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#2246959 - 03/15/14 11:43 AM ABF Joplin-themed recital -- March 15, 2014
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Registered: 10/27/12
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PLEASE DO NOT POST IN THIS THREAD! USE THE DISCUSSION THREAD!

I am delighted to introduce the ABF Joplin-themed Recital!

It's been really great introducing the folks on ABF to the full range of the beautiful works of Scott Joplin. One of the perks of being a recital organizer is that you get sneak peeks at the recital submissions.

I've listened to every submission by now and am amazed at the depth of talent on this forum. I was worried, when posting the recital originally, that I'd be hard pressed to make comments on peoples' performances. It turns out that was a needless worry, because people have not just typed out Joplin pieces, but have done an amazing job at penetrating to the spirit of Joplin's compositions while infusing their performances with their own playing style.

I'm really proud of the folks who stepped out of their comfort zones and chose to tackle some technically demanding music over the past six months.

What would a recital be without flair?



If you submitted a piece to the Joplin recital, feel free to attach the small or tiny versions of the above picture to your signature. Use

"[ img]http://www.pianoworld.com/Uploads/files/Joplinbadgesmall.jpg[/img]"

or

"[ img]http://www.pianoworld.com/Uploads/files/Joplinbadgetiny.jpg[/img]"

to do so, deleting the space between the left bracket and the "i".

If you signed up for the Joplin recital, but did not submit a piece, either because you didn't get the piece polished to your liking or because real life got in the way, feel free to attach the flair to your signature as well--but only after you submit your piece to the quarterly recital, a piano bar, or the Ecco Fatto thread!

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:

ABF Joplin-themed Recital 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:

ABF Joplin-themed Recital Zip 1
ABF Joplin-themed Recital Zip 2
ABF Joplin-themed Recital Zip 3
ABF Joplin-themed Recital Zip 4
ABF Joplin-themed Recital Zip 5
ABF Joplin-themed Recital Zip 6

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: Monica K and Sam S for all their help with recital software instructions, 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!!!

AGAIN: DO NOT REPLY OR POST ON THIS THREAD!!

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#2246975 - 03/15/14 12:19 PM Re: ABF Joplin-themed recital -- March 15, 2014 [Re: Whizbang]
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Performer's name:sinophilia (Diana)
From:Italy
Experience:2 years
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVNOMITDAPA
Title of piece:Maple Leaf Rag - simplified
Composer:Scott Joplin
Duration:02:54
Source of music:sheet music, transposed and modified
Instrument used:Casio Privia PX-135
Recording method:digital to Mac
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I thought I should go first so you can relax and listen to real music afterwards laugh

This arrangement includes sections A, B and D. It was in F major but I transposed it back to A flat - not a great idea because I had a hard time just learning the notes and explaining to my brain that Cb is B and Fb is E! I also added a few octaves here and there. So in the end it took me ages to learn it and it's still slow and shaky. Anyway, it's been a very useful learning experience, and who knows, maybe one day I will learn the real thing!

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#2246976 - 03/15/14 12:20 PM Re: ABF Joplin-themed recital -- March 15, 2014 [Re: Whizbang]
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Posts: 759
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Performer's name:MaryBee
From:Cleveland, OH
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:Too many years on my own. The past 5 years with a teacher.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Palm Leaf Rag
Composer:Scott Joplin
Duration:03:56
Source of music:sheet music; played from memory (I think that's a requirement for this kind of music!)
Instrument used:Charles Walter 1520 upright
Recording method:Tascam DR-08. Converted to MP3 using Audacity.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I've never played ragtime before, so learning this piece was a new experience for me. My teacher kept telling me to stop playing it like it was classical music. I never got to that free-wheeling style that he was pushing me toward, but it was great fun to play nonetheless. I might even try a few more rags in the future. Thanks for the opportunity to try something new!

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#2246977 - 03/15/14 12:20 PM Re: ABF Joplin-themed recital -- March 15, 2014 [Re: Whizbang]
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Posts: 759
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Performer's name:peterws/peter
From:N England
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:Many, on and off
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-t975x-BAYs&feature=player_detailpage
Title of piece:Magnetic Rag
Composer:Joplin
Duration:04:46
Source of music:Sheet
Instrument used:DgX 650
Recording method:Straight to wav.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Great fun. Gotta do more . . Hope you enjoy the mistakes . . .

All this is new to me, so I listens to a few to select one or two; Magnetic rag is demonstrated wonderfully by Bill Westcott and Beard. He makes me smile when he plays, so I used this as a template for my own, so to speak. Like, digital suitably detuned (not overly)and tempo too; not too fast, rather relaxed air about it all.

The interesting thing is that this piece, this bright, happy effervescent tune was Joplin`s last before dying.

Of syph . . . . . . too much information? Probably!

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#2246979 - 03/15/14 12:21 PM Re: ABF Joplin-themed recital -- March 15, 2014 [Re: Whizbang]
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Registered: 10/27/12
Posts: 759
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Performer's name:Playagain (Kathy)
From:Missouri
Experience:About 3.5-4 years this time. I took 6 years of piano lessons when I was young and again for awhile as a young adult--I wish I had kept playing through the years, but life got busy.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Weeping Willow
Composer:Scott Joplin
Duration:05:17
Source of music:Scott Joplin Book of Piano Rags
Instrument used:Yamaha T-118
Recording method:Zoom H2
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I really like this piece and enjoyed learning it! It's one of my favorite Joplin rags. Please excuse the mistakes! This is the first piece I have memorized completely in many years. smile
I'm so glad I took part in this recital. I can't wait to hear everyone's pieces! Thank you, Whizbang, for organizing the recital, and thanks to all the participants and to everyone for listening.
This has been so much fun. I've had a great time learning this piece, and I really enjoy playing it. I'm glad we had months to learn it because it helped me really stick with it to try to improve it.
Thanks, again!

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#2246980 - 03/15/14 12:21 PM Re: ABF Joplin-themed recital -- March 15, 2014 [Re: Whizbang]
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Performer's name:SwissMS/Doris
From:Switzerland
Experience:5 as an adult, a couple as a child
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Chrysanthemum
Composer:Scott Joplin
Duration:05:36
Source of music:Sheet Music
Instrument used:Bechstein A160 Grand
Recording method:Zoom Q3HD
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is my first Joplin piece, and it has been quite a challenge. My teacher kept saying as a warning "Joplin is Hard!" Now I believe her. This is one of the slower pieces, and I have a lot of respect for anyone playing the fast rags! I learned a lot from this piece, and enjoyed taking part in the recital

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#2246981 - 03/15/14 12:22 PM Re: ABF Joplin-themed recital -- March 15, 2014 [Re: Whizbang]
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Performer's name:Greener / Jeff
From:Toronto
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Sugar Cane
Composer:Scott Joplin
Duration:03:52
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I was slow at learning this and it took me until early February to learn all the strains. Although it has come a long way in the last few weeks, a good deal more time is needed to even out the tempo, clean it up and of course, make it swing. There is a noticeable degradation of tempo entering the 3rd strain (which I wish was not there) and some sections that sound like bad honky-tonk. Otherwise, I'm feeling confident with it and is a nice one to have in the mix.

The themed recital format is brilliant to begin with. This Scott Joplin theme has been a great choice and a fun contrast with this very interesting and quite different genre of music. Thank you to those responsible for putting it together and allowing me to participate. Its been great fun.

About Sugar Cane
The first strain begins in a straightforward glide that doesn't feature any syncopation until its second half. The bass line steadily marks the meter and occasionally proceeds unisonally with the melody. The second section has more of a straightforward ragtime feel, and the third features some high-stepping figurations in steady motion. The feel of the fourth part recalls that of the second and literally quotes its closing phrase.

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#2246982 - 03/15/14 12:22 PM Re: ABF Joplin-themed recital -- March 15, 2014 [Re: Whizbang]
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Posts: 759
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Performer's name:dire tonic
From:UK south
Experience:Most of my life but generally too lazily.
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://youtu.be/1nMZpNRGNn4
Title of piece:Maple Leaf Rag
Composer:Scott Joplin
Duration:02:30
Source of music:IMSLP
Instrument used:Knight K15
Recording method:Zoom H2n+ Sony Nex5n
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I'd always found the boom-chuck intimidating. Most of the music I did for work or play allowed me to keep my hands from jumping around too far so that ruled out even quite a few of the Chopin waltzes let alone ragtime. There had been a Joplin/Rifkin craze in the early 70s in the UK, maybe elsewhere too since the film The Sting must have sparked it, but even then I passed up the chance. So the ABF recital was the perfect opportunity to grasp the nettle. Thanks to all for providing the motivation (shouldn't I be paying someone by now?).

I recorded this before Christmas and had intended to keep it in reserve thinking about cobbling together an intro and outro but what with one thing and another.... I love playing Maple leaf but there are still conspicuous warts and it's too strident - particularly the LH - so I'll certainly be smartening it up asap.

Bigtime thanks to Whizbang for taking the initiative to set this up and to Derulux for his generosity in offering such specialist advice in his online surgery!

Really looking forward to hearing everyone's Rag and hoping we can make ragtime a regular part of our diet!

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#2246983 - 03/15/14 12:23 PM Re: ABF Joplin-themed recital -- March 15, 2014 [Re: Whizbang]
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Registered: 10/27/12
Posts: 759
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Performer's name:Sam S
From:Georgia, USA
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:I am in my 7th year as a restarter
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=duyFsKnJz6I&list=UURy9N5V6IBowoTaaylc4VCQ&feature=share
Title of piece:Fig Leaf Rag - A High Class Rag
Composer:Scott Joplin
Duration:05:56
Instrument used:1927 Bechstein Model L
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:My first Joplin. This was tough, much tougher that I thought Joplin would be. There are plenty of mistakes in this recording, but it is the best I can do. I can't play every section at the same speed either! I need a couple more months with it at least, but at this point that would drive me crazy, so I will put it on the shelf for awhile and come back to it later.

I had to do the recording in two takes, the AABBA, take a nap, then the CCDD. I spliced them together in Audacity.

The video has the sheet music - follow along as I struggle my way through it!

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#2246984 - 03/15/14 12:23 PM Re: ABF Joplin-themed recital -- March 15, 2014 [Re: Whizbang]
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Performer's name:Rerun
From:Louisiana
Experience:7 yrs and counting at Piano Magic plus 6 months of lessons when I was maybe 7-8 = I was a pretty much a beginner when Seaside Lee, etc. told me about PM here at Piano World.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Pleasant Moments
Composer:Scott Joplin
Duration:03:42
Source of music:Learned and played by ear/memory ... some improv on the fly
Instrument used:Cascio AP-24
Recording method:DP speakers to PC microphone - this Dell or DP fouls up using midi something awful, and I haven't found the solution yet.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I'm not smart enough to learn this tune note by note by ear, so I got the general idea of what Joplin composed, put it in a manageable key for me then went with that. Key changes were a bit tricky but fun and I learned a lot doing this. Whizbang/Sam, thanks for the idea and the work put in.

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#2246985 - 03/15/14 12:24 PM Re: ABF Joplin-themed recital -- March 15, 2014 [Re: Whizbang]
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Performer's name:Whizbang (Chris)
From:United States
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:30+
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Mf1UVRF0BI
Title of piece:Rose Leaf Rag
Composer:Scott Joplin
Duration:05:12
Source of music:sheet music download from imslp.org
Instrument used:Fandrich Piano Company U-122
Recording method:audio: Zoom H6 built-in mics + Sennheiser shotgun mic; video: two Canon 5Ds; FinalCut Pro
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:"Rose Leaf Rag" is a 1907 piece, more classical in feel than many Joplin rags.

Instead of immediately starting out with boom-chuck bass, this piece's A section features two single note lines running in parallel and contrary motion, alternated with a traditional ragtime bass.

The B section features some pretty descending broken chord inversions with some tricky ascending chord runs.

Like many Joplin C sections, "Rose Leaf Rag's" C section tends towards more delicacy. This section features lots of right hand thirds.

The D section features a fairly static right hand that repeats a highly regular rhythmic figure over chord changes. This technique appears in Joplin's "Wall Street Rag" and is sort of reminiscent of blues piano figurations.

For the pieces I've worked on over the past year or so, I've been focusing almost not at all on variations and instead been concentrating on singing melody lines and shaded dynamics on repeats. I'm getting much better on melody line but have a ways to go on dynamics.

Shrimp po' boy with jalapeno hush puppies.

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#2246986 - 03/15/14 12:24 PM Re: ABF Joplin-themed recital -- March 15, 2014 [Re: Whizbang]
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Performer's name:Richard (zrtf90)
From:Ireland
Experience:Many Years
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Pine Apple Rag
Composer:Joplin
Duration:04:47
Source of music:The Big Book of Ragtime Piano
Instrument used:Piano
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:My dad was wont to dish out some stride when I was a nipper and AimeeO rekindled my interest in Ragtime in the summer of 2012. I played this piece and a few others from the Big Book of Ragtime Piano, rather than learning section by section, and the result is that it's hard to play it accurately now.

This is a huge blast to bash out now and then even if I have to practise it slowly and in sections most of the time.

I did some more accurate recordings (not accurate, just more accurate) but the loss of tempo wasn't worth it. This tempo feels right for the C section, such a shame I wasn't able to remember it in performance, the rest of the piece is more flexible.

This is a very tuneful rag and I hope I've captured some of the spirit here that drew me to it in the first place.

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#2246987 - 03/15/14 12:25 PM Re: ABF Joplin-themed recital -- March 15, 2014 [Re: Whizbang]
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Performer's name:S.K./Mary
From:Georgia USA
Experience:9 years plus, off and on. I resumed lessons Jan. of 2013.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:The Cascades A Rag
Composer:Scott Joplin
Duration:03:17
Source of music:Recital Gems, Book 2, Alfred Publishing Co.
Instrument used:Roland DP-990
Recording method:Roland CD-e2, (not connected to digital)
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is my first submission to Piano World. This is my first Joplin Rag. I know this is not at performance level but you can critique it anyway if you so desire. You will hear the bench squeaking some, and my bird clock chirps in. Page 3 gave me trouble but I suffered through it and hope you will too. Page 4, in my opinion, was a little better. I am glad to contribute to this recital. Have listened to so many of you play - what a treat!

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#2246988 - 03/15/14 12:25 PM Re: ABF Joplin-themed recital -- March 15, 2014 [Re: Whizbang]
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Performer's name:Hrodulf
From:New York City
Experience:On and off since 1992
Direct music link:click to download
Home page link:http://hrodulf.deviantart.com
Title of piece:Scott Joplin's New Rag (1912)
Composer:Scott Joplin
Duration:05:59
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Korg synth SG-1D Sampling Grand
Recording method:Cell phone running "Hi-Q MP3 Rec"
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is the next to last rag Joplin published. What a loss music suffered due to his death from illness and the loss of his unpublished manuscripts.

If you want to hear more, 120 midis of rags I wrote are available at hrodulf.deviantart.com

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#2246989 - 03/15/14 12:26 PM Re: ABF Joplin-themed recital -- March 15, 2014 [Re: Whizbang]
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Registered: 10/27/12
Posts: 759
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Performer's name:TrainRex (Whizbang's teach)
Experience:35+
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxEc-ugjg94&feature=youtu.be
Title of piece:Great Crush Collision March
Composer:Scott Joplin
Duration:03:52
Source of music:Scott Joplin Collected Piano Works: Rags, Waltzes, Marches
Instrument used:Fandrich Piano Company U-122
Recording method:audio: Zoom H6 built-in mics and Sennheiser shotgun mic; video: two Canon 5Ds; FinalCut Pro
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Scott Joplin's "The Great Crush Collision March" is a unique piece in many ways. It was the first piano piece we have from Joplin, and it was published in his home state of Texas. Unlike most of his later compositions, it is a "programmatic" work, which means it narrates a story. The story of this piece is the spectacle of an intentional train wreck sponsored as a publicity stunt by the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railway Company.

I'm including several links below to articles about the event so will not go into great detail, but the basic premise was a fellow named William Crush, representing the railroad, promoted the event by establishing a temporary "city" called Crush, Texas, located near West, Texas (where they had quite a different explosion a year or two ago). At this site was laid four miles of track, and two locomotives with several box cars attached to each were lined up facing each other on the track. An immense crowd was gathered for the event, and a carnival-like atmosphere ensued, with circus tents, food and refreshments (two wells were dug nearby just for drinking water), bands played, speeches were made, etc. The finale of course was when the two trains backed up across the stretch of four miles of track, and then sped towards each other. The impact was even more immense than had been foreseen, as both engines' boilers blew up, resulting in flying metal and debris killing several and injuring even more.

Everyone in America was soon taking about the tragic event. Joplin may or may not have witnessed this spectacle, but we know he was at least in the vicinity when it happened, and he seized the moment to write a piece in the then-favored style of a march. In it he starts with violent octaves in D minor, lending a sense of impending doom. The first theme is also in D minor, foreboding the impending tragedy. The next several sections are in major keys and depict the lighthearted, carnival atmosphere present throughout the day at the event. Then in the last section we hear the sound of trains running along the track, train whistles and the collision itself, along with printed descriptions of these programmatic effects. One of the most remarkable compositional devices Joplin uses in this piece is paired melodic phrases, or a "call and answer" style melodic style. The introduction begins with paired, forceful octave cascades, then each ensuing section contains short (usually two-measures) phrases, answered or completed by another paired short phrase. This calls to mind the two trains that were the center of attention during the whole event. This pairing device can be most easily heard near the end of the piece as the trains are represented in a literal way with sound effects clearly depicting each of the two locomotives.

In my interpretation of this piece I take a few liberties with the printed score to heighten the effect of the narration. When the first theme is stated I begin slowly, like a train starting up, then gaining speed. I use the same effect with the "paired" statement, representing the second train starting up and gaining speed. In the last section, the score calls for train sounds, then a crash, and then a repeat of the section, including a repeat of the crash, which obviously violates the narrative... so the first time through I take it to represent the trains backing up on the track and whistling to signal they are ready to begin moving back towards each other. Then, upon the repeat, the trains are actually racing toward each other, resulting in the actual collision. Unfortunately, the pianist played a few odd chords just prior to the crash. I guess I just got caught up in the excitement of the impending collision like the rest of the crowd did that historic day in 1896.

http://www.lsjunction.com/facts/crush.htm
http://www.historynet.com/crushs-locomotive-crash-was-a-monster-smash.htm
http://www.unmuseum.org/crash.htm
http://voices.yahoo.com/1896-staged-train-wreck-two-steam-locomotives-crashing-5525491.html

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#2246990 - 03/15/14 12:26 PM Re: ABF Joplin-themed recital -- March 15, 2014 [Re: Whizbang]
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Posts: 759
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Performer's name:Richard (zrtf90)
From:Ireland
Experience:Many years
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Heliotrope Bouqet
Composer:Joplin/Chauvin
Duration:05:19
Source of music:The Big Book of Ragtime Piano
Instrument used:Piano
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:The piece still needs loads of refinement but it's so hard to play without getting up and dancing with the missus.

As with the Pine Apple I ought to have my name up in the credits for my own little inventions and alterations to the score although 'credit' might not as appropriate as 'blame'.

Playing these two rags has been inordinately joyful and I pass my gratitude to Whizbang for the impetus and the organising of this wonderful opportunity.

I'm confident that by now you'll have heard that this recital is a resounding success.

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#2246991 - 03/15/14 12:27 PM Re: ABF Joplin-themed recital -- March 15, 2014 [Re: Whizbang]
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Performer's name:peterws/peter
From:Morecambe
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:Many, off/on
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=V9N7xlzMeFM
Title of piece:Country Club
Composer:Joplin
Duration:04:21
Source of music:Sheet
Instrument used:Yamaha dgx650
Recording method:Audio memory stick from piano. Amplified through Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This took me longer than I thought. I thought I`d never get there . . . at least I can now bash through my misyakes . . .My playing`s about as good as my spelling . . Vewry glad I did these. Reckon we all learned a lot . . .

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#2246992 - 03/15/14 12:27 PM Re: ABF Joplin-themed recital -- March 15, 2014 [Re: Whizbang]
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Registered: 10/27/12
Posts: 759
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Performer's name:AudreyJean
From:Beaver Island, MI
Experience:off and on since a kid
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Searchlight Rag
Composer:Scott Joplin
Duration:04:12
Source of music:sheet music
Instrument used:yamaha avant grand n2
Recording method:ipad voice app
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:what fun this was. Thanks to Whizbang. Look forward to improving this beautiful piece in years to come.

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#2246993 - 03/15/14 12:27 PM Re: ABF Joplin-themed recital -- March 15, 2014 [Re: Whizbang]
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Performer's name:rnaple
Experience:~1
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Simple Entertainer
Composer:Joplin
Duration:03:36
Source of music:sheet music
Instrument used:VPC, Ivory C7 Jazz
Recording method:Garage Band
Technical feedback wanted:No

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#2246994 - 03/15/14 12:28 PM Re: ABF Joplin-themed recital -- March 15, 2014 [Re: Whizbang]
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Performer's name:dpaws
From:NJ
Experience:5 years of lessons (from 1983-87) then picked back up again in Spring of 2011 until present.
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://youtu.be/iuSPZFjeqFU
Title of piece:Scott Joplin - Something Doing
Composer:Scott Joplin
Duration:04:49
Source of music:Schirmer's "Complete Joplin"
Instrument used:Circa 1970's Storey & Clark console piano
Recording method:Audacity and Samson C01U microphone for audio, Nikon coolpics camera for video, aligned audio and video using Movie Maker.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Though I know other Joplin pieces, I picked "Something Doing" because I came to the recital late and all the pieces I know were already taken. It is just as well, though, that I got the full recital experience by choosing a piece I had no prior knowledge about. I'm not sure that I liked "Something Doing" at first. I listened to many renditions on Youtube and the song sounded a bit simplistic. I was inspired by Youtube user Chocotiger's recording of the piece and that is when it started to grow on me. It was also then that I realized it wasn't as simple as I thought. The 2nd section right hand wanders all over the place while you are trying to maintain a constant rhythm in the bass line and the C section is similar. I enjoyed the final section the most and it really closes out the piece nicely. All in all, it is quite a happy and up-lifting piece and I am glad that I learned to play it. It is now a permenant part of my memorized repertoire.

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#2246995 - 03/15/14 12:28 PM Re: ABF Joplin-themed recital -- March 15, 2014 [Re: Whizbang]
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Performer's name:Woodog (Forrest Halford)
From:Bowling Green KY
Experience:2 years back after a 20 years absence, 15 years before that
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Scott Joplin - Gladiolus Rag
Composer:Scott Joplin
Duration:04:18
Source of music:Sheet Music - played from memory
Instrument used:1954 Baldwin L - rebuilt by me! Tuned to Ron Koval Well temperament
Recording method:Zoom Q2HD
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:this was my 6th take. I downloaded Audacity on the 12th, learned how to use the Zoom on the 13th, recorded on the 14th. I'm excited to be able to record now! Just have to face my fears and get better at it.

this piece turned out to be more difficult than my first listen back in Nov. 2013 led me to believe!

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#2246996 - 03/15/14 12:28 PM Re: ABF Joplin-themed recital -- March 15, 2014 [Re: Whizbang]
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Performer's name:briansaddleback
From:Irvine, CA
Experience:Several years as a child mainly just Hanon and a few Czerny. And most recently at this age, on and off since 2007.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Eugenia
Composer:Scott Joplin
Duration:04:24
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Casio AP 24
Recording method:Anvil
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Just wasn't myself doing this recording and just tried to get in whatever I can as I have to leave real soon and did not account for the fact I had to submit before 9PM Pacific, which meant I had to get it in now (Im late already for where I have to go).

I really love this piece. I played it much better last week and I dont spike or jab at the piano like the Anvil program suggests that I am doing. However, I know I got to overcome the 'red dot' or 'recital' mental block that I experienced with this. Hands kept shaking and flubbing and had to start over even after a couple of notes for maybe several dozen takes!!! I just kept flubbing the first few notes!!!
It is amazing I even got through this piece and recorded what I can.

ENJOY ?!

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#2246998 - 03/15/14 12:29 PM Re: ABF Joplin-themed recital -- March 15, 2014 [Re: Whizbang]
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Performer's name:jotur/Cathy Turner
From:Santa Fe, NM
Experience:2 years of lessons in my early teens, playing for dancing since 1995
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Original Rags
Composer:Scott Joplin
Duration:06:11
Source of music:Scott Joplin: King of Ragtime
Instrument used:Casio PX-100
Recording method:keyboard to computer, Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Here it is! It isn't great smile but it's a lot better than I had any right to expect it to be laugh You'll recognize the trouble I had with the D part, but it wouldn't have been doable at any kind of tempo at all without the help from the Joplin recital folks. Thank you all!

This is one of Joplin's earliest rags. My understanding is that it is, in fact, several different "folk rags" from players Joplin was hearing all over the place that Joplin pieced together. There are no first and second endings, and no transitions to hold different parts together. Nonetheless, tho I couldn't play it as lively as I had hoped, there is still of the upbeat feeling of ragtime, and maybe a little of the some of the lyricalness I find in Joplin's music.

I speeded up, too smile

Thank you, Whizbang, for spearheading this. I'm really looking forward to listening.

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#2246999 - 03/15/14 12:29 PM Re: ABF Joplin-themed recital -- March 15, 2014 [Re: Whizbang]
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Posts: 759
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Performer's name:jotur/Cathy Turner
From:Santa Fe
Experience:2 years lessons in early teens, 30+ years off, playing for dancing since 1995
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Bethena
Composer:Scott Joplin
Duration:06:25
Source of music:Scott Joplin: King of Ragtime, Lewis Music Publishing, Inc.
Instrument used:Casio PX-100
Recording method:keyboard to computer with Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is, um, serviceable smile A couple of red-dot bumps, but nothing absolutely horrible, IMNSHO. Not as much music as I had hoped, but that happens. I've been playing this in and out of my repertoire since I first submitted to a quarterly recital in 2010. My hands have grown much laugh so there's still some iffy octaves. Some day it will actually be a waltz.

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#2247000 - 03/15/14 12:29 PM Re: ABF Joplin-themed recital -- March 15, 2014 [Re: Whizbang]
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Posts: 759
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Performer's name:AimeeO
From:I live in New Orleans
Experience:4? plus off and on self teaching
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Solace
Composer:Joplin
Duration:06:07
Source of music:That link here
Instrument used:Yamaha U3
Recording method:zoom zoom!
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Last minute shakes!!

While I didn't get it where I wanted, I'm glad I did it. I got a lot out of this, actually. Great idea, and thanks

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