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Encyclopedia > Richard Clayderman
Richard Clayderman
Background information
Born December 28, 1953 (1953-12-28) (age 53)
Origin Flag of France Paris, France
Genre(s) Instrumental music
Occupation(s) Composer
Arranger
Instrument(s) Piano

Richard Clayderman (born Philippe Pagès on December 28, 1953, Paris, France) is a French pianist who has released numerous albums, including renditions and arrangements of popular music, French chansons, and popular piano works of Beethoven, Chopin and Mozart. is the 362nd day of the year (363rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The Eiffel Tower has become the symbol of Paris throughout the world. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Instrumental An instrumental is, in contrast to a song, a musical composition or piece without lyrics or any other sort of vocal music; all of the music is produced by musical instruments. ... A composer is a person who writes music. ... In popular music an arrangement is a setting of a piece of music, which may have been composed by the arranger or by someone else. ... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified with the purpose of making music. ... A short grand piano, with the top up. ... is the 362nd day of the year (363rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Eiffel Tower has become the symbol of Paris throughout the world. ... A pianist is a person who plays the piano. ... Chanson is a French word for song, and in English-language contexts is often applied to any song with French words, particularly a cabaret song. ... “Beethoven” redirects here. ... “Chopin” redirects here. ... “Mozart” redirects here. ...


Most of his recordings focus on popular music in general and orchestral arrangements of well-known romantic songs in particular, such as Yesterday, The Sound of Silence and Memory, rather than on Jazz or Classical Music. Music sample Yesterday Problems? See media help. ... The Sound of Silence is the song that propelled the 1960s folk music duo Simon and Garfunkel to popularity. ... Memory is the showstopper song from the musical Cats sung by the fat hoe Grizabella, a one-time glamour cat who is now a shell of her former self. ...


He is known to alter many famous pieces of music such as Für Elise. His music is generally played with an orchestra. This accompaniment is usually with James Last's orchestra. Für Elise (German for For Elise) is the popular name of the Bagatelle in A minor, WoO 59, a piece of music for solo piano by Ludwig van Beethoven, written approximately in 1810. ... James Last 2006 James Last together with fan Guenter Krueger from Berlin James Last (born Hans Last on April 17, 1929 in Bremen) is a German composer and big band leader with a large fan base in Europe and world-wide. ...

Contents

Biography

Born to a piano teacher, Clayderman started studying to play piano at age six, and he was accepted at a Conservatory of Music in Paris at age 12. After finishing Conservatory he worked as an accompanist and session musician. His life changed dramatically in 1976, when he recorded a single "Ballade pour Adeline" (Ballade for Adeline), composed by French musical producer Paul de Senneville. The single became an instant success, selling 22 million copies in 38 countries. Since then, he has recorded over 1000 songs and has become one of the most successful instrumental recording artists in the world, with reported record sales in excess of 70 million units worldwide. In the peak of his career he performed 200 concerts in 250 days. Year 1976 Pick up sticks(MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Ballade Pour Adeline is a 1976 song by Paul de Seneville. ...


He is often credited with pioneering the piano recordings of famous Hollywood soundtracks and pop music artists, such as ABBA. “Abba” redirects here. ...


Success

Clayderman has a curious market niche on third world countries, a fact mainly attributed by critics to his commercially-oriented performance of local and very popular music (especially love songs), and inexpensive, well-distributed records. On the other hand, there are people who refer to his work as elevator music [citation needed], because of extensive playing of his production in neutral spaces as elevators, malls and other public spaces. Richard Clayderman, however, according to the linked interview, does not see this classification as negative as, according to him, he feels pleased to turn people's workplaces and daily lives into more pleasant places through the use of his music. For the Jamaican reggae band, see Third World (band). ... Elevator music, also known as lift music (in the UK), piped music or muzak, refers to the gentle, bland instrumental arrangements of popular music designed for play in shopping malls, grocery stores, department stores, telephone systems (while the caller is on hold), cruise ships, airports, doctors and dentists offices, and...


Clayderman’s music continues to be exceedingly popular in East Asia, in places such as Japan, Taiwan and Mainland China. Some Chinese music teachers attribute the popularity of his music in Mainland China to the increase in the number of piano students since the 1980s. According to the book Last Chance to See by Douglas Adams, published 1990, Clayderman was the most-played artist in China then.[citation needed] ... The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ... The front cover of the first US hardcover edition of Last Chance to See. ... Douglas Noël Adams (11 March 1952 – 11 May 2001) was an English author, comic radio dramatist, and musician. ...


Discography

Numbers

  • 25 Years of Golden Hits (2xCD)
  • 50 Exitos Romanticos (3xCD)
  • 101 Solistes Tziganes (CD)

A

  • A Comme Amour (CD)
  • A Little Night Music (CD)
  • A little Romance (CD)
  • All by myself (2 CD SET)
  • Always (CD)
  • América Latina...mon amour (CD)
  • Amour (CD)
  • Amour pour amour (CD)
  • Anemos (CD
  • Anniversary Collection (5 CD SET)
  • Antique Pianos (CD)
  • A Touch of Latino (CD)

B

  • Ballade pour Adeline (LP / 33T) (WW Sales: 20 million)
  • Ballade pour Adeline (1985-CD)
  • Ballade pour Adeline and other Love Stories (CD)
  • Best Friend (CD)
  • Best of Classics (2 CD SET)
  • Best of Richard Clayderman (CD)
  • Brazilian Passion (CD)

C

  • Carpenters Collection (CD)
  • Chansons d'Amour (2 LP SET)
  • Chinese Evergreen (CD)
  • Chinese Garden (CD)
  • Chinese Garden/Cherished Moments (CD + VCD)
  • Christmas (LP / 33T)
  • Christmas Album (CD)
  • Classic Touch (CD)
  • Classics (CD)
  • Clayderman 2000 (CD)
  • Coeur Fragile (CD)
  • Collection, The (CD)
  • Confluence, The (CD)
  • Couleur Tendresses (1982,LP / 33T)

D

  • Deluxe (2 CD SET)
  • Desperado (CD)
  • Deutsche Volkslieder (CD)
  • Digital Concerto (CD)
  • Dimanche et fêtes (CD Single)

E

  • Ecos de sudamérica (CD)
  • Ein Träum von Liebe (LP / 33T)
  • Eléana (LP / 33T)
  • Eléana (CD)
  • Encore (CD)
  • En Venezuela (CD)
  • Essential (3 CD SET)
  • Essential Classics (CD)
  • Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime (CD)

F

  • Fantastic Movie story of Ennio Morricone (CD)
  • Forever My Way (CD, 2006)
  • France, mon Amour (CD)
  • Friends France - Original (CD + VCD)
  • Friends France (CD + VCD)
  • From the Heart (LP / 33T)
  • From this moment on (2006/CD)

G

  • Golden Hearts (CD)
  • Golden Moments (CD)

H

  • Hollywood and Broadway (LP / 33T)

I

  • Il y a toujours de Soleil au dessus des Nuages (CD)
  • In amore (CD) (Originally produced (1999) (Polydor Records: 1995-1996)
  • In Harmony (CD)
  • In the key of love (2 CD SET)
  • Introducing Richard Clayderman (CD)

J

  • Japon mon Amour (CD)
  • Joue-moi tes rêves (CD)

L

  • Les Musiques de L'amour (LP / 33T)
  • Les Musiques de L'amour (CD Version)
  • Les Nouvelles Ballades Romantiques (CD)
  • Les Rendez Vous de Hasard (CD)
  • Les Sonates (CD)
  • Lettre à ma Mère (CD)
  • Lettre à ma Mère (LP / 33T)
  • Love, American Style (CD)
  • Love Collection (CD)
  • Love Follow Us (CD)
  • Love Follow Us 2 (CD)
  • Love, French Style (CD)
  • Love, Italian Style (CD)
  • Love Songs of Andrew Lloyd Webber (CD)

M

  • Magic of Brazilian Music (CD)
  • Magic of Richard Clayderman (2 x LP)
  • Masters of Melody (3 CD SET)
  • Medley Concerto (LP / 33T)
  • Meisterstücke (CD)
  • Memories (DVD / VHS)
  • Millennium Gold (CD)
  • Mexico con amor (CD)
  • Musical Collection (Double CD)
  • Music of Love (LP / 33T)
  • Music of Richard Clayderman (LP / 33T)
  • My Australian Collection (CD)
  • My Bossa Nova Favourites (CD)
  • My Classic Collection (CD)
  • My favourite Oldies (2 CD SET)
  • Mysterious Eternity (CD)

N

  • New (2005)
  • New era (CD + VCD)
  • Number 1 Hits (Double CD)

O

  • On TV (CD)
  • Omaggio (CD)

P

  • Piano et orchestre (CD Version of the Debut Album)
  • null Piano moods (Double CD)
  • Plays Abba (CD)
  • Premiers chagrins d'Elsa, Les (1983, LP/33T)

Q

  • Quel gran genio del mio amico... (CD)

R

  • Remembering the Movies (CD)
  • Rendez-vous (Produced by COBA)
  • Rêveries (LP / 33T)
  • Rêveries No.2 (CD)
  • Richard Clayderman (1977 Debut album) (LP / 33T)
  • Richard Clayderman (1982) (LP / 33T)
  • Richard Clayderman in Concert - Japan (Video)
  • Richard Clayderman in Concert - England (Video)
  • Richard Clayderman Plays Abba, The Hits (CD)
  • Romance and the piano of Richard Clayderman (CD)
  • Romantic (CD)
  • Romantic America (Canadian Release) (CD)
  • Romantic Dreams (CD)
  • Romantic Nights (CD) One of a 10xCD compilation set from St Clair.
  • Rondo pour un tout petit enfant (CD)

S

  • Scandinavian Collection (CD)
  • Serenade de l'etoile (Coup de Coeur) (CD)
  • Smiling Joey (CD Single)
  • Songs of Love (CD)
  • Souvenirs (CD)
  • Stage and Screen (CD)
  • Sweet Memories (Cassette)
  • Sweet Memories (LP / 33T)

T

  • Tango (CD)
  • Thailand mon Amour (CD)
  • The best 100 (CD 2006)
  • Together (CD)
  • Together at Last (CD)
  • Träumereien 3 (CD)
  • Träummelodien (CD)
  • Treasury of love (CD) One of a 10xCD compilation set from St Clair.
  • Turquie mon amour (CD)
  • Two Together (CD)

U

  • Ultimate Collection (4xCD)

V

  • Very best of Richard Clayderman (CD)
  • Very best of Richard Clayderman (DISKY) (3 x CD)

W

  • What a wonderful World (2 CD SET)
  • When a man loves a woman (CD)
  • When love songs were love songs (CD)
  • With Love (1988) (LP / 33T)
  • With Love (1997) (CD)
  • With Love (1999) (CD)
  • World Tour (CD)

Z

  • Zodiacal Symphony (CD)

Clayderman's arrangement of Three Blind Mice has appeared on Bill Bailey's disc The Ultimate Collection... Ever! Three Blind Mice is a childrens nursery rhyme. ... Bill Bailey is also the name commonly used to refer to a popular song with the full title of Wont You Come Home Bill Bailey. Mark Bill Bailey (born 24 February 1964, Bath, Somerset) is an English comedian, actor, and musician known for appearing on Never Mind the Buzzcocks...


See also

This is a non-definitive list of best selling recording artists, embracing worldwide single and album sales. ... This article deals with those who play the piano. ...

External links


  Results from FactBites:
 
Richard Clayderman - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (417 words)
Richard Clayderman (born Philippe Pagès on December 28, 1953, Paris, France) is a French pianist who has released numerous albums, including innovative interpretations of Beethoven, Liszt, Chopin and Mozart.
Although a popular and bestselling artist, Clayderman is often criticised— especially by piano lover (either classical or popular, such as Jazz), critics, connoisseurs and artists for his limited technique and watered-down performances (for both technical and commercial reasons) of acclaimed classical pieces.
Clayderman has a curious market niche on third world countries, a fact mainly attributed by critics to his commercially-oriented performance of local and very popular music (especially love songs), and cheap, well-distributed records.
Ricahrd Clayderman (869 words)
Richard Clayderman has done what virtually no other French Artist has ever done, he has established a truly international career as a best selling recording Artist and concert performer.
Clayderman’s international success has resulted in a punishing itinerary which, in the past, has seen him play as many as 200 concerts in just 250 days, outside of his home in France.
The biggest price Richard Clayderman feels he has to pay for his international stardom is the time he spends away from his family – a sacrifice he acknowledges they all suffer, but accept, as part of his duty to his millions of fans.
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