French Piano Music

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Re: French Piano Music

Post by alfor » Sun May 29, 2016 11:17 pm

Albert ROUSSEL

Suite op. 14

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Re: French Piano Music

Post by fleubis » Mon May 30, 2016 6:11 am

Alfred, the ROUSSEL suite is the only piece of piano music of his that I know of--and it is a rather thorny piece--so your helpful fingering provides welcome relief to my trembling digits.

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Re: French Piano Music

Post by alfor » Mon May 30, 2016 12:13 pm

fleubis wrote:Alfred, the ROUSSEL suite is the only piece of piano music of his that I know of--and it is a rather thorny piece--so your helpful fingering provides welcome relief to my trembling digits.
Thank you for feedback, dear fleubis!
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Re: French Piano Music

Post by alfor » Mon May 30, 2016 3:42 pm

P.S. The correct order of the Roussel (aka Russell; Rüssel; Rassel) Suite is:

I. Prélude
II. Bourrée
III. Sicilienne
IV. Ronde

i.e. the two middle pieces have to be reversed.
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Re: French Piano Music

Post by alfor » Tue May 31, 2016 9:31 pm

Re. ROUSSEL SUITE op. 14:

Page 23, bar 11, last note, l. h.:
should be
„a natural“ („f sharp“ being most probably an engraving error).

Last page, bar 9, r.h.: you may add the fingering 1-3
for the two double stops
„d sharp“ - „a natural“.


If anybody would have played the piece he would have detected that I mistakenly wrote „d flat“ instead of „d sharp“, (Corrected, see quotation above).
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Re: French Piano Music

Post by Scriabinoff » Mon Jun 06, 2016 12:36 pm

looking for any leads on whereabouts of a score for one of the late concert pianist and composer Michel Block. His little suite is easy to find (and quite lovely as i acquired it last year-in print and available from Alfred, am working on it currently w hopes to record some hires videos it) but his 'encore'
Ma plus belle histoire d'amour, Barbara, is a mystery. Alfred publishing handled the suite but cannot find any hits for cute littel doodad. Anyone know if published, who has it, who to inquire about it, etc.?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0ocijUBY10
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Artist Biography by Linda Seida
Even if he had tried to plan one himself, pianist Michel Block couldn't have given his career a better or more dramatic start than the one he received in 1960. As an entrant in that year's Frederic Chopin International Competition, he failed to capture the top prize. What he did capture, however, was the attention and allegiance of one of the jurors, Artur Rubinstein. The acclaimed Polish-American pianist created the Rubinstein Prize then and there for Block, a dramatic gesture that said plainly and loudly that he believed Block should have been the winner.

Block went on to win the Leventritt Award in 1962. He has performed with a number of top orchestras, including the London Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic, the Berlin Philharmonic, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. His recordings have been released by ProPiano, Pathé Marconi, EMI, and Deutsche Grammophon. He has recorded music by Albéniz, Rachmaninov, Schumann, Chopin, Granados, and Scriabin.

The pianist was born in Belgium and moved to Mexico with his family. He took up the piano during his years in Mexico and studied at the Juilliard School in New York. Block spent 20 years as an instructor at Indiana University, beginning in 1978. His public performances have become rare events.

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Re: French Piano Music

Post by Jim Faston » Mon Jun 06, 2016 10:16 pm

Nice transcription. It may well be unpublished--here's a link to the Wikipedia bio page for the composer.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbara_(singer%29

There might be info on Block's version in the liner notes for this CD.

http://www.propiano.com/cds-224514.html

Here's a piano/vocal version of the song. (NMS)
Barbara_Ma plus belle histoire d'amour.pdf
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Re: French Piano Music

Post by Scriabinoff » Tue Jun 07, 2016 12:24 pm

Jim Faston wrote:Nice transcription. It may well be unpublished--here's a link to the Wikipedia bio page for the composer.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbara_(singer%29

There might be info on Block's version in the liner notes for this CD.

http://www.propiano.com/cds-224514.html

Here's a piano/vocal version of the song. (NMS)
Barbara_Ma plus belle histoire d'amour.pdf
many thanks Jim. Will keep researching it, and we appreciate the source material score, that's cool.

Block was an uncommon talent. I absolutely adore his recording of the Scriabin 2nd sonata. just about knocked me off my feet when i first heard it, i thought it was that good. :)

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Re: French Piano Music

Post by dmitterdorfer » Wed Jul 06, 2016 10:05 am

Some readers may find this somewhat interesting; my co-editor in publishing a new edition of Widor's Complete Works for Piano, Harold Fabrikant, has written a 67-page book analysing the works in great detail. Copies can be purchased here - http://www.lulu.com/shop/harold-fabrika ... 48555.html *Disclosure: I have published this work on Harold's behalf and I do receive a small cut of the proceeds. Those interested in the actual scores can visit http://www.crescendomusicpubs.com.au/ I'm aiming to have a five-volume spiral-bound set of the complete works available for purchase by the end of 2016.

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Re: French Piano Music

Post by 4candles » Thu Jul 07, 2016 12:52 pm

dmitterdorfer wrote:Some readers may find this somewhat interesting; my co-editor in publishing a new edition of Widor's Complete Works for Piano, Harold Fabrikant, has written a 67-page book analysing the works in great detail. Copies can be purchased here - http://www.lulu.com/shop/harold-fabrika ... 48555.html *Disclosure: I have published this work on Harold's behalf and I do receive a small cut of the proceeds. Those interested in the actual scores can visit http://www.crescendomusicpubs.com.au/ I'm aiming to have a five-volume spiral-bound set of the complete works available for purchase by the end of 2016.

Best wishes,
Daniel
I've always wondered about the quality of Widor's piano works, not having played any of them myself, so I'm pleased to hear of this. It's important to remember that the great French organists/organist-composers were 'composers' in the full sense of the word. Many of their non-organ works are slowly being discovered or rediscovered and this is heartening.
Someone informed me some years ago that Dr Fabrikant had recorded all of Widor's piano works - is this true?
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