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#2231708 - 02/14/14 09:22 PM Recital 33 --- February 15, 2014
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PLEASE DO NOT POST IN THIS THREAD! USE THE DISCUSSION THREAD!

I am delighted to introduce our 33rd quarterly AB Forum “Beginners and Beyond” 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 #33 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:

Recital 33 Zip 1
Recital 33 Zip 2
Recital 33 Zip 3
Recital 33 Zip 4
Recital 33 Zip 5
Recital 33 Zip 6
Recital 33 Zip 7
Recital 33 Zip 8

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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#2231711 - 02/14/14 09:27 PM Re: Recital 33 --- February 15, 2014 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:Andy Platt
From:Arlington, VA
Experience:Many years of noodling, 3.5 years of lessons
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Sonata 20 in G Major, Opus 49 No. 2
Composer:Ludwig van Beethoven
Duration:08:00
Source of music:Beethoven Piano Sonatas, Nos. 16-24: Alfred Masterwork Edition
Instrument used:Kawai K3
Recording method:Zoom H1 and Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is one of Beethoven's simpler sonatas - supposedly he didn't want it published but his brother sent it to a publisher, along with the other Opus 49 sonata.
Thank you for that! It has just two movements - the first, Allego ma non troppo is quite lively and full of runs. The second, a little quieter and slower is a Minuet - it has an interesting pattern in that the theme is repeated identically three times, each followed by a quite different section. This provides variety within a stable structure.

I left this too late to record; it had already been out of my repertoire for a month when I tried to record it and it shows. The version I have isn't bad, but it could be better. In particular there are some sloppy runs, hands not together at all times and there is a very messy 16th note section in the second movement.

And yes, again, my piano needs tuning - but with the winter we have had, the heat has been running almost non stop and it's not going to get a tuning until we're over that!

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#2231712 - 02/14/14 09:28 PM Re: Recital 33 --- February 15, 2014 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:Monica K.
From:Lexington, KY
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:9 1/2... yikes, I ought to be better than this by now...
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://youtu.be/iaPkErJtpfs
Home page link:http://www.youtube.com/pianomonica
Title of piece:Lamentations of the Heart
Composer:Philip Wesley
Duration:04:37
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Mason & Hamlin A
Recording method:Zoom H4
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Last fall I had the good fortune to attend a concert by Philip Wesley and Joseph Akins. I wasn't that familiar with their work, though I had heard occasional pieces on the Whisperings internet radio station. But when Wesley started playing this piece, after about ten seconds I just knew I had to learn it, and I spent much of the remainder of the song thinking "Please don't be too hard! Please don't be too hard!"

The sheet music was a little intimidating, so I tackled learning the piece differently than my usual inefficient method of 'just play the danged thing through start to finish.' Instead I put in hours with the metronome and worked on tricky measures repeatedly.

I should note that the sheet music transcription is very close, but not identical, to the version on Wesley's recording. The differences are minor, but the piece was hard enough for me that I didn't feel up to figuring out the variations by ear. So what you're hearing is true to the sheet music rather than the recorded piece.

Lunch was an Indian Butter Chicken and Rice TV dinner.

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#2231713 - 02/14/14 09:28 PM Re: Recital 33 --- February 15, 2014 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:Richard (zrtf90)
From:Ireland
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Sinfonia 1 with Invention 8
Composer:Bach
Duration:02:27
Instrument used:Kawai CA95
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I've decided this year to submit pieces that have matured and relaxed a bit instead of taking them fresh off the rack with all the stress entailed in learning and recording by a set time. I've had a noticeably easier time getting this piece prepared.

I took on the sinfonia shortly after my return to the piano, about the time I joined Piano World, and wrapped it up that summer. I relearnt it again just before Christmas, much of it still ingrained. It's been a wonderful companion over the last few weeks and makes a great finish after a hard day's practise or a gentle starter at the weekends.

As it was over quite quickly I decided as rapidly to add a two part invention on the end of it, probably not my best decision this year. I plumped for an old favourite, the number 8, which I've known for years and overhauled only a few months ago.

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#2231714 - 02/14/14 09:29 PM Re: Recital 33 --- February 15, 2014 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:wouter79
Experience:4.5 years
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Ballade, op.118 no.3
Composer:Johannes Brahms
Duration:04:37
Source of music:memorized sheet music.
Instrument used:Grotrian-Steinweg 189
Recording method:DPA4060, EMU0404, Jecklin Disk
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is the ballade out of op.118 "Six pieces for Piano". He completed it in 1893, 59 years old, and dedicated it to Clara Schumann, the wife of his best friend and well known composer Richard Schumann. The year before, his sister and a close friend had died.
Basically the form is ABA and it's in G minor. The A part is allegro energico and fortissimo (and is by itself also in CDC form). The B part is has a beautiful melody and is and softer, not strictly slower but I like it a bit slower as it brings out the beautiful appogiaturas better.
I like Brahms for his beautiful thick chords and nice progressions. These thick chords however make it extremely hard to offset the melody, particularly if Brahms asks for forte through a full section and accents for extra power. I try to do this using as little pedal as possible (only to get the accents) and by playing only the outside of the thick chords fortissimo, a tough call when playing allegro energico with hands jumping around to play parts of the thick chords.
The recording went a bit weird, not like the best of 10 or so that I did before. I worked on this for almost 9 months. Then I made one recording at 100bpm which was good but I thought too slow and heavy. So I practiced 2 more weeks and then made this recording at 120bpm. So this is the basically the first take.
Regarding the speed, 120bpm was the bare minimum that I could live with. I'd love to have it faster but even at my minimum there were already too many mistakes for my taste.
I thought the piece could use a bit more resonance from my room and a bit more agressive sound so I removed the rug under the piano. Makes a lot of difference.
Maybe someone can recommend me a good difficulty rating table apart from the standard RCM or AB-RSM. I thought this piece was hard and didn't want to start at it but my teacher assured me I was ready for it. RCM says it's comparible (level 11) to the Rachmaninov I did. But for me this was at least 50% harder, it is way more notes, is hard throughout (Rach is only comparable in its middle section) and has much more harmonic changes all the way.

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#2231715 - 02/14/14 09:30 PM Re: Recital 33 --- February 15, 2014 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:PikaPianist
From:Brisbane
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://youtu.be/XpshjnKVa80
Title of piece:Nocturne No. 5 in Bb major
Composer:John Field
Duration:03:36
Source of music:IMSLP + Alfred Masterwork edition
Instrument used:Bosendorfer 185
Recording method:iPhone 5s
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This recording is a rather unique version of John Field's Nocturne No.5 in Bb major.

Field's first version of this lovely nocturne is the most commonly played version on Youtube. It is very simple, short and sweet, only 2 pages in sheet music. (e.g. http://youtu.be/D4EhFkR8hSU). I've always felt that it had so much potential to develop further musically. So when I stumbled upon this second version named 'Alfred Masterworks edition' (http://youtu.be/BrkjDjjNvFI) I couldn't help but want to record this piece a second time.

However, while some additional passages in the second version are wonderful, there are certain embellishments in it that I do not prefer over the first version. So I've decided to play a special rendition of this nocturne by amalgamating the two versions, keeping the things I like and omitting the things I don't like. Furthermore, I've slightly altered some of the embellishments here and there. (I especially like the 7 against 6 at 1:58).

Lastly, I was lucky enough to record this piece in a piano shop on a Bosendorfer!! The action was buttery smooth and capable of effortless pianissimos. The tone is sublime, as expected. It's a shame that I only had my little iPhone to capture the sound of this awesome piano.

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#2231718 - 02/14/14 09:36 PM Re: Recital 33 --- February 15, 2014 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:George Schiro
From:Florida, USA
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:20+ years, self-taught
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Heartache
Composer:Schiro, George
Duration:03:29
Source of music:mood music, improvised
Instrument used:Yamaha Clavinova
Recording method:audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:just a feeling

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#2231719 - 02/14/14 09:37 PM Re: Recital 33 --- February 15, 2014 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:dannylux / Mel
From:Connecticut
Experience:8 years since returning. Lots as a kid
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Coleridge-Taylor Three Fours Op.71 No.2
Composer:Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
Duration:02:54
Source of music:Sheet music, IMSLP
Instrument used:Yamaha P140
Recording method:Piano line-out to computer sound card line-in. Audacity. No edits.
Technical feedback wanted:No
Additional info:Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912), not to be confused with the English Romantic poet, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, was an African-British composer.

He wrote the Valse Suite, Three Fours in 1909. The second piece in the suite is in simple ABA form, first melody, second melody, and return to the first melody, but starts with a small introduction and ends with a coda.

The piece is essentially all chords, and the melody is in the top note of the chords, followed by an echo in the left hand.

After practicing this piece for a while and feeling it was about ready, I recorded it. To my shock, it sounded absolutely horrible! You couldn't hear the melody at all and the chords sounded blocky and harsh. So back to work, and the result was this take, in which the melody is quite clear. Hope you like it.

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#2231720 - 02/14/14 09:38 PM Re: Recital 33 --- February 15, 2014 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:Mr Super Hunky
From:Arizona
Experience:9 years of hack-O-noodling
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Beyond Violette
Composer:Mr Super-Hunky
Duration:03:38
Source of music:Well, I did it again. I hacked up another one. I started with a tune by Stephen Moccio called 'Violette' and re-noodled it by adding my own sections and improvisations. I'm not exactly sure at what point a 'cover' becomes an entirely new piece but I'm just about at that point.
Instrument used:Roland KR-7 (Next time I'm back on the mighty Mason)
Recording method:This is pathetic. Performed on a digital but recorded acoustically through the headphones. I'm that cheap!
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Lunch was a few gulps of homemade second fermented Kefir made with raw milk. I also had a broccoli Florette and fermented Sauerkraut salad using fresh yogurt as dressing.

I've got all natural, super strong probiotics coming out of my nose here!

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#2231735 - 02/14/14 10:33 PM Re: Recital 33 --- February 15, 2014 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:sinophilia (Diana)
From:Italy
Experience:almost 2 years
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zwX8mKtKso
Title of piece:Little Prelude BWV939
Composer:Johann Sebastian Bach
Duration:00:58
Source of music:sheet music
Instrument used:Casio Privia PX-135 and Yamaha U1
Recording method:Digital to Garageband, iPad mini
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:It's decided: I love Bach, even he makes me struggle! Surprisingly enough, I didn't suffer much with this piece; either it's actually easier than the minuets or I'm getting the hang of it. As usual, I play it slower than required, and the digital does not sustain the bass notes long enough, but other than that I'm quite happy with my work on this one. I even managed to record it on the acoustic too! Looking forward to more and more Bach in 2014.

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#2231736 - 02/14/14 10:35 PM Re: Recital 33 --- February 15, 2014 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:SwissMS/Doris
From:Switzerland
Experience:5 years as adult, a couple as a child
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NaCqk4p8YWE
Title of piece:Venetian Boat Song Opus 30 #6
Composer:Mendelssohn
Duration:03:14
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Bechstein 160 Grand
Recording method:Zoom Q3HD
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I originally heard this in the Mendelssohn recital, and fell in love with it. I am glad I finally worked it into my job stack. This forum is such a wealth of repertoire ideas!

I started this piece in December, so I still have some refining to do. This is the kind of piece I can really immerse myself in and let the feelings flow. I just love it!

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#2231738 - 02/14/14 10:36 PM Re: Recital 33 --- February 15, 2014 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:Jazzwee
From:Los Angeles
Experience:9 Years
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Wave
Composer:Antonio Carlos Jobim
Duration:05:29
Source of music:Lead Sheet Improvised
Instrument used:Nord Piano 88 and the rest of the band, Drums, Electric Bass (Fretless) and Acoustic guitar (Rhythm only)
Recording method:Live - Zoom H4 was behind the band with the speakers facing away so the piano sounds weak.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This was performed a day before the opening of the Recital so I suppose it's the worst red dot scenario, since you can only do it once. And of course there's never a rehearsal.

Also, the music is improvised so what comes out is unpredictable. Fortunately, I thought the whole gig was good. This was the only tune where the singer wasn't cutting into my solo with comments.

Now the tune itself is quite difficult actually. Complex chord changes moving very fast and a very difficult piano key (D).

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#2231739 - 02/14/14 10:36 PM Re: Recital 33 --- February 15, 2014 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:Peyton
From:Maine
Experience:40+ years
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hzZl8uvlSA&feature=c4-overview&list=UUfm6_6G1n0SmMfPJ3ojblZg
Home page link:http://www.peytonart.com
Title of piece:Mazurka Op. 17 No. 4
Composer:Chopin
Duration:04:17
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Pramberger grand
Recording method:Metro
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I worked on and recorded this piece a number of years ago and thought I would go back to it and see if I could improve on how I had played it. I listened to Artur Rubinstein's interpretation quite a bit and even played along with his recording. But... when it came time to record it and I listened to what I had done it was terrible. He played a good deal slower than I which I like but when I try to play that slow it just does not work. I guess I'm no Rubinstein... sigh. So here is my faster version...

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#2231740 - 02/14/14 10:37 PM Re: Recital 33 --- February 15, 2014 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:Sam S
From:Georgia, USA
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:6th year back after a 30+ year hiatus
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://youtu.be/7NQPbPqVm0s
Title of piece:Preludes Book 1 Number 8 - La Fille aux cheveux de lin
Composer:Debussy, Claude
Duration:03:10
Instrument used:1927 Bechstein Model L
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:In English "The Girl with the Flaxen Hair".

I love this piece. Its very quiet, never getting above mf, and sort of flows and blends and evolves over time.

Its mostly pentatonic, in Debussy's own clever style. Don't let the key signature scare you - 6 flats!

Its also marked "sans rigeur" - without exactness - and that is how I played it!

The video has the sheet music...

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#2231744 - 02/14/14 10:41 PM Re: Recital 33 --- February 15, 2014 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:earlofmar
From:Australia
Experience:14 months
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CtNsYjNohiQ&feature=youtu.be
Title of piece:Bagatelle Op 119, No 9
Composer:Beethoven
Duration:00:59
Source of music:Keith Snell Essential Repertoire From the 17th, 18th & 19th Centuries
Instrument used:Yamaha P105 with Galaxy Vintage D
Recording method:Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I started learning this piece eight months into my journey and thought then it was probably the hardest thing I had learned up to that point....ah memories.
It's also my first piece where I play using the pedal (as if using the hands isn't hard enough).

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#2231745 - 02/14/14 10:41 PM Re: Recital 33 --- February 15, 2014 [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:Song without words op 53 no 1
Composer:Mendelssohn
Duration:03:39
Source of music:Urtext sheet music
Instrument used:Yamaha ydp s30
Recording method:Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I recorded this for the SWW recital a few months ago but it wasn't needed.

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#2231746 - 02/14/14 10:41 PM Re: Recital 33 --- February 15, 2014 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:Amaruk
From:New England
Experience:I have no clue...
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://youtu.be/xU912ylv8f8
Title of piece:O Mio Babbino Caro
Composer:Giacomo Puccini
Duration:01:53
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Roland LX-15 digital piano
Recording method:Directly to a USB stick on the piano (.wav file).
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is one of my favorite opera arias and I really wanted to try and play it as a piano solo. It was great fun to learn how to play it. The hardest part in the learning process was to play it at this slow tempo as I initially played it faster. I also had a lot of fun creating the YouTube video of my performance (see link above).

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#2231748 - 02/14/14 10:41 PM Re: Recital 33 --- February 15, 2014 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:torquenale (Alessandra)
From:Italy
Experience:Some years as kid-teen; started again October 2011
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Sonata in F Major K78
Composer:Domenico Scarlatti
Duration:01:37
Source of music:At the piano with Scarlatti - Alfred Publishing
Instrument used:Apollo upright
Recording method:Zoom H4n and Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I butchered this lovely piece at the live recital last June; this time it's far from perfect but a lot better!
Tempo could be faster but I also like this way.

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#2231749 - 02/14/14 10:42 PM Re: Recital 33 --- February 15, 2014 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:Jazztpt (Russ)
From:UK
Experience:38+
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZjKtGxoa8A
Title of piece:For Russell
Composer:Jazztpt
Duration:03:19
Source of music:Original composition
Instrument used:Roland hp507
Recording method:direct to Piano and then Audacity to convert to MP3
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:For Russell - This is one of a series of compositions dedicated to members of my family. Russell was my 1st grandson and was born last April.

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#2231750 - 02/14/14 10:42 PM Re: Recital 33 --- February 15, 2014 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:Riddler (Ed)
From:Florida
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:Two or three years of lessons as a kid; three years of jazz lessons as an adult; and a lifetime of noodling and playing by ear.
Direct music link:click to download
Home page link:http://edsjazzpianopage.blogspot.com/
Title of piece:Aranjuez
Composer:Rodrigo
Duration:02:28
Source of music:Sheet music, plus.
Instrument used:Yamaha P-120
Recording method:Pianoteq / Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is an arrangement of Aranjuez Con Tu Amor, which is a songification of the Adagio movement of Concerto de Aranjuez, by Joaquin Rodrigo. The concerto is a gorgeous, heart breaking piece written for guitar and orchestra. It was composed in Paris, in 1939. (Think about that for a minute.....). I heard it performed live in Orlando, many years ago, and I was totally bowled over. It has been performed often by the world's greatest guitarists and orchestras, and as a vocal, it has been recorded by guys like Carreras, Domingo, Pavarotti, and Bocelli. It has also been recorded by many jazz musicians such as Miles Davis, the Modern Jazz Quartet, Paul Desmond, Chet Baker, Chick Corea, Hiromi Uehara, and others. I bought two piano arrangements of it, but did not like either one. I finally found a simple free arrangement online, and fleshed it out a bit.

My feeble attempts do not begin to convey the dramatic power of this work; if you are not familiar with it I would strongly encourage you to ignore my version, and listen to the real thing instead.

Whatever the composer's original intention was (and there is some controversy about that), to me, this piece tells a powerful story about fate knocking at the door, and the triumph of the human spirit.

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#2231751 - 02/14/14 10:43 PM Re: Recital 33 --- February 15, 2014 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:Greener / Jeff
From:Toronto
Experience:Sporadically for years. Full on since joining PW.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Nocturne in Eb Major
Composer:Chopin
Duration:03:37
Source of music:Sheet music -- many grades/years beyond my sight reading ability -- memorized
Instrument used:Heintzman (Norman) Acoustic Upright
Recording method:Piano ---> 2 mics ---> pre-amp ---> audacity ---> you
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I've enjoyed many variations and unique interpretations of this work. This is one more. For me it is a piece that will always require further development. At this point, it has been in the funnel just over a year or so.

I may have erred on the side of being a little too quick with this recording. At least, compared with most other versions I've heard. I also realize that I am rushing in a couple of spots in this recording. Aside from that though, I am quite comfortable with and actually prefer this quicker tempo that cuts to the chase; perhaps forfeiting some of the drama.

I hope you like it and Thank you for listening.

About this work
Chopin composed his popular Nocturne in E-flat major, Op. 9, No. 2 when he was about twenty.

This popular nocturne is in rounded binary form (A, A, B, A, B, A) with coda, C. The A and B sections become increasingly ornamented with each recurrence. The Nocturne opens with a legato melody, mostly played piano, containing graceful upward leaps which become increasingly wide as the line unfolds. This melody is heard again three times during the piece. With each repetition, it is varied by ever more elaborate decorative tones and trills. A sonorous foundation for the melodic line is provided by the widely spaced notes in the accompaniment, connected by the damper pedal. The waltz-like accompaniment gently emphasizes the 12/8 meter, 12 beats to the measure subdivided into four groups of 3 beats each.

The nocturne is reflective in mood until it suddenly becomes passionate near the end. The new concluding melody begins softly but then ascends to a high register and is played forcefully in octaves, eventually reaching the loudest part of the piece, marked fortissimo. After a trill-like passage, the excitement subsides; the nocturne ends calmly.
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#2231752 - 02/14/14 10:43 PM Re: Recital 33 --- February 15, 2014 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:MaryBee
From:Cleveland, OH
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Experience:Too many years on my own; past 5 years with a teacher.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Sarabande (Pour le piano)
Composer:Debussy
Duration:05:51
Source of music:http://imslp.org/
Instrument used:Charles Walter 1520 upright
Recording method:Tascam DR-08. Converted to MP3 using Audacity.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is probably the most harmonically complex piece that I have played for the recitals -- and therefore not exactly "easy listening". In fact, it was definitely not love-at-first-listen for me. But because it came highly recommended by my teacher, I decided to give it a try. Funny thing was, after the first play-through I was intrigued. And even after six months of work on it, I think I can still say that it is the most interesting piece I've learned yet.

On the technical side, there was a tough challenge in the middle: a section of 37 consecutive 7 chords with various roots and inversions. Learning that was fun! Tempo-wise, the performances that I listened to vary widely, with most taking it somewhat faster than I did, although there were a few that were much slower. I like the slower tempo because it allows time for all those full, rich chords to sink in, so I can really savor them. I still haven't mastered rolled chords, and there are several of them to be found here. This is something I'll be working on for quite a while yet, since they're starting to show up more often in the pieces that I'm learning.

While working on the interpretation, I had in my mind the ups and downs of an often-times stormy personal relationship. I felt in this piece periods of hope and trust along with disappointments and utter anguish, tempered by the beautiful gifts that were brought forth, and ending with hints of reconciliation and understanding which may yet come. I held this image for several months, but as I continued to play the piece, those ideas were either absorbed or they dissipated, and I was left, finally, with just the music to stand on its own.

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#2231753 - 02/14/14 10:43 PM Re: Recital 33 --- February 15, 2014 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:newbert
From:Glens Falls, NY
Experience:Took Lessons for 2 years or so as a child, then stepped away from piano for 45 years or so. Picked it up again about 6 months ago.
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Title of piece:Rocket To The Moon
Composer:Jim Brickman
Duration:02:42
Source of music:Sheet Music
Instrument used:Yamaha DGX-640 with Pianoteq Stage 4.5
Recording method:Pianoteq and Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is my first recording that I've uploaded to Piano World. I like pop music and blues piano, but have a long way to go to play it decently. I want to learn to play-by-ear/improvise but am just getting started in that direction. This piece is from a Jim Brickman songbook. I don't like all of his music, but something about the harmonies in this piece drew me in. Plus, it was relatively easy to learn....8-)

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#2231755 - 02/14/14 10:44 PM Re: Recital 33 --- February 15, 2014 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:ajames
From:Austin, TX, USA
Experience:7 months
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Laura
Composer:Johnny Mercer
Duration:01:44
Source of music:Alfred's Adult All-in-one bonus piece
Instrument used:'69 Kawai 350
Recording method:Zoom H4n
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I liked this tune a lot more than I thought I would. Probably because it sounds good played slow (the only way I can play LOL). I tried using the pedal as marked and I didn't like it- it was too muddled. There is a technique to using the pedal in a more subtle way - I'm working on it smile

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#2231756 - 02/14/14 10:45 PM Re: Recital 33 --- February 15, 2014 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:CarlosCC
From:Lisbon, Portugal
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Experience:4 years 11 weeks (self-learning since Dec2009)
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Title of piece:Time Lapse
Composer:Ludovico Einaudi
Duration:05:15
Source of music:Played by memory. Source: "In a Time Lapse" music book.
Instrument used:Yamaha P85 (Grand Piano 2)
Recording method:Digital to PC
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is my 5th piece from Einaudi's latest album. This one is different, more contemplative, and it was much harder to play and interpret than I initially thought. I realized that it demands a constant level of "abstraction" along the entire playing - can't find a better word -. Believe me, I had real battles to understand it...

I need to improve some details, but I've been quite busy and I didn't had time to feel all the music as I usually do. Btw, I'll try to fine-tune this piece to play it in our EPP2014, so, some of you will understand what I want to mean... And, my wife love this piece, so I had an extra incentive to try to play it.
Thanks for listening.

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#2231757 - 02/14/14 10:45 PM Re: Recital 33 --- February 15, 2014 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:Peterws
From:N England
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Experience:Too many
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=0xtOBWURLKM
Title of piece:Autumn Leaves
Duration:03:27
Source of music:Ear
Instrument used:DGX650
Recording method:Audio USB memory stick
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This just begs for a more structured approach. Like me (or someone else ) working out the phrases beforehand and linking them logically, instead of relying on stuff from the top o` my head. There`s no logic there . . . .

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#2231758 - 02/14/14 10:46 PM Re: Recital 33 --- February 15, 2014 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:ladyaugustina
From:Wisconsin
Experience:loosing track, a year or so as a kid, then the last 4 years picked it up again.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Sonatina Op. 36, No. 3
Composer:Clementi
Duration:04:44
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:piano at work
Recording method:cell phone
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I decided to take a piano class last semester because I was short one credit. Anyways, my teacher had me play this piece basically from August to December.

I found the first part of it(mostly the fist 2-3 minutes of it) to be extremely boring. This is why I skipped the repeats. The second half was a lot more fun to play. Which is probably why I started to rush, especially towards the end. I also skipped the middle section because I never could get the rhythm right.

One more thing, I spent a lot of time practicing this piece as I ended up missing multiple piano lessons close to my final exams due to my piano teacher canceling, a snow day (who would've thought that 6 inches of snow would close a college campus), and thanksgiving break. So I basically learned the last page and half by myself and still managed to get an A on the final!:)

I recorded this piece about 3 weeks before I took my final exam at the beginning of December. Hope you guys enjoy it!:)

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#2231760 - 02/14/14 10:47 PM Re: Recital 33 --- February 15, 2014 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:dynamobt / Marilyn
From:NH
Experience:10 years as a kid. Returning adult with a few years since returning
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Piano Sonata Op 2 no 1 1st mvt
Composer:Beethoven
Duration:09:34
Source of music:G Henle
Instrument used:Mason & Hamlin BB
Recording method:Zoom H2n to Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Chobani Key Lime Yogurt and some almonds as lunch. As for the piece, I've been working on it for ages. This recording had to be in one take because of time. It's not my best. But not my worst either. I just needing to have this done. I'm sorry to be so rushed. I know your comments will be kind as usual. Thanks for listening to the whole thing those that did. I appreciate it.

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#2231761 - 02/14/14 10:47 PM Re: Recital 33 --- February 15, 2014 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:Jake S
Experience:2 years
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Chopin Prelude no.6 in B minor
Composer:Frederic Chopin
Duration:03:10
Source of music:Sheet music (memorised)
Instrument used:Kawai CA 93
Technical feedback wanted:Yes

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#2231762 - 02/14/14 10:50 PM Re: Recital 33 --- February 15, 2014 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:Coldsalmon
From:Brooklyn, NY
Experience:About 5 years
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://youtu.be/Fv_dao38N5o
Title of piece:Sonata in D minor K 32 L 423
Composer:Domenico Scarlatti
Duration:02:49
Source of music:The Graded Scarlatti, edited by Marthe Morhange Motchane
http://www.amazon.com/Graded-Scarlatti-Belwin-Edition-Domenico/dp/0769239773
Instrument used:Yamaha U3
Recording method:Zoom H2, plus reverb added in Audacity
GoPro Hero3 camera
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:My new (to me) piano was delivered on January 17, so I was very excited to submit to this recital. This piece shows off the piano's tone, as well as giving me some practice adjusting to its action so that I can play with sensitive dynamics.

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#2231763 - 02/14/14 10:50 PM Re: Recital 33 --- February 15, 2014 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:corysold - Cory Hallahan
From:Cortland, IL
Experience:3.5 Weeks
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Greensleeves
Composer:English Folk Song Variation
Duration:00:51
Source of music:Alfred Adult All-in-one Level One
Instrument used:Kawai CN24
Recording method:iPhone Voice Record Pro HD app
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:As my first recital piece ever, I was amazed at the anxiety felt! But I had a blast doing it and welcome any comments/suggestions. The recording doesn't sound the greatest to me, I hope to work on that technology in the futures. Thanks for listening!

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#2231764 - 02/14/14 10:51 PM Re: Recital 33 --- February 15, 2014 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:Sand Tiger
From:Southern California
Experience:23 months
Direct music link:click to download
Home page link:http://sandtigerpiano.blogspot.com
Title of piece:Tracks in the Snow
Composer:Sand Tiger
Duration:02:28
Source of music:original composition
Instrument used:Casio PX-150 digital
Recording method:Record on the Casio, transfer to voice recorder, then PC, then Audacity for touch up.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I am dedicating this one to my late dad. Tracks in the Snow was the piece I was working on when my father passed away. My dad was born in the month of December, and passed in November of 2013. While the music has no direct connection to him or his life story, the title is also a metaphor for the trail each of us leaves behind as we live our lives.

It is in D major with a few G-sharps. There is a PDF of the sheet music and a MIDI version linked at my blog
http://sandtigerpiano.blogspot.com/

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#2231766 - 02/14/14 10:51 PM Re: Recital 33 --- February 15, 2014 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:StevenB
From:Oklahoma, USA
Experience:1 month
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Title of piece:Old German Dance
Composer:Michael Praetorious
Duration:00:57
Source of music:Sheet Music, Piano Reptertoire: Baroque and Classical, Keith Snell, Editor
Instrument used:M-Audio Oxygen midi controller, Garritan Personal Orchestra, MacBook Pro
Recording method:Reaper. I did not use a metronome in recording as I wanted it to be a raw presentation of my playing ability as it stands now.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I've wanted to play piano for years and decided this was the time. I had my first lesson on January 6, 2014. My teacher currently has me working from Alfred's All-in-One Adult Piano Course book 1. I bought this book because I love Baroque music and wanted some simple pieces to try as my skill grows. Learning this piece has given me a big sense of accomplishment as it was it was a completely new to me and I was able to learn it with the skills and knowledge I've acquired up to this point. I do speed up a hair as the piece progresses but all in all, I guess it isn't too bad for the amount of time I've been studying.

I should note that while I am a completely beginner on piano, I am a self taught guitar player that plays by ear. I took up piano to not only learn to sight read, learn music theory, and improve my over all musicianship but also to learn the instrument itself and gradually learn pieces I've enjoyed for years (but oh is playing Bach still a good distance away!)

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#2231767 - 02/14/14 10:51 PM Re: Recital 33 --- February 15, 2014 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:Yamaha G3 & P-80 / Mike White
From:90 miles West of New Orleans
Experience:Lifetime by ear, self teaching since beginning of the recitals.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Zamba No. 10
Composer:Remo Pignoni
Duration:06:29
Source of music:sheet music
Instrument used:Yamaha P-80
Recording method:Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This piece was more difficult to learn than it seemed at first.

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#2231768 - 02/14/14 10:52 PM Re: Recital 33 --- February 15, 2014 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:paul1971
From:Cambridge, Uk
Experience:3 Months
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:The Entertainer
Composer:Scott Joplin
Duration:01:03
Source of music:Alfreds Book One
Instrument used:Yamaha P105
Recording method:Recorded on dp then output to zoom r8
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:About where I am now skill wise. Not perfect, a timing error towards the end but happy with it, can now move on learn summit new init.

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#2231769 - 02/14/14 10:52 PM Re: Recital 33 --- February 15, 2014 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:JimF
From:South Florida
Experience:four years
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Title of piece:Sung Outside A Prince's Door
Composer:Edward MacDowell
Duration:02:14
Source of music:sheets
Instrument used:Estonia L190
Recording method:Zoom One recorder
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is first of three pieces in American composer Edward MacDowell's "Forgotten Fairytales" suite. I previously played his "Beauty in the Rose Garden", which is also from this suite, for a live recital. Both have very interesting tonality, at least to my tin ears. Although on paper it looks fairly easy, Sung Outside the Prince's Door held plenty of challenges for me including the key (Gb), several 10ths (rolled), and getting the wistful, pleading dynamics right. I first learned this last Summer and have since put it aside and revived it several times. It seems to improve a bit with each revival but I think it has quite a ways to go yet.

When I decided to record a submission, I promised myself to give it no more than half a dozen trys in one recording session and just take the best of them. I then downloaded Audacity and spent most of my day trying to figure out how it worked. In the end that was a waste of time because I couldn't get it to convert back to an MP3...so I apologize for the 10 seconds or so of dead space at the beginning which I would have edited out. This time I did put the Estonia on full stick and I think that sounds a lot better than my last submission to ABF.

Lunch was a total pig-out on tacos

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#2231770 - 02/14/14 10:52 PM Re: Recital 33 --- February 15, 2014 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:CASINITALY (Cheryl)
From:Italy
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Experience:4 years
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Sonatina Op 36 N2 3rd movement
Composer:Clementi
Duration:02:44
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Yamaha P112N
Recording method:digital camera to pc
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I've been working on this whole Sonatina for a while and had hoped to play all three movements -but it was not to be. Here is the third. I limited myself to 2 takes. It could be better...of course. I'm not terribly satisfied with it, but having had some extra stresses related to playng the acoustic lately..I'm just not up for another try. I know where I've flubbed, and that my tempo is not what it should be. I can play it a bit better, but not today.

I recorded before lunch...breakfast was bacon, scrambled eggs and mushrooms.

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#2231771 - 02/14/14 10:53 PM Re: Recital 33 --- February 15, 2014 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:copper
From:Virginia
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Experience:8
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Title of piece:Scenes From Childhood, The Poet Speaks
Composer:Robert Schumann
Duration:02:09
Source of music:Sheet Music
Instrument used:Yamaha P-250
Recording method:Connected the Yamaha P-250 to the computer
Technical feedback wanted:Yes

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#2231772 - 02/14/14 10:53 PM Re: Recital 33 --- February 15, 2014 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:lyricmudra
From:Illinois
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Experience:Learned piano as a child back in the Philippines but stopped when I was about 13 or 14 years old. Did not touch the piano for 35 years until about four years ago. Like many of us here at ABF, life and profession just took over. I remember learning from a Thompson book and moving on to Hanon lessons, but skipping the scale exercises entirely, which if I recall correctly was almost half of the Hanon book. Then I had some Czerny for velocity and dexterity. My piano teacher, however, preferred that I jump right into 'real' pieces and learn technique along the way. Unfortunately, music theory was not part of my lessons and this is why I am unable to comprehend a piece conceptually or structurally. My early training lacked this intellectual component. However, I believe I learned the most by being part of a boys' choir, by understanding early enough that playing the piano is like singing, knowing the importance of connectedness (legato) and phrasing, and understanding the breath during emotional expression. These were the elements that accelerated my process of relearning the piano later in life. I have not had a piano teacher since I started relearning the piano, but would like to work with one in the near future. I am willing to start, however, at a more basic level if that will provide me with a more thorough training that includes sight reading, aural training, music theory, etc..
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://youtu.be/lijUKciVK58
Home page link:http://www.youtube.com/user/lyricmudra
Title of piece:Nocturne in D-Flat Major, Op. 27 No. 2
Composer:Frederic Chopin
Duration:05:50
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:I chose this Chopin nocturne and played it as a tribute to my dear departed furry cat friend who crossed the rainbow bridge on February 15 last year (who makes a cameo appearance at the very end of my video recording). It is also dedicated to all of you who have furry or feathery friends who keep you company while you practice the piano. :-)

Chopin marked the piece as 50 beats per minute in half-measure (which should really, really be fast?!), but I don't think I have the current ability to play it that fast! Was this Chopin's attempt to keep the piece from being too sentimental? Certainly not a perfect rendition, but this is the best I can offer at this point. If I am not mistaken, it is the longest piece I've submitted to the ABF recitals, which made it very challenging to keep spot-free. :-)

Here is a Wikipedia description of the piece:

The Nocturne in D-flat major is initially marked as lento sostenuto and is in 6/8 meter. It consists of two strophes, repeated in increasingly complex variations. The piece is 77 measures long. Blair Johnson calls the main cadence, near the end of the piece, "one of the most glorious moments in Chopin's entire output". Johnson also calls the piece "one of [Chopin's] most graceful essays in fioritura ornamental practices". Huneker states that the piece "really contains but one subject, and is a song of the sweet summer of two souls, for there is obviously meaning in the duality of voices." He also claims that the piece is "harmonically most interesting". Friskin states that the piece contains "broken rhythms and slurs which require a delicate hand touch". The piece occasionally has been featured in popular culture, such as in the James Bond movie, The Spy Who Loved Me,1998 Russian film The Barber of Siberia and the webcomic Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal.

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#2231773 - 02/14/14 10:54 PM Re: Recital 33 --- February 15, 2014 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:evamar
From:Spanish living in UK
Experience:Actual learning about 4 months in 2 blocks. 2 months lessons, gave up when was stuck trying to read music with dyslexia, then I spent maybe 11 months learning only which notes to hit with Synthesia in selected songs. Seriously back to self learning from scratch since December 2013.
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Title of piece:Pelagia's Song - With Sausage Fingers Remix
Composer:Stephen Warbeck
Duration:03:31
Source of music:Sheet music, from Great Piano Solos, EASY Piano Film Edition, Grade 1-3. Music from the film "Captain Corelli's Mandolin".
Instrument used:Kawai Digital Piano CA65
Recording method:USB to device in mp3, then Audacity to increase volume.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Not a difficult piece per se, I was able to read the music sheet, which means that it is a very easy piece, but my fingers tend to go the wrong way now and then. Very conscious of recording for other people to listen! I can play it slightly better without recording, but I am quite tired of this piece by now... Added an special "Sausage Fingers Remix" at the end, to accommodate my frustration.

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#2231774 - 02/14/14 10:54 PM Re: Recital 33 --- February 15, 2014 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:BenPiano
From:US
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Experience:4.5
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://youtu.be/93Mz_lhriBk
Home page link:http://www.youtube.com/user/afpaSTU1096
Title of piece:Dahlonega
Composer:BenPiano
Duration:03:20
Source of music:Me
Instrument used:Kawai K5 upright - just tuned hours prior
Recording method:Audio on Zoom H1
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:In 1829, the small town of Dahlonega, Georgia suddenly became the center of the second major gold rush in the US. (pronounced dah-LAWN-egg-uh)

Benjamin Parks, attributed by some to have started the rush, described the following chaos: "The news got abroad, and such excitement you never saw. It seemed within a few days as if the whole world must have heard of it, for men came from every state I had ever heard of. They came afoot, on horseback and in wagons, acting more like crazy men than anything else. All the way from where Dahlonega now stands to Nuckollsville there were men panning out of the branches and making holes in the hillsides ."

Numerous gold mines were illegally developed in the area. Miners entering into the Cherokee Nation lands came into conflict with the Cherokee, whose territory they had tresspassed. The miners raised political pressure against the Cherokee because they wanted to get to the gold. By 1830, the Federal Government forced the Native Americans west of the Mississippi River to Oklahoma on the Trail of Tears as a result of the Indian Removal Act.

The United States Mint built a branch mint in Dahlonega in 1837 to coin the gold locally rather than risking the shipment of raw gold to Philadelphia. The Dahlonega Mint was a small operation, usually accounting for only a small fraction of the gold minted annually in the US. Dahlonega gold coinage is prized by numismatists (coin nerds) today.

At its height, Dahlonega supported a population of about 15,000 miners.

In 1848, news of the California Gold Rush reached Georgia, and many miners moved west in search of more gold. The assayer of the Dahlonega Mint, Dr. M. F. Stephenson, tried to persuade miners to stay in Dahlonega instead of joining the latest gold rush, saying, "There's millions still in it," famously misquoted as "Thar's gold in them thar hills."

In 1861 the Dahlonega Mint facility was captured by the South during the Civil War, and after the war ended the US Mint decided against its re-opening. By then, the US government had established a mint in San Francisco. Given the large amount of gold discovered in the California gold rush, the San Franscisco and Philidelphia mints were capable of handling the national needs of gold mint production. Years later in December of 1878, a fire burned the original Dahlonega Mint building to the ground.

Today, Dahlonega is a sleepy retirement community with a population of just over 5,000 residents.

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#2231775 - 02/14/14 10:55 PM Re: Recital 33 --- February 15, 2014 [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 dancing since 1995
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:A Little Street Where Old Friends Meet
Composer:Gus Kahn and Harry Woods
Duration:02:18
Source of music:An old sheet music book that I can't find at the minute to list laugh
Instrument used:Casio Privia PX-100
Recording method:keyboard to PC, audacity output to .mp3
Technical feedback wanted:No
Additional info:A song from 1932. I skipped playing it at my assisted living gig today, but when I played it for a fundraiser a month ago a friend of mine said her mother sang along smile That's what it's about, alright. This is pretty much at a waltz tempo (certainly faster than the Lennon Sisters sang it on Lawrence Welk), but still doesn't *make* me want to get up and waltz. But better than a while ago. Technically, besides the waltz feel for me, the fast thirds are the hardest part, so sometimes they go well and sometimes not so well. Oh well laugh

Lunch was snackies - string cheese, apple, nuts.

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#2231776 - 02/14/14 10:55 PM Re: Recital 33 --- February 15, 2014 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:Jayden (Jayden Traynor)
From:Perth, Western Australia
Experience:2 months
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Locke'd Out Again
Composer:Michael Giacchino
Duration:02:15
Source of music:Sheet music (arranged by pedroboy90):

https://app.box.com/shared/l5lvpjn7ti
Instrument used:Keyboard (Casio PX-150)
True Keys - American VSTi (Symphonic Hall - 100wet/100dry)
Recording method:Digital keyboard -> computer (Reaper DAW running TKA through UVI workstation plugin)
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Love playing this little song. It's essentially a 4x4 repeat of the same tune. Second song I have learned to completion since I started learning piano. It's not perfect, but I am happy enough.

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#2231777 - 02/14/14 10:55 PM Re: Recital 33 --- February 15, 2014 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:Ganddalf
From:Norway
Experience:48 years
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:A piece for me to play
Composer:Inge S / Ganddalf
Duration:04:48
Source of music:Handwritten score
Instrument used:Yamaha AvantGrand N1
Recording method:Zoom
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I tried to play those beautiful and virtuosic pieces of Chopin, Liszt and Rachmaninoff when I was a novice on the piano. Soon, however, I realised that my technique was too bad and had to face the fact that I would never become a master pianist.
Having a strong desire to impress people I tried to cover up my pianistic shortcomings by writing pieces sounding impressive while being within the technical range I could handle. Just for this reason I have been composing music almost as long as I have been playing the piano. Mostly crap I have to admit. Along with my very slow progress improving my piano playing I have also extremely slowly developed my composition skills.
The piece I play here was written about 5 years ago. A couple of months ago I pulled out my handwritten score and decided to try to re-learn it and use it as my recital piece this time. It was pretty frustrating because it turned out to be more technically difficult than I thought. There is an advantage, however, playing own pieces. There is no reference available to compare with.
Formally it has some resemblance to sonata form, but it doesn't qualify as a sonata. I took out the first five notes along with some of the other material from the exposition and tried to develop it the best I could. The main key is D-major. When I came to the point that I wanted to return to the main key I found that I had drifted away to E-major. To avoid making the piece too long I applied a cadenza as a lame method to return to D-major.
Well, enough about this. This will probably be the only time I present an own piece here, and I hope that you will not be too bored.

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#2231778 - 02/14/14 10:56 PM Re: Recital 33 --- February 15, 2014 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:TrapperJohn
From:Central PA
Experience:9 yrs.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Beauty and the Beast (from Disney's "Beauty and the Beast")
Composer:Alan Menken (music); Howard Ashman (lyrics)
Duration:03:40
Source of music:Alfred's Greatest Hits, Level 2
Instrument used:Yamaha Clavinova
Recording method:Digital to PC
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:When it comes to lyric writing (poetry too I would assume) sometimes the simple can be sublime, as in:

Ever just the same.
Ever a surprise.
Ever as before,
Ever just as sure
As the sun will rise.

About the only thing better than a lovely, lilting melody is such a melody accompanied by insightful and clever lyrics - such as those above, which form the "bridge" of this beautiful song from one of Disney's best movies/Broadway musicals.

As one who values and treasures such songs more than just about anything else in the big, wide, wonderful world of music I find the Disney catalog irresistably compelling - and an abundant source of great joy. Where else have we heard so many wonderful songs from one "source"? Not just catchy children's tunes, but delightful samples of this unique and entertaining art form for people of many ages and backgrounds. And it's been like this for years, decades, generations...

For example, what a treat it was even to just watch the movie "Saving Mr. Banks" recently while listening to all the outstanding songs from "Mary Poppins" in the background - did you see this? Did you hear this?

I think perhaps I could spend the rest of my musical days working my way through this awesome catalog in perfect contentment and happy oblivion - and maybe I just might...I can see me now, working on an easy but arthritis-impaired interpretation of "When You Wish Upon a Star" or "Colors of the Wind" at 99...the key question is will the ABF Recitals still be as alive and well as I am then?

Here are the song's complete unique and special lyrics for those who wish to sing (or just follow) along:

Tale as old as time,
True as it can be.
Barely even friends,
Then somebody bends unexpectedly.

Just a little change.
Small, to say the least.
Both a little scared,
Neither one prepared.
Beauty and the Beast.

(Bridge)

Ever just the same.
Ever a surprise.
Ever as before,
Ever just as sure
As the sun will rise.

Tale as old as time.
Tune as old as song.
Bittersweet and strange,
Finding you can change,
Learning you were wrong.

Certain as the sun
Rising from the East.
Tale as old as time,
Song as old as rhyme.
Beauty and the Beast.

(Repeat from Bridge.)

Yes, this is music that is both zip-a-dee-doo-dah and supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

Hakuna Matata, Trap

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#2231779 - 02/14/14 10:56 PM Re: Recital 33 --- February 15, 2014 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:Pathbreaker
From:Massachusetts
Experience:13 years
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://youtu.be/CGpBUBY1cF0
Title of piece:Capriccio in F-sharp minor, Op. 76 no. 1
Composer:Brahms
Duration:05:15
Source of music:sheet music (Schirmer)
Recording method:Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:The Eight Piano Pieces Op. 76 is one of my favorites from Brahms. For this F-sharp minor Capriccio, I still can't believe how much music is packed into four pages. The piece has been a real marathon to learn both technically and musically.

My view of this piece changes a lot over time so I don't want to reveal any specific things I think about when I play it. In this way I understand Brahms's preference for completely abstract music. What is being expressed in this and other works by him is something that cannot adequately be expressed in words. Though the piece has a clearly agitated and restless character, it finds a peace or acceptance in the end which is not specifically tied to any resolution of the inherent conflict at play.

I think after playing this piece off and on for a very long time I'm starting to really get it. For this recording I took a much more moderate tempo than usual, as an experiment. I ended up liking it so much that it became my submission. My usual tempo has a 4 minute duration on average but this version is 5:14! I really think it works but I would be curious to get some feedback on that.

What I find to be a blessing and a curse with Brahms is that there are many ways to approach the music. A lot of decisions have to be made about how to perform it. I rarely can decide how I want to play it so it can be quite frustrating!

Nobody has ever heard me play this except for my family and I'm sure they must hate it with a passion!

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#2231780 - 02/14/14 10:57 PM Re: Recital 33 --- February 15, 2014 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:Inlanding - Glen
From:Denver
Experience:Off and on for years
Direct music link:click to download
Home page link:http://www.youtube.com/inlandings
Title of piece:Four Threads
Composer:Glen
Duration:05:14
Source of music:Improvisation
Instrument used:S&S NY 1917 O
Recording method:Zoom
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:The opportunity to practice and learn a new piece of written music did not present itself this time around. Instead, I want to share a short improvisation sequence, each section a bit longer than the former and in different keys. Maintaining changes in time is always a challenge.

Lunch was roasted brussel sprouts, marinated chicken, and lentil soup.

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#2231781 - 02/14/14 10:57 PM Re: Recital 33 --- February 15, 2014 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:(Was)TrueBeginner
From:VA, US
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:5 years
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Adeef3pwGSI
Title of piece:Purity
Composer:Original
Duration:03:21
Source of music:Self-composition
Instrument used:upright Essex piano
Recording method:Used Flip nano to record, extracted audio, removed noises using audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I was about to skip this recital due to lack of free time and my piano was out of tune. Then I was able to get the tuner to come two days ago, and today, I get a day off due to the snow storms in VA. So, I got no excuse but to come up with something to submit. Hope you guys like it

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#2231782 - 02/14/14 10:57 PM Re: Recital 33 --- February 15, 2014 [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:Gavotte and Variations (Suite No. 14)
Composer:George Frideric Handel
Duration:02:38
Source of music:Great Piano Works: The Mini Series: George Frideric Handel
Instrument used:Roland FP-4
Recording method:Zoom H2 and audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I played the Gavotte, Variation 1 and Variation 4. The piece was marked as non legato. I kept that style for the entire piece. I am away from my Yamaha grand for the winter and recorded it on my Roland FP-4 digital.

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#2231783 - 02/14/14 10:58 PM Re: Recital 33 --- February 15, 2014 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:Ken.
Experience:5 years
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Monk's Dream
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:This is one of my favorite Monk pieces. It really swings!

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#2231784 - 02/14/14 10:58 PM Re: Recital 33 --- February 15, 2014 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:Mar_red
From:Poland
Experience:Self-taught since 2007
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Theme from Schindler's List
Composer:John Williams
Duration:04:25
Source of music:Lead sheets (only melody and chords)
Instrument used:Schimmel upright 40" 1972
Recording method:1. The t.bone SC 140 Stereoset microphones
2. Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 Audio Interface
3. Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:"Theme from Schindler's List" composed by John Williams is a leading melody of the 1993 film "Schindler's List".

My another cover of the tune from the goldmine of beautiful melodies - musicals and films.

This time no big chords, no runs. Just simple melody and simple accompaniment .

The truth is,for the first time,I have listened carefully to it only two days ago. But it was too late to change my intended submission:).

Nonetheless, as always, I hope you will enjoy this inferior to the original rendition of mine, despite of all its flaws and instances of crackling in the recording - satisfactory recording of an acoustic piano is so difficult, such a pain in the a... .:)

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#2231785 - 02/14/14 10:58 PM Re: Recital 33 --- February 15, 2014 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:ShiroKuro
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:15 years
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Midwinter Memories
Composer:Michele McLaughlin
Duration:05:35
Source of music:sheet music purchased from her website:
https://store.michelemclaughlin.com/
Instrument used:digital piano (Yamaha Arius 160)
Recording method:digital to PC using auxiliary cable between digital piano's headphones out and PC's mic in. Then I used Audacity.
Technical feedback wanted:No
Additional info:This is my first recital since 2011, so although this isn't an especially good performance of this piece, I'm very happy to have been able to share something this time and I'm hoping this will get me back into the habit of recording regularly.

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#2231786 - 02/14/14 10:58 PM Re: Recital 33 --- February 15, 2014 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:barbaram
From:Ireland
Experience:4 years as a teen, little or nothing for years, back at it about 9 months
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Tequila Sunrise
Composer:Pam Wedgewood
Duration:02:01
Instrument used:Roland Digital FP-5
Recording method:Audacity digital to computer - I could really do with a external sound card though
Technical feedback wanted:No
Additional info:I asked my teacher for something jazzy and she gave me this - not sure if it's exactly jazz but it was certainly very different from the usual things I play

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#2231787 - 02/14/14 10:59 PM Re: Recital 33 --- February 15, 2014 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:Ohio_Mark
From:Ohio
Experience:2+ years
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Red Rose Rendezvous
Composer:Martha Mier
Duration:01:35
Source of music:Jazz, Rags and Blues Book2
Instrument used:Yamaha Clavinova
Recording method:From piano
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I really like this piece. Not sure I did it justice with either rhythm or dynamics. I think in hindsight I should have played it slower and added more character.

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#2231790 - 02/14/14 11:02 PM Re: Recital 33 --- February 15, 2014 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:MrPozor
From:France
Experience:Two years, one year with teacher.
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://youtu.be/5osguOzUBrc
Title of piece:Prelude in E minor - BWV 941
Composer:Johann S. Bach
Duration:00:53
Source of music:Kleine Preludien und Fughetten, for Klavier
Urtext, G. Henle Verlag
Instrument used:Petrof 118 L1
Recording method:Zoom H1 for audio and Canon EOS 650D for video.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This piece really made me appreciate Bach's music and I'm glad to have added this to the repertoire.
Learning it was very challenging. It looks easy enough on paper but the two voices really required hand independence on a completely new level.
As always I am not completely happy with the result but it was the best out of two dozen takes and I don't think there's any glaring mistakes except for the uneven tempo. Feedback welcome!

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#2231792 - 02/14/14 11:03 PM Re: Recital 33 --- February 15, 2014 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:Sam Rose (Shmuel R)
From:Los Angeles
Experience:3 years plus a few months
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Nocturne in C-Minor, No 21 (Posthumous)
Composer:Chopin
Duration:03:04
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:1992 Yamaha C3
Recording method:2x Shure KSM141 recorded on Tascam DR-60D
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I decided to learn this piece a few weeks ago, and I've been working on it off and on since then. Because it's so repetitive, it's pretty hard to make it "work" musically.

I don't think that I QUITE made it work, but I'd give myself a B+. My touch still needs a bit of development, and the rhythm is a bit wonky in a couple places. Also, I missed a note here and there in the left hand. And to top it all off, my dad, who was sitting in the living room where the piano is (as if fear of the red dot alone is not enough), decided to ruffle the papers he was reading LOUDLY just as the last notes were dying off, even though I told him I was recording. GRRRRRRR!!!!!

I just have to accept that I don't live in a recording studio, and this is the best I can do. Still, I see (or, more accurately, hear) so much progress in my musicality in the last couple of years, and that's really gratifying. Thanks for listening!

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#2231793 - 02/14/14 11:06 PM Re: Recital 33 --- February 15, 2014 [Re: AB Forum Recital]
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Performer's name:carlos88
From:Colorado
Experience:3rd year back as an adult, 5 years as a kid
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Bach's Italian Concerto, First Movement
Duration:04:34
Source of music:Sheet Musics
Instrument used:Yamaha
Recording method:Zoom + Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is the best of some not-so-great recordings, including a couple with one of my cats trying to jump into the top of the piano. I'm glad it's over!

It has been fun working with a piano teacher who had a lot to say about Bach and playing his music. This was the first time I've had a teacher who had a lot to teach on ornaments, technique, Baroque phrasing, etc. Any (and all) mistakes in the recording are mine, the failings of the student :-)

Some of the lessons learned from this movement:
- use a metronome more often and earlier with Bach.
- work on ending sections with dynamics
- lots more work on ornaments

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