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    Piano Competition 2nd Prize Entry

    Hi Everyone,

    As you all may remember, some time ago Jack (Rhap2) organized a little piano competition after he was awarded the Listening Room Prize. He kindly offered his prize to others. Well, I didn't win, but Gary and Jack kindly offered a second prize. I was of course completely and pleasantly surprised.....

    Here is my entry piece for the competition rendered on my new Steinway piano for all to listen to. (NB: This piece was previously posted featuring the GPO Steinway.)

    It is in the form of 7 Variations on an original 8 measure theme (it was a rule of the competition not to be more than 3 minutes long).

    I hope you will enjoy it.

    7 Variations

    PS: Since I was busy converting some of my music to the new Steinway, I thought I would also post this little piece for the Strad Violin, Gofriller Cello and the Steinway (also not new but now featuring the new Steinway).

    Sur le sable
    Kind Regards

    Louis Dekker
    My Music Site

    Pour être grand, il faut avoir été petit.

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    Re: Piano Competition 2nd Prize Entry

    Hi Louis, The Steinway is sounding good in your hands! I like the little virtuosic twists in your variations. Nice job! I also listened to your Sur le Sable, which I enjoyed as well. I googled it and came up with this:

    http://www.violonsurlesable.com/descriptif-en/

    Is this what it refers to?
    Let us hear some more from you! John

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    Re: Piano Competition 2nd Prize Entry

    Louis,

    It's Mozart with a touch of the 20th century. A lovely set of variations. Sorry it didn't win, but it gave you the impetus to write this, so in the end it's a good thing!

    Very charming work.
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    Re: Piano Competition 2nd Prize Entry

    Well, second prize is nothing to cry about and this piece is well developed. I agree, the Steinway sounds great in your hands. Congratulations and please keep the music coming.

    Bill
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    Re: Piano Competition 2nd Prize Entry

    LouisD:

    So good to hear your "winning" piece again and as the others
    have said, "The Steinway sounds good in your hands." I agree
    wholeheartedly. The piece is so well constructed, but the
    tone of the piano really projects what you intended the listener
    to hear.

    Congratulations again, Louis. I am recording this to CD with your
    entry for comparison. That's always a fun thing to do.

    You sound so happy with your new piano and that was the
    intention of the contest: to give a really great instrument to a
    Forum composer that loves to compose for the piano.

    More piano, Louis.........


    BRAVO,

    Jack
    Jack Cannon--MacBook Pro (2015, 13") GPO4/5, JABB3, Auth. STEINWAY, YAMAHA CFX, Gofriller CELLO, Stradivari VIOLIN, COMB2, WORLD, HARPS, PIPE ORGANS, FINALE 2014.5, Mac Pro 2.66 GHz CPU, 8 GB RAM, DP 9.5, MOTU Traveler, MOTU Micro Express, MacBook Pro (2012, 13") 2.2 Ghz CPU, 8 GB RAM.

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    Re: Piano Competition 2nd Prize Entry

    Very nicely done Louis!

    I like the flow and the attention to detail. This very elegant and classical. Congratulations on second place and giving us a chance to hear your artistry!
    [Music is the Rhythm, Harmony and Breath of Life]
    "Music is music, and a note's a note" - Louis 'Satchmo' Armstrong

    Rich

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    Re: Piano Competition 2nd Prize Entry

    LouisD:

    Also listened to your "Sur le sable." Another fine
    piece that I would categorize as "Modern-Impressionistic."

    The instruments all sound wonderful and that piano really
    cuts through beautifully.

    Some more, Louis. Even if it is short, we want to hear more
    of your Steinway.

    Now, we need to hear from PaulR and Anousone Kitisa which
    are our other two winners. PaulR was the Grand Prize winner
    and received the Steinway Professional.

    Jack
    Jack Cannon--MacBook Pro (2015, 13") GPO4/5, JABB3, Auth. STEINWAY, YAMAHA CFX, Gofriller CELLO, Stradivari VIOLIN, COMB2, WORLD, HARPS, PIPE ORGANS, FINALE 2014.5, Mac Pro 2.66 GHz CPU, 8 GB RAM, DP 9.5, MOTU Traveler, MOTU Micro Express, MacBook Pro (2012, 13") 2.2 Ghz CPU, 8 GB RAM.

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    Louis, good to see you back with us with something new!

    Impressively well done job on the Seven Variations.

    It was Sur le sable that particularly caught my ear, though,
    with its broadly writ freedoms: The thinking in this was a
    rich and satisfying meal for me, my friend. Three times
    I have listened to this now; taking more from it with
    each hearing.

    Bravo!

    Always my best,



    David
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    Re: Piano Competition 2nd Prize Entry

    Quote Originally Posted by bigears View Post
    Hi Louis, The Steinway is sounding good in your hands! I like the little virtuosic twists in your variations. Nice job! I also listened to your Sur le Sable, which I enjoyed as well. I googled it and came up with this:

    http://www.violonsurlesable.com/descriptif-en/

    Is this what it refers to?
    Let us hear some more from you! John
    John,

    Thank you for listening. I have never heard of Violon sur le sable, but it's an interesting page anyway. The full title of my little piece is Sur le sable nos pas s'effacent déjà, which means: our foot prints are already erased from the sand and is referring to something in my past....

    Thanks you again.
    Kind Regards

    Louis Dekker
    My Music Site

    Pour être grand, il faut avoir été petit.

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    Re: Piano Competition 2nd Prize Entry

    Quote Originally Posted by rpearl View Post
    Louis,

    It's Mozart with a touch of the 20th century. A lovely set of variations. Sorry it didn't win, but it gave you the impetus to write this, so in the end it's a good thing!

    Very charming work.
    Mozart... I do adore his variations, and mine are probably trying to imitate the master in my own limited way....

    I'm glad you liked it.
    Kind Regards

    Louis Dekker
    My Music Site

    Pour être grand, il faut avoir été petit.

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