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Recital #4 - Nov 15, 2006 (HOLIDAY)
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PLEASE DO NOT POST IN THIS THREAD! USE THE DISCUSSION THREAD.

OK Folks, here it is, our fourth quarterly Adult Beginner's Forum Recital; a special holiday edition. So, pull up a chair and have a listen.

I would like to take this opportunity to ask the audience to please refrain from commentary in this recital room.

A separate room has been provided for the purposes of intermezzo discussion. Please take any and all comments to the General Discussion Room and all critical discussion to the Critical Discussion Room . Thank you.

The original audio submissions are accessed via the link in each individual introduction. For the convenience of listeners who want to create a play list or CD of the wonderful works presented here, the submissions have been processed for consistency of naming and volume levels and will be posted as a collection of zip files soon.

In addition to the normalization of volume levels, a few works were processed further to reduce some noise. However, the original unmodified versions are still available via the link in the textual introduction.

Enjoy! thumb

Recital4-1.zip (21MB)
Recital4-2.zip (21MB)
Recital4-3.zip (22MB)
Recital4-4.zip (22MB)
Recital4-5.zip (12MB)

(Note: The zip files are being hosted from my personal computer, so please download one at a time and be patient with delays.)

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Previous Recitals:
Recital #3

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Re: Recital #4 - Nov 15, 2006 (HOLIDAY)
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Performers Name: Mr Super-Hunky
Experience: Almost 2 1/2 years
Direct music link: www.pinnaclepeakllamaranch.com/ChristmasTimeIsHere.mp3
Song title/composer: Christmas time is here by Vince Guaraldi
Source of music: My own improvised version of this classic song.
Instrument used: Mason & Hamlin "BB"
Feedback wanted: Yes please!

Additional Info: This is a very simple yet challenging piece all at once. The notes are very simple to read, but the finger stretches are "Insane"!!. I learned the basic melody from sheet music, then improvised this "Lounge" version of it. I hope you like it.

Re: Recital #4 - Nov 15, 2006 (HOLIDAY)
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Performers Name: dannylux (Mel)
Experience: 9 months, after not playing for 15 years
Direct music link: http://www.box.net/public/1c6h25o9dd
Song title/composer: Valse Tzigane (Gypsy Waltz) by Mischa Levitzki
Source of music: Sheet music
Instrument used: Yamaha P140
Feedback wanted: Yes
Additional Info: Mischa Levitzki was an American concert pianist in the early part of the 20th century. His compositions are incredibly charming, filled with wonderful harmonies, and are a delight to listen to and to play. The main difficulty in the "Gypsy Waltz" is all of the jumping around that the hands have to do, all the way from the lowest B in the left hand to the highest E in the right. I've been working on this piece for 4 or 5 months. Hope you enjoy it!

Re: Recital #4 - Nov 15, 2006 (HOLIDAY)
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Performers Name: Stephenc
Experience: 2 yrs and a few months
Direct music link: http://www.box.net/public/5jsklso5dk
Song title/composer: Freedom/ Jim Brickman
Source of music: Sheet Music (musicnotes.com)
Instrument used: Roland HP-107
Feedback wanted: Yes

Additional Info: Another great Brickman track; not a Christmas song, but I think 'Freedom' sums up how we all should feel, especially at this time of the year.

Re: Recital #4 - Nov 15, 2006 (HOLIDAY)
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Performers Name: Peyton Higgison
Experience: 35 years of playing on and off... 8 years of more serious play
Direct music link: http://www.box.net/public/jdbxym5svq
Song title/composer:Silent Night
Source of music:My own arrangement
Instrument used:Pramberger Grand
Feedback wanted: yes

Additional Info: I haven't the faintest idea how to actually play this piece...

Re: Recital #4 - Nov 15, 2006 (HOLIDAY)
#1074353 11/15/06 02:35 AM
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Performers Name: J_McClellan
Experience: Started January 2006, weekly lessons
Direct music link: http://www.oldpiano.us/bach.mp3
Song title/composer: Bach's transcription of Vivaldi's Concerto No 11 in D minor for 2 violins, cello, and strings, the Largo Movement.
Source of music: Sheet music
Instrument used: 1903 Ivers & Pond Upright
Feedback wanted: No

Additional Info: I really need a better mic than the internal mic of the computer. I know it's not Holiday music, but it's one of the pieces I'm playing for a live recital coming up.

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Performers Name: Ragnhild
Experience: 3 years as a child, started practicing again in 2001.
Direct music link: http://www.box.net/public/0qfv5jx640
Song title/composer: Johan Sebastian Bach: Prelude WTC II, no 12 F minor
Source of music: sheet music
Instrument used: Old small upright : "Jacob Knudsen"
Feedback wanted: Yes

Additional Info: I need a teacher. (also sorry that I have been too busy to prepare a Christmas-piece)

Re: Recital #4 - Nov 15, 2006 (HOLIDAY)
#1074355 11/15/06 02:36 AM
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Performers Name: Icekid767 (Hawk)
Experience: I have been playing off and on since I was 13 (32 now). I took about 10 years off, but started up again this past January, so in essence, I have been playing about ten months after I started up again.
Direct music link: http://www.box.net/public/rgq2rtuygz
Song title/composer: Christmas Song by Mel Torme and Robert Wells
Source of music: Charlie Brown Christmas Book
Instrument used: Yamaha CLP 130
Feedback wanted: Yes

Additional Info: I was always under the impression that Vince Guaraldi arranged this version, but the book doesn't mention his name under the title of this song. Maybe someone can fill me in on that. Anyway, this is my favorite Charlie Brown song. Merry Christmas!

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Performer’s name: Piano again
Experience: Most recently, about 2 1/2 years; in previous life, about 12 years.
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http://www.box.net/public/1n9ruptxht
http://www.box.net/public/7e92oou5k2

Song title/composer: Bach, Prelude and Fugue No. 11 in F Major
Source of music: Sheet music
Instrument used: Estonia 190
Feedback wanted: Sure

Additional Info: Since I started playing the piano again, one goal I've had is to always be working on a prelude and fugue pair from the WTC and to memorize them. This is my 4th pair, which I've been working on since July of this year. I decided to record these on a whim, and they sounded better than I thought they would, so I'm giving this a whirl. I'd like them to be more polished, but isn't that always the case? Thanks for listening.

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Performers Name: Euan Morrison
Experience: 13 months.
Direct music link: http://www.box.net/public/hmxul9pk3u
Song title/composer: Un Mondo a Parte / Ludovico Einaudi
Source of music: Sheet music book
Instrument used: Yamaha ydp-113 + soundfont
Feedback wanted: anything

Additional Info: 'A World Away' - possibly the least festive song ever, both in mood and title! However, it was the only piece I could ready in time for the recital. The original album recording has a string quartet which adds an extra dimension to the piece.
Recorded in midi using a Yamaha ydp-113 digital and then a Steinway D soundfont. No performance editing at all.

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Performers Name: Frycek
Experience: approx. 16 years of experience, 14 of which occurred over 30 years ago
Direct music link: http://www.tinkersviews.com/Op_20_trio.mp3
Song title/composer: Frederyk Chopin, "Lulajze Jezuniu" (Lullaby to Jesus) (Trio Op. 20)
Source of music: sheet music
Instrument used: Casio Privia
Feedback wanted: Yes

Additional Info: This piece is an excerpt (the trio) from Chopin's Scherzo Nr 1 Op 20). Scherzo Nr 1 was nicknamed "The Infernal Banquet" on its first publication in England for its dissonant and uneasy nature. Chopin included and elaborated upon a favorite Polish Christmas carol, "Lulajze Jezuniu" (Lullaby Little Jesus) to create an interval of childhood nostalgia and calm amidst the turmoil of an anxiety ridden and skittish composition. This piece was published in 1831 when Chopin was 21 years old.

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Performers Name: Kawaigirl1
Experience: 10 yrs as a child, Stopped playing for 23 years and picked it up again 11 mos ago
Direct music link: http://www.box.net/public/f41moepj99
Song title/composer: In un'altra vita /Ludovico Einaudi
Source of music: From the I Giorni sheet music collection
Instrument used: Roland RD-300sx
Feedback wanted: Yes

Additional Info: The melody to this piece is quite simple yet beautiful. I found this piece sounds a lot simpler than it is to play.

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Performers Name: Rockpeter (Peter)
Experience: approx 3 yrs
Direct music link: http://www.box.net/public/9y7rjau7u8
Song title/composer: To Zanarkand FFX, Nobuo Uematsu/arranged by Masashi Hamauzu
Source of music: sheet music-internet
Instrument used: Yamaha Clavinova - CLP120
Feedback wanted: Yes

Additional Info: I enjoyed this piece the moment I heard it. I especially like hearing it with orchestra and when I use strings on my Clavinova. However I did not want to add it to this recital since we are interested in the piano sound alone. I've been playing this piece for about 3 months now. And yes there is a fast part at the end that I left out intentionally and replaced it with a part that was attainable for this recital. I hope you enjoy.

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Performers Name: Monica Kern
Experience: 2 1/3 years on piano, another 7 on accordion
Direct music link: www.uky.edu/~harris/holly&ivy.mp3
Song title/composer: The Holly & The Ivy (traditional, arranged by Chip Davis)
Source of music: A Fresh Aire Christmas sheet music collection
Instrument used: Mason & Hamlin A
Feedback wanted: yes

Additional Info: Recorded on my Zoom H4 digital recorder, then normalized in Audacity.

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Performer's Name: dh (Deborah)
Experience: 2 months, self-taught
Direct music link: http://www.hyattworks.com/personal/piano_recordings/2006_SilentNight.mp3
Song title/composer: Silent Night/Franz Gruber (arr., William Bay)
Source of music: Mel Bay's Easy Way Christmas Song Folio, Piano Instrument used: Charles R. Walter 1500
Feedback wanted: Yes, please

About the Recording: I used the built-in mic on my laptop so the audio quality is poor, and there was construction going on next door so there are faint hammering sounds in the background. I'm just glad the mic didn't pick up more of that; it was pretty loud.

About the Music: I chose "Silent Night" because it's lovely and familiar (and slow!). Bay's arrangement is quite pretty, but I don't feel that I'm doing it justice yet. I look forward to improving with this piece and to learning many more works in the future.

About the AB Forum/Recitals: It's terrific to be here, and I'm pleased as punch to make my debut in this venue. Who needs Carnegie Hall, anyway?

Re: Recital #4 - Nov 15, 2006 (HOLIDAY)
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Performer's Name: loveschopintoomuch (Kathleen)
Experience: 2 spotty years of lessons 5 decades ago, plus on and off comebacks...mostly off, for the last 30 years.
Direct Link: http://www.box.net/public/6s5uxr2r4y
Title and Composer: The Christmas Song by Mel Torme (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)
Souce of Music: Readers' Digest "Festival of Popular Songs"
Instrument used: Yahama Clavinova
Feedback: Sure

Additional Comments: I was truly getting pretty sick of it since I've been practicing and polishing since August. And just a little disappointed that the recording quality is so lousy. But, all in all, not that bad, I think.

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Performers Name: Copper
Experience: Almost 2 years
Direct music link: http://www.box.net/public/trmy8la60z
Song title/composer: Joy to the World - G.F. Handel
Source of music: Casio Song Book
Instrument used: Yamaha P250 (Grand Piano 1)
Feedback wanted: Yes

Additional Info: 1.9 MB 2 Minutes 3 seconds
Notes: Simple music for a simple pianist.
Merry Christmas!

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Performers Name: mahlzeit
Experience: Little over a year, including Piano Magic (3 months)
Direct music link: http://www.box.net/public/n1lmif0doy
Song title/composer: Spooky Night
Source of music: Own arrangement of Silent Night in C minor (sheet music:
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Instrument used: Yamaha CP33 digital stage piano
Feedback wanted: Yes

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Performers Name: Sandy Moore
Experience: 5 with teacher
Direct music link:
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Song title: What Child is This
Source of music: Sheet music. Arr. Melaney Bober Instrument used: Roland digital
Feedback wanted: Yes. It's the only Christmas piece I've learned this year and could use suggestions.

Additional Info: I love this arrangement. When my teacher played it for me it gave me goose bumps. I still need to work on the dynamics and it may be a little too slow right now....It's a piece that I could get lost with but then that darn wrong note slips in and messes everything up...so I'm still playing it a little mechanically I think.

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Experience: 20 Months (self-taught)
Direct music link: http://www.box.net/public/tugdux3ruk
Song title/composer: Let There Be Peace On Earth (Let it Begin with Me). By: Sy Miller and Jill Jacson
Source of music: Sheet Music
Instrument used: Casio PX100
Feedback wanted: Yes

Additional Info: This has always been a favorite of mine!

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