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Loc: Rainy England
Originally Posted By: slpianoproject
Here's my contribution to the piano bar!
My teacher (that I don't take lessons with anymore... not enough time) would have alot to say about this performance. He always says I take too much liberty from the sheet music. I don't know how to explain it well in english but lets say I just play more the way i feel than what's really written on the paper if that's more clear. Usually when I want to learn a new piece, I listen to different performances to get a feel for the piece. Then I take what I like the best from what i've heard and try to come up with a performance that is right to my ears. Long story short, most of the times when I show him my work he goes like : Great! You play with alot of .....(insert positive feedback here)...... and ............, I like how you ............ but as usual you take the sheet music with too little consideration!
In this performance you'll notice from start that the tempo might be a little fast. There is actually quite a debate on the net, from what I've seen, on the tempo to use to play this piece. Personally, I'm obviously on the fast side since I think you lose the flow when this piece is played too slow. On top of that I try to avoid using too much rubato and big changes in dynamics as I feel it kills the mood of the piece. Feel free to tell me what you think about it!
Finally, I kinda feel bad posting this since i read 3 days ago that the Mendelssohn themed recital is actually in 2 weeks and not in May anymore but the work was all done already...
P.S : Sorry for the errors i've been on a tight deadline for this one. Should have worked on it more before posting but my piano was freshly tuned! The theme that goes through bar 2 to 4 and repeats at the end sounds so gorgeous on a tuned piano! Had to do it... did my best!
Ohhh lovely! I LOVE this Mendelssohn piece- it has very special meaning to me. I thought it was called the Venetian boat song tho and have been trying to find it online for ages.
Loc: Rainy England
Originally Posted By: Saranoya
Originally Posted By: Starr Keys
This is my arrangement of My Funny Valentine. I am performing it, both piano and vocal, live for my performance class in 2-1/2 weeks. I still have some more work to do on the vocal.
You do. But I bet you could be fabulous if you found a song that stays within your natural range. And I envy you the ability to sing and play piano at the same time.
Originally Posted By: wouter79
Here's my contribution for the April piano bar!
A little uneven on the timing, but I love your ornamentation!
Originally Posted By: slpianoproject
Let's say I just play more the way I feel than what's really written on the paper.
I'm the same way! My teacher usually comments on it too, and while she tries to correct me sometimes, other times she just 'goes with the flow', or even compliments me on the choices I make in terms of interpretation.
By the way, I don't know what the score actually says, but I really, really like your interpretation of this. And you've just convinced me that one of these 'songs without words', at least, needs to go on my '50 things to play' list.
Thank you so much for sharing, even if it's 'early'.
Originally Posted By: ladypayne
I did something a little different this time. I recorded some songs off YouTube and then put it together with my piano music.
Different, but interesting. Were you listening to these songs as you recorded your piano part? If not, I'm impressed. If so, still pretty darn good .
Originally Posted By: casinitaly
I present my efforts on Handel's "Impertinence".
Heh. Thanks for that! Indeed, no trills. And no (or almost no) legato! I actually had a rather lengthy discussion with my teacher about whether I could do legato in a piece that was written in Händel's time. She seemed convinced that if Händel had had access to a modern piano, he would have written it the way I played it. But I actually quite like your version, and I'm pretty sure it's more historically accurate.
I played this piece yesterday, at my class recital, and mangled it badly. So this is a kind of 'proof of concept', to myself and to the world, that I can actually do a halfway decent rendition of this piece, even while under pressure (in this case, the pressure came from the red dot instead of a live audience).
It's not up to tempo (not by a long shot - the metronome marking on the score says 144 BPM to a quarter note), and uneven in places, but it's the first take I did, so it represents my current level of competence with this piece pretty accurately -- at least, when I'm not horrendously nervous.
Lovely music and playing! Not heard this piece before- is it Handel? I see you are a fan of Sigur Ros too like me!
TheodorN and Lost Woods - thank you for your acknowledgement and I am glad you enjoyed the little improvisation, Icy Patch.
Weiyan ~ your playing improves every month. I'd like to hear your Prokofiev again as it matures under your fingers. As for the tuning, your unisons are much cleaner than in previous submissions. Your ear-hand coordination gets better and better. No doubt playing your piano with cleaner unisons helps you express yourself better. I always look forward to your submissions.
Teodor ~ nice use of the sustain pedal. Never heard of Final Fantasy, but your playing is sensitive and thoughtful. Your touch on the keyboard is much improved since you started submitting on PW. Keep up the good work - it's paying off!
slpianoproject ~ fine Mendelssohn, indeed! I've listened to your submission many times. Not only is the piece very melodic, you bring it out so very well. Beautiful...
Newman ~ your motivation to play Gentle Hum is compelling. As always, your delivery is very polished. The accompaniment to your voice sounds like it's become more second-nature and it's allowing you to project your message more effectively. Thank you for your music!
Lots of really good music this month and it's great to see so many new folks joining in the fun - thank you, all!
Newman, also listened to your submission, Gentle Hum. Very good, singing and playing. I'm sure it helps a lot to sing along with your playing, because the singing is a kind of a substitute for a metronome and a very preferable substitute. It helps with keeping rhythm, at least if we know the song well.
Glen: Thank you. I usually improved after recording! The Prokfiev is better now. But I am working on new pieces no plan to re-record this piece yet. When my technique getting better, I will re-record some pieces played.
Have a nice weekend! Weiyan
J.S.Bach Prelude in C Min: No. 2 from Six Preludes fur Anfanger auf dem Am Abend No. 2 from Stimmungsbilder, Op. 88 60s Swing No. 1 from Swinging Rhythms http://weiyanwo.wordpress.com
Here is my submission. I'm still struggling with tempo issues in the various section. First recording effort was a funeral march in tempo. Man, I didn't think I was taking it that slowly. This attempt is better. But, still not where I want it to be eventully. Hearing myself play has been eye-opening!!
Chopin's Grande Waltz Brilliante in A minor Op 34 no 2
Thank you for the comments. I've since realized that even this tempo I take is too slow. I listened to some real pianists play the waltz. They take it much faster. My piano teacher today sprung it on me that I will be playing it in the student evaluations this Saturday. Instructors throughout the state switch around going to other sites to evaluate students who are not their students. I'm playing the Chopin Waltz in a minor and the Bach D minor Invention. I thought I was going to play the A flat Major Chopin Nocturne. Guess not!!!
Loc: Melbourne, Australia
Thank you! I'm just reading chords and lyrics. But you're right, there is a good bit of theatre influence in my voice as I've done several shows over the years. I'd really like to get back into it after studying. Or sooner.
I love sight-reading! One day I will master it.