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Recital 48 --- General Discussion Room #2689565
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Welcome to the General Discussion Room for the AB Forum “Beginners and Beyond” Recital #48!!!

Please use this room for any discussion of the pieces in Recital #48 that is taking place in the Main Recital Thread.

Discussions and replies can be posted at-will. Feel free to comment on any or all individual pieces. Some members offer comments on each submission individually; others offer general congratulations. Either approach is appropriate. Feel free to offer more specific, technical feedback if the participant had indicated that technical feedback was welcome.

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Re: Recital 48 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital] #2689617
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Goodness - am I the first to comment?

Another series of feasts for the ears, and inspirations for the spirit - I really look forward to the opening of the next quarterly Recital (that is, once I’ve finally managed a recording I can live with, and have successfully uploaded my effort). Thank you so much to the wonderful organisers.

Now on with the headphones!


01. SMA55 (Shepherd Abrams) - Consolation No. 3 (I *always* attempt to record a piece without errors, but I usually find that the more I try, the more errors I make - invariably in a different place.) Shepherd, that was just lovely - such sensitive playing on your magnificent Steingraeber.

02. MeganR - Sonatina in C Major Op 36 No 1 You sounded confident and ‘happy-fied' throughout, Megan - that was a treat. Well done!

03. MarieJ - The Crane Dance I’m glad I managed to get this in early, ghost notes and all, because two bouts of cataract surgery played havoc with piano practice for weeks. No excuses now, though, and I’ll revisit this one soon.

04. Ralph L. - Auld Lang Syne (piano+keyboard) I loved this. A lot of clever arranging - putting it all together so seamlessly can’t have been easy.

05. Whizbang (Chris) - Gladiolus Rag The first time I’ve heard this one, and I really enjoyed it - and I loved your light touch, too. Nice work!!


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15. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Danny Boy / Londonderry Air

What a soulful rendition !


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Re: Recital 48 --- General Discussion Room [Re: AB Forum Recital] #2689641
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Wow, three Bach Inventions in a single recital!

earlofmar - No. 3 in D major: Congratulations on learning 5 inventions, and on passing your AMEB Grade 5 exam! Not that I'm surprised in any way wink Did you learn the a minor? I think I will try that next.

h8dk97 - No. 4 in d minor: I think you did an excellent job with the long trills and the other ornaments! I tend to keep the latter very short, just 3 notes, but I still miss them half of the times. This is my favourite invention, it's so melodic and wistful, and I love the exchange between the hands (especially in Simone Dinnerstein's rendition, which is almost Romantic in style). As all inventions, it's also relentless, and I think you did wonderfully after only 2 years (and in absolute terms too!).

mel_lem - No. 8 in F major: I think your years of study as a child really shine through, such control and confidence! I tried to learn this one but gave up because the tempo is too fast for me. I will definitely have another try.


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14. Riddler/Ed – I hear a rhapsody Ed, this was really surprising to me: we seem to like essentially the same songs for I have recorded this one as well. Still there is one difference: you are a jazz musician, I play easy listening. Mind if I post my recording in the December Piano Bar, just informatively? Yours is a true jazz performance with gorgeous chord progressions with slightly dissonant “ajoutés”. Then you get into a very inspiring swing impro at 1:52. The harmonies at the end, when you take up the melody again, seem to be slightly different from the beginning at one or two points (if I am not mistaken), and that makes it even more interesting and fun to listen to.

15. CASINITALY - Londonderry Air Very soulful, indeed. I do like your intro, the performance would not be complete without such, and I like pianists who are able to deviate from a written score and add their own ideas. You chose a very romantic, slow tempo, are almost playing isolated phrases like just “citing” the tune because it is so well-known. And I find your second time through even better than the first.

23. sinophilia - River City Blues This is incredibly beautiful. What a wonderful song, did no know it, yet. I like it when a blues does not follow the usual boring TTTT-SSTT-DSTT pattern. All your strides are okay, and the piece is so slow that they should not be a problem.

10. SwissMiss/Doris – Qing Ge This is a wonderful, impressionistic Chinese piece. Thanks for sharing. I have heard “Yellow River” once on the radio, played by Lang Lang, loved it, and your piece is much the like. You are playing it so well that you could feature as a guest in the next Lang Lang concert.

05. Whizbang (Chris) - Gladiolus Rag This is simply perfect. I can see you have specialised in Ragtime. I have played and recorded some Joplin rags as well and always had to force myself not to play them too fast according to Joplin's instruction "it is never right to play Ragtime fast". Your rendition is fantastic in every respect.

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Originally Posted by sinophilia
mel_lem - No. 8 in F major: I think your years of study as a child really shine through, such control and confidence! I tried to learn this one but gave up because the tempo is too fast for me. I will definitely have another try.


Thank you for your comment! I think what still retained in me from those years of study are the ability to focus and remain focused for an extended period of time, and some basic training in rhythm and musicality. There is a gap of 15 years, my technique was bad and my fingers were weak when I restarted. I am picking up again, I feel, after a year of practicing regularly.

I started this one in a very slow tempo, and increased gradually. I was playing at a quaver note = 188 in this recording, which I think it has not reached "Presto" yet. When I tried to play beyond that tempo, my left hand will become muddy. Still need to work on this, but I am starting No. 13 soon! laugh

I have been listening to the whole set of 2-part inventions played by young musicians on a harpsichord, if you are interested, the link is here - http://allofbach.com/en/mobile/bwv/bwv-772-786/

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Originally Posted by mel_lem

I have been listening to the whole set of 2-part inventions played by young musicians on a harpsichord, if you are interested, the link is here - http://allofbach.com/en/mobile/bwv/bwv-772-786/


Thanks! I am learning no. 13 right now. Or attempting to!


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Re: Recital 48 --- General Discussion Room [Re: Pianist685] #2689659
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Originally Posted by Pianist685

10. SwissMiss/Doris – Qing Ge This is a wonderful, impressionistic Chinese piece. Thanks for sharing. I have heard “Yellow River” once on the radio, played by Lang Lang, loved it, and your piece is much the like. You are playing it so well that you could feature as a guest in the next Lang Lang concert.


Thank you pianist685! I love the gentle flow of this piece. It proved more challenging than expected.

Here is a vocal version by Song Zuying and Palacio Domingo accompanied by Lang Lang-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAoFTQ0kjtk

Lang Lang get in quite an expressive interlude.

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Try the new html5 player:

ABF Player Recital 48

We want to retire the old flash player - try the new player and report back the good and the bad!

Sam

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It is working well on my mobile phone (Safari on iPhone 6s plus).

I like that I can reorganise the tracks to my preference.

I don't like that I have to slide at the very edge of the screen (on the right side) to scroll up or down, if not, I will accidentally change the order of the tracks.

Report over.

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Originally Posted by Sam S
Try the new html5 player:

ABF Player Recital 48

We want to retire the old flash player - try the new player and report back the good and the bad!

Sam

My only issue would be its size; it's quite small.


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Originally Posted by Keselo
Originally Posted by Sam S
Try the new html5 player:

ABF Player Recital 48

We want to retire the old flash player - try the new player and report back the good and the bad!

Sam

My only issue would be its size; it's quite small.


Need more info than that - it takes up half the screen on my Mac using Safari. You can also click the popup button at the bottom and put it in a new window and resize. Are you using a computer? Mobile? Browser?

Sam

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Originally Posted by Sam S
Originally Posted by Keselo
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Try the new html5 player:

ABF Player Recital 48

We want to retire the old flash player - try the new player and report back the good and the bad!

Sam

My only issue would be its size; it's quite small.


Need more info than that - it takes up half the screen on my Mac using Safari. You can also click the popup button at the bottom and put it in a new window and resize. Are you using a computer? Mobile? Browser?

Sam

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This is how it looks on my computerscreen. I use a computer with Windows 10, and use Chrome as my browser. I don't see a popup button anywhere on my screen.

I could easily resize it by pressing control and by scrolling a bit, which I've done, but I thought I'd let you know regardless.

I'd also like to add something: the lack of progress bar. I don't know how easy such a thing is to add, but it would make it a lot more convenient to use.


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Originally Posted by Keselo
Originally Posted by Sam S
Originally Posted by Keselo
Originally Posted by Sam S
Try the new html5 player:

ABF Player Recital 48

We want to retire the old flash player - try the new player and report back the good and the bad!

Sam

My only issue would be its size; it's quite small.


Need more info than that - it takes up half the screen on my Mac using Safari. You can also click the popup button at the bottom and put it in a new window and resize. Are you using a computer? Mobile? Browser?

Sam

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This is how it looks on my computerscreen. I use a computer with Windows 10, and use Chrome as my browser. I don't see a popup button anywhere on my screen.

I could easily resize it by pressing control and by scrolling a bit, which I've done, but I thought I'd let you know regardless.

I'd also like to add something: the lack of progress bar. I don't know how easy such a thing is to add, but it would make it a lot more convenient to use.


Tim - try a different browser - there is a progress bar.

Sam

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This looks like the old ABF player.

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The first six.

01. SMA55 (Shepherd Abrams) - Consolation No. 3

I’d never heard this piece before, but I think it’s gorgeous the way you played it. I like how the right hand sings so clearly. Absolutely stellar performance, bravo!

02. MeganR - Sonatina in C Major Op 36 No 1

I really liked the first movement at this tempo. You normally only hear it at its “intended” tempo, so your tempo of playing was both refreshing and very pleasant to listen to. The other two movements I’m less familiar with myself, but you certainly made me want to (eventually) learn this piece. The third movement is indeed an incredibly happy-sounding movement, very cheerfully written by Mr Clementi and well played by you!

03. MarieJ - The Crane Dance

I’m normally not much of an Einaudi-guy, but I think this piece, especially with the description that you provided, makes for a beautiful piece of music. Very well played by you, too!

04. Ralph L. - Auld Lang Syne (piano+keyboard)

What a unique project to submit! I love how you play both parts, and managed to play them so well in sync. A very good performance!

05. Whizbang (Chris) - Gladiolus Rag

I never listen to ragtime, but this performance of yours might just make me start doing so. Very light-hearted piece, and very nice balance between both hands throughout. The way your left hand seems to almost effortlessly travel all over the place, while at all times maintaining a controlled touch, is also very motivational to me personally. Very nicely done.

06. blackjack1777 - "Fur Elise" Bagatelle No. 25 in A minor (WoO 59, Bia 515)

All that needs to be said about this piece has already been said thousands of times. It’s a lovely piece of music, and you played it very well. Chapeau.


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Originally Posted by Sam S
Originally Posted by Keselo
Originally Posted by Sam S
Originally Posted by Keselo
Originally Posted by Sam S
Try the new html5 player:

ABF Player Recital 48

We want to retire the old flash player - try the new player and report back the good and the bad!

Sam

My only issue would be its size; it's quite small.


Need more info than that - it takes up half the screen on my Mac using Safari. You can also click the popup button at the bottom and put it in a new window and resize. Are you using a computer? Mobile? Browser?

Sam

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This is how it looks on my computerscreen. I use a computer with Windows 10, and use Chrome as my browser. I don't see a popup button anywhere on my screen.

I could easily resize it by pressing control and by scrolling a bit, which I've done, but I thought I'd let you know regardless.

I'd also like to add something: the lack of progress bar. I don't know how easy such a thing is to add, but it would make it a lot more convenient to use.


Tim - try a different browser - there is a progress bar.

Sam


Sometimes I wonder how I don't forget to breathe. I clicked the link in the opening post of the thread we're not allowed to reply to, and just assumed you linked to the same thing.

So, yeah. The new player works very well, and all the issues that I thought I had have already been addressed. My apologies!


Tim

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Nothing is too easy is where I keep track of my progress.
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38. PikaPianist - Melody in Ab major (Farrenc) Thanks for sharing this less-known, wonderful piece. Trouvaille... Has some Schubert-like appeal. Speaking of obscure gems, less popular composers and the key signature Ab major, I can recommend the piece "Chanteurs de Noel" ("Christmas Singers"), Op. 41 No. 3, by the Russian composer Sergei Lyapunov (romantic, in the succession of Franz Liszt). Something to play in the forthcoming Christmas season. Find the sheet music and my recording on IMSLP as well.

42. Shin L - Nocturne 9/2 Nice job, good recording of a difficult piece. Congratulations. The problem is, there are so many perfect recordings of this piece already existing that I can't help comparing any new recording to those. From that point I would recommend you to release the pedal more often, play the piece slower and with more rubato and more changes in dynamics. But that is just my personal, subjective opinion. Well done anyway.

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This is another truly wonderful recital!

01. SMA55 (Shepherd Abrams) - Consolation No. 3 I adore this piece, and have learned it several times in the past. I love your gentle rendition of it. Your melody is well projected, and I like the continuous flow with subtle rubato. Wonderful job! You have inspired me to try to work it back into my repertoire!

02. MeganR - Sonatina in C Major Op 36 No 1 This is such a joyful piece. I like your evenness and precise articulations. Nice dynamic control as well! These pieces are so transparent,and you give a perfect performance!

03. MarieJ - The Crane Dance You give this piece such gentleness and a certain sense of wonder. I love how you pace the piece.

04. Ralph L. - Auld Lang Syne (piano+keyboard) I like the mix that you chose for the piece. It remains me of dancing at midnight on New Year’s Eve. Very nice arrangement!

05. Whizbang (Chris) - Gladiolus Rag This has such a relaxed feel, like a community picnic on Sunday. You play it so well! It just flows along effortlessly. Beautifully played!

06. blackjack1777 - "Fur Elise" Bagatelle No. 25 in A minor (WoO 59, Bia 515) I love this piece too! You do a beautiful job with it. The effort that you put into it definitely shows. There is a lot of heart in your playing!

07. earlofmar - Invention No 3 Really nice performance of this invention! I like your balance of the voices. I can see how this piece would be tough in an exam, but this sounds like a perfect performance.

08. wouter79 - Album for the Young (after Schumann), "Italian song" Op. 39, No. 15 I like your articulation in this piece. The legato against the staccato accompaniment is very good. The legato phrasing is seamless, and the staccato is crisp and even. Great job!

09. Pianist685 (Constantin) - Etude Op. 45 No. 15, "Warrior's Song" I love Heller. His Etudes are so expressive! I love your use of dynamic range in this piece. You present a lot of power, true to the name of the piece. Beautiful voicing of those big chords!

11. Jerzyk19 - What A Wonderful World This is a very nice arrangement of a true classic. You play it very well, with good phrasing.

12. Peyton Higgison - Music For Meadows I love your compositions! They have such emotion embedded in them. This one has a sense of peace and tranquility. I love the rippling arpeggios. I remember those round bales from my childhood in the midwest US. Your video brings back good memories.

13. Monica K. - La Nascita Delle Cose Segrete I like the peaceful, uplifting feeling of this piece. You play it with delicacy. Truly a wonderful performance!

14. Riddler (Ed) - I Hear a Rhapsody Nice, relaxed presentation of this classic. I really like your arrangement. You introduce a lot of variation giving it a lot of appeal. Nice playing.

15. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Danny Boy / Londonderry Air I was looking forward to see what you would do with this piece. Your new intro works seamlessly, and I like your second more upbeat variation and ending. Well done!

16. zsolpyW - WInd of Change I am not familiar with the composer, but I really like the piece. You handled the big chords very well, and put some power behind them. Nicely played.

17. Sandalholme - Andante con moto from Piano Sonata No30 I love Haydn’s music! It is usually very upbeat and lively. This piece seems more pensive, but still has Haydn’s playfulness. You play it extremely well, with a gentle, light touch. Your trills are very nice, as is your phrasing. I like you restrained use of the dynamic range.

18. Lotus in Blue (Laura) - Sonatina in G: I. Moderato Very nicely played, with the jaunty playfulness inherent in this piece. I like your phrasing and accurate articulation. Your balance between melody and accompaniment is perfect.

19. BSharp(C)yclist (Dan) - Sonatina F Major (Op. 168, No. 1, I) This is a very nice, polished performance! Classical style music is so transparent, and clearly your accuracy and articulation are excellent.

20. briangmoore - Monday You have clearly captured the Einaudi sound. Nice job on the phrasing and projection of the melody.

21. Keselo - Morning Prayer (Op. 101 No. 2) I like the slow, reverent feeling that you give the piece. This is an excellent job for 10 months of playing!

22. Roger Ransom - Ebb Tide I love your rippling arpeggios! They add such richness to the piece. Beautiful playing and a lovely arrangement!

23. sinophilia - River City Blues Great Blues! It sounds like you have the stride base well in hand. I like your emphasis on the baseline, talking back to the melody. Great job!

24. chopinoholic (Paul de Koning) - ballade no.1 opus 23 g minor This is a piece on my someday list. Your playing is an inspiration. This does not sound like a work in progress. You played it beautifully! I like the way you pace the piece, allowing its gentleness to show through while infusiing the turbulent sections with power. Wonderful work on those difficult run sections.

25. Piano2138 - Chorale Be Content BWV 512 Very nice Bach! I like how you have balanced the voices.

26. Newbert - All The Way This is a very nice arrangement of this classic. I like the way you “sing” the song, allowing it to tell its story. Nicely done.

27. pines9876 - Snowy Sky It is very impressive that you wrote out the arrangement and then learned it! You play this very well. I like your phrasing, and gentle rubato. Nice job. A teacher will be thrilled to have you as a student!

28. fishandchips - Morning Prayer Nice job voicing the chords on this piece! I like your chosen tempo, and the reverent feel you give the piece.

29. Ganddalf - Impromptu Op.90 no.4 I love how you handled those rippling runs! Gorgeous playing throughout this beautiful piece. The balance of voices is wonderful.

30. h8dk97 - Invention# 4 Nice balance of the voices. Those long trills are very challenging, but you are getting there with them. Great Bach!

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I'm going to do my usual skipping around starting somewhere in the middle.... then I'm on the road for a week with no wi-fi so today be it for a while.

32. Sam- Wow, that was pretty amazing Sam. Well worth all the trouble you went through rebuilding that harpsichord.

13. Monica- I agree, a really sweet melody and so nicely played by you.

3. MarieJ- I figured I'd listen to another Einaudi. Mmmm... a little mysterious and a bit unpredictable. Your touch is perfect.

9.. Pianist685- So dramatic!! I love it. That sounds like a lot of jumping around for those chords. I bet you really have to just trust yourself. Great playing!! I really enjoyed listening.


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I wasn't able to comment on the last two recitals due to Life Getting In The Way Issues, so I'm glad to have the time for this one. First batch:

01. SMA55 – Consolation No. 3: When I think of Liszt, I tend to think of fast and furious, but this piece is sooooo dreamy and beautiful. You do a great job of keeping the tempo unhurried and drawing the melody out with emotion. And your piano sounds awesome!

02. MeganR – Sonatina in C Major Op 36 No 1L This piece is so lilting and jaunty that it sounds like it ought to be easy, but I know better than that! You pull off all the separate voices nicely and keep the tempo steady, and that’s hard to do with a five-plus minute long piece!

03. Marie – The Crane Dance: Oh, you so *get* Einaudi. Playing a delicate piece like this with just the right expressiveness is a lot harder than the sheet music looks (which is why I haven’t dared to tackle this one yet, ha!). Your version captures the essence of the piece perfectly.

04. Ralph L. – Auld Lang Syne: I liked your addition of strings/chorus... it looked fun to play, and it was definitely fun to listen to! I also really liked your video-within-a-video setup on YouTube. smile

05. Whizbang – Gladiolus Rag: I don’t think I have heard this Joplin rag before, but I liked it a lot... it has an eminently hummable melody, and your playing of it was light and carefree, just the way a rag should be, even during those fast octave runs. thumb

06. blackjack1777 – Fur Elise: I agree with you: This piece has sad overtones of loss and longing. Many people play the first theme but don’t bother tackling the rest, but the other sections are, in my opinion, crucial for a full appreciation of this classic. Nicely done!

07. earlofmar – Invention No. 3: I admire you for your willingness to invest the “hard work and persistence” to tackle Bach. This piece required constant precision and attention and nonstop action, and you pulled it off masterfully.

08. wouter79 – Italian Song, Op. 39 No. 15: The oom-pah-pah pattern in the left hand immediately brought me back to my accordion years, and I mean that in a pleasant way. laugh This is a fun little piece, and I enjoyed your rendition.

09. Pianist685 – Etude Op. 45, No. 15 “Warrior’s Song” : I’ve been playing a couple of pieces lately that involve big chords–not my usual M.O.–so I have a new appreciation for the challenges that you had to confront in mastering this piece. You play all those chords cleanly and powerfully, and the end result is impressive.

10. SwissMS – Love Song: What a haunting melody! I wasn’t familiar with this work, but I love it! And you play it so gently and sweetly. smile

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01 SMA55 Consolation No. 3

A wonderful start, really enjoyed this, something I'd love to learn in future, What a wonderful tone out of the Steingraeber, great recording/sound, a wonderful instrument and playing.

02 MeganR Sonatina in C Major Op 36 No 1

Nicely played and sounds secure, as you say, better have it solidly under the fingers in movement 1 than trying the higher speed and stumble. Nice switching in dynamics from the first to second movement too, and so well done for doing all three on the trot. Congrats.

03 MarieJ The Crane dance

Ooh what a delicate delight Marie, makes me want to pull out the Einudi book later. smile Never tried this one, my Einaudi has not been touched in a while apart from a couple I maintain and play now and again. blushThere are some lovely touches here true to Einaudi style, how it should be played IMO .. delightful.

07 earlofmar Invention No 3

First of all, Congrats on your exam. I am rather growing font of the inventions to listen to, not to play, beyond me, so well done, I enjoyed listening.

08 wouter79 Italian song, Op. 39, No. 15

I just started this one a few days ago funnily enough , enjoying it very much and been analysing it a bit how to approach it. Nice performance if a little hot in the dynamics and attack of notes in the melody line at times lacking a bit of smoothness here and there, but that may just be preference .. but ... always listen to your teacher ... not me. Perhaps the recording may not be helping, but I don't think it is that, since the tone is there when you end it beautifully in the last few bars and wind down.

09 Pianist685 (Constantin) Etude Op. 45 No. 15, "Warrior's Song"

Powerful stuff and wonderful chords, what more to say, In a nutshell, I very much enjoyed it. Great stuff.

10 SwissMS Qing Ge (Love Song)

What a delight. I never heard of it before, but I enjoyed every note of it. Made for the Bosendorfer, wonderful sounds you have here.

11 Jerzyk19 What A Wonderful World

This is great stuff for 14 months, congrats. Dare I say I've never been a big fan of the roland new pianos LX/HP series tone when I hear them played, often a bit harsh in tone, with that in mind, the added compliment I would give is that you bring a very nice warm tone out of it, that I have not heard ... Great stuff.

12 Peyton Higgison Music For Meadows

It's another musical delight Peyton, I always enjoy your renditions that are always in good taste to my liking, there is a lovely flow to this .. Wonderful.

21 Keselo, Morning prayer (Gurlitt)

When I saw the title, but not the composer I was expecting the Tchaikovsky morning prayer, which I recall well since I did it for the last recital, but never heard this one before, a very pretty piece indeed, very nice touches and very well expressed as a prayer. Great stuff.

With that in mind as may as well do this one

28 fishandchips, Morning prayer ( Tchaikovsky)

only one year ?, what can I say, I attempted it at the previous recital after 3 years, you are a quick learner ... very well done indeed. Interesting how we play it all a bit differently, you bring yet anohter nice interpratation of it here.

47 Ralphiano La Poupee (The Doll)

Always look forward to my fellow self teachers, I know how hard a journey it is, and can share in that.

Well done for pulling it off at speed, which it needs to give it that playful feeling ( IMO), sort of reminds me a quite a bit of the new doll ( Tchaikovsky) which you may like to try too. Very enjoyable indeed. Thanks for sharing you background story and reason for playing it.

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32. Sam S - Prelude and Fugue in c minor from book 1 of the WTC

Bach always sounds SO GOOD on a period instrument like a harpsichord. Great performance.


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23. sinophilia - River City Blues

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20 briangmoore Monday

One of my Einudi favourites, I liked your rendition at lot, the slightly out of tune character of the upright actually brings a charm to it also. Enjoy your Einaudi, it can get quite addictive to play. thumb

23 Sinophilia River City Blues

Nice ralaxing bit of blues and a perfect marriage for the upright sound.

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23. sinophilia - River City Blues
Bartender, another whiskey please. Make it a double.


Quite right ! Nailed it.

24 chopinoholic (Paul de Koning) ballade no.1 opus 23 g minor

Lovely, stuff that is way above me, so I'll leave the technical feedback to those in the know, though I am quite familiar with it by now having heard it many times by many pianist. I really enjoyed it, the demanding sections sounded great too, excellent for something you consider ... WIP.


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11. Jerzyk19 – What a Wonderful World: I really liked this arrangement; it suits the spirit of the song well. You play it nicely and with confidence.

12. Peyton – Music for Meadows: I enjoy all your compositions, but this one is particularly beautiful, in my opinion, in part because of its slow and bittersweet nature. Love the video, too! So peaceful and mesmerizing.... smile

14. Riddler – I Hear a Rhapsody: What a nice, dreamy jazz tune. Perfect for a leisurely late afternoon cocktail in a swanky club. I like how cleanly you play all those chords; that’s always a challenge for me.

15. casinitaly – Danny Boy: Your arrangement suits the poignant nature of this melody well, as does the slow and deliberate pace. And one take?! wow

16. zsolpyW – Winds of Change: I have long admired all of Vika’s arrangements but never would attempt to try one myself... her stuff is *wicked* hard! So my hat’s off to you– you do a terrific job of playing this. My jaw dropped when the section with all the deep bass notes and big chords came in at about 1:45.

17. sandalholme – Andante con moto from Piano Sonata No. 30 : Oh, all those trills and ornamentations would give me fits. But you play them with confidence and delicacy. I also admired your control over the dynamics. Nicely done!

18. Lotus in Blue – Sonatina in G: 1. Moderato: I love your interpretation of this piece as reminiscent of the thrilling moments of early love before you know it’s reciprocated: There’s a joy there, but under control. smile Very well played, and congratulations on your AB Forum Recital debut!

19. bSharpCyclist – Sonatina in F Major – Op 168 No. 1: Unless your Clementi is at rock star levels, I think you should play this one for your RCM 4 exam–you played it perfectly and with confidence, and I really enjoyed the triumphant ending. smile

20. briangmoore – Monday: I’m envious of you and the others who can play this beautiful Einaudi piece... I’ve started it once or twice and always found it discouragingly hard, most notably the fast and tricky polyrhythms starting around 2:54. You managed that part (and the rest of the piece) well. I can understand why it inspired you. smile

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02. MeganR - Sonatina in C Major Op 36 No 1
Very nice playing, Megan! I really enjoyed your performance of this sonatina. By the way, I visited your homepage—I had no idea you were such a wonderful photographer. Beautiful pictures! What an eye you have!

03. MarieJ - The Crane Dance
While I can’t pretend to be a fan of Einaudi and his minimalist approach to music, I can hear the skill and sensitivity in your playing. At the risk of heresy, I would even say that in your playing, I can hear an imprisoned maximalist dying to get out! 😁 Nice work, Marie.

05. Whizbang (Chris) - Gladiolus Rag
Very impressive! You’ve definitely got the ragtime thing down. And it was nice to hear this piece played at the more leisurely pace that you did.

06. blackjack1777 - "Fur Elise" Bagatelle No. 25 in A minor (WoO 59, Bia 515)
I think you did a relatively smoothly job on a piece that is not so easy. Good work!

07. earlofmar - Invention No 3
Excellent performance! As you yourself know, Bach requires a lot of hard work to master. I found out the hard way that if you’re going to play it from memory for a recital or exam, you’d better know it backwards and forwards—and upside down.

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15 CASINITALY (Cheryl) Danny Boy / Londonderry Air

It was a pleasure to listen to. Since I don't know how you changed it or added to the arrangement, but it blends in seamlessly, and congrats in one take, you beat me to it smile , mine took two, something I didn't mention but not something I pay much attention to when writing up the notes these days. Gone are the days of doing it 5 to 10 takes, because if it takes that long that tells me I am not ready anyway.

38 PikaPianist Melody in Ab Major

This is indeed a nice gem, never heard of the composer either. Great playing as usual from you. It was a pleasure listening.

49 UnderConstruction Debussy - Arabesque 1

Great stuff, considering the circumstances and all to squeeze this one in for us to hear in minutes. Congrats on your new instrument, the Feurich sounds great, good choice.


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Wow, three Bach Inventions in a single recital!

h8dk97 - No. 4 in d minor: I think you did an excellent job with the long trills and the other ornaments! I tend to keep the latter very short, just 3 notes, but I still miss them half of the times. This is my favourite invention, it's so melodic and wistful, and I love the exchange between the hands (especially in Simone Dinnerstein's rendition, which is almost Romantic in style). As all inventions, it's also relentless, and I think you did wonderfully after only 2 years (and in absolute terms too!).



Thank you sinophilia. Your comment is a breath of fresh air, I was getting so frustrated with this invention that I couldn't make it sound the way I wanted. It helps to hear something encouraging for a change :-)

I have now changed the figuring for RH ornament in measure 48. I used 3 and 4 for the recital, it felt really awkward and now switched to 2 and 3, I think it sounds way better.

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1 SMA55 Shepherd Abrams

Lovely rendition of a lovely tune. I picture a warm fire amongst close family in a long bygone age where some common sense still existed . . .smoking rooms prevailed and you could be deliciously self opinionated . . .every day!

2 MeganR

Loved these Sonatinas. Fun and tuneful for all ages and abilities. Well done; splendid and controlled, the last particularly rocked. The piano sounds deep and wonderful.

3 Marie J

A particularly good Einaudi, so fluently played. Your Pianoteq sounds just great.

4 Ralph L

Fun with different sounds! I'm all for it. Handling this stuff effectively is an art in itself. Great variation and super ending. Very good job, Ralph!

5 Whizzbang

You play these so gently with such passion; the result can only be excellent. A pleasure to listen to.

6 Blackjack 1777

Must admit to not liking this as a kid. You do a great job on this popular piece!

7 Earlofmar

Gotta do some Bach meself someday . . . .This was a decent, short exposition conjuring up pictures of times long gone . . .when they burned witches and non witches alike, and great cruelty ensued amongst the even greater music of the period. Interesting times; I enjoyed that.

8 Wouter 79

I like Tchaik.'s work for piano. This was short, and sounded sweet on your nice piano.

9 Pianist685

Sounds very dramatic . . . foreboding, violent, nice! Bring it on if yer 'ard enough . . . . .

10 SwissMS

As usual, a lovely sound from you. Unusual and inventive; you must love doin' these novel pieces. We love hearing this one . . .

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30. h8dk97 - Invention# 4 Nice balance of the voices. Those long trills are very challenging, but you are getting there with them. Great Bach!


Thank you SwissMS. Once thing I noticed about trills, which I thought was weird, was my edition has E and #F for the long RH trill but a lot of people on youtube play E and F natural.

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30 h8dk97 Bach Invention no 4

I think Sinophilia put it very well, I think the recording isn't too bad, I mean there is enough there to get a sense of tone, and you re not overdoing it like I feel with how many play Bach in terms of articulation, but no doubt opinions will vary, and I am a no expert. I think your touch/approach towards Bach is nice, and like Sinophilia, I fall into that Dinnerstein camp as the preferred way to hear these personally. I had a few goes at no 1 on and off, since it is one of my books, so I have a sense how hard some of them are, so for two years ... amazing, and the long trills .. very tough I imagine to get them to come out just right, you are well on your way. Great Job.

32 Sam S Prelude and Fugue in c minor from book 1 of the WTC

What a pleasure to have a bit of refreshing bit of harpsichord in between. Not much more to say, splendid. !


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21. Keselo – Morning Prayer: I wasn’t familiar with either this composer or the piece, but it’s lovely. So soft and sad. These slow quiet pieces are actually a lot harder to play than they look, because the littlest hesitations or skipped notes etc. are immediately obvious. I didn’t hear any of those (or the wrong note you claim is in there, but I don’t believe you! laugh ). You do a great job of playing this piece with emotion and effective dynamics.

22. Roger Ransom – Ebb Tide: You had me at the opening beautiful run of this quiet jazzy piece, and it just kept getting better. I’m impressed you were able to improvise this lovely and complex arrangement from a lead sheet. wow

23. sinophilia – River City Blues: That stride bass looked fun to play on your video. smile I love the nice easy feel you gave the piece with the swing rhythm.

24. chopinoholic – Ballade no. 1 op. 23: This is a highly impressive performance of a very demanding piece. It sounds considerably more polished than a “work in progress” to me!

25. piano2138 – Chorale Be Content: You do a good job of keeping the separate voices of this piece distinct. Nicely played! My only complaint is that it was so short. smile

26. Newbert – All the way: I’m glad you didn’t miss this recital, Newbert. I always enjoy listening to your jazzy pieces. This one has me thinking of cool lemonade on a porch swing on a warm summer evening.

27. pines9876 – Snowy Sky: Congratulations on your AB Forum Recital debut! And to start off with the challenge of first having to transcribe a piece is very impressive! I wasn’t familiar with this composer, but I can see why this piece intrigued you. It’s catchy, but with faintly sad undertones.

28. fishandchips – Morning Prayer: You do a good job of playing all those chords distinctly. I like your gradual crescendo that starts about the 0:50 mark. I wish the piece were longer!

29. Ganddalf - Impromptu Op.90 no.4: Oh, I love how those cascading downward runs just flow off your fingertips. You play this long and difficult piece magnificently. The transition to the dark and dreamy part at about 2:30 was particularly effective.

30. h8dk97 - Invention# 4: Trills kick my butt every time. Fortunately Einaudi doesn’t use much of them. laugh You do an admirable job on yours, especially the ones that last a measure or more. Nicely played!

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30 h8dk97 Bach Invention no 4

I think Sinophilia put it very well, I think the recording isn't too bad, I mean there is enough there to get a sense of tone, and you re not overdoing it like I feel with how many play Bach in terms of articulation, but no doubt opinions will vary, and I am a no expert. I think your touch/approach towards Bach is nice, and like Sinophilia, I fall into that Dinnerstein camp as the preferred way to hear these personally. I had a few goes at no 1 on and off, since it is one of my books, so I have a sense how hard some of them are, so for two years ... amazing, and the long trills .. very tough I imagine to get them to come out just right, you are well on your way. Great Job.



Thank you :-) I never heard Dinnerstein before, just had a listen now and must say it's not my cup of tea, matter of taste of course. A. Schiff is my favourite for Bach inventions.

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30 h8dk97 Bach Invention no 4

I think Sinophilia put it very well, I think the recording isn't too bad, I mean there is enough there to get a sense of tone, and you re not overdoing it like I feel with how many play Bach in terms of articulation, but no doubt opinions will vary, and I am a no expert. I think your touch/approach towards Bach is nice, and like Sinophilia, I fall into that Dinnerstein camp as the preferred way to hear these personally. I had a few goes at no 1 on and off, since it is one of my books, so I have a sense how hard some of them are, so for two years ... amazing, and the long trills .. very tough I imagine to get them to come out just right, you are well on your way. Great Job.



Thank you :-) I never heard Dinnerstein before, just had a listen now and must say it's not my cup of tea, matter of taste of course. A. Schiff is my favourite for Bach inventions.


yes, I love his way of doing it too, but then there are some that "poke" away a bit too harshly for my liking.

Now, This makes for an interesting change I rather enjoyed hearing the other night, but it suits that instrument too ... I think smile Modern pianos sound so different these days.

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And my last batch. Thanks again, all, for another wonderful recital. Thanks also to those of you who watched and commented (or will comment) on my recording--I appreciate it greatly!


31. AZ_Astro - Pastorale from the Petit Trianon Suite: What a fun little jaunty piece! So catchy. I can’t believe you got this up to recording speed starting from scratch in only three weeks! wow

32. Sam S - Prelude and Fugue in c minor from book 1 of the WTC: You have two things to feel very proud about: Restoring your absolutely gorgeous harpsichord to all its glory, and then being able to play some extremely difficult (and FAST!) Bach on it. I can’t even begin to imagine how hard that must have been in terms of getting used to the different touch and reversed key colors. Bravo!

33. Alexander Borro - In Church Op. 39 No. 24: You do a great job of conveying the somber, almost brooding mood of this piece. Very contemplative and well played.

34. JoBert - Bagatelle (Opus 119, No. 1): This piece *sounded* very challenging to me, with its combination of slow, legato sections mixed in with the delicate more staccato sections. You play it with great confidence and skill.

35. mel_lem/Melanie - Invention No. 8 in F Major, BWV 779: You play this with such joy that I imagine you smiling broadly at the piano as you recorded it. Even more, you make it sound like Bach is *easy*, and I know darn well that it’s not! laugh

36. Moo smile - Songs without words op 30 no 1: Nice performance of a long and challenging piece! I liked the relaxed, singing quality you gave it.

37. SandTiger - Avenue D: There are few things more convincing or gratifying than revisiting a piece to show how much progress one has made in piano. smile Your playing here sounds so confident and controlled–an impressive composition!

38. PikaPianist - Melody in Ab Major: It’s a shame this “obscure” piece is so obscure; it’s absolutely beautiful, and you play it beautifully. And I must make a shout-out to the quality of your YouTube video–the camera angle, lighting, and sound is outstanding. thumb

39. lvojnovic - Prelude 1913: Am I correct that this is your first submission to the AB Forum recitals? Congratulations! I wasn’t familiar with this work by Ravel; it sounds remarkably modern to my ears. Nicely played; I especially liked your dynamics at the end of the piece.

40. Michiyo-Fir (Jade) - 12 Variations on Ah! Vous dirai-je Maman K.265: Some of these variations sound wicked hard, yet you played them all smoothly and with confidence. I can tell you had a lot of fun working on them. smile

41. peterws - Novelette 1 in C: What a pretty piece... the first minute and a half or so is very romantic, almost contemporary sounding, but then it shifts into more a baroque feel. You play it with a light, delicate touch, even if you don’t have a “young lady’s flexible fingers.” laugh

42. Schin L - Nocturne op.9 no.2: Yeah, you learn a lot by recording and listening to yourself, don’t you? (I usually discover that my tempo is frighteningly uneven... whome ). It’s clear to me, though, that you quickly regained your abilities after coming back from a long absence at piano. Your trills are light and perfect. smile

43. joangolfing - March BVW Anhang 122: Well, I think playing Bach is super hard enough, but trying to play Bach without looking at the keys?!?!? eek You should win some bravery award just for that. Well done!

44. Richard (zrtf90) - Asturias (Leyenda): I wasn’t familiar with this piece but was immediately captivated by the quiet urgency and progressive intensity of your playing. I can see how it would make a great classical guitar solo, but it is a powerful piece on piano as well.

45. Kalos Piano - The Clear Stream: I can’t imagine what it took to get playing this piece up to tempo... it sounds highly challenging! You play all those arpeggios smoothly and distinctly despite the ridiculous tempo. Excellent job!

46. Fouyaut - Fugue op. 35 no.2: Congratulations on your AB Forum Recital debut! smile I didn’t hear the “big flaws” you mention, though I *do* hear the resemblance to Bach. Your playing sounded relaxed and enthusiastic to me; I’m glad you persisted working on the piece on your own after your teacher refused to help you further. (I digress here with a sort of angry rant: If your teacher is unwilling to work with you on a piece you really love and moves you to tears, just because she got "bored," mad then maybe she’s not the right teacher for you. )

47. Ralphiano (Ralph) - La Poupee (The Doll): I can’t begin to imagine how frustrating the past year must have been for you in coping with your injuries and their effect on your playing. But on the basis of this recording it sounds like you are back to where you had been before the crash, if not beyond. Your playing is very even, which suggests you have been successful indeed in your achieving playing without tension.

48. Piano_Primo - Chopin Nocturne Op. 9 No. 1 in B flat minor.Shortened Version, 2. Bach Choral BWV 514: I’m no expert, but I like the Nocturne at the slower tempo you played it in. I have to ask, though, when I watched your video your piano wobbled a fair amount on the stand–doesn’t that make it harder to play?

49. UnderConstruction - Debussy - Arabesque 1: I love the flowing, gentle nature of this piece. Very impressive performance! Glad you got it submitted in time for the recital. thumb And your piano sounds great.

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Starting from the bottom up... smile

49. Under Construction - Debussy - Arabesque I - Last minute or not, this is so lovely. I love those quiet pianissmi that you played. Intimate and dreamy. I am a huge Debussy fan and you did not disappoint.

48. Piano_Primo - Chopin - Nocturne No. 9 in Bb Major, Bach - Chorale BWV 514 - Such a contrast between the Chopin and the Bach, from unfettered emotion to an almost plangent hint of melancholy in the Bach. Wonderfully expressive playing in both pieces.

47. Ralphiano - Alexandre Transman - La Poupee - Well done! I like the way you captured the tension in this piece. I hope you continue to heal from your injury and look forward to more music from you!

46. Fouyaut - Fugue op. 35 no.2 - Mendelssohn - Romanticism paired with Baroque style, wow! My niece came in while I was listening and she and said, "Beautiful!" (Which is an apt description.) I loved your sensitive playing; it's very clear you love the piece.

45. Kalos Piano - The Clear Stream - Burgmuller - Bubbly and beautiful. I can "see" the shimmer of light on the stream while I listen to you play. Accurate and clear phrasing. Crisp. I really enjoyed this.

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38. PikaPianist - Melody in Ab major (Farrenc) Thanks for sharing this less-known, wonderful piece. Trouvaille... Has some Schubert-like appeal. Speaking of obscure gems, less popular composers and the key signature Ab major, I can recommend the piece "Chanteurs de Noel" ("Christmas Singers"), Op. 41 No. 3, by the Russian composer Sergei Lyapunov (romantic, in the succession of Franz Liszt). Something to play in the forthcoming Christmas season. Find the sheet music and my recording on IMSLP as well.

Thank you for the recommendation! I'll check it out.


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41. peterws- This is quite lovely! And the recording is excellent. Well done.

33.- Alexander Borro- Well, that's a perfect title. It certainly puts one into a reverent, serene mood.. smile Beautifully played.

18. Lotus in blue- I've always loved this piece. It's just so joyful and fun. You really keep it moving. Got my foot a tapping. Well played.

15. Casinitaly- This is always such a sad tune for me. I had an old friend of my Mothers that would always sing this at parties and I cant help but think of him when I hear it. You put a lot of feeling into this. Nicely done.

10. SwissMS- What an interesting mysterious piece. Your Bosendorfer gives it an extra mystical feeling. I really enjoyed listening.


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01. SMA55 (Shepherd Abrams) - Consolation No. 3
Beautiful performance, of a beautiful piece, on a beautiful piano! The left-hand work was very impressive - I wish I had that kind of control! Well done.

04. Ralph L. - Auld Lang Syne (piano+keyboard)
Ralph, okay let us drink to the New Year already! You are quite an arranger, not to mention videographer. Excellent production. I enjoyed listening and watching. Well done.

05. Whizbang (Chris) - Gladiolus Rag
Outstanding! You've got that Joplin syncopation down pat. You play with a light touch that I envy. (I pound!) Youre approach is perfect for this piece. I don't remember hearing this one before but I really enjoyed it. Great work.

06. blackjack1777 - "Fur Elise" Bagatelle No. 25 in A minor (WoO 59, Bia 515)
A very demanding piece, if for no other reason than that we have all heard it many times and would recognize any bloopers. Well done, I enjoyed it, especially the dramatic parts.

09. Pianist685 (Constantin) - Etude Op. 45 No. 15, "Warrior's Song"
Rachmaninoff on steroids! Wow, I love those chords. So dramatic. Aptly named, by the way. Played very musically in spite of the immense high-decibel chords. The Galaxy Vantage D sounds great, too.


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01. SMA55 (Shepherd Abrams) - Consolation No. 3
Wonderful. A soothing piece.

03. MarieJ - The Crane Dance
Thank you for demonstrating such a beautiful piece. No wonder ppl like Einaudi.

06. blackjack1777 - "Fur Elise" Bagatelle No. 25 in A minor (WoO 59, Bia 515)
A slight different version, loved your play and thx for the background info. Even though I'm not to the level to play this piece myself yet, i thought i would maybe use pedal more..

10. SwissMS/Doris - Qing Ge (Love Song) heard the original version many times before, first time to hear this version. It kept the main melody in it, also added many western piano styles. Indeed a good mixture of oriental and west. It seems to be a pretty demanding piece, you did well.

11. Jerzyk19 - What A Wonderful World I'm typically not fan of jazz. But I found your performance enjoyable


12. Peyton Higgison - Music For Meadows again music is great , and love the video too. I'm curious about the video. Did you take it with a drone or helicopter or something?

13. Monica K. - La Nascita Delle Cose Segrete yeah, very catchy melody. I'd imagine this is a rare style from the Einaudi collection? Well played.

14. Riddler (Ed) - I Hear a Rhapsody love the sound of your piano/pianoteq:)

19. BSharp(C)yclist (Dan) - Sonatina F Major (Op. 168, No. 1, I) looks like a challenging piece. You did well.

20. briangmoore - Monday Thank you for introducing another very interesting piece from Einaudi. I really enjoyed it. I too got to know his work through this forum. Now start to practice his pieces.

21. Keselo - Morning Prayer (Op. 101 No. 2) Very relaxing piece!

22. Roger Ransom - Ebb Tide wow, loved the rolling waves . So impressive!....hope one day (many years from now), I can give it a try too...

24. chopinoholic (Paul de Koning) - ballade no.1 opus 23 g minor felt like listening to a concert. great job! heard some familiar pieces in it.



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01. SMA55 (Shepherd Abrams) - Consolation No. 3

This was very nice! Good pace and touch throughout. An excellent job!

02. MeganR - Sonatina in C Major Op 36 No 1

The speed seemed quite fine to me. You have delved pretty deep into this piece and have mastered it quite well. A terrific effort.

03. MarieJ - The Crane Dance

I like the interplay of the bass arpeggios and the melody on top. I want to say it sounded like classic Einaudi but I should add that there always seems to be something in each Einaudi piece that distinguishes it from others. I liked this piece quite well and you did a great job with it.

04. Ralph L. - Auld Lang Syne (piano+keyboard)

I am a purist, I’m afraid, and much prefer basic piano but if you enjoy playing it with the accompaniment, it’s all good! It does sound like you enjoyed putting it all together. Good job.

05. Whizbang (Chris) - Gladiolus Rag

I’m always impressed with people who have tackled a Joplin rag. You had excellent command of this one and I enjoyed just listening to the entire piece. Your play is delightful and charming. Great! A+ !

06. blackjack1777 - "Fur Elise" Bagatelle No. 25 in A minor (WoO 59, Bia 515)

A great job on a classic Beethoven piece. It is quite evident that you have worked hard on this piece and that will help provide solid foundation for further progress with the piano. Super!

07. earlofmar - Invention No 3

Congratulations on tackling so many of the Inventions. Very challenging! You did a great job with this one.

08. wouter79 - Album for the Young (after Schumann), "Italian song" Op. 39, No. 15

As I listened I was wondering how long you have worked on this piece. You were able to maintain a steady pace and your fingers were quick… Good job bringing out the melody.

09. Pianist685 (Constantin) - Etude Op. 45 No. 15, "Warrior's Song"

Very dramatic! I think I have heard it before and I really like the piece. You did a great job with it, playing with authority and accuracy. Fine effort.

10. SwissMS/Doris - Qing Ge (Love Song)

I was pulled in right away by this piece and your playing. What a nice composition by Chu - with an unmistakable oriental flavor. Very beautiful and elegant. Super job and wonderful introduction to a new composer!


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Originally Posted by Alexander Borro

49 UnderConstruction Debussy - Arabesque 1

Great stuff, considering the circumstances and all to squeeze this one in for us to hear in minutes. Congrats on your new instrument, the Feurich sounds great, good choice.


Thank you Alexander! Its the first time recording the Feurich, and I was surprised at how well it recorded and the complex overtones were picked up (with the volume turned up!). smile


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Originally Posted by Monica K.

49. UnderConstruction - Debussy - Arabesque 1: I love the flowing, gentle nature of this piece. Very impressive performance! Glad you got it submitted in time for the recital. thumb And your piano sounds great.



Thank you for the encouraging comments Monica, and for organising these recitals! Have to admit, I was rather skeptical of these Chinese made Feurichs, but I am very pleased with how it sounds in the room!


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Originally Posted by Lotus in Blue

49. Under Construction - Debussy - Arabesque I - Last minute or not, this is so lovely. I love those quiet pianissmi that you played. Intimate and dreamy. I am a huge Debussy fan and you did not disappoint.


Thanks Lotus. Really glad you liked it. Funny you mentioned about the pianissimo, my thoughts when I relistened to the recording was that I really couldn't hear much difference in volume throughout the piece (maybe my playing, but I blame it on the compression of the recording). Glad that came through to you though. smile


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Originally Posted by Monica K.
35. mel_lem/Melanie - Invention No. 8 in F Major, BWV 779: You play this with such joy that I imagine you smiling broadly at the piano as you recorded it. Even more, you make it sound like Bach is *easy*, and I know darn well that it’s not! laugh

Thank you, Monica. I struggled for 2 weeks before I can play it smoothly at a moderate tempo. I got tempted thinking it could be easy to learn too when I first listened to it, and the score looked easy enough. I WAS SO WRONG!! I am happy I can finally play it without stumbling much, now I have to work on improving it and continue to torture myself by learning another invention. laugh

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Originally Posted by h8dk97
Thank you :-) I never heard Dinnerstein before, just had a listen now and must say it's not my cup of tea, matter of taste of course. A. Schiff is my favourite for Bach inventions.


Dinnerstein is a bit extreme, and many dislike her style, but I think she made Bach more approachable to people who wouldn't get close to him. Personally, I need to hear a melody line and follow it, even if it's divided between the hands. Bach was actually a great melodist. Then once a piece is learned you can tone it down a bit, go back to a more metronomic approach. I find it easier that way.

By the way, my edition (Busoni) has E and F natural for the long LH trill.


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What a great recital! Really enjoyed everyone's pieces, but my apologies that I won't be able to comment on every one of them due to my schedule. But here are some initial thoughts.

01. SMA55 (Shepherd Abrams) - Consolation No. 3
Brings back memories Shepherd! smile So glad you chose this piece. Even though I had just played it to death myself (no pun intended), I still love the serenity of this piece. Liszt was truly a genius and so is the performer and love the new piano.

Really like the way you played it overall, my initial few weeks with the piece had much more rubato in it, until my teacher asked me to take it out. Personally, I still like the rubatos and the way you did them was great to my ears! Only because I studied this piece just recently, I can give you some detailed comments, most are interpretive and probably a matter of personal taste, so take them with a grain of salt.
- The first three low D-flats in the beginning of the piece, when I was learning this, I found what worked well for me interpretative was that the third one was softer than the first two.
- First few notes of the right hand (Bb - C - Db - F) - small cresendo would add to the flow
- Bar 16 - ascending "scale" with the messo-staccatos, try to change the pedal just before each of the new notes starting from the G. Its a lot of pedal work, but it gives the resonance as well as preventing the notes from "mushing" into each other. For me, a similar thing on Bar 45 also works.

If I had a dollar for every time I slipped up on those quasi-cadenzas with all those double notes!! Anyway, really glad to hear your interpretation of this, enjoyed it thoroughly.

02. MeganR - Sonatina in C Major Op 36 No 1
Nicely done Megan! Enjoyed it, heard the first movement many times before, but not the others! Thanks for sharing. smile
A small suggesetion, at about 1:05, where you had a few (I think 8) repeated notes, and everywhere else where they also happen, it always helps to add some variety by adding some cresendo on those repeated notes.

I can certainly tell that you enjoyed the later movements!

05. Whizbang (Chris) - Gladiolus Rag
Great performance, your rag time performances never disappoint. Having listened to lots of pianos recently, I really like the brilliance of the treble of your piano, works nicely with Joplin!

07. earlofmar - Invention No 3
Bach messes with my brain! I end up just relying completely on muscle memory (which I know is so bad). Nicely done though. smile

10. SwissMS/Doris - Qing Ge (Love Song)
Have known this piece since I was a child, very interesting to hear it reinvented! Thank you for sharing your rendition of it!

12. Peyton Higgison - Music For Meadows
Don't know if its the light at the time of the day, almost looks like Australia with the red soil. Always enjoy your music Peyton. Thanks!

13. Monica K. - La Nascita Delle Cose Segrete
Thank you for sharing a very soothing piece of music, sounded like the Tofu and Bok-choy had a calming effect. smile

18. Lotus in Blue (Laura) - Sonatina in G: I. Moderato
Welcome back to the piano Laura. Being a returning adult myself, I also remember what got me to realise I really enjoyed playing the piano was picking up a simple piece and figuring out that I could learn it relatively well in about 30 minutes, and it actually sounded somewhat like music. Coincidentally, I also had a CLP 535, it was good to get some finger strength back. I enjoyed your piece, nicely played.

20. briangmoore - Monday
Yep, definitely sounds like Mondays to me!

22. Roger Ransom - Ebb Tide
Great job on this piece and the waves. Whatever you are, really glad you submitted this, thoroughly enjoyed it. Playing from a lead sheet would be a very long term goal for me, I'll get to it one day! I imagine it must be incredibly liberating to be able to do this.

23. sinophilia - River City Blues
Really enjoyed this piece! I couldn't detect any struggle with the jumps at all. Very smooth, like chocolate.

24. chopinoholic (Paul de Koning) - ballade no.1 opus 23 g minor
Wow Paul! Amazing stuff, I hope one day my teacher will let me play this, but I suspect it might be a while away. Ik kijk er naar uit om het eindproduct te beluisteren.


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Thanks to everyone who played in this recital... and several "review comments . 1rst section-

01. SMA55 (Shepherd Abrams) - Consolation No. 3 Excellent, and a challenging piece beautifully played. Rhetorical and shallow question but I would think that it would take quite a time to learn. I really didn’t hear any note mistakes and if there were with timing - they were perceived as rubato.

02. MeganR - Sonatina in C Major Op 36 No 1 Exact playing and timing , you are really gaining a high skill level . The playing was even and exact.

03. MarieJ - The Crane Dance This is really a moving and evoked a strong sense of sadness (in me ) in spite of the context in which it was written…, maybe the reverb added to the effect . Could it be the composer’s intent? - you played it very well, a listening experience. I have an academic interest in how music effects emotion, especially when it is strong-ly felt.

04. Ralph L. - Auld Lang Syne (piano+keyboard) Way cool good playing e.g. a whole band sound and this was creative .…. Did you port the midi through the keyboard? That would make it easier to just play the keyboard with the ported midi playing while you play it on the keyboard .. .

05. Whizbang (Chris) - Gladiolus Rag Impressive playing … wow! You know it seems to me that this would work well with some kind of chorused improv jazz piano in a speak easy playing at the same time .

06. blackjack1777 - "Fur Elise" Bagatelle No. 25 in A minor (WoO 59, Bia 515) Don’t know why this is , really, THE classic… (maybe cuz every instrument has this as a lesson somewhere along the course.) good playing.


Cheers!!!

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06. blackjack1777 - "Fur Elise" Bagatelle No. 25 in A minor (WoO 59, Bia 515) ‘Fur Elise’ performances often sound stilted (possibly because this is a favourite that so many want to learn early) but not your rendition. I appreciated the feeling you put into this; you obviously loved the piece and it shows.

07. earlofmar - Invention No 3 Your hard work and persistence paid off! I’m not qualified to offer technical feedback on anything classical, but I *can* offer my congratulations!

08. wouter79 - Album for the Young (after Schumann), "Italian song" Op. 39, No. 15 Lovely! I found myself wishing for more - thank you!

09. Pianist685 (Constantin) - Etude Op. 45 No. 15, "Warrior's Song" The Galaxy D seemed just made for those fabulous big chords. Terrific!

10. SwissMS/Doris - Qing Ge (Love Song) That was such a gentle piece - and yet it showed off the range of your magnificent Bosendorfer so well. Beautifully played.


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I'm on a business trip, so I won't have a lot of time to listen and comment till the weekend, but I can't stay away for long. I just enjoy these recitals so much!

01. SMA55 (Shepherd Abrams) - Consolation No. 3 Oh my, just beautiful! So expressive and finely emotional.

03. MarieJ - The Crane Dance This piece is so evocative, it brings me to the wetlands to watch the birds come together. Lovely playing.

04. Ralph L. - Auld Lang Syne (piano+keyboard) This is great, really enjoyed! Your experiment was a complete success.

05. Whizbang (Chris) - Gladiolus Rag This was super duper, I am becoming a Joplin fan mostly because of these recitals. I loved the tempo and your deft touch in playing this piece.

06. blackjack1777 - "Fur Elise" Bagatelle No. 25 in A minor (WoO 59, Bia 515) Great job with this classic piece, really enjoyed the heart you put into it, wonderful dynamics.


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02. MeganR - Sonatina in C Major Op 36 No 1
Very nice playing, Megan! I really enjoyed your performance of this sonatina. By the way, I visited your homepage—I had no idea you were such a wonderful photographer. Beautiful pictures! What an eye you have!


Thank you for visiting my pics! I am fortunate to live in a beautiful place that inspires me always. smile


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08. wouter79 - Album for the Young (after Schumann), "Italian song" Op. 39, No. 15
You played that very nicely! I quite enjoyed it. And your piano sounds lovely!

09. Pianist685 (Constantin) - Etude Op. 45 No. 15, "Warrior's Song"
I wasn’t previously familiar with this piece, but I very much enjoyed it. And you played it expertly. Well done!

10. SwissMS/Doris - Qing Ge (Love Song)
Ah, I see you bit the bullet and removed the plastic film from the music desk of your beautiful Bosie since the last recital. 😊 Regarding your current performance, you play the piece very nicely, Doris. The piece is indeed a fusion of Western and Chinese styles. And I very much liked its sense of resolution at the end.

11. Jerzyk19 - What A Wonderful World
Oh, my! What a wonderful arrangement! And you played it so beautifully and evenly. Really great job.

12. Peyton Higgison - Music For Meadows
I very much liked this composition and your performance of it, Peyton. And I really liked your production of the video, especially at that point where you superimpose the video of your playing of the piano over the drone video footage of the bales of hay in the field. I must say that seeing all of those bales of hay like that, from above in the vastness of the field, accompanied by your melancholic composition, filled me with a sense of loneliness. I wonder what you yourself feel when you view and listen to this. Outstanding work, Peyton!

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31. AZ_Astro - Pastorale from the Petit Trianon Suite This is a very sweet piece and you played it well! I like how you subdued the right hand chords to let the left hand sing.

32. Sam S - Prelude and Fugue in c minor from book 1 of the WTC Your restored harpsichord is beautiful. This P&F sounds perfect on this instrument. I can imagine that playing the piece on a harpsichord is far more challenging, but you did a beautiful job. Your playing just gets better and better!

33. Alexander Borro - In Church Op. 39 No. 24 You gave this piece a nice, reverent feeling. Good job voicing the chords!

34. JoBert - Bagatelle (Opus 119, No. 1) I love this Bagatelle! I learned it last year. I really like your gentle approach to it, with a light touch and lovely phrasing. Very well played!

35. mel_lem/Melanie - Invention No. 8 in F Major, BWV 779 Beautifully played! I love your balance of the voices. This is one of my favorite inventions as well. You play it at a snappy tempo with very good articulation.

36. Moo smile - Songs without words op 30 no 1 Lovely balance between the hands with a well projected melody over the busy accompaniment. I like the gentle rubato you give the piece, while allowing the piece to always be moving forward.

37. SandTiger - Avenue D This is a very nice composition with a haunting melody. You play it with very nice expression.

38. PikaPianist - Melody in Ab Major This is a gorgeous piece and you play it beautifully. I love how the melody floats seamlessly between the hands, with the accompaniment remaining in the background. This is indeed a gem!

39. lvojnovic - Prelude 1913 You have captured the impressionism in this piece very well, with good rubato, allowing the etherial feel to come through. Well played.

40. Michiyo-Fir (Jade) - 12 Variations on Ah! Vous dirai-je Maman K.265 Beautiful articulation! Your runs and Alberti Bass were crisp and even. This kind of piece is so transparent, but your playing sounded pretty much error free. Really nice job.

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Originally Posted by MarieJ

01. SMA55 (Shepherd Abrams) - Consolation No. 3 (I *always* attempt to record a piece without errors, but I usually find that the more I try, the more errors I make - invariably in a different place.) Shepherd, that was just lovely - such sensitive playing on your magnificent Steingraeber.

Thank you, Marie. I think part of what makes mistakes on recordings seem so much more serious—unlike in live performances—is that the errors are there for all to listen to in perpetuity. That is a daunting thought, eh? So I’ve just had to accept that I’m an imperfect pianist and always will be. That seemed to make recording sessions a bit easier—and certainly shorter—once I accepted that.

Originally Posted by Keselo

01. SMA55 (Shepherd Abrams) - Consolation No. 3
I’d never heard this piece before, but I think it’s gorgeous the way you played it. I like how the right hand sings so clearly. Absolutely stellar performance, bravo!

Thank you so much!

Originally Posted by SwissMS

01. SMA55 (Shepherd Abrams) - Consolation No. 3 I adore this piece, and have learned it several times in the past. I love your gentle rendition of it. Your melody is well projected, and I like the continuous flow with subtle rubato. Wonderful job! You have inspired me to try to work it back into my repertoire!

Thank you, Doris. if you do revisit this piece, I hope you’ll decide to record and submit it for one of our recitals. I’d love to hear this performed on your Bosie 214VC.

As an aside, when I went shopping for my Steingraeber, the dealer I purchased it from was also a Bosendorfer dealer, and he had my piano and the 214VC in the showroom right next to each other. I spent a lot of time playing both, but I wound up choosing the Steingraeber for its darker tone. However, let me tell you, it was not an easy decision; the 214VC is an incredibly fine piano, and you are so lucky to own it!

Originally Posted by Monica K.
01. SMA55 – Consolation No. 3: When I think of Liszt, I tend to think of fast and furious, but this piece is sooooo dreamy and beautiful. You do a great job of keeping the tempo unhurried and drawing the melody out with emotion. And your piano sounds awesome!

Thanks, Monica! I know exactly what you mean, regarding typical Liszt pieces. I myself think some of his busier pieces are indulgent and flamboyant, and I find them to be off-putting. But I’ve since discovered that there are other more lyrical pieces that he composed, too. And it is within the realm of these more lyrical pieces that I’ve come to appreciate him for the genius he was.

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A wonderful start, really enjoyed this, something I'd love to learn in future, What a wonderful tone out of the Steingraeber, great recording/sound, a wonderful instrument and playing.

Thank you so much, Alexander.

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1 SMA55 Shepherd Abrams
Lovely rendition of a lovely tune. I picture a warm fire amongst close family in a long bygone age where some common sense still existed . . .smoking rooms prevailed and you could be deliciously self opinionated . . .every day!

Ah, you sound like a nostalgic, Peter. We apparently share that. And yes, whatever DID become of the common sense to which you refer? Thank you for listening and sharing your thoughts.

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01. SMA55 (Shepherd Abrams) - Consolation No. 3
Beautiful performance, of a beautiful piece, on a beautiful piano! The left-hand work was very impressive - I wish I had that kind of control! Well done.

Thank you for your kind words, Ed. It’s interesting that you mention control, because that’s something of which I often find myself being envious, when I watch other pianists perform.

Originally Posted by Ralph L.

01. SMA55 (Shepherd Abrams) - Consolation No. 3
Wonderful. A soothing piece.

Glad you liked it, Ralph!

Originally Posted by AZ_Astro
01. SMA55 (Shepherd Abrams) - Consolation No. 3
This was very nice! Good pace and touch throughout. An excellent job!

Thank you for listening and for your kind comments.

Originally Posted by UnderConstruction

01. SMA55 (Shepherd Abrams) - Consolation No. 3
Brings back memories Shepherd! smile So glad you chose this piece. Even though I had just played it to death myself (no pun intended), I still love the serenity of this piece. Liszt was truly a genius and so is the performer and love the new piano.

Really like the way you played it overall, my initial few weeks with the piece had much more rubato in it, until my teacher asked me to take it out. Personally, I still like the rubatos and the way you did them was great to my ears! Only because I studied this piece just recently, I can give you some detailed comments, most are interpretive and probably a matter of personal taste, so take them with a grain of salt.
- The first three low D-flats in the beginning of the piece, when I was learning this, I found what worked well for me interpretative was that the third one was softer than the first two.
- First few notes of the right hand (Bb - C - Db - F) - small cresendo would add to the flow
- Bar 16 - ascending "scale" with the messo-staccatos, try to change the pedal just before each of the new notes starting from the G. Its a lot of pedal work, but it gives the resonance as well as preventing the notes from "mushing" into each other. For me, a similar thing on Bar 45 also works.

If I had a dollar for every time I slipped up on those quasi-cadenzas with all those double notes!! Anyway, really glad to hear your interpretation of this, enjoyed it thoroughly.

Yes, I remember your submission of this piece for the last recital, and I remember my telling you that I was in the process of learning it, too. Thank you for listening and for taking the time out to critique it. The fact is that I agree with all of your suggestions. And regarding your last one—concerning pedaling during those ascending notes in measures 16 and 45—I’ve gone back and forth on this, in terms of what I think sounds good. But I still haven’t arrived at what I think sounds ideal. So this piece still needs some work. Thanks again!

Originally Posted by piano_primo_1

01. SMA55 (Shepherd Abrams) - Consolation No. 3 Excellent, and a challenging piece beautifully played. Rhetorical and shallow question but I would think that it would take quite a time to learn. I really didn’t hear any note mistakes and if there were with timing - they were perceived as rubato.

Thank you for listening and for your kind comments. Yes, this piece is challenging to get just right, and I’m still working on it. The biggest obstacles in learning it are the polyrhythms between the left and right hands. These change from one point to the next in the piece, and if you’re playing this piece from memory, you just have to remember how the left and right hands interplay with these.

Originally Posted by MeganR

01. SMA55 (Shepherd Abrams) - Consolation No. 3 Oh my, just beautiful! So expressive and finely emotional.



Thank you, Megan! Glad you liked it.

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What a fine recital with a wide range of styles, levels and composers! I really enjoyed listening to each piece, but I am only capable to comment on some of them. Here goes:

01. SMA55 (Shepherd Abrams) - Consolation No. 3 I really admire your constant light touch on the left hand that gives the whole piece a dreamy tone. And your piano sounds so great! This is truly a treat to my soul, thank you!

02. MeganR - Sonatina in C Major Op 36 No 1 You picked a very relaxed pace for all the movements, and you kept to the same pace throughout, with nicely controlled dynamics. I enjoyed listening to this. Good job!

04. Ralph L. - Auld Lang Syne (piano+keyboard) What a fun idea to present your piece with drums and strings! Very different. Very refreshing. smile

05. Whizbang (Chris) - Gladiolus Rag This is the first time I heard this rag. Very nice playing, the syncopations are expertly articulated, with clean octaves run. This tempo allows me to catch all the little details of Joplin's creativity. I like this a lot!

06. blackjack1777 - "Fur Elise" Bagatelle No. 25 in A minor (WoO 59, Bia 515) I like the stormy section a lot, very dramatic and emotional. Nice job!

07. earlofmar - Invention No 3 I have never heard this invention before. I can imagine how difficult it is, especially when thrills are involved. I am avoiding thrills for as long as it can be. LOL. Thank you for introducing this piece to me. You played it very well, both voices are clean and nicely balanced.

08. wouter79 - Album for the Young (after Schumann), "Italian song" Op. 39, No. 15 I want to dance to your piece. Nice job on keeping a constant left hand bom-cha-cha pattern. Bravo!

09. Pianist685 (Constantin) - Etude Op. 45 No. 15, "Warrior's Song" Perfect execution on all the big chords and octaves! Big contrast on the dynamics in different section, and it adds to the dramatic effects of the composition. Very well played!

10. SwissMS/Doris - Qing Ge (Love Song) I am very familiar with this song. To hear it with such different reharmonization, it is very 'ears' opening because the original is very "bright" and straightforward, while this arrangement gives it a lot more complexity, in terms of musicality and in regards to love stories.

13. Monica K. - La Nascita Delle Cose Segrete I am not familiar with Einaudi's works, yet. Thank you for submitting this, and introducing this to us. This is a very catchy piece, but it still retain that very trance-like quality of Einaudi's compositions. This might be the first ever Einaudi piece that I will learn. smile

15. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Danny Boy / Londonderry Air Your intro is simple and it moves smoothly into the piece. Your playing is very soulful and expressive with nice rubato throughout, though you chose to play it with simple harmony. This actually remind me of Bill Evan's version, which is my favorite arrangement of Danny Boy.

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41. peterws - Novelette 1 in C It sounds like you have had quite a journey with this piece, but the result is delightful. It is quite an interesting piece, full of positive energy. Wonderful playing as always!

42. Schin L - Nocturne op.9 no.2 I do love this piece! It is interesting that it brought you back to piano. It sounds like you have a great start on it, and have captured the essence of it. I like the way you phrased the runs.

43. joangolfing - March BVW Anhang 122 Nice Bach! I like your balance between the voices and solid rhythm.

44. Richard (zrtf90) - Asturias (Leyenda) I love the energy that you give this piece. It does sound quite Andalusian. The Moorish and the Flamenco influences are clear. I love your crisp clear articulation in the fast sections. Beautiful playing and balance.

45. Kalos Piano - The Clear Stream You have very nice steady rhythm and lots of energy in this piece. I can see the stream rippling along!

46. Fouyaut - Fugue op. 35 no.2 This is a side of Mendelssohn that is new to me. This is a lovely fugue, and you played it very well. I can tell it is special to you!

47. Ralphiano (Ralph) - La Poupee (The Doll) It sounds like you have made a good recovery from your injuries. You played this very well. I like the energy that you gave the piece.

48. Piano_Primo - Chopin Nocturne Op. 9 No. 1 in B flat minor.Shortened Version, 2. Bach Choral BWV 514 I adore this challenging nocturne. You have great expression in your playing, and have a really great start on it. The Bach was an interesting contrast, especially with the strings. I like the pensive feel that you created in it.

49. UnderConstruction - Debussy - Arabesque 1 I love this piece. It is my favorite Debussy. You have captured the ethereal nature of the piece very well. I like how your pace the piece, giving it a gentle, relaxing feel.

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Thanks Pianist685. Yes, I know it is a big risk to play this song.. but it is the only one I have ready. I myself have listened and (unwisely) compared to so many professional recordings. I learned a lot though, and next time will develop better repertoire. Thanks for your feedback!!!

Monika K, thank you!! Yes, I am learning so much from joining this community and the recital. Without it I would never have thought to record myself, and I would lose so many valuable lessons.

SwissMS, thanks very much! Those runs were HARD! Haha!

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01. SMA55 (Shepherd Abrams) - Consolation No. 3
Oh, so beautifully played.. I love how much emotion is in it.. I could listen to this all day! And only two takes! Wow!!!

02. MeganR - Sonatina in C Major Op 36 No 1
You play beautifully, and I can definitely feel the cheerfulness in this piece. Thanks for sharing!

03. MarieJ - The Crane Dance
I don't know much of Einaudi's work, but this is really pretty! You definitely have conveyed the gentle emotions on this piece.

04. Ralph L. - Auld Lang Syne (piano+keyboard)
Wow, you have a whole production going! I love it, so relaxing and beautiful. I like the little solo break in the ending smile

05. Whizbang (Chris) - Gladiolus Rag
I'm so used to hearing loud and fast as a train ragtime tempos.. yours was a pleasant surprise! Ragtime is so difficult for me and I always enjoy them played well. Great job!

06. blackjack1777 - "Fur Elise" Bagatelle No. 25 in A minor (WoO 59, Bia 515)
A beautiful rendition of Fur Elise! Thanks for the backstory too, it was fascinating to read.

07. earlofmar - Invention No 3
Bach is very difficult for me, but you played very well. I'm sorry your exam didn't go as well, but at the end of the day the song is yours to keep forever.

08. wouter79 - Album for the Young (after Schumann), "Italian song" Op. 39, No. 15
A happy cheerful piece! How interesting that Tchaikovsky wrote this in the middle of a pretty bad year for him. Maybe he wasn't too upset about it, seeing how happy this piece was.

09. Pianist685 (Constantin) - Etude Op. 45 No. 15, "Warrior's Song"
This is certainly an angry song. Sounds really good to get tension out! You played it very well, maybe next time if a cat knocks over a vase or something you can make another recording.

10. SwissMS/Doris - Qing Ge (Love Song)
What a lovely song, I really enjoy it! I didn't know there was Asian/Western fusion piano sheet music out there. Now I have to try some.


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01. SMA55 (Shepherd Abrams) - Consolation No. 3 Sounds lovely, especially on that Steingraeber! Hard to hear mistakes unless you know what to look for, so don't be worried about little slips! Good emotional playing.

02. MeganR - Sonatina in C Major Op 36 No 1 Happy and cheerful! I love this piece. You will get the tempo closer to where you want it with further practice, it sounded nice and clean on the recording as you played it. Good job.

03. MarieJ - The Crane Dance Beautiful description, I can see it in my head as you play. Graceful like a crane. Lovely.

04. Ralph L. - Auld Lang Syne (piano+keyboard) Well done on your own arrangement, very creative. A nice rendition of a classic.

05. Whizbang (Chris) - Gladiolus Rag I love Scott Joplin! It's always a lot of fun and from the way you play I can tell you're enjoying it. Very clean. Good job.

06. blackjack1777 - "Fur Elise" Bagatelle No. 25 in A minor (WoO 59, Bia 515) It's so hard to play a well known piece like this one well, but you did a good job. You have a good understanding of the piece. I liked it.

07. earlofmar - Invention No 3 Well done on some lovely Bach! Good luck with your exam, you played this one nicely.

08. wouter79 - Album for the Young (after Schumann), "Italian song" Op. 39, No. 15 Great little piece! I haven't heard this before, I really loved hearing it. Good playing.

09. Pianist685 (Constantin) - Etude Op. 45 No. 15, "Warrior's Song" Sounds like a warrior! Good job conveying that aggressive warlike sound! Well done.

10. SwissMS/Doris - Qing Ge (Love Song) Never heard this before, sounds lovely. Thanks for the background info, and your nice playing.

11. Jerzyk19 - What A Wonderful World Nicely done! Sounds jazzy to me. I like the emotion in your playing.

12. Peyton Higgison - Music For Meadows What a nice picture this paints. Good composition, keep it up.

I'll give some more comments later, got to go now. Good job everyone.

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30. h8dk97 - Invention# 4: Trills kick my butt every time. Fortunately Einaudi doesn’t use much of them. laugh You do an admirable job on yours, especially the ones that last a measure or more. Nicely played!


Thank you Monica. Now that I changed the fingering for the final RH ornament to 2&3 it sounds much better I think, wish I did it before the submission. I haven't tried any Einaudi but I'm sure it presents plenty of its own challenges.

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49. UnderConstruction - Debussy - Arabesque 1 I love this piece. It is my favorite Debussy. You have captured the ethereal nature of the piece very well. I like how your pace the piece, giving it a gentle, relaxing feel.


Thank you Doris. Really glad you liked the pace. To be completely honest, it was the fastest I could play at the time of submission without fumbling all over the place, so it was really a technical limitation dressed up as an interpretive choice! smile


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Monica,

I just noticed that it appears that after 11 years Mike White has taken a break. I didn't see any comments I hope he is OK.

Congratulations, I see you are the survivor. I hope you have many more!


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10. SwissMS/Doris - Qing Ge (Love Song)
Doris, very pretty. To me it has a touch of sadness, longing. You played it beautifully and, I think, your rendition reflects the intended feeling.

11. Jerzyk19 - What A Wonderful World
Well done! I like the arrangement, especially the ending, which goes some places I was not expecting. Excellent performance.

12. Peyton Higgison - Music For Meadows
Peyton, that was beautifully done. Great scenery, too, though I must say the video makes my back hurt and my nose run, remembering a job I had some 60 years ago, collecting those doggone bales.


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18. Lotus in Blue (Laura) - Sonatina in G: I. Moderato - Very beautifully played with lots of little details attended. Welcome back!

19. BSharp(C)yclist (Dan) - Sonatina F Major (Op. 168, No. 1, I) - Nice control on dynamics and articulations. There is a slight unevenness when you are playing the ascending fast run on the right hand. Your legato on the left hand is a nice contrast to the staccato on the right hand, nice control there.

21. Keselo - Morning Prayer (Op. 101 No. 2) - You played this well and with confidence. It has a nice tone and chords are played very cleanly. Good job!

23. sinophilia - River City Blues - A very relaxed, lazy Blues. The swing feel in the melody is very well played, mixing in some triplets, the whole piece really come together nicely. The quality of your recording is great! I couldn't get a single take without noises when I was trying to record it using my iPhone.

28. fishandchips - Morning Prayer - This sounds so serene, pure and expressive. The chords are very clean, and you did an excellent job bringing out the melody at the top voice. I enjoyed your piece very much. Thank you.

30. h8dk97 - Invention# 4 - This is also one of my favorite inventions, beside No. 8. But I have yet to start learning this because of the trills, especially the long one on the left hand. The balance of the voices is excellent, and you did a good job playing the trills! Everything sounds so clean and clear. Very well played!

33. Alexander Borro - In Church Op. 39 No. 24 - The chords are very clean. This piece is so moody, and serious. As opposed to Morning Prayer or Burgmuller's Ave Maria, which are similar block-chords compositions, they are sweet and hopeful. Op. 39 is in my to-learn list for 2018. Thank you for submitting this. I enjoyed your last submission of Morning Prayer too. smile

40. Michiyo-Fir (Jade) - 12 Variations on Ah! Vous dirai-je Maman K.265 - BRAVO! There are a lot of elements in these variations and you manage all of them well, though some fatigue can be heard from No. 10 onwards. The whole recording is 7 minutes long and you did it in 1 take (If I am right), that to me is a huge challenge stamina wise. I really enjoyed this. Thank you.

45. Kalos Piano - The Clear Stream - Good job bringing it up to tempo! I attempted to do so but it turned muddy quickly, so I know how difficult that can be. This sounds like a clear stream, with lots of strong current. It is very energetic.

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35. mel_lem/Melanie - Invention No. 8 in F Major, BWV 779 Beautifully played! I love your balance of the voices. This is one of my favorite inventions as well. You play it at a snappy tempo with very good articulation.
Thank you, Doris. Sometimes I think I have put too much staccato into those detached 8th notes. I think it is quite hard to control especially when the piece is in a fast tempo.

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07. earlofmar - Invention No 3 Never heard this but well played .

08. wouter79 - Album for the Young (after Schumann), "Italian song" Op. 39, No. 15 I idd think was a Schumann piece, sound similar to toy soldiers, nice articulation, maybe more staccato to this. Good listen. Well played.

09. Pianist685 (Constantin) - Etude Op. 45 No. 15, "Warrior's Song" Ahhh… drama.. Very Nicely played, impressive dynamics.

10. SwissMS/Doris - Qing Ge (Love Song) very well played , alludes to imagery of a Chinese pastoral setting . Relaxing.

11. Jerzyk19 - What A Wonderful World well done , haven’t heard this for a long time.. Enjoyed the piece and your playing,, Super piano by the way!

12. Peyton Higgison - Music For Meadows Impressive piano playing . The piece itself would go well as a soundtrack to a movie that expresses universal feeling akin to solitude, but not lost. Super footage from the drone and video choreography. Really well done.


13. Monica K. - La Nascita Delle Cose Segrete nice played beautiful piece that inspires reflection abbot one’s feelings and past. Really this sounds as if it should have lyrics, sung by a 90’s soft rock group. Enjoyed the listen.

14. Riddler (Ed) - I Hear a Rhapsody really iked this piece, sounds like the 40- 50’s piano lounge which I bet was a heck of a time to be able to experience, this captures it well .

15. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Danny Boy / Londonderry Air Very well recorded and played, very expressive.

16. zsolpyW - WInd of Change just very played and recorded, enjoyed the listening .

17. Sandalholme - Andante con moto from Piano Sonata No30 Articulate playing and detail . Nice listening experience.

18. Lotus in Blue (Laura) - Sonatina in G: I. Moderato Very well played and executed , very clean and crisp . Enjoyed the piano piece. Good work!

19. BSharp(C)yclist (Dan) - Sonatina F Major (Op. 168, No. 1, I) Again nice clear playing , good recording and enjoyable listening experience.

20. briangmoore - Monday Wow impressive nice authentic piano sound. Haunting piece, Enjoyable listen .

21. Keselo - Morning Prayer (Op. 101 No. 2) Hmm , contemplative , never heard this , thought it was by Tchaikovsky Enjoyed the listen

22. Roger Ransom - Ebb Tide Clearly a beautifully played piece and player. WOW! Enjoyed the piece. Thanks

23. sinophilia - River City Blues Nicely played, different, almost cabaret-ish. Enjoyed it well.

24. chopinoholic (Paul de Koning) - ballade no.1 opus 23 g minor [obviously a beginner right?...hey don’t worry… you’ll get there!!!] smile
very expressive and delicate playing when needed with this challenging piece.. Good choice. Dynamics were superb , I can really FEEL the dynamics . … quite a piece to master. a reverie of feeling .

25. Piano2138 - Chorale Be Content BWV 512 nice steady hand when playing,, even and exact.. Well done !


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13. Monica K. - La Nascita Delle Cose Segrete
Nicely played, Monica! And your Mason & Hamlin sounds so good!

14. Riddler (Ed) - I Hear a Rhapsody
I thoroughly enjoyed your performance, Ed! Those gorgeous jazz progressions just seem to flow so effortlessly from your fingertips. Really fine work.

15. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Danny Boy / Londonderry Air
Nice, simple little arrangement. I enjoyed it!


16. zsolpyW - WInd of Change
I enjoyed your performance. Despite the bold chordal arrangement, I thought the piece was emotional, and found my mind turning to sad thoughts while listening. I think you did a really good job with this. One technical note: I found the pedaling to be a little dirty at times. But I imagine it’s probably difficult to get really clean pedaling with the rapid chord changes in this piece. Well done!

17. Sandalholme - Andante con moto from Piano Sonata No30
So expertly and delicately played! And what a wonderful performance and piece to wake up to this morning. Bravo!

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Originally Posted by SwissMS
I like the slow, reverent feeling that you give the piece. This is an excellent job for 10 months of playing!

Thank you very much for your kind words!

Originally Posted by Alexander Borro
When I saw the title, but not the composer I was expecting the Tchaikovsky morning prayer, which I recall well since I did it for the last recital, but never heard this one before, a very pretty piece indeed, very nice touches and very well expressed as a prayer. Great stuff.

Thank you very much! I do personally prefer Tchaikovsky’s compositions for children (adult beginners), but they’re a bit too hard for me still.

Originally Posted by Monica K.
I wasn’t familiar with either this composer or the piece, but it’s lovely. So soft and sad. These slow quiet pieces are actually a lot harder to play than they look, because the littlest hesitations or skipped notes etc. are immediately obvious. I didn’t hear any of those (or the wrong note you claim is in there, but I don’t believe you! ). You do a great job of playing this piece with emotion and effective dynamics.

Thank you very much, Monica! I must admit that using the pedal can mask some minor shortcomings, but I made sure not to rely too much on doing so.

Originally Posted by Ralph L.
Very relaxing piece!

That it is, thank you for listening.

Originally Posted by mel_lem
You played this well and with confidence. It has a nice tone and chords are played very cleanly. Good job!

Thank you very much!

Originally Posted by piano primo 1
Hmm , contemplative , never heard this , thought it was by Tchaikovsky Enjoyed the listen

Gurlitt has written a lot of material for beginners. I see him as an introduction to the works of the likes of Tchaikovsky and Schumann. Thank you for listening!


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07. earlofmar - Invention No 3 You managed to bring out both voices very clearly, I think that’s very nicely done indeed. What peace of mind it must bring to be able to play Bach like this (after the countless hours of practice, of course!).

08. wouter79 - Album for the Young (after Schumann), "Italian song" Op. 39, No. 15 I can just about see a big Italian family sitting around a long table in their oversized garden, arms interlocked, singing this, while swaying from side to side. Very fun piece, and very well played.

09. Pianist685 (Constantin) - Etude Op. 45 No. 15, "Warrior's Song" What an amazing piece of music this is. If I had to describe it in one word, it would be ‘epic’. Truly something that’s suited for the warriors of the old days. Very well played!

10. SwissMS/Doris - Qing Ge (Love Song) That was just beautiful, I can’t find any other words for it. Wow.

11. Jerzyk19 - What A Wonderful World What a nice arrangement you’ve found. You brought out the singing voice very well here. I had to stop myself multiple times from singing along, very well played!

12. Peyton Higgison - Music For Meadows What can I say… Wow. Just wow. That was beautiful, both the music and the drone footage. Watching the field while hearing you play in the background simply enchanted me. Bravo.


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26. Newbert - All The Way I enjoyed your performance!

27. pines9876 - Snowy Sky nice debut welcome aboard.

28. fishandchips - Morning Prayer nice. I think earlier this year another member also played this piece. Your performance made me re-confirm this should be on my to-learn list smile

31. AZ_Astro - Pastorale from the Petit Trianon Suite Thank you for introducing this beautiful piece. Short and sweet!

32. Sam S - Prelude and Fugue in c minor from book 1 of the WTC Great job rebuilding the harpsichord, it looks so pretty, and felt like the right instrument for this piece too!

34. JoBert - Bagatelle (Opus 119, No. 1) Loved it!

38. PikaPianist - Melody in Ab Major nice little gem!

40. Michiyo-Fir (Jade) - 12 Variations on Ah! Vous dirai-je Maman K.265 didn't know this piece could have so many variances. Nice!

42. Schin L - Nocturne op.9 no.2 love this piece!

44. Richard (zrtf90) - Asturias (Leyenda) here's the richard. You played very well, no wonder ppl mixed you up with Richard Clayerdeman in our last recital:)

45. Kalos Piano - The Clear Stream wish I could play this piece when I approach the 2 year mark.

48. Piano_Primo - Chopin Nocturne Op. 9 No. 1 in B flat minor.Shortened Version, 2. Bach Choral BWV 514 quite nice performance, would be better without some recording distortion, volume too high?



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07. earlofmar - Invention No 3 I'm always so happy to see Bach in these recitals, love so much. All of your hard work on this piece paid off, I am totally impressed with 5! inventions.

08. wouter79 - Album for the Young (after Schumann), "Italian song" Op. 39, No. 15 What a fun piece to listen to, it sounded like you enjoyed playing it also, really enjoyed.

09. Pianist685 (Constantin) - Etude Op. 45 No. 15, "Warrior's Song" This one'll wake a gal right up! Powerful chords, played with authority.

10. SwissMS/Doris - Qing Ge (Love Song) I agree with whoever said this had a hint of melancholy - but then that is so often the case with love. You played this beautifully.

11. Jerzyk19 - What A Wonderful World Loved this arrangement, your playing was expressive - you handled the dynamics perfectly so make this really sing.

12. Peyton Higgison - Music For Meadows I just love this composition, wonderful! It made me want to go out to my "favorite meadow" and float away on the beauty of it all.


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Thanks everyone for the nice comments on my contribution! Sometimes I wonder if I'm making progress technically, but your comments cheer me up in that respect.

Originally Posted by Alexander Borro

if a little hot in the dynamics and attack of notes in the melody line at times lacking a bit of smoothness here and there


Yes, good that you point at it. I think it's because I practice with the lid closed and only open it for the recording. It's too loud to practice but it sounds better with the lid open. I did only a few recordings in one sitting, and I didn't notice the sharpness at that moment. The mp3 conversion seems to make this recording a litle harsher too.


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Beautiful recital, as always. Unfortunately, I sat this one out. I had a few pieces in mind to play, but some have been presented several times, and others were just not quite ready. Additionally, I’ve been bogged down at work. So, I decided to sit this one out.

Thanks everyone for putting this together. Here are selected comments for my first round of listening. I sometimes burn out and give just a quick sentence. As always, my comments come from the perspective of a newbie to this endeavor, so please take them in context!

01. SMA55 (Shepherd Abrams) - Consolation No. 3
I really love this piece. I have to place it on my short list of pieces to aspire to. Beautifully played. It reminds me of the Chopin Preludes, which I guess were more or less in the same genre. Interestingly, after the YouTube video finished, it went to your version of Chopin’s Nocturne in Bb min. Thanks for sharing.

02. MeganR - Sonatina in C Major Op 36 No 1
Nicely played, Megan. I have nightmares of my former teacher having me play this piece for months, as he tried me to get it faster and faster, without looking at my hands; the jumps kept throwing me. I eventually got it but will never play it again . Btw love the website and photos! They are outstanding!

03. MarieJ - The Crane Dance
That was beautiful, MarieJ, I really liked it! I had not heard it before.

04. Ralph L. - Auld Lang Syne (piano+keyboard)
Nice song and effects, Ralph.

05. Whizbang (Chris) - Gladiolus Rag
Very entertaining, liked watching you play this. Lot of jumps, hands are all over, back and forth, on the keys. That’s gotta take some practice!

06. blackjack1777 - "Fur Elise" Bagatelle No. 25 in A minor (WoO 59, Bia 515)
I too learned this piece this year, and also had no interest in it prior to learning it. I agree, the more you get to know it, with the timing, and the second and third sections, the more you get to like this piece! Like you, I’m glad I took it on. Nice job.

07. earlofmar - Invention No 3
Nicely played Bach Invention. I haven’t yet taken these on; stuck with Prelude in Cmaj .

08. wouter79 - Album for the Young (after Schumann), "Italian song" Op. 39, No. 15
Nice job. Doesn’t seem like a piece that would follow a divorce though.

09. Pianist685 (Constantin) - Etude Op. 45 No. 15, "Warrior's Song"
Fun song, big chords as you mentioned, reminds me of the Chopin Prelude in C min that I played recently for the recital.

10. SwissMS/Doris - Qing Ge (Love Song)
Beautifully played as always!

11. Jerzyk19 - What A Wonderful World
Nicely done. Reminds me of some Christmas movie I think…Or every Christmas movie maybe.

12. Peyton Higgison - Music For Meadows
Whata nice composition, and what a beautifully done video! Great theme. America at it’s finest.

13. Monica K. - La Nascita Delle Cose Segrete
Finally back to Einaudi! Sounded nice, thanks for sharing.

14. Riddler (Ed) - I Hear a Rhapsody
Very sweet song, thanks for sharing.

15. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Danny Boy / Londonderry Air
Very nice music. Thanks for sharing.

16. zsolpyW - WInd of Change
That was great! This song brings back some distant memory, or a sense of nostalgia. I had to look it up to remember when it was out. These musical ballads give me a higher respect for some of the hard rock bands. After listening, I noticed your video and watched it. It seems the timing btw sound and video is slightly off but it didn’t really detract at all. I love those VK arrangements; I might ask her for a few. I did email her once to ask about creating one for a song I love (Little Wing, SRV version), but she quoted 600 Euros, and I thought that was a little much.

Funny how you referred to the key of C maj as a difficult key, as when I first began, that was “home” and all the other keys were frightening. I guess you are referring to the jumps without black keys for stability.

Very well done, I really enjoyed listening and watching. Nice selection. From one rock fan to another :cheers:

17. Sandalholme - Andante con moto from Piano Sonata No30
Very nice, melodic piece.

18. Lotus in Blue (Laura) - Sonatina in G: I. Moderato
Very nice, Laura, well done.

19. BSharp(C)yclist (Dan) - Sonatina F Major (Op. 168, No. 1, I)
Well done, good job on the Sonatina.

20. briangmoore - Monday
Another Einaudi piece, beautiful, haunting. I also only discovered Einaudi here on the forum but haven’t attempted any as of yet.

21. Keselo - Morning Prayer (Op. 101 No. 2)
Very nice, slow, somewhat sad character. I liked it. Thanks for sharing.

22. Roger Ransom - Ebb Tide
Wow!

Need I say more?

That was awesome, loved the waves effect. The whole thing really. I can’t wait until I can play like this – I figure, I’ll have 65 years experience by the time I hit 109. Looking forward to it!

23. sinophilia - River City Blues
I like this tune, old time jazz. Well done.

24. chopinoholic (Paul de Koning) - ballade no.1 opus 23 g minor
Wow! What a performance! And what an ending! I’m not sure I have the stamina to play such a piece, let alone the skill. Beautifully done.

25. Piano2138 - Chorale Be Content BWV 512
Very nicely played. I generally avoid Bach – I’m afraid of him wink.

26. Newbert - All The Way
Nice, I live the slow jazzy pieces. Was this a lead sheet?

27. pines9876 - Snowy Sky
That was nice to listen to and very well done. 10 months? Wow! I’m sure the educational value of scoring then learning the piece, with new chords, was worth it. I felt your phrasing was nice, and you brought out the melody with the right hand nicely considering big 7th chords in the left. Great job!

28. fishandchips - Morning Prayer
Another nice one year performance . Great job.

29. Ganddalf - Impromptu Op.90 no.4
Thank you for the introduction to Schubert. I hope to play like this when I have 50 years’ worth of experience……It’ll have to be in the Royal Conservatory of Heaven though .

30. h8dk97 - Invention# 4
Good job on a tough polyrhythm piece. I’m not mentally up for the challenge to learn these Bach pieces yet.

31. AZ_Astro - Pastorale from the Petit Trianon Suite (to do)

32. Sam S - Prelude and Fugue in c minor from book 1 of the WTC
What a treat Sam! That Harpsichord is beautiful. I totally love and respect a great diy project; this one sounds the ultimate diy project for a pianist. Nice playing. Very very cool!

33. Alexander Borro - In Church Op. 39 No. 24
Very good. I love a nice somber, minor key piece (it is in a minor key, right?). I also have a Celviano, but haven’t played it much since I picked up a lightly preowned Boston upright. What a great and underrated instrument.

34. JoBert - Bagatelle (Opus 119, No. 1)
Thanks for the little Bagatelle!

35. mel_lem/Melanie - Invention No. 8 in F Major, BWV 779
Another invention! My head is spinning! They’re so confusing smile. Sounds good and the speed sounds fine also.

36. Moo smile - Songs without words op 30 no 1
I’m also working on some Songs Without Words pieces. Such nice melodies, the ones I’ve tried are perfect as they’re the right level; interesting and very musical without being outrageously hard.

37. SandTiger - Avenue D
Nice melody, enjoyed it. That was original? Great composition!

38. PikaPianist - Melody in Ab Major
Thanks for sharing this piece. I also like the French composers from the Romantic Era. Very good dynamics. Wow you have a lot of videos! I’m going to have play on your YouTube channel when I get some time.

39. lvojnovic - Prelude 1913
I love this little Ravel Prelude. I’ve toyed with it a few times but never really studied it to completion. It’s got some odd chords and changes. Beautifully played. I like the slow, melancholy pace. Great for two years in.

40. Michiyo-Fir (Jade) - 12 Variations on Ah! Vous dirai-je Maman K.265 (to do)

41. peterws - Novelette 1 in C
Cute story behind your take on this piece. I think it’s pretty good, but then what do I know? I’m glad you picked up the pace, though, because I have a bunch more to listen to lol.

42. Schin L - Nocturne op.9 no.2
Ah, among my favorites. I love those Chopin Nocturnes. I agree, the left hand could use a little softening, but then again who am I to say, I’m not there yet. Pretty good for three months in after a long 15 year break.

43. joangolfing - March BVW Anhang 122
Who are the Bach people everyone keeps playing? Joking of course, lot of Bach today. Good job here.

44. Richard (zrtf90) - Asturias (Leyenda)
Thank you as always for introducing us to something new. Sorry you had life events keep you away but glad you’re back. This piece is so advanced it’s basically above my comprehension level!

45. Kalos Piano - The Clear Stream
That was fun, and fast!

46. Fouyaut - Fugue op. 35 no.2
It does sound Bach-ish to me to. My friends wouldn’t have been fooled, though, they wouldn’t know Bach vs Mendelssohn vs Chopin vs. Ravel if they had the sheet music in front of them! Why in the world wouldn’t you teacher want to help you with a piece you like? Enjoy.

47. Ralphiano (Ralph) - La Poupee (The Doll)
Nice job on this, Ralph; hope the recovery continues.

48. Piano_Primo - Chopin Nocturne Op. 9 No. 1 in B flat minor. Shortened Version, 2. Bach Choral BWV 514
On the Nocturne, which I have not yet the skill to take on, the piece seemed accurate. I thought the touch could be a little softer, more delicate. The pace did not seem too slow to me, but I’d probably choose just a little less Rubato, especially in the beginning. As mentioned, however, I have not yet tackled this piece, but will be very happy and humbled when I can.

49. UnderConstruction - Debussy - Arabesque 1
Beautifully played, what a lovely piece. Great to slip in at the last minute.


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I have now listened to all submissions on my way to and from work. So, as I would do at a real life recital too, I'm now giving you all a big (virtual) round of applause. Wonderful! Well played, everyone!

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39 lvojnovic Prelude 1913

very nicely plaued. Evoked with colour and nice contrast in tone. I like this piece a lot.

40 Michiyo-Fir (Jade) 12 Variations on Ah! Vous dirai-je Maman K.265

I can only imagine how difficult it must this is to get it all clean and keep the flow at this tempo. You did a great job !

41 Peterws Novelette 1 in C

Whatever you say about you own struggles in the notes I enjoy the musicality as always Peter in your stuff, the flow is there it was a joy to listen to, a really nice piece/song ... Oh ... we are not supposed to use that term anymore according the forum ? ( first world problems ) Okay, I'll call it a performance then laugh

42 Schin L

Welcome to the recitals. Very enjoyable listen and good stuff, but as you say, the pedal seems to be stuck a bit here, apart from that, great job on your return.

43 joangolfing March BVW Anhang 122

A very enjoyable listen. I am not familair with this one.

44 Richard (zrtf90) Asturias (Leyenda)

Welcome back, missed you in the last recital and hope all is well, a masterful display. smile


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11 Jersyk19

Nice arrangement and sound! These things take time to work out, and implement. And your progress has been excellent.

12 Peyton Higgison

Great ideas here; a modern feel and nicely atmospheric. What's not to like?

13 Monika K

You achieve a great sound on this lovely piece. One of Einaudi's that appeals to me rather more than most.

14 Riddler Ed

This is a good jazz piece, and worthy of your talents! It motors along in fine style, once it gets out of the speed limit zone. Great stuff, Ed!

15 CASINITALY

An old favourite which you can play in several different ways. The gentle lilt you give it is super.

16 ZlolpyW

A difficult sounding piece which hasn't been heard by me before. IT's powerful and gentle where called for; you make a great job of this. But it must be hard on the keys . . .

17 Sandalholme

This music is so easy on the ears, very tuneful, harmonic and your piano sounds so well on it with it's pure ringing sound. That's down to you. My Grotrian never sounds quite like that!

18 Lotus in Blue

Lovely steady work on this; it flows well, Laura. Perhaps you can give it a lift in places and lower it in others so that it kinda breathes a tad more?

19 Bsharp Cyclist Dan

Darn nice work for a couple o' years Dan. The fun is evident, and this speaks nicely. Great finish!

Well guys; I'm not too clever on detailed comments compared to so many of you, but I enjoyed what I heard. Wonderful stuff. Have fun!


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Originally Posted by cmb13



33. Alexander Borro - In Church Op. 39 No. 24
Very good. I love a nice somber, minor key piece (it is in a minor key, right?). I also have a Celviano, but haven’t played it much since I picked up a lightly preowned Boston upright. What a great and underrated instrument.


Thank you, you are correct, it is in E minor.

As for the Celviano, it get's the job done in as far as I can express myself I find it is not holding me back so far after about 3.5 years. It's a nice enough keyboard considering how cheap it is. Sure, I can feel the difference between that and a higher quality more expensive action where some things are easier to do, but some others things are harder, but basically, I am used to it. I can't blame my tools, any deficiencies are of my own making smile


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18. Lotus in Blue (Laura) - Sonatina in G: I. Moderato
I used to play this piece, too, Laura. I enjoyed your performance of it. You played it very evenly and with a sure hand (or two, haha). Fine work.

19. BSharp(C)yclist (Dan) - Sonatina F Major (Op. 168, No. 1, I)
I love Diabelli Sonatinas. And I think you played the first movement from this one very well. A couple of rough spots here and there in keeping up to tempo. But nothing a little more practice won’t fix. Good job!

20. briangmoore - Monday
Such dedication on your part, to practice piano instead of eating lunch. I’m impressed! As for Einaudi, I’m not such a huge fan. But your passion for his music is evident in your playing. Well done!

21. Keselo - Morning Prayer (Op. 101 No. 2)
I think you are doing darned good for someone with only 10 months at the piano! Keep up the good work!


22. Roger Ransom - Ebb Tide
That was wonderful! The piece itself sounds so emotional and cinematic. I enjoyed it and your playing, Roger.

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13. Monica K. - La Nascita Delle Cose Segrete Very nice! You create a beautiful sound.

14. Riddler (Ed) - I Hear a Rhapsody Lovely piece, you play very well in this style.

15. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Danny Boy / Londonderry Air A creative take on an old favourite. Good job.

16. zsolpyW - WInd of Change Haven't heard this before! Nicely played, well done.

17. Sandalholme - Andante con moto from Piano Sonata No30 Lovely piece, your playing is very musical and expressive.

18. Lotus in Blue (Laura) - Sonatina in G: I. Moderato I love this! Accurate playing, and a well thought out description. You are clearly a creative interpreter of music.

19. BSharp(C)yclist (Dan) - Sonatina F Major (Op. 168, No. 1, I) I really liked this piece - I haven't heard it before! Definitely do this for your exam, sounds great.

20. briangmoore - Monday That's a Monday all right! Well done, good playing.

21. Keselo - Morning Prayer (Op. 101 No. 2) Sounds really nice! You certainly should be happy with it.
22. Roger Ransom - Ebb Tide You create a beautiful effect! Sounds very evocative.

23. sinophilia - River City Blues Sounds great! I love the feel of this piece.

24. chopinoholic (Paul de Koning) - ballade no.1 opus 23 g minor A challenging work for sure, well done on studying this lovely piece. Tempo at the start was slightly too slow for me, but honestly that is just a personal preference and not a criticism. Good job!

25. Piano2138 - Chorale Be Content BWV 512 I love Bach! Well played!

26. Newbert - All The Way Lovely! I liked this!

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20 BriangMoore

I think this music is made for old acoustics, they sound unique on them and contribute to the overall. well, you're a few years into it now so you'll be enjoying it that much more! Great job.

21 Keselo

There have been a few takes on this title, and all point in the same direction. Tranquility, peace, spirituality before the onset of the rat run that we call life.
So well handled; it does the intended job. Nice.

22 Roger Ransom

This sounds so well. Typifies a lot of similar music and seems to combine many songs into one. Starts off "Misty" . . goes into the BeeGees. . . .Very pleasant listen.

23 Sinophilia

I like this! Steady blues played well. There's plenty goin' on here and the atmosphere's all good. Piano sounds a treat!

24 Chopinoholic

Well, it sounds pretty good to me and there's plenty o' passion there where it counts. In the fight . . . .but the making up makes for a nice musical journey. As it does . . . wonderful!

25 Piano2138

Great progress. These pieces are super exercises, and indeed, much more than that. They evoke pictures of a bygone age; one our forebears inhabited with all it's joys and sorrows. Nice job.

26 Newbert

All the way . . . now, who sang that? Apart from Andy Williams . . . Nice arrangement, nice clear sound. Great job.

27 Pines 9876

Good sound here, and this tinkles along well imo. A teacher will give you a more structured approach and would be of benefit if you can agree on the music . . .

28 Fishandchips

Now then. Let me say your piano sounds really wonderful. Is that Pianoteq, or the native sound? A most pleasant listen and very well executed! You'll be really enjoying the journey now. Your music is so very sound. I'm listening to the Bach 48 no1 I think. (ave maria without the words)

29 Ganddalf

A complex piece which is quite emotional with a lovely bass melody. Dunno how you play these long pieces! You do change as you get older; you (I) lose patience and don't remember stuff quite as well. Some music is reflective and well worth the listen. This is one of them but it sounds so bloody hard!

30 H8DK97

Always up for a bit o' Bach. The foundation stone of so much of our modern music it can be hard work, but well worth it. Super job here. I've never felt confident playing Bach.

Cheers guys. Time for one . . . .


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10. SwissMS/Doris - Qing Ge (Love Song)
Doris, very pretty. To me it has a touch of sadness, longing. You played it beautifully and, I think, your rendition reflects the intended feeling

11. Jerzyk19 - What A Wonderful World
Well done! I like the arrangement, especially the ending, which goes some places I was not expecting. Excellent performance.

12. Peyton Higgison - Music For Meadows
Peyton, that was beautifully done. Great scenery, too, though I must say the video makes my back hurt and my nose run, remembering a job I had some 60 years ago, collecting those doggone bales.

13. Monica K. - La Nascita Delle Cose Segrete
Beautifully played, Monica, as usual. To me, this piece has a calm feeling, but still manages to suggest that something is happening, or about to happen. Excellent performance!

15. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Danny Boy / Londonderry Air
Cheryl, ah yes, it brings back memories from the - can you believe it? - 1940s, of my uncle the Irish Tenor, singing this song as my aunt banged away at the out of tune piano, and it moved us all. Some songs are eternal. Good choice, and fine playing, especially considering you did it in one take!

18. Lotus in Blue (Laura) - Sonatina in G: I. Moderato
Laura, welcome to the recitals. Well done. Played very much in the spirit of the formal dance, and executed flawlessly


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14. Riddler/Ed – I hear a rhapsody Ed, this was really surprising to me: we seem to like essentially the same songs for I have recorded this one as well. ...Mind if I post my recording in the December Piano Bar....


Oh, yes, please do.One of the most stimulating things about these recitals and piano bars is that we get to listen to each other's interpretations of the same piece of music. We learn from each other, always!

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11. Jerzyk19 - What A Wonderful World I enjoyed that very much - and I’m impressed that you handled such a lovely arrangement so well after just 14 months.

12. Peyton Higgison - Music For Meadows That was just delightful - a real treat! Thank you SO much.

13. Monica K. - La Nascita Delle Cose Segrete Fabulous, Monica, as always. I started tinkering with this quite early on, and thought I was close to submitting it one day … your performance has made me realise that I still have a long way to go!

14. Riddler (Ed) - I Hear a Rhapsody A piano bar rendition ‘par excellence’, Ed - I loved it!

15. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Danny Boy / Londonderry Air A long time favourite for me, too, and I could hear how much you were enjoying playing it - it showed. Very nice!


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16. zsolpyW - WInd of Change One of the marvellous things about the ABF Recitals is the amazing range of new music it introduces us to. I’d never heard of the Scorpions (I know - where have I been), so this piece was totally unfamiliar. Now I find out that ‘Wind of Change’ is one of the best-selling singles in the world. I thoroughly enjoyed your rendition.

17. Sandalholme - Andante con moto from Piano Sonata No30 Gentle, contemplative, beautifully played. Pure magic.


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18. Lotus in Blue (Laura) - 1st Movement Sonatina in G (Beethoven) This is really, really, really good. I like your precise playing. You have posted a perfect rendition, worthy of a professional pianist (only one very, very, very minor thing could be improved but it is not worth mentioning as long as you are not planning to reach a professional level - besides, I have not reached that level either). With such talent you do not need a piano teacher, indeed.

03. MarieJ - The crane dance You might know that I told in another thread that I do not like Einaudi because I find his pieces too long with regard to the musical ideas and content and, thus, boring. But the crane dance that does not suffer from this, and you have made me like an Einaudi piece! Congratulations. This piece does evoke a mysterious atmosphere, indeed, and has just the right length.

19. BSharp(C)yclist (Dan) - Sonatina F major (Diabelli) Fine, nice classical piece of music, very enjoyable. I like the runs you are playing. Your playing is so secure that you are never attempting to hide any difficulties with the pedal which you are not using for good reasons. A very good performance after just 2 years of piano lessons.

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23. sinophilia - River City Blues
Leisurely and confidently played. I liked it. Really good job!

24. chopinoholic (Paul de Koning) - ballade no.1 opus 23 g minor
Wow! What a technically demanding piece! And you’ve successfully met the challenges involved. You should be very proud of yourself. Bravo! Regarding the video, I think you did a great job of syncing the video and audio. I myself didn’t see them ever getting significantly out of sync, even toward the end. What video editing software did you use?

25. Piano2138 - Chorale Be Content BWV 512
Really good job! Especially considering that you’ve only been playing 19 months.

26. Newbert - All The Way
Ah, so very nice! I very much enjoyed the warm expression in your playing. Well done.

27. pines9876 - Snowy Sky
Pretty good, especially considering the short amount of time you’ve been playing as an adult. Only criticism: I didn’t find the ending very convincing. It lacked neither a sense of finality nor an effective cliff hanger effect (not sure which, if either, you were going for). Well done overall!

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13. Monica K. - La Nascita Delle Cose Segrete A lovely piece, really enjoyed listening, you play beautifully.

14. Riddler (Ed) - I Hear a Rhapsody This is great, and it totally took me down a rabbit hole because I just "had" to listen to the other versions also.

15. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Danny Boy / Londonderry Air A classic song and I really liked your arrangement. I am super impressed with just one take also!

16. zsolpyW - WInd of Change I love this song! You did a great job handling all those big dramatic chords.

17. Sandalholme - Andante con moto from Piano Sonata No30 This piece has a tender sweetness, and your trills are just wonderful.


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18. Lotus in Blue (Laura) - Sonatina in G: I. Moderato You really nailed that piece, Laura - well done! (I hope you plan to submit the next movement in a forthcoming Recital.)

19. BSharp(C)yclist (Dan) - Sonatina F Major (Op. 168, No. 1, I) I love it when someone says that a piece was fun to learn - why struggle with the piano otherwise? That was bright, confident - and fun to listen to. Thank you!

20. briangmoore - Monday Einaudi - what can I say! I love this one and I’ve spent many hours tinkering with it (with limited success so far). I can vouch for its level of difficulty: timing, phrasing, pace, the ringing treble, the triplets - all challenges for me. You didn’t seem to have the same problems! Thanks for your sensitive performance of one of my favourite pieces.


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Firstly, apologies for the typo: the Haydn movement is in fact from his C minor sonata, No33 in The Wien Urtext edition, No20 in Hoboken's catalogue. Apparently the first time Haydn used the term 'sonata' instead of divertimento and possibly his first or early foray into the 'Sturm und Drang' style. (not in that movement, but certainly in the first) Composed abut 1771. I'm still working on the finale, which is more than a little tricky.

Many thanks for all your comments, which are much appreciated.

SwissMS, MeganR and MonicaK: trills and dynamic range. Any skill I have with trills stems from playing the harpsichord and I remember hearing the late Christopher Hogwood practising just before a concert, (I was turnnig for him): all he did was warm his fingers with the ornamentation. Re dynamic range, this movement has no dynamic markings at all, but I'm glad you liked the limited range. I couldn't resist the single cresc followed by the sudden p - forerunner of Beethoven? - but not sure how authentic it is.

piano primo 1 and cmb13: glad you enjoyed it! Thank you.

SMA55: very happy to have made your start to the day more enjoyable. Thank you.

peterws: thank you for the compliment on the sound. I'm sure it's more down to Pianoteq. PM me if you would like the fxp. I fiddled a lot with a third mic etc and all sorts of little tweaks having upgraded to Pro for version 6.

pianoduck: thank you. "Musical" is all I ever hope to be.

MarieJ: I shall treasure your 'pure magic' words for ever. Many thanks.

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21. Keselo - Morning Prayer (Op. 101 No. 2) Only 10 months and you are playing this beautifully controlled piece? Well done!

22. Roger Ransom - Ebb Tide You certainly achieved your goal with rolling waves - what a special arrangement. I loved it.

23. sinophilia - River City Blues Relaxing and laid back - the pace was perfect. Absolutely a keeper!

24. chopinoholic (Paul de Koning) - ballade no.1 opus 23 g minor Wow - superb playing on a magnificent piano. (And congratulations on your first video - was that really captured with only your phone and a scrunchy?)

25. Piano2138 - Chorale Be Content BWV 512 Short and very sweet - you handled this with confidence and style. Nice!


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22. Roger Ransom - Ebb Tide
Roger, wow, well done. Love those massive waves of arpeggios, yielding gradually to a gentle swing style. Very fitting for this kind of romantic ballad. Great playing.

23. sinophilia - River City Blues
Sinophilia, great playing, very relaxed and bluesy. Yes, that stride target bombing is never easy, but it sure sounds good! In spite of your struggles, you sound like you’re a natural at it.

24. chopinoholic (Paul de Koning) - ballade no.1 opus 23 g minor
Paul, wow, I am in awe. This is a piece that I love with a passion, and you played it superbly. What an accomplishment! Color make green with envy.

26. Newbert - All The Way
Neubert, well done, I liked it. Lots of moving lines to keep it interesting. I'm going to have to check out some of those Kent Hewitt arrangements.


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28. fishandchips - Morning Prayer
Very nicely performed. Thanks for sharing it with us.

29. Ganddalf - Impromptu Op.90 no.4 Wow! That was very impressive. I very much enjoyed your performance. Schubert is among my favorite composers, too. And some of his Impromptus are right there at the top of the list. Bravo!

30. h8dk97 - Invention# 4
I think you did a good job with this, and I enjoyed listening to it. I felt like you were a little uncertain and hesitant about playing some of the notes, but your confidence will surely come as you continue to practice. Well done!

31. AZ_Astro - Pastorale from the Petit Trianon Suite
You did pretty darned well with this piece, considering that you only worked on it for 3 weeks. And it is indeed a pretty little countryish/folkish sounding composition. Nice choice and good work!

32. Sam S - Prelude and Fugue in c minor from book 1 of the WTC
How cool that you’ve restored your harpsichord to a working state! I’ve never had the opportunity Tom play one myself, but I’ve always wanted to—mostly because I wanted to get a sense for what its action feels like.

You did a good job with this Prelude and Fugue. Because you’ve already indicated that you play it better on piano, I won’t in any way critique it here, as I couldn’t possibly offer any harpsichord technical tips anyway. Well done on your restoration work and on your P and F work.

33. Alexander Borro - In Church Op. 39 No. 24
Very nice little piece, and I think you did a really nice job with it. I enjoyed your performance.

34. JoBert - Bagatelle (Opus 119, No. 1)
That was very well done. I enjoyed your performance, particularly your expression. Great work!

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31 AZ Astro

It is a pretty piece and sounds so full, so rich. Good sound, sound playing. Wish I could learn something in 3 weeks . . .well done!

32 Sam S

Superb instrument, Sam, and great playing! That sounded so good. The harpsichord must've swept all before it when it appeared. And yours is lovely.

33 Alexander Borro

Love these Tchaik works. They have such feeling. Your playing is spot on. I have that album too, and work from it now and again.

34 JoBert

Easy listening from you and your Kawai. You make it sound easy, flows lovely and lightly. Nice job.

35 Melanie

Super work here, lass. Who can fault this? Sounds suitably twangy and creates the right atmosphere. Lovely!

36 Moo

I enjoyed this. Right speed, nicely played. Sounds difficult; it's a;ways difficult to play a 6 minuter anyway! Well done.

37 Sand Tiger

I don't think anyone'll write a song about my street . . . stuffed full o' parked cars and busses trying to squeeze through . . .Nice recording and a good listen. Good work!

38 Pika Pianist

Such a lovely pro sound, performance. Looks good under the darkness; a bit of romantic charm.

39 Ivojnovic

Great song but sounds hard, and abstract-ish. You might well have to work out your own development on this, but you sound like it's coming together wonderfully.

40 Michiya-Fir

Typical of Mozart to pull about a child's song into a masterpiece. (It was probably the other way round) I'm currently doing K331 which is similar, but I'm pulling that about too. The humour shines through, and it's a great change from the norm in classical circles.
Splendid job on this; the loud bits charge through, and the more languid parts are so captivating. It can be bloody hard though! Splendid!

41 Peterws

Do I detect a bit o' cheating here, ole lad?? You'll not get through yer exam doin' that, you know . . . .(sharp end o' the ruler wacks knucles)

Great work, guys. Been a pleasure to listen to y'all as usual!


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42 Schin L

Good for you, man! This doesn't sound over your head; time will allow you to pull it around to best advantage like the pros . . . . .forget the metronome approach; the beat is variable according to your wishes . . .Great stuff; see you around in another 3 months!

43 joan golfing

How does anyone play anything without looking at the notes? Several bridges too far from me. Heck, ya did well! Great effort.

44 Richard

This sounds like a fine performance and recording. So hard to get 'em both blob on, just don't expect tech critique from me! Unusual but nice, man. How's that?? smile

45 Kalos Piano

What a sound! And what playing! 'Nuff said; Excellent. Irrespective of the time you spent learning.

46 Fouyaut

Can't understand your teacher; this is truly lovely lovely; the tune, the playing and the recording which makes me want an acoustic.

47 Ralphiano

Good work here Ralph. You've taught yourself well! Like to hear a longer one next time . . . .

48 Piano Primo

This isn't easy; you are making a good stab at this, and time will bring things along as it does. I liked particularly the Bach Chorale.

49 Underconstruction

Great tune; full of little bite sized challenges. You are playing well; very deliberately and very precisely too. So, you will play it as fast and expressive as you like very shortly. I still trip up on this and could never play it in public. Nice, nice!

Thanks to The Team for putting this on. Your work has been invaluable to us all. Great recital. I'm nearly done for the next one too!


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05. Whizbang (Chris) - Gladiolus Rag

Holy cow, Whizbang...love your playing!! Gladioulous is a tough rag, and WAY over my head, but you played it awesome... I have no technical feedback (I'm not a theorist like you are), but just loved your tempo and dynamics. You did this piece great justice, man. It reminded me a lot of Rifkin's version.....not too fast. I absolutely hate fast versions of this piece...it's so elegant sounding that it has to be slow to fully enjoy the musicality, and that's exactly what you did....this is probably my favorite version on YouTube.. I couldn't stand BachScholar's version..lol BRAVO!

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18. Lotus in Blue (Laura) - Sonatina in G: I. Moderato I learned this Sonatina also and really enjoyed it. You did a great job with it, enjoy your time with the second movement also!

19. BSharp(C)yclist (Dan) - Sonatina F Major (Op. 168, No. 1, I) This is a fun piece! This is probably heresy but there's a phrase in this that reminds me of that Camp Grenada song from the sixties.

20. briangmoore - Monday Indeed, most dedicated to skip lunch! Really enjoyed listening, your enjoyment of the piece shines through.

21. Keselo - Morning Prayer (Op. 101 No. 2) What a beautiful piece! Your playing was so expressive. I'm also rather tempted to add this one to the "to do" list.

22. Roger Ransom - Ebb Tide Holy moly, this is great! Loved loved loved this piece.

23. sinophilia - River City Blues Really enjoyed your easy relaxed playing on this piece, this one also sent me on a little journey through other River Cities and blues bands. So much fun. On a side note, way back in the day, I used to go to a music club in the next town over called River City.

24. chopinoholic (Paul de Koning) - ballade no.1 opus 23 g minor Beautiful, impressive, I got lost listening so I had to listen again.

25. Piano2138 - Chorale Be Content BWV 512 Well done, this is one of my favorite pieces from the Notebook.


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35. mel_lem/Melanie - Invention No. 8 in F Major, BWV 779
Wow! You played that so perfectly. Great job!

36. Moo smile - Songs without words op 30 no 1
You did a good job with this piece. You’ve managed to bring out the melody pretty well in most of it. (I’m especially aware of some of the challenges involved in learning this piece, as I myself learned it a little while ago, too.) I personally prefer hearing this piece at a somewhat faster tempo, but perhaps your current slower tempo is temporary, due to it being early in your learning process. At any rate, you’ve done good work!

37. SandTiger - Avenue D Your interest in composing is respect worthy. Nice work.

38. PikaPianist - Melody in Ab Major
Charming little piece, played expertly and with great expression. Bravo!

39. lvojnovic - Prelude 1913
Very nice performance of a piece with which I was unfamiliar but that I really liked. Thanks for sharing.

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28. fishandchips - Morning Prayer
Fishandchips, wonderfully expressive, with a contemplative, reflective feeling. Beautiful!

29. Ganddalf - Impromptu Op.90 no.4
Ganddalf, that was gorgeous. Bored? No way, I loved every minute of it and then some. A remarkable performance in every way.

32. Sam S - Prelude and Fugue in c minor from book 1 of the WTC
Sam, that was both impressive and enjoyable. They are always preaching to us that if we want to develop hand independence, we should practice Bach, and when I watch you playing this piece I can see why. Great work! Quite an accomplishment – renovating that harpsichord.

33. Alexander Borro - In Church Op. 39 No. 24
Alexander, a solid performance, well played and recorded. I feel as if I were indeed in church!

34. JoBert - Bagatelle (Opus 119, No. 1)
Jobert, nicely done, you play with a light touch that is just perfect for this kind of music.


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28. fishandchips - Morning Prayer
Wonderfully played, great progress for 1 year!

29. Ganddalf - Impromptu Op.90 no.4
Love Schubert, glad you chose something "famous" this time around. Guess there are reasons why certain pieces become very popular / famous, usually for good attributes! Always good to hear something familiar, especially when very well played. Thank you Ganddalf.

32. Sam S - Prelude and Fugue in c minor from book 1 of the WTC
Love the sound of the harpsichord! Obviously a lot of care and attention was put into this restoration, congratulations! Good to have a historically accurate performance. smile

33. Alexander Borro - In Church Op. 39 No. 24
Thanks for sharing another gem! Having been thinking of teaching my partner a few pieces, and these pieces from the Album for the Young are great short term targets to work towards and musically rewarding!

36. Moo smile - Songs without words op 30 no 1
Beautiful! Your instrument has a very special character to it, and it works well with this piece. Whats the piano you are playing on?

38. PikaPianist - Melody in Ab Major
As always, a brilliant performance! Special thank you for sharing this beautiful piece, after the first few bars, I opened up my web browser and started looking for it on IMSLP. Its a great discovery!

42. Schin L - Nocturne op.9 no.2
Good on you for attempting this 3 month after returning! You got the essence, and indeed, would lay off the pedal a lot more, as for the left hand, what helped when I was doodling around with this piece was to practice playing the left hand "soft-loud-soft, soft-loud-soft, etc" with the triplets. And if all else fails, change the "touch" setting on your keyboard! smile


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1. SMA55- I always love this piece. You really do a great job with it. I agree totally with what you say about first recordings. mistakes and all, they are more often than not the most honest and emotional. When you keep going trying for the "perfect recording" you can end up with a sterile performance. I found this recording very moving.

2. MeganR- That was a delightful listen! It sounds like you had fun playing it. (which should be the point right?)

4. Ralf L- I guess I'll repeat what I said above for Megan, it sounds like you had fun playing. I remember when I got my first keyboard and I went to town with all the sounds. It's endless.

5. Whizbang- Dang, you are really good at this stuff!! smile You play this like you have done it your whole life. I'm not a huge ragtime fan but I could listen to and watch you play all day.


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After a busy weekend, I finally had some time to get started on these treats!

First a few thank yous to :
Whizbang, Pianist685, SwissMs, MonicaK, Alexander (I agree, if you can't do it in one or two takes, you're not ready!) Mel lem, (I will have to check out Bill Evan's version, thanks for mentioning it!) Peyton (Sorry it's sad for you - I find it hopeful, a sad parting, but optimisic!), Piano primo 1, SMA55, cmb13, peterws, pianoduck, Riddler (Wow - Ed, sounds like music has been a big part of your family life , all your life - what great memories!) MarieJ, (I am especially glad you felt that I was enjoying myself, because.... I REALLY was!) Megan R.

The comments I get from my fellow ABFers always mean a lot to me. It's such a pleasure to make it through the red dot and do something that folks can actually enjoy and have fun listening too! Thank you everyone!

Now, on to what I enjoyed listening to this morning!

01. SMA55 (Shepherd Abrams) - Consolation No. 3 (to do)
Shepherd, this is lovely. I'm not very familiar with the Consolations, so any wee flubs just floated by me. You really caught the mood of this piece and played it beautifully, it flowed like a gentle waterfall from your fingergtips. What a simply splendid way to start the recital.

02. MeganR - Sonatina in C Major Op 36 No 1 Lovely performance Megan! I'd much rather hear a clean crisp version than one that is rushed and messy - you did a great job on this sonatina, (which I have to confess is one of my favourites). You were very faithful to the style, and the spirit of the piece- Bravissima!

03. MarieJ - The Crane Dance You've clearly got the Einaudi "bug" smile There's great flowing smoothness in your performance of this evocative piece.

04. Ralph L. - Auld Lang Syne (piano+keyboard) ah, that's good fun! I always feel misty-eyed when I hear this piece. I liked your "band"! Bravo!

05. Whizbang (Chris) - Gladiolus Rag I may have heard this in the Joplin recital, but I honestly don't remember--- in anyevent, WOW! - I love the delicate aspects of this rag that contrast with the bolder parts and the overall balance. This is bright and cheery and so evocative of the period and genre - and it has an elegance that shows Joplin's development in composition. Absolutely delightful!

06. blackjack1777 - "Fur Elise" Bagatelle No. 25 in A minor (WoO 59, Bia 515) It's lovely to hear this little gem played so well. It very often gets mistreated, but you treated it kindly and brought out it's best elements. Good work on the dynamics and bringing out both the playfulness and the drama. I really enjoyed listening to your performance.

07. earlofmar - Invention No 3 I have yet to try an Invention - I love how the difference voices weave in and out of each other and I can hear how tricky it has to be to manage them. Well done indeed!

09. Pianist685 (Constantin) - Etude Op. 45 No. 15, "Warrior's Song" Heller wrote some really great music - and he's so much fun to play. This was beautifully bombastic and dramatic. Very exciting music played with gusto - I loved it!

10. SwissMS/Doris - Qing Ge (Love Song) How lovely to year your Bosie again! Your skills are in constant development Doris, every time I hear you play there is more refinement and elegance, you're able to do so much and add nuances to every aspect of your playing, it is really a joy to listen to anything you play. This piece was charming - quite romantic (even without looking at the title one might guess it is a love song!) - Heart stirring music to be sure. Complimenti!

11. Jerzyk19 - What A Wonderful World This is another old favourite - and you're definitely on the right track with your piano work. Nicely balanced, smooth, and with all the flavour this piece asks for. If I had been able to play this well at 14 months, I'd have been quite proud of myself- I hope you are!

12. Peyton Higgison - Music For Meadows A drone - what a cool addition to your performance presenation! Some of your shots made me think of the Italian photographer Franco Fontana, who really likes to play with light and lines. We live in an agricultural belt and see similar scenes around us but the colours are very very different. The music of course is the main thing though -- and it was really wonderful. Soothing, with a tranquility that would match the dawn (rather than day's end I think) - optimistic, joyful, full of contentment and promise for the new day.

13. Monica K. - La Nascita Delle Cose Segrete This reminds me of another piece, the name of which is hovering at the edge of my memory....but it is one I know I love..... I will go mad until I remember what it is! --- As always, you play these pieces with a fluency and fluidity that respects the style and intentions of the composer. This is a very soothing piece - and I have to say I think this might be the one I like best out of all the Einaudi's I've heard. There's a conversation going on in this piece and it's the first time I've really felt drawn to an Einaudi -wow. You get an extra round of applause from me!

14. Riddler (Ed) - I Hear a Rhapsody Hi Ed, I really liked this piece! I have just started learing to use lead sheets so I have an even greater appreciation for your performance here! This piece is really representative of its era, (one that I am particularly fond of) - I felt like kicking back with a peaty scotch to enjoy this --- but it's a bit early in the day for that. Most enjoyable indeed!


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Thanks to Monica, Alexander Borro, Peterws, Peyton, Ralph L., AZ Astro, UnderConstruction, Marie J, SMA55, mel_lem, shinl, pianoduck, Riddler, piano primo 1,keselo, Megan R, cmb13, and Casinitaly for your kind comments! Also thanks to all of the performers for bringing together some great listening and introducing me to new music!

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40. Michiyo-Fir (Jade) - 12 Variations on Ah! Vous dirai-je Maman K.265
Wow! I remember tackling these variations in my first year of lessons. I distinctly remember feeling that these were diffficult to play, especially one after another. Now, 2 1/2 years later, listening to you play them, I STILL think they sound difficult! But you did a great job! I’m impressed!

41. peterws - Novelette 1 in C
Wonderful playing, Peter! This does not at all sound like an easy piece, so I can understand why you would have struggled with this in the past. But you certainly seem to have it under control now. Well done!

42. Schin L - Nocturne op.9 no.2
Yes, indeed. Recording oneself for the first time can truly be an eye-opening experience. But wait until the first time you videotape yourself—that may add insult to injury. It sure did for me.
With regards to your performance of this Nocturne, I think you are well on your way. You did a great job playing the right notes. That’s half the battle. And you are already aware that your left hand is playing too heavily and that your pedaling needs to be cleaner. Once you get your left hand to play more lightly and you clean up your pedaling, you can try adding some rubato judiciously to the right hand, in order to give this piece a daintier and freer feel. These will both do wonders for your performance. But good work so far!

43. joangolfing - March BVW Anhang 122
You don’t say how long you’ve been playing. So it’s difficult to gauge the kind of constructive feedback to give. But I enjoyed listening to your performance. Thanks for sharing it with us.

44. Richard (zrtf90) - Asturias (Leyenda)
Really interesting and enjoyable piece. And you play it so well! It does indeed sound difficult, but my guess is that it’s probably a little less difficult to play on guitar than it is on piano. Is this true? At any rate, wonderful job!

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26. Newbert - All The Way Really enjoyed this - I have to admit I didn't know the original classic, so these "fresh ears" really appreciated.

27. pines9876 - Snowy Sky A lovely light touch, and I'm impressed at your work in scoring it yourself!

28. fishandchips - Morning Prayer Wonderfully expressive, reverent and meditative.

29. Ganddalf - Impromptu Op.90 no.4 Count me as another who hasn't explored Schubert, you've inspired me! Beautifully played.

30. h8dk97 - Invention# 4 Well done, I adore Bach and loved listening to this invention. Your hard work shows.

31. AZ_Astro - Pastorale from the Petit Trianon Suite This piece is super, I'm also impressed that you did so well after only 3 weeks. I did follow your link and ended up listening to the whole suite, appreciate the introduction to this work.

32. Sam S - Prelude and Fugue in c minor from book 1 of the WTC Wow, oh wow, that is great, the Bach, the playing, the video, the instrument! Just everything.

33. Alexander Borro - In Church Op. 39 No. 24 Agreed, this is another gem, and beautifully played.


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04. Ralph L. - Auld Lang Syne (piano+keyboard)
I apologize for the delay, but I wasn’t sure about what I wanted to say about this submission. You see, I’m not a big fan of merely doubling other instruments with piano, without interactive harmonies between the instruments. But I can certainly appreciate the effort that you put into this arrangement. Good job!

45. Kalos Piano - The Clear Stream
Short but sweet, played very well. Good work!

46. Fouyaut - Fugue op. 35 no.2
Very smoothly and evenly played. Well done!

47. Ralphiano (Ralph) - La Poupee (The Doll)
Another short but sweet one. And you did very well with this, Ralph—even without considering your having been away from the piano, due to injuries resulting from a crash. So you you did great, especially considering your accident! Hope you continue on the path to full recovery.

48. Piano_Primo - Chopin Nocturne Op. 9 No. 1 in B flat minor.Shortened Version, 2. Bach Choral BWV 514
You’ve undertaken a somewhat difficult piece in the Bb Minor Nocturne. I’m not sure of your piano experience level, as your notes say merely “8” (is that months or years?). So it’s difficult to know the kind of feedback that might be appropriate here. But I appreciate the effort you’ve made with this piece. Keep up the good work!

49. UnderConstruction - Debussy - Arabesque 1
Very nicely played! I realize that you haven’t yet finished preparing this piece but decided to submit it for this recital anyway. But I can already imagine what the final product will be, based on where you are now. And it’s going to get even better! Excellent work on a piece that is not at all easy. Oh, and congratulations on your new piano. It sounds great!

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1. SMA55 (Shepherd Abrams) - Consolation No. 3
Very well played. I liked to hear it a lot.

4. Ralph L. - Auld Lang Syne (piano+keyboard)
Good work! My only advice is trying to keep your left wrist up, like your right hand.
Keep working

5. Whizbang (Chris) - Gladiolus Rag
Seams to be a tricky piece! Very good performance, technically and interpretation.

7. earlofmar - Invention No 3
I think you have achieved a good level of the piece. Bach has very challenges, having to follow 2 melodies at a time for instance.

11. Jerzyk19 - What A Wonderful World
Great job in 14 months! Very nice interpretation. I really like the song.

12. Peyton Higgison - Music For Meadows
A lot of work in the video production! I liked the piece too, very nice.

24. chopinoholic (Paul de Koning) - ballade no.1 opus 23 g minor
Big chalenge!!!!! I was very impressed, you achieved a very high level in this master piece. Enjoyable for sure.
Congratulation!!

42 Schin L - Nocturne op.9 no.2
Something similar happened to me some years ago, I started playing again after 20 years. But then I discovered the magic of Chopin.
The piece is ok, but as you said, you definitely need more control of the pedal smile
Welcome back to the piano!


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26. Newbert - All The Way That was a great arrangement of a lovely old standard - I really enjoyed your performance!

27. pines9876 - Snowy Sky Many reasons to be impressed - a pleasing composition, your light touch, the fact that you are only 10 months into your piano journey, AND that you scored the music yourself! I’d be more than just ‘pretty happy’ with that. Welcome to the Recitals!

28. fishandchips - Morning Prayer Deep, rich chords - well played and most enjoyable. I’d have loved it to continue.

29. Ganddalf - Impromptu Op.90 no.4 Oh, Gandalf, I’m so glad you ‘violated your principles’ to choose this one, to give us seven minutes of pure delight. Thank you!

30. h8dk97 - Invention# 4 Those Bach inventions look like an eye-watering challenge to me - impressive playing, particularly for just 2 years. Well done.


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36. Moo smile - Songs without words op 30 no 1
Moo, very well done. You play this with a song-like quality, which is very appropriate. Very musical, very lyrical. Good Job.

39. lvojnovic - Prelude 1913
lvojnovic, very interesting. It draws me in but always leaves something unresolved, keeping me in suspense. You play with real sensitivity and a light touch. Well done.

41. peterws - Novelette 1 in C
Peter it seems like a challenging piece to perform, lots of notes, all over the place! Once again, you made real music out of it. Very listenable

42. Schin L - Nocturne op.9 no.2
Shin L. Yes, if there's one thing that will bring a person back to the piano, it is Chopin! After a 15-year hiatus, you are back in the groove! I too love this piece, and I enjoyed your performance greatly.

44. Richard (zrtf90) - Asturias (Leyenda)
Richard, wow that was exciting! It seems like a natural piece for guitar, but also sounds great on the piano. It does remind me a lot of Recuerdos de la Alhambra. Great playing.


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31. AZ_Astro - Pastorale from the Petit Trianon Suite I really enjoyed the way you played that piece. (I also had fun watching the video and reading the score along with you.) Nice work!

32. Sam S - Prelude and Fugue in c minor from book 1 of the WTC Wow, Sam - what an achievement - that is one fabulous instrument. It must be giving you incredible satisfaction. The performance was pretty fabulous too - smile Bravo!

33. Alexander Borro - In Church Op. 39 No. 24 That was beautiful - a rather haunting piece, very sensitively played.

34. JoBert - Bagatelle (Opus 119, No. 1) An absolute delight - enchanting. Thank you!


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Thanks for the feedback on my submission ,
To answer a few or more questions in the feedback comments :


Monica K. Ralph L., Lotus in Blue, SMA55, SwissMS, cmb13, peterws …thank you very much for your kind comments, they are motivating and I use these like comments when I am discouraged.

Monica K. “… Yes, I made the stand myself, it needs reinforced after a couple years …

Ralph L. new laptop of about 6 mos and I’m not used to the sound setup or sound card yet .

SMA55 8 seconds… Months or years ? you mean people play that long?…!!!! cool smile

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So, at the least , I feel like I’m moving ahead with piano but by being self taught my progress is somewhat defined in my own terms, for good or bad.
But for those who feel maybe discouraged, trying a difficult piece may be helpful to a point where you can move back to your level with the knowledge that you achieved harder pieces though presently, it’s not consistent ,but could be one day. Or, be comfortable at your skill level, no matter.
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26. Newbert - All The Way Enjoyable Pice that was soothing and well played, .Coulda been a soundtrack .. for Spiderman! 4 

27. pines9876 - Snowy Sky never heard this well played , and Excellent palying even more so for 10 months. Great self scoring of the piece though I never heard the original.

28. fishandchips - Morning Prayer I love this song, and so very well played . Great acoustic authentic piano sound

29. Ganddalf - Impromptu Op.90 no.4 a delicate, acrobatic piece and very well played. The dynamics are steady and even…. but played out well.

30. h8dk97 - Invention# 4 very well played. Enjoyed the listen

31. AZ_Astro - Pastorale from the Petit Trianon Suite what a charming piece, and well played.

32. Sam S - Prelude and Fugue in c minor from book 1 of the WTC I must of lived near harpsichords in a past life…. I liked this a-lot. Though, somewhat a redundant motif to the extreme…it was the instrument that made this …, well played .

33. Alexander Borro - In Church Op. 39 No. 24 Quite somber and well played .

34. JoBert - Bagatelle (Opus 119, No. 1) beautiful dynamics and playing enjoyable listen. Do a “big” bagatelle next time 

35. mel_lem/Melanie - Invention No. 8 in F Major, BWV 779 This really a well played piece and a very good choice , I like it a lot. Well done TY.

36. Moo smile - Songs without words op 30 no 1 Nice and steadily played. Enjoyed it …

37. SandTiger - Avenue D Charming and well done .

38. PikaPianist - Melody in Ab Major Nice hint of sadness to this , well played and enjoyable listen .

39. lvojnovic - Prelude 1913 I haven’t heard the original ,but if this was a painting it’d be maybe new age abstract. Cool piece and different TY

40. Michiyo-Fir (Jade) - 12 Variations on Ah! Vous dirai-je Maman K.265 see what can be done with the simplest of tunes , even nursery rhymes! Ahh, just call it MO’s Art.
Cool, and well played.

41. peterws - Novelette 1 in C quite a sophisticated piece and well played enjoyed the listen . Moving…

42. Schin L - Nocturne op.9 no.2 nice and steady, beautifully played . Maybe- a little lighter on the pedal .

43. joangolfing - March BVW Anhang 122 well done within the criteria you mentioned of not looking at the keys –(why?). steady and smooth.

44. Richard (zrtf90) - Asturias (Leyenda) WOW !!!, impressive playing and moving piece. Great recording and piano sound. BTW what is your established practice routine,?- in the recital “excerpt” you mentioned.
Anyway cool piece.

45. Kalos Piano - The Clear Stream Gee, impressive well played difficult , tempo to maintain , but very well executed.

46. Fouyaut - Fugue op. 35 no.2 Well played ,asteady and nice even dynamics . TY

47. Ralphiano (Ralph) - La Poupee (The Doll) very well played and the purpose you stated in the excerpt even better, I do think playing difficult passages enhances learning the difficult pieces you may want to play in the future. Well done enjoyed this quick piece TY

48. Piano_Primo - Chopin Nocturne Op. 9 No. 1 in B flat minor.Shortened Version, 2. Bach Choral BWV 514 ME_ well beyond my or most self taught pianists but …ok….. Need to work on sight reading and get back to basics ….

49. UnderConstruction - Debussy - Arabesque 1 Oh WOW beautifully played a, dynamics steady and enjoyable professional sounding as far as recording. TY



Great Recital , I appreciate being able to listen and also take part in.....so, until next Feb ....


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36. Moo smile - Songs without words op 30 no 1
Beautiful! Your instrument has a very special character to it, and it works well with this piece. Whats the piano you are playing on?


I dont know what piano it is. The piano is made by samick and it was bought 25 years ago. Not an expensive brand but I'm glad you like it. I dont own my own piano, I play on an electric piano made by roland.

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14. Riddler- I mean this as a total complement...You sound like a pro. Seriously. Just so smooth and easy. What a great listen.

21. Keselo- Very nicely played (and felt). Well done. I enjoyed listening and watching too.


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38. PikaPianist - Melody in Ab Major
PikaPianist, what a beautiful, melodic piece. It certainly put you through some paces, with rapid runs, two handed arpeggios, left-handed melody, etc. In the end it all came at very musical and enjoyable. Well done.

45. Kalos Piano - The Clear Stream
Indeed, that piece has the feel of running water, thanks in part to the fact that you are able to keep up the pace. Very musical playing. Well done.

49. UnderConstruction - Debussy - Arabesque 1
UnderConstruction, if there were ghost notes, my ear filled them in; and if there were hesitations, I took them as interpretations. It all sounded wonderful to me. A fabulous accomplishment of a difficult piece. Well done.


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I had the pleasure of sitting down for a second round this morning!


16. zsolpyW - WInd of Change What a great piece of music! I watched your video and the movement around the keyboard is really dramatic! I enjoyed listening (and watching) tremendously. I felt my stress melting away as I listened. That was a fabulous performance - thank you so much for sharing it!

17. Sandalholme - Andante con moto from Piano Sonata No30 Another new-to-me piece. I have heard a lot of Haydn but not this one- and I think it is absolutely lovely. You played it beautifully. Very tranquil, soothing, and as you said - meditative. Charming performance!

18. Lotus in Blue (Laura) - Sonatina in G: I. Moderato This is a really sweet piece, and you really did it justice. If you loved learning the first movement you'll be enchanted with the Rondo! I can't wait to hear you play it!

19. BSharp(C)yclist (Dan) - Sonatina F Major (Op. 168, No. 1, I) Ah, well done Dan! I know exactly the kind of work you have to put in to pull this off so smoothly. It was delightful to listen to you (and watch you) - I'd love to hear you play the other movements too! If you play this well at your exam you're home safe! Bravo!

20. briangmoore - Monday I agree with you that one of the wonderful things about these recitals is hearing "new to you" music, and hearing other adult beginners performing them. It's exciting, and inspirational. You've definitely been bitten by the Einaudi bug, and it is clear you're having a wonderful time with the music. You're playing faithfully to the style with lovely dynamics. Well done!


21. Keselo - Morning Prayer (Op. 101 No. 2) I saw Morning Prayer and thought it was one I knew but then I realized it was Gurlitt - he really wrote some wonderful compositions. Your handling of this piece was faithful to the spirit of a morning prayer to the dawning of a new day - gentle, uplifting, pensive. Very soothing indeed. I enjoyed listening.

22. Roger Ransom - Ebb Tide Loved your rolling waves, just loved them! What a dreamy romantic piece! I would have loved to watch you playing this - I think it would be as mesmerizing as watching actual waves at the seashore. Greatly enjoyable performance - my compliments to you!

23. sinophilia - River City Blues This was great! You look so comfortable playing and so relaxed. You're really dealing well with the red dot jitters - it looks like you don't have any at all. I really liked this piece and the panache with which you played it! Complimenti davvero!


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Thank you Cheryl, and all the others who kindly commented on my piece, I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

I think I was in a blessed state that Sunday because I got good recordings of two other pieces as well. It hasn't happened again so far laugh! I still have the jitters most of the time, but something is definitely changing.


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Originally Posted by sinophilia
Thank you Cheryl, and all the others who kindly commented on my piece, I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

I think I was in a blessed state that Sunday because I got good recordings of two other pieces as well. It hasn't happened again so far laugh! I still have the jitters most of the time, but something is definitely changing.


Feeling that change taking place is so exciting! I'm very happy for you!


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35. mel_lem/Melanie - Invention No. 8 in F Major, BWV 779 What can I say?! That was very, very, very good!

36. Moo smile - Songs without words op 30 no 1 A most enjoyable listen. I particularly liked the way you brought out the melody.

37. SandTiger - Avenue D I found your earlier rendition in the Index, to compare the two original compositions. The later version is richer, more polished - and nicely played. Congratulations!

38. PikaPianist - Melody in Ab Major You are right - this piece is a true gem. And your beautiful playing makes it really sparkle. Just wonderful.


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I’ve especially enjoyed this recital! Thank you to everyone who participated in it, and of course to those individuals who selflessly gave of their time to organize it. Finally, thank you to everyone who listened to my own submission. Also there are a few more individuals who I haven’t yet thanked since my last thank you note, those who kindly offered words of encouragement or constructive criticism to me. They are: mel_lem, schinl, pianoduck, cmb13, Peyton, casinitaly, and khopin. Thank you all!

cmb13—Yes, Liszt’s Consolation No.3 does indeed sound like Chopin. Most people say it sounds like it’s in the style of Chopin’s Nocturnes, particularly the Nocturne in Db Major (Opus 27 No. 2). The similarity between the two works has been interpreted by many as Liszt paying homage to Chopin.

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Thank you for your feedback and kind comments! Thank you to the organizers!

40. Michiyo-Fir (Jade) - 12 Variations on Ah! Vous dirai-je Maman K.265
Excellent playing, graceful and very good energy level.

41. peterws - Novelette 1 in C
Beautiful playing, haunting sounds. Thank you for introducing me a new composer.

42. Schin L - Nocturne op.9 no.2
Welcome to the recital! Enjoyed your playing, well done.

43. joangolfing - March BVW Anhang 122
Seeing the level of pieces you already played on this forum, I am not sure where lays the difficulty - sight-reading and/or playing without looking at keys? Played with a steady rhythm and clarity of the voices.

44. Richard (zrtf90) - Asturias (Leyenda)
I am impressed! After the excellent sound of the old musical box, a piece with a guitar like sound. I was surprised to find that the original piece is for piano and not for guitar. Wonderful playing!

45. Kalos Piano - The Clear Stream
Well done! Lively played, with confidence and smooth flowing.

46. Fouyaut - Fugue op. 35 no.2
Fascinating – Bach with a romantic flavor! Beautiful piece and enjoyable playing.

47. Ralphiano (Ralph) - La Poupee (The Doll)
Welcome back Ralphiano! Nice playing, fluent and with confidence.

48. Piano_Primo - Chopin Nocturne Op. 9 No. 1 in B flat minor.Shortened Version, 2. Bach Choral BWV 514
Interesting renditions of two familiar pieces.

49. UnderConstruction - Debussy - Arabesque 1
Beautiful playing! Enjoyed how you played such a demanding piece.


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Thank you to all of the people who commented on my piece. I appreciate your thoughts and feedback and found your responses to be extremely motivating! smile

I have responded individually to everyone below with my comments inside ** I hope I got you all! Thank you again.

SwissMS:
Sonatina in G: I. Moderato Very nicely played, with the jaunty playfulness inherent in this piece. I like your phrasing and accurate articulation. Your balance between melody and accompaniment is perfect.

**Thank you. Glad to hear balance felt right -- I was really trying to bring out the right hand.**

Monica K.:
Lotus in Blue – Sonatina in G: 1. Moderato: I love your interpretation of this piece as reminiscent of the thrilling moments of early love before you know it’s reciprocated: There’s a joy there, but under control. Very well played, and congratulations on your AB Forum Recital debut!

**Thank you so much, Monica!**

Peyton:
Lotus in blue- I've always loved this piece. It's just so joyful and fun. You really keep it moving. Got my foot a tapping. Well played.

**Thank you. Foot tapping is always a good sign!**

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Lotus in Blue (Laura) - Sonatina in G: I. Moderato
Welcome back to the piano Laura. Being a returning adult myself, I also remember what got me to realise I really enjoyed playing the piano was picking up a simple piece and figuring out that I could learn it relatively well in about 30 minutes, and it actually sounded somewhat like music. Coincidentally, I also had a CLP 535, it was good to get some finger strength back. I enjoyed your piece, nicely played.

**Thank you so much. Glad to hear you are finding your way again with piano, too.**

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Lotus in Blue (Laura) - Sonatina in G: I. Moderato Very well played and executed , very clean and crisp . Enjoyed the piano piece. Good work!

**Thank you. I am so glad the piece sounded clean. I played it so many times!!**

cmb13:
Lotus in Blue (Laura) - Sonatina in G: I. Moderato
Very nice, Laura, well done.

**Thank you, cmb13.**

Peterws:
Lovely steady work on this; it flows well, Laura. Perhaps you can give it a lift in places and lower it in others so that it kinda breathes a tad more?
**Thank you. And yes -- I can definitely work on "lift and lower" to give it more shape and life. Thanks for the suggestion.**

SMA55:
I used to play this piece, too, Laura. I enjoyed your performance of it. You played it very evenly and with a sure hand (or two, haha). Fine work.
**Thank you so much, SMA55!**

Pianoduck:
I love this! Accurate playing, and a well thought out description. You are clearly a creative interpreter of music.
**Thank you so very much. I worked on this quite extensively and really did try to give it my very best.**

Riddler:
Laura, welcome to the recitals. Well done. Played very much in the spirit of the formal dance, and executed flawlessly.
**Thank you so much, Riddler.**

Pianist685:
This is really, really, really good. I like your precise playing. You have posted a perfect rendition, worthy of a professional pianist (only one very, very, very minor thing could be improved but it is not worth mentioning as long as you are not planning to reach a professional level - besides, I have not reached that level either). With such talent you do not need a piano teacher, indeed.
**Awww, thank you! Piano study is always such a work in progress. Always so much more to learn. I may get a teacher again someday. But for now, self-study is working fine. Cheers and here's to both of us continuing to enjoy piano! Thank you for such lovely, encouraging comments.**

MarieJ:
You really nailed that piece, Laura - well done! (I hope you plan to submit the next movement in a forthcoming Recital.)
**Yes! I am working on that second movement. Thank you, MarieJ.**

MeganR
I learned this Sonatina also and really enjoyed it. You did a great job with it, enjoy your time with the second movement also!
**Thank you, MeganR. I am finding the second movement to be more challenging but it's lovely!**

Casinitaly:
Lotus in Blue (Laura) - Sonatina in G: I. Moderato This is a really sweet piece, and you really did it justice. If you loved learning the first movement you'll be enchanted with the Rondo! I can't wait to hear you play!
**Thank you. I am enjoying learning the 2nd movement, slowing down a bit with the holidays but still chugging!**


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My next round of comments and "applause" on recital performers. You are all so good!!! =D

01. SMA55 (Shepherd Abrams) - Consolation No. 3
Oh! So beautifully and tenderly played. Definitely balm for the soul. You are talented and a fine interpreter of this beautiful piece. I loved those delicate, high, bell like notes at the end and the way you just let it fade.

02. MeganR - Sonatina in C Major Op 36 No 1 Such a great Sonatina. Nice attention to all of the little details and very clean playing / execution of classical style. Loved it! It truly is "happy-ifying!"

03. MarieJ - The Crane Dance - Haunting and lovely, played like a keepsake memory you always want to hold onto. Beautiful, delicate rendition.

04. Ralph L. - Auld Lang Syne (piano+keyboard) Nice arrangement, Ralph, of this favorite, nostalgic piece. I really liked the chorus effect you used toward the middle.

05. Whizbang (Chris) - Gladiolus Rag You sound so effortless when you play! Delightful, jovial, foot-tapping fun. I love the way you make some of the lines crescendo. Nuanced and effective. Joplin isn't easy -- you nailed this!

06. blackjack1777 - "Fur Elise" Bagatelle No. 25 in A minor (WoO 59, Bia 515) - Wow! You've done tremendously well in 3 years of study. I love your thoughts on the piece. I agree there is an overall feeling of sadness to "Fur Elise with moments of anxiety and tension. You definitely brought that out. Wonderful job shaping the quieter moments, too. Lovely, expressive playing.

07. earlofmar - Invention No 3 - Wow! Great realization of this Bach invention. You really brought out the different voices and the whole thing has a very fluid feel.

08. wouter79 - Album for the Young (after Schumann), "Italian song" Op. 39, No. 15 Delightful playing. What a great way to work on polishing your technique with these pieces. I really look forward to more pieces from you.

09. Pianist685 (Constantin) - Etude Op. 45 No. 15, "Warrior's Song" - Lots of tension in this piece, which you brought out. Nice handling of those big (challenging to play) chords. Well executed.

[b]10. SwissMS/Doris - Qing Ge (Love Song)
- What a wonderful dusty chestnut of a piece. I love your selection. I can definitely hear the influences of east and west. Wonderful blending of the notes and chords and especially nice use of pedaling.

11. Jerzyk19 - What A Wonderful World - This one hit me and my eyes filled up within the first couple of measures! Touching arrangement and such a fluid handling of it. 14 months! You have made terrific progress in short time.

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34. JoBert - Bagatelle (Opus 119, No. 1) This particular piece was new to me and I thought it was terrific!

35. mel_lem/Melanie - Invention No. 8 in F Major, BWV 779 I love this invention also, you played this wonderfully with a zestful attention to detail

36. Moo smile - Songs without words op 30 no 1 Really enjoyed this piece, you did a great job bringing out the "singing" quality.

37. SandTiger - Avenue D I really like your composition, I'm glad your travels up the D scale brought this piece to the recital. smile

38. PikaPianist - Melody in Ab Major Thank you for introducing this composer, really enjoyed this piece!

39. lvojnovic - Prelude 1913 Another piece I hadn't heard before, very impressed with your expressive playing. I quite think perhaps I'll put this one on my to-learn list.

40. Michiyo-Fir (Jade) - 12 Variations on Ah! Vous dirai-je Maman K.265 This sounds so difficult! But the fun you had with them shone through, really enjoyed.

41. peterws - Novelette 1 in C I am glad (sort of) to know that I am not the only one to use salty language when I'm of the belief that things are not going my way. smile Loved this piece and it ended up reminding me of a day gone by when I was in a chorale group that did something Poulenc and now I'm going to spend some time finding out what that was, which sounds altogether a pleasant task.

42. Schin L - Nocturne op.9 no.2 You are off to a great start on your piano return! And you tackled Chopin out the gate, so impressed.

43. joangolfing - March BVW Anhang 122 Gosh, great job playing this piece without peeking!

44. Richard (zrtf90) - Asturias (Leyenda) An intriguing piece, glad you were able to get back to the piano!

45. Kalos Piano - The Clear Stream What a fun bubbling piece, so much energy!

46. Fouyaut - Fugue op. 35 no.2 So glad you continued to work on this piece on your own. I expect many of us know the feeling of being moved to tears by something we are playing (I'm working on one of those right now)

47. Ralphiano (Ralph) - La Poupee (The Doll) I really enjoyed this piece - and, your description of your work on it was thought-provoking and inspiring.

48. Piano_Primo - Chopin Nocturne Op. 9 No. 1 in B flat minor.Shortened Version, 2. Bach Choral BWV 514 Oh, I especially enjoyed the Chorale! Loved the hymn-like tempo!

49. UnderConstruction - Debussy - Arabesque 1 What a lovely piece, yay you for getting it in under the wire!


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41. peterws - Novelette 1 in C I am glad (sort of) to know that I am not the only one to use salty language when I'm of the belief that things are not going my way. smile Loved this piece and it ended up reminding me of a day gone by when I was in a chorale group that did something Poulenc and now I'm going to spend some time finding out what that was, which sounds altogether a pleasant task.


I blame my Irish inheritance, Megan . . . .and your excuse? smile
Thx for the comment. I never heard of Poulenc until I listened to this from the French Recital. Magic! But hard on the head . . . .


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A marathon listening session on "Turkey Day, USA." I am very thankful for this forum and all the wonderful musicians who whare their music here. Great playing!

If I didn't get to you, its because I sometimes do not feel adequate to comment on non-classical pieces...

01. SMA55 (Shepherd Abrams) - Consolation No. 3 Delicate and enchanting - wonderful balance between the hands.

02. MeganR - Sonatina in C Major Op 36 No 1 The old favorite - a rite of passage for us all! Excellent playing!

05. Whizbang (Chris) - Gladiolus Rag Always great to hear another rag from your expert fingers!

06. blackjack1777 - "Fur Elise" Bagatelle No. 25 in A minor (WoO 59, Bia 515) Really good take on this. Loved it!

07. earlofmar - Invention No 3 You should be proud this! Great job!

08. wouter79 - Album for the Young (after Schumann), "Italian song" Op. 39, No. 15 Nice rhythm and forward motion. Loved the melody!

09. Pianist685 (Constantin) - Etude Op. 45 No. 15, "Warrior's Song" I see what you mean about the big chords! You pulled it off very well - grand!

10. SwissMS/Doris - Qing Ge (Love Song) The melody is very captivating - I can see why you like it. Great job!

12. Peyton Higgison - Music For Meadows Peyton, you keep getting better and better with the videos! Wonderful. And the music was good too!

13. Monica K. - La Nascita Delle Cose Segrete Wonderful, as always, Monica. Maybe they are getting easier becuase you are getting better?

15. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Danny Boy / Londonderry Air Improvising an intro and a second ending? Having fun? You're turning into a "real" musician!

17. Sandalholme - Andante con moto from Piano Sonata No30 I haven't heard Haydn like this - wonderful delicate touch. Thanks for sharing!

18. Lotus in Blue (Laura) - Sonatina in G: I. Moderato Excellent playing - you're making progress!

19. BSharp(C)yclist (Dan) - Sonatina F Major (Op. 168, No. 1, I) Gotta love Diabelli, although Beethoven gave him a hard time. Great dynamics and tempo changes!

21. Keselo - Morning Prayer (Op. 101 No. 2) Another of those under-appreciated composers. Loved this!

24. chopinoholic (Paul de Koning) - ballade no.1 opus 23 g minor Outstanding work - can't say anything else!

25. Piano2138 - Chorale Be Content BWV 512 Love these pieces from the AMB Notebook - great job!

28. fishandchips - Morning Prayer Love the chords in this. Great job!

29. Ganddalf - Impromptu Op.90 no.4 Wonderful playing Gandalf! Always love hearing this piece.

30. h8dk97 - Invention# 4 You can be proud of this! Great job!

31. AZ_Astro - Pastorale from the Petit Trianon Suite Loved it! Sometimes it's fun to just relax a bit...

33. Alexander Borro - In Church Op. 39 No. 24 Love the chords in this one too. You and Tchaikovsky captured the mood great!

34. JoBert - Bagatelle (Opus 119, No. 1) Love this Beethoven! Listened to a lecture that covered part of this recently. Must play it someday.

35. mel_lem/Melanie - Invention No. 8 in F Major, BWV 779 Wonderful steady beat - very baroque style!

36. Moo smile - Songs without words op 30 no 1 Love this piece - I played it too. Great job!

38. PikaPianist - Melody in Ab Major Never heard this before - nice runs - thanks for sharing!

39. lvojnovic - Prelude 1913 Nover heard this one either - great sound.

40. Michiyo-Fir (Jade) - 12 Variations on Ah! Vous dirai-je Maman K.265 Excellent playing - I would have to start the theme so slowly it would be painful to hear!

41. peterws - Novelette 1 in C Great playing Peter - never heard this one either - thanks for sharing!

42. Schin L - Nocturne op.9 no.2 Your obsession is paying off - great job!

43. joangolfing - March BVW Anhang 122 Wonderful since you couldn't look at the keys - that would drive me nuts!

44. Richard (zrtf90) - Asturias (Leyenda) Love the guitar sound of this!

45. Kalos Piano - The Clear Stream Loved it!

46. Fouyaut - Fugue op. 35 no.2 Your teacher's loss is our gain - thanks for sharing - you've made me a fan now too!

47. Ralphiano (Ralph) - La Poupee (The Doll) I can tell you love this piece by the way you played it - piano music as therapy!

48. Piano_Primo - Chopin Nocturne Op. 9 No. 1 in B flat minor.Shortened Version, 2. Bach Choral BWV 514 I definitely got the "feel and spirit" - nice job!

49. UnderConstruction - Debussy - Arabesque 1 Love this piece - it's on my bucket list. Great playing!

Thanks everyone!

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30. h8dk97 - Invention# 4
Excellent playing, especially for someone with a bit more of 2 years (?) of experience.

31. AZ_Astro - Pastorale from the Petit Trianon Suite
Beautiful playing, enjoyed the joyful sound of your piano. Thank you for introducing me to a composer I did not know.

32. Sam S - Prelude and Fugue in c minor from book 1 of the WTC
I am impressed with your qualities as not only a pianist, but also a harpsichordist, a harpsichord restorer, successful student and software specialist. Enjoyed very much the sound of the harpsichord and the quality of your playing of a difficult piece.

33. Alexander Borro - In Church Op. 39 No. 24
Beautiful playing, loved it. Excellent control of the dynamics between the treble and bass.

34. JoBert - Bagatelle (Opus 119, No. 1)
Excellent playing, delicate touch and floating sound.

35. mel_lem/Melanie - Invention No. 8 in F Major, BWV 779
Another Bach invention – very well done! So precise and well-defined voices.

36. Moo smile - Songs without words op 30 no 1
Enjoyable and sensitive playing. Interesting sound of piano!

38. PikaPianist - Melody in Ab Major
Another new composer for me, thank you for share her music with us. Excellent playing, musically and gracefully.

39. lvojnovic - Prelude 1913
Such a piece after 2 years? Bravo! Beautiful, expressive playing, with a smooth touch.


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20. briangmoore - Monday
Nice playing, well done capturing the Einaudi spirt. In enjoyed also your piano sound.

21. Keselo - Morning Prayer (Op. 101 No. 2)
Well done after 10 months! Smooth touch and expressive playing.

22. Roger Ransom - Ebb Tide
What to say – to my ears, a professional level!

23. sinophilia - River City Blues
Martha Mier! I’ve discovered her at the previous recital and I love her music. Enjoyed a lot your interpretation!

24. chopinoholic (Paul de Koning) - ballade no.1 opus 23 g minor
Impressive! An epic piece so beautifully played.

26. Newbert - All The Way
Nice playing! Nostalgic and soothing.

27. pines9876 - Snowy Sky
Great job for 10 months! And also for the translation of the music in notes.

28. fishandchips - Morning Prayer
Beautiful playing, well done!

29. Ganddalf - Impromptu Op.90 no.4
Excellent playing, I liked it! Delicate touch and wonderful sound.


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39. lvojnovic - Prelude 1913 Clearly from other comments, most of us have never had the opportunity of hearing this before. Thank you for introducing me to this unusual piece - and for your delicate, expressive interpretation.

40. Michiyo-Fir (Jade) - 12 Variations on Ah! Vous dirai-je Maman K.265 That *was* fun to listen to, and obviously fun for you too - brilliantly played!

41. peterws - Novelette 1 in C Just beautiful! (Reading about your challenges before listening to this, I was totally unprepared for such a delightful experience - you should be far more than ‘quite happy wi the general result’! ) And to me, your Pianoteq settings are just right for this special piece.

42. Schin L - Nocturne op.9 no.2 Congratulations - what a great result for 3 months’ work after no piano for 15 years. (Looks like you’ve also discovered the Ultimate Revealer - learning from listening to your own recordings. The advantages of the Digital Age!)

43. joangolfing - March BVW Anhang 122 Your submission was inspiring - so it *is* possible to sight-read a whole piece successfully without looking at the keys. Well done!


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Now then. Let me say your piano sounds really wonderful. Is that Pianoteq, or the native sound? A most pleasant listen and very well executed! You'll be really enjoying the journey now. Your music is so very sound. I'm listening to the Bach 48 no1 I think. (ave maria without the words)


Thanks a lot Peter. Yes, it's the Bluethner model in Pianoteq. It is indeed starting to get fun, but also really intimidating to work on more difficult pieces.

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44. Richard (zrtf90) - Asturias (Leyenda) (Choosing the least disruptive set of flaws - how that resonated with me!) This is one of my all-time favourite guitar pieces, and how wonderfully you translated it into a fabulous piano recital. Bravo!

45. Kalos Piano - The Clear Stream I’ve only previously heard a slow version of this one, so the tempo was a really pleasant surprise. Nice work!

46. Fouyaut - Fugue op. 35 no.2 I hope the pieces your teacher *does* like are ones that really suit you, too. That was excellent, and I’m very glad that you didn’t just shelve it in response to her lack of interest.

47. Ralphiano (Ralph) - La Poupee (The Doll) Finding pieces that you really love represents more than half the battle for the self-taught! And then finding motivation to keep polishing them - which is where the quarterly Recitals are *so* valuable. Your hard work has paid off - that was bright, happy and thoroughly enjoyable.

48. Piano_Primo - Chopin Nocturne Op. 9 No. 1 in B flat minor.Shortened Version, 2. Bach Choral BWV 514 Very well done - I enjoyed both pieces, and thought the pace sounded fine.

49. UnderConstruction - Debussy - Arabesque 1 I think one of the really inspiring things about these Recitals is the fact that many members submit works-in-progress. If this isn’t ‘near ready’, then I’m *really* looking forward to a future performance. Congratulations on your magnificent new piano, on a lovely piece, and for just making the deadline.


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02. MeganR - Sonatina in C Major Op 36 No 1
as you said, that first movement is slower than usual but everythin's very clear and precise

03. MarieJ - The Crane Dance
lovely piece that I had never heard before, delicate touch and nice dynamics

05. Whizbang (Chris) - Gladiolus Rag
beautiful rag, excellently played at the perfect tempo

06. blackjack1777 - "Fur Elise" Bagatelle No. 25 in A minor (WoO 59, Bia 515)
I believe some more work can be done on the dynamics and on the evenness in certain sections but all in all it's well played and every note is at the right place

07. earlofmar - Invention No 3
I know very well that learning this piece can be quite a pain. You did well, I think now you just need to smooth down certain parts with some very slow practice, especially where there are trills, and then it'll be perfect

08. wouter79 - Album for the Young (after Schumann), "Italian song" Op. 39, No. 15
fun piece, nicely played

09. Pianist685 (Constantin) - Etude Op. 45 No. 15, "Warrior's Song"
interesting piece that I didn't know, sounds very good

11. Jerzyk19 - What A Wonderful World
lovely arrangement, very well played

13. Monica K. - La Nascita Delle Cose Segrete
I don't know the piece but your performance does sound flawless

15. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Danny Boy / Londonderry Air
very nicely played, I dare to say very touching

16. zsolpyW - WInd of Change
beautiful piece, beautiful arrangement, beautiful performance smile

18. Lotus in Blue (Laura) - Sonatina in G: I. Moderato
cute piece, played nice, and I like the description of your interpretation too smile

19. BSharp(C)yclist (Dan) - Sonatina F Major (Op. 168, No. 1, I)
sounds nice. It's possible that I heard some slight uneveness every now and then but it was almost unnoticeable.

20. briangmoore - Monday
nice. This piece sounds so sad, I'm gonna cry frown

21. Keselo - Morning Prayer (Op. 101 No. 2)
well done. Definitely can't tell where the wrong note is smile

23. sinophilia - River City Blues
very cool

30. h8dk97 - Invention# 4
indeed mastering the trills in Bach is always a painful and long process, but the piece seems fairly under control and I'm sure that with some more practice you'll get it perfect.

35. mel_lem/Melanie - Invention No. 8 in F Major, BWV 779
a little slower than the versions I'm used to listen to, but still very nice to listen. Excellent work as usual.

43. joangolfing - March BVW Anhang 122
sounds good, especially impressive if you sight-read this without looking at the keys, that's a skill in which I'm severely lacking

47. Ralphiano (Ralph) - La Poupee (The Doll)
well played

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Thank you, Lotus in Blue and Sam S, for listening and for your kind comments!

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Try the new html5 player:

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We want to retire the old flash player - try the new player and report back the good and the bad!

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I like the player a lot, and would love to see it contain all the recitals, as well as showing all of the other database information such as what the piece was played on etc. thanks for the work you do for the recitals!

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Thanks to everyone who listened to and commented on my submission. ( 20. Einaudi/Monday)

I have been so busy, I have not had time to add my own comments here on the recital, but I hope to!!
It is on my phone and I have been listening to all the pieces and there are some so many amazing performances and interesting selections.

But I did not want to go too long without at least expressing my gratitude to those involved in the recital project and those who comment. It is very gratifying to know that someone is listening. Just that alone, is so valuable.

Some commented on the piano that I used; I thought about that, when I first started out, but then just forgot about it, but here is the context behind it is this:
I am very committed to the acoustic instrument. I just love real, mechanical pianos. Unfortunately, I have realized that this is a very expensive habit smile

The only instruments I have at my disposal are an older upright at home with many flaws and the pianos in the practice rooms of the university where I work. These practice pianos have many imperfections but at least they do tune them twice a year. I tried recordings on several different ones and finally picked the one I thought sounded best. They all have very unique sounds even though some look identical to my eye.

I also experimented with different placements of the microphone, in this case a Zoom H2 (borrowed from the media center!). You don't have a lot of options as those rooms are so small.
I found that I had to move the recorder a bit back from the piano somewhat to avoid saturation, even with the record level set to a quite low level. So in this case, I believe it was just off to the right of me, sitting on a music stand (you can probably hear heavy breathing if you listen carefully !). I figure it is better to be on the right hand side, as you don't want to emphasize the bass notes to much (at least in a piece like this).

The other thing I realized was that, in previous recitals, I had just put up something when it was time to contribute. This time I decided to try to work longer on the piece before submitting.
Still there are many errors, but of course repetition helps. I still was not able to memorize the entire piece, even though I kept working on that. I had it about 2/3 committed to memory but it seemed if I waited until it was all there it would be just too long a wait.

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Thank you so much to fellow Recitalists for your kind and always-encouraging comments. I *did* notice that The Crane Dance was well received - I wonder if Einaudi has gained any converts? smile

(And no, Shepherd, I suspect your ears are deceiving you re the ‘imprisoned maximalist’. A minimalist approach suits my very-mature fingers just fine!)

Once again, my heartfelt thanks to all at Piano World who continue to make these valuable Recitals happen!


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(And no, Shepherd, I suspect your ears are deceiving you re the ‘imprisoned maximalist’. A minimalist approach suits my very-mature fingers just fine!)
Oh, well. I suppose it must have been my very mature ears deceiving me. 😁

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Originally Posted by MarieJ
Thank you so much to fellow Recitalists for your kind and always-encouraging comments. I *did* notice that The Crane Dance was well received - I wonder if Einaudi has gained any converts? smile

(And no, Shepherd, I suspect your ears are deceiving you re the ‘imprisoned maximalist’. A minimalist approach suits my very-mature fingers just fine!)

Once again, my heartfelt thanks to all at Piano World who continue to make these valuable Recitals happen!




MarieJ, your crane dance I very much enjoyed it so I'll mention it again.

Not that I needed converting but I revisited an oldie last night I did many recitals ago, underwood, I love that piece, I think I am ready more or less to do a rerecord one of these days with some differences.

Unfortunately I think ( or not ) I often think Einaudi gets popularised around here by the iconic tunes like I Giorni and other such pieces he is well known for , which I find a bit ordinary and too easy listening/smoochy personally ( at times). In the recitals, it is usually the hit singles that most will jump at starting out with Einaudi, but they are actually my least favourites, all the gems are mostly the lesser known ones smile IMO, Some of the best stuff he has done I enjoy most are collaboration works with others, like the album cloudland, and recently this concert too https://youtu.be/mf3fyVKltuE?t=30m28s , a very nice mix of electronic and acoustic sounds, with an oriental flavour. smile Enjoy Einaudi fans.


Back to the recital, I heard most at this stage and would like to congratulate each and every one even if I don't comment on all entries, once again it has been a very enjoyable recital, with new pieces I never heard before I'd also like to play ... one day.

Many thanks to those commenting on mine since, I hope I didn't omit anyone.

Monica K, Peyton, SwissMS, mel_lem, cmb13, SMA55, peterws, Riddler, UnderConstruction, MarieJ, piano_primo_1, Sam S, Piano2138.

On the whole I am glad some thought I captured the whole church and reverent smile There is an irony to this, that my last two pieces were a morning prayer and In Church, all with a religious theme, I love a lot of church music in general. As for the inspiration and the feeling I get from tho pieces is rather different for me, since I am not in any way religious, but they do have a meditative feel I rather enjoy. With morning prayer there is hope, while the feeling In church gives me a sense of .... desperation, almost, that is what I tried to express anyway. eek


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Originally Posted by SMA55
Oh, well. I suppose it must have been my very mature ears deceiving me. 😁
Bet my fingers are older than your ears!
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Oh, well. I suppose it must have been my very mature ears deceiving me. 😁
Bet my fingers are older than your ears!
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I was always taught that it was impolite to ask a woman the age of her fingers, so I don’t think there’s a way to take you up on your bet. But instead I will simply say that I’ve had my ears for a long time...and they’re the original ones that I came with. 😁

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I was always taught that it was impolite to ask a woman the age of her fingers, so I don’t think there’s a way to take you up on your bet.


But her left pinky looks young for its age.


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I was always taught that it was impolite to ask a woman the age of her fingers, so I don’t think there’s a way to take you up on your bet.


But her left pinky looks young for its age.

Indeed it does. Which leads one to wonder if perhaps it has been treated with Botox. But again, that would be rude to ask about.

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And finally - I have had time to sit and truly relax, enjoying the wonderful music of this recital!

Thank you so much again, to Monica and Sam for the work on pulling the recital together and keeping the index up to date!


24. chopinoholic (Paul de Koning) - ballade no.1 opus 23 g minor Well, for a work in progress, this is great progress. WOW. I am not familiar with this piece but I really enjoyed listening to (and watching) your performance. There's an amazing range of mood in this piece - it must be thrilling to play! -And the last minute or mind blowing! What a treat- thank you so much for this delight!

25. Piano2138 - Chorale Be Content BWV 512 Great work work - especially at 19 months. I love Bach and how he makes your brain puzzle things out at every level! Well done!

26. Newbert - All The Way A new-to-me piece - but very nice indeed. True "piano bar" style, so evocative of its period, very enjoyable!

27. pines9876 - Snowy Sky 10 months, and you wrote out the score yourself? I'm impressed! It's a charming piece played with a lovely delicacy and energy. I look forward to hearing more from you in the next recitals!

28. fishandchips - Morning Prayer I love this piece - I played it a year or so ago and have been trying to keep in my repertoir. It was really hard for me to get started on it- I found just reading the score very difficult at first. I think you've done an excellent job on this - bringing out the joy of a new day, it lifted my heart to hear it.

29. Ganddalf - Impromptu Op.90 no.4 Ganddalf, whatever you play is always a delight and I sincerely doubt that there's any risk of boring any of us! I don't recall ever hearing this piece - I'm not very knowledgeable about Schubert (I'll have to remedy that!). This piece is a real delight, there's a sort of music box quality to it, without it being too sentimental. I love the rippling flow that runs through it. It made me want to dance! Loved it!

30. h8dk97 - Invention# 4 I've yet to try an Invention, though I've played a number of shorter Bach pieces - I love how the music weaves in and out and over and around - what a lovely flowing brain puzzle - I thoroughly enjoyed listening to your playing - well done indeed!

31. AZ_Astro - Pastorale from the Petit Trianon Suite Sweet! I have several Agay books, but none with pieces composed by him! This was really charming - you really caught the flavour of a country tune, I could picture an 18thC hay mowing scene with scythes and sunsine. Charming!

32. Sam S - Prelude and Fugue in c minor from book 1 of the WTC Sam that was so much fun! I love harpischords and it was such a treat to hear and see you playing one - and what a great background story! Do you find it distracting to play reverse coloured keys? Have you played using the upper keyboard? I really enjoyed your performance, - there may have been some flubs, but they were not distracting and you played through confidently - Bravo!

33. Alexander Borro - In Church Op. 39 No. 24 Beautiful! I love this piece, I first heard of it in these forums and was inspired to buy a new book simply because the book contained it. I think you've done a lovely job on this - it's hard to get the soft parts soft enough without losing the sound - I particularly liked your work on the last piece with the thum thum thum and working your way down the keyboard with the right hand. Very nice playing indeed!

34. JoBert - Bagatelle (Opus 119, No. 1) Charming! I really did enjoy it! I haven't heard a lot of Bagatelles, I really like the light, cheery, playfulness of the piece. I bet you had fun playing it! Delightful! Thank you!

35. mel_lem/Melanie - Invention No. 8 in F Major, BWV 779 Brava! This is one of my favourites and you did a great job on it - I love the energy that shines in this piece.

36. Moo smile - Songs without words op 30 no 1 These songs without words are such beautiful pieces - it would be easy to think of words to go with them! This is particularly restful and soothing - it made me think of a boat floating gently down a river on a warm spring day. Most enjoyable!

37. SandTiger - Avenue D I don't remember hearing this before, but I notice your touch is lighter and more delicate than in the past, with more nuances - there's a certain atmosphere to this piece evocative of early morning city gearing up for the day. Nicely done!

38. PikaPianist - Melody in Ab Major I thought this was reminiscent of Chopin, and see that she was a contemporary of his! Very interesting. Really beautiful music - I can see why you wanted to play it. Even though it's in a minor key it seems quite cheerful and bright. I enjoyed listening, very much!

39. lvojnovic - Prelude 1913 Another piece I'm not very familiar with - it sounds very modern in some ways and at the same time old fashioned. It's really interesting - with some fun unusual twists - Nicely played!

40. Michiyo-Fir (Jade) - 12 Variations on Ah! Vous dirai-je Maman K.265 I have only heard this played with all 12 variations twice before. Each time - including this one! - I've been delighted. You really brought out all the fun there is to be had in these variations and I had so much fun listening for all the nuances. What a treat! Thank you!

41. peterws - Novelette 1 in C How pretty! I can see why you wanted to play this. I am glad you made it through the crisis and the cursing to get it recorded! (by the way - the link didn't work for the video) - This sounds like a piece that involves several periods all at once, it sounds 18thC and 19thC - even 20thC at some points - Fascinating and most enjoyable --- it was worth the effort Peter!


42. Schin L - Nocturne op.9 no.2 I am presently working on my first Chopin Nocturne (a much more simple one than this!) and I really understand the draw. There's something about this music that calls to your soul, isn't there? It's always daunting when you see that a piece you long to play seems out of your reach - you may have a bit more work to do on this one but it's obvious that you've really been studying if you can play it at this tempo so smoothly. Good for you!

43. joangolfing - March BVW Anhang 122 I cannot imagine playing this without looking at the keys! Well done! I like this piece very much and have toyed with it , without actually "studying" it. My teacher focuses on reading the score too, but he doesn't try to stop me from looking at the keys smile Good luck with this new approach, you seem to be off to a great start!

44. Richard (zrtf90) - Asturias (Leyenda) Richard - it's so nice to have you back - you've been missed! We have this music on an album (yup, the old vinyl stuff), played on guitar. I am astonished how much your piano sounds like a guitar at the beginning! This is brilliant, in every sense- the pace, the meticiulous tic tic tic and then the rumbling strumming - simply gorgeous! I'm entranced. This was the highlight of the recital for me, hands down. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

45. Kalos Piano - The Clear Stream Rusciello Limpido! I love this piece. You've mastered it gracefully and you've played charmingly!

46. Fouyaut - Fugue op. 35 no.2 I can see why your friend believed you when you told her it was by Bach smile How disappointing that your teacher wouldn't work on it with you! on the other hand, you seem to have worked well on it independently - good for you. It's a really beautiful piece, and intriguing to listen to - you feel that it is taking you on some sort of journey. I enjoyed your performance very much.

47. Ralphiano (Ralph) - La Poupee (The Doll) I enjoyed reading about your journey working on this piece as an introduction before listening to the music. It is clear that you've made some really lovely progress and that you're reaching new levels and developing those skills that serve so well with this kind of piece! Congratulations!

48. Piano_Primo - Chopin Nocturne Op. 9 No. 1 in B flat minor.Shortened Version, 2. Bach Choral BWV 514 Well, Chopin is never easy - and this one in particular is a big challenge - What you've done here is lovely and certainly in the spirit of the piece! - I look forward to hearing you play the full version in the future!


49. UnderConstruction - Debussy - Arabesque 1 Ah - the last piece in the recital, and I'm listening to it just before it's time to wrap up my day. What a wonderful way to conclude the recital and to send me off to dream land! I first heard this piece in one of our recitals and loved it right away. Maybe someday I will be able to play it - in the meantime, I'm always delighted when someone else submits it to the recital and gives me the joy of hearing it again. Thank you so much for this truly lovely performance!


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Originally Posted by casinitaly
32. Sam S - Prelude and Fugue in c minor from book 1 of the WTC Do you find it distracting to play reverse coloured keys? Have you played using the upper keyboard?


Thanks everyone for the kind words. I got a bunch of questions about the harpsichord, so here's some info.

It plucks the strings with little plastic plectrum. There is no control over the volume, except by adding and subtracting stops and effects - which is why the piano was such an improvement and took over from the harpsichord so quickly (okay, decades, but that's pretty quick for the 18th century). There is no cast iron plate, so the construction, compared to a piano, is lightweight, and the strings are at a much lower tension.

Mine can vary the volume by changing the number of strings that are played for each note. There are 2 ranks of strings at 8' pitch (the regular pitch) and one rank at 4' pitch (an octave higher). So the lower keyboard can play one 8', or two 8' ranks, or two 8' and the 4'. There's also a lute stop that uses a different set of plectra that pluck near the front bridge for a more nasal sound. And a buff stop that can be used with either 8' register that pushes a piece of felt against each string to produce a muted sound.

You can't really change these sounds as you play, although there are pedals to do it with. I don't think it was the style to make quick changes anyway, and the different registers are not standard from one instrument to another. That's why there are two keyboards, for instance you can set the upper one to be softer and the lower one louder, or some combination that you like.

It is a little disconcerting to play on the reverse colored keys, but you get used to it. I have not gotten used to moving between the keyboards - that is going to take some practice. The weight of the action varies depending on how many sets of strings you switch in, whereas the piano action always feels the same.

One drawback is that it goes out of tune from one day to the next, so I either spend a lot of valuable time tuning or live with it until it drives me nuts!

I have spent years learning to play soft and loud on the piano, and voice chords to bring out a particular note, and "round off" my phrases, all of which is lost on the harpsichord. It doesn't matter how loud or soft you try to play, it always has the same volume. In that sense, it does sound very mechanical at times, like a sewing machine that plays music! So its not going to be my favorite instrument, but it is fun to play.

I spent over a year in bits and pieces of time here and there rebuilding it. It was unplayable and missing parts. New strings, new plectra, regulating and voicing. I originally thought I would rebuild it to sell it, but now I'm loath to part with it. My wife plays the recorder, and its perfect to accompany her with, so I guess I'm keeping it!

Sam

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I would like to thank everybody who was commenting my piece ( What A Wonderful World). I’m surprised that there are only positive feedbacks wink Thank you again.


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Originally Posted by Jerzyk19
I would like to thank everybody who was commenting my piece ( What A Wonderful World). I’m surprised that there are only positive feedbacks wink Thank you again.


Not all of us here are technical enough to comment meaningfully, but there's the odd time something stands out, and one draws attention to it positively!
Because, at the end of the day, it's just great to play.


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Sam, thanks for the detailed reply about the harpsichord!

I am full of admiration for the work you’ve done on it - both in terms of the rebuilding and your playing!


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Thank you so much to those that commented on my piece; I really apprecitate it. I'd like to comment on a few pieces from this recital but time is still difficult to find at the moment so for now a big applause to those that participated.

Originally Posted by Ralph L.
...no wonder ppl mixed you up with Richard Clayerdeman in our last recital:)
? Sadly, I wasn't in the last recital, but I don't think I'd have been mixed up with Richard Clayderman!

Originally Posted by MarieJ
This is one of my all-time favourite guitar pieces, and how wonderfully you translated it into a fabulous piano recital
I can't take credit for that, Marie. Albeniz never wrote for guitar. This is an original piano piece. It was transcribed for guitar by Segovia, most famously, and others, although it was probably written in imitation of that instrument.

Originally Posted by SMA55
...my guess is that it’s probably a little less difficult to play on guitar
It really depends on where you are with each instrument. It took a lot longer to learn Segovia's version of this, and it's still quite tricky in places so I have other 'easier' versions to choose from. On piano this really isn't that difficult. The difficulty with the guitar version is LH stretches making it difficult to keep the main figure smooth and even but the big chords are quite easy. On piano the main figure is a walk in the park but the chords that jump an octave or more, each hand in a different direction, are quite demanding of precision and carefully orchestrated practice techniques. The rapid return of the hands to the main figure, as if they'e never left, is also tricky.

Originally Posted by piano_primo_1
BTW what is your established practice routine,?- in the recital “excerpt” you mentioned.
I normally divide my time between learning new pieces (repertoire and throwaways), consolidating pieces learnt in the last year or so, maintaining a repertoire of highly polished pieces and revisiting past glories (or mishaps) that I haven't worked on for years.

These groups all require different practise techniques and approaches. Because of my limited piano time I've only been working my themed recital pieces (that didn't even make it) and some repertoire pieces that have been newly added to my list.


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Thank to all who have listened and/or commented on my piece. Even on my youtube channel!
I want to upload more on youtube, but it will not be a piece a week. But it is a good study to play something as good as you can on the moment. It's actually agile practising smile

Congratulations to everyone who participated.

Like Richard, I didn't have the time yet to truly listen and comment on the pieces.
Here are my thanks to the people who commented.

Originally Posted by casinitaly

24. chopinoholic (Paul de Koning) - ballade no.1 opus 23 g minor Well, for a work in progress, this is great progress. WOW. I am not familiar with this piece but I really enjoyed listening to (and watching) your performance. There's an amazing range of mood in this piece - it must be thrilling to play! -And the last minute or mind blowing! What a treat- thank you so much for this delight!


Thanks for listening and yes, it's a thrill to play it. Especially when you get something right after struggling for a loong time!

Originally Posted by Piano2138

24. chopinoholic (Paul de Koning) - ballade no.1 opus 23 g minor
Impressive! An epic piece so beautifully played.


Thank you very much!

Originally Posted by Sam S

24. chopinoholic (Paul de Koning) - ballade no.1 opus 23 g minor Outstanding work - can't say anything else!

Thanks!

Originally Posted by khopin

24. chopinoholic (Paul de Koning) - ballade no.1 opus 23 g minor
Big chalenge!!!!! I was very impressed, you achieved a very high level in this master piece. Enjoyable for sure.
Congratulation!!

thanks khopin. I think there's still some progress to be made.

Originally Posted by MeganR

24. chopinoholic (Paul de Koning) - ballade no.1 opus 23 g minor Beautiful, impressive, I got lost listening so I had to listen again.

Thanks Megan!

Originally Posted by Riddler

24. chopinoholic (Paul de Koning) - ballade no.1 opus 23 g minor
Paul, wow, I am in awe. This is a piece that I love with a passion, and you played it superbly. What an accomplishment! Color make green with envy.

Thanks Riddler! Good to hear this from someone who knows the piece well. Those are the trickiest to please laugh

Originally Posted by MarieJ

24. chopinoholic (Paul de Koning) - ballade no.1 opus 23 g minor Wow - superb playing on a magnificent piano. (And congratulations on your first video - was that really captured with only your phone and a scrunchy?)

Yes a scrunchy. I don't have any tripod for the phone so I used the scrunchy method. Hey, as long as it's not moving!

Originally Posted by SMA55

24. chopinoholic (Paul de Koning) - ballade no.1 opus 23 g minor
Wow! What a technically demanding piece! And you’ve successfully met the challenges involved. You should be very proud of yourself. Bravo! Regarding the video, I think you did a great job of syncing the video and audio. I myself didn’t see them ever getting significantly out of sync, even toward the end. What video editing software did you use?

Thanks SMA55! I noticed that when you change the quality in youtube the out of sync issue is more apparent. I used imovie to combine the audio and video together. In the end after some fiddling about with the tempo sliders it came together nicely, allthough not perfect.
I recorded in lossless format and I think when I record in the same bitrate as the phone does, it will be a better fit.

Originally Posted by peterws

24 Chopinoholic

Well, it sounds pretty good to me and there's plenty o' passion there where it counts. In the fight . . . .but the making up makes for a nice musical journey. As it does . . . wonderful!


Thanks Peter. I really would love to hear you playing Chopin someday!


Originally Posted by pianoduck

24. chopinoholic (Paul de Koning) - ballade no.1 opus 23 g minor A challenging work for sure, well done on studying this lovely piece. Tempo at the start was slightly too slow for me, but honestly that is just a personal preference and not a criticism. Good job!

You are right. I need to play the beginning more moderato as indicated. In my opinion there's much to gain with the different tempi in the piece. It will take time of course.

Originally Posted by cmb13

24. chopinoholic (Paul de Koning) - ballade no.1 opus 23 g minor
Wow! What a performance! And what an ending! I’m not sure I have the stamina to play such a piece, let alone the skill. Beautifully done.

Thanks! The ending was actually over the top according to Chopin himself. But I like it!

Originally Posted by piano_primo_1

24. chopinoholic (Paul de Koning) - ballade no.1 opus 23 g minor [obviously a beginner right?...hey don’t worry… you’ll get there!!!] smile
very expressive and delicate playing when needed with this challenging piece.. Good choice. Dynamics were superb , I can really FEEL the dynamics . … quite a piece to master. a reverie of feeling .

Thanks for the encouragement pp1! smile And thanks for the compliment on the dynamics. it means a lot.

Originally Posted by UnderConstruction

24. chopinoholic (Paul de Koning) - ballade no.1 opus 23 g minor
Wow Paul! Amazing stuff, I hope one day my teacher will let me play this, but I suspect it might be a while away. Ik kijk er naar uit om het eindproduct te beluisteren.

Dankjewel!
I waited for the assignment for more than 20 years smile

Originally Posted by Ralph L.

24. chopinoholic (Paul de Koning) - ballade no.1 opus 23 g minor felt like listening to a concert. great job! heard some familiar pieces in it.

Glad you enjoyed it Ralph!

Originally Posted by Monica K.

24. chopinoholic – Ballade no. 1 op. 23: This is a highly impressive performance of a very demanding piece. It sounds considerably more polished than a “work in progress” to me!

I think it will always be a work in progress. Thanks for your compliment!

Originally Posted by Alexander Borro

24 chopinoholic (Paul de Koning) ballade no.1 opus 23 g minor
Lovely, stuff that is way above me, so I'll leave the technical feedback to those in the know, though I am quite familiar with it by now having heard it many times by many pianist. I really enjoyed it, the demanding sections sounded great too, excellent for something you consider ... WIP.

Thanks Alexander! With a famous piece like this, there's always the risk of being compared to the greats and others since it is played so much. But there's a reason so I don't mind at all. It's such a beautiful piece.

Originally Posted by SwissMS

24. chopinoholic (Paul de Koning) - ballade no.1 opus 23 g minor This is a piece on my someday list. Your playing is an inspiration. This does not sound like a work in progress. You played it beautifully! I like the way you pace the piece, allowing its gentleness to show through while infusiing the turbulent sections with power. Wonderful work on those difficult run sections.

It is an honor to be your inspiration smile
And thanks for the pacing compliment. I try to make it flow with the complete picture in mind and tell the story. If this worked then this is a definate win for me.
thank you very much for your nice words!


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Thanks to all who listened!

And thanks also for the nice comments, MarieJ, Pianist685, Keselo, SwissMS, MonicaK, SMA55, peterws, Riddler, AZ_Astro, UnderConstruction, piano_primo_1, MeganR, mel_lem, schinl, pianoduck, cmb13, CebuKid, Peyton, casinitaly, khopin, Lotus in Blue, Sam S, and Kalos Piano!


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Hi,
I have been away for a while and went to how to record your piano, but the link did not work. I have Audacity and a Zoom Q3 recorder. Where can I find the directions to download to Piano World?
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Hey salzdt, I'll be posting a "Recital Open For Submissions Thread" on February 1, which will include the link to the recital software for uploading your recording to the forum. You will need to first record your piece with the Zoom Q3 and then use Audacity to convert it to mp3. (To do that, you need to install the optional Lame mp3 converter if you haven't already, but the Audacity website should have clear instructions for that.

I'm sorry that "how to record piano" link doesn't work any more; PW migrated to new servers a while back and a lot of the links didn't get updated. The good news is that the recital doesn't close until February 14th so you've got plenty of time to figure things out. Just don't wait til the last minute. laugh

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Monica,
Thank you for your prompt reply. I still have Audacity on my Mac, and I will check to see that the Lame mp3 converter is also there. I think I remember using that to do my one and only submission. I will have to see what I may be able to get ready for February. Thanks again.
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