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Publisher:  JzCDz.com Type: 
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37

Copyright:  January 2009
Non-Fiction

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Piano Sonata#1 at Michael's Website
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Recently I've finally published my Piano Sonata #1 to my Storefront. Its mysterious history you can read about below. This is a professional score book made on Finale Allegro notation software. It is a rather difficult (for professional concert pianists) modern, 20th century composition with a Latin-Spanish flavor. I composed it long ago beginning in college and completing it in the mid-80s. It is lovely to listen to: SEE the LINKS below to the free Podcasts of this music.

If your a performing pianist get in touch with me if interested; I like to see it on the concert recital stages. It is very emotional, tonal and modern-jazz influenced piano with rhythmic challenges!

Read more below:

 Piano Sonata#1: movements 1,2 mp3s
      
          o Size: 128kbps x (2) files
          o Estimated time: 3:14, 2:53
          o 2 files in one download but you must click on the internal links after right clicking into a new tab.
      Here is the link to my Multimedia, Piano Sonata#1: movements 1,2 mp3s (ID #6204131) at Lulu. They are free for now.

http://www.lulu.com/content/6204131

The unusual history of this multi-movement piece is that I began sketching these melodies and parts years ago in 1977-79 between music classes in college just for something to do. YES, that long ago. But at that time they were just jotted down in pencil on music paper. Then while doing all the piano practicing and taking college courses I forgot about them. When I came back from New York City in 1985 to Florida to go on kidney dialysis, I had a lot of time on my hands between treatments to play piano and compose. So I decided I wanted to write a piano sonata to show my stuff and to practice on and add to my daily regime of piano pieces.

I soon found these sketches and they seemed to have a spanish flavor. I remember in college I wanted to play Ravel, and modern 20th century composers but they were too hard then. So I wrote these melodies to compensate and try to compose something easier. Well when I got to work on it later I was a much better pianist, and a real good composer so my piece almost became too hard for me to play back in the 80's.

Of course I wrote on music score paper with ink, because personal computers werer so primitive, they didn't have music programs back then that could publish music. Finally around the mid 1990's I had my first clunker of a computer with a "DOS" music software. I put the first 2 movements into notation with an awlful lot of hard work and time-consuming learning.

So last year then I decided that LULU was a good place for me to put all my best "Classical" pieces into score books, I got around to finishing it in a NEW much better music notation program. But I wouldn't redo the first 2 movements. Instead, I scanned those into my WORD doc and then set about putting the last movments 3 & 4 into my new notation book. That took almost a month!

Anyway: I will post music for the last two movements also when I get a chance.

These MP3s of the first 2 movments are very good recordings but I used the computer to play the notation - AND let me tell you that was a LOT OF WORK to EDIT my composition so that the computer would play it accurately. I could've play it by the time I finished, but since it has to match the score perfectly to sell and copyright it, this was the way to go.

So there: OVER 25 years for a piano composition to make its way from my college mind all the way to computerized publishing!

NOW: will some great performing pianist who is famous come along and play my music to get me some exposure?

The published score will never be FREE, it was a lifetime's work.

But enjoy the listening....

Til next post... Michael Guy L'ecluse


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Reader Reviews for "Piano Sonata #1 (My Spanish)"

Reviewed by Mr. Ed 2/24/2009
Congrats, Michael! Truly sounds like a lot of hard work, and I truly hope that your dream of a famous pianist finding it, and playing it, comes true.
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 2/23/2009
Congratulations, Michael. I wish you continued success with love and peace,

Regis
Reviewed by Amber Moonstone 2/23/2009
Hi Michael, Congratulation!!!!!! No wonder you haven't been around lately. Good to see you back.
Peace, love, and light,
Amber "V"

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