William Aide

Pianist. Poet. teacher.

Solo Piano

Chopin Etudes, Opus 10

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Live from Hart House

 

PORTRAIT AS ONE-EYED JACK

by William Aide

Lower eyelid, nostril, forehead, chin,

Lurid cheekbone, glisten from within.

Shirt, cravat, are accents, mop of hair,

Serve to isolate the icy stare.

Louvre-hung remote Byronic saint,

Love-wrung pianist recalled in paint.

Strokes the blue note, plays the piano lost,

Stricken with despair, consumption-tossed,

Sliced from lover, mother, nurse and muse,

Slimmed virility a sad excuse.

Chopin’s mouth betrays a guarded fear,

Sharpened upper lip a subtle sneer,

Disputes a classic line in place of colour,

Despondent genius fiery in his pallor,

Knave of all sounds lovely. Delacroix

Knew he painted much more than he saw.

Chopin: Etudes Op. 10

by William Aide, pianist

Chopin: Etudes, Opus 25

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Chopin: Etudes, Opus 25

by William Aide, pianist

Liszt: Norma Fantasy

Why I Like Liszt 

by William Aide

Because he is the father of all virtuosi.

Because he swaggered in solo recital and turned the piano sideways.

Because his profile was better than Barrymore’s.

Because he wrote the first Jeux d’eau and rinsed the Impressionists.

Because he heard new sound in Chopin and played him like a

necessary angel.

Because he seemed tall.

Because his morals repelled Clara Schumann.

Because he dedicated Etudes to Clara she couldn’t manage.

Because his “Génie oblige” knew no bounds.

Because he premiered and transcribed others’ works without number.

Because his mountainous B minor Sonata remains unscaleable.

Because all his Benedictions nestled in F sharp.

Because he discovered interlocking octaves.

Because his art risks brimstone for expression.

Because his religion was true and theatrical.

Because a drunken Bette Davis droned, “Play Liebestraum”.

Because Petrarch, Dante, Raphael, Michelangelo spoke to his inner ear.

Because his late pieces gondoliered Wagner and augured tonic breakdown.

Because he was left to outface death alone.

Liszt: La Campanella

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Liszt: Valse Oubliée

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Liszt: Valse Oubliée

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Liszt: Mephisto Waltz

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Liszt: Concert Etude: Un sospiro

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Liszt: Concert Etude: Un sospiro

by William Aide, pianist

Chopin: B Minor Sonata

Allegro maestoso
Scherzo: molto vivace
Largo
Finale: presto non tanto
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Chopin: B Minor Sonata

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Chopin: Ballade in F minor, Op. 54

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Chopin: Ballade in F minor, Op. 54

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Debussy:  Estampes

Pagodes
Soirée dans Grenade
Jardins sous la pluie
La Puerta del Vino
La terrasses des audiences de clair du lune
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Debussy:

L’Île joyeuse
Reflets dans l’eau
“Les sons et les parfums tournent dans l’air du soir” William Aide, piano
Quatrième Prélude
Sounds and perfumes spin the evening air
Motion-slow insouciant fingers playing
Debussy envelops Baudelaire
Murmurous mock-orange blossom straying
Motion-slow insouciant fingers playing
Harmonies imploding hammers blending
Murmurous mock-orange blossom straying
Yearning overtones beginning ending
Harmonies imploding hammers blending
Hushed intoxicants belie despair
Yearning overtones beginning ending
Lending orchestras to Baudelaire
Hushed intoxicants belie despair
Tristan chords evaporate dismay
Lending orchestras to Baudelaire
Muted horns a solo cor anglais
Tristan chords evaporate dismay
Echo mauve voluptuary levels
Muted horns a solo cor anglais
Fading fanfares disappearing revels
Echo-mauve voluptuary levels
Pedalled pianissimi must dwindle
Fading fanfares disappearing revels
Keyboard’s latest lowest notes enkindle
Sounds and perfumes spun on evening air.

Debussy: Three Preludes

Les sons et les parfums tournent dans l’air du soir
Ondine
La terrasses des audiences de clair du lune
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Debussy: Three Pieces

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Debussy: Three Preludes

by William Aide, pianist

Ravel: Scarbo (Gaspard de la Nuit)

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Ravel: Scarbo (Gaspard de la Nuit)

by William Aide, pianist

Chopin: Mazurkas, Opus 6

F# minor
C# minor
E major
Eb minor

Chopin: Mazurkas, Op. 7 

Bb major        
A minor
F minor
Ab major

 

Chopin: Mazurkas, Opus 6 and Opus 7

by William Aide, pianist

Chopin: Polonaises and Nocturnes

Polonaise in D minor, Op. 71 no. 1
Polonaise in Bb major, Op. 71 no. 2
Nocturne in C# minor, Op. 27 no. 1
Nocturne in Db major, Op. 27 no. 2
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Chopin: Nocturnes and Polonaises

by William Aide, pianist

Beethoven: Sonata, Opus 27, No. 2

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Beethoven: Sonata, Opus 27, No. 2

by William Aide, pianist

Brahms: Nine Intermezzi

E major, Op. 116 no. 4
A major, Op. 76 no. 6
B flat minor, Op. 117 no. 2
A minor, Op. 118 no. 1
E minor, Op. 116 no. 5
E major, Op. 116 no. 6
C# minor, Op. 117 no. 3
Eb major, Op. 117 no. 1
A minor, Op. 76 no. 7
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Brahms: Eight Intermezzi

by William Aide, pianist

Chopin: Nocturnes, Mazurkas, Polonaise

Nocturne in B major, Op. 32 no. 1
Nocturne in E minor, Op. posth.
Mazurka in E minor, Op. 41 no. 1
Nocturne in F minor, Op. 55 no. 1
Nocturne in Eb major, Op. 55 no. 2
Polonaise in C# minor, Op. 26 no. 1
Nocturne in C minor, Op. 48 no. 1
Nocturne in F# minor, Op. 48 no. 2
Mazurka in A minor, Op. 59 no. 1
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Chopin: Nocturnes, Mazurkas, Polonaise

by William Aide, pianist