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cmb13 #2718863 03/04/18 01:32 PM
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You know, I could never get through to the end of Dorian Gray (I suppose it's a bit like the portrait!)- probably didn't like the characters, and the writing was a bit too pretentious, perhaps, so I actually have no idea what happens at the end ... I will have to put that book behind the Le Guin, and the Cook book, on my stack of books to read.

For me, I love sitting in the sun reading about the history of the land I'm in, smelling the dust, hearing the native birds etc.

The Time Team is so delightfully droll! And it's also great to see the various parts of the UK in high detail (I am also an expat).

I saw a Pompeii exhibit in Germany at one time (I haven't been to Pompeii myself), and felt the same way about the petrified people. I am so used to seeing modern sculptures that look just like that, that it took some time to get used to the idea that they were once actual people. It certainly makes an imprint on one's mind.


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Maddie,

Sounds like you're on your way to simplifying your life....retirement is good, I personally can't wait. I have too many hobbies and not enough time. I hope the stress level goes way down now. Toxic workplaces can take their toll.

I abandoned that waltz after going all in on the Milonga. I spent a couple hours recording it yesterday; I have a take that's good but not perfect, but it'll do. I unfortunately have not kept up with my scales, but dabbled in double thirds from Hanon this week, as I've come across them in two pieces on which I'm working (Lizst and Debussy). I guess I'm educating myself by need, as issues arise, which is not ideal or standard, but it's working for me, and let's face it, I'm never going to be a concert pianist anyway.

Last summer, we visited London; it was the best trip I've ever taken. I didn't even get out to the countryside as intended, but I really would love to see Bath, Bristol, York, and Northern England one day.


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Pianopi, in which part of the world did you end up? I would think it would be hard to leave the UK. I too like to read, but there's only so much time, and piano is taking up a lot of it. That, exercise, family and work. Love almost all works by Dickens, but did not care for Bronte's Wuthering Heights; I just don't get what there was to love about it. That's about all I know about British Literature, at least of the Victorian Era.


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I am in the US, and really enjoy this series: https://loa.org/books. I enjoy wandering around the library until I find one of the Library of America editions I haven't read. I have discovered so many really wonderful authors, and have taken a real liking to American literature. I also really enjoy Dickens, cmb13.

Bach_ingMaddie, I agree the fingering in the Magrath looks a little unusual at first glance, but after trying my own fingering (which I tend to do a lot) and coming back to the Magrath suggestions, I am actually finding them quite sensible.


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Just thought I'd update this thread a little. It was a great weekend; I had the opportunity to host my niece and her fiance for the memorial day weekend. Unfortunately, very little piano time, but we did begin a 2000 piece puzzle that remains only half completed. It's notable that 2000 piece puzzles seem more than twice as hard a 1000 piece puzzles, the most I'd previously tackled. I did play La fIlle aux chevaux de lin for them, and the Liszt consolation, and the Adagio, my most current pieces.

I have recorded La Fille a few times for the Debussy recital, and I have a good take but not perfect. I'm deciding whether to submit it r try again. We'll see. It really took a long time to learn and to play well, but now it's memorized and I'm playing it without the sheet which is nice, a new accomplishment for me.

I recently began the Gymnopedie 1, by Satie, and to my surprise I was able to learn it in 2-3 days. It's really not that difficult, and I don't have it up to speed, but at least I can get through it. I guess my playing is progressing. It's nice and slow, and to my surprise, my wife really liked it. She usually favors rock/pop, thus the surprise.

Has anyone come across Lisitza's Millennial Suite by Stephen Limbaugh? Just listened to it..it's pretty good but hopefully his politics won't dominate his music (seems he shares philosophy with his cousin Rush).

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Originally Posted by cmb13
Just thought I'd update this thread a little. It was a great weekend; I had the opportunity to host my niece and her fiance for the memorial day weekend. Unfortunately, very little piano time, but we did begin a 2000 piece puzzle that remains only half completed. It's notable that 2000 piece puzzles seem more than twice as hard a 1000 piece puzzles, the most I'd previously tackled. I did play La fIlle aux chevaux de lin for them, and the Liszt consolation, and the Adagio, my most current pieces.

I have recorded La Fille a few times for the Debussy recital, and I have a good take but not perfect. I'm deciding whether to submit it r try again. We'll see. It really took a long time to learn and to play well, but now it's memorized and I'm playing it without the sheet which is nice, a new accomplishment for me.

I recently began the Gymnopedie 1, by Satie, and to my surprise I was able to learn it in 2-3 days. It's really not that difficult, and I don't have it up to speed, but at least I can get through it. I guess my playing is progressing. It's nice and slow, and to my surprise, my wife really liked it. She usually favors rock/pop, thus the surprise.

Has anyone come across Lisitza's Millennial Suite by Stephen Limbaugh? Just listened to it..it's pretty good but hopefully his politics won't dominate his music (seems he shares philosophy with his cousin Rush).

Finally, my Tonal Harmony just arrived.....time to browse!



Sounds like you had a very nice weekend! It is nice that you were able to play your most current pieces for them. I bet they enjoyed them.

I just listened to Valentina play the Millennial Suite by Stehen Limbaugh. I enjoyed the music, and agree that Valentina can turn almost anything to gold! The composers website is strange, but is interesting if you look through it. His video The Fox is actually very interesting. As for sharing politics with his 2nd cousin, who really cares. Musicians have historically incorporated their politics/thoughts into their music. The important thing is IF the music is good grin



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As the endless debate thread has grown, I thought it would be nice for this one to reestablish dominance over that one - with nice, happy, non controversial issues. What are you all up to? Post up!


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As the endless debate thread has grown, I thought it would be nice for this one to reestablish dominance over that one - with nice, happy, non controversial issues. What are you all up to? Post up!

Heehee! I just reminded you of this thread, didn't I? Fess up! 😀


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I took the day off. Started off with a little piano practice prior to an 8:30 lesson. Working on the first 12 measures of Chopin's Funeral March. Struggling a little with articulation of the grace notes--otherwise satisfied with the slow progress.

Teacher was generally pleased as well--with some admonitions to open the piece a little softer and loosen the wrist a bit in the right hand. When properly executed--it smoothes it out very well. The grace notes are easier to hit in time and with proper accent.

Loose right wrist is the theme of the day. The ascending arpeggios in Fur Elise were another focus area. again the fluidity and evenness improved as long as conscious effort is maintained. Hopefully this becomes second nature at some point.

Overall my teacher is pleased with my progress. She feels the softer wristed approach will result in a jump in ability once ingrained.

Now I'm getting ready to play some casual golf!

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I've never even seen this thread. Nice smile


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I have been looking at AnthemScore lately. Has anybody here tried it?
I'm wondering how much of a 'useful' sheet one might get from a piano solo with this software?


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Originally Posted by Jytte
I have been looking at AnthemScore lately. Has anybody here tried it?
I'm wondering how much of a 'useful' sheet one might get from a piano solo with this software?

Try it and let us know! I've seen some things like this, but the resulting score usually requires heavy editing since people are imprecise and rubato gets mangled smile However, this says it uses AI techniques, so maybe it tries to infer what was on the original score from a person's attempt to play that score.


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I've never even seen this thread. Nice smile

It's a Zombie thread, back from the dead!


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As the endless debate thread has grown, I thought it would be nice for this one to reestablish dominance over that one - with nice, happy, non controversial issues. What are you all up to? Post up!

Heehee! I just reminded you of this thread, didn't I? Fess up! 😀

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Originally Posted by Antihero
I took the day off. Started off with a little piano practice prior to an 8:30 lesson. Working on the first 12 measures of Chopin's Funeral March. Struggling a little with articulation of the grace notes--otherwise satisfied with the slow progress.

Teacher was generally pleased as well--with some admonitions to open the piece a little softer and loosen the wrist a bit in the right hand. When properly executed--it smoothes it out very well. The grace notes are easier to hit in time and with proper accent.

Loose right wrist is the theme of the day. The ascending arpeggios in Fur Elise were another focus area. again the fluidity and evenness improved as long as conscious effort is maintained. Hopefully this becomes second nature at some point.

Overall my teacher is pleased with my progress. She feels the softer wristed approach will result in a jump in ability once ingrained.

Now I'm getting ready to play some casual golf!

I took some time off this week also; I felt a little burned out. I'm working on some Bach Inventions, and finishing the Chopin Nocturne in E min. Loose wrists rule....they really help with speed. Unfortunately, I have to get the accuracy first, then I can loosen up for speed.

I was hoping to have the Nocturne ready for the upcoming recital, but it may have to wait until the next one. I'm not sure it's recording ready. It seems that there is a big gap between done and done-done. lol


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Right now I'm listening to some old Fleetwood Mac....pre Stevie / Lindsay....including A Fool No More and Oh Well, from Then Play On. Anyone ever listen to these classics?


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Originally Posted by cmb13
I was hoping to have the Nocturne ready for the upcoming recital, but it may have to wait until the next one. I'm not sure it's recording ready. It seems that there is a big gap between done and done-done. lol


I'm in a similar situation; my chosen piece is definitely the most difficult I have ever been so close to getting ready, and I really, really want to record it, but there's less than a week left, and it still ain't there yet. The weekend will bring some much needed time for practising, but I'm cutting it awfully close.

In other news, I will soon light some incense, and meditate for half an hour while listening to relaxing new age meditation music with binaural beats (theta waves, if anyone is curious).

By the way, nice thread this one. It must have gone into hibernation right about the time I joined, so I didn't know about it.


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Hi, guys!

I love Fleetwood Mac smile My parents used to listen to them so their music makes me really nostalgic. Fleetwood Mac, Simon and Garfunkel, Bread...

I have no piano lessons for the next two weeks because my teacher has a new grandbaby that she's going to see. So, that's exciting smile

And... I got tickets to Les Miserables in January. I've never seen it, so I'm REALLY looking forward to going! I've been playing "I Dreamed a Dream" over and over in anticipation, hahaha.

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enw, I'm listening to really old Fleetwood Mac, before the Lindsay Buckingham / Stevie Nicks days....deep cuts. Love it. And Rumors, with the two above, was one of the top 10 rock albums of all time.

I have seen Les Mis years ago, but only recently saw the BBC / PBS miniseries. Great show. I bought the book, it's on deck!

Glad you like the thread, Quasi!


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And... I got tickets to Les Miserables in January. I've never seen it, so I'm REALLY looking forward to going! I've been playing "I Dreamed a Dream" over and over in anticipation, hahaha.

After you see the real theater production, you might want to catch the 2012 movie version where they have real Hollywood actors that can sing a tiny bit (meaning they might have sung in the shower or sung karaoke before laugh ) actually singing lead roles. No voice-overs, and my understanding is they didn't do any autotuning! Of course it is very rough singing but this lends this film version verismo, which was probably what the director wanted. Anyways, I have a complete weakness for Anne Hathaway, so there's that!

Anne Hathaway's rendition of I Dreamed a Dream in the 2012 movie can always make me cut up a bit: 😿





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