Yann Tiersen-Hey Monica!

Posted by: ShiroKuro

Yann Tiersen-Hey Monica! - 03/06/11 08:28 PM

Monica (and anyone else) have you ever played La Valse d'Amelie? I'm just listening to it now, it's a great piece. I'm wondering how hard it is compared to other pieces of this sort.
Posted by: Mark...

Re: Yann Tiersen-Hey Monica! - 03/06/11 09:38 PM

Here is a very high quality version of it. Looks like a lot of work, but worth the effort.

Posted by: apple*

Re: Yann Tiersen-Hey Monica! - 03/06/11 09:46 PM

it's easy.. really
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Yann Tiersen-Hey Monica! - 03/06/11 10:16 PM

Hmmm.... "easy" wouldn't be the word I'd use for it, but it's not insurmountably difficult. It's not quite as fast as some of Tiersen's other pieces, e.g., the Tabarly album. I tried to sight-read it once, didn't get too far, and decided it would take more effort to learn than I wanted to expend at the time, so I put it away in my "to learn later" pile. It's a pretty big pile. laugh

Speaking of Tiersen, I bought his most recent album, "Dust Lane." It's markedly different in tone than "Amelie" and his earlier work. Apparently he was striving to hit the American adult alternative market with it, but I gather that a lot of fans weren't too happy about the switch. I like the album a lot, even though it doesn't have any good solo piano potential.
Posted by: ShiroKuro

Re: Yann Tiersen-Hey Monica! - 03/06/11 10:59 PM

Mark, thanks for that YouTube! It's great to see the hands. (Plus, I want to know who that kid is, and how it is that he is able to make those cool black and white videos with that beautiful piano!)

I just read through the score with the music playing again (after watching the YouTube kid's perfect hands!)

I would say, at least for me, that although this music has more "notes" (i.e more variety in melodic lines) than the Comptine piece, it looks like this one would ultimately be easier to play. (I still get tension with Comptine and am nowhere near where I'd want to be to record it). I think what Monica said is right though, it would take a little longer to get the piece into your fingers probably. Funny how that stuff works. Comptine was in my fingers and in my brain in like a day, and after about a week, that piece, in terms of what's on the page, is just so "simple" (which is not to say that it's easy to play).

Monica, what's the Tabarly album?? I haven't heard of Dust Lane either, I take it it's not solo piano? Have you heard his music from the movie Good-Bye Lenin? I have not seen the movie, but my mother just watched it and she was telling me about the music, which is what made me go back and listen to this Valse.

I'm working on a few pieces that are in various stages of completion (i.e. none of them are complete!) but maybe I'll try to play through La Valse D'Amelie when spring break starts. If it seems reasonable, I'll put it on my practice menu. If it's too hard, it'll have to join my pile of future pieces!

P.S. remember to use your filter when Apple says something is easy, she can play anything! smile
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Yann Tiersen-Hey Monica! - 03/06/11 11:10 PM

"Tabarly" is a soundtrack he did. Musically, it's a lot like "Goodbye, Lenin." Here's the title track; the rest of the music is similar in theme/melody, just different tempos and instrumentation.



"Dust Lane" was meant, I think, to be his entree into the album charts. Not sure it succeeded, but I like it. heart My favorite song on the album is "Palestine." The first time I heard it, I thought it was horrible. The lyrics, btw, consist of nothing but spelling out the word "Palestine." The third or fourth time I heard it I started humming it. Then I found myself hitting "repeat" on the iPod. It's strangely captivating.



I like "Goodbye, Lenin," quite a bit. The movie is very enjoyable, too. It's a comedy about a family in Eastern Germany whose mother falls in a coma before the Wall comes down. When she comes out of the coma, the doctors warn that she should not be stressed out, so the family goes to great lengths to hide the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Posted by: ShiroKuro

Re: Yann Tiersen-Hey Monica! - 03/06/11 11:30 PM

I'm listening to Palestine right now. This sounds a lot like stuff I used to listen to when I was in high school (and wore all black and shaved my head! Not that there's anything wrong with that! grin )

But I can see how it would grow on you, and I can also hear how it's Tiersen-esque, in its own way! I bet no one will remember this, but several years ago, I posted a link to a Japanese commercial with this really intense piano music (the commercial was for Kumon, I'll have to see if I can find it online). Somehow, this reminds me of that.

It's been a long time since I listened, but I'm thinking the Tabarly music reminds me of Glass's music for the Hours. Both are like right at the edge of the kind of music I like, a little bit too minimalist at times, perfect at others.
Posted by: ShiroKuro

Re: Yann Tiersen-Hey Monica! - 03/06/11 11:35 PM

Ooh, I found the music from the TV commercial I mentioned above! Way back when, I emailed with this pianist, and he said he had considered releasing sheet music for it, but I don't remember what ever happened. (I still have the email, back from 2006).

Anyway, give a listen if you have a minute, this is the full piece, not the commercial! The piano and the video are both his creations.

Takagi Masakatsu "Girls"

(How do you embed a YouTub video??)
Posted by: TrapperJohn

Re: Yann Tiersen-Hey Monica! - 03/07/11 08:42 AM

Originally Posted By: Monica K
...My favorite song on the album is "Palestine." The first time I heard it, I thought it was horrible.


Sometimes first impressions are the best impressions...



Originally Posted By: Monica K
I like "Goodbye, Lenin," quite a bit. The movie is very enjoyable, too. It's a comedy about a family in Eastern Germany whose mother falls in a coma before the Wall comes down. When she comes out of the coma, the doctors warn that she should not be stressed out, so the family goes to great lengths to hide the collapse of the Soviet Union.



You'd think she'd jump for joy at that great news - but I guess even that reaction could be "stressful" in a way...

JF
Posted by: Mark...

Re: Yann Tiersen-Hey Monica! - 03/07/11 10:04 AM

Originally Posted By: ShiroKuro

(How do you embed a YouTub video??)


Go to full reply, and click the blue box. It then gives you the option of the different video services including u tube.
Posted by: ShiroKuro

Re: Yann Tiersen-Hey Monica! - 03/07/11 10:36 AM

Ahh, the one that says "enter a media tag" I was wondering what that was, but didn't actually click. Now I can see that it gives you several video options. Thanks, good to know! Let's see if it works. Here's the Takagi video again, please watch it, I'll be curious to hear what people think!

Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Yann Tiersen-Hey Monica! - 03/07/11 12:06 PM

Originally Posted By: ShiroKuro
I'm listening to Palestine right now. This sounds a lot like stuff I used to listen to when I was in high school (and wore all black and shaved my head! Not that there's anything wrong with that! grin )


Shiro, I think I can speak for the entire forum that we will not believe this statement without photographic evidence of you with a shaved head! eek

There are other songs on "Dust Lane" that are a lot closer to Tiersen's usual style.

I liked that Takagi piece a lot, but it sounded like a nightmare to play. Was the video supposed to have all the jumbled up colors or is that my computer acting up again?
Posted by: ShiroKuro

Re: Yann Tiersen-Hey Monica! - 03/07/11 12:24 PM

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Shiro, I think I can speak for the entire forum that we will not believe this statement without photographic evidence of you with a shaved head!


Monica, let me think about that. I have a few photos, but they are excellent blackmail material!

Re the Takagi piece, yep, I think it would be a nightmare to play! I guess I was pretty optimistic back in 2006 when I thought I could tackle it. Now, I listen to it and I can just imagine the pain and suffering it would cause me! Ah the wisdom that time brings! whome

Re the video, nope not your computer, that's Takagi's "visual" art, he does video installations, or did, I don't know how active he is these days!
Posted by: wower

Re: Yann Tiersen-Hey Monica! - 03/07/11 11:35 PM

I did some digging and couldn't find the score for solo piano played in 2nd post.

Yann Tiersen - La Valse d'Amelie

I'm not sure if it's found in the Six Pieces for Piano vol. 1 and 2 seen on sheetmusicplus and thus turn to the giant brain that is painoworld for confirmation.
Posted by: GlassLove

Re: Yann Tiersen-Hey Monica! - 03/08/11 08:12 AM

I have Yann Tiersen six pieces pour piano Volume 2 and it contains:

Comptine d'un autre ete: l'apres-midi
Le Moulin
La Dispute
Sur le fil
La Valse d'Amelie
Comptine d'ete No 2

It wasn't cheap....I got it at sheetmusicplus, but it is a beautifully produced collection of music. Very high quality paper and the book remains flat when opened. It also has a very nice print, both in terms of its darkness and its font.
Posted by: wower

Re: Yann Tiersen-Hey Monica! - 03/08/11 07:04 PM

^^^ Booya! much appreciated. smile
Posted by: Mr Super-Hunky

Re: Yann Tiersen-Hey Monica! - 03/08/11 08:51 PM

Quote:
ShiroKuro: "This sounds a lot like stuff I used to listen to when I was in high school (and wore all black and shaved my head! Not that there's anything wrong with that! grin )
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I'll just tuck that tidbit of info away for another time. Carry on!
Posted by: ShiroKuro

Re: Yann Tiersen-Hey Monica! - 03/08/11 10:08 PM

Originally Posted By: mr_super-hunky

I'll just tuck that tidbit of info away for another time. Carry on!


I am in trouble now!!

whome
Posted by: PianoFran

Re: Yann Tiersen-Hey Monica! - 03/09/11 07:41 AM

I have been working on this piece (La Valse d'Amelie). I find it somewhat difficult, but I play it well enough to please myself and have fun doing it. Took me about 3 weeks to get to that point. I also play other songs from the move "Amelie" that I find not as hard and also very beautiful.
The recording you posted (with the young guy) is not my favorite recording of this song, I have found ones I like better. To me, he plays it mechanically without much feeling. Just my opinion.
Posted by: ShiroKuro

Re: Yann Tiersen-Hey Monica! - 03/09/11 11:08 AM

PianoFran, and all, I am going to start working on this piece, probably tomorrow night (I actually need to study for a midterm tonight, kick me off ABF!) Then we go on Spring Break, so I am hoping to get a fast start to La Valse and make some progress on other pieces before school starts up again.

I picked through it one handed just now, and then listened again while following along with the score. It's conceptually very simple (just like Comptine), but it really needs a certain tempo to bring out what's most beautiful in the music. My score says 150 for the middle part, but there are only eighth notes (or slower) so that should be doable. Also, it looks a lot like some of the exercises in my Alfred's Complete Scale book grin so I am going to approach the middle sections like I do scales, as pieces of music theory. Then I am going to work on the piece from the middle out, and try to apporach it both as exercises in theory and as music.

Monica, I bet if you did that it would seem much easier than it did the first time you tried it.

Quote:
I play it well enough to please myself and have fun doing it.


That's such a good way to put it! It's like that's one stage of the process of polishing a piece, and sometimes motivation depends on how quickly we can get to that point. I suspect if I can get the tempo up to 120 in a fairly short amount of time, that I will get to that stage quickly. And if I can't get the tempo up there, then I will probably feel more frustrated than I anticipated! smile

I'll have to report back, say around March 11th.
Posted by: Cryptkeeper

Re: Yann Tiersen-Hey Monica! - 03/10/11 07:41 AM

Hmmm, I can play the piece but not as good as I want it to be. The biggest problem I have is that my left arm gets tired towards the end of the piece and therefore can't keep up the tempo. My right arm has no problems.
It's a beautifull piece and I would certainly reccomend it.
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Yann Tiersen-Hey Monica! - 03/10/11 09:53 AM

Hey Cryptkeeper! It's great to hear from you again. smile I'm still indebted to you for introducing me to "Her Most Beautiful Smile" (man, I haven't played that in ages... I've got to dig it out again).

I'm guessing "La Valse..." will have to wait. I just received in the mail my long-anticipated collection of Battlestar Galactica themes arranged personally by Bear McCreary for solo piano, so I'm eager to dive into them. I'm starting with the "Roslin and Adama" theme which has some lovely chord progressions.
Posted by: Cryptkeeper

Re: Yann Tiersen-Hey Monica! - 03/10/11 11:57 AM

Wow Monica, you still remember me? Well, I still remember that you were eager to start the piece. smile
I still play it from time to time, it hasn't lost it's charm. I probably have an avarage post count of 3 posts a year but I still frequently visit the forum (still the best piano forum out there).

I must say I'm very curious to the BG themes that you'll learn. I love the show...
Have fun learning them and really looking forward to a recording!
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Yann Tiersen-Hey Monica! - 03/10/11 12:07 PM

If we consider soundtracks to be sort of new agey, this isn't quite so off-topic... laugh

The collection includes arrangements of the following pieces:

* Allegro
* Apocalypse
* Battlestar Muzaktica
* Battlestar Operatica
* Battlestar Sonatica
* Dreilide Thrace Sonata No. 1
* Elegy
* Kara Remembers (one piano, four hands)
* Passacaglia
* Pegasus
* Prelude To War
* A Promise To Return
* Resurrection Hub
* Roslin And Adama
* The Shape Of Things To Come
* Something Dark Is Coming
* Violence And Variations
* Wander My Friends
* Worthy Of Survival

That's the good news. The bad news is that the arrangements are pretty hard. frown I won't be able to play some of them without a lot of effort. However, McCreary took mercy on all us adult beginners and included as a bonus simplified versions of "Roslin and Adama" and "Wander my friends." I've cobbled together a mishmash of the hard and easy "Roslin and Adama" versions that works pretty well.
Posted by: Mark...

Re: Yann Tiersen-Hey Monica! - 03/10/11 01:05 PM

Here is another high quality Yann Tiersen piece. This guy is excellent:

Posted by: ShiroKuro

Re: Yann Tiersen-Hey Monica! - 03/10/11 02:37 PM

YAY!!! I am finished with midterms! (Well, I'm finished with my in-class midterms, I have a take-home, but that's ok.)

I am going to start La Valse tonight!! Woo hoo!! grin
Posted by: ShiroKuro

Re: Yann Tiersen-Hey Monica! - 03/10/11 11:38 PM

Yay! Finished midterms (don't ask me about the take-home midterm!)

I spent some time working through La Valse tonight, making rehearsal sections, and I've decided (surprise!) to start in the middle. It's too soon to tell how challenging this is going be. But I have to say, Tiersen's music is so.. simple... conceptually. I work through the score, there's nothing that's hard to understand (Comptine is the same). But then you try to play it at tempo, and of course it's a different story!

But there's something about Tiersen's music, it's like, the simpler the music is, the harder it is to play it!!
Posted by: TrapperJohn

Re: Yann Tiersen-Hey Monica! - 03/11/11 05:33 AM

Congatulations on finishing midtems and have fun working on "La Valse" thumb

Let us hear eventually how you do with this interesting piece.

JF
Posted by: ShiroKuro

Re: Yann Tiersen-Hey Monica! - 03/11/11 12:39 PM

JF, this one I can imagine recording eventually, even though I still can't play Comptine well enough to want to record it for sharing!

Though hopefully I'm not being overly-optimistic about La Valse!
Posted by: blueston

Re: Yann Tiersen-Hey Monica! - 03/11/11 09:18 PM

Just chiming in that I like this song La Valse D'Amelie very much also. It's one of my favorite Tiersen ones.

I tried it about a year ago and got most of it but never quite finished it. Playing hands separate is fairly easy enough, I was able to do that. But I never put in the time to get it perfect hands together, especially the part at the end where the arpeggio 9th chords get all freaky with octaves jumping around in the right hand. It's not insurmountably difficult I don't think, but I just never took the time to break it down measure by measure so it would sink in. But I do plan to return to it someday and finish it.
Posted by: Konzert Patrick

Re: Yann Tiersen-Hey Monica! - 03/13/11 03:04 AM

Hi all I have started on La valse a week ago, I bought the Yann Tiersen 'Piano works 1994 - 2003' recently. I asked my teacher if I would be able to and she smiled. She said you surprised me before so lets give it a try....

I must say that the first page is doable, but then the second part where it speeds up.... frown
I have been playing for 3 years and a bit now so am an adult learned but this piece seems daunting. The fingering is quit different from what I am used too.....

The piece itself is beautiful, I really hope to play it soon!

Greetings from Holland,

Patrick
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Yann Tiersen-Hey Monica! - 03/13/11 12:32 PM

Originally Posted By: Konzert Patrick
Hi all I have started on La valse a week ago, I bought the Yann Tiersen 'Piano works 1994 - 2003' recently.


I had no idea this book even existed!! Amazon doesn't carry it in the U.S., but I was able to order it from amazon.co.uk for only a slightly scandalous shipping fee. sick Thanks, Patrick!! heart
Posted by: Konzert Patrick

Re: Yann Tiersen-Hey Monica! - 03/13/11 06:45 PM

Your welcome smile
Posted by: IRPRONI

Hello!!! - 04/29/11 02:25 PM

Hello!!!

I'm new here, I found this site searching about Yann Tiersen in google grin

I love his music, I listened Yann Tiersen's music in January of this year and now I can't stop to try play like him laugh

Well I have been searching something in special and you have it shocked

I live in Mexico City, I tried everything and I can't find Yann Tiersen Piano Works in any place cry

I play just for hobby, I wish buy a piano someday and if I can find the book someday I'll buy it because is wonderful!!!

However I want to ask you something... could you scan the book and share it with me??? please... help believe me I don't have a business with this, the reason is because I found some transcriptions about some songs like "L'absente" and "La Chute" but not have good sound frown

I want to play these songs and others like La "Jetée", "La Plage" or "Les Retrouvailles" I'm very interested in the original versions, Yann Tiersen is a fantastic musician but in my country is not so famous frown

Please think about my request, I'll appreciate your help so much, and while you think, you can see my youtube channel, I play these songs:

La Valse d'Amélie
Le Moulin
La Dispute
Sur Le Fil
Comptine d'un autre été: l'après-midi
La Valse Des Monstres
Dernière
Summer 78
La Veillée
Rue Des Cascades

If you want I can share with you my sheet musics just tell me and I'll send you to your e-mail wink I have lot of songs in mp3 if you need one in special and I can send to you songs and sheet music like "Avant La Chute" (this song is fantastic but in my keyboard is not possible play it good and I'm not so good playing crazy )

Well I hope you can help me if not I hope help you with something wink

Have a nice day!!! smile
Posted by: achat

Re: Hello!!! - 04/29/11 03:01 PM

Hi irproni,

have you already searched on scribd?

http://www.scribd.com/search?query=yann+tiersen+

A.


Originally Posted By: IRPRONI
Hello!!!

I'm new here, I found this site searching about Yann Tiersen in google grin

I love his music, I listened Yann Tiersen's music in January of this year and now I can't stop to try play like him laugh

Well I have been searching something in special and you have it shocked

I live in Mexico City, I tried everything and I can't find Yann Tiersen Piano Works in any place cry

I play just for hobby, I wish buy a piano someday and if I can find the book someday I'll buy it because is wonderful!!!

However I want to ask you something... could you scan the book and share it with me??? please... help believe me I don't have a business with this, the reason is because I found some transcriptions about some songs like "L'absente" and "La Chute" but not have good sound frown

I want to play these songs and others like La "Jetée", "La Plage" or "Les Retrouvailles" I'm very interested in the original versions, Yann Tiersen is a fantastic musician but in my country is not so famous frown

Please think about my request, I'll appreciate your help so much, and while you think, you can see my youtube channel, I play these songs:

La Valse d'Amélie
Le Moulin
La Dispute
Sur Le Fil
Comptine d'un autre été: l'après-midi
La Valse Des Monstres
Dernière
Summer 78
La Veillée
Rue Des Cascades

If you want I can share with you my sheet musics just tell me and I'll send you to your e-mail wink I have lot of songs in mp3 if you need one in special and I can send to you songs and sheet music like "Avant La Chute" (this song is fantastic but in my keyboard is not possible play it good and I'm not so good playing crazy )

Well I hope you can help me if not I hope help you with something wink

Have a nice day!!! smile
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Hello!!! - 04/29/11 05:08 PM

Hi IRPRONI,

I wasn't able to buy the Piano Works book here in the States, either, but I *was* able to order it from amazon.co.uk, and they shipped it to me at reasonable rates. I suggest trying there. It's a terrific book.

Welcome to the forum. smile

p.s. I actually just checked amazon.co.uk. You can order the book from one of their marketplace sellers, ("forwoods_music" -- it's the second option that shows up when you click on 'see all buying options'), and they will ship to Mexico. So you're in luck. thumb
Posted by: IRPRONI

Thanks!!! - 04/29/11 07:01 PM

Hi!!! Thanks for try to help me, I found some songs there and in other websites but I can find only transcriptions about these songs frown

If you want, you can check this sites:

http://www.pianofiles.com/

http://www.sheetmusictrade.com/

The people commonly is very nice and you can find a lot of songs, but in this case nobody have "Yann Tiersen Piano Works" cry

I'll continue trying or maybe I can try with amazon, I need my parents permission to use their credit card crazy

However if somebody needs Yann Tiersen's volume I or II I can share the sheet music wink

Greetings!!! ...and sorry for my english grin
Posted by: IRPRONI

Hi Monica!!! - 04/29/11 07:11 PM

I'll check amazon page, the problem is the credit card crazy I have finished the career 2 years ago and actually I don't have job That's the reason for play the piano because I have a lot of time whome

However I'll try to get my parents permission for use the credit card or in other case I hope somebody can help me help

Thanks for read and answer me, and could you tell me ...what do you think about my videos???

Greetings!!! smile
Posted by: Teodor

Re: Hi Monica!!! - 04/30/11 04:30 AM

I recently watched the movie again and I loved it. I'm not surprised to see a thread about it here smile

Such a beautiful piece...

By the way, just out of curiosity, how would one count the rhythm in this measure?



And what are those groups of notes with the 5 below them called? Is it the same principle like with triplets but slightly different?

Also here? How is it possible to fit so many 16th notes in one measure in 4/4? Why? O_O



Posted by: IRPRONI

Re: Hi Teodor!!! - 04/30/11 09:19 AM

I supposed you are talking about La Valse d'Amelie and I can see you are using the wrong sheet music, if I'm not wrong this sheet music belongs to someone called Michael Jordan and is a transcription...

I used to play this version but in the faster part when the left hand begin to move fast, you can listen and is out of time, for that reason I started to search original songs and now I have the original version, if you want I can share it with you wink

I think you shouldn't lose your time in this wrong sheet music whome and if you want to see the right notes you can see my video in my channel, I can't play it perfect but the notes are right smile
Posted by: Teodor

Re: Hi Teodor!!! - 04/30/11 01:16 PM

I just wondered about the rhythm in the above example. I haven't encountered it before. The notes themselves are quite easy to read in this piece. Thanks for the email though, I'll keep it in my pile of stuff to learn some day, it's a terrific piece I just won't do it justice at this point.
Posted by: IRPRONI

That's ok!!! - 04/30/11 02:32 PM

Teodor:

I can't tell you nothing about theory because I didn't have a teacher who teach me all these things, I learned the basic notes and read a sheet music in my school when I have 6 years old but I really began to play (I want to say use both hands) one year ago with Naruto (Anime) songs and Zelda (Game) songs and I started to play Yann Tiersen's song on January of this year whome

About the videos mentioned in my channel... The person who plays is me smile my user in youtube is "IRPRONI" and my e-mail is the same "irproni@hotmail.com"

I upload "8 mm" from "Tabarly" album soon, I hope you can watch it smile

Sorry for my english crazy

Greetings!!!
Posted by: IRPRONI

Re: That's ok!!! - 06/19/11 02:50 AM

Hi everybody!!!

I have been playing more Yann Tiersen songs, you can check them in my youtube channel and in add, I have composed some songs influenced totally by his music, check this entry and tell me what do you think about my job please =)

http://www.pianoworld.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/1697901.html#Post1697901
Posted by: frida11

Re: That's ok!!! - 06/19/11 10:42 AM

In answer to Teodor's question, yes, in your first example the 5 16ths, are the same principle as triplets. You play the 5 16ths inside the beat represented by the quarter note below. In other words, the 5 15ths are each 1/5th of the beat.

In the second example, the "3" below each series of 8th notes means that they are 8th note triplets, each representing 1 beat. So the four sets of triplets represent 4 quarter note beats.