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41. Wonderful playing! I think your peddling was just right. I love that piece. Many thanks.

40. Great job. Especially considering how quickly you learned it.

39. Lee, glad you got it together to record. I had to go back to the kitchen to mix a martini for this. great playing as always.

38. Interesting choice Mahizeit. Sweet playing.

37. Nice playing Rosanna! Great piece.

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YD,

I appreciate your self-critique of the Chopin waltz you performed in the recital. I would like to think it might be helpful to me when I eventually make another attempt to nail this waltz once and for all, but I know it will take a lot more effort for me to get the notes under my fingers at least as well as you have already done.

Since we’re talking about a matter of degree (or semantics)…I would venture to guess (from your perspective) that you’re probably about 95% toward your ultimate goal with this Chopin Waltz (100% = you’re playing it just the way you want to play it). Would that be close to correct? Just curious.


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01. dannylux/Mel - Etude de Valse, Op.83

Dazzling performance - what else needs to be said?

02. LisztAddict - Liebestraum No 3

Excellent interpretation - beautifuuly done - hadn't heard this for years - glad you played it!

03. Lisztener - Night and Day

You make this great old standard sound so "classical" - very interesting take - have a vocal of this by Frank Sinatra which is very uptempo with driving horns - what a contrast - just one of so many superlative songs by our greatest individual song composer, Cole Porter.

04. Triryche (Rich) - Departure

Lovely piece, well played - a little long though wink

05. Orez Eno - Dark Eyes

Dark and brooding and really listenable - nicely done - I've been working on an arrangment of the same piece in Alfred 2, but it's nowhere near this complex or interesting.

06. Peyton - Nocturne in C# Minor Post.

Very well done - enjoyed the camera angle - thanks for the professional presentation.

07. Mr Super-Hunky - Comptine d'un autre ete l'apres

Very interesting work - nice interpretation - excellent touch - enjoyed that alot.


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Since we’re talking about a matter of degree (or semantics)…I would venture to guess (from your perspective) that you’re probably about 95% toward your ultimate goal with this Chopin Waltz (100% = you’re playing it just the way you want to play it). Would that be close to correct? Just curious.
I never though of the quality in numbers... Now that you mentioned it, I propose that 1) there is no "ultimately bad" or "ultimately good" performance; 2) the more you approach "higher end" of the scale, the more difficult each improvement it. From this I'd venture to propose the following scale: 50% would be an "average" performance (e.g. if you were to listen to average non-professional musician - that would be approximately what you would hear). Now, I'd say the professionals are in the "top 5%" of all pianist, so, I'd place an average professional performance at 95%. From here we can construct a normal distribution-like scale. On this scale I'd guess the way I play is about 65% level - e.g. approximately in to 30% of all pianists (before my 12-year gap I studied piano for over 15 years) - I am aiming to get to 90% level within 2 years; after that it will become exceedingly difficult due to time constraints...


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Thanks Yuri, that's an interesting way of looking at it.

I also enjoyed listenting to the performances by all of the more "true" beginners (semantics again!), but I find it difficult to provide any real meaningful review or commentary about their individual recital performances other than to say congratulations and well done to all of them collectively.

These recitals are quite interesting for the adult beginner developmentally speaking. Maybe it's because I'm getting close to 50 years old, but more than ever, this recital seemed to provide a snapshot of the past and the future at the same time. From the performances of those who are relatively recently starting or re-starting playing the piano I could actually hear how I once played the piano myself not all that terribly long ago, and I could hear where I want to go in the future in the performances of the most advanced amoung us. Very interesting for me. (Maybe I'm just getting older and more introspective & weird?)


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I never though of the quality in numbers... Now that you mentioned it, I propose that 1) there is no "ultimately bad" or "ultimately good" performance; 2) the more you approach "higher end" of the scale, the more difficult each improvement it. From this I'd venture to propose the following scale: 50% would be an "average" performance (e.g. if you were to listen to average non-professional musician - that would be approximately what you would hear). Now, I'd say the professionals are in the "top 5%" of all pianist, so, I'd place an average professional performance at 95%. From here we can construct a normal distribution-like scale. On this scale I'd guess the way I play is about 65% level - e.g. approximately in to 30% of all pianists (before my 12-year gap I studied piano for over 15 years) - I am aiming to get to 90% level within 2 years; after that it will become exceedingly difficult due to time constraints...
YD, I have never thought of such a "performance distribution curve"! (If I remember correctly, you are an accountant? Good at statistics, math, no doubt!) You may rate yourself at the 65% level, but as far as I can tell, you are in the 99% level in the ABF. However as long as you stay in the ABF, you can be rated at any level! thumb


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]I never though of the quality in numbers... Now that you mentioned it, I propose that 1) there is no "ultimately bad" or "ultimately good" performance; 2) the more you approach "higher end" of the scale, the more difficult each improvement it. From this I'd venture to propose the following scale: 50% would be an "average" performance (e.g. if you were to listen to average non-professional musician - that would be approximately what you would hear). Now, I'd say the professionals are in the "top 5%" of all pianist, so, I'd place an average professional performance at 95%. From here we can construct a normal distribution-like scale. On this scale I'd guess the way I play is about 65% level - e.g. approximately in to 30% of all pianists (before my 12-year gap I studied piano for over 15 years) - I am aiming to get to 90% level within 2 years; after that it will become exceedingly difficult due to time constraints...
I like that. I'd put myself at about 45% and I would be very happy to make 75% at any point in my future... :rolleyes:

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Hello all,

Was out of town all last week, got home last evening and my computer was out of order. I spent six hours with Dell tech support last night and today before finally getting the kinks worked out and getting back online.

Glad to see the record number of recital entries at 63. wow

I haven't had a chance to listen, but it'll take quite some time to listen to each and post comments. I'm sure all the entries are fantastic because this is a fantastic recital. wink

It's good to be home. laugh

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Opus45,

Thank you for your kind comments on my play. I'm sorry to tell you that I no longer have the score to Peter Nero's arrangement of Night and day. It was in a book of Nero arrangements that I gave to my son quite a few years ago. The version I played in the recital came from refreshed long-term memory and must surely differ considerably from the original in the song book.

I don't have a link, but I Googled "Peter Nero Night and Day" and found a link to Peter Nero himself playing a much more advanced version on YouTube.

Good luck, and thank you, again,

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Lisztener,

I found and listened to that same link of Peter Nero playing the more advanced version and I just have to tell you that I enjoyed your own version better. I think your own version had a more interesting interplay between the Moonlight Sonata and "Night and Day".

I also found a few books of Nero arrangements using google, but I couldn't find one that contained "Night and Day". I would only want to purchase the book if the arrangement was closer to the arrangement that you performed in the recital...I would not be interested in purchasing the "more advanced" version that Peter Nero was playing on YouTube (no disrespect to Peter Nero, of course).


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Thanks to all those who commented on my Waltz. It has inspired me to bring it back to lessons for some real polishing.

I've listened to most of the recital in bits and pieces but my schedule is so crazy right now that I don't think I'll get more than a few comments. What always sticks out for me is the 'play by ear' folks because I'm hopeless at it and am awed by those who can do this.

Because it's my genre...there are a few classical entries that I have to comment on though.

LaValse - Scriabin. I heard this for the first time at summercamp last year. You did a great job. It's such a haunting piece. I'd love to learn it some day.

greywolfl- Rachmaninov. Well anyone who can play Rachmaninov is amazing. I love this piece. I have whole book that has a CD and I love to read along - this one is my favourite and your submission was awesome!

frotz/brian -Chopin Nocturne. Playing this after two years is amazing! You did a great job! I've been playing for 6 and have yet to find a Nocturne in my reach....

YD - Chopin Waltz 64 no 2. Wow! Awesome. I don't think it needs much improvement at all! Out of curiosity how long did it take you to get it to this level?

LisztAddict. Well this was very professional sounding. I wouldn't know the difference. Wonderful job. You made it sound easy and we all know that despite what you said, this is not a very easy piece.

Peyton. I didn't think it was too fast. But I do know what you mean. It happens to me in lessons as well. Something with the nerves I guess causes us to speed up. All the more reason to practice super slow suppose. Anyway I haven't listed to a professional recording of this in a while but I never once thought that it was too fast - Just a great performance. At the end of the recording I was waiting for the applause!!


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50. I'm playing it better at home now - Sandy - Waltz Ab Opus 69 No. 1 Listening to this piece I can tell there’s a lot of complicated stuff going on (all those tuplets and runs), but you make it all sound very smooth and effortless.

51. YD - Chopin Valse Op.64 No.2 So how long had you played before your injury layoff?!? [hoping the answer is “decades”]. Your playing is outstanding, and if we must “suffer” through this piece of yours, well, all I can say is bring on more pain! laugh

52. Keith W - The Entertainer Nice job on a classic rag! Extremely impressive for only 8 months’ experience on piano. This is a true crowd-pleaser and a good piece for you to have prepped to play the next time somebody asks you to play something.

53. Yamaha G3 & P-80/ Mike White - Spanish Dance No. 2 I’ve loved this piece ever since AdagioM played it (was it recital 1?), and I even got the sheet music and took a stab at it once. Hearing you play it and communicating the bittersweet poignancy of the piece makes me want to take it out again. (Those trills were the death of me, though. frown )

54. Hisalone (Joel) - Maple Leaf Rag A wonderful job on this rag, and an impressive debut for your first AB forum recital piece. smile I thought the tempo was excellent, almost irresistibly foot-tapping and finger-snapping, even. smile

55. Ovaltine - Claire de Lune Clair de lune is such a classic that you have to be brave to record it for a recital! Your recording makes it clear why it *is* a classic, though. You do a very good job of bringing out the beautiful melody and swelling of emotion in it.

56. Mistaya (Caroline) - Sonata in C Major Scarlatti is one of my favorite classical composers, and this is such a dainty, enjoyable piece. Those ornamentions sound wicked scary, though... they *never* stop! Very pretty.

57. ddh - Daniel - Greensleeves Absolutely beautiful! “Greensleeves” is a lovely melody, and Nevue has made a heartbreakingly sweet arrangement of it. I have the sheet music for it, so I know that it is a very difficult piece, no matter how easy you make it sound. The bridge section starting at measure 44 is particularly challenging rhythmically yet you pull it off magnificently. Hmmm... maybe *this* will be the next big piece I tackle.

58. Mark... - Amazing Grace I think this is your best recording to date, so I’m glad you were able to be <s>mercilessly nagged</s> encouraged to submit it. This is a very nice jazzy arrangement, with a lilting melody and delightful bass. (It would be nice if you could figure out what was causing the hiss... maybe check out mahlzeit’s primer on recording methods if you haven’t already.)

59. AdagioM (Michele) - Granados Medley I’m glad you made the effort to contribute something. I always enjoy your recordings, and this medley makes it clear that Granados was not just a one-hit wonder. Very soothing and peaceful. smile

60. jotur - Cathy Turner - It Had To Be You What a fun tune! Perfect for that swanky hotel lobby. Your playing sure sounded polished to me. And you’re NOT HELPING my sheet music addiction any by encouraging a subscription to that magazine. laugh

61. Rockpeter - Album for the Young Op.68, No. 1 Another classical piece I feel out of my element to respond to. Your playing sounded very confident and smooth to me. Nice!

62. billyshears66 - Knocking On Heaven's Door You get the special Beginner’s Red Dot award! I think it’s great you were willing to contribute something with less than a month on the piano. I was already feeling jealous because you play FAR better than I was able to at one month, but then when I saw you played this by ear I was truly impressed. Can’t wait to hear what you’re able to do next recital.

63. cscl - Andantino or Ivan Sings I wasn’t familiar with either this piece or the composer, but it’s the kind of bittersweet slow music I like. Yeah, there was a hesitation or two, but you got it in the recital (with all of, what, two minutes? to spare wink ), and that’s the important thing. You will be able to have it polished for your recital in June with no problem.

Once again, a great big BRAVO to everybody who participated this year, especially our first time inductees to the Order of the Red Dot. thumb

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41. Euan Morrison - Keyboard Concerto no.5 (2nd mov.) Wonderful performance. Very serene. Excellent tempo. Moved beautifully along. Nice work on the ornamentation.

42. Monica K. - Everyday Great job in keeping this haunting piece moving forward. I really liked your dynamic changes. The melody came out very well towards the end. This strikes me as being difficult to sustain that left hand beat. You did this remarkably well.

43. b528nf7 - Blackbird Excellent interpretation of one of my favorite guitar pieces. Your transformation to a piano/vocal was great. Your voice has a wonderful tone.

44. Babs - Deep Heaven A beautifully played piece. Very nice change in tone and pace.

45. toucanjunky - Prelude No.4 You built this piece beautifully from the beginning to the end. Excellent dynamic range.

46. piano_tony - Scarborogh Fair I always liked this song. You played it very well, steady and smooth.

47. GregF - Alexander's Ragtime Band What a fun piece! It put a real smile on my face. Great tempo. Lots of spirit. Nice arrangement.

49. Frotz / Brian - Nocturne in E Minor Wonderful tempo. Dynamic range was excellent. Very much under control. Ornamentation was perfect.

50. I'm playing it better at home now - Sandy - Waltz Ab Opus 69 No. 1 One of my favorite Chopin waltzes. A terrific effort. You kept the left hand nice and subdued so the melody could stand out. Not an easy task for this piece.

51. YD - Chopin Valse Op.64 No.2 Wow! Very polished. Excellent control. Great change of dynamics in the middle section. Impeccable transitions. Impressive.

52. Keith W - The Entertainer Good work keeping the beat steady. Melody came through nicely. Pretty much flawless. Well done.

53. Yamaha G3 & P-80/ Mike White - Spanish Dance No. 2 Wonderful shading. Excellent ornamentation. You captured the flavor of the piece. Very dramatic.

54. Hisalone (Joel) - Maple Leaf Rag I couldn't help tapping my foot to this performance. Great tempo and coordination of hands. Dynamic range was terrific. You could tell you were having a ball with this piece.

55. Ovaltine - Claire de Lune Very beautiful. Light and airy. You have a wonderful touch. Great control of the keyboard.

56. Mistaya (Caroline) - Sonata in C Major What a wonderful piece! Very professional and spirited performance. Great work on the embellishments. I think Scarlatti is often overlooked, but you have a great affinity for his music.

57. ddh - Daniel - Greensleeves I really liked your arrangement. Very tranquil. You built your performance nicely from start to finish.

58. Mark... - Amazing Grace Terrific arrangement. Very well done.

59. AdagioM (Michele) - Granados Medley Excellent rhythm and dynamics. Flawlessly played.

60. jotur - Cathy Turner - It Had To Be You Great style of playing this piece. Very smooth. You captured the essence of the era.

61. Rockpeter - Album for the Young Op.68, No. 1 Wonderful control of the rhythm. A delightful piece. Good job.

62. billyshears66 - Knocking On Heaven's Door I liked the way you handled the chords on this piece. Good movement and development of the theme. The chorus really sang out.

63. cscl - Andantino or Ivan Sings A very beautiful and haunting melody. Very nice effort. Wonderfully pulsating left hand.

I was very impressed with the wide range of material and dedication for this recital. Everyone did an incredible job. Thanks especially thumb to Monica and Mahlzeit for all the time and effort put in to making this so successful. I'm hooked on Piano World.


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I've been out of town for the past 4 days and had not gotten a chance to listen to any of the submissions yet.

I am really looking forward to listening to the record number of participants this time as well as commenting on all the participants performances.

Many members have already taken the time to comment on my performance and I must say it is so nice to get such nice feedback and sometimes even more rewarding to give it back!. I will have time this week to give these performances the time they deserve and also want to say thank you to the members who have already commented on my piece.

This positive supportive enviroment is the real reason I am here! thumb

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It's really very nice to see so many positive remarks on the performances (unlike Youtube where people are unnecessarily vicious and critical).

I thought they were all wonderful and in each I could feel each performer's love for piano. It's very special.

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Thank you everybody for commenting on my piece - I think it's cute, too smile and I liked the pictures you came up with.


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Ok, I finished up the odds, and started backwards through the evens. I hope to finish up tomorrow.

Thanks for the comments, everyone. I can say that my piece is getting better the more I play it.

47. GregF - Alexander's Ragtime Band This was a baby bear tune – just right  You played it with just the right uplift.

49. Frotz / Brian - Nocturne in E Minor Until this recital I hadn’t really thought about nocturnes actually being nocturnal. This was very pleasant and quiet – just right.

51. YD - Chopin Valse Op.64 No.2 I learned to appreciate Chopin from these recitals, and this was lovely.

53. Yamaha G3 & P-80/ Mike White - Spanish Dance No. 2 When you come back to this you won’t be so sick of it and will find that you played it much more beautifully than you remember! Well done.

55. Ovaltine - Claire de Lune nice interpretation. Impressionistic, as, I guess, it should be.

57. ddh - Daniel - Greensleeves Lovely. Such a haunting old folk tune, and you have a nice feel for it.

59. AdagioM (Michele) - Granados Medley The first piece has a processional feel to it – both were very nice to listen to.

61. Rockpeter - Album for the Young Op.68, No.1 Charming piece. For some reason it’s very familiar. I like your version.

63. cscl - Andantino or Ivan Sings Wow! Am I impressed! Don’t you *hate* being under the gun like that?!? Congratulations on getting thru it – your recital will be duck soup laugh The “good bits” were very nice.

62. billyshears66 - Knocking On Heaven's Door nice to be able to translate from another instrument. I first learned about chords by fingering G on my guitar and then playing it on the piano. It’s easier on the piano  Well done.

60. jotur - Cathy Turner - It Had To Be You Well, I didn’t play it better at home, because I *am* home, but I play it better now!


58. Mark... - Amazing Grace I never get tired of this piece. You did the “vocal ornaments” – the little twidleys – really well. Thanks for this.

56. Mistaya (Caroline) - Sonata in C Major How wonderful! I love this era of music, and you had the right liveliness for it.

54. Hisalone (Joel) - Maple Leaf Rag Well, you pleased *this* crowd. I’m a Joplin fan, and you have a nice sense of rhythm. Applause.

52. Keith W - The Entertainer Oh Yummy, more Joplin! When I did this I had “splashy octaves” – not you! Isn’t this fun to learn? I’m glad you posted it here – it was a fun rendition.

50. I'm playing it better at home now - Sandy - Waltz Ab Opus 69 No. 1 (I love your log-in names.) Another Chopin – I’ve come to look forward to them. This was very nice.

48. Manndrew - The Long and Winding Road The left hand certainly fit the title! Well done.

46. piano_tony - Scarborogh Fair Like Greensleeves, a venerable old folk tune. This was played with a true troubadour’s touch.

44. Babs - Deep Heaven Very pretty – peaceful is a good description.

42. Monica K. - Everyday Finally, the piece everyone’s talking about! This was *really* compelling because of your interpretation. I only watched part of the video, but the music really makes it. You did a great job with it.

40. Rob Masters - Apologise (piano cover) I enjoyed this piece a lot.

38. mahlzeit - Oh, My Love Very nice interpretation -

36. Mateusz "Mati" Papiernik - Nocturne in C# minor Op. posth. (Lento con gran espressione) Ah, this is the recital to introduce me to nocturnes. I loved the pianissimo in this.

34. mlr1899 - Fugue in C minor I *loved* it.

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08. Paul Cast - Sonatina in G - Moderato + Romanze

Paul - nice job on the Sonatina - enjoyed that!

09. Ted Stanion - Notturno, Op. 54, No. 4

Ted - lovely piece - like most Grieg - heard this on the Piano bar, liked it there and even more here.

10. Kawaigirl1 - Late Night

Kawaigirl1 - gorgeous piece exquisitely played - reminded me strongly of David Lanz or Keiko Matsui - great work with both hands - loved it!

11. JeanieA - Hallelujah

Good job - you'll do well with this in your recital.

12. polostrings - Mr. Ng's news

Mr. Ng would be proud - nice tribute.

13. The Schubertian - Haydn Sonata #59, Mov't 2

Like just about everything by Haydn - this is no exception - excellent playing.

14. TrueBeginner - Couleur Tendresse ( Color of Tenderness ? )

Never heard of Paul before - lovely piece well played.

To be continued . . .

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Here's a few more - hope to finish by the end of the week:

22. Bluekeys - Le Onde Oh, this was very nice. I do really like the “new age” pieces posted in the recitals.

24. rocky - Serenade Wow! Quantum leaps! You keep just getting better and better. And it’s still all lovely and expressive. Wonderful contribution.

26. Forum ID: Riddler; Real name: Ed - A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing I liked the accents here – it made the piece move and dance.

28. greywullf - Nocturne in A minor Op. 10 No. 1 This had a couple of more lively spots than the other nocturnes – a nice contribution to the “nocturnes set” in this recital.

30. Euphonatrix - March (from "Music for Children", op. 65, no. 10 What a fun little piece! And played with just the right joie de vivre


32. Pevawi - The Rose I like. Your touch in the left hand was excellent.

Listening to all of them has been really fun.

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As usual, there has been a wonderful variety of music in this recital, and I've enjoyed listening to each piece. Congratulations to all the first time participants- the whole process gets a little easier each time because people are so encouraging with their comments. Thank you to those who commented on my piece. A wee bit of encouragement seems to go a long way smile

01. dannylux/Mel - Etude de Valse, Op.83 Mel, you always blow me away – what a beautiful waltz – played with skill, passion and energy. Wow.

02. LisztAddict - Liebestraum No 3 So beautifully and expressively played- this left me with a feeling of great peace.

03. Lisztener - Night and Day What a neat arrangement – I loved being surprised by each new theme – wonderful playing.

04. Triryche (Rich) - Departure This is a lovely melody and the you did a wonderful job with the contrasts – I loved the delicate opening.

05. Orez Eno - Dark Eyes I liked the strong opening before moving into the theme. Nice job of the dynamics. Enjoyed this.

06. Peyton - Nocturne in C# Minor Post. It was great to be able to watch the video as well as listen, but I hope this doesn’t catch on ☺ – it would make the red dot thingy even worse. I very much enjoyed listening to your expressive playing and am quite envious of how evenly you play those monster runs.

07. Mr Super-Hunky - Comptine d'un autre ete l'apres Wow, I like your version even better than the original. I loved the push/pull of the first section. The variations were all interesting and you play with such skill and confidence.

08. Paul Cast - Sonatina in G - Moderato + Romanze You play this with a lovely touch and I enjoyed it very much. Very nice job.

09. Ted Stanion - Notturno, Op. 54, No. 4 Good thing you dibsed this for the recital – I’d been planning to submit it as well ☺ I thought you did a great job of the piu mosso section and I loved your trills and final section. Beautifully played.

10. Kawaigirl1 - Late Night What a gorgeous piece, and you played it so beautifully and expressively. It’s nice to be introduced to wonderful new music.

11. JeanieA - Hallelujah I’m another Leonard Cohen fan. You played this piece beautifully. It sounds very recital ready – have fun (maybe people will sing along).

12. polostrings - Mr. Ng's news I enjoyed your composition very much – it certainly evoked a feeling of sadness and regret and is a lovely tribute.

13. The Schubertian - Haydn Sonata #59, Mov't 2 I enjoyed this second movement – you played it with such a lovely, delicate touch in the first and third sections. I enjoyed the drama (and dynamics) of the middle section.

14. TrueBeginner - Couleur Tendresse ( Color of Tenderness ? ) Wow, how can you play like that after 3 months – a very enjoyable performance of a lovely piece.

15. Angelojf - Over the Rainbow I liked what you did with this piece – really enjoyed listening. What a great skill to be able to arrange your own version.

16. Serge88 - Yesterday It was great fun to listen and watch along. A beautiful arrangement of a beloved classic – enjoyed it.

17. rustyfingers - Star Wars (Main Title) I live in a house full of Star Wars fans so everybody’s ears perked up. Sounds like you had great fun with the big, loud chords. Very enjoyable performance.

18. piano_deb (Deborah) - Für Elise (easy piano) You play this with great tenderness – I enjoyed listening. What a beautiful gift for your mother.

19. Undone (Jim) - Plaisir D'Amour The expression came through nicely. Very well played – I was singing along.

20. Copper - Part of Your World I’m so glad my kids are past the Disney stage ☺ - but I did enjoy your arrangement of this piece. I’m always intrigued to hear how people choose their chords/accompaniment etc. Great job.

21. epf - Rondino (Little Rondo) You have a great feel for this piece and play it with a nice touch and expression. Great performance.

22. Bluekeys - Le Onde You set the mood effectively and kept the piece flowing forward nicely. I enjoyed listening to your gentle playing of this lovely piece.

23. TX-Dennis (Dennis Turner) - The Nearness of You This gave me a great urge to get a glass of wine. What a beautiful piece (and playing) –the expression was just right – I keep going back to listen again. Now I’m curious about the words.

24. rocky - Serenade Very nicely played. The only Brickman I’ve heard has been at these recitals, and you provided another wonderful introduction.

more to come.... but I'm trying to get my garden in.

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