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2/9/18

The Friday OT: Lubomyr Melnyk; Sunset

On Wednesday, reader MG shoots me over a "know this guy?" mail with the link to this wiki page of naturalized Canadian pianist, Lubomyr Melnyk. It goes like this:
Melnyk is noted for his continuous music, a piano technique based on extremely rapid notes and complex note-series, usually with the sustain pedal held down to generate harmonic overtones and sympathetic resonances. These overtones blend or clash according to harmonic changes. Most of his music is for piano, but he has also composed chamber and orchestral works. His piano music requires a special technique, closely related to the Martial Arts, and is too complex and difficult for any concert pianists to play. Because of his life-long devotion to the piano, he has been called The Prophet Of The Piano.
The answer; No, I hadn't come across Melnyk before that moment but a write-up like that gets my attention it was straight to Spotify* and...wonderful. And it's like nothing else, too. Check out Sunset as your example:



Youtube here. That's from the 2016 album 'Illirion' and just one example, the full thing is well worth your time. Thank you MG for opening a door, great stuff.

*Which I adore.