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  1. The Power of Performance: Impressions on Stephen Coombs' Glazunov Project, Part II

    PART 2

    Coombs divides the solo piano music of Glazunov into 4 volumes, each one featuring at least one long work. Thus, the Theme and Variations op. 72, the 2 piano sonatas, and the Prelude and Fugues op. 101 are all on separate discs. Coombs made sure to add works without opus number as well, including a few student works of bizarre maturity. In this way, Coombs gives each work its due, and thus making the volumes have a kind of big-picture progression in and of itself.
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    Updated Feb-27-2016 at 01:52 by Huilunsoittaja

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  2. The Power of Performance: Impressions on Stephen Coombs' Glazunov Project, Part I

    Stephen Coombs is the only person on the planet to have learned the near entirety of Glazunov's piano music, and also to have recorded it. There are a number of complete solo music compilations out there, most notably by Duane Hulbert and Tatiana Franova, but neither of those pianists have also done the 2 Piano Concertos whereas Coombs has, all for the Hyperion label. If there was a pianist who monopolized on a single composer, Coombs would be it for Glazunov. His discography:

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    Updated Dec-27-2015 at 05:23 by Huilunsoittaja

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  3. Musical Analysis: Sergei Prokofiev Part 2

    HARMONY

    Impressionist. That's probably the best descriptive term for him. Prokofiev did so many things in his music that simply don't make sense if one were to look at each piece of the puzzle. One has to see the complete picture to try to understand the ideas he's trying to communicate. In this way, harmony often overrides melody because an idea doesn't always need a melody. Yet Prokofiev has a clever way of combining melody with unusual harmony sometimes.

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  4. Music Analysis: Sergei Prokofiev Part 1

    This was fun to write.

    There is so much that can be analyzed by Prokofiev, so I will organize it into several sections. I will add onto it over time, perhaps.

    Contents:

    * Orchestration/Instrumentation
    * Melody
    * Harmony
    * Tone/Form

    ORCHESTRATION/INSTRUMENTATION

    It's quite easy to tell what instrument was his favorite: piano. He wrote 9 piano sonatas, 5 piano concertos, a score of piano
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    Updated Jun-16-2011 at 02:56 by Huilunsoittaja (Update)

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