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 Post subject: Hamelin - Ringtone Waltz
PostPosted: Fri Nov 26, 2010 3:33 pm 
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This is one of the shortest submissions ever :oops:
I could not resist Marc-Andre Hamelin's witty and delectable setting of the infamous Nokia tune (which seems to be based on a Waltz by the Spanish guitar composer Francisco Tarrega).

Hamelin - Ringtone Waltz ('Valse d'irritation d'apres Nokia') (0:52)

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 Post subject: Re: Hamelin - Ringtone Waltz
PostPosted: Fri Nov 26, 2010 4:33 pm 
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Cute! My first cell phone was a Nokia.

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 Post subject: Re: Hamelin - Ringtone Waltz
PostPosted: Sat Nov 27, 2010 12:46 am 
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Hi Chris,

First time I had heard this. Very well and convincingly played. Hamelin is very clever indeed.

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 Post subject: Re: Hamelin - Ringtone Waltz
PostPosted: Sat Nov 27, 2010 1:42 am 
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I've heard the piece a few times before, but it still raises a smile. :D


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 Post subject: Re: Hamelin - Ringtone Waltz
PostPosted: Sat Nov 27, 2010 10:01 am 
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Thanks all. It is a great little piece of work indeed, one wishes it would be a bit longer.

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 Post subject: Re: Hamelin - Ringtone Waltz
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Cute. At a pops concert, a while back, we did a "Concerto for Cell Phone" which included the Nokia ringtone and a couple of others. The composer (I'm afraid I didn't commit his name to memory) actually wrote a little fugato on the Nokia. The whole thing was a spoof, of course, with a local celebrity holding up a cell phone on cue while the ringtones were played over the PA. It got lots of laughs, though.


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 Post subject: Re: Hamelin - Ringtone Waltz
PostPosted: Mon Dec 27, 2010 5:42 pm 
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I have heard this these last days: I knew the ringtone but did not know it was Nokia's. It just shows how much mobiles mean to me.

We had a good laugh at home.

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 Post subject: Re: Hamelin - Ringtone Waltz
PostPosted: Mon Dec 27, 2010 7:01 pm 
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Yes it's a funny little piece. It's precisely its brevity and succinctness that makes it funny. Had he made a big meal of it, it would probably have lost its impact. As it stands, it is a perfectly chiseled miniature with not a note in excess. Quite amazing for a pianist who revels in ridiculously long and complicated works.

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 Post subject: Re: Hamelin - Ringtone Waltz
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Chris,

You play this piece beautifully (scintillating and crystal clear).
Even though it is short, I love every second of it.

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 Post subject: Re: Hamelin - Ringtone Waltz
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Why, thank you Kaila !
It's not a patch on what MAH makes of it of course.... But by any other standard I guess this is not bad.

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