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Richard Danielpour. Piano Concerto No.4, Movement III: The composer and his work

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that first moment when a composer hears their music played back for me particularly in recent years I'd say in the last decade it's very much like the moment in The Wizard of Oz when Dorothy steps out of the house and you go from a black-and-white film to a color film because when I hear color in my own inner ear and the concert hall inside my head it's always a slightly faded version of the of the true 3-dimensional color that you actually hear in Hall so it's always a little bit richer there are moments where you're pleasantly surprised there are other moments where you say oh my god did I do that I've got to fix that and then there are moments where you see the performer bringing something to the work that you yourself never really intended nor imagined and you think wow that's nice I'd like I'd like to keep that one and then you might actually ask him what are you doing and they'll tell you and then you actually redo the score richer Danielpour greats great person and he was very also flexible of letting me do some of my own ideas bringing in combination of the both my first experience with shine came as a result of my writing my second book of piano preludes 17 years after I wrote my first book a student of mine who was at the Manhattan School came to me and often my students will come with a live performer showing me a work because that I've instilled that in them that you know what I'm really interested in is hearing your work rather than looking at it and talking about it so being one of the students who long since gotten that message he brought in a pianist one day and said I've got a piano piece I really want you to hear and I've got a really great pianist playing it so can we come over and I said sure so he brought shame and I heard her play and I said where the hell did you come from and she said Shanghai the first time I met him I get the impression already that he is such a true musician composer because if you're with him he talks about music all the time I then said I'd like at some point to discuss the possibility of my writing something for you we really clicked right away so then he said would you like to do another piano concerto he described is that it is already all in me I just have to read it it down on the paper concerto is called a hero's journey the third woman says it like a celebration finally the hero's journey is finished and it's a success it's almost like a tarantella a tarantella is an italian dance in 6/8 so it was 1:30 for us at bum I mean we can hear from the very beginning the Tiffany place your violins play very exciting very much fun and the piano has some very difficult actors very tricky I always had a bit of difficulty in my left hands and I described it to mr. Daniel poor and he said well you didn't know I'm lefty so so I'm gonna tend to write everything for the left end a little more challenging and then Richard juxtaposes three against this of the excitement of all of this and the octaves in the and the brilliant writing leads us to tempo to this slower tempo and what he does then is he has some quite beautiful chorale chords and then he brings us back to the angular tarantella after that he has a little cadenza for the piano starts with a bunch of trills the and then BOOM we're back in three against two tarantella and then he once again brings us brings us back to this frenzy attending a big flourish in the piano and it's over