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    Etude "i" (Garritan Steinway) - JAMIE KOWALSKI

    Here's another sneak peek at my upcoming set of etudes. This one explores a lot of hand-crossing techniques, and is probably a bit more difficult than it sounds.

    "Etude 0701-i"

    This is probably the last preview before the set is finalized, since I'm getting very close.
    - Jamie Kowalski

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    The Ear Is Always Correct - Writings on composition

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    Re: Etude "i" (Garritan Steinway) - JAMIE KOWALSKI

    Interesting melodic lines, here. Is it so difficult to play? You said that a lot of cross-hands were involved. I think even I can play this with my artritis-hands. But let's wait until the score has come out.... It is a bit dry. Is that the purpose or.....

    Raymond

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    Re: Etude "i" (Garritan Steinway) - JAMIE KOWALSKI

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymond62 View Post
    Interesting melodic lines, here. Is it so difficult to play? You said that a lot of cross-hands were involved. I think even I can play this with my artritis-hands. But let's wait until the score has come out....
    Hi Raymond, thanks for the reply.

    Difficulty is relative, of course. My not being a masterful pianist makes things look a little harder than they might appear to others.

    But mainly, the small difficulty here isn't so much on the fingering/technique front. The difficulty lies more in keeping the flow of the various melodies going. Some of the mid-range melodies must be played partly with left hand and partly with right inbetween large jumps to high and low registers. Some of the jumps are several octaves. This is the sort of thing that can tangle my noodle, at least.

    It is a bit dry. Is that the purpose or.....
    I'm going for an intimate feel here, and didn't want much reverb. I was fairly happy with it, but I'm interested in whether others feel it's too little as well.
    - Jamie Kowalski

    All Hands Music - Kowalski on the web
    The Ear Is Always Correct - Writings on composition

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    Re: Etude "i" (Garritan Steinway) - JAMIE KOWALSKI

    WOW!

    This is one heck of an etude, proud continuation of all the previous masters, including Scriabin (and Bartok I think)!

    Extremely tasteful and right to the point of what the etude is after! Cut off counterpoint, huh?

    Very tasty, indeed, very much so! Aesthetically I mean!

    As for being easy or difficult the long jumps with teh p dynamic will be enough to provide plenty of trouble I think.

    Well done Jamie, as always! Well done!

    Nikolas

    PS. Finale rendering? If so, it's very very masterful!

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    Re: Etude "i" (Garritan Steinway) - JAMIE KOWALSKI

    I think you know how much I enjoy smaller scale preludes
    and etudes, Jamie; and this one is delicious.

    I will say this sounded fairly easy to play; though as you
    point out, that's a relative term, "easy". Do we get to
    see the score, my friend?

    The sound treatment sounded good to me... perhaps a
    very slightly muted quality to it; though from the material,
    I think perhaps that was intended -- in that doing a lot
    of hand-crossing at very low dynamic levels is somewhat
    more challenging, requiring more control.

    Nice work on this, Jamie -- looking forward to hearing
    more of the set!

    My best,



    David
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    Re: Etude "i" (Garritan Steinway) - JAMIE KOWALSKI

    Great little prelude, Jamie.

    I like the uno corde sound in much of the piece. You made
    this etude sound very delicate with your new Steinway and
    I thought everything sounded so real. Absolutely great, Jamie.

    If you used a little reverb (and it sounded like you did), what
    were your ambience settings? Seems like "settings" are the
    rage at this time of the year--especially for Gary's new Piano.
    If not the Ambience that came with the Steinway D, no problem.

    BRAVO,

    Jack
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    Re: Etude "i" (Garritan Steinway) - JAMIE KOWALSKI

    Fantastic etude Jamie!!!! Hope you'll post the score soon!!!
    Very good.

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    Re: Etude "i" (Garritan Steinway) - JAMIE KOWALSKI

    Jamie:

    This a lovely piece. Such a good example of interesting development of a simple idea/motif. I have no difficulty at all seeing the difficulties one would encounter performing this. It would take a great deal of control to balance the dynamics in such a subtle work.

    I would love to have a copy of this to learn if you ever have it available for purchase.

    Splendid! Thanks for posting this.

    David mauney

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    Re: Etude "i" (Garritan Steinway) - JAMIE KOWALSKI

    This felt as though the middle voice/melody was the dominant idea, with outer orbits commenting, interjecting, intercepting - and it all works very well. Kind of haunting-creepy, but in a good way; suspenseful, without being overly dramatic. I liked the (relative) dryness of the ambience, as it emphasized the intimate nature of the piece.

    Any explanation for the title?

    Liked this a lot!
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    Re: Etude "i" (Garritan Steinway) - JAMIE KOWALSKI

    Jamie,

    This is a delightful playful etude!
    Very original idea!
    I like the sound of the piano, close, clear and delicate!
    Bring us some more...

    Yudit

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