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Recital #20 --- November 15, 2010
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I am delighted to introduce our 20th 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 #20 Online Streaming Player

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

Recital #20 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 20 zip 1
Recital 20 zip 2
Recital 20 zip 3
Recital 20 zip 4
Recital 20 zip 5
Recital 20 zip 6
Recital 20 zip 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:epf
From:Southern California
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Experience:over 50 years off and on (the last three years pretty consistently)
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7MkCYGmsmm0
Title of piece:The Celebrated Chop Waltz
Composer:Euphemia Allan
Duration:01:26
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:1947 Mason & Hamlin spinet
Recording method:H4 placed behind me, then Audacity to convert to MP3 and to normalize.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is the first time I've tried to record from the M&H so I was playing around. The piece I selected was simply a fun piece (the right hand of this piece is frequently called "Chopsticks") -- my work schedule has been so full that I didn't have time to finish up the Joplin piece I'm working on so that will probably go for the next recital.


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Performer's name:liszt85
Experience:12y
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Etude Op.25 No.2
Composer:Chopin
Duration:01:40
Instrument used:Yamaha P22
Recording method:laptop mic array and audacity
(Zoom is on my Black Friday shopping list!)
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Just learnt the piece, its not up to speed yet.


Re: Recital #20 --- November 15, 2010
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Performer's name:dannylux / Mel
From:Connecticut
Experience:Not quite 5 years since I started playing again. Lots as a kid.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Bowen Serious Dance Op.51 No.2
Composer:York Bowen
Duration:03:14
Source of music:Sheet music digitized by the Eastman School of Music's Sibley Library:

http://hdl.handle.net/1802/3379
Instrument used:Yamaha P140
Recording method:Yamaha Line-out to computer sound card Line-in. Audacity.
Technical feedback wanted:No
Additional info:York Bowen (1884-1961) was an English composer and pianist. Even thought he was a 20th Century composer, he wrote in the Romantic style, with rich and colorful chromatic harmonies. He was influenced by Rachmaninoff, Chopin, Grieg and Tchaikovsky.
The main difficulty in this piece was learning to play the right-hand chords softly and smoothly.


Re: Recital #20 --- November 15, 2010
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Performer's name:Monica K.
From:Lexington, Kentucky
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Experience:About 6 1/4.
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGfYh709cZE
Title of piece:Braveheart
Composer:James Horner, arr. by Christopher Peacock
Duration:05:50
Source of music:Sheet music transcription by captnflav
Instrument used:Mason & Hamlin A
Recording method:Zoom H4, normalized in Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is Christopher Peacock's absolutely lovely solo piano arrangement of the theme to the movie, "Braveheart," originally composed by James Horner. The only difference is that toward the end, the transcription by captnflav had some wicked left-hand runs, so I substituted in some block chords instead. Much easier and the chords created a pleasing dramatic contrast to the bass pattern in the rest of the piece, so I'm happy with cheating a bit. The much slower tempo, I'm not so happy with! whome

Lunch was leftover pasta casserole.


Re: Recital #20 --- November 15, 2010
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Performer's name:Sam Smith
From:Georgia, USA
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Experience:A few years as a teenager, then a 30 year hiatus. I'm in my third year back.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Song Without Words Opus 19/3
Composer:Felix Mendelssohn
Duration:03:35
Source of music:Henle urtext
Instrument used:Yamaha UX1 (a deluxe U1)
Recording method:USB mic to audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Saddle up your horse and whistle up your dog, it's time to go hunting! The Songs Without Words are not all soft and lyrical. This one is bold and brassy. Mendelssohn did not title it, but tradition calls it a hunting song. There are loud passages with open fifths that bring to mind hunting horns.

There are lots of octaves in the right hand and big jumps in the left hand. This is great training for harder pieces. I worked on this more than any previous recital submission, but there are still a lot of problem areas and missed notes. It is what it is, though, and accurately reflects my skill level right now. Hopefully I have captured the spirit of it.

I have studied four of the pieces from Opus 19 now. I hope to do them all some day. 19/1 will be next.


Re: Recital #20 --- November 15, 2010
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Performer's name:PhilzPiano
From:Bristol UK
Experience:One year of serious learning on a Casio digital piano, plus two years of dabbling on a toy keyboard before that!
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Moonlight Sonata 1st mvt.
Composer:Beethoven
Duration:04:56
Source of music:Learned from sheet music, played from memory.
Instrument used:Casio Privia PX-110
Recording method:Recorded with Pianoteq Play using the 'K1 close mic' voice. I used Audacity to convert to MP3.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Definitely room for improvement! Probably played a little too fast in hindsight. This is the first time I have entered a piece into the recital. Let me have your comments!


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Re: Recital #20 --- November 15, 2010
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Performer's name:ladypayne
From:MI, USA
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Title of piece:I'll Fly Away
Composer:Mark Hayes
Duration:03:12
Source of music:sheet music
Instrument used:casio privia px130
Recording method:digital camera
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:AH well, about good as it gets. Definitely not an easy song to play. Probably one of the hardest songs I've ever played. Lots of notes and chords jumping all over the place. I could smooth it out a little better in a few places but maybe some other time!


Re: Recital #20 --- November 15, 2010
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Performer's name:tdvance (Todd Vance)
From:Bowie, MD
Experience:2.5 years lessons as child, 20 year hiatus, then 21 months self teaching.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Sonata No. 20 in G major, Op49 no. 2
Composer:Ludwig van Beethoven
Duration:07:41
Source of music:Ludwig Van beethoven Complete Piano Sonatas Voluem 2 (Nos. 16-32), Dover Publications, June 1, 1975
Instrument used:Yamaha Arius Digital Piano, DP-160
Recording method:Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I remember the tune of the second movement (Tempo di Menuetto) from the radio, which is what attracted me to the piece. It's also one of the easiest of Beethoven's piano sonatas. (The one right after it, #21, Waldstein, is considered one of the hardest).


Re: Recital #20 --- November 15, 2010
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Performer's name:TrueBeginner
From:VA, US
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Experience:2 years 9 months
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Dew Drop on the Leaf
Composer:Original
Duration:03:00
Source of music:Self Composition
Instrument used:Casio Privia
Recording method:Digital -> Audacity -> MP3
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I think I played this piece too fast. It sounds rushed the whole time, but I have no motivation to try anymore take. I hope you like it.


Re: Recital #20 --- November 15, 2010
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Performer's name:Mr Super-Hunky
From:Arizona
Experience:5
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Sea Feeling
Composer:Jim Chappell
Duration:04:24
Source of music:Plunked out & then played by ear.
Instrument used:Mason & Hamlin BB. "BB" stands for 1,200 lbs of thunder!
Recording method:Zoom H2/Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is a very simple yet beautiful piece which many beginers could tackle. There is a faster middle run section which actually is not very hard once you can get your fingers to move. A perfect piece for those who don't practice their scales much to get back into shape.!

Once again I am re-composing the entire piece and pretty much making a Readers Digest version of it so I can not only play it, but remove the very long (nuthin' happnin') section as well.

This is not a classical piece so nobody should get too worked up about it. I simply wanted to create a simple beautiful melody out of a very similar piece which I could play. I didn't want to alter any of the main melodies but the original score was/is a bit over my head so time to re-compose!

Cheating?.....YES! it's what I do!

In any event, I hope you like it.


Re: Recital #20 --- November 15, 2010
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Performer's name:Serge88
From:Montreal
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Experience:4 years since I returned + 5 many years ago.
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=Sergevideo
Title of piece:Piano Concerto no.20 2nd mvt k.466 (intro)
Composer:Mozart
Duration:01:55
Source of music:Sheet music + I added a few notes here and there.
Instrument used:Roland FP7
Recording method:Roland FP7 to Zoom H2
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Piano concerto no.20 is one of the few classical piece I like. It was fun to learn it.

I did 5 recording and they were good but they all have mistakes. Which one should I pick ?


Re: Recital #20 --- November 15, 2010
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Performer's name:Tubbie0075
From:Melbourne, Australia
Experience:Cumulatively 5 years or so.
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Title of piece:Ballade pour Adeline
Composer:Paul de Senneville & Olivier Taussaint
Duration:02:45
Source of music:Richard Clayderman piano book
Instrument used:Kawai RX-2H (5' 10" grand piano)
Recording method:Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This was one of my favourite pieces when I started learning the piano many years ago. Prior to re-starting piano lessons again few months ago, I had the chance to record it for old time sake.


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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:The Duke
Composer:Dave Brubeck
Duration:01:44
Source of music:An arrangement I wrote, working from a lead sheet.
Instrument used:Yamaha P-120
Recording method:Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is a beautiful song written by Dave Brubeck in honor of Duke Ellington. (There is a lot of music history in there.) I am playing solo piano with no accompaniment and no improv, just an arrangement that I wrote, working from a lead sheet.


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Performer's name:Ode2Joy
From:Altadena, CA
Experience:almost 3 years as an adult; couple of years as a child
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Autumn Song
Composer:P. Tchaikovsky
Duration:04:09
Source of music:The Seasons, Opus 37b
Alfred Masterworks Edition
edited by Maurice Hinson
Instrument used:Yamaha C3
Recording method:wav file from Zoom H4 --> Audacity to convert to MP3
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:It was a challenging piece to bring out the counter melody. Autumn Song is the October installment from this volume that has 12 character pieces - one for each month of the year. Trying to learn others from this set.

Kabocha squash soup and cornbread. Yummm!


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Performer's name:LaValse
From:Mumbles, Wales.
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Experience:~1o years.
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkH7BLMa_1s
Home page link:http://welshandgrumpy.blogspot.com/
Title of piece:Bunte Blatter Op 99, Funf Albumblatter, 1 - Ziemlich Langsam
Composer:Schumann
Duration:02:07
Source of music:Sheet music from IMSLP.
Instrument used:Yamaha U1
Recording method:Edirol R09.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Deceptively simple the complexity lies in the polyphony... Need to revisit again in a few year's tom,e to have another go.


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Performer's name:Joangolfing
From:Iowa
Experience:8+
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Gillock Sea Medley (Seascape, Song of the Mermaid)
Composer:William A. Gillock
Duration:02:04
Source of music:2 pieces from "Lyric Preludes in Romantic Style" by William L. Gillock
Instrument used:Roland FP-4
Recording method:Akoustic Piano software with Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is my first recital with a new teacher. I changed piano teachers last April.


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Performer's name:Peyton
From:maine
Experience:40 years with a few years of lessons as an adult
Direct music link:click to download
Home page link:http://www.peytonart.com
Title of piece:Aria from Goldberg Variations
Composer:Bach
Duration:04:48
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Pramberger grand
Recording method:metro/mac
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:When my wife was pregnant with our first child we played the Goldberg Variations by Glen Gould all the time. I fell in love with it.

Here I play the repeats but change register. I wanted the second repeat in the second part to be more of a cello but I know I hit it a bit hard at one point. I really wanted it it one take so I'm living with it.


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Performer's name:CarlosCC
From:Lisbon, Portugal
Experience:11 months
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:La nascita delle cose segrette
Composer:Ludovico Einaudi
Duration:04:57
Source of music:Sheet Music
Instrument used:Digital Piano Yamaha P85
Recording method:Recorded with Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is my first Einaudi piece.


Re: Recital #20 --- November 15, 2010
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Performer's name:Roger Ransom
From:Southwest Michigan
Experience:7 Years as a child - Off and on since.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:When You Wish Upon a Star
Composer:Words - Ned Washington, Music - Leigh Harline
Duration:03:09
Source of music:The Disney Fakebook - Second Edition
Instrument used:Roland FP7
Recording method:Digital to PC - Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I improvised this from the Disney Fakebook.
I played a bunch of Disney songs for a 'Dolls Tea Party' that was put on by our local City Library for about 120 little girls and their parents. It was really a lot of fun because they were entirely non-critical of course. This song was one of them. Lots of fun.


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