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Welcome to the Preludes Themed Recital!

A separate thread has been created for discussion:
Preludes Themed Recital discussion thread


A template has been created for those who wish to provide individualized feedback:
Preludes Themed Recital Response Template


There are three ways to listen to the recital:

You can listen to individual performances below. Each one has its own post.

You can use the Online Streaming Player


Or you can download the zip files:
preludes01.zip
preludes02.zip
preludes03.zip
preludes04.zip
preludes05.zip
preludes06.zip
preludes07.zip
preludes08.zip
preludes09.zip
preludes10.zip

You can also listen to previous ABF recitals through the ABF Recital Index


Many thanks to everyone who participated in this recital.

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Performer's name:selfishplayer
From:US
Experience:6 self taught
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nW98tnphbFo
Title of piece:English Suite no.2 Prelude
Composer:johann sebastian bach
Duration:04:47
Source of music:sheet music
Instrument used:kawai rx2
Recording method:Zoom q8 with XYH6 microphone.
Technical feedback wanted:No
Additional info:as of 20191231 ,struggled to record several times yesterday and today , still a lot of mistakes and snags , interestingly this recording happened yesterday. After trying more recordings today, hoping to get a better one .It just getting worse , more mistakes occur in very strange places that I didn't have trouble earlier. Kind like when I tried to correct sth but memory got messed up. I think such a piece need massive effort to finally get a satisfactory playing. Will keep working on it in the future.

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Performer's name:Jason Lenthe
From:Philadelphia area
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://youtu.be/ICskCYX5PIM
Title of piece:Little Prelude in F Major, BWV 928
Composer:J.S. Bach
Duration:01:29
Source of music:sheet music
Instrument used:Cunningham Parlour Grand
Recording method:Zoom H4
Technical feedback wanted:Yes

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Performer's name:Snejana
From:United States, Boston
Experience:Six years
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Prelude in C Major
Composer:Johann Sebastian Bach
Duration:02:35
Source of music:Well Tempered Clavier Volume I
Instrument used:Casio PX-700 Digital Piano
Recording method:GarageBand on Mac
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:About six years ago around this time, I saw a movie where a robot played Prelude in C minor. I became so obsessed with it that I decided to learn how to play it myself (important note: I have never played piano before then). Shortly after many attempts that were not getting me anywhere, I realized the naive foolishness of my approach. Then instead of brute-forcing it, I came up with a new strategy to learn how to play by starting from piano fundamentals. I have created my own curriculum - the path was not straight -- with many wonderful detours along the way. That is how I started on this journey - from one performance of one movie which title, I have to admit, I don't even remember. Now, six years later - the Prelude in C minor is still out of reach, but that doesn't sadden me at all. Today I am playing the Prelude in C Major. It is my first ever piece composed by Bach, and although it is far far from perfect, I feel accomplished by getting here today, and starting my 2020 with the Well-Tempered Clavier!

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Performer's name:Tim Adrianson
From:Madison, WI
Experience:60+
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Preludes, Op. 11, Nos. 3, 6, 9, 12, 15
Composer:Alexander Scriabin
Duration:08:35
Source of music:Sheet Music (International)
Instrument used:Kawai Baby Grand 5.5'
Recording method:TASCAM 400 MP3 320 Mb
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Alexander Scriabin assembled a set of 24 preludes in 1896 in Moscow, when he was 24 years of age. The set is modeled after the famous Chopin set, in that there is one Prelude in each major and minor key, and starting in C Major, they are presented in an ascending circle of fifths. The bouquet of five that I chose includes two of my personal favorites from the set - #s 12 and 15. People who know early 70s popular music may recognize a version of #15 as the intro to "Wildfire", which went high up on the charts.

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Performer's name:Tim Adrianson
From:Madison, WI
Experience:60+ years
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Preludes, Op. 103, Nos. 3, 4, 5
Composer:Gabriel Faure
Duration:09:17
Source of music:Sheet Music -- Dover
Instrument used:Kawai Baby Grand 5.5'
Recording method:TASCAM 400 MP3 320 MB
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Faure composed a set of nine Preludes in 1909-10, in his mid-sixties. It is vintage late Faure, meaning somewhat less virtuosic than his earlier piano pieces, but loaded with subtle harmonic modulations and gentle rhythmic innovations that are by no means easy to negotiate. The three I selected are my personal favorites from the set, and the emotional flow as a subset works quite well, IMO.

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Performer's name:Tim Adrianson
From:Madison, WI
Experience:60+ years
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Three Preludes for solo piano
Composer:John Ireland
Duration:08:20
Source of music:Sheet Music -- Masters Music
Instrument used:Kawai Baby Grand 5.5'
Recording method:TASCAM 400 MP3 320 MB
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:John Ireland is one of many British composers from the early 20th Century whose music is rarely performed these days. He wrote this set of three Preludes in 1913-15, and all have descriptive titles. The first, "The Undertone", is characterized by a 10 note passasaglia over two 5/8 measures, while the melodic line and harmonic modulations persistently change throughout, over, around, and under it. The second, "The Holy Boy", Ireland wrote on Christmas Day 1913 as a carol -- and I would say it is probably his best known piece. The last "The Fire of Spring" is effusive and celebratory, chock full of impressionist chording.

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Performer's name:Seeker
From:Rockville, MD
Experience:Over 60 years
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://youtube.com/RockvillePianoGuy
Home page link:https://andrewkraus.com
Title of piece:Prelude #2 in D Minor from Fugal Dreams
Composer:Richard Bellak
Duration:01:16
Source of music:Sheet Music
Instrument used:1929 Steinert Artist Grand 6'10" (identical scale to NY Steinway B of the same period)
Recording method:2 Line Audio OM-1 omnidirectional microphones mounted on a Schneider disc, 3' from open lid of piano, 5' off the floor -> RME Fireface 800 ->Adobe Audition.
Technical feedback wanted:No
Additional info:Richard Bellak was a personal friend. He died over a year ago. He left 12 Preludes & Fugues in 2 volumes - a mix of Baroque with more modern styles, e.g., Jazz, Rock, Bop. He also wrote a fine piano concerto similarly inspired. I plan on recording several of the Preludes & Fugues and releasing them through Tunecore or CD-Baby later in 2019.

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Performer's name:Pianist685 (Constantin)
From:Hamburg, Germany
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:12 years of classical piano lessons as a child, 35+ without a teacher since - I hate piano teachers...
Direct music link:click to download
Home page link:https://imslp.org/wiki/User:C._Stephan
Title of piece:Prelude Op. 2 No. 2
Composer:Alexander Scriabin
Duration:01:02
Source of music:sheet music
Instrument used:Sauter upright with retrofit silencer
Recording method:Silencer via MIDI-out to notebook with VST Galaxy Vintage D, reverb with Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is a very early and very short Scriabin piece he composed at the age of 17; under the opus number 2 it succeeds his famous Etude in C# minor

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Performer's name:Calavera
From:Belgium
Experience:About 10 years as a child and teenager, and about 1 year since I started playing regularly again as an adult.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Prelude
Composer:Uematsu, Nobuo
Duration:03:26
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Yamaha P-125
Recording method:Recorded as MIDI on the DP, and rendered to audio in Reaper with NI The Grandeur as VST.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Piano arrangement (by Shirou Satou) of a recurring theme in the video game series Final Fantasy, from the album Piano Collections: Final Fantasy IV. Also known as the 'Crystal Theme'. I started learning this while I was still unemployed. The piece is easy to learn, but a little harder to master, at least for me. After I got a job, I didn't have enough time to give this the tender loving care it deserved. Still, I had a fair bit of fun with it, and hope it's enjoyable to listen to! [ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE PRACTICE POLICE: shortly after recording this, the performer was given a stern warning and made to work on the Czerny Etudes book he hadn't opened in over 10 years.]

Fun fact: the original version of the theme was reportedly composed in 10 minutes.

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Performer's name:BSharp(C)yclist (Dan)
From:California
Experience:4 years
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://youtu.be/GLRULkdCUHY
Title of piece:Prelude In D Flat Major
Composer:Catherine Rollin
Duration:01:33
Source of music:RCM 5 Etudes
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 using ffmpeg and noise removed using Audacity. Last step is to merge the audio back into the original video using ffmpeg. Also, no Pianoteq blend this time. Just the N2.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Probably not the most sophisticated Prelude in this recital, but it's fun to play from time to time. Good practice for making sure all notes of the chord are played at the same time. Tricky with fingers slipping off the flats at times.

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Performer's name:Tim Adrianson
From:Madison, WI
Experience:60+ years
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Six Preludes for Piano
Composer:Paul Bowles
Duration:08:06
Source of music:Sheet Music -- Theodore Presser Archives
Instrument used:Kawai Baby Grand 5.5'
Recording method:TASCAM 400 MP3 320 Mb setting
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Paul Bowles is better known as an author, his most famous novel being "The Sheltering Sky", published in 1949 as an American expatriate in Tangiers, Morocco. But prior to that, he established himself as a sophisticated classical musician, working and composing in the NYC area until 1945 or so. These six Preludes are actually a compilation of short pieces written between 1933-45. For me, they are quintessentially 30s and 40s in "feel"; i.e., sweet-sad, world-weary -- melancholy, in brief. Having said that, #4 is genuinely amusing in its 2-measure send-ups of various popular music genres of the time -- Latin, Jazz, Swing.

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Performer's name:Tim Adrianson
From:Madison, WI
Experience:60+ years
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Preludes 3, 4 for Guitar (trans. Piano)
Composer:Heitor Villa Lobos
Duration:07:51
Source of music:Sheet Music -- Max Eschig
Instrument used:Kawai Baby Grand 5.5'
Recording method:TASCAM 400 MP3 320 Mb
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:The great Brazilian composer Heitor Villa Lobos wrote a set of five Preludes for guitar in 1940, with the equally great guitarist Andres Segovia in mind. A pianist friend of Villa Lobos, Jose Veiera Brandao, subsequently transcribed them for piano, albeit with a fair amount of "Busoni-esque" amplification. I'm frankly not a great fan of this approach, but I do find his piano realization of the guitar harmonics in #4 ingenious.

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Performer's name:Tim Adrianson
From:Madison, WI
Experience:60+ years
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Title of piece:Preludes #s 5, 6, 8
Composer:Federico Mompou
Duration:08:58
Source of music:Sheet Music -- Durand
Instrument used:Kawai Baby Grand, 5.5'
Recording method:TASCAM 400 MP3 320 Mb
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Federico Mompou published two sets of Preludes -- 1 - 4 in 1930, and 5 - 10 in 1952, although the latter set were compiled from 1943 - 50. Number 6 is the longest of the three I posted, and is for the left hand alone. As Mompou himself asserted: "I am a man of few words -- and few notes.". That aptly describes his stripped-down approach. He established himself in Paris in the 1910s-20 -- he was often compared to Satie, but IMO was quite different philosophically: he was invited to join Satie/Cocteau's "Les Six", but declined the offer, and subsequently moved back to his native Barcelona. These Preludes IMO afford a small glimpse into his very unique style.

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Performer's name:Jason Lenthe
From:Philadelphia area
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://youtu.be/HNSVsQcGTw4
Title of piece:Little Prelude in E Major, BWV 937
Composer:J.S. Bach
Duration:01:56
Source of music:sheet music
Instrument used:Cunningham Parlour Grand
Recording method:Zoom H4
Technical feedback wanted:Yes

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Performer's name:Jordan Nylander
From:Union, WA
Experience:16 years
Direct music link:click to download
Home page link:http://jordannylander.com
Title of piece:Prelude in C major WTC
Composer:Bach
Duration:02:39
Source of music:sheet music
Instrument used:Wurlitzer upright piano 1940s
Recording method:audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes

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Performer's name:Jordan Nylander
From:Union, WA
Experience:16 years
Direct music link:click to download
Home page link:http://jordannylander.com
Title of piece:La fille aux cheveux de lin
Composer:Debussy
Duration:04:50
Source of music:sheet music
Instrument used:1940s upright Wurlitzer piano
Recording method:audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes

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Performer's name:Sam S
From:Georgia, USA
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Experience:10 years or so
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Prelude to a Fairy Tale
Composer:Denes Agay
Duration:03:44
Instrument used:Yamaha C3
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Denes Agay was the editor of the popular "Classics to Moderns" Anthologies. I bet you have at last one of those on your music shelf! He was born in Hungary, was Jewish, and fled to the US during World War 2. He was also a composer, and I found this prelude in another anthology. It's not terribly difficult (even though I made the usual errors) and really is a lot of fun to play. I love the parallel chords, and the melody that weaves in and out of the accompaniment. Thanks for listening!

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Performer's name:facdo
Experience:3 years as a kid, plus 2 now that I resumed playing
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://youtu.be/rgJCdRWid_w
Title of piece:Little Prelude in E Minor - BWV 941
Composer:Bach
Duration:00:48
Source of music:Sheet music, Henle edition
Instrument used:Kawai K200 - upright piano
Recording method:Pair of condenser microphones, AKG P170, placed above the top lid.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I think I might have accentuated some notes too much and produced an overall harsh sound. I made this recording before my teacher feedback, and he said that I should play it more softly and with less dynamic contrast. At the lesson, I did what he told me and I think it was better, but I didn't make another recording afterward. I am submitting this piece in case the prelude that I am preparing for this recital is not ready before the deadline, as a "safeguard" piece.

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Performer's name:Tim Adrianson
From:Madison, WI
Experience:60+ years
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Childhood Memory; Elegy
Composer:Richard Danielpour
Duration:07:30
Source of music:Sheet Music -- Theodore Presser; Bill Holab
Instrument used:Kawai Baby Grand 5.5'
Recording method:TASCAM 400 -- MP3 320 Mb Setting
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Richard Danielpour is a contemporary American composer from NYC, perhaps better known for his operas and symphonic works. But he has also provided to date two books of preludes for piano, under the title "Enchanted Garden". "Childhood Memory" is one of five from his first book of preludes, published in 1993, and IMO is intended to evoke a child in the last stages of dreaming prior to waking up at 6:00 AM -- whereupon he/she is met with a variety of early morning birds, each with their own call.
"Elegy" is from the second book of preludes, published in 2009. The elegy specifically evokes and pays tribute to the memory of the life partner of Danielpour's piano teacher, Philippe Drevet.

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