Monday, April 19, 2010

Gina Bachauer Announces Competition Schedule!

The schedule for The XV Gina Bachauer International Artists Piano Competition has officially been announced! If you are in or near UT during the final weeks of June, then you need to set aside some time to attend this spectacular event. Acclaimed artists from all around the world will be gathering here in my hometown to demonstrate the many hours of hard work and the dedicated emotion that they put into their piano studies. I always walk away from this event with such elation!


If you plan on attending, please let me know so that I can keep an eye out for you. Be sure to visit the Bachauer Website for more details.


Friday, April 16, 2010

CONTEST RESULTS! Congratulations Thirdy!

The results from the recent contest are in and the winner of the photo prize is:

THIRDY! With 98 "likes"

You can view his picture here (also pictured below, where supported).





THANK YOU EVERYBODY who joined in the contest and shared your photos about classical music. We had such wonderful entries and I hope to do a similar contest again in the future. The winner will also be notified via a private message to arrange for delivery of the contest prize.

THANK YOU AGAIN FOR PARTICIPATING!

Friday, April 2, 2010

WIN A PRIZE while sharing your love of classical music!

To help promote a passion for classical music, SignMyPiano is holding a PHOTO CONTEST!

To win, you just need to choose a photo that shows any one of the following:
- You performing classical music
- You listening to or enjoying classical music
- anything that represents WHY YOU LIKE classical music

And then get all of your friends to "like" your photo! The photo with the most "like"s by April 16th, 2010 will win! (see below for information about PRIZES)

Your photo needs to be YOUR OWN and should not include any innappropriate content (they will be removed promptly)

HOW TO SUBMIT:
* Become a classical piano fan on the SignMyPiano fanpage here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/SignMyPianocom/102766077732
  • On the SignMyPiano fanpage, post a photo on the "Wall" by using the "attach" button
  • Upload the photo along with any comment you may want to include
  • Find your photo in the "Photos" section of the fanpage, click on it, and then click the "Share +" button to send it to all of your friends!
  • Be sure to tell your friends to "like" your photo so that you can win

DEADLINE:
The contest will end on April 16th, 2010 as soon as I have a chance to tally the results! So hurry and submit your photo!

WINNER:
The winner will be selected based on the number of "like"s. The more you share your photo with friends, the better your chances of winning!

PRIZES:
So what does the winner get!?!? The fan who submits the photo with the most "like"s will win his/her choice of:
  • An autographed CD from Lisztonian.com
    OR
  • A T-shirt that says "I LOVE CLASSICAL MUSIC" (or something to that effect)
    OR
  • A small plaque with the winning photo and recognition for this accomplishment!


** Prizes will be shipped anywhere in the world where the USPS will ship!

QUESTIONS:
If you have any questions, then please feel free to contact Jeremiah Jones, the founder and Artist of Lisztonian.com, at lisztonian@jkjonesco.com

GOOD LUCK!

Debussy's Prelude Book 1 No. 10 - The Sunken Cathedral

Debussy composed two books of preludes. This recording is from the first book and is No. 10 - "La cath├ędrale engloutie" (The Sunken Cathedral). This work was inspired by the legend of the city of Ys (pronounced "ees" - as in "geese"). There are many variations on this legend, so I will only briefly describe the more common elements among the legends. Ys was built below sea level and had a strong city wall that kept the water from entering and engulfing the city. There was a single gate to the city and only the king held the key which could unlock the gate. The king's daughter, Dahut, led the beautiful city into a downward spiral of sin and immorality. Eventually, Dahut was tricked into stealing the key to the gates whereupon the gates where opened during a tremendous storm which then submerged the city beneath the sea. As the legend goes, the bells of the church can still be heard ringing from beneath the sea on particularly calm days.

Debussy's work is inspired from a variation on the legend that concludes with the city occasionally rising from the sea to serve as a reminder of what destruction came upon the great city due to its corruption and sin. The sea begins to rise with the sound of the church bells as it emerges from the sea. This eventually is followed by the resounding and powerful tones of the church organ as the city is fully risen. The city then sinks back into the sea to await another time when it might rise again. This prelude of Debussy's follows this storyline quite closely and the sounds of the bells and the organ can be heard as the work progresses. It is a powerful piece of music full of imagery.

I hope that you enjoy my recording of Debussy's "Sunken Cathedral"! You can download my recording by visiting this page of my website, http://www.lisztonian.com/. I also encourage you to subscribe to my free iTunes or Zune podcast so that you can automatically receive new recordings as they are published. You may also use the embedded media player below (where available) to listen to this recording.




Jeremiah Jones