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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 couldn’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. Read more …

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Ravel’s Scarbo (Gaspard de la nuit)


Scarbo on a wall

After meeting with Ondine and picturing the gibbet, it’s time to talk about Scarbo, the last movement of Gaspard de la nuit, work I recorded for my first solo album last month. We all know Scarbo is terrifying from a pianistic point of view. 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. Read more …

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Le gibet (Gaspard de la nuit – Ravel)


Gibbet

Today, we will pursue the exploration of my album’s Track list with Ravel’s Le gibet. Very slow, mesmerizing, Le gibet, central piece of Gaspard de la nuit, put the audience in a sort of cataleptic state. Ravel, like in the other pieces of his triptych, challenged himself and wrote a truly fascinating piece. And a damn hard work for the pianist. Read more …

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Ravel’s Ondine, timbre and basic acoustics


Gaspard de la nuit - Score

I introduced you to the water spirit Ondine, main character of Ravel’s eponymous work. I also mentioned at the end of this short introduction I will talk today about the German physicist Hermann Ludwig Ferdinand von Helmholtz, the author of the classic study of acoustic science. I’m not very sure you are familiar with this great guy. He discovered several things but what makes him interesting to me is his strong interest in physics of perception, and especially his 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 their importance. Not following me? Read more …

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Ecoute, Ecoute! C’est moi, c’est Ondine (Ravel – Gaspard de la nuit)


Gaspard de la nuit - Score

Today, We will pursue the exploration of my album’s Track list with Ravel. Not that we’re done with Janáček yet, believe me, but let’s take a little detour by one of my favorite pieces ever, Gaspard de la nuit. For those who know me close enough, they know how I adore this piece and that I could speak about it for hours. Written in 1908, during a very dark period of the composer’s life, it represents for me the quintessence of piano writing. From a technical point of view, of course, this dense triptych is still considered as the most difficult work for piano in the standard repertoire. But more than this, the piece shows such a large range of colors and emotions that it requires from the pianist a heart, sensitiveness, creativeness and imagination more than in any other piano work. The thing is: with Gaspard de la nuit, you can’t cheat. You can’t pretend to be anything but what you are. Read more …

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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. Read more …

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Dablemont launches a fundraising campaign for his first album


Fundraising pageBRUSSELS, Belgium, October 4th, 2011 Pianist Pierre-Arnaud Dablemont launches a $4000 online fundraising campaign for his first solo album, dedicated to Janáček and Ravel, on GoFundMe (www.gofundme.com).

Through a 8-week campaign starting on October 4th, Dablemont and his team are working to raise $4,000 to pay for studio and production fees, manufacturing and staff expenses. In exchange for contributions, Dablemont is offering prizes like pre-released digital downloads, pre-released limited edition CDs and even sponsor credits.

Dablemont already has the studio, the piano, the engineer, producer for his first album featuring On an overgrown path and In the mist by Janáček as well as Ravel’s Gaspard de la nuit, a repertoire very close to his heart. Get involved and help him release this album!

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