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Re: Recital 51 --- August 18, 2018 [Re: AB Forum Recital] #2759553
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Performer's name:fishandchips
Experience:1 year, 9 months
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Title of piece:Invention 11 in G minor BWV 782
Composer:J.S. Bach
Duration:01:22
Instrument used:Kawai ES110
Recording method:Vintage Galaxy D
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Re: Recital 51 --- August 18, 2018 [Re: AB Forum Recital] #2759554
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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/1L9UzGUjWl0
Title of piece:Mission Impossible Theme
Composer:Lalo Schifrin
Duration:01:19
Source of music:from various youtube piano arrangements
Instrument used:Yamaha P-255
Recording method:keyboard USB recording
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is one of my favorite theme songs. The theme was originally composed by Lalo Schifrin in the 60s in orchestral version. It's still very fun to play in piano arrangement. This is also a piece that I use to practice my left hand play. It took me some practice to play through the whole piece without my left hand tiring out.

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Performer's name:tjbron (Tom)
From:United States
Experience:14 years as a youth, a few years as an adult after a break.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Nocturne in F sharp minor, Op. 48 No. 2
Composer:Chopin
Duration:08:08
Source of music:G. Henle Verlag, Urtext
Instrument used:Mason & Hamlin BB, 1927
Recording method:Digital Camcorder (Canon M40) on manual mic level. Audacity to trim silence and run noise reduction, then convert to MP3.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I was a little disappointed with the last minute or so, but when I managed to get these eight minutes without the phone ringing, the cat meowing, the air conditioner turning on, or some other calamity... I decided to run with this take!

Beat four of the first measure is widely known to be a D#, but my edition shows D natural. After learning it with the error, I decided I like it better that way, so D natural it is.

Re: Recital 51 --- August 18, 2018 [Re: AB Forum Recital] #2759556
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Performer's name:noobpianist90
From:India
Experience:10+ years
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Video link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYSyAuiPsIQ
Title of piece:Sonatina in C Major - Op. 36 No. 3
Composer:Muzio Clementi
Duration:07:55
Source of music:http://ks.imslp.net/files/imglnks/usimg/5/58/IMSLP218423-WIMA.b861-cl36.pdf
Instrument used:Kawai VPC-1 with Pianoteq Steinway D
Recording method:USB Midi
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is the longest piece I've recorded so far, at around 8 minutes. This piece was perhaps not as technically or musically challenging as some other pieces I've learned. However, it still was pretty challenging due to the length of the piece and the tempo at which I wanted to play it.

The first movement is in AABB sonata form. Each part has two themes. The A part has the two themes in the key of G Major, and the B part starts of with the inverted first theme and then the recapitulation in C Major. It is marked "Spiritoso", which means to play it spiritedly. The most challenging part of this movement was getting the dynamics right on the scale runs. There are a couple of tempo flubs, but overall, I think it turned out okay.

The second movement is also in AABB form. Although the tempo marking is "Un Poco Adagio", I preferred to play it at Adagio, which I feel brings out the beauty of the melody more. I heard a few recordings playing this movement much faster, but it didn't appeal to me as much as playing it slowly did.

The third movement was probably the most challenging of the three. Especially because of the "Allegro" tempo marking. The scale runs transitioning to arpeggios was technically challenging mainly because of the tempo. Played slowly, this movement is not that hard. I'm not very sure about my analysis of this piece. It came across to me as having a Rondo form, with multiple themes that keep repeating and varying. Although the hardest, the third movement is definitely my favourite of the three. There are still a few rhythmic issues in the left hand in a few places, but this was the best recording I could manage.

As a self learner, I always welcome any critique/suggestions. Nit-picking is also welcome smile

Re: Recital 51 --- August 18, 2018 [Re: AB Forum Recital] #2759557
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Performer's name:GoldmanT
From:Scotland
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODcgDLBx2wo
Title of piece:Sebastian's Place
Composer:improvisation
Duration:04:48
Source of music:Improvised (no time to learn a full-on piece of sheet music this month)
Instrument used:Kawai CA67
Recording method:USB
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is an improvisation cut down from 15 minutes and four separate takes - the video fades in and out when the cuts happen so I'm not trying to hide it! I don't know if it would qualify as a tone poem, but it was kind of inspired by the set design for JF Sebastian's apartment in Blade Runner, and I think the little 'two chords separated by a semi-tone' motif is in the soundtrack somewhere too. I listened to a lot of Frank Zappa's and Bartok's orchestral works when I was younger which gave me a big tolerance for dissonance which some of the listeners may not share. wink

I kind of know what I'm playing maybe 90% of the time, but there are times where a note is a surprise to me (sometimes even a pleasant surprise!) and I then have to try to respond to it with the next few notes to have it fit into an overall context. The last bass note in particular I find interesting because it follows a hot mess of shaped randomness (i.e. I knew the shape of what I was going to play but not the actual notes) and I hear it as a 9th, i.e. it's an F, whereas if I'd played an Eb it would have sounded like a root and resolved that section completely. So in essence there were 12 possible endings for that piece with varying amounts of resolution/suspension/dissonance, and that is really what happens throughout the whole thing with the note choices. Sometimes I stayed safe, there are a couple of straightforward jazz licks which hopefully balance things out.

Re: Recital 51 --- August 18, 2018 [Re: AB Forum Recital] #2759558
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Performer's name:Piano2138
Experience:Almost 2 1/2 years
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Title of piece:Witches and Wizards
Composer:Christine Donkin
Duration:00:33
Source of music:RCM Celebration Series Level 3 - Piano Etudes
Instrument used:Yamaha CLP-585
Recording method:Piano to WAV, normalized & converted to MP3 with Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:As I was able to practice only very little these last 3 months, initially I thought I should skip this recital. I decided to still submit a very short nice piece, at least to show to myself that I am continuing.
It was fun playing it!

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Performer's name:MeganR
From:Near Yosemite
Experience:3
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Home page link:http://www.prayinghorse.com
Title of piece:Aria Bist du Bei Mir BWV 508
Composer:Stolzel
Duration:03:03
Source of music:Sheet music, memorized
Instrument used:Everett spinet
Recording method:Zoom H4N, converted to mp3 in Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I've been playing this piece from the Anna Magdalena Notebook for some time, and until today hadn't been able to get a decent enough recording. I really love this piece, having heard it for the first time (or at least becoming aware of it really) by listening to a wonderful version by Jennifer Cutting on her album Ocean: Songs for the Night Sea Journey.

https://youtu.be/z7Ro2lAln2I

Here's the usual disclaimer for not having entirely achieved what I think "should be" the true beauty of the piece - even so I'm pretty happy that I played nicely on a trouble spot that I practiced oh so many times, although not quite doing as well as I have in practice on others.

Re: Recital 51 --- August 18, 2018 [Re: AB Forum Recital] #2759560
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Performer's name:Piano_primo_1
From:South Pgh PA USA
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:8-9 but who counts ?
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pz6Dy-fPbpc
Home page link:https://wp.me/p5jsTm-1Y
Title of piece:Elegy
Composer:Jules Massenet
Duration:02:48
Source of music:MIdi 2 sheet file
Instrument used:Casio PX 100
Recording method:digital to pianoteq and WMM
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Really e-z piece for a good reason ...-hectic job jumping-
I choose this for the ease of learning it quickly. Note that I did ad lib the melody , which you'd only notice if you are familiar with the piece.
It was originally written for a stringed instrument ,cello viola etc, but there are many versions around the internet.
Other than that , it keeps me in the loop of piano ,which I do like but haven't a lot of time for...So, even if e-z style... hope you like this!
feedback is really optional a simple yay or nay will do!

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Performer's name:Balezin Dmitry
From:Russia
Experience:1 year 7 months
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Video link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFZ9hRzCbO0
Title of piece:Valse d'Amelie
Composer:Yann Tiersen
Duration:02:34
Source of music:https://musescore.com/user/1417101/scores/960611
Instrument used:Piano
Recording method:from piano to "line in" of my digital recorder...and then trimmed it and changed volume in audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I need to work more on volume range (from "p" to "mf"). And should have expressed melody more clearly (wich connected to the first problem)

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Performer's name:Jouishy
From:Quebec city
Experience:2,5 years
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Video link:http://www.youtube.com/user/Jouishy
Title of piece:Sonata in C major - K545 1st movement
Composer:Mozart
Duration:03:06
Source of music:Sheet music - memorized
Instrument used:Yamaha M1A
Recording method:Zoom Q4n; extracted mp3 from Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:A little bit disappointed with the recording, but didn't manage to get anything better. Listening back to myself makes me realize how much I lack in musicality, technical abilities and interpretation.
This is a piece I practiced for the first time when I had 6 months of piano experience. I took it back last May so I can go a little bit further in my interpretation. I guess I could go back to it again in a few years to get something even better.

I'm still practicing it for a few weeks, so advice are highly welcome! smile

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Performer's name:Serge88
From:Montreal
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Experience:13
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Title of piece:The Entertainer
Composer:Scott Joplin
Duration:05:11
Source of music:Sheet Music
Instrument used:Roland FP7 with Pianoteq
Recording method:iMac
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I'll be back saturday for comments and listening to other submissions.

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Performer's name:joangolfing
From:Iowa
Experience:More than a few years
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Title of piece:Twelve Variations on "Ah, Vous Dirai-Je, Maman"
Composer:Mozart
Duration:03:46
Source of music:Alfred Edition of Twelve Variations by Mozart
Instrument used:Yamaha GC1 grand piano
Recording method:Zoom H2 with audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I wasn't intending to submit any pieces but saw the extended time available and decided to play 4 more of the Mozart Variations that I submitted to Recital 50. I played Variations 3,6, 8 and 9 for this recital. They are so far from where I wanted them to be but got them recorded anyway because they are so fun to play. I did theme, 1,5,7 and ll last time.

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Performer's name:Keselo
From:Netherlands
Experience:1 Year, 7 Months
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Video link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rp4yBOJb4Yo
Title of piece:Bed-Time Story
Composer:Khachaturian
Duration:01:59
Source of music:Children's Album, Book 2, No. 2
Instrument used:Steinbeck 130 Upright
Recording method:Two microphones connected to a Scarlett 2i4 audio interface, audio captured through Audacity.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I could make 100 recordings and not be happy with the accompaniment. Playing a quiet, portato accompaniment to a waltz is tough...

The piece opens tranquilly, with the E that repeats three times. I tried to add to the effect by using the pedal, which I released once the ascending scales a third apart start. The sound gets gradually louder and when the C# in the right hand rings, our introduction is concluded and the bed-time story starts. It's a very light-hearted story, made clear by the light waltz. This introduction plus waltz make up the A section of the piece.

This A-section is played twice before some conflict arises in the form of the B-section. Luckily, whatever the problem was, it gets resolved quickly and we get back to our light waltz, this time as a modified A-section. There's a short moment of excitement, likely the conclusion to our story, before everything slows down and the ending is initiated.

The story ends much the same as it began; very tranquil, this time with an ascending broken A minor chord, followed by what can be described as the sound of two bells, their sounds distant and fading.

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Performer's name:SwissMS/Doris
From:Costa del Sol Spain
Experience:10+ years
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Video link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2Sw2lGrA0U
Title of piece:French Suite V - Gigue
Composer:J. S. Bach
Duration:02:30
Source of music:Sheet Music
Instrument used:Bosendorfer 214CV
Recording method:ZoomQ4 to audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is one of the pieces that I will play for my ABRSM grade 8 in November. It is a three voice fugue in 12/8 time. The first section begins with the upper voice, and the second half begins with the lowest voice. I have played around quite a bit to develop an interpretation and tell a story weaving the voices in and out. It is quite a challenging little piece, both in terms of required speed, and clear articulation. I am happy with where the piece is musically, but I would still like to bring the piece up tempo about 20%, but it is not quite ready for that now. I opted for accuracy and expression over speed for this recording. Hopefully I can add more speed to the mix by
November!

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Performer's name:PianogrlNW
From:An island in Puget Sound
Experience:I've lost track
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Title of piece:Sonata in B minor, K. 87
Composer:Scarlatti
Duration:03:12
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Schimmel Grand
Recording method:Zoom H2N
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I first discoverd this sonata many years ago when I heard an Alexis Weissenberg recording. Scarlatti wrote 555 sonatas! This sonata in B minor is one of his more recognized because Horowitz frequently performed and recorded it.

I learned this piece a couple of years ago and was never satisfied about how it sounded. I have been restudying it to develop better phrasing and a more musical sound.

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Performer's name:mel_lem (Melanie)
From:Malaysia
Experience:12 years as a child. Restarted since December 2016.
Direct music link:click to download
Home page link:https://soundcloud.com/mel_lem22/tracks
Title of piece:Etude No. 7
Composer:Oscar Peterson
Duration:01:07
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 book with Jazz exercises, minuets, etudes and pieces composed by Oscar Peterson. This one is my favorite, and very different to what I was playing. Lots of finger twisters!! The trickiest part is the unison at the end, took me a long time to play it smooth.

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Performer's name:jotur/Cathy Turner
Experience:2 years of lessons in early teens, start playing for dancing w other instruments in '95, playing for seniors, et al, since about 2009.
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Title of piece:The Easy Winners
Composer:Scott Joplin
Duration:07:22
Source of music:Scott Joplin, King of Ragtime, Lewis Pub
Instrument used:Casio Privia 160
Recording method:keyboard to pc with audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Whew! It's not as bad as it could be laugh I started this piece in January, just got it all by heart a week or so ago, and decided to not play it wimpily last night. There were 3 or 4 years when I was working a lot (how *do* those of you working full time do it?!?) that I didn't get to practice much. And boy did I lose a lot :| So with luck, a year later, I might be making a comeback. I spent the last year just trying to re-group my repertoire, and then decided new stuff should be something I love. So here it is. Hello, ragtime players!

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Performer's name:SleepyBear
From:USA
Experience:4
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Title of piece:Powder Snow
Composer:Naoya Shimokawa
Duration:05:17
Source of music:Sheet Music with improvisational corrections to be more in line with the video's recording, since the sheet music is transcribed from the video with errors.

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Instrument used:Baby Grand Piano
Recording method:From Iphone microphone to PC
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This piece starts out very very slow and gradually builds up to a grand finale. It was such a pain to record because the very end of the piece trolls you, where it gets to almost Chopin etude difficulty, when the first half of the piece is like, grade 1 stuff. You could say the beginning ad the first half tries to make you imagine soft snow falling and then the ending is up to your interpretation. This song is from White Album 2, which is a story of unrequited love and cheating, so my interpretation of the ending is chaos, sadness, and then resolve + renewal at the very end. One of the characters in the story says that every time they look up into the sky at the snow falling, it reminds her of something she wants the most, that she can never have. Very deep stuff!

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Performer's name:Mr Super Hunky
From:Arizona
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Title of piece:All By Myself /Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18
Composer:Sergei Rachmaninoff
Duration:04:53
Source of music:Lead sheet
Instrument used:Mason & Hamlin BB
Recording method:Zoom H2
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Many popular songs have classical roots but it is not well known that Eric Carmen's composition "All By Myself" owes its classical roots to Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18. The song was revived and made popular by Celine Dion in 1996. It was one of her most popular recordings.

This is my improvised performance of this tune which is based upon the three artists mentioned. I hope you like it.

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Performer's name:peterws
From:Northern England
Experience:Many decades
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://youtu.be/7lPB1ieDyqk
Home page link:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAa3kVLPNqf5vxb3qw7NT0w?view_as=subscriber
Title of piece:Far Away
Composer:peterws
Duration:03:48
Source of music:Ear
Instrument used:Pianoteq Bechstein
Recording method:Memory stick from Pianoteq. Audacity bumps up the volume a tad, and gives me an mp3.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Just a few thoughts I had whilst searching for something completely different in my head, and failing again. I knew my Bach piece wouldn't be ready. It may never be ready (English Shrug) so; on with plan B. I also managed a plan C which is a bonus.
Playing around with semi complex chords as a lead in to gentler stuff, where I play with a simple melody, and associated spin offs. I enjoy this sort of thing, seeing what I can get away with (to my ears ha ha) even if it all becomes a little hackneyed. And the Bechstein, for me, is the king of Pianoteq instruments at the moment. Might grab a Steingraeber soon.
Managed to squeeze in a last minute improvement . . .I'm now 50 . . .(I wish!)
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Re: Recital 51 --- August 18, 2018 [Re: AB Forum Recital] #2759574
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Performer's name:PikaPianist
From:Brisbane, Australia
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAUtTH5f8qs
Title of piece:Scene Romantique Op. 101, No. 5
Composer:Sibelius
Duration:03:48
Source of music:IMSLP
Instrument used:Kawai CS7 + VI Labs Ravenscroft 275 VST
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:The Finnish composer Jean Sibelius is not very well known for his solo piano compositions. What a shame that these rare gems have fallen into obscurity.

The "Romantic Scene" has been described by Tawaststjerna as "perhaps the most perfect piece in the opus", and by Heinonen as "one of the most perfect gems in Sibelius's piano output".

This piece gripped me and wouldn't let go. I absolutely adore the passion and the unexpected modulations throughout. Furthermore, those mysterious diminished opening chords! My music theory is not the best, so I don't know how to describe a chord with a D-E-G-A# followed by a G-A#-C#-D. All I know is that it is amazing to behold.

I especially love Kyoko Tabe's interpretation, played on a Bosendorfer I believe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XB4K1Xf0jEg

Re: Recital 51 --- August 18, 2018 [Re: AB Forum Recital] #2759575
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Performer's name:Yamaha G3 & P-80
From:90 miles West of New Orleans
Experience:self-teaching since the beginning of the recitals
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Tangerine
Composer:Victor Schertzinger
Duration:01:24
Source of music:by ear
Instrument used:Yamaha P-80
Recording method:Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I can't read fast enough to record a piece and I'm getting too old and lazy to memorize a piece.

Re: Recital 51 --- August 18, 2018 [Re: AB Forum Recital] #2759576
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Performer's name:Ralphiano (Ralph)
From:Texas
Experience:3 years
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9mbGSDZlFMhttp://
Title of piece:Prelude
Composer:Alexandre Tansman
Duration:01:09
Source of music:Piano in Progress, Book 1, Alexandre Tansman
Instrument used:Casio Privia PX 760
Recording method:Pianoteq, Classical BA, converted to MP3 via Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I'm very happy for the deadline extension.

I recently bought a baby grand, and, I've been mired in building a studio for it and my digital. I've barely put my tools down over the last week. During that time I've become muscular and ham fisted, spending little time at the piano.

Today(Friday), I took a break from the construction project and tried to get my recital recording. It was ugly. What a brute I've become!

Luckily, I had previously made a recording to commemorate the occasion of opening a YouTube account, and I still had that. So, that is what I submitted.

This morning, Saturday, I woke up, made it to the piano, and peeled out a couple of nicer versions right off the bat. After a couple of pass throughs, it occurred to me that I should update my submission. So, I updated with one of this morning's efforts.

My primary focus, for the last year or so, has been playing without unnecessary tension. I continue to make progress on that front, with a steady procession of little revelations coming my way, each exposing previously undetected areas of physical tension in static or dynamic positions. It has been an exciting time for me.

The book this piece comes from has long been out of print. Fortunately, my public library participates in a worldwide sharing system, and they found a copy for me. I have had a CD recording of this book for quite some time, but had to wait a long time to get my hands on the book.

Thank you to Monica, Sam, and all the others who do the grunt work to keep these recitals running. These recitals are high points in my piano experience, I love participating.

Also, it's nice to have Mr. Super Hunky along. Thank you so much for generating the original idea that has grown into these ABF recitals.

I really, really really do welcome critique and feedback. I am self taught, and this forum is the major source of instruction and knowledge for me. So, all observations, ideas, and suggestions are very welcome. Critique is a great help to me.

Re: Recital 51 --- August 18, 2018 [Re: AB Forum Recital] #2759577
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Performer's name:Schinl / Schin Loong
From:Las Vegas
Experience:Returning adult after many years playing as a child
Direct music link:click to download
Home page link:http://openinkstand.com
Title of piece:"Chopin" from Schumann's Carnaval
Composer:Schumann
Duration:01:55
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Kawai RX2
Recording method:Zoom H4n.. any ideas on how to remove the buzzing sound on the higher notes?
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I've only been working on this for a couple weeks, and have not had the chance to show my teacher. So you're hearing this without any polishing or guidance! She does recommend I record myself more often, so this recital is a wonderful opportunity to do so. Thanks for listening!

Re: Recital 51 --- August 18, 2018 [Re: AB Forum Recital] #2759578
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Performer's name:cmb13 - Craig
From:Florida
Experience:4.5 years
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://youtu.be/9ifbOVjUQ2M
Home page link:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIXgv7Gl8Cb5SgqeqsQZNMQ/videos
Title of piece:Well Tempered Clavier Prelude in C
Composer:Bach
Duration:01:57
Source of music:Sheet Music
Instrument used:Boston 118PE Upright Piano
Recording method:Yeti Mic, Logitech c920, Mac with Quicktime
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I was not planning on partiicipating in this recital, as I was a little burned out from the past couple of recitals (50th and Debussy)...I took on some hard pieces that were above my level. I felt I needed a break from the pressure of recording perfection.

Today, 8/18/18, I wss looking through the forum and felt remorseful that I have not submitted anything, so I broke out the mic and recorded this in three takes - picked the best one and let it fly. It's not perfect, but it'll do.

My challenges with this piece are in getting the notes very even. I realize I'm a little off on timing, and sometimes I play a note a little too softly (typically the the 2nd note of the measure) on this piece. Smoothing it out is something I still have to work on.

Re: Recital 51 --- August 18, 2018 [Re: AB Forum Recital] #2759579
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Performer's name:dddaaannn
From:Seattle, WA, USA
Experience:36-year dabbler, three-time adult learner
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7W67zvbhna8
Home page link:http://www.dansanderson.com/
Title of piece:Mignon, op. 68, no. 35
Composer:Robert Schumann
Duration:03:49
Source of music:The Royal Conservatory Celebration Series, 2015 Edition, level 6
Instrument used:Yamaha CLP-685
Recording method:Piano's built-in recording facility
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Another very last minute entry. I've been playing this piece for a few months but only decided to record it two hours before the deadline. You can see me decide on a tempo at the beginning of the video. smile

Tracking the melody of this piece is a bit tricky. Mine turned out OK, but there's more I could have done there. I just now discovered that Pavel.K recorded this for the previous recital, if you want to compare.

A friend gave me a hard time about how recording directly off the CLP-685 sounds artificial, so for this MP3 I added a compressor and some reverb.

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