Tag: First album

Music can’t be free

It's Free!!!

When I released Introducing Pierre-Arnaud Dablemont for free in July last year, I already knew a free strategy wouldn’t last forever, even if I secretly hoped people would be generous enough to allow me to make the second album free too. Although everyone praised the release, my secret dream didn’t happen, so back to the plan A. The free strategy had a primary goal: gaining traction in a complicated market. But recording an album, as romantic as it seems, always ends up in the same way: paying the bills.

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Ravel’s Scarbo (Gaspard de la nuit)

Scarbo on a wall

In previous posts, we talked about Ondine and the gibbet from Gaspard de la nuit, let’s get today to the third and last movement of this triptych, the most terrifying one from a pianistic point of view : Scarbo, work I recorded for my first solo album last month. Even if I played it extensively on many different stages, Scarbo still scares me and requires a special attention when included in a recital program.

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Ravel’s Ondine, timbre and basic acoustics

Gaspard de la nuit - Score

In my last post, we talked about Ondine, the first movement of Ravel’s Gaspard de la nuit. Today, we are going deeper in the magic of Ondine’s world and also talk about the German physicist Hermann Ludwig Ferdinand von Helmholtz. Do you know him? He discovered several important things but what makes him interesting to me is his strong interest in physics of perception, and especially his book On the Sensations of Tone as a Physiological Basis for the Theory of Music published in 1863. What’s in it? Roughly, he discovered harmonics and why they are so important to our ears.

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Competitions, Janáček, and me

A chocolate trophy

One year ago, one of my readers asked me how I feel about competitions and if I could write something about this hot topic. I really had to think about it (one year!) and find the right time to publish this. But, wait, aren’t we in the middle of a series of posts dedicated to Janáček? Yes, absolutely, but you’ll soon understand the connection. As you can notice in my biography, I didn’t “win” any prize in any competition. Not that I never attended one, I did join one but I decided right after that I will never do it again. But don’t worry, I won’t bother you here with the traditional music-competitions-are-evil. Things are not that simple.

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