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Music from Operas

Postby kens » 30 Apr 2017 12:43

Hi!
How about trying some music from Operas. There is a vast array out there.

Here is my version of The March from Scipio written by G Frederic Handel. Known as Fred to his mates. He presented it to the Grenadier Guards and it is now their slow march.

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Re: Music from Operas

Postby papadeedee » 30 Apr 2017 13:20

Hi Ken,
Very well played, a fine selection of voices and variation there. :D :D
A good choice for the challenge, I hope we get some participation.
Here is a download to The Classical Fake Book, there should be plenty in there to get going with.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/i12h4aqfhgg0b ... g.pdf?dl=0
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Re: Music from Operas

Postby papadeedee » 30 Apr 2017 14:11

I'm not sure if this counts,
The Phantom of the Opera. I found it rather demanding as it has several key changes.

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Re: Music from Operas

Postby Hugh-AR » 30 Apr 2017 15:55

Ken .. knew this one well, but hadn't known it was called Scipio. A nice March, complete with drums.

Brian .. that was a mammoth piece to play! It lasted a good 5 mins! Thanks too for the Classical Fake Book. I haven't come across a classical music 'busker book' before, showing chords. I may be tempted to try some of them, but I always think of classical music as notes played which do not necessarily form identifiable chord harmonies.

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Re: Music from Operas

Postby kens » 01 May 2017 14:18

Brian. All I can say is Phew. Well done Ken
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Re: Music from Operas

Postby kens » 01 May 2017 14:41

Hi
Here is the Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves from the opera Nabucco by Verdi. Also Andre Rieu version on utube.
I am trying to get the utube link as suggested by Hugh fingers crossed Ken

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Re: Music from Operas

Postby Hugh-AR » 01 May 2017 15:35

Ken,

That was a good choice to follow up with. Maybe there are others that you had in mind when you started this challenge. Nice bit of footwork. You gave it a well thought out 'ending' too, complete with roll of drums.

And thanks too for the YouTube LINK. What a fantastic sound! And yes, you did get the YouTube LINK right so we could see what was coming in your posting (but then, of course, you already knew that). I think these embedded videos look great in a posting.

Hugh

PS. Although I know this piece well (or rather, think I do), this is a good example of something I would have to have the music up in front of me to play it .. not to 'read the notes' but rather to keep an eye on the lengths of the notes, or I would end up not holding notes for long enough and start the next bar too early.
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Re: Music from Operas

Postby kens » 01 May 2017 19:54

Thanks Hugh for comments.. I always need the notes and with some songs find getting length and timing correct is difficult. Find myself playing as I feel it should sound and then am disappointed it is not right.
Yes I do have a couple more for later. regards Ken
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Re: Music from Operas

Postby kens » 06 May 2017 19:49

Hi!

Here is one you all know. But I wonder if you knew it was from the opera Xerxes. Its the Largo by Handel composed in 1738.
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Re: Music from Operas

Postby Hugh-AR » 06 May 2017 23:45

Hi Ken,

A very relaxing 'gentle' version of this piece. I hadn't realised that Xerxes was an 'opera'. I had previously put up a posting of this in 'Something Classical' .. a LINK to it is below. I based my version on William Orbit's interpretation.

(Maybe do a 'right-click' on the below to open them up in a New Tab)

My version in 'Something Classical':

viewtopic.php?f=232&t=5160#p35014

And here is a LINK to William Orbit's YouTube interpretation in Music Videos Member's Choice:

viewtopic.php?f=314&t=5208

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Re: Music from Operas

Postby kens » 14 May 2017 12:34

I liked your version Hugh. More realistic.

Here is one from Orpheus. regards Ken

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Re: Music from Operas

Postby dragon » 14 May 2017 15:13

Kens. Interesting arrangement. .. Fred
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Re: Music from Operas

Postby Hugh-AR » 15 May 2017 22:40

Ken,

You are a dab hand at playing 'classical' pieces. Not an easy thing to do as you have to play all the 'parts' yourself: Upper, Lower and Pedals. When you played this piece, did you have music that showed the 'bass line' on it's own as a third stave .. or have to pick out the bottom notes on the lower stave?

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Re: Music from Operas

Postby kens » 16 May 2017 14:43

Hi! Hugh. The Orpheus music was 3 stave as is most of my music. I sometimes play the 19 note pedal board with both feet in order to play the higher notes ( using right foot). Took a lot of practising and still not too good at it. I also try to use both keyboards with spare fingers from other hand when possible. This I do by selecting a note from a chord and taking it higher or lower. That is say with right hand playing top keyboard reach down to bottom keyboard with an unused finger to play a note at the treble end of the keyboard. This can produce some interesting effects. eg Descant.
Thanks for your comments ken.
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Re: Music from Operas

Postby Hugh-AR » 20 May 2017 00:17

Ken,

I know exactly what you mean when you say you use fingers not being used on the Upper to play notes on the Lower. I do this occasionally, and I had a friend in Weston who used to do this all the time. He was a brilliant player, and his technique used to fascinate me.

Thing is, if you use those fingers to play notes on the Upper you are using the same voicing at the same volume. The advantage of moving them down to the Lower is that you can have that at a different (maybe quieter) volume, and even have it set up with different voicing .. particularly if you can 'split' the Lower (which I can do on my AR). The possibilities are endless.

So well done you!

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Re: Music from Operas

Postby Hugh-AR » 20 May 2017 10:41

Ken,

I have been looking back at some tunes where I have played notes on the Lower keyboard directly below where I am playing on the upper, and this is one of them ... Wind Beneath My Wings:

viewtopic.php?f=232&t=4418&start=35#p31427

You can hear this as an 'echo' of a few notes in the middle of playing the tune. One with piano (where I had split the lower, with piano to the right of the split); and later on you can hear me doing it with strings. In this case I hadn't 'split' the lower, so the strings were part of the backing I was playing with my left hand. But I found that as I had the Memory ON (which 'holds' what I am playing on the lower) any notes I jumped down to continued playing until I played another chord with my left hand .. and the string sound I had triggered higher up also continued up to this point. All this meant that I didn't have to keep 'holding' those high string notes on the lower so could carry on playing the tune on the Upper, with the strings still sounding from the lower.

Hope this makes sense!

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Re: Music from Operas

Postby Hugh-AR » 20 May 2017 12:37

I often think that people with keyboards are one step up on what we can do with our organs, in that they can add that little bit extra into their music by doing it afterwards with 'multi-tracking'. Without having this option us lesser mortals have to resort to tricks like the above in their playing technique to get that little bit extra they want.

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Re: Music from Operas

Postby kens » 20 May 2017 13:38

Hi! Hugh.

A brilliant performance of Wind beneath My Wings. You obviously make use of all the extras to be found in the organ. Unfortunately so many budding players miss out on the extras and get disillusioned and then pack in.
Regretably because my wife is terminally ill I rarely play these days. Not surprising my standard has dropped dramatically. Trying to work up my enthusiasm again. So much to do I have let garden, house and playing go. One day perhaps.

I met Jo of Weston club, several times when she visited Bristol club. I used to be the fund raiser for Bristol but packed in membership couple years ago due to above. We had some 180 members but I understand now down to about 30. Sad decline.
Did you ever visit that venue of the unusual couple who married with a wide age difference?. They set up a home concert venue. I heard him play at Bristol couple of times. Quite good.
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Re: Music from Operas

Postby DonW » 20 Sep 2017 18:16

Here is a selection of songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber's
The Phantom of the Opera.
Played on my AR 100.
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Re: Music from Operas

Postby kens » 20 Sep 2017 21:34

Hi! Don

You produced some good pipe organ music there. Well done Ken
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Re: Music from Operas

Postby DonW » 21 Sep 2017 14:18

Hi Ken
Thanks for your comments on my Phantom.
Reading your piece on two foot pedalling I was reminded
of my early days, having been weaned on pipes, full pedalboards,
two feet toe and heel. Adapting to the twelve short pedals I often
found myself walking on the floor.
I think I've got used to it now.
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Re: Music from Operas

Postby Brian007 » 03 Oct 2017 20:08

Hi Don,

That was very impressive piece to listen to, I really enjoyed that piece, it was brilliant

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Re: Music from Operas

Postby DonW » 07 Oct 2017 21:24

Hi Brian
Thanks for listening to my Phantom, glad you liked it
When you've got good music to play I think it's half the battle.
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Re: Music from Operas

Postby JohnT » 29 Jan 2018 21:05

Hi Don Always like Phantom. Enjoyed your selection of tunes. Lovely powerful organ finish. John
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Re: Music from Operas

Postby Hugh-AR » 29 Jan 2018 21:27

Don,

That's a wonderful selection of tunes, and all played with such expertise and feeling. Lovely selection of voices. And what an ending!

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