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Re: Recital #15 -- August 15, 2009
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Performer's name:z32/Ben
From:California
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Experience:2 years, 8 months
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Title of piece:Kiss the Rain
Composer:Yiruma
Duration:04:09
Source of music:Sheet Music
Instrument used:Yamaha YPG625 using Pianissimo VSTi
Recording method:Pianissimo's converter
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:lol This is the only meaningful piece I was able to play this summer! So much for my summer goals of getting better in the piano....


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Re: Recital #15 -- August 15, 2009
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Performer's name:Waltz
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Experience:Less than one year.
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Video link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YuJwGVhdZDQ
Title of piece:Canon in D (Variations)
Composer:Johann Pachelbel
Duration:02:58
Source of music:Alfred's Book 2.
Instrument used:Clavinova CLP-320.
Recording method:Digital camcorder and conversion.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:PLEASE WATCH THE YOUTUBE VIDEO INSTEAD OF THE MP3!!!


Re: Recital #15 -- August 15, 2009
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Performer's name:setchman - Eric Krueger
From:Wisconsin
Experience:20 years playing, on and off.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:His Gift
Composer:Eric Krueger
Duration:04:21
Instrument used:Galaxy II Vienna Grand (Download Addition) played using a Yamaha Motif XS 8.
Recording method:Recorded to PC using Samplitude Music Studio 14 and mixed using a combination of freeware and payware effects.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I wrote this piece a few years back and, at that time, actually linked to other versions of it on PW in the context of sampled piano discussions, i.e. Ivory, Akoustik Piano.

A little over a year ago I re-recorded it with Vienna Grand from Galaxy Pianos and spent more time tweaking the final sound until I ended up with this version.

I've been away from the forum for a while but have recently found more time to play and spend time on the forum so I thought I'd submit the piece since I've noticed people still accessing the older versions, presumably from doing searches on virtual pianos.


Re: Recital #15 -- August 15, 2009
AB Forum Recital #1249502 08/14/09 10:56 PM
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Performer's name:bluekeys
From:Virginia, USA
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Experience:2 yrs/11 mos
Direct music link:click to download
Home page link:http://bluekeys-diary.blogspot.com/
Title of piece:Misty
Composer:Erroll Garner
Duration:02:55
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Yamaha YDP223
Recording method:Midi out, rendered to MP3 with TruePianos Diamond using "cloudy" preset
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Looks like the players ahead of me have done some great music -- can't wait to hear it.

Even though Misty is a jazz standard, I learned this simple version more like a classical piece -- just playing what was on the sheet. The 3 over 2 measures gave me trouble at first, but after a while the whole thing became so rubato that I just sort of played it as I felt it.

There are lots of great improvised versions of this song floating around. Maybe someday I'll add some improv -- but gotta walk before you run. Thanks for listening.


Re: Recital #15 -- August 15, 2009
AB Forum Recital #1249508 08/14/09 11:10 PM
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Performer's name:Eighty8
From:Dayton, Ohio
Experience:I had lessons as a teenager, then was without a piano for many years. I took six months of piano lessons in 2007 and have been practicing on my own since then.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Love Is Here To Stay
Composer:music and lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin
Duration:03:22
Source of music:sheet music
Instrument used:Yamaha upright P22
Recording method:Shure mic, JVC tape deck, edit and convert to mp3 with Goldwave
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:From Wikipedia:

"Love Is Here to Stay" is a popular song and a jazz standard. The music was written by George Gershwin, the lyrics by Ira Gershwin, for the movie The Goldwyn Follies (1938)which was released shortly after George Gershwin's death. "Our Love Is Here to Stay" also appeared, perhaps most memorably, in the 1951 MGM picture An American in Paris, for which it served as the main theme. It also appeared in 1995's Forget Paris in which it is actually a reference to An American In Paris. The song was the last composition George Gershwin completed. Ira Gershwin wrote the words after his brother's death, giving the song a special poignancy.

Originally titled "It's Here to Stay" and then "Our Love Is Here to Stay", the song was finally published as "Love Is Here to Stay". Ira Gershwin has said that he wanted to change the song's name back to "Our Love Is Here to Stay" for years, but felt that it wouldn't be right since the song had already become a standard. The song is emblematic of the Great American Songbook, with both an introductory verse and a chorus.

The song is also used in the musical, The 1940's Radio Hour.

I did not play the introduction.

Re: Recital #15 -- August 15, 2009
AB Forum Recital #1249510 08/14/09 11:11 PM
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Performer's name:Copper
From:Virginia
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Experience:5 years
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Title of piece:The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
Composer:Ewan MacColl
Duration:02:50
Source of music:Favorite Piano Fake Book Vol. 2
Instrument used:Yamaha P250
Recording method:Connect to computer
Technical feedback wanted:Yes


Re: Recital #15 -- August 15, 2009
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Performer's name:JohnFrank
Experience:3 3/4 yrs.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:MInuet in A Minor
Composer:Johann Krieger (1651-1735)
Duration:01:33
Source of music:Alfred's Essential Keyboard Repertoire, Vol.1
Instrument used:Yamaha Clavinova CVP-301
Recording method:Digital to PC
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:The Minuet in A Minor by Johann Krieger is in two sections, both of which are repeated. The first section is 8 measures long and the second section is 16 measures long, with the last 8 measures repeating the theme of the first section. The RH plays the simple and elegant melody in the lovely A Minor key while the complimentary LH is very active throughout, and is especially effective on the little "rollover" midway thru the second section on the return to the first section's theme.

This is a sparkling little gem of a piece that is very popular (and deservedly so) and which is often assigned to late beginner/early intermediate students. I had previously submitted a recording of this piece to a Monthly Piano Bar earlier this year at a slower tempo (mm=80), but re-recorded it at a slightly faster tempo (mm=93) after an extended discussion via PMs about the "proper" tempi for minuets. The general conclusion of this exchange was that this varied with time & place over many years. As a good example, the CD recording that accompanies the "Essential Keyboard Repertoire" book has 16 minuets with a wide range of tempi chosen by the artist (Kim O'Reilly).

This new recording also eliminated a few "imperfections" in my original Piano Bar submission, and also retains the repeat of the last four measures at the very end (at a reduced tempo) that I inserted under authority of "artist's license". This repeat is not in the original music (but probably should be).

Johann Krieger was a contemporary of Bach and Handel and worked for much of his adult life as a church organist in several German cities.

Enjoy, John

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Performer's name:grotrianer
From:Germany
Experience:Many years, on and off. Restarted playing in early 2008, restarted lessons in late 2008.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Intermezzo 118/2
Composer:Johannes Brahms
Duration:05:20
Source of music:Sheet music from imslp
Instrument used:Sauter Delta
Recording method:Zoom H4 and audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Brahms's piano music eluded me until recently. I'm glad I've found his late piano pieces op.116-119, which he composed 1892 /93, five years before his death.


Re: Recital #15 -- August 15, 2009
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Performer's name:ddh - Daniel
From:Abitibi
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Experience:Going on 3 years (October)
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Prelude, opus 28 no 6
Composer:Frédéric Chopin
Duration:02:14
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Yamaha CVP-307 digital piano.
Recording method:From piano to Mac
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Chopin, at last !!!! For me, this is a milestone, almost three years in the making. My first recording of the great master's music, even if it is his easiest. Hope You like it.
Mock chicken meat loaf on rye bread with Pepsi.


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Performer's name:IPIBAHN Sandy
From:Nova Scotia
Experience:8
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Prelude in E minor
Composer:Chopin
Duration:01:47
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Roland Digital
Recording method:Direct to PC
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Each summer I learn a few pieces on my own. This one was the easiest of the three and although it still meeds some polishing, I'm fairly happy with it. I'm thinking it may be a little too fast.


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Performer's name:rustyfingers
From:Massachusetts
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Experience:8 years as a child, 4 as an adult
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Maple Leaf Rag
Composer:Scott Joplin
Duration:03:09
Source of music:Scott Joplin Collected Piano Works: Rags, Waltzes, Marches, The New York Public Library, 1971
Instrument used:Steinway B (I think)
Recording method:Zoom H2
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I used the piano in my church. I was a little on edge so I hope you forgive the bloopers and the clipping. I love the sound in there though.

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Performer's name:Carl Mc
From:Colorado
Experience:14 Months - this time around.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Amazing Grace
Composer:John Newton, J. Carrell & D. Clayton
Duration:01:58
Source of music:Alfred's AIO Book 1
I improvised a few notes at the end ...can't leave well enough alone.
Last lesson in book 1- now on to book 2.
Instrument used:Schimmel K213/NWS
Recording method:Zoom H2
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:In my pre-teens and early teens I spent a lot of time with my Grandmother during the summer months. As a result of her convictions- I also spent a lot of time sitting on the wooden benches in the small church of her faith. Although, not successful in converting the young heathen, I am sure playing this would have made her smile. So, this is for her.


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Performer's name:jotur - Cathy Turner
From:Santa Fe, New Mexico
Experience:2 years of lessons in my early teens, playing for dancing since 1995, believe it or not laugh
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Cabri Waltz
Composer:Traditional
Duration:01:58
Source of music:Fiddlers Fakebook lead sheet
Instrument used:Casio Privia 100-X
Recording method:digital to PC, audacity for mp3
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is a pretty little waltz I've played for a long time, but learned from memory/ear for a gig I have in mid-August at an adult day care center. It's 2x thru, because I quit before I got any further behind smile


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Performer's name:pianonewb
From:No. Va.,USA
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Experience:4 months
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Amazing Grace
Composer:John Newton/Wm. Walker
Duration:04:42
Source of music:improvised/play by ear
Instrument used:Casio PX 120
Recording method:Piano-patch from headphone jack to small mixer into computer.
Vocals-Large diaphram condensor mic into mixer into computer.
Recorded in Cakewalk Home studio 2004
Technical feedback wanted:Yes


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Performer's name:dalcyonir
From:Greece,Patras
Experience:2 years piano lessons as an adult(6 years keyboards as a kid)
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yz_Y9Rls2FM&feature=channel_page
Title of piece:Debussy-Clair De Lune
Composer:Claude Debussy
Duration:05:32
Source of music:sheet music
Instrument used:Yamaha Digital(can't remember model)
Recording method:Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:The recording is from April 2009 when i was studying this piece...I had chicken for lunch!


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Performer's name:steveMac / Steve Mclean
Experience:3 Months
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Minuet BWV 114
Composer:Bach
Duration:01:28
Source of music:Yamaha 50 Greats for the Piano
Instrument used:Yamaha YDP160
Recording method:Pianoteq Demo plus Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This piece is a little above my playing level at the moment, i made mistakes but wanted to post my first take.


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Performer's name:Bunneh (Daniel)
From:Berlin, Germany
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Experience:12 months
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:D. Scarlatti - Sonata K.32 L.423
Composer:Domenico Scarlatti
Duration:01:24
Source of music:Sheet music, Longo edition
Instrument used:Roland HP-203, Pianoteq 3
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I wanted to learn this piece after listening to this version on YT: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgNdJ341Uzk . After some discussion with my teacher, studying the Longo edited version and listening to a harpsichord version, my rendition ended up sounding very very different. The YT version linked above might be more pretty, but I really enjoy playing it like I do, and I even learned a lot about Baroque music in the process!

And please be as direct as you can with your feedback, I am really looking for ways to improve this piece.


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Performer's name:Euan Morrison
From:Edinburgh
Experience:4.5yrs
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Truman Sleeps
Composer:Philip Glass
Duration:02:22
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Yamaha Ydp-113
Recording method:Recorded using midi, then used Galaxy software (concert Steinway)
Technical feedback wanted:No
Additional info:This wasn't my planned piece, but time was running out so I needed something which would not cause too much stress. It's a sweet piece from the film The Truman Show.


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Performer's name:Yamaha G-3 & P-80 Mike White
From:Louisiana
Experience:Lifetime by ear, self-teaching appx. 4 years.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Chopin Waltz Op 64. No. 2
Composer:Chopin
Duration:02:42
Source of music:Sheet Music
Instrument used:Yamaha P-80
Recording method:Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I apologize for the not doing a better job with this piece, but I am on the verge of getting so sick of playing it over and over, that I'm afraid I may never want to play it again.


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Performer's name:Monica K.
From:Lexington, Kentucky
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Experience:Approximately 5
Direct music link:click to download
Home page link:http://www.youtube.com/pianomonica
Title of piece:Melodia Africana III
Composer:Ludovico Einaudi
Duration:04:35
Source of music:"Best of" Einaudi sheet music collection
Instrument used:Mason & Hamlin A
Recording method:Zoom H4, normalized in Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This piece begins deceptively easy; so easy, in fact, that you get sucked into it for three or so pages before the wicked fast part begins and you realize you had no business tackling it at this point. help

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