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#2033329 - 02/14/13 09:17 PM Recital #29 --- February 15, 2013
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PLEASE DO NOT POST IN THIS THREAD! USE THE DISCUSSION THREAD!

I am delighted to introduce our 29th 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 #29 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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#2033334 - 02/14/13 09:24 PM Re: Recital #29 --- February 15, 2013 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:Mr Super-Hunky
From:Arizona
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:Same as Monica
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:A Star Named Apple/ New Beginning
Composer:Mr Super-Hunky
Duration:04:20
Source of music:Played by ear
Instrument used:Roland KR-7
Recording method:Zoom H2 using line level input.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Gazing up at the stars I can see millions upon millions of them sparkling in the night sky. But they are not all the same. Some seem dull and far away while others seem brighter and much closer. Still, there are a few special stars in the night sky that seem to twinkle and are much more vibrant than the rest. These are the newest stars in the night sky with lots of life left in them to cast a beautiful shimmering twilight upon the rest of the world.

Sometimes the twilight created by these stars is bright enough to help guide you and ensure that you are on the right path. At some point, when your journey is over, you too may be able to light up the path for someone else.

This is what happens to good people. This is why I named the most recent shimmering star in the sky Apple.

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#2033335 - 02/14/13 09:24 PM Re: Recital #29 --- February 15, 2013 [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
Video link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67O1qyXNlS4
Title of piece:Elegie
Composer:Jules Massenet
Duration:02:35
Source of music:Sheet Music
Instrument used:1917 O NY Steinway
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:My first exposure to this melody was that as a child, my parents played one of Art Tatum's versions on their record player. My second exposure to this was recently listening to an old recording of Marian Anderson sing it. Her voice is magic.

I never got an error-free take. It's a fun piece to play.

For lunch was some spicy Lentil-Vegetable Soup, then for dinner, then for future leftovers.

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#2033336 - 02/14/13 09:25 PM Re: Recital #29 --- February 15, 2013 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:dannylux / Mel
From:Connecticut
Experience:7 years after returning. Lots as a kid.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Czerny Romance in E Op.755
Composer:Carl Czerny
Duration:02:31
Source of music:Extremely rare sheet music kindly sent to me by a member of 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:Carl Czerny's music tends to range from delightful to exquisite. His Romance in E is both delightful and exquisite, having a gorgeous, nostalgic melody and wonderful harmonies.

He was Beethoven's star pupil, and you can certainly hear Beethoven in this Romance, as well as in Czerny's 11 Piano Sonatas and 6 Symphonies.

This lovely little piece is in simple ABA form; first melody in E major, second melody in B major, and back to the first melody. As is usual with Czerny, there are generous sprinkles of glitter here and there, especially in the coda on the last page.

Hope you like it.

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#2033338 - 02/14/13 09:25 PM Re: Recital #29 --- February 15, 2013 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:Plowboy
From:Huntington Beach, CA
Experience:4.5
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gr7BIxPzTmU
Title of piece:Prelude in E Minor Op. 28, No. 4
Composer:Frederic Chopin
Duration:02:48
Source of music:"Chopin Preludes for the Piano" edited by Willard A. Palmer
Instrument used:Kohler and Campbell KIG-52D 5'2" grand
Recording method:Zoom H4, then edited in audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This sure looks easy on paper, but it took a year to get it to sound marginal. I still don't like the chords and the dynamics are ragged. The only editing was to delete the empty spaces at the beginning and end.

For lunch I had a salami and cheese sandwich, chips and an apple. I wish I could find good Braeburns again. :-(

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#2033339 - 02/14/13 09:25 PM Re: Recital #29 --- February 15, 2013 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:slpianoproject
From:Montreal, Canada
Experience:Roughly 7 years casually... in and out
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Pm5Mzuu8XA
Title of piece:Nocturne in C# minor Op.27 no.1
Composer:Frederic Chopin
Duration:05:31
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Essex EUP-123s accoustic
Recording method:Matched pair of Studio projects C4, Akai EiE pro usb interface into logic pro 9.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is one of my favorite Chopin nocturne. Its been a while i wanted to learn it but due to some left hand issues (soreness) i couldnt tackle the piu mosso. The performance isnt perfect but its the best i can do given my skill level. I have to admit i'm still pretty proud of the final result.

Feedback is welcome. I'm aware some of the dynamics are in the wrong place and there is a few errors here and there. I didn't want to record 10 times to make it perfect (this is actually my first take, I did 3 more after but the first one was the best! lol).

Follow the link to the YOUTUBE VIDEO right up there if you want to see a close-up of my hands while playing it.

Thanks for listening and ENJOY!

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#2033345 - 02/14/13 09:31 PM Re: Recital #29 --- February 15, 2013 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:CarlosCC
From:Lisbon, Portugal
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:3 years 7 weeks (self-learning since Dec2009)
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Julia
Composer:Ludovico Einaudi
Duration:05:25
Source of music:"The Best of Ludovico Einaudi" book. Played by memory.
Instrument used:Yamaha P85 (Grand Piano 1)
Recording method:Captured from Piano to PC with Audicity, then saved to MP3.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:In 2010, when I was discovering Einaudi, I heard "Julia" in the "La Scala Concert" album and I decided to put it on the bottom of my (long) to-do list, just because I knew that, at the time, I wasn't able to play it, and I understood I needed to progress a bit more to play it properly. Since then I was waiting for "the" moment to give it a try, which happened in the last summer. Then, it was a kind of surprise because I haven't found it a difficult piece to play and learn... I felt I was well aligned with the variations and chords of "Julia" and I learned it in a couple of sessions.

Since then I use to play it regularly and I find out that my wife loves this piece, it's her favorite - she says she "feels at home" when she hears it -, and I think it's one of the few pieces she asks me to play whenever she sees me in front of a piano... Because of that, and although I feel my hands a little "stuck" because I haven't played piano in the last few weeks and having conscience that I'm not with the right mood to do my best interpretation, nevertheless, I decided to play (by memory) and do this record.

So, this is dedicated to her, with love, hoping to help her regain happiness after having lost a loved one recently. I know she will smile, for a moment, when we hear this recital.
I hope you like it too.

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#2033346 - 02/14/13 09:32 PM Re: Recital #29 --- February 15, 2013 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:Diana (sinophilia)
From:Italy
Experience:11 months
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Frankie & Johnnie + Space Shuttle Blues
Duration:01:44
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Casio Privia PX-135
Recording method:Digital to Mac
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:These are two short pieces from Alfred's Adult AIO Course book 2, which I am finishing in these days. I hadn't recorded myself for a while and it proved really hard. By listening to myself I heard many things that needed correction, but in the end I chose one of the first takes of both songs. I guess that obsessing about what I needed to change made subsequent recordings even worse!

I'd like these songs to flow more, to have a steadier beat and some "swing", but well, that's about the best I can do right now, especially in front of the red dot! Thank you for taking the time to listen.

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#2033347 - 02/14/13 09:32 PM Re: Recital #29 --- February 15, 2013 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:wouter79
Experience:3 years at time of recording
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Allegro non troppo in c minor, op.38 no.2
Composer:Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
Duration:02:52
Source of music:sheet music, mostly memorized
Instrument used:Grotrian-Steinweg 189
Recording method:DPA4060, EMU0404, Jecklin Disk
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is from Mendelssohn's third book in the series "Lieder ohne worte". It contains 6 pieces and is dedicated to Fraulein Rosa von Woringen, a daughter of Otto von Woringen who was president of the Prussian government and friend of Felix. It appeared in 1837. These pieces were already famous in his life.
I had this piece ready and recorded already for the previous recital. I have another nice piece ready but I can use some feedback on the Mendelssohn.
Again, I'm not using pedal at all. There are rests between the bass notes and if you use pedal you can't play these rests. Therefore it puzzles me that everyone is pedal, including masters like Barenboim and Friedman.
Maybe I'm too picky but I'm not entirely satisfied with this piece. The melody seems to be repeated a bit too often (with small variations) and I have a hard time to keep it interesting. The syncopated stuff in the left hand adds a nervous feel that seems not to fit the melody. I determined the speed from the melody, but I can't keep the feel of the melody when the nervous left hand is added. Maybe the left hand is still too loud? Maybe I'm phrasing something wrong or need a more catchy interpretation of the melody? Or maybe I should drop to a slower speed that does not fit the melody itself but gives a more suited overall feel? For some reason, I did not feel like memorizing this (I'm still looking at the sheets even though in fact I'm playing most of this from memory anyway), this could be related. Suggestions are welcome!

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#2033349 - 02/14/13 09:34 PM Re: Recital #29 --- February 15, 2013 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:SwissMS
From:Switzerland
Experience:About 4 years total as an adult, a couple as a kid. I have been playing consecutively with a teacher since Fall 2011.
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://youtu.be/GW6BY5dAtaQ
Title of piece:Little Prelude in D Major BWV 936
Composer:J. S. Bach
Duration:03:02
Source of music:Sheet Music
Instrument used:Yamaha Avant Grand N2
Recording method:Zoom H2 line out from N2
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This prelude is from the collection Six Little Preludes. These were believed to have been written by Bach during lessons to address specific technical problems that a student was having at the time. This piece turned out to be far more challenging that I thought it was when I first looked at the score. My teacher knew, though, and warned me. It makes one wonder which of several technical difficulties it was written to address. I learned a lot from it! It has three voices to balance, intricate fingering, 5/4 crosses, and funky 4/3 trills. I had fun with it.

On a personal note, as some of you know I had a major MS relapse in early October that caused temporary partial paralysis on my right side. I was unable to play again until mid November. This piece was instrumental in restoring my finger dexterity and strength in my right hand. They say Bach is the best teacher. For me, he gave me the piano back! Thank you Herr Bach!

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#2033350 - 02/14/13 09:34 PM Re: Recital #29 --- February 15, 2013 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:CASINITALY (Cheryl)
From:Italy
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:3 yrs
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://youtu.be/W6h-Wfq7ub4
Title of piece:Sneakin' Round
Composer:Dennis Alexander
Duration:01:01
Source of music:From the Dennis Alexander "Especially In Jazzy Style, Book 1" Early Intermediate level
Instrument used:Yamaha P112N
Recording method:Digital Camera
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Another from the Alexander collection that I have greatly enjoyed learning. I know there is always room for improvement, but this has been a great step forward in learning how to manage a long cascade of notes, and some jazzy triplets. Lots of fun, and hope you enjoy it. I believe I had homemade chicken vegetable soup for lunch, with goat cheese on toasted dark brown bread.

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#2033352 - 02/14/13 09:35 PM Re: Recital #29 --- February 15, 2013 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:Andy Platt
From:Arlington, VA, USA
Experience:Years of noodling and now 2.5 years of lessons.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Invention No 4 in D Minor
Composer:Johann Sebastian Bach
Duration:01:01
Source of music:J. S. Bach: Inventions & Sinfonias (Alfred)
Instrument used:Kawai K3
Recording method:Zoom H1
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:My teacher says I've never really got the feel of this piece though she notes my ideas about it are consistent and, arguably correct. We disagree on it. I'll be very interested in opinions.

I did several decent recordings; this is far and away the quickest of them. Again that's something I disagree with my teacher on but I feel this piece works better at pace.

Yes, the trills (particularly the left hand one) are ugly. I had them better and completely let them slip. It's a real problem of mine. Other than that, there's one minor hesitation that I don't like. But all in all I'm happy with how it's turned out.

Lunch yesterday, when I recorded it, was a ham sandwich. Today it will be a ham sandwich.

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#2033355 - 02/14/13 09:36 PM Re: Recital #29 --- February 15, 2013 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:Amaruk
From:New England, USA
Experience:Who knows...
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://youtu.be/xBJFilxh0aE
Title of piece:The Christmas song from 'An Elf's Story: The Elf on the Shelf'
Composer:John Timothy Roberts
Duration:01:37
Source of music:My own arrangement.
Instrument used:Roland LX-15
Recording method:Directly to a USB stick (.wav) on the piano.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is a very fun piece for me to play as our youngest son loves to sing along whenever I play it. I came across the piece for the first time during the holidays and it was love at first listening so to speak. But I was quite disappointed when I learned that the sheet music was not available anywhere. In fact, the song has never even been released on CD (heard it on TV)... I quickly turned to YouTube and same thing again, I could not find anything. The song is only about a year old but still. As a result, I decided to try to transcribe it on my own. I had a blast doing it (and entering it into MuseScore) and I learned a lot at the same time.

Lyrics:
Christmas is a time of joy and peace
The time for spending with the family
It teaches us to share
Show others that we care
Christmas is a time for forgiveness
That is why we all believe in Christmas
It is a time of love joy and peace
It is a time of face to believe
More than presents under a tree topped with a star.
Christmas is a time for forgiveness
That is why we all believe in Christmas
Christmas is a time for forgiveness
'Cause we carry Christmas in our hearts

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#2033356 - 02/14/13 09:37 PM Re: Recital #29 --- February 15, 2013 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:Peyton
From:Maine
Experience:40+
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPk6fiXfc9Q&list=UUfm6_6G1n0SmMfPJ3ojblZg&index=1
Home page link:http://www.peytonart.com
Title of piece:After All
Composer:Original
Duration:04:54
Instrument used:Pramberger grand
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Not my best original work but overall I like the tune. When I recorded I was just about totally deaf in my left ear and only later heard a little "tap" when I played the low C. It took a while to figure but it ended up being my pedaling. If I could change anything else I would try harder to keep the tempo slower at the end. By the end I'm almost always a good deal faster than where I started. The piece is called After All and I echo those words in the left hand throughout the piece. The poem that goes with it is as follows;

We are just a speck within a trillion thousand lights
on our tiny little ball.
How fleeting, how insignificant
and how remarkable
after all.

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#2033357 - 02/14/13 09:38 PM Re: Recital #29 --- February 15, 2013 [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:Grieg Waltz Op.12
Composer:Edvard Grieg
Duration:02:23
Source of music:Complete Lyric Pieces
Instrument used:Roland FP4
Recording method:Zoom H2 and audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I played Grieg's Elves Dance in the last recital and continued with another Grieg Lyric Piece for this recital. I'm spending the winter away from my Yamaha grand. Recorded this on my Roland FP4.

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#2033363 - 02/14/13 09:46 PM Re: Recital #29 --- February 15, 2013 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:Greener / Jeff Green
From:Toronto, Canada
Experience:Sporadically for 40 years or so. More effort and disciplined approach since joining PW.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Moments Musicaux - A flat major; Opus 94 No. 6
Composer:Schubert (Franz)
Duration:06:01
Source of music:Sheet Music; Compliments of Classical Sonata Analysis Study Thread.
Instrument used:Samick SU-105 40" Console
Recording method:ADK A-51 Type III large condenser mic; Bass. Neumann TLM 103 large condeser mic; Treble. Motu Pre 8 to Logic Pro Studio.

Acknowledgement and special thanks to Michael O. of Beach Digital Media.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:In 1827, no doubt influenced by the passing of Ludwig van Beethoven and his impressive musical legacy, Schubert channeled a bit of the late composer and created a string of pieces. This work included the first 12 songs of the "Winterreise," as well as the "Piano Sonata in C Minor" and two piano solos, "Impromptus" and "Moments Musicaux."

I came upon this classical work in the Classical Sonata Analysis thread. It took me some time to warm up to it. The more I listened though, the more it grew on me and more so again as I began to learn it. Now I really like it and enjoy playing it. The harmonies of the open chords are very nice.

As a result of this recording, there are a few weaknesses I am more aware of now that I will work on fixing, but not re-recording for.

Thanks for listening and I hope you enjoy it.

Sorry about the squeaky damper pedal frown

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#2033364 - 02/14/13 09:47 PM Re: Recital #29 --- February 15, 2013 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:Riddler (Ed)
From:Florida
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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:Reflections in D
Composer:Edward Kennedy Ellington
Duration:03:18
Source of music:Lead sheet, transcription, recordings, etc.
Instrument used:Yamaha P-120
Recording method:Pianoteq
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This piece is often described as impressionistic and sophisticated. It is a far cry, I'd say about as far as a cry can be, from the "jungle music" of Ellington's earlier years.

Interestingly, this piece is cited in Wikipedia as an example of Scriabin's Mystic Chord, AKA the Prometheus Chord, AKA the Dominant 13 #11 Chord.

My original intent was to play note for note from a published transcription of Ellington's recording. It didn't look that hard (famous last words), but when I started to play, I quickly found that some fancy parts were beyond my ability to execute at tempo. (@#$%%^*^&). I settled for creating my own arrangement, plagiarizing freely from the transcription, but unable to restrain myself from altering the melody, harmony, and rhythms. (What else is there? Oh yeah, the mood. So OK, I altered that, too.) Just to prove a point, I suppose, I added some amateurish fancy stuff that was within my ability to play at tempo. So there, take that, Duke! Ya think yer so special!

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#2033365 - 02/14/13 09:47 PM Re: Recital #29 --- February 15, 2013 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:Monica K.
From:Lexington, KY
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:Self-taught since summer of 2004
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://youtu.be/XphhSkMKsew
Home page link:http://www.youtube.com/pianomonica
Title of piece:Just Because I Love You
Composer:David Nevue
Duration:05:09
Source of music:Sheet music, obtained at www.davidnevue.com
Instrument used:Mason & Hamlin A
Recording method:Zoom H4, normalized in audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Although none of the passages in this piece present much technical difficulty, there's enough variety and the piece is long enough that it was surprisingly hard to get a clean take. I had a lot of fun playing the part at the end that repeats the melody while getting quieter and quieter.

Lunch was leftover tempeh in coconut-peanut sauce.

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#2033366 - 02/14/13 09:48 PM Re: Recital #29 --- February 15, 2013 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:ladypayne
From:United States
Experience:who's keeping track anymore?
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Improv in G minor
Composer:ladypayne
Duration:03:10
Source of music:improvised score
Instrument used:casio
Recording method:zoom h1
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Another song I made up. Enjoy.

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#2033367 - 02/14/13 09:48 PM Re: Recital #29 --- February 15, 2013 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:Jake S
Experience:1 year
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Fur Elise
Composer:Beethoven
Duration:03:16
Source of music:Sheet music (memorised)
Instrument used:Kawai CA93
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I think every pianist probably plays Fur Elise at some point. For me it captures essence of piano,even if it is a little bit of a cliche. I have fond memories of my Dad playing this when I was growing up.

I see this recital as a little personal milestone, as I can now measure my playing in years rather than months (woohoo, first birthday!), which in my mind means that I have moved from beginner into intermediate(ish) territory.

I had slow cooked beef with crushed potatoes for lunch - doesn't anywhere do mash anymore?

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#2033370 - 02/14/13 09:49 PM Re: Recital #29 --- February 15, 2013 [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:Fly Me To The Moon
Composer:Bart Howard
Duration:02:08
Source of music:Lead sheet
Instrument used:Roland FP7 with software Piano + Band In a box for accompaniement
Recording method:iMac Garageband
Technical feedback wanted:Yes

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#2033371 - 02/14/13 09:49 PM Re: Recital #29 --- February 15, 2013 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:Teodor
From:Bulgaria
Experience:3
Direct music link:click to download
Home page link:http://www.youtube.com/user/teodortenchev/
Title of piece:Donnie Darko - The Artifact and the Living
Duration:02:31
Source of music:Sheet music.
Recording method:Phone
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Old piece, I learned this 2 years ago. I haven't been playing it at all since but it was easy to remember how it's done since it's not complicated.

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#2033372 - 02/14/13 09:50 PM Re: Recital #29 --- February 15, 2013 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:(Was)TrueBeginner
From:VA, US
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:4.5
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://youtu.be/RR5iRnuZUOU
Title of piece:Us
Composer:Original
Duration:03:37
Source of music:Self Composition
Instrument used:Essex Upright
Recording method:I recorded using Flip camera. I extracted the audio using SuperOne
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Hope you guys like it. Thanks to everyone for listening and big thanks to people who make this recital happen every quarters

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#2033373 - 02/14/13 09:50 PM Re: Recital #29 --- February 15, 2013 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:MusicaMusique
From:Germany
Avatar:Avatar Image
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uh8HNCu96JM
Home page link:http://goo.gl/ohzhp
Title of piece:Keresem Az Utam
Composer:Akos
Duration:03:37
Source of music:Play-by-ear
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:The MTV of this song always shown up, that was how I first heard of that song.

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#2033374 - 02/14/13 09:51 PM Re: Recital #29 --- February 15, 2013 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:MrPozor
From:France
Experience:9 months, taking lessons since 2 months.
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://youtu.be/ra365OY3FPc
Title of piece:Un poco adagio
Composer:Clementi, Muzio
Duration:01:16
Source of music:"The Piano Handbook" by Carl Humphries
Instrument used:Petrof 118 L1
Recording method:Recorded with Canon EOS 650D (video) and Zoom H1 (audio)
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Took me a looong time to play it without errors.

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#2033375 - 02/14/13 09:51 PM Re: Recital #29 --- February 15, 2013 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:Jazztpt (Russ)
From:UK
Experience:37+
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://youtu.be/ZE72GSaku2Q
Title of piece:Another Song + Maya
Composer:Jazztpt
Duration:04:37
Source of music:Original compositions
Instrument used:Roland HP507
Recording method:Direct to HP507 then into Audacity to convert to MP3
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I would like to present 2 original compositions for this recital. I wrote the opening bars of "Another song" some time ago but I was never satisfied with the rest of the tune and have more or less re-written the whole thing for this recital. The title is the original one , as I remember I just couldn't think of anything better !
The tune "Maya" was written just over a year ago, it was to celebrate the birth of my first grand child Maya. At the time I posted a version to the Piano Bar but this is a more polished and refined version having had a bit of time to mature.
I must say I thought I had got over the devil of the red dot until I switched the video camera on to record Another Song and my fingers turned to jelly. So not as good as I have been playing it recently but the first take is always best for me so this is it. I recorded Maya a few weeks ago without video.

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#2033376 - 02/14/13 09:52 PM Re: Recital #29 --- February 15, 2013 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:Sand Tiger
From:United States
Experience:11 months on keyboard, 10+ years on whistle and Irish flute
Direct music link:click to download
Home page link:http://sandtigerpiano.blogspot.com/
Title of piece:Shadow
Composer:Sand Tiger
Duration:02:14
Source of music:Original composition in C major.
Instrument used:Casio PX-150 digital piano
Recording method:Recorded on the Casio using the built in function. I played back that recording into a Sony voice recorder to get a portable MP3 file. I used Audacity to boost the output volume using the compressor.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Serendipity has me recording and uploading on Ground Hog day. This is my first week with the Casio PX-150, a significant upgrade from a 61-key Yamaha NP11.

Shadow is a companion piece to Shimmer, my November 2012 recital piece. I found that relatively minor changes such as moving down a few notes and slowing down gives me a different mood. Shimmer is a happy, upbeat tune, while Shadow is pensive and brooding in places. The two pieces together bring me closer to a goal derived from a John Coltrane quote:

My music is a spiritual expression of who I am

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#2033377 - 02/14/13 09:52 PM Re: Recital #29 --- February 15, 2013 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:PhilzPiano
From:UK
Experience:About 3 years of sporadic self teaching.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Prelude no. 1 in C major
Composer:Bach
Duration:01:56
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Casio Privia PX-110 with Pianoteq 4 Stage version
Recording method:Pianoteq for recording and Audacity for MP3 conversion
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I haven't done a lot of practice in the last year or so for various reasons, but plan to make much more effort from now on!

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#2033378 - 02/14/13 09:53 PM Re: Recital #29 --- February 15, 2013 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:Daren
From:England
Experience:10 years
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Quanta Qualia
Composer:Patrick Hawes
Duration:03:53
Source of music:Sheetmusic,out of Patrick Hawes Towards the Light.
Instrument used:Roland Rd700nx
Recording method:Direct to usb memory stick
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Very nice piano piece from patrick hawes.Subsequently chosen by Hayley Westenra for her 2005 album Odyssey.I like this piece for its simplicity and textures and as it builds up and down in exspression,youve got to listen to all the piece to fully enjoy.

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#2033380 - 02/14/13 09:55 PM Re: Recital #29 --- February 15, 2013 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:timmyab
From:UK
Experience:20 years
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Allemande from French Suite no 4
Composer:Bach
Duration:04:48
Source of music:A Keyboard Anthology, third series, book 5.
Instrument used:Yamaha YDP S30
Recording method:Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I couldn't decide how to play this.It sounds dreamy played slowly with plenty of pedal, but I also like it faster with less pedal.In the end I've recorded both versions and welded them together so you can decide for yourself which you prefer.I hope this isn't against the rules.

Thanks to anyone who listens and especially people that take time to comment.These recitals have really helped my playing a lot.

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#2033381 - 02/14/13 09:55 PM Re: Recital #29 --- February 15, 2013 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:Peterws
From:Northern England
Experience:Many years. I do not consider myself accomplished, but I get by.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Regrets. I have a Few . .
Composer:Me
Duration:03:50
Source of music:Generally, compose/play by ear. Playing generally, a mixture of ear and sometimes adapted music.
Instrument used:Yamaha DGX620
Recording method:Audacity or Wavepad.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is unusually for me a dark piece. Think "bereavement", "Hope Gone" or "If only" . . . . many have been there. Hard work putting it together. This is the shortened version; it has a second happier part which is another couple of minutes.

Because life goes on . .

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#2033383 - 02/14/13 09:57 PM Re: Recital #29 --- February 15, 2013 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:MaryBee
From:Cleveland, OH
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:40 years on my own, last 4 years with a teacher
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Waltz in C# minor, Op.64 No.2
Composer:Chopin
Duration:04:01
Source of music:memorized from sheet music (IMSLP)
Instrument used:Charles Walter 1520 upright
Recording method:Tascam DR-08. Converted to MP3 using Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I discovered this piece many years ago when I bought my first new piano. It was a digital piano and had this as its one demo song. I was in awe of this music and the swirling energy that could easily sweep you away. My son and I loved to listen to it. We would put the piano in demo mode and pretend that we were playing this piece, because of course, neither of us had any hope that we could ever play it for real. Twenty years fly by... Although my son is grown and the piano given away, I don't have to pretend anymore. And I'm still in awe of this music. This is for my little boy and our dreams.

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#2033384 - 02/14/13 09:58 PM Re: Recital #29 --- February 15, 2013 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:BenPiano
From:USA
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:3.5 years
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://youtu.be/Hukha2npCz4
Home page link:http://www.youtube.com/user/afpaSTU1096
Title of piece:All of These Things For You
Composer:Ben Piano
Duration:03:32
Source of music:Me
Instrument used:Kawai K5 upright
Recording method:Zoom H1 perched atop my upright, lid closed.
Technical feedback wanted:No
Additional info:Silly Songs With Ben (vol 1)

This song dropped out of the sky into my lap two weeks before the recital, and I've obsessed over it until - well, I haven't stopped yet. But I think I've calmed down a bit since I re-submitted it a second time for the recital after tweeking a few things.

I never had any intentions of singing while playing, but this song demanded it, so I learned how.

My wife has always joked around about me writing a song for her. That was back when I used to play guitar. I would have loved to, but nothing ever seemed appropriate.

Years later, now learning piano, this song was given to me. It's a little silly, but at least relates my feelings into something we both get and is appropriate.

She certainly deserves the unobtainable, and all I've ever managed to provide is mundane reality. I'm such a schlub. A very lucky schlub.

Except I can now say I finally gave her a song. smile


The lyrics for those that can't understand my mumbling:


A cabin on your private isle
A leisurely six-minute mile
A waterfall frozen in time
Disney without any lines

All for you
All of these things for you

A potion to never grow old
A chest full of silver and gold
A mountain that touches the sun
Peace for everyone

All for you
All of these things for you

Oh, that's right - money's tight

An afternoon trip to the zoo
A slightly abused iPad 2
Children that always fight
Pizza on Saturday night

All for you
All of these things for you

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#2033386 - 02/14/13 09:59 PM Re: Recital #29 --- February 15, 2013 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:Ganddalf
From:Norway
Experience:46 years
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Sonata A-flat major (Hob XVI - 46) first movement
Composer:Haydn
Duration:05:57
Source of music:Peters Edition
Instrument used:Yamaha Avant Grand N1
Recording method:Zoom H4
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Haydn wrote a lot of sonatas, and they don't get the attention they deserve. Many of them are well within the range of amateur pianists, and often it is possible to make them sound good with relatively little effort. From that stage it is possible to work on details and continue improving, the ultimate goal being to play the sonatas with great delicacy like the master pianists.

I decided to play only the first movement of the sonata, and hope that those of you listening to the whole movement will not be bored to death. Any feedback is welcome, and please feel free to send me personal messages if you want more information about this piece or other Haydn sonatas.

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#2033387 - 02/14/13 09:59 PM Re: Recital #29 --- February 15, 2013 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:beechcraft409
From:TX, USA
Experience:a little over 3 years... I should be way better
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gyTd3AKxS4Y
Title of piece:Ombre
Composer:Ludovico Einaudi
Duration:05:01
Source of music:Sheets
Instrument used:KORG SP-250
Recording method:Webcam / Line-in
Technical feedback wanted:No
Additional info:Well about halfway through, my recording software decided to make a nice jump forward a bit. Could be better quality audio, too, I suppose.

Anyhow, been messing with this one for just about a month. It's not all shiny but I might as well participate in the recital. Had a lot of fun with this one, first Einaudi that I have done. Hoping to learn more of his works. Hope ya like it! My mom does, but she has to laugh

Oh for lunch I had a couple chicken strips and potato chips.

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#2033388 - 02/14/13 10:00 PM Re: Recital #29 --- February 15, 2013 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:Richard (zrtf90)
From:Ireland
Experience:I've been playing for more years than I have left.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Notturno Op. 54 No. 4
Composer:Grieg
Duration:04:26
Source of music:Memorised from the score
Instrument used:Kawai CA95
Recording method:Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I've wanted to learn Grieg's Notturno since the early eighties when I saw it listed as an easy starter in Charles Cooke's Playing the Piano for Pleasure. It is not such an easy piece, though by no means a mammoth undertaking, and the difference between the perception of its difficulties (none) and the reality (some) has thwarted my previous attempts at it.

The central Piu mosso is a good test of double finger technique and the extended trills can be troublesome. I've not come out unscathed in any of them.

The quavers blossom into triplets before bursting into flower on these trills and I am still lacking the confidence to play the triplets without counting them (sadly not the left hand) and despite the simple pattern of the chromatic descent leading to the coda it has been a struggle to memorise - the hesitations are quite obvious from the recording - but these things and other little details will come with time.

I'm delighted to finally have this piece under my belt and I don't think I'd have finished it yet had I not planned it for this recital. It's a wonderful debut for my new Kawai CA95, which has replaced my 24 year old Clavinova and with which I'm overjoyed.

I still wince when I hear the Romance Sans Paroles from last time but I have listened to this recording since I uploaded it and am quite pleased with it.

I made a note in the last recital that my selection was normally a beautiful piece. I did not intend to imply that my playing wasn't beautiful but that it is beautiful without much effort, whoever plays it, and was therefore surprised it hadn't been chosen before. This nocturne is the same and yet has not been aired since Recital #16.

I have read, and if I'm honest, re-read all the wonderful comments people made about my last recital and I never got round to acknowledging them all. Let me do that here. Thank you to those that commented, thank you to those that contributed, and thank you to those that just listened. And a special thank you to those that organise this splendid opportunity.

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#2033389 - 02/14/13 10:00 PM Re: Recital #29 --- February 15, 2013 [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+ self-teaching
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Album Leaf
Composer:Debussy
Duration:02:20
Source of music:Sheet Music
Instrument used:Yamaha P-80
Recording method:Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:There are only a couple of Youtube recordings of this piece, so I didn't have much to go on.

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#2033390 - 02/14/13 10:01 PM Re: Recital #29 --- February 15, 2013 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:Ken.
From:USA
Experience:5
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Let's Cool One
Composer:Thelonious Monk
Duration:01:19
Source of music:Thelonious Monk Easy Piano Solos
Instrument used:Milton Spinet
Recording method:Zoom H4
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:One of Monk's more obscure tunes. I had not heard of it before, and it doesn't seem to be played very much. He certainly came up with some wierd names for tunes. Apparently, Let's Cool One was named for a phrase favored by Harlem disc jockey and entertainer Ralph Cooper. It was first recorded in 1952.

Here is a later live version version I found by Monk: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7F5jxJCeRY

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#2033391 - 02/14/13 10:01 PM Re: Recital #29 --- February 15, 2013 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:FarmGirl
From:Country side of Japan
Experience:Do not want to recall
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5BQ0ZAbPUI
Title of piece:Brahms 118 #2
Composer:Brahms
Duration:07:13
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Baldwin R
Recording method:ZOOM Q3 HD
Technical feedback wanted:No
Additional info:Got cold. Have fever no voice. Had whiskey and wine to feel better.

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#2033392 - 02/14/13 10:01 PM Re: Recital #29 --- February 15, 2013 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:Mar_red
From:Poland
Experience:Completely self-taught since 2007
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:The Shadow of Your Smile & Misty - Medley.
Composer:Johnny Mandel / Erroll Garner
Duration:06:39
Source of music:Lead sheets (only melody and chords)
Instrument used:Unfortunately still DP Roland FP-7
Recording method:DP to Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:The Shadow of Your Smile
Initially I planned to submit only Misty but one day I came across the lead sheet of The Shadow of Your Smile and instantly fell in love with it. I couldn't drag myself from playing it over and over again so I decided to include it in my submission.

In this piece I tried to imitate the base (the left hand), the rhythm guitar (a kind of strumming) and the piano. So close your eyes, please - can you see this little trio?

Misty
A Beautiful piece. The Classic made in zillion renditions but I always wanted to play such pieces in my, i.e. known, standards in the style between jazz and so called cocktail piano - beautiful melody, jazzy chords.

As a completely self-taught aspiring pianist I like to treat every piece as an exercise. In Misty I tried to use the whole keyboard, I mean as many keys as possible, from almost the lowest one to the highest, practice walking base in the left hand, runs, broken chords and octaves in the right hand.

I know the beginnings of almost each chorus are played a little too fast, my fingers slipped two or three times but nonetheless I hope you will enjoy it. smile

Last but not least - funny thing and a puzzle
Once practicing Misty my right hand flew too far and suddenly I started to play in another key. I liked it so I changed the chords accordingly and incorporated one chorus in this new key to the piece.
And here is my question: at what time did I change the key in Misty?
Can you find the place? smile

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#2033394 - 02/14/13 10:05 PM Re: Recital #29 --- February 15, 2013 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:Jazzwee
From:Los Angeles
Experience:8.25 Years
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Title of piece:Stella by Starlight
Composer:Victor Youbg
Duration:04:19
Source of music:Leadsheet Real Book, Improvised
Instrument used:Nord Piano 88
Recording method:Zoom H4N recording audio via Microphone
Technical feedback wanted:Yes

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#2033396 - 02/14/13 10:05 PM Re: Recital #29 --- February 15, 2013 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:Saranoya
From:Belgium (Brussels)
Experience:Two years of lessons in childhood (spread over several soon-aborted forays into piano-playing). Back in the saddle since September 2012, and more serious about it than ever.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Menuett in F
Composer:Joseph Haydn
Duration:01:05
Source of music:Doblinger, Die Allerersten Klassiker und Romantiker
Instrument used:An acoustic upright of undetermined make and model at a local pub.
Recording method:Recorded by an iPhone resting on the music lip on the inside of the piano's lid. Truncated and exported to MP3 using Audacity.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Well ... I was planning on submitting the first movement of the Moonlight Sonata, as some of you may know. But as some of you may also know, I am currently without a piano at home, and quiet times are hard to come by at the pub where I'm now doing my playing -- especially in seven-minute stretches. So, alas. Moonlight will have to wait until after I've moved into my currently still under-construction new apartment.

I recorded this during a brief lull in the action at the pub, when there were only two other people in the room (one of whom was the bartender). Even so, you will notice significant background noise. I apologize.

This was the first piece I learned after getting back to playing the piano in September. Nothing like listening over and over to a recording of yourself to expose all of the little imperfections in your playing (and here I thought I'd moved beyond this level!), but all in all, I think it's not so bad.

I skipped lunch, by the way. Dinner was leftover fries with beef stew, which I got from the bartender when she couldn't finish hers.

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#2033401 - 02/14/13 10:16 PM Re: Recital #29 --- February 15, 2013 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:windywindy
From:Dublin, CA
Experience:1 year serious after many years off and on
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Title of piece:Waltz in A Minor KK IVb/11
Composer:Frederic Chopin
Duration:02:00
Source of music:Chopin: An Introduction to His Piano Works (Willard Palmer)
Instrument used:Brodmann PE-187
Recording method:Zoom H4n built-in mics
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This was published posthumously and is supposed to be one of the easiest pieces by Chopin to play. I chose it because I enjoy playing Chopin but know better than to subject the recital to my attempts at the hard stuff. I also needed a piece where I could get the notes quickly and focus on tone. Even after focus, this recording leaves room for improvement, and I'm sure this piece will evolve with me over many years. I plan to keep coming back to it.

Descriptions I've read online describe the piece as sad, haunting, mysterious, and obsessive. To me the main theme (Am) is inescapable, inevitable and the piece comes as tries to break away, inevitably being pulled back. The first time (E major) is rational and self-assured, but the second and third times (A major) are less controlled, even manic. It is an impressive range of moods Chopin achieves with simple harmony and a short span of time.

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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=IEVxl3e67eE
Home page link:http://www.youtube.com/user/lyricmudra
Title of piece:Melodie from the Opera 'Orfeo'
Composer:Gluck-Sgambati
Duration:02:57
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Kawai RX-2 Blak
Recording method:Zoom H4N (audio)and Kodak Zi8 (video)
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:After last November's recital, I've been dealing with an ill cat who has had two surgeries since then and another stay at the vet these past two days, on top of work, of course. Needless to say, that means I haven't had a chance to explore a new piece, so I decided to revisit an older one. There were two classical pieces that motivated me to relearn the piano three years ago. This was one of them. I was very much drawn to this beautiful melody created by Gluck for the flute and later transcribed by Sgambati for the piano. Looking back now, I should say that it was pretty ambitious to have tried it when I was still rebuilding my skills. Sgambati's transcription is exhausting to the left hand, and mine wasn't ready for the workout. Nonetheless, I persevered and even managed to record it on my old Yamaha Clavinova, but played it so slowly ... 'ploddingly' is probably the apt term :-). I thought I'd revisit it, play it at a much faster speed, add some ornamentation here and there that I heard some pianists incorporate, and recruit my acoustic piano this time. It took about a month to relearn the piece. The left hand was the hardest to deal with, just like it was three years ago. Eventually, the left hand relaxed. And what a difference three years of continuing with the piano makes! My current version is certainly not perfect. I thought of having more recording takes, but I just don't have the luxury to do so this time. Nonetheless, it is such an improvement over my first attempt three years ago. If you like, here is the older recording to compare with my current recital submission: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8nt-VxWvdeI
And here is the current recording on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEVxl3e67eE

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#2033403 - 02/14/13 10:16 PM Re: Recital #29 --- February 15, 2013 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:Sam S
From:Georgia, USA
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:starting my 6th year back at the piano
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://youtu.be/FBCszSnnzQA
Title of piece:Arabeske Op. 18
Composer:Robert Schumann
Duration:10:31
Source of music:Henle urtext
Instrument used:1927 Bechstein L
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:A gold star to everybody that listens to all 10 1/2 minutes of this!

The Arabeske was composed by Schumann not long after he and Clara finally managed to get married in spite of Clara's father's interference. Robert journeyed to Vienna, hoping to move his new family there and away from Clara's father. But it was not to be - he couldn't find a publisher in Vienna for his music journal. But while he was there, he wrote the Arabeske, intending it for the multitude of middle class females that bought new music by the handfuls. They must have been prodigious players to manage the stretches in this piece, and the odd held notes, and so forth.

It's a rondo, and the Arabeske theme comes back 3 times, which is what makes it so long. The material sandwiched in between contrasts greatly, and that contrast is typical Schumann.

I missed a lot of notes - sorry about that! It's very tough for me to play something this long without lots of mistakes. The video has the sheet music - enjoy!

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#2033404 - 02/14/13 10:17 PM Re: Recital #29 --- February 15, 2013 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:Copper
From:Virginia
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:8
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Greensleeves
Composer:English Air
Duration:00:52
Source of music:The Library of Easy Piano Classics
Instrument used:Yamaha P-250
Recording method:Connected the Yamaha P-250 to the computer
Technical feedback wanted:Yes

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#2033405 - 02/14/13 10:17 PM Re: Recital #29 --- February 15, 2013 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:Kenjazz
From:United States
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:I can never quite remember this answer. Fewer than 5.
Direct music link:click to download
Home page link:https://kenblog05.blogspot.com]Learning To Play Jazz Piano After Age 50+
Title of piece:My Romance
Composer:Rodgers and Hart
Duration:06:44
Source of music:Original arrangement starting from leadsheet.
Instrument used:Schimmel 120J acoustic piano and Band-in-a-box accompaniment.
Recording method:Old Zoom H2 and Audacity.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Happy Valentine's Day! It is the most romantic day of the year- the day when men desperately try to find the right expressions of love for the women that are their heart's desire.

It is a day for chocolates, cards, flowers, romantic dinners, big teddy bears, expensive gifts, jewelry - what other ideas can we come up with guys? If you have the right woman though, it is really the thought that counts. What can be better in the "thought" category than poetry, music, or anything created with love of her in mind?

This is the spirit with which I arranged and recorded My Romance, one of the most romantic songs ever composed. I wish that I could sing like James Taylor (who has a great vocal version of this song), but I can't. I wish that I could write romantic poetry like Robert Burns, but I can't. All I can do is play hack amateur jazz, but if it is truly the thought that counts then the message should be bursting through....

I'm slowing things way down from my previous recital entries. My take on this tune is inspired by the wonderful Brad Mehldau version which is done at about 52 bpm. He does a beautiful free flowing piano solo as entry and exit to the song. In my entry solo I use a trick from Gershwin where he plays lush major chords in a diminished progression.

There aren't a lot of notes overall in the band verses. I had a couple of takes with more improv runs, but they just didn't seem tasteful given my ability to pull them off. So I settled on this less-is-more version. I hope you like it.

"My Romance" music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Lorenz Hart


My romance doesn't have to have a moon in the sky
My romance doesn't need a blue lagoon standing by
No month of May, no twinkling stars, no hideaway, no soft guitars

My romance doesn't need a castle rising in Spain
Nor a dance to a constantly surprising refrain
Wide awake I can make my most fantastic dreams come true
My romance doesn't need a thing but you

My romance doesn't need a castle rising in Spain
Nor a dance to a constantly surprising refrain
Wide awake I can make my most fantastic dreams come true
My romance doesn't need a thing but you


To Celia


Drink to me, only, with thine eyes,
And I will pledge with mine;
Or leave a kisse but in the cup,
And Ile not look for wine.
The thirst, that from the soule doth rise,
Doth aske a drink divine:
But might I of Jove's Nectar sup,
I would not change for thine.
I sent thee, late, a rosie wreath,
Not so much honoring thee,
As giving it a hope, that there
It could not withered be.
But thou thereon did'st onely breathe,
And sent'st it back to mee:
Since when it growes, and smells, I sweare,
Not of it selfe, but thee.

- Robert Burns: The Poetry (1896)

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#2033406 - 02/14/13 10:18 PM Re: Recital #29 --- February 15, 2013 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:PianoStudent88
From:Maine
Experience:10 self-taught as a child; 2 years as an adult after a long hiatus.
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jejPk5o1ydY&feature=youtu.be
Title of piece:No Walk Today
Composer:Aram Khachaturian
Duration:01:49
Source of music:Aram Khachaturian, Pictures of Childhood: Children's Album I for Piano. Published by Musikverlag Hans Sikorski.
Instrument used:Baldwin Hamilton upright
Recording method:M-Audio Microtrack II
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is #2 in Khachaturian's Adventures of Ivan. I submitted #1 (Ivan Sings) a few recitals ago, and I have a goal to submit all of them over time. One of my goals in this piece was to vary tempo and dynamics: hopefully artistically. The dynamics changes are in the score; the tempo changes are not but I am learning to go beyond the bare notations of the score into musical interpretation and bringing the piece to life.

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#2033407 - 02/14/13 10:18 PM Re: Recital #29 --- February 15, 2013 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:carlos88
From:Fort Collins, Colorado
Experience:5-6 years as a young kid (I can't remember that far back...)
Back to playing in the last few years, with 1 year of increasingly discouraging lessons that just ended.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Sarabande (from Pour le Piano)
Composer:Debussy
Duration:04:49
Source of music:sheet music
Instrument used:Yamaha
Recording method:Zoom H4, with Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I've imagined Sarabande as the last dance of an ancient and idle king, walking out of the hall for the final time at the end.

After working on this piece for the last 3 weeks, I'm still working through with the pedaling, especially when combined with the arpeggios.

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#2033408 - 02/14/13 10:19 PM Re: Recital #29 --- February 15, 2013 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:GrouchoMarx
From:Finland
Experience:3+ years
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSR9egBjacQ&feature=youtu.be
Title of piece:Prelude Op. 32 No. 12
Composer:Sergei Rachmaninoff
Duration:02:39
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Digital Piano, Roland hp 305
Recording method:Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is the first composition of Rachmaninoff that I have learned from beginning to end. This is one of his more accessible pieces, but still bloody hard for a relative beginner.

I don't particularly like my own interpretation, mostly because I tend to play the harder parts faster than I can manage. This is something I often do when I haven't mastered the piece to my satisfaction. In addition the end is far too loud. I blame that on nerves, which makes the playing less relaxed and smooth.

Wouldn't have submitted this unless Valencia had submitted the exact same piece. Hope we can give each other some constructive feedback

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#2033409 - 02/14/13 10:19 PM Re: Recital #29 --- February 15, 2013 [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=AJj_9_oriqc
Title of piece:Georgia On My Mind
Composer:Carmichael and Gorrell,
Duration:03:43
Source of music:Fake book and improvised
Instrument used:Roland KR17M Digital Grand
Recording method:Zoom Q3. MP3 file extracted by WinFF.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes

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#2033410 - 02/14/13 10:19 PM Re: Recital #29 --- February 15, 2013 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:Pavel.K
From:Czech Republic
Experience:1 year and 1 month - self-study
Direct music link:click to download
Home page link:https://soundcloud.com/pavel-k
Title of piece:Nocturne 21 in C minor posth.
Composer:Chopin
Duration:03:35
Source of music:Sheet music - Alfred - Chopin Nocturnes for the piano
Instrument used:Roland FP-7F (controller)and Ivory II American Concert D
Recording method:Reaper
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:When I started to dangle round a piano I felt immediatelly in love with Chopin's Nocturnes. Those pieces are for experienced players only I would say but I had to try at least this easiest one.
Well, this recording is thousands miles from perfection :-) I think I will try to keep it in my repertoire to polish it over next years. Meantime I should focus on less demanding pieces (which is not exactly true because I should participate in Mendelssohn Themed recital... :-)

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#2033411 - 02/14/13 10:20 PM Re: Recital #29 --- February 15, 2013 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:Allard
From:Netherlands
Experience:1 year 3 months
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://youtu.be/URBegVFQEcU
Title of piece:To Zanarkand
Composer:Nobuo Uematsu
Duration:03:14
Source of music:Piano Collections Final Fantasy X (sheet music book)
Instrument used:MP3: Yamaha P-95
YouTube: "Gebr. Perzina" upright piano at the local piano dealer
Recording method:MP3: UGM96 interface to Audacity
YouTube: iPad
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This piece was on my mind when I chose to take up piano lessons, a little over a year ago. I started work on it way too early, right after finishing the Alfred 1 Christmas book. I picked it up again two months ago, determined to get it ready for the recital. Even the effing hard four bars past the two minute mark. It's going to take more work, for sure, but I feel pretty happy about how far I've come already.

The MP3 is played a fair bit better, but the piano on the YouTube video clearly wins in pure sound quality. I recorded it while trying out pianos at the local dealer, last weekend.

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#2033412 - 02/14/13 10:20 PM Re: Recital #29 --- February 15, 2013 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:MileHi Steve
From:Denver, CO
Experience:Years and years of on again off again tinkering
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Stagg Brew
Composer:Hilary Stagg
Duration:04:10
Source of music:Medley improvisation /arrangement
Instrument used:Yamaha Clavinova
Recording method:Instrument audio out to laptop audio in
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is a medley I arranged based on 3 harp pieces by the late new age artist Hilary Stagg. I've always wanted to try seeing what his harp music would sound like on the piano, so a couple months ago I started putting this medley together combining three of his pieces. I decided to use a custom electronic piano sound for this so let me know what you think. I played a way simplified version of this for a church about a year ago. It's got a few mistakes and the ending I hacked up for sure,

For lunch I had coffee, diet coke, and homenade buffalo fried chicken, and a few mike & ike's.

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#2033414 - 02/14/13 10:21 PM Re: Recital #29 --- February 15, 2013 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:aTallGuyNH
From:United States
Experience:11 months
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Just The Way You Are
Composer:Billy Joel (arranged by aTallGuyNH)
Duration:03:31
Source of music:Several sheet music arrangements, cobbled together, simplified in a few places, and with some additions to take the place of the saxophone that would otherwise be transitioning out of the bridge and in/out of the final verse.
Instrument used:Yamaha DGX-500
Recording method:Digital to PC (Audacity)
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I was in a rush when I recorded this, and it definitely shows in the performance, especially the 1st 30 seconds. One take. Other than butchering the transition to the bridge, it's relatively clean and a fair indicator of my level of aptitude with this song at this time.

Encouragement is great, but I would *really* appreciate honest feedback too!

The recording quality is awful, so I had to make some compromises re: reducing hiss vs. muffling the sounds of the keyboard.

I had Chinese food today at a work function celebrating the fact that we all worked like dogs in January and landed millions for the hospital. The only thing better than Chinese food is free Chinese food. smile

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#2033416 - 02/14/13 10:21 PM Re: Recital #29 --- February 15, 2013 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:Aimee O
Experience:3 years
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Sonatina in G
Composer:Beethoven
Duration:04:14
Source of music:score
Instrument used:Yamaha U3
Recording method:zoom
Technical feedback wanted:Yes

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