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Recital #18 --- May 15, 2010
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PLEASE DO NOT POST IN THIS THREAD! USE THE DISCUSSION THREAD!

I am delighted to introduce our 18th 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! smile


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 #18 Online Streaming Player

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

Recital #18 Response Template


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 18 zip file 1
Recital 18 zip file 2
Recital 18 zip file 3
Recital 18 zip file 4
Recital 18 zip file 5
Recital 18 zip file 6
Recital 18 zip file 7


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 trouble-shooting help and the Order of the Red Dot; 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:dannylux / Mel
From:Connecticut
Experience:4 years since returning. Lots as a kid.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Prelude in D flat Op.33 No.8
Composer:Sergei Bortkiewicz
Duration:04:37
Source of music:Sheet music from pianophilia.com
Instrument used:Yamaha P140
Recording method:Piano line-out to computer sound card line-in. Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Sergei Bortkiewicz (1877 Ukraine - 1952 Vienna), the Russian Late-Romantic composer wrote his beautiful set of 10 Preludes Op.33 in 1926.

I played the No.7 in F# major for Recital 15. For this Recital, I'm playing the No.8 in D flat.

This beautiful Prelude is typical of Bortkiewicz's style;
lush, lyrical and nostalgic.

After a 5 measure Introduction, to get us in the mood, we hear the first theme in D flat major, accompanied by triplets in the left hand.

The second theme is in c# minor, starting very softly and getting louder, especially as we transition back to the first theme in D flat.

But this time, the D flat melody is in the left hand. The writing is very grand and passionate, leading to a climax and then slowly fading away.

A few measure of the Introduction return, and after some modern-sounding chords, the piece ends ppp with three D flat chords, the last one slowly rolled.

So the structure of the Prelude is the typical song form, ABA, that is, First Theme-Second Theme-First Theme.

I hope you like this wonderful, heart-felt music.


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Performer's name:Manndrew (Andy)
From:Massachusetts
Experience:Since Dwight David Eisenhower strolled through the White House.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:My Song
Composer:Keith Jarrett
Duration:05:36
Source of music:Sheet music transcription.
Instrument used:I used a Roland FP-7.
Recording method:Recorded on a Zoom H4 and then normalized and converted to an MP3 file using Audacity.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:There are several versions of this piece that Keith Jarrett has played. The first time I heard "My Song" was on the album of the same name with his ensemble. I think that is my favorite. However, recently I listened to a live version from a Berlin concert that is much slower than the original and it is outstanding. The transcription I used for the recital is based on Jarrett's performance at Carnegie Hall in 2005.

I love the way the piece is constructed. The opening melody in C major is fairly simple, but the accompaniment is what gives complexity and texture. Then it wanders off into some key changes and returns to the home key where the theme is repeated, but more slowly. My only regret is that I don't have access to an acoustic grand so all the wonderful tones of the piece could be better represented.


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Performer's name:b528nf7 (Bill)
From:Gaithersburg, Maryland
Experience:6-7 Years
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9EMMpt0VCU
Title of piece:Your Song
Composer:John/Taupin
Duration:03:59
Source of music:Fake Book
Instrument used:Roland KR17M Digital Grand
Recording method:Flip Ultra HD camera with audio stripped via WinFF
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I know it's not much, but it's the best I can do. My song is Your Song and this one's for you.


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Performer's name:TrueBeginner
From:VA, US
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Experience:2 years 3 months
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Somewhere
Composer:TrueBeginner
Duration:03:19
Source of music:Self composition
Instrument used:Casio Privia
Recording method:Audacity to PC line in
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I hope you like it


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Performer's name:BenPiano
From:USA
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Experience:11 months
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhbxTUciw5U
Home page link:http://www.youtube.com/user/afpaSTU1096
Title of piece:Sonatina Op. 55, No. 1
Composer:Kuhlau
Duration:03:32
Source of music:Public Domain Sheet
Instrument used:Roland Fantom G8
Recording method:Digital
Technical feedback wanted:No
Additional info:A nice little sonatina from Kuhlau. I enjoyed learning this one.

Made a couple of mistakes on this recording. I got this take very early, and subscribed to the law of diminishing returns and quit while I was ahead and had the chance to get some good practice time in instead. smile

No Feedback necessary, I'm just happy to participate once again! smile

Enjoy!


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Performer's name:Mr Super-Hunky
From:Arizona
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Title of piece:The Ludlows- theme from Legends of the Fall movie
Composer:James Horner
Duration:03:56
Source of music:Sheet music obtained from Broadman Music
Instrument used:Mason & Hamlin BB, 7 feet of sweetness.
Recording method:Zoom H2
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:If you have seen the movie "The Legends of the Fall", you may remember this piano theme which was used throughout the movie.

This was a very sad movie which had a very touching piano theme that I tried to recapture with this performance.

The piece is known by many names including "piano", "Twilight and Mist", "The Ludlows" or simply the theme to the Legends of the Fall.

I would rate this an advanced beginner to beginning intermediate piece and would encourage many of you to give it a go. It is a very beautiful piece which is a joy to learn and can be performed at just about any pace.


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Performer's name:tdvance (Todd Vance)
From:Bowie, MD
Experience:2.5 years lessons as child, 20 year hiatus, then 15 months self teaching.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Wedding Day at Troldhagen
Composer:Edward Grieg
Duration:09:15
Source of music:Piano Literature, Vol 5: for the Advanced Grades
Ed: James Bastien
General Words and Music Co.
Instrument used:Yamaha Arius Digital Piano, DP-160
Recording method:Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:A good piece with lots of room for expression. The buildup to the loud part requires precise pedaling or else it sounds choppy, and yeah, I pushed that pedal down a little early or late a few times. I played the loud part around half speed--the max I could do. Just pretend it's a Maestoso or something smile Only about 3 really blatant errors, and I ain't counting the subtle ones because maybe you won't notice smile


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Performer's name:Strings & Wood/CarlMc
From:Colorado
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Experience:2yrs this time around.
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Title of piece:(Everything I Do) I Do It For You
Composer:Bryan Adams, Robert Lange & Michael Kamen
Duration:03:37
Source of music:Sheet Music
Instrument used:Schimmel K213 NWS
Recording method:Zoom 2
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Tacos.


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Performer's name:John Frank
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Title of piece:Return to the Heart
Composer:David Lanz
Duration:04:12
Source of music:Narada New Age Sampler (Easy Piano)
Instrument used:Yamaha CVP-301 DP
Recording method:Digital to computer
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is my slightly shortened re-arrangement of a somewhat simplified version of this beautiful New Age classic by one of the acknowledged masters of the genre. I play it here from memory.

David's own exquisite recording of this piece can be found on his CD "Love Songs", which also includes such Lanz masterpieces as "Christofori's Dream", "Leaves on the Seine", "London Blue", and other romantic works. It can also be heard/seen on YouTube with a lovely photo slideshow.


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Performer's name:Riddler (Ed)
From:Florida
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Experience:Two or three years of lessons as a kid; three years of jazz lessons as an adult; and a lifetime of noodling and playing by ear.
Direct music link:click to download
Home page link:http://home.roadrunner.com/~riddlereader/
Title of piece:Impressions
Composer:John Coltrane
Duration:05:23
Source of music:Lead sheet
Instrument used:Yamaha P-120
Recording method:Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is a modal jazz song, with each section written in a single mode over a sustained chord. The form is AABA, with A being 8 bars of D Dorian mode, and B being 8 bars of Eb Dorian. Coltrane played several versions of this song - the version I am playing is the one that includes a phrase that sounds as if it was lifted from Ravel's Pavane. (I wonder: is that why he called it Impressions?) The left hand accompaniment - fourth-based chords moving up and down the scale - is a standard jazz piano trick used to establish the mode and give a feeling of movement even though the harmony is actually static.

I am playing the piano, but the drums and bass are provided by a backing track.


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Performer's name:mahlzeit
From:Breda, The Netherlands
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Experience:Almost 5 years.
Direct music link:click to download
Home page link:http://www.originalsolopiano.com
Title of piece:Recital 18
Composer:Me
Duration:02:15
Source of music:It sounds vaguely familiar, so I must have picked it up somewhere except for the bits that I made up by myself.
Instrument used:Yamaha CP33 digital stage piano + Ivory softsynth
Recording method:MIDI -> computer -> Reaper -> Ivory -> Audacity -> WinLame -> MP3
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Again a quickie piece this time (both composing and recording it). Too busy with working and moving, and not enough piano playing since the last recital. I hope you like it regardless. It has some nice chords in it.


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Performer's name:Ken.
From:USA
Experience:2 1/4
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Ask Me Now
Composer:Thelonious Monk
Duration:02:01
Source of music:Sheet Music
Instrument used:Milton Spinet
Recording method:Zoom H4
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:For these recitals so far I've been submitting classical pieces. This my first jazz arrangement that I learnt. This is from a book called "Thelonious Monk - Easy Piano Solos" arranged by Ronnie Mathews (not that easy actually). I added a few embellishments in a couple of "dead spots" at the suggestion of my teacher. This is the first tune that I started to use the pedal on. It's a ballad with some nice harmonies and a bit of stride piano. Excuse the piano stool, creaking when pedaling smile


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Performer's name:flyingfroggy
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Experience:11 years as adult; about a year of lessons when I was 6 years old
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Nocturne in B flat minor Op. 9 No. 1
Composer:Frederic Chopin
Duration:05:49
Source of music:sheet music
Instrument used:Schimmel Konzert Grand K 189
Recording method:Zoom H2, audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is my favorite of all of Chopin's nocturnes. It was very challenging to learn, but I was determined to whip it into some kind of shape for the recital. This was my best take, in spite of my usual dropped notes and bloopers. I hope you enjoy it.


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Performer's name:Edtek
From:El Paso
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Johnson Rag
Duration:00:51
Source of music:Alfred's Pop Level 1
Instrument used:Yamaha PSR-S910
Recording method:Audio Out to PC
Technical feedback wanted:Yes


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Performer's name:Sam Smith
From:Georgia, USA
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Experience:In my third year back after a 30 year hiatus.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Song Without Words Op. 19/6
Composer:Mendelssohn
Duration:02:55
Source of music:Henle urtext
Instrument used:Yamaha UX1
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:19/6 is one of the Venetian Boat Songs. The title in the first English Edition was "In a Gondola". Not sure if my playing evokes a romantic boat ride or something more clumsy and maybe even life-threatening. Got your personal flotation device on?

I'd like to do all of Op 19 some day - I've done #4 (but don't ask me to play it now!), and #2 is on my list, but 1, 3, and 5 are more difficult.


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Performer's name:ladypayne
From:Michigan, USA
Experience:lost track smile
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eyWUxxoKgRE
Title of piece:Colors of the Wind from Pocahontas
Composer:music by Alan Menken Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Duration:03:01
Source of music:sheet music
Instrument used:piano
Recording method:digital camera
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This isn't the best recording of the song but I was very limited on time because I am currently studying abroad in India and had to record by the end of April if I wanted to submit anything for a recital piece. I also might have played it a bit too fast. I had to pack, catch a flight, and record my recital piece in same day smile Hope you enjoy it anyway laugh


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Performer's name:Mohan Karthik
From:Bangalore, India
Experience:6 months of piano after a 5 year break. I used to play piano for about 2 years in school before.
Direct music link:click to download
Home page link:http://www.mohankarthik.com
Title of piece:My Heart will go on
Composer:Céline Dion
Duration:06:00
Source of music:A set of Youtube videos by http://www.youtube.com/user/RememberSeptember.
Instrument used:Casio PX330 + Pianoteq
Recording method:Pianoteq wav export -> audacity does MP3 encode.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is one of the most moving pieces in the history of music. It is also a very very popular piece. I definitely would like to thank RememberSeptember for the amazing youtube tutorial! Hope you guys like it.


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Performer's name:ten left thumbs aka Laura
From:Scotland
Experience:10 years as a kid, recently 2 years
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Five Stars
Composer:Peter Friesen
Duration:01:23
Source of music:The first half is from sheet music (with a few embellishments) and the second half improvised.
Instrument used:Acoustic
Recording method:Zoom H2
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I've been aspiring to improvise for a long time, and this is the first time I've thought my efforts were worth putting in the recital. You hear me hesitating, and there are a few unintended notes, but mostly I felt in control, and I kept going until the end.

I've been working with the material from this book (Take the Lead 2) because it makes me think about the chords I'm using - yet keeps things very simple. I can't think too much when I'm improvising (my CPU isn't up to it). This is the first piece in the book, and it uses the pentatonic scale in C.

Any feedback on improvising gratefully received.

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Performer's name:Frozenicicles
From:Up North
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Experience:Quite awhile
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4-6kBs8liI
Title of piece:Étude Op. 25 No. 7 "Cello"
Composer:Frédéric Chopin
Duration:05:39
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Yamaha U3
Recording method:Zoom Q3 using the auto setting, then normalized in Audacity.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This piece was a big challenge for me because I'm terrible at Chopin, especially slow Chopin. This étude is not as well known as some of his faster ones, but very difficult because of the interpretive challenges. It also gives your left hand passage-work a run for its money. Please give me some pointers on how to play slower pieces.

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