Piano Fantasy — William Joseph

21 10 2010

One of the pieces that inspired me to write “Elvin’s Waltz”, “Piano Fantasy” is a ridiculously hard one to play, mainly because of the fast tempo + lots and lots of octaves which tire out your arm and make it feel like it’s going to fall off.  I’m learning this piece right now and playing it slowly but even at a slower tempo, it still kills me.  Nonetheless, I think it’s pretty damn impressive, especially considering Joseph was in his early twenties when he wrote it.  Kudos to him.

Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum — Claude Debussy

7 09 2010

Ah, what a classic piece this one is.  I’ve heard it for many years and know friends who can play it but it was only very recently that I actually taught it to myself on a whim.  Now, it’s one of the most fun pieces I play on the piano.  It just sounds so happy and cheerful and the sixteenth notes combined with the fast tempo make it challenging but impressive.

Maybe I’ll post a video of me playing this one sometime but for now, here’s one of many, many versions of this piece on youtube, performed by Michelangeli (I don’t know who that is… and now I feel kinda bad for not knowing because I feel like I should know.  Oh well)

“Dawn” — Dario Marianelli

24 08 2010

From the Pride and Prejudice soundtrack is one of the main themes of the film.  Composed by Dario Marianelli (who later won an Oscar for writing the music for Atonement), “Dawn” is one of the prettiest compositions I’ve heard from Mr. Marianelli.  Partly why I’m posting this here now is because I just finished playing it on the piano and I didn’t know what else to put here.  But it’s good!  Take a listen for yourself.

Intermezzo Op. 26, No. 4 — Robert Schumann

9 08 2010

Back when I was playing RCM stuff and having piano lessons, I started learning this piece but it was pretty difficult with me and I never finished learning it.  In one of my feature screenplays I wrote that features a lot of Classical music, the main character plays a “hard-sounding Schumann piece” and at the time, I didn’t know what piece it should be.  Then I remembered this one, and it seemed to fit what was going on.

Maybe I’ll start playing it again.  It seems like a killer for the right hand though — so many 16th notes, ugh.  Enjoy!

The Last Waltz — Oldboy soundtrack

8 08 2010

I had a dream last night where I was playing clarinet to this piece so it seems like I should write a little about it.  Basically, I was in high school again and I was trying out a bunch of different clarinets and when I picked mine up, the tip was a little broken, which isn’t that uncommon but obviously it’s better not to play with a broken reed.  Then the orchestra started playing “The Last Waltz”, a piece from the soundtrack to the movie Oldboy, and since there’s a clarinet solo in it, I had to play it.  Unfortunately, I haven’t played in a long time so I didn’t know the right fingering for the notes, if at all any, but I knew how it should’ve sounded

Anyway, I realized that dream wasn’t very interesting and I should just post the thing.  Okay here it is.

Child’s Play

3 08 2010

A little ditty I wrote.

Almost Here (song)

1 06 2010

A song I wrote with the lyrics partly based on lyrics of a song in David Levithan’s novel Boy Meets Boy, which is one of my favourite books of all time. I really really really hope that with the success of Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist and his upcoming movie adaptation of Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List, maybe Boy Meets Boy will get made into a film as well.  If so, it would be so frickin’ awesome if this was included but obviously I’m not holding my breath.


Étude Nr. 1 “Désordre” – György Ligeti

15 03 2010

A really funky piece that is very technical and experimental if you get a chance to see the score.  To most people, it probably sounds like noise/random notes being played, but I think it’s really interesting and avant-garde.  Kudos to Ligeti for thinking like no one else.

Candy-coated Hearts

24 02 2010

While I’m on the topic of music, here’s another composition I wrote a couple years back.  Thanks to my fan/friend Steph who titled this piece.

Little Puppet’s Waltz

22 02 2010

Sometimes music can be more expressive than words.  As you may know by now, I also write music as well as poems and songs.  The first piece of music I ever composed was back in high school, during my last year.  I was so into my composition, I tried to transcribe it since it was fairly easy.  Eventually, I did, and it’s the only piece I’ve transcribed onto paper without using notation software.  If you’re so utterly impressed with my work of art and would like a copy of the sheet music, just drop a comment with your e-mail and I’ll send it your way.