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Etude-Tableau in B-flat minor, Op. 6

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The Etude-Tableau was written for the Moscow Conservatory's 2018 International Winter School, along with the Nocturne in C major, Op. 5, and the Romance in E major.

This piece was the first piano piece I had written in over 2 years, and was also my first attempt at virtuoso piano writing. I brought it to the school as one of my piano performance pieces. I later recorded it at home, and this is the performance on Youtube.


I hope you all enjoy it. ūüôā


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Another beautiful performance of a really accomplished piece, well done Theo.  The Russian influence is extremely evident in your work and you pull it off very well.

I would also love to see the score, do you not like to post them?



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Wow - the style of this etude is very heavy and accented (pesante).  Such heavy playing on the piano is not my favorite type of pianism and I wish that sometimes your virtuoso parts were more than mere arpeggiations.  Although it does end very softly.  It's very emotional and passionate but I wish you maybe varied the beat on which you place your biggest accents to give the listener some more variety in the loudest parts.  Some of the softer parts remind me of one of the Rachmaninoff piano concertos (don't know which one by memory LoL - EDIT: it might actually have been a Rachmaninoff piece for two pianos that I heard a long time ago) - a few seconds after 2:30.  Besides some of those complaints - it was quite a showy and enjoyable piece!  Thanks for sharing.

Do you know of the Stravinsky Etude in F#?  It's one of my favorites.

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@PaperComposer Thank you for commenting! I suppose I could have put a little more variety, in terms of texture and dynamics. As you could probably guess, I sort of modeled this piece after one of Rachmaninoff's Etudes-Tableux (which to me seemed inspired by an etude by Scriabin), which was also somewhat heavy in texture, so I guess that's one reason why the texture is like this. Otherwise, I'm glad you liked the piece!

I don't know that piece you sent me; generally, I'm not crazy about Stravinsky's works, but I'll check this one out. Thanks for sending it to me!

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