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#1000477 - 08/20/08 08:53 AM Re: Recital 11 -- General Discussion Room  
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...continued...

31. Orez Eno-- I really liked this piece! It reminded me strongly of Tiersen’s work, and I like repetition in a piece. You play it with a nice lilting touch.

32. Undone— This is a lovely, slightly sad piece that you play with wonderful emotion. I’ve said it before, but I continue to be impressed by how pretty the pieces are in the Alfred books.

33. AnthonyB— Already reviewed, but hurray for another Einaudi piece!

34. Strat— Already reviewed.

35. Jotur— I listened hard, and I didn’t hear any reason you should feel disappointed. Quite the opposite… the fact that you expertly improvised the bass yourself is reason enough to be giving yourself an extra pat on the back. A fun piece, well-played!

36. Eighty8— I do like Pat Metheny’s work, especially the slower stuff like this piece. Good job with the dynamics. And kudos for figuring out this arrangement from watching videos… whenever *I* look at videos to try to figure out fingering etc. it all goes way too fast and is too complicated (for me wink ) to figure out.

37. Epf— “Music of the night” may be my favorite Webber song. You do a great job of communicating the bittersweet tone, and listening to you makes me realize I really have to dig out my Webber collection and learn that song for myself. It’s the perfect piece to have on hand when people say “play something for me.” smile

38. Copper— This is another great standard to have in one’s repertoire, and once again I am impressed at all of you out there who can play from fake books. I can easily imagine myself sitting in some dark bar listening to you playing this. smile

39. Pevawi— Oh, you made my son happy when he heard this playing. He loves “Fur Elise” (although he calls it “Charlie Brown” laugh ). And so do I. Well done!

40. Gerg— Wow! This is another candidate for the “most technically challenging” piece we’ve heard on the recital. Impressive playing.


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#1000478 - 08/20/08 08:58 AM Re: Recital 11 -- General Discussion Room  
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[b] Presumably you snorkeled into the caves around Norman Island! ... and the baths at Virgin Gorda.
...and the Rone off of Salt Is. smile BVI's... my favorite place in the world. [/b]
Yes to the first two, no to the Rhone; too much current for this poor swimmer. But I did put my face into the water over the edge of the dinghy and see the Rhone's propeller!

#1000479 - 08/20/08 12:57 PM Re: Recital 11 -- General Discussion Room  
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09. John Frank - Etude, Op.10, No.3 (Theme)

John Frank - well, what can I say that you haven't heard (or thought) already - not too bad (for an amateur) - left just a little to be desired, but only in execution and not in good intentions or in capturing the essence of the piece - good forward motion thru the work - melody properly emphasized - emotion nicely expressed - dynamics not quite consistent (but promising) - climax achieved - ending properly tapering in tempo and volume - overall maybe a 6 or 7 on a scale of 10 - potential seems encouraging - if Chopin is not necessarily smiling down at least he has a twinkle in his eye - keep pushing onward & upward at that good, steady pace you've been setting - bigger & brighter things ahead thumb wink

With very personal regards, JF


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#1000480 - 08/20/08 03:04 PM Re: Recital 11 -- General Discussion Room  
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More Comments:

03. Monica K. - Nuvole Bianche - I love the way this piece builds in intensity, complexity and beauty - Well Done.

40. gerg aka Greg - Nocturne Op. 37 No. 2 - Every note crisp and clear. A wonderful performance of a challenging piece.

48. Seaside_Lee - How Deep Is Your Love - Love the BeeGees and love the what you did with this song.

61. ddh - Daniel - Londonderry Air - Elegant rendition - Well played.

65. Hisalone (Joel) - Hungarian Dance No. 5 - Just right - both sensitive and powerful.


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#1000481 - 08/21/08 07:07 AM Re: Recital 11 -- General Discussion Room  
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03. Monica K. - Nuvole Bianche

Monica - elegant piece played with the barely controlled passion that it demands and deserves - your love for the composer's music shines thru and is readily evident in every note - excellent keyboad command with enviable tempo changes and highly commendable facility with the required dynamics - overall, a masterful performance granting us a very pleasurable listening experience. thumb

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#1000482 - 08/21/08 08:26 AM Re: Recital 11 -- General Discussion Room  
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38. Nice way to start my day... very refreshing playing.
37. That is such a nice piece. You handle it very well. Nice legato.
36.Wow, excellent job. Really good ear!!!
35. Fun...
34.Nice playing. Real good left hand legato.
33. Sweet tune. Good playing.
32. Nice feel for the piece. It really feels connected.
31. you know iot does sound plodding but you play it well and I bet you can let go and really enjoy it.
30.Real dreamy playing... smile
29. Great job! Really! I wish the recording quality was better.
28. A beatles classic. Very professional sounding.


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#1000483 - 08/21/08 11:29 AM Re: Recital 11 -- General Discussion Room  
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I just wanted to check in and let everyone know that I really enjoyed listening to the recital. I just wish I had known that Piano*Dad was going to blow me out ot the water so badly. We just got back from vacation here and here last Saturday. I've just about caught up at work, but we are starting a major kitchen remodel today, so it may take some time before I can post some specific comments, but for now: Great job everyone!

Ted

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Hey! You did a great job. I was pleased to see a fellow Debussy traveler. I love the Debussy preludes, and I'm gaining a great appreciation for the shorter ones. They are wonderfully manageable for people who don't have eons of practice time and despite their length they are rich in thematic development.

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No I have not forgotten the rest of you recitalists! We started painting the kitchen this weekend and it has turned into a weeklong project! I am taking a lunch break now, so will continue listening:


21. Euan Morrison - Piano Ballet Very lovely, relaxing piece to start with after a morning of painting! I can picture the dancers for this pretty ballet.

22. DragonPianoPlayer - The Mechanical Doll This is a nice piece. I think you did a great job of bringing out the "mechanical" idea without making your playing sound mechanical.

23. Euphonatrix - Sonatina in F, WoO, Anh. 5, No. 2 Yes, you're right. Many people do assume everything Beethoven wrote was somber and serious. You did a great job of contrasting the different elements in this piece.

24. AdagioM (Michele) - Adagio from Sonata No. 48, Hob. XVI/35 I think this definitely is yours now! Nice job!

25. mlr1899 - Sensation Ouch! Sorry about the tendonitis. I have problems with that in my right hand, so I know how painful it can be. Doesn't sound like it hurt your playing of this piece any! Fun to listen to.

26. Gary001 - Theme in F Major Short but sweet! I enjoyed listening to this and wish it were longer!

27. rocky - Evacuee I love Enya's music. It's very soothing. And that is just the effect I got listening to you play this. You can keep right on with these "simple" pieces as far as I am concerned!

28. Serge88 - The Long And Winding Road One of my favorite Beatles' songs! Great job on the playing and the video! (Cute puppy! Tho I don't think I would have been able to keep playing like you did if he brushed under my legs like that! lol!)

29. angelojf - "Here Comes the Sun" And more Beatles! Nice job. I liked the added middle part.

30. kawaigirl1 - Leo As always, an outstanding job! Your recital pieces are always among my favorites.


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Still not sure I'm going to get to individual comments, but I have to say:

YD (Yuri): I played this piece once upon a time, but not nearly so fluently or eloquently as you do. Beautiful playing!

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Another group, done on a painting break!

31. Orez Eno - Two Timing, Op.134 No.6 Nice piece. Very steady rhythm. It reminds me of Bach in ways. As for repetitive, if it's a lesson piece, many are in order to teach and reinforce the lesson.

32. Undone (Jim) - Night Song One of my favorites from the Alfred's book. And you play it more like my teacher and I liked it- a bit slower than most, but you are right. It feels more Nocturne-like at the slower tempo. I like it!

33. AnthonyB - I due fiumi I only heard a few spots where your hands were really out of sync. And the feeling and flow you put into the whole thing more than made up for that. Very nice for not quite a year of self-teaching.

34. Strat - Wind Crest (from Final Fantasy X-2) We all have one of these, don't we? And it's so good to be able to play that "one piece"- especially when it is so pretty and played so well!

35. jotur - Cathy Turner - (This is Not Your Mother's) Black and White Rag I can't say I've heard the original, but I really like your bass.

36. Eighty8 - Letter From Home This is probably my second (maybe third) favorite Metheny/Mays ballad. Very nice job. Only one thing (and it's a matter of personal taste)- I thought the piano voice you used was a bit bright for as high in the treble as this gets. Just a bit harsh to my ears, but that certainly may not hold true for everyone. Still a great job!

37. epf - Music of the Night Ah, one of my favorites from Phantom! And one I am still working on. Very nicely played!

38. Copper - Stardust And that last one on the list is one of my favorites! I love this song, and many other of Hoagy's. Always a pleasure to hear you play!

39. Pevawi / Peter - Für Elise Nice job on a perennial favorite. You stood up to the red dot just fine.

40. gerg aka Greg - Nocturne Op. 37 No. 2 Lovely. There is something about a Chopin Nocturne that is just special. I'm glad you submitted this.


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#1000488 - 08/22/08 05:23 AM Re: Recital 11 -- General Discussion Room  
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I'd like to add my congratulations to all the participants and thanks to everyone, especially Monica and the others who have made this possible. This is the first recital since I joined (I wasn't quite ready having only been playing a few weeks. I didn't think anyone would be interested in a 20 second rendition of Rockets from Alfreds Book 1 wink ) Maybe next time I'll have something smile Or the time after...

I'm not going to comment on every piece. My inexperienced critique probably doesn't mean much anyway laugh But I would like to comment on just a few:

03 Monica - I've loved listening to you play Einaudi in the thread dedicated to him, and was not disappointed with another beautiful piece by you. You've introduced me to a whole new world, and I can't wait to be able to play Einaudi myself.

07 Mr S-H - Just wanted to say I loved your piece. Others have already said so, so I'll add my agreement that it does indeed have that "movie soundtrack" feel to it. Very nice. Hope to see you in the credits of a movie one day.

10 True Beginner - I hope I can play as well as you after 6 months! Wonderful.

40 Gerg - I can't deny that Chopin is my favourite, and I loved your playing. This was probably my favourite piece of the recital.

62 YD - Yours was perhaps my most anticipated piece, having gone back to Recital 10 and listened to you playing Chopin. Another fantastic piece and I thought you really captured that Mozart essence.

Thanks again to everyone.

Balf ♫

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I didn't think anyone would be interested in a 20 second rendition of Rockets from Alfreds Book 1
I think that's exactly what we wanted when we started.

Things have grown since then, but I think that 20 second piece may need the recital as much as any other. And vice versa.


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[b]I didn't think anyone would be interested in a 20 second rendition of Rockets from Alfreds Book 1
I think that's exactly what we wanted when we started.

Things have grown since then, but I think that 20 second piece may need the recital as much as any other. And vice versa. [/b]
Agreed. That is also in the spirit of the ABF forum. We all want to be as supportive of each other as possible.

The comments from SuperHunky earlier on were right on. Everyone has improved tremendously in these recitals. IMO, the reason for that is all the participation in the piano bars and recitals. Polishing pieces to the point of playing them in recitals or getting a good recording has made major differences in my own playing.

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More lunchbreak listening:


41. Fillanzea (Emily) - Sunburst Waltz Very nice! Good tempo and fun to listen to.

42. RobM - Suteki Da Ne Very pretty. Another peaceful, contemplative piece. Triplets are tricky and to conquer them in the left hand as you did is something to be proud of.

43. tekkie - Opus #18 Overall, very steady and even. It's easy to start rushing a piece like this as you go along and you didn't. Great job.

44. PianoN00b (Yang) - Midnight Rhapsody This has a mysterious sound to it that is perfect for Midnight. I liked the runs about 3/4 of the way thru and again at the end.

45. joangolfing - Hymn to Joy Very interesting arrangement of a well-known Beethoven theme. Very different. I enjoyed it.

46. Paul Cast - Sonatina Op.36 No.1 Allegro, Andente, Vivace Not bad at all. A little more variation in the tempi between the three movemnts would make this even better.

47. mahlzeit - Diminished You should "play around with diminished chords" more often! Very pretty and reflective sounding.

48. Seaside_Lee - How Deep Is Your Love A bit different from the usual versions you hear of this song, but very pretty. It works well with your style of playing.

49. TX-Dennis (Dennis Turner) - In The Still of the Night Very pretty playing. I've always liked this song and your improvs made it uniquely yours. (On an off-topic side note- and I know TX is a big state and all that- but you wouldn't happen to be related to Debbie and Wayne Turner by any chance?)

50. Piano*Dad - La Fille aux Cheveux de Lin I do love Debussy! Nice dynamics and flow to this. You always play so well in these recitals.


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What a great composition. Nice mood, it calls to mind a harbor in Maine, on a rainy day or something like that. Reminded me of a David Lanz piece. The talent in this forum is amazing to me.

Peyton - A House at the End of the World
Wow, another great composition. As I said before, the talent in this forum is amazing to me.

B528nf7 - Bill Moore - Piano Bar Theme
At this point I’m getting tired of saying how amazing the talent is here, so I won’t say it again. Let me just say – from now on the person who initiates the piano bar thread should provide a link to this song, to get things started on the right foot!

Rustyfingers - Root Beer Rag
No rust on them fingers! That’s a fun piece of music, so well played. Great job!

Mlr1899 – Sensation
Loved the syncopation. Such great articulation and control. Excellent work!

Serge88 - The Long And Winding Road
Beautiful job! Great control and expression.

Jotur - Cathy Turner - (This is Not Your Mother's) Black and White Rag
Great job! Nice, steady rhythm, catchy syncopation. Enjoyed it.

Eighty8 - Letter From Home
Interesting, enjoyable piece. Excellent job.

Copper – Stardust
One of my all time favorites. It’s great to hear it played with the right chords. Great job!

TX-Dennis (Dennis Turner) - In The Still of the Night
Love that song! Excellent job.

IPIBAHN (Sandy) - Jazz Hymn
Never heard this before but I enjoyed it. Contemplative, serene for a piece with the word jazz in the title. Well done!


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What a great recital! It’s great being able to hear the progress everyone makes over time. I’ll start my comments from the end. Thanks to those who have had the time or inclination to post.

39. Pevawi / Peter - Für Elise
You play so well for studying for such a short time. This is such a standard to have in your repertoire and it can keep growing with you. Enjoyed listening.

40. gerg aka Greg - Nocturne Op. 37 No. 2
I see why this is one of your favorites. It’s a bit of an emotional roller coaster. Absolutely gorgeous and inspiring playing, as always.

41. Fillanzea (Emily) - Sunburst Waltz
Welcome to the recitals, Emily. I enjoyed this energetic waltz. Great job.

42. RobM - Suteki Da Ne
It does sound tricky, but you brought out the melody nicely over those lovely triplets. A very enjoyable performance.

43. tekkie - Opus #18
What a moody piece – it sounds as if it could be a movie soundtrack. Great job and welcome to the recitals.

44. PianoN00b (Yang) - Midnight Rhapsody
This certainly has a dramatic opening – and a number of beautiful themes. Loved it. Nicely played.

45. joangolfing - Hymn to Joy
Interesting to hear this with the syncopated rhythm. I stayed curious to see where it would go next. I enjoyed listening.

46. Paul Cast - Sonatina Op.36 No.1 Allegro, Andente, Vivace
I thought you played this very smoothly and cleanly. It had a light, sprightly feel and you played it very musically.

47. mahlzeit - Diminished
This has such a relaxed, contemplative feel. Very enjoyable. Iphones seem to do everything.

48. Seaside_Lee - How Deep Is Your Love
I loved your arrangement. I admire how you can play around with varying accompaniments and styles. Very smooth.

49. TX-Dennis (Dennis Turner) - In The Still of the Night
What a beautiful melody and nicely played – I loved the bit of pull in the rhythm.

50. Piano*Dad - La Fille aux Cheveux de Lin
Very beautifully played! Nice clean pedaling. I thought you set the mood nicely in the first lines. I also loved that lovely hanging low C that just kept ringing. I’ve been polishing this too (darn you and Ted, I don’t dare record it now☺)

51. GregF - Pastorale Op.100, No. 3
A very pretty piece, delicately played. The red dot issue does get easier over time … or we get less fussy…

53. IPIBAHN (Sandy) - Jazz Hymn
What a lovely, reflective piece. Losing a pet is so heartbreaking – why do they live such a short time?

54. DeepElem (aka Buck) - Cinema Paradiso
Restating my admiration for those who can play from a lead sheet. Nice dramatic crescendo. Enjoyed listening.

55. Greywullf - No. 3 Canzone Amorosa
Thank you for the introduction to this composer. Very beautifully and skillfully played. I’m curious to hear more.

56. Jeff (Opus45) - Barcarolle (June, from the Seasons)
This brought back memories since my daughter played it a lot preparing for an exam. The polishing part should be great fun because there are so many wonderful musical details in this piece. I enjoyed your playing of this beautiful piece.

57. polostrings - Waiting for Arrival
I love hearing original compositions. This had a nice driving forward movement. It did seem to portray the length of the wait, and a little anxiety too.

58. Kawai, Hi - Raindrop Prelude
Even if this is a simplified version, it still retains the beautiful melody and that lovely bass bit. I loved listening to your sensitive playing.

59. Mike White - Scherzino Mexicano
I’m a sucker for Latin rhythms – so I always look forward to yours and Mel’s submissions. This has a lovely ebb and flow – really enjoyed your skillful playing.

60. Rosanna - Shanghai Tan
We were on the Bund this spring – and it wasn’t as peaceful as this piece. Loved the echoes in the bass. I’m getting more interested in learning some play by ear skills – this is very inspiring.

61. ddh - Daniel - Londonderry Air
I hear this a lot with a fiddler in the family. Beautiful job with the balance and keeping the reflective mood.

62. YD (Yuri) - Mozart, Sonata K545, Andante
Yuri, you play with such skill and finesse. I keep listening because there are so many interesting musical details. Wonderful.

63. Manndrew - Crazy
Lots of lovely flourishes – loved your arrangement. This goes on the late night listening with a glass of wine list.

64. Ozor Mox - Waltz in D flat major (Petit Chien/Minute Waltz)
Wow – speedy, clean and bright. This brought on a big grin – delightful.

65. Hisalone (Joel) - Hungarian Dance No. 5 I just heard the duet version this summer. A fun piece with so much potential for drama. Nice job!

66. EJR - Everyday
This piece sure shows off some lovely bass notes – then that delicate section. Enjoyed listening.

67. Ovaltine - Nocturne #2, Op.9 No.2
Nice trills. Enjoyed your sensitive playing of this beautiful piece. Good luck with the sprained finger.

68. Signal - Leaves on the Siene
I wasn’t familiar with this piece, and that’s another great thing about these recitals – the exposure to music of many styles. Enjoyed listening very much.


69. karaeloko - Träumerei
I love Schumann and enjoyed listening to your lovely, delicate playing.

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(On an off-topic side note- and I know TX is a big state and all that- but you wouldn't happen to be related to Debbie and Wayne Turner by any chance?)

Not to my knowledge. laugh


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31. Orez Eno-- I really liked this piece! It reminded me strongly of Tiersen’s work, and I like repetition in a piece. You play it with a nice lilting touch.
Thank you for this insight. Until now I did not think of the connection with Tiersen, but now that you mention it I think you may be correct. This would certainly explain the strange attractiveness of this piece, despite it being a beginner, student piece. I believe it also captures some of the mood of a lot of the music that you and others in this forum play. If I may be so bold as to give my novice opinion, I believe that this mood is fueled by our time in history, a time when no country in the world offers refuge from immoral wars, crimes against humanity, social injustice, and economic inequalities. I believe it is a mood of longing and hope for a world with more appreciation for the importance of compassion, love, and legitimate purpose beyond greed and lust for power.

Your insight excites me to the possibility that I may one day be able to play “Comtine d'un autre ete” myself. Perhaps that day is soon.


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24. AdagioM (Michele) - Adagio from Sonata No. 48, Hob. XVI/35

Michele - Haydn's music (in all it's Classical forms) has always had a strong appeal for me and you play this Adagio from the Sonata with warm sensitivity and polished technique - very nice effort - thanks for choosing it and playing it so well thumb

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If I may be so bold as to give my novice opinion, I believe that this mood is fueled by our time in history, a time when no country in the world offers refuge from immoral wars, crimes against humanity, social injustice, and economic inequalities. I believe it is a mood of longing and hope for a world with more appreciation for the importance of compassion, love, and legitimate purpose beyond greed and lust for power.
Orez - while you certainly have the right to be "so bold", and while your statements demonstrate a keen and commendable desire for "social justice", I'm not so sure you actually should have used this Recital Discussion thread in this particular Forum to be "so bold".

While there are those - definitely including myself - who would disagree with some of your fundamental premises as asserted above, this is neither the time nor the place to state them or debate them.

Perhaps it might have been better if such "political/social/economic" commentary had been taken "off topic" at another time in another thread (or addressed in a PM). Thanks in advance for your consideration.

With all due respect and regard, JF


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05. LisztAddict - Prelude Op 28 No 13 So, tell us how the "rice, tofu, beef, celery, carrot, onion, and tomato sauce for lunch" affected the performance! laugh

Very nicely played prelude. That is a tough one to play expressively and you pull it off without going over the top in rubato.

07. Mr Super-hunky - Imaginations If that is what is rattling around in your head, give us more. That is the sort of original thinking I have never really done on the piano. I'm not very familiar with Einaudi and the others but I really enjoy the particular chord shifts that I think are characteristic of this music.

12. Peyton - A House at the End of the World Peyton, how much of an inspiration do you take from contemporary Celtic themes and techniques in here. The structure seems to pay some homage to Erin.

15. Schubertian - J S Bach - Prelude & Fugue #15 in G Major; WTC II Bach scares the bejabbers out of me. Perhaps you have inspired me to dust of the WTC and relearn a few preludes and fugues. Then again ..... laugh


More later as I get around to it!

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Dear ABF members and fellow recital entrants,

My humble thank you goes to each of you who has listened to and commented on my recital entry. I cannot fully express my depth of appreciation for your time, interest and kindness you have shown me.

To all who made this the most successful recital to date, your hard work and dedication are commendable and continue to make the recitals easier to enter, thus drawing more participation and enthusiasm than ever. Congratulations.

Sincerely,

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Ragtime Clown: Thank you for your comment.

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Well I have a rubber mat under the piano.

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No, she's my number one fan, when I play she always come to sleep under my bench.

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Hi rustyfingers -

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I would guess early Beethoven on this one. Do you know?
Good question, unfortunately I have to confess: I don't know. I tried to find some information but obviously these appendix pieces cannot be dated on a reliant basis.
But you are right, the piece feels much closer to Mozart and Haydn then to Schubert etc., so I'd also guess it was an early Beethoven piece.


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Well, sorry about the delay in reviewing the last of these, but my computer crashed and am borrowing my wife's computer right now. frown So here they are.

51. GregF - Pastorale Op.100, No. 3
Interesting approach taken to learn this nice piece. Great performance. I can't hear the battle with the red dot in your playing. wink

52. Mistaya (Caroline) - Notturno op.54 no.4
Don't be apologetic for playing a piece we've heard. We always enjoy a well done performance of a more popular piece and this is no exception. Keep up the good work.

53. IPIBAHN (Sandy) - Jazz Hymn
Sorry about the dog, but understand that our emotions are a great implement and conduit for creativity. Beautifully played!

54. DeepElem (aka Buck) - Cinema Paradiso
I knew this song was familiar. Short but absolutely striking performance. Excellent. thumb

55. Greywullf - No. 3 Canzone Amorosa
Nice piece and stunning performance! Great recording as well. Very enjoyable to listen to.

56. Jeff (Opus45) - Barcarolle (June, from the Seasons)
Jeff, I too work on pieces beyond my capabilities and my teacer knows this but understands that the challenge is the only thng that will keep me from getting bored. Not unconventional from my opinion if it keeps you interested. Still, the recording sounded great and I think the polishing is the most enjoyable part of learning great music. Not that I was able to notice that it neede as much as you may think.

57. polostrings - Waiting for Arrival
Nice composition. I like the inspiration for it and it is quite fitting. Thank you for the submission. Great job!

58. Kawai, Hi - Raindrop Prelude
Ahh, the infamous piece in question that began that rather heated debate some months ago. Very bold of you to submit. Did you think we'd forget? laugh Great job! It sounds good.

59. Mike White - Scherzino Mexicano
Definitely reminiscient of a mexican guitar piece. I think this is a great composition and a great performance.

60. Rosanna - Shanghai Tan
I think you are way too hard on yourself. Great performance and I do hope you remain submitting your pieces here at the recital on a regular basis. I thoroughly enjoy your renditions of different tunes. By the way, I used to make Palak Paneer at a restaurant I worked at and it was always a big hit. thumb

61. ddh - Daniel - Londonderry Air
I've always liked this mellow piece and you perform it beautifully. Keep it up.

62. YD (Yuri) - Mozart, Sonata K545, Andante
Wow, this is a great composition, but is that really surprising considering who wrote it? Typical Mozart and you really capture his prowess in your performance, all recording woes aside. Nice and hope to keep hearing your submissions.

63. Manndrew - Crazy
I like the way you handled the tempo. Some may turn their nose up at that, but adding individuality to everything is what makes these recitals interesting. Great job! thumb

64. Ozor Mox - Waltz in D flat major (Petit Chien/Minute Waltz)
Very good. Try a metronome starting slow if you think the tempo needs more control, but great performance. nonetheless.

65. Hisalone (Joel) - Hungarian Dance No. 5
Not bad but not good either. frown Work and polish it by playing it more slowly and build up the speed as you better develop the technique necessary to really pull it off. Accuracy will come with this as well.

66. EJR - Everyday
I remember Monica's stunning performance and thought this was a great composition. You too perform it wonderfully. Enjoyable and interesting piece. Great job.

67. Ovaltine - Nocturne #2, Op.9 No.2
Sorry to hear about the finger. I hope it's better by now. I've always loved this Nocturne and you do it justice even with the sprained finger. Your six years experience can definitely be heard. This is encouraging to me knowing that I should be able to pull something like this off in only five more years. thanks for the submission.

68. Signal - Leave on the Siene
Very peaceful and captivating performance. Well done and keep on submitting great recordings.

69. karaeloko - Träumerei
Great finale! Nicely performed. This is a lovely piece and I thank you for submitting.

I will see you all next time for another great recital as I plan on making a submission. Let's see everyone and then some and crack that 70-performer barrier. After this recital, my expectations have gone up yet again.

Be blessed all.

Joel


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Ya think God would permit 88 strings?

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Hi Everyone,

While I haven't enough expertise nor skills to give any constructive comments, I still would like, if I may, add my thanks and congratulations to each and everyone who have participated. I've been listening to them since the first weekend that they came out, and have been enjoying every beautiful musical moment of it.

AnthonyB: You surely made us fellow Alfred class mates proud with your representation and interpretations of "I Due Fiumi". Fantastic job! thumb

True Beginner and Bluekeys: I guess I've always had an absolute weekness for the romantics as well, so Paul De Senneville & Olivier Toussaint are definitely my heroes. 3hearts

"Les Fleur Sauvages" is absolutely beautiful, and I've been listening to "Marriage D'amour" for who knows how many times by now. I'm definitely with your teacher here Bluekeys. wink

With musical regards,

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[b]Monica K wrote:
31. Orez Eno-- I really liked this piece! It reminded me strongly of Tiersen’s work, and I like repetition in a piece. You play it with a nice lilting touch.
Thank you for this insight. Until now I did not think of the connection with Tiersen, but now that you mention it I think you may be correct. This would certainly explain the strange attractiveness of this piece, despite it being a beginner, student piece. I believe it also captures some of the mood of a lot of the music that you and others in this forum play. If I may be so bold as to give my novice opinion, I believe that this mood is fueled by our time in history, a time when no country in the world offers refuge from immoral wars, crimes against humanity, social injustice, and economic inequalities. I believe it is a mood of longing and hope for a world with more appreciation for the importance of compassion, love, and legitimate purpose beyond greed and lust for power.

Your insight excites me to the possibility that I may one day be able to play “Comtine d'un autre ete” myself. Perhaps that day is soon. [/b]
Thank you for posting this thought-provoking comment. While I enjoy the steady stream of polite and uncontroversial kudos, it's important to remember that music, even at the ABF level, is an art form that may sometimes express uncomfortable truths. I don't know that our time offers less refuge from bad things than other times. If anything, modern composers like Tierson represent to me an understanding of the permanence of despair and the need to create beauty because there's not that much else we can do. But enough of that.

I hope you do learn Comptine. It's really not very hard. Just be patient and drill the left hand until you can do it semi-consciously, and within a few weeks it should all come together.

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After long break, here I am, and here it comes from me! Thanks for all of you for participating. Also, thanks for all who commented on my piece - I very appreciate it. It works as a fine encouragement, to share my playing during our Recitals!

I just wanted to say that everyone did extremely well, all the pieces were wonderful and the overall quality of Recital was simply stunning.

01. Mark... - Prelude in D minor Little but beautiful prelude deserving a great amount of touch you have provided. It seems as there were limitless amount of secrets to unveil in this tiny piece, don't you think? Enjoyed very much!

03. Monica K. - Nuvole Bianche You enriched my music love Monica, once again. I can't imagine a better performance of Einaudi piece. Faithful and calm, yet raving with passion and emotion. For me, a runner up in this recital!

04. Lisztener - Whistling Away the Dark Lisztener, your delicate touch and control over the keyboard amazes me everytime you play.

05. LisztAddict - Prelude Op 28 No 13 You are a pro, simply put. Great performance!

06. Laura D - Tarantella I'm completely stunned with the precision and clarity of this furiously fast passages! If we were back in 19th century I would accuse you of being connected with deamons, just like Paganini was! Speechless.

07. Mr Super-hunky - Imaginations Your wacky brain, like you call it, is darn good in composition! Lovely harmonies and progressions, after listening I went to look up who was the composer... and then just sit with my eyes locked on the player for a while. Never thought it could be an original! I'm in love with this piece. Would you mind making a score for this one day? smile

08. Riddler (Ed) - I Remember Clifford So sad and hauting... it wouldn't be without your flawless full of feel and emotion playing.

09. John Frank - Etude, Op.10, No.3 (Theme) One of the most lovely melodies of all time. I believe you will tackle the original one day, not to far from now!

10. True Beginner - Les Fleurs Sauvages ( Wild Flowers ) Oh, Sennevile! It's becoming one of my favourites too after listening to your playing! I wish I could play like you after 6 months!

11. laValse - Prelude Op 40 #3 I didn't know Liadov, so I am even more happy you brought it up! Very sensible and sublime playing!

12. Peyton - A House at the End of the World Whoa! A composer??? A singer??? You must be kidding! 11 in the scale of ten! Grabbed by your music to the end!

13. Ted Stanion - La fille aux cheveux de lin Beautiful melody, beautifully played!

14. b528nf7 - Bill Moore - Piano Bar Theme Incredible feel for the genre, both on the piano and with vocals - cool!

15. Schubertian - J S Bach - Prelude & Fugue #15 in G Major; WTC II Can't get tired of WTC. I hear Bach in your playing, and not Bach mimicking. Thanks!

16. Jinbo - Moment Musicaux No. 3 in F Minor Heard it before, but didn't know the composer. It will be on my learning list from now on!

17. dannylux/Mel - Kalinnikov Moderato in e flat minor Thanks Mel for letting us know lesser known composers, just like Kalinnikov. This piece is marvelous, and it couldn't be performed better I believe! The melody sticks in my head from the first time I heard you play it.

18. bluekeys - Mariage D'amour One of my heavy favourites, very distinctful and beaautiful melodies. You played beautifully bluekeys.

19. Casyopea - Prelude in C Major BWV 846 (from Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I) Another great Bach performer here, I'm happy, oh I'm happy!

20. rustyfingers - Root Beer Rag Enjoyed it very much! Seems very difficult! Full of clarity and precision!

21. Euan Morrison - Piano Ballet Very enjoyable piece and lovely playing. Good to hear you again, Euan!

22. DragonPianoPlayer - The Mechanical Doll Mechanical as it should be! Great!

23. Euphonatrix - Sonatina in F, WoO, Anh. 5, No. 2 You just love Beethoven and I just love how you play Beethoven.

24. AdagioM (Michele) - Adagio from Sonata No. 48, Hob. XVI/35 Yeah, it feels like yours. It feels secure. Wonderful sound you make for this piece.

25. mlr1899 - Sensation My foot taps all the way, yahoo smile

26. Gary001 - Theme in F Major Very secure and steady, wonderful! I couldn't believe you play for 5 months!

27. rocky - Evacuee You can't go wrong with Enya on piano, can you?

28. Serge88 - The Long And Winding Road Very nice!

29. angelojf - "Here Comes the Sun" The sound quality could be better, but your playing is wonderful.

30. kawaigirl1 - Leo Einaudi and You, kawaigirl1, it can't be anything but beauty.

31. Orez Eno - Two Timing, Op.134 No.6 Didn't know it, but liked it very much.

32. Undone (Jim) - Night Song Very nice indeed!

33. AnthonyB - I due fiumi Not even a year self-teaching? It's great, even if there are some rhythmical troubles, your feel for the piece makes the justice.

34. Strat - Wind Crest (from Final Fantasy X-2) It's a piece that made me believe, that not only Nobuo Uematsu made great music for FF. Beautiful.

35. jotur - Cathy Turner - (This is Not Your Mother's) Black and White Rag Raggy raggy! Great, thanks!

36. Eighty8 - Letter From Home I love Metheny. His music just works well on piano. Great playing!

37. epf - Music of the Night Webber may not be as popular as many other composers, but he did great stuff. This is one of them, very well played.

38. Copper - Stardust A very fine classic and a very fine performance!

39. Pevawi / Peter - Für Elise Minor slips, but a very fine performance altogether. Enjoyed a lot.

40. gerg aka Greg - Nocturne Op. 37 No. 2 One of my favourite Nocturnes, and so clean!

41. Fillanzea (Emily) - Sunburst Waltz Short, yet so enjoybale piece. Wonderful!

42. RobM - Suteki Da Ne One of my Nobuo favourites. Cool rendition!

43. tekkie - Opus #18 Lovely piece played with great feel. I listened to it twice in a row, just for the pure joy of music.

44. PianoN00b (Yang) - Midnight Rhapsody Incredible and full of emotion. Sounds quite tricky in some parts, isn't it?

45. joangolfing - Hymn to Joy Well known melody and a very nice performance. I don't know if I ever heard the full time version of it, but I'm happy I did now!

46. Paul Cast - Sonatina Op.36 No.1 Allegro, Andente, Vivace Please don't treat Clementi as study pieces only, his music is performance worthy too! Very fine rendition of it, although you are quite even in terms of dynamics. Go for even more with it!

47. mahlzeit - Diminished Another original composition, and another one very, VERY enjoyable. You just played with these chords? It seems like you had a very good idea of what you are doing!

48. Seaside_Lee - How Deep Is Your Love By ear? It sounds incredible. I greatly enjoyed it, as I like Heebeegeebees too! smile

49. TX-Dennis (Dennis Turner) - In The Still of the Night Cole Porter & TX-Denis make a wonderful pair if we are talking about piano I think.

50. Piano*Dad - La Fille aux Cheveux de Lin Beautiful melody. You have hands for Debussy, it's so light and flowing. You somehow remind me of Walter Gieseking's style of Debussy playing.

51. GregF - Pastorale Op.100, No. 3 Nice little piece it is!

52. Mistaya (Caroline) - Notturno op.54 no.4 Never tire of hearing it. Beautiful playing - I can't hear any performance anxiety at all!

53. IPIBAHN (Sandy) - Jazz Hymn I'm sad along with you, dogs are truly wonderful animals... I love slow medleys too. You put a lot of heart into this performance, it pours out of my speakers. Lovely Sandy.

54. DeepElem (aka Buck) - Cinema Paradiso For me Ennio is a genius, one of the greatest of contemporary composers. You did great with his music!

55. Greywullf - No. 3 Canzone Amorosa Very proficient playing with great feel, and a great piece too!

56. Jeff (Opus45) - Barcarolle (June, from the Seasons) Very underplayed, yet very beautiful piece. I'm glad you did it Jeff. The melody can't get out of my head now.

57. polostrings - Waiting for Arrival Beautiful dedication and so much love in here!

58. Kawai, Hi - Raindrop Prelude I believe you are up to do the full version Kawai! You did great with this arrangement! One of my favourite Chopin preludes.

59. Mike White - Scherzino Mexicano Lively and full of energy, I liked it.

60. Rosanna - Shanghai Tan Rosanna, I waited for your performance impatiently and now I know it was truly worth it! Another beautiful piece, finely performed with great subtleties. I loved it - and this one I certainly didn't know! smile

61. ddh - Daniel - Londonderry Air Abitibidibidibidum! Traditionally Irishly Beautiful!

62. YD (Yuri) - Mozart, Sonata K545, Andante You know what? I like that romantized Mozart better than the original! laugh

63. Manndrew - Crazy I wanna have Snickers for 5 cents! Crazyly good performance.

64. Ozor Mox - Waltz in D flat major (Petit Chien/Minute Waltz) Very difficult piece and a fine performance. Look in the Cricital Discussion, I will have something for you smile

65. Hisalone (Joel) - Hungarian Dance No. 5 Just perfect.

66. EJR - Everyday Incredible playing. Very even and flowing. I loved it by Monica back then, and I love it by You. A great sound from PianoTeq too! I never managed to make it that good.

67. Ovaltine - Nocturne #2, Op.9 No.2 Beautiful piece, beautiful playing, and a technically perfect recording for it. Thanks!

68. Signal - Leave on the Siene Lovely melody, beautiful phrasing, and so passionate playing. Great.

69. karaeloko - Träumerei Someway I didn't know it, but it's indeed beautiful. You did very well with it!


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True Beginner and Bluekeys: I guess I've always had an absolute weekness for the romantics as well, so Paul De Senneville & Olivier Toussaint are definitely my heroes. 3hearts

"Les Fleur Sauvages" is absolutely beautiful, and I've been listening to "Marriage D'amour" for who knows how many times by now. I'm definitely with your teacher here Bluekeys. wink

Thank you, Key Notes, for the kind words and repeated listenings. In case it wasn't already clear, my comment about my teacher's romantic taste was tongue-in-cheek. She is a great teacher and has given me an appreciation for a lot of music I once dismissed as fluff. I now have 3 Senneville/Toussaint pieces that I play regularly and enjoy them all immensely.

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