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Ostinato n°1

The ostinato n°1 is a piece which is of use as conclusion to the suite for piano "Saint Quentin, ville nouvelle" although having before been written. It follows upon a prelude, and the group honours the children of the School of Saint François d' Assise de Montigny Le Bretonneux who were the victims of the avalanche of Orres in January, 1998. It is dedicated to Estelle, a pupil, who had the luck to be alive.

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Fax to Elise

The short version of Fax à Elise whom you can download here is the first part of a composition which makes 4 minutes 30. The long version was written for a spectacle of dance and piano the first of which took place in the Cultural Space Alphonse Daudet of Coignières in May, 2001. I imagine the history of a child working his exercises on the subject of the " Letter to Elise " and which dreams that he becomes a pianist, the fingers playing without efforts on the keyboard, reinventing Beethoven's work.

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DUPOND Pierre-Emmanuel

DUPOND Pierre-Emmanuel

A FEW ABOUT ME

My name is Pierre-Emmanuel (Pierrot for my close friends), and I was born in 1984. I am fascinated by piano, more exactly by boogie-woogie.

This passion was born during year 2001. I knew already how to play piano, my aunt having had the kindness to teach me this instrument while I was thirteen years old. After one and a half year of learning, I could hardly play « La méthode rose » and « L’essor », two very popular French piano tutors.

I was probably not a very interesting pupil because I made no efforts to study the compositions I was supposed to learn. We thus moved on very slowly and the boredom gained me.

Living at that time only for football and having no more interest for the piano, I decided to stop. But despite this decision, I sometimes replayed some pieces, which enabled me to preserve the fragile bases I had acquired.

During summer 2001, a friend of my brother Stéphane came home, settled down in the piano and began playing a piece of boogie-woogie (« Pinetop’s boogie-woogie », for the connoisseurs). It was for me a revelation. In my demand, he had to play it a dozen times in the afternoon. Since that I recovered my passion for piano.

I returned to the piano with this famous piece, « Pinetop’s boogie-woogie ». When I saw for the first time the size of the partition and its contents, I became afraid : double tongs, tremors, an extremely difficult bass line, of which to annihilate definitively my quite new motivation. A biblical proverb says that : « nothing is impossible for the one who believes ». I applied it to the study of this sheetmusic and finally, despite difficulties, I made it !

What is pleasant in the boogie-woogie, is that once the bass line correctly played, the right hand is totally free. When I began to play the boogie-woogie, the first thing I did (and still do) was to let my right hand run on the keyboard. It was laborious at the beginning, but this work has carried its fruits and today, playing piano has become a real pleasure, multiplied tentimes when one plays with a partner. At this stage, the improvisation allows to continue to work without realizing it.

Pierre-Emmanuel

Romantic

Romantic

Romantic style was, at the beginning, a literary movement. In music this term is referring from about 1830 until the end of the century. Composers
attempted to increase emotional expression and power to describe deeper truths or human feelings.

From this time, music is considered as major art form, not only as work of talented artisans.