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The Real Waltz Recital - March 19, 2018 #2722504
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PLEASE DO NOT POST IN THIS THREAD! USE THE DISCUSSION THREAD!

I am delighted to introduce our Real Waltz Themed Recital. Sorry this took so long. There were - issues. I'm glad I nevertheless persisted because it is an interesting and diverse set of pieces here, with a lot of interesting comments. Thanks for the help and support from the various characters here. You know who you are.

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
http://recitals.pianoworld.com/recital_files/ABFPlayer69.php


A template has been created for those who wish to provide individualized feedback:
http://recitals.pianoworld.com/recital_files/The_Waltz_Recital/response-template.txt


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:

<not uploaded yet >


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: The Real Waltz Recital - March 19, 2018 [Re: Schubertian] #2722511
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Performer's name:JoBert
From:Germany
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Experience:Since childhood
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://youtu.be/MrZYZai0IhA
Home page link:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJcDLkLZ0uqWMVNKxPGOvpA
Title of piece:Waltz (Opus 39, No. 3)
Composer:Johannes Brahms
Duration:01:07
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Kawai Novus NV10 with Pianist Mode "Rich"
Recording method:Built-in recording, converted to MP3 with Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I only registered for this recital very late, as I didn't have any waltz piece in the works during the months that the recital was announced. But in late January I found this little gem from the wonderful Brahms Opus 39 waltz collection, and when I made good progress with it during February, I thought that it would be a nice little piece for this recital.

And then I managed to record a good take on the very day the recital opened for submissions, so I took this as a sign - and here I am.

(And now I am a little bit embarrassed that I decided so late to partake in the recital, but my submission is now the very first one. Well, it's only a minute long, so give it a try and please enjoy!)



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Re: The Real Waltz Recital - March 19, 2018 [Re: Schubertian] #2722514
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Performer's name:PianogrlNW (Ellen)
From:Seattle area
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Title of piece:The Gentle Waltz
Composer:Oscar Peterson
Duration:02:25
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Schimmel grand
Recording method:Zoom H2N
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I discovered this piece in my daughter's RCM book. I was drawn to the harmonies and the effects of fairly simple rhythms. Coming from a background of playing mostly classical piano, the lack of key signature (key of C) with accidentals scattered throughout kind of throws me off. It is as if there is no structure or context that I can make sense of. This was also the case with the Brubeck piece I submitted.

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Re: The Real Waltz Recital - March 19, 2018 [Re: Schubertian] #2722515
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Performer's name:Tim Adrianson
From:Madison, WI
Experience:60+
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Title of piece:Jitterbug Waltz
Composer:Thomas "Fats" Waller
Duration:02:57
Source of music:Sheet Music
Instrument used:Kawai 5.5' Baby Grand
Recording method:TASCAM400
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Fats Waller wrote the "Jitterbug Waltz" in 1942, and premiered it on organ with his touring band. The piece is not intended to evoke a Jitterbug dance in any musical way -- it was simply a catchy title using a then recently-invented term for a dance based on fast swing. The arrangement I used is the "original"; i.e., it is not a jazz-based cover, but reflects Waller's straightforward conception.

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Performer's name:Tim Adrianson
From:Madison, WI
Experience:60+
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Title of piece:Emily
Composer:Johnny Mandel
Duration:05:40
Source of music:Sheet Music
Instrument used:Kawai 5.5' Baby Grand
Recording method:TASCAM400
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:In a brief interview, Johnny Mandel indicated that "Emily" was the first song he ever wrote. He was working with the team preparing the film "The Americanization of Emily" in 1965, and had played the entire instrumental version for them, believing that it reflected the character of Emily (played by Julie Andrews) quite accurately. They loved it, and agreed to ask no less than Johnny Mercer to provide a lyric. And thus, a new Jazz standard was born. My recording is a transcription of one of the Bill Evans covers, and (of
course) his realization is superb.

Re: The Real Waltz Recital - March 19, 2018 [Re: Schubertian] #2722518
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Performer's name:Tim Adrianson
From:Madison, WI
Experience:60+
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Title of piece:Blue Shadows in the Street
Composer:Dave Brubeck
Duration:04:28
Source of music:Sheet Music
Instrument used:Kawai 5.5" Baby Grand
Recording method:TASCAM400
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:"Blue Shadows in the Street" is from Brubeck's sequel album to his justly very popular Time Out -- it's simply called "Time Further Out", and was issued in 1962. The composition is in 9/8 time, and I believe it was in line with many of his "time" experiments; in this case, to set a Blues-based piece in something other than the typical 4/4 or 12/8 feel. The effect for me is a VERY slow, solitary waltz, performed by, say, a ballet person, or someone skilled enough to dance that slow gracefully.

Re: The Real Waltz Recital - March 19, 2018 [Re: Schubertian] #2722519
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Experience:3 years
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Home page link:http://www.prayinghorse.com
Title of piece:German Dance WoO 13 No 1
Composer:Beethoven
Duration:02:02
Source of music:Sheet Music
Instrument used:Everett spinet
Recording method:Zoom H4N
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I'm glad we had plenty of time to prepare for this recital, this kind of took me forever but it was a fun forever. And then I also still had to choose between going a little faster or getting something not sloppy so as usual I picked a slower tempo. I think I still got some of the "dance-y" feel in it though.

It has the Mom seal of approval anyway, she always seems to like this one best when I visit and practice on the piano there.

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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 2 and a half years ago
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Waltz op. 69 no. 1 ("L'adieu")
Composer:Chopin
Duration:03:07
Source of music:Memorized from sheet music
Instrument used:Steinway grand (not mine; see below)
Recording method:Zoom H2N
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:For this recording I got access to a new Steinway grand for a limited period of time. So, I was happy to get a decent recording in that short time. When listening to it afterwards, I realized I wished I had used more rubato and more variety in repeated parts. But the sound of that instrument was so beautiful that I decided to go with what I got. You probably know the heart-breaking romantic story behind this piece. If not, look it up!

Re: The Real Waltz Recital - March 19, 2018 [Re: Schubertian] #2722522
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Performer's name:sinophilia
From:Italy
Experience:6 years
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Title of piece:Andantino quasi allegretto - No. 8 from Valses romanticos
Composer:Enrique Granados
Duration:01:33
Source of music:Sheet music from Pianist magazine
Instrument used:Yamaha W110BW
Recording method:iPhone 7
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Apariciones: Valses Romanticos is a set of pieces composed by Enrique Granados in 1891-1893, and it's considered a preliminary study for the more famous and more difficult Valses poeticos. Two of these waltzes have been recently published on Pianist magazine as intermediate pieces, and I really enjoyed learning both. This one is especially lilting and expressive. Granados is very detailed in his indications of dynamics and rubato - I hope I managed to convey the spirit of the piece without exaggeration.

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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:Fantaisie-valse
Composer:Erik Satie
Duration:02:50
Source of music:sheet music
Instrument used:Sauter upright with Pianodisc silent system
Recording method:Silent system via MIDI cable to notebook with Galaxy Vintage D, recorded with Savihost plugin
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is one of Satie's very first compositions. He wrote it when he was only 19.

Re: The Real Waltz Recital - March 19, 2018 [Re: Schubertian] #2722524
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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:Waltz Op. 39 No. 15
Composer:Johannes Brahms
Duration:01:45
Source of music:sheet music
Instrument used:Sauter upright with Pianodisc silent system
Recording method:Silent system via MIDI cable to notebook with Galaxy Vintage D, recorded with Savihost plugin
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Additional info:Brahms' waltzes op. 39 were originally composed for 4 hands and the no. 15 is in A major. However, when Brahms wrote this transcription for 2 hands he changed the key signature to A-flat major.

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Performer's name:barbaram
From:Dublin
Experience:5 as an adult restarter, 4 as a teen, occasional dabbling in between
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Keegan's Waltz
Composer:Trad Irish (?)
Duration:01:19
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Kawai CS8
Recording method:Digital to Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Irish traditional music is famous for its jigs and reels, but many other dance forms were imported and became an important and established part of the tradition, including walzes, mazurkas, polkas and others. When the waltz recital was announced I liked the idea of contributing something of that style. Of course it's very much an oral tradition, and piano is not a standard instrument within it, so I found it hard to locate sheet music for good piano arrangements. Much as I like the idea of arranging my own, that's not a skill I currently possess. So I cast my net out to the internet a bit more widely and came up with 2 so-called Irish waltzes. They are both fairly simple pieces, as fits the folk tradition.

This first one, Keegan's Waltz, claims on the sheet music to be trad Irish, but I haven't found any references to it on the specialist Irish trad sites. There is a similarly named but different one (Kevin Keegan's waltz) which appears in several places, but this one does not. It's also in 6/8 time and while I think you can notate a waltz in 6/8 rather than 3/4, the accompaniment here doesn't have the really strong *1*23 feel that I expect in a true waltz. So, dubiously authentic and perhaps not strictly a waltz :-)

That said, I think it is a pretty piece and I hope you enjoy it.

Re: The Real Waltz Recital - March 19, 2018 [Re: Schubertian] #2722526
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Performer's name:barbaram
From:Dublin, Ireland
Experience:5 as an adult restarter, 4 as a teen, occasional dabbling in between
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Favourite Irish Waltz
Composer:James Bellak
Duration:01:34
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Kawai CS8
Recording method:Digital to Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Irish traditional music is famous for its jigs and reels, but many other dance forms were imported and became an important and established part of the tradition, including waltzes, mazurkas, polkas and others. When the waltz recital was announced I liked the idea of contributing something of that style. Of course it's very much an oral tradition, and piano is not a standard instrument within it, so I found it hard to locate sheet music for good piano arrangements. Much as I like the idea of arranging my own, that's not a skill I currently possess. So I cast my net out to the internet a bit more widely and came up with 2 so-called Irish waltzes. They are both fairly simple pieces, as fits the folk tradition.

This second piece, "Favourite Irish Waltz" is by J. Bellak, who on further digging turns out to be an American composer "Little is known about the life of James Bellak. He was a remarkably prolific composer of sentimental songs and piano pieces. The popularity of his music coincided with the increasing presence of the piano in American homes in the 1860s." This does feel very much like an unassuming piece to be played in the home (the phrase "parlour music" comes to mind, though perhaps even that is flattering in this case!)
Whether he composed this tune in what he considered to be an "Irish" style, or whether he heard it or something like it played by Irish-Americans and documented it, who knows. But I think we can at least agree that this is definitely a waltz :-)
One oddity about this is that the fingering is notated in a way I have never seen before, with a "+" to indicate the thumb and then numbers 1-4 indicating the fingers. I found this *very* confusing at the beginning, and distracting for much longer.

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Performer's name:Tim Adrianson
From:Madison, WI
Experience:60+ years
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Title of piece:Wobbly Waltz
Composer:Steve Chandler
Duration:03:34
Source of music:Sheet Music
Instrument used:Kawai 5.5' Baby Grand
Recording method:TASCAM400
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Steve Chandler is an amateur composer who has shared his compositions on Piano World over the years. He calls his harmonic approach "pantonality", and to my ear, anyway, it has a craggy Americana quality that I find quite unique and attractive. I didn't ask him what he meant by "wobbly", but to me his melodic line does in fact "careen" from key to key through a series of augmented and suspended progressions. A fascinating piece; tough to read -- so many unexpected chordal shifts.

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Performer's name:Tim Adrianson
From:Madison, WI
Experience:60+ years
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Title of piece:Berceuse
Composer:Maxwell Janis
Duration:05:30
Source of music:Sheet Music
Instrument used:Kawai 5.5' Baby Grand
Recording method:TASCAM400
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Maxwell Janis is another amateur composer that 5-6 years back shared his compositions on Piano World -- he seems to have stopped, though, since then. I'm pretty sure he intended the piece as a lullaby, not a waltz, but the song has a clear pulse of 3 at the outset. For me, though, the fascinating aspect is the restatement of the theme. The theme moves to the left hand in 3, but the right hand moves in 4 and sometimes 5 simultaneously, in a quite high register. Very difficult to do, but it is for me SUCH a beautiful piece that it was worth the effort.

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Performer's name:Beemer
From:Scotland
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Experience:62 years
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Waltz No2 from Suite No2 for Jazz Orchestra
Composer:Dmitri Shostakovich
Duration:04:00
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Bluethner Model A
Recording method:Zoom H4n
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Sounds better when played by an orchestra and watching waltzers smile

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Performer's name:zsolpyW
From:Poland
Experience:12 yo as youth
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Title of piece:Waltz in E Major op. posth.
Composer:Fryderyk Chopin
Duration:02:08
Source of music:sheet music
Instrument used:Kawai K48
Recording method:Panasonic LX7, Zoom H2n
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is one of my favorite waltzes. Unfortunately, not very popular, probably because it was published posthumously.
I really like its atmosphere. Very melodic parts, separated by a slightly virtuoso fragment. The ending performed with short pedaling, which diversified the song.

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Performer's name:cmb13 / Craig
From:Florida
Experience:4.5 years
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Title of piece:Milonga del Angel
Composer:Piazzolla, Astor
Duration:04:12
Source of music:Sheet Music
Instrument used:Boston 118 PE
Recording method:QuickTime, Logitec 920, Blue Yeti
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Milonga del Angel is a piece by Astor Piazzolla. A Milonga is an Argentinian style of music similar to a Tango, it is almost waltz-like although it is in 4/4 time. The beats can be counted as 1-2-3-1-2-3-1-2 in some measures, giving it a characteristic feel. Emphasis is on beats 1,4,5, and 7. Astor Piazzola (1921-1992), an Argentinian composer, played in the style of Nuevo Tango, which he helped create. He recorded the Angel suite of three pieces in 1965. This is the second of the series. An adult beginner, I have been playing piano for 4.5 years as of this recording. The piece is played in the key of B minor, modulating to C minor in the middle section, before returning to B minor towards the end. While the performance is not flawless, this piece tests the limits of my capabilities at this point in time. Enjoy.

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Performer's name:PianogrlNW (Ellen)
From:Seattle area
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Title of piece:Memories of a Viennese Park
Composer:Dave Brubeck
Duration:01:49
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Schimmel Grand
Recording method:Zoom H2N
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This piece comes from Dave's set of 24 Nocturnes. He writes in the Foreword that these nocturnes were written for students not yet committed to learn jazz improvisations and hope they will serve as a bridge for classical pianist to understand the music that is the foundation for his jazz performances.

Re: The Real Waltz Recital - March 19, 2018 [Re: Schubertian] #2722533
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Performer's name:EdmondRhapsody
From:San Francisco Bay Area
Experience:7 years of lessons as a kid, as an adult I am playing for fun without lesson
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Video link:https://youtu.be/WEWOGXqQXCk
Title of piece:Waltz Op. 39 No. 15
Composer:Johannes Brahms
Duration:01:54
Source of music:sheet music
Instrument used:Yamaha P-255
Recording method:keyboard USB recording
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is my favorite Brahm's Waltz

Re: The Real Waltz Recital - March 19, 2018 [Re: Schubertian] #2722534
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Performer's name:squidbot (Chris B)
From:Bainbridge Island, WA
Experience:1 year 8 months
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Title of piece:Chopin Waltz in A minor Posthumous B. 150
Composer:Chopin
Duration:02:28
Source of music:Chopin First Book For Pianists, W. Palmer
Instrument used:Yamaha CLP-685
Recording method:Chopin First Book For Pianists, W. Palmer
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Red dot syndrome, this was the best take I got, still some warts. Great practice for live recital though!

Re: The Real Waltz Recital - March 19, 2018 [Re: Schubertian] #2722537
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Performer's name:Tim Adrianson
From:Madison, WI
Experience:60+ years
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Title of piece:The Carousel Waltz
Composer:Richard Rodgers
Duration:09:03
Source of music:Sheet Music
Instrument used:Kawai 5.5' Baby Grand
Recording method:TASCAM400
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:For my money, Richard Rodgers was one the best composers of waltzes who ever lived -- I'd say certainly the best in the Broadway Musical world. And, as popular as Rodgers and Hammerstein later became, I think that it's somewhat forgotten how innovative they were in Musical Theater in the early 40s. "The Carousel Waltz" is a perfect example of this -- rather than writing the opening Overture, with a pastiche of songs that would be heard in the musical itself, he chose a completely different opening concept: a series of waltzes which accompanied pantomimes of various scenes to be presented in the musical -- the waltzes themselves never showed up in the musical itself. And I agree with the general assessment that is this one of the truly great Broadway selections.

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Performer's name:BSharp(C)yclist (Dan)
From:California
Experience:A little over 2 years now.
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Video link:https://youtu.be/9l9md4fQQEw
Title of piece:A Slow Waltz (Op. 39, No. 23)
Composer:Dmitri Kabalevsky
Duration:01:10
Source of music:RCM 5 Repertoire Book
Instrument used:Yamaha AvantGrand N2
Recording method:Audio out from digital piano into microphone of Sony FDR-AX33 HandyCam, producing an MP4 file. Flac file was extracted from MP4, imported into Audacity, normalized and noise removed. Using ffmpeg, the audio replaced the original audio in the MP4 file, and a new mkv video file was created for YouTube.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I have the same thing for lunch everyday - vegetables (salad), and some protein (chicken/eggs). Do not eat wheat, corn, rice. No grain! Evil stuff!

I'm working through RCM5 now and this piece seemed like a good fit for the recital. It's a list C selection. I enjoy it.

Re: The Real Waltz Recital - March 19, 2018 [Re: Schubertian] #2722539
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Performer's name:BSharp(C)yclist (Dan)
From:California
Experience:A little over 2 years now.
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Video link:https://youtu.be/p2exKH9ptyQ
Title of piece:Waltz in A Minor
Composer:Chopin
Duration:02:46
Source of music:Chopin - An Introduction To His Piano Works. Alfred Masterwork Edition.
Instrument used:Yamaha AvantGrand N2
Recording method:Audio out from digital piano into microphone of Sony FDR-AX33 HandyCam, producing an MP4 file. Flac file was extracted from MP4, imported into Audacity, normalized and noise removed. Using ffmpeg, the audio replaced the original audio in the MP4 file, and new mkv video file was created for YouTube.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I have the same thing for lunch everyday - vegetables (salad), and some protein (chicken/eggs). Do not eat wheat, corn, rice. No grain! Evil stuff!

I learned this piece last year, and go back to it from time to time. Trills need work. I think my thumb is lazy and doesn't lift off the key sometimes.

Re: The Real Waltz Recital - March 19, 2018 [Re: Schubertian] #2722540
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Performer's name:Greener/Jeff
From:Toronto
Experience:Long time. Since little, but more in recent years.
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Video link:https://youtu.be/7KANGst6uhQ
Title of piece:Song to Elitha
Composer:Oscar Peterson
Duration:01:19
Source of music:Lead Sheet.
Instrument used:Yamaha UX-1
Technical feedback wanted:No
Additional info:This is a lesser known (it was to me anyway) Peterson piece I came across some years ago. The arrangement I heard of it, although the Peterson trio, was fairly basic with just Bass and Piano and no jazz choruses. I though it was fabulous and had it scored for me by a Teacher I had briefly at the time. It is always an enjoyable short to play and easily conveys any mood you choose to play it with.

Thank you for listening.

Re: The Real Waltz Recital - March 19, 2018 [Re: Schubertian] #2722541
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Performer's name:Greywullf
From:Tacoma, WA
Experience:29 years at least
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Title of piece:Waltzer Op. 12 No 2
Composer:Edvard Grieg
Duration:01:48
Source of music:Sheet Music: Schirmer's Library of Musical Classics, Ed. Louis Oesterle
Instrument used:1911 Chickering Parlor Grand
Recording method:Audacity, using ASUS flipbook microphone
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I recorded this about five times in a row, trying different combinations of tempos, dynamic contrasts, and expression. I even tried playing the waltz intentionally opposite the written dynamic and tempo markings.

This recording (the one I liked best) mostly follows the markings in the score.

I didn't sign up or promise to play this piece for the recital, and I know that there may be another performance, but I happened to be playing this piece and wanted to share it.

Re: The Real Waltz Recital - March 19, 2018 [Re: Schubertian] #2722542
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Performer's name:Tim Adrianson
From:Madison, WI
Experience:60+
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Title of piece:Gymnopedie #4
Composer:Stephen Hartke
Duration:03:24
Source of music:Sheet Music
Instrument used:Kawai 5.5' Baby Grand
Recording method:TASCAM400
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:"Gymnopedie #4" is one of three solo piano pieces that Stephen Hartke compiled under the title "Post-Modern Homages". He wrote this in 1984, and it is (of course) an homage to Erik Satie. I admit I'm pushing the envelope in calling the Gymnopedie rhythm (a slow one-TWO; one-TWO, etc) a "waltz", but I'll defend it to the extent that the pulse of the piece is in 3 throughout, and that the middle section, in 3/8 feel, is quite waltz-y indeed. The piece is straighforwardly tonal, although there is quite bit of shift from key to key -- really, pretty much as Satie did in his Gymnopedies.

Re: The Real Waltz Recital - March 19, 2018 [Re: Schubertian] #2722544
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Performer's name:Tim Adrianson
From:Madison, WI
Experience:60+
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Title of piece:Waltz, from "Peccadillos"
Composer:Paul Schoenfield
Duration:04:08
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Kawai 5.5' Baby Grand
Recording method:TASCAM400
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:"Waltz" is one of a series of solo piano pieces Schoenfield wrote as part of a solo piano Suite he entitled "Peccadillos", in 1996. In his amusing notes, Schoenfield said he wasn't much interested in writing anything for solo piano; he felt that there was so much written already that the genre was pretty much exhausted. However, the meaning of "peccadillo" -- a composition tainted by bad taste or kitsch, a "guilty pleasure" -- suggested that even HE could compose something that would meet that criterion using forms predisposed to cornball excess -- the Rag, the Boogie, the Shuffle, etc -- and the Waltz. But in point of fact, Schoenfield specifically did NOT attempt to write anything "campy" at all -- every piece is very elegantly composed; thoroughly thought through, totally serious.

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Performer's name:Whizbang (Chris)
Experience:35+
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Video link:https://youtu.be/lWzmGiuovEo
Home page link:http://youtube.com/user/Aeschala
Title of piece:Pleasant Moments
Composer:Scott Joplin
Duration:02:58
Source of music:Sheet music. Scott Joplin: the Complete Piano Works
Instrument used:Fandrich U-122
Recording method:Zoom R-24, L/R mic and room mike.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Scott Joplin wrote five waltzes. Three unsyncopated and two syncopated. His 1909 waltz "Bethena" is a legitimate masterpiece and I think the most-watched video on my channel.

Having prepared that piece years before this recital, my best remaining option was simply to prepare for you Joplin's other very fine ragtime waltz, "Pleasant Moments," the Jan Brady to the Marsha Brady that is "Bethena"

Re: The Real Waltz Recital - March 19, 2018 [Re: Schubertian] #2722546
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Performer's name:mel_lem (Melanie)
From:Malaysia
Experience:12 years as a child. Restarted since December 2016.
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Home page link:https://soundcloud.com/mel_lem22/tracks
Title of piece:Valse Lente, Op. 33
Composer:Oskar Merikanto
Duration:01:49
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 came across this little gem when I was flipping through the ABRSM Grade 6 exam pieces. I read somewhere that everyone who has learned piano in Finland would have played this piece, so it's like the national waltz of Finland and I find that intriguing. It has a nice melody with unusual choice of chords for this period. It's my first time playing in rubato. I hope you enjoy it!

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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.
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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.

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Performer's name:Davidonabus (David Pritchett)
From:St. John's Newfoundland Canada (currently living in Vancouver, BC)
Experience:8 years
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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
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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
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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!

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Performer's name:gingko2
From:Massachusetts
Experience:As a restarter, 3 1/2 years.
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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.

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Performer's name:diretonic
From:uk
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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
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Performer's name:diretonic
From:uk
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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.

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Performer's name:mp15
Experience:15 years
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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!

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Performer's name:outo
From:Finland
Experience:about 7
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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.

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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
03/19/18 10:07 AM
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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
03/19/18 10:08 AM
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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
03/19/18 10:09 AM
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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
03/19/18 10:09 AM
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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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