Thanks to everyone for taking up the challenge! Seeing all of the different interpretations and the work that people are putting in is amazing. I know that I’m going to take this piece back to the wood shop and work on it more. I know I can start adding in those rests a lot better than I did.
Maybe I’ll even change the mood I set for this pie…[Read more]
Scott, thank you for taking up the challenge! For only a days worth of work you have a damn fine mastery of the piece already. I loved that you brought up the rests because they gave me the biggest headache. When I played them it really interrupted the melody line, and you talked about those struggles. I tried my level best to minimize the rests…[Read more]
Immanuel, I love Art of Composing! I think he puts together a very nice curriculum with easy tips for getting people into composing quickly. He is very focused on people just getting in there and getting some notes on the page. There are some very easy tricks that allow you to take a simple idea and expand on it.
I never did more than the free…[Read more]
Really well done Roger! You brought a lot of life and emotion into that piece; it looked and sounded amazing. Now for the fun part of the challenge: what were the things you brought into the piece to make it your own?
I didn’t say it for my recording but I really loved the change in character of this piece after measure 8. I moved up to…[Read more]
I was poking around to look for other influences on Mertz and I realized that he wrote an entire opus of Opera transcriptions (op 8, Opern-Revue) that included some of the most popular works going on at the time. He covered several Donizetti operas, including Lucia di Lammermoor (1835) and Belisario (1836), both popular works by the leading opera…[Read more]
Romancing the Guitar
What does it even mean to be a romantic composer? When looking at this we need to remember that the romantic era isn’t a complete break from the classical era; it was an expansion of the changes developed over the classical period. Music is always evolving and this change was no different.
If we look at the classical era, o…[Read more]
I was going to make a post tomorrow about what it means to be a romantic composer but I’ll let Cath take on that one since there’s already an excellent start there!
Here is a side by side comparison for Lob Der Tranen (In Praise of Tears):
Janie, I was having trouble deciding which one I like better as well. That cello in the Schubert version is amazing. The translation of Standchen is “serenade” and I can believe that every step of the way. But the Mertz version manages to preserve both the melody and the accompaniment; and I do like that it’s all on one instrument so the color of…[Read more]
I’m working my way through this podcast still. I wanted to pop in this thread and say that you guys are all amazing! I’m loving every second of the music. And so many people sent in recordings; makes for a very merry CGC holiday season!
Now that we’ve explored who Mertz was and some of the things going on around him during his life, it’s time to start looking at what people and things influenced him. Clearly, Mertz was a romantic composer (I’ll get into that tomorrow), and with Vienna near by he had no shortage of people to learn from. One major composer that influenced him was F…[Read more]
The coaching call went well and I feel like I was able to really add in the comments about freeing myself up a bit musically.
I took these pieces to my monthly open mic night. While they didn’t go as well as I’d hoped, I still got good feedback from the gentleman running it. He said everything sounded pretty good and he enjoyed my per…[Read more]
Rick, thank you for digging up some info on Mr. Makaroff/Makarov! That had been on my list since he figures so highly in our picture of Mertz’s life. I would love to see any sheet music of his original works too. I’ll have to do some research down that path soon.
Really well down Richard! I loved the little chord rolls you added in. Sounds like had good weather for adding in some darker element to this piece!
Also thank you for finding the portrait of Mertz! That seems to be the only picture we have of him, and you found the most stylized version I’ve seen yet. I do think there’s some historical acc…[Read more]
Lol Mark, I didn’t know if anyone would notice that. Raleigh (10 months old now!) was up there with me and I was watching that happen out of the corner of my eye. I’ll agree with your assessment I “moved” my guitar stand with my playing. :)
I’m getting a little excited and maybe I’m jumping the gun a bit, but I got a decent recording of me playing Schule 9 and then 7 in one take. This was after a coaching call this morning and I was trying to implement some kind of musicality in there! One big note from Sanja was that because these are romantic era pieces I can take a little more…[Read more]
Tom, you should definitely check out this book then; it has the Bardenklange and all three nocturnes!
I’m impressed you were sight reading Schule 7! It took me a decent amount of work to get that rhythm in my head; and those triplets runs just feel s…[Read more]
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