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Recital 51 --- August 18, 2018 #2759512
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PLEASE DO NOT POST IN THIS THREAD! USE THE DISCUSSION THREAD!

I am delighted to introduce our 51st quarterly AB Forum “Beginners and Beyond” Recital! smile So, pull up a chair and have a listen.

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

A template has been created for those who wish to provide individualized feedback:

Recital #51 Response Template


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:

Recital 51 Zip 1
Recital 51 Zip 2
Recital 51 Zip 3
Recital 51 Zip 4
Recital 51 Zip 5
Recital 51 Zip 6
Recital 51 Zip 7
Recital 51 Zip 8


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: Recital 51 --- August 18, 2018 [Re: AB Forum Recital] #2759521
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Performer's name:Jason Lenthe
From:Philadelphia area
Experience:about 3 years in my latest stint
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://youtu.be/KVcUNK5aThY
Title of piece:Six Spanish Dances, No. 4, Op. 37
Composer:Albeniz
Duration:04:17
Source of music:sheet music
Instrument used:Yamaha P22
Recording method:Zoom H4N
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I believe this piece is very rarely played. I've only found a few professional recordings (and none amateur). If you've heard this piece or any of the Op. 37 Six Spanish Dances before, I'd be interested to hear that.

The Six Spanish Dances (Op. 37) were composed around 1887. No. 4 was dedicated to Spanish painter Antonio Gomar y Gomar who was a contemporary of Albeniz known for his landscapes.

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Performer's name:SMA55 (Shepherd)
From:Chicago originally, currently residing in St. Louis
Experience:Self-taught as a child, then stopped playing until I retired from my career 4 years ago, at which time I finally began piano lessons.
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://youtu.be/KyJNRtVhCRM
Title of piece:Prelude & Fugue in C Minor BWV 847
Composer:J.S. Bach
Duration:03:42
Source of music:Memorized from sheet music
Instrument used:Steingraeber & Sohne D232
Recording method:Audio: Zoom H4n to Audacity for conversion to mp3.
Video: Kaleidoscopes were videographed from YouTube (with permission of author), and these (along with slides) were assembled and synced with the audio via iMovie.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I'm not actually what one would call a Bach lover. But I undertook this Prelude & Fugue in C Minor BWV 847 strictly as a technical exercise. (The same goes for the Prelude & Fugue in C# Major BWV 848 that I'm currently undertaking and progressing through very slowly.) I'm mostly happy with this recording, although--as is always the case for me--it's not without a mistake or two.

The video I made to accompany my audio recording is not a performance video, but rather reflects the imagery that was elicited in my mind's eye while I listened to the music. I admit that I find watching static video images of fingers moving around keys to be a little boring, so I usually try to change the video up a bit. And this is my latest attempt at doing so.

Thanks for listening (and possibly watching). Hope you enjoy it!

Re: Recital 51 --- August 18, 2018 [Re: AB Forum Recital] #2759523
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Performer's name:BSharp(C)yclist (Dan)
From:California
Experience:2.75 years
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://youtu.be/bkFUDY_HJm0
Title of piece:Concerto in D minor, BWV 974 - Adagio
Composer:Bach / Marcello
Duration:03:58
Source of music:Provided by cmb13 smile Thank you!
Instrument used:Yamaha AvantGrand N2
Recording method:Same as usual. Audio out from the AvantGrand N2 into microphone of Sony FDR-AX33 HandyCam, producing an MP4 file. The audio file is then extracted and noised removed using Audacity. It's then added back into the video file using ffmpeg.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I have to thank cmb13 for introducing this piece to me. After hearing it a couple of times, or really, watching Viktoriya Yermolyeva and Irina Lankova play it, the piece really grew on me. I don't play it as eloquent or as lovely as those two, but I enjoy playing it. It's a keeper.

This recording is pretty strict with tempo I think, but I think it could be better with slower/faster softer/louder sections here and there. Something to experiment with. I think I can do this better with the acoustic at my lessons. I thought about doing another recording, but I had to focus on my RCM Level 5 Exam which I took at the beginning of August. I passed with an 88!

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Performer's name:Jerzyk19
From:UK
Experience:22 months
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://youtu.be/rvdys6oy3Qo
Title of piece:Prelude Op.28 No.20 in C Minor
Composer:Frederic Chopin
Duration:02:03
Source of music:Music Scheet
Instrument used:Roland LX17
Recording method:Digital
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Another Chopin piece I've dared to play. I welcome any comments and advice from Chopin enthusiast. Thank you in advance.

Re: Recital 51 --- August 18, 2018 [Re: AB Forum Recital] #2759525
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Performer's name:Mosotti
From:Romania
Experience:10 months
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://youtu.be/OpShOxTGMUM
Title of piece:First Steps
Composer:Galdson
Duration:01:59
Source of music:Sheet music from author's website (http://galdson.com)
Instrument used:Kawai MP11 SE
Recording method:Record to USB, Amplified 5dB in Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:A little gem from the beautiful Roots album by Galdson. I have a 1 year old son and I wanted to leard this piece before he can walk, I still have a few months to polish it. I just bought this piano and I don't have yet a proper setup, it stands on an improvised desk, which is a little too low for me. I also need to sit a little further away from the piano, because my feet won't go under the desk so I moved the pedals forward smile

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Performer's name:wouter79
Experience:7+ years
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:L'avalanche, Op.45 No. 2
Composer:Heller, Stephen
Duration:01:25
Source of music:sheet music, played from memory
Instrument used:Grotrian-Steinweg 189
Recording method:DPA4060, EMU0404, Jecklin Disk, Macbook Pro
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Here's a relatively simple Heller etude from his bundle Melodious Studies. I'm working (still) on rythmical stability, speed, soft(er) left hand on a soft (p) main melody, phrasing, dynamics, no notes sticking out (wrong accents) etc etc.

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Performer's name:MarieJ
From:Brisbane Australia
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Experience:A few sporadic lessons decades apart, then self taught since December 2011.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Password
Composer:Ludovico Einaudi
Duration:04:30
Source of music:'Ludovico Einaudi - The Best Of' sheet music album
Instrument used:Kawai ES110, Pianoteq 6
Recording method:WAV file recorded by Pianoteq, converted to MP3 with Audacity.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:For my husband-and-best-friend for almost 53 years, who several weeks ago lost his battle with an aggressive sarcoma in the spine. He badly wanted me to continue with the quarterly Recitals, but I've hesitated because for months now my time at the piano has been reduced to a few minutes snatched here and there. Well, John, I've managed to do as you asked. It's not polished, but I know 'Password' was one of your favourites.

Re: Recital 51 --- August 18, 2018 [Re: AB Forum Recital] #2759529
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Performer's name:earlofmar
From:Australia
Experience:5.5 years
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qcXNJCybE4A
Title of piece:A Giddy Girl
Composer:Jacques Ibert
Duration:02:03
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Kawai K8
Recording method:unknown
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Not an easy piece for me to learn but I enjoyed the challenge. The video shows the frequent crossing of the hands required, (and cute dogs), which was a difficult thing for me to learn. A few mistakes I will have to live as I have all but given up being a perfectionist when it comes to recording.

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Performer's name:Moo smile
Experience:14 years
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uy3K614hIZ8
Home page link:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCX1AZRfgfgo1hKcWnUJ4B3g
Title of piece:Prelude from Prelude & Fugue in F minor, Op. 35 No. 5
Composer:Mendelssohn
Duration:04:20
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Thank you to BruceD for his help with this piece. I selected another Mendelssohn but this time it is a prelude from a series of six preludes and fugues. It was a tricky piece to play as the melody is played alongside an accompaniment in the right hand as well as chordal base throughout the piece. I hope you enjoy.

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Performer's name:Peyton
From:Mine
Experience:a bunch.
Direct music link:click to download
Home page link:http://www.peyronart.com
Title of piece:Melodia africana 111
Composer:Einaudi
Duration:04:28
Source of music:sheet music
Instrument used:Pramberger grand
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I have never found Einaudi to be all that 'deep' but the more I play his work the more addictive it seems to be. I chose this piece because it seemed pretty simple and quick to learn yet it does have it's difficulties, at least for me. I did a number of recordings but just couldn't seem to "get it". I also have a problem, with all the humidity right now, keeping my piano in tune. But this was the best I could do.

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Performer's name:UnderConstruction
From:Perth, Australia
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Experience:2.5 years as a child, 3.75 years now as a returning adult
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://youtu.be/aebGtTNQ49A
Title of piece:Beethoven Sonata Op2 No1 - Movement 1
Composer:Beethoven
Duration:02:54
Source of music:sheet music
Instrument used:Feurich 218
Recording method:New recording setup. smile Best heard using monitors / headphones. A cheap ebay mic BM800 for the right, for the left and room acoustics using the Behringer ECM8000. Behringer U-Phora audio interface, and recorded using Audacity, video with my phone camera.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:These recitals creep up on you! Made this recording last night, lots of ghost notes and a few wrong ones. But ran out of time, and I think I now know why Beethoven went deaf, the intensity of his pieces on your ear drums... also partly skill related, unable to keep my left hand as soft as I really want.

Anyway, on listening to it again, I am happy at least that I believe the essence of the piece is there. Hope you enjoy. smile

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Performer's name:Pianist685 (Constantin)
From:Hamburg, Germany
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:12 years of classical piano lessons as a child, playing without a teacher since
Direct music link:click to download
Home page link:https://imslp.org/wiki/User:C._Stephan
Title of piece:Theme from "Limelight"
Composer:Charlie Chaplin
Duration:02:40
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Sauter upright with Pianodisc silent system, Galaxy Vintage D
Recording method:Silent system via MIDI out to notebook with Galaxy Vintage D, Savihost plugin
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Chaplin was an all-round artist and not only actor and director but also the composer of the musical scores in his movies. This is a piano solo transcription of my favourite Chaplin tune.

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Performer's name:pathguy
From:Liverpool, NY
Experience:7 months
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Peace
Composer:George Winston
Duration:02:38
Source of music:sheet music
Instrument used:Roland FP-30
Recording method:Garage Band
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is clearly not the full song, but I have listened to this for years and always said to myself "if ever I played piano, I want to learn these chords". It was the first sheet music I downloaded back in January, and I literally went measure by measure and memorized what you're hearing. Someday, I'll learn the complete song.

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Performer's name:Sam S
From:Georgia, USA
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Experience:about 9 years
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://youtu.be/PT40hlxgYAk
Title of piece:Piano Sonata k332 1st mvt
Composer:Mozart
Duration:05:30
Instrument used:Steinway
Recording method:iphone
Technical feedback wanted:No
Additional info:Live recital! Watch the video - this is live at Summerkeys (an adult music camp in Maine) last month. I got off to a shaky start - fumbling fingers and too slow, but got it under control after a few measures. Lots of mistakes, but pretty good for a live performance from memory.

Of all the composers I have played, Mozart is probably my worst. I am striving for elegant, clean, and clear, but can't quite pull it off.

You can see in the video the recital/concert space in the Church at Summerkeys. That's a very old organ in the background, and there are beautiful stained glass windows and hard wooden pews. I would say there are about 30 people in the audience.

The Summerkeys recitals are a lot of fun, but also a bit stressful. You sit in the Church pews and listen to the other performers, waiting your turn. The wait can sometimes be long, depending on how many people are participating, so there is no opportunity to limber up the fingers. When its your turn you have to go up and start cold - so my fingers fumbled.

The recording is just a phone camera, so not good quality, but you get the idea.

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Performer's name:Ted Jones
From:Auckland, New Zealand
Experience:About 65
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Improvisation
Composer:Ted Jones
Duration:08:40
Source of music:Pure improvisation
Instrument used:Weinbach 5'10"
Recording method:Zoom H2
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Something easy this time, not much technique, something anybody can do. I usually start a long improvisation using the following simple method, no inspiration, no mystical nonsense to preserve my enigma or pretend I am doing something I am not. (No need to mention famous names in this connection.)

1. Play any short idea, absolutely anything will do.
2. Repeat it a few times, preferably imprecisely. Imprecision is much more vital than exact repetition. "The stones in the old orchard wall are all different" - Ives.
3. While that is happening my ear detects something of interest within it.
4. I use that feature to form the next cell (idea).
5. I repeat this cycle indefinitely, establishing a sort of feedback loop.

That really is all there is to it. I have never taught an adult beginner to improvise, but were I to do so, this is how I would go about it. Rather than telling people which notes to play, as all the internet tutorials do, I would concentrate on the "how" rather than the "what".

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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:Darn That Dream
Composer:Jimmy Van Heusen and Eddie DeLange
Duration:03:59
Source of music:Lead sheet.
Instrument used:Yamaha Clavier
Recording method:Pianoteq/Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This song was written by Jimmy Van Heusen and Eddie DeLange in 1939 for a Broadway musical. It has unusual and appealing harmonic changes and was quickly picked up and recorded by the big jazz bands of the day. Later, Miles Davis recorded it and eventually it became a jazz standard. I am playing unaccompanied, working from a lead sheet.

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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/Sv3PhWBVR60
Home page link:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJcDLkLZ0uqWMVNKxPGOvpA
Title of piece:Sonata 25 (Opus 79) - 2nd Movement - Andante
Composer:Ludwig van Beethoven
Duration:03:09
Source of music:Henle edition sheet music
Instrument used:Kawai Novus NV10 with Pianist Mode "Classic"
Recording method:Built-in recording, converted to MP3 with Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Beethoven's piano sonata 25, written in 1809, is one of his shortest sonatas. It's the only one that he himself titled a "sonatina". Fittingly, the second movement "Andante" that I play here is also very short. Less than one and half pages in my Henle edition.
It is a wonderfully calm and tranquil piece that has quickly become one of my favorite pieces since I started learning it for this recital.

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Performer's name:Tubbie0075
From:Melbourne, Australia
Experience:Returned to piano for 8+ years
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:La Colombe (the Dove)
Composer:Olivier Messiaen
Duration:01:54
Source of music:Olivier Messiaen in thirteen pieces for piano, DURAND.
Instrument used:Yamaha upright at AMEB exam studio in Hawthorn.
Recording method:Zoom H4N
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This was one of my favourite pieces for decades and I finally got to play it for my grade 8 exam in 2015. I recorded this piece about 1.5 weeks before the exam, testing out the piano at the exam studio.

As I recall, I played this piece the best out of all 4 exam pieces, and received good comments from the examiner:

"Care with musical detail resulted in some very expressive playing. The pedal was used to good effect. A good understanding of the style evident in the performance. Fluent and well controlled playing. Good dynamic and tonal colours created."

I haven't made this level of effort since the exam. So I haven't anything new to share. But I'd like to share my exam effort with you.

Re: Recital 51 --- August 18, 2018 [Re: AB Forum Recital] #2759541
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Performer's name:zsolpyW
From:Poland
Experience:12 as youth
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIRi1ct81L8
Title of piece:Oblivion
Composer:Astor Piazzolla
Duration:04:22
Source of music:http://www.vkgoeswild.com/
Instrument used:KAWAI K48
Recording method:Panasonic LX7, Zoom H2n
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:In my opinion this song does not stand out the pieces of well-known composers.

It's one of the best covers I ever heard.
It's full of great ideas with a large span of dynamics.
As a result, the romantic piece has gained a lot of drama.

Playing this cover gives me a lot of joy and satisfaction.

Could you please listen to recording and give some feedback.

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