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Small Piano Pieces on Two Themes and a Lyric


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rik

 Genre: Classical

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This is an series of short pieces which I distilled quite a lot of time ago, with much effort I remember, starting from a lyric written by dear friend Paolo (lately playing piano in Duo Azzoni), inspired itself by the Magritte painting "La Corde Sensible" (The weak point).
Pieces range from the very little to the microscopic, and are rather approximately composed upon two main themes, exposed in the opening piece: the cloud theme, as a matter of fact merely capturing a everchanging condition of being, never literally reprised, and the crystal theme, simply an arpeggio, clearly recognizable in the following.
Subsequent pieces follow the lyric in a rather didascalic fashion, referring to different verses, as indicated in the lyrics.

The music clearly shows strong Schoenberg and Berg influences all over, mostly in the episodic form, like in the "6 Kleine Klavierstuecke" by Schoenberg and atonal (more than dodecafonic) chordal material.
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Lyrics
I. Il cristallo accoglie il nembo
II. Questa pura coppa contiene una nuvola
III. Al riparo del vento
IV. L'amico antico decisamente immoto
V. Osserva e riposa
VI. Le masse sfrangiate
Ciascuna rotola fragorosa
Nel buio di notte rapida
VII. E silente
VIII. Quieta nel cristallo semichiuso
IX. Permane

P.C.
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I. The crystal holds the nimbus
II. This pure cradle contains a cloud
III. Safe from the wind
IV. The ancient friend definitely motionless
V. Observes and rests
VI. The frayed masses
Each one rolling thunderous
In the darkness of sudden night
VII. And silent
VIII. Quiet in the half-closed crystal
IX. It abides.

P.C.
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Uploaded: Oct 11, 2005 - 04:13:00 PM
Last Updated: Dec 28, 2005 - 09:46:57 AM Last Played: Jun 17, 2019 - 09:46:21 AM
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Hardware:
Clavinova CLP-240, UA-25
Software:
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Comments
Peter Greenstone said 5004 days ago (October 11th, 2005)
So delicate
Wonderful, moody and complex piece. It's beyond anything I can
comment on technically. It's simple yet complex. It invokes great
imagery and movement without a wasted note.
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allsaints said 5004 days ago (October 11th, 2005)
Title
superb! fantastic! another wonderful composition. every piece you post
has been great. I especially love the first part of the composition, which
seems to have this great minimalist quality to it. You use open space very
well, and I love how you play with this space. It almost seems that a good
35% of the song could be this open space, and that is great. Few people
know how to work it so well. Please keep them coming.
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Tom Atwood said 5004 days ago (October 11th, 2005)
Lovely, stark meditation
A stunning post. I am especially impressed with the gorgeous tone of
the Clavinola, and with your touch on the keys. These short pieces do
contain the influences you cite and together have a wonderful 20th
Century feel that is very appealing and almost nostalgic to me. This is
an imediate download, one I will listen to over and over. Thanks, Rik,
for sharing these. Excellent!

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Mystified said 5004 days ago (October 11th, 2005)
Wonderfully sparse...
...and contemplative.
I will admit, atonal music has always been a challenge for me to truly
embrace, but the very sparseness and serenity of this makes it very easy
for me to listen to--especially as I read the accompanying lyrics--lovely.

Beautiful music, Rik. Thank you for bringing it to MacJams! :)



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Stun Nutz said 5004 days ago (October 11th, 2005)
Great for that late night time alone.
Everyone else is asleep. I should be working. Intruiging
placement of notes. I love contemplative pieces like
this. Darn, Mystified used "contemplative" already! Oh well, I am
not one for words. Great music.
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I.G.M. said 5003 days ago (October 12th, 2005)
Geat Rik!
Full of emotion, sadness, loneliness, fear and grief. As always an awesome fantasy. Unique and new!

10-10-10-10

I.G.M.
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Corporal Beef said 5002 days ago (October 13th, 2005)
Really Great
This piece actually made me stop what I was doing and listen. I really
enjoyed it.
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thetiler said 5002 days ago (October 13th, 2005)
hauntingly reflective
Nicely done with much musical precession.
Here lots of classical maturity in your playing. Like the use of the piano's
natural reverberation.

Thanks for sharing your great talent!
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obbster said 5002 days ago (October 13th, 2005)
complex and beautiful
Brilliant piano playing and an intelligent sense of speed and restraint
make this a winner.

Well done
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buckhorn said 5001 days ago (October 14th, 2005)
obtuse and inaccessable
Come on buddy you did hit a few sour notes. Didn't you? It kind of
reminds me of the piece that Gerard Depardiue played in "Green Card."
All kidding aside, I did listen to your piece several times and I found it
more interesting each time. My favorite part is the tonic in the
penultimate measure. My inability to relate to this piece probably has to
do more with my lack of culture than your lack of skill.
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rik said 5000 days ago (October 15th, 2005)
obtuse and inaccessable
:)

I thank you for taking the time of listening various times to these very little
pieces. Sorry you've been in "trouble" with them...
Even if I got right your humorous words, still I'm very glad you liked the
perfect major tonic near the end. I like it too, and it was originally the
conclusive chord of the Pieces; then I thought to end them with another
variation on the two themes, for continuity and coherence with the text: "It
abides", a continuity which is here also a staticity, an obsessive innatural
presence, like a living photograph, a never-evolving drama scene, a house
you leave desert for a while...why not, a poem, a drawing, in their continual
existence lacking any vital instance and evolution.
This sense of grief is expressed all over the Pieces.

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buckhorn said 4999 days ago (October 16th, 2005)
obtuse and inaccessable
See, even your posts are over my head. I f i were you I wouldn't concern myself
with my critics. There are always people with bad taste. The bible says
something about "casting pearls before swine." As long as you are true to your
own musical sensibilities then you are a success.
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fosod said 5000 days ago (October 15th, 2005)
Talent or Trash?
Talent.
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Alannah said 5000 days ago (October 15th, 2005)
I just dont "get it"
I'm sorry ... but call me "culturally amateur ...." ... but I just don't GET IT ! To me ..... it lacks substance .... there are too many gaps .... and it sounds like 10 "pieces" of differensongs all strung together .... I don't feel melody ... I am missing harmony .... and well ..... maybe I just havent viewed enough film noir ............
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rik said 5000 days ago (October 15th, 2005)
I just dont "get it"
If you'd limit to say these Pieces lack a substance, I would try to defend them
faintly, but soon I would willingly admit that as many music has little or no
substance at all in my opinion, for you this may be the case with these Pieces.
And they are exactly 10 pieces "strung together". Maybe what annoys you is
their brevity.
But I don't agree with your critique of a lack of melody or harmony: better, I
think you're absolutely right. They are not songs, melody is not obliged to
show off as something you can easily recognize and remember. Still, there is
melody, there are even quite simple forms of contrapunctus. About harmony,
the Pieces are not constructed on classical harmony with simple chords like C,
F, G7 and so on. One could argue that the only harmony is the tonal or at
most the modal one, and atonal music is not harmonic. Even if giving a point
sometimes when dodecafony is involved, I generally do not agree. I cannot
name the chords involved or give functional explanation about their use, I
admit it. I hope it's not relevant since I do not have to write guitar tablatures
of it or sit for an exam right now. Phew :D

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Alannah said 5000 days ago (October 15th, 2005)
I just dont "get it"
I'm sorry ... but call me "culturally amateur ...." ... but I just don't GET IT ! To me ..... it lacks substance .... there are too many gaps .... and it sounds like 10 "pieces" of differensongs all strung together .... I don't feel melody ... I am missing harmony .... and well ..... maybe I just havent viewed enough film noir ............
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rik said 5000 days ago (October 15th, 2005)
I thank all who commented
I sincerely never thought these pieces would have been listened to, one
day, by so many different people. These pieces meant a lot for me in the
past, in all their lacks and defects, and even now I prefer to save them
against my own judgement: they're part of me, primarily an expression of
myself, before of being a musical attempt, successful or not.
I am grateful to all who expressed their comments so far.
I would like to apologize with all of you, I've had very little time, lately, to
dedicate to MJ, and I've decided to answer only to the critiques.

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said 4999 days ago (October 16th, 2005)
KIll Him!
Alfred Hitcock movie music! Very Dramatic! I liked it!
said 4992 days ago (October 23rd, 2005)
Bravo
Delicate, purposeful and sublime. A fine set to listen to on a beautiful
Sunday morning as the rain clouds float away to reveal the blue sky.
screaming.org said 4992 days ago (October 23rd, 2005)
wow
Solo piano music was my first love. It struck me at a very early
age (5?) and I've gone through several cycles of returning to
it.

Your work ignites that passion in me. I haven't yet been exposed
to the atonal works, although it's amusing that I've been reading
Schoemberg's Theory of Harmony -- it's been beside my bed for
about a year now.

I'm going to have to look up dodecafonic. New one on me.

Your playing of the piece is clearly excellent. Bravo.
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Brett Lee said 4984 days ago (October 31st, 2005)
Thank you...
I really enjoyed this piece. I am a huge fan of Minimal Piano compositions,
this one is probably the best minimal composition I have heard on MJ.
Thank you,

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nyakki said 4981 days ago (November 3rd, 2005)
Very Nice
I really enjoyed listening to this piece. Thank you for sharing.
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paulhenrys said 4972 days ago (November 12th, 2005)
very thoughtful pieces
It's a real pleasure to hear work like this. Thoughtful, interesting. A real
communication from one mind to another.
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macgalver said 4966 days ago (November 18th, 2005)
nice work
Thank you so much for posting this. I really love it. I like where the
tones take me. Hate to say things so unoriginal, but there you have it!
Nice work. Waiting to hear more.
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composerclark said 4927 days ago (December 27th, 2005)
Exquisite
I am brand new here, and this is one of the first compositions I have
heard. It is, as the title says, exquisite. Very well done. My favorite
Schoenberg is probably the short op. 19 and op. 11 piano pieces, and you
seem to have absorbed this style and transformed it into something of
your own. Very, very nice job!
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rik said 4926 days ago (December 27th, 2005)
Exquisite
Thank you very much, Clarke, for your kind appreciation. It's wonderful when
someone understands something of what you've tried to do *so* precisely.
And you may be a newbie here on MJ, definitely not musically
speaking...anyhow..Welcome to MacJams!
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1 a.m. said 4925 days ago (December 29th, 2005)
wow refreshing!
Ricardo, come sei bravo. ho veramente sensazione di voler fare
qualcosa di diverso...... che inspirazione. 8888 un fan
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Bowman said 4737 days ago (July 5th, 2006)
Stark and Beautiful
Bare, minimal stark, beautiful with a delicate and very - in the best sense
- human performance. Thank you for giving us music to both feel and
think about.
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Bowman said 4737 days ago (July 5th, 2006)
Stark and Beautiful
Bare, minimal stark, beautiful with a delicate and very - in the best sense
- human performance. Thank you for giving us music to both feel and
think about.
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paul f. page said 3769 days ago (February 27th, 2009)
I love these...
...I'm coming to them some 4 years after posting, but they are just beautiful in so many ways. Talk about minimalist! It's here in perfection. That's a Clavinova? Wow. You make it sound like a real piano.
Paul
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