Louis wants to live in a world where exercise comes in pill form and there are no consequences for binge eating sweets. Outside of that fantasy he works during the day speaking mostly in acronyms while keeping the world connected through various intricate technologies.
When he’s not routing ones and zeros around the globe he strives to be a pianist. He started studying music as an adult in the summer of 2004. After having attended a symposium for pianists at Princeton University he met the person who would ultimately become his teacher. Louis spends as much free time as possible learning new repertoire and perfecting his technique.
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Impromptu No. 4 in A-flat major D. 899 (Op. 90), Franz Schubert
The fourth Impromptu, in A-flat major, actually begins in A-flat minor, though this is written as A-flat major with accidentals. The opening theme consists of cascading arpeggios followed by murmuring chordal responses. These are repeated and developed, going through C-flat major and B minor before finally reaching A-flat major. There is a subordinate theme, accompanied by the arpeggio figure, varied with triplets. In the central section, in C-sharp minor, the arpeggios are replaced by a chordal accompaniment. This section ventures into the major mode towards its conclusion, but reverts to the minor. The opening section is repeated and the work ends in A-flat major. The tempo marking is Allegretto.
Prelude in C minor, WTC Bk. 1, "Bach à la Jazz" (J.S. Bach, arr. Matt Herskowitz)
Matt presents a new 21st century take on the great works of classical composers, utilizing improvisation in his interpretations. It has often been noted that Matt has a “classical background”, but this is somewhat misleading; unlike some jazz pianists with classical training to whom this moniker has been ascribed, Matt has been first and foremost a classical pianist most of his lifeHe has studied at two of the world's most prestigious classical music conservatories, and he has never abandoned the classical repertoire while he was honing his jazz chops and developing his own personal voice as a composer and improviser. This is what makes him unique among both classical and jazz pianists, many of whom have made forays into each other's worlds; he is completely ambidextrous, equally masterful and comfortable in both.
Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier, BWV 846–893, is a collection of Preludes and Fugues in all major and minor keys, composed for solo keyboard by Johann Sebastian Bach. In the German of Bach's time, Clavier (keyboard), was a generic name indicating a variety of keyboard instruments, most typically a harpsichord or clavichord – but not excluding an organ either.
When Bach gave the title Das Wohltemperirte Clavier to his first book of preludes and fugues in all 24 major and minor keys, dated 1722, it noted that it was composed "for the profit and use of musical youth desirous of learning, and especially for the pastime of those already skilled in this study". Some 20 years later Bach compiled a second book of the same kind.