Jason Pelc - 07/15/00 23:39:43
Thanks for your efforts and time long spent (I do some midi composing myself). You have created a valuable resource. I came across Op.87 a few weeks ago on a recording by Keith Jarret, which I highly reccommend, and I am interested in playing some of the preludes and fugues myself. If you know of any books I could find (many are out of print) and you could get back to me I would really appreciate it. Well Done! Thanks a lot. -Jason
- 05/25/00 15:10:36
Dear jose congratulations; i would like to know your recommendations on the Piano concerto nº 2 in F which is my personal favourite and would to know of any interesting versions Salvador urbel, madrid, Spain
Will - 05/06/00 18:59:07
Sam - 04/30/00 15:26:50
I'm greatly impressed by your enthusiasm and hard work........these midi files are relly nice source for me .....I am writing/giving a seminar on shostakovich.......these are a nice help for me.....I might even do a sting qhuartet version.....(my midi is own so I havent actually heard them yet).....tnx all the same
- 04/10/00 14:28:59
Charls Webb - 04/08/00 09:42:31
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Dear José Listening to 'A bach Lovers Almanak' which is currently on ABC Classic FM here in Australia the theme this week was composers influenced greatly by Bach and Shostakovich was chosen to start. The A Major Prelude and Fugue was played and I so enjoyed it and hadn't heard it before. I decided to look for it on the Net and eventually found your page. I have downloaded both your zip files and already have played several and I can't tell you how much I am enjoying them. I played the Take Five transcription and I thought that was great. I have a Soundblaster Live card and Personal Copy soundfont so the sound is not far from perect via my not too bad HI FI system. Alas I am only an avid listener of music and not a musician but then where would be chaps like you be with out chaps like me. any thanks! I must now get back to some more listening. Regards Charles Webb Perth Western Australia
Ethel Jean Saltz - 03/15/00 16:30:20
Just discovered Shostakovich last week. Into my second year of music study after eons of life without music. Want to compose Psalm 22 as part of my musical autobiography (just for me as a hobby and therapy) and suddenly realized by the tv documentary on S ostakovich that he is Psalm 22 for me. A different spin than the Jewish sacred melody "Eli Eli". Have met personally Russians just new to this country and it all fits. There are intellectualy monitors surrounding us even on Internet.
John MacAlister - 02/18/00 23:04:18
Many thanks for the web site. I will return often. I have been a keen fan of DSCH (man & music) since about 1966.
Derrick Dutson - 01/05/00 19:15:20
Hi, I'm really looking for a Midi of Shostacovic's Overture Festivo
Bill James - 01/01/00 16:44:56
As a longtime admirer of Shostakovich, your efforts here are more the incredible. A job well done.
Daniel - 12/02/99 03:34:24
Dear Sir, Yes I love Shostakovich! I like the preludes, opus 34. I have a number of real audio files. You can download them from my site at this url,
Simon Larbalestier - 10/02/99 22:14:36
I found your site very interesting and linked into it from the FAQ site. I have just been to a chamber music concert sponsored by Barclays Private Bank which included a rendition of Piano Trio no 2 in E minor, Op.67. I found this particularly moving, perhaps more so because he wrote it during the time the Red Army were liberating 'Leningrad' and coming from Jersey I am well aware of the impact of the Second World War as we were occupied for five years (although far to young to have lived through it myself, thankfully). I have downloaded your midi files so hopefully I will get a more general feel as to his motivation and influences, as although I have a heard a number of his pieces on Vinyl and CD I believe it is not u til you see certain works performed live that you understand the full impact of certain pieces especially when, as was in this case, it obviously requires considerable talent to play. Incidently the musicians playing tonight were Robert Cohen of whom I am sure you have heard, Massimo Quarta, a particularly good violinist and Elizabeth Burley, an accomplished pianist. I haven't yet had a listen to your other arrangements and compositions but if you are a Shostakovich fan I am sure I will enjoy listening, Regards Simon Larbalestier, Jersey
Jose Marques - 09/18/99 02:41:19
Hi, Fred, glad that the MIDI files were of use to you. Let me only inform you that the MIDI files are accurate as far as notes, durations, keys are concerned; what is missing are only the expression and dynamics marks. Also, as I expanded the fugues to th ee or four staves (one for each voice), they won't be as easy to play as the original piano score. Thanks for your visit!
Fred - 08/13/99 13:47:36
THanks a bunch! I just got Nikolaeva's recording and wanted a score to look at. The only version I could find on the net is the Dover, and it's out of print. So your midi files are probably the only way for me to look at the notes, imperfect as you say th y are for that purpose.
Brian Hopson - 07/12/99 22:10:13
Hi! I just wanted to say how good it is to find such a constructive and interesting site about (in my view) one of the greatest composers of the 20th century. It must have been a labour of love! Thanks again.
Jim Williams - 07/03/99 02:20:24
I am wondering if there is a misprint in the tempo for the B minor fugue #6? I have a recording of Sviatoslav Richter doing it & he does it at about half the tempo of the MIDI file
Carrie Wierenga - 06/23/99 03:08:39
I am searching for the piano music for the work "24 Preludes and Fugues op. 87". Could you please point me to a source. Thanks
Eric F. - 03/11/99 15:48:15
Thank you very much for giving us this part of your work. And it's very wise to propose a zip file of all, because not all people (who give midi files) think to this... I'll have to work now for studing these masterpieces. Greetings
Richard Levy - 02/15/99 03:27:39
I think both the "pure piano" MIDI arrangements as well as the arrangements for "other" instruments of the Shostakovich Preludes and Fugues are wonderful. I would LOVE to hear an arrangement of the D-flat major Prelude and Fugue perhaps to instruments use in a circus band. To me, both the prelude and the fugue in this set have a sarcastic carnival atmosphere to them. Great job.
John Stribling - 02/12/99 05:58:41
I enjoyed this page -- I'll be back.
Susan Hesse - 02/06/99 20:49:28
Thank you for the Opus 87 midi files! I am actually searching for the sheet music so that I can play these pieces on the piano. No music store carries them because of the "Gatt Treaty". Do you know where I could find this sheet music?
Reg - 01/16/99 17:32:30
You have a great Site I have just been listening to some of your own music which I really enjoyed, I hope to listen to more in the future. Reg
Luis E. Juan - 01/05/99 12:02:17
I was typing the 15th fugue when I found your excellent op. 87 transcription, just few numbers far from my web (I'm at Vienna/5015)! I'm not an expert on Wittgenstein like you, but I love both Bruckner and Shostakovich.
Rubem Zachis - 12/29/98 19:41:19
I am a lover of Shostakovich's works,and want to show my interest on this amazing compositor by asking if you can reply my email sending some kind of information telling me how to get in a page that would tell his fabulous and turbulent story. Some flute partitures would be welcome,please.
Iain Strachan - 12/19/98 19:53:22
Thanks for your acknowledgement. I have a home e-mail address now (see above). I have an article on the Shostakovich String Quartets coming out in the next edition of the DSCH Journal (if you take that). It's already starting to provoke some academic r action. Regards, Iain Strachan.
Rob Ainsley - 12/09/98 10:28:01
Remarkable! An outstanding contribution to the great man's music. I'll link to you from my article on Op. 87 No. 15 www.futurenet.co.uk/classicalnet/composers/features/shostakovich/humour.html - many thanks again! Rob Ainsley
garrett - 11/30/98 22:27:50
My marching band performed Shostakovich's 10th Symphony in our opener and closer and another of his tunes(I'm not sure which one) for our second movement we had the hardest book in IN in class B PS has anyone seen the Blue Knights Drum Corp(based in MD), they play a near true version of the 10th Symphony
tony ariss - 09/10/98 14:16:13
Great site + excellent midi files. Does anyone know of a site with the 5th symphony on.
Brian - 06/12/98 04:39:23
Hi, Jose. Just a redundant e-mail if your "newsguy" address has changed. Cheers! P.S. New, permanent, e-mail : email@example.com Hi, Jose! It's been a while since we "spoke" last, and I've made some big changes. I was working at a temporary job doing technical support for an income tax preparation software company. When that job concluded, I went to visit a friend and look for work in Tucson, Arizona (in the middle of the desert). I got lucky and got a job with a really good company down here, so here I am! (We're about 2,000 KM closer now). So guess what... I'm going to be the guy you call when you need help with Windows 98. Cool, huh? I'm really excited about it. I learned a lot at my last job, but I'll be a certified expert after a few months here. I guess I finally managed to find my professional niche, which previously was a big stumbling block for me. I think you and I are a bit alike because we are both procrastinators who would rather just listen to music. Tucson is beautiful. The Grand Canyon is just a few hours to the north, and you can travel in any direction from here and see incredible landscapes. We have those huge, 20-foot-tall cacti around here called Saguaros. Very cool. Otherwise not much new. Musically nothing new. But I am rooming with my best friend, who is making inroads (like it or not) into classical music. So far he likes Beethoven a lot. I'm "passing the torch" of the Late Quartets to him, which you passed to me. Cool, huh? Well, Jose, I just thought I'd drop you a line and get you caught up. I hope everything's going well for you. Kiss your girlfriend for me. I'll write again a while later. I won't have internet access for a while, maybe a couple of months. My current e-mail address will expire in a few days. I set up a temporary account at Yahoo - firstname.lastname@example.org . You can reach me there for a while, but I probably won't check it very often. The last month or so has been rather hectic for me, so I've got a lot of e-mailing to do (but I wrote you first...) ;-) I'll talk to you soon. Your old friend, Brian P.S. I hear that Beethoven has a great set of "late" piano variations. Do you know which they are - any thoughts? Cheers! -- Visit my Chopin Homepage - http://www.geocities.com/Vienna/2217
Paul - 06/05/98 18:16:52
I loved listening to the wide variety of musical samples that this highly informational and entertaining page contains!
Paul - 06/05/98 18:16:48
I loved listening to the wide variety of musical samples that this highly informational and entertaining page contains!
Guilherme Carvalho - 06/03/98 10:29:25
Também passei por aqui e também gostei. Que trabalheira isto deve ter te dado! Mas valeu a pena.
José de Oliveira Júnior - 05/19/98 22:44:41
Fantástica sua página. É tão pouco comum vermos no Brasil manifestações de apreço à música séria, que me emocionou encontrar este seu trabalho. Parabéns. Jr.
- 05/19/98 22:41:35
Ulrich Eltgen - 05/06/98 21:11:21
Thank you very much for the Midi-Files. This is how the internet really helps to share knowledge and becomes a very useful tool for research. I am working on the opera Lady Macbeth of Mzensk on my website. Unfortunately I haven't translated much of it yet If anyone is interested in joining this project, please let me know.
Bob - 03/24/98 04:14:32
I think your arrangements are fantastic and really show a lot of personal care. Congrats on what must have been a big undertaking. I am wondering if you have or know where to find a MIDI file for Shostakovich's 4th symphony? Thanks.
Sylvio Silveira Santos - 03/11/98 22:01:29
Prezado Sr. Marques: Visitei sua home page e gostei muito. Ouví todos os prelúdios. São realmente muito bons e o resultado obtido com midi é excelente. Minha placa é Roland, das antigas, mas tem boa resposta de timbres. Tenho uma "home page" sobre poesia, onde metafísica e música estão presentes em cada página. Ela está ainda inacabada mas gostaria de merecer sua opinião. Estou planejando uma outra na área educacional sobre música e futuramente gostaria contar com sua presença. Parabenizo-o pelo excelente trabalho. Obs: Seu contador de visitas não funcionou em meu paginador Netscape. Muita saúde e sucesso. S. S. Santos
Jose Oscar marques - 02/14/98 21:33:14
Hi, I am happy this Guestbook is working well and that people are leaving their comments. Thanks to you all!! Also, I have a new email address, as listed above. Cheers,
John Bailey - 02/12/98 22:50:52
Hola apenas déjele conocerme han pasado escuchar de media hora pasado su música. Ahora, estoy en el arreglo del jazz de Shastakovich. Todo suena grande! Gracias por un interludio agradable. Su sitio ahora está en mis hotlinks. John Bailey http://www.frontiernet.net/~jmb184
Bob Spector - 02/06/98 05:02:27
Jose, I just wanted to thank you for the Shostakovich Op. 87 sequences. I've always found this music powerfully moving, and even in a simple-toned MIDI voice it is still so. As I write I'm starting to listen to your arrangements of some of the fugues, w ich it seems will be valuable both as "commentary" and as music. You've probably heard the recording of Shostakovich playing the preludes and fugues, which is the best performance of the few I've heard. Though he clearly wrote for piano -- and assuredly put a great deal of emotion into the piano performance -- I'll bet that these pieces can stand up to varying arrangements as well as can the Art of the Fugue.
Jose Marques - 01/27/98 03:48:50
Just to communicate that my Music and MIDI page has a new URL, as above.
Jayme Luna - 01/19/98 22:40:04
Prezado Marques, Desculpe-me for estar escrevendo em português. Saiba que admiro muito o seu trabalho, e é um estimulo para o que desejo fazer. Sempre vejo nos sites de música MIDI, que os arquivos são sequenciados através de "performances" de instrumentistas. Eu sempre pensei em fazer arranjos em MIDI através de edit res de partitura, e comecei um trabalho transcrevendo composições de Chopin e Bach no Encore, gravando a mão direita em um canal, a esquerda em outro, canais separados para as vozes nas fugas. Agora, pelo que entendi, você faz algo assim, e isso me estimu a e me encoraja muito a continuar este trabalho que interrompi. Atualmente estou construindo uma página com músicas dos principais compositores brasileiros, inclusive do barroco mineiro. Escrevi para você, pedidno autorização para usar alguns arquivos seu que baixei da página "The Villa-Lobos Connection". Espero que você conceda-me a permissão. Continue trabalhando sempre, que estarei visitando as suas páginas, na certeza de sempre encontrar arquivos da melhor qualidade. Seu trabalho é um exemplo para tod s que gostamos e admiramos os grandes compositores da nossa música universal. Parabens e muito sucesso em todos os seus empreendimentos. Obrigado, Jayme Luna email@example.com
Jose Oscar - 01/16/98 02:25:50
Just one more test to see if this is working.
Jose Oscar Marques - 01/10/98 14:22:07
Finally my CD of the Excelsior band arrived, and it's every bit as gfood as I was expecting from the reviews. The CD contains arrangements of some of the opus 87 Preludes, and you may order it following a link from my page. Best,
Jose Oscar Marques - 01/10/98 14:19:38
It seems the GuestBook wasn't working properly during all these months. I apologize to those that tried to leave messages. Let's see if it's OK now!