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#1034712 - 02/15/07 12:06 AM Recital #5 General Discussion Room
Bob Muir Offline
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Please utilize this room for any discussion of the pieces in Recital #5 that is taking place in the Recital Room.

When providing opinion or critique of the performances, please try to limit yourself to a single post - either write notes and post at the end or create a post and edit it as you go along.

Discussions and replies can be posted at-will.

Critical discussion should take place in the Recital #5 Critical Discussion Room .

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#1034713 - 02/15/07 12:53 AM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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Monica,

I just got finished listening to your recital piece. I listened to it first because Longing/Love is one of my favorite Winston pieces as well. I have to say I loved it (no pun intended!). If there's any red dot syndrome there it sure is hard to tell. The first few minutes (before the main theme) are so atmospheric and you make the transition to the bouncier rhythm of the main theme really well.

I really enjoyed your performance and admire your recording tremendously!
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#1034714 - 02/15/07 12:57 AM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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Note to everyone: I've "featured" the General & Critical discussion rooms for Recital 5 along with the recital itself so they'll be readily accessible to everyone. I'll unfeature them when the comments start to peter out.
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#1034715 - 02/15/07 01:25 AM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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I have to say that Super-Hunky's performance blew me away. I think he had reached a plateau with his previous recordings and IMHO, with this one, he's looking down on that plateau from some distance!

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#1034716 - 02/15/07 02:22 AM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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WOW!!

*Stands up for Standing Ovation*

I am absolutely blown away by all the awesome recordings!!

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#1034717 - 02/15/07 04:21 AM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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Registered: 08/22/06
Posts: 1117
Loc: Norway
Thank you all for a wonderful recital !

I'm sorry, but I will probably never have time to listen carefully to everybody. Since you all play better than me there will be no critical comments either, just a little extra applaus for my personal favourites as a listener:

Kathleen: "Traumerei" is sort of overplayed, but you really are a performer !

Joemoshi: I love Tango - and I think the rhytm was there..

Peter: Scarlatti deserves some attention, this is really beautiful music, thankyou !

Euan Morrison : Of course, this is the right choice for a Love-Recital, and so beutifully played !

Peyton: I watched Arrau playing "Carnaval" the other day, but your version of "Chopin" has got "soul" - I love it.

Maryrose: A Mozart Adagio is maybe the most romantic I can think of - excellent choice !

Bluemarine: Thankyou for playing a piece that I have not heard for many years, it is really one of the greatest love-songs. And your playing is again professional.

C7 Player : There is something about how you make your piano sound that is just perfect for ragtime...

A big applause for all the others - there are so much hard work behind all this and so many of the performances are very close to professional. Also an applause for those who were too shy to send their performances even if they were just as good as the others !

Love you all !

Ragnhild
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#1034718 - 02/15/07 04:40 AM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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Can't wait to get home tonight to listen to several pieces .... jeeez, should have feigned migraine and stayed home or something ... \:\) I'm sooo curious.
Thanks to every contributant in advance and thanks to Bob Muir for setting it up again!
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#1034719 - 02/15/07 04:58 AM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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Sarah M - if you have only been back at piano for 8 months then I think you are doing really well with the Fantasie Impromptu. Very well done! Adrian
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#1034720 - 02/15/07 07:09 AM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
Bob1904 Offline
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Registered: 04/19/06
Posts: 26
Loc: USA
Wow. I've been listening to a song here and a song there, and as always, I'm blown away by the pianists in this forum.

Thank you to everyone who had the courage to hit the record button and submit a song. No kidding, you guys are an inspiration!

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#1034721 - 02/15/07 08:35 AM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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Kawaigirl1: yes very mysterious and then Bam!! boy thats fast fingerwork! A great start to the recital

Lisztener: Sounded lovely to me nice expression wheres the red dot syndrome?

Michele (AdagioM): Hi Michele I got your file to play today...YAAAAAAAAAYYY!! what a lovely touch you have, very nice indeed.

Seaside: I just wanna be you

loveschopintoomuch: A delight to hear you play as always thankyou, I see how it can bring a tear

Luigi: I always have trouble with save file dunno why?...I'll come back to it later

Super Hunky: I'm with Bob...your best yet

Monica Kern: Well, I've just spent 9 minutes and 25 seconds!!! in the delightful company of Monica and her piano and Monica I have to say that was absolutely worth every minute...I love the way you play!

Copper: Not my favourite piece of music but, I thought you made a good job of it

joemoshi: a lovely tango, maybe it needs more drama to get what you wish for it

Peter: That compression is rather harsh, I notice it is still a .Wav file maybe try converting to an MP3 file next time will give you a better sound?

Ragnhild: delightful, thankyou

Vincentime: Sounded fine to me, I'll leave it to the classical pianists to give you pointers

dannylux (Mel): You must have played a lot as a kid, that intro was incredible, just fab playing Oh my!! I am definitely starting to like Chopin

Funky_Fred: Oh Fred..I love it...jeez I love it

Sandy Moore: It somehow reminds me of an underwater scene?...perfect mermaid music

Jon Gray (HouseHead78): For 11 months!!...WOW!

craig137 Craig: Bottom song of 4? I could only see "Fool to hurt you"???....where exactly d'ya mean? (liked all the hot chicks that are your buddies though!!!! OMG )

Ozor Mox: Thankyou for sending me another link...got it to work no problems this time and boy am I glad I did. I don't know this piece at all but, I could listen to you play all day...It was so beautiful it gave me chills. I shall be burning it to CD and playing it over and over along with most of the beautiful music in this recital...one of my favourites for sure.

Stephenc: Aww man...that's at a level I like too...how good? jeez I love that too

Buck: My friend, from that intro I just knew it...that is just simply gorgeous...awww man

Euan Morrison: I will buy your first album, you can do no wrong in my eyes...love everything about it

Serge88: Hello Sir Elton!!...I love this song and it is on my can't play list so I'm jealous...wonderful just wonderful, I adore your version, its so wanting, kinda makes you want to cry

Mike White: Everything you touch is like goldust...you are still a GOD, doesn't seem to matter whether you read it or play it by ear...you're a genius

Laura D: Thoroughly enjoyed listening to your polka thanks

Jazzyprof: Thanks for the lyrics, wow you can play that's for sure...3 years!! I'm depressed now (only kidding but, still...WOW!)


mdp1w (Daria): I love your link to the theme (you "love snow" that is brilliant!!)
Your playing is divine, I really, really like this piece

TX-Dennis (Dennis Turner): That has such a 30/40s feel to it...I've decided I want to be you, I was thinking of playing this song...glad I didn't now

Nighteyes: how good is that?? have no idea what I could say that could make it any better

Piano again: once again what wonderful playing, theres something about Chopin

Triryche: You sound great...can't all have been theory, well played

mahlzeit: From sheet music now!! your talents never cease to amaze me!!! lovely

Peyton : You are another with amazing talents...incredibly beautiful and inspiring

LisztAddict: Oh yes more beautiful Chopin...I'm already a fan of yours and this is no disappointment, hope you get over the flu soon

Mary-Rose: Yes very reflective, glad you are back in the saddle

Sarah M: In 6 or 7 months you are back up to that level...WOW!!!

Ishmael: no link yet

Mary Alice Kropp (IrishMak): This is your best so far IMHO...a few hesitations maybe? and take care with the sustain in places ...any pasta left?

Bluemarine: You play far better than me, so I'll just say...very well played...the drama you create in those build ups incredible

Schubertian: 4 months after a 40 year break!!!...it sounds like you've never been away...brilliant!

NancyM333: Oooh I love it, I always thought that was Glenn Miller (duh what do I know) love the walking bass...yes very entertaining BRAVO!!

Debussy20 (AKA: Matt): Matt you are just so talented, a joy to listen to...could listen to you play for longer thats for sure

C7 Player Greg Smith: Greg, I like ragtime...one of my favourite films of all time is "The Sting" and this piece always reminds me of Redford and Newman...well played...MORE!

DragonPianoPlayer / Rich Meredith: Glad your piece made it...liked the change of pace...awesome for only 6 months back in the saddle

AQP_87 (Álvaro Quiles Pomares): needs polish huh?...man you are such a talent...a great finish to another wonderful recital

I shall be playing this one over and over


Thanks all


regards


Lee


to be continued...
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#1034722 - 02/15/07 09:03 AM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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I'm sitting here with a stack of midterm exams to grade, so I won't be able to listen to or comment at length on all the submissions for a while, but I have been so curious to hear the "vesion of Nefeli that will knock your socks off" by mr_super-hunky that I just had to give it a quick listen. Yes, I think it is the best work you've submitted to date, hunky. \:\)

I honestly didn't know what to expect, as Einaudi's work is so 'precise,' for want of a better word, that I didn't know how it would respond to the Super-Hunky Llama Method of Improvising. But what you've created is not pure Einaudi but a Super-Hunky/Einaudi hybrid, and it is very very good indeed.
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#1034723 - 02/15/07 09:20 AM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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Bob,

I don't see my entry on the recital. Did you not receive it?

Thanks
Rich
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#1034724 - 02/15/07 09:32 AM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
Bob Muir Offline
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The first email must have gotten lost in the bit bucket Rich. I just received your second email and added it to the recital.

Bob

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#1034725 - 02/15/07 10:04 AM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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I can't access the pieces on filesharing websites at work because of our filters here, but I did get to listen to a couple of the website pieces.

Mr. S-H: I am very impressed at your prelude, and Nefeli sounds great. I have a friend learning this piece, and she says putting the hands together is very difficult. Yours sounds very smooth.

Monica: How in the world did you get such a great recording of a long piece like that? My own piece is a minute and a half, and I still have many stammers and stalls in there. It's beautiful. I did not hear technical problems. The fast sections were very clean. I had forgotten how much I enjoy George Winston's music, so thanks for reminding me.

Nancy
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#1034726 - 02/15/07 10:11 AM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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Thanks Bob.
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#1034727 - 02/15/07 11:17 AM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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I gotta add a correction to my entry- I've been taking lessons for almost Two[/b] years, not three. My typing skills are no better than my piano playing!
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#1034728 - 02/15/07 11:46 AM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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I think that guests to this forum are going to want to go out and buy a piano after hearing this music.

Congratulations everyone on your progress.

Mike White
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#1034729 - 02/15/07 12:06 PM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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 Quote:
Originally posted by IrishMak:
I gotta add a correction to my entry- I've been taking lessons for almost Two[/b] years, not three. My typing skills are no better than my piano playing! [/b]
Thanks for the laugh...that was good... Only have listened to a few as of yet...(I am at work, at least today I am ... a DaimlerChrysler worker) great job everyone first for MAKING the time to record and submitting...
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#1034730 - 02/15/07 12:57 PM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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Thank you, Lee! \:D

This recital proves that we, Adult Beginners, have SO MUCH to say...

I've heard several recordings, I didn't have time, but I'll listen to all of them... I LOVE everything I've heard. Amazing. Nothing more to say... Just awesome, guys.
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#1034731 - 02/15/07 01:45 PM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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General comments: It took several hours to listen to everyone’s contributions, and I enjoyed every minute. I have only recently returned to playing after a long, long absence, and you inspire me to practise more and try harder. Thank you one and all.

Two people I really missed: Funburger and Frycek. Please come back next time!
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#1034732 - 02/15/07 02:23 PM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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Lee- Thank you! Yes, those were hesitations in spots- can't seem to get those completely exorcised, especially with that Red Dot staring me in the face! On the sustain comment- were you referring to the verse? Because, yeah, I've been struggling with the pedaling there for a while. It doesn't sound quite right without it, but it's easy to go too much. Pedaling is still one of my bigger weaknesses.
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#1034733 - 02/15/07 03:50 PM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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 Quote:
Originally posted by Monster M&H:
 Quote:
Originally posted by IrishMak:
I gotta add a correction to my entry- I've been taking lessons for almost Two[/b] years, not three. My typing skills are no better than my piano playing! [/b]
Thanks for the laugh...that was good... [/b]
Yeah, but the sad part is- I've been typing for waaaaaaay more than 2 years...
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#1034734 - 02/15/07 04:30 PM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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Kawaigirl1:[/b] You know I am your absolute biggest fan. Once again, you did not disappoint my highest expectations from you. I am thinking of kidnapping you and making you play piano for me all day long, somewhere in the french riviera of course!! ;\)

Lisztener:[/b] You have a very relaxing and warm sounding piano. I can certainly feel all the emotion you put into this piece as well. You go into my "soothing music" file for night time listening.

AdagioM:[/b] Michele, I am a huge fan of music that uses "alternative" chords throughout and this piece is a great example of this. If you listen to Barry Manilow's "could it be magic" tune, it is full of the same types of chords. I really liked your piece.

SeasideLee:[/b] Holy crap Lee you are getting really good. I mean REALLY good!. The first rolling chord you played in the very begining literally gave me goose bumps (I swear it really did!!). I'm too cheap to pay for piano magic so I figure I'll just copy the best.....you!!. Fantastic!.

loveschopintoomuch:[/b] Kathleen, very nice job. This piece reminded me of a old fashioned silent movie I once watched that had no words spoken but only beautiful piano music playing in the background. Even your bright and crisp piano sounded very authentic. I very much enjoyed it.

LuigiV:[/b] I was starting to grind my teeth waiting for the 3-minute download time from savefile..arrrgh!, however, your piece made the wait well worth while. VERY proffesionally played AND sounding. Your recording was absolutely pro quality.

Super-Hunky:[/b] Not too shabby for a semi-challenging piece. Next time try unbolting the pedal from the floor and an acoustic submission some day would also be nice....you moron!

MonicaKern:[/b] I am absolutely blown away by the difficulty and quality of music you always seem to crank out and this time you did it while performing a 9 1/2 minute piece!....unbelievable!. Oh yea,....your recording sounded incredible as well (as I bang my head on the wall!!)

Copper:[/b]Cu, Way to take the number one overplayed piano score and still make it enjoyable to listen to. You performed it perfectly and your timing was spot on.

joemoshi:[/b]Very skillfully performed. I liked the snappy-ness to this piece and actually had my fingers clicking together like castanets!

Peter:[/b]Such a beautiful classical piece. Very nice to listen to and your recording quality was crystal clear.

Ragnhild:[/b]While I am not familiar with most classical pieces, your performance has me peeking into some of the easier selections to possibly try in the future. I wish I could read music at this difficulty level, but I can't. I DO enjoy hearing it however and your was a pleasure to listen to.

Vincentimes:[/b] Wow, those are some very "perky" fingers you've got!. I wish you played some more as you obviously have the talent. More please!!

dannylux:[/b]Mel, That was unbelievable!!, I mean like non-human!. How could you possibly get that good? (and play that fast?). I was truly blown away by that performance....BRAVO!

Funky Fred:[/b]I put a few bucks in the tip jar for you!. I could listen to you play in a lounge setting all night long as you have such a smooth and relaxing style. You also made it onto my "relaxing night time music" collection.

Sandy Moore:[/b]A very "pretty" piece you played. It almost sounded like beautiful harp music that you transposed for the piano. I could imagine a trickling waterfall while this piece played in the background. Very nice.

HouseHead78:[/b]Jon, very impressive for only playing less than a year. I could definitely sense your emotion while playing and your basics (timing, volume control, tempo) were very good. Keep it up.

Craig:[/b]Wow, that took some serious guts to do!. My hat is off to you for being the first piano and vocal submission.

Ozor Mox:[/b]Those were some really fancy frills and trills!. Must be nice to be talented to play that kind of music.......someday!!

Stephenc:[/b]You are now "officially" the Jim Brickman king!. I saw Jim in concert just a few months ago and I can honestly say your performance of his songs sound at least as good, if not better than his!!.


2 B Continued.

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#1034735 - 02/15/07 04:39 PM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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Due to time constraints, I will post 10-a-day (hopefully). So here is no's 1-10[/b]:

Kawaigirl: I love this piece, so I also know how difficult it is! Loved the way you maintained the arpeggios and kept the flow of the piece. And also made it so haunting as well. Brilliant recording!

Lisztener: Looking at the title I thought it would be a new piece for me. But once you started playing, I instantly recognized it! A beauty to listen to - very graceful and lovely. Also loved the tone of the piano on top. Didn't hear the slightest Red Dot problems \:\)

AdagioM: I'm not familiar with the piece but you captured the atmosphere well! All the chords were hit spot on in-sync - a very soothing piece. The bass run near the ending sounded tricky!

Seaside: Once again I tip my hat to your playing! I swear, I could listen to you all day. A beautiful dedication, and your recording was spot on. Well done (again).

Loveschopintoomuch: Very beautiful to listen to - you kept the pace well, and produced a gorgeous recording. I felt the tone of the piano fitted the piece well, it had a vintage sound to it.

LuigiV: After hearing your previous work, I had high expectations for you today. And again, you performed so well. I admire your playing so much, and the pieces you selected fit well and were very captivating.

S-H (the man who only needs initials!): I think this is the first Einaudi-improv which has been recorded. And it works! You put enough of your own touches into it, yet kept the main themes of the piece as well. Nice one!

Monica: over 9 minutes - you must have nerves of steel! Your playing had great sensitivity which was perfect for this piece. Your certainly made a tranquil, and catchy recording. From what I've heard of the original, this is almost identical!

Copper: You are waay to hard on yourself! Your recording is very enjoyable to listen to, especially considering the piece is more difficult than people imagine. You kept the flow well, and played some tricky passages really good.

Joemashi: Not a piece I know, but was enjoyable to listen to. I did hear the tango rhythm coming out from your playing. The piece sounded quite a difficult one to play, and you got it down well.

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#1034736 - 02/15/07 04:39 PM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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We must have been listening and writing at the same time, SH

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#1034737 - 02/15/07 05:23 PM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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kawaigirl[/b]
That is an interesting, mysterious sounding piece. It sounds very challenging, particularly the fast passages. Notice that I keep posting pieces with slower tempos. \:D You played it exceptionally well. I really don't know the piece, so all I can say is it sounds correct to me.

Lisztener[/b]
Very expressive playing of this emotional piece. You played very well, and I enjoyed listening, or is that lisztening. Your piano and the quality of your
recording are both fantastic.

Michele[/b]
Nice work of the Copland piece. You played it expressively and well. It sounds just like it's title, a peaceful evening relaxing outdoors.

Seaside Lee[/b]
Excellent rendition of one of my all time favorite songs. I found myself wanting to sing along. You rock! In light of your dedication, you chose the perfect song; very emotional.

loveschopintoomuch[/b]
Beautiful Traumerei. Thanks for the bit of history about the piece as well. It is a beautiful piece, and you certainly did it justice.

LuigiV[/b]
Your selections from Kinderszenen were played emotionally, expressively, and flawlessly to my ear. I enjoyed listening. Thank you.

Mr Super-Hunky[/b]
Geez, the first time I typed that it came out Super-Junky. I'm glad I looked up before I hit Edit Post in light of the fact that you want only positive feedback. Seriously, your playing was excellent on this piece. I haven't heard it often, but I cannot imagine that it could sound any better. 'Nuff said.

Monica Kern[/b]
Yes, that certainly sounds like a challenging piece. I haven't heard it before, but you played it well and expressively. My goodness, I'm certainly not up for anything that long. I don't think I could even play Mary Had a Little Lamb for 9 minutes plus. The tone you elicit from your piano fits the mood of this piece perfectly. Very dark and wistful sounding.

Copper[/b]
Congratulations for having the b ... er ... guts to post the piece everyone loves to loathe. I think it's a beautiful piece when played well, but the only part I can play well is the main theme. The other sections are much more challenging. I think AJB's advice in the other thread is excellent. This is not[/b] a beginner piece, in my opinion. You have a good start as you have most of the notes right; you just need to work on the timing and tempo a bit more.

joemoshi[/b]
Nice! Tango is a difficult rhythm to master. You've done quite well, here. This made me want to dance, and I can't dance for crap. Ask my wife.

Peter[/b]
Nice Scarlatti. I enjoyed listening. yes, there are definitely some tricky bits in that one, and you played them nicely.

Ragnhild[/b]
Wow, excellent. I enjoyed listening to this. Well played and expressive given the limitations of your instrument.

Vincentime[/b]
What do you mean, not very good? You played that quite nicely. You had the courage to play a very familiar piece that everyone knows, and you played it very well.

dannylux (Mel)[/b]
I think it is as difficult to play as it sounds. At least I can't get it anywhere near your standard. You put a great deal of emotion into this piece, and your execution is flawless.

Euclid10540 aka Funky_Fred[/b]
Wow, I want that music! I enjoyed this temendously. Those are two of my favorite Beatles numbers. You played them very well. Thanks.

Sandy Moore[/b]
For some reason I keep getting page not found when I try the link for your piece. I'll try again later. EDIT:[/b] I tried with Internet Exploder and was able to access your piece. For some odd reason the browser I normally use won't load it. Interesting piece which I've never heard before. You seem to have played it flawlessly and with a good deal of expressiveness.

Jon Gray (HouseHead78)[/b]
Nice job. Are you sure about the 11 months, though? I think I've asked you that question before. You don't sound like somebody who has only played 11 months.

craig137[/b]
I'm afraid I can't get to your piece. Maybe I just don't know enough about using myspace?

Ozor Mox[/b]
I've never heard this piece, so I will take your word about the tempo. It sounds pretty challenging, and you played it expressively and with a great deal of emotion.

StephenC[/b]
Good job on Edgewater. Yes, I think you've got it nailed. You played expressively and with emotion. Good job.

DeepElem (Buck)[/b]
Nice. Another song I really like, and you played it fabulously. I admire those who play by ear since it's something I can't do. You got the mood of this one just right. Thanks for the listening pleasure.

Euan Morrison[/b]
Excellent, as always. I feel the emotion in your playing even through the digital sound which I find less emotional than a "real" piano. This was well played and I enjoyed it.

Serge 88[/b]
This is one of my favorite Elton John pieces. There are a lot of my favorites in this recital. This is a very emotional song, and you caught the essence of that feeling in your playing.

Yamaha G-3 & P80, Mike White[/b]
Mike, I know the feeling about playing better with the recorder off, but it may just be my selective memory. Seriously, you played this very nicely. I think it is more challenging to play a very familiar piece like this well, since everyone already has a set of expectations based upon professional performances of the piece. You managed to play it fabulously; no need to turn the recorder off.

Laura D[/b]
A polka, what fun! Nice job. That family concert sure sounds like fun. I envy you that experience.

jazzyprof[/b]
Excellent Liebestraume. Your recording is most enjoyable, and what an appropriate piece for the "love" recital. I truly enjoyed listening. By the way, your C3 sounds quite lovely. I find myself having to rethink my "all Yamahas are too bright" feelings which are based on the smaller Yamahas I have played over the years. I've never played a C3, but now I want to.

Daria[/b]
What flubs? Fabulous interpretation. You really capture the feeling of this piece. I'm shivering from the cold just listening to you. Again, I don't hear the "flubs" that you insist are there. Great job.

TX-Dennis[/b]
Take up the accordion, my boy. You reek.

Nighteyes[/b]
nicely done. I enjoyed all three, although I believe the first is my favorite of the three. They are all quite beautiful and beautifully played, though.

Piano again[/b]
Excellent rendition of a beautiful nocturne. Your playing is flawless, and your piano sounds wonderful. Thoroughly enjoyable. You, too, are challenging my perceptions of a piano brand. Most Estonia recordings I have listened to exhibit a tone that I find rather disagreeable. Yours is very nice.

triryche[/b]
Nice effort. All that theory is laying a great foundation for your musical future. Keep it up.

mahlzeit[/b]
As usual, you have done an excellent job with this piece. What a beautiful piece it is. The name of the piece didn't sound familiar, but once it started playing, I realized that I have heard this many times. I enjoyed it. Thank you.

Peyton[/b]
Yes, you chose the right tempo for this piece. It is sentimental and emotional, and should be played fairly slowly I think. Excellent job, sir. By the way, I have been missing the original songs you used to post in the pianobars. It has been some time since you posted one. I can imagine that you may have some concern about copyright issues, though, since I think they do have commercial potential.

Liszt Addict[/b]
I continue to be impressed by your talent. Another astounding performance, sir. Very dramatic and emotional playing. I like your answers to the questions "Experience" and "Instrument used." They sound like something I might have said.

Mary-Rose[/b]
Your fingers do not sound clumsy to me. You played that quite well. You captured the emotion of the piece quite effectively, I think.

Sarah M[/b]
Astoundingly bad performance! Except for one thing; leave out the word "bad". That was just astounding. You played a very challenging piece, and you played it well. I think you are the only one who finds whatever flaws there are "painful." I may have heard one[/b] wrong note, but it was hardly noticeable. Well done.

Ishmael[/b]
Ten months? Liar! This is not a piece for a beginner of ten months. Seriously, you played it extremely well. Great job! By the way, what jump at the end of the recording? Sounded fabulous to me.

Mary Alice Kropp (IrishMak)[/b]
Nice job. Do you remember the episode of Bonanza with the drifter who was always singing that song? I don't remember much about it except that he turned out to be a "bad guy." I'm off on another tangent. Nice playing, ma'am.

Bluemarine[/b]

Wow, what an emotional piece. You played it beautifully. I want to play this. I am not familiar with Fibich, but I think he had a rather famous son that folks around these parts are always talking about. Thanks for the link to the brief biography.

NancyM333[/b]
That piece may not "be you," but I couldn't tell from how well you swung out on it. I've never heard this one done on solo piano before. Here;s another one I have to try. You guys are costing me a fortune in sheet music today. I loved it.

Debussy20 (AKA: Matt)[/b]
Matt, for a piece you practiced for all of an hour, that was amazing. Great job.

C7 Player Greg Smith[/b]
Very well done Entertainer, sir. I have always enjoyed this piece. I'm glad you resisted the urge to play it too fast that most of us succumb to.

DragonPianoPlayer / Rich Meredith[/b]
I love this song, too. You played it with good expression, but sadly it is marred by having been recorded at too high a level. There is a great deal of clipping on the louder notes. Try to reduce the recording level a bit next time, and it will sound even better.

AQP_87 (Álvaro Quiles Pomares)[/b]
Well done, Alvaro. You played with precision and clarity. This is a challenging piece, and you "nailed" it.

TO ALL[/b]

I have to say I have enjoyed everyone's pieces. Some of you are quite accomplished, and all of you poured your hearts and souls into your efforts. Thank you all, and thanks especially, Bob, for all your hard work in putting everything together.

Hearty Applause to all![/b]
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#1034738 - 02/15/07 05:44 PM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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Very nice recital. I'm really impressed with the talent on this forum! Congratulations to everyone who participated. Well Done!!

Lisztener - The technician part of me just has to say that your piano sounds lovely! Kudos to your tech.

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#1034739 - 02/15/07 08:12 PM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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Since I’m snowed in, I was able to listen to all selections today and offer my impressions!

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Kawaigirl1 –- Your playing – especially your fingering is incredible. Your “clean” performance amazed me! Wow!

Lisztener -- I could listen to you play all day – simply beautiful!

Michele (AdagioM) -- You have beautiful touch. What device did you use to record and where did you place your recorder (since I’m still trying to figure that out)?

Seaside_Lee – I LOVE that song – you played it with such true emotion. You’ve got to get that YouTube figured out so I can watch you play!!

Loveschopintoomuch (Kathleen) – What – no Chopin?!? The emotion with which you played Traumerei was “right on” – that of a broken heart.

LuigiV (Luigi) – A perfect and passionate performance from a superb pianist!

Mr Super-Hunky – How are you able to take a beautiful song and kick it up a few notches? ‘Enjoyed it so much I had to listen to it twice!

Monica – ‘Just added another beautiful “Monica melody” to my “Monica folder.” I really love your touch. A perfect and oh so romantic Winston tune played flawlessly! Bravo!

Copper – I sensed your calmness come through – and your piano sounds great! What did you use to record & where did you place the recorder for such clarity?

Joemoshi -- What fun it was to listen to your tango! Your enthusiasm (and SKILL) came right through my speakers!!

Peter -- You played this piece so delicately and evenly. Wonderful performance!!

Ragnhild – Uh, WOW – what a beautiful and tender song! Your playing is incredible. Your piano really has “life!”

Vincentime -- You play beautifully and with such confidence! I envy you!

dannylux (Mel) -- You can really PLAY this waltz – I’m speechless!!

Euclid10540 (Funky_Fred) – Okay… I melted. You can play the Beatles and jazz for me ANY day!!

Sandy Moore -- I could not open your link – I’ll try again tomorrow and edit this post!
EDITED 2/18 - Thanks to Tx-Dennis' for the IE tip!
Sandy, What a beautiful piece! You played it magically with a wonderful even touch!

HouseHead78 (Jon) -- I listened to it twice and find it difficult to believe that you’ve been playing less than one year. Wonderful, Jon!!

craig137 (Craig) – ‘Sounds like you had a lot of fun playing Beethoven!

Ozor Mox -- I’ve never heard this song before plus it sounds very complicated – nice job!

Stephenc – Smooth and mellow playing – I love listening to your rendition of this song!

DeepElem (Buck) – I cannot comprehend how you played this so beautifully without notation. Just perfect!

Euan Morrison – THAT was amazing, Euan – ‘another “add” to my “Euan folder!” You are quite an accomplished pianist!

Serge88 - You played this with the sensitivity with which it was intended to be played!

Mike White - Holy smoke – you really “threw me” with your amazing Chopin!! But I have to admit I am a bit disappointed because I had eagerly anticipated listening to you play JAZZ.

Laura D – I had so much fun listening to your polka!

Jazzyprof – This is the ultimate “love song” – thank you for performing it for this recital – and so tenderly!

mdp1w (Daria) – ‘So glad I hit the “send” button to Bob because we did get a BIG snow!

TX-Dennis (Dennis) – I enjoy listening to you play – it’s fearless!! Well done!!

Nighteyes -- Bravo – these pieces are not easy – and you played them so smoothly!!

Piano again – Simply beautiful! The entire piece flowed with [your] emotion!

Triryche -- Wonderful performance – ‘loved your ending!

Mahlzeit -- Ah… I could listen to you play ALL day – that’s a beautiful song.

Peyton -- You played that so well and with such emotion that I just kept replaying it.

LisztAddict -- You are soooo GOOD. I loved it!!

Mary-Rose – I LOVE Mozart – and enjoyed listening to your well-played rendition! I had expected Chopin from you and you performed my favorite “sad” composer – thank you!

Sarah M – Just incredible! You play like a pro.

Ishmael – I want to hear this song and there is no link!! I’ll try again tomorrow.
EDITED 2/18 - I love "Overcome!" - It was beautiful and mellow -- until I almost fell off my chair towards the end! \:\) I enjoyed it!

IrishMak (Mary Alice) – I like this song too! BTW, You are too funny with your comment; “BTW, I had leftover pasta with roasted pepper and olive sauce for lunch.”

Bluemarine – I LOVE this song and haven’t heard it in years. It is such a moving piece and you played it perfectly – I cried. No kidding. I am your newest fan.

Schubertian – You play beautifully – after only 4 months “back” – I’m impressed!

NancyM333 – I truly expected to hear “classical” from you but you surprised me and came out “swinging!” I loved it, Nancy!!

Debussy20 (Matt) – That was beautiful, Matt. You ROCK!

C7 Player (Greg) – You pulled it off – great performance from cupid himself! J

DragonPianoPlayer (Rich) – Your performance was flawless but I heard a lot of distortion in the recording. Welcome back to the piano!

AQP_87 (Álvaro) – How can you play so well after 1.5 years?!? ‘Beautifully played!!

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It was a pleasure listening to EVERYONE’S recital performances – BRAVO!!

Daria
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#1034740 - 02/15/07 09:28 PM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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Con't.

DeepElem[/b]Buck, you have to be freakin kiddin' me!. Only 8 mos and you play like that!!!. You almost knocked me to the floor with that incredible opening rolling chord. Advice to Buck, QUIT your day job!!, your going places mister!

Euan Morrison[/b]Super-WOW Euan, you really pulled out all the stops on this one. I think that this is easily and by far your best performance EVER!. Both beautifully played and a difficulty level I had no idea you were capable of. Around half way or so through the piece really took off. I can't say enough how impressed I was by this. You've really been holding back on us have'nt you?. Fantastic job (and I really mean it, not just a generic reply!!).

Serge88[/b]I really like that tune Serge. Its one of the pieces I kept from my compilation books and I play it as well. You did a really fine job with it.

MikeWhite[/b]Two words Mike...."Pianist Corner"!!. To be honest, I would not have expected anything less than perfection from you and once again, I just sat here listening in disbelief. You are not just as good as a pro but possibly even better. (not really sure how thats even possible, but you are!).

LauraD[/b]Thanks for mixing it up for us Laura, that piece was a lot of fun. Oom Pa pa, Oom Pa pa, nicely played as well, kind of reminded me of a German beer garden!.

Jazzyprof[/b]That was absolutely beautiful. Not much else I can add to that as I see it, sounded perfect.

mdp1w[/b]Daria, that was a really nice piece and sounds very similar to the Einaudi music I have been playing lately. I really love this style of music and your performance of it suits you well. I can tell from your recording that you really like this style of music as well because it comes through in your playing.

TX Dennis[/b]Dennis, thanks to you as well for "mixing it up" a bit. You really seem to have a natural knack at these jazzy tunes and your added "flair" here and there adds a real nice touch.

Nighteyes[/b]Wow, that was some very unique music. I must say that I really enjoyed it as it was so different. I really like the "dark" sound as well as the off half notes. Your use of the entire keyboard on the first piece was also impressive. I'd like to hear more of this from you.

Pianoagain[/b]Very nice. Again, I know absolutely nothing about classical music but I do appreciate a nice sounding piece such as this...(A bit over my playing abilities however.).

Tryriche[/b]Your off to a great start, especially if you have some actual theory under your belt. With a solid foundation and understanding on how and why the music is played and how it all comes together, you will be a dangerous weapon in the future. Well done.

mahlzeit[/b]This was definitely one of my favorite pieces in this recital. What a beautiful piece. I am going to put this one on my list of "stolen songs" to learn. Very nice performance as well, us Dutchmen know how to pick 'em huh??

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#1034741 - 02/15/07 09:52 PM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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I haphazardly chose a few pieces to listen to tonight when I got a few minutes. The only pattern they follow is that they are pieces or composers I love. I decided to start on page two so I didn't comment only on the first pieces submitted, which is what happened to me last time.

Schubertian--I've seen this piece listed several times by AB members, but I never listened to it. It's gorgeous. What a great job you do with the dynamics on it, and the ritards give it so much tenderness. It's just beautiful. I've now put it on my "in the future" list. I can't believe you've only been back at this for four months.

Sarah--Whoa! That was amazing. I've seen you writing in about working on this piece, but I wasn't sure which one it was. I love how you are able to get the melody out in front of all those complex accompaniment patterns. Did you find this piece came back to you pretty in tact from your teenage years? I still remember large parts of pieces I learned then, even when I can't remember a piece I learned last month. Wonderful job. I'd like to put this piece on my "to do" list, but it would require a hand, and possibly a brain, transplant.

LisztAddict--Another wonderful performance by you. You have such gorgeous trills. Could you come give me a lesson on that? You really get emotion out of your forte sections--they never sound harsh, always just right. I was looking forward to the 30 second piece, but I'm glad I got a chance to hear this Nocturne. It is a new one to me. Lovely ending.

Mary-Rose--This is a very difficult piece to be working on so soon after returning to piano, but you play this so delicately. There are so many facets to it, so it's like several different pieces in one. Thanks for choosing to do it. I always love to hear Mozart.

Peyton--I was very excited to see this piece on the program. I played this a couple of years ago and thought it was so beautiful, but I never got it the performance stage that you have. I'd love to hear your faster and slower versions of it, though I do like the tempo you've chosen. Have you played other Schumann pieces? He's not a composer I've attempted very often. You did a great job with this and have inspired me to go back and try it again.

Piano again--I feel like I'm collecting favorite versions of this Nocturne, and yours is among them. I love the tempo you chose. I never could quite settle on one. I love how you slow the tempo at the end of the main melody as it goes into the next section--it causes great anticipation in the listener. Your middle section, especially where there are triplets in the LH,is wonderful. I love how it builds in intensity until you take that run down with the RH. It was just beautiful. Great work.

Jazzyprof--I couldn't end my listening session without hearing this piece, and I'm so glad I did. Thanks so much for including the poem to it--I'd never seen that before. I'm really intimidated by this piece, but you make it sound...well, not easy, but not totally impossible. Your version is gorgeous! Wow, you sound like you're playing a harp--so precise and tender. Your cadenza is very clean and clear, and your melody stands out so beautifully in every place it reappears. You really play beautifully, and this is such a wonderfully romantic piece for Valentine's Day. I hope playing it for someone special was part of your Valentine's Day celebration. It would be a perfect mood-setter!

Okay, that's all I can listen to now unless I skip my own practice for the day. I hope I'll get to the other submissions in the next few days.

Nancy
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#1034742 - 02/15/07 10:39 PM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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I have a whole page of notes that I was going to write up and post tonight, but I left them at my office.

So here's some comments on just a few pieces, chosen because they're my favorite genre/composers.

kawaigirl[/b]: As amazed as I am at your "learn an Einaudi piece perfectly per week" thing, THIS piece had my jaw dropping. I own this Philip Glass album and play it often, and I can't imagine playing it myself for, oh, another 5 years. You did a terrific job with it, capturing that minimalist bittersweet sense of Glass's so well. This may end up being my nominee for "Best of Show." \:\)

stephenc[/b]: Listening to "Edgewater" gave me PTSD, not because of your playing--which was fantastic--but because it brought back all my "Edgewater" study group guilt for dropping this piece when I just could NOT get this piece going any faster than a funeral dirge. You, on the other hand, have clearly nailed all those tricky rhythms and have it sounding terrific. Congratulations!

Euan[/b]: I have you to thank for being introduced to the beautiful work of Yann Tiersen. This piece sounds MUCH more complicated than "Comptine..." At one part, in fact, I could have sworn you were playing with three hands at once. \:D Beautiful!
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#1034743 - 02/15/07 10:49 PM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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Originally posted by NancyM333:
Monica: How in the world did you get such a great recording of a long piece like that? [/b]
Thanks, Nancy. I find this hard to believe myself, but the version you're listening to was the FIRST and only time I tried recording it! It's actually kind of funny. I had originally planned to submit an Einaudi piece, but I had attempted roughly 684 takes with nary a keeper. One day after starting to feel frustrated, I just said to myself, "take a break, play a different piece, and try again later." So I decided to play the Winston piece and pressed the red dot almost as a whim just because I had the Zoom out. I was as surprised as any of you when the end of the piece approached and I realized I had not made any tremendous mistakes. I think maybe because I never dreamed I would actually record a decent take I was more relaxed and could pull it off.
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#1034744 - 02/16/07 12:01 AM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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Thank you everyone, for your comments so far, they are appreciated.

Nancy, to answer your question, yes, I think it's pretty close to what it sounded like when I played it before. When I first learned it, it was slower but I kept playing it and speeding it up on my own after finishing it with my teacher, and pretty much played it on and off until I quit piano. It sounds 3 times more difficult than it actually is. The only real tricky part is learning the 3 vs. 4 coordination in the beginning and end sections. That can take some time if you're not used to it. But other than that it's not too bad at all.

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#1034745 - 02/16/07 12:02 AM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
Sarah M Offline
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Okay, I listened to all the performances over the last two nights. It was a great recital.

1 - Kawaigirl - I love Phillip Glass! A very haunting melody and you really brought it out well. Great choice, I enjoyed it so much. This is the first recital I've participated in but I've gone back and heard past recitals and I enjoyed your nevue pieces as well.

2 - Lisztener - I really got into this piece listening to you play it. It just sounded really real and sincere when you played it. I really loved it. You're Steinway sounds great by the way, I'm jealous.

3 - Michelle - What a beautiful piece and you played it so well and with such feeling. I think Aaron Copland is one of those composers that's hard to pull off but you did very well. I'm impressed. BTW I never knew there was such a thing as sonata camp, sounds cool.

4 - Seaside Lee - Your playing has so much feeling, I can't believe it. It's like you're speaking to people's souls. I'm not sure what this pianomagic thing is but if that's what you used to learn then I've got to check it out. It's awesome you're playing it for your dad too, that's what music is all about, reaching out and touching people.

5 - loveschopintoomuch - Kathleen I'm shocked you didn't play Chopin, lol. This is a great piece and I think you definitely did it justice. The timing is perfect. I always think these well-known pieces are hard to play well but you played it beautifully. It was awesome. You really are a fine pianist who has a lot to say.

6 - Luigi - You have a wonderful touch, it's just perfect. And the medley is terrific, you picked the right pieces and they almost seemed seamless. I really felt the music and your playing was excellent. I'm a fan.

7 – Super-hunky - This is amazing for 2 years of playing, I dare say you have a gift. And this neo-classical thing is starting to grow on me after hearing your performance. Your phrasing was really great. Sounded perfect to me. Bravo!

8 - Monica - Wow, you have a very expressive way of playing, it's really impressive. It takes such concentration to get throught a 9 minute piece, and you did so well! I haven't heard too much Winston before but I really like this one. It really spoke to me, at least with the way you played it. I don't know what you mean about the technical challenges, I thought you sailed right through it.

9- Copper - I always thought this piece was so pretty and I really liked your version. I think you had the dynamics right on. I really felt your love for the piece and it came through. It was really beautiful. It was like pure, heartfelt music and I really enjoyed it.

10 - joemoshi - I felt the tango rhythm for sure! That was so much fun to listen to and I appreciated it. I think you played it perfectly and with a lot of spirit.

11 - Peter – This sounded really wonderful. Very clean playing, which is exactly what’s needed for this type of piece. Great job!

12 - Ragnhild: I really loved how you played this! It really sounded like you knew exactly where you wanted to go and everything fell into place so well. I also liked your dynamics, it was not overdone and it was just right. Really beautiful.

13- Vincentime: That was definitely well done, and sounds much better than when I played it. Every note was played so clearly and you did the ornaments and trills perfectly. Very crisp, I liked it!

14 - dannylux - Wow, that sounded very impressive, I really liked it. You did a great job bringing out the right elements in each of the sections. I liked your tempo too, any faster and it would have just sounded like a rat race. It was just right, Very spirited too. I think I understand this fit of passion thing better now. lol.

15 - Euclid - That was great, it put me in a very thoughtful mood. You captured the essence of the music really masterfully. It sounded really fresh too. I'm sure these pieces are a huge hit with all your family and friends. If not, they should be!

16 - Sandy Moore – I couldn't reach the server.  I will try again later.

17 - Jon Gray - I really felt this one, it really connected with me. You really brought out the music well. I didn't find it plodding at all - or maybe you just played it so well that it didn't seem that way to me. Congrats!

18 - Craig - I couldn't find the beethoven piece on your page but I heard your other stuff and it's just amazing! It was so great it inspired me and made me want to take up singing too!

19 - Ozor Mox – I’m not too familiar with this song but I thought your tempo was just right. It sounded passionate and you definitely have a good command of the piece. Really nice. Thanks.

20 - Stephenc - You really played this with lots of feeling. It really touched me. I am really starting to like Jim Brickman. I'm sure he would be pleased with this performance. Good job. I might even learn this one myself, that's how much I liked it. See, you inspired me!

21 - DeepElem - Incredible, this after 8 months? You obviously have some natural talent. I love your dynamics and phrasing on this one. You really bring out some great expressions. Truly beautiful. You are awesome.

22 - Euan Morrison - Your playing definitely spoke to me, it was very heartfelt. I never saw the movie Amelie but I could see how this would be perfect music for a romantic or passionate scene. Nice playing!

23 – Serge88 - A really great song with a pretty melody. I loved the colors you brought out on this piece. It sounded almost bittersweet and melancholy. Very refreshing and musical.

24 - Mike White - Very nicely done. The dynamics on this piece were spot on and your playing was very crisp and clean. Good job!

25 - Laura D - This sounds like so much fun. I'm still not sure how you even coordinate 6 hands on a piano but you all did a great job because it sounded wonderful. Thanks for this nice contribution!

26 - Jazzyprof - What a great choice for the recital love theme. I understand this is quite a difficult piece and you played it very well. It was full of feeling. Terrific.

27 - Daria - I think you play really well Daria, I like your sense of rhythm a lot. I can feel it coming through yet it's not overdone. You've made me a fan of this piece with your beautiful playing.

28 - Dennis - Very smooth playing. You play it in a really classy sounding way. Your playing is really soulful and it's pleasant to hear you play. I really enjoyed it. You say it's not perfect but it sounded great to me!

29 - Nighteyes - I like the second one too and you play it beautifully. It really is expressive and you play it with the right amount of passion. I liked all 3 though, and I think you play them all well. Thanks for sharing.

30 - Piano Again - Great job, piano again. I like your interpretation of this piece very much. I've heard it many times but you definitely make it sound fresh.

31 - Triryche - Nice playing, very clean, clear, and confident. You technique sounds very solid. Nicely done.

32 - Mahlzeit - I applaud you for playing like you felt it instead of just slavishly following the expression markings. It sounded great so you definitely know how to interpret music. I enjoyed it a lot, thanks.

33 - Peyton - I love carnaval, and 'chopin' is one of my favorites from that work. You played it with so much expression, it really was terrific. I agree with the tempo you picked too, it's just right for this piece. Great!

34 - LisztAddict - I've come to expect professional quality playing from you and you certainly didn't disappoint. I haven't heard this piece in years so it was a treat to hear it played by someone as good as you. Bravo.

35 - Mary Rose - Thanks for the background on the piece. I think you captured the mood really well. I loved the way you played it - it was a completely new interpretation to me and now that I know the backstory it sounds perfect to my ears. You have a really nice touch. It's soft and soothing and yet clear at the same time. I really liked it.

36 - Sarah M - Who are you? And why are you playing the same piece as me?

37 - Ishmael – Another nice Nevue piece. You played it very smoothly and you sound like a natural. Great touch - an amazing job for 10 months.

38 – IrishMak – This was beautiful. It was also very relaxing and comforting. I think you played it excellently.

39 – Bluemarine – Wow, this is a gem. I don’t think I’ve heard it before but it sounds wonderful. You played it with such feeling too. Thanks!

40 – Schubertian – This is one of my favorite nocturnes and your pacing was excellent. Great use of rubato and I loved your interpretation. Very passionate!

41 – NancyM333 – Wow, such a fun piece, it made me feel like dancing. I bet people love hearing you play this. You definitely have a great sense of rhythm and it comes through well in this piece. Very uplifting performance, thanks!

42 – Debussy20 – That’s amazing that you can just pick up a piece and learn it so quickly! You definitely have talent. I liked your phrasing on this a lot. I also liked the slowed-down, slightly melancholy take on it.

43 – C7 Player – I’m glad you submitted this even if it wasn’t your #1 choice. I thought it was very good, and your tempo was just right. Nice contribution, for sure!

44 – DragonPlayer – Terrific selection and I really enjoyed your version of it. It was a very crisp and solid performance.

45 - Alvaro – Very nice and fluid! Just 1 year 4 months too! I’m very impressed with your smooth, even playing. Great job!

CONGRATULATIONS TO EVERYONE!

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#1034746 - 02/16/07 01:14 AM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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Kawaigirl1: Nice job! I liked it where it starts to sparkle. You have great control over it. Very different than music I usually listen to; thank you for the introduction.

Lisztener: Beautiful! What problem with the Red Dot? Sounds great!

AdagioM: Where have I heard that before?

Seaside Lee: Very nice. You are a great example of PianoMagic success.

LovesChopinTooMuch: You have a very nice feel for this piece. I can feel you “breathing” it; you are so expressive. The notes are easy, but the interpretation is difficult. You nailed it!

LuigiV: Very lovely, singing tone.

Mr. S-H: Nice! But I want to hear your acoustic piano, too, so figure out your room acoustics, already! (This music younger than 200 years old is so foreign to me, but I like how you play it.)

Monica Kern: Sweeeeeet! You play so beautifully, and you haven’t been at piano all that long. Maybe accordian lessons are in order for all of us?

Copper: Fur Elise is not a beginner’s piece! Maybe the A section is, but the entire piece is rated at a level 7 in Jane Magrath’s “Pianist’s Guide to Standard Teaching and Performance Literature.” So you’re doing well. Keep at it. Nice job!

Joemoshi: I wanna dance! Very fun piece; I enjoyed listening to you.

Peter: Sweet piece, and you play it well.

Ragnhild: Very nice piece, and nicely done. I’m not a big Bach fan, but I like this a lot.

Vincentime: You play this with sparkle and verve. Nice!

Dannylux (Mel): Well played! I’m not familiar with this piece, but I love how some of even sounds jazzy. Chopin is amazing.

Funky_Fred: Really nice, happy music. I feel like I’m in the piano bar, and I have to tip you in the brandy snifter!

Sandy Moore: Sweet piece, sweetly played. Nice!

Jon Gray: You accomplished your goal with variations in tempo and dynamics. Nicely done.

Craig: couldn’t find your Beethoven on mySpace?

Ozor Mox: Really nicely played. You sound like you’ve been playing a lot longer than 3 years.

Stephenc: Two years?! Okay, you whippersnappers are getting to me! Great work.

Deepelem (Buck): You play this with great fluidity and feeling. Eight months is not a long time, and you’ve really got something going there.

Euan Morrison: Not familiar with this piece, but you play it as if you own it. Nice!

Serge88: This was one of my favorite songs as a teen, because of the piano (this was way before my piano life). I like how you’ve slowed it down and made it even more ballad-like.

Mike White: Awesome! You can play by ear and read, too? You are a total package!

Laura D: Fun polka! I used to love playing duets with my kids, and this captures that kind of joy. (kids no longer play piano, but younger one has whizzed past his parents on guitar…)

Jazzyprof: This is just gorgeous. Thank you for sharing!

Daria: Really pretty; I can see snow falling gently as you play.

TX-Dennis: If you were nervous, I sure didn’t hear it. You sound like you’re enjoying yourself!

Nighteyes: I’m not familiar with this composer at all. I like the contrasting characters of the minuets.

Piano Again: Chopin nocturnes are so hard. You play this one very nicely.

Triryche: You’ve done a lot with your 9 months experience.

Mahlzeit: This is beautiful. How were you able to transpose it from Gm to Am? Did you have help or are you a theory whiz already? Great work!

Peyton: Schumann, so beautiful, so complex. I can clearly hear the voice I’m supposed to hear. Lovely!

LisztAddict: I love this piece, and I love the sound of this piano. What kind of piano are you playing? Very nice playing. The trills and cascading runs are impressive!

Mary Rose: This is one of my favorite pieces ever; I played it at Sonata camp last fall. I love all the different moods in the piece. Did you play this piece before, or did you just start it this fall? Either way, it’s impressive work!

Sarah M: You play this beautifully, so lush and gorgeous. Your fingers remember! Your piano sounds nice, too.

Ishmael: Nicely done.

Mary Alice (IrishMak): Slow, contemplative, your tempo fits the piece.

BlueMarine: No red dot jitters for you! Well done.

Schubertian: You play this well; thanks for sharing it.

NancyM333: Fun! I’ve always wanted to know: why 333 in your screen name?

Debussy20: Matt, I worked on this piece for weeks before it sounded as good as your one day adventure!

C7Player: Great job! You sound like you’re having fun. And I’m glad you went out to dinner. Good choice.

DragonPianoPlayer: Welcome back to piano! Hope to hear more from you in the next recital.

AQP_87: Wonderful playing! I hope you’ve been playing longer than a year and 4 months total, to be able to pull that off.

Congratulations to all participants; I really enjoyed listening.

Cheers, Michele
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#1034747 - 02/16/07 01:25 AM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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And a few replies:

Mr. S-H: Glad you liked it! Did you know that Manilow's "Could It Be Magic" is Chopin's Prelude in C minor? Love those big chords!

mdp1w (Daria?): I record with my laptop, a mono mic plugged into the mic jack, and Audacity freeware. Very simple setup. I hang the mic (it's a stick mic) from the prop stick of my Weinbach grand, lid all the way up. That's it! Some day I'll figure out how to do stereo, but this works fine for now.

Sarah M: Sonata camp is responsible for my being piano obsessed! When I went the first time in 2000, I'd only been playing 2 years. My husband sent me as a surprise birthday gift. I met some wonderful piano friends there, and they have been a big part of my life ever since. If I hadn't met them, I wonder if I would have stuck with piano back then? The incentive of getting to go to camp every year is a big motivator! www.sonatina.com look at the adult camps.

BTW, I listened to your piece last night (even though I haven't written about it yet), and loved it. Welcome back to piano!
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#1034748 - 02/16/07 03:19 AM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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Sarah M I'm glad that you ended up submiting the piece you wanted even if you knew there was a chance I would send in the same one, as I ended up not submiting anything. I guess I'll be the only one saying the lame "sorry, I didn't manage", in the end... I'm not proud of me but I was at the last minute and couldn't borrow my brother's laptop in time... blah blah I know, that's no good excuse. Anyway, there was plenty of submissions without mine !

I thought you played the FI great, I especially liked the central part which was very expressive with all the rubato you used. Also, on the repeat of the broken octaves passage you did a good job at bringing out the pinky, I have a hard time doing this. Oh, and your chromatic runs were perfect ! \:\)

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#1034749 - 02/16/07 03:39 AM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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Thanks Damz! I missed you in the recital - I was wondering what happened. Sorry you couldn't make it but you should steal your brother's laptop and post something in the piano bar when you get a chance. \:\) I've only heard a little of your playing but you sound good and I'm sure we'd love to hear more.

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#1034750 - 02/16/07 04:31 AM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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In addition to my first post (hope it's ok) I just want to give a rose to all the Chopin players :

Dannylux, Mike White, PianoAgain, LisztAddict, Sarah M, Schubertian, Matt and Alvaro.



You are so technically good, all of you, so much of your playing seems to me almost professsional to me. I don't think I will ever be able to play Chopin decently ;\)

A rose also to the eminent Liszt players : Lisztener and Jazzyproof !

And a question, Luigi about your beautiful "Kinderscenen", the first is "Von främden Länder und Menschen", but what is the second and third ?

(added) I have had some more time to listen and Mahlzeit, the level of difficulty really is of no importance, your playing is touching beautiful. And so is "Edgewater", Stephenc !
And Nighteyes, your fast progress is just impressive and I really like the third minuet.

Ragnhild
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#1034751 - 02/16/07 05:00 AM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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Originally posted by AdagioM:
Mahlzeit: This is beautiful. How were you able to transpose it from Gm to Am? Did you have help or are you a theory whiz already? Great work![/b]
Thanks, Michele. Transposing is really easy when you buy from one of those online sheet music stores. They give you the score and you can click a button to transpose it up or down and then you buy it that way. \:\)
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#1034752 - 02/16/07 07:09 AM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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Well congratulations everyone!! I missed this recital, but hopefully I'll make the next one. In the meantime, I have everyone's inspiring recordings to listen to! Thank you all for sharing your music!

Kawaigirl[/b], Brava! What a performance, and 8 minutes! Wow! I have long been interested in Philip Glass. That piece sounds like it would be very demanding to play, with all those elements that are repeating, it would be very easy to lose one's place, or to slip up, but you certainly didn't have that problem! Brava! Did you memorize it all? If you played from memory, how did you know where you were in the music? I'm now dying to see the score now! \:\) So, I have to ask, how make takes did you do for this recording? (I think it would have taken me about a million! \:\) )

Lisztner[/b] I love the Consolations, and you played this one beautifully! I've looked at the score before and thought "maybe in a few years." Great job!

AdagioM[/b] very nice, I don't know this piece, but the way you play it makes it fit the title perfectly. The rich chords that seem to expand as the piece develops are really compelling, I can see why you wanted to bring it back to your fingers!

I hope to get a chance to listen to more recordings soon!
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#1034753 - 02/16/07 08:26 AM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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Has there been a "ZIP" file made for the recital yet... not tryin to push ya Bob[/b] ...really. Just want to know if I should spend the time dl each song or if there was a shortcut...
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#1034754 - 02/16/07 08:37 AM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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I am still waiting for my left 2 burnt pianofingers to heal but I couldnt resisit typing with all my good pianofingers, you are all just too darn good!

Here are all the ones I've listened to so far............

Jazzyproof[/b] Liebestaume: That is one of my all time favorite songs! You did a beautiful job!
Daria[/b] Snow /Nueve: I can just picure the snowflakes falling as you play this beautiful song! I thought you did a great job at the piano bar, but this one was just a little better, maybe you changed the buttons on the zoom or you changed your touch a little. \:\)
Sealee:[/b] How lovely and relaxing! Somehow I can always picture you playing at a piano bar! You just seem to fit right in! And one of these days I am going to come to England and listen to you live!

And that's it for now ,I will plan to listen to more of the songs within a few days.

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#1034755 - 02/16/07 10:25 AM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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Originally posted by TX-Dennis:
craig137[/b]
...I'm afraid I can't get to your piece...
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Me either. And for some reason, it consistently crashes my browser to try to navigate your space, which hasn't happened ever for me previously at any site. (It's the only piece I didn't get quickly and easily, and that after many attempts and two browsers.)

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#1034756 - 02/16/07 10:40 AM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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Deleted - I will repost when I have commented on all the submissions so that my comments don't get buried in the thread!

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#1034757 - 02/16/07 10:42 AM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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There is a lot of music, I uploaded everything to my Ipod ( I converted the others to mp3). I will write my comments saturday or sunday.

Craig, I can't get your song.

Serge
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#1034758 - 02/16/07 10:54 AM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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Clearly you have all outdone yourselves!

I am enjoying all the pieces, players, styles, and pianos.

I listen to them one at a time while I am working on the computer. And will make a few comments as I can.

But I just had to stop everything and say...

Peyton - Absolutely heart wrenchingly beautiful.

I have heard others play this at get togethers or somewhere and it did stick in my mind as one of those "gotta learn" pieces, but I had never even asked what the name was before.

I was so taken with your interpretation that I had to stop all else and hunt for it right now.

Geeze, only one page? So I wanted to tell you that I have stopped all work to go learn it.

Thank you for sharing.

Certainly, not a beginner but a returner!

LL
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#1034759 - 02/16/07 11:05 AM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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First an overall comment - all of you are so amazingly good. This was really so much fun to listen to. The combination of such great playing with the exposure to all kinds of pieces from all different genres is a really special experience. Thank you everyone for sharing your fantastic playing with everyone.

kawaigirl[/b] - Wow, you're playing is amazing. I'm not familiar with the piece, butI was absolutely mesmerized by your playing. Wonderfully done !!!!

lisztener[/b] - a beautiful piece played beautifully. You have a wonderful expressiveness in your playing. I really enjoyed listening to this, it was so wonderfully relaxing.

AdagioM (Michele)[/b] - Very interesting piece. You played this very smoothly and in complete control, nicely done !!!

Seaside Lee[/b] - another classic Seaside Lee performance. What else is there to say? A great job as always Lee !

loveschopintoomuch (Kathleen)[/b] - the combination of your wonderful playing and a recording with a bit of hiss and kind of an echo to the room was so perfect. I really felt like I was listening to a classic recording from the 1930's. Great performance

LuigiV[/b] - Perfectly played, wonderful touch, and an all around great performance. Well done

Mr. Super Hunky[/b] - I don't know the original piece so I can't comment on the improvisational additions as compared to the original, but I definitely hear your signature additions and I think they work amazingly well. You really played this beautifully. I love how smooth your playing is. Great subtle changes in tempo at just the right time to really enhance the flow of the melody. You really make it sound easy

Monica Kern[/b] - I can't get yours to download right now, it keeps coming across as a 64KB file. I'll try again later

Copper[/b] - I applaud you effort on this piece. I agree with your comments about the ridicule of this piece, I think it's a wonderful piece. Keep up the good work on mastering this piece.

joemoshi[/b] - Great selection, and artfully played !! That was a fun piece to listen to

Peter[/b] - Interesting piece. I'm not familiar with the piece but it sounded like you played it very well indeed.

Ragnhild[/b] - Very nicely played indeed. So nice and smooth, and played very cleanly. Well done !

Vincentime[/b] - Very cool, that made me feel like I was in some royal court surrounded by people in white powdered wigs. Good job !

dannylux (mel)[/b] - Wow, just how amazingly good are you !!!!! Just great !!!

Euclid10540 aka Funky Fred[/b] - How much fun to listen to was that !!! So nice and relaxed, so smooth, and just the right emphasis in

just the right spot. There were some real nice sounds going on there Fred. Great job.

Sandy Moore[/b] - Very nice. As I first listened to this I thought you "child like quality" description of this was perfect, but as I listened more closely I could hear there was a lot behind getting that child like quality. Well played.

Jon Gray (HouseHead78)[/b] - I think you were definitely successful in your attempt to add some variety and create some emotion. Very nice rendition of a song that as you say "can be a bit plodding". Well done.

craig137 Craig[/b] - couldn't find the recording you referenced

Ozor Mox[/b] - that sounds like quite a challenging piece and you played it very well indeed. I agree with your comment in the description, it needs to slow down a little. I'd love to hear this again when you slow it down a bit, I think that will bring out a lot of nuance and feeling in your playing.

StephenC[/b] - your playing is absolutely incredible. I always feel like I'm listening to a commercial release when I hear you play.

Euan Morrison[/b] - You've only been playing 15 months ?!! Very nice playing there Euan, I enoyed listening to that very much.

Serge88[/b] - What a great song you picked, and you played it very well. That was really fun to listen to, great job.

Yamaha G-3 & P80, Mike White[/b] - Fantastic job. I enjoy your play by ear stuff so much I was a bit disappointed when I saw you submitted this piece. However after listening to your submission I like this every bit as much as your play by ear stuff. You are one all around great pianist.


More to come, I'll edit this post with the rest as I get a chance to listen to them.... EDIT: I'll actually create a new post with the rest as so much time has elapsed
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#1034760 - 02/16/07 11:10 AM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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First, I want to thank everyone who has taken the time to comment on my piece. I appreciate it, and I know how long it takes to do that! Thank you!

Second, I want to say a general: Great job! Bravo! To everyone. I'm listenng to the pieces as I get the chance and I am impressed by all of them.

Another wonderful recital!
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#1034761 - 02/16/07 11:12 AM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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Ok, I have listened to a the whole recital now and I will put my comments here :

KawaiGirl[/b]: Very nice! I like Glass' music, but it isn't easy to play, tho it looks that way. You kept the left hand very even and steady.

Lisztener[/b]: Very pretty piece. Mistakes? What mistakes??

AdagioM[/b]: I wasn't familiar with this piece by Copland, but it is quite nice and well played. Loved the deep bass notes at the end.

Lee[/b] What can I say? I so love this song, and your playing style fits it so very well. You make it sound so wistful and sweet in the beginning, but then jazz it up so wonderfully- very appropriate for Valentine's Day.

Kathleen[/b]: Very nice! You certainly brought out the feeling of reverie in this. I imagine it must have been a wonderful tribute to the fallen soldiers.

Luigi[/b] More Schumann- I've always loved his music. Very melodic and pretty. You played these very well and I enjoyed listening to them.

Super-Hunky[/b] Wow! That was wonderful. I am always impressed with your playing and I think you are improving by leaps and bounds.

Monica[/b]: Well, first I have to say Brava! for attempting such a long piece. I would have been a wreck trying to record something that long. I thought you played it very well indeed. Beautiful.

Copper[/b] I will never understand the ridicule of this piece, either- I think it's very pretty! Nice job on playing it.

joemoshi[/b]: Nice tango! I could hear the tango rhythm in it. Good job.

Peter[/b]: Very nice! It sounds like there are some tricky spots in this one, but you handled them well.

Ragnhild[/b]: Very nice job. Your old, small upright sounds lovely on this piece.

Vincentime[/b]: I've always liked this one. Very good job.

Mel[/b]: Wow—it sure sounds hard! And at that speed, too. Wonderful!

Euclid10540 aka Funky_Fred[/b]: I love the Beatles, so these were very good to hear. I really like the jazzy arrangements, too. Very nice to listen to.

Sandy Moore[/b]: Childlike quality, indeed- and your playing was delicate and enhanced that feeling. Almost music box-like. Lovely.

Jon (HouseHead78)[/b]: I love Enya's music. This sounds very tranquil and soothing. I think you did a good job with the tempo and dynamics- you didn't overdo it and it fit the flow of the music nicely.

craig137[/b] Very nice! Sounds like you are doing a great job learning to read music and play classical pieces.

OzorMox[/b]: Very pretty. Sounds like there is a lot going on and that this was not an easy piece to play. Great job!

Stephenc[/b]: Lovely piece, and,yes, it is kind of moody. You play it very well- a lot feeling is in this.

DeepElem (buck)[/b]: Oh, I like this!! I can just imagine sitting in a dark, smoky lounge and listening to you play this song! Loved it.

Euan Morrison[/b]: Nice job! A pretty piece and well played.

Serge88[/b]: One of my favorite Elton John songs! Very nicely played!

Mike White[/b]: Excellent job!! I wouldn't worry about whether the recorder is on or off- that was very well done.

LauraD[/b]: Neat piece! Really had me bopping along there. And it's so great that you can play duets and trios and all! Wonderful.

JazzyProf[/b]: Nice job! This is a pretty piece. I like that you included the poem with it- I never knew it was a setting of a poem.

Daria [/b]: This is really nice. Sitting here, looking at our "Big Snow In NH", I can hear the snow falling and settling on the city.

TX-Dennis[/b]: Very nice jazzy sound. Another great relaxing at my favorite watering hole performance.

Nighteyes[/b]: Very nice. Interesting contrasts in the three parts.

Piano Again[/b]: Very nicely played. I enjoyed listening to it.

Triryche[/b]: Nicely played- very smooth throughout.

malzheit[/b]: It is very pretty- very peaceful sounding. It didn't sound "simplified" to me, and the expression you put into it fit the music well, as marked or not.

Peyton[/b]: Emotion, for sure, and you brought it out so well. I don't know what it sounds like faster, but I really like your slow tempo.

LisztAddict[/b]: Very nicely played. I'm not really familiar with all of Chopin's Nocturnes, but this one is very pretty. You play very well.

Mary-Rose[/b]: Well, if I had your "clumsy" fingers, I'd be very happy! \:\) You played this so very well, at least to my ears. Nice job!

Sarah M[/b]: I'm impressed- that can't be easy to play with all those fast notes in there! Isn't "I'm Always Chasing Rainbows" based on the middle section of this piece? Very well done!

Ishmael[/b]: Nice job!

Bluemarine[/b]: One attempt? Bravo! Very nice piece- I do not know this composer, but this is quite powerful.

Schubertian[/b]: This is one of the Chopin Nocturnes I recognize. It's very nice and you played it very well, indeed.

NancyM333[/b]: Ah, I grew up listening to Glenn Miller- my Dad was a big fan, so I love this tune! Nice job!

Matt[/b]: An hour??? Holy cow, young fella- that's amazing! Your playing really is so wonderful!

C7 Player Greg Smith[/b]: Sounds great to me! Very nicely played rendition of this song.

DragonPianoPlayer[/b]: Another favorite, as I am a big fan of ALW's works. Very nicely played.

AQP_87 Alvaro[/b]: It sounds pretty darned shiny to me! It's so very fast and you kept it going beautifully. Very nice.
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#1034762 - 02/16/07 11:34 AM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
Bob Muir Offline
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"Has there been a "ZIP" file made for the recital yet... "

Not yet. Perhaps by the end of the weekend.

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#1034763 - 02/16/07 12:10 PM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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First off i want to say this recital is just awesome!!! congratulations to all of you for your hard work!!!

1.Kawaigirl, the most interesting piece i have heard, the fast parts rock, and you sound like you nailed it precisely!! wonderful!!!

2.Lisztener, sounds like you have definitly found your way back to piano full force!! You played this piece very well and i found it very relaxing!! awesome!!

3.AdagioM, i know i have heard this from somewhere?? but where? i wish i could remember it fully, you did an excellent job with it!!!

4.Seaside, Stunning!! absolutly stunning!!! i always love and enjoy your playing!!! i was hoping you would have a video up for the ecital!! LOVE IT!!!

5.Kathleen, OH MY!!! i listened to your piece several times, it is so beautifully played and smooth! this piece is my favorite of yours!!! keep up the excellent playing!!!

6.luigiv, the download was taking forever i promise i will get back to it.

7.SuperHunky, i know this had to take you longer than a day this time!! this IS your best yet!!

8.Monica, monica monica monica, WOW!! it felt as if i was listening to a professional cd!! this piece is nothing short of incredible!! i cant believe you have no lessons, because you play as if you have been playing for years!! simply beautiful, and in ONE take?? WOW!!!

9.Copper, i still love this piece no matter how many times i have heard it. i think you brought out the main theme very well and with great musicality!!!

10.Joemoshi, cool piece!! felt like perfect dancing music:)

more to come.....

11.Peter, couldnt get your file to play in realplayer.

12.Ragnhild, do i need to say anything here? this is some fantastic and incredible playing!!! need i say more.

13. Vincenttime, playing Bach is NO easy task and i think you have done a great job with it!!how long have you been back on piano??

14.Dannylux, you have only been back playing for a year and can play like this? with talent like yours why did you ever give it up? MAGNIFICENT!!!i love your touch. did i like it? no, I LOVE THIS!!!

15.FunkyFred, never heard the beatles played this way before. did you do these versions yourself? interesting and artistic:)

tbc.....

16.Sandy Moore, Grade 7 i really like this piece unfortunatly i dont know it very well because i have 2 boys. this is very pretty though, and your playing is smooth. i really like this!!!

17.Househead78, I absolutly melted listening to this. you played this so gracefully and true. i am in love

tbc.....

42.Matt, you learned this in an hour. argh!!! i have nothing to say except....... Great Job!!!

43.C7 Player, i am glad you made the submission deadline. i always enjoy the entertainer and you played it well!!! Great playing!!!

44.Dragonpianoplayer, i have a different version of this. always a beautiful piece:) nicely played!!!

45.Alvaro, i am sure you already know how great your playing is so i dont need to say more, however i will say for the limited amount of time you have been playing you just rock!!!


thank-you all for submitting to the recital. i have enjoyed listening to ALL of the pieces. and i must say this group is so talented that it is unbelieveable. i am still blown away by it all!!! the runs, the trills, the fancy fingerwork you have all displayed is inspiring to say the least!!! Great Work one and all!!!!
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#1034764 - 02/16/07 12:11 PM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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Michele/AdagioM, I couldn't get your camp link to work, but it sounds great. Is this the place that Noah Adams talks about in his book Piano Lessons? Maybe it's something similar. Is it a week? Did you feel you made a lot of progress in that week, or did you get something different out of it than just moving forward on one or two pieces? What is the structure of the week? I'd love to hear more about it when you have a chance.

And about my screen name: Back in 1995 when I was pregnant I got an AOL account so I could be a part of an online email group for people who had or were expecting triplets. The group was incredibly helpful--much like this one--and I credit those great people with the wonderful outcome of my own triplet pregnancy and my mental health in those early couple of years. AOL was already popular, and I couldn't get just NancyM or NancyM123, so I tried NancyM333, and it was not taken. I had that account for six years, so I've used that screen name for lots of things so I wouldn't forget what I named myself!

Edit: I almost forgot to metnion that I got to listen to your piece! I really enjoyed it. I've never heard any solo piano pieces by Copeland, but you've opened up some options for me. Great job!

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#1034765 - 02/16/07 12:26 PM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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Nancy, your mention of how you chose your name "Nancy M333" has inspired me to open a new thread to ask how people chose their names. I hope you will copy there what you just explained here. Wow, having three babies all at once must have been a bit of a challenge!
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#1034766 - 02/16/07 12:32 PM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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Nancy, sorry about that on the link; the comma right after it got caught up into the url! So it's www.sonatina.com

Part of what I love about Sonata is the different viewpoints from different teachers about the same piece. You get 4 or 5 lessons during the week. Part of it is the camaraderie of people who love the piano, which is usually a very solo pursuit. There are "monster" duet pieces that we choose and learn for the concert at the end of the week, great fun like a piano orchestra. And the chance to perform a solo piece for people who have become friends. It's a very supportive atmosphere. Part of it is going away for a week or 10 days, not having to cook or clean up after family, and just being immersed in all things piano! The best part is the lasting friendships I have made with my piano buddies, who live all over the country. The west coasters try to get together a couple times a year, besides camp.


You can find a description of the day at the website, but there is about 4.5 hrs practice per day (in shifts), a theory class, and a master class in the evening. Meals are divine; Hans is an awesome chef.

And yes, it's the same place that Noah Adams wrote about in "Piano Lessons."

When I see your screen name, I think of Mozart's Sonata in B Flat, K. 333, which I *love* and will take another whack at someday. The first movement is so joyful, and I came so close but never quite got it up to speed two years ago. It's waiting for another go-round.

Thanks for your comments!

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#1034767 - 02/16/07 12:48 PM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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Originally posted by AdagioM:
Mahlzeit: This is beautiful. How were you able to transpose it from Gm to Am? Did you have help or are you a theory whiz already? Great work![/b]
Thanks, Michele. Transposing is really easy when you buy from one of those online sheet music stores. They give you the score and you can click a button to transpose it up or down and then you buy it that way. \:\) [/b]
Good for you! I have purchased music from FreeHandMusic.com, they used to be SunHawk. They have a downloadable player/transposer and you can transpose music purchased from them to any key. Even after you buy it! So you can change your mind about key at any time. \:\)
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#1034768 - 02/16/07 12:59 PM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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Originally posted by Bob Muir:
"Has there been a "ZIP" file made for the recital yet... "

Not yet. Perhaps by the end of the weekend.

Bob [/b]
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#1034769 - 02/16/07 03:13 PM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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16.Sandy Moore, Grade 7 i really like this piece unfortunatly i dont know it very well because i have 2 boys. this is very pretty though, and your playing is smooth. i really like this!!!
Thank you. Yes grade 7.. but from 30 years ago which translates to about grade 5 today. \:D . It really is not that difficult.

I'm about 1/3 the way through! They are all wonderful and I'm looking forward to finishing listening over the weekend!
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#1034770 - 02/16/07 03:33 PM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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Thanks for all the wonderfully kind words so far, I read them all and always look forward to hearing that someone enjoyed listening to my playing.

just a few quick responses

Hunkster: only you could get away with saying "holy ****"!! you make me laugh out loud so much...your "two words - pianist corner" to Mike White had my sides splitting BTW... ROTFL


Sarah M
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It's like you're speaking to people's souls
thankyou so much for that...some people call it "playing by ear" others call it "playing by heart"...when I play I try and make my heart speak to yours and if thats how you felt then you made me very happy with your words \:D .

I had the priviledge of hearing Mike (pianomagic) play in London and I swear he made the piano cry, I will never forget it.

Daria: thanks yes I must get this video thing sorted out

Fun: You have a way of making me feel so good, I almost can't wait to read your words

Mak: same goes for you

thanks TX and everyone else who made me feel special with your kindness (you'll never know but, your words will drive me on to get better - you are all great players and I am just proud to be able to take part with so many gifted people


To the ABF!!!


Lee \:D
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#1034771 - 02/16/07 04:23 PM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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Hi all,

I want you all to know that participating in this recital has been the most fulfilling piano experience of my life. There is a reason for this. As a boy taking piano lessons, I had to perform at a live recital. I was painfully shy as a child and well into my adulthood until addressing my fears in a public speaking course while a freshman attending a local university where I began working for my degree at age 45. I digress. During the piano recital, I was so nervous that I lost my place while playing. My piano teacher came up to the bench to try to help, but I was inconsolable. I ran from the room and fell deeper into shyness. Overall, I was a happy child as long as I didn't have to be the center of attention in a group. I hope this isn't boring you because I'm not the only one who has had this problem and life goes on. While completing my degree work I'm happy to say that my confidence level increased a great deal after the dreaded mandatory public speaking class. However, my piano teacher wishes for me to play in her annual recital in May. Even though I'm more comfortable and outgoing now as a mature adult (my wife sometimes tires of waiting for me to complete conversations with strangers anywhere we go) the piano reaches a place in me that brings back all my boyhood fears. This online recital offers anonymity yet lets me express and share my greatest personal accomplishments.

I am making my comments as I listen to each piece. I'm a slow writer anyway, so this just compounds the problem of getting my comments posted. I truly enjoy doing it this way because I'm retired and have the time. Writing while listening also gives me an enjoyable place from which to express my feelings as they occur to me.

I wish to express my heartfelt thanks to each of you who has taken the time to give me your thoughts and encouragement. You surely must know how this affects a sentimentalist such as me.

Here are a few comments that I enjoyed writing. I don't know how long it will take to get through them all, but I'm certainly not helping the process with all this selfish meandering.

23.Serge88[/b]
I’ve heard this song played many ways, yet your version really accents the beautiful melodic line from beginning to end. You have a good bit of your soul on display here. You make that digital sing at its best. Beautiful. Thank you.

24. Yamaha G-3 & P80, Mike White[/b]
Your familiarity with the keyboard and your musicality really show in this performance. Your touch is very sensitive and evokes visions of a court waltz in a royal ballroom at the time of Chopin’s playing. Thank you, and Bravo!

25. Laura D[/b]
Gosh, this makes me want to get up and dance. Your description of why you chose this polka makes it even more fun. It’s great that you have a musical family that can all enjoy this experience together. Great fun! Oompah, oompah, oompah-pah! Thanks for sharing a glimpse into your happiness.

26. Jazzyprof[/b]
This tempo is just right for me. It allows the Lisztener a moment to feel the notes rather than wonder what just flashed past him. This piece is in my repertoire except for the fast runs where I have substituted different ones. I’m truly enjoying this. This Libestraume is one of Liszt’s most beautiful works. Nicely done Maestro. I hate to leave, but thank you for sharing your beautiful playing.

27. mdp1w (Daria)[/b]
I have no sense that you are recording this, or that you have arthritic fingers. It sounds to me as though you are playing for your own enjoyment and I’ve been invited to listen while you make beautiful music about a world blanketed with a soft white cover of new snow. This is a delightful scene as well as a delightful performance. Please invite me again. Thank you.

28. TX-Dennis[/b]
You take me back to Broadway in 1999 when my wife and I went to four shows during our eight-day stay in Manhattan. Although one of the shows was “Annie Get Your Gun” with Bernadette Peters and Tom Wopat (Rodgers & Hammerstein), this tune brings on a pleasant case of nostalgia for the great pop songs of the ‘30s and ‘40s. This is a nice rendition of a Gershwin standard that really captures his style. Thanks for the walk down memory lane with your expressive, evocative play.

29. Nighteyes[/b]
Not having heard these minuets before, you’d have to physically show me where any mistakes are in your playing of them. One and three are nice, but I really am enjoying the second most of all. It has a mysterious quality about it that draws me back for more. You play with sensitive fingers that know how to create interesting dynamics. This is very well done. Thank you.

30. Piano again[/b]
Wow, This Chopin Nocturne 55/1 really knocks my socks off, and I still have my shoes on! I may listen to this for an hour or so before continuing to the next entry. I can’t remember ever hearing this played so beautifully. This is professional quality play. It contains all the nuances in dynamics that make it a perennial favorite. Congratulations on your excellent play, Piano again, and thank you for sharing this romantic gem.

31. Triryche[/b]
The melody asks the question, “What Can I Share?” and you’ve answered with a beautiful touch. You have an excellent foundation that must make you feel warm inside. It touches me. Give yourself an A+ for this performance. Keep up the good work. Thank you.

32. mahlzeit[/b]
Oh, what a beautifully haunting melody this is. I truly enjoy a wistful piece played with delicacy. You’ve reached that place within me where my musical spirit resides. This spirit is very emotional and sometimes causes my vision to blur. The next time I write to a loved one I’ll play this while writing. Writing these comments has stalled to a crawl until my muse, Euterpe, is sated. Thank you for a most memorable and well-played piece.

33. Peyton[/b]
I believe you made the right decision with your tempo. This is so peaceful and sad. It’s a fitting tribute to Chopn. This touches my heartstrings and in my minds eye I see you sitting at your piano. Your countenance is pensive as your fingers flow across the keys so softly. Thank you for sharing this gentle, beautiful piece and your musical gift.
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#1034772 - 02/16/07 04:28 PM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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I'm not going to go through and critique every performance because everyone did great and I throughly enjoyed listening to the diverse performances.

TX-Dennis I can't tell you how much I especially enjoyed your choice of one of my all time favorites classic standards. I am going to certainly work on an arrangement of this piece so over the years maybe I can approach the mood you captured so well, it was special.

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#1034773 - 02/16/07 05:40 PM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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My sincerest apologies to Craig DeMetz. (He's Number 18 in the recital list.) Craig had sent me a new URL for his direct website where you could hear his music without being a MySpace subscriber, but it slipped through the cracks. I've now updated the entry. Sorry Craig.

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#1034774 - 02/16/07 06:00 PM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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Litzner[/b] I was so touched by your story about overcoming shyness. I was fine as a child during piano recitals , it was when I became a young woman I too was frightened by recitals, ask my friends and they will tell you that I was a bitch to be around 2 weeks before a recital. \:o I hope I have the courage and the know how one day to post a recording it would certainly be easier than a live recital for me, anyway. And Lizner once again, seriously I have listened to your piece by Listz at least 25 times today, I just love your touch on that wonderful sounding Steinway of yours!

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#1034775 - 02/16/07 06:46 PM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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Bravo and a standing ovation to all! I hope to listen to all the pieces this weekend and post comments.

Meanwhile a big thank you to everyone who's commented on my piece. This is my first online recital and it sure feels good to get feedback!

Nancy:
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You really play beautifully, and this is such a wonderfully romantic piece for Valentine's Day. I hope playing it for someone special was part of your Valentine's Day celebration. It would be a perfect mood-setter!
Unfortunately, I was so busy learning and practicing the piece I neglected to find a date to play it for. \:\) And speaking of mood-setting I thoroughly enjoyed your "In the Mood"...it had my toe tapping!
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#1034776 - 02/16/07 09:27 PM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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I wanted to make sure I gave feedback to everybody who was a first-time recipient of the Order of the Red Dot. Hope I caught you all, but if I didn't, let me know!

Lisztener[/b]: After hearing your piece, I will have to add Liszt to my list of favorite classical composers! I thought you did a great job, especially of making the high treble passages seem light and delicate. And I loved the ending!

Joemoshi[/b]: What a fun piece that tango was! I bet it was as much fun to play as to listen to. All I needed was a margarita and a rose between my teeth. \:D You did a great job of putting energy in your playing.

vincentime[/b]: I know exactly what you meant by "I had to stop taking additional takes sometime." I didn't hear any mistakes myself, by the way. Wonderful job for a first recital!

Euclid10540[/b]: I love the Beatles, and "Here, there, and everywhere" is one of my favorite Beatles ballads. I liked the juxtaposition of that hopeful song paired with the doomed despair of "Yesterday." \:\)

Househead78[/b]: I'm always glad to hear a new age piece. \:\) And every time I hear this particular piece I want to learn to play it myself. You played this with a very nice wistful, lilting touch.

Craig137[/b]: I initially found myself at and listened to your "Fool to Hurt You," which even a non-classical novice like myself could figure out was not a Beethoven Rondo. :p But then I got the right link. I enjoyed it very much, especially the slower part that began around 1:58. But I liked "Fool to Hurt You," too. ;\) There was some nice piano work on it.

Ozor Mox[/b]: Michael Nyman is a terrific composer. That piece sounded VERY hard to play with all those fast runs in the right hand. I thought you played it with wonderful expression.

DeepElem[/b]: I swear, all you play-by-ear Piano Magicians just blow me away. What a wonderfully smooth and totally listenable ballad. I thought you made excellent use of dynamics in this piece.
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#1034777 - 02/16/07 09:28 PM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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Part 2-- PW wouldn't let me use more than 8 bolds in one post.

Jazzyprof[/b]: After hearing your piece, I am DEFINITELY moving Liszt up to the top of my favorite piano composers. That Leibestraume was extremely impressive, and when you started going up and down the keyboard... wow! I also appreciated the history of the piece and the poem... although I gotta say Liszt's music is much more impressive to me than Freiligrath's poetry! \:D

mdp1w[/b]: We can't have a recital without David Nevue! Thank you for playing it. I love this piece; it's very distinctive in style, and you do a great job of capturing its delicacy and poignance.

triryche[/b]: I thought you did a great job for having played only 9 months, especially if you've been concentrating on theory and not technique. I really liked your run at the end of the piece and the rolled chord... it's almost seemed like you knew you had vanquished the Red Dot and could end with a flourish. \:D

MaryRose[/b]: I was impressed by your nice even tempo. It sounds to me like you've gained back all your early piano skills and more. And a 7:42 piece for your first Order of the Red Dot?! Congratulations!

Sarah M[/b]: Okay, Sarah, this is the Adult BEGINNER'S forum, not the Adult Almost Ready to Be a Concert Pianist forum. \:D Seriously, your playing of the Fantasie Impromptu impressed me greatly. I don't think my fingers can move even half that fast.

Ishmael[/b]: Thank you for playing my all time favorite David Nevue piece, although I will admit to jealousy that you can play those left-hand E-flat runs smoother than I can and you've only been playing 10 months!

Schubertian[/b]: I'm impressed at how well you can play for having been back only 4 months. Very nice dynamics on the piece, too.

Debussy20[/b]: Did you really have to tell us you had only played that piece an hour before hitting the red dot? Couldn't you have been merciful on us old farts and told us you had been working on it for months instead? [goes off and cries] \:D Seriously, I am impressed as ever with your piano chops. You played this with a wonderfully delicate and sweet air.
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#1034778 - 02/16/07 09:29 PM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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Part 3:

C7 player[/b]: I am so glad you made it to the recital! And even more delighted to hear the quintessential piano rag! Very nice work. And the recording quality sounded great, too, btw.

DragonPianoPlayer[/b]: I think "Don't cry for me Argentina" is one of Webber's loveliest songs, and I thought you played it well with expression.

All of you: A big standing ovation, and thank you for joing the recital. I hope you found it a gratifying experience, and I want to see all of you back for Recital VI.
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#1034779 - 02/16/07 11:11 PM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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Thanks to all who took the time to provide me with comments and feedbacks. Just replying to some questions that were asked.

Monica[/b] : What a fantastic rendition of Longing Love. If I compared this piece to Glass's Metamorphosis, I would have to say your piece was much more difficult. So, if you can play Winston's piece, you can most definitely play the Glass piece with no problems.

ShiroKuro[/b]: I did not have this piece memorized. The slow part of the piece is not difficult; however, playing the fast part is where i started to I kept fumbling on the fast part, so I did about 15 takes and even then it's not without errors.. \:\(


PianoAgain[/b]: Glass wrote Metamorphosis in 1988.


I have just started listening to the recital pieces, so I will be making individual comments this weekend.
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#1034780 - 02/17/07 02:31 AM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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Lisztener:[/b] It's beautiful playing like your that's making me want to learn more classical pieces. You had played it with such tenderness. Bravo!

AdagioM:[/b] I'm not very familiar with Aaron Copeland's work. This music is different from what I'm use to listening to, but I like what I heard. \:\)

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#1034781 - 02/17/07 02:31 AM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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loveschopintoomuch:[/b] You had great control on the piece, it was not hurried and played it at just the right tempo. Very enjoyable.

LuigiV:[/b] What a spectacular performance. Just lovely to listen to.

Super-Hunky:[/b] At last my wait is over to listen to you play Nefeli. Loved the Prelude to the piece as well as the slight variations that you played throughout the piece. I thought the improvisation blended quite nicely Now I like to hear this piece on your M&H ;\)

Monica Kern:[/b] Just one word Monica... WOW! :3hearts:
[Standing ovation]
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#1034782 - 02/17/07 02:32 AM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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Copper:[/b] This is one of my favorite Beethoven pieces. I like the fact that you did not hurried the piece. Very nicely played. \:\)

joemoshi:[/b] What a delightful piece. I really enjoyed listening to this. I bet the Tango rhythm is difficult to play.

Peter:[/b] I have not heard many of Scarlatti's music, but after listening to you play, I'm going to search for some more of his music.

Ragnhild:[/b] You had played this piece very expressively. Very enjoyable.

Vincentime:[/b] I remember this piece all too well \:\) You played it very well.
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#1034783 - 02/17/07 02:33 AM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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dannylux (Mel):[/b] \:\)

Euclid10540:[/b] Oh man...another Seaside....
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#1034784 - 02/17/07 02:33 AM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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DeepElem (Buck):[/b] What a lovely rendition and you had played this by ear? Wow!

Laura D:[/b] This sounds like a fun piece to play. You had played it well.

Jazzyprof:[/b] Everything was just perfect! This is my favorite Liszt piece.
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#1034785 - 02/17/07 02:34 AM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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mdp1w (Daria):[/b] From one Nevue fan to another. That was remarkable playing! I've forgotten how beautiful this piece was.

TX-Dennis (Dennis Turner):[/b] I liked that bit of a jazz feel to the piece. \:\)

Nighteyes:[/b] What an interesting sounding piece. I've not heard of the composer before, but I enjoyed the first minuet the most.

Piano again:[/b] Very nicely played. Certainly not an easy piece to learn. Well done.

Triryche:[/b] You held your tempo quite well and even throughout the piece. Keep up the good work \:\)

mahlzeit:[/b] You brought out the melody so well. I loved it!

Peyton:[/b] That was fantastic playing! Tempo was just right and the melody was brought out.
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#1034786 - 02/17/07 02:35 AM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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LisztAddict:[/b] You amaze me with your level of playing. You, Mel and Mike white are in a class by itself. Awesome!! Hope you're drinking lots of chicken soup \:D

Mary-Rose:[/b] You had played this piece with a nice delicate touch. Well done.

Sarah M:[/b] :3hearts: Are you sure you're not a concert pianist? [Standing ovation] That was an outstanding performance.

Ishmael:[/b] I know you didn't want feedback, but I just had to tell you that your performance was very enjoyable. \:\)

IrishMak:[/b] I haven't heard this song in ages!

Bluemarine:[/b] I'm not familiar with this composer but I enjoyed the majestic sound of the piece. Very nice.

Schubertian:[/b] Another fantastic chopin piece. Great work with the trills. Impressive performance indeed!

NancyM333:[/b] So this is the name of this delightful piece \:\) I often hear the piece but never knew the title. Sounded like you ahd fun playing it. Well done!

Debussy20:[/b] Oh my, given the fact you learned this an hour ago before recording, that was very good.

C7 Player Greg Smith:[/b] My favorite ragtime piece. Just delightful to listen to. \:\)

DragonPianoPlayer:[/b] You played the piece well.

AQP_87:[/b] Another remarkable performance. ;\)


You all deserve a great round of applause!!
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#1034787 - 02/17/07 03:54 AM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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I listen through these. Being a beginner and not even contributed to the recital yet. I really don't think I'm in the position to comment.
But I just have to comment on one.EDIT!...That's not fair. I have to add more and will edit to add more.

Mr.SH...You sure can play. I enjoyed it.

Lisztener...Yes, I could hear the red dot syndrome. Simple solution. Never touch that piano without the recorder on. Otherwise, I'd love to hear it without that lack of confidence. I can tell you play well.

Seaside_Lee....It's better than the version downloaded from Yamaha's site and played by my computer. Definitely your "I'll be seeing you." It's beautiful.

Luigi...Couldn't get the site download.

Kathleen...Can tell you're just working on the polishing. I liked it.

Copper...You failed. Too much of this is too good for a beginner. You obviously have music in your heart and mind. This piece belongs below. But that is also saved for saying nothing else. Just because something is simple to get through. It doesn't mean it's easy to make into music.

joemoshi...That was fun.

Peter...I think I just gotta hear that live. I heard you know what you're doing.

Mike White...Almost perfected. Can tell some of the harder parts are already. Really liked it.

Triryche...I want to personally thank you. It takes courage to contribute to the recital along with some of the stuff that is being played. I can see you're learning. You're doing well. I can tell especially at the end. You have understanding of music. You already know how to play music instead of just banging on keys. Just keep going at it. I'd love to keep hearing your progression. Don't get discouraged by seeing people like Ishmael at 10 months on piano, playing like he does. His link is to UC Berkley. Highly likely this isn't his only music experience.

My apologies for not getting to everyone yet. I keep getting side tracked listening to those below, over and over. Doh! I'll try to get to the others when I have time.


This section is for the type of piano music I love. Where you savor each note like each bite of fine French cooking. And they were done well.
Thank you Ishmael. I enjoyed it.
Thank you Kawaigirl. I enjoyed it.
Thank you Monica Kern. I enjoyed it.
Thank you DeepElem. I enjoyed it.
Thank you mahlzeit. I enjoyed it.
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#1034788 - 02/17/07 07:07 AM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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Boy, what a terrific recital!

Congradulations to everyone.

Here are my comments on the first half:

01) Kawaigirl1: It's always wonderful to hear you play. I was starting to get hypnotized by this piece, and then those loud right hand triplet arpeggios started. Just in time. Your piano sounds beautiful, and you don't even need a Zoom.

02) Lisztener: What a gorgeous sounding Steinway! You play the Liszt Consolation absolutely beautifully. That you can play so well after being back for 6 months is amazing. The challenge of this piece is to play it with feeling, and at the same time, get all the notes in, both of which you do with such care and gentleness. This is one of Liszt's many wonderful pieces, right up there with Un Sospiro. Oh, and I agree, recording yourself is an incredible learning aid.

03) AdagioM: Very nice, expressive playing, and with such a smooth touch! I bet those harmonies are hard to memorize. Very well done.

04) Seaside_Lee: Admission-I don't listen to anything except Classical music, but when I listened to this piece, I found it incredibly charming and beautiful, the piece itself and your playing. That this piece is coming from your own head and heart truly amazes me. What wonderful, expressive playing! There are only a handful of popular pieces I'd like to play, and this is one of them.

05) Kathleen: You put such wonderful feeling into your playing, it's a delight to hear. But I've told you that before. Being back for only a year makes your performance even more amazing. I don't get to decide, but my vote is for the very best piano you can find, since it is such a great love for you. About 6 feet or so would be great. (I really think 7 feet, but I don't want to push it.)

06) LuigiV: More Kinderszenen and more beautiful, expressive playing. These are obviously pieces for adults, not for children to play. That Clavinola sounds very good, but I'd love to hear your 7'6" piano!

07) Mr Super-Hunky: I guess it's ABF sacrilege to admit, but I don't know this piece. You certainly do a beautiful job with such smooth, gentle, and even playing.

08) Monica Kern: More music I don't know, but very pretty and soothing. Boy, you certainly play with passion. And 9.5 minutes without a mistake! Dayam!

09) Copper: Fact-Fur Elise is a masterpiece. With only 2 years, it takes courage and skill to play this. And you play it very well. I completely enjoyed your performance.

10) joemoshi: Ah, wonderful to hear you play a tango. Classical is my thing, but I do love Latin-American music. You play this great piece very well. I can't tell you how to highlight the tango rhythm, because I have the same problem with my sambas. I just don't feel the rhythm in my bones, as they say. So I have to count. My Brazilian online friend pointed out that in my recording of Tico-Tico, I played most of it at 7/16 timing, rather than 2/4. Oh well, back to counting.

11) Peter: I couldn't get your file to play. I'll try again and post later.

12) Ragnhild: Very fine playing of this beautiful transcription. Busoni was so well known for his Bach transcriptions, some people actually thought his name was Mr. Bach-Busoni.

13) Vincentime: You play with a lot of enthusiasm and joy. Very good job; actually, exceptional, for someone so new.

14) Mel: Sounds like me. Yep, it is. I'd do you.

15) Euclid10540: Very nice soothing and gentle playing of wonderful Beatles music. Great job!

16) Sandy Moore: I get a "Server Not Found" error. I'll try later.

17) HouseHead78: Wow, you play with a lot of feeling. That's so important. You did a great job.

18) craig137: This is a difficult piece for only 2 years, and you play it beautifully, with a lot of energy and joy. Definitely my kind of music. Nice flourish at the end!

19) Ozor Mox: You play with confidence and feeling. Very well done. The second half sounds treacherous to play, with all those fast notes.

20) Stephenc: You are certainly one of the most expressive pianists on the forum and one of my very favorites. It sounds like the feelings you put into your playing come from deep within your spirit. Such a joy to hear.

21) DeepElem: For 8 months, that's just extrordinary playing! Expressive and confident. Nope, nothing wrong with this recording; I can't imagine it any better.

22) Euan Morrison: You really play with a lot of passion as well as accuracy. Just wonderful to listen to you.

23) Serge88: You sound very confident at the keyboard. Very nice playing.

24) Yamaha G-3 & P80: The always wonderful to listen to Mike White playing Chopin's Minute Watlz. What a delightful, elegant performance. A total joy to listen to. And a perfect D flat scale run at the end!


I'll post the second half later.

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#1034789 - 02/17/07 09:25 AM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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Here's some more that I have listened to:

Sandy[/b] sorry couldnt open file
Mike W[/b] Incredible Beautful job with Chopin waltz excellent hand control you have talent!!!!
Peter[/b] Scalarti not familar with the piece or composer and I think its time for me to start learning more. Your playing was gorgeous, what a lovely piece! I am not familar with this piece. I find your piece Metamorphosis to be just incredibly beautiful and so unique and your playing is outstanding as usual. I wish you lived next door to me so I could come over and borrow a cup of sugar!
Kathleen[/b] Tramumeri Beautiful job!! I enjoyed reading about the history behind it. That's what I like about you, you are always so full of interesting information, I learn so much from you ! I have always liked this song and it sounds so incredibly romantic on your piano!
Euclid[/b] Lovely Anything by the Beatles always sounds good to me. I am a die-hard Beatles fan!
Dannylux[/b] That was a difficult piece to play and you played it brilliantly , you have great hands! \:\)
Joshmoshi[/b] Loved it! Any tango to me always sounds good to me!

That's it for now I'll listen to more later.......... Babs

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#1034790 - 02/17/07 09:26 AM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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joemoshi-

Beautiful work! Adios Muchachos is probably my 2nd-favorite to play after Libertango which I did on cello (and am having teh devil's own time trying to find a piano transcription.

For your question on the tango rhythm, the one thing that I heard was that your left hand was "lingering" over the keys, smoothing them out some, which takes the bounce out of the bass rhythm. Even though Tango is a "gliding" dance, some of the music "hops."

The accents on the first note of the measure (left hand) were spot-on correct.

Try playing it without pedal, and don't let the left hand "linger" over the keys. Hop from one phrase to the next with no hold-over. (The accordian gets to linger, the piano has to jump, in Tango.)

Beautiful work! And thanks for not playing Hernando's Hideaway ;\)
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#1034791 - 02/17/07 10:01 AM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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First, sorry for those who could not open my link. I'll have to use box.net next time. Geesh I PAY for that site..grrrrr.

Wow 45 submissions! I'm finally through them and once again am awed, inspired, occasionally discouraged (i.e., gosh I could NEVER play that). I'm looking forward to downloading them all to my MP3 player to listen to again. Thanks everyone for contributing. Especially thanks to Bob for all his work on this. BTW Bob, I hope managing this wasn't the reason for no submission from you! Or did I miss one..

Kawaigirl1 - This was very interesting. It must have been hard to keep the momentum going for over 8 minutes! How long did it take you to learn? ... I think you have amazing control to play what seems to be a very demanding piece of music.

Lisztener - This is one of my goal pieces. You played it with such a gentle touch. Beautiful.

Michele - Very nice. Gosh there's so much music out there. These recitals get me wanting to add to the scores of music that I already have and will most likely never play.

Seaside_Lee - This was wonderful. I'll bet your dad never tires of hearing you play. I listened to it a few times myself. Every time I listen to some who's learned through PianoMagic I'm awed. I really enjoyed it. You make it sound so easy!!

Kathleen - I loved this. It sounded very professional to me. I've heard this many times by different artists and you played it wonderfully.

Luigi - You have a wonderful soft touch. You must really love playing this as it has so much feeling. Great job!

Mr. Super Hunky - Every time I hear you play it sounds better! You could play in piano bars easily! You have natural talent for sure. I don't think I"ll ever be able to play this smoothly or with such confidence.

Monica - I think you don't need to worry about being up to technical challenges! Awesome! over 9 minutes!! and all of it sounded great!

Copper - I don't know why Fur Elise is called a beginner piece or why it's said to be "overplayed". That middle piece certainly isn't beginner. You are doing amazing for two years. I never did learn the hard part. I'm quite sure it would still be difficult to learn. Good job!

Joemoshi - I'm certainly no one to give technical advice. This sounded wonderful to me. Have you tried playing sections hands separately or just the melody notes, then add the rest. From someone who has never played tango.. It helps me for classical pieces that I have trouble with.

Peter - This was wonderful. I've never played any Scarlatti. Have you played others? I really enjoyed this piece. I can hear what seem to be 'tricky' parts but you seem well in control.

Ragnchild - Very nice! You play with a lot of control and emotion. I found this piece very moving.

Vincentime - This is really good! It sounds like you are having a lot of fun playing it. I would try slowing it down just a little. This is something I'm trying to learn myself. I have a hard time allowing that 'musical space.' My teacher is always saying "the listener needs time to process ........etc. Great performance.

dannylux - Wow! You certainly didn't forget much in 15 yeqrs. That was amazing! I find it hard to believe that it isn't as hard as it sounds!

Funky Fred - Wonderful and relaxing for my Friday night...I've played it a few times already.

Jon Gray - I enjoyed this. You did a wonderful job with the dynamics. I didn't find it plodding at all! It's great that you are comfortable to add your own interpretation. I'm not familiar with this but it sounded great to me! Another relaxing piece for the evening. Thanks!

Craig - This sounded like a difficult piece to read. You are obviously catching on to this classical reading very well. Addictive isn't it. I'm still envious of the play by ear folks though.

Ozor Mox - Nice. I was imagining the love triangle and the complexity and emotions.

Stephenc - I loved this. I've never played Jim Brickman but I think I'm becoming a fan. I haven't heard a piece that wasn't wonderful. Is it difficult to play? You played it with a lot of emotion. Great job!

DeepElm - Wouldn't open. Will try again later.

Euan Morrison - Wow! Are you sure you've only been playing for 15 months? Did you play another instrument before? You have a lot of control! It sounds quite advanced for such a short time playing - well done!

Serge88 - This was great! and you improvised the intro. Do you play by ear as well?

Mike White - Wow! Awesome! So do you think reading is easier when you've been playing by ear? I can't play by ear and come to think of it my reading isn't great either! I thought you did a wonderful job on this!

LauraD - I imagine you had a good time doing this! It's great that you have children in your house to play duets or trios with! It's great practice in timing to play with others. I don't have an opportunity to do that and imagined as I listened to this piece the fun it must be.

Jazzyprof - This sounded very professional! Wonderful job! Your teacher must love teaching you to be playing at this level this after 3 years of lessons!

Daria - I'm sure glad you took this off your "someday" pile. It was wonderful!!! Loved it!!

Dennis - Jazzy! Really nice. I'm listening with a cup of coffee. I'll have to play it again this evening with a glass of wine! I was picturing this being played at a bar or restaurant with people chatting and me sitting there tuning everything out but the piano.....

Nighteyes - These minuets were delightful! They had a lot of variety and sound very challenging to play. I don't know these but I didn't notice any mistakes. Don't you hate it when you get more than 2/3 the way through a recording and all of a sudden you are distracted by thinking...ok...almost there! Most often no one will hear. I thought you did a great job.

Piano again - I love Chopin! Thanks for playing it. I thought this was awesome. You have a nice touch and played it with a lot of emotion. I'm glad you started playing again!

Triyche - Good job!! For only nine months you sound like you've really good control. Thanks for posting!

mahlzei - Lovely!! Soft and flowing. I've never tried to transpose a piece. You played this with a lot of feeling. Beautiful pieces even when simple are often difficult to play musically. You did wonderful.

Peyton - Wonderful as usual. I'd never heard of this piece before. It has a lot of feeling and you brought it out beautifully. Although I haven't heard it before, I imagine this slower choice is best! Loved it!

Liszt?????Addict - I'm thinking maybe you should be kicked off the ABF..Just kidding! Glad you are here!! Wow! 've listened to this many times on my 'Pianist' CD. You did an amazing job! Awesome! You should post this in the Pianist forum too!!

Mary-Rose - I'm in a 'Mozart' phase right now so I really enjoyed listening to this and reading about it. It is reflective and you played it with a lot of feeling and control. Glad you found your way back to the piano!!

Sarah M. Another Wow! Amazing!!! When I read the title of your piece I thought .....that's ambitious!! After listening I'm totally awed...you sound like you've been playing your whole life! This is leagues ahead of anything I'll ever hope to play!

Ihsmael - Thanks for sharing! I really enjoyed listening!

IrishMak - This was a nice change from all the classical pieces. Thanks for chosing a spiritual piece. Do you sing when you play? If you do, maybe you could send along a recording of you doing both!

Bluemarine - You only did one take? Great job! I can hear such control. Your dynamics are great! This was wonderfully played. You must love playing it!

Schutertian - Another Chopin! Well played!! I'm inspired by all these Chopin players! I'm a little hesitant to try his music yet (other than a few of the very easiest ones). I know they are diffult to play but you made this one sound easy!

NancyM - Nice! My feet were tapping! It sounds very hard to play. Thank you for choosing this. You were right, an upbeat piece was so much fun to listen to!

Debussy20 - One hour! You've got talent! I'm looking forward to hearing your Rachmaninoff piece!! This was very well played and pretty much sightread!

C7 Player - From memory! This was very good! The quality of the recording sounded fine to me.

Rich Meredith - I enjoyed this! It was a little loud/static on my player but you did a nice job.

AQP_87 - 1 year and 4 months!! That is amazing. Please tell my you've been playing other instruments for many years!! Wow!
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#1034792 - 02/17/07 10:13 AM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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Thank you to all the participants for another terrific recital.

We have lots of good words about the recital, it's time for some statistics and a map.

Here are some statistics for Recital #5
(and the numbers from #4 are in parenthesis)

Number of Players: 45 (40)
Males: 21 (20)
Female: 12 (11)
Gender Unknown: 12 (9)
Oldest: 67 (60)
Youngest: 14 (19)
Average Age: 43.4 (41.5)
Unknown ages: 21 (14)
Total experience: 259.4 years (229.9)
Average experience: 5.8 years (5.7)
Number of Digital instruments: 21 (24)
Number of Acoustical instruments: 23 (16)
Most popular digital brand: Yamaha 12 (10)
Most popular acoustical brand: Yamaha 4 (3)
Shortest: 1 minute 03 seconds (0:43)
Longest: 9 minutes 25 seconds (6:11)
Total Length: 2 hours 30 minutes 42 seconds (2:06:29)
Average Length: 3 minutes 21 seconds (3:10)

With the growing number of participants the detective staff has been very busy. Some of these numbers are based on guesses but they are probably fairly close.

There are only 4 “unknown” locations – as always they go to to Hawaii.

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#1034793 - 02/17/07 10:40 AM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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Originally posted by Sandy Moore:
First, sorry for those who could not open my link. I'll have to use box.net next time. Geesh I PAY for that sight..grrrrr.

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Sandy, I think it has something to do with the capitalization in your file names. From what I can tell Gecko based browsers such as Firefox, Seamonkey, Mozilla, etc. don't like the capitalization. I was able to open it with Internet Exploder . . . er . . .Explorer when I tried. I would wager that all of us who couldn't open the file were using Gecko based browsers. Perhaps next time you could name the file in all lower case and see if that helps.
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#1034794 - 02/17/07 10:41 AM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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Originally posted by Sandy Moore:
IrishMak - This was a nice change from all the classical pieces. Thanks for chosing a spiritual piece. Do you sing when you play? If you do, maybe you could send along a recording of you doing both![/b]
If the piece has words, I sing in my head. But you wouldn't want to hear it! LOL
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#1034795 - 02/17/07 11:42 AM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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Thank you Mel and Cozywriter for your suggestions. Recently I started playing the left hand with stacatto and the rythm is coming out better.

I also would like to thank all those that made comments on my playing. Thank you Piano again for your comments:

 Quote:
perhaps stretch the dotted rhythms more so it swings a little. It sounds rather square, and that might be why
I did not quite understand your suggestion, could you please elaborate. Thank you.

To experiment I played another tango "El Choclo" an accordian with the right hand and double base with the left. It was different:

http://www.box.net/public/mm1cf4s3ef

Thanks again to all.
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#1034796 - 02/17/07 12:01 PM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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Originally posted by joemoshi:
Thank you Piano again for your comments:

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perhaps stretch the dotted rhythms more so it swings a little. It sounds rather square, and that might be why
I did not quite understand your suggestion, could you please elaborate. Thank you.[/b]
I was thinking maybe the rhythms were a little too exact for the tango style. By "stretch," I meant make the dotted note a little longer and the short note a little shorter and later. I've not played anything like this myself, at least on the piano, so I don't know if it will work. It's a subtle difference, but it might be worth experimenting with.

In your accordian recording (is this a real or "virtual" accordian?), I think some of the rhythms were off, such that there aren't the right number of beats in some of the measures.
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#1034797 - 02/17/07 01:07 PM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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Thank you Piano again. I played the accordian on my Yamaha CVP-307 keyboard which offers hundreds of voices including grand piano. I will try to improve the rythm.
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#1034798 - 02/17/07 03:05 PM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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I haven't had a chance to listen to the recital pieces, but I hope to do so, tomorrow.

However, I did want to thank all of you for your wonderfully kind and generous words of praise and encouragement.

One of the best things I've done is discover this forum and all of you. :3hearts:

Kathleen
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#1034799 - 02/17/07 03:21 PM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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I have only listened to a few and don't really have time to comment at the moment but wanted to say I was completely impressed w/ Mr. Super Hunky's recital submission! Nice work!!

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#1034800 - 02/17/07 04:58 PM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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Hi yall - finally I am up from the bed. Nose is still running a little bit but no more bleeding. Throat is almost clear. Head is not spinning. Ears are not popping/booming as bad as they were 4-5 days ago. I think I'll start putting in some practice minutes tomorrow \:D

Now I go listen to your recital pieces. \:\) the Pianist Corner is a pretty.....uhhh..... ruff place.

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#1034801 - 02/17/07 05:36 PM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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LisztAddict,

I'm happy to hear that you are feeling better. Sounds as though you had a rough time with the flu.

The recital pieces will help lift your spirts, too. \:\)
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#1034802 - 02/17/07 05:44 PM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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34. LisztAddict[/b]
I’ve been fortunate enough to hear a few of your recordings and comment on some of them as they were posted. You continue to elicit magnificent sensitivity and beauty from your piano. You make the difficult sound easy. This is a trait of an extremely versatile pianist. Thank you for sharing this warm and inviting Nocturne.

35. Mary-Rose[/b]
Your playing is beautiful and delicate, much as I picture you in my mind’s eye. It’s impossible to know that you spend only a few hours per week at your piano. You certainly have caught up quickly after thirty years away. This is a long piece to sound so effortless while you play. You evoke the sadness that this young genius must have been feeling when composing this work. Exquisite! Thank you.

36. Sarah M[/b]
This is fantastic! I have a lump in my throat while listening to this magnificent music. It’s true; we are our own worst critic. For you to find flaws in this performance is only because you are the performer. As a listener, I hear nothing but your masterful fingers playing this Impromptu with all the passion and technique one could expect. Thank you for sharing your immense talent and the beauty in your soul.

37. Ishmael[/b]
In your performance profile, you stated that you did not want feedback, but others have posted comments, so I will as well. This is a beautiful. Your right hand creates a dreamy quality to the overall piece. You play very well for the total time you’ve been studying. Thank you for sharing this lovely music.

38. Mary Alice Kropp (IrishMak)[/b]
This is certainly a change of pace, but your piece makes me thankful that we all have made it through tough times and now celebrate together. For me, you have taken a frown and turned it upside down with this song. I’ll be out for lunch one day, OK? Thank you for sharing your singing.

39. Bluemarine[/b]
Your touch and expression are quite graceful. Romantic passion fills the air with your eloquent dynamics. One take or one-hundred does not matter. Thank you for sharing this charming, poetic piece.

40. Schubertian[/b]
I once played this Nocturne. It’s filled with romantic longing and tenderness. It’s rightfully one of Chopin’s favorite pieces for many who admire his works. Thank you for the fond memories you’ve given me and for your expressive playing of this classic.

41. NancyM333[/b]
What a delight! This reminds me of the old black & white movies (before your time and some of them when I was a child) with Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland. Seems they always had a dance where the bobby-soxers did the boogie or other fad dances of that generation. Thanks for the fun.

42. Debussy20 (AKA: Matt)[/b]
This is all we need. Some little snot-nosed kid to practice a piece for a few minutes and rub it in to those of us who had to prepare for our whole life (it seems). I’m teasing, you know. Good job, Matt. You have acquired many piano skills in a short period.

43. C7 Player Greg Smith[/b]
Very entertaining, Greg. I’m glad you made it into the recital. Every time I hear this played, I’m reminded of the movie, “The Sting” with Paul Newman and Robert Redford. Scott Joplin’s rags were the background music for the movie. You do an excellent job with the dynamics and the tricky syncopation of this piece. Thank you for this sudden burst of sunshine.

44. DragonPianoPlayer / Rich Meredith[/b]
I love to hear most anything by Andrew Lloyd Weber and this is one of my favorites. Despite the slight over modulation and your short time back to the piano, you set a reflective mood in your performance. Thank you.

45. AQP_87 (Álvaro Quiles Pomares)[/b]
You’ve really taken on a difficult piece here and made it sound so lyrical and delicate. I now understand why some teachers recommend Chopin Etudes for development over Hanon or scales. Very nicely done. Thank you for playing.
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#1034803 - 02/17/07 06:14 PM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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All of you - thanks so much for your kind remarks! All the comments about me sounding more "mature" than my 11 months of piano playing are very flattering. It's nice to know when I get frustrated about my pace of progress that you all are here to help :-)

I have been on the road for a couple of weeks (business travel is a beast) so I haven't had a chance to really sit down and listen to everyone's. But I am very much looking forward to it.

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#1034804 - 02/17/07 10:55 PM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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#1034805 - 02/17/07 11:01 PM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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Thanks for the nice comments. I learned of Einaudi's music just a few months ago as of Euan Morrisons info he posted and especially of Monica's and Kawaigirls performance of some of his pieces.

I am currently working on Le Onde and it is coming together very nice.

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#1034806 - 02/17/07 11:13 PM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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I have had no time to really sit down and listen to the recordings but did just play Kathleen's playing of Traumeri. Kathleen[/b], you really played that with so much feeling and so well! You truely did it justice.

Also, Lisztener[/b], a very moving performance of one of my favorite Liszt pieces.
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#1034807 - 02/17/07 11:18 PM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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I am currently working on Le Onde and it is coming together very nice. [/b]
Can't wait to hear it !
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#1034808 - 02/17/07 11:47 PM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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I've gotten to listen to a few more:

Lisztener: I love this piece, and you played it so beautifully. You have no hesitation on the keys, and each note had meaning. I hope to someday play it half as well as you have here.

Kathleen: I tried to play this a couple of years ago. After a couple of months with it, I said to my teacher in exasperation, "I just don't get this piece!" And instead of reassuring me, as I expected, she just sighed and said, "No, you don't." I had to laugh then at her honesty. But you know what, when you played it, I got it! I think I always played it too fast, but you make it so poignant and tender. To be honest, I wanted to avoid listening to this because of my own problematic struggle with Traumerei (Trauma, if you had asked me the meaning of it), but I listened out of my regard for you and am so glad I did. It's wonderful. Schumann suits you, so I think it's great that you branched out from Chopin.

JoeMoshi: I didn't know what to expect with your tango, but it was so cleanly played and fun to listen to. I am very impressed by your technique. Very nice work.

Peter: I'm glad you reminded me of the beautiful music of Scarlatti. You brought out the loveliness of his themes, and I wound up listening to it twice. Great job.

Ragnhild: Very nice. I find Baroque music so difficult, but you make it seem easy. You play it very smoothly.

Mel: Oh, my. I guess I forgot how talented you are after hearing you in the last recital. That was just unbelievable. When I read your notes, I thought, "I love to hear that something is not as hard as it sounds." After hearing it, it may not be as hard as it sounds, but it has got to be pretty darn difficult. Please don't leave us for the Pianist Forum--you'll make them all feel inadequate.

Sandy Moore--Beautiful work on a complex sounding piece. I didn't know what to expect, but I'm glad I listened to it. You brought a lot of feeling to it.

Househead78--I now understand your type; I'm on to you. Exceller in every area. World traveler, successful businessperson, and someone who just takes up piano and plays like that in a short time. I bet you were a starter on your high school sports team, too, and probably spoke at graduation. I know nothing of Enya (is it a she? Is she the one who wore that swan outfit to the Grammys one year?), but this is a beautiful piece and you do a great job with it. I can't imagine how you'd play if you weren't on the road so much, but I'd love to find out!

Euan Morrison--This was beautifully done. I think someone mentioned this piece in the last couple of months on some thread, so I was curious about it. You do a gorgeous job with it. You must really enjoy playing it.

StephenC--You've introduced me to another lovely work. I'm impressed at your fluency on the keys--no hesitations that I could hear, and you sound so sure of yourself when you play. I really enjoyed it.

Mike White--When someone has played by ear, they never lose that comfort with the keys I think. This was an awesome performance. Frankly, I'm not too crazy about this piece--maybe I've just heard it played poorly too often--but you play it with a lot of personality and poise. Your audiences must smile when they hear you play. This seems like a very difficult piece to play well, so I'm impressed you tackled it. Nice work.

That's it for the evening. I listened to more but will have to write later.

Nancy
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#1034809 - 02/18/07 12:41 AM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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I haven't listened to all and would like to give each several listens before commenting, but I'd like to mention two in particular:

AdagioM...........that was great! You've played the piece with even more feeling at my home a few weeks ago! I enjoyed that "recital".

Lisztener.........I love the piece you chose and the way you played with such sensitivity; maybe someday I can learn this piece.

You have all produced such wonderful results, and hope I can do so in the future. I too have been practicing with the red dot, but haven't had a piece even close to recording. I've also been using a different red dot........the one that my dog and cats like to chase around the house!
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#1034810 - 02/18/07 12:55 AM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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Originally posted by sleepingcats:
I haven't listened to all and would like to give each several listens before commenting, but I'd like to mention two in particular:

AdagioM...........that was great! You've played the piece with even more feeling at my home a few weeks ago! I enjoyed that "recital".

Lisztener.........I love the piece you chose and the way you played with such sensitivity; maybe someday I can learn this piece.

You have all produced such wonderful results, and hope I can do so in the future. I too have been practicing with the red dot, but haven't had a piece even close to recording. I've also been using a different red dot........the one that my dog and cats like to chase around the house! [/b]
Thank you! It was much less threatening at your home than at mine, because of the red dot.

Speaking of the red dot, check out this video:

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#1034811 - 02/18/07 01:49 AM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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Speaking of the red dot, check out this video:

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Uh oh, now you've done it! The cats are in sleep mode now so I'll have to try it in the morning. Can't let the dog see it; otherwise, I won't have any piano keys left! \:D
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#1034812 - 02/18/07 08:30 AM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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Continuing on from where I left off:

25) Laura D: What fun! Not only a Polka, but a duet (trio) also. I love playing duets. There's almost nothing more fun than Dvorak's Slavonic Dances. And most aren't that hard either. You certainly kept an even beat, which is vitally important when playing duets.

26) Jazzyprof: You play the Liebestraum No.3 very nicely. This wonderful piece is filled with technical difficulties. Not just the two big runs, but how about those left hand arpeggios in the middle section? It takes a great touch to be able to play the melody and accompaniment both in the right hand. You do it beautifully. I think this piece really reflects the spirit of the always generous and big-hearted Liszt, as much of his music does.

27) Daria: It certainly doesn't sound like your fingers are giving you any trouble in this piece. You play it very beautifully and with such wonderful expression. I didn't notice any problems at all. If you're feeling nervous recording yourself, I highly recommend that you record all of your playing every day. Soon you won't even notice that the Zoom is on. Really. I love snow also, but after reading about upstate New York getting about 137 inches in 7 days, all I can say is that's about 127 inches too much.

28) TX-Dennis: Very nice jazzy playing. It amazes me when I hear people improvising, as you do. And what a great ending!

29) Nighteyes: I'm always so impressed listening to you play. Only 7 months back, and 1.5 years as a kid. Just incredible playing for so short a time. You have good technical skills, and your playing is filled with expression and feelings. The third Minuet sounds pretty hard. I wouldn't have even noticed that slight stumble if you hadn't pointed it out. You did a wonderful job!

30) Piano again: The tempo you chose for the first section is excellent, I feel. Too slow and it really drags. My favorite part is the turbulent middle section and the ending. Very well played, especially the delicate run.

31) Triryche: For playing only nine months, most of that time on theory, you did a great job. You keep a really steady beat, which is so important. And you nailed those triplets! I feel it's a special treat to hear really new pianists playing in the Recital. I'm so glad you joined us.

32) mahlzeit: Very nicely played, with great expression. I'm curious why you chose to transpose this Nocturne. I think for me, a minor would have a slightly brighter feel to it than g minor. Oh, and I agree with you; sometimes you really have to disregard the composers expression markings.

33) Peyton: One of Schumann's most beautiful miniatures. And no one here to tell us that this a "movement" and not a "piece", thank God. You play it so beautifully, with such tenderness and devotion. A little piece of joy in half a page, plus a repeat.

34) LisztAddict: Frank doesn't allow username changes, but ResidentGenius would fit you to a tee. This is just plain gorgeous playing; such depth of feeling and wonderful technical skills. The eveness of your runs is stunning!

35) Mary-Rose: Well it takes real courage to play in front of a blazing red dot for 7:42 for your first recital. You play very beautifully with a wonderful sensitive touch. And your piano sounds absolutely terrific!

36) Sarah M: You don't seem to recognize how astonishingly beautiful your playing is. This is a very difficult piece, and you play it as well as I've ever heard it played. It demands a tremendous amount of dexterity from the weakest fingers. This was a completely professional performance.

37) Ishmael: Very nice playing. Beautifully done!

38) IrishMak: You play this beautiful spiritual with a lot of feeling. Great job! I love spirituals, too. My favorite is "Soon I Will Be Done A Wit Da Troubles of Da World", but it's hard to see how to fit it into a Valentines Day theme.

39) Bluemarine: What a beautiful piece of music, and you play it so dramatically. It's a great pleasure to listen to you play and a special treat to hear unfamiliar repertoire that's so gorgeous.

40) Schubertian: For only 4 months back, this is just amazing playing of the wonderful E flat Nocturne. How did you get such a confident touch in so short a time? There's a very nice energy to your playing, with an impressive burst of power. Beautifully done!

41) NancyM333: Well you definitely take first prize for the most jazzy playing. Very well done. Your enthusiasm is infectious!

42) Debussy20: Oh, you learned it in an hour? Well when I was 13, I learned the Fantasie Impromptu in an hour. Well, maybe it was only the first four measures. ;\) Actually, you did a beautiful job with this Prelude. You have a very nice, sensitive touch, and you play with feeling. Great job!

43) C7 Player: Two months back? This is pretty terrific playing for so short a time. Very will done!

44) DragonPianoPlayer: Great job for six months back. I can really feel your enthusiasm for the piano. Great energy!

45) AQP_87: Another one of our boy geniuses! Absolutely amazing playing in only 16 months. You are certainly blessed with wonderful talent and the self discipline to practice. This is one of those pieces where the rhythm can really drive you crazy. You do an absolutely wonderful job with this Etude. Such delicate, sensitive playing!

Thanks to everyone!

Mel
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#1034813 - 02/18/07 08:45 AM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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Adding another one:

TX-Dennis: Yours is the first thing I listened to this morning, and what a wonderful way to start the day! I really liked how jazzy you played while playing so delicately. Great job.

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#1034814 - 02/18/07 10:14 AM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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Thanks, Mel. \:\)

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I'm curious why you chose to transpose this Nocturne. I think for me, a minor would have a slightly brighter feel to it than g minor.[/b]
Because I know how to "think" in A minor but not in G minor. Knowing how to think in a certain key, i.e. which chords go with which melody tones, really helps with playing a piece, even if you're playing from sheet music and not by ear. You're right that different keys sound different (at least higher or lower), but the easier I can make it on myself, the better. \:D
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#1034815 - 02/18/07 10:19 AM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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Continued from previous post....

First a couple that I couldn't download previously

Monica Kern[/b] - I've got to say when I saw this was over 9 minutes long I thought to myself - "well, I'll listen to a couple minutes of it and move on". I found myself so captivated by your playing that I was totally shocked when it came to an end so soon !!! I'm so impressed by your playing of this piece I just can't say enough about it. Thank you very much for this performance.

Craig137 (Craig Demetz)[/b] - That does not sound like an easy piece, but I thought you did great with it.
Nicely done !!!

And now picking up where I left off...

Laura D[/b] - what a fun piece. nicely played

Jazzyprof[/b] - great selection for this recital. I don't know much classical music so this tempo sounded perfect to me. In fact it seems like any faster and it wouldn't be quite a beautiful. Very nicely played.

mdp1w (Daria)[/b] - wonderful Daria. I don't hear all the "flubs" you mention. It's amazing how almost everyone thinks their performance has all kinds of flaws when to the listener they sound wonderful (IMHO). You should be very proud of this performance, I really enjoyed this.

TX-Dennis (Dennis Turner)[/b] - what a great feel you created with this rendition. Very relaxed with just the right bit of swing, plus some very nice tasty licks all throughout. Great playing Dennis, very enjoyable

Nighteyes[/b] - I don't know the pieces you played, but they sounded great. They do not sound easy to play and you did a great job with them.

Piano again[/b] - Very nice playing. I don't know much about classical music but I've come to know this piece from the ABF and I have to say you did a wonderful job playing this.

Triryche[/b] - for just 9 months, most of which was theory, that was very well played. Smooth, clean, no hesitations, very nicely done !

mahlzeit[/b] - Excellent selection. A very beautiful piece which you played with great feeling and emotion. Well done Matthijs (and from sheet music!!!)

Peyton[/b] - I enjoy everything you play so much, and this was no different. I love the way you get the right hand melody to really sing out above the left hand, just gorgeous.

LisztAddict[/b] - Wow, that was just incredible ! I don't know what else to say, it was perfect. Amazing playing.

Mary-Rose[/b] - what a great touch you have. That was played sweetly and delicately, just perfect for the piece. It's hard to believe you've only been back playing for a few months. I can't imagine how good you were before the 30 year layoff. I for one am very happy you decided to start playing again.

Sarah M[/b] - Are you kidding me ? You're a pro. I feel like I owe somebody money for the privilege of listening to that performance. I'm not a fan of classical music and I think this is my favorite performance of this recital. You are truly a wonderful musician.

Ishmael[/b] - Very nicely played. It's hard to believe you've only been playing 10 months, you've really made an incredible amount of progress. I'm jealous...

Mary Alice Kropp (IrishMak)[/b] - Well played, and a great version of the song.

Bluemarine[/b] - What a grand majestic sound you created ! Great playing.

Schubertian[/b] - Another great performance. Wow, I'm stunned at how good so many people here are. Absolutely wonderful playing Schubertrian.

NancyM333[/b] - What a great change of pace. This sounds like just a big barrel of fun, well done !!!

Debussy20 (AKA: Matt)[/b] - Well played Matt. Hard to believe you did that in such a short time, excellent work !!!

C7 Player Greg Smith[/b] - Always a fun piece to hear, and you played it well. Good job !!

DragonPianoPlayer / Rich Meredith[/b] - Nicely done. It sounded great, and once you add a bit more dynamic changes it will really sing. Well played !!!

AQP_87 (Álvaro Quiles Pomares)[/b] - Wonderfully played, and a great selection. I'll tell you, with all of these incredible performances of classical pieces you all might just make a classical fan out of me yet.
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#1034816 - 02/18/07 12:40 PM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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Househead78--I now understand your type; I'm on to you. Exceller in every area. World traveler, successful businessperson, and someone who just takes up piano and plays like that in a short time. I bet you were a starter on your high school sports team, too, and probably spoke at graduation. I know nothing of Enya (is it a she? Is she the one who wore that swan outfit to the Grammys one year?), but this is a beautiful piece and you do a great job with it. I can't imagine how you'd play if you weren't on the road so much, but I'd love to find out!
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Nancy - THANKS!!!

While I was a high school sports participant, I also spent most of college waiting to graduate and smoking plenty of "not-tobbacco". Now that I'm out of school I am more in my element and feel very free to pursue whatever whims I feel.

The business travel is an unfortunate side-effect of my career ambitions. On top of that, my partner lives in Okla City while I'm in Austin, so we frequently travel to spend time together. I am thinking of buying a digital piano for his house just so I can practice up there!

Seriously, thanks for the kind words. I feel my progress is due to brute force, not necessarily prodigious talent. I simply keep trying until it works.

I am flattered by your compliment. Thanks so much for making my Sunday!

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#1034817 - 02/18/07 01:45 PM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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Ok, I've gone back and was able to hear the ones I couldn't access earlier.

Sandy Moore - That was beautiful, magical sounding playing! Congratulations on taking it on. I'm glad to hear it wasn't too bad once you decided to tackle it. You played it very well - it was even and smooth and I would have never guessed you ever felt daunted by the piece. You definitely mastered it.

Craig - You play with a lot of energy, I love it. I think I heard hints of the symphony 5 theme in there too, although that might just be my imagination. And some nice improvisation at the end. You are quite a versatile and talented musician.

My comments on all other performances are on page 2 of this thread if anyone missed them.

A big thanks to everyone who took the time to comment. Thanks DeepElem, Dannylux, Sandy Moore, Lisztener, Funburger, Monica, Kawaigirl, Babs1, txdennis, Daria, Nancy, AdagioM, IrishMak, Damz, AJB, Seaside Lee, Mary Rose, Piano Again. I hope I did not miss anyone. I read them all and I was touched by the comments.

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#1034818 - 02/18/07 02:17 PM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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I finally listened to everyone's submissions and really enjoyed them all!

I don't have time to comment on everyone individually, but maybe when I've listened to them a few more times. \:D
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#1034819 - 02/18/07 02:28 PM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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Here's a few more as I work my way through the oldtimers to the recital:

AdagioM[/b]: I've liked every single one of your recital submissions. \:\) I wasn't familiar with this Copeland piece, and I found it to be different than his usual style, very slow and peaceful. Thanks for introducing me to it!

Seaside Lee[/b]: I'm running out of superlatives to describe your playing, Lee, and when I think that you're doing this all BY EAR it blows my mind. I really liked the ending, by the way.

loveschopintoomuch[/b]: I've been intrigued by this piece ever since I read Noah Adams's "Piano Lessons", and I even downloaded the sheet music (took one look at it, laughed, and put it away on my "tackle in 5 years" shelf). You did a wonderful job of playing this with emotion.

LuigiV[/b]: Very polished performance! I thought the three worked well as a medley. My favorite was the first one; it had a beautiful melody and you did a wonderful job with the dynamics. However, I can't leave without saying one word: boxnet! It was a labor of epic proportions downloading your clip from savefile.

copper[/b]: I don't care what anybody says, I love "Fur Elise," and I'm glad you played it. I was impressed by how seamlessly you moved between the sections, and the last movement with all those dark chords was beautiful.

peter[/b]: I'm not at all familiar with Scarlatti's work, but I find this piece to be almost new age-ish in style (which of course means I liked it a lot ;\) ). Very nicely played!

Sandy Moore[/b]: The Little Mermaid legend has always held a heart-breaking appeal to me, and you capture well in this piece the innocence and happiness of falling in love without realizing what the consequences will be. It sounded pretty challenging to me... I bet the right hand fingering was difficult.
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#1034820 - 02/18/07 03:30 PM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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Finally…I can spend the day at a “concert.” I haven’t read what others have commented about each recital piece. So any resemblance to previous statements is purely coincidental.

Kawaigirl;[/b]
What I wouldn’t give to have your control! Your legato is perfect. Such power and yet so smoothly played. Your left hand never faltered. A truly haunted piece and you played it as if you wrote it.

Liszter: The first time I heard this piece, I cried. I know I am a weepy person when it comes to music, but this one is more than a tear-jerker. Your love for Liszt shines through with the unbelievable evenness of your left hand, gentle phrasing and deep rooted but ever so consuming emotion he so obviously created in this beautiful composition. Your playing was inspired, perfect, just as I believe he would have meant it to be. I could listen to it over and over. Thank you.

Michele (AdagioM)
Michele: I’ll be honest with you and say Copeland is not one of my favorite composers, and I don’t know why. I know he and his music are considered “American” … the old West (Bonanza-type). It does have a simple and elegant quality to it. Maybe I am so used to the big sound of the Romantic composers. I have to work on being more open-minded.

Now for your playing… it was lovely. It projected that “American” simplicity and implied strength. Your tones were so clear and precise. I enjoyed your performance very much and am glad you resurrected it.

{Seaside_Lee}
There ISN’T a more poignant and lovely piece than this. Your father will be so moved, as was I. You won’t believe that I am also learning this song, along with another AB. I just loved your arrangement; you play with such ease and confidence. Even the second half--the swinging section was fun to listen to. You’re a kind son and a wonderful artist.

LuigiV (Luigi)
Gosh, it took almost 5 minutes for your piece to dowload, and for a while, I thought it wouldn’t. I AM SO GLAD IT DID! How very lovely you play. Your touch is so light and gentle, bringing out Schumann’s bright and sweet melody. Hearing you play touched my heart also. It was as perfect as it could get.

Mr Super-Hunky:
Well, SH…my comments are TOTALLY positive!! First of all, you are to be congratulated simply for willing to perform for over 5 minutes. A medal for that. But what a super performance. I know I keep saying how great everyone’s legato is. But I mean it, and in your case, it made the piece flow and ebb. I will be humming it all day, I know. Thank you…be proud of yourself.

Monica Kern
Monica: I can certainly understand how this piece persuaded you to the piano. It is so exquisite. What can I say about your playing that I haven’t before. You definitely have a special feel for this type of music. You can express the subtle differences so wonderfully, and that’s what it takes with a composition like this. Your fingers seems to roll over the keyboard without any effort. I also congratulate you for your courage with the red dot for 9+ minutes. I so loved listening to you play. When I grow up, I hope I can play like you. I will NEVER forget your “Overcome.” I still hope to conquer it, one day.

Copper
Hurray for you, Copper! You brought back an old favorite. I really did like the tempo you used, as I always thought it was played too fast. Although I know it could go a bit quicker, which I am sure you will accomplish over time. I thought I could hear some real love for this piece emanating from the keyboard. Those wrong notes are nothing to worry about. They added a little charm to your playing. Really! If I remember correctly, Fur Elise is a level 3 composition, so consider yourself ahead of the game. Good for you for submitting something that wasn’t perfect. I was beginning to think I was in the Pianist Corner. No offense to you, Copper, and all…you know what I mean. I actually smiled while listening, Copper, for I had the same piece after about 2 years. It brought back some great memories. Thank you.

Joemoshi
I don’t know how to tango, but after listening to your great playing, I sure wish I did. What a perfect song for Valentine’s Day…it was just great. I don’t know what else to say, so professional, smooth and classy. WOW!

Peter:
What a wonderfully elegant, classical piece. I’ve never listened to any Scarlatti before, so I can’t really give you any helpful suggestions. I thought you had a real feel for the music, perhaps the tempo (around the 2/3) mark might be a little more even (but what do I know). I think that with just a little more practice, you will feel more at ease with it. It really is tricky-sounding. I didn’t hear any wrong notes and that’s a big achievement with music like this. Good work and good for you!

Ragnhild:
You certainly don’t have to give us 5 good reasons for playing this wonderful piece. One is enough…it is stunning. Now you have to tell me that it was really Chopin and not Bach. Just kidding (it’s an inside joke). Really, Ragnhild…you played so beautifully. I could hear the “voices” in perfect counter point. Tender and compassionate…it is quite apparent how much you love him (Bach) that is. Thank you so much. As soon as I conquered the 55.1 (whenever that will be), I WILL open my Bach beginner book!

Vincentime
Only 1 year of lessons…?? It sounded perfect to me. Bach seems to be the MAN and why not! Your playing was crisp, confident and your tempo, perfect. Excellent performance…be proud.

Mel:
Where am I? Is all that white stuff clouds? Am I in heaven? Oh, no. It’s just snow. You hoped we “liked it”? How about “we were dazzled” by it. You play with such passion (just like Chopin, perhaps, when he was 19). I thought the tempo was perfect, and your technique (Hanon, I suppose) was sublime! You have the touch for Chopin, you know that, I’m sure. Just glorious. Thank you.

Funky_Fred:
One of the reasons I love the piano is because it is capable of producing sound…music, just as you played it. Fred, I got the shivers right in the middle, when you changed off and went into “Yesterday.” Wow, what talent you have. What a joy and pleasure it was to listen to you. I wish I could play just one-tenth as well. The Beatle music NEVER sounded so good!

Sandy Moore
You gave your piece such a dream-like quality. It was lovely. And I can certainly tell that it is a lot more difficult to play than it sounded. Quite charming and so perfectly played with just the right phrasing and tempo. Glad you decided to give it a try. And I agree that I love it when a piece looks too difficult and then a few months later, seems doable and even possible to play well, as you did, quite very well, indeed.

(HouseHead78)
John: If ever any music ever painted a picture or told a story, your playing of this piece did.. I normally don’t imagine anything happening when I listen to music, but I couldn’t help but “seeing” a lonely, young woman…alone and forgotten, love lost or never obtained. I think this is the greatest compliment I can pay you. Excellent in every way possible. Thank you for this wonderful story.
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It's taken me half a day, just to get to the first 15 or so. I really am enjoying myself...thanks to you all. \:\) But I have to stop for the day and make dinner and all that other boring stuff.

More later

Kathleen
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#1034821 - 02/18/07 04:36 PM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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(page 3 of 4 pages)

01. Kawaigirl1[/b]
What an experience! I’ve never heard anything by Philip Glass before, so after this I’ll find out more about him. This is almost frightfully mysterious and beautiful as well. You have done a fabulous job of creating the mood with your excellent play. Your dynamics and touch are admirable. Thank you for scaring…er sharing.

02. Lisztener[/b]
(For my records and to keep the numbered list in order.)

03. Michele (AdagioM)[/b]
I’m not familiar with Copland’s piano works, but you sure are. This performance is beautiful. Your experience makes it so. Thank you for your presentation.

04. Seaside_lee[/b]
This was my sister’s favorite and I’m learning a scored version. I enjoy your delicate melody. You bring on a flood of reflection with your beautiful improvisation. Well done and thank you.

05. loveschopintoomuch.....kathleen[/b]
I remember when Vladimir Horowitz returned to Russia in the ‘80s and PBS TV did a special telecast. I watched him perform and believe this was his last encore piece of the program. After hearing him play, I learned it. I’ll have to get it back up to speed. You have an excellent interpretation. Your tempo and dynamics are precisely as I believe they should sound. I must relearn this piece. Thank you for the added history and for playing this beautiful little gem.

06. LuigiV (Luigi)[/b]
Your play is so delicate that it makes me feel like the music is a part of me. It is very comforting. You play beautiful music straight from your heart. Thank you for touching my heart as well.

07. Mr Super-Hunky[/b]
I’ve heard you play before but never like this, Hunk. This has to be your best effort ever. You have found a musical genre that has wrapped around your heart. It sounds as though something supernatural took hold of you and guided your fingers over the keyboard. Congratulations on an inspired performance and thank you for sharing it.

08. Monica Kern[/b]
You must have a very deep feeling of satisfaction after this fantastic performance. To achieve a major milestone like this is about as much as one can ask. I’m happy for you, dear lady. Think of the body of work that you have accumulated and that you now have the resources to share with your posterity. This day and age has its problems, for sure, but moments of joy like this make life wonderful. You continually improve, but I don’t know how you can surpass this. Thank you for sharing your heart and soul through your music. I am deeply touched.

09. Copper[/b]
There has been much written about Beethoven’s temper and moodiness. It’s a joy to know that beneath his outbursts he could dream of and compose music of such soul-wrenching beauty. You hear things in your play that escapes me. I hear a well-played classic that is not ridiculed but praised by those who admire the genius who wrote it. Thank you for sharing.

10. joemoshi[/b]
Over the years, I’ve heard this song many times without knowing the title. Ballroom dancing is all the rage, now, on TV. If this tango hasn’t been used, it should be. I can see the dancers gliding across the floor as I listen. Beautiful playing! Thank you.

11. Peter[/b]
This Sonata has a delicate and beautiful melody. This is the first time I’ve heard it and after hearing you play, yours will be the standard from which I’ll judge any other rendition. Your execution is beautiful, even with the recording problems. Thank you for sharing.

12. Ragnhild[/b]
You may not wish to admit it, but it sounds to me as though you put much feeling into this piece. I’m not particularly fond of Bach’s piano works (shame on me), but your delicate and sensitive play highlights a beautiful melody. I need to look deeper than Glen Gould to get away from the constant trills from now on. Thank you for this delightful music.
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#1034822 - 02/18/07 10:54 PM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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A few more before heading off to sleep...

ragnhild[/b]: Very nice! I wasn't familiar with this piece, but it is more melodic and slower than what I am used to thinking of with respect to Bach. I especially liked the lower bass part toward the end.

dannylux[/b]: Wow! How could you play all those notes so fast and flawlessly? I'm banishing you to the "Adult Just About Ready to be a Concert Pianist" forum along with Sarah M. \:D I don't believe you for a second, though, that this piece is "not as hard as it sounds." Congratulations on an outstanding performance.

Serge88[/b]: This is one of Elton John's sweetest songs, and you play it well. I'm particularly impressed that you were able to improvise it. It didn't sound simplified to me, btw! Very nice. \:\)

Mike White[/b]: That "Adult Almost Concert Pianist" forum is getting crowded. \:D I wish I knew classical music so I could offer better comments on it, but all I can say is that your rendition sounded just like the ones on my Chopin CDs. Those trills just flew off your fingers.

Laura D[/b]: This gets my vote for the "most fun" piece of the recital, edging out the tango. \:\) And I'm especially jealous you got your family to play with you. I have been nagging my daughter mercilessly to play a piano-flute duet with me, and she'll practice for 5 minutes, grumbling under her breath the whole time.
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#1034823 - 02/19/07 12:16 AM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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Oh my, you all really don’t know how much your positive words of encouragement mean to me. It was so enjoyable to create a template with everyone’s names then sit, listen and key in my “reaction” of each performance.

My cyber-buddies: maryrose, Piano again, Seaside Lee, TX-Dennis (thanks for the IE tip so I could listen to Sandy and Ishmael), mr super hunky, Sarah M, AdagioM, Babs1, IrishMak, funberger, Lisztener, Monica Kern, Kawaigirl1, Sandy Moore, Dannylux (great Zoom tip), DeepElem, Bob Muir (how did you DO this AGAIN?), Copper (I LOVE the map & stats) – thank you all for being so kind.

What an experience my first recital continues to be!! The online recital is a brilliant concept -- it provided me with enough pressure to stop piddling around with a lot of songs and instead focus on playing one well.

There is SO much TALENT and GUTS on this forum that it was difficult mustering up the courage to post my playing. No one EVER hears me play – except my dog. Don’t laugh, but I just started to copy & paste the “mdp1w” comments and advice so that I could print them out and place them next to my piano. Your words of support will serve as a “cyber blankie” when I get discouraged!


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#1034824 - 02/19/07 12:36 AM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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Thanks to everyone who complimented my recording. I really appreciate it.

I'd also like to compliment you all on your ability to write cogent comments; I wish I could do the same (if you want to read what I did write, it's in the "Critical Discussion" thread).
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#1034825 - 02/19/07 01:52 AM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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(page 4 of 4 pages) The last page of my comments:

13. Vincentime[/b]
I disagree when you say, “Not very good” and I don’t hear the mistakes you hear. Given that you’re just resuming play, I believe you’re doing just fine. It’s a little quick on the tempo but good technique and dynamics. Thank you. I wish you future success.

14. dannylux (Mel)[/b]
Wow, you have this one polished to a high sheen. To play with such speed and take care to highlight the beautiful melody and dynamic range is enviable. Those trills in the left hand are amazing. You are a virtuoso if ever I’ve heard one. Thank you for sharing this difficult yet uplifting piece. It is magnificent.

15. Euclid10540 aka Funky_Fred[/b]
If I put 10$ in the tip glass will you take a couple of requests? Man, this mellow music flows like honey. Add a base and sax and the “Funky Fred Trio” could fill a lounge or restaurant. You have a nice relaxing sound. Thank you.

16. Sandy Moore[/b]
My inner child is enchanted by this dreamy music that lets me fly on a magic carpet to a world of fantasy. You play it just right. Thank you for taking me on this flight of fancy. Beautifully played! I’ll visit this world you have created many more times.

17. Jon Gray (HouseHead78)[/b]
My wife and I adore Enya and you have captured her voice on your piano. What a lovely ballad your piano sings for you. I enjoy the delicacy of your touch that sounds so sad and pensive. You play better than your experience would otherwise indicate. Thank you for sharing this beautiful song.

18. craig137 Craig[/b]
Somewhere in the audible fog of reverb, I believe there is dedicated and talented pianist. If the cause of this distortion is your recording method, then post this piece again in the monthly Piano Bar after changing your setup. Your play is ambitious and thanks for sharing this difficult piece.

19. Ozor Mox[/b]
I haven’t heard the piece before but I agree that it’s played too fast. There are places where I detect a sensitive touch. I’d like to hear more of your play in the forums to really appreciate it more. You definitely have good technique. Thank you for sharing.

20. Stephenc[/b]
This is really romantic and soothing. You have a delicate touch that is just right for mood music; very smooth, soft and relaxing. I’m eager to hear more of your play. Thank you for sharing your beautiful music.

21. DeepElem (Buck)[/b]
I think you must have a bad memory like me, or this is eight months experience on this particular keyboard. Whatever, the great pop standards and classical are my favorites. You timing and touch are super. Yours is romantic music the way I like it. Thank you for sharing this beauty.

22. Euan Morrison[/b]
The hits keep coming! What a beautiful piece you are playing and such a beautiful sound you make. Unless you are a neglected child prodigy, I don’t understand how you can play at this level of musicality after only fifteen months. Nonetheless, you have much talent of which to be very proud. This is a beautiful piece. Thank you for sharing.
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#1034826 - 02/19/07 06:25 AM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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I've been busy with work and sick children so have only just had a chance to start listening.

Dennis[/b]: I went to you first because you know I have a soft spot for your playing \:\) As always, you transported me for a little while. I smile a bit, my face softens and I forget that I'm sitting in front of the harsh glare of a computer screen. Lovely

Sarah M[/b]: OH my GOD! I have never heard this before but have heard it mentioned on many threads. I knew it must have been incredibly technically demanding so I wasn't expecting it to be so beautiful. I really felt if physically in some parts. You know when you hear an opera singer hit a note and your whole body just seems to pulse? Well that's what happened to me during your recital. I loved it.

Monica[/b]: I'm so disappointed that I can never open any of your files. The screen just hangs on trying to access the site. Does anyone else have that problem? Any tips on how to get around it?

Mahlzeit[/b]: I'm a sucker for 'pretty' pieces and that was just beautiful and a great quality recording too

Euan[/b]: I hope I can play half as well as that at 15 months! That was really moving. I really enjoyed it.

Ragnhild[/b]: Wow! I loved that. It conjured up all sorts of imagery for me. I don't how to explain it other than I felt it visually as well as aurally. I thought you played it beautifully.

I hope to get time to hear some others tomorrow. I can't believe this is the adult beginners forum. Everyone I've heard so far sounds so professional!

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#1034827 - 02/19/07 02:40 PM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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 Quote:
Originally posted by Monica Kern:
Ishmael: Thank you for playing my all time favorite David Nevue piece, although I will admit to jealousy that you can play those left-hand E-flat runs smoother than I can and you've only been playing 10 months! [/b]
I must thank you[/b] for introducing me the Nevue music. I really appreciate it. Well, as for your comment about my playing, I think, it is humble at best. Thanks for the encouraging words anyway. \:\)
I'm looking forward to listening your piece.

 Quote:
Originally posted by kawaigirl1::
I know you didn't want feedback, but I just had to tell you that your performance was very enjoyable. [/b]
Thank you for your kind words. I'll listen to your recording today, judging from the previous recordings of yours, it must be great.

 Quote:
Originally posted by RonP:
Don't get discouraged by seeing people like Ishmael at 10 months on piano, playing like he does. Highly likely this isn't his only music experience.
Thank you Ishmael. I enjoyed it. [/b]
I think, I have to admit that it was not easy to record this piece. I had to try many many times and I still couldn't manage to record it in one take. So, I recorded the three sections separately and then connected them later. I'm not sure you have a piece in this recital, but I'll listen to it as soon as possible if you do.

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Originally posted by dannylux:
Very nice playing. Beautifully done! [/b]
I love you guys. \:\)

 Quote:
Originally posted by DeepElem:
Very nicely played. It's hard to believe you've only been playing 10 months, you've really made an incredible amount of progress. I'm jealous..[/b]
Thanks, I'm glad you enjoyed it.

 Quote:
Originally posted by TX-Dennis:
Ten months? Liar! This is not a piece for a beginner of ten months. Seriously, you played it extremely well. Great job! By the way, what jump at the end of the recording? Sounded fabulous to me.[/b]
Thanks for the nice comments. Everybody says great things about your piece, I'm looking forward to listening to it.

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#1034828 - 02/19/07 03:40 PM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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originally posted by shimmer:[/b]
Monica:[/b] I'm so disappointed that I can never open any of your files. The screen just hangs on trying to access the site. Does anyone else have that problem? Any tips on how to get around it?
Shimmer,
Possibly your browser has a problem launching an mp3 file on its own.
Try right clicking[/b] the link and chose "save target as"[/b] which will download it to your pc, then play it from your pc and enjoy!

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#1034829 - 02/19/07 04:37 PM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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Page 3 continued............................[/b]

Matt[/b] Wow ! You only worked on this an hour! I am impressed. Oh to be young again! :p
Cooper[/b] I loved it! \:\) You picked a wonderful piece. I think this is one of Beethhoven best works and I have always loved this song. I think you should keep on playing it and enjoying it! I still play it myself and enjoy it.
Ishmael:[/b] I love this song! Great job. I tried this song and I put it aside because it about killed my hands so I know its not as easy as it looks.
IrishMak[/b] What a nice folksy tune! I enjoyed hearing it on your treasured M&H! \:\)
Craig[/b] Did you say that you have a cheap old upright? Well I think it has a great sound with your superb playing! That was one hard piece you mastered!

Well that is it for a while........till I listen to more, some of you I already listened to , this is page 3. TBC[/b]

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#1034830 - 02/19/07 05:11 PM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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I've posted the zip files, (finally), so if you want "normalized" and labled files for your play list, have at it. \:\)

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#1034831 - 02/19/07 05:29 PM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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Thanks Bob!!
Now I can enjoy at work (on my lunch of course).
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#1034832 - 02/19/07 06:21 PM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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And now for the conclusion:

Peyton[/b] You did a fantastic job with this piece. Your emotion and articulation come shining through. I especially liked the proper use of your pedaling. This almost seems to be a lost art which you have obviously not forgotten. Great job.

LisztAddict[/b] What a beautiful piece and a fine job performing it. I must say that this piece especially came alive for me just after the mid way point. Very dramatic and expressive chords at that point. I Loved it.

Mary-Rose[/b] This was a very delicate and moving piece to hear. I can sense the composers true meaning in this piece as you perform it. A pleasure to listen to.

Sarah M[/b] This was one of just a few performances that absolutely blew me away. BRAVO....or is it BRAVA?, not sure, anyway, that was a truly incredible performance. I've heard that once you learn to ride a bike, you will know how to ride forever. I think it is obvious that this applies to playing the piano as well. I was SO impressed with your playing!! Great job.

Ishmael[/b] You did'nt want "feedback" so I'm just writing my personal opinion instead. For only playing 10 mos, you are obviosly a natural talent. This piece came across sounding very proffesional and your timing was very good. I really hope you stick with piano as I think you have a true gift!

Mary Alice Kropp (IrishMak)[/b] What can I say to you Mak, your a triple threat!. A culinary expert, a connoisseur of fine wines and whiskey and a musical performer as well as hard core rocker!. You have not only done it all, you can do it all!.

Bluemarine[/b] Very nice and expressive piece. I love the deep sound that comes through in the bass (yes, I know it's a digital!). Someday, I would like to give this genre a try as it sounds so nice.

Schubertian[/b] What a soft and warm sound that comes through in your performance. Your playing is superb and the tone of your piano is just great. I almost purchased an Estonia 190 but lack of any dealer in my state prevented that. They have a special warm unique sound that I love.

NancyM333[/b] Nancy, you did a great job with this piece and I found myself toe-tapping along with it the entire time. I would very much like to hear something from you that represents...you!. As much as I liked this this piece from you, I am looking forward to the next recital to hear something that truly comes from you.

Debussy20[/b] Hi there young Matt. I just love how you can not only learn, but perform and record a piece in just an hour!. I've got to wonder what you are really capable of should you give a challenging piece a month or two!!. I really enjoyed this piece but I would also like to hear something that took you a while to learn and perform. I bet we will all be pleasantly surprised!

C7 Player[/b] Greg, for a last minute effort, you did an admirable job with this piece. I once attempted this tune found in an easy piano compilation book and failed miserably with it. I know that this piece is MUCH more difficult than it sounds and I'm sure that many people can attest to this. Thanks for participating in our recital and way to pull off keeping your wife happy while still sneaking in a last minute submission!. You somehow managed to pull them both off!

DragonPianoPlayer[/b] This is one of my favorite songs which you made a wonderful piano performance out of. Nice work.

AQP_87[/b] Alvaro. You perform like a seasoned professional. This was absolutely "concert quality" and for only 1 1/2 years, that is an incredible feat. I can only imagine how much you must practice to get that good so quickly. Bravo Alvaro.

Thanks again to everyone involved with this recital from those who made it happen to all of the participants who performed. This is certainly a very unique group of people we have here!.

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#1034833 - 02/19/07 08:38 PM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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It took some time but finally I listened to all the submissions. Almost all were very very well played and this despite the red button syndrome. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to all and would like to thank all for sharing. Unfortunately I do not feel qualified to make constructive comments nor do I have the verbal ability to express myself.

Congratulations to all.
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#1034834 - 02/19/07 08:51 PM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to comment on my Nocturne - i'm looking forward to the Recital #6
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#1034835 - 02/20/07 05:28 AM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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There are obviously big differences in difficulty and playing level between all of these submissions, but I have to say that I am really proud of the participants who haven't been playing for very long -- the true beginners -- who have mustered up the courage to submit their pieces, even though some may think they sound amateurish compared the submissions from the more experienced players here.

Well, I don't think they are amateurish at all, and anyone who submitted a piece -- no matter how good you are -- is a winner for me. (And all must have prizes! \:D )

It really takes a lot of guts to show your playing to the world, especially if you only just started, and you are already infinitely better at it than people who wish they could play the piano but don't. Keep up the good work and I am confident that you'll become the players that you have always dreamed of becoming!

Thank you all very much for participating in this great event, *especially* the true beginners! \:\)
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#1034836 - 02/20/07 06:39 AM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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Warmest thanks to all who gave feedback on my attempt. I have taken what you said to heart - particularly Ragnhild and Piano Again.

Copper - I really enjoyed your stats, but who are represented by those red dots in the middle of the Pacific? Thank you Copper!
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#1034837 - 02/20/07 09:11 AM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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Thanks to everyone for all of the kind words. These recitals force me to get a piece to the "polished state" whereas I would normally just play them "half-fast" for my own enjoyment.
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#1034838 - 02/21/07 12:07 AM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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The following is a list of those who posted comments on my recital entry.

My heartfelt thanks to each one of you:

funburger, Seaside_Lee, mr_super-hunky, Euan Morrison,
TX-Dennis, Norma J, mdp1w, Sarah M, AdagioM, ShiroKuro, Babs1, DeepElem, IrishMak, funburger, Monica Kern, kawaigirl1, dannylux, Sandy Moore, Peyton, NancyM333, loveschopintoomuch, maryrose, Piano again, Ozor Mox, Serge88, shimmer and one who wishes to remain anonymous.[/b]

This being my first recital, I had no inkling of the emotional impact your comments would have on me.

If I missed your comment, I beg your pardon.
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#1034839 - 02/21/07 12:23 AM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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Finally I have all the files and listened to them all. I was quite surprise how much progress some of you made since I heard your recordings from recital 1 & 2. I was even more surprise that a number of you (some first timers too) even played longer and more advance pieces than mine.

And Ragnhild, because of you, I had to go to sheetmusicarchive.net and download that Bach-Busoni Ich ruf zu dir, Herr (Jesu Christ). I played this on the organ many years ago. Now I know there is a piano transcription for it.

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#1034840 - 02/21/07 06:21 AM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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LisztAddict - if you want to hear how the Choral "Ich ruf' zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ" should be played it is on Leif Ove Andsnes "Horizons" cd.

I do one major mistake playing the grace note in a "romantic" in stead of baroque way (I did not listen until I had recorded it) - I kept it like that because I wanted to post my "personal" prayer. (I did hope someone would bother to comment the mistake, though, why didn't you, LisztAddict ? ;\) )

Thankyou to all who took their time listening to my playing. I have listened to all of you, my English vocabular is not big enough to make separate comments on every piece - but I enjoyed all of it.

I still think it is a great loss that you did not become a church-organist, LisztAddict !

Ragnhild
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#1034841 - 02/21/07 09:49 AM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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Part 1 of 2[/b]

Kawaigirl1[/b] - I'm not a massive fan of Philip Glass, but his music does have a certain mesmorising property which you captured brilliantly. I have the Philip Glass CD with this piece on it and your performance is indistinguishable from the real thing, literally flawless! I am incredibly envious of how well you kept those arpeggios even throughout!

Lisztener[/b] - A beautiful relaxing piece to listen to and completely flawless playing, not a mistake to be heard and great expression.

AdagioM[/b] - A nice piece and excellently played with very good dynamics.

Seaside_Lee[/b] - I don't know much about Piano Magic but I assume it teaches improvisation. This was wonderful to listen to, I could imagine it being played in a lounge to hotel guests. Excellent playing by ear.

loveschopintoomuch[/b] - A lovely piece and played with a lot of emotion, I really enjoyed it.

LuigiV[/b] - Fantastic medley! Nothing more to say. You played brilliantly for well over 5 minutes, something I find very difficult.

Mr Super-Hunky[/b] - I very much like Einaudi's music and that was stupendous! I haven't heard this particular piece before, which CD is it on? Regardless, your playing was sublime. It sounded like there were some very fast finger movements in there, you have great technical ability.

Monica Kern[/b] - Beautiful! You play accurately and with a lot of feeling for 9 whole minutes, wow! I wish you'd let those final notes die out though, they cut off a little abruptly. Thouroughly enjoyed this.

Copper[/b] - Having played this piece myself, I have to say that your timing threw me a bit. I think the left hand and right hand are the same note lengths in the main theme. But this is not to detract from your performance, in which there was clearly a love for the piece and a lot of emotion came through. Oh and it certainly is not a beginner's piece, much more challenging!

joemoshi[/b] - This choice of piece just goes to show how varied the members of the AB forum are. Excellently played, no mistakes, I really enjoyed listening. What more can I say?!

Peter[/b] - A very nice piece played with a lot of expression. I enjoyed your performance, thanks.

Ragnhild[/b] - Really well played. It sounded quite complicated and yet you allowed it to flow very well and played flawlessly.

Vincentime[/b] - I detected no mistakes in that whatsoever, which was quite an achievement for such a fast flowing piece. Well done!

dannylux[/b] - One year?! You what? I hope you played a lot as a kid otherwise I don't want to talk to you anymore. That was insanely brilliant. Passionate, emotional, very few mistakes for what seemed like such incredible complexity. You have such a great technique to have mastered all those fast sections and large jumps.

Euclid10540 aka Funky_Fred[/b] - Very nice, and an interesting change of style to everything I've listened to so far. A few unusual chords, but I guess that's what gave it the interesting jazzy touch. Well played all round.

Sandy Moore[/b] - I could not download this piece, please PM me an updated link so I can listen.

HouseHead78[/b] - What a nice slow and relaxing piece, and I enjoyed your variations to keep it interesting, it worked well and helped to add a bit of character to the piece.

craig137[/b] - Wow this was great! I'm pretty sure I couldn't have held it together for as long as that with a piece that was so fast and complex! I think your use of the pedal improved as the piece went on, to start with it sounded like it was being dampened a little too much. But all round excellent playing and a nice surprise at the end, if a little un-Beethoven-like!

Ozor Mox[/b] - You need to read Frycek's signature.

Stephenc[/b] - This had a gorgeously rich sound and I enjoyed your playing immensely. A great piece which is perfect for the recital theme.

DeepElem[/b] - Spotless and beautifully emotional recording, thanks very much! Nothing more to say!

Euan Morrison[/b] - A beautiful piece, and with an exquisite performance played with passion to boot! Just one question, were the pauses between measures (I guess) written in the music? Whether they were or not, it created a great effect I think.

Serge88[/b] - A nice rendition of Your Song. Good, solid playing and some nice improvisation.

Yamaha G-3 & P80[/b] - Fantastic! I love this piece and it's been on my list to learn for a long time, so I'd love it if you have any tips for playing it because it seems you need quite some finger dexterity to pull it off! I'd have recognised it sooner if you'd have named it "Petit Chien" in your submission! Your performance was excellent and interestingly you kept it quite slow when all the versions I've heard of it are very fast, and yet I really liked the way you played it.

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#1034842 - 02/21/07 09:57 AM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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Part 2 of 2[/b]

Laura D[/b] - What a lively 6 hands piece! Obviously I can't comment on your individual performance, but the piece as a whole was really good and I enjoyed it, thanks.

Jazzyprof[/b] - Incredible performance. How you can say this is "not up to speed" is beyond me! I love this piece and thought you played it beautifully. I was especially impressed with the scale down and back up the piano at around the two-thirds mark, you played that with great technique. Thanks for playing.

mdp1w[/b] - What beautiful playing. I think if this is how you play when your attitude is just to play through it and face the red dot head on, then you should continue to use this attitude. Hell, just install a red dot on your piano for even when you aren't recording! This was played with such emotion and it's great to hear music that I would otherwise probably not have listened to, as I have heard of David Nevue but never heard his music.

TX-Dennis[/b] - This was a great rendition. Well played, no mistakes, and I really felt the character of the piece. No more words are necessary!

Nighteyes[/b] - Wow this was a great effort and to come out with only one small mistake in which you kept the rhythm flowing very well was quite a success I think! All three minuets had a slightly eerie feel to me and your sensitivity of touch and use of dynamics brought this out well. Excellent performance.

Piano again[/b] - Wonderful, I think you're another one I'm going to have to stop talking to! How you can get through a piece like this with such ease and a big gaping hole where mistakes could be but aren't I don't know. And not only that, but you play with such passion and awareness of changes in dynamics. Simply a perfect performance.

Triryche[/b] - Great rhythm and timing and a good, solid performance. Whether or not most of the 9 months was theory, you clearly have a knack for the practical side too!

mahlzeit[/b] - A nice, haunting melody that you brought out well in an all round great performance. I enjoyed listening very much.

Peyton[/b] - This was a nice piece and a great performance which you controlled very well and brought out lots of nuance in the music, with also a great use of the sustain pedal (something you need to teach me!)

LisztAddict[/b] - Wow, you're on my list too! Those fast runs and trills were fantastic and so accurate, I just don't know how you do it! You have a wonderful touch and the dynamics and feeling in this piece were spot on.

Mary-Rose[/b] - Beautiful. After reading your description, I couldn't help but imagine the sadness as I listened to your flawless and emotional performance for the full almost 8 minutes. It seems to go through so many feelings. Thanks.

Sarah M[/b] - *Gapes open mouthed* I love this piece and am in complete awe at your performance of it. I don't know what else to say, it was unbelievable. There are no flaws, don't be ridiculous! This is exactly like the one on my CD!

Ishmael[/b] - Great performance. Another David Nevue piece and I'm starting to like this guy! The piece flowed well and you played it solidly, well done.

IrishMak[/b] - Very nice. I think it might sound better with a little less pedal. And your piano sounds like it needs a little tune! But I enjoyed the piece and your performance and thought you played very well and emphasised the changes in harmony well.

Bluemarine[/b] - Great performance. This was a nice piece, and I particularly liked your dynamics in the middle loud section where your playing had a special power that commanded me to listen. Excellent dynamics and a lot of emotion in your playing.

Schubertian[/b] - What a great performance of one of my favourites! You played the fast runs and trills in this piece expertly and brought out a lot of emotion and nuance in the piece. I enjoyed this a lot.

NancyM333[/b] - This was great, if you were after an upbeat piece you picked the right one. I was resisting the urge to toe tap! I think you maintained good rhythm throughout, especially with the bass line which sounds like it would have been a bit tricky to keep even. Very well played.

Debussy20[/b] - For an hour's worth of learning this was brilliant, I don't know how you committed it to your memory so fast! Great dynamics and a really effective use of silence if that makes sense (in other words you don't do what I do and fill the silence by playing too fast, you paused between "sections" and I thought it sounded great!)

C7 Player[/b] - A good performance from memory, not too fast, and more accurate than I could ever play this piece which I have long since forgotten unfortunately. Hearing you play it makes me want to relearn it now!

DragonPianoPlayer[/b] - Really nice playing, unfortunately a bit muffled by the recording. I like the slightly altered rhythm and your powerful playing technique. Thanks.

AQP_87[/b] - Wow, that was amazing technique! You maintained that flawlessly from start to finish, which sounded like it would have been incredibly difficult, while also bringing out a lot of feeling in your playing. A highly enjoyable performance!

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Just a word to say thanks to everyone for letting me hear their amazing performances, and thanks to everyone who listened and commented on my submission. Taking part in this recital has been the most rewarding and inspiring experience I believe I've had with the piano.

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#1034843 - 02/21/07 10:44 AM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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I wanted to thank everyone who commented, and everyone who participated. This was my first ABF Recital. I had seen the last 2 recitals and listened, but I didn't really understand how great the sense of community is for those that participate, comment on others playing, and receive comments on their playing.

This ABF is a great place, and the ABF Recital is a great event (big thanks to the Hunkster for starting this !!!).
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#1034844 - 02/21/07 11:10 AM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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 Quote:
Originally posted by Ragnhild:
I do one major mistake playing the grace note in a "romantic" in stead of baroque way (I did not listen until I had recorded it) - I kept it like that because I wanted to post my "personal" prayer. (I did hope someone would bother to comment the mistake, though, why didn't you, LisztAddict ? ;\) )
Ragnhild [/b]
Yes, baroque grace note falls on the beat together with all other notes in the chord except the main note after the grace note. But you are talking to a Chopin/Liszt addict here. \:D I didn't comment on that because I used to play Bach (on piano) with the grace note before the beat. I only put the grace note on the beat when I played organ.


 Quote:
Originally posted by Ragnhild:
I still think it is a great loss that you did not become a church-organist[/b]
Playing organ was alright, but I already figured out that I could be 1000 times better a musician on the piano than on the organ. No big loss there. \:\)

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#1034845 - 02/21/07 01:31 PM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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 Quote:
Originally posted by Ozor Mox:
IrishMak[/b] - Very nice. I think it might sound better with a little less pedal. And your piano sounds like it needs a little tune! But I enjoyed the piece and your performance and thought you played very well and emphasised the changes in harmony well.

[/b]
I wondered who would be first to mention that! Yes, it does need a tuning. Just couldn't get the tuner out here before recital deadline. \:\( But thank you for the comments. I've learned from each one who has posted a comment on my piece.
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#1034846 - 02/21/07 10:11 PM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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I havn't been able to post individual comments this recital but may I just say well done to everyone that participated, I've been very impressed.
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#1034847 - 02/21/07 10:42 PM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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Here's a few more as I am waiting for my sister to arrive after late/cancelled flights. (Don't fly ComAir, trust me on this... :rolleyes: )

TX-Dennis[/b]: beautiful, smooth, entertaining jazz/swing. Some of those chords sounded like a ***** to reach, too.

Night-eyes[/b]: wonderful job! I actually liked the first minuet the best, because it had a delightful minor air, sort of a combination of ominous doom combined with jauntiness.

Mahlzeit[/b]: Now THAT'S a method book I'd like to learn from! What a beautiful, moving piece. Very new agish in tone.

Peyton[/b]: I wasn't expecting classical from you! \:D (I still miss your 'song of the month'.) I wish I knew more about classical music so I could comment intelligently on this, but I thought you did a wonderful job of bringing out the melody.

IrishMak[/b]: Those M&Hs have a terrific bass, even the uprights! Very nice and slow and soothing the way a spiritual should be. \:\)

Bluemarine[/b]: I had never heard of Fibich before. His work sounds more contemporary, very melodic. Thank you for introducing me to him! And I loved the thundering bass throughout the piece.

AQP-87[/b]: Alvaro, any time we get somebody who wants to know if they can become top-notch without starting in childhood, I'm going to direct them to you. That was fantastic... your fingers just never stopped flying and there wasn't a false note or hesitation anywhere. I simply cannot fathom that you have only been playing 16 months!!!
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#1034848 - 02/22/07 05:16 AM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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I was able to listen to a couple more tonight.

stephenc[/b] - I found that very beautiful and very tender. Don't let your new teacher beat your innate sense for the music out of you ;\)

vincentine[/b] - I'm learning that piece at the moment but I don't play it nearly as well as you! Congratulations. Well done. You've shamed me into getting some more practice on this one before my lesson tomorrow \:\)

Mel[/b] - I am really starting to like Chopin. I can't believe that this can be easier to play than it sounds. It sounds quite difficult indeed. IMHO you seemed to play all of the notes very crisply and moved in and out of the moods very smoothly. You could tell you enjoy playing it and it was a lot fun listening to it as well.

euclid[/b] - well you can tell you've been playing your whole life! That was wonderful to listen to. So mellow that I decided I had to leave tonight's listening here and get myself a nightcap before bed \:\)

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#1034849 - 02/22/07 07:54 AM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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Page 4 continued.......................

Vicentime: The Bach notebook , one of my favorites in classical music! You played this well and I enjoyed it. I think this is one of the best pieces by Bach. The whole notebook series is wonderful. Good job with the Dynamics and keep playing it, I always thought this is a great piece to keep on playing even as you progress, it makes a great warmup piece too! \:\)

C7: I love this piece. You have a good memory too! Just lovely! I love Scoot Joplins' music and I still hope to play this piece one day,When I tried this song I found it can be difficult to keep up with the rythym at times. Great job!

BlueMarine: What an extrordinary piece! I am not familiar with this composer and I think I need to learn more about him. Just Beautiful! \:\)

Schubutain: This is one of my favorite Chopin nocturne! I have attempted this piece several times and still hope to play it one day. This piece has alot of tricky trills. Great job on those tricky trills! Lovely piece for Valentines day too!

PGE 4...............TBC

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#1034850 - 02/23/07 10:42 PM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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So sorry about the confusion of my perf. of Beethoven's Rondo. I changed the location near the last minute and the wrong link (to MySpace)
was up (for Feb. 15 bloggers). But I so very much appreciate your comments on "Fool To Hurt You" on www.myspace.com/cragdemetz
Thanks so much; that was a high one for me to sing. And thank you so much for the encouragement also on the Beethoven submission (to the recital) on www.craigdemetz.com
I haven't got a chance to listen to more than a couple but all of you are fantastic. I feel like such a beginner (to reading and classical) but am so excited and practice everyday this new gargantuan undertaking.
I'll come back after I've listened to more of your
perf. I feel so tiny here!
Mike White: WOW. How can you play that after only a couple yrs. like me? (Minute Waltz.) I wish I could do half that; I can't read tough key signatures yet. And you play it SO perfectly; it sounds like a totally professional performance by the 20th Century greats!
Thanks again so much for all your encouragement!
It means all the whole world to me.
See y'all later!
Craig
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#1034851 - 02/24/07 01:53 AM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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OK I have finally listen to all the pieces, my comments will be brief because english is a second language for me.

First parts:

KawaiGirl[/b]
You are really good, interesting, it sound newage.

Lisztener[/b]
Nice playing and recording, now I'm thinking of buying the zoom H4.

Michele[/b]
Great song and playing.

Seaside Lee[/b]
Excellent and I didn't know this song.

loveschopintoomuch[/b]
Traumerei, yes I have this song, as good as my CD, good job.


LuigiV[/b]
Yes I also have those songs on my Ipod, as good as the original.


Monica Kern[/b]
You play it well and the recording is excellent(Zoom H4 ??)

Copper[/b]
Wonderful, only two years you're playing ? you're good.

joemoshi[/b]
Excellent choice for the recital, Nice rendition.


Peter[/b]
Very nice piano piece and well played.

Ragnhild[/b]
Again very well played.


Serge
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#1034852 - 02/24/07 01:42 PM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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I can't believe that I FORGOT about listening to the rest of the recital pieces!! (Don't ever get old; it plays havoc on your memory).

I hope I haven't left anyone out. I so enjoyed this recital. The variety and the quality of playing are just wonderful.

Craig[/b]
I really admire your ambition trying to teach yourself classical music. I am sure you know that most of those pop pianists you mentioned probably had classical training. You have absolutely no problem with the physical demands of the music. In other words, your technique is quite good. I think you might try to ease off just a tad on the rigid tempo. Perhaps put a little rubato (emotion) in your playing…just a little, here and there. It’s a difficult thing to teach someone. You have to feel it and it often isn’t noted in the music. Music is a very personal thing, no matter what anyone says. And I don’t think there is just one way of playing anything. Maybe relax a little and don’t be that concerned about playing the right notes. Play between the notes, if that makes sense. Otherwise…a wonderful achievement.

Ozor Mox[/b]
You definitely have this piece down, period. You own it. Perhaps, as you mentioned, a slower tempo might bring out more of the melody. But your playing is bright and brilliant, All those trills and ornamentation…crisp and perfect. I enjoyed it very much. Thank you.

Stephenec[/b]
How beautifully you play. With just the right emotion and a real understanding of how the music should flow. I agree…you definitely have it to the level of mastery.

Buck[/b]
I just can’t imagine how much “better” your playing sounded “before.” It was just lovely. The song combined with your loving touch gave me shivers. I’m going to record it for my personal collection. Only 8 months experience?? A real miracle.

Euan [/b]
I love that minor mode, waltz-like and such a haunting melody. I can’t give you any critical remarks because I thought you played it so extremely well. Loved it.

Serge88 [/b]
Thank you, Serge!! I am ashamed to admit I’ve never really listened/heard any music of Elton John. He seemed a little “far-out.” Boy, how wrong I was! That song is so elegant. You play it with great simplicity and feeling. A smooth and perfect performance. Thank you.

Mike [/b]
Mike, it sounded like you were playing right here in my living room. What can I say that I haven’t said before or what hasn’t been said by others. You are an inspiration. That lovely waltz was actually written by Chopin after he watched a little dog running around in a circle, trying to catch his tail. It means Small Dog. Whatever it means, no matter…exquisite playing. It just doesn’t get any better!

Laura [/b]
How delightful! A polka…and so much fun to listen to. Thank you.

Jazzyprof [/b]
This piece has ALWAYS managed to get to me. Maybe you think your playing isn’t quite perfect, but it sounded quite wonderful to me. And thank you for the poetry…so sad, yet so true.

Daria[/b]
I just can’t believe you played this amazing piece with arthritic fingers. Good for you to go for it; for you conquered it quite marvelously. A definite A+.

Dennis[/b]
Another old standard that will forever remain young. I love this song. Frank Sinatra sang it in his early years when his voice was like velvet. My brother played (or I should say, tried to play) it on the trumpet. We made him practice in the bathroom. Anyhow, I so admire your jazzy and snazzy piano style. Wish I could play with such confidence and ease. You made it sound so easy. And that’s a mark of a great pianist.

Nighteyes[/b]
So very, very impressive. Each one had a different flavor ,and you brought this quality out so perfectly. I sincerely enjoyed your performance. Congratulations. Well Done!

PianoAgain[/b]
I could hate you, I suppose…but it would only be because I am so jealous of your playing of this piece. You were magnificent! Starting later certainly didn’t make any difference in your performance. Those last two pages are killers…only someone who tried to learn this piece could appreciate just how murderous they are. But you mastered them effortlessly. You have inspired me to get to that last page. Brava!!

Triryche [/b]
So lovely. Your tempo was even and true. Excellent progress for such a short time. You are to be highly commended, especially spending so much time on theory. It will serve you very well in the future. Thank you.

Mahlzeit [/b] I think it’s great that you play the way you feel the music. For it is a personal thing and has to come from the heart. I agree it is a lovely piece and I can hear the emotion in your playing. Enchanting.

Peyton[/b]
If I can see what I’m writing through my tears. I can’t find the words to express what your playing is. And that piece brings out too much emotion in me to write about also. I think Schumann captured the true essence of Chopin, and you captured it all in your passionate performance.

LisztAddict [/b]
I don’t know why I’m not familiar with this piece at all. But it is easy to tell it is Chopin, and it is very apparent that it is LisztAddict playing it, even with the flu. Majestic sounding. Hope you get better soon.

MaryRose [/b]
I’m so glad you played Mozart. While I think this music is somewhat “controlled,” I could hear his “zal” in about the 10th measure (I’m only guessing). You played with quiet dignity and grace, very moving. I wish I could send you my Clavinova, as it just doesn’t seem fair that you don’t have your own piano. But, for only being able to practice a few times a week, I think it is evident you have the gift. Thank you.

Sarah [/b]
Go ahead…break my heart. What are you doing on the Adult Beginners? You belong in the Pianist Corner. That you could play this majestic piece when you were a teenager only serves to prove you have virtuoso talent. All I can say is WOW!
Ishmael[/b] I know you asked for no feedback. I am only going to say that I was overcome when I first heart Monica play this piece. Thank you for posting your rendition. I enjoyed it very much.

IrishMak [/b]
I don’t think there is a soul who doesn’t love this piece. You played it very well, indeed.

BlueMarine [/b]
I never knew anything about this music, yet I know I have heard it many times during my lifetime. A lot of heart and devotion here. Your playing was so ardent; obvious, that you love this piece. I did too. Thank you.

Schubertian [/b]
Ah…this lovely nocturne, one of my favorites. I so admired your playing of it…the yearning and tenderness were all there…in perfect unison.

NancyM333 [/b]
Whoa…so great. If this isn’t you, would you give “it” to me?? I loved it, tapping my feet and moving my shoulders to the beat. Super!!

Matt [/b]
I do have not have to be gentle with your playing. I think it was unbelievable that you learned this piece in a hour. It “ain’t” as easy as some people think. Very, very nice. I hope you continue with it for another hour, and then you’ll have it down perfectly.

Greg [/b]
I so enjoyed reading your “failure” story that I almost forgot to listen to your playing, which was excellent by the way. Great jazzy playing. Another toe-tapper. Yours story so reminded me of two times when I tried to record and wound up wanting to pound my head against the wall. Once, when I actually got through the e minor prelude perfectly, only to discover that I had forgotten to hit the red button. Another time, right in the middle of another “perfect so far” recording, a fly landed on my music and I took a swat at it, sending my music flying and completely ruining the recording. I think it would be a great idea if we could get a book going on some of the frustrating and funny things that happen when we’re trying to get ready for a recital. It’s almost like waiting in the dentist’s office knowing you are going to have a root canal done. Bach will always be there. I really liked the Joplin.

Dragonpianoplayer [/b]
You sent shiver down my spine when you got into the “don’t cry for me” part. Wow…after only 6 months. What a great performance. And that song, so absolutely ravishing. I want to get the sheet music. Thank you for that shiver.

APQ [/b]
Are you kidding?? To be able to play this piece (so beautifully, by the way) after such a short time is indeed an astounding achievement. I’m speechless!
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#1034853 - 02/24/07 01:52 PM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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Part 2[/b]

Mr Super-Hunky[/b]
I like it, one of the best.

Vincentime[/b]
Bach menuet, one of my favorite, I also play it. Well Done!

dannylux (Mel)[/b]
Difficult piece to play but you got it perfectly.

Euclid10540 aka Funky_Fred[/b]
I really like it, it's on my list of piece I want to learn.

Sandy Moore[/b]
Nice playing, I felt like swimming with a mermaid in the bottom of the ocean.

Jon Gray (HouseHead78)[/b]
11 months? sound like 7 years to me.Bravo!

craig137[/b]
I don't have it.

Ozor Mox[/b]
Well done and the emotion is there.

StephenC[/b]
Good, make me wish for more.

DeepElem (Buck)[/b]
The pmagic is there, really good.

Euan Morrison[/b]
I saw the movie, great I want to learn this song.

Serge88[/b]
What is that? COME ON ! you can do better, feel the music in your heart and make those fingers sing. Stop complaining and practice more.

more to come...[/b]


Serge
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#1034854 - 02/25/07 05:29 PM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
Serge88 Offline
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Yamaha G-3 & P80, Mike White[/b]
Chopin, That is wonderful.

Laura D[/b]
1 piano, 6 hands, very interesting,well done.

jazzyprof[/b]
You have such a nice grand piano, fabulous.

Daria[/b]
Really good, I don't see any flubs.

TX-Dennis[/b]
Beautiful.

Nighteyes[/b]
Minuet are fun to play. I like the last one, it's more lively.

Piano again[/b]
Well done and nice recording.

triryche[/b]
You did a good job and only 9 months.

mahlzeit[/b]
The song is really beautiful.

Peyton[/b]
Really nice piece from Chopin.

Liszt Addict[/b]
I'm impress!

Mary-Rose[/b]
Nice piano playing of Mozart.


More to come[/b]

Serge
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#1034855 - 02/25/07 06:03 PM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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Registered: 08/27/06
Posts: 775
Loc: Canada
Sarah M[/b]
I'm breathless as good as my CD.

Ishmael[/b]
Really good and it doesn't sound like a 10 months.


Mary Alice Kropp (IrishMak)[/b]
Nice you play with emotion.

Bluemarine[/b]
Great Job!

Schubertian[/b]
Nice music from Chopin.

NancyM333[/b]
Good choice of piece, I like it.

Debussy20 (AKA: Matt)[/b]
One hour ? It's hard to believe.

C7 Player Greg Smith[/b]
Ragtime ! good job.

DragonPianoPlayer / Rich Meredith[/b]
6 months ? That is really good.

AQP_87 (Álvaro Quiles Pomares)[/b]
1 year and 4 months ? Again I'm impress.


That's all, I can't wait for the next one.

Serge
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#1034856 - 02/26/07 09:35 AM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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Registered: 12/12/05
Posts: 2895
Loc: Florida
 Quote:
Originally posted by loveschopintoomuch:
I don’t know why I’m not familiar with this piece at all. But it is easy to tell it is Chopin [/b]
I'm very glad to know that I played Chopin and it sounds like Chopin \:D because I couldn't hear it much myself that day; just felt the pressure of the keys and heard the music in my head.

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#1034857 - 02/26/07 09:21 PM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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Registered: 01/16/07
Posts: 405
 Quote:
Originally posted by LisztAddict:
Finally I have all the files and listened to them all. [/b]
LisztAddict,

Where did you get the files from Recitals 1 and 2? I was trying to access them from the links but they don't exist. Thanks.

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#1034858 - 02/27/07 12:31 AM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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Registered: 10/12/06
Posts: 921
Agent,

I hope you or LisztAddict don't mind me jumping in here to post a link to the recitals you want. This link was posted by "Copper," a member who did a favor to the likes of you and me by finding a storage site then creating the zip files with all of the recitals.

http://www.pianoworld.com/ubb/ubb/ultimatebb.php?/topic/32/3849.html

You owe Copper a beer! ;\)
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#1034859 - 02/27/07 09:15 AM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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Registered: 12/12/05
Posts: 2895
Loc: Florida
Thank you Lisztener for posting the link because I didn't even know where to find them myself.

Agent - when I said all the files, I really meant the files for this recital #5.

We all each owe Copper a beer. \:\)

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#1034860 - 02/27/07 12:21 PM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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Registered: 01/16/07
Posts: 405
Alright! Thanks Lisztener and LisztAddict. That's a great idea about the beer!

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#1034861 - 02/27/07 08:08 PM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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Registered: 01/03/07
Posts: 189
Loc: Australia
I'm getting through these slowly. I can't believe the standard of play in this recital!

kawaigirl - I have never heard that piece but it sounds like you need great control to play it. well done.

deepeelm - 8 months!!!!!!! I'll repeat that ..... 8 months!!!!! I would love to play by ear. That was really beautiful. Full of emotion and I though the recording quality was fantastic. What is your recording set up?

serge88 - I didn't realise how beautiful this song was until I saw Moulin Rouge. I really enjoyed listening to you play that

mike white - wow. your lifetime of experience certainly shows. You don't need any words of encouragement from me \:\) Fantastic

lisztener - just beautiful. Do we actually have any beginners on this forum? ;\)

kathleen - I have no classical background at all so that may well be one of the most recognised pieces but I had never heard it before. I LOVED it. You played it beautifully. I am on the look out for new pieces and that one is definitely going on my list.

seaside-lee - That was very soothing and melancholic. You are a real ambassador for playing by ear. I'm feeling very emotional today and when I read that you were playing this for your Dad it really made me get quite teary while I was listening. He must be very proud of you. I hope that doesn't sound trite because I mean it sincerely.

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#1034862 - 03/05/07 01:19 PM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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Registered: 04/27/06
Posts: 366
Loc: USA
 Quote:
Originally posted by shimmer:
deepeelm - 8 months!!!!!!! I'll repeat that ..... 8 months!!!!! I would love to play by ear. That was really beautiful. Full of emotion and I though the recording quality was fantastic. What is your recording set up?[/b]
Thanks for the kind words. My recording setup was just the output of my keyboard (Yamaha S90ES) to the line in of my computer sound card, recorded with Audacity.
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#1034863 - 03/05/07 05:01 PM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
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Registered: 11/17/06
Posts: 2511
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I'm long overdue in posting comments about Recital number 5 and now, having read through all of the wonderful comments everyone has made, I find I don't have a whole lot to add. Suffice to say that I've listened to all of the pieces, multiple times, and have saved them away for future reference. I'm grateful (and more than a little humbled) for the comments on my submittal and thank you all for taking the time to listen.

The range of performances and styles in this recital was really incredible and I think that's what made it so enjoyable for me to listen to. I'm eagerly looking forward to hearing more from all of you at the next recital!

Thanks so much for the pleasure you've all given me with your playing.
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#1034864 - 03/06/07 09:25 AM Re: Recital #5 General Discussion Room
Triryche Offline
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Registered: 08/11/06
Posts: 1451
Loc: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
I am going to ditto Greg.
I have listened to every piece several times now,
and was in the process of writing individual comments also.
However, every time I read them they sound too corny. Please do not take it as a cop out.
Anyways, I’d like to give my sincere heartfelt thanks to everyone how shared their playing :3hearts: , to everyone who listened to the recital, and extra kudos to all the diligent who took the time to post individual comments.

Thank you all.

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