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Recital 31 --- August 15, 2013

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Recital 31 --- August 15, 2013 - 08/15/13 01:24 AM


I am delighted to introduce our 31st quarterly AB Forum “Beginners and Beyond” Recital! smile So, pull up a chair and have a listen.

I would like to take this opportunity to ask the audience to please refrain from commentary in this recital room.

A separate room has been provided for the purposes of intermezzo discussion. Please take any and all comments to the General Discussion Room.

Thank you!

In addition to the zip files linked below, mahlzeit has added a feature to his program that creates an online streaming player. Just click on the link to hear all the recital pieces without having to download the zip files:

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A template has been created for those who wish to provide individualized feedback:

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For the convenience of forum members, mahlzeit's program has normalized the files for consistent volume and standardized the ID3 tags in a collection of zip files. This makes it easier to create personal CDs and playlists.

These zip files have been posted at the following URLs:

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And here's the link to Sam S.'s terrific ABF recital index, that allows you to browse through and search for pieces in all of our past recitals:

AB Forum Recital Index

Let me express my greatest thanks to some very special people: mr_super-hunky for coming up with the idea of our online recitals, which have proven to be more successful than any of us ever dreamed; LaValse for hosting the recitals for so long and then devoting hours of programming trouble-shooting making the transition to Frank's servers; Frank for agreeing to host the recital now that it's gotten so big; Copper for trouble-shooting help and the Order of the Red Dot; Sam S. for his terrific AB Forum Recital Index and also devoting hours to programming trouble-shooting; and last but not least, mahlzeit for writing the absolutely fantastic web-based recital program that we are using. THANK YOU MAHLZEIT!!! heart

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Re: Recital #31 --- August 15, 2013 - 08/15/13 01:24 AM

Performer's name:Andy Platt
From:Arlington, VA
Experience:Three years of lessons and ages of noodling
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Invention in E Major
Composer:Johann Sebastian Bach
Source of music:Alfred Inventions and Sonatinas
Instrument used:Kawai K3
Recording method:Zoom H1
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is the second of the Bach Inventions I've learned; I love these pieces but they are very exposed. With just the two voices and little, if any pedal, they show every slip, every minor hesitation and poor dynamic choice. They can also be played in a large number of ways which means my way will always be wrong to a certain percentage of the population. This is a slower rendition of the piece, urged by my teacher. I've played it quicker too but unlike the D minor, I feel this works well with a slower pace.

The main point of this Invention, from a teaching perspective, is that the subject is slightly off the beat and the counter-subject is on the beat. For this reason I have attempted to make the subject quite distinct and I hope you will pick this up. But I'm also aware that this can lead to a certain monotony of style in the piece and that's why I'm not sure this submission is my best.

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Re: Recital #31 --- August 15, 2013 - 08/15/13 01:25 AM

Performer's name:Diana (sinophilia)
Experience:1 year 5 months
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:This and That
Composer:John Kember
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Casio Privia PX-135
Recording method:Digital to Mac
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Since my attempt at a slow passionate song in the last recital turned out quite bad, this time I chose a short upbeat song - a little jazzy tune by John Kember that I found in the beginner section of Pianist magazine.
The bass is very simple, yet it took me a while to sync the two hands in an acceptable way. Quite surprisingly - but maybe not so much, since I spent a long time on it - I can actually play this song faster than my current recording, but in the end I like this "lazy" version better, plus it's already so short!

For this recording I played with the settings in Garageband, choosing a "jazz sparkle" feel and a "small chamber" reverb, although my favorite version remains the one I play with my DP's vibraphone setting in the treble and drums in the bass! Okay, so I'm beginning to enjoy the recording process smile

And I had bread and mortadella for lunch grin
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Re: Recital #31 --- August 15, 2013 - 08/15/13 01:25 AM

Performer's name:Greener | Jeff Green
Experience:Off and on for years. Trying harder since joining PW.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Waltz in C# Minor, Opus 64 No. 2
Source of music:Sheet Music
Instrument used:Piano: Heintzman (Normandie) Acoustic Upright
Recording method:2 mics, Akai pre-amp (a not so great rental) to Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I began looking at this around last Christmas. Although I am generally happy with development of it to date, it is a work in progress that will remain in my wheelhouse of daily practice for some time to come. This submission is a fair representation of current state at the time of recording, with some obvious misses.

Thank you for listening.
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Re: Recital #31 --- August 15, 2013 - 08/15/13 01:26 AM

Performer's name:dannylux / Mel
Experience:7 years after returning. Lots as a kid.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Azarashvili Nocturne
Composer:Vazha Azarashvili
Source of music:This very rare score is from pianophilia.com
Instrument used:Yamaha P140
Recording method:Piano line-out to computer sound card line-in. Audacity. No edits.
Technical feedback wanted:No
Additional info:Vazha Azarashvili is a 76 year old composer living in Tbilisi Georgia. His Nocturne starts with a beautiful melody in the left hand, and the right hand plays an accompaniment with quite a few discords, adding spice to the melody. The main theme is repeated in different keys, different dynamic levels and in different hands. After the big climax, the piece ends with a coda of octave arpeggios and a final group of descending sixths and fifths.

This is a piece that goes directly to the heart. Hope you like it.

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Re: Recital #31 --- August 15, 2013 - 08/15/13 01:26 AM

Performer's name:MaryBee
From:Cleveland, OH
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:40 years on my own, past 4 years with a teacher.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Three Sinfonias
Composer:J.S. Bach
Source of music:http://imslp.org/wiki/15_Sinfonias,_BWV_787-801_(Bach,_Johann_Sebastian)
Instrument used:Charles Walter 1520 upright
Recording method:Tascam DR-08. Recorded each sinfonia separately. Merged and converted to MP3 using Audacity.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Bach wrote 15 Sinfonias, also referred to as the "Three-Part Inventions", each in a different key. I chose my 3 favorite to learn, and played them in this order: No. 14 in B-flat major, No. 11 in G minor, and No. 15 in B minor.

No. 15 was tough; playing 32nd-notes in both hands and trying to keep them in sync was a real struggle. I've made progress on it over the past few months, but am not quite satisfied with that one. On the other hand, No. 14 turned out better than I expected (even though left hand trills are no fun), although a bit more legato in places would certainly help. And I just love No. 11. To me it was the easiest but also the most beautiful of the three.

To hear a really gorgeous version of these, listen to Janine Jansen's album "Bach Inventions & Partita", which uses violin, viola, and cello for the three parts. You can listen to it free on Spotify (spotify:album:1GOfaRKkTcJCgSAkTAvcPi).
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Re: Recital #31 --- August 15, 2013 - 08/15/13 01:31 AM

Performer's name:wouter79
Experience:4 years
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Andante con moto, first part of Sechs Lieder ohne Worte Op. 19b
Composer:Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
Source of music:sheet music
Instrument used:Grotrian-Steinweg 189
Recording method:DPA4060, EMU0404, Jecklin Disk
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Written in 1829, this opus appeared in august 1932 in London, originally titled "Original Melodies". Mendelssohn's sister Fanny wrote similar pieces.
I played this just a few hours before going on holidays halfway july, knowing that it would be recital time in a few weeks and that I probably would have no more time on this piece.
As with most pieces, Mendelssohn's notation suggests to not use pedal anywhere except in measure 25 and the final two measures. Previously I played it that way too. But this time my teacher thought that the melody voice did not sing enough if I did not use the pedal, so do use pedal everywhere now. You can hear this in the middle voice, where the arpeggio's become a chord instead of staying separate notes.
As with the previous Mendelssohn, it was a bit hard to decide on the right tempo for an 'andante con moto' feeling because the fast notes in the arpeggio give a nervous feel to it. But using the pedal seems to make the sound more relaxed, allowing to push the tempo to an actual andante for the melody line without feeling rushed. I would like to try this on Mendelssohn's own piano without pedal, I heard that the dampers were not very good particularly in the bass region.
The falling melody lines and seufzer suggest sadness. But the piece is in E major which is not dramatic and has these pretty fast arpeggiated chords below it which make it quite light. The ornament in measure 5 also adds to the lightness. When the piece finally goes in to E minor halfway, the melody changes into a rising line. After a simple cadence we enter into maybe the saddest part of the piece. Harmonic progress stops briefly, Mendelssohn applies pedal for the first time, and we change to pianissimo (hard combination). Two long stretched seufzer follow. But right after that we go immediately back to the main theme in E major, and a long falling line brings brings a restful end.
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Re: Recital #31 --- August 15, 2013 - 08/15/13 01:31 AM

Performer's name:lyricmudra
Experience:Learned classical piano when I was a child but stopped when I was about 13 or 14 years old. Did not touch the piano for some 35 years until about three years ago. Am not currently taking lessons with a teacher but would like to work with one in the near future. It is, unfortunately, hard to find one in my area.
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEznXAkdQEc
Home page link:http://www.youtube.com/lyricmudra
Title of piece:Nocturne in F-Sharp Major, Op. 15 No. 2
Composer:Frederic Chopin
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Kawai RX-2 Blak
Recording method:Zoom H4N (audio) and Kodak Zi8 (video)
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:First, I would like to thank hotcat, TX-Dennis, and aTallGuyNH, the last three members who gave generous comments on my recital submission last May. Thanks so much for your kind words and encouragement!

My August recital submission is the third Chopin piece I've learned and recorded since I relearned the piano as an adult, but the first that I've submitted to the ABF recitals. I was particularly drawn to its varied moods, and was challenged by the fact that six of the seven notes of the scale were in sharp. My fingers spent most of their time on the black keys! Since I don't possess the adequate music theory background and language to describe the piece by myself, here is a Wikipedia account of it:

"Composed in 1832, it is a technically challenging piece in A-B-A form, in 2/4. The first section, Larghetto (mm.40), features an intricate, elaborately ornamental melody over an even quaver bass. The second section, labelled doppio movimento (double speed), resembles a scherzo with dotted quaver-semi quaver melody, semiquavers in a lower voice in the right hand, and large jumps in the bass. The final section is a shortened version of the first (14 bars rather than 24) with characteristic cadenzas and elaboration, finishing with an arpeggio on F# major, falling at first, then dying away."
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Re: Recital #31 --- August 15, 2013 - 08/15/13 01:35 AM

Performer's name:SwissMS/Doris
Experience:Seriously since Jan 2011 (2.5 years), plus a a couple years before I moved to Switzerland, and a couple years as a kid.
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsF5Guxvcu0
Home page link:http://swisspianogirl.ch
Title of piece:Arabesque 1
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Bechstein Grand 160
Recording method:Zoom Q3HD recorder
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I first heard this piece in the very first ABF recital I participated in back in Nov. 2011, and instantly fell in love with it. It has been on my list to do ever since. When my teacher suggested I do a Debussy piece I jumped for it!

Lunch was a Bratwurst and a beer. It is Swiss Confederation Day here, sort of like a Swiss 4th of July, so it seemed appropriate.
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Re: Recital #31 --- August 15, 2013 - 08/15/13 01:36 AM

Performer's name:Sam S
From:Georgia, USA
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:I'm in my 6th year back as a re-starter.
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://youtu.be/ULtt1rhSYpM
Title of piece:Nocturne Opus 37/1
Source of music:Alfred Edition, Willard Palmer, editor
Instrument used:1927 Bechstein Model L
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:A beautiful Nocturne, in ABA form. The A section is dramatic, with sudden changes in dynamics and an embellished melody typical of a Chopin Nocturne. The B section is a quiet hymn.

Figuring out the ornaments was a major undertaking. I started with a Henle Urtext edition, which gave me no help. I got assistance from my teacher, but maybe my head was just too thick to understand what she said. At Summerkeys I discovered the Alfred edition, and the ornaments are much clearer and I was finally able to understand what was going on.

Lots of mistakes here, especially in the B section. You would think, after all these years, I could play some simple chords, but it's much more difficult that it looks, plus I was trying to connect the top note in the right hand - oh well.

The video has the sheet music - enjoy!
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Re: Recital #31 --- August 15, 2013 - 08/15/13 01:47 AM

Performer's name:CASINITALY (Cheryl)
Avatar:Avatar Image
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:First Loss
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Yamaha P-112N
Recording method:audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:One of the trickier pieces I've learned - but very satisfying. I remember looking at the chords at the end of the piece and thinking "Yikes!" This is the second Schumann piece I've studied and I find I love this period.

I recorded after breakfast on Tuesday, so that was All-bran cereal with walnuts and banana.
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Re: Recital #31 --- August 15, 2013 - 08/15/13 01:47 AM

Performer's name:Inlanding - Glen
Experience:Off and on for years
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Gnossienne No 1
Composer:Erik Satie
Source of music:Sheet Music
Instrument used:NY 1917 O Steinway
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:It'd been so long since studying a complete written score, so it seemed like a good idea to learn to play one.

Satie was an interesting character and his music certainly reflects it and the times in which he composed.

I've heard a few Satie pieces, then when I came across this one - I wanted to learn to express it meaningfully.

Always looking to make improvements to dynamics and tempo - they seem to vary like the temperature and humidity wink

Still patiently recovering from myriad of injuries.

I had a fantastic salad and Chicken Shwarma for lunch
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Re: Recital #31 --- August 15, 2013 - 08/15/13 01:48 AM

Performer's name:Peyton
Experience:45 years with some lessons way back
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRPEq-0XJLg&feature=c4-overview&list=UUfm6_6G1n0SmMfPJ3ojblZg
Home page link:http://www.peytonart.com
Title of piece:Message From Space: Part Four- A Journey to the Far Side of the World
Instrument used:Young Chang/Pramberger grand
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is the fourth installment in my Message From Space pieces. For this one I wanted a vehicle, so to speak, for showing some of my landscape paintings. I have an on-going series of landscapes I call The far Side of the World, and the most recent are called Fractured Landscapes. All are fairly abstract with the most recent being very much so. So this piece sends our other world visitor off to explore the far reaches of earth. Needless to say, I wrote the piece with my paintings and You-tube in mind so I hope you have a chance to go to you-tube and watch. Technically, I had my usual hard time getting a recording I like. Every single one had mistakes I could not live with... including this one. Alas. But at some point you just have to say Enough! and go with it.
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Re: Recital #31 --- August 15, 2013 - 08/15/13 01:54 AM

Performer's name:Riddler (Ed)
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:Two or three years of lessons as a kid; three years of jazz lessons as an adult; and a lifetime of noodling and playing by ear.
Direct music link:click to download
Home page link:http://edsjazzpianopage.blogspot.com/
Title of piece:Prelude in D Flat Major
Composer:Reinhold Gliere
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Yamaha P-120
Recording method:Pianoteq
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I believe this is my first classical recital piece. I was inspired to play this by Glen (Inlanding), who played it several recitals ago. It is a beautiful, flowing piece with appealing harmonies and melodies, lots of pretty arpeggios flowing gently up and down the keyboard. If you are interested in learning it, and are wondering how difficult it is, just Google it, and you will find this: the great majority of Youtube performances are by little kids! 'Nuf said!
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Re: Recital #31 --- August 15, 2013 - 08/15/13 01:55 AM

Performer's name:Allard
Experience:1 year 9 months
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://youtu.be/UnIRt5uVlr8
Title of piece:Dreamer's Waltz
Composer:David Lanz
Source of music:"Sacred Road" sheet music book
Instrument used:Perzina 152 Grand
Recording method:iPad, Windows Movie Maker
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Another David Lanz, because they are so pretty and so much fun to play. I bought the book way before I could play it. On my first recital here, I played a simplified version of Before the Last Leaf Falls. It's from the same book and I was curious how much harder it would be. (Very - it has block chords spanning a tenth.) At some point I tried playing Dreamer's Waltz to practice note-reading. After learning the first two pages, I showed the piece to my teacher and noted how I couldn't even read the next pages. Well, now I can!

I originally prepared this piece for the first European Piano Party, graciously hosted by Saranoya. She remarked how my piece made her piano sound so beautiful. I just had to play this for the recital! So this piece is for you, Saranoya. Keep believing in your dreams. Piano will get you through anything smile
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Re: Recital #31 --- August 15, 2013 - 08/15/13 01:55 AM

Performer's name:peterws
From:N.W. England
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:Too many
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=pNqA_x_CNrQ
Title of piece:Contemplation 5
Source of music:Go where the music (I use the term lightly)takes me
Instrument used:DGX 630
Recording method:audacity and Videopad
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Playin` around with other sound.
Not to be taken seriously . . .
Amongst the bacon
A piano is to be found . .
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Re: Recital #31 --- August 15, 2013 - 08/15/13 01:56 AM

Performer's name:Richard (zrtf90)
Experience:I've been playing for...
Ooh, I need a bigger abacus!
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Die Zelle in Nonnenwerth
Source of music:Liszt Society Publications, Vol. 7, Unfamiliar Piano Pieces
Instrument used:Kawai CA95
Recording method:Direct to USB stick
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Liszt originally wrote this piece in 1841 for voice and piano but re-wrote it many times over the years including versions for voice, for 'cello and piano, and for solo piano, of which this is the fourth version dated 1877, some 35 years later. He must have been very fond of it. I should dig out the lyric and see what pearls it offers.

The eponymous cell, or cloister, is situated on the Isle of Nonnenwerth on the Rhine near Bad Honnef. It was originally a Benedictine nunnery but was operating as an inn at the time of Liszt's visits. He used to holiday there often with his children before the family broke up. It has now been taken over by the Franciscans who today run it as a secondary school for girls.

I used to devote my summer holidays to a fortnight's stay in a remote Dominican priory studying first and later teaching calligraphy. There was a very spiritual atmosphere throughout the buildings and grounds. I have some very special memories of my visits there including playing the pipe organ in the chapel. Nonnenwerth must have been very similar.

The piece has haunted me for many years but it is only recently that I've heard a performance of it and developed sufficient technique to handle the arpeggios. I've not been the most devoted student of scales and arpeggios but none of the arpeggio work I did prepared me for this. It feels physically very different from my usual grind.

This is a long piece and I suspect that few of you will have heard it before so I append some programme notes to keep you interested should you choose to while away eight and a half minutes here. I know some of you enjoy reading background notes and I find it helps to make sense of unfamiliar music more quickly.

The slowly descending opening chords herald peace and calm and invite us to leave the turmoil of our quotidian struggles behind as we descend the entrance steps. It is not regular diatonic harmony nor is it modal. The pervading harmony is difficult to pin down in places and is a little other worldly, not in a disturbing way but as if we're removed from the world outside.

The chords fade into a narrow corridor of single notes that lead into the appealing main theme (0:50) that opens out and carries us, wafting its gentle skipping figure through the cloisters adorned, presumably, with the religious remnants of its past.

Liszt has achieved an unearthly remoteness by a harmonic progression from A minor to F minor. The F minor chord is F-Ab-C but Liszt is disguising the minor third F-Ab as an augmented second F-G# which fits the A minor harmonic scale. So the tones are familiar but the combination is unusual.

The theme is restated in octaves (1:17) in the dominant, E major, before the skipping figure trips down to an unsettled diminished seventh and is subsumed by silence.

A second theme (2:12), a distant cousin of the first, uses the same A minor tonality but with E as its tonic centre and bids us follow it to another place where our attention is drawn to a new theme, an ethereal whisper of breathtaking beauty (2:34). Liszt uses a whole tone scale, still in E, to allow the music to float above our heads. Is he visiting what was once the chapel or looking up at a crystalline ceiling? Perhaps he is contemplating for the first time the monastic life he would later turn to. I increased the reverberation for the recording to make this theme more spacious and give it a celestial translucence. Both phrases are repeated in octaves and again overcome by silence.

The middle section (3:36) is an anguished remembrance of reality and a cry of the spirit as we reflect on our lives with remorse and regret. I may have been a little heavy handed in RH here and lost focus in LH. Liszt has sprinkled accidentals freely around and in its first breath we find C, C#, Db, D, D#, Eb, E, F, G#, A, Bb and B all rubbing shoulders and lending a sense of foreboding before he pulls the rug from under the feet of the skipping figure and it tumbles into the abyss (4:17).

The music slowly rises from the depths and, like sunshine after a storm, the main theme returns (4:38) with such tear provoking tenderness in the tonic major and sweeps us up to the climax (4:58) given in double note arpeggios. This is the most riveting part of the piece for me. The restatement (5:06) is piquant in the supertonic B minor instead of the dominant we heard in the opening and we begin the gradual descent to the coda.

This passage, from the climax to the two-octave arpeggios (5:34), needed careful fingering (including swapping hands) and it is sheer bliss to now be able to play this section with all the technical difficulties lifted and the fingers knowing their way. Time well spent!

The heavenly whisper returns under treacherously delicate arpeggios (5:34). It's not quite a whisper the way I play it, I'm afraid, because I can't play the arpeggios delicately enough behind it yet but the thought is there. That's an improvement scheduled for the next time I cycle this piece.

The first theme whimpers (6:06), "Don't forget me", it echoes, then the opening chords return again, this time to see us out as we make a long, slow farewell.

As we look back the shadow of the main theme (6:49) is spread out almost unrecognisably in the distance as we leave the Isle and our sojourn becomes for us only a memory.

I'm quite surprised at the length of the piece; it's only four pages and quite scant looking. I've played it through only infrequently until close to the recording stage (it needs a lot of mental stamina) but I never realised it was so long.

This is possibly the most emotional, intimate and personal piece I've learned. There are some patches that sounded better and clearer in the pre-recordings and doubtless some wrong 'uns will have bypassed the defences but I have accepted some minor irritations with a view to spending more time on the Grieg recital pieces.

I still captured the atmosphere pretty well here and I'm very pleased with the result. I hope these notes keep you interested while you listen. It's a thrill to be able to post it here.

"Darling, I've finished my Liszt piece."
"That's nice, dear. Did you put the trash out?"

Thank you for your time. smile
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Re: Recital #31 --- August 15, 2013 - 08/15/13 01:56 AM

Performer's name:Jazztpt (Russ)
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-T1GIQJpgE
Title of piece:For Em
Source of music:Original
Instrument used:Roland hp507
Recording method:Direct to Piano then into Audacity to convert to MP3
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I originally wrote "For Em" a few years ago but this is a newly arranged version for the recital.
This is the second take and there are plenty of bloopers but I really didn't fancy getting into doing more takes so here it is warts and all.
Although stylistically it's firmly in the modern jazz camp there is very little improvisation included and it was 95% worked out beforehand. As I said, there are quiet a few mistakes from my ideal performance and I think I probably rushed through it in parts - that pesky red dot! Of course I do have the advantage in that no one except me knows what the right notes are. So, in the immortal words of Eric Morecambe I present "For Em", all the right notes but not necessarily in the right order :-)
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Re: Recital #31 --- August 15, 2013 - 08/15/13 01:57 AM

Performer's name:Mr Super- Hunky
From:Northern Arizona
Avatar:Avatar Image
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Rain (Cover)
Composer:Brian Crain
Source of music:Played by ear using the F.O.A.M method. (figure out and memorize). AKA "noodling".
Instrument used:Mason & Hamlin BB
Recording method:Zoom H2 balancing on the rim of the piano. I haven't dumped it....yet!
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I played this piece by listening to it several times until the melody was ingrained in my mind. Then I hit the playback mode (in my mind) and I can hear the tune playing in my mind.

At this point I proceed to play it the way I want to (minus the massive amounts of mistakes). I don't mind the mistakes at first because they are easily corrected later with practice and repetition. My main goal is just to find the complete melodies on the keyboard and then adjust and fine tune over time.

The money I save on lessons and method books helps pay for things like a new spindle for my lawn tractor mower deck that I just busted off last week. And Amsoil 2 stroke fully synthetic oil for my small engines. Stuff like that!

Lunch was a bowl of raw broccoli florets and baby carrots from Sam's club along with a Ciabatta roll and some Crunchmaster multi grain seed and rice crackers.

Dessert was yogurt and a piece of beef jerky...(odd combo I know!).
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Re: Recital #31 --- August 15, 2013 - 08/15/13 01:58 AM

Performer's name:Earlofmar
Experience:81/2 Months
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PX8WSJH_TWM
Title of piece:Minuet in G major (BWV Anh. 116)
Composer:JS Bach
Instrument used:Yamaha P105 with Galaxy Vintage D
Recording method:Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:After the last recital I wanted to bring something to this one with grandeur, a large difficult piece was needed. I played around with a couple and continued learning less striking pieces that help my continual improvement. About two months ago I started learning this Bach Minuet, and only a few weeks ago I was somewhat shocked when I realised this would be my submission. Grand in its simple genius, almost every measure contained something new and unknown to me. My hand could not stretch to the simple recurring theme, the tempo seemed daunting and the piecing together of disjointed sections was a nightmare. However getting everything to work just right has been such a joy and I am so pleased to present to my very small audience (mainly forum members) this work. While it is not mistake free and the dynamics are still in need of work, I think a seventeenth century gathering might take to the dance floor and not shoot the piano player. Lunch (and dinner) continues to be mainly dust as I am dieting.
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Re: Recital #31 --- August 15, 2013 - 08/15/13 01:58 AM

Performer's name:patH / Patrick Hollstein
Experience:Since 1974
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cd173MCJrXQ
Home page link:https://www.facebook.com/patrick.hollstein.58
Title of piece:Der tanzende Schwan (The dancing swan)
Composer:Patrick Hollstein
Source of music:Own composition
Instrument used:Yamaha C2 SG
Recording method:Acoustic recording with Zoom h2n, WAV file manipulated with Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Homage to G.Rossini (the Swan of Pesaro); composed in 2003
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Re: Recital #31 --- August 15, 2013 - 08/15/13 01:59 AM

Performer's name:aTallGuyNH
From:United States
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:18 months (barely a toddler!)
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://youtu.be/1m6DuP1aJFw
Title of piece:New York State of Mind (intro only)
Composer:Billy Joel
Source of music:Sheet music from "PianoJohn113" on YouTube.
Instrument used:Yamaha baby grand (6')
Recording method:Droid phone video, converted to MP3. No post-processing.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Apologies for the clipping and overall poor audio quality.

Although this is only a portion of the song and the recording quality is painfully bad, I decided to submit it because it was a very rare chance for me to sit at a superbly maintained baby grand, the best piano I've ever played (by far), in a truly unique acoustical environment. The recording is from a ~6000 sq. ft. hall, about 100 years old, constructed entirely of wood aside from the concrete floor. I've never played in a world-class concert hall (of course), but I would expect that the reverb is similar. I wish I had better recording equipment (and chops) to do both the piano and venue justice, but hopefully some of that shine will come across despite the limitations.

A pic and more info on the venue are here on the AOTW thread: http://www.pianoworld.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/2126154/Re:%20Achievement%20of%20the%20week%20-%20.html#Post2126154

Also, I have an occupational hazard (as a father) that I am obliged to wear any jewelry made by my children and gifted to me at least until the end of that day, so you can hear a bottle cap bracelet clinking repeatedly. I didn't realize it was making all that noise until I watched the video the next day -- too late to record again at that point.

Re: the song itself, it is my very favorite of Billy Joel's songs, and I listen to it -- singing along with completely unabashed gusto, to heck with what my fellow commuters might think of me -- on an almost daily basis in my car. The intro is all that I've learned so far, and it's very slow -- about half of proper speed. It has a long way to go to be at a proper speed and rhythm, but I'm actually happy with this recording. There are some pretty substantial hesitations (these are much more painful on YouTube vs. the MP3 because you can actually see me fumbling about -- I'm watching and yelling at myself "B-flat, B-FLATTTT!!!... come ON already..."), and it is my usual overall rhythmic mess, but no jarring or cringe-worthy mistakes. Basically, this is the very best I can do at this juncture. Two takes, so I was very happy all things considered.

I was helping out at a day camp for teens, so I had something-or-another that was very forgettable for lunch, washed down by some seriously harsh artificially flavored iced "tea".
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Re: Recital #31 --- August 15, 2013 - 08/15/13 01:59 AM

Performer's name:PikaPianist
Avatar:Avatar Image
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PN2xZYfLT0c
Title of piece:Impromptu Op. 90 No. 3, Gb major
Source of music:IMSLP
Instrument used:Kawai CS6 digital piano
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This impromptu is definitely my favourite of all Schubert impromptus. Beautiful, lyrical, elegant, full of colour, and deceptively simple.

I'm sure anyone who has attempted this impromptu will agree that this piece is insanely difficult to play well, even though on the page it looks pretty straight-forward. The main difficulty lies in controlling the balance between the singing melody and the underlying atmospheric texture. Although this recording is still not a perfect performance, I have to say I'm quite proud of myself for persevering through countless numbers of bad takes attempting to bring out the beauty in this piece.
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Re: Recital #31 --- August 15, 2013 - 08/15/13 02:00 AM

Performer's name:Serge88
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:7 years with Pianoworld + 5 years of lesson many years ago
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Manha de Carnaval
Composer:Luiz Bonfa
Source of music:Video and lead sheet
Instrument used:Roland FP7
Recording method:Macbook Pro, Garageband. Accompaniement track create by Band in a Box
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I don't practice anymore but I could not miss the recital, I hope to resume piano this fall after I completed another project.

I got this tutorial a few years ago but found it boring but with the added accompaniement track, it was fun to play.
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Re: Recital #31 --- August 15, 2013 - 08/15/13 02:02 AM

Performer's name:Anne H
Experience:Six months as a returning adult
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Julia arr. by Phillip Keveren
Composer:The Beatles
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:1963 Steinway console
Recording method:Zoom H4N
Technical feedback wanted:No
Additional info:I didn't think I was going to make this recital and the Grieg one, but at the last minute I decided that I wanted to submit this time. This is a recording of an arrangement that I first picked up when I started piano again several months ago, so it felt appropriate to post it here for my first recital.
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Re: Recital #31 --- August 15, 2013 - 08/15/13 02:03 AM

Performer's name:Dumik
Experience:about 6 months
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Chopin nocturne Op. 9 No. 2
Source of music:Yamaha 50 greats for the piano
Instrument used:Yamaha CLP-430
Recording method:Pianos own recording system
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This was played with my new Yamaha which I got couple weeks ago. I had not played with pedal before that so it created its own difficulties. This is also my first recital.
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Re: Recital #31 --- August 15, 2013 - 08/15/13 02:03 AM

Performer's name:dynamobt/ Marilyn
Experience:Returning adult. 1 year of lessns since return
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:The Seasons, June
Source of music:Jurgenson Edition
Instrument used:Mason & Hamlin BB 1918
Recording method:Zoom H2n
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:One take. As is often the case with me. I really do try and treat this as a "recital" rather than a recording session.
This piece gave me challenges. It sounded so easy when Richter and Ashkenazy played it! Well, isn't that always the case?? Very pretty melody that compelled me to practice. I had never heard this piece before it being assigned to me. My teacher said that Tchaikovsky wrote mostly for orchestra. Thus the difficult reaches in the piece. Be prepared for some interesting fingering!! Lovely harmonics. Have enjoyed bringing this piece to recorded capability!
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Re: Recital #31 --- August 15, 2013 - 08/15/13 02:03 AM

Performer's name:jotur/Cathy Turner
From:Santa Fe, NM
Experience:2 years as a teen, 30+ years off, playing for dancing since 1995
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Shine On Harvest Moon
Composer:Nora Bayes-Norworth, music; Jack Norworth, lyrics
Source of music:Original sheet music, in a collection I can't find at the minute laugh
Instrument used:Casio Privia PX-100
Recording method:digital to pc, audacity
Technical feedback wanted:No
Additional info:This entered my repertoire a couple of months ago and the seniors love it. It's not quite as jaunty here as I was thinking, but at I did manage to get a take without as much clipping as usual. With this piece and a couple of others I've added this year I finally have an hour's worth of mostly (really) oldies, which I mix with Scottish and Irish tunes so I don't play the same thing at every seniors gig.

Lunch was nuts and seeds. And an apple.
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Re: Recital #31 --- August 15, 2013 - 08/15/13 02:04 AM

Performer's name:ClavBoy
Experience:2 years mostly self-learning, very few practising in the last months.
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://youtu.be/vBjvQ2Zx81k
Title of piece:Minuet in D minor
Composer:Leopold Mozart
Source of music:sheet music
Instrument used:Roland FP-7F
Recording method:Roland R-05
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Practising not very much in the last months, just too tired and demotivated due to the job. I've not yet mastered the pedal for this piece, only in the first and last part. So, pedal is missing in the middle part. Also watch the youtube video.
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Re: Recital #31 --- August 15, 2013 - 08/15/13 02:04 AM

Performer's name:(Was) TrueBeginner
From:VA, US
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:5 years
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5t077Fg7WE
Title of piece:Childhood Memories
Source of music:Self-composition
Instrument used:Essex Upright Piano
Recording method:Samsung Galaxy S3 phone, audacity.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This time I tried to come up with something with a happier mood. I also tried to record using my phone for the first time. While the video seems to be better, there are a lot of clippings in the audio. Sorry about that, I will have a better recording next time.
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Re: Recital #31 --- August 15, 2013 - 08/15/13 02:05 AM

Performer's name:daveindenton
From:Denton, Texas
Experience:3 Years, 6 Months
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing
Composer:Robert Robinson
Source of music:Arrangement by John Zechiel. You can buy the sheets from him here:http://www.zechiel.com/john.html
Instrument used:Yamaha P120
Recording method:Audacity via ProSonus Audiobox USB
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I grew up in the Baptist church, so I've always loved these old hymns. My Mom tried to drag me to piano lessons when I was 8, but I threw a fit and wouldn't go. So...30 years later I regretted it (of course) and started taking lessons on my own. This song is one of her favorites. Her memory is failing, so I'm glad to be able to play it for her now.
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Re: Recital #31 --- August 15, 2013 - 08/15/13 02:05 AM

Performer's name:yester
Experience:3 years
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:5 little preludes No. 1 - BWV 939
Source of music:sheet music: http://imslp.org/wiki/5_Kleine_Pr%C3%A4ludien,_BWV_939-943_%28Bach,_Johann_Sebastian%29
Instrument used:Kawai MP 10
Recording method:recorded with an usb-stick and normalized with audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
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Re: Recital #31 --- August 15, 2013 - 08/15/13 02:06 AM

Performer's name:Allan W.
Experience:Used to take lessons as a kid, stopped for over 10 years, restarted playing a year ago. I've been playing this piece for over 6 months so it's well polished by now.
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PY-lLrclanw
Title of piece:Wind Scene - Chrono Trigger
Composer:Mitsuda / arr. by Zohar
Source of music:From the SNES video game Chrono Trigger, in which you and your party go on a time travelling adventure to save the world from an evil alien. Wind Scene is the background music for the 600 A.D. time period: medieval times. Jazzy arrangement by zohar002, one of my favorite arrangers.

Sheet music: https://www.dropbox.com/s/03sje30m9skelnv/Chrono%20Trigger%20-%20Wind%20Scene.pdf

Original music from the game: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHbhBef2t0w
Instrument used:Young Chang Y175, year 2012
Recording method:Blue Yeti USB microphone, with unorthodox microphone placement method... Slight reverb added with Audacity's GVerb
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:The last variation was cut since I still haven't learned it well. Also, there's a section with 3 on 2 rhythm throughout, I changed it to all triplets (well to be honest, I couldn't play the 3 on 2 rhythm when I first started this piece. And I like how the triplet feel sounds now)

Watch the video! smile
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Re: Recital #31 --- August 15, 2013 - 08/15/13 02:06 AM

Performer's name:CMohr
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:6 or 7 years as a child. 4 years since returning to piano
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:"You've Changed"
Composer:Carl Fisher/music, William Carey/lyrics
Source of music:Lead sheet
Instrument used:1907 Wellington upright
Recording method:The Mikey by Blue Microphones recorded on my iPod, converted to MP3 in iTunes
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is my own arrangement of a tune which is a little outside the top 300 jazz standards.
I tried to play a little simpler and bring out the melody. This was also a one take recording. (rare for me!) I started working on this tune months ago, but had many distractions. So, came back to it to record for this recital. I hope you enjoy.

Italian chicken, pasta salad and home-grown green beans for dinner
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Re: Recital #31 --- August 15, 2013 - 08/15/13 02:06 AM

Performer's name:stumbler
Experience:between 39 and 1 (First took lessons 39 years ago for 5 years. Taking lessons again for the past year.)
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:A Lenda Do Caboclo W166
Composer:Villa-Lobos, Heitor
Source of music:Sheet music (IMSLP) first edition (note: not public domain in EU)
Instrument used:Roland RD-700NX
Recording method:direct to flash on keyboard
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I'd love to hear more Villa-Lobos in the recitals. I don't see anything by him in the recital index. If any of you are unfamiliar with this Brazilian composer, I suggest you listen to one of his best known works, Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 (listen to the second part, Danca, as well as the Aria).

"A Lenda Do Caboclo" doesn't seem to translate well into English. The best I can do is "The Legend of the Caboclo". While I did find a description of the word "Caboclo", it seemed that the meaning needs a Brazilain context I lack. I tried to find the story implied by the title, but the only one I've found, "Lenda Do Caboclo D'Agua" doesn't seem to fit.

This piece is the first one I've ever used the sostenuto pedal on. There are many places where a pair of low base notes need to be sustained while the left hand moves to a different part of the keyboard. I also find the regular damper pedaling a challenge. Another challenge is playing a handful of notes simultaneously---especially at pianissimo.

I still have work to do on this piece. The faster sections need more slow practice. Need more dynamic separation between melody and accompaniment. pp sections need to be quieter.

I hope to make a better recording before the Aug 14 9 PM deadline, but this time I think it better to submit now and hope to resubmit later. I don't think I can count on another 9:02 miracle.

Lunch will be pastrami on sourdough.
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Re: Recital #31 --- August 15, 2013 - 08/15/13 02:07 AM

Performer's name:TrapperJohn
From:Central PA
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Medley: Drink With Me/Do You Hear The People Sing? (from Les Miserables)
Composer:Claude-Michel Schonberg (music); Alain Boublil, Jean-Marc Natel & Herbert Kretzmer (lyrics)
Source of music:Songbook: Les Miserables Piano/Vocal Selections (updated)
Instrument used:Yamaha Clavinova CVP-301
Recording method:Digital to PC
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:And so the saga continues...

When we last encountered the compelling characters of that marvelously entertaining musical "Les Miserables" (back during the May, 2013 ABF Recital) the student Marius had joined his comrades at the barricades during the insurrection in the streets of 1832 Paris; had been seriously wounded by the government forces and had been carried off to safety by Jean Valjean; and had later returned to the cafe where he and his fellow students (now all dead) had planned their failed revolution, and where he now found only phantom faces and shadows - and those "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables".

But just before all that happened...

The students had been anxiously waiting for a special sign that would ignite them into action - and it came suddenly with the announcement of the death of their hero, General LaMarque, the only member of the otherwise oppressively authoritarian government who was sympathetic to their cause.

With this sad but inspiring announcement they took to the streets, marching with flags and weapons raised, hoping to incite the general population to join with them in their struggle, and as they vociferously demonstrated they sang their new anthem "Do You Hear The People Sing". When the marching and celebrating were done they got to work at once building the barricades behind which they would engage the National Guard in battle. When night fell - and after having been warned by a voice from a distance and out of the darkness that they would all perish in the morning - they nervously and sleeplessly waited, and reminisced and toasted each other, and sang of their friendship and loves and happier days with the song "Drink With Me (to Days Gone By)...

And then the morning came...

I play the songs in the order heard here because I think it works well musically that way. In the musical "Do You Hear..." comes both before and after "Drink With Me". It's first appearance is as described above, and then it is reprised at the very end of the musical - there it flows seamlessly right out of the quietly touching scene in which the musical's chief protagonist Jean Valjean dies and is escorted to heaven by the spirits of Fantine and Eponine, two good women who had tragically died earlier. With altered lyrics it starts very softly and gradually builds to a rousing, hair-raising, goose bump-inducing finale sung by the entire cast, including all of the "dead" characters (of which there were many).

And here are the moving - and highly literate - lyrics of these two inspiring and emotionally charged songs:

Drink With Me (to Days Gone By)
Drink with me to days gone by.
Sing with me the songs we knew.
Here's to pretty girls who went to our heads.
Here's to witty girls who went to our beds.
Here's to them and here's to you.

Drink with me to days gone by.
Can it be you fear to die?
Will the world remember you when you fall?
Can it be your death means nothing at all?
Is your life just one more lie?

Drink with me to days gone by.
To the life that used to be.
At the shrine of friendship never say die.
Let the wine of friendship never run dry.
Here's to you and here's to me.
Here's to you and here's to me.

Do You Hear The People Sing?

Do you hear the people sing
Singing the song of angry men?
It is the music of a people
Who will not be slaves again!
When the beating of your heart
Echoes the beating of the drums,
There is a life about to start
When tomorrow comes.

Verse 1
Will you join in our crusade?
Who will be strong and stand with me?
Beyond the barricade
Is there a world you long to see?
Then join in the fight
That will give you the right to be free!

Repeat Chorus

Verse 2
Will you give all you can give
So that our banner may advance?
Some will fall and some will live.
Will you stand up and take your chance?
The blood of the martyrs
Will water the meadows of France!

Repeat Chorus

Here's to you...
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Re: Recital #31 --- August 15, 2013 - 08/15/13 02:08 AM

Performer's name:timmyab
Experience:20+ years
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Sonata in C K545
Source of music:Mozart Sonatas (ABRSM)
Instrument used:Yamaha YDP S30
Recording method:Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I've omitted all of the repeats mainly to keep the piece as short as possible but also to make it much easier to get a decent take especially of the first movement.
I'm beginning to understand why so many pianists consider Mozart to be so intimidating.This is the easiest of the sonatas and yet it's impossible to make it sound any good.The first movement in particular could have been designed to show up my inadequate technique.You are totally exposed and nothing short of perfection is going to cut it.It's as though Mozart is sitting next to you at the piano, hurling insults and laughing at you.
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Re: Recital #31 --- August 15, 2013 - 08/15/13 02:08 AM

Performer's name:Monica K.
From:Lexington, KY
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:9 years
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://youtu.be/DTGZqxnz02c
Home page link:http://www.youtube.com/pianomonica
Title of piece:Discovery at Night
Composer:Ludovico Einaudi
Source of music:"In a Time Lapse" sheet music collection
Instrument used:Mason & Hamlin A
Recording method:Zoom H4, normalized in Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is one of Einaudi's "jauntier" pieces, for want of a better word. While there are other pieces off his latest album that I like better, it wasn't that technically demanding (other than one wicked jump in the left hand that kept flubbing me up), so I decided to work it up. As with most of Einaudi's music, though, even if not technically demanding, the dynamics are key to playing it even semi-decently.

Lunch was leftover tempeh in peanut sauce with rice.
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Re: Recital #31 --- August 15, 2013 - 08/15/13 02:09 AM

Performer's name:JimF
From:South Florida
Experience:3.5 years
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Canon in D Minor
Composer:Aleksandr Scriabin
Source of music:sheet music
Instrument used:Estonia L190
Recording method:Zoom H-1, just sitting on my music cabinet, piano lid down
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is Canon in D minor, by Aleksandr Scriabin. It was written in 1883 when he was quite young. I really love the moody tonality of this piece. Also, if you have ever wanted to conquer three against two polyrythms this is the piece to have at it. Three vs. two alternates left and right hands each measure, with lots of three against two using one hand for two voices as well.

Scriabin was an interesting guy. There is a good article about him at Wikipedia, including a picture as a boy with his piano teacher and five other classmates, one of whom was Rachmaninoff.

My appologies for the dog grumbles and poor recording quality. I had hoped to get a clean recording but it just wasn't going to happen on that day.

Lunch was a bowl of mixed cut fruit and a container of fat free cottage cheese.
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Re: Recital #31 --- August 15, 2013 - 08/15/13 02:09 AM

Performer's name:Sandy
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Consolation
Composer:Felix Mendelssohn
Source of music:Sheet Music
Instrument used:Yamaha acoustic
Recording method:digital to PC
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Mendelssohn is a favourite of mine and I've studied 5 or 6 of his easier Song's Without Words. This one is 'Consolation' Opus 30 No. 3. I hope you enjoy it.

My recording software is not great. I apologize for some static forte at measures 21 and 22.
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Re: Recital #31 --- August 15, 2013 - 08/15/13 02:10 AM

Performer's name:Jake S
Experience:1.5 years
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Gnossienne No.1
Composer:Erik Satie
Source of music:Sheet music (memorised)
Instrument used:Kawai CA 93
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Living at the turn of the last century, Erik Satie in some way seems to bridge the divide between the romantic period and the 20th Century. He was not one of the heavyweights from either period and it can be easy to dismiss his music as trifling and overly light. However, his melodies are haunting and often strangely beautiful.

Musically he worked in a pre-impressionist genre (he was a contemporary of Debussy and a few years older than Ravel), with a heavy melodic influence but he has also been linked to the much later minimalist movement. It is perhaps easier to identify him with the Dada-ist anti-art movement in general than with other music of the time.

In keeping with the surreal, he annotates the music for the Gnossiennes with unique instructions ("On the tip of the tongue", "Open your mind", "Deep in thought"). Also, although it seems clear that the piece is actually in 4/4 time, it is in free time since there are no bar lines throughout the piece.
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Re: Recital #31 --- August 15, 2013 - 08/15/13 02:10 AM

Performer's name:MrPozor
Experience:About one year, half of it with a teacher.
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://youtu.be/V_cnVJDErNU
Title of piece:Waltz in B minor
Composer:Franz Schubert
Instrument used:Petrof 118 L1
Recording method:Canon EOS 650D and Zoom H1
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:When I discovered this piece a few months ago, I immediately fell in love with it. From the score it looked like it was feasible for a beginner to learn. My teacher was OK with it and after a few weeks of working hard, I got it down.
The most difficult part is the jumping left hand. It is quite challenging to hit the chords correctly each time and you can hear some mistakes in this recording.
Getting the piece ready for the recital took a long time since it is quite long compared to my earlier pieces. I've played it at the European Piano Party but had to practice it many times more to get where it is today.
Not perfect but I'm very happy with it.
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Re: Recital #31 --- August 15, 2013 - 08/15/13 02:10 AM

Performer's name:CarlosCC
From:Lisbon, Portugal
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:3 years 37 weeks (self-learning since Dec2009)
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Life ("Live from home" version)
Composer:Ludovico Einaudi
Source of music:Lead sheet, then improvised and played by ear and memory.
Instrument used:Yamaha P85 (Grand Piano 2)
Recording method:Captured from Piano to PC with Audicity, then saved to MP3.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Once again, I didn't follow the original version of the book. This time I tried to play the arrangement I heard in the Einaudi's "Live from home" concert.

For those who had already the opportunity to work some of Einaudi's pieces, know that's not easy to reproduce some of the sounds that he plays, even following the notes that are printed in the sheet. My challenge was to find the chords, rhythms and variations of the unwritten sessions, and try to keep the flow and the beauty of the "Live from home" version. You'll notice that I extended the middle session (just because...) and, due the lack of time, I didn't worked in all the details as I wanted so, for me, this work is not finished - next time I'll have to start sooner... -.

I know this kind of job is endless, and hard, but very rewarding. I'm loving this "Life".
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Re: Recital #31 --- August 15, 2013 - 08/15/13 02:11 AM

Performer's name:Valencia
Experience:2 years (since returning after a...25 y? hiatus)
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:The Angel, Op. 30 No. 4
Composer:Sergei Bortkiewicz
Source of music:Sheet Music (imslp)
Instrument used:very old roland digital keyboard
Recording method:hooked up the digital to my laptop (headphone output to microphone jack) and then used audacity to record.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This piece, The Angel, is the fourth of 12 pieces Bortkiewicz composed called Aus Andersens Marchen. Each of the 12 pieces is based on a fairy tale written by Hans Christian Andersen. The Angel is a story about a child who has died and as an angel takes him to heaven, they gather flowers to take up to heaven's garden.

My work on this piece is not yet finished. I feel it could use a touch more tempo, and more control over the non-melody notes in the RH (to keep them softer). Also more varied dynamics throughout.

The Angel is harder than it first seems. However, the score is relatively simple and straightforward. I think it is well within the abilities of many on this forum. Hopefully some will like it and give it a try.
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Re: Recital #31 --- August 15, 2013 - 08/15/13 02:11 AM

Performer's name:ladypayne
From:United States
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Canon (Pachelbel)
Source of music:My Own arrangement
Instrument used:casio privia px130
Recording method:zoom h1
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Well, I almost didn't submit anything because I couldn't think of anything to submit. So I just did another one of my own arrangements of Canon. I added in some various instruments and some nature sounds in the background. Hope ya like it. smile
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Re: Recital #31 --- August 15, 2013 - 08/15/13 02:11 AM

Performer's name:Sand Tiger
From:United States
Experience:18 months, with a background of many years on whistle and flute
Direct music link:click to download
Home page link:http://sandtigerpiano.blogspot.com/
Title of piece:Avenue D
Composer:Sand Tiger
Source of music:improvised score
Instrument used:Casio PX150 digital
Recording method:The Casio PX150 has a record button. I output that to a voice recorder, then to Audacity for a volume boost, then upload.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Avenue D started as an improvisation that I would play after my Canon in D practice (my previous recital piece). The only constant to the improvisation was the ostinato starting phrase. I lose myself in the music, improvising off that one phrase. As recital time drew near, I sort through the best phrases and codify it into a set piece.
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Re: Recital #31 --- August 15, 2013 - 08/15/13 02:12 AM

Performer's name:joangolfing
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Little Bird
Composer:Edvard Grieg
Source of music:Complete Lyric Pieces for Piano
Instrument used:Yamaha Grand GC1
Recording method:Zoom with Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This was an intricate and challenging piece. I first heard it on Sirius Pop Classics and liked the soft trills and light staccato. I knew my 104 year old Everett Piano couldn't achieve the sound that this piece demanded. That gave me my first interest in getting a baby grand piano. I want to eventually play it up to speed and with a lighter touch. If I play it too quickly and too lightly I start losing the notes. I know more is needed on this piece and I will keep it in my repertoire. I wanted to have my Bach Partita No. 4 BWV 828 Aria ready for this recital, but that is a work still in progress.
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Re: Recital #31 --- August 15, 2013 - 08/15/13 02:12 AM

Performer's name:Mar_red
Experience:Self-taught since 2007
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Close Every Door
Composer:Andrew Lloyd Webber
Source of music:Lead sheet
Instrument used:Schimmel upright 40" 1972
Recording method:1. The t.bone SC 140 Stereoset microphones
2. Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 Audio Interface
3. Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
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Re: Recital #31 --- August 15, 2013 - 08/15/13 02:12 AM

Performer's name:Mile Hi Steve
From:The Mile High City
Experience:Years of on again off again sporadic playing for fun
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Joy in G
Composer:Bach / Winston
Source of music:Version 2 of own arrangement previously done in C, now in G, based on George Winston's Joy piece inspired by Bach's Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring
Instrument used:Steinway Grand
Recording method:Two condenser mics processed through a 24 channel mixer with audio out to laptop to record thru Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I've always loved Bach's Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring and a few years ago I heard George Winston's contemporary rendition, which he just titled Joy. A year ago I came up with my own shorter simpler version of "Joy" and submitted it in a recital here. That first version I learned in C and used a keyboard to transpose it to D, but since then I've realized it really needs to be played at a higher pitch, so I relearned it in G and now play it in G. G has made it possible to increase the dynamics of the piece and I've added a few other flourishes along the way, bringing it closer to Winston's uplifting performance. I now have access to a Steinway grand piano at my church and have always wanted to play and record on an acoustic grand, so this has been a dream come true bringing this to fruition!!

A had a king size Reese's Nutrageous candy bar, my God, possibly the best candy bar in the world!
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Re: Recital #31 --- August 15, 2013 - 08/15/13 02:13 AM

Performer's name:Yamaha G3 & P-80 Mike White
From:90 miles West of New Orleans
Experience:Self-teaching since beginning of the recitals.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Dainas No. 3
Composer:Janis Medins
Source of music:sheet music
Instrument used:Yamaha P-80
Recording method:Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I had trouble with the fingering and timing of this piece. It's not something that I was used to playing. After all these years, the RED DOT still takes it's toll.
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Re: Recital #31 --- August 15, 2013 - 08/15/13 02:13 AM

Performer's name:Copper
Avatar:Avatar Image
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Variation No. 14
Composer:Felix Mendelssohn
Source of music:Piano Magazine No. 26, October-November 2005
Instrument used:Yamaha P-250
Recording method:Connected the Yamaha P-250 to the computer
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
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Re: Recital #31 --- August 15, 2013 - 08/15/13 02:14 AM

Performer's name:Lady_Augustina
From:Wichita Kansas
Experience:a year or so as a kid. Started playing again several years ago.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:The North Sea
Composer:Michele McLaughlin
Source of music:Sheet Music
Instrument used:piano at work,
Recording method:I used my phone, then converted to mp3 using freecorder.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I first heard this piece on Pandora Radio and loved it. I started playing this piece at the beginning of the summer and posted it on the June piano bar. Since then I've been trying to memorize it, and work on playing it with more emotion. I only looked at the sheet music twice during the whole piece!
I was recording this piece on my break, and after forgetting to pay attention to the time I realized that I was way over my 15 minute break so towards the end I started to rush a bit. There are also several mistakes as usual.
Also; since I recorded this in the band room you might hear the other instruments a little in the background....
As for lunch I went to Ihop and had fried chicken, mashed potatoes, and corn:)
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Re: Recital #31 --- August 15, 2013 - 08/15/13 02:14 AM

Performer's name:WJ3 / Walt
From:Salem, Or
Avatar:Avatar Image
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Solace A Mexican Serenade (1909)
Composer:Scott Joplin
Source of music:Simply Joplin. Easy Piano, Arr by Mary Sallee
Instrument used:Roland KR-115 Digital Grand
Recording method:Roland KR 115 to midi file, Converted to MP3 by free Midi to mp3 converter, normalized with Audacity.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Another simplified version of a great Scott Joplin piece, Its supposed to be easy piano, but it was pretty hard for me. It still needs a lot of work as you can probably tell.
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Re: Recital #31 --- August 15, 2013 - 08/15/13 02:17 AM

Performer's name:carlos88
Experience:second year back as a new student
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Bruyeres (Heather)
Source of music:Debussy, Preludes, Book 2
Instrument used:Yamaha
Recording method:Zoom H4, over and over and over again.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:One of my goals for this year was to learn 6 Debussy preludes. Bruyeres is one of the many that I can't pronounce correctly, and hadn't heard of before, but still fell in love with when learning.
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Re: Recital #31 --- August 15, 2013 - 08/15/13 02:17 AM

Performer's name:AimeeO
From:Living outside of New Orleans
Experience:3 years of lessons, plus off and on attempts at self-teaching over the years
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Sonatina Op. 55, no. 1
Composer:Fredrich Kuhlau
Source of music:Sonatina Album for Piano(Alfred)
Instrument used:Yamaha U3
Recording method:Zoom H4
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is just something I've been working on in my lessons that I've enjoyed learning, and happened to be close-to-ready. I think I've been working on it for two months, and it's been a fun piece to work on. It still needs work, but I'm pleased with my progress. There's a couple of blunders and I skipped the repeats - which means it's authentic and definitely a good representation of where I am at smile It is helping me overcome my fear of consecutive thirds, so it's been rather useful.
Kuhlau's name has been a little challenging for me also - I keep wanting to spell it Kahlua and turn him into a coffee liqueur.
I grazed on bad-for-you things for lunch!
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Re: Recital #31 --- August 15, 2013 - 08/15/13 02:18 AM

Performer's name:BenPiano
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:4 years
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://youtu.be/a7yauAU9_kg
Home page link:http://www.youtube.com/user/afpaSTU1096
Title of piece:Nefeli
Source of music:Sheet
Instrument used:Kawai K5 Upright
Recording method:Zoom H2
Technical feedback wanted:No
Additional info:It's been a rough year. Luckily Einaudi is easy to connect with (not so easy to record)
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Re: Recital #31 --- August 15, 2013 - 08/15/13 02:18 AM

Performer's name:Ohio_Mark
Experience:2 years
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Minuet in F Major
Composer:Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Source of music:Alfred's Premier Course 4
Instrument used:Clavinova CVP-505
Recording method:USB
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
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