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#2241895 - 03/05/14 08:34 PM Godowsky - Poem in E major
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No. 1 of the Four Poems, composed in 1927.

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#2241938 - 03/05/14 10:47 PM Re: Godowsky - Poem in E major [Re: Polyphonist]
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Beautifully conceived and executed.

And this is a great great little piece. Unfortunately for me, Godowsky's name has become tarnished by his famous Chopin etudes (which I find tasteless), so I tend to write him off as a composer. In one minute of music I've been proven wrong.


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#2241945 - 03/05/14 10:55 PM Re: Godowsky - Poem in E major [Re: Polyphonist]
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Neat!
This is the first Godowsky (I mean pure Godowsky) that I've ever heard. I don't like it as much as Jason does, but at least I sort of do grin -- maybe I'd like it more with more hearings of this and his other pieces. I appreciate your recording it and posting it. And, BTW, nice playing!

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#2241948 - 03/05/14 11:04 PM Re: Godowsky - Poem in E major [Re: Polyphonist]
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Can't really comment on the interpretation because I don't know this piece. Sounds good though. Now how about some Chopin? Bach?

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#2241957 - 03/05/14 11:49 PM Re: Godowsky - Poem in E major [Re: Polyphonist]
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Now we can stop complaining that you never post any recordings wink.

Excellent.
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#2241997 - 03/06/14 01:54 AM Re: Godowsky - Poem in E major [Re: Polyphonist]
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I guess your name is Polyphonist for a reason. Nice job bringing out the parts.
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#2241999 - 03/06/14 01:57 AM Re: Godowsky - Poem in E major [Re: Polyphonist]
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I'm actually curious to hear Polyphonist play the Godowsky arrangement of The Swan by S-S. It's gorgeous -- better than the original. (one of those rare occurrences)

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#2242149 - 03/06/14 10:45 AM Re: Godowsky - Poem in E major [Re: Polyphonist]
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What's that clicking sound throughout the recording? It's not steady like a metronome.


Edited by Dwscamel (03/06/14 10:45 AM)
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#2242164 - 03/06/14 11:21 AM Re: Godowsky - Poem in E major [Re: Polyphonist]
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There has been a problem with my damper pedal for a few months, and it sometimes makes a clicking sound when depressed. Sorry about that.
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#2242177 - 03/06/14 11:51 AM Re: Godowsky - Poem in E major [Re: Polyphonist]
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Nicely done! A minute of bliss on a bleak day.

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#2242218 - 03/06/14 12:57 PM Re: Godowsky - Poem in E major [Re: Polyphonist]
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Very nice. I am not really familiar with Godowsky, so I can't comment beyond that, but I enjoyed your interpretation -- even with the clicking! grin

Seriously, well-played. smile
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#2242247 - 03/06/14 02:40 PM Re: Godowsky - Poem in E major [Re: Polyphonist]
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Yay, there's someone else playing Godowsky in the world. laugh I didn't know of this set, but I just happened to have checked out the 4th volume the Carl Fischer collection for the sake of reading through the waltz transcriptions. Lucky me eh.

The first thing I noticed is how much I absolutely love how you weave the polyphonic lines. Do you just have a really natural feel for that, or were these things heavily thought out. It sounds so natural, even the phrasing. I find this hard to achieve in Godowsky's music.

The only aspect that I felt could be improved upon is the pacing of the rallentandos. You seem to push past them. I feel like you could really stretch them out. Maybe not so much with the first one before the repetition of the theme, but have you considered making more of the the piu rallentando and the molto rallentando. I think if you really stretched out the piu rall. and then gave the molto rall a different color while stretching it even farther it would come off far better.

*shrugs* Just my thoughts. I'm definitely reading through these before I return the book.

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#2242320 - 03/06/14 05:59 PM Re: Godowsky - Poem in E major [Re: Polyphonist]
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That was pretty but it could have been a little more dynamic at the appassionato and there's a repeat you didn't play. Still...pretty. Good job!
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#2242419 - 03/06/14 10:17 PM Re: Godowsky - Poem in E major [Re: Polyphonist]
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This is such a beautiful piece, and your playing is lovely and very well controlled. I have to agree with MikeN, not so much that I *noticed* any rushing, exactly, but you've done such a nice job of voicing and layering that the next thing to do, perhaps, is to give the harmonics some space to mingle and sing. You might actually let them help shape some of your timings. I'm not talking huge indulgences of time, just a tiny little bit more elbow room between things here and there.

I really enjoyed hearing you play this piece. Thanks for sharing!

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#2242481 - 03/07/14 01:53 AM Re: Godowsky - Poem in E major [Re: Polyphonist]
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That really is a lovely piece and beautifully played. I enjoyed your interpretation as performed (though its too bad its not better recorded).

Will we get to hear your performance of the other pieces in this set?

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#2242485 - 03/07/14 02:33 AM Re: Godowsky - Poem in E major [Re: Polyphonist]
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This sounds wonderful Polyphonist – excellent playing to my ears and a delightful piece - I don’t know anything about Godowski other than the transcription of a Moment Musicale I’ve heard Kissin play.

As already noted, your playing deserves some experienced recording technique so I hope you’ll get some help with that.

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#2243931 - 03/09/14 10:03 PM Re: Godowsky - Poem in E major [Re: Polyphonist]
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Very good playing, you live up to your username quite well! smile

Thanks for sharing this gem.

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#2247216 - 03/15/14 10:11 PM Re: Godowsky - Poem in E major [Re: Polyphonist]
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An elegant miniature and very sensitively played. I'd love to hear more smile
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#2250798 - 03/23/14 02:50 AM Re: Godowsky - Poem in E major [Re: Polyphonist]
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Very nicely executed as Godowsky's pieces are always far more difficult to play than they sound. Another good example of interweaving counterpoint in a Godowsky arrangement is the following:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8xTpSj4bd0

Note as to how the key changes to E-major (as in the Poem) a little later in the piece as this would have to be one of Godowsky's most sublime moments in an excellent transition.

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#2250802 - 03/23/14 03:24 AM Re: Godowsky - Poem in E major [Re: Polyphonist]
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Nice one Poly.

I didn't know this work at all, and I wasn't too familiar with Godowsky... So this is very pleasant!

Thanks for sharing.
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#2254192 - 03/30/14 10:12 AM Re: Godowsky - Poem in E major [Re: beet31425]
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Nicely played, polyphonist! And thank you for introducing me to this beautiful little piece.

Originally Posted By: beet31425
And this is a great great little piece. Unfortunately for me, Godowsky's name has become tarnished by his famous Chopin etudes (which I find tasteless), so I tend to write him off as a composer. In one minute of music I've been proven wrong.


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#2254295 - 03/30/14 03:04 PM Re: Godowsky - Poem in E major [Re: Polyphonist]
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I've also been introduced to my first non-Chopin Godowsky. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Thanks! More, please.
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#2254718 - 03/31/14 08:15 AM Re: Godowsky - Poem in E major [Re: Polyphonist]
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Well, Thank you for posting that, Poly.

Here's another request for more, please.

(Finally, something ends my 2 month self-imposed banishment to Lurkdom.)
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#2291664 - 06/18/14 01:23 PM Re: Godowsky - Poem in E major [Re: Polyphonist]
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Hi Polyphonist, this is one of my favourite Godowsky compositions, and I enjoyed hearing you play it with the flexible and fluid interpretation especially as this is the first time I have heard anyone play it other than myself! I'm a bit delayed but will soon comment on your works added to the Composer's Lounge while I was absent - one in particular in connection to Godowsky. It is very strange that some of your works there have received no response at all - maybe the Composer's Lounge has fallen into a lull.

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