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Re: Recital 50 --- May 15, 2018 [Re: AB Forum Recital] #2736664
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Performer's name:chopinoholic (Paul de Koning)
From:The Netherlands
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Experience:Long time!
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Nocturne Opus 27 no.2 D flat major
Composer:Chopin, Frederic
Duration:06:07
Source of music:Henle Urtext
Instrument used:Pleyel 205 grand from 1977
Recording method:Zoom H2n
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is an old recording of the Chopin nocturnes and waltzes e-cital in 2014. I wanted to submit a different piece, but it wasn't ready to be submitted. If I did, I'd never be satisfied!
I hope you enjoy it!

Happy 50th!!



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Re: Recital 50 --- May 15, 2018 [Re: AB Forum Recital] #2736666
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Performer's name:Whizbang (Chris)
Experience:35+
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://youtu.be/Df7SBnVhDQI
Home page link:http://youtube.com/user/Aeschala
Title of piece:Pastime Rag #2
Composer:Artie Matthews
Duration:03:52
Source of music:Rudi Blesh's "Classic Piano Rags"
Instrument used:Fandrich U-122
Recording method:Zoom R24, FinalCut Pro
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I record a lot of Joplin and figured y'all might want to hear some other good ragtime composers.

Artie Matthews was a contemporary of Joplin's. He is most known for his five "Pastime" rags but he was an arranger on others' rags and those rags also exhibit his style.

He wanted his rags played as written. They have the admonishment "Don't Fake!"

I consider Matthews in the vein of "fun" composers like Spike Jones, Raymond Scott (think Warner Bros soundtracks), Buster Poindexter.

Artie was born in 1888 but still has a living son, Art Matthews, a jazz pianist who teaches piano.



Re: Recital 50 --- May 15, 2018 [Re: AB Forum Recital] #2736667
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Performer's name:Bach to the Future
From:Catalonia
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:"Norse Song", Album of the Youth
Composer:Robert Schumann
Duration:01:56
Instrument used:Wall piano
Recording method:Mobile Phone
Technical feedback wanted:No
Additional info:I was very sleepy when I recorded the piece.



Re: Recital 50 --- May 15, 2018 [Re: AB Forum Recital] #2736668
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Performer's name:Mr Super-Hunky
From:The water.
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Experience:10 year noodler, quit for the past two + years [needed a break].
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Old and Wise
Composer:Mr Super-Hunky
Duration:03:17
Source of music:Improvised from a lead sheet.
Instrument used:Out of tune, dusty soundboard Mason & Hamlin BB. The 'Mighty Mason' remember?
Recording method:Zoom H2 into Audacity. Nothing went smooth as I forgot how to do everything. Plus I can no longer read the tiny tiny display on my Zoom H2. My IT gal [wife] saved me.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is not a 'save the best 'till last' thing going on as I literally needed every last minute just to pull this off.

After receiving a very nice letter from Monica, along with several other nice PM's from other ABF members, I very much wanted to be a part of this historic event. Unfortunately, I'm not entirely ready as I've not played much over the past 2 1/2 years. A freak accident from taking a spill on concrete resulted in breaking my elbow in 3 'pieces'. Lots of screws and rehab and I'm making very good progress in my recovery and range of motion.

I just got the Mighty Mason out of the covers a few days ago and it needs a tuning and soundboard cleaning. [both of which will have to wait as I'm out of time], so this is the best I can come up with right now under the circumstances.

I hope to participate in future recitals once again as well as try to get back to the level of playing I was at before the 'crash'! It will take a bit more time, but it shouldn't take too long because I'm just sort of a hack to begin with so that keeps things rather simple.


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Re: Recital 50 --- May 15, 2018 [Re: AB Forum Recital] #2736669
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Performer's name:Ralphiano (Ralph)
Experience:3 years
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Hungarian Mood
Composer:Alexandre Tansman
Duration:02:33
Source of music:Sheet music. Titled "10 Easy Pieces for Piano" by Alexandre Tansman.
Instrument used:Casio Privia 760 with Pianoteq
Recording method:I used Audacity to convert from .wav to mp3 format.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I got lucky on this one. I had both May 13th and 14th (Sunday and Monday) free to spend all the time I wanted on polishing the piece. For some unexplained reason, though, I made a recording on Saturday. Then I got sick as a dog on Sunday and didn't touch the piano again until midday on the submission deadline. I sounded horrible, so, I am submitting the Saturday version.

This piece presented several challenges for me. In the A section (the piece is AABBCCAA) there are grace notes in every measure. And, the grace notes are doubles, not single grace notes. I had not encountered this before, and, it was a struggle. The most difficult part was timing the onset of the grace notes so that the note they are "gracing" starts on its beat. Some of these were at the beginning of a line or motif, and I found that really difficult to time those properly.

The second challenge was the C section, which is a string of chords, changing on every beat, and needing to be played legato. I am inexperienced with chords, and particularly chords being played legato. I eventually figured out that I should hold any fingers that don't have to change from one chord to the next, while changing the other fingers. That was a cool discovery, and it worked.

With the knowledge that I had these two new skills on my agenda, I was resigned to maybe not getting the chords voiced well by the submission deadline. For the most part, the melody was in the upper note of the right hand through the C section. However, it seems that just being aware of the need caused me to subconsciously attend to getting the melody notes to stand out somewhat. So, it did not consume any of my cognitive resources, but came around nicely, anyway. I'm very happy about that.

Thanks, Monica and Sam for all the work you do in making these recitals run so smoothly. You guys are great!



Re: Recital 50 --- May 15, 2018 [Re: AB Forum Recital] #2736670
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Performer's name:MikeN/Michael Nichols
From:Youngstown, Ohio
Experience:11 years and 5 months
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://youtu.be/MZazk9_hdfA
Title of piece:Etude Op.25 No.1 "Aeolian Harp"
Composer:Frederic Chopin
Duration:02:34
Source of music:Sheet Music (and a Dover edition too...for shame!)
Instrument used:Boston UP-132 EP?
Recording method:Tascam Dr-40
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Happy 50th recital! Thanks for inviting the pianist corner folks or I would've missed it.



Re: Recital 50 --- May 15, 2018 [Re: AB Forum Recital] #2736671
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Performer's name:Pathbreaker
From:Massachusetts
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Experience:17
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Prelude in E Major
Composer:Chopin
Duration:01:45
Source of music:sheet
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is one of two Chopin pieces I'm working on with my teacher and it's been a HUGE help to have some guidance.

So this prelude was technically not on our todo list but I snuck it in there because I like to procrastinate.

I haven't been able to post for quite some time and I also missed the last few recitals. Thanks for reaching out to me!



Re: Recital 50 --- May 15, 2018 [Re: AB Forum Recital] #2736672
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Performer's name:Venu V
From:Los Angeles
Experience:4 years
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Sonata in D Minor K 34
Composer:Scarlatti
Duration:01:06
Instrument used:Yamaha Baby Grand Piano
Recording method:Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:It took me a long time to learn this Sonata. I found it difficult to learn the notes of the music. It was challenging to play this music and sound very smooth. I took almost 3 months to learn the song. This music is part of RCM grade 5 exam. Please provide feedback on how I can improve playing the Sonata.


Re: Recital 50 --- May 15, 2018 [Re: AB Forum Recital] #2736673
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Performer's name:Julie G.
From:Canada
Experience:3 years self-taugh
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:You are my love (from Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles)
Duration:02:49
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Kawai gx2
Recording method:Line audio CM3 + Scarlett 2i2 + Ardour
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I play piano since almost 3 years because my husband play and he gave me his passion. I played clarinet in high school, 15 years ago so I knew the basic of classical music and how to read a partition.

It is the first piece that I learned and it still a work in progress but I wanted to share with you because I like it very much. I have a little passion for Japanese manga and anime and I found this piece in the anime Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles. It is a piece with voice and piano but I recorded it only with the piano. Maybe I will show you the version with the voice one day wink. Hope you like it!


Re: Recital 50 --- May 15, 2018 [Re: AB Forum Recital] #2736674
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Performer's name:stambler / Dave
From:Toronto
Experience:too many / not enough
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Miss Wardlaw's Favorite
Composer:William Shepherd (Arranged by stumbler)
Duration:01:58
Source of music:Fiddle score from William Shepherd's 2nd Collection, from Highland Music Trust
http://www.heallan.com/freedownloads.asp
Instrument used:Roland RD-700NX
Recording method:Direct to USB stick
Technical feedback wanted:No
Additional info:This piece isn't polished yet, but at least there is no major train wreck.



Re: Recital 50 --- May 15, 2018 [Re: AB Forum Recital] #2736675
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Performer's name:micael K
From:Canada
Experience:2 years as a kid, almost 3 years as an adult.
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://youtu.be/yar1CeC4P_I
Title of piece:Ronda alla turca
Composer:Mozart
Duration:03:14
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Kawai gx2
Recording method:Line audio CM3 + Scarlett 2i2 + Ardour
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I have a love and hate relationship with this piece, I have taken that piece as a technical excercise from day one and never really worked on interpretation, which wasn't really my goal. At some point my teacher told me: "I think we are done with this piece, we could still spend a lot of time to polish it but I think you have learned what you were supposed to and we can move on".
After that, I just wanted to have a decent recording and move onto something else. After a few attempts, I had a few recordings but even if technically I think I can say it was correct, it was sounding mechanical and without soul. I spent weeks trying to get a decent recording and at some point I really started to get deseperated. A few people kept telling me that I should be playing this in a more 'childish' manner and I have yet to figure out what this means but I think I did some progress and managed to get something a little bit more musical.
This recording is full of mistakes but my goal was to try to forget about my obsession for each single technical mistake and try to just "have fun", even if I miss some notes, even if I do tempo errors, even if I put accents in the wrong place, etc.. I just wanted to have fun and that is what I did in this video. Hope you like it!


Re: Recital 50 --- May 15, 2018 [Re: AB Forum Recital] #2736676
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Performer's name:Glen R.
From:Alberta, Canada
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Experience:Hard to say given the stops and starts. 1 or 2 years?
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Duet for One
Composer:Christopher Norton
Duration:00:46
Source of music:Sheet Music
Instrument used:Heintzman Upright (1926)
Recording method:Zoom H1n (96k, 24bit wav), converted to mp3 by audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I learned this piece a month or so ago as part of my regular lessons. It's not a very technical piece, however it really brings out the rich sound of my piano, which makes me quite happy :-).

I could definitely work more to make the striking of the notes less harsh -- something I noticed much more by listening to the recording. Interestingly, I could make it much less harsh on my YDP 140. I'm guessing it's action is more forgiving, thus I should probably practice more on my acoustic :-).

I forgot to eat lunch, but eventually had a banana.

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