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Re: Recital 48 --- November 15, 2017 [Re: AB Forum Recital] #2689584
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Performer's name:h8dk97
From:Melbourne
Experience:Taking lessons since September 2015
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Invention# 4
Composer:Bach
Duration:01:30
Source of music:sheet music
Instrument used:Yamaha w106b
Recording method:Zoom H4n Pro
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:1. Have to keep working on those trills ...
2. Need to spend some time with Zoom manual, not happy with the recording quality at all but that's probably me not doing something I'm supposed to be doing

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Re: Recital 48 --- November 15, 2017 [Re: AB Forum Recital] #2689585
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Performer's name:AZ_Astro
From:Tempe, AZ
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Experience:Coming up on 6 years now! Sigh.
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4-Socglp-I
Title of piece:Pastorale from the Petit Trianon Suite
Composer:Agay, Denes
Duration:01:04
Source of music:This is one of 10 "Easy Pieces in 18th Century Style Dance Melodies" by Denes Agay. The Title of the book is Petit Trianon Suite and was published in 1974.
Instrument used:Korg SP-250 digital keyboard as midi input to Garritan CFX PC software. I used Ivory II's Cantibile software for recording.
Recording method:Recorded using Ivory II Cantibile software.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I learned this piece about 3 weeks ago so it represents quite a departure for me. Most of my previous submission were polished over months of time. This one was quickly done.

I tried to do this one right - work out the fingerings, memorize (trying never to play with incorrect fingerings), practice the trouble spots over and over.

I still needed about 30 attempts at recording and the piece (especially the ending) is still pretty rough...

But - the piece is so pretty that I had to share it with everyone.

Dr. Huckleberry (UI Pedagogy project) plays the same piece beautifully at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kn9gSCr5tjg

Re: Recital 48 --- November 15, 2017 [Re: AB Forum Recital] #2689586
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Performer's name:Sam S
From:Georgia, USA
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Experience:a bunch
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://youtu.be/r5SrsgUwY6Y
Title of piece:Prelude and Fugue in c minor from book 1 of the WTC
Composer:Bach, J. S,
Duration:04:24
Instrument used:Morley Harpsichord, 7 foot, double manual from 1969
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Look at the video and you will see what I spent my spare time doing for the last year and a half - rebuilding this harpsichord. It was unplayable with missing parts. I refinished it, new strings, new plectra, constructed new case parts, and voiced it. Now it plays! I really did not want to make another video - they are a lot of trouble, but I had to show the instrument. The audio/video are not quite synced, I think.

It is very difficult for me to play this on the harpsichord without mistakes, so I apologize for all the errors. Its much better on the piano, honest! I actually prefer it on the piano, since I can bring out the voices and do some dynamics. No dynamics on the harpsichord, at least not without moving from keyboard to keyboard, and I am not good enough for that yet.

Thanks for listening!

Re: Recital 48 --- November 15, 2017 [Re: AB Forum Recital] #2689587
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Performer's name:Alexander Borro
From:UK
Experience:3.5 years - self-taught
Direct music link:click to download
Home page link:https://soundcloud.com/alexander-borro
Title of piece:In Church Op. 39 No. 24
Composer:Tchaikovsky
Duration:02:13
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Casio Celviano AP450
Recording method:digital to PC, Ivory American D Steinway VST.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Seems I am the Tchaikovsky groove still since the last recital laugh Still working through many of the pieces in the album for the young. The last recital was a Morning prayer and felt this piece "In Church" is a great follow up to that in a similar(ish) vain.

Next time around if I do more pieces from this album I'll do more of the lively ones, like the Italian song and the Mazurka, after so much pedal stuff lately and now done with this one I am finding myself in much more of a staccato mood the last few days. smile I am finding this album pure joy to work through, full of gems, though it is hard work !

Re: Recital 48 --- November 15, 2017 [Re: AB Forum Recital] #2689588
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Performer's name:JoBert
From:Germany
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:Since childhood
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://youtu.be/9mEGsYMZ6RQ
Home page link:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJcDLkLZ0uqWMVNKxPGOvpA
Title of piece:Bagatelle (Opus 119, No. 1)
Composer:Ludwig van Beethoven
Duration:02:31
Source of music:Henle edition sheet music
Instrument used:Kawai CA 97 with Kawai SK-EX Concert Grand voice
Recording method:Built-in recording, converted to MP3 with Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Just a little bagatelle, for your enjoyment...

Re: Recital 48 --- November 15, 2017 [Re: AB Forum Recital] #2689589
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Performer's name:mel_lem/Melanie
From:Malaysia
Experience:12 years as a child. Restarted since December 2016.
Direct music link:click to download
Home page link:https://soundcloud.com/mel_lem22/tracks
Title of piece:Invention No. 8 in F Major, BWV 779
Composer:J. S. Bach
Duration:01:08
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Yamaha Clavinova CLP-120
Recording method:Live audio recorded through line-in into Garageband running on iPad.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is one of my favorite Bach's Inventions. I learned this piece in September, as part of my pieces in the 40 pieces a year challenge. For this recital, I was working on polishing it and picking up on speed. I can't really tell, but I hope I am presenting an improved version.

Thank you for listening! This is my third recital in PW. More to come!

Re: Recital 48 --- November 15, 2017 [Re: AB Forum Recital] #2689590
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Performer's name:Moo smile
Experience:13
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Video link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4JTbZIL3Ac
Title of piece:Songs without words op 30 no 1
Composer:Mendelssohn
Duration:06:08
Technical feedback wanted:Yes

Re: Recital 48 --- November 15, 2017 [Re: AB Forum Recital] #2689591
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Performer's name:SandTiger
From:Southern California
Experience:5+ years
Direct music link:click to download
Home page link:http://sandtigerpiano.blogspot.com/
Title of piece:Avenue D
Composer:SandTiger
Duration:02:19
Source of music:Original music
Instrument used:Casio PX-150 digital piano
Recording method:On board recording, piped to a voice recorder, then to the laptop. Used Audacity to boost the gain.
Technical feedback wanted:No
Additional info:I submitted this piece for the recital a couple of years ago. At that time, it was half-baked, and the recording wasn't pleasing. Avenue D remains one of my favorites, and also gets compliments when played live. So another recording of the same piece.

Avenue D is a local street in my town. The fingers "travel" up and down the keyboard along the D scale.

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Performer's name:PikaPianist
From:Queensland, Australia
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://youtu.be/W0nxyjt8aUk
Title of piece:Melody in Ab Major
Composer:Farrenc
Duration:02:15
Source of music:IMSLP
Instrument used:Kawai CS7 + VI Labs Ravenscroft 275 VST
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Another new composer for another new recital. Louise Farrenc (1804-1875) was a French composer, virtuoso pianist and teacher.

This is an obscure little gem without an opus number. I especially love it when the theme appears again for the second time underneath the high treble notes floating peacefully above it.

I had wanted to play this piece for a while but couldn't find the sheet music. So a special thanks to the kind soul who uploaded the sheet music onto IMSLP a couple of months ago.

I also would love your suggestions on similar obscure gems that you've come across. I wish these gems can be more well known.

Re: Recital 48 --- November 15, 2017 [Re: AB Forum Recital] #2689593
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Performer's name:lvojnovic
From:Croatia
Experience:2 years
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Prelude 1913
Composer:Ravel
Duration:01:40
Source of music:sheet music
Instrument used:Kawai CN41
Recording method:audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I have been playing this one for a couple of months now and I am still working on the interpretation part. Every feedback is welcome.

Re: Recital 48 --- November 15, 2017 [Re: AB Forum Recital] #2689594
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Performer's name:Michiyo-Fir (Jade)
From:Vancouver
Experience:played as a kid, stopped for many years and picked it up again 3 years ago
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:12 Variations on Ah! Vous dirai-je Maman K.265
Composer:Mozart
Duration:07:26
Source of music:Henle
Instrument used:Yamaha C3
Recording method:Tascam - DR44
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I really love the light and fun feel of this piece. However, I have a few variations I really still need to work on (last one especially) so apologies about the sloppiness!

Although I love Mozart a lot, I have a hard time playing it well. Criticism is appreciated.

Lunch was Vietnamese Pho smile

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Performer's name:peterws
From:Northern England
Experience:Pass. . . .
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Video link:http://B4E440E45EE460DE099B
Title of piece:Novelette 1 in C
Composer:Francis Poulenc
Duration:03:10
Source of music:Sheets
Instrument used:Roland FP50 with Pianoteq D4 Classical recording
Recording method:Recorded to memory stick from P'teq
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Poulenc was a contemporary of Satie, Ravel and Debussy, all of who had a profound effect on him. He inherited his mother's love of "adorable bad music" gut his own was treated by the establishment as a lightweight since his early music was to a great degree not of a serious mood

I Loved this piece as soon as I heard it. Somebody did it excellently for the French recital. I been doin' it since before then, after I first heard it. And I been doin' it wrong. In fact, I had a take months ago and couldn't improve on it; it's a swine to play what wi the stretches, rolling big chords and stuff.
I played the dang thing so much my mind just wandered to pastures new (without my permission, as it does) as I played. So I never got to the end without major mishap accompanied by the usual expletives (I'm not a patient guy) and then . . . .and then . . . .
I decided to listen to the Experts. (Chinese Division).
Cue - Man up, lad! From 4 minutes to 3 and a bit. It did sound better faster, if you can forgive my lack of expression since I ran out of both time and patience.
But then I listened to somebody else and I had to change to accommodate more expression. It was worth it, I think.
Overall, quite happy wi the general result under the circumstances.
The circumstances are that it's a bit hard for me . . . . and I was not in possession of a young lady's flexible fingers, brain or her wonderfully recorded piano! But I enjoyed the ride. And still do. Adorable bad music? You decide!

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Performer's name:Schin L
From:Las Vegas
Experience:10 years when I was a kid
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Title of piece:Nocturne op.9 no.2
Composer:Chopin
Duration:03:58
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Yamaha Arius YDP143
Recording method:Garageband on my Mac
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This was the song that made me come back to piano after about 15 years of not even reading a single music note.. I simply fell in love with this Chopin piece.. and thought, man, I'd love to try it! One week later I ended up with a digital piano and sheet music and was waaaay over my head! This recording is after 3 months of work with my teacher. It's far from finished.. we are still working on trying to get the left hand chords sound less like an elephant waltzing on the keyboard.. but so far I'm pretty happy with it!
Its my first time recording and listening to myself, and what an eye opening experience! I guess I really need to lay off the pedal!

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Performer's name:joangolfing
From:Iowa
Experience:I have lost count.
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Title of piece:March BVW Anhang 122
Composer:Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Duration:00:56
Source of music:Alfred Edition, J.S. Bach "Selections from Anna Magdalena's Notebook"
Instrument used:Yamaha Grand GC1
Recording method:Zoom H2 and audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I have a new piano teacher since September. Her emphasis is on theory, sight reading, and playing with 100% touch (no looking at the keys). So it has been a nice change for me but difficult. I am playing this Bach piece with those new things in mind.

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Performer's name:Richard (zrtf90)
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Title of piece:Asturias (Leyenda)
Composer:Albeniz
Duration:06:46
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:8E94583F1247A9E80757

This piece is number 5 in the composer's Suite Espagnole

The place name, Asturias, was chosen by the publisher. Albeniz titled it Leyenda (Legend) and intended it not for this suite but as a prelude to another collection. Asturias is completely the wrong part of the country for this style of music, which is very much more Andalusian.

There's a Moorish quality about it that reminds me very much of the Alhambra palace and the central section reminiscent of the Gardens of the Generalife that are in stark contrast to the dark and sombre chambers of the palace itself.

I've known this piece, or variations of it, since the eighties and play a few variations of it on classical guitar so memorising it was a piece of cake.

Getting the recording done was another matter - isn't it always? - and choosing which set of flaws might have the least disruptive effect on a prospective audience was made difficult by having to listen to each recording too many times for enjoyment and so often that another try would just be bothersome.

I was hoping to submit this piece, and a couple of others, to the Spanish themed recital but life took an unexpected turn and I've been away from the instrument, and the forum, since mid July with little more than an hour so a week.

I've been back at the instrument now for about a month but I've not re-established my practise routine fully just yet.

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Performer's name:Kalos Piano
From:Italy
Experience:about two years
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJJtxgzw45Y
Home page link:https://soundcloud.com/kalos-piano
Title of piece:The Clear Stream
Composer:Friedrich Burgmuller
Duration:00:54
Source of music:http://ks.imslp.net/files/imglnks/usimg/e/ec/IMSLP57501-PMLP07983-Burgmueller_25_leichte_Etueden_Op_100_Peters_filter.pdf
Instrument used:Roland FP30
Recording method:Audio recorded via the keyboard's built-in recorder. Converted into WAV via Pianoteq and then converted into MP3 via Audacity.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes

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Performer's name:Fouyaut
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Experience:2 years of piano lessons, and before that 3-4 years of playing by myself
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Video link:https://vimeo.com/232224370
Home page link:http://home.scarlet.be/fouyaut
Title of piece:Fugue op. 35 no.2
Composer:Felix Mendelssohn
Duration:02:30
Source of music:A year ago, I found an old print of Mendelssohn's piano pieces in a second hand bookstore, and the op. 35 (six preludes and fugues) was included in it.
Instrument used:Yamaha U3
Recording method:Zoom H4
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:We started to practice this piece with my teacher this summer, but she got bored with it, and after a few tries of bringing it at the lessons, she made me understand that it was not her cup of tea.
So the second half was worked on my own, and has some big flaws.

As for me, I really love this piece, and I almost cried the first time I faced the beauty of bars 43-44, where the bass lets you expect the notes of a E minor chord, but ends on the third beat on a C major, which resolves on a G. This passage really moved me.

The other day, I fooled a friend into thinking this was a piece by Bach (she was not entirely wrong, because Mendelssohn admitted his purpose was to write a piece in Bach's fashion).

Happy listening to everyone!

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Performer's name:Ralphiano (Ralph)
Experience:2.5 years
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Title of piece:La Poupee (The Doll)
Composer:Alexandre Tansman
Duration:00:41
Source of music:Pour les enfants, by Alexandre Tansman
Instrument used:Casio Privia PX 760
Recording method:Recorded using Pianoteq and my computer. Converted to MP3 by Audacity.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I am self taught, and the main source of information and piano knowledge for me has been this ABF forum. I love it here.

This submission is an achievement of sorts for me. I have just not been effective at the piano since my crash last November. The injuries kept me away from the piano for 2 months, and I have not been accomplishing much since then. I even missed the most recent recital, which is very unusual for me. And, I have fallen woefully behind in my effort at the 40 Pieces a Year Club.

This piece was helpful to me in a couple of ways. I have already submitted a couple of other selections from this book in previous recitals. The pleasure I get from Tansman's music helped propel me forward, out of my funk, and back into trying to make nice music. From my previous excursions into this book, I already had some affection for this tune. The professor at the Iowa Piano Pedagogy project has made great recording of it that I like very much. And, I have another recording by professonal pianist Elizabet Tyszhecka (I'm not sure I've spelled that correctly). Despite it being listed by RCM as a Level 3, and me being immersed in RCM Level 2, I tried it out, and had an enjoyable time. I'm glad to be back in the recital saddle again!

This tune helped in another way, as well. I had recently embarked on a substantial effort to incorporate more relaxation into my hands and arms while playing. Although, I had always noted incremental progress in this regard, several months ago I decided to make it a higher priority and go for a considerable improvement. Many of our accomplished ABF colleagues undertook some serious and in depth discussions about relaxation over the last year, and I have benefited immensely from the information and ideas they shared. I have also benefited from Randall Faber's videos associated with the Faber and Faber Adult All In One Piano Adventures. It was very, very helpful to visually see the implementation of all these ideas about playing in a relaxed manner, and, to utilize the practice techniques Faber recommends to eliminate tension and stress from playing.

For someone at my level, this piece requires quite a bit of quick turns and successive notes with fingers 3, 4, and 5. It was just impossible to play this tune well with tension in those fingers. So, like a good teacher would, this piece was unrelenting in demanding that I attack those sections with absolutely no tension in my hands, fingers, and arms. It was quite a pleasure on those occasions when I approached the difficult sections with the requisite relaxation, and just flowed right through them.

My disappointment lies in my failure to produce one recording in which I got through all such sections successfully. My second best recording had an ending that I think could not have been better, However, that recording was deficient in a couple of the other areas, so I passed on it. This recording represents the best overall performance I could muster.

I plan to continue playing this piece, not just because I enjoy it, but also to provide me fodder for my continuing efforts to shed tension from my play.

This is the third Tansman piece I have submitted to these recitals, and I plan to do many more. Our colleague, joangolfing also took some interest in Tansman's music, so, I hope she submits something as well. I think Tansman is very underappreciated and it would be nice to hear some of our more accomplished pianists playing his music.

As always, I am deeply indebted to Monica, Sam, and the others who unselfishly devote their precious time and energy to making these recitals so special. I have a deep appreciation for goodness, and I receive a lot of that here. These recitals are very important to me. Thank you.

Re: Recital 48 --- November 15, 2017 [Re: AB Forum Recital] #2689602
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Performer's name:Piano_Primo
From:South PGH
Experience:8
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YLKqUgZN2o
Home page link:https://wp.me/p5jsTm-1G
Title of piece:Chopin Nocturne Op. 9 No. 1 in B flat minor.Shortened Version, 2. Bach Choral BWV 514
Composer:Chopin and JS Bach
Duration:03:29
Source of music:Sheet
Instrument used:Piano PX 100
Recording method:Direct to laptop
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I'd need 6 more months to learn the whole piece (well) and hone it out! So I gained a deeper respect for a seasoned Pianist when by tring a difficult piece.
I had to slow this down quite a bit and also I shortened the piece , -not quite recital material -
hopefully keeping the "feel and spirit" .
Anyway I hope you like it, note I had it up to tempo but just couldn't get a decent recording with the quicker pace..

Re: Recital 48 --- November 15, 2017 [Re: AB Forum Recital] #2689603
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Performer's name:UnderConstruction
From:Australia
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:2.5 years as a child, about 3 years as an returning adult I think?
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://youtu.be/aG7NAaLwE5c
Title of piece:Debussy - Arabesque 1
Composer:Claude Debussy
Duration:05:44
Source of music:IMSLP sheet music
Instrument used:My new toy, 2017 Feurich 218. smile
Recording method:iPad + Tascam
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Talk about just in time recital, hit the record button about 30 minutes ago, hitting the submit button 5 minutes before the recital submission deadline.

This is a very last minute decision, on a piece that really isn't near ready, lots of ghost notes and hesitations, but what the heck!

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