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Liner notes for Raindrop: Improvisations with Chopin When Deanna Witkowski first announced this project, she gave it a descriptive title: quot;This is NOT 'jazzy Chopin.' quot; Smart move: for while many jazz artists have found resonance in Chopin's music, with some even attempting to find common ground, the track record is not promising. But from her initial description, Witkowski made clear her intent to distance herself from less inspired predecessors - the ones that think it sufficient, say, to append a swing beat to a note-perfect version of Chopin's quot;Funeral Marchquot; (his Prelude No.20 in C Minor) and call it quot;jazz.quot; As it turns out, the Prelude in C Minor does appear on this album, in an arrangement that surreptitiously introduces another melody and artfully blurs the line between idioms. And by the time Witkowski has finished - having fused the Prelude with Antonio Carlos Jobim's quot;Olha Mariaquot; - something entirely new has emerged: part Chopin, part Jobim, part Witkowski. quot;I was trying to find something that would fit the same mood,quot; she says to explain her choice of quot;Olha Mariaquot; (quot;Look, Mariaquot;). quot;It's not really related at all, except that a lot of Jobim's harmony moves chromatically - which is similar to Chopin.quot; Importing a song from Brazil comes naturally to Witkowski, who has studied Brazilian music extensively; more importantly, it also befits the material. In the 60s, Jobim's bossa nova found a model in Chopin. In the most obvious example, quot;Insensatezquot; (known in English as quot;How Insensitivequot;), Jobim built a new melody directly upon the harmonic foundation of Chopin's Prelude No. 4 in E minor, and made no bones about it. Since then, it has become something of a clich?? to play the songs together, either as a small medley or even superimposing one above the other. But Witkowski didn't want it quot;to feel like, 'Here's the cla
  • Deanna Witkowski - Raindrop: Improvisations with Chopin [CD]
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Publication Date20141108
Publisher ImprintAudio & Video Labs, Inc

Raindrop: Improvisations with Chopin

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