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"I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong."

-- Bertrand Russell


May
17
comment Prokofiev's style
A link to a dissertation, very good!
May
16
comment How useful is a metronome for playing the piano?
Certainly, but also pieces with 3 against 2 rythms (or 3 against 4) for instance. I break up to a common denominator so that I can play them exactly and progressively speed up until I get the feel for it. Once I have it, I don't need the metronome anymore.
May
15
comment Looking for a 'Danse Macabre' baroque antecedent
Could it be that you just heard the Dies Irae?
May
15
comment Looking for a 'Danse Macabre' baroque antecedent
I think it's a valid musicological question: what is the musical history behind the "Danse Macabre" and what are examples of compositions with this theme. In particular the baroque ones.
May
14
comment Looking for a 'Danse Macabre' baroque antecedent
What about the musical examples at the very end of the page? There's one from 1598! That's not the piece you are looking for, but it shows that the theme is old, very old!
May
14
comment Looking for a 'Danse Macabre' baroque antecedent
Wikipedia is your friend on this one.
May
13
comment How to handle a newly purchased score book that won't stay opened?
No, unless the clothespins are dirty. But I keep some apart only for this purpose. ;D You have to be careful to not crumple the paper at the place where you apply them.
May
12
comment English translation for “rubato”
Why not literally? Stolen time or robbed time. Cause that's what you do.
May
11
comment Prokofiev's style
He's one of my favorites, maybe not of all era. But I always find his themes enticing and his way to develop them even more so. I often notice that music from movies is using a lot from him. So finding out where they got their stuff from was a revelation, and the source is definitely better! He has produced a lot of accessible music, but also very intricate music. His musical universe is so rich that I could live on an isolated island listening only to his repertoire.
May
11
comment What are the most effective ear training methods ?
Very nice! Do you know about software helping in the 3rd category, i.e. hearing the music while reading it. It's easy to find software for the other two types of training. Ideally, I would like an online application. Should I start a separate question about it?
May
9
comment How can I train my ear for music?
I like your suggestion to start with pop songs since they often have easier chord patterns. However, even so, some songs will be easier and some tougher. Is there like an index ordered according to complexity of pop songs? That would be nice.
Apr
28
comment How to handle a newly purchased score book that won't stay opened?
I never do page turns. I just memorise some parts if it takes more than 2 pages or when the pages are on opposite sides. If I play a longer piece, then I just use copies, that's easier. I'm not fast or handy enough at turning anyway, so I don't really care that much.
Apr
27
comment What are the most effective ear training methods ?
Really, I don't see why 7 is cheating. We're not talking about having a contest, we're talking about using whatever means possible to help train the ear and I think that is an effective method. I don't know, maybe I'm missing something here from a pedagogical point of view.
Apr
27
comment Beginning “adult” piano for musicians
Not really what you're looking for, but if you don't know this guy already, some of his piano videos might be useful to you. Others might be way too basic, but give it a try.