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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
Direct music link:click to download
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
Direct music link:click to download
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
Avatar:Avatar Image
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
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:8
Direct music link:click to download
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
Avatar:Avatar Image
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.
Direct music link:click to download
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
Avatar:Avatar Image
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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