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#2529843 - 04/11/16 05:26 PM Re: Ludovico Einaudi [Re: NancyM333]
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Thanks, Alexander! I had never heard that Snow Prelude #3 before. It's not the prototypical Einaudi, is it? But it's still very charming and cheery. thumb

...and it doesn't sound all that easy to me, either! That "Easy Pieces" collection is sorely misnamed.
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#2532523 - 04/20/16 08:55 PM Re: Ludovico Einaudi [Re: NancyM333]
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Okay, Carlos, so I'm about 50% there on your "Night" transcription. I've made a couple of changes here and there (mostly to make it easier! crazy ). I'm still having trouble on the sections where a quarter note in the left hand lands on a right hand note that's NOT supposed to be emphasized... but I'm persevering, because the piece is just so beautiful.

One snag is that "Night" is one of my son's favorite Einaudi pieces, so when I'm practicing it in my usual painfully slow manner and making mistakes, he bellows in dismay, "Mom, you're killing my ears!!" eek So I can only work on it while he's at school.
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#2533481 - 04/24/16 11:43 AM Re: Ludovico Einaudi [Re: NancyM333]
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I must be making progress on "Night." Today my son was going to head outside for a walk when I started practicing the piece, and he stopped and said "I'm going to wait until the good part is over." laugh
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#2533874 - 04/25/16 04:17 PM Re: Ludovico Einaudi [Re: NancyM333]
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Wow Monica! I'm really looking forward to listen your version. IMO changing a piece it's not a crime. Do it at your way Monica, because i know it will be amazing.
And I bet your son stayed inside all the day! thumb


Meanwhile... Ludovico was in Lisbon presenting the Elements concert. No much to say: Ludovico is Ludovico and the musicians are all very very good.
We were in the 2nd row, and my friend took really nice pictures:





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#2534097 - 04/26/16 09:59 AM Re: Ludovico Einaudi [Re: NancyM333]
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Back to the audience again......
Is he shy?
I'd much rather have watched his face and hands.
It's a brilliant concert regardless.

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#2534102 - 04/26/16 10:10 AM Re: Ludovico Einaudi [Re: NancyM333]
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Agree Medden.
IMO he's acting like a real "Maesto". I think it's the end of "a Pianist with an ensemble" era.
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#2537458 - 05/07/16 07:41 AM Re: Ludovico Einaudi [Re: NancyM333]
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I'm just coming back to PW after almost a year away. Since I had been logged off of PW, when I came to this thread it took me to the first page. Did you know that the first post in this thread was made in 2006? Wow! Anyway, I hope you'll all let me share a piano update, because (as you'll see) Einaudi is front and center in it.

Last summer, we moved halfway across the country and I started a new job last August, so it's been more than a little crazy. But my Einaudi pieces were really the main thing that made it possible for me to keep playing. I just had a stack of his pieces that I'd already worked up, set those on top of the piano and even if I was dead tired, I'd play through one or two before going to bed. Then a variety of things came together and in March I bought a new (to me) acoustic piano (yay! I had only had a digital for the last seven years). So as you can imagine, I've been playing a lot more!

Anyway, in January, I was invited to the annual music party of a new colleague. I played Le Onde. It was the first time I'd played publicly for many years, and the first time in many many years to play in a recital-format, and as it happens, I crashed and burned rather stunningly. grin But that's quite alright, people were kind and the party itself was wonderful. Most of the musicians were pianists or guitarists, but one of the other attendees played the cello. He played a piece from the Bach cello suite, and he played just beautifully. I was completely captured by the tone and the sound and feeling he created. And there's nothing like hearing a beautiful instrument, beautifully played, in someone's living room!

So after it was all over, I introduced myself and casually mentioned that I'd always wanted a cello friend, and that I hoped someday to have the chance to play some Einaudi pieces that are written for strings and piano. Well, wouldn't you know it, he said he'd be interested in that and (in spite of my crash and burn) gave me his email and said we should get together.

So of course I bought the score for Einaudi's cello collection right away!

We got together with him and his wife in February and picked out what to play, and then we went to his house in March. He has an ancient Korg stage piano (the sounds come from one of those 3 inch floppy discs!) but it worked and we practiced Reste Con Me.

The Korg was ... Interesting. It didn't have a music stand, so we had to kind of prop the music up and lean it against the wall, and then in order to turn pages, I had to reach waaaaay back from the keyboard, probably three times the distance it would be if the music was on a music stand for an acoustic piano. That made it very challenging, to say the least! But we gave our best. In Reste Con Me, the piano starts and the cello comes in after the first 8 measures. The first time we played together, and he started his part, it just took my breath away. I don't know how else to put it. After that, we practiced for about an hour, trying to get our timing together and working on some kinks. It was sooo much fun!

Then he and his wife came to our house last weekend, and I accompanied him on my new piano! This time I was on my own piano (without the sheet music being a mile away!) and he was sitting much closer to me. And of course it was an acoustic piano instead of an ancient digital. And, even better, we had both practiced more and knew how to play together better. We played over and over over for about an hour. It was the most amazing thing I think I've ever done musically. 3hearts

It sounded wonderful! And because I was more confident with my part, I could really listen to him and enjoy the music that we were making together. After that, he played some Bach for us, and I stumbled through Nefeli whome

I have struggled with some degree of performance anxiety for most of my years playing piano. I have figured out how to prevent it from ruining my enjoyment of playing for others, but it does still sometimes get in the way of my ability to play well (especially if I haven't been practicing-for-performance). But when I played with him, it was so easy to just focus on the music and concentrate completely on that. And no shaky hands! (Of course,the audience was only our two spouses...)

Anyway, that was last weekend, and we're hoping to get together at the beginning of June to do DNA (also from Einaudi's cello collection) and of course Reste Con Me again. But, the bad news is, he's moving! frown so that will probably be our last time playing together, because he's moving halfway across the country.

But now that I know what it's like to play with a cellist, and I know that I can do it, I think I will try to find someone else to play with in the future. Maybe I can get a few string players to be friends with me -- I really want to do the Earth Prelude with strings!

Sorry this got kind of long. Here's the tl;dr version: every Einaudi fan should have a cello friend! grin
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#2537482 - 05/07/16 09:51 AM Re: Ludovico Einaudi [Re: NancyM333]
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What a great update and wonderful story!! heart It's so good to have you back on the forum, Shiro. smile Maybe at your next practice you can record your efforts... I don't think we've had a real piano/cello Einaudi duet in the recital so far, and that would be a genuine treat. thumb
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#2537621 - 05/07/16 06:21 PM Re: Ludovico Einaudi [Re: NancyM333]
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I'd love to record us... I still have the old Zoom (H2?). I wonder want a good placement would be, closer to the cello?

Yikes, you know that would mean I'd have to confess that I have invisible Internet friends! whome
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#2537975 - 05/09/16 06:12 AM Re: Ludovico Einaudi [Re: NancyM333]
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Welcome back ShiroKuro!!!!
I know exactly what you are saying: back in 2013 I had the opportunity to meet and play with a cello player and that's a really nice experience. Einaudi music and a cello it's another dimension.

Nice to know that you'll do some records. Can't wait thumb
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