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Recital 52 --- November 15, 2018 #2781080
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PLEASE DO NOT POST IN THIS THREAD! USE THE DISCUSSION THREAD!

I am delighted to introduce our 52nd 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 52 Online Streaming Player

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

Recital #52 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 52 Zip 1
Recital 52 Zip 2
Recital 52 Zip 3
Recital 52 Zip 4
Recital 52 Zip 5
Recital 52 Zip 6
Recital 52 Zip 7
Recital 52 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 52 --- November 15, 2018 [Re: AB Forum Recital] #2781093
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Performer's name:SleepyBear
From:USA
Experience:about 4-5
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Title of piece:My Heart Is Always By Your Side (Kokoro wa Itsumo Anata no Soba ni)
Composer:Naoya Shimokawa
Duration:04:40
Source of music:Sheet Music http://www.gangqinpu.com/html/30312.htm
Instrument used:electric keyboard
Recording method:pianoteq
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This piano piece is from White Album 2 (anime) and it represents the ideas of grey morality with cheating as the subject. The story basically puts a form of cheating into perspective, where it may seem justified. Let's say you're dating someone who emotionally manipulated you into a relationship, and then one day, your crush that you've known for years throws themselves at you; what would you do? As for the piece, it repeats on the second half and I improvised some arpeggios at the end. Overall a technically easy piece, but very expressive. Keeping this piece at an even pace is also a difficult challenge with some of the top notes of the chords needing voicing without losing tempo. There are some parts where I could've made the voicing stand out more.

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Performer's name:SMA55/Shepherd
From:Chicago originally, currently residing in St. Louis
Experience:Self-taught as a child, and then after a hiatus lasting many years, returned to piano 4 1/2 years ago and began taking classical lessons.
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://youtu.be/hC_ofGvRTVM
Title of piece:Impromptu in G Flat Major Op 90 No 3
Composer:Franz Schubert
Duration:07:04
Source of music:Memorized from sheet music
Instrument used:Steingraeber & Sohne D232
Recording method:Zoom H4n and converted to mp3 with Audacity.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Schubert sure knew how to write a great melody. And this piece, with its long melodic lines, happens to be my favorite of all of his piano compositions. I myself find this piece to be very evocative, and it conjures nostalgic images in my mind. So the video accompaniment I used for my performance are a collection of images from my family's past. The resulting project is obviously very personal, but still I decided to share it here with my forum friends. I hope you like it.

Re: Recital 52 --- November 15, 2018 [Re: AB Forum Recital] #2781096
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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:The Snow Prelude No.2
Composer:Ludovico Einaudi
Duration:04:01
Source of music:'Nightbook' 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:I'm really pleased to be the first to submit this overlooked 'Nightbook' gem to an ABF Recital. On his Facebook page Einaudi describes the 2009 album as "meditative and introspective", charting "an inward voyage through dreams and the shadows of the psyche". 'The Snow Prelude No.2' is both evocative and beautiful, but it presented me with major challenges: tricky fingering, complex rhythms, constantly changing dynamics, and a liberal sprinkling of fermata.

I eventually decided to make minor modifications to the score in a couple of my trouble spots - but only after noticing that in her solo 'Nightbook' CD album, professional pianist and piano teacher Hanna Devich had simplified these same sections. (I thought if she can do that, so can I.)

This piece really rewards serious effort. I'm enjoying the struggle/journey, coming closer to achieving the way it was meant to sound, but I'm not quite there.

Yet.

Re: Recital 52 --- November 15, 2018 [Re: AB Forum Recital] #2781097
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Performer's name:Ted Jones
From:Auckland, New Zealand
Experience:About 65 years
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:"In the Dear Old Dumpy Days" (concluding 8 min of 60)
Composer:Ted Jones
Duration:08:40
Source of music:Pure improvisation
Instrument used:Weinbach, 5'10", 1971
Recording method:Zoom H2
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Unashamedly nostalgic wallowing

Re: Recital 52 --- November 15, 2018 [Re: AB Forum Recital] #2781098
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Performer's name:Peterws
From:The Sunniest Place in the UK
Experience:Don't go there . . .
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Video link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtD91NwArFA
Title of piece:Circular Trip
Composer:Peterws
Duration:01:56
Source of music:Sheet Music and Flat notation programme
Instrument used:FP50 plus Pianoteq Grotrian
Recording method:Pianoteq.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Had this on my mind when I was in the process of finishing off Bach's Siciliano.
Didn't know what to call it . . . .I enjoyed the trip. It evoked something in me, I know not what. Make of it what you will! I could've done it slower, but . . . .no. That's not me . . .
Sausage and Mash plus Spaghetti (the healthy bit) for tea. Not recommended prior to gym cycle classes . . .

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Performer's name:wouter79
Experience:7+ years
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Title of piece:Courante, part 3 of Suite HWV 441
Composer:Handel, Georg Friedrich
Duration:00:59
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Grotrian-Steinweg 189
Recording method:DPA4060, EMU0404, Jecklin Disk, Macbook Pro
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Handel composed thisaround 1705, he was still working in Hamburg and Italy at that time. But it was published only in 1733 when he was already a long time living in London.
My teacher didn't yet approve of my normal etude so playing here a simple piece that I played just for fun for myself.

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Performer's name:Mosotti
From:Romania
Experience:1 year, 1 month
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugTTzfsG43Y
Title of piece:Prelude in C
Composer:Bach
Duration:02:24
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Kawai MP1SE
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Recorded at around 6 a.m. not completely awake yet, but also a perfect time because my son is not there to hit random notes in the bass while I try to play smile

Re: Recital 52 --- November 15, 2018 [Re: AB Forum Recital] #2781101
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Performer's name:Pianist685 (Constantin)
From:Hamburg, Germany
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Experience:12 years of classical piano lessons as a child, 35 without a teacher since
Direct music link:click to download
Home page link:https://imslp.org/wiki/User:C._Stephan
Title of piece:Petite Valse Op. 1 No. 6
Composer:Paul Juon
Duration:02:38
Source of music:sheet music
Instrument used:Sauter upright with retrofit Pianodisc silent system / Galaxy Vintage D
Recording method:Silent system from MIDI out to notebook with Galaxy Vintage D, Savihost plugin
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I have just re-recorded this little sketch by the Russian-Swiss composer Paul Juon to replace my old 2013 tape recording on the IMSLP site. All in all, this miniature waltz published in 1898 is more difficult to play than it sounds. The left hand is quite awkward.

Re: Recital 52 --- November 15, 2018 [Re: AB Forum Recital] #2781102
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Performer's name:Jerzyk19
From:UK
Experience:2 years and 3 months.
As a child I used to play accordion for about 4 years.
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://youtu.be/0SNKDHT0lPU
Title of piece:Waltz in A minor B.150 Opus Posth
Composer:Chopin
Duration:02:18
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Roland LX17
Recording method:Digital
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Hello everybody.
This time I do not have anything new but as I do not want to miss recital I will post piece recorded in May this year. It supposed to be for the waltz recital at the beginning of this year but I underestimated difficulty of this piece and I was not ready for time at all. After practicing for about 5 months I was able to record it. I hope the you will enjoy it.

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Performer's name:Peyton
From:Maine
Experience:bunch with some lessons years ago
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-TsWHc1ZD8
Home page link:http://www.peytonart.com
Title of piece:Fairwell to Summer and to a Friend
Composer:Original
Duration:04:30
Source of music:Original score
Instrument used:Young Chang grand
Recording method:digital
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:While working on this farewell to summer, a good friend, fellow artist and incredible photographer, Ron Wilson, died in a crash on his way to an art show. So this piece turned into not only a farewell to summer but a goodby to my friend.

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Performer's name:sandalholme
From:England
Experience:Too many
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Moment Musical No6
Composer:Schubert
Duration:08:31
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Kawai ES7 using Pianoteq Petrof piano
Recording method:digital to pc
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Sat down to play this, not for this recital, and it was going well then I was interrupted at the end of the 1st section, Pianoteq somehow stayed open, so when I completed the trio and repeat of the first section I ended up with 1 midi file with a huge gap of silence in the middle. One note in the first playing of the second part of the trio section was really off so I substituted that bar from the repeat of the section. It felt that the performance was meant to be kept.

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Performer's name:Jason Lenthe
From:Philadelphia area
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://youtu.be/HqTXcwtrzjw
Title of piece:Prelude in F# Major, Op. 28 No. 13
Composer:Chopin
Duration:03:20
Source of music:sheet music
Instrument used:Yamaha P22
Recording method:Zoom H4
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:When I started learning this piece, I thought the challenges would be purely technical...all the jumps and stretches in the left hand (and then eventually in the right hand). But it turned out for me the real challenge was playing sensitively. The pure technical aspects were surprisingly straightforward. I started out playing this piece like an ogre, but I think really came a long way (even if I still have a long way to go).

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Performer's name:Sam S
From:Georgia, USA
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Experience:I can't remember at the moment!
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://youtu.be/_N6BLbPeDwk
Title of piece:Ground C minor Z.D221
Composer:Henry Purcell
Duration:03:12
Source of music:Miscellaneous Keyboard Pieces published by Stainer & Bell
Instrument used:Morley 2 manual harpsichord, 7 foot, 1969, rebuilt (by me) in 2017
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I love this piece! And its only about 325 years old, give or take a few decades. This is my first attempt at playing both manuals of the harpsichord. The upper keyboard is set to a single rank of strings with the mute on. The lower keyboard is set to 2 ranks of strings, so it is louder. I play the ground and the soft variations on the upper keyboard, and the loud variations on the lower.

The ground is a bit odd - it is a bass line that repeats over and over, but instead of being 4 or 8 measures long, it is only 3 1/2. This keeps things unpredictable, since the upper variations sometimes go past the end of the ground. Also, instead of repeating the ground 8, 16, or even 32 times, it repeats 11 times - brilliant!

After I told you all these numbers, don't sit there counting on your fingers. Leave the counting to me, and just listen!

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Performer's name:dumka1
From:Illinois, USA (originally from Ukraine)
Experience:8 years as a child, off and an old as an adult, resumed regular lessons 3 years ago.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:"October" ("The Autumn Song")
Composer:Tchaikovsky
Duration:04:49
Source of music:Sheet music (the Schirmer edition of the "Seasons")
Instrument used:Baldwin Acrosonic upright
Recording method:Zoom H2N
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is the same recording I submitted to the Slavic themed recital a couple of weeks ago. I was planning to record a different piece but I'm traveling next week and have a lot going on at work, and, most importantly, it's raining today, leaves are falling, so "The Autumn Song" felt like the right piece for this time of the year. As I explained in my comments for the Slavic recital, while not technically difficult, this piece is quite challenging musically in terms of the voicing, dynamics, the choices for rubato and, more generally, the big challenge is how to express its deeply melancholy mood without slipping into excessive sentimentality. There are some things about this recording I'm not 100% happy with, but it's close to what I was aiming for. I now play it mostly from memory and more freely I think, but unfortunately, have no time to work on a new recording. I hope this piece doesn't make you too depressed!

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Performer's name:Monica K.
From:Lexington, KY
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Experience:About 14 1/2 years, self-taught
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://youtu.be/QSNhl5t5qSs
Home page link:http://www.youtube.com/pianomonica
Title of piece:The Aviators
Composer:Helen Jane Long
Duration:05:03
Source of music:Sheet music, purchased from musicnotes.com
Instrument used:Mason & Hamlin A
Recording method:mp3 file recorded with Zoom H4, amplified in Audacity. YouTube video recorded with Zoom Q8.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I have been captivated by this piece ever since I heard the shortened version of it in the British Airways commercial, "To fly, to serve." (The commercial, which can be found here at https://youtu.be/a4JdQi60an0 , is incredibly moving and well worth watching.)

I only recently discovered that the sheet music for this beautiful piece was available, and I immediately became obsessed with learning it. The solo piano version lacks a bit of the powerful majesty of Long's recorded version, which includes strings, but it is still very pretty, I think. It also adds a bridge that is not in the recorded instrumental version.

I'm dedicating this performance to my son, Isaac, who is in his second year of a commercial aviation major at the University of North Dakota and who recently earned his private pilot's license.

I was running around doing errands and somehow managed to forget to have lunch, but I had a snack of Greek yogurt with granola mixed in at 4:00 pm.

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Performer's name:fishandchips
Experience:2 years
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Title of piece:Prelude in C Major BWV 846
Composer:J.S. Bach
Duration:02:37
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I recorded this a few months ago, and I've barely touched the piano since.

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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:Elegy
Composer:Meder
Duration:02:07
Source of music:Play by ear
Instrument used:Yamaha Clavier
Recording method:Pianoteq/Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Elegy is an award-winning composition by pianist David Meder. I heard it played a couple of years ago at a piano competition and I was totally bowled over. No sheet music has been published, as far as I can tell, so this is my arrangement "by ear". I have not found any background about the inspiration for the song, but the title says a lot.

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Performer's name:PianogrlNW
From:Seattle area
Experience:I have lost track
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Title of piece:Nocturne in C# Minor
Composer:Chopin
Duration:03:58
Source of music:Henle sheet music
Instrument used:Schimmel Grand
Recording method:Zoom H2N
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Thanks to the study group for inspiring me to learn this beautiful and mournful and nocturne.

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Performer's name:lithotriptor
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Title of piece:Invention No. 15 in B minor, BWV 786
Composer:J.S. Bach
Duration:01:19
Technical feedback wanted:Yes

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Performer's name:ralph L.
From:Calgary
Experience:Almost 2 years
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Video link:https://youtu.be/XZ6Y91WdyuI
Title of piece:Hallelujah
Duration:02:16
Source of music:Further tweaked from a version in Britain's got talent show. Used keyboard to create backing in the 2nd half, then played piano on top of it.
Instrument used:FP-30 and yamaha e353
Technical feedback wanted:Yes

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Performer's name:Handyman
From:Hershey, PA USA
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Title of piece:The Way We Were
Composer:Marvin Hamlisch (music ); Alan & Marilyn Bergman (lyrics)
Duration:03:08
Source of music:Sheet music - Alfred Greatest Hits
Instrument used:Yamaha Clavinova CVP-301
Recording method:DP to Audacity on laptop via Behringer Audio Interface
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Additional info:"If we had the chance to do it all again
Tell me would we, could we?"

This is a common question most of us ask ourselves from time to time, but in this case it's taken from the lyrics of the bridge of this gorgeous title song from the popular 1973 movie "The Way We Were", a romantic drama of a caliber they just don't seem to make anymore.

In my arrangement of the simple version of the song found in one of the Alfred "Greatest Hits" songbooks I quote this part of the lyrics at the beginning (as an intro) and at the end (as a coda) to highlight it and sort of wrap the body of the song in it. The song itself is a masterpiece in the very best tradition of the bittersweet romantic ballads that came out of American movies over many years and decades. It is an amazingly beautiful piece of music from a great songwriting team - one of my all-time favorite songs.

The movie was one of the best of it's era and starred Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford. They were both in their prime as entertainers at that time and were running on high octane talent (this was long before they foolishly went far astray into the wild and wacky world of dubious political commentary). She sang the title song at the beginning of the movie and I strongly recommend that you search for this on YouTube. It's a wonderful vocal performance (as so very much of her singing is) and it's accompanied by some great still shots of her in all of her unique attractiveness thru her career.

Here are the song's complete lyrics:

Memories light the corners of my mind
Misty water-colored memories of the way we were.
Scattered pictures of the smiles we left behind
Smiles we gave to one another for the way we were.

Can it be that it was all so simple then
Or has time rewritten every line?
If we had the chance to do it all again
Tell me would we, could we?

Memories may be beautiful and yet
What's to painful to remember
We simply choose to forget.
So it's the laughter we will remember
Whenever we remember
The way we were
The way we were.

Hope you enjoy!

Lunch was a scrumptious Philly cheese steak sub with fried onions and marinara sauce at the local Italian Bistro, with pepperoni rolls and a tall, frosty root beer on the side.

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Performer's name:Balezin Dmitry
From:Russia
Experience:1 Year and 10 months
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Video link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15D7qsRwMMY
Title of piece:Primavera
Composer:Ludovico Einaudi
Duration:04:04
Source of music:Sheet music.
Instrument used:Casio CDP-130
Recording method:Recorded to LINE IN of my Ritmix RR-980...then changed gain in Audacity and trimmed scilence
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Performer's name:akc42 (Alan Chandler)
Experience:Just over a year after 56 year gap - to Grade 3 as a child
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Title of piece:Invention No 13
Composer:J.S. Bach
Duration:01:33
Source of music:Henle
Instrument used:Kawai CA67
Recording method:Piano internal recorder then Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:A learnt new invention after I got to really appreciate Bach with invention No 8 (last recital)

Attempting to get expressiveness in the playing balanced with the evenness that should be with Bach. One or two minor glitches. I love playing this piece with the "Church Organ" sounds of the CA67, but this is a piano recital...

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Performer's name:snejana
From:Boston, MA
Experience:4 and a half years (self taught)
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Title of piece:Bagatelle
Composer:Anton Diabelli
Duration:00:54
Source of music:The Young Pianist's Library: From Bach to Bartok, Book 1A
Instrument used:Casio PX-700 Digital Piano
Recording method:GarageBand on Mac
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is my third recital for which I decided to record a piece by a Baroque composer. My favorite composer from the era is Bach (that is unlikely to shock anyone :)), but it is hard to find pieces of Bach on my level. I originally intended to learn Bach's Prelude in C major (which is actually far above my current level), and I made it only 3/4 in with the final sections being too challenging at this time. But then I found this Bagatelle by Diabelli from a book a had for a couple of years, but mostly forgotten as I was working on the easier pieces. The only bagatelle I knew of is Beethoven's Fur Elise, and I figured this would be a good candidate. I REALLY enjoyed learning it! Unlike the previous recital, where my choice of contemporary music sounded more difficult than it was due to heavy use of patterns, this bagatelle is the opposite. It might not sound hard at all, but its interweaving melodies in both hands can be quite a dare. I took a liberty to make tiny adjustments by changing the tempo from fast to very mellow; by deviating from suggestions of where the phrases have to be repeated, and modifying the suggested dynamics. I hope this will not offend Diabelli's fans! This is my favorite piece from what I have learned to play so far!

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Performer's name:barbaram
From:Ireland
Experience:Back at it 5 years as an adult, hard to believe!
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Title of piece:French Movie Waltz
Composer:Catherine Rollin
Duration:01:38
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Kawai CS8
Recording method:Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is a fun piece from Catherine Rollin's "Dancing on the Keys 2" collection. The whole collection is pretty nice - pieces in various dance styles at an early intermediate level.

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Performer's name:Kalos Piano
From:Italy
Experience:3 and a half
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Video link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPRrwtHG1lk
Home page link:https://soundcloud.com/kalos-piano
Title of piece:Minuet in B...lues
Composer:Paolo Calio
Duration:01:49
Source of music:my own composition
Instrument used:Roland FP30 plus Pianoteq D4 Blues
Recording method:built-in keyboard midi recorder plus Pianoteq
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I wanted to write a piece in the style of the minuets by Petzold/Bach, but bluesy. Here's the result. And yeah, I baiscally chose the key of B just for the sake of the title smile

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Performer's name:BSharp(C)yclist (Dan)
From:California
Experience:3 years
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Video link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZjxFTzKeUc
Home page link:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtA0GATaWUp9IFOd6_qktBw
Title of piece:Fluttering Leaves (Op. 46, No. 11)
Composer:Stephen Heller
Duration:01:21
Source of music:RCM 6 Etude
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 went back and forth on what to submit. I had submitted this first, then had a descent audio recording of Fur Elise, but changed back to this. I did record a video of Fur Elise last night (night before deadline), but I've decided to stick with this. It's a nice little etude, hasn't been submitted before, and will hopefully expand the ever growing list of different recital pieces at PianoWorld. The etude is short, so it will only consume a minute of your time, thanks for listening smile Besides, anyone can go to my YouTube channel to see the video I did last night. And it needs works anyway, haha.

I'll most likely do this piece for my RCM exam, which I'll take sometime next year. When recording this piece, I blended the sound with Pianoteq Model B Gentle setting. Let me know if it sounds weird. I often blend sounds for something different at times.

Heller wrote some really nice pieces. I hope to explore more of his work. I found the below thread on PianoStreet helpful in learning more about Heller.

https://www.pianostreet.com/smf/index.php/topic,10505.0.html

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Performer's name:JoBert
From:Germany
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:Since childhood
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Video link:https://youtu.be/JsoD4MY8lWA
Home page link:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJcDLkLZ0uqWMVNKxPGOvpA
Title of piece:Moments Musicaux No. 2 (Opus 94, D 780)
Composer:Franz Schubert
Duration:06:37
Source of music:Henle edition 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:The main challenge in this piece, at least for me, is to play the big chords smooth and steady, without ghost notes or uneven chords. This is made especially difficult when playing the prescribed p and pp. I'm still far from getting those done to my satisfaction. Nonetheless, even with these warts and irregularities, I thought it was ready for recital time.

Hope you like it!

(EDIT: Well, it seems that I did something right, because when I uploaded the piece to YouTube, I got a copyright complaint, that I was using copyrighted music from someone else. laugh I've disputed the claim, of course, and the dispute as already been settled, so everything is fine.)

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Performer's name:Piano2138
Experience:2 years 9 months
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Title of piece:Feelin' Good
Composer:Christopher Norton
Duration:00:51
Source of music:RCM Celebration Series Level 2 - Piano Etudes
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:I love Christopher Norton's music. His pieces are fresh, educational and for all levels. For sure I will learn other pieces composed by him. Thanks for listening!

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Performer's name:Sideshow
From:Belgium
Experience:12 years (10 year lessons)
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Title of piece:Nocturne Op. 9 No. 2
Composer:Chopin
Duration:04:56
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Feurich 179 grand
Recording method:I used an olympus recording device. It's OK but it lacks a bit in the high tones I think, the tone could be more clear, but I guess you can not expect a professional recording device for 150 euro :-)
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Preparing this piece along with 3 others for my demo exam in november 2018 and my yearly exam in june 2019. (both are public exams, so yeah, nerves...)
Playing the left hand elegant and correct, was a challenge for me in this piece.
If I would play the piece like this on my exam, I would be OK with it, but I hope it still 'grows' a bit.

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Performer's name:Moo smile
Experience:14 years of lessons
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Title of piece:Venetian Gondola Song
Composer:Mendelssohn
Duration:02:12
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I did not have any pieces ready for a recital. I have quickly recorded an old piece I've learnt.


There are four Venetian Gondola Songs that Mendelssohn wrote in Songs without Words. This one op 19/6 is his first and it is quite famous.

The piece is difficult as you have to project the melody in the right hand whilst playing accompaniment also in the right hand. This is a common feature in Mendelssohn so I think learning other pieces has helped. You also have to keep the accompaniment quiet.

I played this in mid 2015 in my last piano exam.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNNN5GYAaIc

I recorded it again in Jan 2016.

https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&ar=1&video_id=X9Lq57wfvfE

I have not worked on it since but I have put the links if you are interested in the comparison.

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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=TT1V4Fjt5HA&feature=youtu.be
Title of piece:Sonata in F Minor "Allegro" op.2 #1
Composer:Beethoven
Duration:03:56
Source of music:Sheet Music
Instrument used:Bosendorfer 214VC
Recording method:Zoom H4
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This recording was made in a live "mock exam" in preparation for my ABRSM 8. This was my second piece after the technical tests (Scales, arpeggios, etc) and the Bach Gigue. So, it is definitely a recording under stress! An unfamiliar teacher was busily making notes as I played. It is one take, and has a few warts, but overall, I was pleased with how I played. May the real exam go as well!

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Performer's name:Keselo
From:Netherlands
Experience:Nearly 2 years
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Title of piece:The Sick Doll & The Doll's Funeral
Composer:Tchaikovsky
Duration:06:47
Source of music:Sheet music published by Peters.
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:Normally, I wouldn't submit two pieces, but I've done so now because I feel like these two pieces just must be played together. I adore both pieces, especially when played super slowly as I've done. The Funeral March especially, you normally don't hear played as slow. Perhaps there's a reason for it, and you'll be bored to bits listening to it.

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Performer's name:Tyrone Slothrop
From:Washington, DC
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Experience:8.5 months
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Home page link:https://gravitys-rainbow.pynchonwiki.com/wiki/index.php?title=Tyrone_Slothrop
Title of piece:The Sick Doll, Op. 39 No. 7
Composer:Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Duration:01:45
Source of music:sheet music
Instrument used:Roland FP-30 digital keyboard and Pianoteq STAGE/Steingraber E-272 software
Recording method:MP3 audio export file from Pianoteq STAGE
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I learned this piece back-to-back with my Tchaikovsky piece submitted for last month's Slavic Recital: http://forum.pianoworld.com/ubbthre...ital-october-15th-2018.html#Post2772574. I found The Sick Doll was considerably easier to learn and play than Morning Prayer, probably because of Morning Prayer's SATB form and constant harmony - just seemed like a lot of which to keep track. By contrast, The Sick Doll didn't have any any features that present difficulty and is also played at a pretty easy-going tempo. I did find The Sick Doll to be good practice for learning to bringing out the soprano melody and work on my dynamics in general. This said, now it's back to non-Slavic composers for me. I have in my possession a nice edition of Tchaikovsky's Op. 39 now, so maybe I will come back to it at some point in the future and work on some of the other Op. 39 pieces.

And a message to the poor doll's mom- your doll is in a better place now!

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Performer's name:Qwerty53
From:By the Salish Sea
Experience:18 months (six months with my current wonderful teacher); plus some lessons more than fifty years ago
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Title of piece:Invierno
Composer:Astor Piazzolla
Duration:04:51
Source of music:Learned from sheet music, played from memory.
Instrument used:"Mister Upright," a lightly used Yamaha YUS5 that followed me home 4 months ago.
Recording method:Zoom H1, Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:First time submission to an ABF Recital. I really appreciate everyone who shares their music. This piece still needs work, and the piano needs tuning, but it is what I can do today. I feel so lucky that my fantastic teacher, knowing I love Astor Piazzolla's music, encouraged me 3 months ago to believe I could learn this wonderful piece.
Invierno (Winter) is part of the suite called Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, premiered by Piazzolla and his quintet in Buenos Aires in May 1970. Lately the suite is often programmed with Vivaldi's Four Seasons, frequently using an arrangement by Leonid Desyatnikov (commissioned by Gidon Kremer for Kremerata Baltica) that -- much more than Piazzolla's original -- incorporated quotations from Vivaldi into Four Seasons of Buenos Aires. Although I prefer it without these rather literal quotations, I recognize that improvisation and the contributions of individual performers are part of what makes Piazzolla's music exciting. I am not there yet -- my recital submission is straight from the sheet music -- but this is a big step in my musical adventure!

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Performer's name:Ganddalf
From:Norway
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Title of piece:Cadiz from Suite Espanola
Composer:Isaac Albeniz
Duration:03:52
Source of music:Sheet music plus
Instrument used:Yanaha AvantGrand N1
Recording method:Zoom H1
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I'm growing increasingly fond of Spanish music and continue finding new gems almost every week. Some time ago I listened to the Suite Espanola and decided to start studying at least a couple of the movements. "Cadiz" didn't sound so difficult, so I started with this one. It turned out to be considerably more tricky than I first thought, and I'm afraid that my performance suffers from technical shortcomings. The piece is extremely transparent, so every flaw becomes evident to the listener. I hope that you forgive me this and that I have been able to express at least a fraction of the beauty of this music.

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Performer's name:jotur/Cathy Turner
From:Santa Fe, NM
Experience:Couple of years of lessons in my early teens, 35 years off, playing for dancing and senior living since 1995.
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Title of piece:Veterans Day Medley
Composer:Various
Duration:05:43
Source of music:Mostly by ear
Instrument used:Casio PX-160
Recording method:Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:No
Additional info:I present here the hymns and marches of the armed forces of the United States, in the order in which they were founded, with a couple of extra tunes thrown in at the end.

U.S. Army, founded June 14, 1775. The Caissons Go Rolling Along - Brigadier General Edmund L Gruber

U.S. Navy, founded October 13, 1775. Anchors Aweigh - Charles A. Zimmerman

U.S. Marines, founded November 10, 1775. The Marines' Hymn. Music: Jacques Offenbach. Lyrics: Thomas Holcomb

U.S. Coast Guard, founded August 4, 1790. Semper Paratus. Captain Francis Saltus van Boskerck

U.S. Air Force, founded as the Army Air Force July 2, 1926, as an independent entity September 18, 1947. Wild Blue Yonder. Robert Crawford

+ 2 more tunes

Most of these have gone thru various changes in their lyrics over time so the composers/lyricists are not the complete list.

I call this my Lawrence Welk set because his orchestra used to play this medley and have the members of each service who were in the audience stand up during their hymn/march. Brought the house down. Still does in senior venues. I get a little misty myself.

These are very simple versions which I tried to keep in fairly singable keys with some kind of transition between them.

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Performer's name:Piano_primo_1
From:South Pgh PA USA
Experience:9
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Title of piece:Prelude Op 28 No. 4 in E minor
Composer:Frederick Chopin
Duration:02:36
Source of music:Sheet
Instrument used:PX 100 thru Pianoteq
Recording method:direct to laptop pianoteq
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Although this may sound naive to the master of music and piano,
this beautiful piece is by far the hardest piece
I have attempted to play.
The reason I found this difficult was because of the necessary pedaling [ soft and sustain] and the dynamics. -Which I realize are a fair to poor here.
The soft pedal and sustain are essential to keep it from sounding muddy and the dynamics are also hard to imitate well from hearing while playing the piece.
The ebb and flow of the emotion it creates/evokes is dramatic and of a grand , sad passing of life [event?].

I did my best at this; and it took quite a while ,
maybe 30 recordings because of the subtle chord-note-
changes . One has to read the score unless he has a super- memory.
The tempo was hard to maintain steadily, which
you will hear in this rendition.
I [in error] increased the tempo slightly during the
piece.
But nevertheless, I am satisfied because this really was more of a challenge than I anticipated and imagined.
The satisfaction I assume comes from the fact that I tackled the difficulty that originally I had thought would be an easy piece, and that satisfaction is proportional.

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Performer's name:Richard (zrtf90)
Experience:More than it sounds, less than it feels.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Lento con gran espressione
Composer:Chopin
Duration:04:50
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Chopin: Lento con gran espressione (Nocturne No. 20, Op. posth.)

I've been participating in the Study Thread for this piece and responded only recently to the suggestion of submitting it to this recital (just shy of three weeks ago as I write).

This is not a difficult piece as Chopin Nocturnes go and it's very easy to memorise. None of the difficulties are such that they can't be overcome with slow and careful practise.

The biggest challenge for me here was deciding on the version to use. I've never learned a piece before that has so many published versions yet so few the same. I haven't even stayed with one version in its entirety but patched together extracts from various published editions. There were up to fourteen sheets for this at one time on my piano rack, many parts excised by coloured pencil and others double outlined as firm. It's only having memorised extracts individually that I've joined them together, and only since it was suggested in the thread that it be submitted, so I don't actually have a complete copy on paper just yet of the final version I'm playing.

The trills are among the most critical I've had to deal with as I feel they're vital to the character and the performance and of this piece. While the runs in the coda look like hard, they're actually just regular scale runs with flexible timing and the focus on different end notes. Not difficult for someone who regularly works on scales (as opposed to playing them often).

There's a central section that in all the recordings I've listened to are taken at twice the pace that's written, largely based, I think, on the scherzando passage in his 2nd Piano Concerto - but it's only from recording myself early on that I realised why I needed to follow suit - the pace lags just when it needs to pick up. The judicious use of the otherwise unoccupied RH helps maintain the rhythmic energy in this section.

There is, on top of all this, the fact that Chopin's own autograph is marked as being in cut time, takes the middle section in 3/4 time for the RH and 4/4 time in the LH, only later joining both staves in 3/4 before taking the reprise in common time (though marked a tempo primo) while in another manuscript the piece begins in common time but reprises in cut time!

I chose a gentle pace to afford more leeway in the 'gran espressione' and I think it's better than rushing anywhere. Once I'm more used to the piece I'll be able to adjust the tone to suit.

Many thanks to Craig for the idea of starting this piece and the participants in the thread who've contributed ideas. It's been a joy to research, to work on and to share the effort with others. I've not been able to enter recent recitals because of unexpected issues in the face of impending retirement. I expected a quiet year and it's not turned out that way. This piece has kept me at the piano instead of taking days off from indolence.

My gratitude, as ever, goes to the team who provide this wonderful opportunity to motivate our practise.

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Performer's name:thepianoplayer416
From:Canada
Experience:10
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://www.youtube.com/user/thepianoplayer416
Title of piece:Waltz #2
Composer:Dmitri Shostakovich
Duration:01:55
Source of music:sheet music
Instrument used:Yamaha upright
Recording method:Sony a6000 camera
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:A while back I heard the orchestra version on radio. Shortly after found an arrangement for piano.
Due to my hectic schedule performing with a music group, I didn't have time to work on the whole piece and decided to upload a condensed version.
This piece is work in progress. Feel free to comment...

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Performer's name:Cathryn99
From:Darwin AUstralia
Experience:10 as a child, 40 year hiatus, been back playing for about 3 years now.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Moszkowski - Study in F, Op 91 No 4
Composer:Moritz Moszkowski
Duration:01:09
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Yamaha Arius YDP-163 (I prefer my acoustic)
Recording method:Direct output from the digital into Pianoteq, then into audacity for saving as MP3.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I've hardly played at all this year - working and studying psychology hasn't left much time for piano. But semester is over, and I've just picked up this piece in the past four weeks or so, primarily for building technique. It's not particularly pretty, but a good technical exercise none the less.... I know my tempo is a bit uneven in this recording, and I speed up at the end (nearly there! nearly there!). And I had to do a little edit in the middle, sorry :-( - but I haven't submitted anything for over a year, so this is a first go at getting back on the bike (the bench?)

We're just heading into the monsoon season where I live, the sky is low and dense, cicadas are loud, and we await imminent rain. It's beautiful.

Lunch is about to be eggs from my chickens, on toast with pesto - yum!

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Performer's name:Mr Super-Hunky
From:Arizona
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Experience:10+ Home Noodler.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Dance of Pales from the Symphony of the Night/Castelvania soundtrack
Composer:Mr Super-Hunky
Duration:03:20
Source of music:Sheet music with slight improvisation.
Instrument used:Mason & Hamlin BB
Recording method:Zoom H2 into Audacity.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This piece was one of the more difficult ones for me to learn as it requires you to play both hands extremely far apart throughout the entire piece. The spread at times can be 5 octaves apart and since I'm not a chameleon, I must play one hand blindly while concentrating on the other hand way at the other end of the keyboard! It took a while to get this down, but I'm happy with the end results all things considered.


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Performer's name:sinophilia
From:Italy
Experience:6 years 8 months
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Video link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-EkjlXOOjc
Title of piece:Agitato
Composer:Alec Rowley
Duration:01:39
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Yamaha W110BW
Recording method:iPhone 7
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Honestly, feel free to skip my submission... this piece is not very nice and I don't make it any more interesting, but I didn't want to skip the recital altogether, and all the other beautiful pieces that I've learned last summer are not completely ready yet.

This is the first piece in the RCM Etudes Level 8 book. It was written in 1933 by Alec Rowley and it's supposed to teach "LH melody and rhythmic vitality". I spent 5 hours on it over two weeks, and I'm definitely ready to put it aside (i.e. sick of it). Both my video and mp3 have mistakes in the final part, and overall balance, clarity, and pedal are far from perfect, but I'm quite happy about the tempo (which is the maximum speed at which I can manage repeated chords and pedal changes) and forward momentum. It even has a glimpse of melodic interest here and there laugh

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Performer's name:Schinl
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:Excerpt from Romanze (Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor)
Composer:Chopin
Duration:04:04
Source of music:Sheet music transcription by Reinecke, from IMSLP
Instrument used:Kawai RX2
Recording method:Zoom H4n
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Such a beautiful piece, quite ambitious for myself, and thankfully my teacher agreed to work on this with me this summer. Only made it 4 pages into this 11 page monster before deciding I've had enough! It was shelved before I could make a proper recording, and dusted it off this week for this recital.

Please forgive the wrong notes (and the liberal amounts of rubato), even after copious polishing and practice I just can't seem to get all the notes right... Still, I'm happy to have learned it, one of my (many) favorite Chopin pieces. Thanks for listening.

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Performer's name:PianoVet
From:North Carolina
Experience:11 months
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://youtu.be/XzVgOEKOGG0
Title of piece:Bach Invention #14 in B-flat major
Composer:J.S. Bach
Duration:01:45
Source of music:Sheet Music
Instrument used:Boston GP 178
Recording method:iPhone
Technical feedback wanted:Yes

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Performer's name:PikaPianist
From:Brisbane, Australia
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Video link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hL1hFw0_J7o
Title of piece:Sonatina Op.36, No.3 1st mvmt
Composer:Clementi
Duration:04:04
Source of music:IMSLP
Instrument used:Estonia L210 (2018)
Recording method:Zoom H5
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is my first time recording my newly purchased Estonia L210. It'll still need a few good months of breaking-in and voicing to reach its full potential but I absolutely love the treble tones right out of the box. As you can hear this piano is extremely 'polite' with it's tone and without harshness, and the bass lacks percussiveness. At the moment I find that this piano suits the classical or baroque styles better, thus I've decided to play some light-hearted Clementi.

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Performer's name:Claudemir Medeiros
From:Brasil
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Experience:2 years
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QROx4bE-S2c
Title of piece:Pela luz dos olhos teus
Composer:Vinicius de Moraes
Duration:01:21
Source of music:Sheet Music
Instrument used:Yamaha CLP-645 (digital piano)
Recording method:Digital to PC - > conversion to mp3
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This piece becomes famous being interpreted and arranged by Tom Jobim.

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Performer's name:MeganR
From:California near Yosemite
Experience:3.5
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Title of piece:Prelude 1913
Composer:Maurice ravel
Duration:01:35
Source of music:Sheet music, from memory
Instrument used:Everett Spinet ~ 1955
Recording method:Zoom H4N
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I was hoping to get to a decent place to be able to record this piece for this recital - there are still some things I want to straighten out with it. A couple weeks ago, I asked my teacher to let me know what I needed to work on to get it to the "good enough to record" spot, and that ended up kind of tearing it totally down for days. It's better now, but even so, I still want to work on a few of the spots where I'm hesitant, I need to get the rhythm a little better with more pronounced accents, and iron out the pedaling.

This was a super fun piece to learn though, with that challenging section in the middle where the hands are all squished up together and you've got to figure out how to play it.

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Performer's name:Serge88
From:Canada
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Experience:1995-2000, 2006-2012, 2018-????
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Waltz opus 69 no. 1 "L'Adieu"
Composer:Chopin
Duration:05:39
Source of music:sheet music, imslp.org
Instrument used:Roland FP-7 to Pianoteq (Piano software)
Recording method:Roland FP-7 - midi - iMac - Pianoteq
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I never played or listen to Chopin and I just wanted to please my new teacher. Hey, I like it I might learn another one.

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Performer's name:AssociateX (Liz)
From:Long Island NY
Experience:8+- lessons from age 9-16 then long break. Only started formal lessons Sept. 2018 but unofficially playing on and off for past 2 years.
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fr3hMTNFYCM
Title of piece:Chopin Nocturne- E Minor - Op.72 # 1
Composer:Frederic Chopin
Duration:04:42
Source of music:Henle - Urtext
Instrument used:Steinway baby grand
Recording method:iphone 6s
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:There are flubs in the middle section, but this was recorded on my 3rd take and the best I have it to date. Suggestions/advice welcome. Ideally want to polish this piece much more...

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Performer's name:Dario Sanchez Martinez
From:Netherlands
Experience:7 years, though last 2 years seriously with teacher.
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Title of piece:Fantasia K397
Composer:Mozart
Duration:06:14
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Roland FP-50
Recording method:Digital to PC & Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Sadly some notes were missed, but I'm especially happy with the Minor part of the piece. The D Major part is a heavy work in progress, sorry for the ending.

Feedback is certainly very welcome!

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Performer's name:lvojnovic
Experience:3
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Title of piece:K545, Sonata in C major, 2. movement
Composer:Mozart
Duration:03:36
Source of music:hendle urtext
Instrument used:Kawai CN41
Recording method:audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I am working on this piece for some time now. Last year for almost six months, and now for the last 2 months with 5 other pieces for a 20 minute recital I have next week.
I decided to record this piece for this online recital because it is the one piece I struggle the most with when performing. I really like playing it, but I almost can't play it for an audience without mistakes (audience can also be virtual, when microphone is on; my nerves do not discriminate).
I am not completely satisfied with this recording, because of some unevenness in rhythm and a blurred ornament. Slipped fingers I do not count as mistakes, they happen smile
Thank you for listening and your comments.

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Performer's name:zsolpyW
From:Polska
Experience:12 yo as youth
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Video link:https://youtu.be/wK4Xfln9Z6o
Title of piece:Por Una Cabeza
Composer:Carlos Gardel
Duration:04:19
Source of music:sheet music
Instrument used:KAWAI K48
Recording method:Panasonic LX7, Zoom H2n
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:The piece is one of the most famous and beautiful tangos.

It is widely known from film music (for example Scent of a Woman)

I think that this is one of the best arrangement you can find on Youtube so far.

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.

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Performer's name:Pathbreaker
From:Massachusetts
Experience:16+
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Title of piece:Op. 99 no 1
Composer:Schumann
Duration:02:30
Source of music:sheet
Instrument used:cfx vst
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