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Bach Re-Invented by Steven Harlos

Creating my Bach video series, Everything We Need To Know About Playing the Piano We Learn From The Well-Tempered Clavier, has been my way of making the best of our enforced solitude. Creating a course of study with the series as resource has been another. Getting the word out to schools about my online course,…

Radiohead ~ Airbag – Subterranean Homesick Alien – How I Made My Millions

The summer in which I performed 120+ performances of Basil Twist’s Symphonie Fantastique also saw this unique collaboration: I sent my proposed full-length recital setlist for my 2018.07.28 Festival Mozaic recital to visual artist, Bryn Forbes; he devised from his capacious capture archive a visual complement for the entire concert. Bryn and I are in…

Radiohead ~ Let Down (arrORiley) w/video by Bryn Forbes

The summer in which I performed 120+ performances of Basil Twist’s Symphonie Fantastique also saw this unique collaboration: I sent my proposed full-length recital setlist for my Festival Mozaic recital to visual artist, Bryn Forbes; he devised from his capacious capture archive a visual complement for the entire concert. Bryn and I are in touch…

Tori Amos ~ Mother (arr. ORiley) w/Bryn Forbes 2018.07.28

The summer in which I performed 120+ performances of Basil Twist’s Symphonie Fantastique also saw this unique collaboration: I sent my proposed full-length recital setlist for my Festival Mozaic recital to visual artist, Bryn Forbes; he devised from his capacious capture archive a visual complement for the entire concert. Bryn and I are in touch…

2018.07.26 Recital, 1st Half @Festival Mozaic with Bryn Forbes

  The summer in which I performed 120+ performances of Basil Twist’s Symphonie Fantastique also saw this unique collaboration: I sent my proposed full-length recital setlist for my Festival Mozaic recital to visual artist, Bryn Forbes; he devised from his capacious capture archive a visual complement for the entire concert. Bryn and I are in…

Distinguish Voices By Defining Their Individual Dynamic Arcs

A big part of newly conceiving the possibilities within notation is our re-examining our reaction to dynamic markings. As pianists, we see forte right between the treble & bass clefs of our staff, suggesting that notes under its immediate purview should all be played, by both hands, forte. One can make allowances to wanting to…

Creating Shape By Varying At A Cellular Level The Expansion Or Compression Of Motives

The c minor Fugue, Book I again presents us with a laboratory, a crucible of experimentation & exploration, variation of the simplest rhythmic motive, the thrice-repeated pair of upbeat 16th notes eventually resulting in the final element, the 4th & final paired 16ths landing & originating on a strong beat. It’s an invitation to very…

As Many Different Articulations As There Are Consonants & Elisions

We pianists are taught articulation primarily as a binary concept; it’s either long or short, legato or staccato. There are gradations; a dot over a dash implies short, but not too short. But even within one staccato dot there is ambiguity, possibility. If I saw a staccato 8th note in a piece by Stravinsky or…

The Cure ~ One More Time (arrO’Riley)

I’ve lost a couple hard drives in the past two years, so sometimes the only existent file for some of my arrangements are PDFs on my iPad, One More Time most mysteriously among them. I remember working on it back when I lived in Sagamore Hills outside of Cleveland, 7 or 8 years ago. I…

Astor Piazzolla: Invierno Porteño from The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires arr. by Pablo Ziegler

Invierno Porteño, the Winter of Our Contentment, a summation & rebirth: the seasons run full-circle, the most intimate of all the seasons, resonant & redolent of Vivaldi; the hymn-like coda invoking the Christ-child. This was the Season with which I was least familiar. It became my favorite.      

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