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27 September 2018, 17:42
This pianist has created an improvisation on ‘Happy Birthday’, in the style of Frédéric Chopin – and it’s brilliantly accurate.
If you know and love Chopin’s music for solo piano, you’ll recognise that signature style: heavy rubato and independent finger technique, with improvisation at the heart.
And this Chopin-style reimagining of ‘Happy Birthday’ totally nails the familiar feel of the romantic composer’s music.
Beginning in B flat minor, the improvisation gains a flat and moves into E flat minor when the simple ‘Happy Birthday’ tune emerges. It then moves into 4/4 time, before moving into E flat major for a heavily improvised middle section, then back to E flat minor (Chopin loved a good key or time sig. change).
The pianist also incorporates octave marks, rallentando and accelerando markings, and a brilliantly characterful passage in 3/2 time, in which the right-hand part is made up solely of triplets.
Basically, it’s all very clever and genuinely could’ve been written by the man himself.
Edoardo also does a great Rachmaninov – here’s his reimagining of the Game of Thrones theme, in the style of the late-Romantic composer...