The Hatto Hoax. Joyce Hatto
has been described as "the greatest living pianist that almost no one has ever heard of." Her performances of piano works by Liszt, Schubert, and Rachmaninov were praised
by classical afficionados for their "addictively beautiful sonority, cultured musicianship, and total instrumental mastery."
Since she died in June 2006, however, Hatto has been at the center of one of the stranger scandals to hit classical music in years. It's starting to look like some or all of her treasured, hard-to-find recordings made since 1990 are not her playing at all. [Via]
posted by gottabefunky
on Feb 16, 2007 -
What's the most difficult piano piece?
. Is it La Campanella
, written by Liszt to show off what only he could do? (performance
) Is it Balakirev's Islamey
, which even Balakirev struggled to play? (performance
) Or Ravel's Gaspard de la Nuit
, written to top Islamey
) Does Godowsky double his points by reconfiguring the already-difficult Chopin for the left hand? (performance
) And if someone plays all four hours of Sorabji's Opus Clavicembalisticum
, written across four staves to fit the extra notes, will anyone listen? (perfomance excerpts
, score excerpts
posted by argybarg
on Jan 6, 2007 -
"The sound was not of this world, it hovered in space like some celestial blessing".
He could play the piano ”before he had learned to smile”, his mother said, and he gave his first concert at the age of six. He studied under Alfred Cortot
, Charles Munch
, Paul Dukas
, and Nadia Boulanger
. He was an esteemed teacher and critic at 19, an international phenomenon at 24. He escaped from his native Rumania to Switzerland in 1943 with his fiancée, a joint capital of five Swiss francs in their pockets. After the war, just as he had arrived in the pantheon of great performing artists, Dinu Lipatti
was diagnosed with leukemia. In September 1950, near death, despite the urgings of his doctors Lipatti insisted upon one last recital at Besançon
. As his wife recalled, this was the only way Lipatti could bear to take his leave of the world
. Lipatti was so weak he could barely walk to the piano.
But once he began playing, he became transformed.
After performing 13 waltzes, he could no longer muster the strength necessary to perform the final selection
. So he substituted Myra Hess's piano arrangement of Bach's 'Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring"
.(page with sound)
. Three months later, Lipatti died at the age of 33
. After Lipatti's funeral, his old mentor Cortot wrote: "There was nothing to teach you. One could, in fact, only learn from you."
posted by matteo
on May 20, 2006 -
Cool Keys Radio.
A true labor of electric piano love that will undoubtedly sate the taste of even the most ardent lover of the instrument.
posted by melissa may
on May 29, 2005 -
One would think that searching for such a pedantic string via Google would not net much in this post-adwords age, however Chord House's
(apparently HTML-based) Chord Generator app is suprisingly nifty, with visualizations and audio samples of both each of the notes and and chord itself.
Now don't go hogging all the bandwidth -- I aim to plunk down "People Just Ain't No Good" from available chord tablature for the next half hour or so...
posted by Ogre Lawless
on Feb 11, 2005 -
Tickling the ivories
- uh-oh, bad girl post! This mpg video clip is just too darn fun not to share, but it is definitely nsfw, which is why I am posting it pre-Friday. But hear me, you will get fired if you open this at work! I mean it!
just doing my bit to dispel the boyzone myth
posted by madamjujujive
on Jan 23, 2003 -
"Picasso of keyboard funk"
- Professor Longhair
would be 84 today if he were still alive. His distinctive meld of boogie woogie, blues, funk and Latin makes for piano that is quintessentially New Orleans...Tipitinas
, one of the more famous local music bars, took its name from his signature song. "Fess" was a seminal influence on such musical greats as James Booker, Fats Domino, Allen Toussaint, Art Neville, Doctor John and Marcia Ball
, one of my current favorites. You can hear a few Fess samples from Crawfish Fiesta
, arguably his best recording, issued just after he died in 1980. He was inducted in the R&R Hall of Fame as an early influencer
in 1993. Happy birthday, Professor!
posted by madamjujujive
on Dec 19, 2002 -
A little plastic toy piano discovered at a flea market becomes the focus of Twink
, the whimsical all toy band. Listen to or download the slightly surreal, sugary and surprisingly complex mp3s to hear the piano and the accompanying toys; hurdy-gurdies, musical saws, busy boxes, speak 'n spells, squeaky toys and giggle sticks. The happy-go-lucky yet vaguely sinister "Hoppity Jones
" is a personal favorite. Twink is the
brainchild of Mike Langlie, icon maker extraordinaire at Yipyop.
posted by iconomy
on Apr 19, 2002 -
Net Music School
Found a very cool site in Flash that provides online guitar and piano lessons over the 'net.
They got a free lesson sections too.
posted by eggcreation
on Nov 2, 1999 -