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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
Avatar:Avatar Image
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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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
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
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
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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
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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
Direct music link:click to download
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
03/19/18 09:49 AM
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Posts: 1,127
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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
Direct music link:click to download
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

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