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the_raytownian
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 16, 2014 7:07 pm 
 

I don't really know how to describe it, but I am trying to find composers/releases of what you would probably expect to hear on one of those generic "Piano Moods" CD's they stock near the sewing items and picture frames in Walmart.

I am looking specifically for music with either mid or fast tempos, but with arrangements that feel somber, melancholic, dreamy, etc. Some other instrumental accompaniment is acceptable, but I want the piano to be the focus. Preferably no vocals.

One example I can think of for something in the ballpark of what I'd like to hear more of would be the piano playing in the Current 93 song, "Spring Sand Dreamt Larks":
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWLaupnZiWc

The piano flows like rushes of rain water through a gutter in its repetitive minimalism. It's only enough gutter juice to make a cup of tea, though. I WANT ENOUGH THAT I CAN BATHE IN IT!

I'm already aware of Philip Glass, FWIW. I also know Erik Satie, who I like a lot, but his compositions are pretty slow, and they don't feature the sort of flowing minimalist arpeggios that I am after.
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overtenmy
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 16, 2014 8:11 pm 
 

Maybe this is obvious but oh well. Walmart is a bad word, where I come from :puke:



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the_raytownian
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 17, 2014 12:12 am 
 

overtenmy wrote:
Walmart is a bad word, where I come from :puke:

Apparently people don't understand sarcasm or self-denigrating humor where you come from as well. I was poking fun at myself for seeking out what a lot of more well-read and sophisticated people would probably write off as artless easy listening muzak. It's not as funny when I have to explain the joke, though.

Anyway, I'm familiar with FA, yes, but those are just single piano tracks on DM albums, not full albums of piano music. More to the point, those songs aren't really what I am looking for. They're comparable to Satie, if anything (I base this on my very pedestrian knowledge of pianists and other composers, so make of that comparison what you will).

Thanks anyway.
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MARSDUDE
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 17, 2014 3:59 am 
 

Maybe this?

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Erotetic
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 18, 2014 12:16 am 
 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEtY25M6B7c
Harmaa (The song "Kuvajainen" might be more what you're looking for, but it's not on youtube)
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Opus
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Joined: Sun Sep 22, 2002 11:06 am
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 18, 2014 10:55 am 
 

John Adams - Phrygian Gates should do it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-CvtZCawxw0

Arvo Pärt
Spiegel im Spiegel
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V37UMUhqcHw
Für Alina
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8as_BN5h5YQ

Morton Feldman
Five Pianos
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jIkdjbySmKg
Piano and String Quartet
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_Q-1u6sNgQ

Extreme minimalism: Steve Reich - Piano Phase
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JW4_8KjmzZk
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TheMizwaOfMuzzyTah
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 18, 2014 11:33 pm 
 

Philip glass solo piano album do it

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