Today I finished my composition ‘Elephant & Owl chick.’ It is a fun piece for three pianists at one piano, or fifteen pianists at five pianos (and everything in between!). It was commissioned by the Piano Festival of Groningen, or ‘het Groninger Pianofestival’ that will take place on Friday and Saturday of April 19/20 2019.
It is easy and can be played after about one or two years of piano lessons, although you must be able to do glissandi, tremolos and scales. Especially the owl chick is pure slapstick!
The elephant starts with a tangolike motive that is repeated over and over, but every time with different accompaniments. It has to be practised (and performed) with a group of fifteen children in one day!
On Sunday 21 October I was invited by the British Piano Trio Society to come to Watford to lecture about my Piano Trios for Young
Players. I was honoured to be one of only two speakers, the other speaker was the well known pianist Nadia Lasserson. The young students performed amazingly well!
Vandaag was er een superleuk babyconcert bij Cantina Vocaal, met Walther Deubel en Diane Johnston.
Ik citeer organisator Diane Johnston:
“That was such a lovely morning! Klein Klassieks babyconcert with lovely musicians. I really felt some magic happening. I love the power of music!!
Now its time for a nap (that’s probably what our audience from this morning is doing as well around this time) and then I’m off to the Purmaryn for the last performance of Carmen….”
Dit was het programma:
La ci darem / Mozart
Elfendans / Grieg
Schonen Monat Mai / Schumann
Polka vier handen / Stravinsky
Danse der Oiseaux / Verleur
Er zaten 7 kikkertjes ( 2 of 3 x )
Op een klein stationnetje
Zigeunermeisje ( 2 of 3 x)
Wiegenlied / Brahms
Le petit Negre / Debussy
Hoor de wind waait door de bomen
Hop hop hop
Rommel de Bommel
O, kom er eens kijken!
Natuurlijk allemaal korte stukken voor korte spanningsboogjes. De aanwezige kindjes waren flink aan het swingen! De ouders genoten ook.
On the 21th of October I have been invited by the British Piano Trio Society to talk about my trios for early learners. Also some of my trios will be performed by children. I will travel on the 20th with Jan and Gaia an Rosa. We will also have autumn holiday afterwards. You can read more about the chamber music day below.
Nice introduction of Maria Joao Pires before a concert of her student Julien Liebeer. Interesting what Maria say’s about technique. Don’t get triggered about this: if you don’t have time to watch the video, read what Silvia Pavani says about what she could have meant.
“I think that when Maria says “technique doesn’t exist” she is saying that in order to conquer the instrument you have to find a way. This way will be constantly changing so you cannot call this process a technique. I don’t think she means you don’t have to sweat over a piece, but the approach should always be custom made to the difficulty of the moment.”
This ‘jazzy’ piece I composed (only) for black keys. You may print and use it. It is meant for everyone after a few years of piano lessons.
I hope it is not hard to play, although the rhythm can be challenging in the beginning (and of course the reading of the flats might be an obstacle). In fact I would like to hear your feedback on how hard it is to handle!
I think it is easier if you use the mp3 audio to understand the rhythm. If you feel the quavers, bar 1-4 is 1-2-3 /1-2-3 / 1-2-3 / 1-2-3 / 1-2 / 1-2 or ‘pineapple /pineapple /pineapple /pineapple /kiwi /kiwi’ (if you don’t like kiwis you can use ‘mango/mango’ )
Bar 5-8 is ‘pineapple/pineapple/kiwi/pineapple/pineapple/kiwi’ etc.
‘Twelve’, mijn compositie voor altviool solo, zal op 26 mei 2018 gespeeld worden bij de officiële opening van het festival ‘Dag in de Branding’ in Den Haag. Uitvoerder is Joe Nicholls. Joe heeft het al een keer gespeeld op 10 februari in Den Haag tijdens een huiskamerconcert georganiseerd door curator Saskia Lankhoorn. Over dat concert mailde Joe me het volgende:
“I enjoyed working on your piece a lot, and it is actually very effective in performance! ‘Twelve’ was a hit at the concert yesterday! You should publish it – public really enjoyed it! Let me know if you write any more beautiful music for viola!”