Monday, January 14, 2008

The Legend of 1900: The Crave

In the movie The Legend of 1900, the fictional Jelly Roll Morton, a New Orleans jazz fame comes aboard S.S Virginia to challenge 1900 to a piano duel. 1900 merely toys with the hot-tempered Morton, going so far as to play a note-for-note version of an original tune Morton just played---The Crave.

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About The Movie

The Legend of 1900 (original title La Leggenda del Pianista sull'Oceano) is a 1998 film featuring Tim Roth and directed by the Italian filmmaker Giuseppe Tornatore. The film is inspired by a theatre monologue, Novecento, by Alessandro Baricco. The film begins with Max Tooney (Pruitt Taylor Vince) entering an antique shop just after World War II for the purpose of pawning his trumpet. He asks if he can play it one last time, and proceeds to play a piece that the shopkeeper (Peter Vaughan) recognizes from a broken record master he found inside a recently-acquired second-hand piano. He asks who had written and played the music, henceforth begins an unknown tale of a reincarnation of Amadeus.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Art Tatum: Tea for Two

One of the greatest improvisers in jazz history, Art Tatum also set the standard for technical dexterity with his classic 1933 recording of "Tea for Two." Nearly blind, Tatum's artistic vision and ability made him an icon of jazz piano, a musician whose impact will be felt for generations to come.

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Arthur Tatum Jr. (October 13, 1909 – November 5, 1956) was an American jazz pianist and virtuoso. The jazz pianist and educator Kenny Barron has commented that "I have every record [Tatum] ever made — and I try never to listen to them … If I did, I'd throw up my hands and give up!" Jean Cocteau dubbed Tatum "a crazed Chopin." Count Basie called him the eighth wonder of the world. Legend has it that classical pianist Vladimir Horowitz was so awed by Tatum's wizardry that it brought him to tears; he also is to have said that it was fortunate for classical pianists that Tatum did not choose to pursue a classical career. In 1993, an MIT student invented a term that is now in common usage in the field of computational musicology: The Tatum. It means "the smallest perceptual time unit in music."

Yiruma: Kiss The Rain

Yiruma's Kiss The Rain is the theme music for Korean Drama "A Moment To Remember". The musical score echoes with the drama's recurring stance on love: “Love is but memory, left with nothing else”. Before we all forget, let's seal this piece of memory.

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Yiruma, (born 15 Feb 1978, Seoul, Korea) is a South Korean piano music composer. He is well known throughout the world, and his albums are sold all over the United States and Europe, as well as Asia. His most famous pieces include "Kiss the Rain", "May Be" and "River Flows in You" (First Love).

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Mendelssohn's Adagio non troppo

Mendelssohn's Lieder ohne Worte (Songs without Words), eight cycles each containing six lyric pieces (2 published posthumously), remain his most famous solo piano compositions. This piece is Op.3 No.3 in E: Adagio non troppo:

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Final Fantasy I : Matoya's Cave

Matoya is the background music for Matoya's Cave in Final Fantasy I.

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About Matoya's Cave

Matoya's Cave is a location in the original Final Fantasy. A cave found north of Coneria, an old witch named Matoya lives here. After defeating Astos you receive Matoya's missing eye. Matoya rewards you with a Jolt Potion for finding her eye, then decided your party are too ugly to keep around.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

A Jazz Variation For Für Elise

For Elise" is the popular name of the "Bagatelle in A minor", WoO 59, a piece of music for solo piano by Ludwig van Beethoven, written approximately in 1810. Here is a jazz variation of this classic piece:

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The posted transcription is a published work called "The Furry Lisa" composed by George Schneider in 1972 and awarded a US copyright in 1975. A more accurate and official transcription can be purchased from the composer:

George Schneider
Somerset Music
5603 North Chase Court
Midlothian, VA 23112

Tristan und Isolde: Prelude

The score of Tristan und Isolde has often been cited as a landmark in the development of Western music. In this score Wagner uses a remarkable range of orchestral colour, harmony and polyphony and does so with a freedom rarely found in his earlier operas. The very first chord in the piece is the so-called Tristan chord, often taken to be of great significance in the move away from traditional tonal harmony since it encompasses not one but two dissonances:

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Opera: Tristan und Isolde
Movement: Vorspiel
Ensemble: Fulda Symphonic Orchestra

Prelude to "Tristan und Isolde"

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