Options A440 / Stochastic Hit Parade with Bethany Ryker: Playlist from May 26, 2020 Options

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Options May 26, 2020: A440, Op. 5, No. 31 Hardcore Harpsichord

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Artist Track Album Label Comments Images Approx. start time
Darius Milhaud  Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord, Op. 257: III. Clair et vif (1945)   Options   Disques VDE-Gallo  Roger Elmiger - violin, Micheline Mitrani - clavecin    0:00:00 (Pop‑up)
Jacques Duphly  Médée, Vivement en fort, 3e Livre (1756)   Options         0:05:43 (Pop‑up)
            0:18:28 (Pop‑up)
Domenico Scarlatti  Keyboard Sonata in C Minor, Kk. 115   Options Domenico Scarlatti and the Modern Era of the Harpsichord  NEOS Music  Andreas Skouras, harpsichord    0:19:38 (Pop‑up)
Jukka Tiensuu  Fantango (1984)   Options Live YouTube Performance by Päivi Vesalainen    Päivi Vesalainen, harpsichord here: https://youtu.be/7jR1BF10UJ4 
0:22:43 (Pop‑up)
Jukka Tiensuu  Fantango (1984)   Options      
0:27:58 (Pop‑up)
Jukka Tiensuu  Études for Harpsichord: Drain (2000)   Options         0:28:42 (Pop‑up)
            0:37:44 (Pop‑up)
Vittorio Rieti  Sonata Breve for Violin and Harpsichord: I. Alegretto mosso, III. Allegro (1967)   Options         0:38:52 (Pop‑up)
Josef Tal  Concerto for Harpsichord and Electronic Accompaniment (1964)   Options         0:44:59 (Pop‑up)
Karlheinz Essl  Sequitur XII by Karlheinz Essl, for Harpsichord and Live Electronics (2009)   Options         0:49:36 (Pop‑up)
Gary Noland  Deformed Fugue (1977, rev. 1990)   Options         0:52:35 (Pop‑up)
            0:57:32 (Pop‑up)
Francis Poulenc  Concert Champêtre, FP 49 II. Andante (1927)   Options         0:58:07 (Pop‑up)
Sylvie Bodorová (b. 1954)  Gila Rome, Meditation for Viola solo. I. Distante e rubato II. Impetuoso III. Distante Audace (1980)   Options     Jitka Hosprová - viola     
Klement Slavický  Fresky III. Allegro impetuoso (1957)   Options          
Graham Wettam (1927 - 2007)  Prelude and Scherzo Impetuoso for Solo Piano (1967)   Options     Caroline Clemmow - piano     

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Listener comments!

  8:02pm P-90:

Buongiorno, Signorina la Professoressa
Avatar 8:03pm Bethany Ryker:

Ciao amici!!
  8:03pm bLeubomberune b:

Bonjour Mlle. Bethany. A glorious evening for beautiful MUSIQUE
  8:03pm P-90:

Have I heard of “Claire et vif”? ...drawing a blank at the moment
  8:10pm Listener Robert:

Hi, Ms. Ryker, knowing how much you're into cello, did you catch Yo Yo Ma's Bach suites that were streamed on YouTube this weekend? The effect he said the 5th suite had on him didn't work on me -- but maybe it's different when you're PLAYING it!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:13pm spodiodi:

hi Bethany, thanks for the show!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:15pm coelacanth∅:

greetings Bethany & all
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:17pm mariano:

Hey Bethany, crew, all. Ever heard the (curiously named) virginal? It's an Elizabethan precursor to the harpsichord, has an even more bright, brittle sound. William Byrd and John Dowland wrote some beautiful music for it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:17pm Richard S:

More relaxing music!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:18pm Richard S:

The graphic at the top of the playlist is either an illustration of how a certain musical instrument works or a system of dance notation.
  8:19pm Listener Robert:

Richard, it's what she was just explaining.
  8:19pm P-90:

That’s why it’s called the “pianoforte” (or simply “piano”), because dynamics can be controlled by the force with which the keys are struck, unlike claviers that pluck the strings, which gives each note equal volume.
  8:22pm Listener Robert:

Richard, imagine the yellow circle is the string, running at right angles in and out of the screen. The pointy thing starts out cocked, and the action of the key pulls it past the string, plucking it. On the return, it pivots away so it doesn't strike twice.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:23pm Kelly Jones:

This show could not be any more FANTASTIC. LOVING IT with the red hot intensity of a million suns, thank you Bethany.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:23pm Richard S:

I figured it out quickly - it's just that I've seen some very strange notations for dance steps....
Avatar 8:24pm Bethany Ryker:

Kelly, I'm charmed, thank you....I miss seeing you around!! SOON, we hope.
  8:24pm P-90:

Yeah, a million suns, like that. Exactly!
  8:25pm Listener Robert:

The amazing thing with the piano is how the hammer after striking the string rebounds ballistically so as not to damp the vibration until the key allows the damper to come to rest on it.
Avatar 8:34pm 21:

Ciao Maestra Bethany
Avatar 8:41pm ToTetsu:

is anyone else hearing echos of This Charming Man
by the The Smiths in this..
Avatar 8:41pm ToTetsu:

the "He knows so much about these things" bit..
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:43pm WR:

Loving the music in this show.
Avatar 8:43pm Bethany Ryker:

Listener Robert you are awesome for giving a the diagram some explanation! I purposefully left everything unlabeled because, well, I get a kick out of that kind of abstraction.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:44pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Harpsichord ! ...like skeletons schtooping on a tinroof
...you say that like it's bad...
  8:44pm wrobertie:

Finally the harpsichord gets its due. Everything in moderation, including modulation.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:47pm Richard S:

Are there "prepared" harpsichords like there are "prepared" pianos?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:48pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

I like the stories how before they put iron bracings in pianos the tension of 88 strings would sometimes make them implode dramatically & unexpectedly - middle of night perhaps...
One of those Programs I wish was a Stream unto itself...well - many...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:48pm steveo:

Hello, what a wonderful show.
Avatar 8:49pm Bethany Ryker:

@Richard S: I'm still trying to answer that :) In the next piece by Essl you'll hear the performer pull string under the harpsichord strings (like flossing, I guess) and plucking the strings...but I haven't found anything formal calling for that in a score, etc. If anyone finds something, please give me a shout!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:50pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...like Brian Wilson did w/ piano o 'Pet Sounds' ('You Still Believe In Me')...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:51pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...no - not like that. That was jus plucking...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:51pm Richard S:

A fascinating show - The Harpsichord, Then and Now!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:54pm spodiodi:

love the harpsichord episode! thank you, Bethany!
Avatar 8:55pm ranjit:

hooray for harpsichords!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:55pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

I wonder what the play is on a harpsichord key. I imagine you have to press a bit hard - but no idea...Piano of course is named for PianoFortissimo - SoftLoud - which was the big thing about that...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:55pm mariano:

Thanks Bethany and crew, bye y'all!
  8:56pm bLeubomberune b:

Mlle. Bethany, a most interesting & musically learning experience
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:59pm coelacanth∅:

Thanks Bethany!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:00pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Thank You !
  9:01pm P-90:

Another marvelous episode! Many Thanks!
Avatar 9:02pm ToTetsu:

This was nice as always
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:02pm WR:

Looking forward to more!
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