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To Autumn (Improvisation No. 6 for Mike & Erica)


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UnderThePianoMan

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Where are the songs of Spring? Ay, where are they?
Think not of them, thou hast thy music too—

from William Blake's "To Autumn"
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Comments: 46
Fans: 28
Plays: 127
Downloads: 70

Uploaded: Nov 06, 2010 - 01:04:34 AM
Last Updated: Nov 06, 2010 - 01:04:34 AM Last Played: Jan 25, 2017 - 09:30:39 PM
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Comments
magnatone said 2448 days ago (November 6th, 2010)
To Autumn
oh Craig, what a wonderful treat for a saturday morning. i just love the your playing and listening to a song of yours always lifts my spirits. gorgeous gorgeous piano work! thank you!
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UnderThePianoMan said 2448 days ago (November 6th, 2010)
Thanks
Karen. I love how sad music can be uplifting to the spirit. One of the paradoxes of music that does not seem to flourish anywhere else in the world.
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Narad said 2448 days ago (November 6th, 2010)
To Autumn
Beautiful and delicate play. Much enjoyed :)
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MarkHolbrook said 2448 days ago (November 6th, 2010)
Very cool
to relax too! Downloaded!
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drakonis said 2448 days ago (November 6th, 2010)
Let it flow...
Out of the sky the clouds float down, the breeze carries them across the window, through the room and down your arms and into the piano... the music floats back out the window and into the clouds again as a return gift. I really enjoy the fluid chord patterns and seamless transitions between harmonic washes and melodic signposts. What a gorgeous afternoon it is now! Thanks!
ttfn,
Drakonis
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UnderThePianoMan said 2448 days ago (November 6th, 2010)
Wow
Your comment is beautiful poetry in itself. Thank you.
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crissew said 2448 days ago (November 6th, 2010)
Moving
and absolutely beautiful piece. My eyes teared up on this one and that doesnt happen often. This is amazing. This may be my favorite of yours to date. You amaze me with the feeling you convey with the piano.
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UnderThePianoMan said 2448 days ago (November 6th, 2010)
Eyes teared up
Okay. Just so you know, the "eyes teared up" is always and will always be the greatest compliment I can ever receive.
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egobandit said 2448 days ago (November 6th, 2010)
so subtle
Like cold water, running out of the bathtub faucet filling up and spilling over but not to much, beautiful!
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UnderThePianoMan said 2448 days ago (November 6th, 2010)
Beautiful Image
I like what the music evoked for you. Thaks for sharing.
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Moviz said 2448 days ago (November 6th, 2010)
Very Beautiful
and tender..... full of emotion too.... I can't think of words to write other than I was transfixed listening to this.... so relaxing, regards M
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SmokeyVW said 2448 days ago (November 6th, 2010)
wonderful
it's like the world is dying. yet there is hope. a tinge of knowledge that someday Spring will arrive? yet, this thought is buried under the leaves and the leaden sky. some days the sun may be bright in the incredibly clear blue sky, but the cold blanket is fast approaching. the brilliant warm colors of the leaves... the last gasp of the Summer. gone... fading... lost...

thanks
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UnderThePianoMan said 2448 days ago (November 6th, 2010)
Mmmmm!
The richness of the world you have created in the listening of my music is inspiring. Perhaps I should now do an improvisation on the painting you have conjured in my mind.
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notsosweet said 2448 days ago (November 6th, 2010)
!
wonderful!
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scofugate said 2448 days ago (November 6th, 2010)
Wow
heart wrenching!!
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Gaylen75 said 2448 days ago (November 6th, 2010)
Great
I hate to make comparisons but this is a compliment...George Winston comes to mind. Heart felt skillful and moving. I love classical music but seldomly get around to composers of the piano. this site has really given me a new ear for music. I am so happy I came in and listened.
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UnderThePianoMan said 2448 days ago (November 6th, 2010)
Actually…
In my case I welcome comparisons. Whenever I have to answer those "sounds like" questions I neer know what to put down. This is very useful for me. Thanks.
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Carrie71 said 2448 days ago (November 6th, 2010)
Amazing
Feeling conveyed through your music. You captured me and held me throughout the piece. I could listen to you play for a lifetime. Incredible. I am a fan.
UnderThePianoMan said 2448 days ago (November 6th, 2010)
Thank you
It is a huge compliment to know that this held you throughout. Thank you.
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Cameron said 2448 days ago (November 6th, 2010)
Solo piano...
...is probably my favorite music to listen to on MacJams. As you, I have always enjoyed improvising on the piano.

I feel that I have uncovered a new treasure, listening to your music. Thanks to Karen for mentioning you in chat tonight!
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UnderThePianoMan said 2448 days ago (November 6th, 2010)
Thank you
Yeah! Another improviser. I look forward to exploring your music Cameron.
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Parichayaka said 2448 days ago (November 6th, 2010)
Reassuring
Beautiful chord progressions and an air of poise and subtlety make this improvisation stand out to me. It's wonderful to hear the details in the piano strings, some of them seem to resonate differently than regular strings (are you performing on a piano with any extra work done to it? Sounds full and warm, very beautiful).

I also find your use of the sustain pedal very interesting, especially towards the end around 6 minutes. Truly enjoyable performed with a unique style I've come to appreciate on your posts. Wonderful.
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UnderThePianoMan said 2448 days ago (November 6th, 2010)
My piano - Pure and untampered with…
You just might be enjoying the flaws in my piano. At some point, the strings were exposed to undesirable humidity (according to my technician) and have consequently become quite oxidized. The result is the occasional unwanted buzz when the dampers are let back down. Short of hand polishing all the strings (this has been done with a few of them and it does work) the strings need to be replaced (apparently that would leave me with a piano that could not stay remotely in tune until it settles for about 6 months). Then again, maybe you are talking about something totally different.

So, other than having had the piano regulated and the hammers reshaped, I have done nothing to the piano.

I have found myself happiest with the raw recorded sound of the piano when I place the recorder quite close to the piano. So every detail is picked up.

When I move the recorder further away, I find it picks up too much of the room sound, which is not particularly pleasing to my ear.

What I post is virtually untampered with sound. there is no post production.
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Parichayaka said 2448 days ago (November 7th, 2010)
Thank you!
for the detailed explanation. Yes I was referring to the strings you mention, but quite enjoyed those 'flaws'. It's a very particular sound you get from recording the piano like you do, and it I find it original and involving. Great that you don't (have to) do any post production! Makes you feel that you're listening to it while you're playing it live.
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UnderThePianoMan said 2448 days ago (November 7th, 2010)
Post production
Yes, I am quite fond of the sound. I haven't really spent much time experimenting with many other placements of the mic - have not felt compelled to. That said Charles has offered to tamper with a file of mine and see what he can do with the sound. Curious to see what he comes up with.
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jibes said 2448 days ago (November 7th, 2010)
you have a
great touch and feel for your music. Beautiful song!
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jdholliday said 2447 days ago (November 7th, 2010)
I am speechless
So I will share the inspiration:

TO AUTUMN
by William Blake

O Autumn, laden with fruit, and stain'd
With the blood of the grape, pass not, but sit
Beneath my shady roof; there thou may'st rest,
And tune thy jolly voice to my fresh pipe,
And all the daughters of the year shall dance!
Sing now the lusty song of fruits and flowers.

"The narrow bud opens her beauties to
The sun, and love runs in her thrilling veins;
Blossoms hang round the brows of Morning, and
Flourish down the bright cheek of modest Eve,
Till clust'ring Summer breaks forth into singing,
And feather'd clouds strew flowers round her head.

"The spirits of the air live in the smells
Of fruit; and Joy, with pinions light, roves round
The gardens, or sits singing in the trees."
Thus sang the jolly Autumn as he sat,
Then rose, girded himself, and o'er the bleak
Hills fled from our sight; but left his golden load.



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UnderThePianoMan said 2445 days ago (November 10th, 2010)
Blake
I actually picked the title for this improvisation after creating it. I leafed through 2 books of poetry by William Blake and John Keats and came upon the lines I chose in the song description. They were actually taken from Keats' poem and not Blake's. I mixed them up when I attributed the words to Blake.

Thank you for sharing the complete poem by Blake, where upon I saw my error. I think I like his words even better for this music.
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richard13 said 2447 days ago (November 7th, 2010)
I am speechless Craig
This is so beautiful I can't think of anything to say, except I'm going to listen to it again. And, I'm taking a copy so I can listen again, and again. Thank you. Mike & Erica are lucky people.
Cheers.
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UnderThePianoMan said 2440 days ago (November 15th, 2010)
Thank you
Always thrilled to learn that something I create bears repeating. That is a generous compliment indeed.
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AndeeScott said 2447 days ago (November 7th, 2010)
Every
now and then I here a piano composition that make me wish I could afford a real piano :( No matter how much tinkering with various programs and settings I can never get a digital piano sound like this. Such a lovely warm sound and such a lovely song.

Anyway because of the dam recession it will have to remain a dream for a while :)
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UnderThePianoMan said 2440 days ago (November 15th, 2010)
digital piano sound
I totally get that. I have a good digital piano which I still use, but it does not seem to respond or improve with tinkering other than a little reverb. Of course the motivation for the tinkering is to add some of that warmth and actually a bit of the dirt that a real piano sound has.
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UnderThePianoMan said 2440 days ago (November 15th, 2010)
Synchronicity
As I was replying to your comment, a song from the front page of MacJams automatically scrolled on and captured my attention. It was your song - Sunrise (Feat Shannonsongs). Very enjoyable.
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Symphony101 said 2447 days ago (November 8th, 2010)
To Autumn
Fantastic work Craig.
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crissew said 2445 days ago (November 9th, 2010)
I can tell you
after working with this song and hearing probably 50 times, it has lost nothing. A remarkable piece, definitely my favorite of yours and that is saying something. This is a masterpiece, that dissonant chord you play at 2:29 is so subtle yet so effective. One of the best piano pieces I have ever heard. Stunningly good.
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RosaLinda said 2445 days ago (November 9th, 2010)
Underthepianoman
I saw your name on the list on onlines:)
I am glad I found you here!
I have said befor I like your music and now I am of to see if you have the under the piano recordings:) This is was a beautiful listen. Straight to heart that is.
Linda
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UnderThePianoMan said 2440 days ago (November 15th, 2010)
Hi Linda
Am I remembering you from iCompositions? (which is a reminder I have not been over there in awhile). Thank you for finding me here : )
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tonestones said 2444 days ago (November 10th, 2010)
Beautiful piece of music
I'm glad Autumn has arrived. This is a really inspired piece. You really poured your heart into it.
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awigze said 2444 days ago (November 10th, 2010)
Craig
This is not only a beautiful improv but there is a sense of place to this work. The time? The year, It brings thoughts of years gone by of someone who finds themselves alone in their house on a small country road - a quiet Sunday afternoon, a slight breeze meandering thru the parlor and inspiration strikes a timeless flame. The person playing - a young man who is transported into the future in awe of the great instrument beneath his hands. No one hears it but he and God. The piece is over- and it is gone forever. More than a song; a blessing.
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UnderThePianoMan said 2440 days ago (November 15th, 2010)
Inspiring Imagery
Such inspiring imagery. I am amazed out how listeners such as yourself create such magical and vivid images when listening to my music - much more creative and interesting than anything I would imagine myself. Thank you
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Heroic_failure said 2444 days ago (November 10th, 2010)
liking this
a lot. Totally sprawling and engrossing.
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dave_b said 2442 days ago (November 12th, 2010)
To Autumn
Peaceful and contemplative. Tight playing, enjoyed.
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paul f. page said 2440 days ago (November 14th, 2010)
I don't believe...
...you were "under the piano" for this one, Craig. You have created quite a tiny gem that, I believe, speaks for itself without comparison to anybody else's music. There is such an intrinsic peace here. I definitely appreciate the simplicity that you absolutely stick to throughout, finding subtle chord changes to move the number along and keep it ever-interesting.

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UnderThePianoMan said 2440 days ago (November 15th, 2010)
many thanks
Paul - given tour remarkable talent, creativity and professionalism, your thoughts are treasured indeed. thank you.
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Char said 2126 days ago (September 24th, 2011)
Seasons
of life translated into music. I missed this when it was posted. I am so grateful that you choose to post your magical music here. Sounds such as these transform a mood and brighten a day. Thank you.
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UnderThePianoMan said 2126 days ago (September 24th, 2011)
Thanks
I love getting a comment long after a piece was originally posted. It reminds me that people are still listening long after I've virtually forgotten about it. I don't know if you noticed the beautiful remix that Charles Rissew did for me. Curious to know if you like the sound better.
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