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Late Enough, EP#2. lol

March 26, 2012 Leave a comment

Hi there, how are you all doing?

Sometime ago I talked about a series of EPs I was intending to assemble to help me getting a bigger project going. Now I want to present the second iteration in the enterprise, featuring an instrumental mix with a London train field recording by Mark Durham and an original song–don’t pay attention to the rushed bass, it was recorded in between classes within the few time lapse windows I have. :P

Hope you like it!

A Secret Still Untold. (EP#2)

The others, one ready another yet to come:

A Secret Still Untold. (EP#1) A Secret Still Untold. (EP#3)


From Chopin… To Jobim.

March 19, 2012 4 comments

Hi there, how are you doing?

I always heard Tom Jobim (the most important composer in Brazillian Popular Music, so-called “MPB”) talking about how he was influenced by Romantic Era music when it comes to harmonics… And althought it can be easier to find samba, or jazz, or Villa-Lobos in him if we dig a little deeper we can get right to his point.

The point in Chopin (aside dinamics and expression), for instance, was all about soften the emotion inside triads (or even tetrads) by stacking other consonant notes… So we could get to reach more delicate emotional levels–like “melancholic” or “depressed” instead of the just plain “sad” of the minor chords.

Tom Jobim mastered that quite effectively and left indelible marks in our music from that point on.

Here’s a clear example of how the thing worked for him–“How Insensitive” (“Insensatez”) was base upon Chopin’s Prelude in E-Minor (op.28 no. 4). A nice way to keep a melody simple without being boring.

See ya!

Terror Music. o.o

March 12, 2012 Leave a comment

Hi there people, how are you all doing?

One of my students is getting prepared for some college music tests and I’ve been helping him with musical history lessons. Starting with medieval music, all the way down the road (reading and listening to sample pieces) we’ve got through a lot already: Palestrina and the Renaissance, the strong imagery in Vivaldi, the Well-Tempered Clavier of Bach, the powerful Mozart’s Magic Flute, a trampling Beethoven… But for the first time we gotta face some terror music.

With the advances of harmonics–particularly emotional wise–in the early Romantic Era composers started digging deeper on expressing feelings–while relating to other arts as well. In this context, try not to be chilled with Schubert’s Der Doppelgänger, over Heinrich Heine’s poem:

Der Doppelgänger (originally untitled)

Still ist die Nacht, es ruhen die Gassen,
In diesem Hause wohnte mein Schatz;
Sie hat schon längst die Stadt verlassen,
Doch steht noch das Haus auf dem selben Platz.
Da steht auch ein Mensch und starrt in die Höhe,
Und ringt die Hände, vor Schmerzensgewalt;
Mir graust es, wenn ich sein Antlitz sehe -
Der Mond zeigt mir meine eigne Gestalt.
Du Doppelgänger! du bleicher Geselle!
Was äffst du nach mein Liebesleid,
Das mich gequält auf dieser Stelle,
So manche Nacht, in alter Zeit?

English Interpretation:

The night is quiet, the streets are calm,
In this house my beloved once lived:
She has long since left the town,
But the house still stands, here in the same place.
A man stands there also and looks to the sky,
And wrings his hands overwhelmed by pain:
Upon seeing his face, I am terrified--
The moon shows me my own form!
O you Doppelgänger! you pale comrade!
Why do you ape the pain of my love
Which tormented me upon this spot
So many a night, so long ago?

Frightnening. Peace out. ;)

Villa-Lobos: Thank You.

March 5, 2012 1 comment

Hi there, how are you all doing?

Just wanted to pay some small tribute to Villa-Lobos for his 125th birday just like Google did with this:

Villa-Lobos 125th

Nice homage...

Villa-Lobos is the most important Brazillian composer ever, and his work on gathering influences from our popular/folkloric music to enhance his classical works has brought us some astounding and ground-breaking results… Just like in this absolutely superb piece, “O Trenzinho do Caipira” which intends to emulate a steam train making his way from a city to another. Absurd. :)

Dig deeper if you want to–YouTube makes things so easy lol–and have an amazing week! :)

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