Recital #27 --- August 15, 2012

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Recital #27 --- August 15, 2012 - 08/14/12 09:24 PM

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I am delighted to introduce our 27th quarterly Adult Beginners' Forum Recital! smile So, pull up a chair and have a listen.

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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:

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A template has been created for those who wish to provide individualized feedback:

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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:

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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:

ABF 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


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Re: Recital #27 --- August 15, 2012 - 08/14/12 09:33 PM

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Performer's name:wouter79
Experience:2.5 years
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:La Poule (Nouvelles suites de pieces de clavecin, No.12)
Composer:Jean-Philippe Rameau
Duration:04:32
Source of music:sheet music, played from memory
Instrument used:Grotrian-Steinweg 189
Recording method:DPA4060, EMU0404, Jecklin Disk
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Jean-Philippe Rameau wrote this around 1726. This suite is a set of small pieces, and this is the 12th part. The title is "the hen" in French. You can hear the hens clucking and chasing each other, suddenly standing still for a moment and then cackling on.
Rameau does not put any speed indications at all in his Suites, and performances vary wildly, I found anything between 104 and 144. However he gives an important clue in this piece by writing 'co co co co co coco dai' under the first notes. I take this as the clucking of the hens. This gives me a speed of at least quarter note 144. Sokolov has a wonderful performance at that speed but I can't play it now at that speed. I'm pushing hard though, sorry for the missed notes because of that!
This is written for (double manual?) harpsichord so I do a lot of staccato to keep the sound clear. Since my piano has only one keyboard, there are various places where the hands overlap very tightly, it took me some fiddling to make this work.
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Re: Recital #27 --- August 15, 2012 - 08/14/12 09:34 PM

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Performer's name:dannylux / Mel
From:Connecticut
Experience:Six and a half years after starting again. Lots as a kid.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Bortkiewicz Lyrica Nova Op.59 No.3
Composer:Sergei Bortkiewicz
Duration:03:24
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Yamaha P140
Recording method:Piano line-out to computer sound card line-in. Audacity. No edits.
Technical feedback wanted:No
Additional info:Sergei Bortkiewicz wrote Lyrica Nova Op.59 No.3 in 1940, and like all of his music, it's filled with beautiful melodies and lush harmonies.
The piece is in typical ABA form, first melody in F# major, 2nd melody in d# minor, and a repeat of the first melody.
This is the 4th Bortkiewicz piece I've submitted to the ABF Recitals. Hope you like it.
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Re: Recital #27 --- August 15, 2012 - 08/14/12 09:34 PM

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Performer's name:BenPiano
From:USA
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:3 years
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://youtu.be/lnkImQ-EGy8
Home page link:http://www.youtube.com/user/afpaSTU1096
Title of piece:Prelude Op. 17 No 6
Composer:Scriabin
Duration:02:01
Source of music:Faber Music - "Romantic Piano Repertoire, Level 1"
Instrument used:Kawai K5
Recording method:Zoom H1 for audio
Technical feedback wanted:No
Additional info:I didn't include the key this piece was written in. It's Scriabin, so it doesn't really matter. smile
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Re: Recital #27 --- August 15, 2012 - 08/14/12 09:35 PM

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Performer's name:Jazzwee
From:Los Angeles
Experience:7.75
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Invitation
Composer:Bronislau Kaper
Duration:03:32
Source of music:Real Book - Lead Sheet. Completely improvised.
Instrument used:Chickering Grand Piano at a Church
Recording method:I used a Zoom H4. This was a live performance. The recording was done in a church so it's a bit boomy and echoey. The piano was far back and the Zoom doesn't give a good balance. But this is an unprofessional live recording.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This tune is an advanced jazz piece with a really complex harmony.

What you will be hearing is the beginning of the piano solo section of the peformance. I had no idea what I would be playing until I got to it. The second half of what you hear (after the clapping) is the original melody (head) of Invitation which is used to close out the tune.

Now as far as my approach to soloing on this, I went with just a simple melodic approach. No pyrotechnics but just a mellow approach. I rarely play like this so it was a nice change. But like I said, I didn't plan this, that's just the way it came out.

The original recording is very long (14 minutes or so). So I chopped off the beginning section. This cuts it down to about 3 minutes. I'm sure you don't have the patience to listen to the whole thing, but if you do, the full recording is here:

https://www.box.com/s/304073afa3f7ca65f50b
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Re: Recital #27 --- August 15, 2012 - 08/14/12 09:42 PM

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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:Warum? Op 12 No 3
Composer:Robert Schumann
Duration:02:59
Source of music:Sheet Music
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is one of eight pieces from, Fantasiestucke, written in 1837, based on characters in Novellas written by his favorite author, E.T.A Hoffmann, then dedicated to an 18 year-old Scottish pianist, Anna Robena Laidlaw, with whom he shared a brief flirtation.

One of the many aspects that fascinates me about this piece is that it seems to move with gentle questioning, then ends with in inconclusive answer, hence the title. Schumann wrote so many wonderful pieces and this series is one of my favorites. I tried to capture it as well as my abilities allow.

My Dad used to play this one-pager expertly and I am fortunate to play it on his piano.

I recorded this awhile back before surgery and listening to it again is motivation for me to want to play regularly again and eventually take lessons.

For lunch, it was a falafel sandwich and lentil soup.
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Re: Recital #27 --- August 15, 2012 - 08/14/12 09:42 PM

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Performer's name:Mr Super Hunky
From:Arizona
Experience:7
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:There is love (The wedding song)
Composer:Peter, Paul & Mary
Duration:03:16
Source of music:Played by ear (noodle method)
Instrument used:Mason & Hamlin BB
Recording method:Zoom H2
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I recently heard this tune on the radio and thought to myself "I've gotta learn this piece" as it was so beautiful.

I've given up on finding sheet music for much of what I play since a lot of it is not written for solo piano so the 'noodle method' was used once again...(Pound it out and memorize it).
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Re: Recital #27 --- August 15, 2012 - 08/14/12 09:46 PM

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Performer's name:SwissMS
From:Switzerland
Experience:About 4 years off and on. Resumed playing in Jan 2011 after a two year break.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Nocturne in Eb Op. 9 Nr. 2
Composer:Chopin
Duration:04:39
Source of music:Sheet Music
Instrument used:Yamaha Avant Grand N2
Recording method:Line out to H2 Zoom
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:When I first returned to piano as an adult, this was the first Chopin that my teacher back in the states assigned to me after the method books. I fell in love with it! I could not really play it very well back then, so I decided to relearn it this spring.
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Re: Recital #27 --- August 15, 2012 - 08/14/12 09:46 PM

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Performer's name:CarlosCC
From:Lisbon, Portugal
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:2y8m (self-learning since Dec2009)
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Ambers
Composer:Long, Helen Jane
Duration:03:36
Source of music:sheet music
Instrument used:Yamaha P85
Recording method:Captured from Piano to PC with Audicity.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I did a break in my studies of Einaudi to work on this litle piece wroten by Helen Jane Long. I don't know if I made the right decision... This piece has a nice melody and I was engaged with his delicacy from the first beginning. After some bars I was a little disappointed with this solo version because it seems to me that the arrangement was not perfect for a version without accompaniment - the original song has some instruments sustaining the melody in the background -.
Anyway, and despite not being totally in love with it, I decided to play and not to change the original sheet; I only added a little bit of speed.
It was played by memory. I hope you enjoy it.
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Re: Recital #27 --- August 15, 2012 - 08/14/12 09:47 PM

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Performer's name:Diana
From:Italy
Experience:5 months
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Raymond - Theme from Overture
Composer:Ambroise Thomas
Duration:00:45
Source of music:Alfred's Adult All-In-One Course book 2
Instrument used:Digital piano
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
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Re: Recital #27 --- August 15, 2012 - 08/14/12 09:47 PM

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Performer's name:Recaredo (Ricardo)
From:Spain
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:One year plus six months
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Piano sonata No 25 Op 79. Second movement.
Composer:Ludwig van Beethoven
Duration:02:57
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Kawai CN 33
Recording method:Digital piano to PC. Software: Audacity.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This piece was, and is, above my level. Probably, I made a mistake learning it, and I might have spent this time improving my poor technique and sight-reading. But I truly wanted to play Beethoven.

Thanks for listening!
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Re: Recital #27 --- August 15, 2012 - 08/14/12 09:50 PM

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Performer's name:Jazztpt
From:UK
Experience:35+
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://www.box.com/s/4c552ef4e1515b8ddd20
Title of piece:Lament
Composer:Original composition
Duration:04:42
Source of music:Original
Instrument used:Roland 101e Digital
Recording method:Digital to PC (Audacity)
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I don't usually write too much about my music but I would like to say a few things about this piece.
I wrote this tune many years ago after losing someone close to me, it was written for flugelhorn ( for me to play) but I have never played it anywhere.
I don't play horns anymore but I have always played it on piano so I know it well and of course over the years it has changed a bit. I did post a version of it to the Piano Bar about a year ago(with a different title) but after posting it I wasn't happy with the arrangment, the playing or the improvisation - pretty much the whole thing really !

I recorded this version right after the last recital, it wasn't intended to be for the recital but I was happy with the way it turned and so thought I would share it here.

I stick pretty close to the melody throughout but there is some improvisation during the 2nd chorus. Nothing technical about the music, my aim was to try and capture the emotion of the song so I am keen to find how this comes across to the audience.

Thanks for listening.
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Re: Recital #27 --- August 15, 2012 - 08/14/12 09:50 PM

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Performer's name:(Was)TrueBeginner
From:VA, US
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:4+ years
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQ7_6ae-L6M
Title of piece:Goodnight Kiss
Composer:Original
Duration:03:02
Source of music:Self-composition
Instrument used:Essex Upright piano
Recording method:used Flip camera then extracted mp3 using Super
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I hope you guys like it.
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Re: Recital #27 --- August 15, 2012 - 08/14/12 09:54 PM

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Performer's name:kenjazz
From:USA - Massachussetts
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:3.5 years
Direct music link:click to download
Home page link:http://kenblog05.blogspot.com
Title of piece:A House Is Not A Home
Composer:Bacharach/David
Duration:07:30
Source of music:My own arrangement loosely patterned after arrangement by jazz pianist David Hazeltine.
Instrument used:Schimmel upright
Recording method:Zoom H3/Audacity. Additional instrumentation provided by Band in a Box 2012.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This was my first attempt trying to feature a drummer in a jazz arrangement. It was also my first try at such fast speeds (191 BPM)
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Re: Recital #27 --- August 15, 2012 - 08/14/12 09:59 PM

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Performer's name:Amaruk
From:Boston, USA
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:No idea... Took piano lessons as a child for a few years.
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://youtu.be/o2ebPY_l52Y
Title of piece:Sur le fil
Composer:Yann Tiersen
Duration:03:56
Source of music:Yann Tiersen's sheet music collection "Six pieces pour piano: Vol. 2".
Instrument used:Roland RD-700NX digital piano set to the "Concert Grand" sound.
Recording method:Recorded as a .wav file directly to a USB stick on the digital piano. Converted to .mp3 file on my computer.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I simply love this piece and it is very fun to play. It starts out quite simple but I find it challenging in many sections. I find the rhythm interesting and it is fun that you have to cross your arms while playing! I hope I do the piece justice with this performance.
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Re: Recital #27 --- August 15, 2012 - 08/14/12 10:06 PM

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Performer's name:Sam S
From:Georgia, USA
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:4 years back after 30+ years off.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Prelude and Fugue X WTC1
Composer:J.S. Bach
Duration:05:39
Source of music:Henle urtext
Instrument used:Yamaha UX1
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is still a work in progress, but I am going to shelve it for awhile and come back to it later, so I thought a recording now would be a good thing.

This is my first P&F, and was probably not a good one to start with. The prelude is very difficult and requires a lot of control to play well. Did I mention trills and ornaments? They are a real bear to play smoothly. And then there is the sudden presto (surprise!).

I got conflicting advice on the transition to the presto from two different teachers. One wanted a gradual speedup, the other wanted no speedup, just a sudden tempo change. For this recording, it is a surprise presto.

The fugue is "only" 2 voices, but don't let that fool you into thinking it is easy. Bach is so clever - I am told that if you change just a couple of notes in this fugue then it would wander through all the keys before returning to where it started. The two notes as written by Bach enable it to return to the original key sooner. Those must be the two notes I keep missing!
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Re: Recital #27 --- August 15, 2012 - 08/14/12 10:06 PM

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Performer's name:Peyton
From:Maine
Experience:forty years with a few years of lessons
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Mazurka #4 in A Minor
Composer:Chopin
Duration:04:14
Source of music:sheet music
Instrument used:Pramberger grand
Recording method:Metro/mac
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I'm at a point right now in my playing where I'm not trying so much to tackle the "monumentally difficult" works that I will never master but rather going back to pieces that seemed fairly easy...like this one. Only the more I play the more I see how pieces such as this one are in fact incredibly difficult to play well. I keep thinking I'm playing it well, then record it and hear how far from "well" I am. That all said... I am by no means done with this mazurka but here is the best recording I have so far.
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Re: Recital #27 --- August 15, 2012 - 08/14/12 10:11 PM

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Performer's name:ladypayne
From:USA
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQMbAFpkp2E&list=UUpam4VQFISGJYmRx5gjmJHQ&index=1&feature=plcp
Title of piece:A New Change
Composer:ladypayne
Duration:02:13
Source of music:my own score
Instrument used:Casio Privia
Recording method:zoom h1
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I wrote this particular piece of music and decided to call it A new change which I dedicated to my new life in Alaska. I just recently drove 4k miles from Michigan to Alaska all by myself! I packed up my stuff and it took me 7 and a half days to drive to Alaska. What a trip! I drove through parts of the United States and through Canada which included Alberta, British Columbia, and the Yukon Territory. I also created a video which includes some of my photos from driving in Alaska and on the Alaska Highway that runs through Canada starting in British Columbia and ends in Alaska. Funny short story: When I was driving through Michigan, a cop pulled me over..I was like oh oh and cmon I haven't event left Michigan yet!.. maybe I was speeding right? Nope.. Turns out the cop thought I had too much stuff in my back seat! lol. He asked me how am I suppose to back out and see anything coz my back seat was too pack full of stuff. I kindly explained I was moving to Alaska and then he said he would be a little understanding and let me go.. Phew lol.. That was the only time I got pulled over :P Anyway hope you enjoy the song!
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Re: Recital #27 --- August 15, 2012 - 08/14/12 10:11 PM

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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:Slaughter On Tenth Avenue
Composer:Richard Rogers
Duration:06:32
Source of music:Based loosely on the standard sheet music.
Instrument used:Yamaha P-120
Recording method:Pianoteq
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Slaughter on Tenth Avenue is a jazzy ballet piece written by Richard Rodgers in the 1930s. It was part of a broadway musical comedy, and was also used in a movie.

For me, this has been a long time in the making.

When I was a teenager (1950s), I really wanted to learn this piece and play it in the annual recital organized by my teacher, who was a sweet little old lady who lived up the street - let's call her Mrs Calabash. Unfortunately, that sweet little old lady had ideas of her own, one of which was that there would be no "undignified" music in her recitals. I played something else, then quit taking lessons (what a fateful blunder!).

It has been on my mind all these years.

Now, don't expect me to say that playing this piece in a recital is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream, or to say it has been on my bucket list, etc. Nope, not gonna go there. But, well..., Mrs Calabash, if you are out there, would you please take a minute to listen, and tell me honestly, don't you hear the power and the majesty in that ending? And BTW, I'm sorry I have not really improved much over all these years. I know, I shoulda worked on those scales and Hanons, like you told me.
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Re: Recital #27 --- August 15, 2012 - 08/14/12 10:12 PM

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Performer's name:Greener / Jeff Green
From:Toronto Canada
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:On and off (mostly off) for years ... since about the age of 12. That's along time smile. But, only more disciplined approach to expanding repertoire, practicing and concerted effort towards learning, in the past 2 years.
Direct music link:click to download
Home page link:http://www.greenermarketing.ca
Title of piece:Schindler's List - Theme
Composer:John Williams
Duration:01:46
Source of music:Youtube tutorial for the main elements. Other Youtube videos for ideas on expression and attempting to improve on the tutorial arrangement.
Instrument used:Samick SU-105 40" console (acoustic)
Recording method:ADK A-51 Large Diaphragm Condenser Mic, Audio Technica AT8010 Small Diaphragm Condenser Mic, to M-Audio interface (pre-amp), to Audacity.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:"This list... is an absolute good. The list is life. All around its margins lies the gulf." Itzhak Stern

John Williams composed the score for Schindler's List. The composer was amazed by the film, and felt it would be too challenging. He said to Spielberg, "You need a better composer than I am for this film." Spielberg replied, "I know. But they all dead!"

Williams approaches the horrors on screen with a beauty so primordial that the score is dripping with romantic heartbreak at each of its harmonic turns.

The album won the Academy Award and the BAFTA Award for "Best Original Score" and the Grammy Award for "Best Instrumental Composition Written for a Motion Picture or for Television". It was also nominated for a Golden Globe.
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Re: Recital #27 --- August 15, 2012 - 08/14/12 10:13 PM

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Performer's name:CASINITALY (Cheryl)
From:Italy
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:2 years 7 months
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Rigaudon & Entree
Composer:Handel, Leopold Mozart
Duration:02:31
Source of music:The first piece is Rigaudon, by George Friedrich Handel (1685-1759)
The second is Entree by Leopold Mozart, from the "Notebook for Wolfgang" (1762) Both are from Vol. 27 Music for Millions Series, More Easy Classics to Moderns.
Instrument used:Yamaha P112N, Silent digital feature
Recording method:Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I really find that I'm enjoying this type of music, - it feels like a puzzle that has to fit together.

The Rigaudon was trickier for me, but I resisted doing a gazzilion re-takes. I limited myself to 2. I did flub a bit, but to give an honest presentation of what I can truly do in terms of performance at this point, I decided I would just consider it a challenge to keep going and recover, rather than try doing it again. With the Entree, it is a bit easier, and in general when I play it, I can play it without errors, so I gave myself a little leeway and did a few more takes.

I recorded with the digital again, because it is Saturday and there were weddings and the church bells rang A LOT.....which might have sounded interesting, but would have bugged me.


I recorded after a later breakfast, which consisted of cafe au lait and apple pastries.
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Re: Recital #27 --- August 15, 2012 - 08/14/12 10:13 PM

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Performer's name:timmyab
From:UK
Experience:20 years
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Moment musical Nr.2
Composer:Schubert
Duration:05:40
Source of music:Peters edition
Instrument used:Yamaha ydp s30
Recording method:Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Timing is tricky on this piece.Even the pros seem to get it wrong as often as not.The dotted minims should be held for six beats but are often held for only four or five.I don't think I drop too many beats although I do add the odd beat here and there I know.The tempo is also difficult to get right I found.Too slow and the B sections drag, too quick and the A sections sound hurried.
I've made a mistake here by playing the tied d naturals, but I can't be bothered to re-record, it doesn't sound too bad as it is anyway I don't think.
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Re: Recital #27 --- August 15, 2012 - 08/14/12 10:13 PM

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Performer's name:Lady Chen
From:Canada
Experience:10 years as a child, took 16 year break, returned to lessons 2 years ago
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Nocturne in E minor, op. 72, no. 1
Composer:Chopin
Duration:05:05
Source of music:Chopin Nocturnes for the piano (Alfred, ed. Palmer)
Instrument used:Young Chang upright
Recording method:Roland R-05
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I learned this piece when I was 13 but wanted to revisit it as an adult with more life experience smile.
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Re: Recital #27 --- August 15, 2012 - 08/14/12 10:14 PM

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Performer's name:MrPozor
From:France
Experience:4 months, self-teaching
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Minuet in A minor - Z649
Composer:Henry Purcell
Duration:00:29
Source of music:The Piano Handbook by Carl Humphries
Instrument used:M-Audio Keystation 88es
Recording method:MuLab Free (direct WAV recording)
Ivory I VSTi
Audacity + LAME for trimming and encoding
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I would be really happy for feedback as I have not progressed on this piece anymore in the last weeks.
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Re: Recital #27 --- August 15, 2012 - 08/14/12 10:14 PM

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Performer's name:Monica K.
From:Lexington, KY
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:8
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Fairy Tale
Composer:Ludovico Einaudi
Duration:04:14
Source of music:"Islands" sheet music collection
Instrument used:Mason & Hamlin A
Recording method:Zoom H4, normalized in audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Oh this piece looked so easy based on the sheet music but ohhhh those inevitable skipped notes while trying to play pp arpeggios just about drove me nuts. I never did get a recording I was happy with before I had to go out of town, so I didn't upload a YouTube video this time.

Lunch was leftover wild rice salad.
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Re: Recital #27 --- August 15, 2012 - 08/14/12 10:15 PM

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Performer's name:Cookie74
From:Southern California
Experience:8-10
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Invention No. 4 in D minor
Composer:Johann Sebastian Bach
Duration:01:07
Source of music:Sheet Music--Alfred Complete Inventions and Sinfonias
Instrument used:Petrof Klasik IV
Recording method:Zoom1
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is my first recording and my first recital. I don't think the recording captures much of the dynamics, but oh well.
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Re: Recital #27 --- August 15, 2012 - 08/14/12 10:15 PM

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Performer's name:Mile Hi Steve
From:Denver, CO
Experience:6 months public performance and years of on again off again banging on the piano
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Leaning on the Everlasting Arms
Composer:Showalter
Duration:02:04
Source of music:Play by ear
Instrument used:Yamaha Clavinova
Recording method:Instrument audio out to laptop audio in
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I've always liked interpretations of this classic hymn and after watching the 2010 True Grit with this as the underlying theme, I tried to craft a similar version here for use as an offeratory for church. For lunch I had spicy chicken alfredo with salad, grapes, and cantaloupe.
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Re: Recital #27 --- August 15, 2012 - 08/14/12 10:15 PM

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Performer's name:Bobpickle
From:Cameron Park, CA
Experience:8 months
Direct music link:click to download
Home page link:http://www.youtube.com/user/XxBobpicklexX
Title of piece:June (Barcarolle)
Composer:Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Duration:05:08
Source of music:sheet music (combined 2 sources - imslp and another)
Instrument used:Yamaha P-155
Recording method:digital piano midi to Synthogy Ivory Cantabile
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:What did I have for lunch? I had an apple and a banana. Woohoo! Oh, and I guess I learned this piece because it was my early favorite of the 50 pre-loaded on my P-155 DP.
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Re: Recital #27 --- August 15, 2012 - 08/14/12 10:16 PM

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Performer's name:joangolfing
From:Iowa
Experience:10+
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:The Poet Speaks
Composer:Robert Schumann
Duration:02:05
Source of music:Scenes From Childhood Opus 15
Instrument used:Yamaha GC1
Recording method:Zoom H2 with Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is the first PW recital with my new Yamaha GC1 grand piano. It has been tuned once and is getting used to my house and the new Dampp Chaser I had installed last week. I bid farewell to my 105 year old Everett upright.
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Re: Recital #27 --- August 15, 2012 - 08/14/12 10:16 PM

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Performer's name:Mar_red
From:Poland
Experience:More than four
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Rosemary's Baby - Lullaby
Composer:Krzyszfof Komeda
Duration:04:24
Source of music:Lead sheet
Instrument used:Roland FP-7
Recording method:DP to Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:It is very famous main musical theme from 1968 film directed by a Pole Roman Polanski and composed by late polish composer Krzysztof (Kristopher, Kris ) Komeda, this time performed and arranged from lead sheet also by a Pole smile.

This is not my current production - I did this arrangement some 2 years ago so it is not too refined. But the tune is so beautiful I decided to share it with you and I will be honored and very happy if you listen to the very end of this rendition of mine and like it!
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Re: Recital #27 --- August 15, 2012 - 08/14/12 10:17 PM

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Performer's name:cscl
From:Suburban Boston/Metrowest
Experience:5 years, 11 months
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Bagatelle in G minor, Op. 119, No. 1
Composer:Beethoven, Ludwig van (1770-1827)
Duration:02:59
Source of music:Schirmer Performance Editions, Fur Elise and Other Bagatelles
Instrument used:Estonia 190 Parlour Grand
Recording method:Zoom H2 from the music desk
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Well, this is my transition piece moving from suburban Chicago to suburban Boston. I recorded this one in July while the piano movers were closing in on my house in Illinois. By the time the recital goes live, I'll be in my new place, maybe still waiting for my piano to arrive.

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Re: Recital #27 --- August 15, 2012 - 08/14/12 10:23 PM

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Performer's name:jotur/Cathy Turner
From:Santa Fe, NM
Experience:2 years of lessons early teens, 30+ years off, playing for dances since 1995. (oh dear, my truth serum kicked in for a minute and I originally typed "1195". But I overcame it smile )
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Dill Pickle Rag
Composer:Charles L. Johnson
Duration:02:23
Source of music:The Fiddler's Fakebook, lead sheet
Instrument used:Casio Privia PX-100
Recording method:digital to PC thru audacity
Technical feedback wanted:No
Additional info:Oh my. I just compared this with the Black and White Rag I submitted for recital #11. I've improved laugh Although this is still a tad slower than I wanted.

But I've upped my practice time lately, considerably, so this is also a little less sloppy than some of my submissions laugh For about the last 4 months I was mostly playing new stuff for backing a vocalist or fitting in an ensemble so my solo work was really neglected. So this came together a little faster than usual, too. I had an adequate take of another piece but I'll save it for next time.

Lunch - chicken sandwich. At my desk. At a client's. No one died in the library.
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Re: Recital #27 --- August 15, 2012 - 08/14/12 10:23 PM

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Performer's name:TrapperJohn
From:Central PA
Experience:6+
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again (from "Phantom...")
Composer:Andrew Lloyd Webber (music) ; Charles Hart & Richard Stilgoe (lyrics)
Duration:03:23
Source of music:Piano Vocal Selections from The Phantom of the Opera (Hal Leonard)
Instrument used:Yamaha Clavinova CVP-301
Recording method:Digital to PC
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:In the movie version of "The Phantom of the Opera" young, beautiful and talented Christine has just taken over the lead soprano role at the 1870 Paris Opera and has just had her first intensely dramatic and strangely romantic encounter with the Phantom, the "angel of music" (or so she believes) that her late father had promised to send to her from heaven.

Her father had been a concert violinist and she had toured with him throughout Europe in her youth, during which he had instilled in her a deep-seated love for music - and respect and devotion to him.

Now, on the eve of her success she walks through the Paris Cemetery where he lies, longing to be with him again, and to hear his voice again, and to share her excitement and happiness with him again, and to talk about the mysterious and compelling angel of music again - in all, wishing he were somehow here again...

And then in the solitude of the cemetery with snow beginning to fall, and in the bittersweet sadness of the moment, she sings softly and tenderly at first (and with just the slightest touch of obsession):

(in G minor)
You were once my one companion,
You were all that mattered.
You were once a friend and father,
Then my world was shattered.

(in G major)
Wishing you were somehow here again,
Wishing you were somehow near;
Sometimes it seemed if I just dreamed,
Somehow you would be here.

Wishing I could hear your voice again,
Knowing that I never would;
Dreaming of you won't help me to do,
All that you dreamed I could.

(in G minor)
Passing bells and sculpted angels,
Cold and monumental,
Seem for you the wrong companions,
You were warm and gentle.

(in G major)
[Instrumental interlude to the tune "Wishing you were somehow..."]
Too many years fighting back tears,
Why can't the past just die?

(In Bb Major)
Wishing you were somehow here again,
Knowing we must say goodbye.
Try to forgive, teach me to live,
Give me the strength to try.

No more memories, no more silent tears;
No more gazing across the wasted years.

Help me say goodbye.
Help me say goodbye.


With it's constant key changes "Wishing..." is perhaps the most musically creative and interesting of all the great Webber show tunes - and with it's hauntingly beautiful melodies and poignant lyrics maybe the most listenable and appealing.

Hope you enjoy, Trap

Note that "The Phantom of the Opera" began it's run in the mid-1980s and is now the longest running show in *Broadway* history - surpassed only by the awesomely spectacular "Les Miserables" on a *worldwide* basis.
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Re: Recital #27 --- August 15, 2012 - 08/14/12 10:23 PM

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Performer's name:knotty
From:dc area
Avatar:Avatar Image
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Petite Fleur
Composer:Sydney Bechet
Duration:07:48
Source of music:Sydney Bechet standard. A favorite of all french weddings and galas
Instrument used:acoustic piano + cornet + tenor sax + drums + bass
Recording method:Zoom h4
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Often played as a bossa, this works well as a Tango-type piece.
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Re: Recital #27 --- August 15, 2012 - 08/14/12 10:24 PM

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Performer's name:Andy Platt
From:Arlington, VA
Experience:Too long putzing on my own and two short years of lessons.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Prelude in E Minor (Opus 28, No 4)
Composer:Frederic Chopin
Duration:02:10
Source of music:Chopin: An introduction to his piano works
Instrument used:Kawai K3
Recording method:Zoom H1
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Listening to it, my chords just aren't quite together. There's still just too much tension in my left hand. But it's a piece I haven't played much in the last couple of months and I think it's came together pretty well with a couple of run throughs.

I do love this piece - such a wonderful, simple chord progression with an absolutely mesmerizing melody over the top. What Chopin could do with this is just amazing.

I had Baja Fresh for lunch ....
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Re: Recital #27 --- August 15, 2012 - 08/14/12 10:24 PM

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Performer's name:Newman
From:Sydney, Australia
Experience:approx 18 months
Direct music link:click to download
Home page link:http://www.members.iinet.net.au/~lenilelu/
Title of piece:Desperado
Composer:Don Henley and Glenn Frey
Duration:03:43
Source of music:By ear.
Instrument used:Kawai KDP80
Recording method:Camera Phone
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is a song I've always wanted to be able to play on piano. And of the songs I can play is probably the most 'pianoish'. I wish I has better recording equipment.
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Re: Recital #27 --- August 15, 2012 - 08/14/12 10:24 PM

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Performer's name:Copper
From:VA
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:7
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Ave Maria
Composer:Friedrich Burgmuller
Duration:01:44
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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Re: Recital #27 --- August 15, 2012 - 08/14/12 10:25 PM

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Performer's name:Jake S
From:UK
Experience:7 months
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Ah Vous Dirai-je Maman
Composer:Mozart
Duration:13:31
Source of music:Sheet music (from memory)
Instrument used:Kawai CA93 Digital Piano
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:First an admission- I recorded the 12 variations as separate pieces and merged them into one file later so that I could submit. I can (just) play through them all in one session but produce a better performance individually and would like to present them in that fashion.

I am pleased that I have managed to memorise the whole piece- something I thought would be tough when I started.

For those that don't recognise the title, this is Mozart's variations on Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.
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Re: Recital #27 --- August 15, 2012 - 08/14/12 10:25 PM

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Performer's name:Augustina
From:Kansas
Experience:Don't keep track... A few years maybe?
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Touched
Composer:Joe Bongiorno
Duration:02:54
Source of music:Sheet Music
Instrument used:Casio WK500- 76 keys
Recording method:Cell Phone
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I posted this piece in the piano bar about a year ago. I thought I would try and record a better version from when I first posted it.
This particular piece is a slow and pretty song. I find slow songs challenging as I like to play things too fast. That said the tempo is going to be off a little...As well as some of the rhythm

Anyways enjoy!:)
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Re: Recital #27 --- August 15, 2012 - 08/14/12 10:26 PM

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Performer's name:Sand Tiger
From:Southern California
Experience:Five months.
Direct music link:click to download
Home page link:http://sandtigerpiano.blogspot.com/
Title of piece:Ashokan Farewell
Composer:Jay Unger
Duration:02:04
Source of music:I transcribed YouTube videos to get a score in ABC format.
Instrument used:Yamaha NP11 digital
Recording method:Direct audio line in to Sony ICD-PX312 voice recorder, without any monitor. I did some minor editing with Audacity.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Written in 1982, Ashokan Farewell has a much older feel to it. It was popularized by the PBS TV series on the Civil War.

I transcribed the score from YouTube videos and didn't take the time to work out the ending as it is written. As is, it is 14 weeks since I started working on it. I figure about 25% of all my piano time during my five month total has been spent on this one piece. Like many folks, I found the red dot to be daunting, and I have 25 discarded recordings to show the intimidation factor.

For reasons such as background noise, and mistakes, my cleanest recordings came with no audio feedback. I plugged a direct line from the keyboard to the voice recorder, with no monitor. Practicing with the volume off is part of my standard memorization routine.

I just bought a Sony PX312 voice recorder, replacing a Sony ST25 circa 2003. Obviously, I like the Sony recorders, and have had good luck with the ST25.
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Re: Recital #27 --- August 15, 2012 - 08/14/12 10:26 PM

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Performer's name:Serge88
From:Montreal
Experience:6 years of piano experience + 5 years many years ago
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:What'd I say
Composer:Ray Charles
Duration:02:17
Source of music:Video, sheet music, IrockU piano lessons
Instrument used:Roland FP7
Recording method:Roland FP7 -midi- Garageband - Kontakt piano sampler
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Not exactly like the CD, I play the song about half of the tempo of Ray Charles and I also play with a drum track. It was fun to learn.
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Re: Recital #27 --- August 15, 2012 - 08/14/12 10:29 PM

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Performer's name:Starr Keys
Experience:3-1/2 this time around without a teacher, 2 years 15 years ago and about 3 as a child with teachers.
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysMt5PKGsDw
Title of piece:It Goes Like It Goes
Composer:David Shire
Duration:04:19
Source of music:Sheet music which I significantly altered to help me play and sing it--I needed all the help I could get!
Instrument used:Casio PX-3330 (Note the video shows me at my accoustic which I filmed separate from the audio mainly because I couldn't fit all the photos on my digital and they would look silly on it if I could.
Recording method:Zoom Q3
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Since my birthday was a few days before my quarterly August recital deadline, and my husband's is about a week after it, I wanted to choose something with a theme reflecting on the passing of time. I was particularly motivated to do this this year because of the health issues confronting us with each of our single remaining parents. My mother and I live on opposite coasts and she has her second major Cancer procedure this year next week, so I�ve gone outside my comfort zone and have used personal photos.

The song is the theme from Norma Rae. It won the Academy award for best song of 1979 but has rarely been covered since the original artist did it for the film. After trying to sing it, I can see why, it spans a wide range and has a lot of leaps and half steps and other chromatic intervals. I�m not terribly happy with the vocal but it is the best I can do right now and I know my mom will like it anyway. I hope you do. It's the first time I've used a sophisticated video editor (on the images, not the audio). I play the accompaniment which I memorized from the sheet music and then liberally changed to make it easier to play and sing and support my vocal phrasing. I had dim sung for lunch from the Chinese market.
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Re: Recital #27 --- August 15, 2012 - 08/14/12 10:29 PM

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Performer's name:CMohr
From:Oregon
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:5 or so years as a child - 3 years since returning
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Imagination
Composer:Jimmy Van Heusen (music), Johnny Burke (lyrics)
Duration:02:22
Source of music:Lead Sheet
Instrument used:1907 Wellington Upright
Recording method:The Mikey by Blue Microphones. Converted from WAV to MP3 in iTunes.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:"Imagination" was written in 1940. I learned this tune at my mom's request and for her 90th birthday on August 9th. She has been asking me to play tunes she knows and started singing this one. I told her I would learn it for her.

This is my own arrangement and although played from memory, it is not without my usual mistakes and hesitations. (I really need to work on keeping good time). But I did manage to add a little improvisation towards the end.

I had a horrible time with the red dot (or in my case the blue dot) this time around.

Lunch was cilantro lime shrimp salad
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Re: Recital #27 --- August 15, 2012 - 08/14/12 10:30 PM

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Performer's name:ClavBoy
From:Munich, Germany
Experience:3/4 year
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Prelude No. 1 C Major BWV 846
Composer:J.S.Bach
Duration:02:21
Source of music:sheet music
Instrument used:Roland FP-7F
Recording method:Roland R-05
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Still very difficult for me. Practising it since I started with the piano.
Sounds for me as if the first notes of each arpeggio stick out too loud and the legato between the arpeggios is often not there (played without pedalling).
Like to know your opinion.
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Re: Recital #27 --- August 15, 2012 - 08/14/12 10:30 PM

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Performer's name:Ken.
From:USA
Experience:4 years
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Light Blue
Composer:Thelonious Monk
Duration:02:28
Source of music:Thelonious Monk Easy Piano Solos
Instrument used:Milton Spinet
Recording method:Zoom H4
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:One of Monk's lesser played pieces. I wasn't going to submit anything this time since it wasn't up to tempo. The marked tempo is 62 and I was stuck on around 55, but in the last week I started to make progress again, until the time of recording this I was able to play it at tempo, Yay!:) I included two takes since it is a short piece and I couldn't decide which one to pick.

Here is Monk's version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twriNk0N9qQ

Here is some info on the tune: The first recorded evidence of this tune comes from a radio broadcast from Pep's Music
Lounge in Philadelphia, where Monk led a trio on February 9, 1957, consisting of Jimmy Bond and bass and Albert
"Tootie" Heath on drums. Interestingly, the first official recording of "Light Blue" was also live, this time at the
Five Spot Cafe on August 7, 1958. It is not a blues but rather a sixteen-bar theme played at a slow, plodding tempo
built on descending chord progressions.

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Re: Recital #27 --- August 15, 2012 - 08/14/12 10:32 PM

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Performer's name:daveindenton
From:Denton, Texas
Experience:2 years, 6 months
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Theme from Schindler's List
Composer:John Williams
Duration:02:00
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Yamaha P120
Recording method:Audacity via ProSonus Audiobox USB
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I was hesitant to turn this in because it's such a beautiful and moving piece. Hope I did a fair enough job with it. Comments welcome.
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Re: Recital #27 --- August 15, 2012 - 08/14/12 10:32 PM

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Performer's name:MaryBee
From:Cleveland, OH
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:40 years playing on my own, followed by 3.5 years of actual learning with a teacher.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Sonata in C minor, K.457, Mvt.1
Composer:Mozart
Duration:06:05
Source of music:"Mozart, his greatest Piano Solos". The book includes a one-page biography, along with this helpful heading: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Pronounced Mote-zart). Just in case you've never heard of him before. wink
Instrument used:Charles Walter 1520 upright
Recording method:Tascam DR-08. Converted to MP3 using Audacity.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I had my heart set on learning the 2nd movement of this sonata, but my teacher wanted me to learn this movement first. I wasn't thrilled with that proposal, but I soon found myself falling in love with this piece -- it is so utterly full of excitement, passion, and drama. I think the coda is my favorite part of the entire movement. Listening to a professional recording of this can send shivers through me.

This piece has been a long time in the works. I started learning it over a year ago, brought it to a basic level, and then left it for a long time. But it kept calling me back, so I returned to it again at the beginning of this summer. It doesn't look or sound as if it should be so very difficult, but for me, so many spots took a lot of sweat to learn. It's not done yet, and it certainly isn't effortless yet. When I come back to it next time, one of the things I'll be working on is evening out and speeding up the tempo. But it has come a long way since the beginning, when my teacher's comment on the cantabile section was that it sounded like a "drunken uncle" singing. laugh

I edited out the first page turn between the exposition and the development sections. Both hands were busy at the time, so I had to stop to make the page turn. You will however, hear the second turn at the bottom of page 4.

BTW, I haven't forgotten the 2nd movement -- that will probably show up in a future recital. smile
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Re: Recital #27 --- August 15, 2012 - 08/14/12 10:33 PM

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Performer's name:DadAgains_Daughter
From:Brisbane
Experience:since 5yrs old (now 8)
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1LMU-EAcQI
Title of piece:Invention in F Major
Composer:J.S.Bach
Duration:01:11
Instrument used:Bernstein (Hailun) 151
Recording method:onboard microphone on Dell laptop! Sounded better than iPad, Blackberry or Nikon D90 microphone
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
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Re: Recital #27 --- August 15, 2012 - 08/14/12 10:33 PM

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Performer's name:DadAgain
Experience:Many years....
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5cRedstkcbE
Title of piece:Prelude and Fugue XX - A minor
Composer:J.S.Bach
Duration:04:17
Instrument used:Bernstein (Hailun) 151
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Sorry - way too many stuff ups.

...and try as I might I can never get the hang of Bach. I don't know how to make it sound musical! (and can't do the trills in the Fugue!)

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Re: Recital #27 --- August 15, 2012 - 08/14/12 10:34 PM

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Performer's name:Yamaha G3 & P-80 Mike White
From:United States
Experience:Lifetime by ear, self-teaching appx. six years
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Dance of the Blessed Spirits
Composer:Christoph Willibald Ritter von Gluck
Duration:01:20
Source of music:sheet music
Instrument used:Yamaha P-80
Recording method:Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This piece was sight-read. I have been working on harder pieces, but ran out of time.

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Re: Recital #27 --- August 15, 2012 - 08/14/12 10:35 PM

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Performer's name:Falmc
From:El Salvador
Experience:5 years
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9A5LRiqNNNo
Title of piece:Sweet Sereny
Composer:Carlos Mendoza Falmc
Duration:01:52
Instrument used:Keyboard
Recording method:audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This song was originally written for guitar for my girlfriend Sereny, then when i learn some chords on piano i transcribed the song to piano
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Re: Recital #27 --- August 15, 2012 - 08/14/12 10:35 PM

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Performer's name:Clemente
Experience:Bunch of years as a teenager. Stopped playing/studying piano for a whole bunch of years, and just came back to playing and taking lessons a year and four months ago.
Direct music link:click to download
Home page link:http://pianoandstrings.com
Title of piece:Andalucia
Composer:Ernesto Lecuona
Duration:03:04
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Boston Baby Grand piano
Recording method:ZOOM video recorder
Technical feedback wanted:No
Additional info:I read the first page of this pice on December 6th, 2011. The subsequent weeks were a joke which included 4 new teachers in a span of a month. Finally, on found a new teacher and the piece was picked up again at the end of January, concentrating on this piece every other week. It needs a little bit more of tender loving care. smile
If you wish to view the video, you are welcome to go to: http://www.pianoandstrings.com
Click on the "Videos" page.
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Re: Recital #27 --- August 15, 2012 - 08/14/12 10:35 PM

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Performer's name:Norrec (Tim)
From:NC, USA
Experience:Started playing about 2 years ago, but with a one year break. Been back to playing for two months.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Beaming Sunlight
Composer:Michiru Oshima
Duration:01:30
Source of music:I played using sheet music transcribed by 'Snomits' availible at the following link,http://snomits.net/sheets.php?x=anime
Instrument used:Keyboard, Yamaha YPG-235
Recording method:Lacking a USB cable, I carried the keyboard to my computer and laid my microphone directly over one of the speakers. I then recorded with Audacity.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I watched the Full Metal Alchemist anime on Netflix following my brothers recomendation, I was impressed with much of the music from it and, having recently begun playing piano, I found what sheet music I could. It wasn't until after my break that I actually attempted to learn to play any of it. Thanks goes to Derulux and packa for helping me with the finguring for the section starting at 25 seconds. The only other sturggle I had with this peice was the first sheet music I tried to use contained either errors or notation that was confusing to me, Snomits's version was much clearer.

This is my first time playing anything outside of Alfred's Adult Piano Level 1 and my first time recording. I found recording harder than I expected because every time I listen I hear a mistake and want to try again. I finally settled on this being 'good enough' with time running out.
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Re: Recital #27 --- August 15, 2012 - 08/14/12 10:36 PM

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Performer's name:notbach
From:Texas
Experience:15 months
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:To a Wild Rose (Op.51 No. 1)
Composer:Edward MacDowell
Duration:02:10
Source of music:'Piano Classics' compilation (Fall River Press)
Instrument used:Bosendorfer B-200 (1979)
Recording method:Zoom H4n with built-in microphones
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:As usual, I was caught unawares by the recital announcement, only this time I had no ready-to-go pieces to record. I thought it would be fun to start a new piece and see how far I could get with it by the deadline.

It's not perfect, but I'm pretty happy overall. I'm getting better at playing through mistakes, and I've left a few in this recording for discipline (haha).

Oh yeah, I've never heard a performance of To a Wild Rose, so I have no idea how far I am from the 'standard' interpretation. Any performance advice would be most welcome (wouter79, you have advanced permission to comment!).
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Re: Recital #27 --- August 15, 2012 - 08/14/12 10:36 PM

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Performer's name:lyricmudra
From:Living in Illinois, USA
Experience:Learned classical piano as a child until I was 13 or 14 years old. Did not touch the piano for some 35 years until about three years ago. I have not taken piano lessons since childhood but I plan to find a teacher in the near future.
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQIVp_72V60
Home page link:http://www.youtube.com/user/lyricmudra
Title of piece:Sheep May Safely Graze (from J.S. Bach's Birthday Cantata)
Composer:J.S. Bach (arranged by Egon Petri)
Duration:04:29
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:When I heard this piece months ago it sounded simple, but it turned to be harder to learn than my previous May recital piece! My current rendition of it needs more work technically (there are wrong and missed notes), needs improvement in voicing, and has to mature more in expression, I believe. This is what I have so far. It is a work in progress. :-)
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Re: Recital #27 --- August 15, 2012 - 08/14/12 10:36 PM

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Performer's name:RedKat
From:Belgium
Experience:Experience: Had to follow compulsory "basic" piano during my violin study as a child. Well, it was very formal, just for the record. Now, has been playing for almost 2 years after a 30 year break
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Waltz, B minor, Op. 69 n. 2
Composer:Chopin
Duration:03:56
Source of music:Memorized sheet
Instrument used:Essex EUP-123
Recording method:Zoom H1 WAV 48/24, Audacity to convert to mp3 192kbs
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I think this is one of the most beautiful waltzes ever written. Hence, my desire of playing it doesn't need any explanation. Yet, I found it challenging and a little bit beyond my current abilities to play in a really comfortable way (you will hear wrong notes here and there, etc.; even the pure length of the piece plus the red dot pressure makes it quite difficult to play without any mistakes). Still, I hope you will enjoy this Chopin's jewel.
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Re: Recital #27 --- August 15, 2012 - 08/14/12 10:37 PM

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Performer's name:Grouchomarx
From:Finalnd
Experience:3-4 years
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Hungarian Rhapsody 2 Lassan (no Friska)
Composer:Franz Liszt
Duration:05:21
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Digital piano roland hp305
Recording method:Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Hadn't visited the site in some time and recalled that the recital would probably be around now. With less than a day worth of time I had no choice but to take the audio from an old video and upload that. Would have like to make a new recording of the piece but noticed that I couldn't play it properly anymore.
With a bit more time I probably would have been able to upload the piece that I'm currently working on(rach op 32 no 12). The piece that I uploaded instead is the first part of Liszt famous Hungarian rhapsody no. 2.
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Re: Recital #27 --- August 15, 2012 - 08/14/12 10:37 PM

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Performer's name:Tiago84
From:Portugal - Lisbon
Experience:5 months
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Prelude in E minor (Op28 No4)
Composer:Chopin
Duration:02:29
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Kawai CN-33
Recording method:Reaper
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Work in progress, oh and ribs!

I've messed up in some parts, already showed it to my teacher and she pointed out the parts I can improve. It has been a lot of fun laugh
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Re: Recital #27 --- August 15, 2012 - 08/14/12 10:37 PM

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Performer's name:AndyMc
From:USA
Experience:15 yrs, off and on
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://youtu.be/Lhq7Al3US44
Home page link:http://www.lineandlandscape.com
Title of piece:Riverlights #1
Composer:original composition
Duration:02:59
Source of music:Sheet music: http://db.tt/BO00fIAH
Instrument used:Kohler & Campbell
Recording method:iPhone
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I'm new to the forum; thanks for the opportunity to participate.
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Re: Recital #27 --- August 15, 2012 - 08/14/12 10:38 PM

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Performer's name:yohyrral (= Larry Hoy)
From:Audubon, Pennsylvania
Experience:30 years (mostly) off and more on since I acquired a real piano of my own
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Three Themes for Piano
Composer:Lawrence Hoy
Duration:08:34
Source of music:Original composition play by ear
Instrument used:J&C Fischer Baby Grand rebuilt c. 2009, vintage unknown- 1920's or 30's
Recording method:zoom H2
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
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Re: Recital #27 --- August 15, 2012 - 08/14/12 10:38 PM

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Performer's name:BillM
From:Gaithersburg, Maryland
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdGwzr9uvcY
Title of piece:Try A Little Tenderness
Composer:Campbell, Connelly and Woods
Duration:04:50
Source of music:Fake Book and improvised accompaniment.
Instrument used:Roland KR17M Digital Grand
Recording method:Zoom Q3.
Technical feedback wanted:No
Additional info:I have always loved this song. I didn't even attempt the uptempo big finish made famous in the Otis Redding recording, but rather tried a rendition more suitable for solo piano and voice.
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Re: Recital #27 --- August 15, 2012 - 08/14/12 10:38 PM

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Performer's name:PianoStudent88
From:Maine
Experience:Ten years self-taught as a child; 30 year hiatus; 15 months as an adult with a teacher.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Ivan Sings
Composer:Aram Khachaturian
Duration:01:36
Source of music:Piano Literature for the Intermediate Grades, Volume Three, compiled and edited by James Bastien.
Instrument used:1985 Baldwin Hamilton 45" upright.
Recording method:M-Audio Microtrack II.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Khachaturian combines a simple, nearly completely diatonic melody with a descending chromatic accompaniment to give this piece in C minor a 20th century edge. Ivan Sings is the first piece in a set of eight called "The Adventures of Ivan."