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Re: Recital #58 --- May 15, 2020
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Performer's name:JoBert
From:Germany
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Experience:Since childhood
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Video link:https://youtu.be/xZH7JFrxPGY
Home page link:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJcDLkLZ0uqWMVNKxPGOvpA
Title of piece:Treasures from the Sea
Composer:Martha Mier
Duration:01:35
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Kawai Novus NV10 with Pianist Mode "Classic"
Recording method:Built-in recording, converted to MP3 with Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:A nice and calm piece, rather "flowy" (if that is a word).

The calmness of the piece belies the number of tries it took me until I had a recording where I managed to get the fast runs, with lots of hands crossing, at least halfway even and smooth. So it is what it is...

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Re: Recital #58 --- May 15, 2020
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Performer's name:PianoPrimo
From:South Pgh
Experience:long self taught, I know you can tell that!
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Video link:https://youtu.be/xw5NUxVsDDQ
Home page link:https://wp.me/p5jsTm-2F
Title of piece:The Sound of Silence
Composer:Paul Simon
Duration:02:19
Source of music:Sheet piano score
Instrument used:Piano PX 100 thru Ivory Vst
Recording method:sa stated thru direct cable--video to wmm and
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:A simpler rendition of Paul Simon's "The Sound Of Silence", played on a PX 100 thru a VST Ivory Synth.
This is my "8 th and to the month" year of participating in the recitals .
For quite a time- over the last 2 years- I wasn't trying very hard, for numerous reasons, but a big one I realize now was the my amplifier needed cleaned with electronic circuit cleaner, which improves the nuance of piano touch and sound.
That change is motivation to practice. Now... I got to learn the nuances of asio with my older laptop.
Anyway I didn't play repeats and appreciate any comment. good or bad.

Lately I've been chatching up on free education courses, but firefox/ mozilla, headlined a poem in it's start page "

."Do not go gently into that good night"... which is a poem and open to interpretation . I thought to mention it because I feel it is an affirmation of life , no matter what life we choose to live.

So there's my song ....
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"Do not go gentle into that good night" by Dylan Thomas
Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

My interpretation is:

The inevitable finality of death affirms every moment one person has in life to live.
This so even when one is dying because it is possible one can hope for more time-even then... in the wave of an obvious decline and death.
But, the poem also states "wise men know dark is right".
And "Curse, Bless me now with your fierce tears"...
Affirming the son still has time [to live] .
Inferring that death is a natural and seemingly right end to the phenomena of an [or whatever ending ...etc] life. I don't think it is an affirmation to create regrets [in a person,] but love each moment as it is for it's existent being.

I guess by contrast there would be Icarus which this passage could be referring to ;

"Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light."

So ..."be careful" along the road and flight of life, too... could be inferred .....

P.S.

I am becoming more thoughtful and I guess on the philo side with age.

Re: Recital #58 --- May 15, 2020
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Performer's name:Ganddalf
From:Norway
Experience:Several
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Playtime from Summerland suite
Composer:Cyril Scott
Duration:01:24
Source of music:Sheet muic
Instrument used:Yamaha AvantGrand N1
Recording method:Zoom-H1
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Cyril Scott is a 20th century English composer who wrote a lot of music, among them some nice piano pieces. Summerland is a suite of four small pieces, Playtime being the first one. It is a charming little composition full of joy and sunshine.

Re: Recital #58 --- May 15, 2020
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Performer's name:Mosotti
From:Romania
Experience:2 years, 7 months
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://youtu.be/HSoaAFVP07A
Title of piece:Of Foreign Lands and Peoples
Composer:Schumann
Duration:01:41
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Kawai MP11SE with Garritan CFX
Recording method:Garritan CFX appplication
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This piece is freaking hard.

Re: Recital #58 --- May 15, 2020
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Performer's name:InitK (Natasha)
From:Canada
Experience:8+ (restarted a year ago after 30 years break)
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Toccata
Composer:Gaston Rolland
Duration:01:42
Source of music:Sheet music from teacher
Instrument used:Yamaha YDP-163
Recording method:Cell phone
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Toccata is written by Gaston Rolland and arranged by Paul Mauriat. This Toccata in Paul Mauriat arrangement was played during a weather forecast on Russian TV and is easily recognizable piece by any Russian speaking person over 35 y.o. (my estimate). Teacher brought it to me as fun "easy break" piece. It is mostly easy fun, but has some challenges. I play it touch slower than maestro himself, but this is how I hear it. I'm curious if anyone recognized it...

Re: Recital #58 --- May 15, 2020
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Performer's name:Hawgdriver (Leon)
From:Colorado
Experience:3 or 10, depends...played obsessively from 2010-2013 then I quit and started up a few months ago.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:A Warm Place
Composer:Reznor
Duration:03:15
Source of music:Vika on Youtube, check her out
Instrument used:Roland N700 (sp?) digital keyboard
Recording method:I'm sorry for the poor quality of the recording. Zoom H2 with crappy line-in port. My Zoom no longer picks up the right channel on line-in. I took the left channel and stereo-fied it in Audacity. I need to improve my recording and instrument situation before next recital.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I hope you get some of the feels I get from it.

Re: Recital #58 --- May 15, 2020
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Performer's name:mel_lem (Melanie)
From:Malaysia
Experience:12 years as a child. Restarted since December 2016.
Direct music link:click to download
Home page link:https://soundcloud.com/mel_lem22/tracks
Title of piece:Sonatina in A minor
Composer:Georg Benda
Duration:01:23
Source of music:Sheet Music
Instrument used:Yamaha P-45
Recording method:Live audio recorded through line-in into Garageband running on iPad.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is a fun piece, with quite a few hand crossing passages. I really enjoyed learning this and hope you will like it too!

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Performer's name:selfishplayer
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Experience:6.5y
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Video link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGWgQC2Tjro
Title of piece:Fugue no21 WTC1 B flat Major
Composer:JSBach
Duration:01:21
Source of music:sheet
Instrument used:fp30
Recording method:zoom
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:terrible playing.

Re: Recital #58 --- May 15, 2020
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Performer's name:QuasiUnaFantasia
From:Denmark
Experience:3 years since rebooting, playing classical from sheet music, coming hot on the heels of mostly idling for decades (well, playing a bit every year, and all of it by ear), and before that there were two not very memorable years of being taught.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:La Fille aux cheveux de lin
Composer:Claude Debussy
Duration:03:54
Source of music:Memorized sheet music
Instrument used:Roland FP-30
Recording method:Recorded via Pianoteq, and rendered via Garritan CFX Lite
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I thought I could learn this in five weeks, which is what I had available. And, well, I did memorize it, but with too little time to spare to play it well.

Debussy explicitly wrote in the first measure: "without rigour". What an invitation! smile Nonetheless, I may just have outstayed my welcome. But I will perfect my rendition of this work in the time ahead; Debussy created a small, but utterly delightful masterpiece with it, and it deserves a lot of work.

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Performer's name:MrPozor
From:France
Experience:9 years on and off
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Aria in D Minor, BWV 515
Composer:Johann Sebastian Bach
Duration:00:49
Source of music:Classics to Moderns Vol. 1 by Denes Agay
Instrument used:Yamaha P-155 for MIDI recording.
Recording method:Galaxy Vintage D virtual instrument (VST)
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:It has been a long time since my last recital. Back then I moved and had to switch piano teachers. Then my new piano teacher moved away and I did not take the time to find a new one. However, in summer 2019 I took up serious practice again, inspired by an online course for Jazz piano. In July 2019 I switched practice to an arrangement of the rock band Muse but had to abandon it after several months because it was far too long and also did not sound that great without voice. Now I'm starting back at the basics. My current goal is to get better at sight reading. For this I will work through all the pieces in Denes Agay's "Classics to Moderns Vol. 1".
The "Pipe Aria" is my favourite in this book and I actually already learned and recorded it back in 2012. Relearning the piece has really given me confidence because it was much faster to learn it again (around 2.5 hours of combined practice) and it sounds much, much better than the old recording. This feeling of progress is really motivating because it means I'm getting somewhere and the progress I made over the years is not lost just because I can't play the pieces from memory anymore. This really reduces the feeling of being stuck eternally at the beginner level.

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Performer's name:ShiroKuro
From:Currently in the US Southeast, by way of Japan, by way of the Midwest.
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Experience:21 years (started as an adult beginner)
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BwOFBgE36So&feature=youtu.be
Title of piece:Ascent
Composer:Ludovico Einaudi
Duration:05:51
Source of music:Sheet music (purchased from MusicNotes)
Instrument used:Yamaha C2 acoustic grand piano
Recording method:iPhone 8plus
Technical feedback wanted:No
Additional info:This is the last piece that Monica played in an ABF Recital. I actually heard her version of it before I heard the original, which is fitting since she is the person who got me addicted to Einaudi! I think about her every time I play it, at first that was hard but now I find it comforting. This is far from my best performance of this piece, but it's what I have now, and now is all we have. So I offer it here, mistakes and all.

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Performer's name:Pathbreaker
From:Massachusetts
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Title of piece:Brahms Walzer Opus 39 No. 1
Composer:Brahms
Duration:01:20
Source of music:sheet
Instrument used:Garritan cfx
Recording method:audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes

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Title of piece:snowdrift flaking
Composer:winterflower
Duration:03:40
Source of music:Improvisation, Christmas 2019.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:What could I be quoting? (And when does something count as a quote?)

Or, as before, what might my style be here?

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Experience:5
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Title of piece:Sonata in D major, 1. movement
Composer:Haydn
Duration:05:09
Source of music:Henle sheet music
Instrument used:Kawai BL51
Recording method:Yeti Blue + Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:There are a couple of mistakes, I hope you do not mind. It seems to me that it is not possible to record without, at least some, jitters and some mistakes, doesn't matter how strong the piece is smile

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Performer's name:Sam S
From:Georgia, USA
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Experience:10 years
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://youtu.be/gAUM-w4zT80
Title of piece:Aria from Goldberg Variations
Composer:J. S. Bach
Duration:03:19
Source of music:Schirmer edition with ornaments by Kirkpatrick
Instrument used:Yamaha C3
Recording method:Zoom Q8
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I feel very exposed playing this piece - no place to hide. The music looks so simple, but the ornaments make it very difficult. I used the Schirmer edition with the ornaments written out to get an idea of what to do, then had to do them my way or I would not be able to play it. Left hand ornaments are not easy, and I think I left out one ornament that was in both hands at the same time.

But I love to play this first thing in the morning.

I left out the second repeat. When I get to the end I just want to stop!

I made a video this time with my new recorder. Since there are only a couple of pages of music I did a picture-in-picture with the score. Thanks for listening!

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From:Warsaw
Experience:2 years
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Video link:https://youtu.be/9z9GSSJcoNU
Title of piece:Little Prelude in C minor (BWV 934)
Composer:J.S. Bach
Duration:01:03
Source of music:J.S. Bach - Little Preludes for Piano (PWM)
Instrument used:Kawai CA78, pianist mode ("Classic" setting)
Recording method:Recorded to USB, normalized in Audacity.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Another JSB Little Prelude under the belt. I struggled with this one mostly due to triggering black keys while playing between them in bars 17-18. Got to the place where it only happens half of the time and doesn't sound that bad. I recorded 2 versions that I was semi pleased with and this is the slower one. The piece sounds quite nice played faster, but I feel I control it better at this tempo. Hope you enjoy this one smile

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Performer's name:piyamo
From:Switzerland
Experience:10 (low key)
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Home page link:https://www.instagram.com/piyam_o/
Title of piece:The sick doll, Op.68 No. 7
Composer:Tchaikovsky
Duration:01:44
Source of music:Album for the Young (After Schumann) Op.68 No. 7
Instrument used:Piano Yamaha B2
Recording method:Samson Meteor mic + GarageBand
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:One of my favourites

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That's all! Another great recital. Please make your comments in the Comments Thread.

Sam

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