Exploring 5 activities you can do as a pianist/musician

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Since last march, I’m not a student anymore. Enough said… :-?

I thought many times what to do and as everyone know, the situation in Spain right now is really hard with the crisis – I guess it’s very hard everywhere for musicians anyway. Despite of looking for jobs as a teacher in music schools or trying to work free-lance from concerts and gigs, I realized that I won’t solve my life this way.

This year has been really nice so far as I’m working with 2 agencies from US since this summer and having lots of hope to get concerts and a worldwide promotion, but it doesn’t solve my ends of months right now. Lately I’m working on many projects at the same time that are not solving my ends of months neither but hoping it will, little by little. Here is list of the activities I have been doing, and I hope it can also give inspiration to other musicians or pianists. More

My favorite playlist (3): Debussy

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This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series Favorite Playlist

After a long break due to summer holidays and occupations, here I am again to share with you some of my favorite pieces of the 150 years birthday boy: Claude Debussy – he makes me proud of being french! As Monet does. If I could choose a period of history to travel to, one of them would probably be during the Impressionism… As music critic Camille Mauclair says, “The landscapes of Claude Monet are in fact symphonies of luminous waves, and the music of Monsieur Debussy, based not on a succession of themes but on the relative values of sounds in themselves, bears a remarkable resemblance to these pictures. It is Impressionism consisting of sonorous patches.” More

My favorite playlists(2): Rachmaninoff

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This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series Favorite Playlist

Nothing irritates me more than people telling me that I like Rachmaninoff because I am a pianist, when I actually prefer his chamber music, his concertos and symphonies to his solo piano music! Besides, he was a great harmonist, and even his piano music is orchestral. In this aspect he can’t be compared to Chopin, for example, an amazing pianist and composer for piano (besides the cello sonata and some exceptions) who didn’t show so much talent for orchestration – with all my respect. ;)
Anyway, I’m going to act like a typical pianist and start with one of the quite unknown Rachmaninoff’s pieces for piano, the Elegy, played by the composer himself: More

Zarzuelas and Cie

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Choir rehearsal room @ Maestranza

Choir rehearsal room @ Maestranza

I’m sorry, this week I am so busy that I don’t really have time to keep on the serie of my favorite playlist! I will continue next week, I go to France to visit my family and will have some free time to enjoy some nice music together.

Now I’m working at Maestranza on an unknown opera of a spanish composer called Ramon Carnicer. The opera is called Cristoforo Colombo, so basically it is about the journey of Colomb to America.

It’s the second time in history that this opera will be performed, as it has been forgotten after its Première during the 19th century. Carnicer was a friend of Rossini and you can notice that in this opera : the text is in Italian although the composer was spanish, and the music is typical from this period: arias, recitatives, virtuosity… and lots of cadences ! More

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