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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...

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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
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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
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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
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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
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Experience:Since childhood
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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
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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
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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

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Performer's name:peterws
From:N Engkand
Experience:Too many even for the dog
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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
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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.

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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
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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
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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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Performer's name:Medden
From:London
Experience:3-4 years
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Title of piece:Giorni Dispari
Composer:Ludovico Einaudi
Duration:06:11
Source of music:Memory
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:My teacher gave me this piece, with lots of advice on how to play it.
All feedback most welcome. Missed a few recitals. Its nice to be back!

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Performer's name:Muhwu
From:Finland, but living in Estonia
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:A bit over 2 years now.
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCv8msmv6eWb8RK9HLUOWytw
Home page link:http://www.muhweli.com
Title of piece:Schumann - Knecht Ruprecht - Op. 68 No. 12
Composer:Robert Schumann
Duration:03:10
Source of music:I have full Album fur die Jugend edition from Schumann, which is also the source of this sheet music.
Instrument used:Roland F-130R digital piano
Recording method:Digital to PC via Scarlett Solo; recorded with Ableton Live; encoded with Audacity.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I think it's a nice piece and rather educational for switching between characters. It also has these gnarly octave jumps in the beginning that are good to master. One could always play a bit faster I suppose and there's no cap to getting the dynamics just right. So far it is the piece I most enjoy playing from this album.

I actually had some left over pizza for lunch. Was good.

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Performer's name:pianopi
From:USA
Experience:7 years as a child and, after a longish break, took piano up again as an adult for around 7 or 8 years.
Direct music link:click to download
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Title of piece:Allemande from French Suite in G Major, BWV 816
Composer:J.S. Bach
Duration:03:03
Source of music:Magrath Masterwork Classics Level 10
Instrument used:Kawai CN27
Recording method:Audacity; digital to PC
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Trills could definitely use some work, the rhythm feels a little jerky in places. Trimmed some gaps in the recording on audacity.

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Performer's name:sinophilia
From:Italy
Experience:Almost 6 years
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Title of piece:Prelude in A Major op. 28 no. 7
Composer:Chopin
Duration:00:48
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Yamaha W110BW (U1)
Recording method:iPhone 7
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I wished to submit a 4-minute Mozart sonata movement, but the recording I did just after finishing it is quite stiff and lifeless, and now it looks like I forgot the whole thing laugh So this time I will only bother you with 16 bars of music smile

I had tried to learn this prelude several times to no avail, because I couldn't manage the leaps. Now it looks like I can, and it kind of happened all of a sudden. Of course pedal, voicing and smoothness could be better, but I'm quite happy with the tempo and shaping. So finally here's the last of the 4 "easy" preludes for me, now on to more scary stuff!

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Performer's name:timmyab
From:uk
Experience:25 years ish
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Title of piece:op102 no4
Composer:Mendelssohn
Duration:02:29
Source of music:Songs without words. Kevin Mayhew urtext edition.
Instrument used:Yamaha s52
Recording method:Pianoteq 5 (Bluthner I think)
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Mendelssohn has grown on me over time. Some composers sweep you off your feet in a love at first sight sort of way, but for me Mendelssohn is a better for the knowing sort of composer.

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Performer's name:PikaPianist
From:Brisbane, Australia
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Title of piece:Binks' Sake
Composer:Kohei Tanaka
Duration:03:11
Source of music:Own transcription
Instrument used:Kawai CS7 + VI Labs Ravenscroft 275 VST
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:For this recital I decided on something non-classical. This is my own transcription of Binks' Sake, a song from the Japanese manga/anime series One Piece. This song was commonly sung amongst the pirates of old.

It was especially good fun to write my own transcription to this song.
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Lyrics (English translation):

Yo-hohoho, Yo-hohoho (x4)

Going to deliver Binks' Sake!
Following the sea breeze! Riding on the waves!
Far across the salty depths! The merry evening sun!
The birds sing as they draw circles in the sky!

Farewell to the harbor, To my old hometown
Lets all sing out with a Don! As the ship sets sail
Waves of gold and silver dissolve to salty spray
As we all set sail to the ends of the sea

Going to deliver Binks' Sake!
We are pirates sailing through the Sea!
The waves are our pillows, The ship our roost
Flying the proud skull on our flags and our sails

Now comes a storm through the far-off sky
Now the waves are dancing, Beat upon the drums
If you lose your nerve this breath could be your last
But if you just hold on, The morning sun will rise

Yo-hohoho, Yo-hohoho (x4)

Going to deliver Binks' Sake!
Today, and tomorrow, our dreams through the night!
Waving our goodbyes, we'll never meet again!
But don't look so down, For tomorrow night the moon will also rise!

Going to deliver Binks' Sake!
Let's all sing it with a Don! A song of the waves
Doesn't matter who you are, Someday you'll just be bones
Never-Ending, Ever-wandering, Our funny Traveling tale!

Yo-hohoho, Yo-hohoho (x4)

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Performer's name:mel_lem (Melanie)
From:Malaysia
Experience:12 years as a child. Restarted since December 2016.
Direct music link:click to download
Home page link:https://soundcloud.com/mel_lem22/tracks
Title of piece:Sonatina Op. 88, No. 2 "Rondo"
Composer:Friedrich Kuhlau
Duration:01:53
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Yamaha P-45
Recording method:Live audio recorded through line-in into Garageband running on iPad.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I am now in the "Sonatina" phase, and this is my current favorite.

Lunch was yummy thai food.

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Performer's name:newbert
From:Upstate NY
Experience:3 years as a child, 45 years away from piano, then 4 years as an adult.
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Title of piece:Souvenir
Composer:Billy Joel
Duration:02:03
Source of music:Sheet Music
Instrument used:Kawai VPC-1
Recording method:Pianoteq 6 - direct to MP3.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Back in the 70's and 80's, Billy Joel often finished up his concerts by playing this song (solo) as the last piece of his encore. (I'm not sure whether he still does.)

"Every year's a souvenir that slowly fades away."

From his "Streetlight Serenade) album released in 1974.

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Performer's name:FrankieC
From:Brentwood, TN
Experience:50 years
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Video link:https://www.youtube.com/user/FrankCicalese
Title of piece:Intermezzo in A Major, Opus 118, No. 2
Composer:Johannes Brahms
Duration:05:07
Source of music:Sheet music.
Instrument used:K. Kawai RX-6
Recording method:Steinberg UR44, Audio Technica mics, Ableton Live
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I was experimenting with some of my new equipment and software and decided to record this work as a test. Ableton is new to me and I don't know that I will use It again for this type of recording but I learned a lot about the software while doing this.

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Performer's name:Sam S
From:Georgia, USA
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Experience:a lot
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Title of piece:Notturno
Composer:Grieg, Edvard
Duration:05:18
Instrument used:1927 Bechstein Model L
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Just started this one in December, so it's still a work in progress - needs to be quicker I think, and I really need to shape the melody better, but there's a lot of stuff going on underneath it.

Memorizing it is difficult - the harmonies are very chromatic, which is what gives it that lovely sound, but its easy to get lost in the chords and get off by a half step or so!

I love it though, and have heard it many times in the quarterly recitals. I would like to do a set of three of Grieg's Lyric Pieces for my full recital at school - we'll see.

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Performer's name:Piano_primo_1
From:South Pgh PA USA
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:8 yrs.
Direct music link:click to download
Home page link:https://wp.me/p5jsTm-1L
Title of piece:Little Serenade
Composer:J Haydn
Duration:00:52
Source of music:Sheet Music
Instrument used:Piano
Recording method:Cable to laptop
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Easier piece than last recital... need time management skills. Piano too!!

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Performer's name:that'sRich
From:Hertfordshire, UK
Experience:5 years of lessons age 7 to 12 and 2 1/2 years in late 20's then playing on and off since.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Mazurka in F Minor. Opus 57 No.3 from Trois morceaux.
Composer:Anatoly Lyadov
Duration:01:34
Source of music:Sheet Music
Instrument used:Upright acoustic piano - Waldemar (Berlin) manufactured 1909.
Recording method:Zoom H4
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:The Russian composer, Anatoly Lyadov (1855 - 1914) was a pupil of Rimsky-Korsakov at the St.Petersburg Conservatory where he himself later taught composition, numbering Prokofiev as one of his pupils.He was associated with,although not one of the Russian group of composers known as 'The Five' or 'The Mighty Handful'.

A pianist friend gave me a copy of this music. It is the shortest of three pieces from Lyadov's Op.57 and one challenge I had with it was to play it in accordance with the tempo and style description at the beginning of 'Allegretto con Amarezza'- (Amarezza means bitterness). I wondered however do I apply bitterness to playing a piano piece? With a bit of advice from another friend who teaches piano I present a reasonably finished performance here which I hope displays some discernible bitterness.
This friend also commented that he thought the piece seemed to sound like two lovers having an argument and I could see just what he meant - a sad beginning then,(and occurring a few times throughout) long phrases of quavers seeming to represent the main vocal part with the middle livelier and joyful section depicting good times remembered, then back to the present tension a brief build up of passion and finally what seems like a sad resignation leading up to the end.
This would set the scene for a feeling of amarezza spiced throughout the piece (perhaps excluding the middle) and,actually,I think that sounds like a tasty drink maybe of the liqueur variety which would have gone well with my bangers and mash which I had for lunch today!

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Performer's name:andy250
From:Poland
Experience:I have fooled around with piano for many years. Got a teacher and started serious practice 5 months ago.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Krotka bajka
Composer:Grzegorz Turnau
Duration:03:11
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Kawai CA67 / SK5 sound
Recording method:Internal CA67 recorder
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Piece: It is an art song written by Polish pianist, vocalist and composer Grzegorz Turnau and released in 1993. It is based on a poem by Ewa Lipska.

Practice: I've learned fragments of this piece many years ago, never really played it in full or polished it - until now. Had to arrange the ending on my own - original recording fades into silence with the "chorus".

Tech: from CA67's internal recorder exported to USB (gain +9), then trimmed in audacity.

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Performer's name:noobpianist90
From:India
Experience:10+ years
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://youtu.be/N_tGrMukkMI
Title of piece:Divertimento in G Major Hob. XVI: 8
Composer:Joseph Haydn
Duration:06:15
Source of music:IMSLP:
http://petrucci.mus.auth.gr/imglnks/usimg/b/bd/IMSLP112097-PMLP01636-Haydn-Hob-XVI-8_(Transc.RSB).pdf
Instrument used:Kawai VPC-1, Pianoteq 6
Recording method:Reaper DAW
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I missed the last few recitals and I'm glad I made it for this one. I decided to resubmit with this recording since it is a lot better than my first one. I made fewer mistakes, and on the whole, I'm happier with how it turned out.

I started learning this piece a long time ago. I submitted the first movement for a previous recital, but somehow never got around to learning the rest of the movements. I got some good feedback the last time and made use of it this time.

The first movement is set in sonata form with a 2/4 time signature. Some of the challenges I faced with this movement were, getting the dynamics exactly right and also getting the feel of the articulation right. The ornamentation also took some time to get right.
The second movement is a minuet set in 3/4. Maintaining a steady tempo was a lot harder than I expected in this movement. It would sound right while playing it, but after recording it and listening to it, it would invariably sound off at certain points.
The third movement is set in 4/4. This is my favourite movement of the four. I especially like the second part of this movement. The trill in the second part was especially satisfying to get right (not that it's perfect :D).
The fourth movement is set in 3/8. I think it should be played somewhat faster than what I could manage. It requires some good finger coordination and independence to play it really fast. If I tried to play faster than what I recorded, I would invariably start fumbling at the second part where the octaves come in.

There are a couple of mistakes and a few missed notes, and I fumbled in one place but managed to recover reasonably well. So on the whole, I'm quite happy with this recording. There were a lot more mistakes in my earlier recording.

I would appreciate any constructive criticism / feedback.

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Performer's name:SandTiger
From:Southern California
Experience:6 years
Direct music link:click to download
Home page link:http://sandtigerpiano.blogspot.com/
Title of piece:Capistrano v2
Composer:SandTiger
Duration:04:33
Source of music:Revised version of my original composition Capistrano.
Instrument used:Casio PX150 digital piano
Recording method:On board recording, then to an intermediate source, then to Audacity to boost the volume.
Technical feedback wanted:No
Additional info:Capistrano is about the journey of the swallows of San Juan Capistrano. They return each year to Southern California in March. The swallows leave for Argentina in October.

There are three short movements: Leaving Capistrano, Light as a Feather, Clear Blue Sky. Leaving is loud, noisy, a bit chaotic. Light is about the journey. Blue Sky about the joyous return.

This is a rewritten version. I completely redid the first section, added a glissando to the second. The third is mostly the same.

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Performer's name:joangolfing
From:Iowa
Experience:Not sure after all these years!
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Reverie (Sweet Dreams)
Composer:Peter I. Tchaikovsky
Duration:02:41
Source of music:Easy Classics to Moderns, Vol. 17 Music for Millions Series Edited by Denes Agay
Instrument used:Roland FP-4
Recording method:Zoom H2 with Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Recording this on my Roland FP4 digital rather than my Yamaha GC1 grand was a challenge. I'm away from home for the winter. I couldn't get the correct volume or any combination of settings on my digital or my Zoom to stop the clipping on the louder notes. I'm continuing from my last recital with not looking at my hands (very often) and using "feel" and intervals to help me.

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Performer's name:LadyAcadia
From:USA, mid-atlantic
Experience:weekly piano lessons for approx 9 months. prior to that a couple of terms of music in grade school, high school and 2 terms of theory at community college.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Carnival of Venice
Composer:Composer not Listed -- known only as a Venetian Melody
Duration:01:11
Source of music:sheet music
Instrument used:digital piano. Yamaha DGX-660 with the 3-pedal accessory
Recording method:recorded by the digital piano (in MIDI) then converted by piano to *.WAV (saved to USB) then final conversion to MP3 (software used LAME).
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This piece demonstrates the musical concept of variation. My 3rd piece learned. It's fun to play and is a good warm-up piece.

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Performer's name:Serge88
From:Canada
Experience:many years
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://youtu.be/MPv3I3aaTFs
Title of piece:My Love
Composer:Paul McCartney
Duration:03:28
Source of music:play by ear
Instrument used:Roland FP7 and Pianoteq
Recording method:iMac + Pianoteq
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This one is for valentine day

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Performer's name:Greywullf
From:Tacoma, WA
Experience:29 years
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Chopin Prelude Op. 28, No. 6
Composer:Frederic Chopin
Duration:01:23
Source of music:Sheet Music
Instrument used:1911 Chickering Parlor Grand
Recording method:Audacity, using an ASUS flipbook built-in microphone
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:My piano is home again, and I feel inspired by the 40 pieces a year and MOYD this year.

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Performer's name:Muove
Experience:I'm playing, without any prior experience, since august 2014. That's three and a half years.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Schumann - Op. 68 nr. 6 - Armes Waisenkind
Composer:Robert Schumann
Duration:01:27
Instrument used:Kawai K3 upright
Recording method:I used my iphone balancing on the sheet rack (sorry, for the audio quality!)
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I'm glad I succeeded at making a recording. As my current and continuing struggle is to gather enough focus to get through a whole piece without having it crash due to some kind of inattention, or getting overwhelmed with toughts.

I still hear things I want to improve, like having the chords less staccato and more tenuto, and also having more a general arc in the piece with a single high point. I wanted to add some pedal as well, but it proved still too difficult for making a decent recording.

Still I'm satisfied with my general progress as a piano player. Three years ago I never would have thought being able to play the pieces I play now.

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Performer's name:Yamaha G3 & P-80, Mike White
From:90 miles West of New Orleans
Experience:Self-teaching since the beginning of the recitals
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Knowing When To Leave
Composer:Burt Bacharach
Duration:02:35
Source of music:play-by-ear
Instrument used:Yama P-80
Recording method:Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I'm back...Another piece by ear. This is so much easier than reading a piece over and over to get a good recording. I just don't have the patience any more.

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Performer's name:thepianoplayer416
From:Canada
Experience:10
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Video link:http://www.youtube.com/user/thepianoplayer416
Title of piece:Goldberg Var. #30 & Aria - BWV988
Composer:J.S. Bach
Duration:03:14
Instrument used:Yamaha P95
Recording method:Sony A5000 video
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Composed by Bach first published in 1741. Heard a recording made in 1981 by the Canadian pianist Glenn Gould (Aria+30 variations) in his home studio. The piece was composed for someone who suffered from insomnia. Found the pieces to be rather technical and tend to keep someone up all night just figuring out how to play the variations.
Preferred to listen to the piece performed with a harpsichord tuned to A=415 instead of piano A=440 which gives authenticity to the piece.

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Performer's name:Micael K
From:Quebec
Experience:2 years as a kid, about 2.5 years after 20 years break.
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://youtu.be/rMPccqlSuIk
Title of piece:Nocturne in Eb Major, Op. 9 No. 2
Composer:Chopin
Duration:04:41
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Kawai Gx3
Recording method:Line audio CM3 x2, Scarlett 2i2 and Ardour.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I have been working on this piece since a few months, there is still polishing left to be done and I will probably come back at it at a later time. Time to take on a new challenge!

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Performer's name:BSharp(C)yclist (Dan)
From:California
Experience:Just a little over 2 years now of lessons. Hard to believe.
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://youtu.be/_Vb44mzFiHM
Title of piece:Nuvole Bianche
Composer:Ludovico Einaudi
Duration:05:54
Source of music:Essential Einaudi - Islands
Instrument used:Yamaha AvantGrand N2
Recording method:Audio out from digital piano into microphone of Sony FDR-AX33 HandyCam, producing an MP4 file. A flac file was then created using ffmpeg from command line, like so.

ffmpeg -i Video.MP4 Audio.flac

The flac file was then opened with Audacity and the noise removed, and a little volume boost. I try to keep the output from the piano under the threshold of the mic input. I wonder though if Normalize is better than Gain for overall volume boost. I added 3db of Gain to increase the volume.

I then use ffmpeg to replace the audio file in the video, created a mkv file with a gray filter to give it the black/white look, like so.

ffmpeg -i Video.MP4 -i NEW-AUDIO.flac -map 0:v -map 1:a -c:v libx264 -crf 22 -vf format=gray -pix_fmt yuv420p -c:a copy NEW-VIDEO.mkv
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:(Second Recording - I replaced the one I originally uploaded. Thought this was a little better, although I'm getting picky here I think. First version is linked to in YouTube video)

I had my typical salad for lunch. I eat a lot vegetables and chicken.

I love this piece by Einaudi, and the video with the singer. I have no idea what she is saying, but it's beautiful.

I think I need to do work on the pedal. It sounds like I'm pedaling too soon in some places, or just forget to clear it all together. This was the case in the first upload, I think I do a little better with this version.

Thanks for any feedback you might have. I'm going to set this aside for awhile now and come back to it later. Always seem to play it a little better after a break.

I think the next piece by Einaudi I'd like to try is High Heels, but I'm open to suggestions if you have them laugh

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Performer's name:chopinoholic (Paul de Koning)
From:The Netherlands
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Experience:long time
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Video link:https://youtu.be/fWDRTz_C-Ok
Title of piece:Prelude op.23 no.4 D major
Composer:Rachmaninoff, Sergei
Duration:05:29
Source of music:Henle Urtext Edition
Instrument used:Pleyel 205 grand from 1977
Recording method:Zoom H4n with Superlux s502 mic
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Beautiful piece! Hope you enjoy.

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Title of piece:Fantasia in C Major
Composer:Georg Philipp Telemann
Duration:01:30
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