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Recital #23 --- August 15, 2011
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PLEASE DO NOT POST IN THIS THREAD! USE THE DISCUSSION THREAD!

I am delighted to introduce our 23rd quarterly Adult Beginners' Forum Recital! smile 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 #23 Online Streaming Player


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

Recital #23 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 #23 zip 1
Recital #23 zip 2
Recital #23 zip 3
Recital #23 zip 4
Recital #23 zip 5
Recital #23 zip 6
Recital #23 zip 7

Let me express my greatest thanks to some 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; LaValse for hosting the zip files and recital software on his server; Copper for trouble-shooting help and the Order of the Red Dot; Sam S. for his terrific AB Forum Recital Index; and last but not least, mahlzeit for writing the absolutely fantastic web-based recital program that we are using. THANK YOU MAHLZEIT!!! heart

AGAIN: DO NOT REPLY OR POST ON THIS THREAD!!

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Performer's name:Andy Platt
From:Arlington, VA
Experience:A year of lessons on top of 20 years of noodling.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Chopin Waltz in B Minor, Opus 69 No 2
Composer:Frédéric Chopin
Duration:04:17
Source of music:Sheet music.
Instrument used:Some sort of Yamaha grand piano but I'm not sure which model.
Recording method:Zoom H1
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This was recorded live at my teacher's recital. My teacher advised eating nothing but I had a banana to help calm my nerves. That failed - my hands shook like leaves. You can here the nerves at various points in the piece but I still brought what I could to it.


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Performer's name:Jazzwee
From:Los Angeles
Experience:6.75
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Naima
Composer:John Coltrane
Duration:08:11
Source of music:Lead Sheet for melody. The rest is improvisation.
Instrument used:Roland FP7F
Recording method:Iphone App (iRealB) is providing the backing track and it's mixed in through the input of the Roland FP7F. Zoom H4 is connected to the keyboard outs. Recording was amplified in Audacity.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Naima is a very complex jazz ballad that I've played here in a Latin double-time feel. It has very unusual chord progressions so it's hard to make a "theme" when one improvises on it. So I'm not successful at that. It would take more study of this tune. I hope I did it some justice.

This was a one shot recording (no retries) so that makes it immune to the red dot. I just take it as it is with all the warts. It also simulates a live environment. I have played this live with a band once before but I had just learned it then.

BTW - Naima (pronounced 'Na - Ima') is the name of John Coltrane's wife. Coltrane of course, a sax player, is one of the biggest names in jazz.


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Performer's name:Mohan Karthik
From:Bangalore, India
Experience:1 n half years after a long break.
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zEpm7WEGCYY
Title of piece:Quest for Greatness
Composer:Mohan Karthik
Duration:03:07
Source of music:Own composition
Instrument used:Casion PX330 + Pianoteq
Recording method:Pianoteq export -> MP3 convert
Technical feedback wanted:No
Additional info:I started this piece with the LH arpeggio which I find very very beautiful. And I tried layering a melody over it. Let me know you feedbacks on the composition as well!


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AB Forum Recital #1733125 08/14/11 10:01 PM
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Performer's name:dannylux / Mel
From:Connecticut
Experience:5.5 years after returning. Lots as a kid.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Etude in D flat Op.15 No.8
Composer:Sergei Bortkiewicz
Duration:04:41
Source of music:Sheet music from pianophilia.com and IMSLP.
Instrument used:Yamaha P140
Recording method:Piano line-out to computer sound card line-in. Audacity. No edits.
Technical feedback wanted:No
Additional info:This Etude by Sergei Bortkiewicz (1877 Ukraine - 1952), composed in 1911 is one of the most romantic, sensuous, luscious pieces I've ever heard.

Without any introduction at all, the Etude starts right off with the first melody, in D flat, one note at a time in the right hand. It's then repeated, but in octaves. A third repeat find the melody in the left hand, with the right hand playing an arabesque up and down the keyboard.

The second melody, 'sweetly harmonious', is then introduced in the key of E major. After modulating back to the original key, D flat, one would expect to hear the first melody again, as per the usual ABA form (first melody, second melody, first melody). Instead he gives us a big, loud repeat of the second melody, followed by a return of the first melody, fff, marked 'with the highest passion'. We then get the second melody again, but way up high, followed by a fragment of the first, and this exquisite piece ends ppp, as if secure in the knowledge that one is loved.

Hope you like it.


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AB Forum Recital #1733126 08/14/11 10:01 PM
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Performer's name:Alleykatt - Cathy
From:Wisconsin, USA
Experience:Off & On since childhood
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODGuAAfksFw
Home page link:http://www.youtube.com/user/Alleycat299
Title of piece:Dietro l'incanto
Composer:Ludovico Einaudi
Duration:04:51
Source of music:Sheet music from Ludovico Einaudi - The Best Of
Instrument used:Aeolian Baby Grand
Recording method:Zoom H2
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This piece actually turned out to be a bit more technically challenging than I first thought due to the phrasing, dynamics and trills. Also, it has been extrememly humid as of late and I found my piano keys were a bit more sticky than usual which didn't help with the trills at all. Overall, I really enjoy playing this piece.


Re: Recital #24 --- August 15, 2011
AB Forum Recital #1733130 08/14/11 10:09 PM
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Performer's name:Ken.
Experience:3 years
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Blue Monk
Composer:Thelonious Monk
Duration:01:21
Source of music:Thelonious Monk Easy Piano Solos
Instrument used:Milton Spinet
Recording method:Zoom H4
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is probably one of Monk's most well known tunes and is a standard, a blues. The arrangement was a good exercise in right hand harmonization while the left hand plays a bass line.


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Performer's name:wouter79
Experience:1.5 years
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Maple Leaf Rag
Composer:S. Joplin
Duration:03:43
Source of music:sheet music
Instrument used:Grotrian 189
Recording method:DPA4060, Jecklin disk, UMU-0404
Technical feedback wanted:Yes


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Performer's name:Mr Super Hunky
From:Arizona
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Experience:6
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Dream With Me
Composer:Original composition
Duration:02:48
Source of music:Original composition played by ear
Instrument used:Mason & Hamlin BB
Recording method:Zoom H2
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I'm at a point in which I'd rather progress by attempting to discover and play more beautiful melodies rather than attempt to play more difficult pieces.

It's the melodies I am after. That's what means the most to me.

Here is an attempt at an original composition to do just that. Primarily focusing on the melodies however difficult or easy they may be to perform.

This is a dreamy piece for you to shut your eyes and dream of whatever makes you happy. You can be anywhere. On the beach, in an open meadow, a scenic overlook. whatever works for you. Just music to dream to.

Dream with me!


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AB Forum Recital #1733133 08/14/11 10:11 PM
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Performer's name:Laura Joffe aka Ten left Thumbs
From:Scotland
Experience:13? Not sure.
Direct music link:click to download
Home page link:http://www.justfingers.co.uk
Title of piece:Two-part Invention no 4 in D min
Composer:JS Bach
Duration:01:09
Source of music:sheet
Instrument used:Harpischord - not sure of make, but it's a modern instrument
Recording method:Zoom H2
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Light lunch of mackerel and couscous.

Here's the story. My brother (who lives 70 miles away) told me he'd tuned his harpsichord, and repaired it sufficiently for it to be played. Knowing the recital was coming up, I made a time for the family to go over and see him, Zoom in hand. Quite tricky to play. The action is a bit idiosyncratic, so you need to be really firm with each note, and you need to play legato (especially for the parts I think of as detached). So I struggle with it. Move over, he says, and whizzes impressively through some Preludes and ping!!! - the B string lands on the cat. smile Fortunately B is not a common note in D minor, but the very sharp-eared of you will notice some notes missing in the second half (and they're all B naturals).

I'm just glad I managed to record anything at all! smile


Re: Recital #24 --- August 15, 2011
AB Forum Recital #1733136 08/14/11 10:14 PM
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Performer's name:timmyab
From:UK
Experience:17 years
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Prelude & Fugue in f minor bwv 881
Composer:Bach
Duration:04:50
Source of music:ABRSM WTC book 2
Instrument used:Yamaha YDP S30
Recording method:Digital piano to audio interface and recorded with Cubase.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:As usual this hasn't turned out nearly as well as I'd hoped.I really wanted to play the fugue faster but my technique can barely cope with it as it is.It's so difficult to get the notes sounding even without the pedal to smooth it all over.Every little inaccuracy is brutally exposed.
By the way, I hope that nobody minds me posting in the beginner's recital, if there was an improvers section I'd post there instead.As I don't have a teacher I find that this recital is a brilliant motivator.


Re: Recital #24 --- August 15, 2011
AB Forum Recital #1733137 08/14/11 10:14 PM
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Performer's name:Monica K.
From:Lexington, Kentucky
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:7 years
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://youtu.be/VAErOdkVCEc
Home page link:http://www.youtube.com/user/pianomonica
Title of piece:Le Matin
Composer:Yann Tiersen
Duration:02:04
Source of music:Yann Tiersen "Piano Works 1994-2003" sheet music collection
Instrument used:Mason & Hamlin A
Recording method:mp3 file recorded using Zoom H4, normalized in audacity; video recorded with Zoom Q3HD.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is a lilting piece that struck me as a perfect summer feel-good melody. And when I saw the sheet music, it looked dead easy, especially the left hand. Ha! Once again I was fooled by deceptive easiness. It turned out to be hard to keep the left hand from overpowering the right (I didn't always succeed), and those perky arpeggios required more fingering dexterity than I normally possess.

Lunch was leftover chili bean tortilla casserole.


Re: Recital #24 --- August 15, 2011
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Performer's name:Cohenfan
Experience:1year/10months
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Traumerei
Composer:Schumann
Duration:02:58
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Roland HP-305
Recording method:Zoom H1
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Traumerei is such a lovely piece, but so difficult to play it right. Considering my current level of ability and talent ( or lack of ... ),this is the best I can play it right now, so I have to be satisfied with the end result.
I hope you like it.


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AB Forum Recital #1733141 08/14/11 10:16 PM
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Performer's name:Peyton
From:Maine
Experience:43 years with a few years of classical training as an adult
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxNbyf3HKSc
Home page link:http://www.peytonart.com
Title of piece:Message From Space
Composer:original
Duration:05:16
Source of music:Original
Instrument used:Pramberger grand
Recording method:Metro
Technical feedback wanted:No
Additional info:I initially tried to record a much longer version but just could not play it all the way through for a recording. There is a section I obviously stumble on but overall I feel (hopefully) the "message" of the piece gets through. I also had a lot of fun doing the youtube vid. Many thanks to all that continue to make this recital happen. Where else can we all share our playing and compositions? Nanu, nanu.


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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:Jump Monk
Composer:Charles Mingus
Duration:02:12
Source of music:I am playing unaccompanied from an arrangement I created, working from a lead sheet.
Instrument used:Yamaha P-120
Recording method:Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is a catchy, quirky little jazz tune, a short ride on a fast machine, as the saying goes. It was composed by Charles Mingus, a bebop-era jazz bassist. (I would call him the bad boy of jazz, but...there would be lots of competition for that title!) Presumably it was written in honor of jazz pianist Thelonious Monk, and the title refers to Monk's habit of prancing around on the stage while other band members played. You may prance around a bit while you listen, if you like. There will be a special prize for anyone who can sing it!


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AB Forum Recital #1733145 08/14/11 10:19 PM
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Performer's name:Inlanding - Glen
From:Denver
Experience:Off and on for years
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://www.youtube.com/inlandings
Title of piece:Prelude, Everything Happens to Me, Sun Up
Composer:Glière, Adair, Me
Duration:08:08
Source of music:Sheet music, lead sheet, extemporaneous
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Decided to make a trio of unlike styles, since I've had a bit more time on my hands the last few months.

Prelude by Reinhold Glière - 0:0 to 1:50
My teacher wanted me to learn it to get better finger control - still need to work on that. As it is with most music, it might look easy to play, but not so easy to play well.

Everything Happens to Me by Tom Adair and Matt Dennis - 1:51 to 4:07
Seemed like an appropriate tune to play/improvise, since I've been home convalescing since mid-April and not really playing at all.

Sun Up - 4:08 to end
I recorded this very early one morning in early April and might be classified as free-play and/or alternative piano.

I hope you find one to your liking.

For lunch, it was baked Salmon with some kind of sweet-teriyaki glaze on it and Long Grain Rice- tasty!


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Performer's name:cscl
From:Chicago
Experience:4 years, 11 months
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Schubert Waltzes Op. 9, Nos. 1-3 (D365)
Composer:Franz Schubert
Duration:02:30
Source of music:Tänze I, Könemann Music Budapest, Urtext, Franz Schubert
Instrument used:Estonia 190 Grand
Recording method:Zoom H2 on piano desk (Mic Gain-M, Rear Mic, Levels 100)
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Schubert Waltzes Op. 9, Nos. 1-3 (D365). I played Nos. 1 and 3 for my June Recital and added 2 for a June competition. Here they are at present. I may have a new story about them around the time the recital goes live. And I'm trying an early submission instead of five minutes after the deadline which is my usual submission practice!


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AB Forum Recital #1733148 08/14/11 10:24 PM
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Performer's name:Todd Vance
From:Bowie, MD
Experience:2.5 yr lessons as child, 20 year break, 2.5 years self-teaching up to today (which turns out about right, my level is approximately John Thompson 5th grade)
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Clair De Lune
Composer:Claude DeBussy
Duration:05:19
Instrument used:Yamaha Arius Digital Piano, DP-160
Recording method:Zoom H1 recorded from Arius's built-in recorder + Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I first heard this piece when I got my second computer in High School, and IBM PC Jr. It came with that song as a sample, rendered in three-voice not-any-particular-instrument sound (a big deal for computer sound back in those days: three voices!) Even at that low quality, I really liked the tune.

There are some mistakes---I had a recording with fewer mistakes, but when I played back the recording, it sounded terrible (I had put the Zoom on top of the piano---vibrations wrecked the recording). I also realized, though I subdivided carefully when doing slow practice, listening to the recording, some measures before the first speedy section, were uneven in beats.


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Performer's name:(Was)TrueBeginner
From:VA, US
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Experience:3.5 years
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkYduI2V6Sw
Title of piece:Little Waltz
Composer:Original
Duration:02:50
Source of music:Original
Instrument used:Essex
Recording method:From Phone(DroidX), convert to MP3
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This was the first piece I played without pedal (because of the left hand obviously). It was a challenge, as I had to pay attention more to phrasing. However, I was not happy with my first part of the piece. I think I was too nervous at the beginning, I was getting more relaxed by the end.


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AB Forum Recital #1733157 08/14/11 10:31 PM
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Performer's name:Sam S
From:Georgia, USA
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Experience:I'm in my third year back after a 30+ year interruption
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2UZ9I_olvQ
Title of piece:Song Without Words Opus 38/6
Composer:Mendelssohn
Duration:04:06
Instrument used:Steinway grand in the video, Yamaha UX1 upright in the mp3 recording.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:The youtube video is of the actual recital I played in at Summerkeys last month, complete with mistakes and hesitations (and a little polite applause!) The mp3 recording I did when I got back and is a little better.

This is subtitled (by Mendelssohn) "Duetto". The manuscript was a present to his wife on their wedding day. There are two voices, a soprano and a baritone, that alternate and carry on a dialog. Hopefully if I play it well enough you can hear them!

The soprano voice "sings" first, and her melody starts on an upbeat and is softer. The baritone sings next, and begins on a downbeat and sings louder. They alternate their melodies, then move to a minor key where the male voice seems to be voicing some misgivings. But it's back to the major key after a big crescendo for a section where they sing together in octaves - all is well. Then there's a coda where things wind down. The big question is - who gets the last word? Soprano or baritone?

Hope you like it - Sam

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Performer's name:Cebu Kid
From:Chicago
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Experience:1979-1982, Piano Lessons, 2008 - Present, Self-Directed
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://www.youtube.com/user/cebukid70
Title of piece:Maple Leaf Rag
Composer:Scott Joplin
Duration:03:07
Instrument used:Yamaha T118 Upright
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is my 4th rag, and I had lots and lots of trouble with this one. I *thought* it would be easy because I never really had too much trouble with the others - even in "year 1" as an adult restarter of piano, but I was in for a reality check (talk about a WAY over-my-head piece!). This is the best I could do for now, and I obviously need to work on this some more. This piece was a great learning experience as it exposed my horrible technique (tension, poor wrist position, etc...such are the trials and tribulations of the self-taught, but I digress..lol). Anyway, it forced me to address some of these issues, and actually made me better at my other rags (and current ones in process). This is my "fastest" rag to date, though the end result was what I call a moderate tempo for this piece (around 84-88 BPM rang e). This time around, I brought out some much needed dynamics which was lacking on the last recording attempt for the Spring recital. Anyway, there's a few flubs (the third strain is a killer and has too many big leaps), but hey, this is a recital. I did this in 2 takes, and I'm not really one that HAS to have "the perfect take" (plus I don't have that kind of time)... Well, I hope you all enjoy. I will definitely do this over one day when there's less pressure - and probably soon since it's fresh. My goal in life is to play this piece at least 5-7 times a week, as I think this piece is one big technical exercise as well and really calls out every skill one needs for ragtime piano....and oh, I had my home-made gourmet mac-and-cheese sprinkled with bacon. :-) Cheers everyone!







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