RANKED NO. 27 in 'GREATEST PIANO CONCERTOS OF ALL TIME' BY TOP TEN LISTS.
This is an older version w/ notation errors but it has a much more superior audio to a newer corrected full orchestral score I recently uploaded which unfortunately has a poorer-quality audio:https://www.youtube.com/wat...
" I am astounded at this piece. I only wish it could be performed by a major orchestra and pianist. I love Rachmaninoff, but J Joe Townley meets him head on with this piece. This concerto is among the best. I hope it finds its way in to the repertoire. It is just too good. It deserves to stand by the Rach 2. "
-----Dr. Darrel Ray, noted psychologist/bestselling author
This score was an early draft when I didn't have a complete understanding of how to manipulate the notation and dynamic marking functions of Notion3, the program I used to edit it. Consequently, in the file transfer from a primitive VST software to the more superior Notion3 numerous glitches occurred in which notes appear as diamonds. I only learned how to fix them recently and so prepared the new score at the link above which corrects all the notational errors. This video, unfortunately, cuts the recapitulation in the Finale. The newer video provides the full, uncut Finale w/ recapitulation. Additionally, it extends the 2nd Mov Scherzo's ending, changing its character substantially.
1st Movement (quasi una Fantasia) Intro: 0:02 - Main Theme 0:32
2nd Movement (Scherzo) 7:54
3rd Movement (Valse Triste) 13:02
4th Movement (Finale) 16:14
"...probably one of the best "romantic" piano concertos of the XXIst century..."
"...this equals if not beats Saint Saens' G minor Piano Concerto ."
"...the [opening] orchestral theme [0:36] sounds absolutely epic. I think this almost reaches the level of Rachmaninoff's Piano Concert No. 2 "
" I was blown away by your piano concerto. The composition is brilliant! "
" This is so amazing I only realized my jaw had dropped five minutes after the concerto started. "
" Fantastic ending! "
" I love the orchestration and the virtuosic piano passages! "
" This ending hits my chills...I cannot really link this to anyone else's style."
" Beautiful harmonies...The overall energy of the [last] movement is fantastic!"
" I was so enthralled by the opening movement that I just listened to the whole piece at once."
" A masterpiece - Rachmaninoff himself couldn't have done it better. "
"OMG!!! did you compose this??! It completely amazed me from the first seconds...It's like a
Rachmaninoff concerto, but it's still your style, your creation. I loved it. Thank you"
"I could listen to it 100 times."
"...this sounds simply brilliant. "
"...20 seconds in and [I'm] just amazed! Beautiful sir! well done!"
"...let me thank you for this piece "
" I have to say I love your piano concerto!"
" A masterpiece! - beautiful work!"
" It's a great concerto. BRAVOOOOOOOOOOO!!! "
" Beautiful!! Bravissimo!! "
" Your concerto is awesome!!
"...let me thank you for this piece. "
I wrote two piano concertos in 2011 and 2013 to fulfill a promise I made to myself as a young piano student that I would write a piano concerto and then premiere it much in the same way Rachmaninoff did with his 2nd, my intention being to launch a career as a composer, pianist, & conductor. Well, fate had other plans---a severe finger injury grounded me as a pianist at 19 and I never wrote that concerto. Instead, I entered the business world. The dream eventually faded, though it apparently had been lying dormant somewhere underneath my psyche in the intervening decades. In the meantime, to keep my music skills alive and because I enjoyed it immensely I read orchestral scores as leisure reading--analyzing how great composers achieved the sounds they were after; the different combinations of instruments they used. Then one day a few years ago an innocuous tune just popped into my mind. The old dream bubbling beneath my consciousness suddenly surfaced and I finally committed myself to writing that piano concerto, which became the No.1 in F# Minor Opus 1 (also here on YouTube), not having any formal training in orchestration except what I had gleaned from reading orchestral scores in the intervening years. Later, on reflection, I came to realize that the Concerto No. 1 wasn't the concerto I had always dreamed of writing. A second one followed in 2013, the one you're listening to, Opus 2, which is that concerto.
2-piano 4-hand score of the 1st Mov. athttp://www.scribd.com/doc/2...
3rd movement "Valse Triste" piano solo under its alternate title, "Ghostly Waltz' at http://www.scribd.com/doc/1...
2-piano/4-hand score of 4th Movement at http://www.scribd.com/doc/2...