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Recital 49 --- February 15, 2018 #2714349
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PLEASE DO NOT POST IN THIS THREAD! USE THE DISCUSSION THREAD!

I am delighted to introduce our 49th quarterly AB Forum “Beginners and Beyond” Recital! smile So, pull up a chair and have a listen.

I would like to take this opportunity to ask the audience to please refrain from commentary in this recital room.

A separate room has been provided for the purposes of intermezzo discussion. Please take any and all comments to the General Discussion Room.

Thank you!

In addition to the zip files linked below, mahlzeit has added a feature to his program that creates an online streaming player. Just click on the link to hear all the recital pieces without having to download the zip files:

Recital Online Streaming Player


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

Recital #49 Response Template


For the convenience of forum members, mahlzeit's program has normalized the files for consistent volume and standardized the ID3 tags in a collection of zip files. This makes it easier to create personal CDs and playlists.

These zip files have been posted at the following URLs:

Recital 49 Zip 1
Recital 49 Zip 2
Recital 49 Zip 3
Recital 49 Zip 4
Recital 49 Zip 5
Recital 49 Zip 6
Recital 49 Zip 7


And here's the link to Sam S.'s terrific ABF recital index, that allows you to browse through and search for pieces in all of our past recitals:

AB Forum Recital Index

Let me express my greatest thanks to some very special people: Mr Super-Hunky for coming up with the idea of our online recitals, which have proven to be more successful than any of us ever dreamed; LaValse for hosting the recitals for so long and then devoting hours of programming trouble-shooting making the transition to Frank's servers; Frank for agreeing to host the recital now that it's gotten so big; Copper for trouble-shooting help and spearheading the Order of the Red Dot; CarlosCC for continuing to maintain the Order of the Red Dot; Sam S. for his terrific AB Forum Recital Index and also devoting hours to programming trouble-shooting; and last but not least, mahlzeit for writing the absolutely fantastic web-based recital program that we are using. THANK YOU MAHLZEIT!!! heart


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Re: Recital 49 --- February 15, 2018 [Re: AB Forum Recital] #2714352
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Performer's name:SMA55 (Shepherd)
From:Chicago originally, currently residing in St. Louis
Experience:Self-taught as a child, began piano lessons almost 4 years ago now.
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://youtu.be/PHLTBiBvz64
Title of piece:Liebestraum
Composer:Liszt
Duration:05:16
Source of music:Memorized from sheet music
Instrument used:Steingraeber & Sohne D232
Recording method:Zoom H4n, converted to mp3 via Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This was a tough piece for me to work out. When I listened to recordings of it prior to learning it, I found that many parts sounded much easier than they actually turned out to be. The biggest challenges weren't actually the two long cadenzas in the piece (although those did require quite a bit of work). The greatest difficulty was in learning to pass the melody from one hand to the other--often mid-phrase--all the while keeping its volume above that of the accompaniment, which itself simultaneously also passes from hand to hand. This alternation in the participation of left and right hands in the melody and accompaniment needs to be done with absolute fluidity, or the melody either gets lost or doesn't sound smooth. So, learning this piece has been quite an education for me on multiple levels. (And to think that this isn't even an especially complex Liszt piece. Oy.)

I've reverted back to my favorite method of recording in the particular room where my pianos are located, using two external condenser mics--one close to the strings and one about 25 feet away from the piano, pointed at the adjacent room to pick up the late reflections and to capture some of the nice acoustic ambience of that room. I'm happy with the recording quality overall. But am I happy with my performance on the recording? Well, not entirely. There are lots of errors in it, despite multiple takes. I'm a perfectionist at heart, as are most of us musicians, but I've learned to be a realistic perfectionist. For me, a perfect performance just ain't EVER going to happen. So in order to submit this particular piece for this recital, I just had to accept the mistakes as par for the course. I only hope that my glaring errors don't take away too much from the beauty of the piece.


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Performer's name:earlofmar
From:Australia
Experience:5.3 years
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Bagatelle No 11, Op
Composer:Beethoven
Duration:01:35
Source of music:Sheet Muisic
Instrument used:Kawai K8
Recording method:Zoom H4n
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This Bagatelle sounds simple enough but proved to be a huge technical challenge, perhaps why AMEB chose it as part of their syllabus. As well as the usual fingering tricks, (contortion really), Beethoven has played on me before, this time he also had me trilling while holding down another note. I thought he was just been mean, but then he had me do it again, this time trilling with the third and fourth fingers. This did not begin to feel comfortable for a very long time, and even now is far from effortless. However, the piece has come a long way since my early days with it when I would lift my hands between chords. My fantastic and patient teacher showed me, with only the aid of a pencil, how to play the chord sequences legato. Just a few months ago I played this piece as part of my AMEB exam. It probably was not much better on the day, but neither did it have the glaring mistake I have kept in for this recording. The examiner remarked there was elegantly shaped phrasing and the touch clear but not always precise. Thankfully she kept a record of the event because it is all just a blur to me.

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Performer's name:Monica K.
From:Lexington, KY
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Experience:About 13 years of piano, self-taught
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://youtu.be/kkRAx2UlYY4
Home page link:http://www.youtube.com/pianomonica
Title of piece:Gravity
Composer:Dirk Maassen
Duration:04:19
Source of music:Sheet music, available at Maassen's website: https://dirkmaassen.com/sheets
Instrument used:Mason & Hamlin A
Recording method:mp3 file recorded on Zoom H4, amplified in Audacity. YouTube video recorded on Zoom Q8.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I was introduced to this piece by Roberta Voss, whose lovely playing of it--and its similarity to the music of Ludovico Einaudi--captivated my interest. In some respects it is an extremely easy piece to play (ridiculously simple left hand, lots of repetition, easy rhythms). But as with many examples of minimalist music, capturing the emotion and artistry of the piece is much more difficult.

I should note that I performed the piece as written, except for a couple of measures that--to my ear--did not duplicate Maassen's recording. In those cases I attempted to match the official recording as closely as possible.

Lunch was leftover red beans and rice.

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Performer's name:MarieJ
From:Brisbane Australia
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Experience:A few sporadic lessons decades apart, then self taught since discovering Einaudi in December 2011
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Dolce Droga
Composer:Ludovico Einaudi
Duration:03:05
Source of music:'Una Mattina' sheet music album
Instrument used:Kawai ES110, Pianoteq
Recording method:WAV file recorded by Pianoteq, converted to MP3 with Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:'Dolce Droga' - which translates as 'sweet drugs' - is a shorter piece from Einaudi's 'Una Mattina' album, in which he is photographed barefoot, relaxing at home with his music. He describes this album as a '... collection of songs linked together by a story ... about me now, my life, the things around me'.

So what are Einaudi's 'dolce droga'? Music and his piano would have to come top of the list.

I've started (and given up) on this very sweet piece numerous times; while it looks relatively straightforward, for me it has presented challenges. Fermatas are a significant hurdle. Liberally sprinkled throughout, they lie in wait, threatening to interrupt the flow of the piece unless handled gently ...

My 'Dolce Droga' still has a way to go, but for now I'll take a break, and revisit it some time in the future.

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Performer's name:PianogrlNW (Ellen)
From:Seattle area
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Shenandoah
Composer:Unknown
Duration:04:58
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Schimmel Grand
Recording method:Zoom H2N
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is Keith Jarrett's arrangement of the iconic American folk song Shenandoah. I love Keith's harmonic progressions. Had to rearrange some of his chords as he favors 10ths and my hands are not large enough to make those spans.

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Performer's name:Riddler (Ed)
From:Florida
Experience:Two or three years of lessons as a kid; four years of jazz lessons as an adult; and a lifetime of noodling and playing by ear.
Direct music link:click to download
Home page link:http://edsjazzpianopage.blogspot.com/
Title of piece:500 Miles High
Composer:Chick Corea
Duration:02:36
Source of music:Lead sheet.
Instrument used:Yamaha Clavier
Recording method:Pianoteq/Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:500 Miles High is a beautiful song written by jazz pianist Chick Corea. There has been much debate about the meaning of the title, and about the unusual harmonies, which I find quite intriguing. It is considered to be a jazz standard. I am playing my own arrangement from a lead sheet.

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Performer's name:Pianist685 (Constantin)
From:Hamburg, Germany
Experience:12 years of classical piano lessons as a child, 30+ without a teacher since
Direct music link:click to download
Home page link:http://imslp.org/wiki/User:C._Stephan
Title of piece:Moonrise
Composer:Brian Crain
Duration:03:07
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Sauter upright with Pianodisc silent system
Recording method:Silent system to notebook, Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:As far as minimal music is concerned, there is much more than just Einaudi. Here is a piece by the American composer Brian Crain. The moon comes out at 1:53. And yes, the piece does need that much reverb...

Re: Recital 49 --- February 15, 2018 [Re: AB Forum Recital] #2714367
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Performer's name:Ganddalf
From:Norway
Experience:50+ years
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Nocturne Op.32 no.1
Composer:Chopin
Duration:04:20
Source of music:Henle edition
Instrument used:Yamaha AvantGrand N1
Recording method:Zoom H1
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This Chopin nocturne in B-major isn't so often played, and this is a pity because it is very beautiful and one of the easier ones to play. The most interesting part is perhaps the coda which is very original. People who know the piece well will notice that I end the piece in b-minor, which is according to the two different scores I have studied. Some pianists, however, end with a major chord. My feeling is that b-minor is more in accordance with the character of the coda, and prefer it this way.

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Performer's name:Jerzyk19
From:UK
Experience:18 months
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iI_gvcqWLr0
Title of piece:Prelude in E minor Op 28 No 4
Composer:Frederic Chopin
Duration:02:03
Source of music:Music Sheet
Instrument used:Roland LX-17
Recording method:Digital
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I know that it is very overplayed piece but I couldn't resist. I love it.
Left hand was very tricky for me. It isn't easy to make it soft with all sounds in the chord even. I hope that it does not sound like I would chopping wood.

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Performer's name:zsolpyW
From:Poland
Experience:12 yo as youth
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYGed40n20M
Title of piece:I fix my eye in thine
Composer:Jacek Glenc
Duration:03:08
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:KAWAI K48
Recording method:Zoom H2n, Panasonic LX7
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Please have a look at my performance of a beautifull piece by unknown polish composer Jack Glenc.

It would be interesting to get your opinion about the composition and my pefrormance.


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Performer's name:Peyton
From:Maine
Experience:A bunch. Some lessons years ago.
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgAC0gAWWyA
Home page link:http://www.peytonart.com
Title of piece:Etude #6
Composer:Philip Glass
Duration:05:25
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Young Chang Pramberger grand
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I'm not sure what Philip Glass intended with this work but for me it talks of desperation and despair. Perhaps the fact I was learning it while someone close to me was going through a very difficult time helped give me that impression but, none the less, that is how I interpret it and hopefully that comes across in my playing.

Also, anyone following the sheet music will notice I'm not playing as printed near the end (about the middle of the third page). I noticed a number of very fine pianists playing a slightly different version from the one I have (Philip Glass, The Complete Etudes..Chester Music) and I prefer it. I could not find the sheet music for this different version but I'm pretty sure I have it right.

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Performer's name:Sandalholme
From:UK
Experience:Too many
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Mazurka Op24 No2
Composer:Chopin
Duration:02:41
Source of music:Henle Urtext Chopin mazurkas
Instrument used:Pianoteq v6 Grotrian
Recording method:ES7 keyboard out pc, edited in Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:If I remember correctly, I made a hash of bar 57, restarted from there and deleted the mash up. (I can hear a faint noise which may indicate a join)

The mazurka rhythm is very tricky: hope I have captured it to some extent.

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Performer's name:Tootles/Laurie
From:Georgia, USA
Experience:3 months
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:I Want to Hold Your Hand
Composer:Lennon and McCartney
Duration:00:56
Source of music:Faber Adult Piano Popular Book 1
Instrument used:1927 Bechstein Model L
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I started playing only 3 months ago, so I'm a rank beginner. I struggled playing with this piece, still learning to read bass clef and now also accidentals. Forget about using the pedal for now, it's like rubbing your tummy and patting your head. I'm having a great time taking piano lessons and it's stretching my 63-year-old brain, but at times it is like an ice cream brain freeze.

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Performer's name:SwissMS/Doris
From:Costa del Sol Spain
Experience:10+
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Valses venezolanos #1 Adriana
Composer:Miguel Astor
Duration:03:18
Source of music:Sheet Music- Piano Exam Pieces ABRSM grade 8 2017-2018
Instrument used:Bosendorfer 214VC
Recording method:Zoom Q4 to audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:From the ABRSM description: "Adriana, composed in 1987 is nostalgic, with a contrasting central section which is more cheerful, with a left hand rhythmic figure reminiscent of the traditional Venezuelan waltz accompaniment. National elements of this kind are combined with rich pungent harmonies that owe much to jazz."

This piece was very difficult for me to make sense out of at first. So, I developed a story for it, which made it fall into place for me. So this is my story of what I see when I play it.

Picture someone having breakfast, and reminiscing about a failed relationship.The relationship was clearly passionate, but stormy. There are bittersweet memories, with a bit of anger and sadness. Then as the second section begins, my character is commuting through the city, hearing all of the cacophony of the bustling city -traffic, construction, rushing crowds. The work day is competitive and stressful. The second section ends with a stressful chord. Then as the main theme returns he is home again and contemplatig his lost love, only this time with a bit more hope. smile

I will be working on this piece for some time, and I am still developing it. It is far more difficult than it looks, but it is coming together well. The composer calls for tempo rubato, and incorporates many retardandos and accellerandos in the piece. I am getting there with it, but I still see it as a work in progress.

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Performer's name:Piano2138
Experience:22 months
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Title of piece:Menuet BWV Anh 132
Composer:J.S. Bach
Duration:01:14
Source of music:J.S. Bach - Selections from Anna Magdalena's Notebook, Alfred Publishing Co
Instrument used:Yamaha CLP-585
Recording method:Piano to MIDI, rendered with Garritan CFX, normalized & converted to MP3 with Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:It is not clear if J. S. Bach is the author of this minuet from the Anna Magdalena's Notebook.
However, David Schulenberg ('The Keyboard Music of J.S. Bach') thinks that this piece indicates 'a composer of distinction', due to the shift in measure 6 to the relative major.
Schulenberg is also mentioning that Wilhelm Rust noticed that this minuet opens with a melody similar to 'Frommen Musen' aria from Cantata BWV 214 (re-used later in Christmas Oratorio).

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Performer's name:h8dk97
From:Melbourne
Experience:Taking lessons from September 2015
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Nocturne No. 20 in C-sharp minor
Composer:Chopin
Duration:05:08
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Yamaha W106B
Recording method:zoom h4n pro
Technical feedback wanted:Yes

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Performer's name:Anita Potter
From:Colorado
Experience:A little over 3 years
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Title of piece:Zum Anfang
Composer:Nicolai von Wilm
Duration:01:24
Source of music:Sheet music from IMSLP.org
Instrument used:Casio Privia PX-160
Recording method:Tascam DP-03SD dual stereo out of the keyboard into the Tascam onto an SD card then into Reaper for minor silence edits.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This piece was recommended to me over 3 years ago when I first became a member of the forum. It's been sitting in my binder until January when I managed to learn it and thus record it. YAY!

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Performer's name:dumka1
From:Illinois, USA (originally from Ukraine)
Experience:8 years as a child, off and on as an adult; resumed regular lessons two and a half years ago
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Mazurka op. 7 no. 1
Composer:Frederic Chopin
Duration:01:58
Source of music:Memorized from sheet music
Instrument used:Yamaha upright
Recording method:Zoom H2N (finally got a recording device other than my smart phone!)
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I learned this mazurka relatively quickly in the fall and really enjoyed playing it until I messed it up pretty badly at my teacher's December recital. Happy to send a much better (if not perfect, of course) version to the forum. I love the alternation of bouncy/dancing and more lyrical moods in this piece.

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Performer's name:cmb13
From:Florida
Experience:4-5 years
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Consolation in E Maj, Op 30, No 3
Composer:Mendelssohn
Duration:02:12
Source of music:Sheet Music
Instrument used:Boston 118 PE
Recording method:Mac to Quicktime via Blue Yeti mic
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:The Mendelssohn Song Without Words pieces are nice, educational, recognizable and can be played at an intermediate level. I'm working on bringing out the musicality of the piece, trying to accent the top notes, working on dynamics, softening at the end of the phrase, etc.

The piece is not my favorite, but I enjoy it and I believe it is helping me to move forward. It has a little bit of a religious flavor to me, which is not really my style. Nonetheless it is pretty and probably worth keeping in my repertoire.

I recorded it a few times; this was the third take. I realize I had a few glitches, a very brief pause, and it's not perfect, but after a few more tries it started to go downhill, so I'm submitting this one. I hope you enjoy it!

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Performer's name:JoBert
From:Germany
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:Since childhood
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://youtu.be/GmjkeCAepAw
Home page link:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJcDLkLZ0uqWMVNKxPGOvpA
Title of piece:Venetian Gondola Song (Songs Without Words - Opus 19, No. 6)
Composer:Felix Mendelssohn
Duration:02:43
Source of music:Henle edition sheet music
Instrument used:Kawai CA 97 with Kawai SK-EX Concert Grand voice
Recording method:Built-in recording, converted to MP3 with Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes

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Performer's name:Moo smile
Experience:14 years
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rq2T3Q8HWPM
Title of piece:Songs Without Words Op.67 no.5 in B Minor
Composer:Mendelssohn
Duration:02:28
Technical feedback wanted:Yes

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Performer's name:fishandchips
Experience:15 months
Direct music link:click to download
Home page link:https://soundcloud.com/user-197203213
Title of piece:Invention 2 in C Minor BWV 773
Composer:J.S. Bach
Duration:02:56
Instrument used:Kawai ES110
Recording method:Pianoteq
Technical feedback wanted:Yes

Re: Recital 49 --- February 15, 2018 [Re: AB Forum Recital] #2714382
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Performer's name:peterws
From:N Engkand
Experience:Too many even for the dog
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://youtu.be/c9OVkhg3dO4
Home page link:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAa3kVLPNqf5vxb3qw7NT0w?view_as=subscriber
Title of piece:Mozart K331
Composer:Mozart
Duration:06:59
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Pianoteq Grotrian through Roland FP50
Recording method:Audacity. Thumb drive from P'teq
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Mozart was nobody's fool. so when he's having a laugh, you laugh too. And he is here, imo. Hacking up a child's nursery rhyme and turning it into something special.
This is a fun piece; the sad bits are just to add a bit o' balance, so he would tell us. Allegedly.
So I'll have a bit of fun too.
I'll carve this up for two reasons.
1) I can't manage some o' those LH notes and mistakes are never far away.
2) Some things definitely need rearranging. According to moi.
Sorry guys. But sometimes a man has gotta do what a man has gotta do. And I sure enjoyed doin' it!
But I do apologise over the time. AND it's stitched at approx. 6.00mins. I might've been able to get a single take on this, but, well . . .other things beckon.
'Bye for now . . . . .Have fun

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Performer's name:MeganR
From:California near Yosemite
Experience:3 years
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Summer Drought
Composer:Janet Gieck
Duration:01:25
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Everett spinet
Recording method:Zoom H4N
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is a different style for me - I really love baroque music, but I want to keep things at least somewhat diversified. I had actually hoped to submit a different piece, but as it turned out, that one wasn't quite ready.

Re: Recital 49 --- February 15, 2018 [Re: AB Forum Recital] #2714384
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Performer's name:Greener/Jeff
From:Toronto
Experience:Mucking around forever. Playing classical since 2012.
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://youtu.be/chQwGLIx_p4
Title of piece:Nocturne in Em, Posthumous. Opus 72, no. 1
Composer:Chopin
Duration:04:22
Instrument used:Yamaha U1-X.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I'd come across a performance of this on YouTube that I thought was just lovely. I decided at that point to learn it. Once I got through the first version of the theme, I didn't take any further for quite some time. It stalled, but I was still playing it and satisfied to just work on the expressiveness of it. Finally realizing I needed to move along with it if I were ever to record it, the remaining 3/4's of it came quite quickly. A bad side effect of this is that I didn't really start working on the trickiest parts early enough. At the time of recording I had about a 50% success rate with the quick runs in the 3rd version of the theme smile . In a previous recording attempt I'd actually nailed all them really nice, but it fell apart elsewhere and overall not good enough. The truth of the matter was, I didn't have them completely secure. This recording thus, is a better representation of where it is at. As with all pieces like this, for me, there is always more to do with it. A good thing I think as it gives more reason to keep coming back to them. There are a couple of other issues where I ventured away from the score slightly. Those that know it, will likely pick up on it. Thankfully it will be easy enough to fix, but I hadn't noticed it until after recording. Although one of the easier Nocturnes, I also think one of the best and I will develop it further.

Thank you for listening.

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Performer's name:CASINITALY (Cheryl)
From:Italy
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:Time flies, -it's just over 8 years now.
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Title of piece:The Town I loved So Well
Composer:Phil Coulter
Duration:02:35
Source of music:sheet music
Instrument used:Yamaha P112N (Silent feature used)
Recording method:audacity to PC
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This song (and it IS a song), holds a special place in my heart. I was shopping for an acoustic piano after only 9 months of lessons, and as you may imagine, I didn't have enough skill (or repertoire) to play anything that demonstrated the full range of any of the pianos we were testing.
I invited my first piano teacher and a very good friend to come and help me, and my friend was "forced" to play this piece on every piano we looked at.
I loved the piece from the first time I heard it - there's a poignancy to it that catches my heart every time I hear or play it. I'm still working at capturing that in my performance - but I feel it coming, bit by bit. I hope you hear it too.

The song was composed by Phil Coulter, an Irishman (like my friend) and it is about his hometown of Derry. He reminisces about what it was like in his childhood - and how it changed as the Troubles made their presence felt. At the top of the score, under the title, he has a note that says out of all his compositions this one has been the most rewarding. And he asks that we be gentle with it.

I'd like to dedicate this piece to my friend, Thomas.

THE TOWN I LOVED SO WELL
In my memory I will always see
the town that I have loved so well
Where our school played ball by the gasyard wall
and we laughed through the smoke and the smell
Going home in the rain, running up the dark lane
past the jail and down behind the fountain
Those were happy days in so many, many ways
in the town I loved so well

In the early morning the shirt factory horn
called women from Creggan, the Moor and the Bog
While the men on the dole played a mother's role,
fed the children and then trained the dogs
And when times got tough there was just about enough
But they saw it through without complaining
For deep inside was a burning pride
in the town I loved so well

There was music there in the Derry air
like a language that we all could understand
I remember the day when I earned my first pay
And I played in a small pick-up band
There I spent my youth and to tell you the truth
I was sad to leave it all behind me
For I learned about life and I'd found a wife
in the town I loved so well

But when I returned how my eyes have burned
to see how a town could be brought to its knees
By the armoured cars and the bombed out bars
and the gas that hangs on to every tree
Now the army's installed by that old gasyard wall
and the damned barbed wire gets higher and higher
With their tanks and their guns, oh my God, what have they done
to the town I loved so well

Now the music's gone but they carry on
For their spirit's been bruised, never broken
They will not forget but their hearts are set
on tomorrow and peace once again
For what's done is done and what's won is won
and what's lost is lost and gone forever
I can only pray for a bright, brand new day
in the town I loved so well

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Performer's name:Keselo
From:Netherlands
Experience:1 Year and 1 Month
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7wxiiBbrX4
Title of piece:Waltz
Composer:Shostakovich
Duration:00:48
Source of music:Children's Notebook Op. 69, published by Schirmer.
Instrument used:Steinbeck 130 Upright
Recording method:Two microphones connected to a Scarlett 2i4 audio interface, audio captured through Audacity.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I first learned this little waltz back in October. I played it much more slowly then, and while it was fairly effective, this piece sounds much better when played a bit faster in my opinion.

I'm still not quite done with the piece; I'm working to add it to my repertoire, which means I'll have to pick it up once more in 3 months from now.

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Performer's name:GoldmanT
From:Scotland
Experience:1 year returner, but had first lesson 30+ years ago.
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xyVVX_kFmOI
Home page link:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTzI0uoQTyVz6tFHeKHaNvw/videos?shelf_id=0&view=0&sort=dd
Title of piece:Memories of Green
Composer:Vangelis
Duration:04:47
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Kawai CN35 (chorus and cathedral reverb, resonances turned up to max)
Recording method:USB
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:At the moment this would be my desert island piece - I'm sure I'll get bored of it eventually but there's enough variation and emotional range in it to keep me going back to it. It ends in a quietly triumphant way and hitting the last D major chord really feels like you've been on a journey. smile

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Performer's name:Ralph L.
From:Calgary Canada
Experience:~one year, self study
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://youtu.be/Byk0DvWVX-8
Title of piece:Introduction and dance (piano+keyboard)
Composer:Alfred
Duration:01:21
Source of music:Originally from Alfred book 2. Played very slow and added keyboard accompaniment in the middle.
Instrument used:Roland FP30+ yamaha psr e353
Recording method:Alesis linelink
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Youtube video volume very low, not sure how to fix it.

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