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#1986802 - 11/14/12 09:31 PM Recital #28 --- November 15, 2012
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PLEASE DO NOT POST IN THIS THREAD! USE THE DISCUSSION THREAD!

I am delighted to introduce our 28th quarterly Adult Beginners' Forum Recital! smile So, pull up a chair and have a listen.

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

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

Thank you!

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

Online Streaming Player


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

Recital #28 Response Template


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:

Zip 1
Zip 2
Zip 3
Zip 4
Zip 5
Zip 6
Zip 7

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

AB Forum Recital Index

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


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

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#1986804 - 11/14/12 09:35 PM Re: Recital #28 --- November 15, 2012 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:CarlosCC
From:Lisbon, Portugal
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:Almost 3 years (self-learning since Dec2009)
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Canzone Popolare (Francia 1500ca) - Original extended cover
Composer:Unknown composer. Transcribed by Ludovico Einaudi. Re-arranged, covered and extended by CarlosCC
Duration:03:54
Source of music:Original piece (first 00:48 seconds) from "The Best of Ludovico Einaudi" book. The rest is from my mind/ear/memory... no physical source.
Instrument used:Yamaha P85 (Grand Piano 2)
Recording method:Captured from Piano to PC with Audicity. Then saved to MP3.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I decided to send an "original extended cover" of an ancient piece: Canzone Popolare - "popular song", in english -. The original version of Canzone Popolare caught the attention of my daughter, so she asked me to play it. The piece is very small (only 16 bars / less than a minute long), therefore, and at the end, I started playing around with its simple melody until I get the piece that I'm sending now.

The first 48 seconds are exactly what Ludovico Einaudi transcribed (the original composer is unknown), I mean, the original piece ends at the second 00:48. The rest - the extension - is my own arrangement and authoring, result of some inspiration of the original tune. This is the first time I'm sending a kind of original piece to PW Recital, and I have to warn that I have not had any concern with composition rules, music theory or something more rigorous. I was just playing freely, moving forward, and having fun.

I hope I have not ruined a melody with +500 years...


Historical context:
Canzone Popolare (Francia, 1500 ca.) is a composition for solist pianoforte with a duration less than a minute, whose author is unknown. It was composed, like the title states, in 1500 ac in France during the era of the Renaissance, and it's quite captivating and very simple at the execution level. It is written in the key of G major and is a very expressive, melodic and "cantabile" piece.
This piece was recovered by Ludovico Einaudi on his 1996 album,"Le Onde" (source: wikipedia).

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#1986805 - 11/14/12 09:35 PM Re: Recital #28 --- November 15, 2012 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:jaredm2012 Jared Miller
From:Auburn, AL
Experience:5 months
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:To Zanarkand
Composer:Nobuo Uematsu
Duration:03:02
Source of music:Sheet Music
Instrument used:Roland KR-7
Recording method:Audacity via Samson Go Mic portable USB microphone
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I have loved this piece for ages. It plays at the opening screen for Final Fantasy X; I remember just sitting there listening to it for several minutes before I actually started the game! I always wanted to learn to play it, but never got around to it and never had a piano. So, finally, this past summer I decided to start seriously learning piano. My roommate has a nice digital piano, and I had a lot of free time. This was the first full piece of music I learned outside of Alfred books. I still play this at least a few times a week! I learned this piece in June/July before I got a teacher this past August. This recording has a few blips in it, but otherwise I am pleased with it and hope you all enjoy!


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#1986807 - 11/14/12 09:36 PM Re: Recital #28 --- November 15, 2012 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:cebukid
From:Chicago
Experience:Lessons: 1979-1982
Adult Career: 2008-present
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://youtu.be/ulHVagCLHIM
Title of piece:Bach Invention 1 in C-Major (BWV 772)
Composer:J.S. Bach
Duration:01:29
Instrument used:Yamaha T118
Recording method:JVC Everio Camcorder, used software to convert to MP3
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:What was meant to be a "dry run" with the red dot, turned into my submission. Despite the noise, I was able to get through the piece. Most importantly, I nailed all my trills (I usually miss a few), and dynamics came out the way I wanted. Anyway, I'm not sure if I played this right, but it's the way I interpreted it. These inventions are very challenging (tricky hard), but a lot of fun. I plan to do more. smile

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#1986808 - 11/14/12 09:40 PM Re: Recital #28 --- November 15, 2012 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:Peyton
Experience:40 years with a few years of lessons
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_SajS2cQahs&list=UUfm6_6G1n0SmMfPJ3ojblZg&index=1&feature=plcp
Home page link:http://www.peytonart.com
Title of piece:Message From Space: Waiting for the Sun
Composer:Original
Duration:09:54
Instrument used:Young Chang Pramberger grand
Recording method:metro
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is Part Two to my nighttime epic "A Message from Space". I've been working about 6 months on it. The vision I had, and I thought quite a bit about this while playing, is being out in a field just before dawn and looking up at the stars. Bit by bit the sky begins to lighten until finally the full sun has risen. For this to really work I'd have to play for about an hour and a half.... so I opted out and cut it down to ten minutes. That still breaks my rule of keeping it short and sweet so I certainly understand if some don't have the patience to listen to the whole thing. I hope that those that listen have a chance to watch the video. I had really planned on making this a music/video experience with film clips of woods and stars but the result didn't work for me so I ended up simplifying and once again using the inside of my piano to visualize the music ideas.

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#1986809 - 11/14/12 09:41 PM Re: Recital #28 --- November 15, 2012 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:wouter79
Experience:3 years
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Les Baricades Misterieuses
Composer:Couperin, Francois
Duration:02:57
Source of music:sheet music, played from memory
Instrument used:Grotrian-Steinweg 189
Recording method:DPA4060, EMU0404, Jecklin Disk
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is a lovely piece in a rondeau form with three couplets. IMHO Couperin clearly invites for tempo changes, using fermata signs in the score. The last couplet has two very long phrases but I tried to subdivide it into shorter phrases, as I think that better suits the music of that time and also because I don't like too long phrases. This is originally a piece for harpsichord, published in 1717, I guess on harpsichord it also sounds good if played a bit faster.
To my amazement there is not a single piece of Couperin in the recital index! I am happy that I can now fill this gap in our music and hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
According to wikipedia it shows typical use of style brise, also called style luthe as it was a lute technique: alternatingly you hear melody notes and chord notes. I'm not so convinced of this, in my ears we have much more counterpoint here than a simple style brise.
The word "baricades" (barricades) has given rise to numerous theories about what these mysterious barriers are: Masks , freemasonry, the luthe style being a barricade for proper harmony, the piece ignoring the bar lines that act as barricades, life and death, communication problems, present and future, and even the lady's eye lashes. It seems none of these are really believeable.

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#1986810 - 11/14/12 09:41 PM Re: Recital #28 --- November 15, 2012 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:Amaruk
From:Boston, USA
Experience:No clue...
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://youtu.be/LKYBMUop1Yk
Title of piece:Summer '78
Composer:Yann Tiersen
Duration:02:43
Source of music:Yann Tiersen's sheet music collection for the "Good Bye Lenin!" soundtrack
Instrument used:Roland RD-700NX digital piano (Concert Grand sound)
Recording method:Direct to USB stick on the piano
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Summer '78 is very fun to play and my left hand fingers get a great workout. The video is my first video in which I worked with three cameras (different angles) at the same time.

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#1986811 - 11/14/12 09:43 PM Re: Recital #28 --- November 15, 2012 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:dannylux / Mel
From:Connecticut
Experience:6 years 9 months since starting again. Lots as a kid.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Kosenko Consolation Op.9 No.1
Composer:Viktor Kosenko
Duration:02:13
Source of music:Rare sheet music from pianophilia.
Instrument used:Yamaha P140
Recording method:Piano line-out to computer sound card line-in. Audacity. No edits.
Technical feedback wanted:No
Additional info:Ukrainian late-Romantic Viktor Kosenko (1896-1938) wrote the Consolation Op.9 No.1 in 1921. This lovely little piece is not quite two pages long. It's very soothing to listen to and to play, unless, like me you're recording it and worried about the four big arpeggios at the end. Hope you like it.

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#1986812 - 11/14/12 09:43 PM Re: Recital #28 --- November 15, 2012 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:Greener / Jeff Green
From:Toronto Canada
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Experience:Sporadically for 40 years or so, with a more concerted effort and disciplined approach in last (roughly) 2 years.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Little Preludes No. 2 (BWV 934) & No. 4 (BWV 936)
Composer:J.S. Bach
Duration:04:43
Source of music:Sheet Music; Compliments of Binary Study Thread. Special acknowledgement and thanks to Richard (zrtf90,) for introducing me to these works and also providing much needed advice on practice approach and discipline.
Instrument used:Samick SU-105 40" Console
Recording method:ADK A-51 Type III large condenser mic, AT8010 small condenser mic, m-audio (pre-amp), Audacity.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:The Six Little Preludes (BWV 933-938) are a group of preludes written by the composer Johann Sebastian Bach for harpsichord. They are all short, pedagogical efforts written in or around the period of 1717-1720, but they were not published until 1802.

Little Prelude in C minor, BWV 934
This C minor effort is similar to a minuet, but it is a bit more complex than it sounds. It features a lively theme whose accompanying leaps and long-breathed, angular manner impart a delightful sense of colour through the adventurous twists and turns.

Little Prelude in D major, BWV 936
This Prelude has features associated with a trio sonata: it contains two upper lines and a roving bass part underpinning them. The work opens with a lively theme. It is played through twice, then varied on its third appearance, showing much development.

Caution: Please be careful of volume; This comes across quite strong on my system and requires scaling back to 60-70%

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#1986813 - 11/14/12 09:43 PM Re: Recital #28 --- November 15, 2012 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:Riddler (Ed)
From:Florida
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:Two or three years of lessons as a kid; three years of jazz lessons as an adult; and a lifetime of noodling and playing by ear.
Direct music link:click to download
Home page link:http://edsjazzpianopage.blogspot.com/
Title of piece:Chelsea Bridge
Composer:Billy Strayhorn
Duration:03:57
Source of music:Lead sheet
Instrument used:Yamaha P-120
Recording method:Pianoteq
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Billy Strayhorn, a self-effacing musical genius who composed, arranged, and played the piano and organ for the Duke Ellington orchestra, wrote this piece in a frenzy of creativity in 1941. It has been described as "...more Debussy than Ellington...an impressionistic miniature composed ... with a painting by James McNeill Whistler in mind. Unlike conventional tune-based pop and jazz numbers of the day,..Chelsea Bridge is classical in its integration of melody and harmony as an organic whole."

As it turns out, the painting was of a different bridge, but no matter.

To me, the song has a contemplative feel, with rich harmonies and a relaxed tempo.

This is my arrangement, playing from a lead sheet.

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#1986814 - 11/14/12 09:44 PM Re: Recital #28 --- November 15, 2012 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:timmyab
From:UK
Experience:20 years (sigh)
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Arabesque no 1
Composer:Debussy
Duration:04:02
Source of music:50 greats for the piano (Yamaha)
Instrument used:Yamaha YDP S30
Recording method:Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I've been doodling with this piece ever since I bought my piano four years ago.I made a recording about a month ago, but it sounded too stiff so I've made an effort to relax a bit with this one.I prefer it like this although it still sounds a bit tense here and there.
Thanks to anyone who listens and comments.Feel free to criticize.

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#1986816 - 11/14/12 09:45 PM Re: Recital #28 --- November 15, 2012 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:Mr Super-Hunky
From:Sunny, warm, and low humidity Arizona
Experience:7
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Nothing Else Matters-original cover
Composer:Metallica originally, re-arranged and 'covered' by me
Duration:03:50
Source of music:Played by ear/noodle method.
Instrument used:This time, I am using my Roland KR-7 digital piano.
Recording method:Digital piano to Zoom H2 using line level input.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I enjoyed learning and performing this piece almost more than any other piece before since there has always been something about this piece that gave me conflict. I know this has always been a rock/"ballad", but I've always 'heard' the 'rock' part of it when I listen to it which (for me) was overpowering the softer ballad side of it.

My goal was to capture more of the beautiful melodies that were in this piece and try and focus them melodically. This was a bit tough to do when it came to 'filling out' the piece several instruments (including vocals and symphonic background) were replaced with only a solo piano.

I gave it my best shot for my abilities at this time and this piece is what came out. I hope you enjoy it.

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#1986817 - 11/14/12 09:45 PM Re: Recital #28 --- November 15, 2012 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:Jake S
Experience:10 months
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Prelude no.4 in E minor
Composer:Chopin
Duration:02:11
Source of music:Sheet music (memorised)
Instrument used:Kawai CA93 Digital Piano
Recording method:Digital piano
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Chopin composed a series of 24 short preludes- one in each of the major and minor keys. Whereas Bach also wrote the Well Tempered Clavier as a set of 24 pieces in every key, Chopin abandoned the traditional prelude-fugue structure and simply presented the preludes without accompanying fugues.

One of the more commonly played (and easier!) Chopin preludes, No. 4 has more than a hint of sadness, and was played at Chopin's funeral.

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#1986819 - 11/14/12 09:51 PM Re: Recital #28 --- November 15, 2012 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:Wj3 / Walt
From:Salem, Or
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:About Six years now
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Bethena
Composer:Scott Joplin
Duration:03:24
Source of music:Alfred - Simply Joplin - Easy Piano. Arranged by Mary Sallee
Instrument used:1906 Clarendon Upright
Recording method:Zoom H2
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is a simplified version of Scott Joplin's classic concert waltz. The arrangement by Mary Sallee has been simplified left hand chord progressions and shorted by leaving out a section. The piece isn't all that easy I will now go on and learn the original.

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#1986820 - 11/14/12 09:55 PM Re: Recital #28 --- November 15, 2012 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:ladypayne
From:United States
Experience:Lost track
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Early Winter
Composer:myself
Duration:02:39
Instrument used:piano
Recording method:zoom h1 plus digital camera, and magix music maker to do the finishing touches
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:The recital came up way too fast.. I actually wanted to put up another piece that I've been working on but it's not ready so this one will have to do =)I decided to call it Early Winter mainly because up here in Alaska.. already snow on the ground.. ponds are all frozen.. tssk.. so there Early Winter lol :)I actually got one of sections in this song from a prelude in the Alfred series..(might be fun to try and guess which prelude and which section) I just found it so pretty so had to add it in my song. I improvised a little on it. I took a short section from a classical piece..Mozart I think but can't remember..for the beginning, and well that's where some of it came from. The rest of it.. I am not sure =)

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#1986821 - 11/14/12 09:56 PM Re: Recital #28 --- November 15, 2012 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:(Was)TrueBeginner
From:VA, US
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:4.5 years
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Sandy
Composer:Original
Duration:03:20
Source of music:Self Composition
Instrument used:Essex Upright
Recording method:Kodak PlaySport (I lost my Flip :(). I extracted the audio using Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I didn't know what to name this piece. But I recorded it during my day off during the storm Sandy. It was raining heavily outside. I thought it was cool to name the piece after the storm.

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#1986822 - 11/14/12 09:56 PM Re: Recital #28 --- November 15, 2012 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:BenPiano
From:USA
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:3.5
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://youtu.be/9XqwunSG_6U
Home page link:http://www.youtube.com/user/afpaSTU1096
Title of piece:Poem
Composer:Fibich
Duration:01:25
Source of music:The Library of Piano Classics (AMSCO)
Instrument used:Kawai K5
Recording method:Zoom H1 for audio
Technical feedback wanted:No
Additional info:A neat little piece from a book I bought myself for Christmas last year (that my wife and kids wrapped and gave to me).

I have in my head while playing what sort of story this piece is trying to tell. I'll keep that story to myself so I won't color your interpretation as you listen.

This wasn't difficult to learn at all. I think this is a great "in-betweener" piece for those looking for material that isn't too hard or too easy.

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#1986824 - 11/14/12 09:58 PM Re: Recital #28 --- November 15, 2012 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:Monica K.
From:Lexington, KY
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:8.5 years
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://youtu.be/CQlQmLgA7fo
Home page link:http://www.youtube.com/user/pianomonica
Title of piece:Opening
Composer:Philip Glass
Duration:06:15
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Mason & Hamlin A
Recording method:Zoom H4, normalized in audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:The structure of this mesmerizing piece is sheer elegant simplicity. There are three main themes, and the set of three themes is repeated three times. Each theme consists entirely of three voices: whole notes and eighth notes played with the left hand, and right hand triplets. The entire piece is thus one long paean to the 3-against-2 polyrhythm. When played by the proper hands (= not mine), there is a delicacy reminiscent of a crystal chandelier or wind chimes.

Lunch was leftover white bean and hominy chili.

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#1986826 - 11/14/12 09:59 PM Re: Recital #28 --- November 15, 2012 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:cgyan / Iain
From:UK
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Experience:Nearly three years
Direct music link:click to download
Home page link:http://www.youtube.com/user/cgyan1
Title of piece:Morning Light
Composer:Jon Schmidt
Duration:04:48
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Recorded in Garageband, Yamaha YDP 141 piano, additional sounds from Garageband's libraries.
Recording method:Midi recording using a Midi-to-USB cable connecting the piano to the computer which captured the recording in Garageband.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I've always liked music that paints a really vivid picture and progressively tells a story. Jon Schmidt really has a gift for creating the musical equivalent of a still image or short scene. This piece charts the beginning of a new day starting with the quiet moments beforehand, moving on to the first streaks of light appearing and culminating with the actual daybreak. The extra things you hear adds to the effect and helps paint this particular picture.


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#1986827 - 11/14/12 10:00 PM Re: Recital #28 --- November 15, 2012 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:Jazztpt (Russ)
From:UK
Experience:37
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:You See
Composer:Jazztpt
Duration:03:16
Source of music:Original composition
Instrument used:Roland HP507
Recording method:Recorded on the Roland and converted to MP3 using Audacity.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:A tune I wrote some years ago but with a completely new arrangement for the recital. This was the second take, my fingers ran out of steam a bit in the middle but overall I doubt I could get through it any better, especially with the recorder running.
There is some improvisation but about 90% is pre arranged.
This is my 5th recital and the first recorded on my new Roland HP507,which I have fallen in love with, it's just a dream to play.

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#1986830 - 11/14/12 10:03 PM Re: Recital #28 --- November 15, 2012 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:Inlanding - Glen
From:Denver
Experience:off and on for years
Direct music link:click to download
Home page link:http://www.youtube.com/inlandings
Title of piece:Angle Eye and Morning Greets the New Day
Composer:Combo improv and Solo Original
Duration:04:28
Source of music:Memory and improvisation
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:For the first minute or so, the Angle Eye improvisation was based on a jazz standard called, Angel Eyes, written by Matt Dennis in 1946, but I took the chord progression and improvised on it against a bass and drum combo. Chances are you will not be able to hear the melody line in this. I am sill learning to play with others. I tried to make it swing a bit.

The second tune after the first minute or so of audio is an original solo-piano improvisation of mine.

I've not played too much this year, and last, due to complications from a series of injuries, so this is encouraging to be able to get something together for this e-cital.

Lunch was Chicken Cacciatore and a large salad.

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#1986832 - 11/14/12 10:04 PM Re: Recital #28 --- November 15, 2012 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:Andy Platt
From:Arlington, VA, USA
Experience:Years self taught and 2.5 years of lessons
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Gavotte and Variations
Composer:Jean-Philippe Rameau
Duration:06:31
Source of music:IMSLP - there are a couple of different versions and we used all of them, picking ideas and ornamentation from both.
Instrument used:Kawai K3
Recording method:Zoom H1 / Audacity.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is probably Rameau's most famous piece for keyboard. It has a simple theme and, relatively, straightforward variations. The theme is quite obvious in most variations and I have tried to bring this out in my performance. Often some variations are taken at breakneck speed but my technique won't allow for that! The theme can be extremely heavily ornamented but I prefer a cleaner style.

I would have liked to have submitted this in a single take but I made a huge blunder in one variation and restarted. C'est la vie. There are some minor flubs in several of the variations but for such a long piece I am happy I got it to a pretty secure stage.

Lunch today was Taco Bell as we came back from my daughter's last soccer game of the Fall season.

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#1986834 - 11/14/12 10:04 PM Re: Recital #28 --- November 15, 2012 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:CASINITALY (Cheryl)
From:Italy
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Experience:Just shy of 3 years
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Video link:http://youtu.be/DlyQ70JWKY8
Title of piece:Romanza and The Little Music Box
Composer:Daniel Steibelt, Samuel Maypakar
Duration:01:34
Source of music:Sheet music a) Joy of First Classics Book 2, Classics to Modern Vol 17
Instrument used:Yamaha P112 (Silent Feature used)
Recording method:Audacity to PC
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:These are two little pieces that I've liked for quite a while. Romanza I still feel I can improve on, but for the moment this is what I can do. The Music Box could be a bit faster, but not with my fingers! I had roast pork, roast potatoes and carrots and green peas for lunch, with a white wine from Sicily.

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#1986835 - 11/14/12 10:04 PM Re: Recital #28 --- November 15, 2012 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:SandTiger
From:United States
Experience:8 months
Direct music link:click to download
Home page link:http://sandtigerpiano.blogspot.com/
Title of piece:Shimmer
Composer:SandTiger
Duration:01:39
Source of music:Original composition in C major.
Instrument used:Yamaha NP11 digital.
Recording method:Sony ICD-PX312 Voice Recorder, direct connection. Imported to Audacity, increased volume with the compressor. Exported to MP3.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I enjoy playing and composing this simple piece. I tried recording using a splitter, but that resulted in a mono recording. So this is recorded using a direct connection between the digital and the voice recorder, without audio feedback.

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#1986838 - 11/14/12 10:10 PM Re: Recital #28 --- November 15, 2012 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:Yamaha G3 & P-80, Mike White
From:United States
Experience:Lifetime by ear, 7 years self-teaching.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Meditation
Composer:Cecile Chaminade
Duration:05:00
Source of music:sheet music
Instrument used:Yamaha P-80
Recording method:Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Cecile Louise Stephanie Chaminade (August 8, 1857 - April 13, 1944) was a French composer and pianist.
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#1986841 - 11/14/12 10:16 PM Re: Recital #28 --- November 15, 2012 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:Hawgdriver
From:Denver
Experience:3 yrs
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Nocturne in B flat minor, Op. 9/1
Composer:Chopin
Duration:05:36
Instrument used:Roland digital piano (RD-700NX)
Recording method:Zoom
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I wish I had time for a good instructor, I need it.

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#1986842 - 11/14/12 10:16 PM Re: Recital #28 --- November 15, 2012 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:MusicaMusique
From:Germany
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Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x3hgd4_je-t-aimais-je-t-aime-et-je-t-aimer_music
Home page link:https://bitly.com/RGzSGH
Title of piece:Je t'aimais, je t'aime, je t'aimerai
Composer:Francis Cabrel
Duration:05:19
Source of music:play-by-ear
Technical feedback wanted:Yes

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#1986844 - 11/14/12 10:17 PM Re: Recital #28 --- November 15, 2012 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:kenjazz (Ken)
From:United States - Massachussetts
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Experience:I may be closing in on five years now. I'm not exactly sure.
Direct music link:click to download
Home page link:http://kenblog05.blogspot.com
Title of piece:Waltz For Debby
Composer:Bill Evans
Duration:06:37
Source of music:This is an original arrangement of the piece done by Bill Evans. It is done in four sections with an intro, waltz verse, 4/4 swing verses, and a short legato ending.
Instrument used:Schimmel 120 J
Recording method:Zoom H2, Audacity, Band-in-a-Box 12
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:From my blog on this number....

One of my all time favorite jazz piano songs is "Waltz for Debby" by Bill Evans. It was first recorded on Evans's 1956 album New Jazz Conceptions and, perhaps more famously, on his 1961 live album Waltz For Debby. It has been recorded by many artists, both as an instrumental and as a vocal piece. The song's lyrics were written by Gene Lees. "Debby" in the song title refers to Evans' niece, Debby Evans. This song, and the Evan's trio performance of it has always defined for me the essence of what it means for a piano trio to swing hard - real hard.

But done as a ballad, it is also a beautiful tune. The duet that Evans and Tony Bennett perform is magical. It was listening to this duet that I first became familiar with the lyrics. I misunderstood one of the lyrics (purposefully?) for years. The second stanza starts: "Lives my favorite girl". I always thought that Tony was saying "Liv's my favorite girl". I figured that he was personalizing the song in some way. Since my daughter's name is Liv, the lyrics had that extra personal meaning to me. You know what? I'm keeping the lyrics the way that my mind heard them!

In her own sweet world
Populated by dolls and clowns
and a prince and a big purple bear.

Liv's my favorite girl,
unaware of the worried frowns
that we weary grown ups all wear.

In the sun she dances to silent music,
songs that are spun of gold
somewhere in her own little head.

One day all too soon
she'll grow up and she'll leave her dolls
and her prince and her silly old bear.

When she goes they will cry
as she whispers "Good-bye."
They will miss her I fear
but then so will I.

Geek Alert

This is quite a difficult song to play and to make good arrangement for as an amateur. It starts out as a waltz in 3/4 time, but then turns into a 4/4 swing tempo. During the waltz section, you are playing the "slash" chords and several different voicings. I am also making use of George Shearing chords, which are bracketed by an octave and have the chord tensions in the middle. During the 4/4 swing section there are different chords which are centered around the cycle of fifths. I'm making some substitutions so that I can make the chord shells go down chromatically in most cases. This way I can keep up at the fast speeds while trying to solo.

I wanted to put another soloist in here, but after adding an intro, and elongating the ending, there just wasn't enough time where it wouldn't be obnoxious. Next time....

http://kenblog05.blogspot.com/2012/11/waltz-for-debby.html

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#1986845 - 11/14/12 10:19 PM Re: Recital #28 --- November 15, 2012 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:MaryBee
From:Cleveland, OH
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Experience:40 years playing on my own, followed by 3.5 years of actual learning with a teacher.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Bagatelle No.25 in A minor (Fur Elise)
Composer:Beethoven
Duration:04:02
Source of music:Schirmer's "60 Progressive Piano Pieces You Like to Play". I must have bought this book when I was a teenager; the price tag says $3.95. The odd thing about this edition is that the piece is notated in 3/4 time, rather than 3/8. I guess it makes it easier to read.
Instrument used:Charles Walter 1520 upright
Recording method:Tascam DR-08. Converted to MP3 using Audacity.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I was not too thrilled when I was assigned this piece, because, of course, everyone plays it, or at least knows it! But my teacher chose this because he wanted me to learn something a little easier than usual so I could work on phrasing and interpretation. He said I have been limiting myself by playing inside a small box. So this is my attempt to "play outside the box". It's a little scary to present something in this way, since in a sense, it exposes a part of you. You are making a definite statement about how you want a piece of music to sound, and you leave yourself open to criticism of that choice. Compare this with trying to play a technically difficult piece. That can almost feel safer, because if you fumble parts of it or make a mistake, people are very understanding. And yet, going through this process was somehow exhilarating and freeing. I'll look forward to doing more of this. So here it is -- my interpretation of a well-known piece that I have come to know and appreciate.

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#1986846 - 11/14/12 10:19 PM Re: Recital #28 --- November 15, 2012 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:Allard
From:Netherlands
Experience:1 year
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Before the Last Leaf Falls
Composer:David Lanz
Duration:02:42
Source of music:The Ultimate David Lanz Collection (New Age Easy Piano)
Instrument used:Yamaha P95
Recording method:Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is the first piece in the collection of easy piano arrangements for David Lanz's popular songs. I noticed a few other David Lanz songs in the recital archives, but not this one and it's such a lovely piece! This easy arrangement lowers the key from D major to C major (I think), simplified chords and replaces some of the octaves in the right hand with single notes, but leaves the melody and dynamics intact.

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#1986847 - 11/14/12 10:19 PM Re: Recital #28 --- November 15, 2012 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:Jazzwee
From:Los Angeles
Experience:8 Years
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Blue Monk
Composer:Thelonious Monk
Duration:07:44
Source of music:Live Improvised (played from memory)
Instrument used:Nord Piano 88 - I was using the Bosendorfer Imperial patch and that really sounds too percussive in hindsight. I should have used the Grand Lady D patch for this.
Recording method:Live recording using Zoom H4N on a boom above the band. This was at a live venue (small restaurant). Chopped up and exported in Audacity.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:The crowd yelled for Blues, so we gave it to them. But this is really a Rock style blues. Slower than Jazz. I'm not a blues player BTW so this is not my forte.

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#1986848 - 11/14/12 10:20 PM Re: Recital #28 --- November 15, 2012 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:zrtf90 (Richard)
From:Ireland
Experience:Many years playing but returned last Christmas after a fifteen year hiatus.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Romance Sans Paroles, Op. 17 No. 3
Composer:Faure
Duration:02:30
Source of music:Memorised from the score.
Instrument used:Yamaha Clavinova CLP-500 (1989)
Recording method:Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:In mid October I committed to the RST Mendelssohn recital and thought I'd better give this recording business a whirl after many years absence and picked a piece I thought I could refresh in two or three weeks. Hmmm!

I have simultaneously overplayed it and and under-rehearsed it and consequently will be leaving more time for future recitals.

There are still some problems with phrasing and timing but this final take is now fairly representative of my usual interpretation of the piece.
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Faure was 18 when he wrote this, the third of a set of three songs without words. The other two are rarely heard and seldom recognised. I first heard this one when my sister was learning it for her Grade 7 exam. I didn't learn it myself until 1984, ten years later. I dropped it shortly afterwards with a view to a redistribution of notes among the hands for the climax. It didn't work but it screwed up my original fingering so I dropped it again for many years.

I went back to this again last February and March and reverted to my original fingering, or fairly close to it, and feel happier with the piece.

It is normally a beautiful piece of music and I'm surprised that it hasn't yet shown up in an ABF recital.

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#1986849 - 11/14/12 10:23 PM Re: Recital #28 --- November 15, 2012 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:TX-Dennis/Dennis Turner
From:Texas
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Experience:Forever and a day.
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Title of piece:Be Thou My Vision
Composer:Traditional Irish Hymn
Duration:03:02
Source of music:I played this from sheets.
Instrument used:Kawai GE-30
Recording method:Tascam DR-05
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Be Thou My Vision is an English translation of a traditional Irish hymn. The words are believed to have been written by Saint Dallan Forgaill (ca. 530 - 598). The music is the melody of an old Irish folksong called Slane about Slane Hill where Saint Patrick lit candles for Easter in defiance of the pagan king L'egaire of Tara.

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#1986850 - 11/14/12 10:23 PM Re: Recital #28 --- November 15, 2012 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:Serge88
From:Montreal
Experience:6 years of piano experience + 5 years many years ago
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:My Way
Composer:Claude Francois, popularized by F.Sinatra
Duration:02:47
Source of music:My cover of the song.
Instrument used:Roland FP7 with software Piano
Recording method:Roland FP7 - GarageBand - kontakt piano samples
Technical feedback wanted:Yes

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#1986851 - 11/14/12 10:24 PM Re: Recital #28 --- November 15, 2012 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:LizAnne
From:Canada
Experience:I have played for about two years every decade of my life and have had to restart each time. This cycle, I started in Feb 2012 after ten years without a piano.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Elegy Op.183, No.2
Composer:Carl Reinecke (1824-1910)
Duration:01:23
Source of music:Royal Conservatory of Music Curriculum Grade 2
Instrument used:Roland RP301 digital
Recording method:Red Dot Forever, digital to PC
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:In all my mottled piano history, nobody has ever taught me what dynamics are and how to do them. That's what I'm working on now. This is a simple piece (for most of you), but for me it is interesting dynamic-wise. Sorry about the chords not being very in sync. Still working on that.

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#1986852 - 11/14/12 10:24 PM Re: Recital #28 --- November 15, 2012 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:MrPozor
From:France
Experience:7 months self-teaching but actively looking for a teacher now.
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://youtu.be/xStsoicBaGk
Title of piece:The Doll's Funeral
Composer:Tchaikovsky, P.I.
Duration:01:39
Source of music:Album for the Young
ABRSM Easier Piano Pieces
Instrument used:Petrof 118 L1
Recording method:HTC Desire (video)
Zoom H1 (audio)
Magix Video Deluxe 2013 Trial (cutting)
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Thanks in advance for your feedback. I would also like to hear what you think of the piano itself. I'm not sure whether it is in need of tuning.

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#1986853 - 11/14/12 10:24 PM Re: Recital #28 --- November 15, 2012 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:lyricmudra
From:Illinois
Experience:Learned classical piano as a child until I was 13 or 14 years old. Did not touch the piano for some 35 years until about three years ago. I have not taken piano lessons since childhood but I plan to find a teacher in the near future.
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MnLxmKyERDQ
Home page link:http://www.youtube.com/user/lyricmudra
Title of piece:Consolation No. 3
Composer:Franz Liszt
Duration:03:53
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Kawai RX-2 Blak
Recording method:Zoom H4N and Kodak Zi8
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I've always wanted to learn this piece, but have always felt intimidated by it largely because it is quite popular. I finally had the chance to attempt to conquer it! :-)

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#1986854 - 11/14/12 10:25 PM Re: Recital #28 --- November 15, 2012 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:TrapperJohn
From:Central PA
Experience:7
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:I'll Be Seeing You
Composer:Sammy Fain (M) & Irving Kahal (L)
Duration:03:22
Source of music:Decade By Decade - 1930s (Arrangements by Dan Coates)
Instrument used:Clavinova CP-301
Recording method:Digital to PC
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:They don't write songs like this anymore - and that's a real damn shame!

A good educated guess about this song's origins might be that it was yet another one of those great songs that seemed to flow constantly out of the wonderful musicals of Rogers & Hammerstein. And this would be a good guess, but incorrect.

It is from a musical, but not one of R & H's. It first appeared in the rather obscure 1938 musical "Right This Way", which ran for a grand total of 15 performances (well, at least it made it past opening night!). But, while the show is little known and long forgotten this marvelous song lives on, as popular today as it was then. It has become a classic of the genre. If the songs of The Great American Songbook (roughly the chart topping tunes from 1925 to 1955, or so) represent the best of American popular music (and I firmly believe they do) then this song is one of it's crowning jewels. In fact, with it's gorgeously soaring melody and tender and heartfelt lyrics it is widely considered one of top 5 or 10 most beautiful songs ever composed. And over the decades it has been recorded by almost everyone under the sun.

"I'll Be Seeing You" first gained it's justifiably widespread popularity during World War II when so very many were separated from loved ones - especially those on the battle front who were so far removed from those on the home front. From all indications it came to hold the same intensely personal meaning for Americans that a song such as "The White Cliffs of Dover" did for Britishers, or as "I'll Be Home For Christmas" did for both. Since then it has come to serve more or less as an anthem for those pinning away sadly from a lost love, whether from someone special "passing on" or simply "passing through" one's life...

And the amazingly ostentatious and superbly talented pianist and showman Liberace (Lib-er-ah-chee) thought so highly of this song that he used it as the theme song of his immensely popular TV show in the 1950s (and please don't reveal your youthful sheltered-life existence here by asking "Lib-er-who?" - shame on you! - check him out on YT).

For those who may wish to sing along here are the song's warmly nostalgic and softly poignant lyrics:

I'll be seeing you
In all the old familiar places,
That this heart of mine embraces
All day through.

In that small cafe,
The park across the way,
The children's carousel,
The chestnut tree, the wishing well.

I'll be seeing you
In every lovely summer's day,
In everything that's light and gay,
I'll always think of you that way.

I'll find you in the morning sun,
And when the night is new,
I'll be looking at the moon,
But I'll be seeing you.

[Repeat from "In that small cafe..."]

There are any number of excellent versions of this popular masterpiece on YouTube - I especially recommend those of Linda Eder and Vera Lynn.

I have always loved this song, and learning to play it was one of my major goals as an amateur pianist, and was a complete "labor of love" for me - and I hope you enjoy. In the meantime, I'll be seeing you...

Trap

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#1986855 - 11/14/12 10:25 PM Re: Recital #28 --- November 15, 2012 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:DadAgain (& DadAgains Daughter)
From:Brisbane, Australia
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Rondo Op163 #6
Composer:Diabelli
Duration:01:55
Recording method:Dell laptop internal microphone (sorry) sound is particularly bad today!
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:- Piano badly needs a tune (recent weather changes have not gone down well)
- Recording was a rush job, no time to record better pieces we both had lined up
- First attempt at a duet with the 2 of us!

(Piece was actually just given to daughter by her teacher 2 weeks prior for performance in a concert this weekend)

We'll try and be more organised and make a better submission next time, but got sidetracked by daughters violin exam coming up next week... We did still want to make sure we put something up though!

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#1986856 - 11/14/12 10:26 PM Re: Recital #28 --- November 15, 2012 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:Ganddalf
From:Norway
Experience:45 years. Sorry, no teacher to blame.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Prelude Op.45
Composer:Chopin
Duration:04:26
Source of music:Sheet music (Peters edition)
Instrument used:Yamaha Avant Grand N1
Recording method:Zoom H1
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Trying for the first time to share my piano music on the web. I have no experience in recording my music, but I hope that the sound quality will be ok.
Comments, even nasty ones, are welcome, and I hope for good suggestions of how to improve. At an age of 62 I still think it is possible.

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#1986857 - 11/14/12 10:26 PM Re: Recital #28 --- November 15, 2012 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:Sam S
From:Georgia, USA
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Experience:a few years back after a 30+ year absence
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Title of piece:Prelude Opus 28 number 15 (Raindrop)
Composer:Chopin
Duration:06:04
Instrument used:1927 Bechstein Model L
Recording method:USB mic to Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I just started some Chopin recently and it's ben a lot of fun. Here's my try at the "Raindrop" prelude. A few bobbles here and there, but I tried to make it as musical as I could, which isn't easy!

This is my "new" 1927 Bechstein model L, a small grand that I rebuilt. I sold my old Yamaha upright - my piano is getting older, just like me! This is my first try at recording a grand piano, and it's obvious I have a lot to learn. Next project - upgrade my recording process.

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#1986858 - 11/14/12 10:26 PM Re: Recital #28 --- November 15, 2012 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:joangolfing
From:Iowa
Experience:10+
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Elves' Dance
Composer:Edvard Grieg
Duration:01:46
Source of music:Edvard Grieg, Complete Lyric Pieces for Piano (Dover Publications)
Instrument used:Yamaha GC1M Grand Piano
Recording method:Zoom H2 and Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is my second PW recital using my Yamaha Grand Piano. I selected Grieg's music because I thought it showcased my piano's sound in a new way. I have been watching an excellent biography of Grieg. "Ballad for Edvard Grieg" Leif Ove Andsnes

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#1986860 - 11/14/12 10:27 PM Re: Recital #28 --- November 15, 2012 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:Copper
From:VA
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Experience:7
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Title of piece:What a Wonderful World
Composer:George Weiss and Bob Thiele
Duration:02:18
Source of music:Favorite Piano Fake Book
Instrument used:Yamaha P-250
Recording method:Connected the Yamaha P-250 to the computer
Technical feedback wanted:Yes

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#1986861 - 11/14/12 10:27 PM Re: Recital #28 --- November 15, 2012 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:Starr Keys
Experience:3 years 9 mos. this incarnation
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0D2AtA2iN4&feature=g-crec-u
Title of piece:Broken Hearted Me
Composer:Randy Goodrum
Duration:03:54
Source of music:By Ear Arrangement
Instrument used:Casio PX330
Recording method:Zoom Q4
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:The day I started working on the song I had a conversation with my sister who was probably in one of the worst places I'd ever seen her in my life. She had lost her husband five years ago to Cancer and had been seeing someone for a year she really liked, who had suddenly broken it off because she wasn't able to fully commit to him. She felt she needed more time to process the loss of her 25 year marriage. Her double heartache is what inspired my work on this song at the time.

This song was a huge hit for country-pop artist Ann Murray in 1979. I do it very differently. The cocktail jazz stylings portion of this arrangement is the result of about a month of improvisation. I rarely did anything the same each time I sat down at the piano during that time but at the end of it, I knew how I wanted to play more than 50% of the song. The rest was my usual tedious treacherous method of trial and error crafting.

With the exception of two portraits of my sister, done by her friend Doug Jamieson, all the drawings and paintings are done by her. The photos are taken by her and her friends. Everything I used, I used with her permission.

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#1986862 - 11/14/12 10:28 PM Re: Recital #28 --- November 15, 2012 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:Valencia
Experience:Last took lessons almost 25 years ago. Been back to playing for about a year.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Work in Progress --Chopin's Etude 25/11
Composer:Chopin
Duration:01:35
Instrument used:old digital keyboard.
Recording method:My digital keyboard has no external speakers, so plugged the keyboard into a radio for speakers, then recorded using a basic digital recorder beside the speakers. Uploaded the file and using audacity cut out the middle section.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is just a submission for fun as the piece is not near put together yet. I was inspired to try Winter Wind after watching Paul Barton's youtube tutorial. I have a very very long way to go, and may never be able to play it close to tempo, but I still enjoy playing it. This piece has been on the backburner lately, so I thought submitting a snippet for the first and last pages would get me in gear to work on the rest of it. I have arthritis in my hands so it is slow going to learn this piece.

There are a lot of things that need work--obviously tempo and bringing out the melody in the left hand. And wrt to the rest of the piece, tempo, accuracy and memory. Any advice would be welcome.

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#1986863 - 11/14/12 10:28 PM Re: Recital #28 --- November 15, 2012 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:jotur/Cathy Turner
From:Santa Fe, NM
Experience:2 years of lessons in my early teens, 30+ years off, playing for dances since 1995
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Alexander's Ragtime Band
Composer:Irving Berlin
Duration:02:53
Source of music:Sheet music, pdf of original downloaded from the Lester Levy collection at Johns Hopkins
Instrument used:Casio Privia PX-100
Recording method:digital to PC, audacity
Technical feedback wanted:No
Additional info:Well, this is a one-take wonder! laugh This is the only time I actually got a recording, and I'm just not up to figuring out why. Something in the connections somewhere. Sigh.

This was a piece some friends of mine and I did for a 4th of July gig, only then another piano player did the bass and a trumpeter and I did the melody. But it's such an ideal piece for the assisted living/Alzheimer's places I play that I kept it as a solo. I probably play it just about like this, too laugh But pieces from around this time (1911) are favorites of mine. I also play Geo. M. Cohan's "Yankee Doodle Boy" and "You're a Grand Old Rag", also 4th of July pieces. It's too bad I don't do vocals, because the lyrics are a riot. Here's ARB:

Verse 1:
Oh ma honey, oh ma honey,
Better hurry and let's meander.
Ain't you goin', ain't you goin'?
To the leader man, ragged meter man?
Oh ma honey, oh ma honey,
Let me take you to Alexander's
Grand stand brass band,
Ain't you comin' along?

Chorus:
Come on and hear, come on and hear,
Alexander's Ragtime Band.
Come on and hear, come on and hear,
It's the best band in the land!
They can play a bugle call like you never heard before.
So natural that you want to go to war.
That's just the bestest band what am, honey lamb.
Come on along, come on along,
Let me take you by the hand.
Up to the man, up to the man,
Who's the leader of the band!
And if you care to hear the Swanee River played in ragtime,
Come on and hear, come on and hear,
Alexander's Ragtime Band!

Verse 2:
Oh ma honey, oh ma honey,
There's a fiddle with notes that screeches.
Like a chicken, like a chicken.
And the clarinet, is a coloured pet.
Come and listen, come and listen,
To a classical band what's peaches.
Come now, somehow,
Better hurry along!


As for lunch, let's see - oh, I know. All Trader Joe's, all the time.

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#1986864 - 11/14/12 10:29 PM Re: Recital #28 --- November 15, 2012 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:Coldsalmon
From:New York, NY
Experience:3.5 years
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Nocturne in Eb Major, Op. 9 No. 2
Composer:Chopin
Duration:04:36
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Korg SP-250 + Pianoteq Bluethner
Recording method:Pianoteq
Technical feedback wanted:No
Additional info:I have been working on this piece for way too long, and I offer it here with mistakes included. I would have recorded it on my brand new 1953 Baldwin Acrosonic that I bought last Thursday, but it was destroyed last Sunday in Hurricane Sandy. That's life, I suppose.

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#1986865 - 11/14/12 10:30 PM Re: Recital #28 --- November 15, 2012 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:windywindy
From:Dublin, CA
Experience:8 months plus many years off and on
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Love Is All Around
Composer:Curtis, Sonny
Duration:01:26
Source of music:musicnotes.com
Instrument used:Brodmann PE187
Recording method:SM-58 vocal mic (sorry) to Tascam US-122 to Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes

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#1986866 - 11/14/12 10:30 PM Re: Recital #28 --- November 15, 2012 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:Teodor
Experience:3 years
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Tereza's Inspiration (Original Piece)
Composer:Tereza Jurikova & Teodor Tenchev
Duration:01:54
Source of music:Played by ear.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Take 12901390123092, I can't capture what I want with this but you will hear at least part of the mood I wanted to create.

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#1986868 - 11/14/12 10:32 PM Re: Recital #28 --- November 15, 2012 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:BillM
From:Gaithersburg, Maryland
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNEymzUfsEo&feature=plcp
Title of piece:When You Wish Upon A Star
Composer:Leigh Harline and Ned Washington
Duration:02:59
Source of music:Fake Book, improvised accompanyment
Instrument used:Roland KR17M Digital Grand
Recording method:Zoom Q3.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is my favorite Disney song. I couldn't decide whether to play or sing the bridge so I played it the first time through and sung the repeat. I hope you like it.

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#1986869 - 11/14/12 10:32 PM Re: Recital #28 --- November 15, 2012 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:Bessel
From:Ohio, USA
Experience:getting close to 2 years...
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:The Happy Farmer (Returning from Work), and Wild Horseman
Composer:Robert Schumann
Duration:01:31
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Yamaha P-80
Recording method:line in to Garageband on Mac.
Technical feedback wanted:No
Additional info:These are from Schumann's "Album for the Young." I started these many months ago at the suggestion of my then-teacher (who, due to his health, I'm no longer taking lessons with)... you'd think that I would be able to nail them by now! It's been a many months since my last lesson, and I'm putting less time in at the keys, for one reason or another. Recording for this recital emphasized for me that practice time really matters... it was really difficult to get past the red dot! My wild horse stumbled, but I don't think he broke a leg, which is good. Anyway, I feel motivated to practice more, which is a Good Thing!

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#1986870 - 11/14/12 10:32 PM Re: Recital #28 --- November 15, 2012 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:PianoStudent88
From:Maine
Experience:10 years self-taught as a child; hiatus of 30 years; one and a half years as an adult with 15 months of lessons.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Minuets BWV Anh. 114, 115
Composer:Christian Petzold
Duration:03:53
Source of music:Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach, urtext edition published by Henle
Instrument used:Baldwin Hamilton upright
Recording method:Olympus Digital Voice Recorder WS-802
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is the famous Minuet in G major, BWV Anh. 114, and its paired Minuet in G minor, BWV Anh. 115. They are played as a da capo set: first the Minuet in G major, then the Minuet in G minor, then the Minuet in G major again but without the repeats.

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#1986871 - 11/14/12 10:33 PM Re: Recital #28 --- November 15, 2012 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:Mar_red
From:Poland
Experience:More than 5
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Dom (Home) / Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - Medley.
Composer:W. Kazanecki / J. Fred Coots
Duration:04:46
Source of music:Sheet music / lead sheet
Instrument used:DP Roland FP-7
Recording method:DP to audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Dom (Home) by W. Kazanecki is the main musical theme from a polish TV film under the same title.
It is a beautiful tune so I would like to present it to you.
It is my first piece played from a sheet music. I tried very much not to change it too much smile.

As to the second piece: Christmas is coming so as a kind of a bonus I added this lovely Christmas song (when should we submit Christmas tunes?).
One year ago I did my arrangements of two such songs. The first I submitted at the 25th recital now it is time for the second one.

I am aware that it ought to be cleaner, more precise but if this tune makes you smile and your foot taps I will be more than satisfied!

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#1986872 - 11/14/12 10:33 PM Re: Recital #28 --- November 15, 2012 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:Sam Rose (Shmuel R)
From:Los Angeles
Experience:2 years and a couple months
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8ax3RIrrzg
Title of piece:Solfeggietto (Solfeggio) in C Minor
Composer:CPE Bach
Duration:01:03
Source of music:Sheet music; played from memory
Instrument used:6'1" Yamaha C3, freshly tuned and just regulated!
Recording method:2x Shure KSM141 mics into a Zoom H4n
I played with mic positioning a bit, and I'm happy enough with the way this sounds. Feel free to make suggestions though. I'm talking to you wouter79 wink
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is a deceptively tricky piece. I started it thinking it would be easy, but I've found it quite difficult. My biggest challenge (as you'll no doubt hear) is keeping it rhythmically and dynamically even, and making it work musically. I did an ok job, but there's still room for improvement. The fingering for this piece is very natural in some areas, and very awkward in others, which makes for inconsistent playing (speeding up and slowing down, etc). My RH 4th finger is still very swollen from a softball collision in the outfield two and a half weeks ago, but I made do with what I have. This piece is a wonderful exercise for many of my weaknesses, such as legato/staccato, rhythmic evenness, dynamically even runs, and proper pedaling (in this piece, that means just about not pedaling at all).

I haven't eaten lunch yet. Gotta go grab something now, because I'm HUNGRY!!

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#1986873 - 11/14/12 10:34 PM Re: Recital #28 --- November 15, 2012 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:Norrec, Tim
From:NC
Experience:One year, then I took a year+ break, now I've been playing again for about 4 months.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Solitude
Composer:Michiru Oshima
Duration:01:18
Source of music:I used the sheet music found on this page. The second from the bottom is 'Solitude'. This is music from the anime Full Metal Alchemist.

http://ichigos.com/sheets/147
Instrument used:Roland RP301 Digital Piano
Recording method:Connected to Input/Output using a Behringer Audio-to-USB interface. Recorded onto my laptop using Audacity.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:The last recital I submitted 'Beaming Sunlight' which was another Full Metal Alchemist song. I wanted to do something different for this recital but the two pieces I was working on were no where near ready. Following the previous recital I also decided to get a piano teacher so now I have less time to practice 'actual' pieces, but I'm learning more. So it was a trade off.

Solitude I learned immediately following Beaming Sunlight. I recorded a version 3 months back to send home and moved on to other pieces. When I knew I wasn't going to have anything ready for this recital I decided to fall back on something I knew I could play. I re-recorded my playing it, this time with a lot of pedal. In fact, my foot never lifted off the pedal. Last recital I used no pedal because I felt it was 'cheating' but now I've perhaps swung too far the other way. I think it sounds good though so I'm ok with it.

Also, I have a digital piano now and was able to record directly from it. The last recital was recorded by carrying the keyboard into the other room and putting my desktop microphone right on top of the speaker. I'm much happier with how my new setup sounds. I have to add 2-3dB of gain in Audacity, but that's easy enough to do.

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#1986874 - 11/14/12 10:34 PM Re: Recital #28 --- November 15, 2012 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:Mile Hi Steve
From:Denver, CO
Experience:On again off again for years along with 8 months public performance
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Halloween Potpourri
Composer:Various(Moroder, Carpenter, Barber)
Duration:03:23
Source of music:Play by ear improvisation mosaic
Instrument used:1994 Yamaha Clavinova
Recording method:Instrument analog out to laptop audio in, along with digital reverb courtesy of the Android opperating system heh heh
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is a Halloween medley I put together and performed for a little talent show my church put on Halloween night. It uses a few layered sounds (piano, organ, harpsichord). I was really excited to use organ in the piece since my grandfather was an organist and I love organ music as well as piano, but never get much of a chance to play organ. This is all a solo even though it changes instrument sounds on the fly. That was a lucky break I got with the Clavinova, you can change instrument sounds without disrupting the current audio stream.

Long story short (TOO LATE!) many people will probably recognize the infamous Mike Meyers halloween theme from the movies but I bet few will recognize the ominous sounding Scarface theme variations at the beginning. And then since I was so thrilled to have a legitimate use for playing organ I decided to blast the audience with a grand organ finale at full volume.

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