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Recital #16 --- November 15, 2009 #1305704
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PLEASE DO NOT POST IN THIS THREAD! USE THE DISCUSSION THREAD!

I am delighted to introduce our 16th quarterly Adult Beginners' Forum Recital! 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.

Thank you.

A template has been created for those who wish to provide individualized feedback:

Recital 16 Response Template

In addition to the zip files linked below, mahlzeit has added a feature to his program that creates an online streaming player. Just click on the link to hear all the recital pieces without having to download the zip files:

Recital 16 Online Streaming Player

For the convenience of forum members, mahlzeit's program has normalized the files for consistent volume and standardized the ID3 tags in a collection of zip files. This makes it easier to create personal CDs and playlists.

These zip files have been posted at the following URLs:

Recital 16 zip 1
Recital 16 zip 2
Recital 16 zip 3
Recital 16 zip 4
Recital 16 zip 5
Recital 16 zip 6
Recital 16 zip 7
Recital 16 zip 8


The zip files, along with past recitals, have also been uploaded to:

http://www.esnips.com/web/PWRecitals


Let me express my greatest thanks to five very special people: mr_super-hunky for coming up with the idea of our online recitals, which have proven to be more successful than any of us ever dreamed; Bob Muir for working out the technical details of pulling together the recital and doing so tirelessly for the first six, count 'em, six, recitals; LaValse for hosting the zip files and recital software on his server; Copper for also hosting the zip files and trouble-shooting help; and last but not least, mahlzeit for writing the absolutely fantastic web-based recital program that we are using. THANK YOU MAHLZEIT!!! heart

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Performer's name:jazzyprof
From:Ann Arbor, MI
Experience:Self-taught as a kid. 5 years of lessons in this incarnation.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Nocturne op.48 no.1
Composer:F. Chopin
Duration:06:42
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Steinway B
Recording method:Zoom H4
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I think this is the most difficult piece I have yet attempted. I hope I didn't butcher it too much!:) Isn't Chopin just amazing?!!!


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Performer's name:dannylux / Mel
From:Connecticut
Experience:3 years 9 months since I started playing again. Lots as a kid.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Bersagliera
Composer:Manuel Maria Ponce
Duration:02:24
Source of music:This extremely rare sheet music was very kindly transcribed for me from the Hector Rojas recording of Ponce's "Complete Works for the Piano" by a tremendously talented friend.
Instrument used:Yamaha P-140
Recording method:Keyboard line-out to computer sound card line-in. Audacity.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Manuel Maria Ponce's Bersagliera is a very jaunty, energetic piece, with a little Baroque feel to it.

This is one of Ponce's rarest, most difficult-to-find pieces. Only one recording exists, and it is out of print.

Bersagliera is in three sections, A, B, and C, played in the order ABBCAB.
The first section has a staccato melody in the right hand and a nice work-out for the left.
The second section has the second melody mostly in thirds, with a triplet accompaniment.
The third section is for those who love lots of octaves.

This is one of my favorite pieces. It's such fun to play!
I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoy playing it for you.


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Performer's name:epf
From:Southern California
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Experience:50+ years with lots of long breaks. I've been playing regularly for the last two years.
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUo8UVODnyU
Title of piece:Prelude No. 16 in Db Major
Composer:Robert D. Vandall
Duration:01:57
Source of music:Complete collection of Preludes by Robert D. Vandall (sheet music)
Instrument used:Privia PX-800
Recording method:Direct to Zoom H4 then normalized with Audacity. Video shot with Mino FlipVideo and resulting file edited in Windows Movie Maker to synchronize with the audio and to add titles.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is certainly one of the prettiest of the preludes and I fell in love with it the first time I heard it. As a result I ordered the complete collection of preludes.

Had French Toast for dinner tonight.


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Performer's name:Ode2Joy
From:So Cal
Experience:Returning adult since Jan 2008; several years as a child
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Piano Sonata in C, K330 Andante cantabile (2nd movement)
Composer:W A Mozart
Duration:04:07
Source of music:Henle Album: Piano Music from Bach to Debussy
Instrument used:Yamaha C3
Recording method:Zoom H4 --> MP3 conversion with Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I didn't take the repeats with this movement. The "cantabile" quality needed for this piece still eludes me, but here's my best shot at it. I'm a huge Mozart fan.

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Performer's name:Ken.
Experience:1 3/4 years
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Title of piece:German Dance in A Major, WoO.13, No. 11
Composer:Beethoven
Duration:00:53
Source of music:Sheet Music
Instrument used:Milton Spinet
Recording method:Zoom H4
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This was the 2nd piece I learned after starting last year. I try to keep all the pieces I've learnt in my rotation so as not to forget them. This short piece was deceptively hard because of the percusive action of one hand while the other is playing sustained notes and vice versa, while playing it in a refined manner.

Thanks in advance for listening and any comments.


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Performer's name:Mr Super-Hunky
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Title of piece:Cristofori's Dream
Composer:David Lanz
Duration:06:25
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Mason & Hamlin BB
Recording method:Zoom H2
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I used to improvise as a way to avoid the difficult sections of a piece I could not play. This is what a hack does and I did the math!

In an effort to redeem myself, I need to resubmit a few pieces (which I will over time) and perform them correctly as written. This is my first one.

It's certainly not perfect but at 6 min, 9 pages and NO editing, my nerves are shot.....Phew!


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Performer's name:TrueBeginner
From:VA, US
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Experience:1 year and 9 months (I gave wrong info in the last recital)
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Autumn River
Composer:Me
Duration:02:39
Source of music:self composition
Instrument used:Casio Privia
Recording method:DP to computer via Line In, Audacity to remove noise.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Originally I planned another piece for the recital. This one came up when I tried to write some simple tune for my 8 years old to play. The whole song has only 2 chords. While I like the melody of the other one better, I think my playing on this one is a little bit better (despite some clunkers)


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Performer's name:Peyton
From:Maine
Experience:Many years of knocking around blues, folk and rock and then a few years of serious study.
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://www.youtube.com/user/Biffer5#p/a/u/1/OTgYDJu3umY
Home page link:http://www.peytonart.com
Title of piece:Nocturne in Bflat Minor Op.9.1
Composer:Chopin
Duration:05:43
Source of music:sheet music
Instrument used:Pramberger YC grand
Recording method:digital using Mac/metro
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I worked on this nocturne along with 72.1 for the nocturne recital. This was the first Chopin piece that I ever fell in love with. I learned it many years ago and had to relearn it for the recital. I had a heck of a time recording it.. one of those times where you get one part just perfect and then ruin another. I settled for this take although I messed up the ending by leaving out a measure.


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Performer's name:Sam Smith
From:Georgia, USA
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Experience:Several years as a kid, a couple of years as an adult
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Song Without Words, Opus 19/4
Composer:Mendelssohn
Duration:02:36
Instrument used:Yamaha UX1
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:My piano bench creaks...


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Performer's name:kokomo61
From:Oak Hill, VA
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Experience:3 years formal lessons, a bunch of self-taught lead sheet fakery.
Direct music link:click to download
Home page link:http://www.holliworks.com
Title of piece:Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13 Adagio Cantabile
Composer:Ludwig Van Beethoven
Duration:04:59
Source of music:John Thompson Modern Course for the Piano Level 5
Instrument used:Yamaha P-250
Recording method:Direct to Garage Band, convert to MP3, post to forum.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I would have liked to have done this on the Estonia, but my iMac blew up its encrypted hard drive, and I've been working on restoring it for about a week now. I had to pull a previous version off of Box.Net just to make sure I had a submission this time around.


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Performer's name:flyingfroggy
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Experience:1 year of lessons at age 6, then about 10 years as adult
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Nocturne #20 in C# minor (posth.)
Composer:Chopin
Duration:03:39
Source of music:sheet music
Instrument used:Schimmel Konzert Grand K 189
Recording method:Zoom H2, audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I had a really bad case of “red dot syndrome.” I should be embarrassed to tell you how many times I pushed that red dot, but suffice it to say that after totally screwing up the (easy) third to last measure of take number 17, I decided to rerecord the last section. I hope you enjoy one of my favorite Chopin nocturnes, complete with a few wrong notes, several hesitations, and one edit.


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Performer's name:Glen R.
From:Alberta, Canada
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Experience:6 months with lessons (a few years tinkering before that).
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Waltz (Op. 39, No. 15)
Composer:Johannes Brahms
Duration:01:07
Source of music:Piano: 2nd Time Around (Bastien and Bastien)
Instrument used:Yamaha YDP-140
Recording method:Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is the first piece that I've played with the pedal, so it's the first piece I've played that I really enjoy listening to :-).
I had a PB&J sandwich. Tasted pretty good, since I haven't really felt like eating for the past few days :-)


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Performer's name:HomeInMyShoes (HIMS, Homey, Home, Aaron)
From:St. John's, NL, Canada
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Experience:enough to know better by now
Direct music link:click to download
Home page link:http://homeinmyshoes.blogspot.com/
Title of piece:Trois Gnossiennes
Composer:Erik Satie
Duration:06:39
Source of music:Sheet. Erik Satie Piano Album. J.B Cramer & Co
Instrument used:Roland Fantom X8
Recording method:straight resampling
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I love these three little pieces., especially No. 2 with the hypnotic running eight notes. I also enjoy all the little interpretation notes written in French above the music, although I'm still a little fuzzy on how one would play something "sans orgueil" or "seul, pendant un instant".

I had leftover spaghetti for lunch and a ginger ale. Burp. Excuse me.


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Performer's name:Kalai1/Chris
From:Hawaii
Experience:4 years 2 months
Direct music link:click to download
Home page link:http://www.koawoodhawaii.com
Title of piece:Leo O Kapo (voice of the night)
Composer:Chris Allen
Duration:03:15
Source of music:Self taught, play by ear
Instrument used:Yamaha P-80 piano
Recording method:Digital to PC
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I hope you like my music, please comment, aloha.
I have never played infront of people and I dont think more than 12 people have ever heard me play the piano, since I am self taught I don't know if I can say I can play the piano or should I say I play around with the piano. I also do not know what chords I am playing or anything like that, I tought myself by listening to George Winston and then trying to play his music then I was able wo write my own pieces, please critique, thanks and aloha.

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Performer's name:Mar_red
From:Poland
Experience:2 years and 4 month of piano playing (plus a few years of accordion and guitar playing more than 26 years ago)
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Stranger in Paradise & Love Letters (medley)
Composer:R.Wright & G.Forrest / V. Young
Duration:06:26
Source of music:Lead sheets
Instrument used:DP Roland FP-7
Recording method:DP to audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:"Stranger in Paradise" is a popular song from the 1953 musical Kismet and is credited to Robert Wright and George Forrest. Like all the music in that show, the melody was based on music composed by Alexander Borodin, in this case, the "Gliding Dance of the Maidens," from the Polovetsian Dance. – Wikipedia
"Love Letters" is a 1945 popular song with music by Victor Young and lyrics by Edward Heyman. The song appeared, without lyrics, in the movie of the same name. – Wikipedia

I couldn’t decide which one to submit so I merged them into a medley.
Creating my versions of these two beautiful tunes out of lead sheets – you know, only melodies and chords - presented a fantastic experience to me. As somebody wrote, “faking” music from lead sheets (contained in the fake books) gives you the freedom to stylize a song your own way, rather than to play it as arranged in a sheet music version. So far there is not even one tune I learned from a full piano score ... “Faking” a tune (I love the term!) really gives you a tremendous freedom in all imaginable ways. The slightest note depends on you, quality of every chord, tempo and so on. It can’t be compared to “classical” playing i.e. playing from sheet music where even one additional note means a mistake.
Trying to describe the style they are in I would say it’s bordering cocktail piano, maybe, but really maybe pop jazz. At least I did my best to give them the jazzy flavor, as I see it. Have I succeeded? As always it’s up to you to decide smile.
They are not a pro renditions, far from it, they are only adult beginner’s ones but nonetheless I hope you will like it.
I will never be a good classical pianist but being a decent "faker" would make one of my piano dreams come true. There are tons of beautiful tunes out there which can be "retold" one more time in a different way, even by an adult beginner “faker” smile.

P.S.
At the end of the strings of my recordings I switched my FP-7 to jazz scat tone. I liked the result so much ( the jazzy flavor! ) that I couldn’t resist the temptation to share it with you.
I truly hope doing it I didn’t break the recital's rules – it was piano played so was piano related smile


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Performer's name:Sandy Moore
From:Nova Scotia
Experience:8 years
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Hills of Purple Heather
Composer:Martha Mier
Duration:01:46
Source of music:Sheet Music
Instrument used:Roland Digital
Recording method:digital to PC
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Healthy lunch of veggies and chicken....repenting after the weekend.

I learned this for my Scottish brother-in-law..but I haven't played it for him yet!! He lives in Saudi Arabia...perhaps I'll send him the mp3


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Performer's name:b528nf7 (Bill)
From:Gaithersburg, Maryland
Experience:6 1/2 Years
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Title of piece:Layla
Composer:Eric Clapton/Jim Gordon
Duration:03:34
Source of music:Hal Leonard Fake Book
Instrument used:Roland KR17M Digital Grand Piano
Recording method:Flip Video HD
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is a piano/vocal of the 1970 Derek and the Dominoes song from their Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs album. I used a harpsicord voice for the piano solo portion of the song to provide a little contrast plus I like the way it sounds.


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Performer's name:Todd Vance
From:Bowie, MD
Experience:About 9 months, after a long hiatus after 2.5 years childhood lessons.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Sonatina (Clementi, Op. 56 No. 3)
Composer:Muzio Clementi
Duration:06:53
Source of music:Piano Literature Vol. 3
Instrument used:Yamaha YP-400 keyboard
Recording method:Audacity, as 7 files (4 for first mvt., repeats not done to save time, one for 2nd mvt., one for 3rd mvt.) concatenated.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I should have put some more empty space between movements.


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Performer's name:Bunneh
From:Germany
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Experience:15 months
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Première Gymnopédie
Composer:Erik Satie
Duration:03:51
Source of music:Edition: Les Éditions Outremontaises, 2006
Instrument used:Roland HP-203
Recording method:Line out to Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:A favorite of mine, and one of those melodies that everyone seems to know and love. The piece proved to be far more challenging than it looks and sounds at first glance.

It seems every single note has to sound just right or you've instantly ruined the piece. Considering that this includes some big pp chords that need to be voiced carefully, it gave me quite a headache.

It's listed as a BC grade 8 piece, and I suppose to really get everything out of it you do need a lot of experience at the keyboard. But I think even a beginner can make it sound like music! Listen and judge yourself whether you think I'm right wink

Critical comments and suggestions are, as always, very welcome!


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