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Re: Recital 54 --- May 15, 2019
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Performer's name:joangolfing
From:Iowa
Experience:Quite a few years
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Bourree One and Two (French Overture) BWV 831
Composer:J.S. Bach
Duration:02:51
Source of music:Classics To Moderns Vol.37
Instrument used:Yamaha GC1 Grand piano
Recording method:Zoom H2 using Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This piece was a challenge to play. I have worked on it for more than 5 months. This recital came up and I missed a couple of them so I submitted this version. Bouree One is quicker and livelier while Bourree Two more emotive. The appoggiatura in Bourree Two gives it an interesting flair. The short note in a few measures leaning into the longer note is fun to play. I recorded this in 4 separate recordings with the 2 sections of each Bourree by themselves. Usually these Bourree's are played in ABA form with Bourree One repeated again at the end.

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Re: Recital 54 --- May 15, 2019
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Performer's name:Mr. Super-Hunky
From:Arizona
Experience:Adult home noodler.
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Title of piece:Song from a secret garden
Composer:Secret Garden
Duration:02:55
Source of music:This is my cover version of this piece.
Instrument used:Mason & Hamlin BB.
Recording method:Zoom H2 into Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I'm trying to cover the full spectrum of piano music from over the top (slightly out of control) performances like my last one (Dance of Pales) to a much more delicate (and hopefully) in control/sensitive piece like this one. I'm not sure where my playing style will ultimately end up, (probably all over the place!), but I'll have to at least try lots of different types of music to decide what fits best. So here's a more milder, gentler song that was a pleasure to play and listen to without having to clear the room first! Enjoy it, and then go hug somebody.

Re: Recital 54 --- May 15, 2019
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Performer's name:schinl
From:Las Vegas
Experience:Learned for 8-ish years as a kid, back to piano as an adult for about 2 years
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Prelude Op.23 No.4
Composer:Rachmaninoff
Duration:05:04
Source of music:Memorized for a recital
Instrument used:Kawai grand RX2
Recording method:Zoom
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:My teacher introduced me to this piece and I absolutely fell in love with its melancholy and dramatic melody... at first I was very hesitant as I've never played Rachmaninoff before, but she encouraged me and I am so thankful she did. It took a few months of constant practice to really learn it, but before I knew it, it was in my fingers. I played it at our studio recital in April, my first time on stage and (to my surprise), did not freeze or mess up. Such great memories for an adult amateur pianist!

Recording this was tiresome, I made three attempts before giving up and choosing the 'best' sounding one. I think I captured the passion somewhat and I hope that makes up for the wrong notes. Thanks for listening!

Re: Recital 54 --- May 15, 2019
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Performer's name:jotur/Cathy Turner
Experience:2 years as a teen, 35 years off, and then another, oh, 24 or so years after that, playing for dances and assisted living/memory care and assorted other places.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Victory March
Composer:Byrl Stoll
Duration:04:19
Source of music:copy of 1919 sheet music
Instrument used:Casio Privia PX-160
Recording method:keyboard to audacity
Technical feedback wanted:No
Additional info:This was composed in 1919 by Byrl Stoll, and his brother Glenn's picture is on the front of the sheet music. They are my great uncles on my mother's father's side. Glen Stoll was in WWI. Byrl had a music store in Parsons, KS, and served in WWII. There were 9 boys and a girl in my grandfather's family and they used to joke they could field a baseball team all by themselves.

There are several musicians in the family - my mother played piano and her older brother played guitar, and they played at (one-room) school functions, and my mother played for church. My siblings and I played in school bands, or sang in choirs, and my youngest brother is a professional musician - bass/vocals - while my older brother plays bagpipes.

When I first started playing this march I didn't think I'd like it, but as I played it I liked it more and more. I can hear the trumpets, the trombones and tubas, the clarinets, and piccolos and flutes, the fanfares, etc.

Not that I can express all that. You can tell I have trouble with the octaves, particularly the right-hand octaves with a 3rd on the bottom. But I think I got the gist of it all. I got most of the variations, tho in the heat of recording I may have missed an inversion. Nonetheless, it was fun playing/recording this bit of family history.

Re: Recital 54 --- May 15, 2019
AB Forum Recital #2848364 05/15/19 05:16 AM
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Performer's name:dumka1
From:Illinois (originally from Ukraine)
Experience:8 years as a child, on and off as adult, resumed regular lessons almost 4 years ago
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:"April" (Snowdrop) from "The Seasons"
Composer:Tchaikovsky
Duration:02:28
Source of music:Memorized from the Schirmer edition of the Seasons
Instrument used:Badlwin Acrosonic upright
Recording method:Zoom H2n
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:After falling in love with Tchaikovsky's "October" and learning it last fall, I decided to do a contrasting piece from "The Seasons" and chose "April." It's a lovely piece, not too difficult, although it has its challenges. The main challenge for me was to maintain the balance of the melody and the accompaniment, especially with the lower voice when the melody and the accompaniment are both played by the right hand. The runs in the middle part posed another challenge, I still can't play them quite consistently. I mostly managed them OK in this recording but of course had a memory slip in a place where I normally had no problems. But I still decided to submit this version. I hope you enjoy the piece. We have quite a selection from "The Seasons" at this recital!

Re: Recital 54 --- May 15, 2019
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Performer's name:Qwerty53
From:By the Salish Sea
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Experience:2 years (plus two other years in the mid-1960s)
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Still Blue
Composer:Diane Hidy
Duration:02:11
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Yamaha YUS5, "Mister Upright"
Recording method:Zoom H4NPro, Audacity to top/tail recording and convert to MP3
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Most of the music I work on with my teacher now is very challenging for me; it often takes months just to get the notes right. So for this ABF recital, my second, I decided to see how much I could polish an easier piece. During my first months at the piano (and before I found Piano World!), I searched online for suggestions of adult beginner repertoire; this led me to the blog of teacher and composer Diane Hidy, and to Still Blue, which she wrote for one of her adult students. Learning this during my Alfred Book 1 days was a big accomplishment, and I have enjoyed revisiting it. I imagine myself at a battered grand piano in a dark and mostly empty nightclub. Since this is my imagination, the lazy curl of smoke that catches the light is only metaphorical, and it doesn't get in my eyes or my hair, which, hey look at that! is abundant and lustrous. And who is that dark-haired man in a white linen suit leaning against the bar? Is he annoyed at the squeaky pedal? Alas, the tuner won't be here until the next ship comes in. Lunch was, fittingly, from Trader Joe's: Asian noodle salad with chicken.

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AB Forum Recital #2848366 05/15/19 05:17 AM
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Performer's name:Handyman (John)
From:Hershey, PA, USA
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Phantom of the Opera
Composer:Andrew LLoyd Webber (music); Charles Hart & Richard Stilgoe (lyrics)
Duration:05:56
Source of music:Phantom of the Opera Songbook
Instrument used:Yamaha Clavinova CVP -301
Recording method:DP to Audacity on laptop via Behringer Audio Interface
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:The Phantom haunts the dark passages within and under the 1870 Paris opera house. Christine has just become the lead soprano there. He wishes to control herin every way. She is repulsed by him, but has no strength or will to stop him. So, his irresistible dominance over Christine surges as the Phantom sings:

Sing once again with me
Our strange duet;
My power over you
Grows stronger yet.

Her obsession with him grows as he sings on:

In all your fantasies
You always knew
That man and mystery
Were both in you...

His conquest nears a climax, and he continues:

And in this labyrinth
Where night is blind
The phantom of the opera
Is there inside your mind.

But, in the end she survives and thrives and it's he who, in his madness, becomes the dominated and obsessed and possessed. Even 50 years later, after her death and in spite of her long, happy marriage to his arch enemy, the Count. For every year on the anniversary of her death he returns from seclusion to the cemetery where she lies to place a single red rose on her tombstone.

So, her power grows stronger yet and she is still there inside his mind.

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The "Phantom of the Opera" opened on Broadway in 1986. It is still playing there 33 years later. It is the longest running musical in Broadway history, having been performed over 13,000 times. It is based on a book written in 1909 by Frenchman Gaston Leroux. An excellent movie was made of it in 2004.

In this performance of the song the right hand power chords represent the power of the Phantom and the throbbing, pulsating left hand represents Christine's ever accelerating and erratic heartbeat. There is nothing subtle or nuanced here - no compassion, only unbridled passion.

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Performer's name:oneilt130
From:United States
Experience:1.5 years after 40 year break. 7 years as a kid.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Sonatina Op 36 No 2nd Movement
Composer:Clementi
Duration:01:04
Source of music:Sheet Music
Instrument used:Yamaha NU1X
Recording method:Yamaha Smart Pianist converted to MP3 with Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes

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Performer's name:Serge88
From:Montreal
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Experience:Probably more than 10 years
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://youtu.be/o7ES5QMBqEM
Title of piece:Sonata "Pathetique" no.8 op.13 2nd mvt
Composer:Beethoven
Duration:05:43
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Digital Piano Roland FP-7
Recording method:piano FP-7 to iMac with piano software Pianoteq rendered to wave and to MP3
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I edited my video to include the sheet music.

Re: Recital 54 --- May 15, 2019
AB Forum Recital #2848370 05/15/19 05:19 AM
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Performer's name:Purrblast
From:Warsaw
Experience:14 months
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JfwMOhl9VcM
Title of piece:Gigue in C Major (Sarabande con Partite in C Major, BWV 990, Var 16)
Composer:J.S. Bach
Duration:01:23
Source of music:Litle Compositions for Piano - J.S. Bach (PWM)
Instrument used:Kawai CA78
Recording method:Recored to USB stick in pianist mode, normalized in audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Picked Bach again from recently learned pieces. Haven't found many recordings of this one over internet, so I trust it might be unknown to some. Still found it very enjoyable piece for beginner (especially when it clicks and you find your flow with it). Hope you'll like it too smile

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Performer's name:zsolpyW
From:Poland
Experience:12 to as youth
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Video link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6gF_NDHYLE
Title of piece:Unforgiven
Composer:Metallica
Duration:05:33
Source of music:Internet
Instrument used:Kawai K48
Recording method:Panasonic LX7 + Zoom H2n
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I would like to play one of the biggest Metalica hits.

The cover arrangement is from Vkgoeswild. I think that she has grasped all aspects of original tune perfectly.

Beautiful music kept in mysterious and dark mood.

Piece was not easy for me but I have tried my best.

I hope that you like it.

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Performer's name:lvojnovic
Experience:3 years
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Title of piece:Regen (Little rain)
Composer:Viktor Kosenko
Duration:01:24
Source of music:memorized from sheet music
Instrument used:Kawai CN41
Recording method:audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is a wonderful piece to play. I feel that because of my procrastination in practice for this recital I did not do it justice.

Sheet music is from the book die Russische Klavierschule Band 2

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Performer's name:PikaPianist
From:Brisbane, Australia
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Video link:https://youtu.be/vlAt89MHXxU
Title of piece:Toccata in F minor
Composer:Seixas
Duration:02:05
Instrument used:Estonia L210 (2018)
Recording method:Zoom H5
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Carlos Seixas was a Portuguese composer in the 18th Century. I was quite delighted to stumble upon this relatively obscure composer whose music bears some resemblance to Scarlatti.

This rare gem of a Toccata is also referred to as the No.42 Sonata in F minor. Once again, I played this in an ultra-expressive, aggressive staccato style. What a delightful piece!

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Performer's name:Ralphiano (real name is a secret!)
From:Texas
Experience:4 years
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Fin des vacanses
Composer:Alexandre Tansman
Duration:00:53
Source of music:Book 1 of Tansman's Pour les enfants series
Instrument used:VPC1
Recording method:Pianoteq 6; file converted to MP3 in Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I'm disappointed to have failed to get my Sonatina, Op.36, no.1 by Clementi adequately prepared. I've made great progress on it, but, it would be cruel to submit it and force my colleagues to lie to me about how nice it sounds! So, at the last minute, I changed to this little piece that I've been learning.

Pour les enfants is the best series of learner pieces I have yet discovered. The music is intersting, challenging, and not boring. If you are in your second or third year of playing, I highly recommend this series. The books are hard to find, but, very much worth the effort in my opinion.

Thank you Sam, for stepping up in Monica's absence. You're great!

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AB Forum Recital #2848378 05/15/19 05:21 AM
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Performer's name:Piano_primo_1
From:South Pgh PA USA
Experience:8,9 or 10
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://youtu.be/OdCf_RPJzHA
Title of piece:Ave Maria Based on Prelude by JS Bach
Composer:Arranged Mike Magatagan
Duration:03:24
Source of music:Muse Score .....
https://musescore.com/mike_magatagan/scores/39964
Instrument used:Casio PX
Recording method:to laprop sonar edirol for the flute....midi
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is not really finished, but I made playing in the recitals a tradition somewhat for myself and this is my 8th year to the month... I think it is anyway...so i didn't want to miss...
OK NOW Hold your ears ..or plug them!!!!

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Performer's name:Tyrone Slothrop
From:Washington, DC
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Experience:1 year and 3 months
Direct music link:click to download
Home page link:https://gravitys-rainbow.pynchonwiki.com/wiki/index.php?title=Tyrone_Slothrop
Title of piece:The Song of Twilight
Composer:Yoshinao Nakada
Duration:01:32
Source of music:sheet music
Instrument used:Roland FP-30 digital keyboard and Pianoteq STAGE/C. Bechstein DG D-282 software
Recording method:MP3 audio export file from Pianoteq STAGE
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:At almost 5am, it's a bit late for lunch.

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Performer's name:Sam S
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Title of piece:November Fire
Composer:Neustaeter, Andrea
Duration:03:19
Source of music:Pianist Magazine 103
Instrument used:1927 Bechstein Model L
Technical feedback wanted:No
Additional info:I'm working on lots of new music for school, so I had nothing ready for this recital. I remembered this intermediate piece from Pianist magazine, and managed to get a recording of it. It's sort of a cross between Tchaikovsky's "The Seasons" and Satie and a bit of Einaudi. No doubt it is full of mistakes and liberties - please overlook those!

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Very nice recording. I am working on this piece and it is nice to hear some one else play this peice.


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