Brahms Hungarian Dance no 4, A Recording

Continuing with my discography.  

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Brahms Hungarian Dance No 2

A delightful, energetic dance, full of Hungarian flavour.  Apparently, Brahms collected, rather than composed, Hungarian military themes, then orchestrated them in a binary or ternary structure.  I’m also looking at Brahms 4th and 5th dances.

Below is a video of me playing a piano version of Hungarian Dance no 2 – thanks to the wonders of modern technology, smartphones, and apps such as Titanium Recorder.

An Artist’s Life

An Artist’s Life by Strauss.  My blog post isn’t so grand as the famous Viennese waltz, bur rather a brief recap of the life of an artist during the last couple of weeks.  I finished one writing project the other day and have sent out another to an editor, so it’s back to waiting.  I’m also working towards a piano recording of works by Brahms and Chopin and am enjoying learning four languages.  Four may sound a lot, but I have a particular study method involving listening and repetition as opposed to attempting to memorise long lists of vocabulary and complex grammatical rules.  On top of everything else, I’ve thought a lot about photography recently, aware that I haven’t taken any serious shots for a while.  I need to buy a new camera.

A Change of Scenery….

I’ve spent several years blogging about my writing, but little on my music.

Recently, I did a recording of piano works by Brahms and Chopin, and am waiting for the digital files to come back to me.

Here is a still image video I created several years ago using an audio of a recording of Schubert’s 4th impromptu in a-flat, op 90 no 4.

 

Today’s Piano Practice: Brahms And Chopin

I had a mammoth session at the grand piano this morning…the second Brahms Rhapsody from opus 79, the Brahms G minor Ballade from opus 118, Chopin’s third Ballade, and four of the Chopin Preludes, including the “gallop” prelude in G sharp minor.  I worked on various aspects of piano technique – lightness of touch, bravura.

Yesterday, I spent some time on the twelfth Hungarian Rhapsody by Liszt – a war-horse.

The New Year, And Another Day of Snow In London


Another Day Of Snow: North London
Originally uploaded by Lawrence’s Pictures
 

 

Chaos…I went back to my usual job as a self-employed musician yesterday but I’m not sure what will happen tomorrow.

Apparently, the snow will turn to ice in the next few days, making travel to work hazardous.

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Current Piano Repertoire

Brahms – 2 Rhapsodies op79, Ballad in G Minor 0p 118

Chopin Studies 10-12 from op 25 set, Ballades nos 2 & 3

Liszt – Hungarian Rhapsodies nos 5 & 12