In this video I explore the refreshing, clear sounds of the Pianoteq C. Bechstein DG Snappy preset and improvise to illustrate how its qualities really shine to create great musical textures in two different types of piano arrangement.
Improvisation on Pianoteq’s beautiful Grotrian Intimate preset (mics moved to audience position). This improv is exploring feelings of melancholy arise from living in this slightly troubling world of ours but it also tunes into the light of hope that is clearly there for us…
‘Prelude in C minor’, an improvisation with a reflective, melancholy mood on Pianoteq’s Bluethner.
Music can give us strength as we dig deep in order to find the courage to transform. Metamorphosis might be painful but ultimately it is beautiful.
The joy we feel at the sighting of a butterfly when the warm weather arrives after the long, dark cold of winter is a very special feeling. Music can bring us this joy whenever we need it!
My ‘Untouchable Beauty’ piano improvisation on Pianoteq’s Steingraeber Intimate. Nature is bigger than human beings. We arrogantly try to capture and control everything. Like trying to catch a butterfly, our exploits can easily cause harm or destruction. Some things are better left alone, in their natural state, untouchably beautiful!
Musical tonality has a beautiful symmetry to its structure, especially when we see it within the piano keyboard. The shimmering patterns that this creates are like some of the most spectacular patterns in nature, such as we see when watching a butterfly slowly opening and closing its magnificent wings.
This piece of improvising is exploring the rebellious feelings I have about success, achievement and other things the ego thinks it needs to be happy. The music itself is enough!
I’ve been thinking about using different Pianoteq presets in my current ‘Butterflies’ project and the K2 Warm preset has some really beautiful qualities.
This piece is part of a project called Butterflies about fragility, resilience and beauty. This one describes a gentle rebellion against human arrogance!