Monstrous pianos have replaced earlier instruments.

Monstrous Pianos Replace Early Keyboard Instruments

Monstrous Pianos Replace Early Keyboard Instruments. The title of this blog poses a basic questions: How does a pianist interpret the music of composers who lived before 1850?  Or, expressed another way: How do we stay true to the intentions of composers who lived in this time period? In part this will be answered by the desciption of a concert I gave as pianist for a world renowned violinist. First, how does a harpsichord produce sound? A harpsichord is a musical instrument played by means of a keyboard which activates a row of levers that in turn trigger a mechanism that plucks one or more strings with a small plectrum. The harpsichord can produce a specific louder sound. This happens when a coupler joins each key to both manuals of a two-manual harpsichord.  However, it offers no dynamic or accent-based expressive control over each note.

How does a modern piano produce its sound? By strings being struck by the action of hammers.  Loudness of every tone can controlled by the fingers hitting the keys that activate the hammers. The more force you employ, the louder the sound. The tones produced can be blended and amplified by a foot pedal. However, here is the primary pitfall: Unless the pianist is incredibly precise in hitting  notes exactly together, the piano pedal merely amplifies his imprecision.

Steinway grand piano in the White House

I worked for 15 years with a violinist whose accompanists used the pictured piano above. My capacity was as his arranger and accompanist.  His stage name was Rubinoff and His Violin. He played for 5 American Presidents. I’ve played for only two up to this point. I just commemorated his memory in a concert at Circleville, Ohio this last June 2, 2018.  In the 1930’s Dave made as much as $500,000.00 annually as violinist and conductor.  For my own last concert, Maestro Steve Greenman was the featured violinist. Joseph Rubin is the curator of the Ted Lewis Museum.  He also  conducted the orchestra. As  mentioned in the poster, I also gave a featured lecture about our working relationship.  More concerts with Maestro Greenman are in the making. Announcements will be forthcoming.

Rubinoff and His Violin Archives – DSO Works

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Rubinoff’s popularity as a violinist in the 1930’s was unparalleled in America up to that time
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Myself seated at the grand.

No Monstrous Pianos for Rubinoff and His Violin

I brought the concert into the blog because Rubinoff was very specific about the touch he wanted. Rests had to be observed. His notated rests were not to be covered by a piano pedal. Often, he required a slightly detached and lighter  touch, like a harpsichord. However, at times the piano had to roar- like the monstrous pianos. Hear our most rare and lost concert below. Rubinoff and I gave it in the Catskill Mountains of New York State in 1984. He was 86 years of age, As he talks to the audience, you’ll become acquainted with a great man.  Also, please read the related Rubinoff blogs on DSOworks.com. You’ll see how Will Rogers helped to shape his incredible career. Dave loved the American Indians. I believe that in  turn Will,  who identified with the Cherokee Nation, helped him.

Lost Concert “Rubinoff and His Violin” on Oquaga Lake, 1984 – YouTube

 

 

Sequence code played a big part in the music of Vivaldi.

Sequence Code of Antiquity is Really Quite Simple

Sequence Code of Antiquity is really quite simple. . Musical composition, especially of the Baroque era, uses the same sequence code. Baroque music (US: /bəˈrk/ or UK: /bəˈrɒk/) is a style of Western art music composed from approximately 1600 to 1750.[1]

How is a musical sequence defined? In music, a sequence is the restatement of a motif or longer melodic (or harmonic) passage at a higher or lower pitch in the same voice.[1] It is one of the most common and simple methods of elaborating a melody.  See the musical example below. It was prevalent in eighteenth and nineteenth century classical music[1]

Use of the Sequence Code of Odd Numbered Number Squares of Antiquity

 

Sequence Code of antiquity is easily found in Baroque music
Music composed in the Baroque era used a code call a sequence. It was frequently played on the Harpsichord.
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The same 4 note pattern is repeated on the next diatonic tone 3 times

So where are the ancient number codes. For this we must look to the 7 popular number squares of antiquity. In these numerical arrangements we will also find the basis of the Pythagorean Theorem. This theorum uses the basic 3-4-5 triangle:  The square of the hypotenuse equals the sum of the square of the shorter legs. Thus, 3² + 4² = 5². The sequence begins a process later imitated by higher numbers. For example 6² + 8² = 10².

Here are a couple of number squares to demonstrate the point of the primacy of sequence code in number squares:

  • 1² + 2² = 5 (Five is at the center of the 3 x 3 number square). This number square was associated with Saturn, the giver of the Law. It certainly sets the mathematical law of number squares in motion. It also hides codes that go to infinity.
  • 2² + 3² = 13. (Thirteen sits at the center of the 5 x 5 number square). This square was connected to Mars.
  • 3² + 4² = 5² or 25. (Twenty -five is at the center of the 7 x 7 number square- not pictured). Three and four are also the core numbers of the Pythagorean Theorem. Twenty-five sits at the center of the 7 x 7 number square of Venus.
  • 4² + 5² = 41 (This is the core number of the 9 x 9 number square). This number square was of the Moon.

11   24    7    20    3
4    12   25    8    16
17    5   13    21     9
10   18    1    14   22
23    6   19     2   15

Number square of Mars

 

Ancient number groupings
Number square of Saturn

Rediscovering and understanding  the use of the sequence code can spearhead a new era of peace and plenty.

 

 

Writing operas has hassles

Writing Operas- Hassles Even for Mozart

Writing Operas- Hassles Even for Mozart. Writing an opera is difficult. Writing an outstanding opera is more difficult. Finding a good composer/ librettist combination is rare. Raising funds for the work is  is extremely difficult. Procuring a venue  for a production of a new opera is a a huge task. That is why perpetual old opera war horses will continue to be the mainstay of traditional, established opera houses. Aspiring composers of opera face at least one to all of these hurdles. That certainly was true for Mozart. Mozart had the contacts. He had the admiration of wealthy royalty. His problem, at least at first, was finding a good librettist with which he could collaborate.

Writing operas has hassles even for Mozart

I’m lucky enough. to own the book pictured on the right. It is autographed by Victor Borge. The inspiration for this blog came from his book. Royalty in Europe fostered opera. Mozart was quite a charmer in this regard.  As a young boy, he was fussed over by every emperor he met and kissed by their empress wives. He even proposed to Marie Antoinette. This was after she straightened him out from a skid on the palace floor.

So how does a child charm, royalty? Mozart used the technique of novelty. He would play the pianoforte using one finger on each hand. He would cover the piano keyboard with a napkin and perform. He would ask his royal backers to hum a tune. They he make an entire sonata on the “hum”. He would freely improvise variations on a theme. Yet even with the royal support of limitless funding, there were problems. You still needed a good libretto.

Here is an example of Mozart’s libretto problems: He wrote an opera for La Finta Semplice. It’s about a Hungarian captain whose sister makes love to his girlfriend’s brother. As a result, the girlfriend’s maid can marry the captain’s valet. This needs to happen without the captain’s girlfriend’s other brother finding out. As crazy as this is, it still made it to the stage. Today, I think that a rich person can buy their way to a full production. But, odds of overall success are even more remote.

Writing Operas – Mozart – the “Graveyard Key” in his Opera Don Giovanni – DSO Works

The feature picture of the ghosts of Caesar and Anthony in the above internal link is from our new opera. It is now called, Patra. It was called Octavian and Cleopatra. Another name it went by was The Cup of Cleopatra. Now, the opera is  undergoing a major rewrite. This is no small task.  However, I do have one great advantage: Everyday I have breakfast with my librettist. She is my wife, Sharon.  Everything is coming together for a workshop in upstate New York 2019. We are looking for backers.  Click on the picture below to sample some of the earlier productions. They might pique you interest.  Contact shlesley@aol.com if you are interested in assisting.

Writing operas, My wife, Sharon Lesley, plays Cleopatra. Robbie May plays Octavian. Photo taken in the  Sarasota Player’s Theater presentation.
writing operas
This book is entertaining and informative.
Robotic repeats lack tempo rubato

Robotic Repeats Lacking in Tempo Rubato

Robotic Repeats Lacking in Tempo Rubato. First of all, what is tempo rubato? Tempo rubato ([ˈtɛmpo ruˈbaːto]; “free in the presentation”, Italian for “stolen time”). It is a musical term referring to expressive and rhythmic freedom. It is done by slightly speeding up and then slowing down of the tempo of the music. This is totally at the discretion of the soloist or the conductor.

In this context I’ve featured a picture from the movie, Pink Panther. A Princess “Dala” receives a gift from her father.  It is the largest the largest diamond in the world. This huge pink gem has  a tiny discolored inclusion. It resembles a leaping panther. She escaped from her country with the diamond after a hostile takeover. Her country is called Lugash. 

During a costume party at Dala’s villa in Rome, Sir Charles and his nephew separately attempt to steal the diamond. Shockingly, they find it already missing from the safe. In the true Italian sense of the word, we have a series of “rubatos.” Ironically, Henry Mancini’s four-note theme from the Pink Panther, is played in strict tempo. No rubato.

 

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Robotic Repeats Avoided in Tempo Rubato

Speed and power are the gods of today. This is mostly accomplished under steady tempos. These “gods” were shunned in the past. In defining “rubato”, within the context of the beat, there is much give and take. Mozart and Chopin’s use of rubato added to their fame. Nothing was ever repeated the same way twice in this technique. On a repeat, you were expected to played it differently. Rubato is quite effective in slow, emotional music. It was used in romances, adagios and nocturnes. However, even in the 1600’s Johann Froberger recommended that a lament be played “without a steady beat.” There are other types of music lacking steady beat. My free sample below  of my own Dervish Dance illustrates another genre. Is is excerpted from DSOworks.com That is my website.

King David’s Dance is a Dervish Style Piano Composition

 

Ancient number groupings

Numerical Meaning by Delving into Words

Numerical Meaning by Delving into Words. Today, numbers are adjectives. They define the quantity of a noun. Here are some simple examples: She has one cat. He has three birds. Our neighbor has two trees in the front yard. In the remote past, numbers represented both qualities and quantities. Furthermore, in China a numerical tradition of the Lo Shu survives. It is described below. Are numbers quantities or are they a lot more?  That depends on you civilization.

Numerical meaning for modern man
The modern mind prefers seeing numbers as adjectives rather than nouns.

21st century man prefers numbers as adjectives.  One side works with music and math. The other deals with words. Currently, most become quite uncomfortable in trying  to see numbers as nouns. There are exceptions. Musicians give numbers more meaning. Some examples are working with  the 8 bar phrase. The 32 bar period had its own meaning. . Another is animation by 3/4 or by 2/4 time. The prime number square  is the 3 x 3. It is the featured picture. Genesis is all about secret codes of this number square. So is the Chinese Lo Shu. Likewise, Greek mythology used this square of numbers. I must ask, who is more primitive? Someone who understands and works with all its hidden codes, or those who are ignorant of them?

1st sentence of Genesis Archives – DSO Works

Lo Shu Square (simplified Chinese洛书traditional Chinese洛書pinyinluò shū; also written 雒書; literally: Luo (River) Book/Scroll), or the Nine Halls Diagram (simplified Chinese九宫图traditional Chinese九宮圖pinyinjiǔ gōng tú), is the unique normal magic square of order three. Lo Shu is part of the legacy of the most ancient Chinese mathematical and divinatory (Yi Jing 易經) traditions, and is an important emblem in Feng Shui (風水).   Feng Shui is the art of geomancy concerned with the placement of objects in relation to the flow of qi (氣) “natural energy”.

Delving into Numerical Meaning

When placed in balanced mathematical relationships, numbers are more than adjectives. Such is the case with the featured picture.  Please read the internal link (1st sentence of Genesis) before continuing. Now let’s do the following. The sum of the numbers 1 to 9 totals 45. Next 45² = 2025. In many ancient languages, letters doubled as numbers. There was no brain split between the two sides and two disciplines.  This was called gematria. Information is available online. Also, on this website I quote the Reverend John Michell. He and Robin Heath amply cover gematria in their works.

For our last thought for numerical meaning in this blog, take 2025. Again, this is 45².

  • In Greek add the gematria of 3 gods:  Zeus = 612. Apollo = 1060. Hermes = 353. 612 + 1060 + 353 = 2025.
  • Gematria of words were often pyramided. Other DSOworks.com  blogs deal with this topic. The four pyramided letters for “Torah” in Hebrew is 2023. Tav = 400,Tav + vav = 406. Tav + vav + reisch = 606. The full Hebrew word as tav, vav, reisch,  and hei = 611. Thus. 400 + 406 + 606 + 611 + 2 = 2025.  There  are 2 additional commandments added to the 611 by tradition.  With the + 2 we have: 2023 + 2 = 2025.  Again, this is 45².

There once was a golden age. Its guiding vision was the featured number square. This time of milk and honey can now be regained by the knowledge of how this basic number square functions..

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John Michell  and Robin Heath  quite descriptive  about the subject of gematria.
Changing Musical Focus inspired by Jeorge Bolet

Changing Musical Focus is About What’s Coming

Changing Musical Focus is About What’s Coming. Musical styles have come in set periods of time. For success, go with the flow. Why? In the sage words of Henry David Thoreau:

” I have yet to hear the first syllable of valuable or even earnest advice from my seniors. They have told me nothing, and probably cannot tell me anything to the purpose.”  Or as he also states in Walden, “Old deeds for old people, and new deeds for new.”

Carve your own path. This is what pianist Jeorge Bolet did. Jorge Bolet (November 15, 1914 – October 16, 1990) was a Cuban-born American virtuoso pianist and teacher. Among his teachers were Leopold Godowsky, and Moriz Rosenthal.  Roenthal was a pupil of Franz Liszt.[1]Bolet was born in Havana.   He studied at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.

Consider this reference found in David Dubal’s book. It is entitled Reflections from the Keyboard.  In Bolet’s words: “Today’s audiences go to the concert hall, to hear Beethoven, Schubert and Brahms…” Then Bolet goes on to state that  the last generation “went to hear what the pianist had to say about the composer.” Thus, we not only idolized the composer, we did the same for the pianist.

I was fortunate that my own piano teacher, Mischa Kottler belonged to the same vintage.  He studied with Alfred Cortot and Emil von Sauer. The old school of pianists were not only musicians. They were also magicians. They would take you on a  “magic carpet ride” with their piano playing.

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Myself, blogger David, in concert in New York with Rubinoff and His Violin

 

Changing Musical Focus and Back to the Old School

Mischa Kottler- A Visit By the Legendary Piano Instructor – DSO Works

To see what the old school was all about, click on this internal link. Mischa plays Chopin’s Minute Waltz in doubled notes. Everywhere, audiences went wild at this feat. The link also documents and describes his visit at age 92 to our family. Thanks to Mischa. and other great men I worked with, including Rubinoff and His Violin,  my own career as pianist/composer only now starting to reach a pinnacle. Check on events on DSOworks.com.

Minute Waltz (Mischa Kottler Version) – YouTube

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In conclusion. Jeorge Bolet comments how today many are not interested in the musician. He states that he had often gone to all Beethoven concerts. Many pianists had been quite dull. Yet the audience applauded wildly. He states:  “In a sense, the audience is applauding for itself being there.” I believe that those days are about to go, bye-bye.

 

Characteristic number hides a secret code

Characteristic Number Hides a Secret Code

Characteristic Number Hides a Secret Code. Civilization has lost its touch with the past. A lost Golden Age  was all about number squares. Two opposite numbers always totaled the same number. Our featured number square will be the 3 x 3. Its characteristic number is 10. Any two opposite numbers total 10. These include 9 + 1;  4 + 6;  3 + 7; and 2 + 8.  First, where did I first learn about number squares? From the writings of British author, John Michell. Many of my blog are about the 3 x 3 number square. Below is an internal link to one of them. I However, I was able to take John Michell’s work a step further. This is because of an American Indian spirit guide from the Lennie Lenape. It all happened on Oquaga Lake  (See picture below).

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This book started me on a thus far 50 year journey.

 

 

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3 x 3 number square Archives – DSO Works

View the square 2 numbers at the time by opposites. Whereas two numbers that cross the center are paired in the same row. Their sum is always 110. Thus, 49 + 61 = 110. Or, 35 + 75 = 110.   The 110 can be pulled out of the square in 16 ways. Thus, 16 X 110 = 1,760. The center then becomes 55. It is surrounded by 440

 

Characteristic Number Square List of Antiquity

  • The 3 x 3 is 10.
  • The 4 x 4 equals 17.
  • The 5 x 5 totals 26
  • The 6 x 6 is 37.
  • The 7 x 7 is 50.
  • The 8 x 8 is 65
  • The 9 x 9 is 82.

So where is the hidden number code? Take the prime characteristic number of the 3 x 3 number square. Its sum is 10 as described. Next, total the numbers from 1 to 10. They equal 55. You have just seen how the center of the 3 x 3 number square becomes 55 when viewed two numbers at the time.  Today many scoff at this. The ancients of a lost Golden Age accepted it.  My Indian spirit guide also offered a book of poetry, filled  with her wisdom.

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Available as a product on DSOworks.com
Earth Moon system by a number square

Earth Moon System and 27 x 27 Number Square

Earth Moon System and 27 x 27 Number Square. The barycenter  is the center of mass of two or more bodies that are orbiting each other. Earth and Moon have a shared barycenter. As such they are a dual planetary system.  Barycenters are an important concept astronomy and astrophysics. This is the case for the Earth–Moon system. The barycenter is located on average 2,902 mi from the Earth’s center. This is well within the planet’s radius of 3,963 miles.

Earth Moon system are are dual planetary system
Sharing a center of gravity within the Earth’s radius

phases of the Moon Archives – DSO Works

What do things have in common? That was the definition of wisdom in antiquity. Look at the internal link just above.  Above, this Moon link applies to our four types of musical triads.

Four types of musical triads parallel the phases of the Moon.

Earth Moon system and the 27 x 27 number square

Four Hundred Fortieth Post Defines Genesis   You might want to review the previous post.  My current post (441) is simply a continuation.  The common Earth based system for both is implied on the 27 x 27 number square. Here’s how:

  • Look at the core number of this number square. It is numbered three hundred and sixty-five. That defines the days of our solar year. Its core is the essence of any number square.
  • Look at the white diagonal from #352 to #378.  Each each lunation is approximately ​29 12 days (29 days, 12 hours, 44 minutes, 3 seconds, or 29.530588 days).  It is common for the months of a lunar calendar to alternate between 29 and 30 days. There are  twelve such lunations. The Lunar year is  is therefore 354 days, 8 hours, 48 minutes, 34 seconds (354.367056 days). Both 354 and 355 are included in this same diagonal.

Both the timing of the the Earth and Moon are found the the aforementioned diagonal line. The Earth is the main and central planet. The Moon has its center of gravity on the same diagonal. Likewise, Moon is part of the 365 day Earth based system.

At one time civilization was structured by number squares. It was a time of peace and prosperity. Does that describe the legend of Atlantis?  Plato describes in Critias what his grandfather was told by King Solon. Solon heard the story from the Egyptians. Atlantis was a mighty power based on an island in the Atlantic Ocean. Perhaps, over time, they also lost their interaction with number squares? Many blogs on DSOworks.com cover number square mathematics.

 

 

Musical Tradition is Heard at the Gasparilla Inn

Musical Tradition Embraces Architectural Style

Musical Tradition Embraces Architectural Style. Obviously, Elvis is the star in the featured picture. Now, who is playing the Steinway concert grand in the beautiful setting below? That’s your blogger, David. So what does one have to do with the other? It’s the music that I’m playing. Basically, I love the style and taste of Elvis.

Here’s a story: One of my most popular piano arrangements, Aura Lea: Theme and Variations for piano, was composed in Toronto, Ontario.   No matter where I play it – on the concert stage, for a private party or during the dinner hour – it always receives grand applause and some rather sizable tips.  The arrangement is heart rendering;  bringing back pleasant memories.  One variation combines the theme with “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf”; bringing two great American songs together.  And, by the way, this composition has many showy virtuoso passages. Yes, choosing this number, Elvis proved once more that he was king.

How Musical Tradition Embraces Architectural Style

Gasparilla Inn Historic District is located in Florida

Gasparilla Inn Historic District

LocationBoca GrandeFloridaUSA
Coordinates26°45′8″N 82°15′39″WCoordinates26°45′8″N 82°15′39″W
NRHP reference #08000205[1]
Added to NRHPMarch 18, 2008[1]

Gasparilla Inn Historic District is a historic district at 500 Palm Avenue in Boca GrandeFloridaUnited States. On March 18, 2008, it was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.[1]

Now for musical tradition, Aura Lea is one of the most beloved American songs and is arguably as popular as Amazing Grace.  Our generation heard it with the words that Elvis sang as Love Me Tender.  The melody has graced America over the last two centuries.  The music was written by W.W. Fosdick and words by George R. Poulton during the Civil War in 1861.  The sheet music cover is the original Confederate version, dated 1864. The 1st internal link me playing in New York’s Catskill Mountains.

Aura Lea: Theme and Variations for piano – DSO Works

It was at Scott’s Oquaga Lake House a few years back.  However,their piano was “so, so.” Below is the link just recorded with me at the Inn. The difference in pianos is quite noticeable.  It was videoed live and less than week ago, and just posted. Keep checking DSOworks.com for more and more upcoming events. Elvis understood the public pulse.

Live at the Gasparilla Inn!

Posted by DSO Works on Saturday, February 3, 2018

Ideal Cities and town squares are part of this wonderful book.

Ideal Cities Quoting Dimensions by Author Jan Gehl

Ideal Cities as per author Jan Gehl. The recorded concept of ideal cities goes back to Plato. The “ideal” nature of such a city may encompass the moralspiritual and juridical qualities of citizenship. Ways in which these are realized can include urban structures including buildings, street layout, etc. Ground plans of ideal cities are often based on grids.

The Ideal City by Fra Carnevale, c. between 1480-1484.

An ideal city is the concept of a plan for a city that has been conceived in accordance with the dictates of some “rational” or “moral” objective.

This blog takes this concept even further. It adds the dimension of ideal measures of key city spaces. Author Jan Gehl is referenced.  I, in turn, reference the 3 x 3 number square in this quest. Key measurements are found in feet of three foot yards on this number square. The 12 inch foot is basic.  It is of extreme antiquity. The Reverend John Michell specifies examples at the British Museum. They take the form of the cubic inch of gold. It was the standard unit of weight in Egypt, Greece and Babylon. Of course, a cube has 12 edges. Thus, 12 x 1″ = 12 inches or 1 foot. My own blogs are an attempt to bring back the ancient harmonious world order of a forgotten Golden Age. First, here is the star player in this quest. Please read my blogs about this number square. They are easy and free to access.

The ancient, traditional arrangement of the 3 x 3 number square.

Universal Egyptian Remen is Found Throughout the Cosmos