Just watched "They Came To Play"

Posted by: Crik23

Just watched "They Came To Play" - 03/13/11 01:42 AM

If you have Netflix, it's on play now. It is a film about Adult Amateur(although they are incredibly skilled) piano players that compete in an international piano competition in Fort Worth.

Definitely inspiring!
Posted by: TTigg

Re: Just watched "They Came To Play" - 03/13/11 01:58 AM

Yep it's a great flick. A member of the Long Beach Piano group is going to that (France maybe?) this/next month to play!
Posted by: Sam S

Re: Just watched "They Came To Play" - 03/13/11 02:57 PM

Only 2 more months until the 2011 Cliburn Amateur competition: website. The website says nothing about broadcasting any of it though. I wonder if any PW members will be there?

Sam
Posted by: Pedies

Re: Just watched "They Came To Play" - 03/13/11 03:07 PM

I watched it a few weeks ago as well. I had just signed up for Netflix and it caught my eye.

Interestingly enough, an old classmate of mine from grad school is one of the featured players in the movie. His name is Henri Delbeau.

What's even more interesting is that I had no idea he played the piano (until I randomly saw him in this movie) and he mentions that when he was in school, he didn't get around to playing much.

It's funny because he is just so low key about his playing throughout the movie. I think at one point before he went on to play, he said something like..."it's okay if I don't do well, I have a day job."

The movie as a whole was very well done and very inspiring.
Posted by: Mark_C

Re: Just watched "They Came To Play" - 03/13/11 07:15 PM

Originally Posted By: Sam S
Only 2 more months until the 2011 Cliburn Amateur competition: website. The website says nothing about broadcasting any of it though. I wonder if any PW members will be there?

Well I'm sure some of us are trying! smile
In fact, I know from personal experience that at least one of us is. ha

(You have to apply for admission, and it's never sure.)

Originally Posted By: Pedies
....Interestingly enough, an old classmate of mine from grad school is one of the featured players in the movie. His name is Henri Delbeau.

What's even more interesting is that I had no idea he played the piano (until I randomly saw him in this movie) and he mentions that when he was in school, he didn't get around to playing much.

It's funny because he is just so low key about his playing throughout the movie. I think at one point before he went on to play, he said something like..."it's okay if I don't do well, I have a day job."....

Cool that you knew him!
He has become a good friend of mine through these competitions, and I'm shown talking with him a couple of times in the film.

BTW he has won 1st prize in several of the events.
Posted by: KDog

Re: Just watched "They Came To Play" - 03/13/11 11:11 PM

Hi,

Another nice film on Netflix is Note by Note. It's not a performance film but follows the making of a Steinway grand. Very cool.

Ken
Posted by: Sam S

Re: Just watched "They Came To Play" - 03/14/11 08:24 AM

Originally Posted By: Mark_C
Originally Posted By: Sam S
Only 2 more months until the 2011 Cliburn Amateur competition: website. The website says nothing about broadcasting any of it though. I wonder if any PW members will be there?

Well I'm sure some of us are trying! smile
In fact, I know from personal experience that at least one of us is. ha

(You have to apply for admission, and it's never sure.)



That's great Mark - I hope you make it into the competition, and that you do well. I'll be pulling for you!

Sam
Posted by: KenD77

Re: Just watched "They Came To Play" - 03/14/11 12:27 PM

Thanks, Ken, for the Note by Note movie recommendation. I'll be sure to watch that when I get home tonight.

With all this talk of They Came To Play, I had to watch it again on Netflix, and it was probably better the second time around. smile
Posted by: Pedies

Re: Just watched "They Came To Play" - 03/14/11 12:49 PM

I also watched note by note. They gave it away at the local Steinway gallery if you were willing to come in and look at the pianos a while back (they openend near me about 2 years ago so this was some kind of promotion).

I was less than impressed with that documentary. I truly enjoyed the parts where the Steinway artists played the instruments, but the making of the instrument was less than glamorous. Now, I don't expect the construction process to be galmorous, but they made the construction process seem like a very menial task which to me was kind of a dissapointment (of course, they are just showing us reality, but there are ways to place a spin on that and it seemed like their spin was that it was a simple, time consuming process with many very basic steps). It's just my opinion, but I was really looking foreward to that video and when I saw it, I was a bit let down.
Posted by: Lori Miller

Re: Just watched "They Came To Play" - 03/16/11 06:45 PM

I am the producer of the film, and it's wonderful to see the positive comments. In case you missed the blurb in the PW newsletter, we are offering a private discount to Piano World members who actually would like to own the film, or buy more than one copy as gifts...
http://theycametoplay.com/specialOffer.html

We are also interested in arranging small screenings/screening parties with anyone who would like to host, and can be reached at fromlorikm@gmail.com

Thank you for supporting the film.
Lori Miller
Posted by: Marvelle

Re: Just watched "They Came To Play" - 03/16/11 08:06 PM

I enjoyed "They Came To Play" on Netflix, and took advantage of the offer for the DVD. It also includes "extended performances" as bonus tracks. Work has been busy, so I haven't watched them yet but will this weekend.

Thanks for an excellent film and the discount!
Posted by: Pedies

Re: Just watched "They Came To Play" - 03/16/11 09:01 PM

Thanks for making the film. I really enjoyed it. The people that were featured were very interesting.

I actually reconnected with Henri Delbeau who I knew from med school through Facebook because of this movie. I didn't even know Henri played piano. The last time I had seen him (14 years ago), he was coming back from a Central Park bike ride to the dorm. Who knew he'd be a movie star?

Congrats on a great film.
Posted by: TrapperJohn

Re: Just watched "They Came To Play" - 03/17/11 03:57 PM

Here's the trailer:





JF
Posted by: Mark_C

Re: Just watched "They Came To Play" - 03/17/11 08:22 PM

...and the neatest things smile about the 'still' image of that trailer.....

See the guy near the bottom left with the bushy white hair?
That's my wife's brother.
And see the chick next to him, that 3/4 of a face on the bottom left? My wife.

And oh.......I shouldn't mention this, and really I almost didn't even notice it, but guess who's that very good looking bald guy standing up with his back to the camera on the bottom left..... ha

(I never noticed before that we were seen in the trailer....)
Posted by: mom3gram

Re: Just watched "They Came To Play" - 03/26/11 02:11 PM

I purchased the dvd and just watched it last night. I enjoyed it immensely, and am planning on watching it again today. Thanks for the "heads up" Piano World Forums.
Posted by: Sam S

Re: Just watched "They Came To Play" - 03/27/11 10:27 AM

One of the finalists (Clark Grifith) is heard on the video playing a couple of Bach pieces - if you watch closely you see that he arranged them himself. They are from the Partita #3 for solo violin, and pdf files of the music are available from his web page.

Looks like the Gavotte and Rondeau is the easier of the two - the Fugue (3 voices?) looks pretty hairy...

Sam
Posted by: BenPiano

Re: Just watched "They Came To Play" - 05/28/11 12:06 AM

I finally was able to start watching this tonight. (watched the first half)

I was bummed because I don't have a Netflix account and didn't think I'd ever see it. But with the Cliburn Amateur going on right now, I *had* to see it!

Dummy me didn't realize the local library had it until today.

Anyway, very entertaining so far. My wife is even watching it with me (that's a good sign!)

I know I'll never be good enough to be a contestant, but man, it would be fun to be wandering around with a camera interviewing and filming participants behind the scenes pretending I was making a documentary about this! laugh The whole event sounds like a lot of fun (and stress, but good stress)

Bravo!
Posted by: Piano World

Re: Just watched "They Came To Play" - 05/28/11 12:56 AM

I loved the video.
So inspiring. I'll never be at their level, but it does my heart good to see/hear non-professionals playing such incredible piano.

I had the pleasure of chatting with the producer a number of times.
She truly enjoyed making the film as much as we enjoy watching and listening to it.

If you haven't seen it yet, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy, you won't be sorry.
Posted by: Michael Taylor

Re: Just watched "They Came To Play" - 05/28/11 02:14 AM

I had the same experience. I happened to find it on Netflix. My wife actually watched it with me.....I even managed to get my daughters to watch some (but not all) of it......do teenagers develop A.D.D.?!

I had hoped to be able to travel to Ft Worth to attend the competition, but my schedule did not permit this time.

Best wishes to all of the competitors!!!
Posted by: loveschopintoomuch

Re: Just watched "They Came To Play" - 05/28/11 09:19 AM

If some of you have Netflix, did you know that there is a device called Roku (costs about $100) that allows you to stream the "instant watch" movies right to your TV? It's easy to hook up, and there are about 7,000 movies available from Netflix, including "They Came to Play," "Impromptu," "The Chronicles of Anna Magdelena," "In Search of Beethoven," and many more classical selections that you might never see anywhere else.

If some of you have newer TVs, you don't have to buy the Roku device, for your TV probably has the necessary connections. And, if you are not interested in getting DVD's from Netflix, you can just sign up for the "Instant Movies," option for $7.99 a month. (No, I am not a spokesperson for Netflix.)

I don't watch TV at all. I bought Roku and subscribe to Netflix for my husband. It's really worth the money.

Kathleen
Posted by: Andy Platt

Re: Just watched "They Came To Play" - 05/28/11 10:15 AM

While watching the competition last night I remembered hearing about this so I checked my library and they have a couple of copies of the DVD smile

Looking forward to watching it!
Posted by: Mark_C

Re: Just watched "They Came To Play" - 06/10/11 02:27 PM

Originally Posted By: BenPiano
.....but man, it would be fun to be wandering around with a camera interviewing and filming participants behind the scenes pretending I was making a documentary about this!....

I wish you had! ha

I think a lot of us loved the filming so much that we wished the crew did such a documentary on every amateur Cliburn competition! But of course, that's not what filmmakers want to do, unless the first film was such a huge hit that they can't say no about a sequel; they want to go on to other challenges.

Anyway, Ben, please feel free to get your camera ready for '015! ha
Posted by: BenPiano

Re: Just watched "They Came To Play" - 06/10/11 02:59 PM

Originally Posted By: Mark_C
[quote=BenPiano]Anyway, Ben, please feel free to get your camera ready for '015! ha


I'm not sure the Van Cliburn Foundation would take me seriously after I start recording the documentary with my Flip Ultra. grin

Posted by: John_In_Montreal

Re: Just watched "They Came To Play" - 06/19/11 12:37 AM

Hi everyone,

I am fortunate to have been able to borrow a copy of "They Came To Play" from our public library. What an amazing group of people from such diverse backgrounds, professions and upbringings; all playing piano for pleasure. And playing like Pros smile

It is also very refreshing to hear and see people on camera "being themselves", totally honest and vulnerable - some of the stories and life journeys are heartbreaking. And the more fortunate ones don't go around bragging about anything. Of course, its a movie, so there has to be some drama and those interviewed were undoubtedly the "better ones for the camera"; so we don't get to see the "ordinary" people in an otherwise extra-ordinary circumstance.

It must have been a tough call for the judges though, all the finalists were excellent musicians.

I loved it!

One contestant I fell in love with, Esfir Ross... vibrant, funny and such charm and character smile

Here are 4 pieces she plays from her preliminary performance.
Scarlatti, Sonata in D minor, K. 1/L. 366
Scarlatti, Sonata in D minor, K. 141/L. 422
Alkan, Barcarolle, Op. 65, No. 6
Debussy, "La puerta del vino" from Preludes, Book 2

I'm not a big Clasical music fan but this is beautiful music smile

(These links to YouTube were posted by the Van Cliburn Foundation) Esfir Ross Video

Now... I feel... so...... indequate .... and so much a beginner.... and of course I am a beginner smile and enjoying the journey very much.

John