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Re: Recital #31 --- August 15, 2013 [Re: AB Forum Recital] #2133044
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Performer's name:Jake S
Experience:1.5 years
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Title of piece:Gnossienne No.1
Composer:Erik Satie
Duration:03:17
Source of music:Sheet music (memorised)
Instrument used:Kawai CA 93
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Living at the turn of the last century, Erik Satie in some way seems to bridge the divide between the romantic period and the 20th Century. He was not one of the heavyweights from either period and it can be easy to dismiss his music as trifling and overly light. However, his melodies are haunting and often strangely beautiful.

Musically he worked in a pre-impressionist genre (he was a contemporary of Debussy and a few years older than Ravel), with a heavy melodic influence but he has also been linked to the much later minimalist movement. It is perhaps easier to identify him with the Dada-ist anti-art movement in general than with other music of the time.

In keeping with the surreal, he annotates the music for the Gnossiennes with unique instructions ("On the tip of the tongue", "Open your mind", "Deep in thought"). Also, although it seems clear that the piece is actually in 4/4 time, it is in free time since there are no bar lines throughout the piece.

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Re: Recital #31 --- August 15, 2013 [Re: AB Forum Recital] #2133045
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Performer's name:MrPozor
From:France
Experience:About one year, half of it with a teacher.
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://youtu.be/V_cnVJDErNU
Title of piece:Waltz in B minor
Composer:Franz Schubert
Duration:01:48
Instrument used:Petrof 118 L1
Recording method:Canon EOS 650D and Zoom H1
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:When I discovered this piece a few months ago, I immediately fell in love with it. From the score it looked like it was feasible for a beginner to learn. My teacher was OK with it and after a few weeks of working hard, I got it down.
The most difficult part is the jumping left hand. It is quite challenging to hit the chords correctly each time and you can hear some mistakes in this recording.
Getting the piece ready for the recital took a long time since it is quite long compared to my earlier pieces. I've played it at the European Piano Party but had to practice it many times more to get where it is today.
Not perfect but I'm very happy with it.

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Performer's name:CarlosCC
From:Lisbon, Portugal
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:3 years 37 weeks (self-learning since Dec2009)
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Life ("Live from home" version)
Composer:Ludovico Einaudi
Duration:04:50
Source of music:Lead sheet, then improvised and played by ear and memory.
Instrument used:Yamaha P85 (Grand Piano 2)
Recording method:Captured from Piano to PC with Audicity, then saved to MP3.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Once again, I didn't follow the original version of the book. This time I tried to play the arrangement I heard in the Einaudi's "Live from home" concert.

For those who had already the opportunity to work some of Einaudi's pieces, know that's not easy to reproduce some of the sounds that he plays, even following the notes that are printed in the sheet. My challenge was to find the chords, rhythms and variations of the unwritten sessions, and try to keep the flow and the beauty of the "Live from home" version. You'll notice that I extended the middle session (just because...) and, due the lack of time, I didn't worked in all the details as I wanted so, for me, this work is not finished - next time I'll have to start sooner... -.

I know this kind of job is endless, and hard, but very rewarding. I'm loving this "Life".

Re: Recital #31 --- August 15, 2013 [Re: AB Forum Recital] #2133047
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Performer's name:Valencia
Experience:2 years (since returning after a...25 y? hiatus)
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:The Angel, Op. 30 No. 4
Composer:Sergei Bortkiewicz
Duration:02:22
Source of music:Sheet Music (imslp)
Instrument used:very old roland digital keyboard
Recording method:hooked up the digital to my laptop (headphone output to microphone jack) and then used audacity to record.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This piece, The Angel, is the fourth of 12 pieces Bortkiewicz composed called Aus Andersens Marchen. Each of the 12 pieces is based on a fairy tale written by Hans Christian Andersen. The Angel is a story about a child who has died and as an angel takes him to heaven, they gather flowers to take up to heaven's garden.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Angel_%28fairy_tale%29)

My work on this piece is not yet finished. I feel it could use a touch more tempo, and more control over the non-melody notes in the RH (to keep them softer). Also more varied dynamics throughout.

The Angel is harder than it first seems. However, the score is relatively simple and straightforward. I think it is well within the abilities of many on this forum. Hopefully some will like it and give it a try.

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Performer's name:ladypayne
From:United States
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Canon (Pachelbel)
Composer:Pachelbel
Duration:03:00
Source of music:My Own arrangement
Instrument used:casio privia px130
Recording method:zoom h1
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Well, I almost didn't submit anything because I couldn't think of anything to submit. So I just did another one of my own arrangements of Canon. I added in some various instruments and some nature sounds in the background. Hope ya like it. smile

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Performer's name:Sand Tiger
From:United States
Experience:18 months, with a background of many years on whistle and flute
Direct music link:click to download
Home page link:http://sandtigerpiano.blogspot.com/
Title of piece:Avenue D
Composer:Sand Tiger
Duration:02:14
Source of music:improvised score
Instrument used:Casio PX150 digital
Recording method:The Casio PX150 has a record button. I output that to a voice recorder, then to Audacity for a volume boost, then upload.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Avenue D started as an improvisation that I would play after my Canon in D practice (my previous recital piece). The only constant to the improvisation was the ostinato starting phrase. I lose myself in the music, improvising off that one phrase. As recital time drew near, I sort through the best phrases and codify it into a set piece.

Re: Recital #31 --- August 15, 2013 [Re: AB Forum Recital] #2133051
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Performer's name:joangolfing
From:Iowa
Experience:10+
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Little Bird
Composer:Edvard Grieg
Duration:02:55
Source of music:Complete Lyric Pieces for Piano
Instrument used:Yamaha Grand GC1
Recording method:Zoom with Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This was an intricate and challenging piece. I first heard it on Sirius Pop Classics and liked the soft trills and light staccato. I knew my 104 year old Everett Piano couldn't achieve the sound that this piece demanded. That gave me my first interest in getting a baby grand piano. I want to eventually play it up to speed and with a lighter touch. If I play it too quickly and too lightly I start losing the notes. I know more is needed on this piece and I will keep it in my repertoire. I wanted to have my Bach Partita No. 4 BWV 828 Aria ready for this recital, but that is a work still in progress.

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Performer's name:Mar_red
From:Poland
Experience:Self-taught since 2007
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Title of piece:Close Every Door
Composer:Andrew Lloyd Webber
Duration:04:23
Source of music:Lead sheet
Instrument used:Schimmel upright 40" 1972
Recording method:1. The t.bone SC 140 Stereoset microphones
2. Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 Audio Interface
3. Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes

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Performer's name:Mile Hi Steve
From:The Mile High City
Experience:Years of on again off again sporadic playing for fun
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Joy in G
Composer:Bach / Winston
Duration:03:07
Source of music:Version 2 of own arrangement previously done in C, now in G, based on George Winston's Joy piece inspired by Bach's Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring
Instrument used:Steinway Grand
Recording method:Two condenser mics processed through a 24 channel mixer with audio out to laptop to record thru Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I've always loved Bach's Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring and a few years ago I heard George Winston's contemporary rendition, which he just titled Joy. A year ago I came up with my own shorter simpler version of "Joy" and submitted it in a recital here. That first version I learned in C and used a keyboard to transpose it to D, but since then I've realized it really needs to be played at a higher pitch, so I relearned it in G and now play it in G. G has made it possible to increase the dynamics of the piece and I've added a few other flourishes along the way, bringing it closer to Winston's uplifting performance. I now have access to a Steinway grand piano at my church and have always wanted to play and record on an acoustic grand, so this has been a dream come true bringing this to fruition!!

A had a king size Reese's Nutrageous candy bar, my God, possibly the best candy bar in the world!

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Performer's name:Yamaha G3 & P-80 Mike White
From:90 miles West of New Orleans
Experience:Self-teaching since beginning of the recitals.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Dainas No. 3
Composer:Janis Medins
Duration:02:01
Source of music:sheet music
Instrument used:Yamaha P-80
Recording method:Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I had trouble with the fingering and timing of this piece. It's not something that I was used to playing. After all these years, the RED DOT still takes it's toll.

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Performer's name:Copper
From:Virginia
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Experience:8
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Variation No. 14
Composer:Felix Mendelssohn
Duration:01:19
Source of music:Piano Magazine No. 26, October-November 2005
Instrument used:Yamaha P-250
Recording method:Connected the Yamaha P-250 to the computer
Technical feedback wanted:Yes

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Performer's name:Lady_Augustina
From:Wichita Kansas
Experience:a year or so as a kid. Started playing again several years ago.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:The North Sea
Composer:Michele McLaughlin
Duration:04:33
Source of music:Sheet Music
Instrument used:piano at work,
Recording method:I used my phone, then converted to mp3 using freecorder.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I first heard this piece on Pandora Radio and loved it. I started playing this piece at the beginning of the summer and posted it on the June piano bar. Since then I've been trying to memorize it, and work on playing it with more emotion. I only looked at the sheet music twice during the whole piece!
I was recording this piece on my break, and after forgetting to pay attention to the time I realized that I was way over my 15 minute break so towards the end I started to rush a bit. There are also several mistakes as usual.
Also; since I recorded this in the band room you might hear the other instruments a little in the background....
Enjoy!
As for lunch I went to Ihop and had fried chicken, mashed potatoes, and corn:)

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Performer's name:WJ3 / Walt
From:Salem, Or
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Experience:5+
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Title of piece:Solace A Mexican Serenade (1909)
Composer:Scott Joplin
Duration:05:49
Source of music:Simply Joplin. Easy Piano, Arr by Mary Sallee
Instrument used:Roland KR-115 Digital Grand
Recording method:Roland KR 115 to midi file, Converted to MP3 by free Midi to mp3 converter, normalized with Audacity.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Another simplified version of a great Scott Joplin piece, Its supposed to be easy piano, but it was pretty hard for me. It still needs a lot of work as you can probably tell.

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Performer's name:carlos88
From:Colorado
Experience:second year back as a new student
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Bruyeres (Heather)
Composer:Debussy
Duration:02:44
Source of music:Debussy, Preludes, Book 2
Instrument used:Yamaha
Recording method:Zoom H4, over and over and over again.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:One of my goals for this year was to learn 6 Debussy preludes. Bruyeres is one of the many that I can't pronounce correctly, and hadn't heard of before, but still fell in love with when learning.

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Performer's name:AimeeO
From:Living outside of New Orleans
Experience:3 years of lessons, plus off and on attempts at self-teaching over the years
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Sonatina Op. 55, no. 1
Composer:Fredrich Kuhlau
Duration:03:53
Source of music:Sonatina Album for Piano(Alfred)
Instrument used:Yamaha U3
Recording method:Zoom H4
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is just something I've been working on in my lessons that I've enjoyed learning, and happened to be close-to-ready. I think I've been working on it for two months, and it's been a fun piece to work on. It still needs work, but I'm pleased with my progress. There's a couple of blunders and I skipped the repeats - which means it's authentic and definitely a good representation of where I am at smile It is helping me overcome my fear of consecutive thirds, so it's been rather useful.
Kuhlau's name has been a little challenging for me also - I keep wanting to spell it Kahlua and turn him into a coffee liqueur.
I grazed on bad-for-you things for lunch!

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Performer's name:BenPiano
From:USA
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:4 years
Direct music link:click to download
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Home page link:http://www.youtube.com/user/afpaSTU1096
Title of piece:Nefeli
Composer:Einaudi
Duration:04:40
Source of music:Sheet
Instrument used:Kawai K5 Upright
Recording method:Zoom H2
Technical feedback wanted:No
Additional info:It's been a rough year. Luckily Einaudi is easy to connect with (not so easy to record)

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Performer's name:Ohio_Mark
From:Ohio
Experience:2 years
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Title of piece:Minuet in F Major
Composer:Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Duration:00:58
Source of music:Alfred's Premier Course 4
Instrument used:Clavinova CVP-505
Recording method:USB
Technical feedback wanted:Yes

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