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Re: Recital 50 --- May 15, 2018 [Re: AB Forum Recital] #2736586
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Performer's name:Peyton
From:Maine
Experience:Lots but not much instruction
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DoVY6aARcFY&index=1&list=PL0WpUqPW18i8XOpavZg2UcY8F-WTTUiE_&t=0s
Home page link:http://www.peytonart.com
Title of piece:Message From Space- Music For a Moon Landing
Composer:Peyton
Duration:05:25
Instrument used:Pramberger grand
Recording method:Metro
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I thought I would re-visit my "Message From Space" saga as well as add to my "Music For..." series. The footage on the Youtube video is from drone footage I had shot earlier for a youtube movie called "Highest Drone Flight Ever". If you do watch it, and I hope you do, you really need to see the end as it all is "explained".

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Re: Recital 50 --- May 15, 2018 [Re: AB Forum Recital] #2736587
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Performer's name:fishandchips
Experience:1.5 years
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Home page link:https://soundcloud.com/user-197203213
Title of piece:French Suite No. 4 in E-flat major BWV 815 - Allemande
Composer:J.S. Bach
Duration:04:17
Source of music:Memorized from score
Instrument used:Kawai ES110
Recording method:Galaxy Vintage D in Reaper
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I got so nervous towards the end of this recording that my hands were shaking like mad. How ridiculous! Attempting another take probably would've given me a heart attack. Cause of death: online piano recital.

Re: Recital 50 --- May 15, 2018 [Re: AB Forum Recital] #2736588
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Performer's name:Sam S
From:Georgia USA
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:about 9 years since I restarted
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://youtu.be/hd-U_rkkJCQ
Title of piece:Pocket Size Sonata 2 - Moderato (and Mellow)
Composer:Templeton, Alec
Duration:03:37
Instrument used:1927 Bechstein Model L
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:You probably want to watch the video - I put on a tie...

This is my 36th consecutive quarterly recital - I started with number 13. It's been a great experience. I've learned a lot, gotten plenty of valuable experience, and struggled with the deadline every 3 months. I'm so glad I had the courage to start participating. I would not be playing as well as I am if I had kept my music to myself.

Tootles and I have been married for 38 years. She plays better clarinet than I play piano! This is a great piece, the first movement of a jazzy sonata. The piano part is more difficult than it sounds - sorry for the mistakes. I have played it better - honest!

Thanks for listening!

Re: Recital 50 --- May 15, 2018 [Re: AB Forum Recital] #2736590
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Performer's name:Sandalholme
From:UK
Experience:Too many
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Song without Words Op102 No4
Composer:Mendelssohn
Duration:03:03
Source of music:Henle Urtext edition
Instrument used:Pianoteq Steinway D on Kawai ES7
Recording method:Direct to midi, rendered via Pianoteq, topped and tailed in Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Still progressing being able to record more than a couple of minutes without having to cut/edit sections. I'm practicing for a charity recital in June, so that is another spur to get it (almost) right first time.

Re: Recital 50 --- May 15, 2018 [Re: AB Forum Recital] #2736591
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Performer's name:J Soo
From:North Carolina, USA
Experience:Many
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Prelude in G Minor (Op. 28 No. 5)
Composer:Rachmoninoff
Duration:05:37
Source of music:Memorized from an old copy of the Schirmer collection "59 Piano Solos You Like To Play"
Instrument used:Pianoteq 6 Steinway D (Chamber Recording BA) driven by Roland FP-30
Recording method:Pianoteq WAV output converted to MP3 in iTunes
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I loved listening to my mother play this piece when I was a child. As such I always considered it "her piece" and never seriously attempted it, until late last year I finally felt like giving it a go. I'd like to play it a little faster but, obviously enough, I'm already struggling with accuracy at this tempo.

While this famous prelude certainly lends itself to bombastic (outer sections) and heavily romantic (middle section) interpretations, I prefer the performances I've heard with a lighter touch, emphasizing what I think of as its tragicomic character.

Re: Recital 50 --- May 15, 2018 [Re: AB Forum Recital] #2736592
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Performer's name:Monica K.
From:Lexington, KY
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Experience:About 14 years, self-taught
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://youtu.be/cVNHTogh3DE
Home page link:http://www.youtube.com/pianomonica
Title of piece:Game of Thrones (Main Title)
Composer:Ramin Djawadi
Duration:03:43
Source of music:Solo piano arrangement by Patrik Pietschmann; link to hear him playing it the way it should sound, as well as a link to purchase the sheet music can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZGBxiNPu3k
Instrument used:Mason & Hamlin A
Recording method:Audio mp3 file recorded with Zoom H4, amplified in Audacity. YouTube video recorded with Zoom Q8.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:My husband and I jumped very late on the Game of Thrones bandwagon, starting to watch it only last fall. I was immediately captivated by its beautiful soundtrack, and I looked for a solo piano transcription I could play. I found an arrangement by Patrik Plietschmann on YouTube (see link above) and immediately fell in love with its combination of bombastic, driving octaves in the first half and the dainty, delicate melody in the second half. So I set about trying to learn it. I found it technically very challenging--I'm not used to playing octaves fast, and the second part required a hard workout of the 4th and 5th fingers to voice the melody properly. And then there's the huge leaps in the bass at the very end. Hoowee. I don't think I've ever played it all the way through without a major blooper, and my recording is a good 50 seconds slower than Patrik's, but it's still a heck of a lot of fun to play. I should note that I had to modify four measures (leaving out a note of certain chords) to have any hope of playing it even at my slower tempo. Last, I also played the last couple of measures a few octaves higher, as I thought that better captured the tinkling harpsichord effect of the original soundtrack.

Lunch was leftover pasta with roasted butternut squash, kale, and toasted pine nuts.

Re: Recital 50 --- May 15, 2018 [Re: AB Forum Recital] #2736594
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Performer's name:Jerzyk19
From:UK
Experience:18 months
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYXYOWOBEYI
Home page link:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaPf4RhG5BrDMylIRYpiAew
Title of piece:O Mio Babbino Caro
Composer:Giacomo Puccini
Duration:01:42
Source of music:Music Sheet
Instrument used:Roland LX17
Recording method:Digital
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I have to say that to put this piece together took me quite a long time. Both hands ware difficult to me but I did my best.

Re: Recital 50 --- May 15, 2018 [Re: AB Forum Recital] #2736595
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Performer's name:Ael M. (aelmabalod)
From:Philippines
Experience:11 years (I'm 17)
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Arabesque no. 1
Composer:Claude Debussy
Duration:04:44
Source of music:sheet music
Instrument used:Samick "upright grand"
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This piece is a special one because it's the first one I learned by myself. I was supposed to learn it with my past teacher's help 2 years ago, but she decided that it was too advanced to be an introductory piece to two-against-threes. She eventually left mid-semester and our polyrhythm lessons were discontinued. Over the past two semesters, I have been working on all 3 movements of Beethoven's Sonata no. 8, Op. 13 (Pathetique), and although the polyrhythm found in the 2nd movement was little, I had grasped the idea. I decided to start working on Debussy's Arabesque no. 1, since I fell in love with it the moment I listened to it 2 years ago, and was pleasantly surprised at how much easier it seemed now.

Regarding this recording, there really are a lot of mistakes here and there (the pedals, missing notes, sudden change in tempo, etc) but I decided it was better to submit this than to spend another hour in frustration trying to get a perfect recording. My perfectionisim - 0, Ael - 1. Also, it was around 10 pm when I recorded this, but I feel the cricket noises somehow make the piece feel more relaxing. Or maybe it's just me.

We recently moved to a new location and it has affected the piano's sound quality. Hence, it sounds horribly out of tune, especially during the first parts. The pedals are also somehow not working very well on my left hand keys. I'll get this checked as soon as possible, though.

Constructive criticism is much appreciated.

P.S. Paul Barton is one of the best pianists out there when it comes to interpretation! His YouTube videos of this piece helped me a lot.

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Performer's name:Piano2138
Experience:25 months
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Aria When Thou Art Near BWV 508
Composer:Bach - Stolzel
Duration:02:06
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:This aria is composed by Stolzel and part of his opera Diomedes. Bach included a version for soprano and bass voices in his 1725 Anna Magdalena Bach Notebook.
I have played the first repeat, but not the second one.
Thank you for listening.

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Performer's name:CASINITALY (Cheryl)
From:Italy
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:Just over 8
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://youtu.be/aVfuKkKPDd4
Title of piece:Waltz Am Posth. N. 19 (B 150)
Composer:Chopin
Duration:03:19
Source of music:Sheet music, though I probably played without looking at it smile
Instrument used:Yamaha P112N (Silent feature used)
Recording method:audacity to PC
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I feel in love with this piece the first time I heard it, which would have been in May, August or November of 2010 I don't remember. I do remember presenting it to my first teacher saying I longed to play it , and she said - well...we can try.
Needless to say, in my first year of playing it was waaaaay beyond me. After working on Traumerei last year, I figured I was ready for this - and so took the plunge.
Again, needless to say, it was much easier to tackle 7 years on in my piano journey!.
I've now done my first set of BIG THREE longed for pieces (Traumerei, The Town I Loved So Well, and this Waltz. I will have to start planning the next big adventures!

I recorded this a week or so ago and I have no idea what I had for the closest meal to the recording, but I did do it in one take! It's also the first time in a long time that I have made a video.
The video includes paintings I've done, mostly since January, and mostly with pastels (though one is watercolour). I am VERY new to painting - so don't expect any masterpieces smile

I've been enjoying it so much that painting is a little bit in competition with piano - but just a little bit! I try to paint in the morning when there's more light, and do piano later in the day.
So.... I hope you enjoy your listening, and if you choose, the viewing as well. I know I've had hours and hours of pleasure preparing for this!

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Performer's name:Balezin Dmitriy
From:Russia
Experience:1 year and 3 months (self-tought)
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://www.youtube.com/user/DamonLarionov
Title of piece:Mia and Sebastian theme song from "La La land"
Composer:justin hurwitz
Duration:01:42
Source of music:Sheet music found on the Internet
Instrument used:Casio CDP-130
Recording method:recorded to "line-in" of my voice recording device
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Well, I would really want to know if I did well on this piece.

Re: Recital 50 --- May 15, 2018 [Re: AB Forum Recital] #2736599
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Performer's name:zsolpyW
From:Poland
Experience:12 yo as youth
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mVCa8Pbn6E
Title of piece:Don't Stop Me Now
Composer:Freddie Mercury
Duration:03:49
Source of music:sheet music - internet
Instrument used:KAWAI K48
Recording method:Zoom H2n, Panasonic LX7
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I would like to present cover of one of the greatest rock music hits, "Stop Me Now", performed by the legendary band Queen.

The cover was written by Sangah Noona and it is best arrangement that I could find.

I have to admit to few bad notes but it's my best recording.

If you are interested you can find on Youtube performance done by author of the arrangement and compare with mine. I am curious what do you think about interpretation and piano sound differences (grand vs my tall upright).

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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:Blue In Green
Composer:Miles Davis and/or Bill Evans
Duration:02:18
Source of music:Lead sheet
Instrument used:Yamaha Clavier
Recording method:Pianoteq/Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is a modal ballad written by Miles Davis in 1959. The melody is quite simple, but the harmonies are sophisticated. The form is "circular", meaning that when the song is played over and over, it is difficult for the listener to tell where the song begins and ends. I am playing from a lead sheet, unaccompanied.

Re: Recital 50 --- May 15, 2018 [Re: AB Forum Recital] #2736601
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Performer's name:Alyssa S
From:Iowa, USA
Experience:6 years
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5UevSA6uA3Y
Title of piece:It's Quiet Uptown (From Hamilton)
Duration:04:39
Source of music:Self-Arranged Sheet Music
Instrument used:Yamaha DGX-660
Recording method:Recorded directly from the keyboard.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I arranged this version with goal of including the instrumentals, vocals, and original feel of the original song.

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Performer's name:Ralph L.
From:Calgary
Experience:~16 months
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://youtu.be/sM_LBzpygYg
Title of piece:Ballad Pour Adeline
Composer:Paul de Senneville
Duration:01:49
Source of music:Simplified from the Richard Clayderman version ; created backing track on yamaha psr e353,then played on top of it using Roland FP30
Recording method:Alesis linelink
Technical feedback wanted:Yes

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Performer's name:dynamobt/Marilyn
From:NH
Experience:10 unproductive years as a kid. 6 serious as an adult
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Title of piece:Op 26 Theme and Var I
Composer:L. Beethoven
Duration:03:39
Source of music:Henle Sheet music
Instrument used:1918 Mason & Hamlin BB
Recording method:Zoom h2n
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I'm 15 days post hip replacement surgery. And while I futzed at the piano, today was the first day I played this in a while. I wish the tempo was quicker. It drags. But, this is pretty darned good for the state I'm in. Dinner was spaghetti and meatballs.

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Performer's name:Piano_primo_1
From:South Pgh PA USA
Experience:9 years
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pw7QMEznkNc
Home page link:https://wp.me/p5jsTm-1S
Title of piece:Winter Light
Composer:Zbiqniew Preisner
Duration:03:15
Source of music:Sheet
Instrument used:PX 100
Recording method:direct to laptop and Edirol DX synth
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:"Winter Light"
it was the first piece I learnt on my grand piano about 9 years ago.
I heard the piece when watching the movie "The Secret Garden", and the sound of the solo piano struck me, I felt the beauty of music.
-for me this piece has a t personal aspect.
Maybe someday I'll write that story.
I had recorded this piece previously and posted it in the 'piano bars". It was quite awhile ago.
This is today's recording. I thought about what I've gained since I learned this piece 9 years ago:
Piano wise I'd say a lot of theory ,
my limits ....(which is good to know ,but they might be an illusion?)
No ..Nah, they're real.
And the lyrics seem even more true with getting "mature'? smile

AND ...The technical stuff: Recorded on a Privia PX 100 direct to a dell laptop with stings and through Cakewalk Edirol for the piano only solo.

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Performer's name:Tubbie0075
From:Melbourne, Australia
Experience:8 years
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Mozart Sonata K331, 1st Movement
Composer:Mozart
Duration:07:15
Source of music:Mozart Piano Sonata Volume 2, Henle
Instrument used:Yamaha Upright (AMEB exam studio, Hawthorn Centre)
Recording method:Zoom H4N1
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This performance was recorded in the exam studio I hired for practise about a week before my AMEB grade 8 exam, in October 2015. I needed to test the piano and also familiarise myself with the acoustics in the exam studio. The piano keys were really light compared to my Kawai RX-2. The piano was very bright and the reverb in the room was bouncing everywhere.

I have learned this piece for over a year before the exam, along with the 3 other exam pieces. I have made a couple of recordings prior to the exam, and this was my best attempt. Though, I wasn't very happy with my articulation and some places, especially turns, felt rather rushed.

Unfortunately, I didn't play as well during the exam and made more than a few slips! The ventilation on the ceiling kept blowing my pages and it was very distracting! That said, this was my first (and last) AMEB piano exam, and I was, and still am rather proud of my exam results.

I hope you'll enjoy this performance.

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Performer's name:Snejana
From:Boston, MA
Experience:4.3 years. I am entirely self-taught adult piano player with no particular musical talent (or more precisely with particularly no musical talent :))
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Title of piece:Etude in A Minor
Composer:Louis Kohler
Duration:00:57
Source of music:Adult Piano Adventures All-in-One Book 2 by Nancy Faber
Instrument used:Casio PX-700 Digital Piano
Recording method:GarageBand on Mac
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is my very first recital, and I am so grateful for this opportunity to be able to do it online! I wasn't sure which piece to choose for this special event. Most of the pieces approachable on my level are either arranged or children oriented. I found the Etude (piece entered as a recital submission) in my workbook where it was listed as an original composition. I didn't like it much at first, but the more I was playing it, the more it grew on me. The piece has you running through the A minor scale harmonized by Alberti bass. Overall, I found it to be an excellent exercise for finger dexterity.

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Performer's name:Ganddalf
From:Norway
Experience:50+ years
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Andante sostenuto from Sonata D960
Composer:Schubert
Duration:07:33
Source of music:Dover edition
Instrument used:Yamaha AvantGrand N1
Recording method:Zoom H1
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I dedicate my performance of the slow movement from Schubert's last piano sonata to my brother who died tragically in February this year.

This is why I have chosen this rather log piece for this recital. Moreover it is the second time within a year I play a Schubert piece here. Normally I try to avoid playing music by the same composer more than once during a period of at least two years. But because of the thoughtful character of this piece I found it appropriate this time.

The b-flat sonata (D960) is the last of Schubert's sonatas, and was written a short time before his death. The whole sonata is a masterpiece, but with a duration of about 45 minutes it is beyond my capacity lo learn. However, the second movement - Andante sostenuto - is relatively short. It is written in ternary form in C-sharp minor. Like many of Schubert's works it often shifts between minor and major keys and has many surprising harmonic turns. The middle part is in A-major and the whole movement ends with a coda in C-sharp major.

The first time the main section appears the melody is played over a rocking rhythm that requires frequent crossing of the arms. The contrasting middle part is more energetic, but even here frequent changes between light and shadow are evident. Schubert does not copy-paste the main section, but makes further developments of the thematic material the second time. A repeating three-note theme appears in the left hand. Perhaps you hear death knocking at the door here.

This piece hardly gives the opportunity to show off technically. But it is very rewarding to study and I enjoy playing it.

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