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  • Chet_Manly

    Chet_Manly 7 years, 8 months ago

    Just for perspective, the piece as it was originally intended. And I honestly don't know which is more impressive. They're both very well done. However, I DO prefer the stage presence of the guitar goddess.


    • daemon

      daemon 7 years, 8 months ago

      Listening to that got me inspired so I pulled the sheet music for this movement. After attempting to sight read a few pages, I put it back away.

      Notice the extra keys on this piano? It is a Bösendorfer Imperial Grand.

      Its massive soundboard, the largest of all concert grands, makes its sound an almost orchestral experience. The extra bass strings of the subcontra octave extend the tonal range and create additional harmonic resonance throughout the whole instrument.

      The first prototype was built in 1909 following a request from Ferruccio Busoni. He was working on a transcription of Bach's organ music and needed a piano with deeper bass notes. As a result the Imperial was created with 97 keys- eight full octaves. Its extraordinary sound inspired major composers, including Bartók, Debussy and Ravel. Several music pieces composed require an Imperial to ensure that they are played true to the original.


      • Chet_Manly

        Chet_Manly 7 years, 8 months ago

        First of all, hats off to you for pulling out the music. The hacks all butcher the first movement but that third movement, there's no faking that.

        About the quality and deep sound of that piano though. I did notice the sonority and the incredible tone of that piano but I did not know why. I really appreciate you sharing that info. More keys, longer overtone series...makes sense. And she sure knows how to make it rock.


  • zamoose

    zamoose 7 years, 8 months ago

    Can I just say that I am enjoying you guys geeking out on classical music SO much at this point?

    Gentlemint gentlemen once again astound me.