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!
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!
This piece is part of a project called Butterflies about fragility, resilience and beauty. This one describes a gentle rebellion against human arrogance!
When I improvise in the mixolydian mode of G, I find it creates a feeling of no-nonsense optimism and groundedness that I really like to plug into, particularly during such uncertain times.
In this video I play Chopin’s sparkling Valse Brillante in A flat Op 34 No 1 on Pianoteq’s New York Steinway.
In this video I play my E-flat minor Nocturne ‘Follow Me Into The Night’ from my album ‘Nocturnes’. Composed whilst practising Chopin Nocturnes, this takes some of Chopin’s ideas of ornate, Italianate melody and harmonic underlying accompaniment. Full of pathos, melancholy and longing, with a religioso middle section, it is a song of unrequited love.
I perform a dark piece of improvisation on a piano that is perfect for the mood, the Pianoteq Steingraeber Dreamy…
I improvise on a tune that might be familiar in December!
In this video I talk about how improvising on the piano can be a cathartic and meditative experience and I improvise some stormy, turbulent music on Pianoteq’s Bluethner.
This is my performance of Rachmaninov’s Prelude op. 23 no. 4 in D on the New York Steinway Model D new to version 7 of Pianoteq.