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Arrangements of video game music?

http://www.youtube.com/user/lara6683
http://www.youtube.com/user/Verdegrand

and some on my Youtube.

Not that suitable for entertaining random people in a restaurant though, except some of the jazzier ones.

On that note, maybe you can play some jazz. I have this and a few other books and they're fun to play out of: http://www.amazon.com/Favorite-Jazz-Piano-Solo-Revised/dp/0769212638/


Edited by Allan W. (07/16/13 10:07 PM)

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#2118842 - 07/16/13 11:18 PM Re: Entertainment Repertoire [Re: collinsinclair]
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Great American Songbook stuff tends to work very well. I use a fakebook and improvise, but there are a lot of arrangements of various tunes out there. Cole Porter, Van Heusen and Burke, Duke Ellington, Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Harold Arlen, Rogers and Hart, etc...
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#2118843 - 07/16/13 11:18 PM Re: Entertainment Repertoire [Re: Polyphonist]
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13, actually grin
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#2118857 - 07/16/13 11:59 PM Re: Entertainment Repertoire [Re: collinsinclair]
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For some excellent arrangements, try those by Eugenie Rocherolle. There's a book called "Jerome Kern Classics" and one called "Classic Jazz Standards."

Another excellent arranger is Dan Coates. He has collections like "Timeless Standards," "Beautiful Ballads," "Treasured Broadway Hits."

Robert Schultz is also very good. "On Green Dolphin St. Plus 12 Jazz Classics" is a nice collection. His arrangement of the Pachelbel Canon is probably the best piano arrangement you can buy.
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#2118924 - 07/17/13 06:03 AM Re: Entertainment Repertoire [Re: collinsinclair]
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The only people I care about entertaining are those who enjoy classical.

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#2118934 - 07/17/13 07:04 AM Re: Entertainment Repertoire [Re: collinsinclair]
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Ragtime and boogie woogie are two accessible genres that are also fun to play and learn.

I would like it if more people were enthralled by the classical music I play. It makes up the vast majority of what I learn, and of course I love it. The fact is though that the average person has a lot less patience for and understanding of it.

Recently I did my Trinity College Grade 8 exam. To prepare for the performance I played my pieces - Clementi op. 25 no. 5 1st mvmt, Chopin op. 69 no. 1 and Joplin's Fig Leaf Rag - to tons of people in different environments. The Joplin would always get the best reaction. Then the Chopin, then the Clementi.

Ideally I like people to enjoy whatever it is I'm playing, and there are some who do. But it's nice to have some more accessible yet still fun and challenging repertoire on hand for those people - sometimes friends whom I'd still like to entertain - who aren't going to respond to a classical piece, particularly on a first listen.


Edited by The Hound (07/17/13 07:05 AM)

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#2119074 - 07/17/13 12:55 PM Re: Entertainment Repertoire [Re: JoelW]
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Originally Posted By: JoelW
The only people I care about entertaining are those who enjoy classical.


I agree, though, I'll still be down to entertain other people that will throw me money..

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#2119078 - 07/17/13 01:09 PM Re: Entertainment Repertoire [Re: Orange Soda King]
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Originally Posted By: Orange Soda King
Originally Posted By: JoelW
The only people I care about entertaining are those who enjoy classical.


I agree, though, I'll still be down to entertain other people that will throw me money..

Yeah, if your goal is to be a professional "lounge" (meaning, dinner, piano bar, cruise, band, etc) pianist, then you've got to play whatever makes people throw money. What that genre is varies greatly depending on the gig, so you really need a big block of "standard" repertoire.
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#2119081 - 07/17/13 01:18 PM Re: Entertainment Repertoire [Re: JoelW]
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Originally Posted By: JoelW
The only people I care about entertaining are those who enjoy classical.


Each of us has his own taste, of course, but I get considerable pleasure out of playing my own arrangements of standard popular tunes from the first half of the last century, and many people seem to enjoy that kind of music who don't enjoy classical.

What I like about playing that type of music is :
- I never play the same song [1] exactly the same way twice
- I am freed from playing every note exactly as written
- I can experiment with harmonies and chord progressions even as I play
- (some) people who have heard me play only classical are quite surprised that I can play "pop" standards
- many enjoy this type of music.
- it's fun!

[1] Yes, I mean "song," as in popular standards originally written to be sung smile

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#2119083 - 07/17/13 01:23 PM Re: Entertainment Repertoire [Re: JoelW]
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Originally Posted By: JoelW
The only people I care about entertaining are those who enjoy classical.


Less competition for the rest of us! laugh
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#2119109 - 07/17/13 02:20 PM Re: Entertainment Repertoire [Re: BruceD]
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Originally Posted By: BruceD

- I never play the same song [1] exactly the same way twice

Oooh.... ooooohhh!

Quote:
[1] Yes, I mean "song," as in popular standards originally written to be sung smile

Oh...




I agree. I like to play improv and mess around with a piece. It's a nice break from having to be note-perfect "according to the score". (Ugh, let's not go there.) Lead sheets are a ton of fun, though I'm not great at it. I can invent something from it, but whether people actually want to listen to that something is an entirely different story!
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