Lo, Intermezzo, opus 28 #2, piano solo





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Published on Aug 8, 2008

About the piece: This piece is one of the Five Intermezzi by Canadian composer and pianist Vincent Lo. This composition (Lo's opus 28) won first place in the British Columbia provincial and national judging of the 2008 CFMTA Canada Music Week Music Writing Competition ( http://www.cfmta.org ). On his "About me" page at the SoundClick website (
), Lo lists Bach, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Ravel, and Balakirev as his favorite composers, but this intermezzo is very much in the spirit of Brahms's shorter piano pieces. Lo can be contacted through his YouTube account (zeryx28) or his website ( http://www.audiomuse.ca ).

About the performance: The performance is by Stephen Malinowski (smalin on YouTube), done using the conductor program (http://www.musanim.com/tapper ) on the evening of August 7th, 2008.

About the visualization: The visualization contains two bar-graph scores. In the upper score, the notes are colored to delineate the main melody, bass line, and other parts. In the lower score, the notes are colored to show pitch class, using a "harmonic coloring" in which the colors from the painters "color wheel" are mapped to the notes of the musician's "circle of fifths" ( http://www.musanim.com/mam/pfifth.htm ). This lets you see the frequent modulations in the piece; for example, the movement from the green/brown palette (f minor, 0:37 to 0:43) to the violet-centered palette (f-sharp minor, 0:45 to 0:50), and the contrasting (somewhat faster) middle section in which the green/violet area dominates (c minor, 1:17 to 1:42).


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