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#1089879 - 01/16/09 02:17 PM The customary less than one month to recital XIII thread
AnthonyB Offline
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Registered: 09/28/07
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Loc: Center City, MN
Since nobody has started this thread off yet, I figured I could give it a shot.

I started the piece I should be playing this past Saturday not knowing if I would be able to learn it quick enough. Luckily, I dashed those fears and I am actually making recordings of the piece. Still don't have a good one yet but things are looking good considering how much time I have left.

So, feel free to let us know how you're coming along in regards to the famous ABF recital XIII submission you plan on making.
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#1089880 - 01/16/09 02:37 PM Re: The customary less than one month to recital XIII thread
Mike White Offline
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Mine will either be; Debussy, Chopin, or Grieg.

Is that the proper use of a semicolon? I forgot.
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#1089881 - 01/16/09 02:42 PM Re: The customary less than one month to recital XIII thread
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I've never done this, can I just jump in being totally new? If so that would be my motivation to work on the Rainbow Song, lol.

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#1089882 - 01/16/09 02:51 PM Re: The customary less than one month to recital XIII thread
AnthonyB Offline
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 Quote:
Originally posted by BarbVA:
I've never done this, can I just jump in being totally new? If so that would be my motivation to work on the Rainbow Song, lol. [/b]
Sure thing BarbVA! We're always looking for new participants. We don't even care how simple a piano piece is. This will be my third ABF recital now and I can say that they have really helped me get going and finish up working on pieces. I can also tell that I'm getting less nervous when trying to record pieces. The first one was real hard when you knew you had a great recording going and you were trying to do whatever you could not to mess up the ending.

Of course, in my attempt to record my recital piece last night I made it past the one tricky section and still managed to mess up with a wrong note not all that long after that. It's a good thing MIDI doesn't record what I say. :rolleyes:

I hope you'll be able to join us for the fun that is the ABF online recitals.
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#1089883 - 01/16/09 03:36 PM Re: The customary less than one month to recital XIII thread
epf Offline
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Registered: 11/13/07
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Loc: Central Texas
Darn... I just had surgery on my left hand to reattach a torn ligament. I have my backup piece from the last recital and that may have to be my primary piece for this one...

Ed
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#1089884 - 01/16/09 04:22 PM Re: The customary less than one month to recital XIII thread
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I'm not yet sure what to play... I have two "big" pieces by Debussy and Rachmaninoff, and few smaller lovely ones. I have great trouble deciding which one to post.

M.
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#1089885 - 01/16/09 04:38 PM Re: The customary less than one month to recital XIII thread
Triryche Offline
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I don't think I'm gonna make it this time (again).
It took ~ 3 months to get 3 pages in a 5 page piece. \:\(

Hopefully I will be done before May!!

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#1089886 - 01/16/09 04:55 PM Re: The customary less than one month to recital XIII thread
Monica K. Offline

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 Quote:
Originally posted by Mike White:
Mine will either be; Debussy, Chopin, or Grieg.

Is that the proper use of a semicolon? I forgot. [/b]
[puts on copyeditor's hat] Nope. Should be a colon instead.

Actually, "either" is misused, too, as the word strictly speaking refers to only two choices. You probably should have said something like "Mine will be one of three possibilities: Debussy, Chopin, or Grieg."

[takes of copyeditor's hat]
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#1089887 - 01/16/09 05:04 PM Re: The customary less than one month to recital XIII thread
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[takes of copyeditor's hat]

I think you took it off too soon, lol.

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#1089888 - 01/16/09 05:08 PM Re: The customary less than one month to recital XIII thread
Mike White Offline
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I guess I could have used grammarcheck, but I'm too lazy.
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#1089889 - 01/16/09 05:08 PM Re: The customary less than one month to recital XIII thread
AnthonyB Offline
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Registered: 09/28/07
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Loc: Center City, MN
 Quote:
Originally posted by Mati:
I'm not yet sure what to play... I have two "big" pieces by Debussy and Rachmaninoff, and few smaller lovely ones. I have great trouble deciding which one to post.

M. [/b]
If only we were all faced with such a quandary*.

*Might as well spice up an ordinary reply with a nice fancy word. \:\)
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#1089890 - 01/16/09 05:10 PM Re: The customary less than one month to recital XIII thread
Monica K. Offline

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 Quote:
Originally posted by BarbVA:
[takes of copyeditor's hat]

I think you took it off too soon, lol. [/b]
Oh man! \:o
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#1089891 - 01/16/09 05:16 PM Re: The customary less than one month to recital XIII thread
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So, can someone enlighten me as to the process? Do we all submit YouTube links at the same time, then watch them in a particular order? I've imagined a few ways in which this could work, but I'm sure there's a tradition. If you can link me to a post on the topic, that would be good too (I couldn't seem to find the magic keywords to get to it myself).

I'm considering performing a Beethoven Bagatelle, but I have a squeaky bench and a very squeaky D4 that my tuner has tried to fix more than once. Should I borrow my parents' piano for the occasion instead?

Thanks,
MM
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#1089892 - 01/16/09 05:23 PM Re: The customary less than one month to recital XIII thread
AnthonyB Offline
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Registered: 09/28/07
Posts: 659
Loc: Center City, MN
 Quote:
Originally posted by Maestro_007:
So, can someone enlighten me as to the process? Do we all submit YouTube links at the same time, then watch them in a particular order? I've imagined a few ways in which this could work, but I'm sure there's a tradition. If you can link me to a post on the topic, that would be good too (I couldn't seem to find the magic keywords to get to it myself).

I'm considering performing a Beethoven Bagatelle, but I have a squeaky bench and a very squeaky D4 that my tuner has tried to fix more than once. Should I borrow my parents' piano for the occasion instead?

Thanks,
MM [/b]
There is a website that becomes available to submit your recital recordings (and any video links) on Feb 1st. The recital goes "live" on Feb 15th. You don't have to worry much about it until the 1st. Just practice more if you need to. \:\)
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#1089893 - 01/16/09 06:08 PM Re: The customary less than one month to recital XIII thread
rustyfingers Offline
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 Quote:
Originally posted by Monica K.:
 Quote:
Originally posted by Mike White:
Mine will either be; Debussy, Chopin, or Grieg.

Is that the proper use of a semicolon? I forgot. [/b]
[puts on copyeditor's hat] Nope. Should be a colon instead.

Actually, "either" is misused, too, as the word strictly speaking refers to only two choices. You probably should have said something like "Mine will be one of three possibilities: Debussy, Chopin, or Grieg."

[takes of copyeditor's hat] [/b]
Cannot...resist...urge...to...quibble.

Actually, a colon should follow a complete sentence. What we need here is a long dash (em dash in print).
This is a very common misconception.

Of course, in Monica's suggested correction the colon does properly follow a complete sentence.


-rf (who actually corrected a letter from a friend and sent it back once and did NOT win the Miss Congeniality contest that year)
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#1089894 - 01/16/09 06:10 PM Re: The customary less than one month to recital XIII thread
rustyfingers Offline
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Oh, and I'm probably not going to submit anything this time since I have not yet sat down at the piano in 2009.

(Is there a contest for that?)

I blame it on AdagioM and BeeLady for teaching me how to knit...
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#1089895 - 01/16/09 06:11 PM Re: The customary less than one month to recital XIII thread
AnthonyB Offline
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Registered: 09/28/07
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Loc: Center City, MN
 Quote:
Originally posted by rustyfingers:
Oh, and I'm probably not going to submit anything this time since I have not yet sat down at the piano in 2009.

(Is there a contest for that?)

I blame it on AdagioM and BeeLady for teaching me how to knit... [/b]
Maybe you should sit down by the piano and knit. Kill two birds with one stone. \:D
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#1089896 - 01/16/09 06:13 PM Re: The customary less than one month to recital XIII thread
rustyfingers Offline
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#1089897 - 01/16/09 06:31 PM Re: The customary less than one month to recital XIII thread
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Registered: 04/17/05
Posts: 4195
Loc: Arizona.
My piece is coming along but certainly not done yet. I'm not too worried about finishing the piece in time (since I'm making it up anyway, I can always cut it short if I have to) but I am worried about how I am going to record it.

I usually record my tunes on my Roland digital but that is at our ranch in the mountains which is unaccessible now due to the amount of snow.

We are in the process of a major home renovation on a home we purchased in Phoenix and the big acoustic is sitting on bare concrete floors. Since there is no window coverings yet, no carpet or any flooring (just ripped it out), the acoustics are horrible. Everything I play is very boomy and echos throughout the empty house. It's too bad too because I have spent a long time working on this new piece which will be a cover of the Beatles "Norwegian wood".

Somehow, someway, I'll figure out a way to make a recording but not exactly sure yet how I will do it.

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#1089898 - 01/16/09 07:16 PM Re: The customary less than one month to recital XIII thread
AnthonyB Offline
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Loc: Center City, MN
I can gladly report that I now have a recording that I consider passable if I can't get anything else better. It's not perfect but it's much better than I thought I could do with only a week on the piece. It makes me wonder where I would be by now if I learned everything at this pace. \:D

I wish everyone else luck while fighting the red dot.
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#1089899 - 01/16/09 07:30 PM Re: The customary less than one month to recital XIII thread
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I'm semi-colonishly working on the most difficult piece I've ever attempted other than Liszt's Liebestraum No.3 which I never got up to recording quality. My current project will not be ready for the upcoming recital. I have one small piece in reserve that isn't a current recording. I'll enter it somewhere between the 20th and 40th recital entry to be uploaded. I'm not ashamed of it, but I would slow the tempo before recording it again. I don't wish to take the time to refresh it in memory and re-record it. I hope to have the current piece I'm working on ready for the May recital. We'll see.
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#1089900 - 01/16/09 09:10 PM Re: The customary less than one month to recital XIII thread
wj3 Offline
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Registered: 01/05/08
Posts: 313
Loc: Salem, Or
OH, OH. I better get busy. I havent worked on my recital piece for awhile.. I am doing "Its a Small World" from the Alfreds supplemental book. Just to drive everyone crazy. he he.
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#1089901 - 01/16/09 10:26 PM Re: The customary less than one month to recital XIII thread
Ken S. Offline
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Registered: 02/15/08
Posts: 87
Loc: North Carolina
My recital offering will be either contemporary or classical: if contemporary, two short works by Ned Rorem, if classical, a Beethoven bagatelle.

My dilemma: should I deploy the Zoom H2 to record my knackered old acoustic piano or learn how to pull a recording off the digital?

(I gave up on an attempt to use a semicolon in the sentence above because I ran out of ideas for long, involved coordinate clauses. See: The Careful Writer, by T. Bernstein, an excellent stylebook that is viewable on Google Books.)

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#1089902 - 01/16/09 10:29 PM Re: The customary less than one month to recital XIII thread
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Shooting for Maple Leaf Rag -- a simplified version, but still all syncopated and Jopliny. If I don't make it, I'll do Invention #8. No way Invention #1 will be ready in time. Ideally, I'll do MLR this time, then both Inventions in May.

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#1089903 - 01/16/09 11:03 PM Re: The customary less than one month to recital XIII thread
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Uh oh, I didn't know I was supposed to use semi-colons. Here's an updated post:

I'm considering three pieces: Maple Leaf Rag, which is coming along nicely; Invention #8, which is my fallback; and Invention #1, which will only be ready if the zombie remains of Vladimir Horowitz crash through my door at midnight and take demonic possession of my fingers.

I think that's right, but if not, feel free to quibble. ;\)

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#1089904 - 01/16/09 11:53 PM Re: The customary less than one month to recital XIII thread
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Posts: 775
Loc: Canada
Recital number 13, it will be Friday the 13th in February. I'm scared.

Serge
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#1089905 - 01/16/09 11:58 PM Re: The customary less than one month to recital XIII thread
Monica K. Offline

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Registered: 08/10/05
Posts: 17698
Loc: Lexington, Kentucky
 Quote:
Originally posted by Maestro_007:
So, can someone enlighten me as to the process? Do we all submit YouTube links at the same time, then watch them in a particular order? I've imagined a few ways in which this could work, but I'm sure there's a tradition. If you can link me to a post on the topic, that would be good too (I couldn't seem to find the magic keywords to get to it myself).
[/b]
Hi Maestro! Here's the link to the most recent quarterly recital thread. It will give you a good idea what the recitals are like (= awesome!) and the kind of thing involved in submitting. I'll be starting a thread on the 1st (actually, probably late at night on the 31st) to announce the opening of the recital website for submissions. We use a program that mahlzeit designed that makes things very easy. All you need is an mp3 file of your recording, so you can start working on one now.

Recital 12 thread

Hunky, "Norwegian Wood" is one of the prettiest Beatles songs ever, so you have *got* to work out your recording issues. I think it would actually sound pretty good with an echo-ey theme going on, so you might just give it a try and see how it sounds.
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#1089906 - 01/17/09 12:14 AM Re: The customary less than one month to recital XIII thread
Monica K. Offline

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Registered: 08/10/05
Posts: 17698
Loc: Lexington, Kentucky
I was so busy giving incorrect grammar lessons :rolleyes: that I forgot to talk about my recital entry. My first choice will be to submit a shortened version of Einaudi's "Ancora." (It's about 12 minutes long in the full version, which results in a file that's (a) too big for mahlzeit's program to handle, and (b) longer than anybody here would want to listen to. \:D )

If I don't get a satisfactory arrangement by the 15th, I will submit yet another David Nevue arrangement of a traditional hymn in a new age style, dedicated to JohnFrank. :p
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#1089907 - 01/17/09 12:54 AM Re: The customary less than one month to recital XIII thread
rustyfingers Offline
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 Quote:
Originally posted by bluekeys:
Uh oh, I didn't know I was supposed to use semi-colons. Here's an updated post:

I'm considering three pieces: Maple Leaf Rag, which is coming along nicely; Invention #8, which is my fallback; and Invention #1, which will only be ready if the zombie remains of Vladimir Horowitz crash through my door at midnight and take demonic possession of my fingers.

I think that's right, but if not, feel free to quibble. ;\) [/b]
Very nicely done, bluekeys.

rf (the self-annointed queen of quibble)
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#1089908 - 01/17/09 05:07 AM Re: The customary less than one month to recital XIII thread
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 Quote:
Originally posted by Mike White:
Mine will either be; Debussy, Chopin, or Grieg.

Is that the proper use of a semicolon? I forgot. [/b]
Mike - I don't think any punctuation is necessary at all in your statement - simply remove the semicolon.

A slightly expanded, more explanatory sentence would be a structure like this: "My recital submission will be a piece by either Debussy or Chopin or Grieg.")

Regards, JF, CGA (Consulting Grammataticians of America)
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