CD Dým v tvých očích / CD Smoke in Your Eyes

Světové evergreeny v klavírních proměnách / International Evergreens in Piano Transformations

CD Dým v tvých očích / CD Smoke in Your Eyes

Světové evergreeny v klavírních proměnách / International Evergreens in Piano Transformations

Jiří Pazour's piano album Smoke in Your Eyes was created in 1999. It is subtitled "International Evergreens in Piano Transformations" and contains nineteen well-known compositions from various parts of the world, which are to some extent improvised and varied in an improvisational way. Each of the individual parts of this compact disc is processed differently; however, the genre and character of the evergreens remains. The aim of the author was to offer listeners several tens of minutes of piano music for the joy of piano improvisations on familiar topics and for inducing pleasant well-being.


A NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR 


Even as a child I was attracted to improvisation on the piano. When I was studying piano at what was then called a People s Arts School, I often used to take a break from the assigned compositions, and improvise on themes from well known melodies in my free time. This playing for relaxation was just a spontaneous thing at the beginning. It was only later, at the Prague Conservatory that I got to know the general principles and rules of piano improvisation. In this context I have to mention one of my conservatory teachers, PhDr. Arne Linka, CSc., who was himself an outstanding improviser and at my request initiated me into the secrets of this branch of music. I learned, for example, that improvisation could be either entirely impulsive, unprepared and based on the immediate idea of the moment, or could be to a certain extent prepared, i.e. thought out beforehand in terms of musical form or particular harmonic progressions. In my view, however, the improvisations offered on this compact disc cannot be precisely classified in any one category. They are not, for example, improvisations in the sense of modifications and development of the main melodies, but are in some cases more like variations, and in others contain my own original musical passages. To ensure contrast between the individual parts of the CD. I have in some places made major changes to the original tempo of the pieces but I have still tried to preserve the genre and style of the evergreens. Of course, there are some exceptions, for example in Moscow Nights. The first and last pieces on the CD are four-handed performances. I wanted to record a half hour or so of music that would create a relaxed, agreeable mood. If I have succeeded, then I shall be satisfied.



CD Smoke in Your Eyes - International Evergreens in Piano Transformations - tracklist

01. Brazil (Barroso - Russell)
02. Serenáda (Ježek)
03. Answer Me (Winkler)
04. Caravan (Ellington)
05. Modravé dálky (Srnka)
06. White Christmas (Berlin)
07. C'est si bon (Betti)
08. Feuilles mortes (Kosma)
09. Moscow Nights (Solovyev-Sedoi)
10. Volga Volga (traditional)
11. Greensleeves (traditional)
12. O sole mio (di Capua)
13. Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (Churchill - Morey)
14. Moonlight in Vermont (Sussdorf)
15. Somewhere over the Rainbow (Arlen)
16. Moonlight Serenade (Miller)
17. The Shadow of your Smile (Mandel)
18. I Got Rhythm (Gershwin)
19. Smoke Gets in your Eyes (Kern)


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