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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.      

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

Tango Master Pablo Ziegler performed for many years as pianist in Astor Piazzolla’s New Tango Quintet. For 20+years it has been my honour to perform with Pablo his two-piano arrangements of Piazzolla works as well as Pablo’s own fantastic compositions. Verano Porteño has always been one of the most exciting pieces to play. I many…

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

Tango Master Pablo Ziegler performed for many years as pianist in Astor Piazzolla’s New Tango Quintet. For 20+years it has been my honour to perform with Pablo his two-piano arrangements of Piazzolla works as well as Pablo‘s own fantastic compositions. Pablo Ziegler‘s arrangements & compositions for solo piano, two-pianos, piano+orchestra are now published & available…

Astor Piazzolla: Primavera Porteña from The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires arr. by Pablo Ziegler

Tango Master Pablo Ziegler performed for many years as pianist in Astor Piazzolla’s New Tango Quintet. For 20+years it has been my honour to perform with Pablo his two-piano arrangements of Piazzolla works as well as Pablo‘s own fantastic compositions.   Pablo Ziegler‘s arrangements & compositions for solo piano, two-pianos, piano+orchestra are now published &…

J.S. Bach ~ Prelude & Fugue XXIV in b minor, II

  All my video performances of the complete Well-Tempered Clavier are streaming at http://www.christopheroriley.com My 96-episode series of explorations into each of J.S. Bach’s Preludes & Fugues, Everything We Need To Know About Playing The Piano We Learn From The Well-Tempered Clavier, is now available by subscription at Become A Member    

J.S. Bach ~ Prelude & Fugue XXIII in B Major, II

All my video performances of the complete Well-Tempered Clavier are streaming at http://www.christopheroriley.com My 96-episode series of explorations into each of J.S. Bach’s Preludes & Fugues, Everything We Need To Know About Playing The Piano We Learn From The Well-Tempered Clavier, is now available by subscription at Become A Member      

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