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Re: The Real Waltz Recital - March 19, 2018 [Re: Schubertian] #2722547
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Performer's name:SMA55 (Shepherd Abrams)
From:Originally from Chicago, but currently residing in St. Louis
Experience:Was self-taught as a child, and, after many years of not playing, retired from my profession and began classical lessons almost 4 years ago now.
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://youtu.be/jdBRYgvRNa8
Title of piece:Waltz in C# Minor, Opus 64 No. 2
Composer:Frederic Chopin
Duration:03:47
Source of music:Memorized from sheet music
Instrument used:Steingraeber & Sohne D232
Recording method:Zoom H4N for audio, trimmed and converted to mp3 with Audacity/ Zoom Q8 for video
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:For these ABF recitals, I've gotten to the point where I make at most two or three attempts at recording a piece. I then forgive myself for the inevitable mistakes that I make in my performances and submit the best one, rather than continue to strive for that elusive perfect performance. And this "best" one--take #2--is still just about as far from a perfect performance as one can get. So laughable were some of the mistakes I made, that on one video version that I uploaded to my YouTube channel, I even added a laugh track at an especially mistake laden moment to emphasize my frustration. If you're interested in watching that YouTube version (rather than the video that I formally submitted here), go to 3:05 at https://youtu.be/ewITBJnMrEc. And feel free to laugh along.

Re: The Real Waltz Recital - March 19, 2018 [Re: Schubertian] #2722549
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Performer's name:Davidonabus (David Pritchett)
From:St. John's Newfoundland Canada (currently living in Vancouver, BC)
Experience:8 years
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Waltz Op.69 No.2
Composer:Chopin
Duration:04:33
Source of music:Sheet.
Instrument used:Casio AP620 with Pianoteq
Recording method:Digital to PC
Technical feedback wanted:Yes

Re: The Real Waltz Recital - March 19, 2018 [Re: Schubertian] #2722550
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Performer's name:SwissMS/Doris
From:Costa del Sol Spain
Experience:about 10 years total
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQtI1h0kTck
Title of piece:Waltz in F# Minor
Composer:Rebikov
Duration:01:28
Source of music:Sheet Music (RCM Celebration Series grade 7)
Instrument used:Bosendorfer 214VC
Recording method:Zoom Q4 to audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Since I submitted the Astor "Valses Venozuelos - Adriana" to the quarterly recital, I decided to come up with a couple of additional waltzes for this recital. If anyone is interested, here is a link to the Youtube video of that piece- (just to prove I did it!)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dytzCLyGqU

I like the contrast of moods in this Rebikov piece and its sad, reflective nature. It contrasts two waltz styles. The dotted rhythms of the first section contrast with the flowing feel of the second section.

Re: The Real Waltz Recital - March 19, 2018 [Re: Schubertian] #2722551
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Performer's name:SwissMS/Doris
From:Costa del Sol Spain
Experience:about 10 years total
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvEEclO6u0w
Title of piece:Waltz in B Minor
Composer:Viktor Kossenko
Duration:01:16
Source of music:Sheet Music (RCM Celebration Series Grade 7)
Instrument used:Bosendorfer 214VC
Recording method:Zoom Q4 to audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is another short, but sweet waltz. I fell in love with this piece when I first heard it. It has a few edge of the keys ninths and tenths, but other than that it is pretty straight forward. It is another one where I play with the amount of rubato depending on my mood. This version has quite a bit!

Re: The Real Waltz Recital - March 19, 2018 [Re: Schubertian] #2722552
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Performer's name:gingko2
From:Massachusetts
Experience:As a restarter, 3 1/2 years.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Lost Waltz
Composer:Dave Brubeck
Duration:01:15
Source of music:Nocturnes, pub. 1966
Instrument used:Kawai CA63
Recording method:digital to USB
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Glad I made it! Another couple weeks would have been better:-) I've been trying to learn "simpler" pieces more efficiently so the recital deadline was a good incentive!

Thanks, Schubertian, for managing this.

Re: The Real Waltz Recital - March 19, 2018 [Re: Schubertian] #2722553
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Performer's name:diretonic
From:uk
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://youtu.be/typhSWc4Tj4
Home page link:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9nnLooIl2bNlzOT_zFugvQ
Title of piece:Waltz for Debby
Composer:Bill Evans
Duration:01:51
Source of music:Original sheet with a few tweaks.
Instrument used:VPC1 controller, Garritan CFX
Recording method:Cubase
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Bill Evans, a wonderfully innovative pianist whose influence on jazz piano and his fellow musicians can't be overstated. Waltz for Debby, probably his most recognised composition, has become a jazz standard.

Re: The Real Waltz Recital - March 19, 2018 [Re: Schubertian] #2722554
03/19/18 10:05 AM
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Performer's name:diretonic
From:uk
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://youtu.be/wmvfflbZBiY
Home page link:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9nnLooIl2bNlzOT_zFugvQ
Title of piece:It's a Raggy Waltz
Composer:Dave Brubeck
Duration:01:56
Source of music:By Ear from mixed sources and some tampering.
Instrument used:VPC1 controller/Garritan CFX
Recording method:Cubase
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is my mish-mash arrangement cobbled together from a couple of Dave Brubeck's YT recordings with a variation of my own for each of the A and B sections. The original album version is quite slow so not having the punch of Joe Morello's drums I felt it sounded better at the brighter tempo of the live versions. Mischievous with the time signature (that was the whole point!) his 3 bars of 2/4 - the raggy bit - can be counted as 2 bars of 3/4 without losing continuity.

I think I must have been in my early teens when my parents, keen jazz-lovers, replaced an aging 78rpm radiogram with a lurid red and cream Dansette player and, of all things, the very first album to play on it, Brubeck's 'Jazz, Red Hot and Cool'. That was a few years before Joe Dodge was replaced by the more polyrhythmic Joe Morello who helped push the quartet to experiment with time signatures. I think Brubeck must have been as surprised as anyone that Take Five (from Time Out) became a huge commercial pop hit.

Re: The Real Waltz Recital - March 19, 2018 [Re: Schubertian] #2722555
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Performer's name:mp15
Experience:15 years
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Valse Impromptu, S.213
Composer:Franz Liszt
Duration:05:53
Instrument used:Yamaha P-255 digital keyboard
Recording method:Audacity with a Blue Yeti USB microphone
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Although he is probably best known for his Hungarian Rhapsodies and etudes, Franz Liszt wrote piano music in almost all styles, including a significant number of waltzes. These include later, more experimental works (Mephisto Walzes, Valses Oubliees) as well as more traditional waltzes, such as this one and others from his touring years.

I probably wouldn't have discovered this piece if it weren't for Gyorgy Cziffra's recording on Youtube. It's a great recording, although he takes a lot of liberties. Well, of course he does - he's Cziffra playing Liszt, right? After giving it some thought, I decided that the idea of an "impromptu" waltz could allow for some flexibility with the written score. Some may disagree, with good reason. Personally, I think there is a long history of performers, including Horowitz and Volodos, judiciously altering Liszt's "showy" works, and the piece is a bit too repetitious without it. It was still tricky to develop my own interpretation after having Cziffra's idea of the piece in my head.

Although I learned the notes ahead of time, I've been playing in a pit band the last few weeks, so I haven't been able to devote as much time to this as I'd like. In the end, though, I think it turned out okay, liberties and all. Enjoy!

Re: The Real Waltz Recital - March 19, 2018 [Re: Schubertian] #2722557
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Performer's name:outo
From:Finland
Experience:about 7
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Waltz op 69
Composer:Shostakovich Dmitry
Duration:00:56
Source of music:Sheet music (Schirmer)
Instrument used:Bluthner baby grand
Recording method:Olympus recorder to MP3
Technical feedback wanted:No
Additional info:I noticed today that it's the last day of this recital and suddenly I had a feeling that I have missed too many recitals already...But I do not really care for waltzes and had nothing prepared. So what to do? I looked into my library for the easiest one I could find and found this little cute waltz by one of my favorite composers. I had trouble reading the notes, they are so small, but I managed to record it after a few tries.

My grand is out of tune and I notice from the recording that I am playing very reserved in the upper register to keep the tone down. But it's really not the piano's fault, it's the terrible weather changes (it has gone up from -15c to 0c and then back down again in just few days).

The piece is from notebook for children. Even if it's very short and simple I think it presents well the distinctive unique style of Shostakovich.

Re: The Real Waltz Recital - March 19, 2018 [Re: Schubertian] #2722558
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Performer's name:PikaPianist
From:Brisbane, Australia
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://youtu.be/ZSkUWdawA5g
Title of piece:Waltz (Lyric Pieces Op.38, No.7)
Composer:Grieg
Duration:01:02
Source of music:IMSLP
Instrument used:Kawai CS7 + VI Labs Ravenscroft 275 VST
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:A bouncy, mischievous waltz. The Presto middle section was especially exciting to play.

Re: The Real Waltz Recital - March 19, 2018 [Re: Schubertian] #2722559
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Performer's name:Greener/Jeff
From:Toronto
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Gravy Waltz
Composer:Ray Brown & Steve Allen
Duration:02:27
Source of music:Dad, diretonic, Oscar Peterson, Greener
Instrument used:Yamaha UX-1
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:diretonic has helped me construct this arrangement for the Gravy Waltz. I had something but it was not enough, so when an offer of help was extended from across the ocean, I was eager to accept. What an enjoyable experience it has been. Lynton and I have met weekly since early January via Skype for brief sessions and working around other personal engagements.

The arrangement is far more rich now, but remains a work in progress for me. I did not wish to be recording on the final day of submissions, but had forgotten about an out of town commitment I had the day before, and prior to that I was working on getting to performance tempo as not quite there. It still is not entirely, as evident smile . Oops. Hopefully, you can get the idea of what it is supposed to be, when not as choppy and all timing issues worked out. I'm confident to make it better, but struggling more with it today will not be enough. This is best effort for the moment.

The process meanwhile has been a delight. Thank you, Lynton for helping me. It has been pleasure to correspond and get to know you more. Looking forward to more learning.

Re: The Real Waltz Recital - March 19, 2018 [Re: Schubertian] #2722560
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Performer's name:Moonsh1ne
From:NJ
Experience:4.5 years
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://youtu.be/z9dD_iB4ijA
Title of piece:Waltz in e minor
Composer:Alexander Griboyedov
Duration:02:23
Source of music:http://piano.ru/scores/gr/gr-val.pdf
Instrument used:August Forster 190
Recording method:Samsung Galaxy S7 w/ Comica CVM-VS08
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I love this simple little piece, though as yet can't really do it justice.


Alexander Griboyedov was a Russian poet, diplomat, playwright and composer. He was what one would call a Renaissance man. He's best known for comedy in verse play "Woe from Wit", many witty phrases from which have become aphorisms in the Russian language. He was murdered in Tehran, Persia as ambassador to Persia when angry Iranians destroyed the embassy.
I'm only aware of these two little waltzes for piano from his composing, of which this is the second.

Re: The Real Waltz Recital - March 19, 2018 [Re: Schubertian] #2722561
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Performer's name:Moonsh1ne
From:NJ
Experience:4.5
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://youtu.be/52AVt2bv20o
Title of piece:Waltz in C sharp Minor Op.64 No. 2
Composer:Chopin
Duration:04:12
Source of music:sheet music from IMSLP
Instrument used:Steinway A
Recording method:Samsung Galaxy S7 w/ Comica CVM-VS08

removed HVAC noise in Audacity (still there in the video)
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I had stopped by Steinway Hall in NYC on my way to work in the morning (Feb 5th 2018) to record this in their 'Experience' room. Didn't have a chance to warm up my hands or anything, it was cold outside. But I often feel like the first piece of the day comes out the best, so there's that.
Back in Sept 2017 I attempted playing this at the EPP in Malaga, which was a verifiable train wreck, so hopefully it's somewhat improved since then.

Re: The Real Waltz Recital - March 19, 2018 [Re: Schubertian] #2722562
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Performer's name:Schubertian
From:dallas, tx
Experience:??
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:La plus que lente
Composer:debussy
Duration:04:09
Source of music:konemann urtext
Instrument used:Estonia 6'4" grand
Recording method:Zoom H4; audacity to cut the trailing noise
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:One take, no edits

Having no french, or very little, I always thought 'La plus que lente' meant "as slow as possible" but apparently that is not correct. In France at that time there was a distinction between the fast, Viennese waltz and the slow waltz. So this title is actually something like "the most slow-waltz of slow-waltzes" - so it is an stylistic description, not a tempo marking.

It is not, however, as the title might imply, a parody either. Some people, I have noticed, take that tack. If you want to hear how it should be played here is Samson Francoise bringing out its soulful side.

https://youtu.be/1Jqxn5h7FnE

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