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#1199387 - 05/14/09 09:32 PM Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009
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PLEASE DO NOT POST IN THIS THREAD! USE THE DISCUSSION THREAD!

I am delighted to introduce our 14th quarterly Adult Beginners' Forum Recital. So, pull up a chair and have a listen.

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

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

Thank you. smile

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

Recital 14 Response Template

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

Recital 14 Online Streaming Player

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

These zip files have been posted at the following URLs:

Recital 14 Zip 1
Recital 14 Zip 2
Recital 14 Zip 3
Recital 14 Zip 4
Recital 14 Zip 5
Recital 14 Zip 6
Recital 14 Zip 7
Recital 14 Zip 8




The zip files, along with past recitals, have also been uploaded to:

http://www.esnips.com/web/PWRecitals

Thanks to AnthonyB, a playlist containing all the YouTube videos uploaded as part of this recital can be found here:

http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=79577C48C0EFB5DE


Let me express my greatest thanks to five very special people: mr_super-hunky for coming up with the idea of our online recitals, which have proven to be more successful than any of us ever dreamed; Bob Muir for working out the technical details of pulling together the recital and doing so tirelessly for the first six, count 'em, six, recitals; LaValse for hosting the zip files and recital software on his server; Copper for also hosting the zip files and trouble-shooting help; and last but not least, mahlzeit for writing the absolutely fantastic web-based recital program that we are using. THANK YOU MAHLZEIT!!! heart

AGAIN: DO NOT REPLY OR POST ON THIS THREAD!!

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#1199392 - 05/14/09 09:36 PM Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 [Re: Monica K.]
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Performer's name:AnthonyB
From:Center City, MN
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:1 year 4 months
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azvO8YX8uBE
Title of piece:Una Mattina
Composer:Ludovico Einaudi
Duration:03:28
Source of music:Una Mattina (Album) sheet music book
Instrument used:MIDI recorded on a Roland FP-7
Recording method:Digital piano's midi file converted using pianoteq 3 demo
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:After uploading this piece I did realize I wasn't playing the ending exactly according to the sheet music but it still sounds OK and I'm not about to lose out on my #1 spot to replace my recording. The youtube video link has the "proper" ending so feel free to watch that to hear it.


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#1199393 - 05/14/09 09:36 PM Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 [Re: Monica K.]
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Performer's name:jazzyprof
Experience:Self-taught as a kid, five years of lessons in this incarnation.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Intermezzo op.118 #2
Composer:J. Brahms
Duration:06:57
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Steinway B
Recording method:Zoom H4
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I hit a few clunkers but it would take me forever to make a better recording...so here goes!


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#1199395 - 05/14/09 09:37 PM Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 [Re: Monica K.]
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Performer's name:epf
From:Southern California
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:50+ years off and on
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ceN7jnbt9NM
Title of piece:Andante from Orpheo ed Euridice
Composer:Christoph Willibald von Gluck
Duration:02:27
Source of music:Sheet music.
Instrument used:PX-800
Recording method:Direct to Zoom H4 then Audacity to normalize. For the video I used Windows Movie Maker and manually synchronized the audio and video portions.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Had a hamburger for lunch. This piece is also known as the "Dance of the Blessed Spirits."


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#1199397 - 05/14/09 09:39 PM Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 [Re: Monica K.]
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Performer's name:rustyfingers
From:Massachusetts
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:7 as a child, 4 as an adult
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Arietta (8 Lyric Pieces, Op. 12, No. 1)
Composer:Edvard Grieg
Duration:01:21
Source of music:Edvard Grieg: Complete Lyric Pieces for Piano, Dover Publications, Inc., New York, 1989
Instrument used:Charles Walter 1520
Recording method:Zoom H4, amplified in Audacity.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I would not have known about these lovely little pieces if it weren't for the ABF recitals. This is the shortest piece I have submitted, but I really like it. Hope you enjoy it to.

Burrito Grande from Boca Grande for lunch. Yummm...

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#1199398 - 05/14/09 09:39 PM Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 [Re: Monica K.]
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Performer's name:Carl Mc
From:Colorado
Experience:2 years 15 yrs ago 11 months now.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Summertime.reflection
Composer:George Gershwin
Duration:02:58
Source of music:Sheet music & improvisation
Instrument used:Schimmel K 213 NWS
Recording method:Zoom H2
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is my take on the Gerswhin standard "Summertime" from the 1935 opera "Porgy & Bess"

Beginning is baby's unrest. "Summertime" is a lulaby- mamma to baby of hope and promise. The ending is mamma's reflection on day's gone by.

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#1199399 - 05/14/09 09:40 PM Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 [Re: Monica K.]
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Performer's name:tekkie
From:California
Experience:3 years
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Opus #9
Composer:Dustin O'Halloran
Duration:03:26
Source of music:sheet music
Technical feedback wanted:Yes

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#1199401 - 05/14/09 09:40 PM Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 [Re: Monica K.]
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Performer's name:Riddler (Ed)
From:Florida
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:Two or three years of lessons as a kid; two and a half years of jazz lessons as an adult; and a lifetime of noodling and playing by ear.
Direct music link:click to download
Home page link:http://home.roadrunner.com/~riddlereader/
Title of piece:Tenderly
Composer:Walter Gross
Duration:04:09
Source of music:Lead sheet, improvisation.
Instrument used:Yamaha P-120
Recording method:Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is a jazz standard written by pianist Walter Gross, and popularized by singers like Rosemary Clooney, Nat King Cole, and Sarah Vaughan. It was originally written as a waltz, but I am playing it in 4/4 time, as is often done. I've always thought of this as a fascinating song, especially because of the way the melody line weaves in and out of the notes of the complex chords (e.g., #11th and 13th chords).

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#1199402 - 05/14/09 09:41 PM Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 [Re: Monica K.]
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Performer's name:dannylux / Mel
From:Connecticut
Experience:3 years and 3 months after returning to piano. Lots as a kid.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Nazareth: Confidences
Composer:Ernesto Nazareth
Duration:05:33
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Yamaha P-140
Recording method:Piano Line-Out to computer sound card Line-In. Aucacity.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Confidências is a charming Waltz by Brazilian composer Ernesto Nazareth (1863-1934).
The first section, in a-minor really does sound like somebody whispering "confidences", or even "insinuations" to a friend.
The second section is in typical classical European Waltz form.
After the a-minor section is repeated, we get to the 3rd section, in A-major. It sounds like it's in 4/4 time, but it is actually still in Waltz time, 3/4.
The waltz ends quietly with a repeat of the first section.
My Brazilian friend tells me that when playing Brazilian music, you must let your heart guide the rhythm of the piece and add as much rubato as you like.
So I did.

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#1199404 - 05/14/09 09:41 PM Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 [Re: Monica K.]
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Performer's name:Ode2Joy
From:Pasadena, CA
Experience:14 months returning adult, and about 2 years as a kid a long time ago
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Two Part Invention in F major, No 8
Composer:JS Bach
Duration:01:09
Source of music:JS Bach Two-Part Inventions
Edited by Palmer
Alfred Publisher
Instrument used:Yamaha C3
Recording method:Zoom H4 and Audacity for exporting as MP3
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:It is easy to let the tempo of this piece run away from you. Although I am not a huge fan of the Baroque period nor Bach, I find that the inventions I have learned so far have really helped my very weak and non-existent left hand improve.

Strawberry banana mango smoothie.

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#1199406 - 05/14/09 09:42 PM Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 [Re: Monica K.]
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Performer's name:Ken.
From:USA
Experience:15 Months, 20-30 minutes/day
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Medley: Soldiers' March, Op.68 No.2 & 12 Easy Pieces, No.2
Composer:1st piece:Schumann, 2nd piece: Haydn
Duration:02:10
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Milton console
Recording method:Zoom H4
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Soldiers' March was the first tune I learned and was my backup piece in case I couldn't get my current piece 12 Easy Pieces, No.2 ready in time. They are both short pieces so I decided to submit them as a medley. Played from memory.

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#1199407 - 05/14/09 09:43 PM Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 [Re: Monica K.]
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Performer's name:Ejay
From:United Kingdom
Experience:nearly 3 months self taught
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:FairiesHarp(Thompson)& Little Sonata (Wilton)Ist Movement
Composer:John Thompson & C.H. Wilton
Duration:02:09
Source of music:John Thompson Modern Course red book & Classics to Moderns 1
Instrument used:Roland Fantom X8
Recording method:Workstation onboard facility, audacity conversion of wav. to mp3
Technical feedback wanted:Yes

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#1199408 - 05/14/09 09:43 PM Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 [Re: Monica K.]
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Performer's name:HomeInMyShoes
From:St. John's, NL, Canada
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:Twelve years of conservatory (no grades though) lessons as a kid/teenager and three years back at it since a fifteen year hiatus. I love the piano. How did I ever survive those fifteen years?
Direct music link:click to download
Home page link:http://homeinmyshoes.blogspot.com/
Title of piece:1er Prélude du Nazaréen
Composer:Eric Satie
Duration:06:29
Source of music:sheet music , Quatre Préludes pour piano (Editions Salabert)
Instrument used:Roland Fantom X8...I dream of having an acoustic piano again someday
Recording method:Direct resample, normalized and converted to mp3 in Wavepad.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I almost played this at my teacher's year-end recital twenty years ago. I think I ended up playing some Jarre on synthesizer instead. You guys and gals get to listen to all six and a half minutes of it (errors and all). I unfortunately had to stop and start at about the 1:50 mark (removed a bit) because my cat totally wiped out my concentration at that point. smile

Apparently, the 1er Prélude du Nazaréen, and it's brother the 2er were composed in 1892 as incidental music for a chivalric play. I'm still working on the 2er one and it's quite a bit more harmonically challenging, but then I'll have all four of the Quatre Préludes under my belt. You can find a recording of Prélude d'Eginhard on my home page. This work is from the pre-schola (enrollment in the Schola Cantorum to study again) time period of his compositions (other compositions from this period include the more well known Gymnopedies and Gnossiennes, you can find my recordings of the Gnossiennes on my home page as well.

Outside of that, I know very little about this work. It's one of those Satie pieces with no bar lines, no time signature and outside of "Assez lent" above the staff and "p lie et expressif" at the start there are no indications of how one should play it. I've only heard one recording of it and -- in my opinion -- it was too fast and felt sharp. Hopefully I did this justice and hopefully those who know the piece can help me out with its interpretation.

While many may find the piece rather dull and uninteresting, I find the harmonies subtle and love the cadence patterns marking the piece sections. Maybe it is my pipe organ background (I started with organ lessons first for eight years or so) that adds to my love of the Quatre Préludes.

Interesting sources: Satie the Composer, by Robert Orledge

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#1199409 - 05/14/09 09:44 PM Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 [Re: Monica K.]
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Performer's name:Sam Smith
From:Georgia USA
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:Old Geezer returning to piano after a 35 year silence
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Prelude 21 from WTC #1
Composer:JS Bach
Duration:01:57
Instrument used:The mighty (worn out) 50 year old Wurlitzer
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is as fast as my old hands can go. I like the left hand more legato than most recordings.

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#1199410 - 05/14/09 09:44 PM Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 [Re: Monica K.]
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Performer's name:TrueBeginner
From:VA, USA
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:1 year and 2 months
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Trip To Venice ( Voyage A Venice )
Composer:Paul De Sennerville
Duration:04:17
Source of music:Music Sheet
Instrument used:Casio Privia
Recording method:Digital piano to PC using audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This piece along with "Lettre a ma mere" are the most descriptive pieces by Sennerville. When I heard it the first time without knowing the title, I could imagine myself on a boat ride, going sightseeing in a city. I also like the eastern flair of the piece. I hope you guys like it too.

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#1199411 - 05/14/09 09:45 PM Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 [Re: Monica K.]
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Performer's name:Mr Super-Hunky
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:True Story
Composer:Original cover
Duration:03:36
Source of music:Original cover played by ear
Instrument used:Mason & Hamlin BB
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is a simple but beautiful piece originally performed by Barbara Higbie. I was too cheap to buy the compilation book as there is no sheet music available for this piece so I played it by ear instead.


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#1199412 - 05/14/09 09:46 PM Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 [Re: Monica K.]
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Performer's name:Peyton
From:Maine
Experience:Off and on for many years
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=avPflvapoKk
Title of piece:Tear My Stillhouse Down
Composer:Gillian Welch
Duration:03:51
Source of music:Play-by ear
Instrument used:Pramberger Grand
Recording method:Metro
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I play bass occasionally with some bluegrass musicians and one of my favorite songs we play is “Tear My Stillhouse Down” by Gillian Welch. I had not tried it on piano before (mostly because it’s in D, not one of my best blues keys) but I transcribed it to F and it works for me. I changed a few chords too, playing a b-flat minor rather than major for instance. I also made it a little blues-ier. No one could do this better than Gillian but I have fun playing it.

I videoed while recording and have a link to YouTube

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#1199413 - 05/14/09 09:46 PM Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 [Re: Monica K.]
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Performer's name:Schubertian
From:Dallas TX
Experience:5 years as child; 2 years as adult (current)
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Allegretto D. 915
Composer:Schubert
Duration:05:36
Source of music:Henle edition
Instrument used:Estonia 190
Recording method:Zoom H2
audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes

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#1199415 - 05/14/09 09:47 PM Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 [Re: Monica K.]
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Performer's name:Lisztener
From:Columbus, Ohio
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:4-1/2 years - estimate
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:If You Go Away
Composer:Jacques Brel
Duration:04:16
Source of music:My arrangement based on sheet music
Instrument used:Steinway acoustic
Recording method:Zoom H4 as phantom power for Rode NT5 mics
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Lamenting a lifetime of lost loves and lost loved ones.
Most affective for me while playing is reading the lyrics of Chorus - 1, Refrain - 2 and Chorus - 3.
I hope you enjoy.

- English translation by American poet, Rod McKuen -

Chorus - 1
1. If you go away on this summer day
Then you might as well take the sun away;
All the birds that flew in the summer sky
When our love was new and our hearts were high;
When the day was young and the night was long
And the moon stood still for the nightbird's song,
If you go away, if you go away, if you go away, if you
go away.

Refrain - 1
1. But if you stay, I'll make you a day
Like no day has been or will be again;
We'll sail on the sun, we'll ride on the rain,
We'll talk to the trees and worship the wind.
Then if you go, I will understand,
Leave me just enough love to fill up my hand,
If you go away, if you go away, if you go away.

Chorus - 2
1. If you go away, as I know you will,
You must tell the world to stop turning till
You return again, if you ever do,
For what good is love without loving you?
Can I tell you now, as you turn to go,
I'll be dying slow till your next hello,
If you go away, if you go away, if you go away, if you
go away.

Refrain - 2
2. But if you stay, I'll make you a night
Like no night has been, or will be again;
I'll sail on your smile, I'll ride on your touch,
I'll talk to your eyes that I love so much.
But if you go, go, I won't cry,
Though the good is gone from the word good-bye.
If you go away, if you go away, if you go away.

Chorus - 3
3. If you go away, as I know you must,
There'll be nothing left in the world to trust,
Just an empty room, full of empty space,
Like the empty look I see on your face;
I'd have been your shadow if I thought it might
Have kept me here, by your side;
If you go away, if you go away, if you go away . . .
please don't go away.

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#1199417 - 05/14/09 09:48 PM Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 [Re: Monica K.]
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Performer's name:GreenRain
Experience:A little less than 9 years, but until 2008, i was never serious about piano and i never practised a lot. I had a 2 year break (2006-2008). I started playing piano in 1999, when i was around 8 years old.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Sonata Op. 35, 3rd mvt, Marche funebre
Composer:Chopin
Duration:08:18
Source of music:Scores
Instrument used:Petrof upright
Recording method:Digital camera
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:The recording might not be the best, thanks to my stupid camera. Bass is simply too loud on recording. I have to buy the good recorder before next recital. Anyway, I hope that you will enjoy it:)

I have also made a video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2QIsxIeeQE&feature=channel_page

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#1199419 - 05/14/09 09:49 PM Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 [Re: Monica K.]
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Performer's name:JeanieA
From:Reno, Nevada
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:about 6 years of lessons
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Suicide is Painless
Composer:Mike Altman and Johnny Mandel
Duration:02:34
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Janssen spinet
Recording method:audacity; using the built-in mic on my Mac. If you listen closely towards the end, you might pick up the sound of Pickles the dog's tags as she rolled on the floor.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I've always liked both the music and TV show. Although Suicide may be painless, getting this recorded WASN'T! Worst case of "Red-Dot Fever" EVER!!

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#1199420 - 05/14/09 09:52 PM Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 [Re: Monica K.]
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Performer's name:Coolkid70
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:One year as a child
Started again around early 2008
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Visions Vugitives #1
Composer:Sergei Prokofiev
Duration:01:32
Source of music:Schirmer Edition
Instrument used:Kawai K3, 2008
Recording method:1 MXL 770 condenser microphone hooked to computer through a preamp
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:The entire set of Visions Fugitives is very colourful. I particularly enjoy this first movement. It combines a melody derived from E phrygian with a variety seventh chords for a very rich effect. I feel that the set in general fulfills the lines that inspired it:

In every fugitive vision I see worlds,
Full of the changing play of rainbow hues.
(Konstantin Dmitreyovich Balmont)

Please enjoy.

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#1199421 - 05/14/09 09:52 PM Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 [Re: Monica K.]
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Performer's name:Euphonatrix
From:Germany
Experience:5 years
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Album for the Young, No. 21 - *** (untitled)
Composer:Robert Schumann
Duration:02:10
Source of music:originally sheet music, now played from memory
Instrument used:rebuilt Weihenmeyer & Co. upright (piano originally dates from ca. 1921)
Recording method:one Shure PG 81 condenser mic into Sony Minidisc Recorder into computer via Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is one of the three pieces in Schumann's collection "Album für die Jugend" (Album for the Young, op. 68) which, instead of a title, bear only three small stars *** - and, of course, Schumann's instructions. In this case: "Langsam und mit Ausdruck zu spielen" ("To be played slowly and with expression").
Robert Schumann's daughter Eugenie recollects in her book "Memories" what her mother Clara answered when asked about the meaning of those three stars: "These, maybe, are the thoughts of parents about their children."

My mental imagery goes in a completely different direction, however - this is the beauty that lies in romantic music: It evokes very personal and unique feelings, images and thoughts.

I learned this piece a while ago and it has become a part of my repertoire. It keeps changing and growing all the time. This recording dates from today (May 3rd), but I am curious what my playing of the piece will sound like in five years from now :-)

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#1199423 - 05/14/09 09:53 PM Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 [Re: Monica K.]
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Registered: 08/10/05
Posts: 17747
Loc: Lexington, Kentucky
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Performer's name:GregF
From:South Carolina
Experience:The last 2 years + 2 years 30+ years ago in elementary school.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Hey Jude
Composer:John Lennon/Paul McCartney
Duration:03:39
Source of music:Lead sheet & left hand tips from Pete the Bean for this piece.
Instrument used:Yamaha Digital Piano: YPG-625
Recording method:XtremeMac's Micromemo for Ipod - direct line in from DP.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:One take wonder. A few misses, but I wanted to apply the pressure. On 5/15, I'm playing the prelude music for the recital at our studio and this is my finale piece for that. I think its the first time I've submitted anything over a minute and a half!

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#1199424 - 05/14/09 09:53 PM Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 [Re: Monica K.]
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Registered: 08/10/05
Posts: 17747
Loc: Lexington, Kentucky
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Performer's name:mahlzeit
From:Breda, The Netherlands
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:Coming up to 4 years.
Direct music link:click to download
Home page link:http://www.originalsolopiano.com
Title of piece:Quick Improv
Composer:me
Duration:02:57
Source of music:From the Aether.
Instrument used:Yamaha CP33 digital piano.
Recording method:MIDI into the computer (Red Dot Forever). Used REAPER and a handful of piano plug-ins to convert MIDI to WAV. WinLame to make the MP3 file.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is a quicky improv around a really simple theme. The chords are a basic 1625 pattern. I didn't have more time or I would have produced something better.

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#1199425 - 05/14/09 09:54 PM Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 [Re: Monica K.]
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Registered: 08/10/05
Posts: 17747
Loc: Lexington, Kentucky
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Performer's name:Serge88
From:Montreal, Canada
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:7.5 years
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHhvTynM2ew
Home page link:http://www.zenphoto.ca
Title of piece:Hey Jude
Composer:Lennon/McCartney
Duration:04:26
Source of music:Sheet music from Phillip Keveren
Instrument used:Digital Piano Roland FP-7
Recording method:Line out to Zoom H2
Technical feedback wanted:Yes

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#1199427 - 05/14/09 09:54 PM Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 [Re: Monica K.]
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Registered: 08/10/05
Posts: 17747
Loc: Lexington, Kentucky
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Performer's name:babama
From:Netherlands
Experience:20 months (+ years of childhood keyboard/synthesizer experience)
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Impromptu Op. 90 No. 4
Composer:Schubert
Duration:08:23
Source of music:sheet music
Instrument used:Roland HP-201
Recording method:Adobe Audition
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is one of the first big pieces I studied on for months. I posted an older version and this version before on PW topics, and now for the recital. Hope I can send in a new piece next time. smile

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#1199428 - 05/14/09 09:54 PM Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 [Re: Monica K.]
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Registered: 08/10/05
Posts: 17747
Loc: Lexington, Kentucky
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Performer's name:ohitpro (Tom)
From:Columbus, Ohio
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:About a year and a half with a digital piano - had a keyboard before that.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Harmony of the Angels - Op 100 No 21
Composer:J F Burgmuller
Duration:02:04
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Casio PX-200
Recording method:MIDI to Synthfont using Steinway soundfont
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is a flowing piece and I never made it through without a few glitches - that's why I'm a beginner! I'm still working on left hand dynamics and appreciate the constructive criticism I received from the last recital and tried to incorporate into my playing. Thanks for any comments or advice on this one, too!

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#1199430 - 05/14/09 09:57 PM Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 [Re: Monica K.]
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Registered: 08/10/05
Posts: 17747
Loc: Lexington, Kentucky
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Performer's name:Gary001
From:UK
Experience:14 Months, Self Taught.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Tune in G
Composer:Clementi
Duration:01:20
Source of music:The Piano Handbook, p75
Instrument used:Casio Privia PX-720
Recording method:Line-in on iRiver iHP-140, converted to mp3 via Audacity.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I haven't worked on this peice as much as I'd have liked. The piece I originally planned to submit to the recital is still too rough though.

I'm still not happy with the timing of the dotted eight and sixteenth runs in bars 5-7 and 13-15.

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#1199434 - 05/14/09 09:59 PM Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 [Re: Monica K.]
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Registered: 08/10/05
Posts: 17747
Loc: Lexington, Kentucky
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Performer's name:TTigg
From:SoCal
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:Just over 10mths (June 08)
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Wonderland
Composer:David Nevue
Duration:03:13
Source of music:Sheet Music (memorized) with a little improv at the end
Instrument used:Knabe WK151
Recording method:Zoom H2
Audacity to convert
Windows Movie Maker to syn up video & audio
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Love his stuff and will be doing more for sure. Lunch, well it's just about 12pm now so I'm going to head next door to the local taco place which has bitchin tacos for great value too !

SC

Here's a link to the YouTube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdSVRqNMh9Y


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