OMG! HARDEST PIANO PIECE EVER WRITTEN IN HISTORY!

Posted by: Veganpilot

OMG! HARDEST PIANO PIECE EVER WRITTEN IN HISTORY! - 07/29/11 11:04 AM

Do you think anyone's able to play the 'Circus Galop' by Hamelin?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xbkovCQMmc

It's practically and literally the hardest song to play ever! Do you think Franz Liszt would be able to play this song (if he was still alive today)? I think he would smile
Posted by: Veganpilot

Re: OMG! HARDEST PIANO SONG EVER WRITTEN IN HISTORY! - 07/29/11 11:08 AM

Probably Rachmaninov could play it too.
Posted by: BruceD

Re: OMG! HARDEST PIANO SONG EVER WRITTEN IN HISTORY! - 07/29/11 11:48 AM

I guess the problem is that you're trying to play a "song" instead of singing it. That should solve the problem. By the way, do we really need the screaming caps?
Posted by: Fugue14

Re: OMG! HARDEST PIANO SONG EVER WRITTEN IN HISTORY! - 07/29/11 11:54 AM

New Rule: People who call a piece of instrumental music a "song" must be banned.
Posted by: WinsomeAllegretto

Re: OMG! HARDEST PIANO SONG EVER WRITTEN IN HISTORY! - 07/29/11 12:09 PM

Originally Posted By: Fugue14
New Rule: People who call a piece of instrumental music a "song" must be banned.


That's mean. How are people supposed to learn if we instantly slam the door in their face like that?
Posted by: thaiguy20fromla

Re: OMG! HARDEST PIANO SONG EVER WRITTEN IN HISTORY! - 07/29/11 12:59 PM

Originally Posted By: Fugue14
New Rule: People who repeatedly call a piece of instrumental music a "song" must be banned.


Fixed.
Posted by: Revolet

Re: OMG! HARDEST PIANO SONG EVER WRITTEN IN HISTORY! - 07/29/11 01:31 PM

It's like dance dance revolution - just for the fingers! besides it sounds horrible...
Posted by: PaulaPiano34

Re: OMG! HARDEST PIANO SONG EVER WRITTEN IN HISTORY! - 07/29/11 01:50 PM

This sounds impossible to sing! I'm afraid my range just isn't that big...
Posted by: Mark_C

Re: OMG! HARDEST PIANO SONG EVER WRITTEN IN HISTORY! - 07/29/11 02:36 PM

IMO saying "song" isn't that awful. smile

Prediction: For better or worse, like it or not, the the word is well on its way to having the expanded meaning of "any musical item." We might go to our graves protesting it, but after a couple hundred more years, hardly anyone will know that there was ever any issue about calling a non-vocal music piece a "song."

BTW, maybe in a similar vein....One time a friend told me after I played a recital that she enjoyed my "show." grin

P.S. It annoys the heil out of me whenever I hear "shipping" for delivery that doesn't involve a boat, which is like constantly. smile
Posted by: pianojerome

Re: OMG! HARDEST PIANO SONG EVER WRITTEN IN HISTORY! - 07/29/11 02:38 PM

He wrote it for player piano. And, just like many great composers, he exploited the possibilities of his instrument. It wasn't intended to be played by a person.

Also, I think the word "song" is out-dated and snobbish. From now on, every piece of music should be referred to as an "mp3". Even if it's a MIDI.
Posted by: Mark_C

Re: OMG! HARDEST PIANO SONG EVER WRITTEN IN HISTORY! - 07/29/11 02:40 PM

Originally Posted By: pianojerome
....I think the word "song" is out-dated and snobbish. From now on, every piece of music should be referred to as an "mp3"....

ha ha ha

But maybe we shouldn't laugh....
Posted by: Piano*Dad

Re: OMG! HARDEST PIANO SONG EVER WRITTEN IN HISTORY! - 07/29/11 02:46 PM

Quote:
P.S. It annoys the heil out of me whenever I hear "shipping" for delivery that doesn't involve a boat, which is like constantly.


And what bothers me most of all, like, is when people, like, use like inappropriately. grin
Posted by: Mark_C

Re: OMG! HARDEST PIANO SONG EVER WRITTEN IN HISTORY! - 07/29/11 02:47 PM

Originally Posted By: Piano*Dad
And what bothers me most of all, like, is when people, like, use like inappropriately. grin

Posted by: pianojerome

Re: OMG! HARDEST PIANO SONG EVER WRITTEN IN HISTORY! - 07/29/11 02:50 PM

Originally Posted By: Piano*Dad
Quote:
P.S. It annoys the heil out of me whenever I hear "shipping" for delivery that doesn't involve a boat, which is like constantly.


And what bothers me most of all, like, is when people, like, use like inappropriately. grin



You don't like that?

Actually, I agree with you, but sometimes its hard to know when using like is appropriate. For example, if somebody's Facebook status is really tragic, and you want to express your empathy and compassion for that person, do you click the 'like' button? You like the way they wrote their status, even if you don't like what actually happened to them. It's a conundrum.
Posted by: cubop

Re: OMG! HARDEST PIANO SONG EVER WRITTEN IN HISTORY! - 07/29/11 02:50 PM

I think we should be happy as long as nobody calls the Circus Galop what it deserves to be called. Is it really a composition? To me it sounds more like a bad piano accident.
Posted by: pianojerome

Re: OMG! HARDEST PIANO SONG EVER WRITTEN IN HISTORY! - 07/29/11 02:51 PM

Originally Posted By: Mark_C
Originally Posted By: Piano*Dad
And what bothers me most of all, like, is when people, like, use like inappropriately. grin



Darn, you beat me to it!
Posted by: thalbergmad

Re: OMG! HARDEST PIANO SONG EVER WRITTEN IN HISTORY! - 07/29/11 03:13 PM

Originally Posted By: Fugue14
New Rule: People who call a piece of instrumental music a "song" must be banned.


After they have been lined up against a wall and machine gunned.

Better that than go through their entire life thinking an instrumental composition is a song.

Thal
Posted by: BruceD

Re: OMG! HARDEST PIANO SONG EVER WRITTEN IN HISTORY! - 07/29/11 03:30 PM

Come back, Veganpilot; it wasn't the end of the world; just perhaps the end of the world as we know it! smile

Regards,
Posted by: PaulaPiano34

Re: OMG! HARDEST PIANO SONG EVER WRITTEN IN HISTORY! - 07/29/11 03:54 PM

^^ Real PW treatment up there... lol
Posted by: PaulaPiano34

Re: OMG! HARDEST PIANO SONG EVER WRITTEN IN HISTORY! - 07/29/11 04:00 PM

Originally Posted By: Veganpilot
Do you think anyone's able to play the 'Circus Galop' by Hamelin?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xbkovCQMmc

It's practically and literally the hardest song to play ever! Do you think Franz Liszt would be able to play this song (if he was still alive today)? I think he would smile


They say at the end of the video that it was written for two player pianos because some chords would need five hands.
Posted by: Tararex

Re: OMG! HARDEST PIANO SONG EVER WRITTEN IN HISTORY! - 07/29/11 04:13 PM

I listened and could only think to myself: Why? For the love of all humanity, why?

On the other hand some very cool patterns did emerge from that thing-song and its machine. wow
Posted by: scherzetto

Re: OMG! HARDEST PIANO SONG EVER WRITTEN IN HISTORY! - 07/29/11 08:27 PM

Originally Posted By: pianojerome
Originally Posted By: Piano*Dad
Quote:
P.S. It annoys the heil out of me whenever I hear "shipping" for delivery that doesn't involve a boat, which is like constantly.


And what bothers me most of all, like, is when people, like, use like inappropriately. grin



You don't like that?

Actually, I agree with you, but sometimes its hard to know when using like is appropriate. For example, if somebody's Facebook status is really tragic, and you want to express your empathy and compassion for that person, do you click the 'like' button? You like the way they wrote their status, even if you don't like what actually happened to them. It's a conundrum.


LOL. I have a feeling it would be awfully entertaining reading a thread by you and Mark C solely on this subject!
Posted by: PaulaPiano34

Re: OMG! HARDEST PIANO SONG EVER WRITTEN IN HISTORY! - 07/29/11 08:33 PM

Originally Posted By: scherzetto
Originally Posted By: pianojerome
Originally Posted By: Piano*Dad
Quote:
P.S. It annoys the heil out of me whenever I hear "shipping" for delivery that doesn't involve a boat, which is like constantly.


And what bothers me most of all, like, is when people, like, use like inappropriately. grin



You don't like that?

Actually, I agree with you, but sometimes its hard to know when using like is appropriate. For example, if somebody's Facebook status is really tragic, and you want to express your empathy and compassion for that person, do you click the 'like' button? You like the way they wrote their status, even if you don't like what actually happened to them. It's a conundrum.


LOL. I have a feeling it would be awfully entertaining reading a thread by you and Mark C solely on this subject!


Me 2
Posted by: Kuanpiano

Re: OMG! HARDEST PIANO SONG EVER WRITTEN IN HISTORY! - 07/29/11 08:37 PM

If you haven't already found it, there's a video on youtube with Hamelin's original handwritten score which scrolls along with the music. His little footnotes are absolutely hilarious....well at least the last one.

The end: "the tragic accident".
Posted by: jeffreyjones

Re: OMG! HARDEST PIANO SONG EVER WRITTEN IN HISTORY! - 07/29/11 09:34 PM

It sounds better in NES sound, you can hear the inner voices much more clearly.

Posted by: Damon

Re: OMG! HARDEST PIANO SONG EVER WRITTEN IN HISTORY! - 07/29/11 09:47 PM

Originally Posted By: pianojerome
From now on, every piece of music should be referred to as an "mp3". Even if it's a MIDI.


But that's three syllables!
Posted by: Mark_C

Re: OMG! HARDEST PIANO SONG EVER WRITTEN IN HISTORY! - 07/29/11 11:20 PM

Originally Posted By: scherzetto
Originally Posted By: pianojerome
....sometimes its hard to know when using like is appropriate. For example, if somebody's Facebook status is really tragic, and you want to express your empathy and compassion for that person, do you click the 'like' button? You like the way they wrote their status, even if you don't like what actually happened to them. It's a conundrum.
LOL. I have a feeling it would be awfully entertaining reading a thread by you and Mark C solely on this subject!

Thank you very much. ha
Maybe we can work on it..... grin

Originally Posted By: Damon
Originally Posted By: pianojerome
..."mp3"...
But that's three syllables!

Huh......the way most people say it, I thought it was one. ha
Posted by: Frozenicicles

Re: OMG! HARDEST PIANO SONG EVER WRITTEN IN HISTORY! - 07/29/11 11:59 PM

How do people say mp3 as one syllable? Now you have me really curious. Sorry for the OT, not that this was every on topic anyway.
Posted by: Mark_C

Re: OMG! HARDEST PIANO SONG EVER WRITTEN IN HISTORY! - 07/30/11 12:26 AM

Originally Posted By: Frozenicicles
How do people say mp3 as one syllable? Now you have me really curious....

All I meant was that a lot of people (especially kids, I think) talk real fast, and that some words and phrases can come out almost as though they were 1 syllable, and that this is such a thing.

Any time you don't get something I said, just figure that it was probably stupid. grin
Posted by: Veganpilot

Re: OMG! HARDEST PIANO SONG EVER WRITTEN IN HISTORY! - 07/30/11 12:30 AM

It puts an emphasis to it smile By the way, it should have been 'piano piece'. Don't criticize me by the wrong usage of the words,I've written this listening to heavy metal. smile
Posted by: Veganpilot

Re: OMG! HARDEST PIANO SONG EVER WRITTEN IN HISTORY! - 07/30/11 12:33 AM

Yah, I know >.< Epic fail, I guess. I was listening to heavy metal whilst typing this. It's actually 'piano piece'. I've heard heavy metal makes you crazy smile
Posted by: Veganpilot

Re: OMG! HARDEST PIANO SONG EVER WRITTEN IN HISTORY! - 07/30/11 12:33 AM

We all learn from our mistakes.
Posted by: Mark_C

Re: OMG! HARDEST PIANO SONG EVER WRITTEN IN HISTORY! - 07/30/11 12:42 AM

Originally Posted By: Veganpilot
....Don't criticize me by the wrong usage of the words....

I sure wouldn't!
I think you're just ahead of our curve. grin
Posted by: babama

Re: OMG! HARDEST PIANO SONG EVER WRITTEN IN HISTORY! - 07/30/11 05:58 AM

I think it's a cool funny creation from Hamelin laugh
and it may be better not to play with a piano sound indeed
actually it barely matters what sound is used, it's all crazy

Posted by: pianovoce

Re: OMG! HARDEST PIANO SONG EVER WRITTEN IN HISTORY! - 04/16/13 06:59 PM

I know this thread is old, but "Circus Galop" never gets old... right? smile

Anyhoo... I recently did a Pianomation installation on a Steinway S and we made a video of playback from a few different angles and thought I'd share.



And here's another page that hosts the MIDI file, just in case anyone else wants to have a bit of fun with it: http://www.vgmusic.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=14127

Enjoy!
Posted by: debrucey

Re: OMG! HARDEST PIANO SONG EVER WRITTEN IN HISTORY! - 04/17/13 01:23 AM

I'm a big fan of heavy metal, but over-exposure can make you a little crazy. I've been listening to a lot of Deathspell Omega for an essay I'm working on and I'm having some very weird dreams atm lol
Posted by: Polyphonist

Re: OMG! HARDEST PIANO SONG EVER WRITTEN IN HISTORY! - 04/17/13 01:35 AM

Oh no...not another resurrected thread...

I'll leave it to BruceD to rebuke the offender for his wrongdoings. ha
Posted by: debrucey

Re: OMG! HARDEST PIANO SONG EVER WRITTEN IN HISTORY! - 04/17/13 01:55 AM

Didn;t even notice that, haha
Posted by: btb

Re: OMG! HARDEST PIANO SONG EVER WRITTEN IN HISTORY! - 04/17/13 03:47 AM

Can't resist taking a dip.

All this tripe about youngsters (fresh to the business)
calling a piece of music a “song” ... we know what they mean.

and the thal chappie from Bonnie England has the gall to advocate
“After they have been lined up against a wall and machine gunned.”

What a twit!
Posted by: worov

Re: OMG! HARDEST PIANO SONG EVER WRITTEN IN HISTORY! - 04/17/13 06:13 AM

What about Mendelssohn's Songs without words ? They don't use singing or vocals, but they are still called songs.
Posted by: wr

Re: OMG! HARDEST PIANO SONG EVER WRITTEN IN HISTORY! - 04/17/13 07:33 AM

Originally Posted By: worov
What about Mendelssohn's Songs without words ? They don't use singing or vocals, but they are still called songs.


And there are musical pieces titled "Poem" that aren't poems.
Posted by: Polyphonist

Re: OMG! HARDEST PIANO SONG EVER WRITTEN IN HISTORY! - 04/17/13 08:16 AM

Originally Posted By: worov
What about Mendelssohn's Songs without words ? They don't use singing or vocals, but they are still called songs.

And they are always referred to as Songs Without Words, so as not to confuse them with his actual songs, of which he wrote many. smile
Posted by: wouter79

Re: OMG! HARDEST PIANO SONG EVER WRITTEN IN HISTORY! - 04/18/13 03:52 PM

Darrel Farris thanks for posting a real piano version laugh
Posted by: wouter79

Re: OMG! HARDEST PIANO SONG EVER WRITTEN IN HISTORY! - 04/18/13 03:53 PM

Why was this composed for TWO player pianos??
Posted by: laguna_greg

Re: OMG! HARDEST PIANO SONG EVER WRITTEN IN HISTORY! - 04/18/13 04:08 PM

OK, Nobody's brought up what I think is a salient point, so I'll dive in:

"Do you think anyone's able to play the 'Circus Galop' by Hamelin?"

Would anybody want to? It's not really very good as a piece. I don't think it would be worth the trouble.

And Islamey is still harder.
Posted by: Dwscamel

Re: OMG! HARDEST PIANO SONG EVER WRITTEN IN HISTORY! - 04/18/13 05:11 PM

The anti-song pendants are so anal-retentive that they one-point compactify Euclidian space every time they sit down.

Don't let them discourage you; I promise, the forums are welcoming enough!
Posted by: currawong

Re: OMG! HARDEST PIANO SONG EVER WRITTEN IN HISTORY! - 04/18/13 06:19 PM

Originally Posted By: Dwscamel
Don't let them discourage you; I promise, the forums are welcoming enough!
If you're specifically addressing the OP, bear in mind this is an Old Thread, and Veganpilot hasn't posted in over a year.
Posted by: wouter79

Re: OMG! HARDEST PIANO SONG EVER WRITTEN IN HISTORY! - 04/19/13 04:03 AM

>Do you think anyone's able to play the 'Circus Galop' by Hamelin?

I read you need 5 hands to play some of the chords. So the answer is no (unless you cheat wink )
Posted by: jeffreyjones

Re: OMG! HARDEST PIANO SONG EVER WRITTEN IN HISTORY! - 04/19/13 10:11 AM

Originally Posted By: pianovoce
I know this thread is old, but "Circus Galop" never gets old... right? smile

Anyhoo... I recently did a Pianomation installation on a Steinway S and we made a video of playback from a few different angles and thought I'd share.



And here's another page that hosts the MIDI file, just in case anyone else wants to have a bit of fun with it: http://www.vgmusic.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=14127

Enjoy!


That's wonderful. I thoroughly enjoyed it.