Tuesday, June 07, 2011

How To Treat Your Pianist

Oh my goodness she makes me laugh. I do not have issue with point number 6, though. Do you?


Scott said...

I think it depends on the context... I know my classical music friends take this very seriously. For me, there are some times when the show *is* all about the singer, and I'm just the hired hands in the background. In that context it doesn't really matter if I'm recognized less.

Also, I prefer "accompanist" to the unfortunate way that many people pronounce the word "pianist". I'd prefer not to have certain thoughts enter the minds of every audience member while I'm taking my bow.

Funny stuff, though.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, I don't have a problem with #6 either? I always felt that it actually was my job to 'accompany' and that it in fact was all about the 'singer' (btw, who knew that was an insult? lol- i didn't until today).

otherwise, i frickin' LOVE this woman. I'm afraid she might have a stroke but...#1-5 were all my personal pet peeves, as well.

I do feel that there should be a 'singer' rebuttal video though for what to do when you have a crappy pianist. 'cause that's its own ball of wax, eh?

fun post tho- i'm totally stealing and reposting.


Marc Shaiman said...

Yeah, I was taken aback by the indignation regarding #6. I happily refer to myself an accompanist. It is an art and one that I take pride in. Film scoring, arranging, even setting music to lyrics, I think of it all as accompanying.

Anonymous said...

That was so fun! I certainly agree with the part about the loose pages and the insulting hand clapping or snapping. I am actually proud of being a good "accompanist". If someone hates that word so much, they should get off the bench and try being the one belting the high note. I will happily sit in support of the one with the amazing vocal chords. Call me whatever. As far as cropped off pages and transposing goes, if you can't fake the left hand for a few bars, and you can't transpose, maybe you should charge a little less. It's called being a musician. Does that sound too snarky?
Billy Liberatore

Anonymous said...

As Scott said, "it depends on the context". I'm a vocalist that has accompanied vocalists before, and though I do play the piano, I don't consider myself a pianist. So I don't mind being called "accompanist" here. Another good substitution that I have seen used is "vocal collaborator".

Also, I'm very glad that I knew these rules as common sense before seeing this video, lol. Very funny though, and very true.

Anonymous said...

The accepted term today for a professional "accompanist" has become "collaborative pianist." The pianist plays many more notes than the singer sings, and is not simply providing an accompaniment, but an integral, if not the more integral, part of the music-making. Try singing without the piano part, and you will see what I mean.

Peter Maleitzke said...

Oh Billy. How I LOVE YOU. Long ago, I stopped saying "I don't transpose." During a round of fairly significant auditions with a very significant casting director, a very significant NY Music Director quietly pulled me aside and very firmly said "just do it". And I have been, when called upon, transposing auditions ever since. That said, Maestro Liberatorie, outside of 1 pianist I know in the LA area and perhaps a handful in NYC, you are just too freakin' good at what you do. So your opinion in the matter doesn't count.

As for "accompanist", that term is now completely archaic. It has been replaced by "collaborative pianist". All collaborative pianists ARE pianists. But the term "pianist" then is properly reserved to designate solo pianists. Happy collaborating everyone!