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WHO CHANGED MY MUSICAL LIFE" (PART 2)
Joe Maneri was my teacher for many years. He lived eight blocks from me in Brooklyn but I met him through the composer Harold Branch. He, Joe and Harold Seleksky were studying with a European immigrant who come to the US to teach. They spent thirteen years with this man to complete his course! I did the work in seven years mainly because I was an advanced musician at that time.
I lived on Staten Island and met Joe at that time. I traveled to his Brooklyn home for weekly lessons. He taught me the "THEORY of HARMONY written by Arnold Schoenberg and also his Counterpoint course. This covered Species Counterpoint and up to composing Bach Fugues. Both were intense studies that I would never give up. I of course, went on to teach all these courses to my own private students.
I wish to express my gratitude to Joe for his wonderful and dedicated teaching. Without these studies I would not be the musician I am today. His personality was infectious and he imbued me with a life of dedication to composing and piano practice.
Joe passed away a few years ago.
May his legacy live on forever.
"TEACHERS WHO CHANGED MY MUSICAL LIFE" (PART 1)
ABOUT LUDMILA ULEHLA
Ms. Ulehla was my teacher in theory and composition at Manhattan School of Music from 1955 to 1958. After my return to the US from Norway in 1972 I began more studies with her, privately. She had an encyclopedic knowledge of all periods of classical music and could play examples on the piano to demonstrate and back up her analyses.
The classes were designed to give the student a challenge by imitating each period or style, composing in the various forms; Song form (ABA), fugal (2-3-4 part counterpoint), passacaglias, and the sonata form which included the four-movement large form. This was rigorous and most demanding. She was a taskmistress of the highest order but was extremely patient with us. She always knew instinctively what was missing from from our work and would suggest the next step we should take. She always told us to trust our inner ear to guide us in our composing. It was this routine and discipline that helped me turn in good assignments. She would always compliment me in front of the class by saying, " now here's an example of an exercise that became real music". I was slightly embarrassed to be signaled out in front of my class mates but secretly bathed in the praise.
My Piano Sonata in D Minor became my term project
and final work that I had to turn in to complete the requirements for
my Masters Degree in Theory and Composition. This composition is now
part of the repertoire that makes up my solo recital programs that I
give throughout the US and Europe. I look on it as if it was composed
by someone else, not me! This helps me to practice it as if it were
a serious work by the Masters. The form is tight but not rigid and the
style is my own all though one is able to clearly discern the influences
of Schostakovich, Schumann, Bach, and Chopin and even some poly-tonal/quartal
harmonic elements scattered throughout each movement.
I have recently finished reading a story about another great teacher, the legendary French composer and musicologist Nadia Boulanger. Her life, knowledge, and devotion to music and her students has a parallel in that of Ludmila Ulehla. I heartily recommend the book, "NADIA BOULANGER-- a Life in Music". It is an inspiring read and will bring you closer to the Ludmila Ulehla, the teacher I whose expertise I had first experienced here in the USA.
Reilly's new Dave Brubeck harmony book is released...
Fans of Brubeck and students of all jazz styles will find this in-depth exploration fascinating and informative.
Songs include: Blues for All * Brandenburg Gate * The Duke * Her Name Is Nancy * Marble Arch * Thank You (Dziekuje) * The Waltz * When I Was Young * and more.
Also includes CD with musical examples!
You can find it here at Hal Leonard Music!
THE RECENT BRUBECK BOOK REVIEW FROM FANFARE MAGAZINE
Throughout the years when the Dave Brubeck Quartet was active, Brubeck himself often came under criticism or, worse yet, was completely dismissed by many jazz musicians (I won’t name names, but they know who they are) as a jazz pianist. He was often considered to be bombastic, heavy-handed, and unswinging. Many were the jazzmen who raved about his alto saxist, Paul Desmond, while dismissing Brubeck as a second-rate jazz player (some even had the audacity to ask Desmond to leave the quartet). Thus Reilly’s book restores Dave Brubeck to the place of prominence that I, and thousands of other fans who did understand music and knew he was good, knew that he rightly deserved and still deserves.
Harmony of Bill Evans Vol. 1 re-released, now with CD!
I Should Care, My Bells, Resurrection (by Jack Reilly) My Funny Valentine, Time Remembered and Peri's Scope.
tunes were recorded in London at the Royal Academy of Music in 1990.
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FOREWORD by Jan Stevens for "THE HARMONY OF BILL EVANS- VOL. 2" Book / CD package
BY JAN R. STEVENS:
The incomparable pianistic innovations of Bill Evans (1929 – 1980) continue to be celebrated by jazz fans, and closely studied by serious musicians worldwide. During his over twenty-five year recording career, he changed the approach to the sound of the piano itself in jazz by his touch, and his attention to pedaling, phrasing and dynamics. His remarkable approach to the possibilities of interplay within the piano-bass-drums trio is well-documented from the late 1950s on. READ THE REST HERE
In Jack Reilly's second volume, he provides a deeper appreciation and understanding of Evans' compositions. This book and CD package (only $29.99 USD) includes two important theory chapters (which stand out on their own merits, brilliantly) , plus ten of Evans’ most passionate and melodically gorgeous works. The voicing charts for all ten songs are more complex than in volume one and pianistically more demanding, yet always worth the effort. The subjects of modulation and key relationships that are discussed in each chapter will help the player memorize faster and improvise with more facility; not an easy task when performing Evans' music.
The "Lament for Bill" in chapter 13 is the author's tribute
to the genius of this great artist.
The accompanying CD will add to the enjoyment, understanding, and appreciation of the written examples. This a powerhouse book that will a prove to be a deep and indispensible experience for pianists of all stylistic persuasions as well as serious Evans fans. There is much to learn and enjoy here!
Songs include: Your Story • Laurie • For Nenette • My Bells • Maxine • Song for Helen • Turn Out the Stars • Very Early • Waltz for Debby • and more!
JAZZ PIANO SOLOS book (revised) by Jack Reilly
just- released book contains inventive, high quality piano arrangemments
of well-known standards and some original pieces, and are for mid-intermediate
and advanced piano students and players.
In stores now, or more ordering info here
Piano Solo Songbook
All The Things You Are (two versions) * Body And Soul
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