Pages 208-211: J. Williams – Imperial March from Star Wars & J. Strauss – Radetzky March

I decided to play two marches tonight, J. Williams’ Imperial March and a brighter classical one by J. Strauss, further away from the dark force ;).

Dedication for these two pieces goes to the Broque family in Paris: Mila, Matia, Laurent and Maja. Aux deux jeunes pianistes: la marche imperiale pour Matia et la marche Radetzky pour Mila! Les deux parents peuvent choisir celle qu’ils preferent ;).

Pages 204-207: Bach-Gounod: Ave Maria

Screen Shot 2016-05-22 at 17.19.09Today, I will be playing the famous lyrical piece by C. Gounod composed over Bach’s first prelude for the piano: the Ave Maria. I will attempt to play both the melody and prelude accompaniment together with my spontaneous arrangement! Dedication goes to my friends Sofia and Guilherme from Boston who will have their wedding in the Faro cathedral in Portugal next Saturday. Many best wishes for your big day and wishing you both a lot of happiness and love on your journey together :). Unfortunately, I won’t be there in person but wanted to play this piece for you both. Hope you like it!

Pages 199-203: Y. Tiersen – La Valse d’Amelie

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Probably the most famous French movie of the last two decades (can’t believe it came out in 2001! Am I getting old 😉 ?!) with a great soundtrack by composer Yann Tiersen. Dedication goes to my friends Sophie and Bert in Bertem, Belgium. Sophie, remembering our lunch at the cafe “Les Deux Moulins” where part of the film was shot :).

Pages 195-198: Satie – Gymnopedie No.1

A French composer for you tonight, Eric Satie with one of his most famous compositions for the piano, the first Gymnopedie.  Dedication goes to close family friends (family really!), the Tassart-Rodrigues family: my godmother Sylvie, my godson Leonard, his sister Eva and their father Francisco. J’espere que le morceau vous plaira! Je vous embrasse fort.

Pages 192-194: Enya – May It Be – Lord of the Rings OST

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Tonight, I’ll be playing the last song request from my MSF fundraiser page: “May It Be” by Enya from the Lord of the Rings soundtrack. A beautiful song. This was requested by my close family friend Martine in Dijon, France. Merci beaucoup pour ton genereux don ainsi que ton beau message. Ce morceau est aussi pour Philippe…

Pages 187-191: Debussy – Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum

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Ad Parnassum by Paul Klee

The sun has finally arrived in Boston, spring is here (hopefully!). I decided to sightread Doctor Gradus Ad Parnassum by Debussy (Part of the Children’s Corner series, dedicated to his daugther) which means steps to Parnassus (a mountain range in Greece). This piece is a satire of fellow composer Clementi’s piece of the same name.

This piece is a fundraiser request from my friend Jo in Cambridge (UK ;)). Many thanks for your generous donation and a great choice of piece to include in the pianathon :)! I hope you like the piece!

 

 

Pages 184-186: Shostakovich – Prelude XVI

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Norham Castle, Sunrise  by Turner

 

A new composer featured in the pianathon today! Dmitri Shostakovich (1906 –1975), famous Russian composer from the 20th century. I’m playing Prelude XVI from the series of 24 Preludes and Fugues that Shostakovich composed for the piano. This prelude is a fundraiser request for my friend and fellow musician Ollie in Munich. Many thanks for your generous donation and I hope you like this version :).

Pages 181-183: Tchaikovsky – “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” from The Nutcracker Suite

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Tonight on the pianathon challenge, I’ll be sightreading the “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” from The Nutcracker. I chose this cute and sweet dance for the arrival of baby Sara Linda in the Klein family :). Congratulations to Cristian and Barbara in Umea, Sweden! Many best wishes and looking forward to meeting her soon :).

Pages 175-180: M. Jackson – Smooth Criminal

Hello everyone! After a short musical break following my last week of my fundraising campaign for MSF, I’m back on the black and white keys 🙂 … with Smooth Criminal. The first of MJ’s tunes on the pianathon! This a fundraiser request from my friend Leszek in San Francisco. Many thanks for your generous donation. Enjoy the ‘Noice’ tune ;)! Looking forward to some MJ tunes at your wedding!

Chapter I Fundraiser Complete – $1047 for MSF!

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The Pianathon Page Counter had a walk in Washington D.C. 🙂

My first Pianathon Fundraising Chapter for 2016 is now complete! I am delighted to announce that $1047 (fundraising campaign) + $174 (my contribution, $1 per page) will be going to MSF/Doctors without Borders :). Thanks to you, I reached twice the amount of my initial target of $500. I am thrilled! Sending 174 ‘Merci’ musical notes to everyone who contributed and supported this first chapter of my challenge :). The challenge has not ended, more music and 2 other organizations to come later this year! PS: I will no longer be taking donations for MSF but for those of  you who would still like to donate, you are more than welcome to on MSF’s website directly. http://www.msf.org/donate