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The quarterly recitals happen 4 times a year, and #63 will open for submissions in 2 weeks, and go live August 15th. Are you ready?

Here is some background on the quarterly recital:

How the Recital Works

For the Quarterly Recitals, four times a year a "Call for submissions" thread will be started by the administrator of the recitals, operating under the forum name of ABForumRecital. Any and all styles of music are welcome; the only requirement is that it be piano related. Only one recording may be submitted per forum member (although that recording may consist of a medley of two or more very short related pieces).
For the Themed Recitals, usually there is a sign-up period followed by a "Call for submissions" thread from the recital organizer. Rules for submitting vary from recital to recital. The one recording per forum member rule may be waived for the Themed Recitals.

Recital submissions must be in MP3 format. The maximum size of the file is 20 MB. We recommend encoding the recording at 192 kbs with a constant bitrate, as that works best with the online streaming player. At that bitrate, a 20 MB file works out to be about 7 minutes in length. Submitted recordings are normalized when placed in the consolidated zip files, but the original link will still be available for those who want it.

Videos are optional, but very popular. You will need to host your video somewhere else, like youtube or vimeo, and supply a link when you submit.

For those who are new to recording their music, there are several threads in the forum archives that address the ways and means. See the Important Topics on AB Forum thread for links to various threads giving advice on recording equipment and methods.

Once the recital is opened for submissions, and your mp3 file is ready, the content at the top of this page will change to allow recording uploads (ONLY during the two week interval that the recital is open to submissions). Once you have uploaded your info to the automated recital software, you will receive a confirmation e-mail. You will have the opportunity to revise your submission any time up until the deadline. If you have any problems at all using the new website, or if you do not receive a confirmation e-mail within a few hours, just contact the administrator or post your question in the "Call for Submissions" thread. If you have not participated in past recitals using this software, you may want to submit your recital piece at least a day in advance in case you run into any problems with it.

The recital software uses the following submission template to be filled out along with your attached music file. You may want to have your responses to these fields prepared in advance so all you have to do is cut and paste:

Performer's Name: {forum ID and real name if you'd like}
Where you are located: {optional}
Avatar image link: {optional}
Experience: {Yrs/Mos of piano playing experience}
Link to YouTube or other video: {optional}
Home page link: {optional}
Title of piece/composer:
Source of music: {sheet music, improvised score, play-by-ear, etc}
Instrument used: {Piano make, keyboard model, etc.}
Recording method: {audacity, Zoom, digital to PC, etc.}
Constructive technical feedback wanted: {Yes/No}
Additional Info: {Your thoughts on the piece, etc. etc.}
Again, the recital will be presented in the order the pieces were received, so the sooner you send in your piece, the higher you will be on the list! You can revise your entries on the template (e.g., thoughts about your piece, adding YouTube links, and the like) any time and not lose your place in the recital queue, but if you resubmit your recording at any time, for any reason, you will be bumped to the end of the list.

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If my calculations, based on bSharp(C)yclist's great spreadsheet, are correct, we can expect 54,2 of us to send something in. I'll do my darndest to not be the 0,2 person.

The quarterly recitals have on average, since the inception of the series, the following average numbers of participants:

  • February: 54,8
  • May: 57,5
  • August: 54,2
  • November: 54,3


Quite consistent actually, apart from the apparent spring buoyancy. smile


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Three weeks until Recital #63 goes "live". And one week (more or less) until submissions open at 6AM US Eastern time August 1st. Are you ready? I'm not!

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I'm close to ready. There's just a matter of a measly 2-chord progression that's been tripping me up. Oh... and the usual red dot syndrome. I play better with the red dot off. Oh yes, and no one in the room. I'm a ham with stage fright.

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I'm ready-ish... -_-


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I actually had a decent live performance last Thursday of my piece - but I didn't record it. Of course, if I had tried, the live performance would have crashed and burned...

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I'm done and dusted with mine. Nice to have it ready well on time instead of my usual last minute scramble to beat the deadline.

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Originally Posted by psyche23
I'm done and dusted with mine. Nice to have it ready well on time instead of my usual last minute scramble to beat the deadline.

I got mine done today too. I'm shocked, shocked, I tell you. OK, I am officially trying for submission #1 - the race is on!

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How do you all decide what you're going to submit for each recital? Is it whatever you've been working on at the time, or something else? Or simply whatever takes your fancy?

I've only been partaking in these recitals for a year but have generally selected my pieces based on the current season. So for this upcoming recital, as it's summer here in the UK I've gone for something a bit more lively and upbeat.

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I use whatever I have ready, but I do plan my pieces with the recitals in mind, especially the themed recitals. I attempt to have something ready for each one. A lot of the time I have to change plans, though. The piece I have ready now is luck - I didn't plan this one.

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I don't plan anything. However the usual conundrum of choosing six minutes from six or seven hundred hours will again present itself I suppose. While listening over three months I note selections of interest and extract them in readiness. Then on the first of the month I decide among them, pretty much on impulse. The tuning has drifted very slightly owing to heavy recent playing so this recording might be older than usual. Probably no one would notice but for some perverse reason I have become more sensitive to it with age instead of less so.

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The piece I'm working on has 3 pages. Don't think the full version would be ready in a month. I found a condensed version someone posted with just the last section (p.3) someone posted online. Like to be able to play all 3 pages comfortably before making a submission.

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Originally Posted by Sam S
I use whatever I have ready, but I do plan my pieces with the recitals in mind, especially the themed recitals. I attempt to have something ready for each one. A lot of the time I have to change plans, though. The piece I have ready now is luck - I didn't plan this one.

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I just joined in January and happened to have something I could play well for the transcription themed recital. Even though I get stage fright in front of the red dot, I admit to being a ham. I keep a practice diary on an excel file and have a page dedicated to future recital piece ideas with recital dates and types (themed or quarterly) so that I can work on them in time to have them more or less ready.

Thank you, Sam, for compiling the list for next years themed recitals. I'll add to my list!

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Originally Posted by Sam S
Originally Posted by psyche23
I'm done and dusted with mine. Nice to have it ready well on time instead of my usual last minute scramble to beat the deadline.

I got mine done today too. I'm shocked, shocked, I tell you. OK, I am officially trying for submission #1 - the race is on!

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Lol, since you're the admin getting at place 1 should be trivial, you can fix anything in post processing :-)

Thanks for the update! Time to look up my recording (made it months ago) and write the introduction


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Originally Posted by psyche23
I'm done and dusted with mine. Nice to have it ready well on time instead of my usual last minute scramble to beat the deadline.

I got mine done today too. I'm shocked, shocked, I tell you. OK, I am officially trying for submission #1 - the race is on!

Sam

Lol, since you're the admin getting at place 1 should be trivial, you can fix anything in post processing :-)

Thanks for the update! Time to look up my recording (made it months ago) and write the introduction

No, no, I swore on a stack of Bach's WTC never to tamper with the order!

Last time I tried to be first, I opened the recital, submitted my piece - and was second. Someone was waiting with their finger on the mouse...

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Originally Posted by Sam S
Originally Posted by psyche23
I'm done and dusted with mine. Nice to have it ready well on time instead of my usual last minute scramble to beat the deadline.

I got mine done today too. I'm shocked, shocked, I tell you. OK, I am officially trying for submission #1 - the race is on!

Sam

Sam, you deserve to be first every time but... I know you are modest.

I have a Gnossienne that I wrote in hommage to Satie that I'm very excited about. I only wish I could find someone that could play it really well.... smile

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Originally Posted by Sam S
No, no, I swore on a stack of Bach's WTC never to tamper with the order!

Last time I tried to be first, I opened the recital, submitted my piece - and was second. Someone was waiting with their finger on the mouse...

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And if you try to be last, you might miss your own deadline . . .


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I'm tryin' the No 2 in Tchaik's Album for kids . . . dammit, this stuff's good, it's not hard but it takes me so long . . . .


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Thanks Sam! I have been practicing two pieces a couple of times everyday since last recital submission. I'll step it up for the next week or so and submit.

Go ABF Pianists!


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I'm tryin' the No 2 in Tchaik's Album for kids . . . dammit, this stuff's good, it's not hard but it takes me so long . . . .

That is indeed a beautiful Opus. I listen to a recording of the whole thing (all pieces played by a professional pianist) in the car quite often.


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