Music Albums by Piroska
In 2005 Piroska's life has totally changed while worked at the Festival of Voices in Tasmania. One night she woke up in her hotel room and her head was buzzing with beautiful music that had to be written down but was kept private. She started to compose, listened to music differently, then in 2011 an opportunity came up to go back to study Contemporary Music Composition, Songwriting & Production. It was an incredible experience to explore new fields and be a 'beginner' again. The result of this experience is the three albums Piroska has produced so far.
Her three albums are Russian Stories, Renaissance Kids and Sunday.
The fourth one, the Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom by Rachmaninov is a recording she made with Oriana Chorale during her years working in Canberra. At one of the Festivals she attended, there was an exhibition by Music Publishers, including some Russian publishers too, and she found some unique collections at their table that were almost unknown and not premiered in Australia. The Chorale was willing to take up the challenge and learn 20 of the 22 movements in Russian. The project was extremely challenging but so beautiful that both the choir and the audience loved the music. This gave us a rare opportunity to record the Liturgy and publish it. It was an unforgettable experience to all involved.
e-Books by Piroska
Her first publication, the Fifty-four Warm-Ups for Choristers, is based on her very much loved choral past as a choral singer. In her native country, Hungary, warm up is an essential part of a choir rehearsal that prepares the work of the rehearsal and helps to focus the choristers' attention at the beginning of rehearsals and performance. It also warms up and prepares the voice to sound the best and to approach singing with the safest technique. Warm up exercises establish the exquisite sound and intonation of a choir that she has experienced in Hungary.
During her work in Canberra with her children's choirs, the Canberra Choral Society and, other ensembles inspired her to come up with useful and suitable warm up exercises to prepare the work that had to be done in preparation of upcoming performances. Her first publication has become the collection of these exercises.
Her second book, The Road to a Simple and Good Life, was her first try to writing. For a long time Piroska has been thinking about writing books but her music career kept her busy. She was also concerned to put her thoughts on paper and being judged on her English. However, the urge was such that it just had to be done. She believes that in a country such as Australia, a lot of first generation migrants and refugees don’t contribute to society with their full potential because of fear relating to being judged on language issues. They are not represented enough in media, in TV, Radio, in the theatre world and the film industry. Our loss culturally, historically and many other ways due to this is tremendous.
Piroska, through her Yoga and Meditation practice, has become very curious of other people's obsession to find happiness and to identify what that means to them. She found happiness early on, as a child, in music and all her creative activities that occupied her all in her life and still does! Living in Australia, where people live a very good life and more in touch with nature than in most European countries, people get very attached to their possessions and measure happiness in material things. In her book Piroska tries to give a guidance to a less complicated, simple and happier life.
Her third book, The 7 Secret Parchments of the Masters, is a little mystery. Piroska has been practising Yoga and Meditation since her early twenties. These Parchments were given to her by someone. Many times she read them but their content and meaning remained a mystery for quite sometime. It happened here in Melbourne, that one of her Yoga teacher dedicated the last few minutes of the class to a short verse from the Chinese Classic, Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu. This became the introduction to her further readings and lead to the publication of the Parchments to share it with others interested in the philosophy of the Ancient Masters.
Her recent, fourth book, the How to Build a Successful Music Business, was written by necessity. When Piroska was looking for help on how to build a successful music business twelve years ago, she did not find much help or any book to read on this topic. Not long after that, she read somewhere that if you want to find a good book to read on a topic and you don't find it, write it yourself! That is exactly what she did!
In her fourth e-Book she tried to summarise her experience of the last more than thirty years as a musician and guide young musicians to plan their lives smartly. Musicians very much live in the present. They perform and teach and, do what they do because they are passionate about music. However, many of them don't know how to or don't think about planning for the future. We, musicians, are extremely lucky. While we do what we love to do, we also have a way of producing royalties!
In this e-book she tries to cover both the present and the future. How to build a business based on performing or/and teaching and at the same time how to get into activities that will bring royalties. Income for work you do once but pays over and over again!
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