by mrblitz; Sun Dec 09, 2012 12:53 pm
http://mrblitz.info/mrblitz_7707_Romant ... ntique.mp3
rewind to 1987 and there's love in the air...
by mrblitz; Sun Dec 09, 2012 10:32 pm
in college theory, it was a requirement to have some small amount of 'piano proficiency', but this piece is certainly beyond my piano-playing capabilities.
this recording is step-edited with renoise and mda piano. somewhere around 1992, it had also been step-edited (cakewalk?), and included as the outro on a song called 'so sue me'.
i remember back in '87, when the sheet music for this was all there was. one college isntructor agreed to sight-read-play it, and it was recorded to cassette; but that recording had a couple of mistakes. nonetheless it was 'something to listen to'.
there was actually another instructor, and she had first jab at playing it. upon playing those first chords, she stopped, and turned and said, 'how can you have Ab major as the opening chord to a piece in C minor?!' lol
if memory serves, she played a bit further, and then turned and said something like 'this is too much for an on-the-spot performance... go to the other (chief) instructor.. she can probably tackle this'. so i did (went to the other instructor and got a recording of it).
anyway, at the time i must have been listening to a lot of classical piano, and all sorts of other kinds of music. this piece was a reflection of that, plus whatever we were learning in theory courses.
after 2 years of music theory in college, i went into the working world; and continued to work on playing the guitar during 'spare time'. in any event, from that moment forward, the love for piano was always there; it's just that i never 'really played piano'.
be that as it may, the cassette is long gone, and i haven't listened to 'so sue me' in forever; so this new version is the first i've heard of this in several years (minimum).
it was definitely a trip down memory lane, reading from those old, hand-written manuscript pages; really, for the first time since '92. i've got several more from that time period ('80s), but this is probably the best by far.
there is another one which stands out; one which i could actually play at the time, called 'accidental minuet'. maybe i'll sequence that up, too.
oh, one other thing about this piece... in playing it back for the first time after the step-sequencing, my ears immediately picked out a couple of the mistakes that were there; so a part of me apparently really knows this piece.
by any1particular; Mon Dec 10, 2012 3:15 am
by mrblitz; Mon Dec 10, 2012 3:03 pm
here's another one where i didn't recognize the manuscript at all. quickly though, it became obvious that it was a variation on 'romantique pathetique', Romantique Frantique
by mrblitz; Mon Dec 10, 2012 6:33 pm
how about another?: Exercise
perchance the main difference between these and what arrived, say anywhere from five to twenty years after; is that these were transcribed in pencil on staff paper, whereas a lot of the later sequencing is much more 'impromptu'. of course, the later stuff does often involve a physical notepad (pen and paper) sitting beside the computer keyboard. but i haven't actually written something on staff paper in 'ages'.
by seismic1; Sat Jan 12, 2013 5:04 pm
Incidentally, I heard some "crackling" whilst listening to each of these. Rendering/Encoding problems possibly.