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Edvard Grieg's Albumblad Op. 12 No. 7 in a unique piano solo arrangement

Started Jan 1, 2016 0 Replies

Hi Everyone,There was some discussion that arrangements and transcriptions of public domain music content are fine to share here as long as these are significantly different than the original…Continue

Soliloquy (2013)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael Sayers Dec 31, 2015. 6 Replies

Hi Everyone,This miniature was untitled in the initial copyright hence the indication of untitled with the audio link.  It is quite dark and minimalistic, and is notated in mixed meters of 9/4, 8/4,…Continue

Funeral Sarabande (2013)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael Sayers Jan 6, 2016. 3 Replies

Hi Everyone,This prelude-like miniature is a sarabande dance with a denouement that features ascending chords and bass tremolo.  The r.h.chord as notated in measure 34 is not identical to what was…Continue

Mahler is overrated????????????

Started this discussion. Last reply by Olmnilnlolm Dec 26, 2015. 8 Replies

Maybe the engineers at Google have some work to do?Continue

 

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Michael Sayers replied to Michael Sayers's discussion Rachmaninoff had big hands
"Hi Gregorio, I am doing fine, thanks, and I hope that all is well with you! Pianists often have unusual and little known talents. ;-) Mvh, Michael"
Sep 13, 2016
gregorio X replied to Michael Sayers's discussion Rachmaninoff had big hands
"Hi Michael.  I hope you are doing well.  Very Funny!~ I remember as a kid in 3rd grade , the custodian  came over to me  by the piano, (as i had just played something as a 'school assembly'… Forgot what i…"
Sep 11, 2016
Jonathan Baldwin replied to Michael Sayers's discussion Rachmaninoff had big hands
"you know what they say about big hands. they wear big gloves"
Sep 11, 2016
Michael Sayers replied to Chris Alpiar's discussion Why the CF is a great place
"Hi Roger, Certainly you never gave me cause for offence.  Hopefully I, too, have offended none here, yet in life as with music one can not make everyone happy in consequence of doing one's own thinking. To Chris: This forum is an…"
Apr 24, 2016
Michael Sayers replied to Chris Alpiar's discussion The spirit of the forum -- please read this
"Hi Socrates, One can live according to one's principles and among a society of like minded friends.  Don't be surprised if in the years ahead you lose every last shred that remains of freedom, privacy [financial and otherwise] and…"
Apr 21, 2016
Michael Sayers replied to andrew thornton's discussion Age discrimination towards adult music learners
"Arnold Schoenberg's Theory of Harmony is here:  https://monoskop.org/File:Schoenberg_Arnold_Theory_of_Harmony_1983.pdf"
Apr 21, 2016
Michael Sayers replied to Chris Alpiar's discussion The spirit of the forum -- please read this
"Hi Socrates, And maybe we shall continue undeterred to aspire to the noble ideals which made the U.S.A. a beacon of light for so many and for so long that the reputation continues today even with a great many accumulated issues.  To identify…"
Apr 21, 2016
Michael Sayers replied to Alexey Arkhipenko's discussion Structured timeline of classical composers and styles
"Hej Mariza, Jag var glad att göra det! :-)"
Feb 1, 2016
Michael Sayers replied to Alexey Arkhipenko's discussion Structured timeline of classical composers and styles
"Hi Alexey, I definitely would include Hildegard of Bingen with the medieval composers on the chart."
Jan 14, 2016
Michael Sayers replied to Alexey Arkhipenko's discussion Structured timeline of classical composers and styles
"Hi Socrates, I'm not sure how knowledgeable I am, but I try to contribute nonetheless!"
Jan 13, 2016
Michael Sayers replied to Alexey Arkhipenko's discussion Structured timeline of classical composers and styles
"Hi Alexey, I noticed that none of the medieval composers are on the chart. Maybe Hildegard of Bingen can be added to the chart? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hildegard_of_Bingen https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8gK0_PgIgY"
Jan 12, 2016
Michael Sayers replied to Alexey Arkhipenko's discussion Structured timeline of classical composers and styles
"Hi Alexey, I would choose Neoclassical."
Jan 12, 2016
Michael Sayers replied to Alexey Arkhipenko's discussion Structured timeline of classical composers and styles
"p.s. - Also, Chopin, Smetana, Sibelius, Elgar, et al., are in the folk box . . ."
Jan 10, 2016
Michael Sayers replied to Alexey Arkhipenko's discussion Structured timeline of classical composers and styles
"Hi Alexey, I wouldn't consider Anton Rubinstein to be in the folk category, but Grieg and Dvorak - who are provincially favoured composers - were there, so it seemed consistent with the pattern presented in the document."
Jan 10, 2016
Michael Sayers replied to Alexey Arkhipenko's discussion Structured timeline of classical composers and styles
"Hi Alexey, Umberto Giordano belongs in Opera, Ernst Fanelli in Impressionism, Anton Rubinstein [who is far more appreciated in Russia than elsewhere] would go in the Folk category. Ferruccio Busoni began as a composer influenced by Anton…"
Jan 10, 2016
Michael Sayers replied to Alexey Arkhipenko's discussion Structured timeline of classical composers and styles
"Hi Socrates, I forgot about Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco! About Anton Rubinstein, maybe he only is under appreciated?  If so then it is a good thing for performers as the bicentenary of his birth is coming up in 2029 and there is sure to be an…"
Jan 10, 2016

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What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Other
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
I am without favourites, yet possessed by a strong affinity for the works of Franz Liszt
Is music your main income source?
No - Not at all.
Where do you live?
Stockholms län, Sverige
About Me (Must include biographical information about you as a composer):
I have composed since about the age of two. First in the style of Bach - including fugues - and then later that of Mozart, and then finally with late romantic concepts and some experimentation in innovations of the 20th century.

I am also a pianist, and was so from approximately the same age. Starting points are hard to define when one grows up immersed in music.
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http://www.michaelsayers.com/

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At 8:18am on September 16, 2015, gregorio X said…

Michael, sorry it took me a while to respond.. I was unaware.. as i am new to this site.. My interest has been steadily  diminishing for PS as their seems to be a fixation, to my mind, surprisingly, on a very small time period of composition..Namely the Romantics… and the same old pieces mostly… and when someone finds a 'new forgotten gem' it is invariably from that same period.. Also, the youngsters appear to have mostly taken over with much silly banter… so… 

Cheers!

At 8:00am on September 16, 2015, gregorio X said…

Hi Michael.. Nice to hear from you! 

At 5:12am on May 2, 2015, Johan Roeraade said…

Hello Michael, Nice to hear from you.I live in Tumba ( not Stockholm city), but I don´t think that people would know where this is, that´s why I wrote Stockholm.

Regards

Johan 

At 11:45am on March 18, 2015, Tyler Hughes said…

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Happy Birthday Beethoven!

Posted on December 16, 2015 at 1:23pm 0 Comments

Happy Birthday variations in the style of Ludwig van Beethoven. Composed by Leonid Hambro.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRWpny1ZWZ8

re. not following the score - Ervin Nyiregyhazi playing the Liszt Sonata

Posted on June 16, 2015 at 9:44am 0 Comments

Hi Everyone,

I found this recently obtained item for sharing to be an interesting example related to the discussion within the "not following the score" thread.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_eeeF1Zsqg

Mvh,

Michael

the improvisations of Emile Naoumoff

Posted on March 25, 2015 at 2:59am 0 Comments

Here you will find thousands(?) of improvisations by pianist and composer Emile Naoumoff.

https://www.youtube.com/user/dafeneo/videos

the music of John Carollo

Posted on March 18, 2015 at 4:30pm 0 Comments

For many years I have been an admirer of the music of John Carollo.  This link is to Anguish in Every Household (2010).  I find the music deeply moving and am sharing it here so that other composers who might enjoy it or find it interesting will get to hear it.

Carollo: Anguish in Every Household (2010)

 
 
 

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