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Here is one of the oddest piano pieces I know of, and I know of no other piano music like it. It's Improvviso by Giuseppe Martucci (1856-1909). What's strange about it is that there's no harmony in the entire piece. It's all just one note at a time, nor do the notes form mere arpeggios.

May I suggest that one of you guitarists with an abundance of technique should try arranging this piece for solo guitar. You'd have to transpose some of the low notes up, but it could be done. If yer interested, drop me a note and I'll send you the sheet music.

This is yet another gem I discovered by poking around through old sheet music full of dust and mold, the pages black with notes.
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kristyjo said 4658 days ago (March 13th, 2006)
What a wonder
Can I assume you did this performance through sequencing rather than
actually playing it live? I can't even imagine playing something this fast
and accurately. This is indeed an old gem. i found some nice things by
musicians who were previously unknown to myself when we went through
my grandmother's things. Even though she considered herself a 'so so '
pianist, there were lots of etudes and sketches like this in her collection
that obviously took a lot of work to learn to play. I suspect the 'decent
pianist' of her day was the 'gifted artist' of today.
Anyway, thanks for sharing this piece, and I hope you bring other old
gems to light here at MacJams as well.
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composerclark said 4608 days ago (May 2nd, 2006)
Thanks
Thanks for posting this. I find it extremely odd that it's only had one
comment/vote so far. I'm afraid I missed it, so I'm just discovering it
now.

I agree that it has some wonderfully odd spots, and I'd like to have a
look at it, both to share with my piano faculty colleagues, as well as to
consider arranging it for guitar, or to see if one of my guitar students
might be interested in doing so.

I must respectfully take issue with your statement that there is no
harmony; this piece is filled with harmony! A monophonic texture
does not preclude a harmonic framework -- just think of the C major
prelude from WTC I by JS Bach. And there's implied polyphony all over
the place.

Anyway, if there is some way of sending this to me, that would be
great.

Cheers, Clark
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Keith O. Edwards said 2988 days ago (October 8th, 2010)
You Want it?
If anyone wants the sheet music for this bizarre one-note-at-a-time piece, drop me a line, and I'll send it to you as either as (tell me which) a Sibelius or PDF file.

It's out of copyright, and I obtained the original at the Detroit Public Library.
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H3nry said 2926 days ago (December 9th, 2010)
Odd, even by 20th century standards.
But one could say these are arpeggios, just played out of order, playing top, bottom, towards the middle, maybe?

I would like to see the sheet music. PDF format is probably best for me. Have you tried it over on a Moog-ish patch?
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