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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.
___________________________

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
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:Forever and a day.
Direct music link:click to download
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
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:a few years back after a 30+ year absence
Direct music link:click to download
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
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:7
Direct music link:click to download
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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