Lubomyr Melnyk. 12K likes. ‘Where were you guys when I was thirty?’ Official Page for the pioneer of Continuous Piano Music Lubomyr Melnyk will release an album for the celebrated ambient label Fallen Trees is Melnyk’s third album for the label, which brought his. Lubomyr Melnyk: An agonising journey. Lubomyr Melnyk is the world’s fastest.

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Living people births Canadian composers Canadian male composers Canadian pianists Canadian people of Ukrainian descent Canadian male pianists.

Fifteen Questions with Lubomyr Melnyk Musical, mystical and multidimensional. Some of these have been physical influences, such as dancers, and others have fallen into the metaphysical realm such as certain writings. I think every composer is moved by the music of other people, so maybe a better way to say this would be that I consider the influences I have to be peripheral or anything that works on my soul and vision of existence.

I gave up long ago trying to associate composition with the timbre of an instrument. I usually work on a specific musical concept.

These days people are just too busy with their noses stuck in an iPad to realise the level of human achievement that is all around them so throwing these pianos away is just murder. October Learn how and when to remove this template message.

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What do improvisation and composition mean to you and what, to you, are their respective merits? Please help to improve this article by introducing more precise citations. Sometimes it grows into a very big piece over the period of a year or two because it keeps opening up like a road you have not travelled upon before. The other challenge is to try and actually have people respond powerfully enough when hearing Continuous Music, that they actually want to play it for themselves.

It also allows you to create a space with certain harmonies and rhythms. They are so cloudy and enormous in their sound. The differences between pianos are enormous. I want the track! At one piano you will experience unbelievable, soul destroying beauty with all of the wonderful harmonics and resonances that happen within the instrument but then at another piano the experience can be dull depending on how that piano responds to those same notes.


Another incisive moment would be during the s when Continuous Music first emerged. A piano should be revered as a glorious thing. Most of his music is for piano, but he has also composed chamber and orchestral works. This page was last edited on 15 Decemberat Where the sound can live.

To be able to take this enormous instrument, attach it to the end of your hands and play with it is just one of the greatest things on the face of this earth. The problem is that you can sit down at this piano and create something that is an experience of indescribable beauty because of the sound that that piano makes, but if you take those same notes and go to another piano, it can sound very humdrum.

Usually I just start with a very small seed of an idea.

I want to see more horses running free because as a musician you always want to add something new. That which influences me will influence my music. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

To be a great pianist you have to be able to improvise because you have to be able to touch the piano. Still, people think nothing of it.

Between the years andthe perfectionism associated with manufacturing pianos was almost approaching the ideal of the Samurai sword. This is different from the written aspect, which contains the emotions of the time it was written.

Pieces like these are not just musical they are also emotional.

The Art of Continuous Music and 22 Etudesto mslnyk the fundamental levels of his continuous technique. Lubomyr Melnyk born December 20, is a composer and pianist of Ukrainian origin. Retrieved 21 January No one would dream of throwing away an original Samurai sword mainly because they are worth millions of dollars, unlike old pianos. Views Read Edit View history. My world needs both. Improvisation is a vague concept that encompasses way too much to apply to my work.


On his latest release “Corrolaries” Erased Tapes it seems as though, after 40 years of practice, he has mastered the alchemic meknyk of transforming sound into metaphysical experience. What are currently your main compositional challenges? A language I thought was very beautiful and truly meaningful in a multidimensional way. Through his work with Lugomyr Carlson, he began to create continuous music for piano.

Those key elements of truly extreme hunger and having absolutely no money, but continuing to work with music, allowed me to discover the universe of the piano. Then it may sit for several weeks and start to become a little piece or a miniature.


That opened up a whole new musical language for me. As I got older, things changed and now the list of melbyk would be enormous, perhaps even impossible to melnykk as I consider my work to be so completely unique that there are no influences. Improvisation allows the emotional side of things to come into play at any given moment and form the music for you.

What do you usually start with when composing? Strictly speaking, I seldom improvise in concert or for myself. Melnyk has composed over works, mostly for piano solo and double piano, and some for piano with ensemble.

In Continuous Music improvisation is very necessary.

That only occurs when someone requests something specific, like a poem set to music or something like that. How luboymr you see the relationship between timbre and composition?