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Recital 47 --- General Discussion Room
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Welcome to the General Discussion Room for the AB Forum “Beginners and Beyond” Recital #47!!!

Please use this room for any discussion of the pieces in Recital #47 that is taking place in the Main Recital Thread.

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This is another great recital!! thumb (Well, of course, except for the tragic lack of Einaudi! eek ) My congratulations to everybody who submitted, including and especially the first time members of the Order of the Red Dot. I hope y'all found the experience to be rewarding and educational.

I took advantage of my admin status to listen to the submissions as they came in, and I am once again blown away by the talent of so many people here on AB forum and the passion for playing that is evident in even the newest of players. I want to apologize in advance for not offering individualized feedback this time; we are taking my son to college in three days, and I am in the midst of a blur of shopping and packing for that great adventure. And then on the 21st I am having surgery and will probably be out of commission for a couple of weeks. So I will have to resort to a generic, but heart-felt, "Bravo! I truly enjoyed listening to your piece!" heart

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For lunch today I listened to some of the classical pieces. Sounds great!

01. SMA55 (Shepherd Abrams) - Nocturne in Db Major Opus 27 No 2 outstanding! Wonderful balance between the hands. The video? Unorthodox choice of photos!

02. MarieJ - Gymnopedie No.3 Nicely done. I agree that these pieces share many things with Einaudi's music - both good and bad (in my humble opinion, of course!).

04. UnderConstruction - Liszt - Consolation No. 3 I think you captured the mood of this - very well done! Next time point the camera so we can see you play...

05. dancingfish (Linda) - Minuet in G Major BWV Anh 116 This is outstanding for less than a year of playing. It's steady, with interesting articulation - very much in the baroque style.

06. Ganddalf - Prelude Op.11 no.2 Very interesting and well played. I have avoided Scriabin too - maybe someday!

07. SwissMS/Doris - Nocturne in C# Minor Excellent - wonderful balance between the hands, and beautiful soft playing. And you handled the trills and odd rhythms very well.

08. Peyton - The Poet Acts I'm glad somebody likes Glass - (just kidding!) Wonderful interpretation Peyton- I can tell you are getting into it - love the video.

More to come...

Sam

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Had this on at work and enjoyed listening to every piece while I worked away. Its always a pleasure to be a part of these online recitals and be part of a community that is passionate about playing the piano and sharing with others! Have a crazy period at work, so apologise in advance for not being able to comment on everyone's pieces, only commenting where I have something constructive to say. First few below!

01. SMA55 (Shepherd Abrams) - Nocturne in Db Major Opus 27 No 2
I opened up the music and followed along, it started alright, but about half way, I nearly went crossed eyed with all the double notes on the right hand, and some typical Chopin style cadenza-like stretched out bars... Its an amazing feat you have done there, I can see why it took you a few months! Congratulation! I don't think I could give much comments, only thought that crossed my mind was that there were a few occasions where the music indicated a certain dynamic but it wasn't all that obvious from what I could hear (could be just the recording mechanism though - I also noticed on my recordings the dynamics that I can hear very clearly in real life is lost through the recording to some extent). But regardless, I loved it, absolutely brilliant. Great start to the recital!

02. MarieJ - Gymnopedie No.3
Very nice! You certainly brought out the character of the piece and the composer. Very glad you decided to try this piece, you did transform it into music, no doubt about that!

03. luckiest_charm - Krone
Strength, courage, standing up for whats right, journey... these are the words that come to mind when I listen to this. You performed it very well! Only a small suggestion would be that sometimes, the accents on certain notes felt a bit too abrupt, would be good to give those a slightly lighter touch? Very uplifting music and you conveyed that message.

05. dancingfish (Linda) - Minuet in G Major BWV Anh 116
Thanks for sharing, certainly a well known piece, and nice work for 8 months in! Only suggestion would be the staccatos in say around the 0:30 mark, would be a little bit lighter and also a bit more articulated (think lighter and bouncier).

06. Ganddalf - Prelude Op.11 no.2
As always, a pleasure to listen to you play!

07. SwissMS/Doris - Nocturne in C# Minor
Thank you SwissMS. Bring back good memories of when I learnt this. :-) Still love this piece!

08. Peyton - The Poet Acts
I can see why! I must look into some Philip Glass pieces. So dramatic!

11. sinophilia - Traumerei op. 15 no. 7
What a coincidence, I am learning this one too at the moment, so nice to hear another rendition of it. What I've found is keeping to the tempo and note values as marked seem to bring out the essence of the piece more. The difficulty here is what I call "sticky fingers", keeping the fingers basically glued to the keyboard! smile Thanks for sharing your version!

12. Monica K. - Happy Together
Beautiful piece, wonderfully played, and love the tone of your piano!


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I'm on the road for a few weeks coming up so probably will not have a chance to get to everybody. So I'm going to skip around with no rhyme nor reason.....

12. Monica- As I said on the you tube vid...That really took me back. And what a nice arrangement and of course, super playing.

2. MarieJ- I'm such a sucker for Satie. This is by far my favorite Gymnopedie. Nicely done. You kept that stark, mysterious quality I love so much.

4. Under construction- Ahh one of my favorite Liszt works. You played it with great feeing.

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I'm sorry but I couldn't play to this recital and I can't listen or comment any of the pieces.
I will try to compile the Red Dot thread.



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Here are my comments on the first batch recital pieces that I've listened to. These comments will be general as I am still new to the world of Classical music and haven't heard many of these pieces, so coming from a novice, take them with a grain of salt. Thank you, everyone, for contributing to my musical education!

01. SMA55 (Shepherd Abrams) - Nocturne in Db Major Opus 27 No 2 Very beautifully played and beautiful video! Love those Nocturnes. Sorry to digress, but I spent some time in St Louis last summer - stayed in Clayton. Fun area - I went to some great pasta place twice.

02. MarieJ - Gymnopedie No.3 Beautiful pice, beautifully played. I like the haunting, ethereal melody.

03. luckiest_charm - Krone I like this piece, especially the fast L hand runs towards the middle, subtle and in the background but standing up on their own. Very well done.

04. UnderConstruction - Liszt - Consolation No. 3 I LOVE this piece, I’ll think I’ll add it to my list of pieces I aspire to playing one day. Gave the YouTube Video a Like. Thanks!

05. dancingfish (Linda) - Minuet in G Major BWV Anh 116 Very nicely played. I’ve encountered this piece but never learned it. It sounds like if it took you a while to learn it, you’ve got it now. Now you can work out smoothing it the way you wanted to!

06. Ganddalf - Prelude Op.11 no.2 (to do) I think I like preludes - this one was very nice. I’ll one day have to download a Scraibin prelude album and check them out.

07. SwissMS/Doris - Nocturne in C# Minor (to do) One of my favorite Nocturnes, on my list of pieces I aspire to playing eventually. I was first exposed to this at the end of the movie The Pianist. Thank you for playing it - I really enjoyed it! That Bosendorfer sounds beautiful smile.

08. Peyton - The Poet Acts I gave you YouTube video a Like…because I do Like it! Another artist I’m not really familiar with. Beautifully played smile.

09. Ralph L. - take a walk with me Very lovely tune, I like it with the backing track; livens it up. It reminds me of something, I’m not sure quite what. Some 70’s pop tune I think.

10. Jerzyk19 - Can't Help Falling In Love Nice job adapting a pop song to piano. I have a few I’m working on like that too.

11. sinophilia - Traumerei op. 15 no. 7 Nicely recorded, thank you.

12. Monica K. - Happy Together Resurrecting 60’s pop songs - So Much Fun! Beautifully played! Love that Mason & Hamlin - thanks for sharing. Good luck with your surgery.

13. zsolpyW - In the spiring brize Nice piece, I never heard it.

14. Riddler (Ed) - Night Dreamer Very interesting, and different! Thanks for posting it!

15. Moonsh1ne - Moonlight Sonata 1st Mvt (Op. 27 No.2) Very nice. I’ve been working on this one also. Such a beautiful and haunting melody. I try to bring out the top voice as much as possible. I thought you were a little rushed on the diminished chord section but very few mistakes and it's a long piece. I'm only giving more technical feedback on this one as I've played it a few hundred times this year so I know it fairly well. I haven't yet worked up the courage to record it myself, though, as I know I'll mess something up in the second to last measure and have to redo the whole thing! Great job!

More to follow.....


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1 SMA55

Lovely relaxed job of one o' Chopin's nicer pieces. a well grounded recording which combined wi the photos gave a most pleasant atmosphere. Nobody could fail to like this.

2 MarieJ

My fave Satie. This is full of brooding, self centred glumness which is in itself recognisable in each of us. Well, maybe me . . . .But it is so strangely attractive . . . . lovely sound from you, and played as I like it! (they ain't so easy, are they?)

3 Luckiest Charm

Very impressive and not a little dramatic. Now this Einaudi sounding piece suits your playing and piano perfectly. Both sound impressive. I mean "very" . . . . Have fun!

4 Under Construction

A great start tonight, and it continues unabated. Carefully and thoughtfully played. This type of music requires a certain touch which I don't have.
You do . . . . . .

5 Dancing Fish

Great progress, lass. Confidence abounds, sound surrounds! We'll get you rockin' in no time! Sounded like you never put a finger wrong . . . .

6 Ganddalf

The Russian Recital we did opened my eyes to a whole new world; of more complex music. And this is complex to me. I'm trying to figure out where it's going . . . .you played it so well, perhaps you can enlighten this hoary ole Neanderthal . . .

7 SwissMS

This is one of my fave Chopin pieces. Don't generally like his stuff, but you lot are helping to change that! Quality sound from you and your Bosie and a great recording! I might have a go at this . . .

8 Peyton

Dramatic and broody. I like it. Light and shade, it moves along those dark subterranian passageways nicely . . . .

9 Ralph L

Nice steady playing for the time you been doin' it. Great recording. There's a lot o' stuff out there I know nothing about . . . .well done!

10 Jerzik19

Very nice work, man! Way to go; nice pee-anno, you'll have a lot o' fun. Great job!


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Sam, I'm sorry you disabled comments on your youtube because I wanted to tell you there, THAT WAS FANTASTIC! I especially love #1 and 3. It really adds something to the whole package to be able to watch you play. I hope you keep doing it.

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Very nice and fun idea, i'm glad I took part smile

I would just like to say the first one, the Nocturne in Db Major is absolutely sensational. I was completely mesmerised. Sounds to me like complete perfection. How can you play chopin like this! Sounds very epic and professional. Wow smile

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Another favourite of mine was Morning prayer Op. 39 no 1. Tchaikovsky. Beautiful playing. Self taught. Wow!

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Also Suite in E Minor, BuxWV 236 - Sarabande . Amazing. Only been playing for 9 month. Mad!

Thank you all, I enjoyed listening to them all smile

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02. MarieJ - Gymnopedie No.3
Well-played, Marie. I have a sense that your intent was to play this in a similar vein to Einaudi (from whom you have strayed in this recital--I'm sure he'll take you back, if you're contrite). But in my view the repetitive aspect of this piece could be made more interesting--yet could still maintain its contemplative nature--by varying the dynamics ever so slightly in various portions. That's just my opinion, as I don't have the score in front of me, and you may well be playing it precisely as Satie has written. Well done!

03. luckiest_charm - Krone
I think you succeeded in playing this dramatic piece quite expressively. Good job!

04. UnderConstruction - Liszt - Consolation No. 3
A beautiful piece--and beautifully played by you. Great work!

05. dancingfish (Linda) - Minuet in G Major BWV Anh 116
Wow! Given the length of time that you've been playing, you play very nicely. I'm impressed.

06. Ganddalf - Prelude Op.11 no.2
I'm afraid that Scriabin just isn't my thing. But you do a very nice job with this prelude. Good work!

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Originally Posted by Sam S

01. SMA55 (Shepherd Abrams) - Nocturne in Db Major Opus 27 No 2 outstanding! Wonderful balance between the hands. The video? Unorthodox choice of photos!

Thank you, Sam! Regarding the photos, they were chosen only to reflect my own impressions of the piece. So I'm actually pleased that you found them to be unorthodox, as this further personalizes my take on the nocturne.

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01. SMA55 (Shepherd Abrams) - Nocturne in Db Major Opus 27 No 2
I opened up the music and followed along, it started alright, but about half way, I nearly went crossed eyed with all the double notes on the right hand, and some typical Chopin style cadenza-like stretched out bars... Its an amazing feat you have done there, I can see why it took you a few months! Congratulation! I don't think I could give much comments, only thought that crossed my mind was that there were a few occasions where the music indicated a certain dynamic but it wasn't all that obvious from what I could hear (could be just the recording mechanism though - I also noticed on my recordings the dynamics that I can hear very clearly in real life is lost through the recording to some extent). But regardless, I loved it, absolutely brilliant. Great start to the recital!

Thank you for your kind words. It is likely that the difference in dynamics between my performance and what you saw written in your score is due to a combination of both my lack of adherence to Chopin's instructions, as well as a reflection of the limitation of my microphones' dynamic sensitivity. I think you have good ears!

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01. SMA55 (Shepherd Abrams) - Nocturne in Db Major Opus 27 No 2 Very beautifully played and beautiful video! Love those Nocturnes. Sorry to digress, but I spent some time in St Louis last summer - stayed in Clayton. Fun area - I went to some great pasta place twice.

I'm glad you liked it--thank you! I live very near to Clayton where you stayed last summer. It's a nice area.

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Lovely relaxed job of one o' Chopin's nicer pieces. a well grounded recording which combined wi the photos gave a most pleasant atmosphere. Nobody could fail to like this.

That's very nice of you to say, Peter. Thank you--I'm glad that you enjoyed it!

Originally Posted by Moo :)
I would just like to say the first one, the Nocturne in Db Major is absolutely sensational. I was completely mesmerised. Sounds to me like complete perfection. How can you play chopin like this! Sounds very epic and professional. Wow smile

Thank you for your very generous comments! I hope I can live up to them someday. :-)

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Originally Posted by Monica K.
... And then on the 21st I am having surgery and will probably be out of commission for a couple of weeks. ...


Monica, Hope this turns out OK for you. And as always, thanks for all your effort in orchestrating these recitals and encouraging people to participate.

01. SMA55 (Shepherd Abrams) - Nocturne in Db Major Opus 27 No 2
Shepherd, that was superb. You have come further in three years of lessons than most do in ten. Well done. BTW, I'm sure you also touched some hearts here with your way of speaking about your Steinway as an old friend that you are parting with. That says a lot -- about us.

02. MarieJ - Gymnopedie No.3
Oh, Marie, that was not just notes, it was real music, played very well. These Satie compositions make me feel I am being drawn into some mysterious inner galaxy. Just flirting with Satie? Flirt on, I say!!!

06. Ganddalf - Prelude Op.11 no.2
Beautifully played. I love how the voices seem to comment on each other, egg each other on, like people interacting. You bring out the individual lines very nicely. Well done.

07. SwissMS/Doris - Nocturne in C# Minor
Exquisitely played, Doris, with wonderful touch and expression. Well done on the trills and descending runs.

08. Peyton - The Poet Acts
Oh wow, that really sets up a feeling of expectation that something profound is about to take place. Very strong stuff, in its way, even without pounding or dissonance. Well done.

10. Jerzyk19 - Can't Help Falling In Love
Love that tune! Great work on those left hand broken chords. For only eleven months, that was wonderful!

12. Monica K. - Happy Together
Monica, that was very spirited playing - you managed to work up a good head of steam, and left us all in a happy mood. Excellent playing.

15. Moonsh1ne - Moonlight Sonata 1st Mvt (Op. 27 No.2)
Wonderful playing. I learned to love this piece in the 1940s, with my ear against the wall, listening to my neighbor playing it on an out-of-tune upright. Loved it then, love it still. Thanks for playing it for us.

16. cmb13 - Craig - Prelude 28.4 in E min
Craig, beautiful performance of one of the most perfect pieces in the piano repertoire. Well done!

17. dumka1 - Arabesque
Dumka1, your dedication and perseverance paid big dividends - this is a very challenging piece, and you played it exceptionally well. Great job.


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21. Greener/Jeff - Solace

This is the piece--the piece that made me realize that I liked ragtime enough to do a study of it. As an adult, I had picked up "The Complete Works of Scott Joplin" on a lark at a brick-n-mortar book store and took some cuts at the pieces therein. I was in the middle of a long period of self-study and somewhere along the way--as in years--I realized exactly how much I was playing this piece. That was one of the major catalysts for my finding my teach.

So, everything below is wholly in the spirit of constructive advice. Ragtime ain't easy in my experience and my knowledge of this piece is from a long time spent with it and a -long- time of it settling in.

Overall

I really enjoyed this over all and I -love- it when people step up to play ragtime. For folks who even know what ragtime is, they think of it as a loud, jangly, fast style. To be fair, there are pieces in that venue, but many truly great pieces in the genre are soulful, lyric, wistful, and have a nostalgic feel. This piece is an clear example of that style of rag.

Your habanero rhythm is coming through pretty well overall in the piece, though some note uncertainty is throwing some hiccups in there. Your accuracy was good and I think as you spend more time with the piece (maybe when you revisit it later), your comfort with the notes will help the rhythms remain fluid. Also, note, some of your tenativeness (I'M WAY GUILTY) means you are ghosting accompaniment notes.

One area of the piece I particularly love I will discuss in the breakout.

Intro

Joplin's intros are sometimes really tricky and you have to launch into them like, right away. This one is a real issue in that, whereas in the main sections you have a bass that can serve to regulate the right hand rhythms, in this section, your hands are playing in unison, so there's no LH to regulate the note durations in the right hand. Some red dot nervousness might be hitting you here and you should probably spend some time counting out the rhythm... you've shortchanged some of those notes quite a bit! This is important as this section sets the pulse for the piece.

One thing that helps in the notation is that the Stark publications at least are pretty good at visually breaking up the measure into halves. As ragtime is in 2, you're going to have a 'pulse' on the first half and a 'pulse' on the second half. Generally speaking either the measure will cleanly break in the middle or, there will be a tied note across the middle--this is the syncopation part of ragtime !

Section A

My general impression here is tentativeness. Things seem very clipped. When I feel uncertain, which is often, I cheat note durations. My teach harangues me on this and, though I haven't told him, I think this comes from a feel that the keyboard is an adversary. I am starting to make friends but old habits are very hard to break.

So, look at that first bass note in every measure. That's a dotted quarter. It goes INTO THE SECOND HALF of the measure. IMO you really want that to put a foundation under that bass line... resonate. sing. Your soprano is of course way important, but maybe your bass guy is number two.

Measure 15, in the treble on the main and the repeat, you are ragging the rhythm by anticipating the beat on the chord change in the second half. I LOVE it, but, in the words of my teacher "I like to play the first version as written and vary the repeat". So, work on that rhythm till you feel the downbeat and then play what you like once you get what Joplin wrote. (Note. The written pieces are NOT necessarily what was performed, but like the Baroque era, ragtime seems to have done variants on the repeat and IMO it's a good practice to both play as written [Joplin did!] and then play with the repeats when you feel the inclination.)

Section B

You are right. This is a B**** of a technical section. In particular, the grace runs in the bass just take time. I f---screw them up half the time, but I chalk it down to just more bench time. In my mind, if you can just NOT focus on this tough thing and just let it feel like a little flourish, that helps.

Note the Ped * here is Joplin really making a point. Most Stark rags I think sort of assume that you pedal on the chord changes and when you see a Joplin rag with a Ped. held through the measure, it's really Joplin saying that he wants some blur. (OPINION)

Measure 14, first chord, it feels like the climax to the piece. I really punctuate that. You feel generally even through this section. Theme will return.

Section C

Ok. You are right. B is the craziest technical section. C is Joplin's soul. I mean it.

The key to this section is in the melody. You can see many cases where there is a long held note in the treble with an alto accompaniment. That treble has to SING. That means PUNCH it, but gently, and then moderate the accompaniment. Look at measure 6. Singing long treble with a nice alto counterpoint and then measure 7. TREBLE. and more counterpoint. This happens ALL throughout the section.

Joplin was a member of a choir and his writing is, IMO, though I am not voice, is VERY 4 part or at least three part. He loves legato lines and you want to bring out his melodies way IMO. (Channeling my teach)

The fermatas are important and a pain. When I play through the first time, I tend to play straight, and then, when there is a fermata in the second repeat, I try to think... is this note held long enough that a listener WANTS to hear it go. Then I try to release. Something to think about.

[Section D]

Ok. I LOVE LOVE LOVE your detached articulation in the right hand here. Also your habanera rhythm, even detached, is coming through really strong. If I had to pick a section that I thought you fell in love with, it would be this section.

And the final kicker variation with the extra two measures is SWEET SWEET SWEET. Complete kudos here.

PLEASE do not stop playing Joplin's beautiful music (or other good classic ragtime). Everything I said was due to love. You did a really great job with music people unfairly think of as easy, because it is so fun. Thank you!

[Cebukid, I'll critique yours when I can...! Love that you submitted!]


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Originally Posted by Peyton
Sam, I'm sorry you disabled comments on your youtube because I wanted to tell you there, THAT WAS FANTASTIC! I especially love #1 and 3. It really adds something to the whole package to be able to watch you play. I hope you keep doing it.


Thanks Peyton - I just didn't want to deal with youtube comments - I get enough criticism in my life without piling on more.

But I'm glad you liked them. They are a lot of fun to play.

Sam

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A great recital, everyone. Here are my first responses:

01. SMA55 (Shepherd Abrams) - Nocturne in Db Major Opus 27 No 2
This is just gorgeous. So sensitively and beautifully played - I could find no fault.

02. MarieJ - Gymnopedie No.3
Well done, Marie. I love the Gymnopedies, and personally prefer Satie to Einaudi, although I won't be popular saying that! You played this well.

03. luckiest_charm - Krone
There was great contrast with the beginning (and ending) plaintive sections and the grandeur which takes hold at around 1:00 in - you captured this well in your powerful playing.

04. UnderConstruction - Liszt - Consolation No. 3
Another lovely sensitive performance, I really enjoyed this.

05. dancingfish (Linda) - Minuet in G Major BWV Anh 116
Clearly and crisply played, Linda, you tackle Bach well! Contrasts nicely observed.

06. Ganddalf - Prelude Op.11 no.2
I certainly did, Ganddalf! I didn't know this unusual piece but was captivated by all the varying melodic lines. And it was very well played, as is usual with you.

07. SwissMS/Doris - Nocturne in C# Minor
Well done, Doris - competently played. A lovely piece.

08. Peyton - The Poet Acts
And that certainly shows, Peyton. You're well suited. Bravo!

09. Ralph L. - take a walk with me
I didn't know about the Gigajam online school, Ralph - will look it up. Well played.

10. Jerzyk19 - Can't Help Falling In Love
You played this love song with feeling, and the middle section was delightful.

11. sinophilia - Traumerei op. 15 no. 7
I enjoyed listening to you playing this beautiful piece, one I'd like to try myself hopefully in the not too distant future. You've spurred me on.

12. Monica K. - Happy Together
I didn't know this was available from David Nevue - I've always loved this Turtles' song. Nicely played, thank you!

13. zsolpyW - In the spiring brize
Wow what an inspiring performance! So confidently and competently played - and the piano sounds wonderful. Very well done.

14. Riddler (Ed) - Night Dreamer
Fantastic Ed! What an amazing piece - the hypnotic LH throughout, and the unconventional constantly surprising melodic line with some of the unexpected chord resolutions reminding me a little of Satie. I thoroughly enjoyed this.

15. Moonsh1ne - Moonlight Sonata 1st Mvt (Op. 27 No.2)
Great playing, Ken, with just the right gravitas for this lovely sonata.

More to come...

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Great job everyone. As a beginner, many pieces are beyond my capability to comprehend and comment on, so I'll focus on the easier ones or the pieces that are familiar to me (random order). Part 1:

01. SMA55 (Shepherd Abrams) - Nocturne in Db Major Opus 27 No 2
Music was so fluent, photos were nice and seems to match the mood. The whole piece felt very professionally done to me! What a good start of the recital.

10. Jerzyk19 - Can't Help Falling In Love brings back lots of memory. Great choice of music and well played! Added this piece to my to learn list:)

02. MarieJ - Gymnopedie No.3
Congrats on your ten year anniversary! A very soothing piece!

03. luckiest_charm - Krone
Are you sure you did this? What an improvement compared with your last one! I love this piece too!

16. cmb13 - Craig - Prelude 28.4 in E min I personally liked the 2nd part better.

07. SwissMS/Doris - Nocturne in C# Minor what a beautiful piece and flawless performance!

20. niezapominajka90 /Lucy - Tango "Por Una Cabeza" Very nice!

08. Peyton - The Poet Acts
Great job! I want to learn this piece.

25. MeganR - March in E Flat Major BWV Anh 127 nice piece and nice piano

12. Monica K. - Happy Together I love your choice and performance, from drop variation to happy together, two times in a row:)

28. BSharp(C)yclist (Dan) - Letter To My Mother Fantastic! I was totally in the zone when I was listening to your performace. Richard should feel challenged smile

22. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Op 168 N 1 Sonatina F major 1st Movement good job! I think it's better to have a slower but enjoyable piece than a faster piece with all kinds of issues. Good decision to go slower.

24. peterws - Another Simple Song it was a wow for me both your skill and sound quality!

26. my58vw / Amanda Swager - BWV Anh 114 and 115, Minuet in G Major and G Minor, Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach When I first listened to it, I thought 4 months only? I don't believe it:) Then I read and realized that that your music background was a big help. Well done!!

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1. SMA55- Well,Shepard, ... that is mighty beautifully played! A very nice way for me to start my day by listening to this. Only one thing... is it too late to send me that Steinway B? smile I love it's sound.

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