About the music
Kittens sleeping and playing under the stove, fun amongst friends along the way to school, birds closing the day with their subtle songs, a proud hen crossing the lawn with her chicks following, heroic dreams of knights and battles, the boring mandatory naps at school, etc…
This suite of small and contrasted pieces of piano music, 'Humble Memories', is a set of musically translated reminiscences of my own childhood and adolescence years. But in fact, anyone may have in his memory similar remembrances of such moments and atmospheres…
'Humble Memories' consists of 19 movements, in total about 80 minutes of music. Its musical style is determined by the needs and rules of poetry and evocation. There are some impressionistic or contemplative depictions in it, but also chorals, preludes, fugues and various fantaisies - and definitively some humor too!
Listen to a Piano Prelude to Humble Memories:
And listen also to a little appetizer: a variation on the Flemish folk tune
'Den Uyl die in den Peereboom zat':
Tim Mulleman (°1993, Belgium) started playing the piano at the age of 11 under the guidance of conductor Hans Casteleyn. After finishing his studies classical piano, jazz and accompaniment with highest distinctions at the provincial academy, he started studying at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels with Jan Michiels and later in Vienna at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien with Christiane Karajeva. Having obtained his Bachelor’s degree with great distinction, his final Master’s recital and research thesis – specialising in transcription and improvisation – even gave him a greatest distinction.
Tim used to study composition with Dr. Jan Van Landeghem and recently continues this path with Annelies Van Parys. His arrangements are regularly being played by ensembles such as Het Collectief, the Chamber Music Ensemble of the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, the Weiner Ensemble (Budapest) and his own ensemble Tmesis. As a transcriber, he currently works with Kris Defoort on the piano reduction of his newest opera, The Time of our Singing, which will be performed in La Monnaie (Brussels) and Philadelphia (USA)....
Emmy Wils (°1994), showed an early interest for music and developed since into a passionate music student aged 23. When she was nine, she received her first piano lessons from Johan Bossers at de Music Academy of the City of Tongeren.
In 2012, she started her studies at the Brussels Conservatory in the classes of Piet Kuijken and Hans Ryckelynck, and this year she will accomplish her in the class of Boyan Vodenitcharov. During her student years she also had the privilege to study at the prestigious Hochschule für Musik Frans Liszt in Weimar, Germany, in the class of Peter Waas.
Throughout the years she had the opportunity to follow masterclasses with, amongst others, Pavel Eliashevic, Wolfgang Manz, Massimiliano Mainolfi, Rasa Biveiniene Yakutite, Christian Wilm Müller, Lukas Vondraçek,… and at age 16 she debuted as a soloist in front of an orchestra.
Emmy already won a large number of distinctions and prizes at competitions such as the Cantabile-concourse, Belfius Classics, Stephan de Jonghe-concourse, Concours de piano de Liège, Concours André Charlier, VriendenCultuurprijs Tilburg, Triomphe de l’Art...
Nostalgia is a sentimentality for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations.
The word nostalgia is learned formation of a Greek compound, consisting of νόστος (nóstos), meaning "homecoming", a Homeric word, and ἄλγος (álgos), meaning "pain" or "ache", and was coined by a 17th-century medical student to describe the anxieties displayed by Swiss mercenaries fighting away from home. Described as a medical condition—a form of melancholy—in the Early Modern period, it became an important trope in Romanticism.
Nostalgia is associated with a wistful yearning for the past, its personalities, and events, especially the "good old days" or a "warm childhood".
Aurélien Dony (°1993, Belgium) was born on April 16, 1993, in Dinant. Passionate about literature, he publishes between his 18 and 24 years four collections of poetry and co-wrote a novel with his friend Claude Raucy. After graduating as a French teacher, Aurélien entered the Royal Conservatory of Brussels where he studies drama.
His passion for poetry will lead him to enthusiasm for declamation. He works on poets of all time and, with this teaching, frequently gives readings to the Circle of Travelers (Brussels), to the House of Poetry of Namur or during various recitals.
He also lends his voice to contemporary poets such as Jean Loubry, Charline Lambert, Karel Logist ...
In addition, Aurélien gave numerous performances as singer of the group Géminides (putting to music poetic texts of Molière, Van Gogh, Camus ...)
In an age where pianos are commonly standardized, Chris Maene launched a bold new generation of grand pianos that offer an innovative and refreshing alternative. An in-depth knowledge of more than 300 years of piano manufacturing with the most modern and state of the art techniques, the Chris Maene straight-strung pianos are unprecedented and unique.
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For more than a century there have been no fundamental changes to the concept of grand pianos. The Chris Maene grand piano is the first piano that brings this straight-strung concept to the 21st century. It combines the authentic sound, clear bass and transparent registers inherent to straightstrung instruments; with the touch, stability and power of contemporary pianos.
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Chris Maene inherited the business from his father creating a continued expansion. With artisanal experience, he was able to build a workshop fi lled with specialists, some of whom have trained in Hamburg, Berlin, Poland, Tokyo and Paris. The company developed a unique profi le: a highly specialized workshop, a collection of historic instruments and several stores with new pianos.
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