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 Post subject: Godowsky, Poem No. 1, "Devotion"
PostPosted: Wed Jul 23, 2014 4:58 am 
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Here is a most fervent late romantic piece by Leopold Godowsky titled Poem No. 1, “Devotion” and marked andante cantabile, although I choose to play it more con passione. He composed this piece at Evanston, Illinois on June 29, 1927 and it was published the same year by Carl Fischer, Inc. I believe this music suggests passion in the moment, not a distant nostalgia. There are three other Poems in this group: No. 2, “Avowal”; No. 3, “Adoration”; and No. 4, “Yearning”. Nos. 2 and 3 were also composed in 1927, but No. 4 was added in 1931. The writing for “Devotion” is very lush and for me the best of the set. I hope you’ll enjoy hearing it.

Godowsky - Four Poems - No.1: Devotion (1:50)

David

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 Post subject: Re: Godowsky, Poem No. 1, "Devotion:
PostPosted: Wed Jul 23, 2014 9:39 pm 
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Well done David. This is the sort of music you are good at. No quibbles except that between bars 3-4 and between bars 7-8, the D# in RH should be tied over. Maybe there are more such things, but this one caught my eye while following with score. My Godowsky experience being limited to Triakontameron and the Java Suite, I do not know this piece at all. I'll put it on the site later.

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 Post subject: Re: Godowsky, Poem No. 1, "Devotion:
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Hi Chris,

I'm glad you liked this piece. On those two ties I reminded myself 100 times, but in the heat of playing it, sometimes my fingers took the notes again! At least they're the right notes and sound OK in those places. It felt good adding another composer to my repertoire list. Nos. 2, 3 and 4 in the set don't appeal to me, but No. 1 is a true gem.

Thanks for putting the recording up later.

You had good courage venturing into the Java Suite. I've thought about it, but haven't ventured there.

David

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 Post subject: Re: Godowsky, Poem No. 1, "Devotion:
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BTW David - Did you not want to post that Glazunov prelude you uploaded ? It is also a good performance.

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 Post subject: Re: Godowsky, Poem No. 1, "Devotion:
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Hi Chris,

The Glazunov appears under Various composers, and it also appears on my artist page. I clicked on both and they play OK. So I think we're all set there. I believe that I'm the only one who has played Glazunov here, so far at least.

Thanks for questioning that though, as the outcome might have been different.

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 Post subject: Re: Godowsky, Poem No. 1, "Devotion:
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Strange, I got a notification of this being a new upload (at the same time as the Godowsky) from my script running on the server - and I did not remember that we had the piece on the site already. So I assumed you had attached it to a message and then not posted the message. Of you did not re-upload the piece I guess my script must have wonked.

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 Post subject: Re: Godowsky, Poem No. 1, "Devotion:
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Hi Chris,

I went back to look for when we put the Glazunov prelude on the site: September 1, 2011. I can't believe how time flies! :lol: I don't recall doing anything different from the usual upload routine. Looks too like people started posting to it within a few hours. The good news is that it still works. Thanks for checking into it.

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 Post subject: Re: Godowsky, Poem No. 1, "Devotion:
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Yes indeed, the file listing on the site shows that date too. It definitely wasn't changed or re-uploaded. Yet, my script picked it up as being new. Strange. There must be a real subtle little bug in there.

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 Post subject: Re: Godowsky, Poem No. 1, "Devotion:
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Hi Chris,

I hope the subtle bug is not what knocked the site "off the air" for several days. :lol: I'm just glad it's up and running again.

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 Post subject: Re: Godowsky, Poem No. 1, "Devotion:
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Nope, it was something more banal than that.

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 Post subject: Re: Godowsky, Poem No. 1, "Devotion:
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David,

I had a listen to your piece during a break and really enjoyed it. Godowsky can really write some fascinating stuff. This sounds a lot different in style than his Trikantameron. Thanks for sharing.

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 Post subject: Re: Godowsky, Poem No. 1, "Devotion:
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Hi Riley,

Thanks for listening to this piece! As you know, I'm constantly searching for piano literature that has great intrinsic beauty. I considered this poem of Godowsky to be very high potential in that regard, and I'm glad I learned and recorded it--it's a true gem! I prefer to play it con passione, and that approach has been well received by listeners. I agree with you that this is a very different sound from many of his other works. Godowsky isn't heard very often, as his pieces tend to be difficult if not forbidding. He reminds me a little of Medtner in that respect. It helps to develop one's piano technique though.

I'm glad you enjoyed this music, Riley.

David

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 Post subject: Re: Godowsky, Poem No. 1, "Devotion"
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David,

Your performance of this piece is gorgeous.

Thanks for sharing,
-Kaila

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 Post subject: Re: Godowsky, Poem No. 1, "Devotion"
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Hi Kaila,

Thanks for listening! I had never played a Godowsky piece before, but found this one to be irresistible. I'm glad you like it.

David

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 Post subject: Re: Godowsky, Poem No. 1, "Devotion"
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I listened to it and immediately wanted to listen to it again. A charming and interesting piece which you bring out beautifully, the different and overlapping long lines come completely naturally and blend perfectly. Thanks for posting!

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