Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room

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Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/14/12 10:07 PM

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Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/14/12 10:42 PM

There's nothing I like as much as punching the "play" button on the streaming player while I'm doing the rest of the recital work. What a great group of selections! I'll start commenting on individual pieces tomorrow, but I just wanted to offer my congratulations to everybody who participated, as well as my appreciation. I know just how hard it is to face down that Red Dot. Thank you all for being willing to do so! heart
Posted by: jazzwee

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/15/12 12:26 AM

I did this randomly but I got so many here that some may be offended that I missed. But rest assured, I actually listened completely randomly. Just have a small batch remaining. In general, it's amazing how people have improved so much from these recitals. I've been on so many of these now and I can hear the development among so many of you. Something to be really proud of. And Monica, it's amazing how much work you put into making sure everything runs smooth and organized. THANK YOU.

So here are my comments...

01. CarlosCC - Canzone Popolare (Francia 1500ca) - Original extended cover
Your playing is very nice Carlos. Really pretty tone and evenly played with really nice legato. So is this improvised or your additional playing was pre-planned? Whichever it is, it sounds really good. You at least "composed" the additional stuff really well. Great work!

02. jaredm2012 Jared Miller - To Zanarkand
Fabulous job for 5 months! You are doing really well. You are playing evenly with really good tone and balance. I would say you're doing amazing work and welcome to a first recital. What an opener!

03. cebukid - Bach Invention 1 in C-Major (BWV 772)
Very nice! So even with really nice legato and nice balance between the hands. This is really good work.

04. Peyton - Message From Space: Waiting for the Sun
...Like an impressionistic painting. It just sets up a really nice imagery for me. A musical montage. Very impressive, expressive and really enjoyable. And of course such fantastic tone on the piano.

05. wouter79 - Les Baricades Misterieuses
What a very wonderful recording quality. No wonder you're able to critique us all on that front, you certainly have it figured out. This is really a pretty piece which I haven't heard before. I said this before, you need to really slow it down to listen to some micro-timing issues. I can sense you controlling rubato but what you're not hearing is the unevenness between the notes. Otherwise very enjoyable!

06. Amaruk - Summer '78
Very pretty tone! Delicate sound you're bringing out. Wonderful evenness. You have pretty good time. Lovely.

07. dannylux / Mel - Kosenko Consolation Op.9 No.1
So mesemerizing. Always looking forward to your playing. Really great listen. I'm hearing of course the "lots of years" as a kid. That's always the deep back story in such fine playing.

08. Greener / Jeff Green - Little Preludes No. 2 (BWV 934) & No. 4 (BWV 936)
Great stuff. Really enjoyed this. Such evenness and fantastic legato and tone.

09. Riddler (Ed) - Chelsea Bridge
I'm amazed first of all at your choices of tunes (as always). You must start working on the next one after each recital because there's so much to each one. Such difficult tunes. Your voicings and register spread here are really top notch. The tone you've achieved here is excellent as well. This is pianistically really well done. The recording quality is excellent as well.

10. timmyab - Arabesque no 1
Why the sigh at the 20 years? It shows in the sound. Really beautiful playing. Time to buy yourself an acoustic! I'm sure I can't hear all the nuances because you're playing on a digital. Great playing.

11. Mr Super-Hunky - Nothing Else Matters-original cover
Whoa you've changed your recording technique! The volume on this is so low. Anyway, I've maxed my volume but can't hear the fantastic fine points. First of all, from a playing perspective, your tone and evenness is outstanding. Really great stuff. I just wanted to hear more of the overtones and can't really appreciate all the beauty with the low volume. But I know it's there!

12. Jake S - Prelude no.4 in E minor
This piece is so good for developing good tone with chords and you are doing a fantastic job at that. And very nice work of bringing out the melody in the balance. The rubato though needs some work. Rubato still requires very even playing so something to focus on next to bring it to the next level. Amazing work BTW for 10 months.

13. Wj3 / Walt - Bethena
Fine performance Walt. Really enjoyed it. Probably lighten the LH more. Decide which voice you want to highlight. the LH notes were a little dominant...just comments to bring it up to the next level. Good job!

14. ladypayne - Early Winter
LadyPayne, this is quite a leap for you. It sounds great. Evenly played and powerful tone. Congrats on a big improvement!

15. (Was)TrueBeginner - Sandy
Nice job Sandy! Too bad the sound was so badly compressed in the recording. The only thing I can hear are the highs. But at least I can comment on the nice evenness and how the melody is standing out. I'm sure I'm missing out on other outstanding qualities because I can't hear it. I'm sure it's there!

16. BenPiano - Poem
I really liked this piece and your performance Ben. Really good work. For some improvement, maybe try reducing the percussiveness a little by pulling back a bit on the heavy hand. Just a little refinement.

17. Monica K. - Opening
Beautiful tone Monica! So mesmerizing to listen to. This is very hard to play evenly though and amazingly you did it well with little fade rhythmically. Your sense of time has definitely taken another step up. Great work!

19. Jazztpt (Russ) - You See
That was pretty amazing! You are quite the composer. Really nice progressions and voicings. Your tone is wonderful. Just an enjoyable top notch performance.

20. Inlanding - Glen - Angle Eye and Morning Greets the New Day
I recognize the iRealB backing track! First of all I haven't heard you play combo before so this was so refreshing and you did an awesome job. Congratulations! I really liked your sound here. BTW, I thought you misspelled Angel Eyes but apparently not smile This should solve your form/bar issues too I bet. Nothing like a combo to set the form.

21. Andy Platt - Gavotte and Variations
Lovely tone and really nice playing. You are progressing rather well! Congratulations!

22. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Romanza and The Little Music Box
Very nice progress Cheryl! What I notice here is an increased ability to be more delicate in your playing and given the short time you've been doing this, you're doing an awesome job. Really nice tone and evenness.


27. kenjazz (Ken) - Waltz For Debby
Amazing! Difficult tune to be working on. I waited to the very end because I wasn't sure you were going to take a solo. But you did and I was clapping for you. Great work. You nailed that head perfectly. Looks like you had a good arrangement.

28. MaryBee - Bagatelle No.25 in A minor (Fur Elise)
Very nice MaryBee! Sounds really good. Really nice tone and evenness. Some pedal muddiness to sort out and maybe some more play with dynamics for the future but overall a wonderful job.

29. Allard - Before the Last Leaf Falls (to do)

31. zrtf90 (Richard) - Romance Sans Paroles, Op. 17 No. 3
Beatiful piece. I just wish I could hear you play this on an acoustic. The DP doesn't do you justice here. Very enjoyable.

32. TX-Dennis/Dennis Turner - Be Thou My Vision
Awesome tone and touch. That was beautifully done. Such outstanding work making that melody stand out. And great evenness. Top notch!


36. lyricmudra - Consolation No. 3
Well you certainly haven't lost chops from a 35 year absence. That was really beautiful playing. Such exquisite tone you're getting. I'm glad you came back to the piano so we're not deprived of listening to such beautiful music.

37. TrapperJohn - I'll Be Seeing You
One of favorite standards and one which I often play at a gig. Really nice arrangement you chose here. Very enjoyable listen and thanks for the treat!


40. Sam S - Prelude Opus 28 number 15 (Raindrop)
This being one of the few classical pieces I have played, I can say I know what it takes. I'm impressed with your playing here. Such a nice balance of tone between the hands. Very nice evenness with enough rubato to feel it have motion. Your time/rhythm is excellent. Unfortunately, the recording quality takes from the enjoyment of listening to such a great performance. I can't appreciate the dynamics because of it. But I can tell you're doing it really well especially tbe buildup in the Storm section. This is the best I've heard from you. Congratulations!

43. Starr Keys - Broken Hearted Me
Starr Keys your voice is so wonderful. Please keep doing recitals accompanying yourself singing. It's just so entertaining and enjoyable! Great work.

44. Valencia - Work in Progress --Chopin's Etude 25/11
Very impressive Valencia! Definitely haven't lost your chops after leaving the instrument for awhile. You definitely had skills before you stopped. I'm glad you're back to playing so we don't get deprived of the pleasure. And sorry for accidentally missing your entry. I was doing this randomly and I got crosseyed.

45. jotur/Cathy Turner - Alexander's Ragtime Band
Another great sounding ragtime performance. Very even playing and really good tone. Excellent balance on the chords between the hands. Just watch out for the legato which gets lost on occasion. Wonderful!

46. Coldsalmon - Nocturne in Eb Major, Op. 9 No. 2
Your performance here would have indicated to me someone with years on the piano exceeding yours. Really well played. You made the melody stand out so well. The left hand balanced well. Legato was well done. Dynamics was wonderful. Evenness was outstanding. Overall really great stuff!

47. windywindy - Love Is All Around
Enjoyable cover of such a fabulous tune. Well done and welcome to a first recital. Really glad you took the plunge and with excellent results.

48. Teodor - Tereza's Inspiration (Original Piece)
It's amazing to see how much you're progressing and so quickly. This, first of all is a very nice composition and secondly played wonderfully. Great work.

49. BillM - When You Wish Upon A Star
What a treat! Excellent piano playing and singing as always. Your voice really sounds exceptional on this tune. When's the next gig?

50. Bessel - The Happy Farmer (Returning from Work), and Wild Horseman
Excellent job making that melody stand out and balancing the rest of the tone. You are progressing really well. Congrats!

51. PianoStudent88 - Minuets BWV Anh. 114, 115 (to do)
Great job here PS88! You have good evenness and really powerful tone. You're not afraid to dig in that's for sure. Keep at it!

52. Mar_red - Dom (Home) / Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - Medley.
Nice work Mar_red and thanks for bringing Christmas early!

53. Sam Rose (Shmuel R) - Solfeggietto (Solfeggio) in C Minor
One thing I noticed was that your evenness has improved. Playing fast pieces like this can be dangerous for some but I can tell you didn't neglect your practice and your technique has gone up another notch. Wonderful job!

54. Norrec, Tim - Solitude
Very good job Tim. Not bad at all for just a little over a year. Really nice tone and evenness. Great work.

55. Mile Hi Steve - Halloween Potpourri
That was impressive. I thought it was a multi-track recording and was surprised to read that you're changing all this live. Looks like you have some real keyboard skills here. Maybe time to get a more sophisticated workstation smile Great job. This really sounds good for a play by ear.
Posted by: BenPiano

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/15/12 12:42 AM

01. CarlosCC - Canzone Popolare (Francia 1500ca) - Original extended cover - As a certified Einaudi fan, I really liked your expansion of this prelude!

Often I've heard small snips of music, perhaps in my commute to work, and expanded on them in my mind. But to bring this out in reality on the piano is impressive.

Thumbs up and well done for a great start to this quarter's recital! wink

02. jaredm2012 Jared Miller - To Zanarkand - Very well done! As a 3+ year ABF participant, I feel like an old guy around here. I would offer a bit of sage advice, but you've already proved it - if one really loves a piece, it can be learned and played amazingly without regard to experience on piano!

03. cebukid - Bach Invention 1 in C-Major (BWV 772) - Ahh, children fighting it out to the death in the background as we immerse ourselves in piano for a brief moment during the day - completely normal as an adult piano playing parent! grin

Again, well done with this invention. All of these are seriously tricky!

05. wouter79 - Les Baricades Misterieuses - Very well played! This is an interesting piece - clearly Baroque yet with hints of new age type sounds. Couperin was clearly ahead of his time!
Posted by: BenPiano

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/15/12 01:01 AM

06. Amaruk - Summer '78 - Great playing and really a tremendous job editing the video - it brought it all together.

07. dannylux / Mel - Kosenko Consolation Op.9 No.1 - Hmm, me likey! Wrote down the info for later - thanks for introducing me to this! (ok, those arpeggios sound killer, maybe not!) Some day... some day.

08. Greener / Jeff Green - Little Preludes No. 2 (BWV 934) & No. 4 (BWV 936) - It's really nice to hear some rarely played Bach in these ABF recitals. Well done!
Posted by: jotur

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/15/12 01:08 AM

Thanks, jazzwee. This was supposed to be the "calibration" recording so I wouldn't get clipping, etc :\ But it's the only time I got a recording, so, oh well laugh I had a great time with it.

This is what I've heard so far:

23. SandTiger - Shimmer What a delight! I loved the two themes and the interaction, and the ending was a perfect development. Bravo!

24. Yamaha G3 & P-80, Mike White - Meditation A great find. Thanks for the link to the bio. How did you find this? It was very romantic, and would fit well with the pieces I do for seniors. Almost movie background music. I can see Fred Astaire making eyes at someone over a candlelit table in a fancy restaurant, fading into a walk-into-the-sunset hand in hand. Roll the credits. Lovely.

25. Hawgdriver - Nocturne This was lovely. Very contemplative, delicate, and expressive. Maybe even nostalgic. Beautifully played.

26. MusicaMusique - Je t'aimais I liked the movement in this piece - no lagging, steady forward. And very nicely played, too.

27. kenjazz (Ken) - Waltz for Debby That album was my first introduction to jazz. I still play it sometimes (it's on vinyl). I love your version, and I think "Liv" is perfect. I'll be listening again to this.

28. MaryBee - Bagatelle No. 25 I was caught up in it from the opening note. You really made it sing. Wonderfully expressive. Excellent, excellent.

29. Allard - Before the Last Leaf Falls Well done. I love the crescendo from the beginning. You played this with great sophistication.

30. jazzwee - Blue Monk That swings! You guys' energy not only comes across to your live audience, it comes right out of my computer speakers, too! Your comping is really tasteful, perfect. I loved it.

31. zrtf90 (Richard) - Romance sans Paroles "Over play and under rehearse" - I resemble that! But it was a very pretty piece, and well-played. Bet you're glad to be back to the piano, and you've been a great addition to the ABF, too.

32. Tx-Dennis/Dennis Turner - Be Thou My Vision Oh, very nice, Dennis. I like this arrangement, too. Sometimes I've played hymn arrangements that are so complicated or jazzed up they lose the hymn. But this arrangement and your playing kept the reverence. Well done.

Cathy
Posted by: sinophilia

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/15/12 01:51 AM

I lost almost a month of practicing due to work and travel, so I couldn't make it for this recital, so sorry - for myself, not for you wink
But I'm browsing through the pieces and they're all a joy to listen! From what I've heard by now, I can say I'm absolutely in love with Yann Tiersen's piece played by Amaruk and the Philip Glass played by Monika K. I also loved Casinitaly's Romanza, Kenjazz's Waltz, and of course the beautiful rendition of Fur Elise by Marybee. So much great, heartfelt music to listen to!
Posted by: aTallGuyNH

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/15/12 01:54 AM


Below are those that I've reviewed so far, which I listened to sequentially. Hopefully I'll be able to get to the rest on another day.

For those I skipped, no offense intended, I enjoyed all of the performances but only commented on those where I had something in particular I wanted to say.

Great job by all... I'm looking forward to participating next time (hopefully).

01. CarlosCC - Canzone Popolare (Francia 1500ca) - Original extended cover

500 years old? Wow... not even remotely "ruined". I loved the dynamics and the rubato. I just might be in the market for a P85 (some day) based on hearing what you could do with it.

04. Peyton - Message From Space: Waiting for the Sun

Without your description, and perhaps even without the title, I'm pretty sure I still would have "gotten it". It was that evocative, mesmerizing, and beautiful. Interesting that we have two others who posted pieces (cgyan @ #18 and Inlanding @ #20) with the same basic concept of night turning to day.

I've watched a few pre-dawn meteor showers with my kids, and it is a really nice experience gradually going from star gazing to the full light of day, and to enjoy every moment of that transition for its uniqueness, instead of bustling around and missing it all because we're too busy burning toast and worrying about whether our clothes match.

Yes, I made it through the whole 10 minutes, and it was well worth it. If they ever do "The Truman Show" for real, I think you should see if you can get hired to play for the sunrise so you can do that full version of 90 minutes. I'd listen.

05. wouter79 - Les Baricades Misterieuses

Who knows what Couperin intended, but what I heard was a conversation between two people, or perhaps a group of people. Point and counterpoint (as you noted), breaking down barriers to understanding and common purpose. Great job -- it really spoke to me about keeping up the good fight of trying to work things out with people with whom it isn't always easy to do so.

06. Amaruk - Summer '78

Haunting at first, then optimistic, very nice job. I was a child at the time, makes me think of the wonders of childhood discovery.

07. dannylux / Mel - Kosenko Consolation Op.9 No.1

Great job on those arpeggios, and I loved the slowdown at the end.

10. timmyab - Arabesque no 1

I love Debussy and your performance did this justice I thought. Particularly the quieter portions, very lovely and delicate.

12. Jake S - Prelude no.4 in E minor

Nice job. My wife would call this "the sort of thing Schroeder would play to make Snoopy howl". Commonly played, but with good reason as it wears well.

There were some spots, towards the end especially, where the notes were so soft as to be imperceptible or they sounded like they were foreshortened. Perhaps because they were played so tentatively that you were hovering on the key right at the point of engagement with the whatever-it-is on a digital that makes it do its thing. I have the same issue, so not sure what to recommend as helpful technical feedback re: helping, but pointing it out as a fellow struggler with trying to get to pp and ppp while still consistently getting the hammer to make good contact and not getting the damper on the string earlier than I intend either.

I did really like it though!

13. Wj3 / Walt - Bethena

Nice deliberate pace, I liked it a lot.

17. Monica K. - Opening

Lovely. Your hands sounded like the proper ones to me!

18. cgyan / Iain - Morning Light

I must say, the bar was set very high for this night to day concept by Peyton (#4), but this was fantastic. A very moving piece -- and you've executed it really wonderfully. Gave me chills.

20. Inlanding - Glen - Angle Eye and Morning Greets the New Day

For "Angle Eye": Over too soon! I loved it... had me tapping my foot and bopping around in my chair.

For "Morning Greets the New Day": A little darker than #4 and #18 in the trio of "morning" entries, but I really liked it. Nicely paced and understated.

22. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Romanza and The Little Music Box

I looked forward to hearing your entry in particular due to our back and forths over the last few days.

Very nicely done, they both seemed very "clean". I especially liked how you got "Music Box" to really sound like one!

Billy Joel next time? :-)

24. Yamaha G3 & P-80, Mike White - Meditation

I've never heard of Cecile Chaminade, and come to think of it I can't name a single other female composer, so it's interesting to listen to this from that perspective. I'm a lightweight when it comes to classical though, so maybe she is widely known and there are other famous female composers that I don't know of?

Anyway, I'll likely get myself in trouble here by being misconstrued, so without regard to the gender of the composer, I really liked the piece, and found your performance to be so proficient that I was simply engrossed in hearing a composer's voice that I had not heard before and wasn't really noticing your performance per se. What I mean is, to me this is the pinnacle of a great interpretation, when we're focused on the feelings that are evoked -- i.e. the performer is in the service of the music and not vice versa.

I thought you nailed it in that regard. Great job.

27. kenjazz (Ken) - Waltz For Debby

Very impressive. I would have never guessed that it was simplified in any way.

28. MaryBee - Bagatelle No.25 in A minor (Fur Elise)

I think of "Fur Elise" as being to classical piano what Kool & The Gang's "Celebration" is to wedding receptions. It's far and away #1 on my list of "pieces I would never consider doing because they are so overplayed".

So, honestly, I wasn't really planning to listen to this one. But, your "Additional Info" comments stopped me short. After reading your comments, and listening to your performance in light of those comments, I see Fur Elise in a new light -- one of artistic vulnerability that you modeled for us so well.

Thanks for making yourself vulnerable with this piece. I thought you did a fantastic job!

30. Jazzwee - Blue Monk

Ummm... wow!?! "Too percussive"? Goodness, I'm not even sure I know what that means. Of course, I know what it means in plain English, but really it just sounded stupendous to me. If I play daily, I'm virtually certain I won't be able to play live like this even twenty years from now.

Awesome hearing a truly live recording here. Loved every second of it.

32. TX-Dennis/Dennis Turner - Be Thou My Vision

Beautiful version of a beautiful hymn. You did a great job of the balance between the hands, the right just rings out so nicely. Beautiful tone from the Kawai.

35. MrPozor - The Doll's Funeral

Nicely done!

Regarding getting the piano tuned. I would say that if you have to ask, then the answer is "yes". It should be tuned once or twice a year depending on who you ask. If you only get it tuned when you can hear that it is out of tune, that's not a good thing. This is coming from someone who has had a dis-used spinet that has not been tuned for at least ten years, and has now fallen by a half step and even by a whole step in the very highest notes. Not good for the piano, or the ears.

36. lyricmudra - Consolation No. 3

Exquisite. I've listened to most of the submissions, many are "wonderful", "lovely", "beautiful", and so on, but this is the only "exquisite" for me. I will be coming back to listen to it again and again.

37. TrapperJohn - I'll Be Seeing You

Thank you for sharing this with us. Very nicely done and a perfect song for so many situations.

38. DadAgain (& DadAgains Daughter) - Rondo Op163 #6

You two are amazing. My daughter (about the same age as yours, based on your prior posts) and I struggled to do "Jolly Old Saint Nicholas" together last Christmas, and you two are doing this!

Loved it.

It actually sounded not at all bad considering it was an internal mic!
Posted by: aTallGuyNH

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/15/12 02:08 AM

Originally Posted By: jazzwee
36. lyricmudra - Consolation No. 3
Well you certainly haven't lost chops from a 35 year absence. That was really beautiful playing. Such exquisite tone you're getting. I'm glad you came back to the piano so we're not deprived of listening to such beautiful music.

Originally Posted By: aTallGuyNH
36. lyricmudra - Consolation No. 3
Exquisite. I've listened to most of the submissions, many are "wonderful", "lovely", "beautiful", and so on, but this is the only "exquisite" for me. I will be coming back to listen to it again and again.

FYI -- I wrote my comments before seeing jazzwee's comments. So that's two completely independent "exquisites" for lyricmudra. Not bad at all for 35 years off!
Posted by: casinitaly

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/15/12 02:20 AM

The long awaited day is here! How exciting to wake up and see that folks have already started giving feedback! I can't wait to get started with my listening.

Thanks very much Jazzwee and ATallGuyNH, what a lovely way to start my day! TallGuy... who knows? Maybe it will be Billy next time round.:)
Posted by: MrPozor

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/15/12 03:46 AM

Originally Posted By: aTallGuyNH

35. MrPozor - The Doll's Funeral

Nicely done!

Regarding getting the piano tuned. I would say that if you have to ask, then the answer is "yes". It should be tuned once or twice a year depending on who you ask. If you only get it tuned when you can hear that it is out of tune, that's not a good thing.


Hello,

Thank you very much for your feedback. The piano was tuned before delivery one month ago. I will definitely have it tuned once per year but was wondering whether it makes sense to do so already now.

I'm not 100% pleased with the sound of the piano but don't know whether it's the piano or the room acoustics. It does sound much better when I listen to someone else playing as opposed to playing myself. Maybe a piano tuner would be able to help me.
Posted by: Allard

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/15/12 07:57 AM

There is so much! I started listening while at work, but find it takes too much concentration to follow so much new music. Will continue later.

I sort of have mixed feelings about this recital. A mix of inspiration, awe and a little bit of despair - so many people playing so well, with so much more experience. A lot of these pieces don't sound like beginner's work at all!

01. CarlosCC - Canzone Popolare (Francia 1500ca) - Original extended cover
I liked it and didn't even notice the transition from the original piece to your extension.

02. jaredm2012 Jared Miller - To Zanarkand
Nice work! You play it much better than I did at five months. As you say, some mistakes in the second half, but nothing really bad. Piano collections next?

03. cebukid - Bach Invention 1 in C-Major (BWV 772)
Once in the zone, kids shouting, cars passing by, planes crashing, or similar distractions don't really matter :p They could've applauded, though...

04. Peyton - Message From Space: Waiting for the Sun
Yup, listened to all of it. I wouldn't mind hearing that hour and a half version either.

05. wouter79 - Les Baricades Misterieuses
I can hear the harpsichord hidden between the notes. Sounds great on piano too.

06. Amaruk - Summer '78
A lovely piece, but it does not make me think of summer. A little sad? What happened in the summer of 1978?
That said, I'm listening to this for the third time now and it definitely stays interesting.

07. dannylux / Mel - Kosenko Consolation Op.9 No.1
Soothing indeed. Practise the arpeggios first, appreciate how beautiful it sounds and you'll start looking forward to them rather than worry as you approach the hard part.

10. timmyab - Arabesque no 1
Wow, this sounds good. I wouldn't be surprised to find a recording like this on any 'official' cd. Why the sigh at 20 years experience?

11. Mr Super-Hunky - Nothing Else Matters-original cover
Whoa, this is not what I had expected. I figured it would be something sounding like the orchestrated version, but not so! You give it your own sound, and nothing else matters.

53. Sam Rose (Shmuel R) - Solfeggietto (Solfeggio) in C Minor
Heard it played before by the pianist of one of my favourite bands. I'm amazed you play it so well with only two years experience.

54. Norrec, Tim - Solitude
The final notes hint at more to come. Is there a repeat or something?

55. Mile Hi Steve - Halloween Potpourri
Multiple instruments, nice laugh I hope you were dressed up properly for the live performance at the talent show. I thought I heard a few short slow-downs in the part before the organ finale, but I couldn't tell whether that was intended or because those parts were particularly hard.
Posted by: TrapperJohn

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/15/12 07:59 AM

Reviews at Random...


01. CarlosCC - Canzone Popolare (Francia 1500ca) - Original extended cover

Carlos - really exquisitely lovely...



07. dannylux / Mel - Kosenko Consolation Op.9 No.1

Mel - very consoling Consolation...



09. Riddler (Ed) - Chelsea Bridge

Ed - super Strayhorn stuff...


Trap
Posted by: casinitaly

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/15/12 09:36 AM

Originally Posted By: Allard


I sort of have mixed feelings about this recital. A mix of inspiration, awe and a little bit of despair - so many people playing so well, with so much more experience. A lot of these pieces don't sound like beginner's work at all!


Allard, I had a very similar reaction after my first ABF recital!! I questioned the definition of an adult beginner!
Our beginners range from absolute "never played an instrument" to "played an instrument but not piano" to "played piano as a kid then took a 40 year break".

You are quite right that many of these pieces don't sound at all "beginner-ish" --- but do not let it make you despair. Inspiration is good--- awe is fun, but intimidating!!
Just think of what YOU will be playing in a few years!
Posted by: Greener

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/15/12 09:53 AM

Just a quick comment to say how impressed I have been with the quality entries and obvious talent in this recital. I began listening to the streamer last evening when the recital opened, while also reviewing the write ups. In many instances I had to do a double take to be sure I was looking at the correct write up (what ? you have been playing how long ? amazing ...)

Some really great stuff here everyone, I look forward to listening to it all and commenting further. I'm pleasantly pleased and very impressed so far.
Posted by: TrapperJohn

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/15/12 12:43 PM

More Random Reviews:


14. ladypayne - Early Winter

lady - wild & wooley winter...



16. BenPiano - Poem

Ben - listenably short & sweet...



18. cgyan / Iain - Morning Light

Iain - terrifically tender and tasty! Loved this!



Trap
Posted by: Recaredo

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/15/12 02:05 PM

Unfortunately I couldn’t participate in this recital, but I’ll enjoy all your performances this weekend, while I have a glass of wine, or two smile.

The recital program looks fantastic!
Posted by: wouter79

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/15/12 02:29 PM

As usual please, PM me if you play an acoustic and want me to comment on your piece!
Posted by: CarlosCC

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/15/12 02:30 PM

I just heard the whole recital and I'm impressed with some of the pieces I've heard. I'll make individual comments, as usual. Congratulations to all.

@Recaredo, I noticed that you did not took part in the recital... Don't drink too much because then you will say that we are all a genius smile
Posted by: Mr Super-Hunky

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/15/12 03:35 PM

[quote=jazzwee]
11. Mr Super-Hunky - Nothing Else Matters-original cover
Whoa you've changed your recording technique! The volume on this is so low. Anyway, I've maxed my volume but can't hear the fantastic fine points. First of all, from a playing perspective, your tone and evenness is outstanding. Really great stuff. I just wanted to hear more of the overtones and can't really appreciate all the beauty with the low volume. But I know it's there!



Thanks for the feedback Jazzwee. I realized when I submitted this piece that the gain levels of the recording were on the low side. I remember reading that "all submissions will be normalized" and thought that the louder recordings would be lowered a bit and the quieter recordings would be increased in volume so that when played back they all sound around the same volume. Unfortunately, this does not seem to be the case unless I am not understanding this concept correctly.

In any case, if you can't hear my recording, (meant for others, )please turn up the volume. I'll have to set a more accurate gain level next time but in a digital format, it shouldn't matter as that can easily be adjusted after the fact. I was incorrectly under the impression that this was being done under the 'normalization' step.

My bad!
Posted by: jazzwee

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/15/12 04:29 PM

Last batch for me. I can't believe I'm the first one to comment and listen to all. Everyone did an amazing job. And I was so pleased to see many newcomers to the recital. I've always commented that you can really see progress when you listen to these for awhile. It's amazing actually because it means it's no so impossible to make great strides even as adult beginners. Congrats to all!


18. cgyan / Iain - Morning Light
What a pretty rendition! So delicate sounding and wonderfully played. Just loved that gentle buildup. Really enjoyable to listen to. Did I heard added cymbals there? Nice touch!

23. SandTiger - Shimmer
Are you saying you recorded this without hearing what you were doing? Wow. I would have found that to be impossible. Probably not a good habit. Once again, I'm so happy to hear you at a recital and glad to see you making compositions. Well done!

24. Yamaha G3 & P-80, Mike White - Meditation
Beautiful performance! Thanks for sharing with us!

25. Hawgdriver - Nocturne in B flat minor, Op. 9/1
Such a pretty tone and wonderfully played. Certainly won't shame you with Chopin. Outstanding progress as well for 3 years. The melody stands out so well and nice legato lines. Wonderful balance between the hands.

26. MusicaMusique - Je t'aimais, je t'aime, je t'aimerai
New to the recital I think...Welcome! Very pretty playing. Lots of static in the recording so that was a little distracting. But really enjoyable. Nice work!

33. Serge88 - My Way
Very nice tone in your playing. Such refinement and improvement over the years. Fantastic. Well done cover. I especially liked the delicate octave lines. Came out very well.

34. LizAnne - Elegy Op.183, No.2
LizAnne -- that volume was way too low. Even with my volume all the way up I can hardly hear. But from what I can discern, a wonderful melody coming out. Just hoped to hear more of it. I can just pick up treble.

35. MrPozor - The Doll's Funeral
Welcome to the recital MrPozor, I think you are new too. Great job on making a submission at the early stages. I'm proud of you. Nice playing and keep it up.

38. DadAgain (& DadAgains Daughter) - Rondo Op163 #6
Whoa! Excellent! So is this a duet? It surely sounds like it. You didn't state it specifically though. You two have perfect time to match it exactly. Amazing. Congrats for the fine work.

39. Ganddalf - Prelude Op.45
Sound quality is good but a little on the low side volume wise. Just for reference next time. You didn't do so badly at all without a teacher. Certainly good tone to be found here and good control. Congrats on a great job!

41. joangolfing - Elves' Dance
Difficult piece Joan with that kind of staccato playing and I congratulate you for playing this. Good work. Piano sounds really good. You'll need to lighten up a little on the touch since some of the chords sounded harsh. Difficult because staccato can make you play harder. It's another challenge to play staccato without the volume.

42. Copper - What a Wonderful World
This is such a beautiful song and you made it work so well with the melody standing out. The cantabile sound was wonderful in the melodic line. Nice balance between the LH and the RH. Really enjoyable to listen to.
Posted by: casinitaly

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/15/12 04:44 PM

Jazwee, you've put in a lot of listening time today! smile

I'm about half way through and I'm so impressed. I say that every recital but every time seems better than the last time!

Thanks so much to Monica for pulling everything together - to Sam for his work on the index - to Mr. Super-Hunky for thinking it up lo so many years ago!... To Mahlzeit for the programming work, Copper for our Order of the Red Dot and LaValse for the past support which we relied on for so long! and of course to Frank for Piano World!
....... and to all the contributors! This is such a wonderful event to be able to participate in and enjoy!

Here is the first round of my comments!

01. CarlosCC - Canzone Popolare (Francia 1500ca) - Original extended cover Carlos, this is wonderful. I can see why your daughter fell in love with it. One thing I always enjoy about your submissions is the commentary on what prompted you to take on a certain piece. It is very clear after all this time, that your family has a very strong influence on what you play! With wonderful results. It was easy to feel the historic element to this piece and delightful to listen to your own work on it. What perfect start to this recital! My hat is off to you sir!

02. jaredm2012 Jared Miller - To Zanarkand Jared, Welcome to the recitals! When I listen to music like this I think I should start investigating video games! Your rendition of this music is lovely –well done!

03. cebukid - Bach Invention 1 in C-Major (BWV 772) Cebukid, I have to say I’m so very impressed you could keep your focus with the delightful distractions going on about you! Was that one child in the background or a few? I must bite the bullet and accept that I can and should deal with my churchbells! I really enjoyed this piece – I’m working on music from this period at the moment – mind you in simpler versions – and very much enjoying it. Your piece was a pleasure to hear!

04. Peyton - Message From Space: Waiting for the Sun I listened to the whole thing Peyton smile and I found it had a sort of soothing hypnotic effect. I haven’t watched the video yet but will later. I think even without your explanation I might have felt the music corresponded to dawn. I very much enjoyed the flow of this piece, and the quick, light delicacy of the central passages.

05. wouter79 - Les Baricades Misterieuses Wouter, well done! I am extremely partial to this type of music and thoroughly enjoyed your performance. I also really love the “voice” of your piano!

06. Amaruk - Summer '78 I was introduced to Tiersen here in the recitals and really enjoy his compositions. I think you did a super job on this piece and I can well believe it was a physical work out! You make it sound easy though – good for you!

07. dannylux / Mel - Kosenko Consolation Op.9 No.1 Charming! I’ve never heard anything by this composer before and this is a wonderful introduction. You played this very gracefully and dreamily – I could feel myself relaxing and sinking into the music. Most enjoyable!

08. Greener / Jeff Green - Little Preludes No. 2 (BWV 934) & No. 4 (BWV 936))Well done Jeff – three little gems. I am just starting to work on this sort of music and realize how difficult it is to make it sound so simple! Bravo!

09. Riddler (Ed) - Chelsea BridgeEd, this is really an unusual piece – but in a good way. It goes along in a way that you sort of expect and then goes off in unexpected directions with sounds that seem sort of “skewed”. I loved the rippling effect of the notes. A very particular piece of music that really seems to bridge genres…no pun intended!

10. timmyab - Arabesque no 1 I have always liked this piece – it makes me think of butterflies and flowers dancing in the wind and joy. You played it with lovely delicacy and fluidity.

11. Mr Super-Hunky - Nothing Else Matters-original cover Mr. Super-Hunky, I do believe this is the first time I’ve heard your Rolland. I am not familiar with the original piece, so don’t really know how different your take on it is from what it started out as. That being said, I found this much softer than what I expected from a group called “Metallica”! I think you very successfully brought out the ballad aspects of this piece. I really enjoyed listening to it – it called to mind green forests, with sunlight dancing on the leaves, and a woman with long flowing hair and robes riding --- perhaps to meet her love! Poetic I call it! Well done indeed. Complimenti

12. Jake S - Prelude no.4 in E minorOnly 10 months of playing? I hope you feel pleased with yourself! This is a very touching piece and I think you performed it with grace and dignity.

13. Wj3 / Walt - Bethena Love Joplin! This is one I’ve never heard before – it sounds like you had a lot of fun playing it! Isn’t it satisfying to have a decent “simplified” version to get started on? Joplin is certainly far from simple, even in so-called “easier” versions. You played with good cheer really caught the Joplin “voice”!

14. ladypayne - Early Winter brrrrrrrr. Here in Italy we are having an extended autumn – it is still warm – I do not envy you your early winter! However, I’m very impressed with your composition! What energy!!! I love the energy with which you charge in and the delightful mixture of genres – there is a sort of Russian sound to this piece really adds to the dynamic feel of it. Wow. I loved this!

15. (Was)TrueBeginner - SandyInteresting to name your piece after a hurricane… I wasn’t sure what kind of music to expect! It was more gentle than I had expected, but with a certain melancholy tristezza. It felt like watching a black and white film documenting the aftermath of the storm. Very nice work indeed.

16. BenPiano - Poem Reading your description I started to wonder what kind of story would present itself to me. It made me think a bit of a silent movie, a tragic scene of love lost or unrequited. Something bittersweet, delicate. Nicely done!

17. Monica K. - Opening I’ve only recently been introduced to Glass (in one of the “themed recitals” in the ABF) You really did a super job of maintaining the flow and bringing out the contrasts in voices. The ebb and flow were like gentle raindrops moving into a heavier storm and back to light rain. Graceful, rich, elegant.

18. cgyan / Iain - Morning Light Charming! As you said in your description this is indeed a canvas of sound painting a picture we can enjoy. Lovely, calm music, getting richer and richer as it progresses --- beautifully played! I had goose bumps by the end! Complimenti!

19. Jazztpt (Russ) - You See I’m always so curious to hear original compositions! Your arrangements have always caught my attention and this one is no exception. I found this one to be quite a combination of themes and wasn’t sure where it was leading … but I enjoyed the journey! Neat stuff!

20. Inlanding - Glen - Angle Eye and Morning Greets the New Day Glen, I always love your submissions! Your Angle Eye is very very hip! So energetic! I was tapping my toes. Morning Greets the New Day was wonderful in a different style. Here we really hear the voice of your piano singing joyfully, delicately, richly – this is music that soothes the soul and creates a sensation of well being. I feel the tensions of the day melting away as I listen – I am charmed and refreshed. I do hope you can get back to playing more regularly soon!

21. Andy Platt - Gavotte and Variations Andy – wonderful music! I could picture court dancers with your gavotte, and your variations were handsomely played indeed! Your trills were lovely little ornaments, and you really did wonderful job on keeping your voices balanced and coordinated. Most enjoyable and loved that big finish!! My compliments!

22. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Romanza and The Little Music Box I was reasonably pleased with these two pieces. I know I can improve both – the Romanza there are a few stylistic points I missed in this recording (which I’ve since got the hang of!) The music box I hope to get rolling faster in the future but for the moment this is it.

23. SandTiger - Shimmer Your technical explanation of splitters etc didn’t mean anything to me, but your original composition was good fun! Light cheery – bell-like, it was a very happy tune. Prettily played!

24. Yamaha G3 & P-80, Mike White - Meditation And I meet another new-to-me-composer! I really enjoyed listening to this piece Mike – it is so full and intense in some parts, and then light and delicate in others. In some parts it sounds like a conversation between a man and a woman. Very very interesting!(And thank you for including the link on her bio!)

25. Hawgdriver - Nocturne in B flat minor, Op. 9/1 I was going to call it a night after listening to Mike’s piece, but saw that you’d performed Chopin, so … I couldn’t resist. I’m charmed. Delighted. Uplifted. Thank you for such a delicious end to my evening. Just loved it.
Posted by: jazzwee

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/15/12 04:49 PM

Originally Posted By: casinitaly
Jazwee, you've put in a lot of listening time today! smile


I started off just listening to a sampling. Then I got hooked. So I started writing comments and before long I couldn't stop. When everyone does such a great job, it's really easy to comment. smile

But I started since the recital opened last night. Only 6pm my time then.
Posted by: casinitaly

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/15/12 04:51 PM

Originally Posted By: jazzwee
Originally Posted By: casinitaly
Jazwee, you've put in a lot of listening time today! smile


I started off just listening to a sampling. Then I got hooked. So I started writing comments and before long I couldn't stop. When everyone does such a great job, it's really easy to comment. smile

But I started since the recital opened last night. Only 6pm my time then.


smile It was past my bedtime when the recital opened!

I know what you mean about being hooked - it is so hard to stop once you get rolling!
Posted by: BeccaBb

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/15/12 04:56 PM

Carlos: simply wonderful. I would have had no idea you improvised the ending (or most of it lol) if you hadn't of said so. smile

Jared: Very nicely done! I think you captured the spirit of Zanarkand just right. smile

Cebukid: Lovely. And simply amazed you could do a video recording with kids yelling in the background! My son so much as talks to me and I have to stop playing within seconds.

k back to my practicing now.. more later. smile
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/15/12 05:09 PM

Originally Posted By: Mr Super-Hunky
I realized when I submitted this piece that the gain levels of the recording were on the low side. I remember reading that "all submissions will be normalized" and thought that the louder recordings would be lowered a bit and the quieter recordings would be increased in volume so that when played back they all sound around the same volume. Unfortunately, this does not seem to be the case unless I am not understanding this concept correctly.




The pieces are normalized before compiling into the zip files (and that should indeed raise the volume for a low-volume source recording), but the individual link in the recital thread goes to your original recording. I'm not sure which file (normalized vs. raw) the streaming player uses.
Posted by: Mr Super-Hunky

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/15/12 05:21 PM

Thanks for the explanation Monica. It is just too easy to digitally adjust the gain level after the fact that I should be the one responsible for doing this before submitting it! [Inflatable ref just got a smack to vent frustration with self!}

UPDATE: Monica, just to answer your question, it appears the streaming player uses the original file. {Not the corrected one if you screwed up the gain levels like I did.).



Posted by: BeccaBb

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/15/12 05:38 PM

Peyton: on what was supposed to be a quick break from practicing *ahem* I watched the whole video. Very very lovely. I used to walk at night all the time and just loved it (I'm talking between 2 and 4 am with my dog.) This song really captures the wonder and the beauty I used to feel wandering about in the dark quiet watching the sky change. You made me feel homesick. smile A beautiful piece. Thank you for sharing it.
Posted by: BeccaBb

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/15/12 06:15 PM

Wouter: This is all new to me. A very neat sound to it. I can almost hear the harpsicord in it. Excellent!

Amaruk: That was very pretty. Again another new one for me. I really like what you did with the video. Make me wonder how such a lovely song fit in with this movie. smile

dannylux: Lovely. smile

Greener: I have heard of these but not actually heard them before. LOL Fantastic tunes. I can see how these sound similar to the minute but are very different. A very nice rhythm going with them.
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/15/12 06:43 PM

Originally Posted By: Mr Super-Hunky
Thanks for the explanation Monica. It is just too easy to digitally adjust the gain level after the fact that I should be the one responsible for doing this before submitting it! [Inflatable ref just got a smack to vent frustration with self!}

UPDATE: Monica, just to answer your question, it appears the streaming player uses the original file. {Not the corrected one if you screwed up the gain levels like I did.).





I think mahlzeit set it up that way deliberately, because some people didn't want the compression that goes on during normalization.
Posted by: LizAnne

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/15/12 06:48 PM

Originally Posted By: jazzwee

34. LizAnne - Elegy Op.183, No.2
LizAnne -- that volume was way too low. Even with my volume all the way up I can hardly hear. But from what I can discern, a wonderful melody coming out. Just hoped to hear more of it. I can just pick up treble.


frown I don't understand what happened. The recording sounds just fine on my computer. And I recorded MIDI - input volume looks fine...
Posted by: jotur

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/15/12 07:55 PM

Here's another set. I needed this after a long day at work.

13. wj3/Walt - Bethena I was looking forward to this. You got thru it a lot better than I did several recitals ago when one of my pauses was so long that I still wonder if I'm going to start up again laugh This arrangement keeps the flavor of the original really well, and you'll love the original. But it took me several years, yes, several years, to be able to actually play it. Good luck!

14. ladypayne - Early Winter It kind of sounds like early winter in Russia, or Hungary. I love your big sound.

15. (Was) True Beginner - Sandy This felt more mature than your previous compositions, which I guess isn't a surprise. But your skills are really growing. Very nice.

16. BenPiano - Poem What a charming piece, and you played it completely appropriately. How cute that your family wrapped it for you and gave it to you smile

17. Monica K. Opening This was mesmerizing. A great way to make the transition from work to downtime.Your technical skills always amaze me, too. I just don't play this cleanly, and this was a difficult piece to do it on any way. Excellent.

18. cgyan/Iain - Morning Light Oh, well-played. The dynamics are great.

19. jazzpt - You SeeWhat a beautiful start. And what technique you have. Very cool.

20. Inlanding - Glen - Angle Eye and Morning Greets the New Day Great study in contrasts. You and Hawgdriver have the "contemplative/reflective" awards for this recital. I loved the improv.

21. Andy Platt - Gavotte and Variations Ah, a dance! I love the pieces themselves and I love the way your bass clef/counter melodies sing out.

22. casinitaly (Cheryl) - Romanza and The Little Music Box I love your music box smile And your musicality just keeps getting better - I didn't have that until 30 years after I stopped lessons. Yours is great.

More tomorrow -

Cathy
Posted by: zrtf90

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/15/12 08:04 PM

I couldn't possibly single out any of the contributions to the 28th Recital so I'm taking them all in groups. I am in awe of the overall quality, especially with respect to the relative experience, and am amazed at the diversity of material.

There were moments, reading the background pages, where my jaw dropped at the experience field and my eyes watered reading the additional info, not to mention drooling at the instrument used field.

I thank everyone for sharing these performances, I've listened to all of them a few times and some will be on my mp3 player for a while yet.

I'm honoured to be a part of this inspiring group.

Thank you, Jazzwee and Cathy, for listening and for your touching comments.

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02. jaredm2012 Jared Miller - To Zanarkand
12. Jake S - Prelude no.4 in E minor
23. SandTiger - Shimmer
29. Allard - Before the Last Leaf Falls
35. MrPozor - The Doll's Funeral

You have all taken the first steps on your piano journey and while you've decided to take different paths you've all shown remarkable control for such inexperienced fingers.
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21. Andy Platt - Gavotte and Variations
22. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Romanza and The Little Music Box
44. Valencia - Work in Progress --Chopin's Etude 25/11
50. Bessel - The Happy Farmer (Returning from Work), and Wild Horseman
51. PianoStudent88 - Minuets BWV Anh. 114, 115
53. Sam Rose (Shmuel R) - Solfeggietto (Solfeggio) in C Minor
54. Norrec, Tim - Solitude

Some of you have more time at the piano than others and have different starting levels of dexterity and control. Your time may not always have been as focussed with some of you and there may have been long gaps between starting out and where you are now but each of you are beginning to show direction and purpose. You are all approaching a period of accelerated progress and you all seem ready to embrace it.
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01. CarlosCC - Canzone Popolare (Francia 1500ca) - Original extended cover
05. wouter79 - Les Baricades Misterieuses
16. BenPiano - Poem
18. cgyan / Iain - Morning Light
25. Hawgdriver - Nocturne in B flat minor, Op. 9/1
26. MusicaMusique - Je t'aimais, je t'aime, je t'aimerai
34. LizAnne - Elegy Op.183, No.2
43. Starr Keys - Broken Hearted Me
46. Coldsalmon - Nocturne in Eb Major, Op. 9 No. 2
48. Teodor - Tereza's Inspiration (Original Piece)
15. (Was)TrueBeginner - Sandy

There is a clear maturity in your fingers and a clearer direction in your choice of material. Those who are taking a classical route are struggling to match the sonority and confidence of those taking a more modern direction where the fingers are free of the more rigorous discipline of classical piano but getting to where you are now, whatever path you've chosen, has taken a resolve that will most likely see you continuing on to the next level.

I would be unable to guess your experience from the quality of your performances but I am sure I would have guessed longer in each case. It took me longer to get where you are now.
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03. cebukid - Bach Invention 1 in C-Major (BWV 772)
27. kenjazz (Ken) - Waltz For Debby
36. lyricmudra - Consolation No. 3
52. Mar_red - Dom (Home) / Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - Medley.
13. Wj3 / Walt - Bethena
07. dannylux / Mel - Kosenko Consolation Op.9 No.1
11. Mr Super-Hunky - Nothing Else Matters-original cover
37. TrapperJohn - I'll Be Seeing You
42. Copper - What a Wonderful World
17. Monica K. - Opening

At this stage you have all reached a point where your relationship with the instrument is established and your practise time is simply a part of your life. It shows. Some of you are where you want to be and others are still ambitious for more but I'm quite confident that this time next year you will all be able to listen back to these performances and know you've moved on already.
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04. Peyton - Message From Space: Waiting for the Sun
06. Amaruk - Summer '78
08. Greener / Jeff Green - Little Preludes No. 2 (BWV 934) & No. 4 (BWV 936)
09. Riddler (Ed) - Chelsea Bridge
10. timmyab - Arabesque no 1
14. ladypayne - Early Winter
19. Jazztpt (Russ) - You See
20. Inlanding - Glen - Angle Eye and Morning Greets the New Day
24. Yamaha G3 & P-80, Mike White - Meditation
28. MaryBee - Bagatelle No.25 in A minor (Fur Elise)
30. Jazzwee - Blue Monk
32. TX-Dennis/Dennis Turner - Be Thou My Vision
33. Serge88 - My Way
38. DadAgain (& DadAgains Daughter) - Rondo Op163 #6
39. Ganddalf - Prelude Op.45
40. Sam S - Prelude Opus 28 number 15 (Raindrop)
41. joangolfing - Elves' Dance
45. jotur/Cathy Turner - Alexander's Ragtime Band
47. windywindy - Love Is All Around
49. BillM - When You Wish Upon A Star
55. Mile Hi Steve - Halloween Potpourri

While not all of you have a full decade at the keys and some have had that time interrupted, you all have an affinity with the piano that doesn't come from a few short years and you express your personalities clearly through your playing. I'm proud to be part of this group and delighted to get to know you better by listening to you as well as rubbing shoulders with you in the forum.
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I've learned so much by participating in this, my first ABF recital, and I am off now to start practising for the next.

Thank you everyone.
Posted by: TX-Dennis

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/15/12 08:52 PM

01 CarlosCC Canzone Popolare, unkown composer
This is so beautiful, Carlos. Well done.

02 jaredm2012 Jared Miller To Zanarkand, Nobuo Uematsu
Nice job, Jared. Are you sure it's only 5 months? Your expressiveness is that of a veteran player. Amazing.

03 cebukid Bach Invention 1 in C-Major (BWV 772)
Nice job on a tricky piece. Sounds like some one was having fun in the background, too.

04 Peyton Message From Space: Waiting for the Sun
Holy smoke! There is a lot going on in this piece. Are you sure you don't have a third hand? An interesting atmospheric piece that, to my ears, sounds impossibly difficult. Sweet!

05 wouter79 Les Baricades Misterieuses, Francois Couperin
Another beautiful piece. It does not sound easy, but you make it seem effortless, wouter. Great job.

That's all I will have time for tonight. I am tired and rather upset about a tragic accident that befell a veteran's parade here today. Hunt For Heroes Tragedy
Posted by: jotur

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/15/12 09:22 PM

Oh, Dennis, I'm so sorry. I saw those headlines and didn't realize it's where you are. My heart goes out to all those affected frown

Cathy
Posted by: Coldsalmon

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/15/12 09:42 PM

Originally Posted By: casinitaly
Originally Posted By: Allard


I sort of have mixed feelings about this recital. A mix of inspiration, awe and a little bit of despair - so many people playing so well, with so much more experience. A lot of these pieces don't sound like beginner's work at all!


Allard, I had a very similar reaction after my first ABF recital!! I questioned the definition of an adult beginner!
Our beginners range from absolute "never played an instrument" to "played an instrument but not piano" to "played piano as a kid then took a 40 year break".

You are quite right that many of these pieces don't sound at all "beginner-ish" --- but do not let it make you despair. Inspiration is good--- awe is fun, but intimidating!!
Just think of what YOU will be playing in a few years!

Personally, I admire the absolute beginners the most for taking part in the recital. It takes a lot of guts to be a beginner. Even if a piece is not very "advanced," there is always something to admire about the performance, and something we can learn from it. Thank you again to everyone who participated for giving me a reason to try for perfection, and for teaching me more about playing the piano.
Posted by: Greener

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/15/12 10:15 PM

Best performance on a DIY rebuilt Beckstein Grand Piano:

40. Sam S - Prelude Opus 28 number 15 (Raindrop)

Outstanding performance and Piano sound, Sam. Congratulations, on your first recital with the new piano and a terrific performance.

Best Duet:

38. DadAgain (& DadAgains Daughter) - Rondo Op163 #6

This is a really fun piece. Highly entertaining and a really great performance. Very nicely done.

Best Piano Arrangement with vocals:

it's a tie:
43. Starr Keys - Broken Hearted Me
49. BillM - When You Wish Upon A Star


Very touching and compassionate performances. Good stuff, Bill and Starr Keys.

Best live band improvised performance:

30. Jazzwee - Blue Monk

Very cool swing and nightclub sound. Nicely done and great band, Jazzwee.

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OK, now I know it's not a contest and just having some fun here. If I could find enough categories, of course, everyone would be going home with a trophy, in addition to the honorable red dot medallion.

Very impressed with terrific mixed and multi-instrument sounds:

27. kenjazz (Ken) - Waltz For Debby

this is really a great nightclub jazz sound, Ken and great pick. I love the tune. Nicely done.

20. Inlanding - Glen - Angle Eye and Morning Greets the New Day

you really nail the swing on this one, Glen. Really great playing.

55. Mile Hi Steve - Halloween Potpourri

Wow, this is impressive stuff, Steve. Thought I was listening to Styx for a minute there ... a really a fabulous sound.

I really have a lot to learn from all you folks.

One more mention, post my first go round' of recital highlights:

25. Hawgdriver - Nocturne in B flat minor, Op. 9/1
53. Sam Rose (Shmuel R) - Solfeggietto (Solfeggio) in C Minor

I am very impressed with these performances based on material selection, presentation, sound quality and overall time on bench. Outstanding ...
Posted by: Peyton

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/15/12 10:18 PM

I'm on the road ( I'm showing my paintings at the Paradise City art show in Marlborough Ma. If any of you all are in the area come by and say hi) with just my iPhone to access the web so I won't be able to listen till next week, it looks to be an awesome recital !!
Posted by: DadAgain

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/15/12 10:57 PM

Originally Posted By: Greener

Best Duet:
38. DadAgain (& DadAgains Daughter) - Rondo Op163 #6

This is a really fun piece. Highly entertaining and a really great performance. Very nicely done.


'Best duet' seems a bit unnecessary - its the only one isnt it? (I havent listened to everyone yet). But hey - thanks anyway.
Posted by: hawgdriver

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/15/12 11:20 PM

From top to bottom, this is the best recital I've heard in my time here. I don't know you can really measure recitals like that, saying one is better than another, except that I just enjoy the music I hear so much. I enjoy the selections, I enjoy the performances, but most of all I enjoy the sheer musicality. Thank all of you for your passion, and especially thank you to Monica and the others that keep this alive and thriving.
Posted by: bessel

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/15/12 11:39 PM

Very fun listening so far... Neat music, great playing!

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01. CarlosCC - Canzone Popolare (Francia 1500ca) - Original extended cover
Very beautiful. I didn't detect the transition between the original stuff and yours... all nicely done!

02. jaredm2012 Jared Miller - To Zanarkand
Wow, this is stunning for 5 months of piano! Tell me you've played organ or harpsichord for years, please!

03. cebukid - Bach Invention 1 in C-Major (BWV 772)
I kept thinking there were kids outside my office door when I had this on. smile I like your invention, seems like a finger twister to me though! Nicely done.

04. Peyton - Message From Space: Waiting for the Sun
Wow. Are you sure this is only 2 hands, one piano? I listened to it all, loved it!

05. wouter79 - Les Baricades Misterieuses
Thanks for the introduction to Couperin. It's a really pretty piece of music, and you presented it very well. Nice dynamics and tone... I really enjoyed this a lot.

06. Amaruk - Summer '78
Very pretty... insistent in its flow, nicely pulsing... very well played!

07. dannylux / Mel - Kosenko Consolation Op.9 No.1
I love your description of it being lovely "unless you're recording it and worried about the four big arpeggios at the end"... that's so perfectly said! Well, I couldn't detect your anticipation, and you pulled it off swimmingly. Well done!

08. Greener / Jeff Green - Little Preludes No. 2 (BWV 934) & No. 4 (BWV 936)
These sound like finger twisters... Nicely done - your practice has paid off.

09. Riddler (Ed) - Chelsea Bridge
This does sound rich... all from a lead sheet? You've got a great ear.

10. timmyab - Arabesque no 1
Very smooth and rich... I don't know why you're sighing about 20 years, you should be sighing because this is really quite gorgeous to listen to.

11. Mr Super-Hunky - Nothing Else Matters-original cover
I don't know the original, but this is a nice piano "power ballad". smile (Found that phrase when I googled the title!)

12. Jake S - Prelude no.4 in E minor
Ah, one of my favorites, and what I'm hoping to work on next... nicely done, especially after only 10 months! Lots of dynamics, very musical, nicely paced, congrats.

13. Wj3 / Walt - Bethena
Neat Joplin... "The Entertainer" is one of my Dad's favorites,
and I keep meaning to put that on my list of "to do"'s... but I fear it's going to take me a long time to learn! Nice job!

14. ladypayne - Early Winter
Early winter indeed... we had our first flakes the other day... loved the transition at 1:45 into that serious march-y type thing... evoked the serious, hard, side of the season. Nice composition, stay warm!

15. (Was)TrueBeginner - Sandy
This seems a little on the calm side to be named after Sandy! (I was expecting some serious pounding) smile But you play very well, and it was an interesting listen... thanks!

Posted by: BenPiano

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/16/12 01:13 AM

09. Riddler (Ed) - Chelsea Bridge - Yeah, I hear you on the Debussy side - there are certainly some rich and interesting harmonies in here. Great job with this - it sounds tough! (nice arpeggios at the end)

10. timmyab - Arabesque no 1 - Simply amazing. I loved this performance!

11. Mr Super-Hunky - Nothing Else Matters-original cover - An interesting Super-Hunkified take on this metal classic. Your piano skills were cranked up to 11 on this one!

12. Jake S - Prelude no.4 in E minor - Nice job with this prelude - one of my favorites!

13. Wj3 / Walt - Bethena - Hehe, Joplin is never easy - even when it's simplified! You did really well with your performance - good luck tackling the full version!

14. ladypayne - Early Winter - Yes, this sounds chilly - I had to reach for my snuggie! Well done.

15. (Was)TrueBeginner - Sandy - Haunting and eerie, like Sandy.

16. BenPiano - Poem - Dude, isn't it about time to get a teacher?
Posted by: Allard

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/16/12 01:39 AM

Being new in the piano community, I'm surprised how many people don't know Metallica and the song Nothing Else Matters. It's famous!

Then again, I hadn't heard about Clementi either.
Posted by: Allard

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/16/12 05:50 AM

Listened to a couple more performances:

08. Greener / Jeff Green - Little Preludes No. 2 (BWV 934) & No. 4 (BWV 936)
I'm sure I've heard a theme from that last prelude used in a more modern final fantasy song. Interesting to hear how these old classics still influence our music.

09. Riddler (Ed) - Chelsea Bridge
This composition paints a colourful picture. Too bad it's of a different bridge; I wouldn't mind crossing this one on a nice evening, taking time to look around.

12. Jake S - Prelude no.4 in E minor
This is played so softly, hard to hear every detail even with my headphones on. But it seems a soft touch is appropriate.

13. Wj3 / Walt - Bethena
I had never heard another Joplin song before. Can definitely hear similarities with The Entertainer. I'm curious about how your original version will sound.

14. ladypayne - Early Winter
An early winter doesn't sound so bad after all smile

15. (Was)TrueBeginner - Sandy
A cold wind, rain on my face, and silent news footage about the storm...

16. BenPiano - Poem
Like any poem, the form is simple enough, but there are layers of meaning behind the words/notes. I'm going to hazard a guess and state it's all about a grand recital, except people play from the comfort of their homes rather than a large concert hall. You can hear the intimacy.

17. Monica K. - Opening
A song full of triplets against whole and eighth notes? It sounds simple but must be all but to play. Also, this should have been first on the playlist, although it's a tad long for an opening. I imagine there should be some visuals to complement the themes.

18. cgyan / Iain - Morning Light
Such a wonderful day to wake up to!

19. Jazztpt (Russ) - You See
I don't really get jazz. Played well enough though.

20. Inlanding - Glen - Angle Eye and Morning Greets the New Day
Swinging!

21. Andy Platt - Gavotte and Variations
So many variations! Well played.

22. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Romanza and The Little Music Box
The Romanza sounds so familiar...
The Little Music Box was cute. It's the same melody as a children's song for Saint Nicholas, here in the Netherlands. An event that is coming up soon.

23. SandTiger - Shimmer
Recorded with no audio feedback at all? That's amazing! The piece is also a bit loud, by the way. Maybe increased the volume a bit too much.

24. Yamaha G3 & P-80, Mike White - Meditation
I think Cecile Chaminade had a strange idea of meditation, but the piece is nice enough. Well played. With a Yamaha P80, no less.
Posted by: TrapperJohn

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/16/12 07:37 AM

Still more Random Reviews:


29. Allard - Before the Last Leaf Falls

Allard - warm interpretation of this Lanz favorite...



31. zrtf90 (Richard) - Romance Sans Paroles, Op. 17 No. 3

Richard - delightful piece very well played...



32. TX-Dennis/Dennis Turner - Be Thou My Vision

Dennis - fine expressive touch on this ancient classic...


Trap
Posted by: TrapperJohn

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/16/12 07:54 AM

Originally Posted By: Allard
Being new in the piano community, I'm surprised how many people don't know Metallica and the song Nothing Else Matters. It's famous!

Then again, I hadn't heard about Clementi either.


smile

Metallica is well "before the time" of many youngsters in the "piano community" - I only wish this applied to me also laugh

Back in the day my mush-brained nephew used to come into my garage while I was working on my old pickup truck with his boombox blaring away with heavy metal screechings including those of Metallica - after a short while I had to throw all three of them out (nephew, boombox & Metallica) - he finally wised up, saving his sanity and my hearing, by getting into Country music...

Now, Clementi - he is before my time...slightly...
Posted by: kenjazz

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/16/12 08:55 AM

Here is my first batch. I must say that I'm almost more impressed by people's ability to provide useful and timely comments across all of these styles and abilities than by the performances themselves.

06. Amaruk - Summer '78

Beautiful sound, performance and production quality from your “Good Bye Lenin!” series. I highly recommend everyone to check out the video, even if you are not normally a recital video watcher. It is very cool!

08. Greener / Jeff Green - Little Preludes No. 2 (BWV 934) & No. 4 (BWV 936) I’m always impressed how you can play any style, including esoteric Bach. You were so locked in on the left hand! Nice job.

09. Riddler (Ed) - Chelsea Bridge

This was an awesome solo piano arrangement. You had full use of the keyboard, it did not seem sparse in any section. You captured the contemplative mood, but still had good movement so it didn't turn maudlin. Really nice!

19. Jazztpt (Russ) - You See

Another brilliant composition and performance. If someone told me that I was listening to Chick Corea, I would not have questioned it at all. I sensed flavors of his composition style. The complexity of the piece left me unable to guess the form, which is OK since I couldn't play it (to steal) anyway. The touch, dynamics and technique combined with the sound of the Roland HP507 made it a real treat. Well done. PS. as with all jazz compositions, I’m always interested in the back story behind the title…

20. Inlanding - Glen - Angle Eye and Morning Greets the New Day

Glen, you simply have the effortless touch for jazz swing. Angle eye and some of your recent postings in the Piano Bar really show this. I’m guessing this comes a lot more from “listening” than from “playing”, but you know exactly what sounds right to play. Morning Greets the New Day is a beautiful, evocative composition with some really tasty chord selections. It is so rich and full sounding. I loved it!

30. Jazzwee - Blue Monk

Playing the blues is easy, right? Just a few chords and a few scales. Wrong. Staying inventive and interesting when there is not much in the way of melody or harmony changes to anchor your soloing is really hard. Anybody can play notes in the right scale(s), but very few can make you want to keep listening after a chorus. This was a super job! You and the band were really digging in, and the crowd was eating it up. I’ll bet feedback from a live audience really helped you with the energy…

45. jotur/Cathy Turner - Alexander's Ragtime Band

You made it in! Being able to do a one-take-wonder (love that phrase) on a Rag is mind-blowing. It sounded great as a solo number. Lots of fun…

49. BillM - When You Wish Upon A Star

Very nice vocals Bill, and I want to make sure that your wonderful self-comping doesn't go under-appreciated. This song should have been last, because it puts a nice ending on the whole show!

32. TX-Dennis/Dennis Turner - Be Thou My Vision

I never heard this Irish hymn before, but I love it. I tried to do something similar once with Tura Lura Lural, but it was a train wreck. The Irish flavorings are very subtle, but that makes it extra special. Well done.
Posted by: casinitaly

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/16/12 09:15 AM


26. MusicaMusique - Je t'aimais, je t'aime, je t'aimerai This is a really lovely piece – full of poetry, tenderness, it lives up to its title! I listened to the streamed version and unfortunately there is a very strong hissing noise which distracts a lot from your otherwise great performance.

27. kenjazz (Ken) - Waltz For Debby Ken this was really great! I was interested to see that you’d not done another Monk and to be very honest, I enjoyed this more than the rather “particular” pieces you’ve done before smile I also liked your background story about misunderstanding the words! The smooth intro was so soothing then what a surprise to jump into the perkier section! You really did a great job on bringing this together with the right voice and feel of the period!

28. MaryBee - Bagatelle No.25 in A minor (Fur Elise) What an interesting background to this piece MaryBee – I think you were courageous to step outside your box and share the results with us. I must say I for one was delighted. You’ve given an elegance and poetry to this that is not often heard. I have only heard the second part of this piece once before (when Andy played it a while back) I really liked how you handled the change in tempos and mood. Bravissima! Complimenti!

29. Allard - Before the Last Leaf Falls I don’t think I’ve ever heard any Lanz pieces before. This is a charming piece and it is indeed evocative of autumn. I think blue skies and orange-red leaves, fields of green – Well done indeed! You are doing very well for 1 year! I certainly couldn’t have managed that (I don’t know that I could do it now after almost 3 years!)

30. Jazzwee - Blue Monk From a live show! How cool is that? Though blues may not be your cuppa tea I have to say this was great. Your guitar player is a treat to listen to as well! Your memory/improvisation work had me tapping my feet and “dancing” at my desk! Smokin’!

31. zrtf90 (Richard) - Romance Sans Paroles, Op. 17 No. 3 Most enjoyable music Richard! I’m not very familiar with Fauré though I have heard a bit of his music. How interesting that you came back to it after such a long time. I think it was well worth the attention you dedicated to it! Thank you for the pleasure of hearing it!

32. TX-Dennis/Dennis Turner - Be Thou My Vision Wonderful piece! The powerful richness in the middle section is marvelous. The delicacy of the beginning and end sections is uplifting. Very well done, complimenti!

33. Serge88 - My Way Funny to think this almost classifies as an “oldie” now. I think you did an excellent job on this. Very enjoyable to listen to!

34. LizAnne - Elegy Op.183, No.2 Let’s hope that your “re-starting” this time really takes. You are clearly putting a lot of energy and time into your playing and it is paying off! I’ve never heard this piece before – thanks for introducing it to me! I look forward to hearing your next recording!

35. MrPozor - The Doll's Funeral Well done Mr. Pozor! You’re off to a good start even with out a teacher! I could see, in my mind’s eye, the solemn procession of children and their doll as I listened!

36. lyricmudra - Consolation No. 3 Pure poetry! You played this so wonderfully! Talk about music to stir the heartstrings – I was moved by your performance and I can see why you wanted to conquer this piece! Beautiful, beautiful performance.

37. TrapperJohn - I'll Be Seeing You TJ I just love the choices you make for the recitals AND the background info you provide on each of them. I don’t remember the last time I heard this piece but what a treat to hear it again today. I had not remembered it was the theme song to Liberace’s show! Thanks for that little stroll down memory lane – lovely playing!

38. DadAgain (& DadAgains Daughter) - Rondo Op163 #6 What fun to play a duet “en famille”! What a FUN piece! I just loved it! It is very clear that you and your daughter have a delightful rapport and it was a real pleasure to hear your duet! I had a huge smile on my face from the very first bars! I want to play that piece!!! Thanks so much!

39. Ganddalf - Prelude Op.45 More Chopin! How wonderful ! Your playing skills are certainly above mine I can’t make any comments on the technical front – I’ll just restrict my remarks to letting you know that I took great pleasure in listening to you perform this elegant music! (The recording sounded fine on my PC (with my special headphones!))

40. Sam S - Prelude Opus 28 number 15 (Raindrop) Sam, I’ve been looking forward to this since I read that you were debating on whether or not to present it! I am so glad you did. Not only was your playing a pleasure to listen, your “new” piano has a truly wonderful voice, and you’ve really made it sing here. Complimenti!

41. joangolfing - Elves' Dance I’ve liked Grieg’s music for a long time and yet I’ve never heard this piece before – what good fun! I can just picture the Elves tip-toeing and then stomping about in a circle! Nicely done!

42. Copper - What a Wonderful World Oh you hit a golden favourite here Copper! Most enjoyable! I could hear Louie in the background smile.

43. Starr Keys - Broken Hearted Me Oh, I remember this one. Your background info prompted me to look at the video – the paintings were really lovely ! (I was confused about the carrots though….?) Great job – I’m so impressed by people who can sing and play at the same time. I’ve yet to be able to do it. I wish your sister all the best – she’s certainly been having difficulties!

44. Valencia - Work in Progress --Chopin's Etude 25/11 Interesting choice to submit a work in progress…..Unfortunately there were some very strange noises –not quite static, but interference for sure, which made it hard to focus just on the music. It does sound like you’re making great headway on the piece though. Let’s hear it again when you’re farther along!

45. jotur/Cathy Turner - Alexander's Ragtime Band Cathy, this is really fun! I found myself singing along and tapping my toes! You’ve really got the knack for playing this type of music with the right bounce and energy! Complimenti!!

46. Coldsalmon - Nocturne in Eb Major, Op. 9 No. 2 Oh, how sad your piano was lost in the storm! The force of nature is truly wondrous and terrifying. Your playing here is very impressive – this is another piece I thoroughly enjoyed listening to in our November recital.

47. windywindy - Love Is All Around This is the theme song from the Mary Tyler Moore show! smile Well done! I was initially shocked when I saw you’ve been playing 8 months..then the next few words filtered into my brain! Loved the verve and energy at your conclusion! Very enjoyable!

48. Teodor - Tereza's Inspiration (Original Piece) Teodor, it has been such a pleasure to hear how you’ve improved from your early days of playing, and now to see you working with compositions! Very very exciting! This was a rich dynamic piece – most enjoyable.

49. BillM - When You Wish Upon A Star Ah Bill, I love your work! This is one of my favourites from Disney too – what a treat to hear your version of it! As always you’ve brought your own touch of charm to the piece and you certainly had me smiling! Complimenti!

50. Bessel - The Happy Farmer (Returning from Work), and Wild Horseman After hearing about these pieces in the ATOW thread I have been waiting with anticipation! That farmer certainly does sound happy – probably because it is the end of the day and he can go home and put is feet up. The Horseman sounded very dashing to me! Well done!

51. PianoStudent88 - Minuets BWV Anh. 114, 115 I love this music! I think the recording didn’t do justice to your performance. I enjoyed listening to all the details of the compositions that you brought to life very effectively. Your ornamentation was particularly pretty!

52. Mar_red - Dom (Home) / Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - Medley. The first piece was lovely – very touching, and with a sitting-by-the-fireside coziness to it. I could picture a family going about their evening activities, almost as though I was looking through a window of a doll house. As for the second… what a great cheery piece to lead us into the holiday season.. ok a tad early but what the heck! I’m always ready for Christmas music. Yours was a really delightful version - I really enjoyed it. (loved the flourish at the end!)

53. Sam Rose (Shmuel R) - Solfeggietto (Solfeggio) in C Minor Um. I have to say that there isn’t anything about this piece that sounds easy to me! Well done -and with an injured finger too! Your progress continues to astonish me! Wow!

54. Norrec, Tim - Solitude That’s a very pretty piece, very prettily played! Well done indeed!

55. Mile Hi Steve - Halloween Potpourri Well, I can say that I didn’t recognize any of the bits you thought would be easy to spot, but I certainly did enjoy this. I can hear that you had tremendous fun with this piece. The various voices are really great and you definitely created a tension-building mood! What a dynamic, dramatic conclusion to our November recital!


What a simply wonderful recital! Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to prepare and contribute to making this event such a special one!
Posted by: kenjazz

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/16/12 09:44 AM

Originally Posted By: casinitaly


27. kenjazz (Ken) - Waltz For Debby Ken this was really great! I was interested to see that you’d not done another Monk and to be very honest, I enjoyed this more than the rather “particular” pieces you’ve done before smile


Thanks Casinitaly! I think you've got me confused with the other "Ken" who normally submits a Monk tune. Although, I do have a version of Ruby, My Dear that I can post if we miss the other Ken too much smile
Posted by: Sam S

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/16/12 09:53 AM

I cannot believe this is my 16th ABF recital. Next recital it will be 4 years, which means 5 years since I started playing again, since I played for a year before I got up the nerve to participate. You would think that I would be a much better player by now!

01. CarlosCC - Canzone Popolare (Francia 1500ca) - Original extended cover This is really seamless Carlos. I cannot tell where Einaudi ends and Carlos begins.

02. jaredm2012 Jared Miller - To Zanarkand Welcome to the ABF Recital. It's great when someone is inspired by a piece of music to take up the piano - excellent job.

03. cebukid - Bach Invention 1 in C-Major (BWV 772) Very well done. I always feel so exposed when playing Bach, since the slightest slip is noticeable. Nice ornaments.

04. Peyton - Message From Space: Waiting for the Sun Mesmerizing. Loved the video. Where's your fallboard?

05. wouter79 - Les Baricades Misterieuses Excellent job. I think this is your best recital piece yet. Of course, I love this piece. You did a good job on the ornaments and bringing out the inner voices. I do prefer a steadier tempo, but that's your call.

06. Amaruk - Summer '78 Fantastic video!

07. dannylux / Mel - Kosenko Consolation Op.9 No.1 Very interesting - your feeling for this piece shows in your playing.

08. Greener / Jeff Green - Little Preludes No. 2 (BWV 934) & No. 4 (BWV 936) Very clean and precise. You sound like you have an excellent touch.

09. Riddler (Ed) - Chelsea Bridge This sounds so professional - just like the real thing! You could get a job in a piano bar...

10. timmyab - Arabesque no 1 I think you accomplished your goal of loosening up - sounds marvelous.

11. Mr Super-Hunky - Nothing Else Matters-original cover Very interesting - you put a lot of work into this and it shows.

12. Jake S - Prelude no.4 in E minor Nicely done. Loved the ending. One "simple" thing you can do to improve it is to watch for abrupt pedal changes. As one of my teachers constantly reminded me, "the pedal is not an on-off switch". He meant there were many gradations of pedal and not to be so abrupt with it...

13. Wj3 / Walt - Bethena Love that old piano sound. Your piano matches the piece!

14. ladypayne - Early Winter Sounds very Einaudi-like. Lots of energy and drive.

15. (Was)TrueBeginner - Sandy Sounds like a rainy day - nicely done.

16. BenPiano - Poem very calm and soothing.

17. Monica K. - Opening Excellent playing, Monica.

18. cgyan / Iain - Morning Light Very interesting piece, nicely played.

19. Jazztpt (Russ) - You See Soulful...

20. Inlanding - Glen - Angle Eye and Morning Greets the New Day Groovy...

21. Andy Platt - Gavotte and Variations Two French baroque pieces in one recital! This is just beautiful - it sounds so delicate and refined.

22. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Romanza and The Little Music Box I just loved these two pieces! The video was well done too.

23. SandTiger - Shimmer Very interesting - thanks for sharing.

24. Yamaha G3 & P-80, Mike White - Meditation Very lush and full - great job.

25. Hawgdriver - Nocturne in B flat minor, Op. 9/1 I' amazed at how well you do without a teach - keep up the good work!

26. MusicaMusique - Je t'aimais, je t'aime, je t'aimerai Welcome to the ABF Recitals! I really liked it...

27. kenjazz (Ken) - Waltz For Debby I can imagine how hard it is to do these pieces - very impressive.

28. MaryBee - Bagatelle No.25 in A minor (Fur Elise) It's a real joy to hear this without the usual compromises and student mistakes. Excellent job. You are braver than I am - I think I would veto my teacher if she suggested I try this!

That's enough for now - more to come.

Sam
Posted by: casinitaly

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/16/12 10:32 AM

Originally Posted By: kenjazz
Originally Posted By: casinitaly


27. kenjazz (Ken) - Waltz For Debby Ken this was really great! I was interested to see that you’d not done another Monk and to be very honest, I enjoyed this more than the rather “particular” pieces you’ve done before smile


Thanks Casinitaly! I think you've got me confused with the other "Ken" who normally submits a Monk tune. Although, I do have a version of Ruby, My Dear that I can post if we miss the other Ken too much smile


Oh dear!!!! I'm sorry, you're quite right, I did get mixed up! ...well, I really did like your piece! smile I wasn't mixed up on that!
Posted by: BeccaBb

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/16/12 10:43 AM

Riddler: This song has a very different feel to it. Well done! It must have been fun to learn. smile

timmyab: I love how smooth you made this sound. Bravo!

Mr. Super-Hunky: Nicely done! This is one of my fav metallica songs. smile I think you brought out the melody beautifully.

Jake S: Only 10 months playing? Wow. Nice job!

Wj3: Nope that doesn't sound very easy. Excellent!

ladypayne: I really liked this. I could just visualize skaters on a pond, with little kiddies falling down and graceful women swooping by. LOL

(was)truebeginner: Very nice! It's very soothing to listen to.

Benpiano: Excellent! I think I need to listen to this a bit more to be able to say what the story is.. smile
Posted by: jotur

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/16/12 11:54 AM

Originally Posted By: TrapperJohn
...while I was working on my old pickup truck with his boombox blaring away with heavy metal screechings including those of Metallica - after a short while I had to throw all three of them out (nephew, boombox & Metallica)


Kept the truck, I see thumb

Cathy
Posted by: Valencia

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/16/12 12:32 PM



Casinitaly: Thank you for the encouraging comments! I’m sorry there was static when you listened to it. frown I cannot hear the interference myself when I listen using the online streamer on my computer so I’m not sure what is happening with the file. If anyone else hears the static let me know and maybe I can figure out how to record so that does not happen. I want to work out the kinks in the recording process before the next recital.

Yes this piece may always be a work in progress for me. But when I started I could hardly read the notes on the score. So the fact that I can play it through now from memory is a real achievement and very exciting for me. Also, part of why I submitted this piece was in the spirit of anti-elitism, because it seems in some realms, (I am not speaking of here!) there is a snobbery around pieces like this. It’s as if such pieces should only be attempted and performed if you can play the piece to a certain standard or if you are a certain calibre of pianist (of which I am not). Given the fact that such ideas are ‘out there’, I was *very* nervous about posting this snippet, but a friend assured me I would not be ridiculed if I posted it for this ABF recital. So far so good! :P

Richard: Thank you for your kind words and I hope you are right about approaching a period of accelerated progress!! It’s been slow going getting back into playing this past year, but it seems I’m finally able to start putting a few pieces together. Although I have a long way to go musically and technically. I look forward to performing with you in the upcoming Songs Without Words recital.

It’s been wonderful listening to everyone’s entries. Thank you for sharing and for inspiring me with your playing!
Posted by: jazzwee

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/16/12 12:46 PM

Valencia, I just realized that I accidentally skipped your entry. I didn't recall listening to your piece and I looked back and sure enough, the entry was blank on my first post. Sorry about that and I revised my post to now add my comments about your 25/11. So please read it on the first page. Great work! I hope I didn't miss anyone else.
Posted by: CarlosCC

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/16/12 12:57 PM

Originally Posted By: Peyton
I'm on the road ( I'm showing my paintings at the Paradise City art show in Marlborough Ma. If any of you all are in the area come by and say hi) with just my iPhone to access the web so I won't be able to listen till next week, it looks to be an awesome recital !!

Hey Peyton. Give me some time. I'll put all the recital files in "box.com" site to share with you (i think you can listen them with iPhone, right?)
Meanwhile, I have had a terrible day at office, so I'm going to listen this recital only this weekend.
Posted by: wouter79

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/16/12 01:34 PM

53. Sam Rose Shmuel R
piece: C.P.E. Bach, Solfeggietto Solfeggio in C Minor
technical:
clipping: no, you in fact have plenty room to spare so you could pull up the recording level a bit.
balance L/R: ok
noise: little
bass: not in the piece
depth of field: ok, not very deep. I would try how it sounds a little further away from the piano to bring in a little more room ambience if your room permits so. For this piece, I think this might well be the optimal position, while for Chopin you might want a bit more depth.
piano sound: great (but I can't judge the bass since it's virtually absent ) . your fresh tuning and careful mic positioning pays off. I do not hear too much hammer sounds and attacks, which is also good for classic stuff (jazz players might want to hear more hammers). This is a good piece to judge the piano sound, because of the loose staccato lines. So if it sounds good with this kind of stuff, it will probably sound great with the pieces with big chords, legato and pedal.

musical:
overall impression, like:
Hey, this sounds vaguely familiar! I think I really butchered this one as one of the first pieces I submitted here :-D You made a very nice take. You are right that this definitely not easy if you try to play it presto. You have a much better control over the notes here than I had, making it sound much better and "slower" at almost the same speed that I took.
I remember the end differently, are there multiple different versions around?
Ok, so this is all very nicely played, I'm now switching to detail mode wink
Phrasing: I think the phrasing should be brought out a bit clearer. It sounds too even and almost like a single long line. From what I remember there is not much in the score to use here, but I think one has to make up phrases in such cases. In this piece I think it helps to locate out a few "key" melody notes and play the rest as the harmonic filler. You do this once somewhere in the beginning but could be used in other places as well. Also because you play it all so smooth, the piece does not come really to life in my ears. Oh well, just my taste, others might just see such phrasing as unevenness.
rubato, speed changes: yes as you said, the hardness of the particular part is too much your speed guide. Particularly the final phrase is suddenly a LOT faster, there is too much difference from the part before it, I don't hear anything in the music warranting such a speedup. Some nit-picking: I think that like me, you are going into auto-pilot and rolling chords when it gets hard, and you can hear it if you know how that sounds, eg at 0:15 and 0:36.
Dynamics: yes there is, but it seems mostly from the left hand chords and the pedal, not so much in the melody. I know it is difficult to achieve at this speed but I think it could help bring the piece more to life.
articulation: The parts that are without pedal, as right from the start is nice. Very clear, smooth sound. I don't agree with the part just over halfway, where you start to use some pedal. The pedal blurs the clarity that you need so much at this speed. Also playing part without and part with pedal makes the sound a little inconsistent. I would do without pedal at all (but I do almost all pieces without so don't pay too much attention to that wink )

Posted by: wouter79

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/16/12 01:41 PM

Quote:

I think mahlzeit set it up that way deliberately, because some people didn't want the compression that goes on during normalization.


Ok I really appreciate if it works that way, please keep it that way and don't modify the originals. I really want to avoid compression and artefacts.
Posted by: Sam S

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/16/12 02:50 PM

My next batch of listening pleasure...

29. Allard - Before the Last Leaf Falls Welcome to the ABF Recitals! This was wonderful for your first time. Hope you have many more recitals ahead.

30. Jazzwee - Blue Monk A real live performance! This is so great - wonderful job. Sounds like the audience loved it.

31. zrtf90 (Richard) - Romance Sans Paroles, Op. 17 No. 3 This was really well done, but I swear, at times, I heard the melody of "Red River Valley" peeking through. It's an American folk song, maybe you aren't familiar with it in Ireland. So yeah, I had to overlook that and listen again. You do a great job of bringing out the melody.

32. TX-Dennis/Dennis Turner - Be Thou My Vision This is really lovely Dennis - I thoroughly enjoyed it.

33. Serge88 - My Way "I did it myyyy waaaay" <- that's me singing while you play - thanks for that!

34. LizAnne - Elegy Op.183, No.2 Very nice LizAnne - I heard some dynamics in there...

35. MrPozor - The Doll's Funeral Nicely done. Piano sounds good, at least mostly in tune with itself, but it could use a tuning, especially if you haven't had one in a while.

36. lyricmudra - Consolation No. 3 Excellent performance - very enjoyable. You have a nice clear touch. And the piano sounds great.

37. TrapperJohn - I'll Be Seeing You Very well done TJ. I'll be seeing you...

38. DadAgain (& DadAgains Daughter) - Rondo Op163 #6 Wow, wish I could do this well with only 2 weeks to prepare. I am so jealous.

39. Ganddalf - Prelude Op.45 I hope we can still learn at 62, because I am just a few years behind you! Excellent job - wish I could play this well...

41. joangolfing - Elves' Dance Really good job on the staccato notes and chords - well done...

More to come...

Sam
Posted by: Peyton

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/16/12 06:34 PM

Originally Posted By: CarlosCC
Originally Posted By: Peyton
I'm on the road ( I'm showing my paintings at the Paradise City art show in Marlborough Ma. If any of you all are in the area come by and say hi) with just my iPhone to access the web so I won't be able to listen till next week, it looks to be an awesome recital !!

Hey Peyton. Give me some time. I'll put all the recital files in "box.com" site to share with you (i think you can listen them with iPhone, right?)
Meanwhile, I have had a terrible day at office, so I'm going to listen this recital only this weekend.


Carlos, you are a champ but don't worry about me. I should have plenty of Time to listen when I get home next week. Hearing the pieces on the phone does not do them much justice anyway.

Sam, I took the fall board off to tune the piano and, just to be different, left it off for the video.
Posted by: jotur

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/16/12 08:57 PM

Here's some more. Listening to the recital is just so much more fun than working smile

33. Serge88 - My Way I like Sinatra, but I liked your version of this better than his smile Yours was beautiful, and kind of wistful. Very nice.

34. LizAnne - Elegy What a delicate, pretty piece. Yes, the dynamics are coming along, and the softer ending was quite effective. I'm working on forte myself, so I know your journey. Keep at it!

35. MrPozor - The Doll's Funeral Your stately and somber interpretation was just right. Well done.

36. lyricmudra - Consolation Beautiful, and beautifully played.

37. TrapperJohn - I'll Be Seeing You Wonderful! You nailed this - wanna come and share a billing with me at one of my senior gigs? They'd love it. Bravo!

38. DadAgain (& DadAgain's Daughter) - Rondo This is terrific! I laughed out loud from the beginning with delight. You guys sure had fun. It sounded like the music for a folkdance I do.

39. Gandalf - Prelude I plan on improving for another 20 years and 66, so go for it. This was very pretty.

40. Sam S - Raindrop Prelude Lovely. You have no problem with forte smile This was very sophisticated playing.

41. joangolfing - Elves' Dance Very nice interpretation, very dancey, just right.

42. Copper - What a Wonderful World I always look forward to your pieces. This was lovely. You could join John Frank at one of my senior gigs - we'd be a great trio smile

Cathy
Posted by: TX-Dennis

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/16/12 09:00 PM

06 Amaruk Summer '78, Yann Tiersen
The piece is new to me. There are some interesting themes. Well played. You keep a good steady rhythm throughout. Nice performance.

07 dannylux / Mel Kosenko Consolation Op.9 No.1, Viktor Kosenko
An interesting little piece with quite a few fast runs that sound challenging to get right. Well done.

08 Greener / Jeff Green Little Preludes No. 2 (BWV 934) & No. 4 (BWV 936), Bach
Jeff, these are impressive performances. Bach is a challenge, and you are obviously up to that challenge. You take two very beautiful and complex works, and you bring out the full textures in the music. Just wonderful.

09 Riddler / Ed Chelsea Bridge, Billy Strayhorn
Ed, this is beautiful. I have always enjoyed this piece. Your arrangement is textured and lush bringing out the best in Strayhorn's melody and adding your own personal touches. A real treat.

10 timmyab Arabesque no 1, Debussy
Your playing sounds relaxed and fluid as befits the piece. Excellent work on the dynamics, and just an overall polished performance. This piece always puts me in mind of a little stream tumbling gently over rocks in a picturesque setting. Your performance of it put a smile on my face.

11 Mr Super-Hunky Nothing Else Matters James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich
I'm not a Metallica fan and have not heard this before. I like your version a great deal. Very nicely done, Bernie. Your arrangement is melodious and lush. Another tasty musical treat.

12 Jake S Prelude no.4 in E minor, Chopin
Jake, this is a remarkable performance. Particularly so for one who has been playing for only 10 months. Nice dramatic dynamics that bring out the full emotion of this beautiful piece. Well done indeed.

13 Wj3 / Walt Bethena, Scott Joplin
This doesn't sound like it was simplified all that much, Walt. You turned in a nice performance here. Quite an enjoyable listen.
Posted by: TX-Dennis

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/16/12 09:04 PM

14 ladypayne Early Winter
Yes, I thought I recognized the beginning of this piece. You have put together an interesting musical journey, ladypayne. Fun piece!
Posted by: BenPiano

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/17/12 01:23 AM

17. Monica K. - Opening - Bravo, Monica!

18. cgyan / Iain - Morning Light Great playing (as usual), and I liked the extra effort you put into your visual effects - great production!

19. Jazztpt (Russ) - You See - Clearly I see that I have no jazz experience to offer any sort of reliable opinion. But when I listen to jazz, I don't expect the sort of aggressiveness that I hear in this piece!

On a technical level, you're very well trained and talented.

But by the end, from a listening perspective, my eyes were wide open and I was wondering where to bury the bodies!

Perhaps that is the reaction that you wanted. If so - you nailed it! grin

20. Inlanding - Glen - Angle Eye and Morning Greets the New Day - Glen playing with others - *head explodes* I'm really looking forward to more of this!

And I really liked the second piece too - get well!
Posted by: BenPiano

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/17/12 01:59 AM

21. Andy Platt - Gavotte and Variations - This started so slow, and I thought to myself "haha, I'm totally gonna catch up to Andy now". And then you started playing quickly. laugh

And then slowly - with more complicated variations. *slaps forehead*

I'm continually impressed - well done! thumb

22. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Romanza and The Little Music Box - You Tube now? - yay! smile I don't know the Music Box, but I did play Steibelt's piece along the way. I loved both your playing and your graphical representation of this.

Well done - on all levels! smile

24. Yamaha G3 & P-80, Mike White - Meditation - Wow, so rich - and nice arpeggios!

25. Hawgdriver - Nocturne in B flat minor, Op. 9/1 - Wow, so delicate and so awesome. You continually impress all of us, and are an inspiration and motivator for us to get practicing!
Posted by: CarlosCC

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/17/12 05:59 AM

Originally Posted By: Peyton
Originally Posted By: CarlosCC
Originally Posted By: Peyton
I'm on the road ( I'm showing my paintings at the Paradise City art show in Marlborough Ma. If any of you all are in the area come by and say hi) with just my iPhone to access the web so I won't be able to listen till next week, it looks to be an awesome recital !!

Hey Peyton. Give me some time. I'll put all the recital files in "box.com" site to share with you (i think you can listen them with iPhone, right?)
Meanwhile, I have had a terrible day at office, so I'm going to listen this recital only this weekend.


Carlos, you are a champ but don't worry about me. I should have plenty of Time to listen when I get home next week. Hearing the pieces on the phone does not do them much justice anyway.

Sam, I took the fall board off to tune the piano and, just to be different, left it off for the video.


Here they are.
All the files of the 28th ABF Recital, for backup or something else:
https://www.box.com/s/bjwo7eu8wdveqsl2t8kw
Posted by: BillM

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/17/12 09:33 AM

01. CarlosCC - Canzone Popolare (Francia 1500ca) - Original extended cover
Your piano has a celeste-like quality in the opening measures. This is a remarkably listenable composition.

02. jaredm2012 Jared Miller - To Zanarkand
I had to go back and check to make sure I had read your write-up correctly – Playing only 5 months?? Wow! You are very talented. I look forward to hearing more from you in the future.

03. cebukid - Bach Invention 1 in C-Major (BWV 772)
I admire not only your considerable piano skills but also your powers of concentration. I love the high energy you bring to this piece. Very well done.

04. Peyton - Message From Space: Waiting for the Sun
I listened to the entire piece was impressed with both your pianistic skills and your ability to create such vivid images with your music.
Posted by: TrapperJohn

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/17/12 09:34 AM

33. Serge88 - My Way

"My Way" done your way - highly listenable...



36. lyricmudra - Consolation No. 3


Delicate, sensitive and under full control - reflective and nostalgic...



37. TrapperJohn - I'll Be Seeing You

You should take Jotur up on her offer to play a gig at a geezer's home - before you're in a home waiting to be gigged laugh



39. Ganddalf - Prelude Op.45

Accomplished with the intricate skill that only comes with advancing wisdom & maturity - and at 62 you're a relative "youngster" with some potential for noticeable improvement (you're just to young to realize this yet smile )
Posted by: BillM

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/17/12 09:47 AM

06. Amaruk - Summer '78
I am a big fan of your music and your stylistic videos. Always a treat to see you post. If you don’t mind me asking, what software do you use to create your video effects?

08. Greener / Jeff Green - Little Preludes No. 2 (BWV 934) & No. 4 (BWV 936)
A precise and enjoyable recording. You do an excellent job of maintaining the tempo and keeping a good balance between hands.

09. Riddler (Ed) - Chelsea Bridge
You can always be counted on to bring professional sounding works to the recitals – this is no exception. You have just the right amount of cool swing and attitude in your performance. Nice.
Posted by: BillM

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/17/12 09:56 AM

12. Jake S - Prelude no.4 in E minor
A fine performance. You play with sensitivity and produced a fine recording.

13. Wj3 / Walt - Bethena
Your piano has the perfect tone for this piece. I like the slower, stately tempo of your rendition. Very well done.
Posted by: BillM

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/17/12 11:14 AM

14. ladypayne - Early Winter
I am enjoying your recent foray into composition. This spirited piece was very easy on the ears – nice playing also.

16. BenPiano - Poem
I really enjoyed this short but charming piece. You play with real style. Excellent.

17. Monica K. - Opening
A lovely and engaging piece played with precision and style. First Rate.
Posted by: CebuKid

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/17/12 02:01 PM

01. CarlosCC - Canzone Popolare (Francia 1500ca) - Original extended cover

Nice cover Carlos! This is a very solemn and contemplative piece. I enjoyed it a lot, and the work you put in really shows. 

02. jaredm2012 Jared Miller - To Zanarkand


Nice work Jared. This piece reminds me of a green meadow. Video game pieces like this one are hidden gems, and it’s good to see you stepping outside the realm of Alfred books. 

03. cebukid - Bach Invention 1 in C-Major (BWV 772)

BLAH!! Bad recording quality, but this recording reflects what is my life these days – a part-time single parent (my wife works nights) trying to sneak piano in when I can..lol.

04. Peyton - Message From Space: Waiting for the Sun

I enjoyed the your first Message from Space too..this one is a nice follow-up, and the title is befitting. It sounds like like a prelude to something big with a nice climactic ending where the aliens finally actually *do* see the sun. Such interesting, and at times, jazzy sounding melodies.

05. wouter79 - Les Baricades Misterieuses

wouter79, I have to admit – your playing has really matured! You are a true student of this instrument and it shows with your playing that keeps getting better. Keep it up! PS-nice sound piano!



06. Amaruk - Summer '78


Very nice Amaruk! Sounds like classic Yann Theirsen.

07. dannylux / Mel - Kosenko Consolation Op.9 No.1

You’re right…it’s a very soothing piece.  Bravo!

08. Greener / Jeff Green - Little Preludes No. 2 (BWV 934) & No. 4 (BWV 936)

I love Bach! You did great on these preludes. Thanks for the historical description on these too. Aside from being a great composer, Bach seemed like he was a great teacher too. Pieces like these, and the Inventions, I believe were intended for piano students and have lots of pedadodical (sp?) value.

09. Riddler (Ed) - Chelsea Bridge

A nice jazzy little piano-bar-esque number. It’s a piece I’d like to enjoy with a cocktail and possibly a stogie..  Your jazz piano skills are very impressive though! It's not an easy genre. smile
Posted by: jotur

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/17/12 03:20 PM

Some more. It's been great having the time to listen in bigger blocks than I've been able to in the past. It's great music - my favorite music on the web.

1. CarlosCC - Canzone Popolare Beautiful. You did a wonderful job with your extension - brought that simple, lovely, Renassaince music right through the ages. I loved it.

2. jaredm2012 - To Zanarkind This was great! You played it well.

3. cebukid - Bach Invention 1 I like Bach, especially with kids in the background. Well done!

4. Peyton - Message from Space Very atmospheric (pardon the pun). The left-hand jazz rhythm at about 3 minutes that repeats later is way cool. And great energy at around 7 minutes that really sets up the lyrical part that follows. The repeated notes at the end really *are* the sun's rays as it fully rises. Great and creative work.

6. Amaruk - Summer '78 A perfect follow-on to Peyton's piece smile Very nice.

7. dannylux/Mel - Kosenko Consolation Oh, very nice. A pretty piece, and you are right, quite soothing.

8. Greener/Jeff Green - Little Preludes These Bach's made me smile, Jeff. I love this era's music, and you were right there.

9. Riddler (Ed) - Chelsea Bridge Really swings nicely. Your solo work is great.

11. Mr Super-Hunky - Nothing Else Matters You play pieces by people I've heard of but never heard. Great way of making them your own and finding music everywhere. I love the pause before the glissando.

12. Jake S - Prelude no. 4 Always room for Chopin in the recital. I like your control over the dynamics of the left-hand chords.

Gotta get some work done and visit a friend who's in hospice frown - more tomorrow.

Cathy
Posted by: wouter79

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/17/12 04:22 PM

I'd like to thank all who took the time to listen and comment on my piece!

Originally Posted By: jazzwee

05. wouter79 - Les Baricades Misterieuses
What a very wonderful recording quality. No wonder you're able to critique us all on that front, you certainly have it figured out. This is really a pretty piece which I haven't heard before. I said this before, you need to really slow it down to listen to some micro-timing issues. I can sense you controlling rubato but what you're not hearing is the unevenness between the notes. Otherwise very enjoyable!


Thanks jazzwee for your nice feedback and constructive comments. And also again thanks for the more detailed PMs on the micro-timing issue!

Originally Posted By: BenPiano
05. wouter79 - Les Baricades Misterieuses - Very well played! This is an interesting piece - clearly Baroque yet with hints of new age type sounds. Couperin was clearly ahead of his time!


Thanks for the nice feedback! I think Couperin was not aware of new age type sounds laugh In fact I'm also not aware that there is new-age type sounds in my playing, so I'd love to hear a bit more detail on this !

Originally Posted By: aTallGuyNH
05. wouter79 - Les Baricades Misterieuses

Who knows what Couperin intended, but what I heard was a conversation between two people, or perhaps a group of people. Point and counterpoint (as you noted), breaking down barriers to understanding and common purpose. Great job -- it really spoke to me about keeping up the good fight of trying to work things out with people with whom it isn't always easy to do so.


Nice to hear that it worked for you, and also thanks for the details on what these barriers are for you. It is interesting how a single performance can elicit so many different interpretations.

Originally Posted By: Allard

05. wouter79 - Les Baricades Misterieuses
I can hear the harpsichord hidden between the notes. Sounds great on piano too.

Thanks for your comments!

Originally Posted By: casinitaly
05. wouter79 - Les Baricades Misterieuses Wouter, well done! I am extremely partial to this type of music and thoroughly enjoyed your performance. I also really love the “voice” of your piano!

Thanks cas for your nice comments and glad that you like the voice that I get out of my piano. I always think that everyone has a different taste but given the amount of positive feedback on my piano sound I may have to reconsider that smile

Originally Posted By: BeccaBb
Wouter: This is all new to me. A very neat sound to it. I can almost hear the harpsicord in it. Excellent!

Thank you Becca!

Originally Posted By: zrtf90

There is a clear maturity in your fingers and a clearer direction in your choice of material. Those who are taking a classical route are struggling to match the sonority and confidence of those taking a more modern direction where the fingers are free of the more rigorous discipline of classical piano but getting to where you are now, whatever path you've chosen, has taken a resolve that will most likely see you continuing on to the next level.

I would be unable to guess your experience from the quality of your performances but I am sure I would have guessed longer in each case. It took me longer to get where you are now.


LOL thanks Richard, interesting how you answer entire groups of people at once!

>Those who are taking a classical route are struggling to match the sonority and confidence of those taking a more modern direction where the fingers are free of the more rigorous discipline of classical piano

Ummm I'm not exactly sure how to read this. Since my piece is definitely classical, I guess your comment on my piece is that I'm struggling to get sonority and confidence?
Posted by: windywindy

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/17/12 04:39 PM

I enjoyed listening to every track, and each one was original.

Quite a few of the tracks were humbling for me to listen to, and a few were amazing for the years of experience. A LOT of hard work and talent showed in this recital, and I have a lot to learn by continuing to come back to this forum.

My comments may not be as original as the pieces because it was clear that everyone took great care what they submitted, and as a result, everyone did a "good job." Humbled as I am, I don't really feel qualified to judge, but since I wanted to give feedback anyway, I've had to go with my gut. Take it with a grain of salt.



01. CarlosCC - Canzone Popolare (Francia 1500ca) - Original extended cover This is a very nice melody to preserve in the re-telling. It's the first time I have heard it. The left hand of the extension conjures the image of plucked strings, which feels very fitting.

02. jaredm2012 Jared Miller - To Zanarkand Very nice first full piece. The broken chords are very clean for five months playing. If you like Final Fanatasy, also try the prelude from II/VII. I wonder if you tried direct recording.

03. cebukid - Bach Invention 1 in C-Major (BWV 772) Amazing focus through distraction and good balance between the voices. The inventions pay dividends so your "plan to do more" is a wise one.

04. Peyton - Message From Space: Waiting for the Sun Your technique and control are an inspriation, clearly well-earned. The development and textural variations were very nice and would have gone missing without the legth. The word is definitely: awesome.

05. wouter79 - Les Baricades Misterieuses Nice dynamics and breaths.

06. Amaruk - Summer '78 Very good expression and solid left hand. I feel the burn just from watching.

07. dannylux / Mel - Kosenko Consolation Op.9 No.1 Pretty pice. I didn't detect any worry about the arpeggios. The attack on the final chord brought a nice resolution.

08. Greener / Jeff Green - Little Preludes No. 2 (BWV 934) & No. 4 (BWV 936) Rock steady beat on the D major, polished practice on both, and very good recording.

09. Riddler (Ed) - Chelsea Bridge The arrangement is full and rich. I definitely got the water part of the picture right down to the current using only ears.

10. timmyab - Arabesque no 1 A nice clean rendition of one of my favorite piano pieces to listen to. Lucky you who get to enjoy playing it like that. I have tried but shelved it to let my technique and psyche catch up. Nice and smooth every time on my favorite figure from bars 6-7 - like snowflakes or misty rain. A little envy is forgiven, right? smile

11. Mr Super-Hunky - Nothing Else Matters-original cover Well played. The mood was more relaxed than I expected but the arrangement kept my interest throughout a few repeats of the track.

12. Jake S - Prelude no.4 in E minor Good job. Also one of my favorite pieces.

13. Wj3 / Walt - Bethena I love how the piece is matched to the piano. It sounds like you have a good base on which to build the even harder version.

14. ladypayne - Early Winter This grabbed my attention right from the start and then again at the first variation. Listening was lots of fun. I like the form and the variations in color. Great composition.

15. (Was)TrueBeginner - Sandy It's a good name. I feel the rainy mood in the piece.

16. BenPiano - Poem Nice control, expression, and choice of piece.

17. Monica K. - Opening Good job with the tricky rhythm. The flow seemed unbroken.

18. cgyan / Iain - Morning Light Nice piece and mix - very relaxing.

19. Jazztpt (Russ) - You See Cool, cool, cool. Impressive playing with convincing harmonies and rhythms and a creative composition.

20. Inlanding - Glen - Angle Eye and Morning Greets the New Day Angel Eye had a nice groove - I'd say you play really well with others. Morning... is a convincing picture piece, a picture that is becoming a theme in this recital.

21. Andy Platt - Gavotte and Variations Good job at making it through them all and sensible choices on tempo and ornamentation - no breakneck speed needed.

22. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Romanza and The Little Music Box Good playing, especially on the music box. Did I hear it being wound?

23. SandTiger - Shimmer Kudos for an original composition after only 8 months of playing. If I understand "no audio feedback," you should find any recording technique that lets you hear yourself.

24. Yamaha G3 & P-80, Mike White - Meditation Lots of feeling in your playing. I also liked the runs.

25. Hawgdriver - Nocturne in B flat minor, Op. 9/1 One of my favorite pieces. A good quality recording and amazingly played at 3 years' experience.

26. MusicaMusique - Je t'aimais, je t'aime, je t'aimerai Nicely put together with a good ear. Experiment more with recording techniques.

27. kenjazz (Ken) - Waltz For Debby This really drew me in. Good job at playing, arrangement, and production. I appreciated having the personal context from your comments.

28. MaryBee - Bagatelle No.25 in A minor (Fur Elise) Thank you for the deep study and brave choice of piece. It's clear your practice has been with active mind and ears.

29. Allard - Before the Last Leaf Falls Yes, a lovely piece. Good cantabile for the melody.

30. Jazzwee - Blue Monk This is awesome. It's a treat to have a live performance, the improv is really on, and the voices from the room transport me to the scene.

31. zrtf90 (Richard) - Romance Sans Paroles, Op. 17 No. 3 A great interpretation. I don't know what you mean by "normally a beautiful piece," but this recording IS beautiful and true to my mental model of the piece.

32. TX-Dennis/Dennis Turner - Be Thou My Vision Beautiful. I remember this from boys' choir but your version has a lot more grace and depth.

33. Serge88 - My Way Nice performance, phrased like the lyrics, and with lots of detail.

34. LizAnne - Elegy Op.183, No.2 Well played. I can totally relate to "two years out of every decade;" life has a way of doing that. The volume seems fine through my headphones; maybe it has been fixed since previous comments.

35. MrPozor - The Doll's Funeral Good job with your playing and thanks for doing the video. The piano has a nice tone.

36. lyricmudra - Consolation No. 3 Clearly those lessons stuck with you. I see unwavering balance and composure through difficult material which you have made easy for yourself. Technique, piano, and recording came together into an excellent overall sound quality.

37. TrapperJohn - I'll Be Seeing You A heart-felt performance. Thanks for the background in the comments. This is the first time I have heard this.

38. DadAgain (& DadAgains Daughter) - Rondo Op163 #6 This was lots of fun to listen to. Great cooperation, beat, and dynamics. First attempt at a duet is incredible; it sounds like the last of many. Hats off to you both.

39. Ganddalf - Prelude Op.45 Impressive, skillful playing. It takes a more refined ear than mine to offer any suggestion for improvement. The sound quality of the recording is also great.

40. Sam S - Prelude Opus 28 number 15 (Raindrop) It came out very musical and was a pleasure to listen to.

41. joangolfing - Elves' Dance A very effective performance that definitely captures the "dance" mood.

42. Copper - What a Wonderful World A nice familiar piece. I was happy to hear it.

43. Starr Keys - Broken Hearted Me Thanks for sharing this and for singing, and nice job on the arrangement.

44. Valencia - Work in Progress --Chopin's Etude 25/11 This is a difficult piece to take on but you have still made headway. For big challenges, I have found the back burner to be the efficient road to progress. It's a philosophical question, but my philosophy is that it's great to give these some attention once in a while but damaging to let them own you.

45. jotur/Cathy Turner - Alexander's Ragtime Band I bet this is a real crowd pleaser. "Like a chicken," ha-ha.

46. Coldsalmon - Nocturne in Eb Major, Op. 9 No. 2 I love the piece, and you have done a good job with it. I'm sorry about the storm damage.

47. windywindy - Love Is All Around Hello, self.

48. Teodor - Tereza's Inspiration (Original Piece) Nice composition, especially the motif around 0:45.

49. BillM - When You Wish Upon A Star One of the highlights of the recital for me. It shows lots of skill at vocal, playing, and arrangement.

50. Bessel - The Happy Farmer (Returning from Work), and Wild Horseman It's great that you found the recital a source of motivation. Despite your comment on "less time," I can tell you have practiced these diligently, holding yourself to a high standard.

51. PianoStudent88 - Minuets BWV Anh. 114, 115 Good job working through both of these and playing the whole set. It was well done with secure technique. One nit where it could be my hearing that's wrong - should 115 have trills instead of upper mordents?

52. Mar_red - Dom (Home) / Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - Medley. Dom - nice tune and good reading. Santa - never too early. Both are well played.

53. Sam Rose (Shmuel R) - Solfeggietto (Solfeggio) in C Minor I can tell you put in a lot of practice. Your playing sounded very even to me.

54. Norrec, Tim - Solitude Nice choice of piece. It sounds very nice while still being manageable. Continue to experiment with the pedal until you find a middle ground that convinces you it's the best.

55. Mile Hi Steve - Halloween Potpourri Nice layering, patch changes, and arrangement. The parts of the medly work well together.


This is my first recital, and I'm happy to have participated. I mostly lurk on the forum but to those who post, thank you. I learn so much and improve my practice just from reading. I was hesitant to submit anything for the recital, but I am glad that I did. It has inspired me to practice more and better.
Posted by: wouter79

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/17/12 04:50 PM

Originally Posted By: Tx-Dennis
05 wouter79 Les Baricades Misterieuses, Francois Couperin
Another beautiful piece. It does not sound easy, but you make it seem effortless, wouter. Great job.


Actually it's not so hard once you get the hang of it. I think I worked about 2 months on it. But there is one weird thing with this piece, I always make a fatal flub (requiring me to restart a few measures back, or even totally forgetting a measure or two) if I try to perform this for someone else (luckily not in front of the mic).

Originally Posted By: bessel
05. wouter79 - Les Baricades Misterieuses
Thanks for the introduction to Couperin. It's a really pretty piece of music, and you presented it very well. Nice dynamics and tone... I really enjoyed this a lot.

Thanks for the nice feedback!

Originally Posted By: Sam S
05. wouter79 - Les Baricades Misterieuses Excellent job. I think this is your best recital piece yet. Of course, I love this piece. You did a good job on the ornaments and bringing out the inner voices. I do prefer a steadier tempo, but that's your call.

Wow, thanks. The piece is too inviting to vary the tempo. Maybe you should try it smile
Posted by: Amaruk

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/17/12 06:28 PM

01. CarlosCC - Canzone Popolare (Francia 1500ca) - Original extended cover
Amazing performance Carlos…. I love this piece. It is pop music at its best!! I can't believe it is so old!! Let us know if you ever create sheets for this arrangement as it is such a great piece.

02. jaredm2012 Jared Miller - To Zanarkand
Oh well, now I understand why all are so impressed with this recital… Amazing Jared. Your performance is very calming. I am not a big gamer but my kids are so I teach our oldest son piano songs from Pirates of the Caribbean and Harry Potter already. Video games seem to be a great channel for piano music these days!!

03. cebukid - Bach Invention 1 in C-Major (BWV 772)
Dry run? You don't seem to suffer from the red dot syndrome at all. These pieces are not easy and you pull it off great here!! I love your piano too. The plant in the corner makes for a very cozy setting!

04. Peyton - Message From Space: Waiting for the Sun
Great work Peyton! It sure sounds like some kind of space music! Your video also adds a cosmic dimension to the performance. I can see your lovely painted 'wild women' looking up at the UFO that is about to land in Baxter State Park… Thanks for sharing.

05. wouter79 - Les Baricades Misterieuses
Great performance. I am not familiar with this piece but it sure is great!

06. Amaruk - Summer '78
Some of you have asked me what happened in 1978. In the movie that year is special to the main character in two ways. First, this summer his father sadly ran off to the west and left the family and secondly it was the year the first German cosmonaut was sent up to space (Sigmund Jähn onboard Soyuz 31). The software I used for creating this video is called Final Cut Pro X.
Posted by: zrtf90

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/17/12 07:32 PM

Originally Posted By: wouter79
LOL thanks Richard, interesting how you answer entire groups of people at once!

>Those who are taking a classical route are struggling to match the sonority and confidence of those taking a more modern direction where the fingers are free of the more rigorous discipline of classical piano

Ummm I'm not exactly sure how to read this. Since my piece is definitely classical, I guess your comment on my piece is that I'm struggling to get sonority and confidence?

I'm not implying you lack confidence or sonority but had you not had to undergo such rigourous technical demands as your piece implies, you might have been able to better match those that haven't in those areas.

I grouped the recitalists in approximate years of experience.

In your group, around three years, the classical players generally face more demanding technical requirements and consequently struggle to keep pace with the overall sound of those who have less severity in their material. These differences sort themselves out over time.

If you look at the next group, all with more than five years experience, you'll find the classical players have caught up and are able to perform with a greater technical facility than those who haven't had that training.

As an example, it's easier to play a chord and make it sound full and rich than to play a varied sequence of notes. The individual fingers need a greater balance in their tonal output to maintain evenness than they do when all fingers are sounding together. The chord has one intensity even if one or two of the notes are louder than the others and gives the impression that the player has greater tonal control. It takes years to balance the fingers well enough to match that effect of chord playing.

You may not remember this but, as an aside, when the Intel 486 chip was in its infancy it appeared that DOS 5.0 ran programs faster than Windows 3.0 because the screen output was smoother. It was several years before the processors were fast enough to make a multi-tasking, graphical enviroment LOOK as smooth as DOS did.

You may deduce from this that it's harder to learn classical piano than pop/rock vamping and it takes three to five years before the classical player 'sounds' as experienced or as competent as the rocker.

In one or two years it would be exceptional for a player to sound as though they'd been playing for three years or more (to an ear as old as mine, at least). After three to five years all the different areas that make up our total sound start to come together. Between five and ten years we develop and mature as players and our own life experiences and our own styles begin to take precedence over our training alone in how we sound. And how we sound has a maturity to it even if we haven't undergone rigorous training.

Once you reach ten years of playing you have a familiarity with the instrument you can't get any other way than spending that time on it. Who you are and how you've spent that time will generally show through. Jazzwee, for example has reached that stage in less than ten years. I have more years of experience than he has but I haven't spent my time as productively but I like to think that I'm still a match for most people with less than that time.

Few of us are exceptional. We all walk by about twelve months and are talking fluently after twenty four, we all take about five years to reach a stage of competence on piano and we all take around ten years to mature on it.

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Were I to comment on each individual performance I would either run out of superlatives or start to regurgitate the same 'wonderful's and 'impressive's for everyone and their meanings would lack lustre. I am seriously impressed by every single performance and I still haven't deleted any from my mp3 player nor stopped listening to them. This has been an exceptional recital.
Posted by: Sand Tiger

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/17/12 08:04 PM

Congratulations to one and all.

As usual, I am in way over my head with this group. I like to remind myself and others that the recital is a self-selective group. So while only a few are exceptional pianists, the majority tend to be in the above average group.

On most Internet forums, there are ten readers for every participant. For the recital, I'd guess that about 1% of all those reading the forum regularly are uploading their contributions.

Also many here are passionate about piano. Someone with one year of burning passion can get as far as a someone playing for multiple years with modest interest. When I started eight months ago, I could commit two hours a day. That became one hour, and now it is more like 15 minutes. As one might expect, I find my progress to be a lot slower per day, at 15 minutes a day than when I could do an hour or two hours a day.

As for the couple of questions, yes, I am playing and recording without hearing. I tend to play all the way through that way. When I am listening and recording, I often pause or halt for minor flaws. I don't see this as a big deal for the level I am at. If I didn't mention it in my upload summary, I doubt anyone would pick out my beginner recording and say, "hey that person is recording without listening to their music." I suggest playing with the sound off, as a technique to anyone struggling to memorize pieces.

Thanks for all the uploads and all the comments. I bow to the talent, the above averageness, and most especially the many that are taking the time to listen and comment on every recording.
Posted by: jazzwee

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/17/12 08:09 PM

That's a nice explanation Richard. Each genre has a different focus, at least early on. I think though that it is easier to sound good (to the general person's ear) in Classical than in Jazz. The reason is that in Classical, at least you know what notes you are going to play so there's a chance to practice it. The difficulty on the jazz side is that we don't know what we will encounter technically until we get there. This means that it is hard to encounter all technical possibilities early on.

As we progress, I think you are right that all the roads lead to the same place. Jazzers start to develop technical proficiency after achieving some musical goals (being able to play with the changes).

Now the difference is that early on, in classical, issues like tone, dynamics get more attention and you get judged at achieving skills in these much early on. In jazz, it's more about time/evenness, swing, and generally more about rhythmic control. It's because you can't even play jazz without these.

But in the end it's all needed. Same skills. Just some skills more than others. I still haven't spent time doing octaves and I'm not good at playing legato thirds. Not encountered as much.

BTW - I had a classical technique teacher too. I just don't play a lot of classical music because I suck at reading. I thought the classical teacher was essential. Lots more work to do though!

I ought to say though that I feel reasonably confident I can sound professional at 10 years. A couple more years to go...It's a long haul and there really are no shortcuts.
Posted by: BillM

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/17/12 08:46 PM

18. cgyan / Iain - Morning Light
This was so enjoyable! Loved the video and the thought that obviously went into this production. Your piano playing, as usual, is flawless.

19. Jazztpt (Russ) - You See
You and your Roland were made for each other. I’m a Roland guy also but mine doesn’t play fast notes as well as yours (I’m sure it’s the piano). Seriously, love the recording and your way cool improvisation. You are among the ABF Jazz Elite.

20. Inlanding - Glen - Angle Eye and Morning Greets the New Day
As with all of your postings, I am always deeply impressed with your skills when I hear you play piano – everything you play is professional quality. I really like the change is tempo and mood between the two pieces.
Posted by: BillM

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/17/12 09:02 PM

21. Andy Platt - Gavotte and Variations
I enjoy reading your posts on a wide variety of topics here on Piano
World – you are obviously very serious about becoming the best pianist you can be. I’m not really a fan of classical music but I can appreciate the time and effort you have put into your music that resulted in such a fine performance. Very competently played.

22. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Romanza and The Little Music Box
I enjoyed watching the video that accompanied your submission – particularly the music boxes. You have a very light touch and play with great expression. Well done.

23. SandTiger - Shimmer
An interesting piece with an appropriate title. I admire your ability to compose after such a short time at the keyboard.
Posted by: PianoStudent88

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/17/12 09:10 PM

windywindy, in Minuet BWV Anh 115, what sound to you like upper mordents are trills done with crap trill technique. I'm not sure why they sound like upper mordents: I'm certainly trying to start them on the note above, and on the beat. But I don't have very much control over their evenness, so I can understand that they may not leave the proper impression of a trill.

Richard, what you say about years of experience and the way classical pianists develop is interesting to me My hope is that more years of experience will improve my playing; my despair is that without a teacher this may not be possible.
Posted by: TX-Dennis

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/17/12 09:16 PM

15 (Was)TrueBeginner Sandy
A nice moody composition. I really like the ebb and flow of this piece. It's a bit dark but not especially stormy.

16 BenPiano Poem, Z. Fibich
Nice job, Ben. This is an enjoyable listen.

17 Monica K. Opening, Philip Glass
While I am not a fan of Glass, I do hear the windchime like quality you mention. I guess yours are the right hands after all. This sounds exceptionally difficult with all those tricky 3 on 2 rhythms. I wouldn't want to try this one myself.

18 cgyan / Iain Morning Light, John Schmidt
Iain, you did a wonderful job with this beautiful piece. I really enjoyed your recording. It sounds very professional. Tremendous job!

19 Jazztpt(Russ) You See
Another impressive performance, and what a composition this is, Russ. Inspiring to listen to. I am in awe. Truly.

20 Inlanding - Glen Angle Eye and Morning Greets the New Day
I like your Angel Eyes improv, but it left me wanting more. The second piece is aptly named. It really does sound like a beautiful sunrise. I definitely enjoyed listening.

21 Andy Platt Gavotte and Variations, Jean-Philippe Rameau
This is beautiful, Andy. You play it with feeling and you bring out the various voices in the variations tremendously well.

22 CASINITALY (Cheryl) Romanza and The Little Music Box, Daniel Steibelt, Samuel Maypakar
Cheryl, these are both nice. I enjoyed the first piece tremendously. The second is not my cup of tea, but it does sound like a little music box.
Posted by: Mr Super-Hunky

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/17/12 10:47 PM

The talent in the adult 'beginer' group is getting insane!

Congratulations to everyone who submitted a performance as it is getting harder and harder just to keep up with the talent here.


Randomoniously in order:


01. CarlosCC - Canzone Popolare (Francia 1500ca) - Original extended cover Carlos, this was an exquisite piece performed,...well, exquisitely. Very enjoyable to listen to and your playing was once again top notch. Bravo Super-Carlos!


02. jaredm2012 Jared Miller - To Zanarkand This is one of my all time favorite pieces. Your performance may inspire me to re-learn this piece once again. Very nicely played.

03. cebukid - Bach Invention 1 in C-Major (BWV 772) Bach and bathtime! What's not to love in a fun household like that? Pretty impressive invention playing as well.

04. Peyton - Message From Space: Waiting for the Sun This was great to listen too and watch Peyton. Your intensity is unmatched. The anticipation and buildup was perfect for the 2:46 mark change in melody which gave me a chill. I play piano for the thrill. The thrill of the chill! That's what it is all about.

05. wouter79 - Les Baricades Misterieuses Very nicely played Wouter. It is obvious that you are trying your best at...everything. Noticeable attention to detail I'd say. Very nice to listen to.

06. Amaruk - Summer '78 This was a lovely piece in a hauntingly beautiful way. Your playing was equally as nice.

07. dannylux / Mel - Kosenko Consolation Op.9 No.1 Okay now I'm relaxed. My shoes are off and I'm just sittin' back listeneing to Mel. Nicely played.

08. Greener / Jeff Green - Little Preludes No. 2 (BWV 934) & No. 4 (BWV 936) Too technical for me but I can certainly hear the quality and accuracy in your performance. Well done Jeff.

09. Riddler (Ed) - Chelsea Bridge As expected, another relaxing and dreamy performance. I could listen to this all night. Thanks for this Ed.

10. timmyab - Arabesque no 1 Well there is good, and then there is ridiculously good. Your performance was obviously the latter. Very impressive and inspirational.

11. Mr Super-Hunky - Nothing Else Matters-original cover You idiot. I can't believe you screwed up the gain level even when you knew about it beforehand. Schmuck!

12. Jake S - Prelude no.4 in E minor This was very enjoyable and relaxing Jake. Thanks for performing and exposing me to this piece.

13. Wj3 / Walt - Bethena This sounded very nice Walt and I couldn't help but notice how accurate your timing was. Well done.

14. ladypayne - Early Winter I liked the energy you put into this performance as well as the frequent tempo changes throughout the piece. Nicely played.

15. (Was)TrueBeginner - Sandy This piece had some sad and dramatic elements to it for sure. I was impressed with all the dramatic melody changes you put in. Very enjoyable to listen to.

16. BenPiano - Poem Your playing is getting very good Ben. Piano sounds nice too. I enjoyed it.

17. Monica K. - Opening This sounded great Monica. Your acoustics are much better than my set up. I always love hearing the resonance of the mighty Masons and this was a beautiful piece to hear it on. A pleasure as always.

18. cgyan / Iain - Morning Light As one of my favorite ABF performers, you have set a very high bar for yourself. I'm a big fan due to the extra amount of emotion you seem to put into every performance. This was no exception.

19. Jazztpt (Russ) - You See Russ, this was just nuts good! I agree with you on the Roland too. What an incredible digital piano.

20. Inlanding - Glen - Angle Eye and Morning Greets the New Day Swingingly delicious intro Glen. You had some incredibly beautiful original melodies right at the transition point that I loved. Well done.
Posted by: MaryBee

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/17/12 11:13 PM

01. CarlosCC - Canzone Popolare (Francia 1500ca) - Original extended cover What a great skill to be learning as you improvise on this theme. Your addition blended so seamlessly with the original. Very nice to listen to.

02. jaredm2012 Jared Miller - To Zanarkand This doesn't sound like someone playing with only 5-months experience. You were certainly dedicated to this piece, to put in the amount of time it must have taken to learn it. Especially nice on the dynamics. I enjoyed listening.

03. cebukid - Bach Invention 1 in C-Major (BWV 772) Sounds great! Nice ornaments, and I like your ending. I'm glad to hear that you too have found Bach to be both challenging and fun!

04. Peyton - Message From Space: Waiting for the Sun Oh wow. This was worth waiting for! But I don't know if that was a sunrise or a supernova. smile I love the sounds you get from your piano. There are a couple of different moods that this piece takes you through, but the over-arching feeling conveyed through your playing is one of great energy. Love it!

05. wouter79 - Les Baricades Misterieuses This so lovely, I had to listen to it twice. For some reason its simple beauty almost brought tears to my eyes. I like your use of pauses and dynamics, and I think your tempo choice is perfect for this performance. Thank you for bringing Couperin to the recital. I'm off now to look up the sheet music for this...
Posted by: jotur

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/17/12 11:20 PM

Thanks to all who make these recitals happen. Half my repertoire comes from what I've played here. The inspiration has been welcome.

43. Starr Keys - Broken Hearted Me Ah, a little chanteuse - nice addition to the recital.

44. Valencia - Work in Progress A fun start. You'll love hearing this in a couple of years and noting your progress.

46. Coldsalmon - Nocturne Beautifully played. I'm so sorry for your piano, and, I'd guess, most of your other stuff, too. Hope you can put some things back together.

47. windywindy - Love Is All Around Nice to hear an upbeat piece with a driving rhythm. It sounds fun to play.

49. BillM - When You Wish Upon a Star Just terrific. Your stylings are pro and I love your repertoire.

50. Bessel - The Happy Farmer and The Wild Horseman I loved them! I didn't realize I'd recognize them - must hav played them in the long ago and far away. They sound like a challenge when you've not been able to play much, but you did a great job.

51. PianoStudent88 - Minuets Two of my favorites. Nice pacing, and I like the liveliness.


So I'm off to try to get something ready for the next recital. CinnamonBear, from the Pianists Corner, sent me a stack of sheet music. GI Jive looks like a winner. . .

Cathy
Posted by: Starr Keys

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/18/12 12:24 AM

Originally Posted By: Jazzwee
Starr Keys your voice is so wonderful. Please keep doing recitals accompanying yourself singing. It's just so entertaining and enjoyable! Great work.

Coming from a pro of your rank, this is “wonderful” to hear. Thank you for all your encouragement. I don’t plan on stopping any time soon unless a bunch of people I respect ask me to, since I am finding singing helps a lot with playing by ear; I hear more/better embellishments because I feel it more when I sing. Also, not having to play the melody helps me concentrate more on harmony and rhythm. It’s working out pretty much the way I’d hoped, except that it’s turned out to be more work than less since I’m not a natural at it by any stretch of the imagination. 
Originally Posted By: zrt90
There is a clear maturity in your fingers and a clearer direction in your choice of material. Those who are taking a classical route are struggling to match the sonority and confidence of those taking a more modern direction where the fingers are free of the more rigorous discipline of classical piano but getting to where you are now, whatever path you've chosen, has taken a resolve that will most likely see you continuing on to the next level.

I would be unable to guess your experience from the quality of your performances but I am sure I would have guessed longer in each case. It took me longer to get where you are now.


I was delighted to find myself in the group you’ve placed me in (not so sure they will be, though-lol). I can’t argue with you about the maturity in the fingers and resolve of everyone else in the group . As regards the relationship between quality and experience, I have also felt the same way about several of the people in this group. In my own case, I know the “resolve” part is true, but everything else came as a surprise and delight to hear it applied to me. Thank you. I too found all your group comments most interesting to read.

Originally Posted By: Greener
Best Piano Arrangement with vocals:

it's a tie:
43. Starr Keys - Broken Hearted Me
49. BillM - When You Wish Upon A Star

Very touching and compassionate performances. Good stuff, Bill and Starr Keys.


Since I’ve made no bones about my admiration for BillM’s arranging and vocals, you couldn’t have paid me a better compliment, although again I think most others might find your comparing my ability with his stretching it. But, thank you for the flattering comparison.

Originally Posted By: CasinItaly
43. Starr Keys - Broken Hearted Me Oh, I remember this one. Your background info prompted me to look at the video – the paintings were really lovely ! (I was confused about the carrots though….?) Great job – I’m so impressed by people who can sing and play at the same time. I’ve yet to be able to do it. I wish your sister all the best – she’s certainly been having difficulties!

While I sang and played this all the way through while making the piano recording you heard, my voice and energy was so weak from a cold (I managed to sing the first verse okay, but the increased tempo of the second part required more energy and focus than I could muster and maintain the accompaniment tempo while singing well)so I used the internal digital recording and sang over it again while I recorded with my Zoom--I resung to the entire accompaniment I taped with the internal recorder, that is, not just the part I didn't like.

Thank you for the compliment on my sister’s paintings. She’s only been painting for about as long as I’ve been playing (less than four years), and needs as much encouragement as I do--and I also appreciate your compliment on my work. I think we are both channeling my father who was not only an excellent by-ear musician but a good artist…”the carrots??” – ah, I guess you need more inside info. Both my sister’s husband and boyfriend built garden structures for her, her husband for a magnificent flower garden and her boyfriend for a vegetable garden (both seen in the video). I was thinking of Voltaire and Candide --when fortune robs him of everything once beautiful in life, he says it’s important to just keep tending to our gardens. Also, I think my sister’s an excellent photographer and I didn’t get time to show many of her photographs, and here was an excuse to show one.

Originally Posted By: windywindy
Thanks for sharing this and for singing, and nice job on the arrangement.

Thanks for not telling me not to sing! I appreciate the positive feedback on the arrangement. I worked hard on it to get the quality I wanted to do the paintings the justice I felt they deserved.

Quote:
Ah, a little chanteuse - nice addition to the recital

Thank for the kind words, Cathy.

I am facing another deadline less than a month from now for another (live) recital while nursing a cold, so intrigued by the example of zrt90, I’m going to try my hand at making group comments. If my categories overlap a bit by the time I’m through, please forgive me. Here is the first category:

Popular or New Age from the Sheet:
29 Allard
32 Texas Dennis
37 Trapper John
45 Jotur/Cathy Turner
47 Windy-windy

If I could do it as well as you guys, I might play more from the sheet, instead of fashioning arrangements that I could play more easily. You all made even some less than inspired sheet music sound exciting. Allard, you inspired me to pull out my David Lanz collection and look for the piece you played. Windy-windy you made me wonder why I never appreciated that song so much when I heard it played on the Mary Tyler Moore Show. Trapper John, you did a fine job with capturing nostalgia of that World War II classic without making it saccharine and sentimental. As for you, Texas Dennis and Cathy, you are on level of accomplishment with interpreting a score with rhythm, dynamics, and tone that I can only aspire to. Now that’s what I call “maturity in the fingers.”
Posted by: BenPiano

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/18/12 12:42 AM

27. kenjazz (Ken) - Waltz For Debby - Really nice, Ken - very enjoyable to listen to!

28. MaryBee - Bagatelle No.25 in A minor (Fur Elise) Clearly, learning piano with a teacher is the way to go. I mangled this one on my own - I really enjoyed your performance of this!

29. Allard - Before the Last Leaf Falls - A nice piece - I can hear how you got into this one. Well done!

31. zrtf90 (Richard) - Romance Sans Paroles, Op. 17 No. 3 - I'm in the process of learning one of Mendelssohn's songs without words. At the intro, I heard a lot of similarity! Of course it differed throughout, and I appreciate how you distinctly brought out the melody!

32. TX-Dennis/Dennis Turner - Be Thou My Vision I'm familiar with the tune, and I loved your version!

33. Serge88 - My Way - Nice work doing this your way! smile

34. LizAnne - Elegy Op.183, No.2 "Recording method: Red Dot Forever" Haha, this caught my attention! smile (recording really is HARD!) Personally, I think you've conquered the beginning stages of red dot syndrome with this piece and graduated to the next level of red dot recording!

Recording isn't easy, but that red dot is so much smaller than the confidence you clearly put on display during this performance - well done!

35. MrPozor - The Doll's Funeral - Nice work with this at 7 months!
Posted by: CebuKid

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/18/12 01:21 AM

10. timmyab - Arabesque no 1

Ahhhh...nice! DeBussy. I love his work and dare not attempt them myself. You, however, have done nice work on this piece. smile Your patience and perserverence have paid dividends.

11. Mr Super-Hunky - Nothing Else Matters-original cover

Ahhh...only Mr. S-H can pull off making a old Metallica classic sound, well, "classical". I've liked Metallica since high school, and listen to them to this day whilst running. I may have to add your cover to my running mix tape. smile Great cover!

12. Jake S - Prelude no.4 in E minor

I love this one from Chopin. You play it very well!

13. Wj3 / Walt - Bethena

The genius of Joplin! Even "simpler" arrangements of his compositions sound great. This particular one still captured the unique 3/4 syncopated rhythm that makes this (master)piece so great. And you nicely captured the melancholy tone that Joplin intended. BRAVO!!

14. ladypayne - Early Winter

Nice work ladypayne!! This piece does sound winter-esque. smile
Posted by: jaredm2012

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/18/12 01:58 AM

Wow thanks for all the comments guys!

Originally Posted By: jazzwee
02. jaredm2012 Jared Miller - To Zanarkand
Fabulous job for 5 months! You are doing really well. You are playing evenly with really good tone and balance. I would say you're doing amazing work and welcome to a first recital. What an opener!

Originally Posted By: TX-Dennis
02 jaredm2012 Jared Miller To Zanarkand, Nobuo Uematsu
Nice job, Jared. Are you sure it's only 5 months? Your expressiveness is that of a veteran player. Amazing.

Originally Posted By: bessel
02. jaredm2012 Jared Miller - To Zanarkand
Wow, this is stunning for 5 months of piano! Tell me you've played organ or harpsichord for years, please!

Originally Posted By: BillM
02. jaredm2012 Jared Miller - To Zanarkand
I had to go back and check to make sure I had read your write-up correctly – Playing only 5 months?? Wow! You are very talented. I look forward to hearing more from you in the future.

Originally Posted By: MaryBee
02. jaredm2012 Jared Miller - To Zanarkand This doesn't sound like someone playing with only 5-months experience. You were certainly dedicated to this piece, to put in the amount of time it must have taken to learn it. Especially nice on the dynamics. I enjoyed listening.


Wow, thanks so much!

Marybee, I certainly did put a lot of time in this summer, sometimes painstakingly slow, but it was totally worth it!

Though I've only played piano seriously for five months (started in June), I've been around music for a long time and play/ed some other instruments (saxophone, French horn, drums, and some keyboard percussion in high school). I've also written some music, so thankfully I had a really solid base to start learning piano. I also had a cheap keyboard as a kid that I played around with a lot, but never really seriously (lots of fun though!)

Originally Posted By: Allard
02. jaredm2012 Jared Miller - To Zanarkand
Nice work! You play it much better than I did at five months. As you say, some mistakes in the second half, but nothing really bad. Piano collections next?


Thanks! I hope I can do the PC version soon, but those arpeggios will have to wait a little while =)

Originally Posted By: Sam S
02. jaredm2012 Jared Miller - To Zanarkand Welcome to the ABF Recital. It's great when someone is inspired by a piece of music to take up the piano - excellent job.

Originally Posted By: BenPiano
02. jaredm2012 Jared Miller - To Zanarkand - Very well done! As a 3+ year ABF participant, I feel like an old guy around here. I would offer a bit of sage advice, but you've already proved it - if one really loves a piece, it can be learned and played amazingly without regard to experience on piano!


Thanks! This piece is one of my all-time favorites, and it was such a blessing to have the time to learn it properly this summer. It is one of those pieces I just always go back to and play to remember why I wanted to play piano in the first place!

Originally Posted By: casinitaly
02. jaredm2012 Jared Miller - To Zanarkand Jared, Welcome to the recitals! When I listen to music like this I think I should start investigating video games! Your rendition of this music is lovely –well done!

Originally Posted By: CebuKid
02. jaredm2012 Jared Miller - To Zanarkand
Nice work Jared. This piece reminds me of a green meadow. Video game pieces like this one are hidden gems, and it’s good to see you stepping outside the realm of Alfred books.

Originally Posted By: Amaruk
02. jaredm2012 Jared Miller - To Zanarkand
Oh well, now I understand why all are so impressed with this recital… Amazing Jared. Your performance is very calming. I am not a big gamer but my kids are so I teach our oldest son piano songs from Pirates of the Caribbean and Harry Potter already. Video games seem to be a great channel for piano music these days!!


Video game music is great! I grew up loving it, I think it was honestly what really got me into music to begin with. I have several video game pieces I want to tackle, but some will have to wait a bit longer yet. But there are certainly some real gems out there! Thanks so much for the positive comments =)

This piece is sort of my "goal" piece, it is so beautiful!: Eternity - FFX2 Piano Collections

Originally Posted By: windywindy
02. jaredm2012 Jared Miller - To Zanarkand Very nice first full piece. The broken chords are very clean for five months playing. If you like Final Fanatasy, also try the prelude from II/VII. I wonder if you tried direct recording.


Thanks! I love Final Fantasy, I have a few other pieces I've learned from the series (much shorter though). When I recorded this I didn't have the proper equipment to record directly, but now I do. I tried to re-record it real quick before the recital closed, but I just couldn't get a good take and I had a monster week of class this past week.

Originally Posted By: jotur
2. jaredm2012 - To Zanarkind This was great! You played it well.

Originally Posted By: Mr Super-Hunky
02. jaredm2012 Jared Miller - To Zanarkand This is one of my all time favorite pieces. Your performance may inspire me to re-learn this piece once again. Very nicely played.


Thanks so much, I really appreciate it! I'd love to hear you play it! It is such a great piece, never gets old to me.

Thanks everyone for the great comments, I am super stoked you enjoyed the piece and I look forward to submitting more in future recitals! I'm so glad the work I've put in practicing is coming out in the performance.

Also, everyone did a fantastic job with the recital, I was able to listen to it at work and it was amazing! I hope to find the time to sit down and comment on each piece, but top to bottom it was great and a joy to listen to.
Posted by: zrtf90

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/18/12 08:15 AM

Originally Posted By: Starr Keys
I was delighted to find myself in the group you’ve placed me in...I know the “resolve” part is true, but everything else came as a surprise and delight to hear it applied to me.

Ask anyone starting to sing and play at the same time how hard it is and they'll let you know how easy wind players have it - they have a cast iron excuse not to even try. What you're achieving is no small matter.

You posted a recording of something in a piano bar, maybe a St. Patrick's thing or st. Valentine's thing, I can't remember. Listen again to the runs in Broken Hearted Me around 1:05 or the section beginning at 1:50, just as isolated examples. There's an undeniable level of confidence, experience and hard work there.

You're making clear progress, Starr Keys, and you have reached a level where you can no longer be considered a beginner. Go back and compare some of your earlier recordings with this latest recital piece and then re-read my comments.
Posted by: BillM

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/18/12 08:17 AM

26. MusicaMusique - Je t'aimais, je t'aime, je t'aimerai
What a pretty melody. I am impressed that you were able to put this together by ear. Nice arrangement.

27. kenjazz (Ken) - Waltz For Debby
I have come to expect professional sounding recordings and commercial grade performances from you. This piece really delivered. I’m not always a fan of virtual accompaniments but you kept it in the background and let your (awesome) piano skills shine through. Love the tempo and mood swings. Nice ending.

28. MaryBee - Bagatelle No.25 in A minor (Fur Elise)
This is one of the few classical pieces that I recognize. I love the way you took your time with this and let the beauty of the music speak for itself. You do a wonderful job with the phrasing and dynamics. This is as good a job as I’ve heard on this classic piece – many play it but few as well as you.
Posted by: TrapperJohn

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/18/12 08:25 AM

Even yet more Random Reviews:


42. Copper - What a Wonderful World

Copper - simple and delightful - and at a leisurely pace that I wish I had the patience for...



45. jotur/Cathy Turner - Alexander's Ragtime Band

Cathy - jaunty and upbeat and foot-tapping good - you perhaps shouldn't play music like this in a "home" - the geezers are going to get excited, try to move too quickly and hurt themselves laugh



47. windywindy - Love Is All Around

windywindy - good, lively performance of this warm-hearted and very familiar theme from the old MTM show...

Trap
Posted by: TrapperJohn

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/18/12 08:32 AM

Originally Posted By: jotur
Originally Posted By: TrapperJohn
...while I was working on my old pickup truck with his boombox blaring away with heavy metal screechings including those of Metallica - after a short while I had to throw all three of them out (nephew, boombox & Metallica)


Kept the truck, I see thumb

Cathy


You bet - it reminds me too much of me - rusty, dilapidated, no power anything and running on only 4 of 8 cylinders smile

Trap
Posted by: BillM

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/18/12 08:40 AM

29. Allard - Before the Last Leaf Falls
I can see why you chose this piece for the recital. A lovely, haunting melody which is enhanced by your fine performance. Only a year?? Wow!

30. Jazzwee - Blue Monk
Sounds like the crowd really enjoyed this rollicking tune as did I. Your band is extremely tight. Loved it – thought the piano player was great.

31. zrtf90 (Richard) - Romance Sans Paroles, Op. 17 No. 3
This is a beautiful piece of music and you play it very well.

32. TX-Dennis/Dennis Turner - Be Thou My Vision
What a touching performance. I love hearing well played instrumental renditions of sacred music and this one is done to perfection. Nice. You are making some excellent recordings lately.
Posted by: zrtf90

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/18/12 09:39 AM

Originally Posted By: PianoStudent88
Richard, what you say about years of experience and the way classical pianists develop is interesting to me My hope is that more years of experience will improve my playing; my despair is that without a teacher this may not be possible.

A teacher is certainly a source of accelerated progress on a technical level but that doesn't mean progress won't be made without one (especially after you've already had experience with one).

You have to do more for yourself at the piano and you have to do more away from the piano in organising a path for yourself and getting the background knowledge for an appropriate level of material. You need to choose pieces that will help you advance without breaking your spirit or stretching your technique beyond musical achievement. But you also need breadth of material. Four or five pieces at grade 5 do not a grade 5 pianist make.

Some of the advantages of a teacher include listening with an objective ear at the progress over a period and knowledge of techniques for overcoming technical problems. Both recording (and dating of the recordings) and keeping a journal will assist you in the former. Hard earned experience from trying many different solutions will help in the latter.

If we take something simple like scales and consider the importance of them to technique, what's their main purpose? Sure, they teach an elementary understanding of the need for correct fingering and yes, they're a good test for velocity but their main purpose is to develop an evenness of touch and tone.

If we can control our fingers well enough to play evenly from PP to FF and maintain a legato touch, or a non-legato, or fairy-like finger staccato or demonic arm staccato then we'll have no trouble with our pieces that have accented notes and varying dynamics to hide the flaws.

What's the best way of playing scales to hear the smoothness and evenness of our fingers, fast or slow? Just playing them and getting the notes right or listening carefully? Give them a lightness and delicacy when preparing to play Mendelssohn or Mozart and more weight and tone when preparing to play Beethoven or Brahms.

With a few minutes intelligent reasoning away from the piano you can cross off your list one requirement for needing a teacher in order to make progress.
Posted by: jazztpt

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/18/12 12:30 PM

Thanks to everyone who has posted comments on my recital peice, I'll come back to them later, but first some feedback from me.

01. CarlosCC - Canzone Popolare (Francia 1500ca) - Original extended cover I was captivated by this right from the first note and the wonderful sound of your piano. Amazing that this was written in 1500 it sounds so fresh and modern. You have done a superb job extending the piece, it flows beautifully - no need to warn us about anything :-).

02. jaredm2012 Jared Miller - To Zanarkand
I noticed elsewhere that you have played other instruments, that helps but this is still fantastic playing after just 5 months. I look forward to hearing some more in the future.

03. cebukid - Bach Invention 1 in C-Major (BWV 772)
Ah , zoned out the kids in the background, not something I need to do anymore :-). I can't do anything like this so I am full of admiration of your playing,it was great to watch your fingers. Very well done.

04. Peyton - Message From Space: Waiting for the Sun Certainly no problem listening to the full piece which I have done 4 times now. I was absolutely taken by this piece and your playing. The subtle changes to the feel,from the calm beginning we are seemlessly into sheets of gorgeous sound and then back again to the gentle flow to end as you began with single notes. As I posted on YouTube,
this is how I wish I could play and write. Wonderful.

05. wouter79 - Les Baricades Misterieuses
What a lovely melody , you obviously have an affinity with "early" music, very nicely done.

06. Amaruk - Summer '78
Beautifully controlled playing as usual and a very interesting video to go with it.

07. dannylux / Mel - Kosenko Consolation Op.9 No.1
A wonderful find and beautifully played, very soothing indeed.

08. Greener / Jeff Green - Little Preludes No. 2 (BWV 934) & No. 4 (BWV 936)
Even and confident playing, very good indeed.

09. Riddler (Ed) - Chelsea Bridge
A very fine arrangement, although it's a bit different, your
introduction reminded me of Bix Beiderbecke's In a Mist, those impressionistic sounds, excellent.

10. timmyab - Arabesque no 1
Fantastic to be able to play this piece , its just lovely music and you play it with a lovely light touch , beautiful.

11. Mr Super-Hunky - Nothing Else Matters-original cover I think I might have said this before but you have fantastic ears , you should market that "noodle method". I don't know the song but this is a fine arrangement and fine playing, loved the downward gliss, goal achieved I would say.

12. Jake S - Prelude no.4 in E minor
Very expressive version and remarkable playing after only 10 months.

13. Wj3 / Walt - Bethena
Very nice to have some jopling in the recital, well done.

14. ladypayne - Early Winter
Fun combination of feels and tempo changes.

15. (Was)TrueBeginner - Sandy
The recording quality and the song evoke a far away almost nostaligic feeling, maybe not what you intended but it does fit the title and the circumstances of the time of the recording, very well done.

16. BenPiano - Poem
Nice little piece very well played and with your trademark perfect fingering.

17. Monica K. - Opening
This sounds imensly tricky to me , mesmerizing indeed.

18. cgyan / Iain - Morning Light
Beautifully played and produced , sounds like a professional
production.

20. Inlanding - Glen - Angle Eye and Morning Greets the New DaySwinging sounds from the Glen Inlanding trio and it does swing along nicely , followed by some nice calming solo piano. Glad you are finally getting back to playing Glen.
Posted by: Greener

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/18/12 01:10 PM

01 CarlosCC

This is very cleverly done, Carlos. The return to the original melody, and your own development of it, is really a nice touch. It is a relaxing and pleasing listen. Very nicely done and presented.

02 jaredm2012 Jared Miller

I had to do a double take on this one. This is very nicely presented, Jared and is really a terrific and clean sound. I really like the changes in this. This is far beyond what I would be expecting to hear from someone at 5 months experience. This is really great, good for you.

04 Peyton

This is a very complex and interesting composition, Peyton. Clearly, a tremendous amount of work has gone into this, and it has paid off. What a lovely resolve at 2:46, 5:18 and 7:28 and followed by pickups at 3:00 and 5:32 is very cool. Very well done.

05 wouter79

Agree Wouter, this is a lovely piece. I'm just beginning to understand more about classical formats and really taking a liking to the Rondo format as well. Nicely presented, terrific recording, and great playing.

06 Amaruk

It's always a treat to see your video presentations, Amaruk. They are very cleverly done. Nice touch on this piece. It is a very clean, crisp sound, nice recording and great playing.

07 dannylux / Mel

This is a very pretty piece, Mel. There are some lovely changes in this and your expression comes across very well. A really great presentation, good recording and overall terrific job.

09 Riddler / Ed

Nice playing, Ed. I really like the transitions in this of legato to rhythm and broken chords to stride. Or, at least that is what it sounds like to me. Not sure if arrangement or your own interpretation. But, it is very effective and nicely done.

10 Timmyab

This is really beautiful stuff. As I venture back into classical myself, there is more and more stuff being added to my list. Starting to take a liking now to Debussy. Thanks for this, and really terrific playing.

11 Mr Super-Hunky

This is really a very clever arrangement. I like it a lot. When I saw in the pre-recital discussions that you would be presenting this, I'd never had thought it would turn out like this. It is really a production and very nicely done. Good job.
Posted by: casinitaly

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/18/12 01:20 PM

Originally Posted By: Jazzwee
Very nice progress Cheryl! What I notice here is an increased ability to be more delicate in your playing and given the short time you've been doing this, you're doing an awesome job. Really nice tone and evenness.


Thanks very much Jazzee, that is one of the aspects I was really focusing on in these pieces – being delicate and also relaxed. I’m really touched that you are so attentive to my progress!


Originally Posted By: Sinofilia
I also loved Casinitaly's Romanza
Thank you!

Originally Posted By: ATallGuyNH
I looked forward to hearing your entry in particular due to our back and forths over the last few days. Very nicely done, they both seemed very "clean". I especially liked how you got "Music Box" to really sound like one!


Thank you! That was a real challenge, but one that delighted me! My new teacher was wonderful in getting me to realize exactly how to change my touch to get the right feel!

Originally Posted By: Jotur Cathy
I love your music box And your musicality just keeps getting better - I didn't have that until 30 years after I stopped lessons. Yours is great.


Thank you so much Cathy! I don’t know if it is my musicality that is improving or my coordination smile but I am certainly glad you can hear the improvement!

Originally Posted By: Zrtf90
You are beginning to show direction and purpose. You are all approaching a period of accelerated progress and you all seem ready to embrace it.


Thanks Richard – I really enjoyed seeing how you grouped people in your feedback. I think it is really interesting to see how others who stared more or less at the same time have progressed – some are so far ahead of me, I can’t imagine “catching up”! But it isn’t about catching up, I know, it is enjoying the journey. I have been feeling on the edge of a big change for the past couple of months and your words really describe this feeling to a T. Thanks so much for your feedback.

Originally Posted By: Allard
The Romanza sounds so familiar... The Little Music Box was cute. It's the same melody as a children's song for Saint Nicholas, here in the Netherlands. An event that is coming up soon.


I am glad you thought Music Box was cute – I thought so too the first time I heard it! However, I had no idea it was a song! Could you send me the word please? As for the Romanza, I think there are a number of pieces with this sort of sound …I’ve come across 3 or 4 of them in one of my books. I quite like this slightly sad sounding music.

Originally Posted By: Sam S
I just loved these two pieces! The video was well done too.

Thank you! I had fun with both aspects of the project!

Originally Posted By: Ben Piano
You Tube now? - yay! I don't know the Music Box, but I did play Steibelt's piece along the way. I loved both your playing and your graphical representation of this. Well done - on all levels!


Yes, I’m pretty new to the You Tube scene, but having fun with it. Thank you so much for your feedback, I’m glad you enjoyed the “package”!

Originally Posted By: Windywindy
Good playing, especially on the music box. Did I hear it being wound?
Yes you did!!! I was hoping someone would notice that ! I had the idea in my mind for days before I did the recording and I couldn’t stop laughing about it. I guess I’m pretty easily amused!

Originally Posted By: BillM
I enjoyed watching the video that accompanied your submission – particularly the music boxes. You have a very light touch and play with great expression. Well done.
Thank you Bill, I was working on those aspects and I’m very excited to get such lovely feedback on the achievement!

Originally Posted By: TX Dennis
Cheryl, these are both nice. I enjoyed the first piece tremendously. The second is not my cup of tea, but it does sound like a little music box.

I can appreciate that Music Box isn’t everyone’s cup of tea – but at least it was short smile and it sounded right ! Glad the first piece was more to your liking – thanks very much Dennis!
Posted by: Allard

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/18/12 02:17 PM

Originally Posted By: casinitaly
I am glad you thought Music Box was cute – I thought so too the first time I heard it! However, I had no idea it was a song! Could you send me the word please?


It's not exactly the same, but the similarities are striking. I suspect the Dutch song may be based on the one you're playing. Or perhaps they have another source in common. Most Saint Nicholas songs have many variations and versions by different artists. Here's one alike: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1B6gdE7_dmc

I found this blog briefly explaining the event. It has an English translation of the song: http://www.mamalisa.com/blog/st-nicholas-arrives-in-the-netherlands-on-a-steamboat/
Posted by: Mr Super-Hunky

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/18/12 02:36 PM

21. Andy Platt - Gavotte and Variations Andy, performing is all about quality, not quantity. It is obvious that you are trying your best at evenness, tone control, timing, volume etc. I'm not familiar with this piece but I can appreciate the effort you are putting into it as it shows. Keep up the good work.

22. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Romanza and The Little Music Box Cheryl, your first piece was very nicely played with a gentle, delicate touch. I also loved the bright music box sound of the second tune. Very nice.

23. SandTiger - Shimmer For 8 mos, your doing great Tiger. Stay with it as you will be exponentially rewarded for it.

24. Yamaha G3 & P-80, Mike White - Meditation Top notch playing as always Mike. You are certainly one of my inspirations when it comes to what you can play by ear. Great as always.

25. Hawgdriver - Nocturne in B flat minor, Op. 9/1 Hawgdriver, this was easily one of the most beautiful performances I have ever heard you play. Possibly one of the nicest performances I have ever heard here in the ABF recitals. Seriously, this was an incrediblly beautiful piece that you just nailed! I have little goosebumps now from listening. I really do! Wow what a gorgeous submission.

Bravo.

26. MusicaMusique - Je t'aimais, je t'aime, je t'aimerai This was nicely played. A little bit of background 'hiss' was evident but that is easily fixed. Keep up the good progress.

27. kenjazz (Ken) - Waltz For Debby Hey Ken, this is pro sounding stuff. Very easy and relaxing to listen to. Heck, I'm groovin' to it right now!. Well done.

28. MaryBee - Bagatelle No.25 in A minor (Fur Elise) You did a beautiful job with this tune MaryBee. Some of your trills were very impressive and the piece was executed extremely well at all levels. Don't be afraid to experiment with various sounds and melodies and incorporate them into your variations. That's really where the fun stuff starts. Well done,

29. Allard - Before the Last Leaf Falls Very nicely played Allard. You may also look into David Lanz's 'Chistiforis Dream'. You definitely have the skills to play it and it is a beautiful piece. I'd like to hear it from you some day.

30. Jazzwee - Blue Monk Oh how cool is this?, A live gig performance complete with conversation, snacks, and probably a few hot chicks too. What's not to love about that? How 'bout inviting me next time? hehe. Very cool.
Posted by: Ganddalf

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/18/12 02:47 PM

Before starting commenting on the individual entries, I would like to give some general comments. I have never participated in anything like this before, and I enjoyed it very much. I was in doubt, however, if I should add my own contribution. This is an Adult Beginners Forum, and although I’m definitely an adult, I’m hardly a beginner with 45 years nearly uninterrupted experience and some seven years on the pump organ before that. Listening to the previous ABF recital, however, I found that my level is comparable to many of the entries, and therefore I decided to give it a try. I have the same impression of the present recital. Many contributions are at high level, and there is not a single entry I didn’t enjoy listening to.

I have spent most of the time with classical music, but I also play popular songs by ear and have tried to do some composing. When comes to individual comments I’m you may notice that I pay more attention to the classical pieces. This is simply because I have better knowledge about this kind of music.


01. CarlosCC - Canzone Popolare (Francia 1500ca) - Original extended cover This is a nice tune, and you improvise well around the theme. I can hear that you have real fun with it.

02. jaredm2012 Jared Miller - To Zanarkand I didn’t know this beautiful melody, and I’m glad you shared it with us. You play well.

03. cebukid - Bach Invention 1 in C-Major (BWV 772) This gave me a flashback to the time when I had kids and tried to practise the same piece. Both voices come out clearly as well as the ornaments. I think you will benefit from relaxing a bit more when you play. I know that this is difficult, but it is almost as important as getting the notes right.

04. Peyton - Message From Space: Waiting for the Sun This piece contains several good musical ideas. I find it a bit difficult to actually hear what you try to say with your left hand. The overall impression, however, is good.

05. wouter79 - Les Baricades Misterieuses Nice to have Couperin represented in the recital. You play well. Maybe some less rubato would do in music from that time. But I enjoyed very much listening to it.

06. Amaruk - Summer '78 A charming little piece. You play it well.

07. dannylux / Mel - Kosenko Consolation Op.9 No.1 I have never heard about Kosenko before. This piece is really beautiful, and you play it exellently. I would really like to find some more of his music to play myself.

08. Greener / Jeff Green - Little Preludes No. 2 (BWV 934) & No. 4 (BWV 936) This was very diciplined playing of Bach’s preludes. I think you are ready for stepping up to more challenging stuff.

09. Riddler (Ed) - Chelsea Bridge Although I hardly ever play jazz myself I admire those who can do it. And you do it with great elegance.

10. timmyab - Arabesque no 1 This piece is more difficult that many listeners actually believe. One of the challenges is the two-versus-three rythm. I know about experienced musicians who avoid this because they find it too difficult. The Arabesque har other challenges as well, but you seem to master them. Maybe you sometimes tend to rush a bit. Dynamics are important in this music, and you do it very well.

11. Mr Super-Hunky - Nothing Else Matters-original cover Clever fingers doing good improvisation. I heard this music played on guitar, and I think you showed great creativity transcribing this to the piano.

12. Jake S - Prelude no.4 in E minor This is one of the “simple” pieces in the piano literature that actually are not simple at all. You do very well with such short experience. Having reached this level already, you have good foundation to improve further.

13. Wj3 / Walt - Bethena Joplin is never easy to play. You do it well. Perhaps you should consider using the pedal slightly less.

14. ladypayne - Early Winter Expressive music with some nice variations both in rythm and speed. It gives me an impression of the frozen landscape.

15. (Was)TrueBeginner - Sandy Beautiful melody and nice harmonies. Put me in a bit melancholic mood.

16. BenPiano - Poem It was very nice for me to hear this melody again. It was very popular in different versions when I was a kid. You play it well. To further improve, you could try to make out the melody even more. I’m sure you can.

17. Monica K. - Opening Interesting composition with several good musical ideas. I’m sure you had a lot of fun working it out.

18. cgyan / Iain - Morning Light (You seem to have very good control over your fingers. Your rythm is perfect. This is not my style of music, but it sounds professional to me.

19. Jazztpt (Russ) - You See Good playing, and composing such music definitely requires lots of creative skills. I liked it.

20. Inlanding - Glen - Angle Eye and Morning Greets the New Day Another example of elegant jazz playing. I wish I could do something similar to this.

21. Andy Platt - Gavotte and Variations Rameau is another of the early music composers deserving more attention. I enjoyed listening to your performance. You make out the ornaments well, and I think you do well with the phrasing in both hands. Good job.

22. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Romanza and The Little Music Box Very clever! These pieces sound easy, but they are actually quite hard since they are so transparent. I enjoyed listening.

23. SandTiger - Shimmer Not bad after such a short time. I think you have a natural feeling for composing that you should develop further.

24. Yamaha G3 & P-80, Mike White - Meditation I have never heard about Cecile Chaminade. Nice piece. Somehow it reminds me of Elgar’s piano edition of “Nimrod”, but Meditation seems to be more difficult with even bigger chords and arpeggii. I enjoyed listening to this emotional piece.

25. Hawgdriver - Nocturne in B flat minor, Op. 9/1 This Nocturne is extremely difficult to play because of some very complex polyrythmic places. I think you do very well, also with the dynamics. Congratulations with a great job.

26. MusicaMusique - Je t'aimais, je t'aime, je t'aimerai I can hear that you enjoy what you are doing. Seems that you have good control on your fingers.

27. kenjazz (Ken) - Waltz For Debby You really achieve this swinging rythm that I have such problems with myself. Very enjoyable to listen to.

28. MaryBee - Bagatelle No.25 in A minor (Fur Elise) A “dangerous” piece to play since it is so frequently performed. But you do it very well, and you have been quite successful with the interpretation. Sometimes you could perhaps reduce the pedal. But your fingers do a very good job.

29. Allard - Before the Last Leaf Falls A nice little piece, and you play it well with good dynamics.

30. Jazzwee - Blue Monk As I have pointed out for several other posters I can’t play jazz myself. But you seem to be very good at it. It really swings.

31. zrtf90 (Richard) - Romance Sans Paroles, Op. 17 No. 3 So nice to hear a piece of Faure. He is one of my favourite composers and I study a couple of his pieces myself. I enjoyed your performance, and hope to hear more from you.

32. TX-Dennis/Dennis Turner - Be Thou My Vision This melody is also frequently used in Church of Norway. I play it quite frequently on organ during church services. I find your interpretation very nice and harmonies very exiting. Well played!

33. Serge88 - My Way Nice! I liked it very much.

34. LizAnne - Elegy Op.183, No.2 A very beautiful, sad piece. I enjoyed your playing very much.

35. MrPozor - The Doll's Funeral You do very well after 7 months. Playing a piece with such large chords can be quite difficult. Also nice to listen to a Tchaikovsky piece here.

36. lyricmudra - Consolation No. 3 Such music make me dream. I’m impressed by your ability to bring out the melody along with the arpeggii. You master this music very well, and have the resources to do the dynamics along with the complexity of the notes.

37. TrapperJohn - I'll Be Seeing You I agree. Maybe it is because I’m growing old, but I somehow think that they made better popular melodies in the good old times than they do now. I enjoyed your playing very much.

38. DadAgain (& DadAgains Daughter) - Rondo Op163 #6 So nice to hear a family duet. This Diabelli piece was very enjoyable to listen to, and I imagine you had a lot of fun playing it. Good drive and dynamics and sounding almost like it were played by one single musician (in other words - very good timing)

39. Ganddalf - Prelude Op.45 My comment on my own performance – far from perfect. Maybe I should get a teacher.

40. Sam S - Prelude Opus 28 number 15 (Raindrop) Another piece that is much more difficult to play than it sounds. You have good control on it. Very good feeling of rythm and dynamics.

41. joangolfing - Elves' Dance Being from Norway I know something about Edward Grieg’s elves. They are very light-footed and somewhat elusive. I think you accomplish to express this very well, and look forward to another Grieg piece from you.

42. Copper - What a Wonderful World Enjoyable to listen to.

43. Starr Keys - Broken Hearted Me Nice to hear the human voice accompanied by the piano. I enjoyed listening to this nice melody.

44. Valencia - Work in Progress --Chopin's Etude 25/11 An extremely difficult piece to play. You have a very long way to learn all of it, but I think you have started well. Any pianist wanting to perform a piece like this has to start somewhere and learning all the small notes. Combining the different voices is also an enormous job and so far you have managed. Good luck with the continuation!

45. jotur/Cathy Turner - Alexander's Ragtime Band Another old favourite from my student days. I appreciate your elegant playing very much.

46. Coldsalmon - Nocturne in Eb Major, Op. 9 No. 2 Very well played indeed. Perhaps the performance I enjoyed the most during this recital. You approach professional standards. Impressive after 3,5 years.

47. windywindy - Love Is All Around Good tempo and steady rythm. I liked it.

48. Teodor - Tereza's Inspiration (Original Piece) Nice little piece. A bit sad. Very original ending.

49. BillM - When You Wish Upon A Star Very emotional and a bit thoughtful performance. I enjoyed it.

50. Bessel - The Happy Farmer (Returning from Work), and Wild Horseman I think the wild horse is safe and sound. You have it in your fingers. To improve further, maybe you should try to relax a bit. This could make a good performance even better.

51. PianoStudent88 - Minuets BWV Anh. 114, 115 You do the ornaments in the G.minor part very well. I enjoyed listening. For further improvement, focus on letting the music flow, and relax. You are doing well.

52. Mar_red - Dom (Home) / Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - Medley. Nice to be presented to the “Dom” song. And very fun and enjoyable to listen to the Christmas tune.

53. Sam Rose (Shmuel R) - Solfeggietto (Solfeggio) in C Minor Well played and at high tempo. So well played that I may critisize a bit. Maybe you should slightly reduce the speed and focus on evenness and phrasing. With so little experience you must have a great potential.

54. Norrec, Tim - Solitude You selected a beautiful little piece and played it well. I enjoyed listening.

55. Mile Hi Steve - Halloween Potpourri This was also fun listening to. Exiting harmonies, particularly in the beginning. I also noticed a sequence with interesting (10:8) rythm. Nice!
Posted by: Allard

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/18/12 04:01 PM

Originally Posted By: Mr Super-Hunky
29. Allard - Before the Last Leaf Falls Very nicely played Allard. You may also look into David Lanz's 'Chistiforis Dream'. You definitely have the skills to play it and it is a beautiful piece. I'd like to hear it from you some day.


Thanks smile

Cristofori's Dream is actually the second 'real' piece I started out to learn, after To Zanarkand. With about 4 months experience, I couldn't play it past the first four pages. Learning the rhythm for the opening tones was a useful enough lesson, so I'm not complaining. All the quints and octaves were more than I could handle then, so I shelved the piece for later.

My 'easy piano' book does have a shortened version of Cristofori's Dream. It totally butchers the piece by simplifying the broken chords into two-note blocks. Ugh. They were easily enough replaced by the real chords, leaving only an unsatisfyingly small middle part to worry about. Maybe I should get a recording?

There's one problem with David Lanz's music, by the way. His hands are scary. In the real version of Before the Last Leaf Falls the opening chords are 10 notes wide. Ten! My teacher showed he can do it, but I can only reach for an octave.
Posted by: wouter79

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/18/12 04:46 PM

Originally Posted By: windywindy

05. wouter79 - Les Baricades Misterieuses Nice dynamics and breaths.


Great, particularly for the comment on the breaths. I think those are essential for a piece and it's good to hear positive feedback on my attempts

Originally Posted By: Amaruk
05. wouter79 - Les Baricades Misterieuses
Great performance. I am not familiar with this piece but it sure is great!

Thanks!

Originally Posted By: Mr Super-Hunky
05. wouter79 - Les Baricades Misterieuses Very nicely played Wouter. It is obvious that you are trying your best at...everything. Noticeable attention to detail I'd say. Very nice to listen to.

Thanks Mr Super-Hunky, yes I spend a lot of time on fine-tuning these pieces. It gives a good feel to have something really finished as good as possible and to have rendered an adequate version of a piece that I really like.

Originally Posted By: MaryBee
05. wouter79 - Les Baricades Misterieuses This so lovely, I had to listen to it twice. For some reason its simple beauty almost brought tears to my eyes. I like your use of pauses and dynamics, and I think your tempo choice is perfect for this performance. Thank you for bringing Couperin to the recital. I'm off now to look up the sheet music for this...

What! Now that's interesting, does this happen at a particular place eg the final couplet or the refrain, or is it the total? And, it's not a sad piece , but not overly joyful either, so what kind of tears are we thinking then?

Originally Posted By: jazztpt
05. wouter79 - Les Baricades Misterieuses
What a lovely melody , you obviously have an affinity with "early" music, very nicely done.

Thanks jazztpt! Yes, I played viola so I guess I'm always looking for good phrasing and melody so that might be related to this

Originally Posted By: Greener
05 wouter79
Agree Wouter, this is a lovely piece. I'm just beginning to understand more about classical formats and really taking a liking to the Rondo format as well. Nicely presented, terrific recording, and great playing.

Good to hear, thanks!

Originally Posted By: Ganddalf
05. wouter79 - Les Baricades Misterieuses Nice to have Couperin represented in the recital. You play well. Maybe some less rubato would do in music from that time. But I enjoyed very much listening to it.

Thank you for the nice comments! The piece is too inviting and has fermata signs even in it so I gave it a generous amount of what I thought it asked for grin
Posted by: wouter79

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/18/12 05:04 PM

Originally Posted By: Coldsalmon
I have been working on this piece for way too long, and I offer it here with mistakes included. I would have recorded it on my brand new 1953 Baldwin Acrosonic that I bought last Thursday, but it was destroyed last Sunday in Hurricane Sandy. That's life, I suppose.


What, you lost it even before it arrived!!? Now that's extremely sad. You loose all your money or was it insured?
Posted by: zrtf90

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/18/12 05:41 PM

Originally Posted By: CASINITALY
Thanks Richard – I really enjoyed seeing how you grouped people in your feedback. I think it is really interesting to see how others who stared more or less at the same time have progressed – some are so far ahead of me, I can’t imagine “catching up”! But it isn’t about catching up, I know, it is enjoying the journey. I have been feeling on the edge of a big change for the past couple of months and your words really describe this feeling to a T. Thanks so much for your feedback.

You're right, Cheryl, it's not about catching up. It's about developing. If you ignore technical facility for a moment and listen to quality, range, consistency and control of tone, you'll find that all those in your group are ahead of those with less experience and those in the group above are a little ahead of where you are now. I think Andy is also much closer to the next group but I think you'll be there this time next year.

You'll find at this stage it doesn't really matter how hard the pieces are that you learn as long as they're sufficiently challenging. If you take easier material you'll play it with better control and if you take harder material you struggle to bring out the music in the piece. Your tone will grow with regular practise and your technical facility will reach the same level once you start attempting pieces at that next level.

Both your pieces are played with a fine and delicate control, well suited to the music and that you may not have managed a year ago.
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/18/12 06:31 PM

I had hoped to start my comments earlier, but I've been preoccupied the last few days with a very sick cat with acute renal failure who required daily trips to the vet for IV fluids and other treatment. The good news is that she will make a full recovery. smile The bad news is that vet bills topped $1200. eek

Anyway, I have only now had time to sit down and listen carefully again to entries. Here's my first installment. I hope to get through them all before Thanksgiving.


01. CarlosCC - Canzone Popolare (Francia 1500ca) - Original extended cover: This is one of my favorites of the recital (no surprise there!). The melody is so pretty, but the original piece is so short, that it is calling out for somebody to do what you did. You accomplished well the goal of introducing new variations while preserving the spirit of the original melody. A beautiful job!

02. jaredm2012 Jared Miller - To Zanarkand: Congratulations on your first recital! I love this piece, and I’ve tried to learn it in the past but was always too intimidated by the monster fast arpeggios on the last repeat. I like how you changed it to make it manageable, and I may just shamelessly copy you and do it that way myself.

03. cebukid - Bach Invention 1 in C-Major (BWV 772): I am always impressed when I hear people playing Bach in the recitals... all those voices! All those trills! All those nonstop notes! I also loved the homey feel of the sounds of children in the background. smile

04. Peyton - Message From Space: Waiting for the Sun: This reminds me a bit of Ryuichi Sakamoto’s work. As I mentioned on the video, the transition at 2:45 was just gorgeous. I think this is your best piano solo composition yet.

05. wouter79 - Les Baricades Misterieuses: I had never heard of Couperin, and I appreciate being introduced to his work. I was surprised to hear that it dates all the way back to 1717; it has a modern feel to it, dare I say almost Tiersenesque?

06. Amaruk - Summer '78: Any of you who haven’t watched the video for this should do so... it’s terrific, with the different camera angles, lighting, and interposed scenes. “Goodbye, Lenin!” is such a bittersweet movie, and you do a great job of bringing out the poignancy in your playing.

07. dannylux / Mel - Kosenko Consolation Op.9 No.1: A very dreamy, romantic piece played beautifully. Don’t you just hate those pieces where the hardest measures are at the end?!?

08. Greener / Jeff Green - Little Preludes No. 2 (BWV 934) & No. 4 (BWV 936): And here I need to repeat what I said for cebukid: I’m impressed by those of you who can play Bach well, with all those voices and endless notes! I was also very impressed by your recording quality; the dual mics and pre-amp give it a nice full sound with no background hiss or flatness.

09. Riddler (Ed) - Chelsea Bridge: I like the characterization of this piece as more “Debussy than Ellington.” It definitely has a slower romantic feel than most Ellington works. I like how you give it a nice relaxed swing.

10. timmyab - Arabesque no 1: Oh gosh this piece sounds hard... you do a great job of making all the runs/arpeggios sound so delicate and effortless.
Posted by: Amaruk

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/18/12 07:44 PM

07. dannylux / Mel - Kosenko Consolation Op.9 No.1
Great preformance of a lovely piece. I don't know this composer but it sounds like his music has influences from Chopin. Thanks for sharing.

08. Greener / Jeff Green - Little Preludes No. 2 (BWV 934) & No. 4 (BWV 936)
Bach music is always such a pleasure to listen to and you do these pieces great justice with this excellent performance. I can tell that you have this music in you as it sounds so natural.

09. Riddler (Ed) - Chelsea Bridge
Great arrangement and performance here Riddler! The relaxed tempo is very calming and your soft playing brings out all the colors in this piece in a great way.

10. timmyab - Arabesque no 1
Great work!! Your absolutely nailed this piece with this perfect performance. I don't hear any stiffness as it sounds so playful and elegant to me.

11. Mr Super-Hunky - Nothing Else Matters-original cover
I am very familiar with this piece and your lovely arrangement/performance makes this piece shine like the sun over Arizona! Thanks for sharing!

12. Jake S - Prelude no.4 in E minor
Yes, Chopin!! I don't think any of his pieces are easy and your performance here is great. I love how you bring out the dynamics so good.

13. Wj3 / Walt - Bethena
Great performance. I also don't think this sounds like "easy piano" and I hope you will share the full version with us at some point too.

14. ladypayne - Early Winter
I simply loved this. What a dramatic piece you have come up with here. I find the tempo interesting and it draws you in somehow. Your performance is top notch too. Thanks for sharing!
Posted by: Mr Super-Hunky

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/18/12 09:31 PM



31. zrtf90 (Richard) Romance Sans Paroles, Op. 17 No.. Thanks for sharing this piece Richard. It truly is a lovely piece and your playing presented this melody to my ears in a very pleasing way. Nicely done.

32. TX-Dennis/Dennis Turner - Be Thou My Vision (Dennis what I like best about this performance is how smoothly your notes flow together leading into some very dramatic chords/melodies. The emotion and timing you put into this piece further accentuates this. Nicely done.

33. Serge88 - My Way Good thing you did an excellent job with this tune Serge because everyone knows it and will critique the tiniest screw up! hehe. I especially liked the upper register melody about half way in. Nice crisp recording too.

34. LizAnne - Elegy Op.183, No.2 This was very nice LizAnne. I can hear the effort you are putting into the dynamics. Especially the soft fade at the end. By the way, think of playing the piano the way you would want to get (or receive) a sensual massage. In an odd way, that's dynamics!

35. MrPozor - The Doll's Funeral This performance sounded very good to me, sound quality and all. For such a short time playing, you seem to be very much on the right track.

36. lyricmudra - Consolation No. 3 Well, this is way out of my range and abilities but I can certainly enjoy this piece thanks to your performance of it. Very well done.

37. TrapperJohn - I'll Be Seeing You Nobody brings back the oldies like you do TJ and I'm glad you do. There is so many memories and fabulous melodies to go along with them we must never discard them or even trade them in for some of the current rubbish. Not all the new stuff is bad, just like not all the old stuff is good. But, this one IS a classic. Nicely played for us all to enjoy.

38. DadAgain (& DadAgains Daughter) - Rondo Op163 #6 Holy cow this was a fun and perky piece to listen to. How cool it is to be able to perform this with your daughter. I was thoroughly impressed and entertained the entire time. Bravo to both of you.

39. Ganddalf - Prelude Op.45 For a first time recording you get an A+! (Even I can't get the recording part right after 7 years!) This was a beautiful presentation of a beautiful piece. Well done.

40. Sam S - Prelude Opus 28 number 15 (Raindrop) Sam this sounded just GREAT. Especially knowing YOU rebuilt the piano yourself...(10 extra points). Plus, the clarity of the recording was very good. Carry on with your current recipe as it seems to be working very well. Nicely performed as well.
Posted by: MaryBee

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/18/12 09:46 PM

Originally Posted By: wouter79
What! Now that's interesting, does this happen at a particular place eg the final couplet or the refrain, or is it the total? And, it's not a sad piece , but not overly joyful either, so what kind of tears are we thinking then?
It was very strange, because I'm not usually very emotional. But it touched me somehow. No, it wasn't sadness. Nostalgia, perhaps? It was the refrain, I think, that brought back feelings of childhood.
Posted by: Starr Keys

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/18/12 10:29 PM

Originally Posted By: zrtf90
Originally Posted By: Starr Keys
I was delighted to find myself in the group you’ve placed me in...I know the “resolve” part is true, but everything else came as a surprise and delight to hear it applied to me.

Ask anyone starting to sing and play at the same time how hard it is and they'll let you know how easy wind players have it - they have a cast iron excuse not to even try. What you're achieving is no small matter.

You posted a recording of something in a piano bar, maybe a St. Patrick's thing or st. Valentine's thing, I can't remember. Listen again to the runs in Broken Hearted Me around 1:05 or the section beginning at 1:50, just as isolated examples. There's an undeniable level of confidence, experience and hard work there.

You're making clear progress, Starr Keys, and you have reached a level where you can no longer be considered a beginner. Go back and compare some of your earlier recordings with this latest recital piece and then re-read my comments.

Thank you Richard for your generous comments and kind elaboration on your earlier comments on my submission. I can’t tell you how grateful I am. I did think I had made some progress an achieving a little more freedom of expression in the style I’m aiming for but I was beginning to have my doubts about it. Thanks for being so specific about the places in the piece you thought this was evident. As far as comparing it with my earlier submissions, though, if it was the Valentine’s Day piece I’m afraid that might be comparing apples and oranges as I wasn’t able to practice that much due to circumstances beyond my control. But when I compare it with my first Youtube video (Kiss from a Rose) almost two years ago which I worked on more than “Broken Hearted Me,” I can definitely see what you mean.

Posted by: MaryBee

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/18/12 10:39 PM

06. Amaruk - Summer '78 Interesting video; nice editing! You convey the tension in the music quite well. I can see what you mean about your left hand getting a workout!

07. dannylux / Mel - Kosenko Consolation Op.9 No.1 That was nice to listen to. Very pretty arpeggios toward the end.

08. Greener / Jeff Green - Little Preludes No. 2 (BWV 934) & No. 4 (BWV 936) I especially like No.2. Would have loved to hear this done in the recording studio! But still lovely on your own piano. Your steady tempo is impressive.

09. Riddler (Ed) - Chelsea Bridge A relaxed, pleasant listening experience. But then I read this: "Chelsea Bridge is classical in its integration of melody and harmony as an organic whole." Huh? I guess I really don't understand jazz. smile

10. timmyab - Arabesque no 1 Your performances never disappoint. This one is smooth, gentle, and conversational. Love the 3 against 2 sections.

11. Mr Super-Hunky - Nothing Else Matters-original cover I didn't know the original, so I just went and listened to it. I can appreciate what you say about how difficult it is to try to transcribe this for piano. You've done a great job.

12. Jake S - Prelude no.4 in E minor A touching performance from the first note to the last. I like how you keep the left hand from becoming overpowering.

13. Wj3 / Walt - Bethena Even with the tempo a bit slower than usual, you keep a nice bounce to it. Fun to listen to.

14. ladypayne - Early Winter An interesting piece, filled with different moods. Does it reflect the range of feelings you have for your Alaskan winter?
Posted by: Starr Keys

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/19/12 12:10 AM

Here are two more group comments:

Original Arrangement, Improvised, Played by Ear - Jazz or Cocktail

9. Riddler - Ed
20 Inlanding - Glen
27. KenJazz
30 Jazzwee

This is the cream of the crop in this category. Not Strayhorn, Angel Eyes, Bill Evans, and Thelonious Monk, but Nos. 9, 20, 27 and 30. All of you sound like accomplished professionals to me. As far as omitting some melody, Glen, isn’t this part of the skill of a good jazz improviser – to let someone else play the bass and melody while you make them look good, and to be able to totally improvise your own melodies against a progression on your solo?

This is what Jazzwee did – I didn’t recognize the tune written out in my fakebook lead sheet for Blue Monk – but I, like everyone else, loved what you did (first time they really quieted down was when you started your solo). Anyway, I think they must have gotten just as quiet for Glen—it is really exciting to see you rounding out your “total musician” skills like this!

And Ken, every time I hear you play I forget my troubles and get happy, not only from the music but just to think it’s possible to achieve this much in 5 years time. Beautiful, slower and more mellow take that the original on this beautiful jazz waltz.

Ed, as the only one playing entirely solo without a combo, you were totally about the melody. And what a haunting melody! You managed to accentuate this quality and take it to the limit with your classy and nostalgic beautiful playing and arrangement. I remember when I first started frequenting this site and you were posting your classic jazz transcriptions of original artist’s performance. Seems like all that work paid off with interest.

Original Arrangement, Improvised, Played by Ear - Not Jazz or Cocktail

1Carlos
26MusicaMusique

Both of you used dramatic bass sonority to good effect to break the spell of the hypnotic lulling quality of the main motif, but overall these two contributions emphasized two distinct styles, one flowing and melody driven and the other steady-paced and rhythm driven. I thought both of you did the music great justice with your arranging choices and playing, but not so much with the quality of your recordings, so I can’t determine as much about tone and harmonic balance from #26 as from #1. (Carlos everything you play is beautiful as regards the latter. I agree with the person that remarked on the seamlessness of your embellishment of the short piece written by the composer in the 1500’s, although you still managed to make it sound very modern, even New Age-y.) I know I’ll be returning to both your names on the index next time I’m in a mood to reflect on either of these styles so finely rendered by each of you.
Posted by: BeccaBb

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/19/12 01:22 AM

Monika K: you play very nicely. You seem very relaxed while your playing. I was wondering if you sit lower then average at
the keyboard?

cgyan: Wow. I have no words. Simply captivating.

jazztpt: catchy smile

inlanding: The second one made me smile (I liked the first one too) when you hit those high notes. Something suprisingly
joyful in a soulful tune.

Andy Platt:
I could just imagine a bunch of guys in powdered wigs and women in huge dresses dancing all fancy to this. LOL Well done.

Casinitaly: I like the pictures in your video. And you made the second part sound exactly like a music box! smile
Posted by: BenPiano

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/19/12 01:37 AM

36. lyricmudra - Consolation No. 3 - Just awesome - I hope to play half this well someday. smile

37. TrapperJohn - I'll Be Seeing You - Lib-er-a-whom? I only know L. from my dad's official fakebook from ages ago. Unfortunately he hasn't played for 30 or so years. frown (still working on that)

But this is a gorgeous piece, and one I hope is in my Alfred's American compilation that I bought for myself and turned over to my family to give me at Christmas.

If it's not there, I know where to go to get the skinny on this piece. You played this remarkably well, and I hope one day to do this justice like you did. Thanks for introducing me to this! smile

38. DadAgain (& DadAgains Daughter) - Rondo Op163 #6 - what a fun romp for a dad and daughter - well done!

39. Ganddalf - Prelude Op.45 - As a piano rookie, I can't offer any advice for improvement. Instead, I can just sit back and listen in awe and marvel at your ability on the piano.

Really well done - hoping for more of these performances!

40. Sam S - Prelude Opus 28 number 15 (Raindrop) - Sam, just wonderful
Posted by: DadAgain

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/19/12 03:13 AM


Quote:

38. DadAgain (& DadAgains Daughter) - Rondo Op163 #6 - what a fun romp for a dad and daughter - well done!


I think you have a different definition of 'romp' than I do! Whilst I enjoy a good romp as much as the next guy, I do not condone anyone having a romp with their own daughter!!
Posted by: casinitaly

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/19/12 03:22 AM

Originally Posted By: DadAgain

Quote:

38. DadAgain (& DadAgains Daughter) - Rondo Op163 #6 - what a fun romp for a dad and daughter - well done!


I think you have a different definition of 'romp' than I do! Whilst I enjoy a good romp as much as the next guy, I do not condone anyone having a romp with their own daughter!!


I think in North America the first thing that comes to mind is boisterous playing - nothing with any inuendo whatsoever. Whereas in the UK ...and obviously in Australia the first interpretation that comes to mind is for more mature audiences. Who was it said "two nations divided by one language?" smile
Posted by: Andy Platt

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/19/12 06:33 AM

My first 10 (couldn't get to listen to any last week so a wonderful start to my Thanksgiving week instead):

01. CarlosCC - Canzone Popolare (Francia 1500ca) - Original extended cover I was intrigued what an "Original extended cover could be! It makes sense - you definitely haven't ruined anything. Amazing that something that has it's roots over 500 years ago could sound so fresh. You gave it a wonderful dreamy feel ... it could go on forever.

02. jaredm2012 Jared Miller - To Zanarkand Completely amazing for someone who's played for so little time. You really bring out the atmosphere and there is some nice phrasing.

03. cebukid - Bach Invention 1 in C-Major (BWV 772) I'm working on one of the inventions myself (D minor, a little easier than the C major luckily). They are fabulous pieces, full of places to trip us up! Very nicely played, with good interplay between the voices. My teacher has had me working on quite different dynamics for the subject and counter subject which works well. You could try that too.

04. Peyton - Message From Space: Waiting for the Sun
Quite incredible! You have obviously put so much work into this I'm just blown away. The runs are just amazing. Great stuff. Now do it in less than one minute wink

05. wouter79 - Les Baricades Misterieuses A beautiful way to introduce Couperin! This piece flows so beautifully, the pedaling is just great. You have a very nice touch with the phrasing and the melody line is brought out very nicely.

06. Amaruk - Summer '78 A lovely soothing piece, definitely bringing a little bit of summer warmth into this Fall recital. Greawt job.

07. dannylux / Mel - Kosenko Consolation Op.9 No.1 This is a very beautiful piece, touchingly played. Arpeggios - who cares when you can play it so finely? This is a great find!

08. Greener / Jeff Green - Little Preludes No. 2 (BWV 934) & No. 4 (BWV 936) I love Bach when it's played this well. You picked a great tempo and keep the music flowing forward. I love the balance of the subject and counter-subject. The ornamentation is nicely played and unobtrusive. The two you chose go very well together.

09. Riddler (Ed) - Chelsea Bridge Better to write a beautiful piece about the wrong bridge than buy the wrong bridge I think! Anyway, this is simply a wonderful performance, I feel the river flowing through it. Some very nice touches and beautiful phrasing.

10. timmyab - Arabesque no 1 One of my previous submissions! You take it a lot faster than I did. I just didn't have the technique to do better. But you keep the melody present in the flow of notes and nothing sounds rushed. This is a wonderful performance!
Posted by: BillM

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/19/12 07:06 AM

11. Mr Super-Hunky - Nothing Else Matters-original cover
I like the energy you brought to this piece. Very precise left hand accompaniment – cool ending.

34. LizAnne - Elegy Op.183, No.2
I think you are too hard on yourself – this is very well played. You got the dynamics just right. A lovely, delicate performance.

35. MrPozor - The Doll's Funeral (to do)
I was getting quite a bit of distortion on the YouTube video but happily, not on the audio download file. A nice job on this short but very interesting piece.
Posted by: Andy Platt

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/19/12 08:24 AM

11. Mr Super-Hunky - Nothing Else Matters-original cover I'm not sure how many guesses I would have to have been given before I guessed Metallica! It makes a really nice piano piece, dreamy, touching. Wonderfully played.

12. Jake S - Prelude no.4 in E minor Another familiar tune to me - I just love this piece. You play it beautifully, very nice feeling for the rhythm. I would perhaps add to the sense of urgency in the "wild bit". The ending was fantastic.

13. Wj3 / Walt - Bethena The wistful side of rag time (well, I guess it all is really). This is a wonderful piece, simplified or not. I think you played it with great tenderness but keeping the rag feeling. Great!

14. ladypayne - Early Winter It's too early in the week for me to play "spot the tune" so I just listened. Very nice composition; interesting changes in mood. I'll have to believe this feels like Winter to you - more like spring to me! Oh, and I heard, "For he's a jolly good fellow" in there ...

15. (Was)TrueBeginner - Sandy Man, I thought we were going to get the Grease classic, I feel cheated wink Ah, a beautiful piece indeed. I'm not sure if it feels like Sandy to me because I didn't hear a tree crash down in our yard like the real thing wink But it has a wonderful lilt to it, moving on and on to a happier place. Very nicely played.

16. BenPiano - Poem Nice of the kids to wrap this for you. Very nicely played too - it would be easy to let the big chords cause it to be "stodgy" but you kept them light and the piece moved wonderfully. I think it sounds pretty tough but if you say it's "in-betweener" I'll believe you. Almost.

17. Monica K. - Opening I was playing guess the composer. I didn't get it but when I saw who it was I had to kick myself because it's so obvious! This is a wonderful performance, the voices are so delicately played, interwoven into a gorgeous sound. You are way to hard on yourself - these were proper hands playing it!

18. cgyan / Iain - Morning Light This is a beautiful, mellow piece - delightfully played. The calm serenity with small patches of "light" are clearly present and you propel it forward with a wonderful sense of rhythm and tempo.

19. Jazztpt (Russ) - You See Wonderful composition and performance. I couldn't sense you running out of steam; great runs and a fantastic feel to it.

20. Inlanding - Glen - Angle Eye and Morning Greets the New Day A couple of very nice pieces. I really liked Angle Eye, it had such a great rhythm and you brought the melody out very nicely. Morning Greets the New Day was quite different, I could feel the piece "waking up", with some very nice touches in the deep bass. Excellently done.
Posted by: Sam S

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/19/12 08:25 AM

Here's my last batch of comments. What a fun recital!

42. Copper - What a Wonderful World I love this song - but once I hear it I can't get it out of my head! Well done.

43. Starr Keys - Broken Hearted Me What a treat. Great job singing and playing. The video was great too - I bet your sister is really touched by it.

44. Valencia - Work in Progress --Chopin's Etude 25/11 You are brave to tackle this! You've gotten a great start on it - looking forward to hearing more.

45. jotur/Cathy Turner - Alexander's Ragtime Band I love songs from this period too - especially the ones from musicals. There's an old movie with Ethel Merman and Tyrone Power where they sing this. Loved it.

46. Coldsalmon - Nocturne in Eb Major, Op. 9 No. 2 Wonderful. So sorry to hear about your piano...

47. windywindy - Love Is All Around Welcome to the ABF recitals! This was very bouncy and well played. Mary and Lou and Ted Baxter and Rhoda!

48. Teodor - Tereza's Inspiration (Original Piece) Excellent original piece! And great playing too.

49. BillM - When You Wish Upon A Star Excellent Bill! It wouldn't be an ABF recital without your singing and playing. I think this is my favorite Disney song from way back when we were kids.

50. Bessel - The Happy Farmer (Returning from Work), and Wild Horseman Two of my favorite little Schumann pieces! Now I will not be able to get that Happy Farmer tune out of my head. Excellent job!

51. PianoStudent88 - Minuets BWV Anh. 114, 115 This is the best rendition of these we have heard in a while. (These are probably the most played pieces in the ABF recitals). Good job.

52. Mar_red - Dom (Home) / Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - Medley. The first piece was lovely - I've never heard it before. And it's always time for Christmas music - loved the jazzy arrangement.

53. Sam Rose (Shmuel R) - Solfeggietto (Solfeggio) in C Minor Very well done. I didn't really hear any unevenness. Piano sounds great.

54. Norrec, Tim - Solitude Sounds great - pedal sounds perfectly fine for this pice.

55. Mile Hi Steve - Halloween Potpourri What a hoot! I bet it was as much fun to play as it is to listen to. Very creative!

That's all folks...

Sam
Posted by: Peyton

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/19/12 09:07 AM

I'm finally having a chance to sit and listen to the recital and... holy cow! These just get better and better. I almost feel it's unfair to single out any one performer as these are all so wonderful. There is no way I am going to be able to cover them all in one fell swoop so I shall be doing the random thing starting with the two folks that worked so hard to make this recital happen.

17. Monica.- Thank you Monica! You always bring such an interesting piece to the recital. I've really learned to like Glass. It's a mesmorizing piece and you do it justice.

40. Sam- Sam, I'm glad you chose to present the Raindrop. Such a monumental prelude. I can tell you enjoy playing it. When that dark section comes in at the middle it gives me chills. Hey, your recording sounds damned good!

49- Bill- .... You are such a class act! smile I always love hearing you sing. This is another great one.

45. Cathy- Yee ha! for the life of me I can never figure out how you can do all those leaps when playing ragtime. A great job.

39. Gandolf- Wow. That is really some beautiful playing. I think the bar just got raised way up on Chopin playing here at the forum. I just love everything about the way you play this from your touch to your rubato. And I read what you said about your recording and... it's not bad at all. Of course I'm listening on my computer with no headphones but it sounds great to me. Thank you for sharing this. You are an inspiration.
Posted by: Greener

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/19/12 11:12 AM

12 Jake S

I really love this prelude. I remember hearing my Dad playing it when I was young and it made me melt. I recently set out to learn it myself. I think it sounds easy, but is not that easy. And is certainly not easy at all to play well. Good on you Jake for taking this on so early in your learning. You've done a lovely job with it. Suggest you keep working on it and come back and hear this recording again in a year or couple of years time. A piece like this is a terrific addition to your Repertoire and one that will grow with you over time. Really great stuff, Jake.

13 Wj3 / Walt

I've been paying more attention to Joplin of late as I see more and more buzz about it on PW. I see why now. This sounds like it would be really fun to play. But, certainly a challenge to get to this level of sounding like you're having fun with it. It sounds relaxed and that you are having fun with it. Nice choice and very well performed.

14 ladypayne

This is a very ambitious and complex composition, ladypayne. There are some very interesting elements and themes to it. Very well done, indeed.


15 (Was)TrueBeginner


Sandy seems like an appropriate name. You've done a nice job with the chord change selection in this. It is certainly not always what I was expecting and very soothing transitions. It is very pleasant listen. Well done.

16 BenPiano

You are doing extremely well, Ben, for 3.5 years on the bench now. Your hands look nicely relaxed flowing over the chords in the video and it comes across very nicely of course in the sound. I like this piece. Good selection and very polished presentation. Well done.

17 Monica K.

This sounds like it would be a very challenging piece to play well, Monika. You are right there with it. Terrific performance.

18 cgyan / Iain

Excellent recording Iain. Yes indeed, this is very expressive music and really an enjoyable listen. The cymbal and strings caught me by surprise. What a terrific effect and build. This is studio material. Very excellent. Good for you.

Jazztpt (Russ)

This must have been a lot of work to put together. I'm quite impressed by this. There is really a lot I can learn from you folks coming up with your own stuff. Good on you, Russ. Great job
Posted by: Andy Platt

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/19/12 11:17 AM

My next 10:

21. Andy Platt - Gavotte and Variations Ah well, perhaps it will be better next time wink

22. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Romanza and The Little Music Box Ah, I recognize the Romanza - very nicely played Cas. There is great tenderness and control over the whole piece. The Music Box sounded just like it's title - wonderful staccato playing, just right.

23. SandTiger - Shimmer This is perfectly placed right after The Little Music Box - a very similar feel! This is a great simple composition, very nicely controlled and played with delightful expression.

24. Yamaha G3 & P-80, Mike White - Meditation This is a beautiful piece, which you play with great expression and feeling. I love the arpeggios and runs - they sound wonderful.

25. Hawgdriver - Nocturne in B flat minor, Op. 9/1 Sigh, I just love this nocturne, but especially when it's played with such expression and tenderness. The rubato is perfect, the phrasing is wonderful. Loved it!

26. MusicaMusique - Je t'aimais, je t'aime, je t'aimerai It's a shame about the background noise which distracts from the playing. What I heard sounded good, nice flowing rhythm and good control of the melody.

27. kenjazz (Ken) - Waltz For Debby What a wonderful feel to this piece. I love the transition into the waltz, you manage to make it feel different yet part of the whole. You have a great sense of the rhythm and when to let the melody fly off.

28. MaryBee - Bagatelle No.25 in A minor (Fur Elise) Wow, three pieces I've previously submitted in this ecital! Overall I really liked your performance. The main tempo could be a teeny bit faster for my liking (you did speed up for some parts, not sure if that was deliberate). I liked your touches of rubato and the choices of phrasing worked well. I really liked the more "stormy" sections.

29. Allard - Before the Last Leaf Falls This has a beautiful dreamy quality to it. You bring a smoothness to the piece that it needs. I enjoyed your tempo changes and dynamic range greatly.

30. Jazzwee - Blue Monk Oh, yeah, back in the club. We know we're going to hear a great tune and great playing and, once again, you don't disappoint! Your piano solo was definitely the high point. It started out small, grew, grew and grew - you showed exactly how it's done. Great job!
Posted by: TX-Dennis

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/19/12 12:18 PM

23 SandTiger Shimmer
Nice job, SandTiger. You are off to a great start on your lifetime piano adventure.

24 Yamaha G3 & P-80, Mike White Meditation, Cecile Chamanade
Interesting piece, Mike. I haven't heard this one before. Can a piece be contemplative and dramatic at the same time? This one is. NIce job on a piece that sounds challenging to play well.

25 Hawgdriver Nocturne in B flat minor, Op. 9/1, Chopin
Great job, Leon. Very expressively played with that smooth delicate touch that a nocturne requires. Yes, I too wish I had time for a good instructor, but your lack of one does NOT show in this performance. A wonderful performance.

26 MusicaMusique Je t'aimais, je t'aime, je t'aimerai, Francis Cabrel
This is another new piece to me. Quite a beautiful one, too. Well done, MM. Thoroughly enjoyable despite the very noisy recording.

27 kenjazz(Ken) Waltz For Debby, Bill Evans
Nice job, Ken and synthetic accompanists. I have always enjoyed this song. It is challenging for me to play well, but I do goof around on it now and then. Dramatic playing, and a near pro quality performance, Ken. Very enjoyable.
Posted by: wouter79

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/19/12 12:52 PM

Originally Posted By: Andy Platt
05. wouter79 - Les Baricades Misterieuses A beautiful way to introduce Couperin! This piece flows so beautifully, the pedaling is just great. You have a very nice touch with the phrasing and the melody line is brought out very nicely.


Andy, believe it or not but I'm not using the pedal at all smile
Posted by: Andy Platt

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/19/12 01:33 PM

31. zrtf90 (Richard) - Romance Sans Paroles, Op. 17 No. 3 I was captivated. I don't believe I have heard this before , though I do like a lot of Faure. The expression was outstanding; I loved the pedalling, just wonderful all around.

32. TX-Dennis/Dennis Turner - Be Thou My Vision This is a beautiful arrangement of a classic hymn that I know well. You play it with great tenderness; I really felt you kept the melody out front without being obvious.

33. Serge88 - My Way I would never have thought this could work without the vocals but you can prove it can. It's a beautiful arrangement and delightfully played. I love where it goes up an octave.

34. LizAnne - Elegy Op.183, No.2 This was a nice piece and I can hear how you are working on dynamics. You mention the chords not being in sync (I didn't really hear it): Having a hard time with dynamics and the chord synchronization *can* be a sign of tension. Given your frequent restarts, that wouldn't surprise me. So make sure you look up how to play without tension if you haven't already. But I digress, I really enjoyed your performance: It brought out the melancholy nature of it beautifully.

35. MrPozor - The Doll's Funeral Great playing for seven months! You have a great feeling for this piece. You will learn to phrase the repeated notes a little more but this is a super start.

36. lyricmudra - Consolation No. 3 I love this piece and you have really brought out the pathos in it. It's obviously a very difficult piece but you seem to have swept through most of the technical difficulties with great aplomb! Well done.

37. TrapperJohn - I'll Be Seeing You I love these Decade by Decade arrangments (our local library has some, but not unfortunately the 1930s). You do a wonderful job bringing out the melody with delicate accompaniment behind. The pathos is captured very nicely.

38. DadAgain (& DadAgains Daughter) - Rondo Op163 #6 Wow, what a barnstormer! For a couple of week's work this is amazing - and, actually the piano being slightly out of tune really suits it! I really enjoyed the dramatic dynamic swells that you both seemed to have worked out well in a short time.

39. Ganddalf - Prelude Op.45 I'm not very familiar with this "25th" prelude. What a wonderful piece you make it, though. The melody floats on top of discreet, but well considered accompaniment. Very beautiful!

40. Sam S - Prelude Opus 28 number 15 (Raindrop) Two Chopin preludes in a row - bliss! I love the Raindrop and you do a perfect job bringing out the repeated notes "just right." I really enjoyed the phrasing of the melody over the top too. The piano sounds absolutely beautiful too!
Posted by: Andy Platt

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/19/12 01:40 PM

Originally Posted By: wouter79
Originally Posted By: Andy Platt
05. wouter79 - Les Baricades Misterieuses A beautiful way to introduce Couperin! This piece flows so beautifully, the pedaling is just great. You have a very nice touch with the phrasing and the melody line is brought out very nicely.


Andy, believe it or not but I'm not using the pedal at all smile


I went back and listened again very carefully - quite remarkable. Great finger pedaling then!
Posted by: jaredm2012

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/19/12 02:05 PM

Originally Posted By: Monica K.
02. jaredm2012 Jared Miller - To Zanarkand: Congratulations on your first recital! I love this piece, and I’ve tried to learn it in the past but was always too intimidated by the monster fast arpeggios on the last repeat. I like how you changed it to make it manageable, and I may just shamelessly copy you and do it that way myself.


Thanks Monica! This is actually not the same version of the piece as the one you're referring to. I played this version of the piece. This is the version from the original soundtrack of FFX.

Subsequently, it was arranged for an album called the FFX Piano Collections, which is considerably harder =)That's the version with the crazy arpeggios. Here is the Piano Collections version.
Posted by: Greener

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/19/12 02:17 PM

20 Inlanding - Glen

Nice swing to the Angel Eyes, Glen. The improv has a lovely melancholy feel to it. Some very interesting dynamics and very expressive. I like it. Nicely done, Glen.

21 Andy Platt

I really like the clean style of this, Andy. It is very nice piece and another I was not familiar with. Parts of this are very reminiscent of Bach to me, but with some lovely contrasting themes. Excellent performance, very good recording and really fine playing, Andy.

22 CASINITALY (Cheryl)

These are very cute pieces, Cheryl. Clearly some tricky business with these that you are handling very well. I'm particularly fond of the first one. It is a very pretty melody and harmony and you present it very well. Great job.

23 SandTiger

Nice little composition you've created here, SandTiger. Good for you, nice playing and look forward to hearing more from you.

24 Mike White

This was a pleasant surprise. I was expecting a BossNova which this clearly is not. Some really great changes in this. I'd never heard of it before. I like it. Nice, powerful expression and nicely performed, Mike. Well done.

25 Hawgdriver

I think this is my favorite of this recital. It is a very good recording and just a lovely easy listen. I'm working on more Chopin myself and know that it is a tricky business to play well. Very well done, Hawgdriver.

26 MusicaMusique

This is very catchy melody with some interesting surprises. Well done in picking this up by ear. Nice playing.

27 kenjazz (Ken)

As I've said many times now I think, Ken, this is a very cool sound you are achieving. I really like this one in particular. A really great tune and the live band effect really works for me, plus I love a good Waltz. I will put this one on my radar now, as well. Really great stuff, Ken.

28 MaryBee

Fabulous MaryBee. Also one I have somewhere in my past but will now need to dig up and try to get into shape again. If I can come close to this level of presentation, I'll be very pleased. Really nice playing.


29 Allard

Nice playing, Allard. You are doing extremely well and this is a good choice of piece for presentation. It is quite a nice piece and you play it very well. Good for you and look forward to hearing more from you.
Posted by: hawgdriver

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/19/12 05:39 PM

Just got out of shoulder surgery. All went well. Will be a few days before I can type normal. Probably won't be able to play for a bit. Thanks for the comments, look forward to sharing my own. This is an outstanding recital. Outstanding.
Posted by: TrapperJohn

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/19/12 06:35 PM

Even yet still more Random Reviews:


49. BillM - When You Wish Upon A Star

Bill - subtle and warm and pensive - one of my favorite Disney tunes too...



52. Mar_red - Dom (Home) / Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - Medley.

Mar-Red - "Dom(Home)" is a lovely tune lovingly played - enjoyed this a lot - not sure if the medley (or some of us) is ready for "Santa" though...


Trap
Posted by: BillM

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/19/12 07:55 PM

36. lyricmudra - Consolation No. 3
Beautifully played – I loved the lyrical quality of your interpretation. Normally I’m not a big fan of the dancing hands camera angle for non-instructional piano videos but I enjoyed watching your video because you obviously were moved by the music. Your piano has a wonderful tone.

37. TrapperJohn - I'll Be Seeing You
Another terrific song selection – you always manage to pick songs that have strong, memorable melodies. A fine performance.

39. Ganddalf - Prelude Op.45
I dunno – I think any teacher would be proud to claim you as a student. This is a highly musical and sensitive performance. You play beautifully and your piano has a full, rich tone. We are the same age - I also continue to try to improve. Hopefully piano playing, like fine wine, improves with age. I really enjoyed listening to your recording.

40. Sam S - Prelude Opus 28 number 15 (Raindrop)
I was very much looking forward to hearing your new to you Bechstein. The piano has a lovely ringing treble that complements your excellent playing on this piece. You should be very proud of your accomplishments both as a craftsman and as a musician.
Posted by: BillM

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/19/12 08:09 PM

43. Starr Keys - Broken Hearted Me
Your singing lessons are definitely taking! I am really enjoying your vocals, your fine accompaniment and very cool arrangement.

44. Valencia - Work in Progress --Chopin's Etude 25/11
Too bad your recording set-up doesn't match your piano skills. I read your write-up before listening to your recording and wasn't expecting such a skillful performance. Very impressive.

45. jotur/Cathy Turner - Alexander's Ragtime Band
When I see your name pop up on the list I know we are in store for a toe-tapping performance. You make this old chestnut rock. Sound like you had as much fun playing this as I did listening. Very nice!
Posted by: LizAnne

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/19/12 08:39 PM

Thank you everyone for your fabulous recital pieces and for the feedback. I haven't been able to do feedback, but I've kept the recital playing in the background at work. It sounds fabulous!!


Originally Posted By: Andy Platt

34. LizAnne - Elegy Op.183, No.2 This was a nice piece and I can hear how you are working on dynamics. You mention the chords not being in sync (I didn't really hear it): Having a hard time with dynamics and the chord synchronization *can* be a sign of tension. Given your frequent restarts, that wouldn't surprise me. So make sure you look up how to play without tension if you haven't already.


This is a very useful one for me. Yup, I'm so tense I'm rock solid when I play. I will work on this. Thank you.
Posted by: TX-Dennis

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/19/12 08:55 PM

28 MaryBee Bagatelle No.25 in A minor (Fur Elise), Beethoven
Excellent performance. I prefer it at this tempo rather than the faster tempo many take on this piece. Perhaps it's because this is about as fast as I can go with it, or maybe it's because my first exposure to it was from the Charlie Brown Christmas show as a very young kid who was just starting to play piano and really wanted to be able to play what Schroeder played. Yours is perfect to my ears.

29 Allard Before the Last Leaf Falls, David Lanz
This is really pretty, Allard. I haven't heard the piece before. You play it with a nice delicate touch and your dynamics seem to fit the piece perfectly.

30 Jazzwee Blue Monk, Thelonious Monk
Sweet! A very professional sounding performance, and it sounds like the audience, though small, was very enthusiastic about your playing. Great job.
Posted by: Peyton

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/19/12 09:19 PM

#8. Greener- Jeff, OK, the recording quality may not be as good as that pro recording studio but this was delightful to listen to. Extremely well played IMB (in my book).

11. ]Mr. SH- I was looking forward to hearing this after all the hype. What a let down..... ha ha. I just wanted to see the look on your face. Actually, it's pretty friggin good. And I love that glissade in the middle, especially after that deep bass note. I've never listened to Metalica so the piece is new to me and I would never have guessed it was from a heavy metal band. A great melody. Shoot me, I actually had to listen to it twice.

16. Ben- a sweet little piece. I'd love to know your story for it. It has a real "old fashion" feel to me. It would fit an old black and white movie, a dance perhaps.

1. Carlos- I like how you took the original and then went off on your own. It really became your own piece. It has a very sad feel to it, but quite beautiful.

5. Wouter- A beautiful piece. And very well played with a nice legato. And you are right, we don't hear much Couperin and you have to wonder why. They are such wonderful works.
Posted by: CebuKid

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/19/12 09:40 PM

15. (Was)TrueBeginner - Sandy

Really good work!! I'm extremely amazed at those who can compose. This had a Dr. Zhivago-esqe sound to it.

16. BenPiano - Poem

Nice little piece! You're right, it's a great in-betweener. Your vast repertoire and sampling of different composers continues to amaze me! grin

17. Monica K. - Opening

Great work, Monica!! You're right...I can "hear" the different voices and very mesmerizing indeed.

18. cgyan / Iain - Morning Light

Very interesting accompaniment and background music. Based on your description, you achieved the desired effect. Bravo!

19. Jazztpt (Russ) - You See


Jazz piano...such a difficult sounding genre where I'd rather listen to others play it than try it myself! As usual, Jazzpt, great piano bar sounding work! Very soothing sound....

20. Inlanding - Glen - Angle Eye and Morning Greets the New Day

What a fun-sounding piece and a real finger-snapper. smile Excellent that you're making a comeback from injuries.


21. Andy Platt - Gavotte and Variations

I've never heard of this composer so thanks for introducing him! I didn't really hear any of the flubs that you described, and sometimes I think one take is the way to go! smile Anyway, I really liked your phrasing and dynamics. The different strains sound like they tell a different story. Good job on a very long piece.

22. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Romanza and The Little Music Box

LOL, I got confused at first because I listened to your's right after Andy's a thought this was one of the strains or a continuation of Andy's piece. It "sounds" like it's in the same key...anyway, Cheryl, your improvements continue to amaze me and it's fun listening to the progress that you're making with each recital.


23. SandTiger - Shimmer

Again, I admire those with the guts and talent to compose. Very nice work! smile


24. Yamaha G3 & P-80, Mike White - Meditation


The diversity of this group is amazing....I've never heard this composer either. Excellent interpretation of his work. Your smooth playing sounds like that of a seasoned veteran.

25. Hawgdriver - Nocturne in B flat minor, Op. 9/1

Some players *just know* how to play Chopin, and you, Hawgdriver are in this elite group. I love this Nocturne and your interpretation of it! I like the rich sound of your digital too. smile


26. MusicaMusique - Je t'aimais, je t'aime, je t'aimerai

Excellent for playing by ear! It didn't sound easy. smile

27. kenjazz (Ken) - Waltz For Debby

Aaaahhhh....jazz piano again. Great performance and description of the piece.

28. MaryBee - Bagatelle No.25 in A minor (Fur Elise)

Aahh..so this is how Für Elise should be played. smile Believe it or not, I never tire of this piece. I loved your phrasing too, by the way. It didn't sound mechanical like mine did...lol.

29. Allard - Before the Last Leaf Falls

I love New Age piano. This was a nice little work from a well known composer, Lanz, and it's great that after only a year, you're tackling this piece, and play it like a veteran!

30. Jazzwee - Blue Monk

What an awesome live performance jazzwee!!! I am in amazement that you, who started at such an advanced age - a true adult beginner - can play improvisational Jazz (or in this case, Blues) piano at a high level like this and in front of a live audience! I wish I was there enjoying the show. smile

31. zrtf90 (Richard) - Romance Sans Paroles, Op. 17 No. 3

What a nice, reflective and sombre piece. Great interpretation!! I know exactly what you mean about how a change in fingering that you're comfortable with can screw you up...been there and done that! You sound very relaxed and confident here.

32. TX-Dennis/Dennis Turner - Be Thou My Vision

Gotta love old Irish hymns - especially a familiar one like this one. You really played nice "cantibile" with the right hand. smile


33. Serge88 - My Way

Wow, and yet another familiar tune where you also play nice cantibile singing "voice" with your piano. Bravo!

34. LizAnne - Elegy Op.183, No.2

LizAnne, I'm sort of following in your footsteps too, but not as drastic. I haven't played much in 2012 but it's okay, I think, to make piano "something you do on the side" (if you're like me and can't practice everyday), rather than quit and restart all the time. Anyway, nice starter (or should I say restarter) piece. You did a fine job! smile

35. MrPozor - The Doll's Funeral

Nice work for just 7 months of exerpience! You captured the gloom and darkness of this Tchaikovsky classic.

36. lyricmudra - Consolation No. 3

Excellent!! Your classical training from your youth really comes through in your interpretation.

37. TrapperJohn - I'll Be Seeing You

Nice old tune TJ! Enjoyed it a lot.

38. DadAgain (& DadAgains Daughter) - Rondo Op163 #6

Excellent 4 hands performance from you guys. I'd like to do a duet with my daughter too one day. smile

39. Ganddalf - Prelude Op.45

Ganddalf...nicely played!! Your fingers are so obviously seasoned, and nice job on the recording! I have a zoom h1 too (didn't use it this time around).

40. Sam S - Prelude Opus 28 number 15 (Raindrop)

Aaahh...I love this piece. Your interpretation sounded great and musical, Sam! Your new grand sounds great too, by the way.
Posted by: Mr Super-Hunky

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/19/12 11:30 PM

41. joangolfing - Elves' Dance This sounded very nice. Your staccatos were very crisp and clear. Very good recording levels too.

42. Copper - What a Wonderful World One of the most beautiful tunes ever written. It's always a pleasure to hear. Thanks Cu.

43. Starr Keys - Broken Hearted Me I'm a bit stuck on what to say after reading your description other than I wish everyone the best. The drawings and paintings in the video were very nice and represented a great deal of artistic talent. I can feel a sense of sorrow in your playing/singing that a lot of people could relate to in their lives. Nicely done and presented.


44. Valencia - Work in Progress --Chopin's Etude 25/11 It sounds like your making great progress on this piece. I didn't think it sounded that bad either considering the equipment being used. Keep it up.

45. jotur/Cathy Turner - Alexander's Ragtime Band This is fun music to listen to Cathy. The peppy/perky beat is what I like most about it. You did a great job with this and it's always fun to hear. More please.

46. Coldsalmon - Nocturne in Eb Major, Op. 9 No. 2 No technical feedback given here. Just letting you know I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this performance. Very well played.

47. windywindy - Love Is All Around Oh I remember this tune. It brings back old memories. I thought you did a nice job with this tune.

48. Teodor - Tereza's Inspiration (Original Piece) This was very nice Teodor. I could almost here a some Einaudi-ish melodies along with your own added flavor. Nicely done.

49. BillM - When You Wish Upon A Star Very nicely done Bill. It was very relaxing to listen to, but. I'm getting a little, a little.... ahhhZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

50. Bessel - The Happy Farmer (Returning from Work), and Wild Horseman I liked the pace of this tune; especially at the mid point where it took on a different tempo. It was fun to listen too. Nicely done.
Posted by: jotur

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/20/12 12:16 AM

Thanks all for the comments. Sam S - I looked up the Ethel Merman/Tyrone Power arrangement and it was a treat! I like the Andrews Sisters, too.

As for how I can play the leaps, Peyton. Sigh. It's been a haul laugh I started in 2005 with Tuxedo Junction, Black & White Rag, and Angeline the Baker, and here I am. I'm sort of at a nice moderato tempo, and I still can't do most of it on the fly at a brisk dance tempo, I have to practice a particular piece with a particular pattern in the bass. On the other hand, the fact that it's been 7 years that I've been working on it almost never occurs to me, so I'm happy!

windywindy - I laughed at the second verse, too - I've never heard it sung, tho. But the lyrics from some songs around that time are really clever, and I get a kick out of them.

Thanks again.

Cathy
Posted by: jotur

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/20/12 12:30 AM

Well, here's a recording with the second verse smile It must be one of the earliest ones. (Ah, the Library of Congress National Jukebox has it recorded on May 23, 1911. Yup. An early one.)



One of the things I like about old movies/recordings is that the regional accents are still there. The Andrews Sisters recording, from WWII, has accents. The Ethel Merman/Tyrone Power does. This one does. It seems like our accents are leveling out these days, so that we sound much more alike. Not entirely, I'll admit - I can still hear the Okie in me when I listen to my answering machine recording - but nothing like these.

Cathy
Posted by: jotur

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/20/12 01:01 AM

Oh dear, I shouldn't have started laugh

Here's a version for Monica (snort):

Monica's ARB

Cathy
Posted by: CMohr

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/20/12 01:57 AM

I finally got some time to start listening....I'm so impressed with all of you.

01. CarlosCC - Canzone Popolare (Francia 1500ca) - Original extended cover Beautiful, Carlos! You built on the original melody with an extremely musical ear. I really enjoyed how you made this your own - you added interest to the entire theme of the piece. You should write this out if you haven't done so already. Bravo!

02. jaredm2012 Jared Miller - To Zanarkand Wonderfully played, especially for only 5 months! A nice feeling comes through your playing. Obviously, you love this piece. Very nice dynamics, too.

03. cebukid - Bach Invention 1 in C-Major (BWV 772) Great concentration in this recording! smile And, extremely well played. Many times the inventions can come across as a little dry, but you have made this musical. Both voices are clear and concise, and nice trills, too. A "real" recital experience.

04. Peyton - Message From Space: Waiting for the Sun Wow! Very impressive and impressionistic. The humanness in your composition, (not just because it's music you've made) is so evident in the heartbeat-like left hand. Almost an anthropomorphizing of the heavens. Killer piece! (great video, too - you should be on stage smile )

05. wouter79 - Les Baricades Misterieuses You got me with the first note. Your approach into the piece is flawless, which gave a beautiful flow throughout. Your touch is excellent on this piece, also. Your piano has such a wonderful sound - it seems to add to the piece. Lovely entry!
Posted by: BillM

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/20/12 08:12 AM

46. Coldsalmon - Nocturne in Eb Major, Op. 9 No. 2
A lovely, romantic performance. Your trills are very well done. Sorry to hear about your storm loss – We had a large willow blow down onto our screen porch but your loss is much more profound. Your Korg sounds fanastic.

47. windywindy - Love Is All Around
What a great selection! I haven’t heard this in years and it immediate brought a smile to my face – I felt like throwing my hat in the air.

48. Teodor - Tereza's Inspiration (Original Piece)
This is a lovely melody but more dark and brooding than I was expecting. Love the finish.
Posted by: BillM

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/20/12 08:26 AM

50. Bessel - The Happy Farmer (Returning from Work), and Wild Horseman
This is one I’m familiar with – I like the jaunty tempo and octaves on the melody line of Happy Farmer. Well done.

52. Mar_red - Dom (Home) / Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - Medley.
This is one of my favorites from the recital. Love the contrast between the two pieces – you really rock out on Santa Claus Is Coming to Town - very cool chord choices.

55. Mile Hi Steve - Halloween Potpourri
This is quite an excellent production. Love the layered sounds. Amen.
Posted by: TrapperJohn

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/20/12 08:49 AM

The Big Q:

Where is Einaudi in this Recital; is this the first without him; and how could this happen?
Posted by: CarlosCC

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/20/12 08:57 AM

Originally Posted By: TrapperJohn
The Big Q:

Where is Einaudi in this Recital; is this the first without him; and how could this happen?


The Short A:
Einaudi is hidden in my piece...
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Posted by: CarlosCC

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/20/12 08:59 AM

First comments:

02. jaredm2012 Jared Miller - To Zanarkand - Only 5 months of experience? Wow, this is good. I can see how much work you put on this.

03. cebukid - Bach Invention 1 in C-Major (BWV 772) - I can't resist saying how much I liked the sound of children playing arround... It just shows that you are perfectly apt for playing this type of music in front of everyone. It's not my type of music, but I think you do it very well!

04. Peyton - Message From Space: Waiting for the Sun - Wow, what an ambience... I think it's wonderful when someone transforms images in music as you do. I can't do it. Congratulations.

05. wouter79 - Les Baricades Misterieuses - Couperin...? I didn't know this piece. Thanks for the explanation about "brise style". You have shown a good domain on this (hard) piece. It's very beautiful.

06. Amaruk - Summer '78 -I like Yann Tiersen and you did an excellent job with this piece. It's on my to-do list. Thanks for bringing this really calm piece to us. Wonderful.

07. dannylux / Mel - Kosenko Consolation Op.9 No.1 - I did not know Viktor Kosenko. This is a very sophisticated piece and you did a great job. Congrats.

08. Greener / Jeff Green - Little Preludes No. 2 (BWV 934) & No. 4 (BWV 936) - As you know, I'm not a big fan of Bach, but you did a such wonderfull job with this two Preludes. You do not have fallen into the temptation of playing all the notes in a row without feeling what you're playing, and it seems to me that's hard to do in this type of pieces. Congratulations.

09. Riddler (Ed) - Chelsea Bridge - Very nice arrangement! I love the flow you put on this. Real good!

10. timmyab - Arabesque no 1 - I always like to hear this piece, and others of Debussy. This is so fresh and well drawn. I love this performance. Very, very good!


More later.
Posted by: TrapperJohn

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/20/12 10:13 AM

Originally Posted By: CarlosCC
Originally Posted By: TrapperJohn
The Big Q:

Where is Einaudi in this Recital; is this the first without him; and how could this happen?


The Short A:
Einaudi is hidden in my piece...
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Ah, yes - the transcription ...so he's here even when he's not here (so to speak)... if only in spirit...but, does this count?
Posted by: CarlosCC

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/20/12 10:17 AM

Originally Posted By: TrapperJohn
Originally Posted By: CarlosCC
Originally Posted By: TrapperJohn
The Big Q:

Where is Einaudi in this Recital; is this the first without him; and how could this happen?


The Short A:
Einaudi is hidden in my piece...
thumb


Ah, yes - the transcription ...so he's here even when he's not here (so to speak)... if only in spirit...but, does this count?


Since the author is unknown but was Einaudi who made the transcription, why not...?
Posted by: Greener

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/20/12 10:22 AM

30 Jazzwee

There is really nothing like playing with other musicians when it is all coming together. Terrific sound your group is achieving, Jazzwee. Sounds like a lot of fun, indeed. Hope I can do this again some day. Great playing.

31 zrtf90 (Richard)

This is really a gorgeous piece, Richard. At first I did not recognize the composer, Fauré and had to be reminded of the Requiem we did in choir once long ago. So glad you have taken to the bench again after many years absence. The educational value you contribute to PW is tremendous. I have benefited greatly from this and for me at least, PW just would not be the same without it. Glad to know you are also conquering the recording hurdles and look forward to hearing many more recital entries from you to come. Terrific playing of course, as well, as I quite expected it would be smile . Very nicely done.

32 TX-Dennis/Dennis Turner

This is some very fine playing, Dennis. A very pretty piece and excellent recording. It really is a pleasant listen. Glad to see you made it in this recital round. Can we talk you into Mendelssohn? They're not so tough. At least the one I chose (probably the easiest of them all) isn't smile

33 Serge88

Nice arrangement of My Way, Serge. I never get tired of hearing blue eyes standards and this is one of his all time greats. I remember watching the live performance of this when Franky was retiring (for the first time) and my Dad had tears streaming down his face. You bring it all back to me. Nicely done.

34 LizAnne

Looky there, two Canadian entries in a row. Great to see this. I think the dynamics are working very nicely here, LizAnne. This is some very fine playing and a very pretty piece. It does not sound so simple to me. Not sure if it helps, but for me I would always choose a piece I think I am likely to be able to peform well, vs. not likely to ever perform well, or only with more effort then I am willing to invest. A fine performance.

35 MrPozor

Another I had to take a reread of. This is really far beyond what I would expect to be hearing from someone at 7 months of playing. Really great, MrPozor. You are doing very well and look forward to seeing more from you and watching you continue to advance. The piano sounds good to me. In fact, the recording seems to convey what I would call a "Better than Most/mine" real piano sound. Very well done.
Posted by: CarlosCC

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/20/12 11:15 AM

More 5 comments:

11. Mr Super-Hunky - Nothing Else Matters-original cover - Mr SH, I was waiting for this. I love the way you mixed both hands work creating a real "band" environment and, at the same time, supporting the melody along the entire piece. This piece has your signature, not only because you are the author of the cover, but also because I can distinguish your amazing style of playing among tons of pieces. You are a great piannist and your goal was achieved with distinction. Congratulations!

12. Jake S - Prelude no.4 in E minor - jake, I do not get tired of hearing these little wonders of Chopin. Even more, played by someone with only 10 months experience. That's incredible. Congrats.

13. Wj3 / Walt - Bethena - I like Joplin but I have not had the courage to play his pieces. I realize how difficult it must be to play this piece, but you did it well. Congrats.

14. ladypayne - Early Winter - Wow, nice rithm. I like more and more of your compositions. They are always full of strength and speed. Congrats.

15. (Was)TrueBeginner - Sandy - Sad as Sandy was... You are turning your compositions in your own style which is very interesting. Congrats.

More later.
Posted by: CMohr

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/20/12 11:55 AM

06. Amaruk - Summer '78 Impressive playing along with quite an impressive video so appropriately mastered. Very articulate and musical performance.

07. dannylux / Mel - Kosenko Consolation Op.9 No.1 A very moving performance of such a beautiful piece of music! I did love it. Excellent playing, as usual.

08. Greener / Jeff Green - Little Preludes No. 2 (BWV 934) & No. 4 (BWV 936) I really enjoyed your precise and relaxed performance of these two preludes. So well done and a pleasure to listen to. Nice recording, too!

09. Riddler (Ed) - Chelsea Bridge You just seem to always choose the coolest tunes, and make them even cooler. The first section is very Debussy-like. And yes, somewhat pensive but with an edge. Great arrangement with the "Riddler" trademark sound. I loved it!

10. timmyab - Arabesque no 1 I can never find anything to criticize about your performances. You are very professional sounding - everything just right, touch, dynamics, flow , musicality - all of which make for a perfect picture. Beautiful!!

11. Mr Super-Hunky - Nothing Else Matters-original cover This being one of many great rock ballads, you've really done fantastic work making this a piano solo. You can fill out a piece with such aplomb - I really enjoyed listening!

12. Jake S - Prelude no.4 in E minor I think this prelude more than any other of Chopin's, elicits such surprising interpretations, and I always enjoy hearing it. Your performance is no exception. You did imbue it with your own personal touch and style. Your use of rubato and dynamics made for your uniquely personal performance. Nice work!
Posted by: Peyton

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/20/12 06:16 PM

3. Cebukid- you got me smiling. A solid performance with all the kids making noise in the background. Been there done that.

6. Amaruk- WOW.... nice job!!! I love your playing and especially the video work. The different cameras and the extra video mix are superb. Mesmerizing. I like that red filter effect too.

15. Wastruebeginner- I always look forward to your compositions. I think you were a major composer in your last life smile You just come up with such wonderful melodies. I should send this off to my wife's cousin in Seabrite. Seabrite NJ is no longer. It's a beautiful piece.

19. Jazztpt- Russ, wow, I wish I could watch you play. You have such a natural, relaxed presentation. I love the piece. And that roland sounds FANTASTIC. (I won't bother to tell you how envious I am of your knowledge and talent)

21. Andy- I guess I should know Rameau...but I dont. Very Bach like and equally enjoyable. I love the left hand/bass work. Just a wonderful piece and you play it very well!

22. Casinitaly- Cheryl, I really enjoyed your little presentation. I hope everyone goes to your youtube link to see the video. They are really fun. Nice playing!

27. Kenjazz- Ken, how nice it is to hear a bill Evans tune. I still have a record from way back of him double tracked with himself that is just out of this world. Your playing is excellent. It really does the master justice. I have no idea what program you used to do the bass and drums but it is excellent. (That was band in a box???) and you have only been playing five years??? Just shoot me now. smile

28. Marybee- Mary.... if it wasn't you I swear I just would not listen to this. I can't stand Fur Elise... smile but it is you and YOU really do it justice. I could almost like it.
Posted by: TrapperJohn

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/20/12 08:36 PM

Originally Posted By: CarlosCC
Originally Posted By: TrapperJohn
Originally Posted By: CarlosCC
Originally Posted By: TrapperJohn
The Big Q:

Where is Einaudi in this Recital; is this the first without him; and how could this happen?


The Short A:
Einaudi is hidden in my piece...
thumb


Ah, yes - the transcription ...so he's here even when he's not here (so to speak)... if only in spirit...but, does this count?


Since the author is unknown but was Einaudi who made the transcription, why not...?


Why not, indeed - the string continues...Einaudi lives!
Posted by: CebuKid

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/20/12 09:55 PM

And now....for my last wave of commentary:

41. joangolfing - Elves' Dance

What a happy piece! I loved it, and loved the nice sound of your grand piano.

42. Copper - What a Wonderful World

Another great familiar tune. That's why *we* all get along so great here on the ABF...there is no classical snubbery here and we all enjoy the variety. Nice piano cover of this great song! smile

43. Starr Keys - Broken Hearted Me

Great cover and great video. You have a lovely singing voice and I can tell you put a lot of emotion into this song. It was a nice celebration of your sister's late husband and her impressive artwork.

44. Valencia - Work in Progress --Chopin's Etude 25/11

Very nice work in progress. YOu have me curious now how the "at tempo" one sounds...this one sounded hard enough!! PS- Paul Barton is probably my favorite "tutorial guy" on YouTube...he's not a condescending snob like other some of the self-proclaimed scholars on U-Tube...plus, he's a great player himself!

45. jotur/Cathy Turner - Alexander's Ragtime Band

Oom-pah, oom--pah...oh how I miss ragtime. Great job Cathy! I wish I could've heard the other instruments too...you know,I'll plant that seed in your head. I'd like to hear you and your actual band in a future recital, as I do love listening to ragtime "instrumentals" - for example, banjo and tuba accompaniments... smile

46. Coldsalmon - Nocturne in Eb Major, Op. 9 No. 2

I never tire of this piece either. It's my own personal pianistic goal to one day play this, but I still think I lack the emotional makeup to play this well. You, on the other hand, played with great technical prowess and emotion too. Very nice dynamics and phrasing...can't believe you've been only playing for 3+ years.

PS-sorry to hear about your piano.

47. windywindy - Love Is All Around

Great cover! Keep up the good work. smile

48. Teodor - Tereza's Inspiration (Original Piece)

I'm glad Tereza inspired you to write this nice original composition. Great job from a budding pianist student!

49. BillM - When You Wish Upon A Star

Nice work on a great classic made famous by Disney. smile Great piano playing too! You're awesome, Bill!!

50. Bessel - The Happy Farmer (Returning from Work), and Wild Horseman

Nice work. I love this piano piece and have heard this played many times in my own home. You made the piece sound so happy!

51. PianoStudent88 - Minuets BWV Anh. 114, 115

Ah, yet another piano classic. The Bach minuets are a must-play for students of piano and you did a fine job on both!
I rarely have heard the G-minor version, but in classic Bach (or Pietzgold) fashion, they compliment each other nicely.

52. Mar_red - Dom (Home) / Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - Medley.

I was expecting to hear a child-like piece, but this is impressive!! Nicely played, and thanks for the historical description of this piece.

53. Sam Rose (Shmuel R) - Solfeggietto (Solfeggio) in C Minor

Very nice technical prowess, Sam, that we've come to expect from you now! You set the bar high!

b]54. Norrec, Tim - Solitude[/b]

This sounds like a great student piece, and something out of one of those video games too. Loved it!!
Keep up the playing.

55. Mile Hi Steve - Halloween Potpourri

Nice post-halloween piece, Steve! I liked the effects you created on your Claninova.


Parting words....

Thanks to everyone who listened to, and commented on my piece. I read and took everyone's comments to heart. smile

Also, great recital everyone! I enjoyed everyone's submissions and definitely plan to give them all a few more listens. This recital has been my main background music at home while doing dishes, mopping, etc. smile
Posted by: MaryBee

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/21/12 12:33 AM

15. (Was)TrueBeginner - Sandy Lots of movement in the piece. Could it be that the rising and falling swells hint at all the water Sandy brought us?

16. BenPiano - Poem Expressive playing. I like how you go with the idea of telling a story. It must help; I hear the development of the sound over the course of the piece. Very nice.

17. Monica K. - Opening Three themes, three repeats, three voices, and triplets -- now that's pretty cool! The repetition is meditative and appealing. Nice playing.

18. cgyan / Iain - Morning Light Love the beginning -- such delicacy really highlights the pretty melody. I like how the sound then grows fuller over time. The additional sounds you chose were tasteful and added to the atmosphere. Not only nicely played, but also nicely produced.

19. Jazztpt (Russ) - You See This was a pleasure to listen to! The piece is a perfect showcase for your skillful playing.

20. Inlanding - Glen - Angle Eye and Morning Greets the New Day That's quite a contrast between your two selections. I like the 2nd one very much. You play it so expressively. Glad you were able to participate in the recital after a problematic year.

21. Andy Platt - Gavotte and Variations I love the theme and variation form, to see how a composer can take a single idea and extend it in so many different ways. This is the first time I've heard this. It sounds like a fun one to learn and play, especially researching the different editions, and deciding on ornamentations (which sounded great, BTW). Nice job with the voicing, emphasizing the melody throughout. I so enjoyed listening to your performance of this.

22. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Romanza and The Little Music Box Cheryl, this is beautiful playing! The deep pensive Romanza leading into the lightness of the Music Box was a great idea. You're really improving on your touch and control, evidenced by how clearly you could evoke the music box sound. Laughed at winding the mechanism. laugh

23. SandTiger - Shimmer What a sweet composition! The tune is appealing, and it has some interesting rhythms going on, yet it seems to be at a level that would not be too difficult for an older beginner. Have you written it down, or was it played by ear?
Posted by: MaryBee

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/21/12 12:55 AM

Thanks to those who have commented on my piece, especially to the people who really hate Fur Elise, but were kind enough to listen to it anyway!
Originally Posted By: aTallGuyNH
I think of "Fur Elise" as being to classical piano what Kool & The Gang's "Celebration" is to wedding receptions.
LOL (I had to share this comment with my husband.)
Originally Posted By: Peyton
Mary.... if it wasn't you I swear I just would not listen to this. I can't stand Fur Elise... smile but it is you and YOU really do it justice. I could almost like it.
Aww... that's sweet... I think! laugh

There were also those who admit to actually liking this piece (CebuKid), those who have played it themselves (TX-Dennis, Greener, BenPiano),
those who gave me constructive comments about my pedaling, which I have a tendency to over-use (jazzwee, Ganddalf), and those whose comments just make me feel really good (everyone mentioned above, plus FarmGirl, jotur, sinophilia, casinitaly, Sam S, windywindy, BillM, Mr Super-Hunky, and Andy Platt).

This ABF group is the best support group I know of!
Posted by: Teodor

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/21/12 03:17 AM

Originally Posted By: CebuKid
And now....for my last wave of commentary:



48. Teodor - Tereza's Inspiration (Original Piece)

I'm glad Tereza inspired you to write this nice original composition. Great job from a budding pianist student!








It's her melody in the middle section. I wish I came up with something so beautiful for melody. But I did a good job on the rest such as the introduction and the ending and the left hand arpeggios and octaves. She is a cellist, you should hear her play in concert. I brought over some friends one time and they are not classical music fans to the point that they kind of hate it, but they were thrilled, she really impressed them.
Posted by: CarlosCC

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/21/12 06:42 AM

16. BenPiano - Poem - Ben, I didn't know this piece, neither Fibich. It's a little "poem" that was played pretty well. Congrats.

17. Monica K. - Opening - Philip Glass is great. But it is advisable to know a little of his history to be able to listen him properly. IMHO his style is, by nature, repetitive but not boring. Playing this kind of pieces is hard for that reason. You managed to do it masterfully.

18. cgyan / Iain - Morning Light - Iain, I loved the "clear touch" you gave to this piece. And the sounds you attached to it are wonderful. It reminds me some TV comercial pieces that we get glued from the first begining. It sounds professional. Excelent work!

19. Jazztpt (Russ) - You See - ... and it's a dream to listen to. And I can see how much talent you have. Nice composition. Nicely played, as usual. Congratulations!

20. Inlanding - Glen - Angle Eye and Morning Greets the New Day - Glen, what to say? Absolutely wonderful. Both the 1st minute - full of rhythm and color - such as your original piece that is... more introespectiva and intimate. I loved the contrast and, for me, it's another professional level production. Congratulations.
Posted by: CarlosCC

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/21/12 08:34 AM

21. Andy Platt - Gavotte and Variations - I had never paid attention to Rameau. I think it's a difficult piece but you played it very well. Congratulations.

22. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Romanza and The Little Music Box - Cheryl, they are two lovely pieces. So sweet! The "Little Music Box" seems those songs for babies calm down. I like it!

23. SandTiger - Shimmer - 8 months and already composing? Wow, what a courage! Sounds good for someone with so little experience. I like it. Congrats.

24. Yamaha G3 & P-80, Mike White - Meditation - Cecile Chaminade is new for me. I think this piece is full of emotion (or meditation...). You shows a perfect domain of it along the entire piece. Very nice. Congrats.

25. Hawgdriver - Nocturne in B flat minor, Op. 9/1 - Hawgdriver, I never get tired to hearing this. I love Chopin, but I have no "guts" to the play it... I can imagine the dedication and time invested for you to get to this result. It's amazing!!!
Posted by: CarlosCC

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/21/12 09:49 AM

26. MusicaMusique - Je t'aimais, je t'aime, je t'aimerai - I know that Francis Cabrel is a guitarist, so I admire your work doing the "translation" of this song to piano. Starr Keys put us in the same group when he made his comments, so I was curious to listen carefully to your piece. I don't know how what is your experience or what is your musical background but I like your style. Congrats.

27. kenjazz (Ken) - Waltz For Debby - Ken, you rule with mastery in all the variations along the entire piece. Great sound, great swing, great ambience. For me, it sounds professional. I love it! Congratulations.

28. MaryBee - Bagatelle No.25 in A minor (Fur Elise) - I know exactly what you mean with "everyone plays it". I've some stuff prepared for recording but I have the tendency to send (to ABF) pieces that were less played. But you did a very nice job, and it was a pleasure to hear your interpretation of this. Very good.

29. Allard - Before the Last Leaf Falls - Nice job Allard. I love this piece. This is your first recital here right? Welcome.

30. Jazzwee - Blue Monk - ... and the crowd yelled for MORE!!!! Wow, I loved your piano solo rendition. Very good, as usual. Congrats.
Posted by: Starr Keys

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/21/12 02:28 PM

3. People who generally play in an established style or theme and do it so well I never wish them to stray from it:

7 Dannylux (Mel)
17 Monica K
18 Cgyan/Iain
24 Yamaha G3 & P-80, Mike White
33 Serge
44 MarRed

More cream--and more than a little creme, given the french influence in some of the music here.

Serge and Cgyan, your playing and use of piano technology could contribute to making the acoustic piano obsolete. I love your modern clean but flowing styles. Serge the simplicity of your accompaniments really allows you to ring out every nuance of expression and drama in the melody. Cgyan, honesty of emotion is the first thing that comes to mind when I think of your playing. It might be because I just did an Anne Murray song, but all I can think to say about it is "I just fall in love again, it happens every time" I hear you play.

Dannylux (Mel) -- I simply love your lush romantic taste. You tap into all of the romantic and modern sensibilities of Debussy's heirs, and somehow manage to evoke the sublime in nature of an impressionist painting and the best films of the studio system in the 30's and 40's at the same time.

Mike White, I also associate most of the music you play with a sense of the sublime and sacred. The chords are often hymnal sounding, but you also play grand arpeggios like Liberace. Ironic, that you weren't formally trained but are mainly if not entirely self-taught, because you sound like a concert pianist to me.

Monica's music, though I wouldn't want to call it space music, often makes me feel like I'm floating in a space suit through the galaxies like the images at the end of a Space Odyssey. There is a paradox in the mastery of what seems endless cycling of extremely difficult rhythmic or chordal patterns which must require extreme endurance and focus to play and subtly accent without messing up. Of course you never does and the effect--effortless--is the paradox.

MarRed, in fairness, only one of your songs really fits this category (The Christmas one), but there is so much that is classically influenced in your Cocktail piano style, that even though the second is closer to a more formal or classical style, I wasn't disappointed you didn't to another cocktail holiday classic in this submission.
Posted by: Greener

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/21/12 03:39 PM

36 lyricmudra

This is some very fine playing. It does indeed sound very familiar once I hear this, and is very pleasing. It's hard to imagine you've taken this much time off. You must have advanced quite far as a child. Very nice performance.

37 TrapperJohn

This is terrific selection. You're quite right. We don't hear them like this anymore. I really like this piece and is right up my alley of stuff I love to play. Getting so many ideas for material now, and was really at a loss before joining PW. Really nice performance.

38 DadAgain (& DadAgains Daughter)

Outstanding Duet you guys. I had the good fortune of doing a few duets with my sister and my Dad when I was young and know how fun they are. Sure sounds like you are having fun and really good playing.

39 Ganddalf

Some terrific playing here, Ganddalf. I'm not familiar with this work, but sure am getting more familiar with Chopin in general these days, and know how tricky it can be. But, lovely when you get it right which you clearly are. I think the recording is also excellent.

40 Sam

This is gorgeous selection Sam. Very suiting for your first entry with the new ivories. Really nicely done and the piano sounds fabulous.


41 joangolfing


Interesting selection. I believe it does indeed showcase the very crisp sound of your Yamaha Grand. You lucky folks with the grands. Some tricky pieces to this by the sounds of it and some fine playing.

42 Copper

One of my favorite Karaoke tunes. Nice choice Copper and nice playing. My technical advice would be ... try and find other arrangements, see how they differ, pick what you like and end up with your own arrangement. Nothing wrong with this arrangement, but with these types of tunes, this is usually quite easy to do and can sometimes be worth the effort. Going through this myself on some Christmas stuff I am trying to make better.
Posted by: kenjazz

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/21/12 04:11 PM

Next batch...

01. CarlosCC - Canzone Popolare (Francia 1500ca) - Original extended cover
Really beautiful CarlosCC. The tone on the piano is magnificent. This has a very reverent, monastic quality to it, but there is also something quite melancholy in the overall emotion. Nice job on the composition and the execution!

03. cebukid - Bach Invention 1 in C-Major (BWV 772)

Very nice balanced treatment. Thanks to the players here, I’m really starting to get an appreciation for Bach. I like the additional accompanist smile I usually have at least one too!

04. Peyton - Message From Space: Waiting for the Sun

There was just a beautiful ethereal quality to the runs and the background ambiance in this piece. Such great technique. I did not read the description at first, and was hoping that this was an original. I didn’t see any way that anyone could read that many notes off of printed music!

11. Mr Super-Hunky - Nothing Else Matters-original cover

You’ve got to love a power ballad done as a solo piano cover. I thought doing pop tunes as a jazz quartet was kind of avant-garde, but this is more awesome in its unexpected-ness. I love it! Especially when people say, “That melody was kind of familiar, what was it?” Then you tell them and you blow their minds.

16. BenPiano - Poem

It sounds like great progress Ben! Now that the recital is over, can you tell us what was in your head re: what you were interpreting the “Poem” to be about?

21. Andy Platt - Gavotte and Variations

Nice job with the vastly different tempos of the variations! A very enjoyable listen. I say to the classical players – don’t admit your mistakes up front, many of us non-classical players won’t pick them up smile

22. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Romanza and The Little Music Box

Really nice Cheryl. This is only my second recital, but I can notice a more sensitive touch from last time.

39. Ganddalf - Prelude Op.45

Well, you are not going to get any nasty comments about this performance! Unfortunately, I won’t be much good to you in your search for technical comments on your Chopin performance. But I am amazed at the sound and sensitivity of your playing for someone who has never taken a lesson. Beautiful.

43. Starr Keys - Broken Hearted Me

You always pour deep emotion into your songs. This one was no exception. It was wonderful to hear that emotional intensity coming out of your fingers and your voice. Keep it up!

47. windywindy - Love Is All Around

I love TV themes for piano covers! Everybody’s ears perk right up when they hear one, and they know right away what you did different with the arrangement to make it yours. At the end of your performance, I wanted to throw my hat up in the air in slow motion. Good job!
Posted by: CMohr

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/21/12 06:46 PM

13. Wj3 / Walt - Bethena Yay! Some Joplin! Nice arrangement of Bethena. You've given the piece a somewhat wistful feel while keeping the jaunty waltz going. Good one!

14. ladypayne - Early Winter You have really become quite the composer! The first section really did have a wintry feel. I seem to feel a Russian influence in there too. Beautiful piece!

15. (Was)TrueBeginner - Sandy Your compositions are sounding more and more sophisticated. This one is lovely and much too pretty a piece to reference super storm Sandy smile. I really enjoyed listening.

16. BenPiano - Poem I have loved this little one-pager for many years. You've played this with a very poetic ear, and how I always hear it being played in my head. Lovely entry, Ben. Thanks!

17. Monica K. - OpeningYour performances seem to always paint pictures in my mind. this one of of gentle breezes, cool streams and dewy grass. Not unlike a lazy, hypnotic spring day. It's all in how you've so deftly presented this music. The 3 against 2 throughout....I bow to you!

18. cgyan / Iain - Morning Light Impeccable playing of a truly beautiful composition. I believe you have embellished the picture here with the feeling you've put into the piece. I also really liked the subtle to full orchestral touches. This is a goosebump inducing performance!
Posted by: Peyton

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/21/12 09:34 PM

32. Dennis- What a sweet piece. Sad, poignant and nicely played. I love those deep bass notes.

37- TrapperJ- Wow, there is a song I haven't heard in a long time. Brings back some memories it does. Well done John.

30. Jazzwee- Kickin! You guys have a great band. the crowd really makes this an even better recording. They were really into it.
Posted by: lyricmudra

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/21/12 09:43 PM

Hello everyone!

I've been so remiss during the last ABF recital by listening to the performances and posting my comments almost two and a half months after the recital that I did not wish that to happen again this time around. The performances were quite impressive and inspiring. Those who are new to the piano all showed promise while those who are in the path have been challenging themselves with new pieces. So here are my comments ... on time this time, I hope. :-) I will also post a separate note to thank all of those who have been generous in their words about my own contribution to the recital.

01. CarlosCC - Canzone Popolare (Francia 1500ca) - Original extended cover

This is a great work of improvisation. You seamlessly transitioned from the original score to your own take of it that I would not have been able to tell that you did so. There is also a ‘lute-like’ quality to your performance particularly in the first few measures!

02. jaredm2012 Jared Miller - To Zanarkand

So expressively played. Your pauses done at the right places give the piece importance. The ‘blips’ are hardly noticeable largely because you did not allow them to interrupt the flow of your performance. If this is the very first full piece you’ve learned and you already play in this mature way, you hold so much promise. Mark my words. The phrasing and dynamics are remarkable. I look forward to your next ABF recital.

03. cebukid - Bach Invention 1 in C-Major (BWV 772)

There is much intricacy in this piece – voices, trills, etc.. The succession of notes is relentless. You managed to handle all very well and with ease (not to mention even the distractions around you)!

04. Peyton - Message From Space: Waiting for the Sun

This is absolutely stunning! The transition at about 2:45 was particularly breathtaking that I could almost feel my heart skip at that very moment. As I listened to your composition, I was envisioning time-lapse images of stars moving across the night sky till dawn. In which case, if you had a time-lapse video, your ten-minute performance would suffice!  Anyway, speaking of your piano performance itself (independent of the composition), it is mature, sophisticated, and professional.

05. wouter79 - Les Baricades Misterieuses

Even though Couperin meant this for the harpsichord you gave it a beautiful life on the piano. It sounds like a very tricky piece. It speeds up and it slows down, and you did so at the right places. Your playing is brisk, but it breathes very well.

06. Amaruk - Summer '78

You play this piece so sensitively and so evenly that it serves as an apt backdrop to the mesmerizing images you’ve included in the video. There is a dream-like quality to the entire performance. Perfect choice of red against black-and-white reels. The use of three camera angles is in keeping with the fleeting mood.

07. dannylux / Mel - Kosenko Consolation Op.9 No.1

Though this is a short piece, it is a complex one. There are many changes here and there, and trying to make it sound placid and soothing while dealing with those changes is quite difficult. You managed to make it sound so easy and relaxed!

08. Greener / Jeff Green - Little Preludes No. 2 (BWV 934) & No. 4 (BWV 936)

Because you played each prelude with confidence and sureness of touch, I get a coherent musical account of each. The voices are clear and well enunciated. Quite a delightful touch, too.

09. Riddler (Ed) - Chelsea Bridge

Your arrangement of this piece is certainly very rich and sonorous! Beautiful recording, too.

10. timmyab - Arabesque no 1

You played this with a lot of note precision and beautiful phrasing! There is certainly an advanced sophistication in your touch.

11. Mr Super-Hunky - Nothing Else Matters-original cover

An excellent transcription of this piece! And I love that crisp down glissando! This is of professional quality.

12. Jake S - Prelude no.4 in E minor

For someone who has been learning the piano for only 10 months, attempting to play this Chopin prelude is quite a feat, but you did a very good job capturing its sentiment and establishing the dynamics.

13. Wj3 / Walt - Bethena

Although you said this was the ‘easy version’, it is quite complex by itself. You did a very good job with the rhythm and in bringing out the melody. All it needs is a bit of polishing at the very end and more ‘oomph’ in the tempo as you become more confident with it.

14. ladypayne - Early Winter

I smiled at the tempo changes and variations in sentiment and mood. I can tell that you were having quite some fun playing this! Delightful overall!

15. (Was)TrueBeginner - Sandy

The melody here is poignant and melancholic. The mono recording somehow enhances the mood!

16. BenPiano - Poem

Beautifully and sensitively played! My only suggestion is to try to keep it less rhythmic and inject a bit of rubato in to give it more pathos. :-)

17. Monica K. - Opening

Oh, wow! Philip Glass! I love several of his arias and piano works. His compositions require such a steadiness of hand and you did a terrific job doing so while highlighting the themes and negotiating those 3-to-2 rhythms. My only suggestion is to make the left hand sound just as loud as the right to punctuate those 3-to-2 rhythms. But that is simply my personal preference, you can ignore it. :-) Did you ever feel at some point that you were on the brink of deliciously slipping, just momentarily, from the rhythm? I think that I would have the compulsion to do so. Oh, all the psychopathology that you can infer from that compulsion to break away. :-)

18. cgyan / Iain - Morning Light

An outstanding performance! It is very much professional in quality. You have succeeded in creating that sense of steady build-up and quiet fading at the end.

19. Jazztpt (Russ) - You See

Everything falls into place here – imagination and creativity, coupled with solid technique and pianism. I love the hints of non-Western (Eastern) tones here and there.

20. Inlanding - Glen - Angle Eye and Morning Greets the New Day

I am thoroughly unfamiliar with jazz or the blues, and I know that these come in various forms. Your style though is one that resonates with me the most, perhaps because of its stark honesty, its subtlety, its melancholy, where every note seems to be meaningful and important. I’ve listened to your YouTube videos a couple of months ago and my favorites are your Ideas in C and F minor, and Eponina (the two versions). I could listen to those in a dark room and relish every note. These recital pieces you’ve just played are no exception. I particularly like ‘Morning Greets the New Day’ as it harkens the same sense of serenity that I find in your other pieces. Excellent sound recording, too!


21. Andy Platt - Gavotte and Variations

Along with Couperin, I love Rameau, so I am very glad to hear you play these. Rameau’s pieces aren’t easy at all, but you have been able to maintain a stately quality to these dances despite the ever-changing tempo (which is hard to keep track of in the first place). The melodies float quite well.

22. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Romanza and The Little Music Box

There is a certain delicacy to your touch that suits the pieces so well. Your simulation of a music box is particularly remarkable (even without the winding at the start :-))! If I didn’t know you were playing on the piano, I would have thought it was actually a music box! Beautiful images on the video, too.

23. SandTiger - Shimmer

Already a complex piece for someone to not just play but also compose while only having eight months of piano experience! Certainly there is a shimmering quality to the composition.

24. Yamaha G3 & P-80, Mike White - Meditation

I love these French composers at the turn of the century – unabashedly romantic. You played those chords and arpeggio with clarity and lush.

25. Hawgdriver - Nocturne in B flat minor, Op. 9/1

This is a very difficult piece but you play it with such precision, clarity, a singing legato, and a delicate touch that is required of a Chopin nocturne. I look forward to your future performances!

26. MusicaMusique - Je t'aimais, je t'aime, je t'aimerai

Very beautiful arrangement of the song. You played with a steady and well-controlled rhythm that serves as a frame for the melody. You certainly play with style. I wish the recording quality was better though.

27. kenjazz (Ken) - Waltz For Debby

Impressive arrangement and production! Though I am unfamiliar with jazz, I can understand the intricacy and difficulty involved and it is demonstrated in full splendor in your playing.

28. MaryBee - Bagatelle No.25 in A minor (Fur Elise)

If your teacher gave you this piece to learn phrasing and interpretation, well it certainly did the job! Very expressive, excellent dynamics, and a delicate touch. Fur Elise is not trivial at all. I heard Valentina Lisitsa play this piece, giving it new life and elevation, and to the delight of the audience. You should check it out. With a bit more speed, I bet you can play it as well as she did.

29. Allard - Before the Last Leaf Falls

This doesn’t sound like an easy piece for someone who only had a year of learning the piano. You have a developed sense of rhythm and phrasing. You conveyed the sentiment of the piece so well.

30. Jazzwee - Blue Monk

I bet this would have been much more alluring in person. Your piano solo in the middle just drew me in to that whirling vortex of beautiful rhythm that seemed to go on and on. I wish there was more of your solo piano playing in the latter third.

31. zrtf90 (Richard) - Romance Sans Paroles, Op. 17 No. 3

I am only familiar with Faure’s ‘Pavane’, and this is such a beautiful piece that you’ve chosen. You play the left hand with a steady rhythm while allowing the melody to rise with grace and delicacy.

32. TX-Dennis/Dennis Turner - Be Thou My Vision

There is a seamless quality to how you thread your notes and chords together from beginning to tend. You allow the piece to quietly rise and build up and rest again. I believe you have achieved the best recording sound from what I have heard so far. I can hear the lushness of your piano so well.

33. Serge88 - My Way

Very precise playing and the octaves were well executed. There is a poignant quality to your rendition of the song.

34. LizAnne - Elegy Op.183, No.2

Very steady with beautiful phrasing. Welcome back to the piano!

35. MrPozor - The Doll's Funeral

Very steady rhythm that evokes the character of the piece. As you learn to play more repeated notes, you’ll find various ways of varying them while keeping the rhythm steady.

37. TrapperJohn - I'll Be Seeing You

Very beautiful arrangement of the song! In fact, I sang along (in my mind ) while listening to your playing as I have memorized the words eons ago. Great steady pacing. I would probably just soften up touch of the left hand at certain places in the piece.

38. DadAgain (& DadAgains Daughter) - Rondo Op163 #6

Perfect synchronization and well-balanced playing between the two of you. I couldn’t tell who is the more accomplished player! Who was on the right and who was on the left? The speed is just perfect for the piece.

39. Ganddalf - Prelude Op.45

This is a very difficult piece, especially near the end. You played this with much control, intricacy, and musicality. This is one of those in the recital that I had to listen to again. When I went back to the piano about three years ago, I bought myself a Yamaha Clavinova before switching to an acoustic, but had also been wondering about how the Yamaha Avant Gard sounded. Yours is full and lush in sound.

40. Sam S - Prelude Opus 28 number 15 (Raindrop)

Played with subtlety at the beginning and end, and gravity and in the middle. Beautiful dynamics. I envy you for that Bechstein. :-)

41. joangolfing - Elves' Dance

You captured the sprightly and mischievous character of this piece very well. And yes, the piece as well as your playing compliments your piano very well.

42. Copper - What a Wonderful World

You certainly brought out the beautiful melody of this song in the way you played it. Steady and sure pacing and rhythm.

43. Starr Keys - Broken Hearted Me

I’ve heard this song before but you especially highlighted its poignancy with your own arrangement, singing, and playing. You have a Broadway-quality voice, I should say, and I love Broadway.

44. Valencia - Work in Progress --Chopin's Etude 25/11

Wow! This is a very difficult piece, particularly if you have been gone from the piano for 25 years. Though it is a work in progress, I can tell that you will accomplish this soon. I would love to hear it when you are done.

45. jotur/Cathy Turner - Alexander's Ragtime Band

Great sense of rhythm in your playing. There is a delightful approach to the piece and you kept the melody afloat. Perhaps just a tad more legato in the melody to give it a smoother sound.

46. Coldsalmon - Nocturne in Eb Major, Op. 9 No. 2

Yes, I would have loved to hear this on your Baldwin. I am sorry to hear about its fate. Nonetheless, you played this so well on your digital. Your phrasing is particularly mature and sophisticated. Likewise, your touch is so fluid and sensitive. I listened to this again.

47. windywindy - Love Is All Around

This is played as well as I have actually heard it on TV many years ago! You played it with precision and conviction.

48. Teodor - Tereza's Inspiration (Original Piece)

Very beautiful composition and certainly also heartfully played. The embellishments were well executed on the piano.

49. BillM - When You Wish Upon A Star

I’ve heard many versions of this song, but your rendition is most subtle and heart-rendering. There is a whispery quality to it that makes it special.

50. Bessel - The Happy Farmer (Returning from Work), and Wild Horseman

These are difficult rhythms for a beginner but you were able to manage them very well while keeping the melodies afloat. I can tell that you are ready for the challenges that lie ahead.

51. PianoStudent88 - Minuets BWV Anh. 114, 115

The embellishments are played with precision and there is conviction in your playing. You seem to have reached a level of certainty and comfort with these pieces.

52. Mar_red - Dom (Home) / Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - Medley.

Your piano skills are quite advanced! You play with ease, clarity, and musicality. I love the tone of your Roland. Great recording!

53. Sam Rose (Shmuel R) - Solfeggietto (Solfeggio) in C Minor

Excellent speed on this very difficult piece! There is evenness and clarity in your touch. Such fluidity, too!

54. Norrec, Tim - Solitude

You brought up beautiful melodies from this piece. Steady and lyrical playing.

55. Mile Hi Steve - Halloween Potpourri

Very imaginative! The production is dramatic and exciting – a fitting ending to the recital round.
Posted by: TX-Dennis

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/21/12 10:26 PM

31 zrtf90 (Richard) Romance Sans Paroles, Op. 17 No. 3, Faure
Nice, Richard. I don't believe I've heard this one before. It's a lovely piece, and you play it with a nice touch and real expressiveness.

32 Moving on . . .

33 Serge88 My Way, Claude Francois
Nice job, Serge. This is quite a nice performance. You do a great job bringing out the melody and making it sing against the steady rhythm of your left hand. Nice variety in the arrangement as well.

34 LizAnne Elegy Op.183, No.2, Carl Reinecke (1824-1910)
Nice job, LizAnne. I'm glad you are learning dynamics. Dynamics make a performance less mechanical and more of an emotional experience as good music should be.

35 MrPozor Doll's Funeral, Tchaikowsky
Nice job. Yes, the piano could use a tuning. There are some pretty twangy unisons in evidence. That said, a piano starts to go out of tune the moment the tuner walks out the door. When it starts to sound bad to you it's time to tune it. As my technician says, "don't tune it until it bothers you."

36 lyricmudra Consolation No. 3, Liszt
Nice job, lyricmudra. The piece is beautiful, and you capture it's essence well with your light touch and very nice dynamics. The piano sounds great, by the way.

37 TrapperJohn I'll Be Seeing You, Sammy Fain (M) & Irving Kahal (L)
I think my favorite version of this is Sinatra's, but as you say there are many. You have captured the feeling and the beauty of this lovely song, John. It has been a favorite of mine for many years, but for some reason I've never played it. Great job.

38 DadAgain (& DadAgains Daughter) Rondo Op163 #6, Diabelli
This is great fun to listen to, and i know it had to be equally fun to play together. Great job!

39 Ganddalf Prelude Op.45, Chopin
A beautiful performance, Ganddalf. You do a good job keeping the melody on top. You have a nice delicate touch which is required for this piece. Oh, and yes, the recording quality is quite good.

40 Sam S Prelude Opus 28 number 15 (Raindrop), Chopin
I was going to stop after Ganddalf's presluce, but then I saw what you submitted - one of my favoirte Chopin pieces. Of course, I had to listen to yours tonight, too. Your performance is very musical, Sam. Your dynamics are exemplary. I enjoyed listening. It sounds like you did a great job rebuilding your piano, too.

[b]HAPPY THANKSGIVING{/b] to all those from the U. S. Don't eat too much . . . unless you want to, that is.
Posted by: bessel

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/21/12 11:28 PM

We had a 4 hour car ride today, traveling for the Thanksgiving weekend... so my wife and I listened to the recital together, which was really an enjoyable experience. Thanks to all of you for providing music for our ride. smile

Here are my remaining comments. Thank you to all of you that have commented kindly on my submission... the positive feedback is really nice to hear. I'm also constantly inspired by the other submissions here, both for the exposure to new music and for the quality of the playing, which I can aspire to. Thank you Monica, Sam S, mahlzeit, Copper, and LaValse (sorry if I missed anyone!) for doing the hard work to make it happen!

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16. BenPiano - Poem
This was very pretty. Nice dynamics and modulation. Great job.

17. Monica K. - Opening
Mesmerizing... you brought the themes out really nicely, had great blending of them, so well done! You have a great feel for this music... thanks for sharing it!

18. cgyan / Iain - Morning Light
This had such a beautiful beginning... you really brought out the image well. The whole thing was very nice - you really caught the power of the piece in the middle. Well done!

19. Jazztpt (Russ) - You See
This was really nice - great counterpoint, and I loved some of the chords you used... really wonderful sounds in here. Kudos!


20. Inlanding - Glen - Angle Eye and Morning Greets the New Day
Nice job on the first tune, very cool! The second was very mellow and contemplative... to me a little blue. You played it all so smoothly, made it seem effortless. Great playing.

21. Andy Platt - Gavotte and Variations
This may not be at breakneck speed but it was very well done, kept a very dignified sense about it. You really seemed more and more fluid the farther you got into it... really nailed it. Congrats!

22. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Romanza and The Little Music Box
The first was quite smooth and musical... the second was awesome. You really caught the "music box" sound, all tinkly and such. Nailed it!

23. SandTiger - Shimmer
Very neat - you're doing so well after such a short time and given the challenges that limit your practice time. It's great to hear original stuff from you, so new to the piano and all... well done!

24. Yamaha G3 & P-80, Mike White - Meditation
Another P-80 player! Yours sounds better than mine! smile
I really liked the "strumming" sounds you brought out... the way you play this it has a wonderful "many instruments" feel to it... fantastic.

25. Hawgdriver - Nocturne in B flat minor, Op. 9/1
This whole piece was beautifully done. Great job on the opening, wonderful sensitivity and dynamics and emotion throughout. I'm amazed you play this well at three years, especially without an instructor. Inspiring. I'm still amazed
at the beautiful feeling you brought out here... wow.

26. MusicaMusique - Je t'aimais, je t'aime, je t'aimerai
Beautiful playing - loved the chords from your left hand. I would love to hear a recording with less hiss/etc... the top sounds remote (which actually sounds cool here) and I wonder
if that's an artifact of that as well. This was really really good, would be gorgeous with a better setup... but wonderful playing!

27. kenjazz (Ken) - Waltz For Debby
Great intro, but I really liked the swing part. You nailed the transition to that, and had a wonderful swing vibe throughout it... Nice!

28. MaryBee - Bagatelle No.25 in A minor (Fur Elise)
Well, I happen to *like* Fur Elise. smile Of course, I'm also working on it now, so I appreciate everything about this! You've given me something to shoot for now... nice job free-ing yourself so you could get the emotion of this - well done!

29. Allard - Before the Last Leaf Falls
This is a lovely piece, and you played it so well. Clear, sensitive, delicate, wonderful dynamics. Your L and R hands worked so well together here... very nice!

30. Jazzwee - Blue Monk
Your playing sounds great but I wish I could hear it better! Nice blues!

31. zrtf90 (Richard) - Romance Sans Paroles, Op. 17 No. 3
You really caught a haunting quality here... very nice, well done.

32. TX-Dennis/Dennis Turner - Be Thou My Vision
What a great background to this song, in your writeup. Very cool. Your playing was beautiful, mellow... nice job!

33. Serge88 - My Way
You made this very musical, even though the tempo was a little slower than I think I'm used to. I think that's a challenge, and you did it very well... nice job!

34. LizAnne - Elegy Op.183, No.2
This had wonderful dynamics - well done! Keep up the good work!

35. MrPozor - The Doll's Funeral
Very very nice for 7 months in... well done! You've done a great job creating the appropriate somber tone... wonderful!

36. lyricmudra - Consolation No. 3
This sounds like a difficult piece... wow. Very lush sounds, great dynamics... thank you for sharing it!

37. TrapperJohn - I'll Be Seeing You
In general I'm not a huge fan of show tunes, but this is very nice. I liked how it was not at all hurried, and carried itself along just right. Well done.

38. DadAgain (& DadAgains Daughter) - Rondo Op163 #6
Fun! You started it off with a real bang! You two are great! I'm running out of exclamation points! But seriously, you two played so well together, and this was a real hoot to listen to. Loved it.

39. Ganddalf - Prelude Op.45
This was a real pleasure to listen to - you played it extremely well. Thanks for sharing it!

40. Sam S - Prelude Opus 28 number 15 (Raindrop)
Well done, and your piano sounds great. Wonderful ringing in the "big" part... I loved how you really maintained a good legato while playing both hard and fast. So very well done... I really enjoyed listening, so thanks!

41. joangolfing - Elves' Dance
Nice dance! You kept the elves leaping about... well done!

42. Copper - What a Wonderful World
You brought out the melody so well here, I really enjoyed it. Well played!

43. Starr Keys - Broken Hearted Me
I'm inspired by those who sing and play at the same time... not easy, and you pulled this off well. Congrats!

44. Valencia - Work in Progress --Chopin's Etude 25/11
This sounds difficulty indeed... beautiful sounds in there already... I don't know what the final product is supposed to be like, but so far it sounds really good!

45. jotur/Cathy Turner - Alexander's Ragtime Band
Very springy! You've got a very nice, light touch on your ragtime... very fun! Well done, and I look forward to more rags from you... smile

46. Coldsalmon - Nocturne in Eb Major, Op. 9 No. 2
Wow, this was very very nice, impressive. Fantastic dynamics, wonderfully played. You have wonderful timing, eg built-in on-purpose hesitations that really bring out the
feeling. You've got a wonderful sense, connection with, this, and have created an almost otherworldly sound. And at 3.5 years of playing. Wow. (My wife made me play this
a second time right away, because it was so good.) I could listen to this all day.

47. windywindy - Love Is All Around
Great job at 8 months! You have a great feel for the music, so the very few mistakes just don't matter much. You've got the music!

48. Teodor - Tereza's Inspiration (Original Piece)
Nicely done, very good feeling to this... boy would I like a better recording! Excellent playing!

49. BillM - When You Wish Upon A Star
As I mentioned above to Starr Keys, it's inspiring to hear people sing and play. Nicely done... you've got that ability to play something that actually doesn't even
sound at all simple while you're singing too, which just baffles me right now. smile

50. Bessel - The Happy Farmer (Returning from Work), and Wild Horseman
Well, my wife liked it. smile

51. PianoStudent88 - Minuets BWV Anh. 114, 115
Nice - the version of Gmaj that I played from didn't have all the ornaments that yours does, I'll have to look this up! They sound great. Well done!

52. Mar_red - Dom (Home) / Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - Medley.
Loved the Santa tune! Very fun to hear, and you played it very well - thanks!

53. Sam Rose (Shmuel R) - Solfeggietto (Solfeggio) in C Minor
You are one speedy dude! It's obvious you're enjoying your new piano, so congratulations on that front as well. Enjoyed hearing this, and looking forward to hearing more and more!

54. Norrec, Tim - Solitude
Cool anime music! Very fun to hear, and well done. Keep it up!

55. Mile Hi Steve - Halloween Potpourri
Fun medley! Creative and expressive - my 7 year old son really loved your final organ chords, thought they were perfect for Halloween. I agree. smile
Posted by: DadAgain

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/22/12 12:45 AM

Originally Posted By: lyricmudra

38. DadAgain (& DadAgains Daughter) - Rondo Op163 #6

Perfect synchronization and well-balanced playing between the two of you. I couldn’t tell who is the more accomplished player! Who was on the right and who was on the left? The speed is just perfect for the piece.


For the record I was playing the bass parts and daughter the treble. "more accomplished player" however, is still up for debate..(but not for much longer - I'm gonna be totally outclassed very soon!)

Thanks for everyone's comments, I'm glad so many of you enjoyed it. It is a fun piece and well worth digging out and having a bash if you've got someone to play with. Better get our thinking caps on for the next recital - after his light-hearted interlude I think we'll need to put our serious hats back on!
Posted by: BenPiano

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/22/12 01:15 AM

41. joangolfing - Elves' Dance - Really well done, your piano sounds terrific! I like Grieg (and like with Tchaikovsky) that he could perfectly tell a story with music that could otherwise be told through words. (naturally the musical versions are far more interesting!)

42. Copper - What a Wonderful World Yep, It's a Wonderful World!

43. Starr Keys - Broken Hearted Me - Lovely presentation!

44. Valencia - Work in Progress -Chopin's Etude 25/11 - Hehe, I printed this one out just for fun one day. Clearly, you have a piano capacity further than mine to make this musical in reality.

Keep pushing your limits on piano!


45. jotur/Cathy Turner - Alexander's Ragtime Band - I just got back into a Joplin piece, so I really appreciate the ragtime - it ain't easy! It sounds like you had a lot of fun with this. smile
Posted by: casinitaly

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/22/12 02:39 AM

Originally Posted By: Mr Super Hunky
Cheryl, your first piece was very nicely played with a gentle, delicate touch. I also loved the bright music box sound of the second tune. Very nice.

Thanks Mr. SuperHunky, I’m so glad you enjoyed them!


Originally Posted By: Gandalf
These pieces sound easy, but they are actually quite hard since they are so transparent. I enjoyed listening.
Thanks Gandalf! I really appreciate your comment on the difficulty of these pieces. When I chose them I thought, “oh, this looks easy”…and then I realized that there were more challenges than I had expected! Great learning experiences, that’s for sure!

Originally Posted By: Richard
You'll find at this stage it doesn't really matter how hard the pieces are that you learn as long as they're sufficiently challenging. If you take easier material you'll play it with better control and if you take harder material you struggle to bring out the music in the piece. Your tone will grow with regular practise and your technical facility will reach the same level once you start attempting pieces at that next level.

Both your pieces are played with a fine and delicate control, well suited to the music and that you may not have managed a year ago.


Thanks again Richard – You’re so right about being able to learn from pieces with different levels of difficulty. At this point I am re-visiting pieces from last year and finding that I can make them sound so different (….ok, yes, better!!!) – and I’m finding that things I would not have looked at even 3 months ago are starting to intrigue me. This is a very exciting time in my piano journey!

Originally Posted By: BeccaBb
I like the pictures in your video. And you made the second part sound exactly like a music box!
Yeah! Thanks Becca, I had so much fun getting that sound “just so”, I’m glad it worked!

Originally Posted By: Andy Platt
Ah, I recognize the Romanza - very nicely played Cas. There is great tenderness and control over the whole piece. The Music Box sounded just like it's title - wonderful staccato playing, just right.


Thank you so much Andy – I picture the Romanza as someone mourning over a lost love, and perhaps that’s where the tenderness comes from. The music box was definitely my "boot camp" for getting staccato down pat! (Can you use the term "boot camp" for something so delicate? Why not? :))

Originally Posted By: Greener
These are very cute pieces, Cheryl. Clearly some tricky business with these that you are handling very well. I'm particularly fond of the first one. It is a very pretty melody and harmony and you present it very well. Great job.
Thanks Greener, I’m quite fond of that piece too ---and what’s funny is that I’ve continued to work on it and if I recorded it now, it would be even better! My new teacher has helped me focus on some very fine details that just bring out its “flavour” even more! I think I’ll have to make a new recording for the Piano Bar sometime smile


Originally Posted By: peyton
Cheryl, I really enjoyed your little presentation. I hope everyone goes to your youtube link to see the video. They are really fun. Nice playing!
Thanks Peyton! I’m glad the fun aspect shone through because that’s exactly what they were for me!


Originally Posted By: Cebukid
LOL, I got confused at first because I listened to yours right after Andy's and thought this was one of the strains or a continuation of Andy's piece. It "sounds" like it's in the same key...anyway, Cheryl, your improvements continue to amaze me and it's fun listening to the progress that you're making with each recital.

Thanks Cebukid – it is really wonderful for me to realize that others are following my progress and notice a difference from one recital to the next!

Originally Posted By: MaryBee
Cheryl, this is beautiful playing! The deep pensive Romanza leading into the lightness of the Music Box was a great idea. You're really improving on your touch and control, evidenced by how clearly you could evoke the music box sound. Laughed at winding the mechanism.
I’m delighted you laughed! I had that idea in my mind for a while and used my husband’s vintage wind up train locomotive for the sound effect. Thanks for your feedback on my performance, it really means a lot to me that others are noticing improvements in my playing.

Originally Posted By: CarlosCC
Cheryl, they are two lovely pieces. So sweet! The "Little Music Box" seems those songs for babies calm down. I like it!
CarlosCC, that’s charming feedback, thank you! I will have to find a baby to play my recording for and see what happens smile

Originally Posted By: kenjazz
Really nice Cheryl. This is only my second recital, but I can notice a more sensitive touch from last time.
Thanks Ken! I think the style of these pieces were really helpful in guiding me to work on that sensitivity – I’m really glad to hear you can hear a difference even just from a few months ago!

Originally Posted By: lyricmurda
There is a certain delicacy to your touch that suits the pieces so well. Your simulation of a music box is particularly remarkable (even without the winding at the start :-))! If I didn’t know you were playing on the piano, I would have thought it was actually a music box! Beautiful images on the video, too.
Now that is a great compliment Lyricmurda – thank you! You made my day!

Originally Posted By: Bessel
The first was quite smooth and musical... the second was awesome. You really caught the "music box" sound, all tinkly and such. Nailed it!
I am delighted you loved the music box. I confess, its tinkly-ness makes me giggle every time I play it smile


Edited to add.... I just realized I have SUBSCRIPTIONS on my youtube channel! woohoo, that is just too cool smile (ok so I am easily amused smile )
Posted by: Peyton

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/22/12 05:25 PM

29. Allard- I didn't read your description first and i'm thinking as you play what a lovely song this would make. It really is a pretty tune and you play it remarkably well for a one year student! Really well done.

31- Richard- Wow, thanks for bringing this one to the recital. What a wonderful piece and it sounded pretty flawless on this end. And I'd say you getting the recording thing down pretty good. I had to crank my volume all the way up so that may mean you need to get your recording volumn up...I don't know. Did you normalize it? If not that may be the ticket.

36. Lyricmudra- Man do I love this piece. I learned it a number of years ago and it has since dropped off my "can play" map. Your playing really makes me want to get back to it. How could you bear to stay away from piano for 35 years? You obviously love it.

38- dad again and daughter- FUN!! that must be such a hoot you two playing together. It just sounds fantastic.

50- Bessel- I love the short Schumann pieces. They really give you some meat to work on but not too much. In fact, usually just the right amount. they can give you taht sence of accomplishment without having to go pages deep. I didn't think your horse broke a leg. Just stumbled a moment and then carried on proudly.
Posted by: BeccaBb

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/22/12 05:56 PM

Sandtiger: This is very pretty. I really liked how you brought out the melody.

Yamaha G3 & P-80, Mike White: Very Dramatic! Nice. smile

Hawgdriver: That was beautiful. I think you should give yourself more credit.

MusicaMusique: Elequoent. smile Thanks for introducing me to this.

kenjazz (Ken): Very neat. I liked it.

MaryBee: I like your interpretation. Soothing, then frantic, then soothing, then dramatic... nicely done.

Allard: After only a year, you pulled this off beautifully. I'm envious. smile

Jazzwee: I can't even imagine improvising on the spot, nevermind in front of a crowd. Nice to hear the whooping in the

crowd. Well done!

zrtf90 (Richard): Congrats on recording! It is very beautiful.
Posted by: AimeeO

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/22/12 08:28 PM

So, I have this project I'm working on for a class I'm taking, and thought I'd listen to this as background music. It is not working, as I keep thinking, "Wow! This is pretty good. Who is it?" and keep looking in the browser to see. You are an extremely talented bunch. And I need to stop typing and get some work done smile
Posted by: Starr Keys

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/23/12 03:55 PM

4. Classical - High Intermediate or Advanced

10 Timmyab
28 MartBee
31 zrt90
36 Lyric Mudra
38 Dad Again & His Daughter
39 Ganddalf
40 SamS
41 Joan Golfing
44 Valencia


You guys are my toughest category. I never really was classically trained, although they tried everything to get me to be. I have no clue about how to distinguish between the graduations of skill involved in producing varieties of exquisite sounds displayed here. I just don't know how it is you do what you do, but I can tell you this, you got me inspired me to start listening to classical musical again for the depth and beauty of expression (not to mention exquisite taste in the selections) everyone of you brought to your performances. And not only that, you made me think that perhaps someday, after I'd satisfied my craving to create my own music and say the things I wanted to say with it, I would find a teacher, the right teacher, to show me how to play such heavenly music.

DadAgain and Dad Again's daughter, there was nothing disappointing in your performance for me, I wish you would always play duets. Timmyab, your playing of Debussy was simply surreal to me. It's like the music was channeled from another dimension, so rare the possibility of it of being rendered by human hands did the quality of your performance appear to me. MaryBee, I don't hate Fur Elise, it's one of the few pieces I could learn as a child that didn't fill me with anxiety (Bach always did!). I thought you accomplished your teacher's task for you well--Very Expressive! LyricMudra, if you love Broadway, you must be absolute possessed by Liszt's music. And as is the case with so many tales of seduction, you totally conquered that you wished to possess. Totally! Gandalf, all I can say, is if you are an example of the expression of the soul of Tolkien, I want to reread the Lord of the Rings--that was the grail! SamS, what a change for you! Truly, I don't know if it is because I never really listened to this piece played well, but you made me appreciate Chopin again in a whole new way. Zrt90--Richard, your Faure selection was absolutely lovely! Thank you for introducing it to us and taking such care to infuse it with the spiritual beauty it deserves. You play beautifully. Joan Golfing -- I always picture you on the golf course, but there must have been some elves lurking in the grasses and behind the trees to inspire such a spritely spirit in this piece. Valencia, I'm trying to play a few single 3 or 4 note embellishments against steady chords and changes in an unfamiliar and spritely tempo for my Christmas recital and am finding it difficult, especially with trying to integrate it with the melody which I'm singing. The surprise of those splashes so many sparklingly sounded trebles tones so perfectly synchronized with those chords so far down from them on the keyboard is an inspiration to me. Well done!

Posted by: Inlanding

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/23/12 05:11 PM

Thank you, all, for your excellent music! Also, thank you to Monica and the myriad folks who help to organize and piece together this event. It just keeps getting better and better. Thanks to SamS for the fine reference database containing the e-cital music. My own schedule's been dicey, so I am glad to be able to enjoy and comment.

01. CarlosCC - Canzone Popolare (Francia 1500ca) - Original extended cover This is quite a fine piece of music. You kept the them excellently and added some well-placed rubato to the mix.

02. jaredm2012 Jared Miller - To Zanarkand Hard to imagine you've played a total of five months as you have a such a fine sense of touch and dynamics.

03. cebukid - Bach Invention 1 in C-Major (BWV 772) That is some great Bach! You kept a very steady tempo and articulated the voices very well, especially with all the family going's on in the background. Some fine finger gymnastics, indeed. Good work!

04. Peyton - Message From Space: Waiting for the Sun This piece really paints space and nature images. The drone of the left hand combined with the drones of the right gives the feeling of zero gravity, waiting to turn a corner.

05. wouter79 - Les Baricades Misterieuses Very pretty piece of music. I always enjoy Couperin's compositions and your playing exemplifies it nicely.

06. Amaruk - Summer '78 As always, you produce a wonderful sound from your electric keyboard and the accompanying video is quite apropos. I found it very meditative.

07. dannylux / Mel - Kosenko Consolation Op.9 No.1 This is my first exposure to Viktor Kosenko. Wonderfully expressed. I like this piece very much - such a fine example of Russian Romantic music. Your playing improves with each e-cital. Good sound, too. Thank you for your music.

08. Greener / Jeff Green - Little Preludes No. 2 (BWV 934) & No. 4 (BWV 936) Jeff, excellent tempo and control. You articulate the voices quite nicely. Bach is quite difficult to play well and you capture these preludes so nicely. Of the two, I like your 934 better. Fine playing.

09. Riddler (Ed) - Chelsea Bridge I'd not heard Chelsea Bridge in years! I love your rich voicing and the bridge is a joy to hear. It'd be interesting to hear it with less pedaling. Simply wonderful!

10. timmyab - Arabesque no 1 I started working on this piece a number of years ago and never could get it right. Your interpretation is very sensitive and you play as though you are very connected to the music. Excellent, excellent!

11. Mr Super-Hunky - Nothing Else Matters-original cover MSH, you definitely gave this tune a ballad feel and brought out its music. The arpeggios gave it a much bigger sound and I wanted for nothing. To my mind's ear, this is one of your best ever.
Posted by: lyricmudra

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/23/12 05:33 PM

Just wanted to convey my heartfelt thanks to jazzwee, aTallGuyNH, zrtf90, casinitaly, Sam S, jotur, TrapperJohn, windywindy, Ganddalf, Mr. Super-Hunky, BenPiano, Andy Platt, BillM, CebuKid, Greener, TX-Dennis, bessel, Peyton, and Starr Keys for taking the time to listen to my recital contribution and for your very generous remarks. For my first ABF recital last May, I performed Mendelssohn-Liszt’s ‘On Wings of Song’, a piece that I found among my mother’s collection of old music sheets when I had a chance to visit my childhood home in Asia last January/February after being away for almost 25 years. What I failed to mention in the introduction to my current recital piece, Liszt’s ‘Consolation No. 3’, is that this was also one of those in my mother’s pile. Now that my parents are in their early 80s, I seem to be drawn to music that they have either played or listened to when I was still much younger and was beginning to play the piano. And to think that I used to ignore these pieces back then! I owe my musical interests and inclination to my parents. Now that I am back to the piano as an adult, I have shared my video recordings with them and they seem to be quite proud now that I am able to play these pieces relatively well. Many thanks, too, to those who have made these ABF recitals a reality ( Monica K., Sam S, Mr. Super-Hunky, LaValse, Frank, Copper, and mahlzeit … I hope I did not miss anyone). For many adults like us who have other responsibilities and matters to attend to in our lives, these recitals are a way of keeping our enthusiasm for the piano alive.
Posted by: TrapperJohn

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/23/12 07:17 PM

Thanks to all for your nice comments on my piece...

As an additional token of my appreciation here for your listening pleasure is Broadway star Linda Eder with her version of this beautiful song:







Trap
Posted by: Amaruk

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/23/12 08:18 PM

15. (Was)TrueBeginner - Sandy
Great composition and performance!! I really liked this.

16. BenPiano - Poem
Lovely piece Ben! Your recording is great too as you captured the sweet sound from your Kawai very well here. Not difficult to learn??? It looks like you are playing from memory also. Amazing is all I can say! It is pieces like this that makes PW so wonderful!!

17. Monica K. - Opening
It is a true pleasure to hear your Mason & Hamlin sing pieces like this. I have never played a Glass piece but I think I will have to add that to my list as it is the type of music I love to play myself. Great work as always Monica. Your playing always looks so effortless!

18. cgyan / Iain - Morning Light
This is true perfection Ian! Your slow animation of the moon/sun is simply brilliant. For those of you who have not seen this video, take a look at it as it is fantastic! I have come to expect excellent performances from you but I think you raised the bar even higher with this professional arrangement for piano and orchestra. Thanks for sharing!!

19. Jazztpt (Russ) - You See
An amazing composition Russ! Your love of your DP shines thru in this lovely performance!! Amazing that you added improvisations in it too!!

20. Inlanding - Glen - Angle Eye and Morning Greets the New Day
Great work Glen! Your Jazz music is so great to listen to!! Loved it.

21. Andy Platt - Gavotte and Variations
Great performance of a piece that seems to be quite difficult! Some of the sections seems to be quite the challenge to get right and you do a great job here!!

22. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Romanza and The Little Music Box ?
Lovely, but short, pieces! I especially liked the music box. I think the tempo is just right. I also loved the pictures you added in your video. It adds a great dimension to your performances.

23. SandTiger - Shimmer
No audio feedback during the recording?? Amazing. I liked it!! Great job!

24. Yamaha G3 & P-80, Mike White - Meditation
Fantastic job here Mike! This is not an easy piece and you really make it shine with this lovely performance!

25. Hawgdriver - Nocturne in B flat minor, Op. 9/1
3 years experience??? Did you do anything else than playing during these years? This is simply a fantastic performance and I love how you handle the dynamics so well in this piece. May I ask why you record to a zoom here? The recording quality is top notch. I am just curious.

26. MusicaMusique - Je t'aimais, je t'aime, je t'aimerai
This is a great performance of a piece that sounds very difficult. Loved it!!

27. kenjazz (Ken) - Waltz For Debby
Ken, we have all come to expect great performances from you and your magical studio. This piece is no exception. The fact that this is your own arrangement makes it even better. I love the warm sound your music always has. Your recording quality is amazing too. That Schimmel of yours is a musical gem!!

28. MaryBee - Bagatelle No.25 in A minor (Fur Elise)
A very familiar piece and you do it great justice in this lovely performance.

29. Allard - Before the Last Leaf Falls
This sure does not sound easy to me. Great performance of a lovely piece!! I can't believe you only have played the piano for 1 year. Amazing and keep up the great work!!

30. Jazzwee - Blue Monk
Wow - a live performance!! I love how you hear the audience in the recording. The fact that this is an improvisation is amazing. I loved it. I just wish we had all been in the venue to hear this live!! A great applaud to you and your band members for this fantastic performance!!

31. zrtf90 (Richard) - Romance Sans Paroles, Op. 17 No. 3
Lovely piece and an equally lovely performance. Are you saying that this DP is from 1989??? It sounds fantastic to me. You play this piece very well!!
Posted by: Amaruk

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/23/12 08:55 PM

32. TX-Dennis/Dennis Turner - Be Thou My Vision
What a lovely piece and you play it really well. A great this with these recitals is that you get introduced to so much great new music!!

33. Serge88 - My Way
A great rendition of a true classic!! Great playing as always Serge!!

34. LizAnne - Elegy Op.183, No.2
Great performance here LizAnne. Dynamics can be very difficult on a DP but you pull it off very well here!

35. MrPozor - The Doll's Funeral
Great performance and video MrPozor. Your Petrof piano sounds fantastic!

36. lyricmudra - Consolation No. 3
I expected this to be a top notch performance and you sure did not disappoint me here. A great video too. It is a true pleasure to see a master like you at the piano!!

37. TrapperJohn - I'll Be Seeing You
This piece is new to me and I really liked it. Your playing is very relaxed and I can tell that you really enjoy playing this piece. Great job!!

38. DadAgain (& DadAgains Daughter) - Rondo Op163 #6
What an amazing performance. I can't believe that this was the first attempt. Both of you are very talented for sure!

39. Ganddalf - Prelude Op.45
Great job here Ganddalf! And this is your first recording??? Please record more and share with us as your playing is simply fantastic.

40. Sam S - Prelude Opus 28 number 15 (Raindrop)
Lovely performance and it is great to finally hear your rebuilt Bechstein. It sounds fantastic!! Great job Sam!!

41. joangolfing - Elves' Dance
Great performance of a piece that sounds quite difficult. Thanks for sharing!

42. Copper - What a Wonderful World
What a wonderful sound! I love how soft you play this here. Great job!

43. Starr Keys - Broken Hearted Me
Amazing playing and singing Starr Keys!!! I loved your slide show too as it adds even more depth to this performance.

44. Valencia - Work in Progress --Chopin's Etude 25/11
Even you are not done with this I think it is great. You play very well!!
Posted by: MaryBee

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/24/12 12:31 AM

24. Yamaha G3 & P-80, Mike White - Meditation I like how you take your time with this piece, allowing us to savor the rolling chords and romantic melody.

25. Hawgdriver - Nocturne in B flat minor, Op. 9/1 Oh, so lovely! From that delicate beginning on to the more deeply intense second theme, you've given us a beautiful and inspiring performance.

26. MusicaMusique - Je t'aimais, je t'aime, je t'aimerai This is such a pretty piece, one I've never heard before. Thanks for playing it for us.

27. kenjazz (Ken) - Waltz For Debby I really enjoyed this! I liked that I could kind of follow the melody through the piece. Nice playing.

29. Allard - Before the Last Leaf Falls This sounds quite sophisticated for an "Easy Piano" piece. You play it very well, with nice dynamics and phrasing. Very impressive.

30. Jazzwee - Blue Monk Where's my drink? smile It really makes the listener feel like they're there with the crowd enjoying a drink, dinner, and good music. Liked your sorta solo there about mid-way through. Fun to listen to!

31. zrtf90 (Richard) - Romance Sans Paroles, Op. 17 No. 3 A sweet piece that is new to me. I like how you bring out the melody, yet support it so well with the arpeggiated chords and dramatic dynamics. Very pretty.

32. TX-Dennis/Dennis Turner - Be Thou My Vision I love this melody. You give it a plaintive, almost haunting feel here. Well done!
Posted by: BenPiano

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/24/12 02:31 AM

46. Coldsalmon - Nocturne in Eb Major, Op. 9 No. 2 - I'm very sorry to hear you lost a loved one due to Sandy. frown Your experience on the piano is right around mine. I've tried this a couple of times - yikes! Incredible that you're playing this so wonderfully! I'm hoping your next piano gets to play with you! smile

47. windywindy - Love Is All Around - hehe, your 8 month (and many years on and off) experience threw me for a loop. Clearly you have a lot of talent and experience with the piano, and it showed with your submission for this recital! smile

48. Teodor - Tereza's Inspiration (Original Piece) - You have been clearly inspired for your creation - you will make a fine teacher for your students!

49. BillM - When You Wish Upon A Star Bill, very nice - and incredible!

50. Bessel - The Happy Farmer (Returning from Work), and Wild Horseman - Despite your reservations, I think you played these well beyond you experience listed. Well done!

51. PianoStudent88 - Minuets BWV Anh. 114, 115 - Well done! These Baroque pieces are not easy at all. I hacked these two pieces up when I started, but never was able to string a repeat together, nor trills, nor both of these pieces combined (as you did). To put all of this together like you did is an accomplishment you should be proud of! smile

52. Mar_red - Dom (Home) / Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - Medley. - Great selections - my foot was tapping as I smiled! smile

53. Sam Rose (Shmuel R) - Solfeggietto (Solfeggio) in C Minor - Wow - nice one Sam! ... (still in awe!)

54. Norrec, Tim - Solitude - Nicely done - these more modern pieces are harder than they appear!

55. Mile Hi Steve - Halloween Potpourri - very seasonally appropriate - nice!
Posted by: Inlanding

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/24/12 04:11 PM

12. Jake S - Prelude no.4 in E minor Very impressive you've been playing for 10 months and you tackled Chopin! This piece looks easy to play, but like with all of Chopin's work, especially those one-pagers, is always subject to ability the mood of the moment. I really look forward to more of your playing.

13. Wj3 / Walt - Bethena Scott Joplin's Bethena is one of my favorites. This is wonderfully done, very carefully played as it is clear you are listening to the music as you play... I look forward to hearing the full version next time.

14. ladypayne - Early Winter Each one of your originals gets more and more intricate. Your creative powers are growing by leaps and bounds. Excellent original composition.

15. (Was)TrueBeginner - Sandy This piece sounds like it could be a clip used for a movie soundtrack. It has a familiar ring to it, but couldn't place it. Really well put together, it paints a very good picture in my mind's ear.

16. BenPiano - Poem This piece is wonderful, Ben. I've had this music for a long time and have only played at it. I am always impressed by your abilities, then considering you've three and a half years under your belt, it's even more impressive. Great work on such fine melody.

17. Monica K. - Opening Never heard of Philip Glass before, so thank you for introducing a new composer. You did a wonderful job working the triplets against straight eighths. It is reminiscent of a wind chime with the constant repetition and you do bring that out very well. You hold your hands in such a wonderfully relaxed position - good work.

18. cgyan / Iain - Morning Light Iain - you knocked this one out of the park! Your sense of dynamics makes it so clear you are listening to the music as you play, then syncopating your playing with the echo effects really makes this even more wonderful and interesting. It creates a wonderful mood and you paint so many colors with this piece. Thank you!
Posted by: Starr Keys

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/24/12 05:51 PM

4. Original - composition or improvisation –

4. Peyton
14. Lady Payne
15. (Was) True Beginner
19. JazzPt
20. Inlander
23. Sandtiger
48 Teodor
55 Mile High Steve

Peyton -- I believe this could be a message from space, since I don’t even think this could be notated within for a humans to read and, except for seeing it with my own eyes, I’d find it hard to believe it was possible for them to play. If the physicist and ancients are right about sound being able to raise up to a higher level of consciousness and transform us on a cellular level, this sounds like what a higher intelligence would create for that purpose in order to communicate with us. LadyPayne – I think its interesting that your compositions sound so much more classical than I remember your covers of others ever did. You play very emotionally and do your wonderful music justice with your piano skills. You’re world travel must have inspired you, your music has become so rich and exotic. JazzPt - your original composition and performance reminds me of the days I used to frequent Yoshi’s, one of the largest venues for well known jazz artists in the country. You sound like some of the artists I heard perform there. So, hip, so cool so sophisticated and yet emotional. I’m glad you finally got an instrument that is up to the standard your talent deserves. Inlander-Glen -- you made me think of two teachers, Cheryl and my husband, because the former is an ESL teacher and you speak piano as a second language and because the latter teaches poetry and you speak that language like a poet. You improvise better than most songwriters compose. Amazing with all your affliction and performance handicaps that you should emerge capable of this level of performance. You are an inspiration to us all!! (Was) True Beginner, you must have been very calm in the eye of the storm because that is what this composition sounds like. A calm eye turned on a disaster on too massive a scale to fathom in personal terms. It has a timeless quality though and resonates a collective sadness in such a way that one could imagine it as the soundtrack to a film about the exile of people from their homes or from watching the slow occupation and devastation of their lands in archetypal scenerios of terrorism or war, whether due to natural or man-made causes. Maybe “Diaspora” would have been a better name for it. SandTiger, very sweet and playful piece. I like the counterpoint and music box quality. Great way to teach yourself theory, develop your ear and improve your piano skills all at the same time. I assume that’s how all the Masters did it. Teodor, you are so versatile, I can see all your skills coming into play here, your classical piano, your lyrical expression via your singing and your collaboration with other musicians …With the right lyrics this sounds like it could become a classy alternative rock band’s hit song. Mile High Steve—Wow Tom O’Horgan meets Andrew Lloyd Webber meets the Rocky Horror picture Show and I don’t know what else in the New Age. Creative enough to raise the dead!
Posted by: Amaruk

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/24/12 07:40 PM

45. jotur/Cathy Turner - Alexander's Ragtime Band
Great playing. I am glad that your system worked so that you could capture this performance!

46. Coldsalmon - Nocturne in Eb Major, Op. 9 No. 2
Fantastic plaing of a great classic!! I can tell that this song has matured in your fingers as you make you piano sing in this performance.

47. windywindy - Love Is All Around
I am not familiar with this music but I liked it. Great job!

48. Teodor - Tereza's Inspiration (Original Piece)
Great piece and great playing! I am glad that you finally got a recording that you are happy with!!

49. BillM - When You Wish Upon A Star
There are so many great performances in this recital but I think this piece is my absolute favorite! Your voice and playing are top notch as always Bill. It is also great to be able to see you play to see how relaxed you are in front of your magical piano.

50. Bessel - The Happy Farmer (Returning from Work), and Wild Horseman
Great performance! I really liked it!

51. PianoStudent88 - Minuets BWV Anh. 114, 115
Great performance of a quite difficult piece!! Great flow in your playing.

52. Mar_red - Dom (Home) / Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - Medley.
I am not familiar with this music but I really liked both. Great performances too!

53. Sam Rose (Shmuel R) - Solfeggietto (Solfeggio) in C Minor
Well… There is not much to say about this other than you are extremely talented Sam! Great job and thanks for sharing!!

54. Norrec, Tim - Solitude
What a lovely piece this is! You play it so well. I really like how you play it so softly!!

55. Mile Hi Steve - Halloween Potpourri
Amazing Steve!! What a great ending to a great recital!!I love how you were able to mix all these instruments so well into this piece. Fantastic job!! Thanks for sharing!
Posted by: Sand Tiger

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/25/12 01:35 AM

>> Marybee wrote:
23. SandTiger - Shimmer What a sweet composition! The tune is appealing, and it has some interesting rhythms going on, yet it seems to be at a level that would not be too difficult for an older beginner. Have you written it down, or was it played by ear?
>>

Thank you for the compliment Marybee. My process is to play a bit, record a bit, then work on the piece. When I get near a version that I want to share live or online, I write down a rough sketch of the piece in ABC notation. With the written ABC sketch plus a recording, I can reconstruct a piece. The ABC conveys the notes and chords to be played, and the recording has the phrasing and timing.

I am weak at reading regular sheet music, and weak at identifying rhythms from any kind of notation. It is a labor intensive task for me to get anything written down in traditional sheet music format. On the rare occasions that I do transcribe, I type it up in ABC format and using a website to translate that into a sheet music PDF file.
http://www.concertina.net/tunes_convert.html

My weaknesses with learning from sheet music, is one reason I started writing my own music. My weakness became a strength.
Posted by: jazztpt

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/25/12 06:51 AM

Some more comments:

21. Andy Platt - Gavotte and Variations
What a lovely theme and very well played , nice dynamics nand control of all those scales, that's a lot of music to learn, very well done.

22. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Romanza and The Little Music Box Two lovely pieces ,the Romanza sounds familiar to me but I am not sure where I would have heard it before. I was particularly taken by the Little Music Box. Nicely played.

23. SandTiger - Shimmer
A sweet little composition, well done.

24. Yamaha G3 & P-80, Mike White - Meditation
One of my favourites of the recital , what beautiful music and wonderfully played. Such rich chords played with full tone. This had me checking out youtube for some more Cecile Chaminade music and there are a few pieces there, what a shame she is not better known,thanks for your wonderful performance of this lovely piece.

25. Hawgdriver - Nocturne in B flat minor, Op. 9/1
I am not a classical player so I can't comment on Interpretation of Chopin but this sounds mighty fine to me, you have a lovely touch and after just 3 years and without a teacher this is remarkable playing. Wonderful piano sound on the recording too.

26. MusicaMusique - Je t'aimais, je t'aime, je t'aimerai Very soothing melody and playing, little bit of background noise on the recording which is a shame, played by ear, very good indeed.

27. kenjazz (Ken) - Waltz For Debby
This is one of my favourites too which I have been playing a lot lately - I really like the Tony Bennet/Bill Evans version too - great that you created your own arrangement , you have a talent for that Ken , something I struggle with. This is a really nice version with good melodic & swinging impro that fits the mood perfectly. Great stuff.
By the way I wish I had your bass player :-)

28. MaryBee - Bagatelle No.25 in A minor (Fur Elise)
When I was a school all the kids that played the piano (not me unfortunately) used to bash out the first few bars of this so yes everyone plays it and its well known but you don't often hear it played as well as it it here, you absolutely brought it to life.

29. Allard - Before the Last Leaf Falls
Very even playing on both hands with nice use of dynamics, very well done.

30. Jazzwee - Blue Monk (to do)
Man that is a funky Blue Monk, never heard it like this before. After a tentative start you really got into your solo, nice playing Jazzwee. Great band you have there.
Posted by: SwissMS

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/25/12 10:01 AM

I was unable to participate in this recital due to a major health crisis, but I did listen and I wanted to compliment everyone that took part. There is amazing talent on this forum, and it is so fun to hear what everyone has been up to!


01. CarlosCC - Canzone Popolare (Francia 1500ca) - Original extended cover This is a truly beautiful piece very well played. Your extension was seamless and extended the theme beautifully.

02. jaredm2012 Jared Miller - To Zanarkand Very impressive for five months experience! You have a nice touch and great expressiveness.

03. cebukid - Bach Invention 1 in C-Major (BWV 772) Yes! Inventions are tricky hard. You did a great job with this. The voices are clear and well balanced.

04. Peyton - Message From Space: Waiting for the Sun You have such a creative flow. Beautiful, relaxing music with a touch of mystery.

05. wouter79 - Les Baricades Misterieuses I am not familiar with Couperin, but judging by this piece I would like to learn more about his music. I like the use of pauses and phrasing. Well played.

06. Amaruk - Summer '78 Your melody floats above the busy left hand accompaniment very nicely. Beautifully played.

07. dannylux / Mel - Kosenko Consolation Op.9 No.1 Very nice, relaxing music. You gave it a floating airy quality. Very nice!

08. Greener / Jeff Green - Little Preludes No. 2 (BWV 934) & No. 4 (BWV 936) I love the little preludes! I have discovered that these are much more difficult than they appear on the page. I like your interpretation of both. Very nicely played.

09. Riddler (Ed) - Chelsea Bridge Very nice arrangement with some interesting harmonies. I like how you create and resolve tension throughout.

10. timmyab - Arabesque no 1 It sounds like you managed to capture the relaxed, floating feeling that this piece needs. Very nice Debussey!

11. Mr Super-Hunky - Nothing Else Matters-original cover You created an absolutely beautiful arrangement, very full and expressive. Capturing the heart of all the instruments with the piano is quite an accomplishment.

12. Jake S - Prelude no.4 in E minor This is such a hauntingly beautiful Prelude, and you captured its feel well. Nicely played and great progress in 10 months!

13. Wj3 / Walt - Bethena Pretty waltz rhythm. You gave it a nice upbeat interpretation. Nice!

14. ladypayne - Early Winter I always look forward to your original pieces! I like the variation in tempo and feel that you give this piece. Wonderful.

15. (Was)TrueBeginner - Sandy Another original! It sounds like a rainy day mood. I am always blown away with the originality of people on this forum. You did a beautiful job with this.

16. BenPiano - Poem The poem sounds like nostalgia, reflections of the past. Very nicely played.

17. Monica K. - Opening The back and forth polyrhythms give the piece a surreal feel. You keep the energy moving forward throughout the piece. Very nicely played.

18. cgyan / Iain - Morning Light What a gentle piece. I like the quiet, reflective feeling that you gave it. A joy to listen to!

19. Jazztpt (Russ) - You See A very nice traveling piece with lots of interesting variation that holds together very well. Very nice.

20. Inlanding - Glen - Angle Eye and Morning Greets the New Day (to do) Nice swing rhythm in the first piece. Very fun. The second one is a nice contrast to pensiveness. Very nice composition very well played.

21. Andy Platt - Gavotte and Variations Excellent job, Andy. I heard very well balanced voices and very nice ornaments. 6½ minutes of such intricate music is quite an accomplishment. Beautiful.

22. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Romanza and The Little Music Box Very sweet little pieces, well played. The winding of the music box was a nice touch!

23. SandTiger - Shimmer Very pretty composition! You have made so much progress in 8 months.

24. Yamaha G3 & P-80, Mike White - Meditation Very full, rich sound! Very well played.

25. Hawgdriver - Nocturne in B flat minor, Op. 9/1 Beautiful, sensitive Chopin! You really managed to capture the heart of this piece.

26. MusicaMusique - Je t'aimais, je t'aime, je t'aimerai This is a very nice arrangement for playing by ear. You captured the beauty of the piece. Nicely played.

27. kenjazz (Ken) - Waltz For Debby You created quite a lot of variations and different feels in this piece, and it works very well. I like the gentle beginning working into something more lively. Good listening!

28. MaryBee - Bagatelle No.25 in A minor (Fur Elise) Beautiful interpretation of this well known piece. You gave it a sensitive, gentle touch that really touches the heart. Beautiful touch on the chromatic run in the transition back to the theme!

29. Allard - Before the Last Leaf Falls You are doing very well for one year of experience. You have a nice touch.

30. Jazzwee - Blue Monk Wow! A live performance! It felt like being there. Very fun!

31. zrtf90 (Richard) - Romance Sans Paroles, Op. 17 No. 3 This is a lovely piece with a very nice singing melody over the constant base rhythm. Beautifully played.

32. TX-Dennis/Dennis Turner - Be Thou My Vision[/b) Very powerful and uplifting piece played very well.


[b]33. Serge88 - My Way
Very nice arrangement of this “classic”. Nice listening.

34. LizAnne - Elegy Op.183, No.2 Nice playing of a haunting little melody. Your dynamics are great!

35. MrPozor - The Doll's Funeral Well done! You captured the march and the solemnity well!

36. lyricmudra - Consolation No. 3 Beautiful job! This is my favorite Liszt. Many people rush it, but you gave it gorgeous dynamics. It really touched me.

More to come tomorrow--
Posted by: jotur

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/25/12 11:30 AM

I always read all the comments - it's so nice to see how interested people are in the music. So thanks not only to those who have listened to my piece, but to all of you who are taking the time to comment on those pieces which moved you, and to encourage all those of us who submitted. Bravo!

Cathy
Posted by: CarlosCC

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/25/12 11:34 AM

More 5 comments.
I plan to do all the comments today. I have greatly enjoyed this recital!

31. zrtf90 (Richard) - Romance Sans Paroles, Op. 17 No. 3 - Richard, you're right: this piece is beautiful, and you played it very well. Nice rithm along the entire piece; It's very engaging. Congratulations.

32. TX-Dennis/Dennis Turner - Be Thou My Vision - Dennis, this is a beautifull melody. It is very quiet and intimate, and I can detect some Irish tones. I loved it.

33. Serge88 - My Way - Serge88, When a song is well known (like this) it becomes difficult to make it attractive, but I think you managed to do an excellent job with this cover and this piece have become even more beautiful. Good cover, good sound, good interpretation. Very, very good!

34. LizAnne - Elegy Op.183, No.2 - I think the dynamic is not "learned". You "feel" it. And this can only be achieved with hard work, dedication and passion. And you have reached it! Congratulations.

35. MrPozor - The Doll's Funeral - I've had the opportunity to play on a Petrof, but I'm no expert to tell you if the piano needs tuning... The sound is fine, and It seemed to me you played well this sad piece of Tchaikovsky. Congrats.
Posted by: CarlosCC

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/25/12 11:57 AM

36. lyricmudra - Consolation No. 3 - ...Sure that you conquered it! It should not be easy to play this, but I can realize how much dedication you put on this interpretation. You love this piece, right? It's wonderful.

37. TrapperJohn - I'll Be Seeing You - TrapperJohn, I can see the love you have for this piece. I understand perfectly what you mean by "labor of love"... it happens to me often. Congratulations for having achieved your goal. Very, very good!

38. DadAgain (& DadAgains Daughter) - Rondo Op163 #6 - What a duet! It's very rhythmic and well played. Congratulations to both.

39. Ganddalf - Prelude Op.45 - This is so good that I could stay and listen to you for hours. Love it.

40. Sam S - Prelude Opus 28 number 15 (Raindrop) - Sam, your Bechstein sounds great! And you played this piece very well. Congratulations.
Posted by: CarlosCC

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/25/12 12:10 PM

41. joangolfing - Elves' Dance - I did not know this music of Edvard Grieg and your Yamaha Grand Piano has a wonderful clean sound. As your interpretation. Love it.

42. Copper - What a Wonderful World - I love this melody. It's in my never-ending-to-do list, but after hearing this, maybe it go to the beginning of the list. Congratulations!

43. Starr Keys - Broken Hearted Me - I think it's a very intimate interpretation, as the story behind it. Loved the paintings. Nice job.

44. Valencia - Work in Progress --Chopin's Etude 25/11 - The spirit of the recital is to show our progress, whatever it is the phase where we are. An advice? Keep your love for music alive and keep working. Congrats.

45. jotur/Cathy Turner - Alexander's Ragtime Band - I love ragtime music and this is one is spectacular. I was transported to the beginnings of the last century. Nice job! Congratulations!
Posted by: CarlosCC

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/25/12 12:35 PM

46. Coldsalmon - Nocturne in Eb Major, Op. 9 No. 2 - Sorry about your new 1953 Baldwin... This piece is played in a wonderful way and you keep me meditative throughout the entire piece. I have little more to add. Just, wonderful.

47. windywindy - Love Is All Around - Sonny Curtis is a singer, right? I didn't know this but I enjoyed your interpretation. The music is lively and popular. Congratulations.

48. Teodor - Tereza's Inspiration (Original Piece) - I hope you have been as inspired as I was when I heard this piece. It is very beautiful and you did it justice. Congratulations.

49. BillM - When You Wish Upon A Star - Billm, I'm always waiting for your pieces. To me, you're already a "classic" in these recitals. I am your fan. I have nothing more to say.

50. Bessel - The Happy Farmer (Returning from Work), and Wild Horseman - Bessel, this is a funny and clever tune. I was "joyful" after hearing your interpretation. Congrats!
Posted by: CarlosCC

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/25/12 12:53 PM

My last comments.
But first, I want to thank everyone who made this recital. It was excelent!
And I'm going to comment all the kind words I read about my piece. Thanks!


51. PianoStudent88 - Minuets BWV Anh. 114, 115 - I remember to listen this piece when I was in Munich (Germany) and I visited a museum dedicated to music. This is a famous Minuet and you played it with "dedication". Congrats.

52. Mar_red - Dom (Home) / Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - Medley. - B-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l I loved your piece of Kazanecki! And the theme of Christmas is excellent. You show great mastery of the piano. That's incredible, really nice work.

53. Sam Rose (Shmuel R) - Solfeggietto (Solfeggio) in C Minor - I do not know how you can play so well all these notes ... You must have invested a lot of work in this piece. Congratulations!

54. Norrec, Tim - Solitude - You played this Solitude with gentle, and it's beautiful! I'll be mindful of Michiru Oshima. Thanks for bringing this to us.

55. Mile Hi Steve - Halloween Potpourri - That's a great production! Nice work with all those instruments variations. The ambience is perfect for an haloween season. Good work!
Posted by: Mr Super-Hunky

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/25/12 02:01 PM

Originally Posted By: jotur
I always read all the comments - it's so nice to see how interested people are in the music. So thanks not only to those who have listened to my piece, but to all of you who are taking the time to comment on those pieces which moved you, and to encourage all those of us who submitted. Bravo!

Cathy



This comment reminds me of racing motorcycles. There are the riders, (one group), the mechanics (usually a different group), and then there are all the spectators, (yet another group still). In addition, there are the organizers, administrators, and race officials.

It's up to everyone to do their respective part and I think they are. Even to the point where there is overlap of duties all over the place.

The only shortcoming would be if your not pulling your weight.

Bottom Line: The performers and administrators seem to be doing all the work. Lurkers, we would LOVE to hear from you too. If your not performing or contributing in any way to these recitals, PLEASE show your appreciation to the amount of time and effort put into all of these performances by acknowledging the performers in some way. The positive feedback and constructive comments means more to us than you could possibly imagine.
Posted by: CarlosCC

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/25/12 02:41 PM

Originally Posted By: Mr Super-Hunky
Originally Posted By: jotur
I always read all the comments - it's so nice to see how interested people are in the music. So thanks not only to those who have listened to my piece, but to all of you who are taking the time to comment on those pieces which moved you, and to encourage all those of us who submitted. Bravo!

Cathy

(...)
Bottom Line: The performers and administrators seem to be doing all the work. Lurkers, we would LOVE to hear from you too. If your not performing or contributing in any way to these recitals, PLEASE show your appreciation to the amount of time and effort put into all of these performances by acknowledging the performers in some way. The positive feedback and constructive comments means more to us than you could possibly imagine.

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Posted by: Greener

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/25/12 03:13 PM

43. Starr Keys

This is a really great tune, Starr Keys. The cocktail jazz stylings are very effective. I know how tricky playing and singing business can be and have much respect for you that can do it this nicely. I sure wish I could. Nice performance.

44. Valencia

Thanks for sharing this, Valencia, in it's interim stage of development. It is surely to become a production for you and will be interesting to see the progression. I think you will surprise yourself positively, when bringing it up to the tempo you want, once you have more comfort with it. It is coming along nicely.

45. jotur/Cathy Turner

This really sounds like a fun piece to play, Cathy. I bet a real hit and very much appreciated by the assisted living/Alzheimer's audience. Good for you in reaching out to these folks with the joy of music. I've tried to volunteer for such venues myself, but seems it is not so easy to do here in Canada. However, if it ever does come about again this is clearly the perfect material I will need to get up to speed with. Thanks for this, Cathy.

46. Coldsalmon

Nice playing Coldsalmon. I am working on this exact piece myself (albeit slowly) as it keeps getting pumped in priority for easier pieces to learn. I think it will be worth it in the end though. I especially think so now after hearing you play it so nicely. Hope I can do as good a job. This is an impressive performance, and way more impressive at 3.5 year in. WOW, good for you.

47. windywindy

This is a fabulous tune and really comes off nicely on piano. Great choice and very well done. At first I was mixing this up and thinking "theme from Taxi", but then realized "Mary Tyler Moore". That's why it brings back such fond memories. Love the tune ...


48. Teodor

Nice playing Teodor. I don't know much about composition myself, but good for you in putting this together. There are some very interesting elements to it and it establishes a nice mood for me.

49. BillM

Some very heart felt expressive singing, Bill. What continues to amaze me each time I hear you though, is playing such a rich accompaniment at the SAME TIME. A lot of practice me thinks ... good for you, Bill. Some fine entertainment here.

50. Bessel

These are clearly not easy pieces to learn and play well, Bessel. Sounds like some tricky syncopation, particularly in the Wild Horseman piece. I think you are doing a commendable job with both of them, and they are also nice selections. Great job.
Posted by: wouter79

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/25/12 03:51 PM

Originally Posted By: Monica K.
05. wouter79 - Les Baricades Misterieuses: I had never heard of Couperin, and I appreciate being introduced to his work. I was surprised to hear that it dates all the way back to 1717; it has a modern feel to it, dare I say almost Tiersenesque?


Thanks! Yes BenPiano already suggested it sounds a bit new-age laugh

Originally Posted By: MaryBee
It was very strange, because I'm not usually very emotional. But it touched me somehow. No, it wasn't sadness. Nostalgia, perhaps? It was the refrain, I think, that brought back feelings of childhood.

Mary, thanks for the more details on it! Someone in the family played this when you were young?

Originally Posted By: Andy Platt
05. wouter79 - Les Baricades Misterieuses A beautiful way to introduce Couperin! This piece flows so beautifully, the pedaling is just great. You have a very nice touch with the phrasing and the melody line is brought out very nicely.


Andy, Thanks for your nice comments on the flow, pedaling and phrasing! I highly value these in music and it's great to hear that I'm getting there.

Originally Posted By: Peyton

5. Wouter- A beautiful piece. And very well played with a nice legato. And you are right, we don't hear much Couperin and you have to wonder why. They are such wonderful works.

Thank you!

Originally Posted By: CMohr

05. wouter79 - Les Baricades Misterieuses You got me with the first note. Your approach into the piece is flawless, which gave a beautiful flow throughout. Your touch is excellent on this piece, also. Your piano has such a wonderful sound - it seems to add to the piece. Lovely entry

Nice to hear that there is good flow and sound. As I just said to Andy, I highly value flow and appreaciate hearing positive comments on my attempts in this regard. Regarding the first note, I guess you're pulling my leg regarding my previous comments on the first notes? But the first notes ARE important so it's good to hear that as well.

Originally Posted By: CarlosCC
05. wouter79 - Les Baricades Misterieuses - Couperin...? I didn't know this piece. Thanks for the explanation about "brise style". You have shown a good domain on this (hard) piece. It's very beautiful.


Thanks and glad that you like it smile

Originally Posted By: lyricmudra
05. wouter79 - Les Baricades Misterieuses

Even though Couperin meant this for the harpsichord you gave it a beautiful life on the piano. It sounds like a very tricky piece. It speeds up and it slows down, and you did so at the right places. Your playing is brisk, but it breathes very well.

Thanks for your nice comments! It's not extremely tricky but you'd better not get lost in the written scores. But since I play from memory I don't have that issue. Still, if you have a mistake, picking up halfway is a bit tricky since all melody lines are interwoven. Easiest is to re-start the melody line first and then merge back in the other lines as you go.

Brisk? Maybe you should check some of the available recordings on the web, I'm in fact playing a bit slower than most

Originally Posted By: Inlanding
05. wouter79 - Les Baricades Misterieuses Very pretty piece of music. I always enjoy Couperin's compositions and your playing exemplifies it nicely.

Thanks!

Originally Posted By: SwissMS

05. wouter79 - Les Baricades Misterieuses I am not familiar with Couperin, but judging by this piece I would like to learn more about his music. I like the use of pauses and phrasing. Well played.

SwissMs, thanks and good to hear that my attempt to augment the phrasing and pauses a bit works for you.
Posted by: Starr Keys

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/25/12 04:00 PM

I’m thankful to everyone who took the time to listen to my piece and comment on it and on my sister’s artwork. I made sure I read all of your comments and I’ll be reading some of them to her next week.

Originally Posted By: Greener
This is a really great tune, Starr Keys. The cocktail jazz stylings are very effective. I know how tricky playing and singing business can be and have much respect for you that can do it this nicely. I sure wish I could. Nice performance.


I was all excited to start working with my new Ella songbook and accompanying CD this morning, but when I saw Greener’s post, I felt it was important to take the time to make sure people were not under the misconception that the voice they heard on my video with the accompaniment wasn’t taped in real time while playing. I had explained this earlier in this thread when Cheryl made a similar remark but I guess some people missed it. I said that even though I was singing when I recorded the accompaniment, I didn’t use that recording because I couldn’t sustain the energy in my voice all the way through. Since I always keep my DP recorder on these days, I just played the recording and sung to it while I made a new tape with my Zoom.

I am discovering that accompanying a singer is an art, and I have purchased a few books and CD’s like the Ella one to learn how to do it better. The secret seems to be playing most of the notes and chords at least an 8th note before or after you sing a note, and I am trying to learn to arrange more like this because it makes singing while playing so much easier (it also usually sounds better). I didn’t arrange this piece with this principle in mind, which is part of the reason I think ran into difficulty, especially when the tempo picked up (a cold is the other).

Posted by: Peyton

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/25/12 05:39 PM

I'm not done commenting on work but did want to give a shout out of thanks to all that listened and responded to my piece. I know it was long and perhaps a bit tedious to listen to so I really appreciate everyone taking the time to listen. Some of your comments were really thoughtful and insightful and I cannot thank you enough.

So special thanks to starrKeys, Greener, Carlos, Mr SuperHunky, SwissMs, Jazztpt, Amaruk, Inlanding, MaryBee, BeccaBp, Gandalf, Monica, Sam, CMohr, Casinitaly, Lyricmudra, Andy Platt, TX Dennis, Dad Again, Bessel, KenJazz, BillM, Cebukid, Windywindy, Was True Beginner, A Tall Guy and ZRT90. Sorry if I missed anyone. You guys are the best, many thanks.
Posted by: MaryBee

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/26/12 12:31 AM

33. Serge88 - My Way I like how you introduce variations on the repeats. Makes it quite interesting.

34. LizAnne - Elegy Op.183, No.2 I had to laugh about your ignorance of dynamics, because it was the same for me. I played for so many years without a thought for them, until I started taking lessons. Thank goodness we're able to learn new things! It sounds like you're making good progress with it. Hope that this round with your piano goes for longer than two years.

35. MrPozor - The Doll's Funeral Nice playing after seven months of self-teaching! Suitably steady and somber.

36. lyricmudra - Consolation No. 3 I have never heard this piece before, so no need to feel intimidated around me. smile Your playing is so deliciously expressive. Beautiful performance.

37. TrapperJohn - I'll Be Seeing You That is a pretty song. I'm glad you included the lyrics. Although I didn't sing along, I did follow them while listening.

38. DadAgain (& DadAgains Daughter) - Rondo Op163 #6 This just sounds like so much fun to play, and it was great fun to listen to, also! Congrats to both of you on the joint effort.

39. Ganddalf - Prelude Op.45 Musically, this seems like a complicated piece, taking you all over the place -- through lyrical, insistent, gentle, and triumphant passages. You handle those twists and turns with aplomb.

40. Sam S - Prelude Opus 28 number 15 (Raindrop) I'd like to learn this one at some point, too. I think I understand what you mean about the difficulty of making it musical, because there is just a lot of the repeated block chords in the left hand. You do great with this, especially in the "drumming" parts. Very dramatic. Piano sounds nice! It must be a real joy to be playing on a grand instead of an upright now, especially one that you've put so much time into.

41. joangolfing - Elves' Dance Your staccato touch is perfect for this piece.

42. Copper - What a Wonderful World Okay, I admit I'm a sucker for the sentimental -- I love this song. Thanks for playing it for us.

43. Starr Keys - Broken Hearted Me Oh yes, I remember hearing Anne Murray's version of this song. You've given it an entirely different and interesting flavor with this performance. I usually only listen to the audios of the recital pieces, but I watched your video to see your sister's art work. What an artistic family!
Posted by: Starr Keys

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/26/12 02:07 PM

Originally Posted By: MaryBee
43. Starr Keys - Broken Hearted Me Oh yes, I remember hearing Anne Murray's version of this song. You've given it an entirely different and interesting flavor with this performance. I usually only listen to the audios of the recital pieces, but I watched your video to see your sister's art work. What an artistic family!


This one I’m going to read to my mom and my sister! Thanks for your kind comment and for departing from your usual routine to look at my video.

5. Movie or Game Soundtracks

2. Jared Miller
6. Amurak


Jared, this is a beautiful song, it made me think, perhaps I should take up gaming. 5 month?!!-you are proof of the hypothesis play what you are drawn to with the emotion that love brings to it and you can progress faster and with more satisfaction to yourself and your audience than you would twisting yourself in knots analyzing the minutia of repetitive movements playing technics for three times as long. Amurak, I didn’t see the movie, but I loved the video. Parts of it felt like looking through a camera obscura, the effect of which fit the mood of the piece perfectly. Your playing is brilliant as usual.


Posted by: Riddler

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/26/12 02:34 PM

10. timmyab - Arabesque no 1
Beautiful, I loved it. Very flowing, you have overcome any tendency to play mechanically, to my ear. This seems like a very challenging piece, to me. Wonderful playing.

12. Jake S - Prelude no.4 in E minor
Excellent, I have always found this prelude to be deeply moving. Wonderful expression, especially in the dramatic parts.

17. Monica K. - Opening
Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not moreso, unless we are talking about music, in which case moreso is permitted if the composer is Phillip Glass. I find this intriguing. wonderful performance,
Posted by: Inlanding

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/26/12 06:56 PM

19. Jazztpt (Russ) - You See Wow, Russ, this piece really indicates a fine musical direction in which you've pointed yourself. I like very much your use of 4ths to create such a wonderful effect in all the right places. You've captured some of the finer points of your favorite artists and created a style that is yours! You are really connecting with the music as it sounds as though you are listening very carefully to it as you play. …and your new keyboard, it sounds really very nice. This is definitely one of your best.

20. Inlanding - Glen - Angle Eye and Morning Greets the New Day I'd like to have heard a slightly longer improv on both, so keep practicing.

21. Andy Platt - Gavotte and Variations A very beautiful piece indeed. Your control over the dynamics and your touch on the keyboard are really quite impressive, and even more-so, considering it's six and a half minutes long. Beautifully done. How is it you came to chose this particular piece?

22. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Romanza and The Little Music Box Cheryl, Romanza is fantastic. I had no idea you perfected it to the degree you have. Your use of staccato in the Little Music Box is really great. With each e-cital, you make such wonderful jumps in improvement. Your sense of touch is so much improved and your control over dynamics are spectacular. I really enjoy listening to your music. My only wish is that these pieces were longer - they both ended way too soon! Great job, Cheryl!

23. SandTiger - Shimmer Nicely done composition. Which came first, the title or the music? I am interested in your motivation for creating such a fine melody.

24. Yamaha G3 & P-80, Mike White - Meditation A wonderful melody and thank you for introducing a new composer. A very pretty and rich sounding piece of music, excellently played, Mike. How were you introduced to her music?

25. Hawgdriver - Nocturne in B flat minor, Op. 9/1 I am constantly amazed at your piano skill, and even more considering the fact you've been playing three years. This is no simple piece by any stretch and you play it with such patience and sensitivity.

26. MusicaMusique - Je t'aimais, je t'aime, je t'aimerai Your playing this relatively long piece by ear, your own arrangement is amazing. I watched the video in your submission and thoroughly enjoyed your piano version. Thank you for your music.

27. kenjazz (Ken) - Waltz For Debby A wonderful arrangement your created, especially as a tribute to your daughter, Liv. Tony Bennett personalized it for you and you personalized it for us! I very much enjoyed the swing you put into it. This is one of your best, Ken. Really good work with the virtual combo - it sounded great, too!

28. MaryBee - Bagatelle No.25 in A minor (Fur Elise) This is a really fine rendition. It's a great thing your teacher suggested you learn it. This is one of those pieces you can carry with your forever and it will mature under your fingers over the years. You play it as though you are telling a story, expressing the music as your mind's ear hears it. Wonderful.

29. Allard - Before the Last Leaf Falls One year at the keyboard…you play as though you've been playing much longer than that. This is a lovely piece of music you chose and you play it so very well.
Posted by: casinitaly

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/27/12 02:01 AM

StarKeys - I missed your reply earlier where you mentioned the recording was a different track than the music! I'm still very impressed with the outcome, and in fact seriously thinking of giving that a try myself! smile

As for Mr. Super-Hunky's suggestion of lurkers providing feedback (or other members who don't participate in the recital)... it would indeed be lovely to hear from you!

Like Jotur/Cathy, I enjoy reading the observations of other - I always find it very interesting to note when pieces which were new to me were also new to others. I also like the fact that others with more experience give a type of feedback I don't feel qualified to give, but appreciate hearing as it can be another source of "training" in my musical education!


and now... more thanks to those who commented on my submission!

Originally Posted By: Amaruk
Lovely, but short, pieces! I especially liked the music box. I think the tempo is just right. I also loved the pictures you added in your video. It adds a great dimension to your performances.


Thanks Amaruk - the Music Box is my favourite too. I’m glad you liked the tempo. The videos were amusing to put together, -but time consuming!- so it is very nice to know that they were enjoyed too!

Originally Posted By: Jazzpt
Two lovely pieces ,the Romanza sounds familiar to me but I am not sure where I would have heard it before. I was particularly taken by the Little Music Box. Nicely played.


I submitted Romanza to the piano bar about a year ago, but it was pretty wobbly, maybe you heard it there? Or if you use Joy of First Classics –Book2, maybe you saw it there and played it yourself? Thanks for your very kind comments!

Originally Posted By: SwissMS
Very sweet little pieces, well played. The winding of the music box was a nice touch!


Thanks SwissMS, glad you enjoyed the playing and my little musical joke!

Originally Posted By: Inlanding(Glen)
Cheryl, Romanza is fantastic. I had no idea you perfected it to the degree you have. Your use of staccato in the Little Music Box is really great. With each e-cital, you make such wonderful jumps in improvement. Your sense of touch is so much improved and your control over dynamics are spectacular. I really enjoy listening to your music. My only wish is that these pieces were longer - they both ended way too soon! Great job, Cheryl!


Thanks Glen! My new teacher is such a fabulous coach, he really helped me understand what I had to aim for! I can not tell you how exciting it is for me to hear your observations on my playing –you have always paid so much attention. I really did feel like I’d hit a new level of competency here and it is such a reward to know how clear it is to others too. I’m aiming for a longer piece for the next time round..we’ll see how I cope with that! smile
Posted by: Andy Platt

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/27/12 08:05 AM

It took a while for me to get to the next 10 but here they are:

41. joangolfing - Elves' Dance I think I knew this piece, but if I didn't - you made it clear from the first few notes it was Grieg! You nailed it - wonderful staccato, nice phrasing and great rhythm. Loved it!

42. Copper - What a Wonderful World I think I heard Satchmo growling along! This was a beautiful, restrained performance. You gave the melody it's due and nice accompaniment.

43. Starr Keys - Broken Hearted Me A wonderful version of this - it suits your voice very well and the jazzy piano works very well with it. Excellent.

44. Valencia - Work in Progress --Chopin's Etude 25/11 This is quite a piece to play! Even if it's not all there, it's a wonderful start. Wish it could have been on an acoustic piano - or a newer digital. It would really shine. But I loved the runs, beautifully timed and lovely phrasing.

45. jotur/Cathy Turner - Alexander's Ragtime Band Although I don't really know the song, I could hear "Alexander's Ragtime Band" just fine! This is a wonderful, upbeat performance. There's some nice interplay between the hands. It sounds better than I can put into words.

46. Coldsalmon - Nocturne in Eb Major, Op. 9 No. 2 Everytime my teacher says we should think of a nocturne, I say this one and she says, not just yet. Soon! You capture the wistfulness of it beautifully. There is lovely timing in the phrases and ornamentation. All the while the accompaniment is just wonderful - unobtrusive but present with great movement within each measure. Awesome!

47. windywindy - Love Is All Around Very nice performance, controlled and with great expression - particularly in the chorus sections. In some of the verses I think you could have brought the melody out a teeny bit more. Great ending!

48. Teodor - Tereza's Inspiration (Original Piece) Very nice composition - beautifully played, with a wonderful mood throughout.

49. BillM - When You Wish Upon A Star You always show us just how it's done. This is an incredibly tender performance, without sentimentality. There's wonderful piano playing under the vocals too - it's almost a shame the vocals are so great they hide it! Wonderful.

50. Bessel - The Happy Farmer (Returning from Work), and Wild Horseman These are two wonderful performances of Schumann, who I always find trips me up. Loved the phrasing and you kept the rhythm going just perfectly.
Posted by: Riddler

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/27/12 10:15 AM


20. Inlanding - Glen - Angle Eye and Morning Greets the New Day
Glen, very melodic, nice swing feeling, really enjoyable to listen to,

24. Yamaha G3 & P-80, Mike White - Meditation (to do)
Wow, what beautiful industrial strenght chords and arpeggios. I was surprised to hear such powerful stuff, given the title of the piece! Excellent performance.

27. kenjazz (Ken) - Waltz For Debby
Loved that swing part, very nice relaxed feel! Great voicings. Cool, ending too, with the grown accustomed quote. I am inspired, may have to try this one myself some day. Thanks for the geek alert!
Posted by: Starr Keys

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/27/12 01:10 PM

Originally Posted By: casinitaly
StarKeys - I missed your reply earlier where you mentioned the recording was a different track than the music! I'm still very impressed with the outcome, and in fact seriously thinking of giving that a try myself! smile


What a sweet thing to say! No wonder people love you so much! I'd love to hear you do a vocal (you're probably a lot better than I am :)). My goal is still to train myself to play and sing expressively in real time, but since I still can't sing all that well even when I'm not accompanying myself, I suspect it will take some time and a lot of patience to do it effectively. Thanks for yours. smile

Oh, and congratulations on your youtube video. I loved it!
Posted by: kenjazz

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/27/12 01:23 PM

Originally Posted By: Riddler


27. kenjazz (Ken) - Waltz For Debby
Loved that swing part, very nice relaxed feel! Great voicings. Cool, ending too, with the grown accustomed quote. I am inspired, may have to try this one myself some day. Thanks for the geek alert!



Thanks Riddler! You win the prize - even my piano teacher didn't pick up on the I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face quote at the end. I guess it would make more sense if you went out to the blog and saw my daughter's picture on the post.

Someone else noticed that the mix with the band on the last verse might be off by a few milliseconds. I guess on a swing number you can tell if you are really listening. I fixed it on the blog recording.

It is so energizing to have people really listen. Thanks to all! I'll definitely get to individual thank-yous.
Posted by: Andy Platt

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/27/12 01:31 PM

The last five from me. What a wonderful recital. Thanks to all the great comments on my piece (StarrKeys, I think you missed me from your classical selection frown ). I'll try to remember to comment on the comments when I have a moment.

51. PianoStudent88 - Minuets BWV Anh. 114, 115 Very nice performances of the two minuets. I liked the de capo very much. The ornamentation was great and the two hands were balanced very nicely. If I had one thing to improve it would be to vary the dynamics quite a bit.

52. Mar_red - Dom (Home) / Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - Medley. The theme from Dom (Home) was just beautiful. I loved the warm expression you bring to the piece - it suits the Roland sound very nicely. There was some nice rubato and wonderful phrasing. Continuing into Santa Claus was a little strange but it was a lovely arrangement and also beautifully played. Strangely the two together worked great!

53. Sam Rose (Shmuel R) - Solfeggietto (Solfeggio) in C Minor Once again you are playing a piece that someone who's been playing for as short a time as you have should not be able to play at all ... and playing it beautifully! I did hear a little unevenness but only because you said it was there. It was a wonderful, balanced performance with delightful runs.

54. Norrec, Tim - Solitude This is a beautiful piece, touchingly played. I loved your phrasing of the melody and the overall feel. Too short! wink

55. Mile Hi Steve - Halloween Potpourri The synth strings (or reverb or whatever is giving the sound) certainly add to the Halloween feeling! This was a very well put together medley, could have been a single piece. It really feels like a professional piece of music.
Posted by: TX-Dennis

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/27/12 01:51 PM

41 joangolfing Elves' Dance, Grieg
Nice job, Joan. Your piano sounds wonderful. I quite like the sound of the newer Yamahas - not nearly as "bright" as they once were. Or is it just me? At any rate, this is a fun piece, and you play it very well.

42 Copper What A Wonderful World, George Weiss and Bob Thiele
Copper, you do a great job with this evergreen song. It's an enjoyable listen.

43 Starr Keys Broken Hearted Me, Randy Goodrum
Nice song, and your sister's art is quite good. I don't remember hearing the song before, but I was not a big fan of Ann Murray. Your accompaniment fits it well. A well done and moving performance.

44 Valencia Chopin's Etude 25/11
Good start on a difficult piece.

45 jotur/Cathy Turner Alexander's Ragtime Band, Irving Berlin
Nice job, Cathy. This has always been challenging for me. You handle it with aplomb. A real fun listen.

46 Coldsalmon Nocturne in Eb Major, Op. 9 No. 2, Chopin
Nice job, Coldsalmon - especially on dynamics. You got the dynamics just right, and they are crucial in this piece. Any errors that you say are included are indeed minor in the overall scheme of this nice performance. Sorry about your piano being destroyed by the hurricane. Hope there's another in the cards. Honestly, this sounds better on the digital than it probably would have on the Acro, anyway.

47 windywindy Love Is All Around, Sonny Curtis
Curtis (the composer of this song) is from my neck of the woods, as we say here. I've heard him on several local radio interviews where he talked about some of the songs he's written over the years and the people he's performed with over the years (including Buddy Holly). I Fought the Law is probably his best known song. I didn't realize this was his. Anyway, nice job on the piece. You play it well.

48 Teodor Tereza's Inspiration, Tereza Jurikova & Teodor Tenchev
This is a very moving piece, Teodor. I enjoyed it very much.

49 BillM When You Wish Upon a Star
This is a classic, Bill. You do a great job with it. I like your magical sounding ending. Just right for the song we all grew up hearing on the old Disney Sunday evening program.

50 Bessel The Happy Farmer (Returning from Work), and Wild Horseman, Schumann
Nice job, Bessel. Farmer is perfect, and Horseman isn;t far behind. Both fun pieces to hear and to play.

51 PianoStudent88 Minuets BWV Anh. 114, 115, Christian Petzold
A tremendous job. These are challenging pieces, and you play them well. I rather enjoyed hearing the set of two played this way. Nice performance.

52 Mar_red Dom (Home) / Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - Medley., W. Kazanecki / J. Fred Coots
The first piece is stunningly beautiful and well played with emotion. The Christmas tune did put a smile on my face. Very fun! You arrangement is really fun and puts me in mind of Liberace from when I used to watch on television as a young child.

53 Sam Rose (Shmuel R) Solfeggietto (Solfeggio) in C Minor, C.P.E. Bach
I love this piece, but it is out of the question for my slow old fingers. You do a nice job with it, and this is a joy to listen to.

54 Norrec, Tim Solitude, Michiru Oshima
This is beautiful, Tim. Your recording does sound much better than the last.

55 Mile Hi Steve Halloween Potpourri, Various(Moroder, Carpenter, Barber)
Interesting medley, Steve. Well played. You've given us a tour de force of sinister sounding pieces. I'm glad it's 1 pm as I listen to this rather than 1 am.


Posted by: Starr Keys

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/27/12 02:07 PM

Originally Posted By: Andy Platt
43. Starr Keys - Broken Hearted Me A wonderful version of this - it suits your voice very well and the jazzy piano works very well with it. Excellent.

Andy, after reading this, I looked up your birthday to see if you were a Leo, since they are known for validating others and making them feel good about their abilities. Thanks a bunch and I hope I get to hear you accompany yourself again in the not too distant future...Oh, and I didn't "miss" you, Andy, I have another category of classical performance (Beginning and Intermediate) I haven't posted yet -- I know your on the borderline of high intermediate or advanced but I don't know enough how to distinguish this, so I used Richard's categories here as my guide)

6. People difficult to categorize and/or in a class by themselves

11. Mr. Super Hunky
42. BillM
43. Sam Rose


You all stand out for what you do that no one else does (at least not in this ecital). Mr. Super Hunky, you are the only one who could/would take a heavy metal band classic and turn it into a delicate piano solo—and maybe the only one who could pull it off. BillM, you have the rare distinction of being able to beautifully arrange and perform pop songs for self-accompaniment and soloing and improvise from a fake book with ease, while singing like a pro. Sam Rose, I don’t know what to say about you, except that I’ve never heard anyone play classical music like you do after only two years and few play as well as you do no matter what their experience and--if I remember correctly--without the help of a teacher. You are all in rare form—or should I just say, you are all rare forms.
Posted by: SwissMS

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/27/12 02:24 PM

Here is another batch of comments. Such wonderful music!

37. TrapperJohn - I'll Be Seeing You Thanks for the interesting history of this song. You did a beautiful job of it. You make these old favorites sing!

38. DadAgain (& DadAgains Daughter) - Rondo Op163 #6 Fantastic duet! What a fun piece. You say your daughter has only played this for two weeks? Amazing! You two were beautifully coordinated.

39. Ganddalf - Prelude Op.45 Beautiful Chopin! Your playing is very well balanced with nice dynamics.

40. Sam S - Prelude Opus 28 number 15 (Raindrop) This is my favorite Chopin prelude. Your melody line floats beautifully over the accompaniment. I like the sweet, lyrical touch in the beginning transitioning into the “stormy” section, calming back to lyrical. Excellent job.

41. joangolfing - Elves' Dance Nice job on the staccato and chords. This piece requires a precision in touch and you did it well.

42. Copper - What a Wonderful World This song always reminds me of You’ve Got Mail. This is a very nice arrangement and you played it well.

43. Starr Keys - Broken Hearted Me Great job. Your singing has really matured. You capture the feeling to match your story. Beautiful.

44. Valencia - Work in Progress --Chopin's Etude 25/11 It sounds like you have a good start on this. You clearly have a good feel for the piece.

45. jotur/Cathy Turner - Alexander's Ragtime Band I am always toe-tapping with your pieces. This is so fun. I like the question/answer form of the music. Love it!
Posted by: Sam Rose

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/27/12 02:38 PM

I apologize for being so late, but better late than never I suppose! Thanks to everyone who's given me feedback so far; you are too kind. I'll respond to those in more detail later.

First 10:

01. CarlosCC - Canzone Popolare (Francia 1500ca) - Original extended cover
Really pretty melody, and very clear and musical playing. Congrats on being brave enough to submit your own noodling on the piano! I don't think I'd have the guts to do so. Thank you!

02. jaredm2012 Jared Miller - To Zanarkand
Firstly, congrats on starting to play the piano!! I started in a very similar manner (on a roommate's keyboard using the Alfred book). You play with a fluidity and musicality that's not at all expected from someone with only 5 months of experience. I really enjoyed your performance, and I look forward to hearing more music from you in future recitals as I'm sure you'll be making great progress if you keep working at it the way you have at this piece. Thank you!

03. cebukid - Bach Invention 1 in C-Major (BWV 772)
I always look forward to your submissions. Very enjoyable playing, really nice ornaments, and great concentration with the noisy children in the background! Thank you!


04. Peyton - Message From Space: Waiting for the Sun
I never like listening to your submissions. Because they always make me jealous. It's not you "playing" the piano. You and the piano always seem to become one, whereas I'm still struggling to get proper music out of the piano. You always succeed at setting the mood you shoot for. And yes, I did listen to the entire thing smile Thank you!

05. wouter79 - Les Baricades Misterieuses
Impeccable piano sound, as usual. Your playing seems to get more confident and musical every time out. I've never heard of this composer, but your playing makes me want to learn about him, which means you've done your job really well. I wonder what you'll be playing in four or five recitals from now!! Thank you!

06. Amaruk - Summer '78
Beautifully played, and I love the look and feel of your video. This is a really beautiful melody, and you do it justice. Wonderful job. Thank you!

07. dannylux / Mel - Kosenko Consolation Op.9 No.1
This is definitely soothing to listen to, and I don't hear any hesitation. You don't sound too worried about the arpeggios at all, and when I got there I forgot to listen for them because I was too relaxed, so I'm sure you did them wonderfully wink Thank you!

08. Greener / Jeff Green - Little Preludes No. 2 (BWV 934) & No. 4 (BWV 936)
Aaaaahhhh so much good music! Can't. Take. It. I'm going to have to start learning some Bach. This stuff is great. Nice recording quality (I always appreciate those who go to the effort of using decent recording equipment because it makes the music much more of a joy to hear) and your playing sounds great and clear. Thank you!

09. Riddler (Ed) - Chelsea Bridge
Not really my kind of music, (I still don't "get" jazz. I think I'll start to get it when I understand music a lot better in a few years time. I never liked Bach, and now I'm starting to really like it) but you play it very well, to my uninformed ear anyway. Thank you!

10. timmyab - Arabesque no 1
Well it took until #10 to get to a piece I actually know (and love). For the most part, this is just awesome! Sure, I hear a bit of rhythmic inaccuracy in a couple places, but overall, you killed this one! (That's positive slang in America. I see you're in the UK, and I don't want you to get the wrong idea.) There's so much more than just the notes here. You play this so musically. And nice job on the polyrhythms too! I hope to play this piece, this well, one day. Thank you!
Posted by: Riddler

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/27/12 03:50 PM


30. Jazzwee - Blue Monk
That sounded very blue to me, JW, more bluesy than monkish. Loved that comping. Must be hard to keep from getting in the way of a guitar soloist who is chording a lot. You guys sound very professional, and you seem to be developing a very diverse reportoire.

37. TrapperJohn - I'll Be Seeing You
I have loved this song for as long as I can remember. You're right, it is one of the all time greats. And you can't beat a Dan Coates arrangement. Nicely done, Trap, very nicely done!

BTW, how do you research these songs? I always enjoy the background info you provide.

40. Sam S - Prelude Opus 28 number 15 (Raindrop)
One of the joys of these recitals is that we often get to hear this beautiful masterpiece. That was terrific. Well done.

49. BillM - When You Wish Upon A Star
Another excellent vocal/piano performance, Bill. Nicely done.

46. Coldsalmon - Nocturne in Eb Major, Op. 9 No. 2
Well done. This is one of my favorites and I really enjoyed listening. I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your piano, but I can see it is not going to stop you from creating wonderful music.
Posted by: Peyton

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/27/12 09:05 PM

20- Inlanding- man... that is HOT playing!!! Glad you are back in the saddle. Your playing is fantastic. Especially enjoyed the opening section.
Posted by: Mr Super-Hunky

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/27/12 09:56 PM


....and for the final group:


51. PianoStudent88 - Minuets BWV Anh. 114, 115 Well I'm not familiar with many classical pieces but I know this one. You made it instantly recognizable and did a nice job with this famous piece. I heard some tricky trills throughout as well. Nicely done.

52. Mar_red - Dom (Home) / Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - Medley. this IS a beautiful piece performed in a very elegant way. I love your smooth, flowing playing which continued into the Santa tune. What an incredible beginning as well. Super-impressive playing.

53. Sam Rose (Shmuel R) - Solfeggietto (Solfeggio) in C Minor Sam, I just watched your video and can only say that your playing IS incredible, AND for real. You ARE the real deal. I say lose the 2 year time frame disclaimer because your playing is phenomenal for ANY amount of time. Bravo.

54. Norrec, Tim - Solitude This sounded great Tim. I liked the subtle melodic changes in the melody which kept my attention as I followed along. Nicely performed.

55. Mile Hi Steve - Halloween Potpourri Wow, I really loved all the familiar haunting melodies. This sounded top notch and was performed equally as well. The deep church organ at the close was a great ending too.

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Congratulations to all the performers. I'll have to start on something soon in an effort just to keep up with the beginners in this forum.

The talent pool here is deep. Scuba tank deep!
Posted by: MaryBee

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/28/12 12:49 AM

44. Valencia - Work in Progress --Chopin's Etude 25/11 Wow, this is one tough project! Sounds like you're making good progress.

45. jotur/Cathy Turner - Alexander's Ragtime Band Very fun song. I enjoyed listening to it, and I bet your seniors did too!

46. Coldsalmon - Nocturne in Eb Major, Op. 9 No. 2 I love this piece, and you play it so sweetly. So sad about your piano, though. Hope you can get another at some point.

47. windywindy - Love Is All Around What an upbeat feeling you give to this song! It raises my spirits just listening to it.

48. Teodor - Tereza's Inspiration (Original Piece) You're getting into composition now - very nice! I like this one a great deal. It has a depth to it that grabs my attention, and your playing complements it very well. What were you dissatisfied with -- the playing or the composition itself?

49. BillM - When You Wish Upon A Star This is one of my favorite Disney songs too. You've got a great voice for this one -- especially those deep notes.

50. Bessel - The Happy Farmer (Returning from Work), and Wild Horseman Listening to The Happy Farmer made me happy. smile Despite a small stumble or two, you've really got the feeling for these two pieces. Glad to hear you're re-motivated!

51. PianoStudent88 - Minuets BWV Anh. 114, 115 I really like the little ornaments you've added to both these pieces. Were they notated in the score, or did you add those yourself? Have you tried to stretch the dynamics a bit? I think that would add a lot of interest, especially in BWV 114.

52. Mar_red - Dom (Home) / Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - Medley. The two pieces are both very well done -- you can certainly handle quite different styles. But such an unexpected combination! The first is so serious, and then the second is, well..., it's Santa Claus! (A much more interesting version that one usually hears, though.) Love the ending. smile

53. Sam Rose (Shmuel R) - Solfeggietto (Solfeggio) in C Minor I was just playing through (sight-reading) this piece tonight. Bringing it up to speed and playing it as musically as you have would be a real challenge. You've done such an excellent job with it.

54. Norrec, Tim - Solitude Nice playing. You must enjoy learning and playing these anime pieces. I hope you enjoy the new things you're learning with your teacher just as much.

55. Mile Hi Steve - Halloween Potpourri Oohh. I've got goosebumps! What a great set for Halloween.
Posted by: SwissMS

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/28/12 04:11 AM

My last batch of reviews:

46. Coldsalmon - Nocturne in Eb Major, Op. 9 No. 2 I am so sorry to hear about your piano! That is sad. Very nice job on this Nocturne. You gave it a nice tranquil feel, that fits very well. Very nice balance between the melody and accompaniment.

47. windywindy - Love Is All Around Very nice playing on this old classic.

48. Teodor - Tereza's Inspiration (Original Piece) What a beautiful, sensitive song. I like your powerful transition into the finish. Very nice.

49. BillM - When You Wish Upon A Star I like the very full and rich accompaniments that you do for your vocals. This is one of my favorite Disney tunes, and you sang it beautifully.

50. Bessel - The Happy Farmer (Returning from Work), and Wild Horseman These are such fun little pieces. Very nice job!

51. PianoStudent88 - Minuets BWV Anh. 114, 115 These two pair so well. Very nice ornamentation and dynamic balancing of the voices.

52. Mar_red - Dom (Home) / Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - Medley. The first piece is beautiful. The arrangement is full and rich and your phrasing was very nice. The transition into the second piece was well done and the Santa was a lot of fun! I really enjoyed your arrangement. Great listening!

53. Sam Rose (Shmuel R) - Solfeggietto (Solfeggio) in C Minor Isn’t this piece fun? It looks easy but it is quite the work out. Your Presto is quite presto! I thought you did an outstanding job on this.

54. Norrec, Tim - Solitude This a very pretty piece and you played it well. Excellent job for the short time you have been at the keyboard.

55. Mile Hi Steve - Halloween Potpourri Wow! What a powerful mix you have created! I like the tension and suspense that you build through the medley. The organ finale was a nice touch.

Thanks to everyone for such beautiful music. I love listening to these recitals and hearing everyone's progress.
Posted by: CarlosCC

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/28/12 06:28 AM

smile I'm delighted with the comments you made on my piece. It is a pleasure to contribute to these magnificent recitals.
Here are some comments on comments:

Jazzwee - Jazzwee, this was not pre-planned. I was playing some variations arround the theme and I just joined them until I get the final result. It was a matter of 2/3 sessions. Thanks for your comments.

BenPiano - BenPiano, I put this on piano at the same time I was listening the variations in my mind. There was no "gap" between thinking and playing. Thanks for your comments.

ATallGuyNH - P85 is fine to practice, althoug there are, today, other models you may consider. I'm glade you like my piece. Thanks for your comments.

Allard - Allard, I was focused and envolved with the original tune, so It was easy to get the mood. Thanks for your comments.

Casinitaly - Cas, as I'm free as a bird to choose my repertoire, it's normal to pay attention on what my close family tell about new pieces (and they are very picky...!). Here, at PW, you also have a major role on my progress and choices. I love to play to you all. About the piece, I was focused and envolved with the original tune, so it was easy to follow the mood. Thanks for your comments.

BeccaBb, Bessel and Sam S - I payed attention to "aditional info" field while submiting this, because I doesn't want to keep the original melody credits for me. Thanks for your comments.

TrapperJohn, TX-Dennis, BillM and CebuKid - I'm glade you like my piece. Thanks for your comment.

Jotur - When I was seeking about the story of this piece, I was intrigued when I realized it was +500 years. I agree it's a beautifull music. Thansk for your comments

Windywindy - Very well observed Windywindy. The LH work gives a Renascence touch to my extension. I didn't notice it...

Amaruk - Yes it's old... and it was a surprise for me, too. I may try to write this version for share with you. Thanks for your comments.

Mr Super-Hunky - Mr SH, thanks so much for your comment. I didn't had realized that my piece was so... exquisite. But, yes, it is, I agree. Thanks for your comments.

MaryBee - I din't follow any rules regarding with composing. I was just inspired and moving forward whit my hands. Thanks for your comments.

Jazztpt - I had to make a warn because I'm not so perfeccionist as some of the members of PW. I'm glad you like my piece. Thanks for your comments.

More later.
Posted by: PianoStudent88

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/28/12 09:19 AM

Thank you all for your kind comments on my playing of the Petzold Minuets.

MaryBee, the ornaments were written in my score. This is the Henle urtext edition, so that means they were also written in the original score. I'd like to learn how to add ornamentation in a Baroque style when it's not written in, but I don't know where I'm ever going to find the resources to teach me that.
Posted by: jotur

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/28/12 11:00 AM

Hi, CarlosCC -

Hm. I think you mean +100 years old for Alexander's Ragtime Band, and I'll admit it amazes me, too. It lets me know just how old *I'm* getting that it seemed still fresh when I was a kid.

Then again, I guess I wouldn't be surprised if Irving Berlin had quoted some melody that's more than 500 years old. It was the style in popular music of that day to quote rather liberally from other songs/tunes. And tunes/songs were popular for a long time - many of the big band era swing tunes were 30 or more years old - ARB was still going strong during WWII.

Thanks for taking the time to listen and comment - these recitals are great.

Cathy
Posted by: casinitaly

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/28/12 12:07 PM

Starkeys, thanks so much for your kind words and encouragement to try singing along with my self (at the keyboard or afterwards... ) Thank goodness for modern technology, it gives us so many options!
Posted by: Mr Super-Hunky

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/28/12 02:52 PM

I was just wondering.

Now that we have lots of recital comments, and comments on the comments. Is there a way we can take this to the next level and have comments on the comments which were based upon the original comments? You see, if we do, we might be able to keep this going a while until we reach the next "one month 'till recital" thread in which we will start the pre-hype comments, followed by the actual performance comments which leads to the comments on comments that ultimately could lead to the new comment on comment on comment category.


No, we're not a repetitive bunch, just very thorough that's all! Hehe.
Posted by: Teodor

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/28/12 02:53 PM

Originally Posted By: MaryBee

48. Teodor - Tereza's Inspiration (Original Piece) You're getting into composition now - very nice! I like this one a great deal. It has a depth to it that grabs my attention, and your playing complements it very well. What were you dissatisfied with -- the playing or the composition itself?




I wasn't perfectly happy with the playing but I did my best, the important thing is, I am moving forward and making progress.
Posted by: Starr Keys

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/28/12 04:20 PM

Originally Posted By: TX-Dennis

43 Starr Keys Broken Hearted Me, Randy Goodrum
Nice song, and your sister's art is quite good. I don't remember hearing the song before, but I was not a big fan of Ann Murray. Your accompaniment fits it well. A well done and moving performance.


Originally Posted By: SwissMiss
Great job. Your singing has really matured. You capture the feeling to match your story. Beautiful.


I was going to wait and thank everyone as a group who commented on my song after AndyPlatt the way I thanked everyone who commented up to him, but since one of two people who posted since then is not in the ecital and just posted her last batch of comments, I will comment now, since I'm afraid she will not see it otherwise.

Thank you both for your very kinds words of support. I've always been attracted by the story-telling aspect of song, and since my parents started taking us to Broadway musicals at about age 5, I thought my sister would appreciate that approach to her art as well.

Posted by: CarlosCC

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/28/12 04:22 PM

Originally Posted By: jotur
Hi, CarlosCC -

Hm. I think you mean +100 years old for Alexander's Ragtime Band, and I'll admit it amazes me, too. It lets me know just how old *I'm* getting that it seemed still fresh when I was a kid.

Then again, I guess I wouldn't be surprised if Irving Berlin had quoted some melody that's more than 500 years old. It was the style in popular music of that day to quote rather liberally from other songs/tunes. And tunes/songs were popular for a long time - many of the big band era swing tunes were 30 or more years old - ARB was still going strong during WWII.

Thanks for taking the time to listen and comment - these recitals are great.
Cathy

That's right, Cathy, I wanted to mean the beginning of 20th century. IMO a music can catch you no matter how old it is - 100, +500 years old, who cares? -. That's the true beauty of music.
Thanks for listening and comment my piece, too.
Posted by: Starr Keys

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/28/12 04:24 PM

Here's my next response category. I still have one after this:

7. Classical, but not the usual type of selection we’ve come to expect from these people

Both people in this category departed from their typical selections without any loss of quality in their playing. Since I value exploration and openness above all else, even in classical music, I had to honor these departures with a special category.

3 CebuKid
5 Wouter79


CebuKid – Quite an about face – from Joplin to Bach. Great finger action!--I'm sure Joplin didn't hurt in this respect. Wouter79 – I found this lighter and more charming and emotional than your usual selections from the period. Nice to see another side of Wouter79.
Posted by: TrapperJohn

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/28/12 05:26 PM

Originally Posted By: Mr Super-Hunky
I was just wondering.

Now that we have lots of recital comments, and comments on the comments. Is there a way we can take this to the next level and have comments on the comments which were based upon the original comments?



But we long ago reached that level of commentary (the "3rd level", one could call it) and some adventurous souls have already explored the interesting possibilities of the 4th level (comments on the comments on the comments on the comments) - it has become an advanced "fine art"...

And while this process does to a large degree serve an informational function, it's alternative, not-so-well-hidden agenda is to garner to oneself multiple compliments far beyond those originally received - this is accomplished primarily through the technique of "quoting" the nice things reviewers say about one's performance so that they appear again (and again) in the thread while one comments on the compliments (predominantly by complimenting the complimentor on his/her very good taste for complimenting you in the first place smile ) .

Not that there's anything wrong with this...I myself am a confirmed devotee and veteran practitioner of this long-established method of personal aggrandisement and shameless self promotion laugh

Comments anyone?


Trap
Posted by: casinitaly

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/28/12 05:28 PM

Originally Posted By: Mr Super-Hunky
I was just wondering.

Now that we have lots of recital comments, and comments on the comments. Is there a way we can take this to the next level and have comments on the comments which were based upon the original comments? You see, if we do, we might be able to keep this going a while until we reach the next "one month 'till recital" thread in which we will start the pre-hype comments, followed by the actual performance comments which leads to the comments on comments that ultimately could lead to the new comment on comment on comment category.


No, we're not a repetitive bunch, just very thorough that's all! Hehe.

That sounds like a lot of work --- there'd be too much time spent writing comments and not enough playing piano! smile
Posted by: Starr Keys

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/28/12 06:04 PM

Originally Posted By: TrapperJohn
Originally Posted By: Mr Super-Hunky
I was just wondering.

Now that we have lots of recital comments, and comments on the comments. Is there a way we can take this to the next level and have comments on the comments which were based upon the original comments?


But we long ago reached that level of commentary (the "3rd level", one could call it) and some adventurous souls have already explored the interesting possibilities of the 4th level (comments on the comments on the comments on the comments) - it has become an advanced "fine art"...

And while this process does to a large degree serve an informational function, it's alternative, not-so-well-hidden agenda is to garner to oneself multiple compliments far beyond those originally received - this is accomplished primarily through the technique of "quoting" the nice things reviewers say about one's performance so that they appear again (and again) in the thread while one comments on the compliments (predominantly by complimenting the complimentor on his/her very good taste for complimenting you in the first place smile ) .

Not that there's anything wrong with this...I myself am a confirmed devotee and veteran practitioner of this long-established method of personal aggrandisement and shameless self promotion laugh

Comments anyone?
Trap


Yes, sure, I’ll comment – since this metacommentary started directly after the posts represented by Cheryl and my continued dialogue.

This sounds like another convenient excuse for not engaging in any helpful give and take in the ABF, except that of holding forth about ones “cynical” opinions, including not taking on any of the responsibility for participation in the ecital for commenting on anyone’s performance except one’s own-- including providing video commentary on the latter which no one seems interested on commenting on. Sounds like sour grapes to me. If not the musings of a “jaundice eye,” at least those of a decidedly curmudgeon-ly one. At this time of year, Henry F. Potter, the miserable mean old man played by Lionel Barrymore in “It’s a Wonderful Life” comes to mind.
Posted by: TrapperJohn

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/28/12 07:38 PM

Originally Posted By: Starr Keys
...If not the musings of a “jaundice eye,” at least those of a decidedly curmudgeon-ly one. At this time of year, Henry F. Potter, the miserable mean old man played by Lionel Barrymore in “It’s a Wonderful Life” comes to mind.


Maybe a curmudgeon with only one jaundiced eye - right in the center of my forehead laugh

And, yes! Henry - one of my all time favorite heros (along with Darth Vader and Scrooge).

Sorry you took my commentary personally - actually I didn't even know you and Cheryl were having a "dialog" - I long ago stopped reading these threads in their entirety - I was just scanning thru looking for something unusual and interesting when I came upon Hunky's post (which are almost always both) and it inspired me - my comments were general and referred to all the comments in all the Discussion Threads since the Recitals started way back when - and they were mostly intended as satirical humor (which we always seem to be so short of around here) - but as with all satire there is a small element of truth in it (I'm sure you'll admit in all honesty) - As a matter of fact, I think I may have been one of the first to use the commentary technique I parody (or at least one of the first to develope it into a fine art...)

Again I apologize if you took offense - none was intended toward anyone in particular (although maybe towards everyone in general laugh )

Trap

BTW - if you'll scan back thru this thread you'll see that I have offered commentary on selected performances, almost all of which are complimentary...
Posted by: Mr Super-Hunky

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/28/12 08:13 PM

Star Keys, Don't get worked up over Trapper. He really has no negative intent towards anyone here. Actually, some of his replies just crack me up like this last one.

It is the fact that we can poke fun at ourselves that makes this place so much fun.

Just toss a pie at him when he's not lookin'. (hint... insult Karen Carpenter tunes)!
It's okay. You can toss a pie at anyone here. After we all laugh it off, we'll just sit down and eat pie. What's not to love about that?
Posted by: Peyton

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/28/12 08:20 PM

53. Sam Rose...Holy Cow Sam! This is fantastic!!! Very smooth and unforced. Just beautifully played. You are a natural!! I had to listen to it again. (Good recording too. And the piano sounds great.)

55. Mile hi Steve.- That must have been one heck of a Haloween party. It's a really interesting arrangement. I really like the middle section with the piano overlaying the distant organ.
Posted by: Peyton

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/28/12 08:24 PM

Originally Posted By: Mr Super-Hunky
Star Keys, Don't get worked up over Trapper. He really has no negative intent towards anyone here. Actually, some of his replies just crack me up like this last one.

It is the fact that we can poke fun at ourselves that makes this place so much fun.

Just toss a pie at him when he's not lookin'. (hint... insult Karen Carpenter tunes)!
It's okay. You can toss a pie at anyone here. After we all laugh it off, we'll just sit down and eat pie. What's not to love about that?


SH, ever think of being a moderator here for a living? I hear they make big bucks and you would be great at it.
Posted by: TX-Dennis

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/28/12 08:36 PM

Originally Posted By: Mr Super-Hunky
Star Keys, Don't get worked up over Trapper. He really has no negative intent towards anyone here. Actually, some of his replies just crack me up like this last one.

It is the fact that we can poke fun at ourselves that makes this place so much fun.

Just toss a pie at him when he's not lookin'. (hint... insult Karen Carpenter tunes)!
It's okay. You can toss a pie at anyone here. After we all laugh it off, we'll just sit down and eat pie. What's not to love about that?


Mmmmm . . . pie!
Posted by: MaryBee

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/28/12 08:58 PM

Originally Posted By: TrapperJohn
I long ago stopped reading these threads in their entirety - I was just scanning thru looking for something unusual and interesting [...]

Does that mean we shouldn't bother commenting on your recital submission, since you likely aren't reading those comments? Or are those are the "unusual and interesting" things you're looking for? wink On the other hand, maybe there are other people interested in reading the comments on your piece. confused Oh, wait... you probably won't be reading this post, so I shouldn't even bother asking. laugh
Posted by: Mr Super-Hunky

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/28/12 10:32 PM

"SH, ever think of being a moderator here for a living? I hear they make big bucks and you would be great at it.".


Hehe, no. Why would I want to do that? It has got to be an incredible amount of work (to keep up with all the threads) for no credit. Plus, We've got a good mod in Greg. (Come to think of it, I haven't seen YD around here in a while. At least not since the bikini panties photo he posted).

Just sayin'.


MaryBee, I'm almost encouraging a battle of the wits which would include our friend Trapper. Only thing is you know it will be ongoing as in never-ending. This is a good thing and could be a ton-O-fun considering the participants involved which has me thinking...

How about an end of year ABF roast? I'm not sure how it will go down or be run but you can sign me up for that now! It's probably best not to highjack the recital thread (which yes, I know I'm in the process of doing), so maybe we can talk about this as a new topic. {I'm already thinking up roast stuff now!)
Posted by: TrapperJohn

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/29/12 07:27 AM

Originally Posted By: Mr Super-Hunky
...Don't get worked up over Trapper. He really has no negative intent towards anyone here.

...Just toss a pie at him when he's not lookin'. (hint... insult Karen Carpenter tunes)!



No negative intent? Ha! Just keep thinking that... smirk

And blueberry or cherry pie preferably...but insults to Karen will earn you a severe tongue-lashing mad



Originally Posted By: MaryBee
Originally Posted By: TrapperJohn
I long ago stopped reading these threads in their entirety - I was just scanning thru looking for something unusual and interesting [...]

Does that mean we shouldn't bother commenting on your recital submission, since you likely aren't reading those comments? Or are those are the "unusual and interesting" things you're looking for? wink On the other hand, maybe there are other people interested in reading the comments on your piece. confused Oh, wait... you probably won't be reading this post, so I shouldn't even bother asking. laugh


But yes, I am reading this - mostly because you quoted me - which is not only an indication of highly discriminating good taste but which constitutes an "unusual and interesting" post in and of itself thumb

And please keep the complimentary comments on my Recital submissions coming in - I'm as starved for ego-boasting encouragement as just about everyone else smile
Besides, I need something to quote and comment on in these Discussion threads...
Posted by: Starr Keys

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/29/12 12:41 PM

This is my last group, but I’ll be going over the list of submissions one more time to make sure I didn’t miss anyone.

8. Classical Beginner and Intermediate:

Well, I was going to try to generalize about all of your progress, the way Richard did, but I don’t have his qualifications to do this and I was just so impressed with all of your performances in this ecital…


8 Greener
12 JakeS
13 Wj3/Walt
16 Ben Piano
21 Andy Platt
22 CasinItaly
25 Hawdriver
34 LizzAnne
35 Mr. Pozor
46 Coldsalmon
50 Bessel
51 PianoStudent88


8 Greener - Your becoming quite the Bach player. Count ’em folks—three by Bach! You could have had us at one! Nice balance between the voices. Great job on all of them.
12 Jake S – Prelude -- Very nice job for such a short tutelage.
13 Wj3/Walt – Very nice start on this piece. It’s clear you get Joplin. I think once you can pick up the tempo a little, you’ll be give able it that little bit of extra energy it needs IMO.
16 Ben Piano – What a lovely little waltz! I think you have exquisite taste and always enjoy your selections. Your performance of this one makes me wish I had time to go into the index and listen to some of your earlier ones. I’d love to hear the “story” behind it sometime.
21 Andy Platt - I like the counterpoint melodies in this piece better than I do in a lot of Bach pieces. Seems very challenging, especially some of those bass lines. And at going on 7 minutes, with so many varied techniques involved, this is most impressive. If I’d heard this before setting up my categories, I probably would have put you in the advanced category.
22 Casinitaly – I envy your control with dynamics and phrasing – great use of rubato. Taking these and the tone you bring out in your melodies, especially in the music box piece, you really make me feel the music viscerally, which isn’t something that always happens when I listen to this type of music.
25 Hawgdriver – It’s amazing to me that you can maintain this level of performance for over five minutes after only three years. I hadn’t listened to a lot of classical piano music before I came here, but I am really enjoying it now and its hard for me to imagine how it gets better than this with or without a teacher— i.e. many have teachers for the length of time you’ve been playing and don’t sound this good.
34. LizzAnne – I know how you feel having to restart. I’ve done it twice in my life and I never picked up dynamic control very well either. Looks like you’re doing it right this time. It’s a simple piece but I found it very moving and part of the reasons was your shaping of the phrases through your dynamics—I could see your struggle to control them, and you often won it.
35. Mr. Poznor – Only 7 mos.? Congratulations on your perseverance. You really have some skill and technique to show for it. Nicely done.
46. Coldsalmon – Well after experiencing another beautifully played nocturne after Hawdriver’s, I had to go look up the definition. The first I found pertaining to music—not artwork—was “An instrumental composition of a pensive, dreamy mood, especially one for the piano.” I thought your performance did great justice to this definition and I’m not trained enough to notice the mistakes. I’m sorry about your piano, I lost one in similar dramatic circumstances so I know the pain, but the good news is: Agrosonics are cheap and easy to find. Your next one will be even better.
50. Bessel – I really enjoyed the energy and emotion you brought to this piece. Whatever it lacked in precision, it certainly made up for in liveliness. I don’t think you should be so hard on yourself. Sometimes we can accomplish a tremendous amount in a short time, sometime not so much in a longer time. And sometimes playing with energy and abandon is more important and sometimes playing with precision is. We need to learn to do both.
51. PianoStudent88 – You’re really becoming quite skilled at trilling. Not easy given the tempo of these pieces. Thanks for your heard work.
Posted by: Peyton

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/29/12 06:15 PM

43. Starkeys- Wow Starkeys... That is a very touching presentation on youtube. Wonderful playing and singing.
Posted by: CebuKid

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/29/12 07:37 PM

Originally Posted By: Starr Keys


CebuKid – Quite an about face – from Joplin to Bach. Great finger action!--I'm sure Joplin didn't hurt in this respect.


Hahahaha, thanks for noticing Starr Keys. smile
I admit, I am very much a one-trick pony and probably wouldn't have taken up piano again if it weren't for Joplin and ragtime. It's still very much my favorite genre.
I played light classical as a kid (from the John Thompson books), and dabbled a little in my adult career. Believe it or not, several recitals ago, I played Chopin...didn't turn out so well, though.

Now...I do plan to play a Joplin piece again come the next recital, and last I checked, I believe I still have the most Joplin submissions..lol. I will probably reprise one that I haven't "officialy" played yet for a recital. Stay tuned. smile
Posted by: Starr Keys

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/29/12 09:36 PM

Peyton, thanks for your very kind and generous comment on my video performance. I can't wait to tell my sister that a real artist described her paintings as beautiful. Oh, wait, she can read it herself since you posted it on my Youtube. Special thanks for that!

Originally Posted By: CebuKid
I ...probably wouldn't have taken up piano again if it weren't for Joplin and ragtime. It's still very much my favorite genre. 

CebuKid, I enjoyed reading your comment on my comment. I know what you mean about taking up piano because you are obsessed with one style or composer and if it weren't for that not bothering. I feel that way about cocktail-jazz.
Posted by: MaryBee

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/29/12 11:33 PM

Originally Posted By: TrapperJohn
And please keep the complimentary comments on my Recital submissions coming in - I'm as starved for ego-boasting encouragement as just about everyone else smile
Besides, I need something to quote and comment on in these Discussion threads...
Ha ha! Will do, TJ. We want to keep you coming back. grin
Posted by: Starr Keys

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/30/12 04:52 AM

Originally Posted By: TrapperJohn

And, yes! Henry - one of my all time favorite heros (along with Darth Vader and Scrooge).


You forgot the Grinch! laugh Just try not to steal Christmas--and I won't complain even if the only holiday music you let us listen to is from The Carpenters' Christmas albums. smile
Posted by: Sam Rose

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/30/12 05:31 AM

Here's some more:


11. Mr Super-Hunky - Nothing Else Matters-original cover
You know, a simple arrangement of this song was the first piece of sheet music I ever tried to read. I gave up after the first few bars and starting working on the first ballade. I don't know what the heck is wrong with me...
I love what you did with this. There's so much going on, and you do it all so effortlessly that I forget I'm listening to a submission on the ABF. Thank you!

12. Jake S - Prelude no.4 in E minor
I love this piece! I'm going to learn this piece soon hopefully. Firstly, for 10 months you're doing very well. This was quite a pleasure to listen to. As far as constructive criticism goes, I would say the rhythm should be more consistent. It slows down and speeds up too much. Don't worry though. I did the same thing at your level of experience (and I still do it now sometimes. Ouch). If you did a bad job, I'd just say something nice and leave it at that, but since you did this so well I thought I'd throw something constructive in as well. Thank you!

13. Wj3 / Walt - Bethena
I'm not familiar with this piece, but I enjoyed your performance. The recording quality wasn't great. Not sure why, but it made it harder to hear what you were doing. Anyway, I hope to hear you playing the unsimplified version soon! Thank you!

14. ladypayne - Early Winter
The beginning sounds familiar. This is a very fun sounding little piece. I love the the idea of making stuff up. I wish I could do the same. I enjoyed listening to it. Thank you!

15. (Was)TrueBeginner - Sandy
This piece sounds quite melancholy. I think Sandy is an appropriate name for it, considering it left quite a few people very unhappy (though probably not you, since you got a day off).

16. BenPiano - Poem
Your playing always intrigues me, no matter what you are playing. Your recording sounds nice, nice camera angle on your video (as usual) and your playing is beautiful and quite elegant. Not much else to say. I enjoyed it, as always. Thank you!

17. Monica K. - Opening
Woah. A 3 against 2 clinic. I'm not watching! I'll keep my awful timing , thank you very much wink
Seriously though, this is so wonderful. And I love your piano too. I'm going to come and take it, and that's final laugh
Thank you!

18. cgyan / Iain - Morning Light
I watched your video on YouTube, so I looked at your channel. You managed to rack up almost 400 subscribers and almost 200,000 video views in 3 years of playing! And people seem to like your videos too! All mine get bombarded with dislikes, so I'm a little jealous. You've covered so much music too. I'm inspired to work harder now. On to your playing, it was great, and I love the little effects you added in. Very creative! Thank you!

19. Jazztpt (Russ) - You See
This is awesome. I have no ear developed yet for this kind of music, but it sounded really strong to me. Thank you!

20. Inlanding - Glen - Angle Eye and Morning Greets the New Day
Wonderful playing. I'm glad you're recovering from your injuries. I don't hear anything in your playing that would give away your lack of practice either. Also, your lunch is making me hungry. I have no idea what it is, but it sounds delicious. I wish I had more to say, but it becomes difficult to find something new to say piece after piece when I am unfamiliar with the music. I enjoyed listening. Thank you!

And I'm tired. Enough for now. Major props to all of those who crank out the responses fast and furious within the first couple days. It takes so much energy out of me!
Posted by: CarlosCC

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/30/12 08:47 AM

More comments on comments:

Monica K. - Monica, the problem was exctly the few bars of the original piece. I felt that I needed to make something longer. I'm sure lot's of people could do this, inclundig, you. Thanks for your comments.

Starr Keys
I tryed to do not "destroy" the mood of the original melody. Thanks for your comments

Andy Platt - It wasn't easy but "Original extended cover" was the better description I could use. Because, it's that all. I also was amazed that the melody is so old. Fortunately Ludovico regained this tune... we could have missed this "pearl". Thanks for your comments.

Peyton - I did not had any intention to put a "sad" feel on it... That's why I love PW comments: each one has is own opinion, and all of them give me a different perspective of it. Otherwise it was impossible. Thanks for your comments.

CMohr - CMohr, I think you get the idea. It was just "musical ear" and I'm going to write it down. Thanks for your comments.
Posted by: Allard

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/30/12 08:55 AM

I've been slacking! Time for some more comments.

25. Hawgdriver - Nocturne in B flat minor, Op. 9/1
I hope I can play this well in two years. Chopin music looks and sounds so interesting, but far too hard yet.

26. MusicaMusique - Je t'aimais, je t'aime, je t'aimerai
This is a nice tune. I appreciate the high tones.

27. kenjazz (Ken) - Waltz For Debby
Your geek alert goes completely over my head, but fortunately the song doesn't. I don't listen to jazz... perhaps I should!

28. MaryBee - Bagatelle No.25 in A minor (Fur Elise)
Supposedly everyone knows and plays this piece, but this is the first complete recording I've heard outside a tutorial video I'd attempted earlier. Your interpretation is beautiful!

29. Allard - Before the Last Leaf Falls
I'm still amazed I managed to record this without mistakes. Even content with it until compared to the original played by David Lanz, which is played a bit slower and infinitely more expressive. Still, getting somewhere. Thanks everyone for their nice comments!

30. Jazzwee - Blue Monk
Sounds like everyone was having a great time. I hope the food was as good as the music smile

31. zrtf90 (Richard) - Romance Sans Paroles, Op. 17 No. 3
I'd never heard of this composer. It really is (not just 'normally'!) a beautiful piece of music.

32. TX-Dennis/Dennis Turner - Be Thou My Vision
See, worship music isn't so bad when people aren't singing. The music is soothing. Probably sounds a little easier than it is.

33. Serge88 - My Way
This is sweet. I expected something... stubborn, from the title.

34. LizAnne - Elegy Op.183, No.2
I believe this has been said already: the volume is very low. Good thing I'm listening in such a quiet office, this friday afternoon, or I'd miss it all! It sounds good enough, but the dynamics you set out to work on are scarcely noticeable.

35. MrPozor - The Doll's Funeral
Tuning? A few notes did sound rather off... and yet, it sounded exactly the way it should. Who would rent a perfect concert grand for their doll's funeral?
Posted by: Inlanding

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/30/12 09:41 AM

I just started reading through the myriad comments left by others on my submission. There are a great many and I am grateful to those that decided to acknowledge listening. Your encouragement and kind words are very much appreciated. It is an honor to be able to share music with you. Thank you for your music!

30. Jazzwee - Blue Monk Great playing, Jazzwee. The interaction from the crowd must have energized you and your band, as it sounded like you guys got tighter and tighter as you played. What great fun that must have been for you. That bass player did really well, too - he's got some chops. Your solo and comping really made Blue Monk sing. Great gig, great job!

31. zrtf90 (Richard) - Romance Sans Paroles, Op. 17 No. 3 Faure is a wonderful composer and you played his music wonderfully.

32. TX-Dennis/Dennis Turner - Be Thou My Vision Dennis, your playing improves with every submission here and in the Piano Bar. Your control of the left hand dynamics against the right are spectacular.

33. Serge88 - My Way I like your arrangement of My Way. I never heard the original, but I've heard Frank Sinatra's renditions by the hundreds. Good work.

34. LizAnne - Elegy Op.183, No.2 A very pretty piece of music. One would never know you weren't taught how to control dynamics, because even with your electric keyboard, you are able to squeeze dynamics very well. I like that piece of music and your playing.

35. MrPozor - The Doll's Funeral It is amazing to me you are able to play this well after being self-taught for seven months! I hope you find a teacher you can mesh with and move forward quickly. You are very talented. You already know about the piano - tune it.

36. lyricmudra - Consolation No. 3 This is a beautiful interpretation. You have such an affinity for the piano and you play so very relaxed - a fine example of very fine technique. I am really looking forward to hearing more of your music - this is one of the more beautiful Consolation 3s I've heard. Your delivery struck a chord with me. I viewed each one of your YouTube videos and your playing is absolutely - I loved especially your Scarlatti - Thank you!

37. TrapperJohn - I'll Be Seeing You Very nice playing, TrapperJohn. I am so glad you shared this wonderful melody and arrangement. You are clearly connecting with the music as you play it. Bravo!

38. DadAgain (& DadAgains Daughter) - Rondo Op163 #6 That was a great deal of fun to hear. It really sounded as though you and your daughter were having such a good time playing together

39. Ganddalf - Prelude Op.45 This prelude is not familiar to me, so this was a real treat! Your playing is very smooth and confident. I am simply not familiar enough with the piece, nor am I skilled enough as a player to give you any suggestions about your playing, except that I'd like to be able to play as well as do you.

40. Sam S - Prelude Opus 28 number 15 (Raindrop) This is a piece that always captures my imagination when it is played well. The pictures you paint with it are broad, vibrant, and intense. I very much liked your transition to the repeat at the 5:00 mark. I hope you are enjoying playing your 1927 Bechstein L as much as I enjoyed hearing you play it.

41. joangolfing - Elves' Dance The title is descriptive of how you play this piece.

42. Copper - What a Wonderful World I really love this tune.

43. Starr Keys - Broken Hearted Me There are many things about your piece I find quite amazing. It is dedicated to your sister, her trials and tribulations, and to her art. This speaks volumes about you. This is aligned with what you did last year, another piece dedicated to your family. Secondly, your chord voicing are much more sophisticated than in the past - a great sign you are really listening to what you are playing as your formulate your arrangements. Lastly, but not least of which is your magical voice. You sound much more polished and confident. The combination of your connecting with the music, the emotion and commitment to dedicating the energy to creating such music and the enthusiasm for putting this together is so very commendable. Thank you for your music.

44. Valencia - Work in Progress --Chopin's Etude 25/11 Winter Wind is such a difficult piece and I find it amazing you are putting it together. I can only imagine this piece injuring me. Look forward to hearing you play it again after you've been working on it for a bit longer.

45. jotur/Cathy Turner - Alexander's Ragtime Band I really enjoy your playing, Cathy. Your sense of time is excellent and your enthusiasm for this music shows in every note. I look forward to seeing/hearing you play this in-person! What a gift!

46. Coldsalmon - Nocturne in Eb Major, Op. 9 No. 2 Very nicely done. Your sense of rubato is in all the right places. I am sorry to hear about your Baldwin's demise as a result of Sandy's wrath. It sounds to me you are playing this music with that in mind, a sense of longing for calm. Your rendition of this very beautiful Nocturne is a joy to hear.

47. windywindy - Love Is All Around This piece brings back lots of memories as I recall it used as a theme song of for a sitcom. You play it with a great deal of energy.

48. Teodor - Tereza's Inspiration (Original Piece) Very nice, Teodor. Your use of the sustain pedal helps to hold all the notes together very well. Good composition and I look forward to hearing it again as you expand on the idea.

49. BillM - When You Wish Upon A Star Bill, once again you bring the best from your choice in ballads. I like the magical sound you create. It has such a professional sound to it, so patient and polished.

50. Bessel - The Happy Farmer (Returning from Work), and Wild Horseman Great job on bringing the melody in the bass to the fore. Schumann is one of my favorite composers. This is even more special, considering you've been playing for two years.

51. PianoStudent88 - Minuets BWV Anh. 114, 115 I always enjoy these melodies and you play them quite well, clearly articulating the voices. Good work.

52. Mar_red - Dom (Home) / Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - Medley. Congratulations on playing your first piece from sheet music. You did quite well. Yes, you got my foot tapping with your Christmas song and it did put a smile on my face!

53. Sam Rose (Shmuel R) - Solfeggietto (Solfeggio) in C Minor I still work on this piece when I can and it is difficult to keep the fingering even while exemplifying the dynamics and notations. The key to this is to avoid playing it too fast. You play very well, indeed.

54. Norrec, Tim - Solitude When I saw Solitude, I was expecting to hear Duke Ellington, but your rendition by another composer was very refreshing. Thank you for the introduction.

55. Mile Hi Steve - Halloween Potpourri I really liked the medley you put together. It almost has a rock feel to it with the electric organ voice you chose. It's really nicely done and has a good feeling of intensity to it. I like the ending!
Posted by: Valencia

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 11/30/12 01:48 PM

BenPiano, Bessel, Starr Keys, Inlanding, Mr. Super-Hunky, Cebukid, lyricmundra,Windywindy, jotur, Ganddalf, Sam S, BillM, jazzwee, Richard (zrtf90), casinitaly, MaryBee, SwissMS, TX-Dennis, Andy Platt, Greener, CarlosCC, Amaruk

(Hope I didn’t miss anyone!) Thank you everyone for listening to my submission and for your kind and generous comments! I’m so surprised at how encouraging an experience this recital was. Especially given what I played. After submitting it I was freaking out thinking I’d made a mistake in hitting send….. but all that was for nothing! smile This is a lovely, friendly and encouraging corner of piano world. I’ve copied all your comments to a file to keep so thank you for taking the time to write to me. smile I hope one day I can submit the piece in full (even if it is on the very slow side).

BenPiano
-If you are interested in giving this piece a go, I really recommend Paul Barton’s youtube tutorial. I’d post the link but I don’t know how to do that. He’ll get you going on the first page. He breaks it down and makes it seem so simple that it is hard to resist giving it a go! Just be sure to take care of your hands, and don’t over do it, no matter how much fun you are having, as I really injured my hands by overplaying when I first started this piece.
Posted by: Rostosky

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 12/01/12 05:28 PM

A very long time ago TJ did actually read a thread of mine before commenting on it.
He then commented in a very unhelpfull way that made me cry tears of blood and juicy stuff from my eyes. I was in a state of deep disturbia and emotional crisis because of TJ.

I was guilty of taking what he had to say without any pinch of sodium chloride whatsoever and became a psychiatric patient for a month as a result.

He made me start my own thread immediately, I had no preparation for this and was at a total loss what to do or say in the thread, However I can now bask in the glory of self agrandisement as the thread has had over three million views.

I think TJ may account for three of those views but seruptishussly ( I aint gonna even try and spell that one)

Then all of a sudden Karma came a knockin and TJ had a terrible heart operation that stopped me arguing with him because he may have kicked the bucket suddenly and it would have been my fault and everyone would have said I was out of order and jeezus wouldnt allow me in heaven and I would have to go to pergatory for ages where there would be no lesbians to watch and get off over and things.

Imagine my surprise and delight to find he was fully recovered and I could start again even though folks may advise me against going "full on" about "golf mockery" and stuff.

I now sell TJ viagra over the internet and amphetamines to help him catch the ferrets in the first place.
Posted by: jazztpt

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 12/02/12 03:19 PM

Catching up...............

31. zrtf90 (Richard) - Romance Sans Paroles, Op. 17 No. 3
"It is normally a beautiful piece of music...." it still is in this performance, the odd note here and there but played with a lovely relaxed feeling, Faure could certainly write a good tune.

32. TX-Dennis/Dennis Turner - Be Thou My Vision
Sweet and restful.

33. Serge88 - My Way
What a nice arrangement, well done.

34. LizAnne - Elegy OP.183 NO 2
Well done , I hope you continue this time, why waste the work you have done so far. Nicely played too.

35. MrPozor - The Doll's Funeral
Excellent after 7 months self teaching. Your piano sounds like it might be oldish but it has a nice warm tone.

36. lyricmudra - Consolation No. 3 (to do)
Well all I can say is stunning, wonderful playing.

37. TrapperJohn - I'll Be Seeing You
I play this occasionally(from a lead sheet)and I am rather fond of it,nice to hear someone else's idea on it, I play it a bit slower than this, very nice indeed.

38. DadAgain (& DadAgains Daughter) - Rondo Op163 #6
You must have lots of musical fun in your house, it comes across in the music.

39. Ganddalf - Prelude Op.45
Thanks for sharing your music, more stunning playing.

40. Sam S - Prelude Opus 28 number 15 (Raindrop)
I really enjoyed it, a pleasure to listen to , thanks.



Posted by: lyricmudra

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 12/02/12 05:51 PM

Just wanted to say thank you to those who have given additional comments on my recital performance: Amaruk, SwissMS, CarlosCC, MaryBee, Inlanding, jazztpt . Your words have certainly been most generous and encouraging. Thank you for taking the time to listen and to share your thoughts! :-)
Posted by: CMohr

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 12/08/12 03:26 AM

19. Jazztpt (Russ) - You See Wow! Fantastic composition and playing. I love the intro and how you moved through a myriad of emotional phrases. Awesomely beautiful!

20. Inlanding - Glen - Angle Eye and Morning Greets the New Day Loved, loved "Angel Eyes"! (I liked your new band, too! laugh ). I just wish this was much longer. Nice groove you got going there. "Morning..." is quite the contrast. I always feel, while listening to your original compositions, that you are really immersed in whatever you play. A heartfelt composition full of imagery. Excellent! Glad you're able to get some playing and recording done.

21. Andy Platt - Gavotte and Variations You have such a nice feel in this piece. The perfect delicate touch that fits the music so well. Such clean left hand playing that perfectly compliments the whole. I love how the variations become richer as the piece evolves. Beautifully played.

22. CASINITALY (Cheryl) - Romanza and The Little Music Box Wow Cheryl, your approach into "Romanza" was perfect. I think this piece, more than any other from you, really shows how far you've come and improved. Really nice touch and feel for the piece. You come across as being very comfortable with your playing. The "Little Music Box" was an appropriate ending touch to your medley. Nice video, too.

23. SandTiger - Shimmer Excellent little composition - so great for only 8 months experience. You did make this fun to listen to. Really nice work!

24. Yamaha G3 & P-80, Mike White - Meditation Your performance felt like I was listening to a full orchestra. Your playing, so full and rich made for a very moving performance. Just stupendous! I loved it.

25. Hawgdriver - Nocturne in B flat minor, Op. 9/1 I think Chopin's nocturnes are my favorites. Your performance gave me chills - absolutely wonderful - the dynamics are spot-on, the phrasing perfect. All made this exceptionally moving. Standing O!!

26. MusicaMusique - Je t'aimais, je t'aime, je t'aimerai A lovely piece and lovely playing! A new one for me. I really enjoyed the delicate melody overlaying the strong bass. Nicely done!

27. kenjazz (Ken) - Waltz For Debby Another one I was looking forward to hearing. Great story, too. This is so well put together - fantastic arrangement! I love your transition from the waltz feel to the 4/4 swing. You carried the listener along with you for a most enjoyable ride. Very cool ending. I loved it!

28. MaryBee - Bagatelle No.25 in A minor (Fur Elise) I have to say, I was also really looking forward to your entry. I still love this piece and I love your interpretation. Your transitions are flawless. It all flowed from one section to the next perfectly. This was so enjoyable, MaryBee! Lovely touch throughout, too.

29. Allard - Before the Last Leaf Falls Really nice performance. I've always enjoyed Lanz and you've made this piece enjoyable. Played with confidence and a very nice feeling for the music. You've made it sound as if it's not an easy piano arrangement.

30. Jazzwee - Blue Monk First, really good recording! Oh man, this is outstanding. Blues may not be your forte, but one would never know it form this performance. Your solo really stood out. Some killer runs in there! I love that you're sharing these live performances with us all, you obviously have fans here and there. You just keep getting better and better. I loved every second. A multiple listen for me. (I had to share your recording with others here. It was a big hit!)
Posted by: jazztpt

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 12/08/12 06:46 AM

My last comments..............

41. joangolfing - Elves' Dance
Yes your piano sounds nice and crisp, nice use of dynamics you obviously enjoy this music, well done.

42. Copper - What a Wonderful World
Very tenderly played but I think you could have laid back a bit more on the melody at the beginning.

43. Starr Keys - Broken Hearted Me
So much emotion in your music , you really have a story to tell. Really enjoyed the video presentation, some wondeful art. I was impressed with

your piano arrangement too , lots of variety. Sometime soon you should get into a studio and record a few of your songs.

44. Valencia - Work in Progress --Chopin's Etude 25/11
Don't think I have heard this before, very interesting, some good playing too.

45. jotur/Cathy Turner - Alexander's Ragtime Band
Last recital I said you inspired me to have a go at some ragtime but I never got around to to it, this time you gave us a link to the music so I have had a go and I need to practice, its difficult. Neeless to say I really enjoyed this, you play with such joy.


46. Coldsalmon - Nocturne in Eb Major, Op. 9 No. 2
Sad to lose your new piano but in context its not the worst that could have happened, still I feel for you. You play beautifully I am jealous, wonderful performance - 3.5 years! talent.


47. windywindy - Love Is All Around
I think contemporary pop songs are hard to play on the piano, I don't know this one but you play this well,maybe relax a bit more at the beginning but thats possibly the old red dot, well done.


48. Teodor - Tereza's Inspiration (Original Piece)
Very nice new age type piece very well played.


49. BillM - When You Wish Upon A Star
I love this one too, I play it a lot, not as well as this though,lovely accompaniment to your singing Bill.


50. Bessel - The Happy Farmer (Returning from Work), and Wild Horseman Your analogy with the wild horse made me laugh so thanks for that. The playing sounds very confident to me so not sure why you have doubts, very good.


51. PianoStudent88 - Minuets BWV Anh. 114, 115
Confidently played, hadn't heard the Gminor version before, I enjoyed it.

52. Mar_red - Dom (Home) / Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - Medley. Dom was lovely and Santa reminded me that Christmas is nearly here and I need to break out the Christmas songs, great fun, thanks.


53. Sam Rose (Shmuel R) - Solfeggietto (Solfeggio) in C Minor Great technical facility and I enjoyed watching too, wonderful.

54. Norrec, Tim - Solitude
Very nicely played, you play very well after such a short time.


55. Mile Hi Steve - Halloween Potpourri
What a great piece to end the recital , dramatic, entertaining and an excellent arrangement.

A wonderful recital, thanks to the organisers for giving us a place to perform.
Posted by: jazztpt

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 12/08/12 09:51 AM

And some thanks:

Jazzwee, casinitaly,jotur,zrtf90, Allard,Kenjazz ,Sam S, BenPiano, WindyWindy , BillM , TX-Dennis , MrSuper-Hunky , Ganddalf , AndyPlatt , Greener , CebuKid , Peyton , MaryBee , CarlosCC , lyricmundra , bessel , Amaruk , StarrKeys , SwimMS , Inlanding , SamRose , CMohr.

Many many thanks for listening and for taking time to comment, your comments will spur me onto the next recital. By the way my new piano plays itself :-)

Kenjazz - yes I think I wrote this when I was listening to a fair bit of Chick Corea , that Spanish phygian sound. Nothing special about the title , I was looking for something to call it and I have a piece by Azimuth called "see" so just added "You" to it. I suppose it could mean
"You See" I can play the piano a little bit :-)

BenPiano - "But by the end, from a listening perspective, my eyes were wide open and I was wondering where to bury the bodies!" I can assure you there are no buried bodies anywhere. I guess you didn't care for it Ben but at least it conjured up an image for you even if it wasn't the one intended :-)

Peyton-you're very kind - "I wish I could watch you play" - have a look at my YouTube channel, there is a version of Emily , my first submission to the Bar. I think(hope)I have improved a bit since then though.
Emily - YouTube

I plan to do videos for future recitals, just been too lazy before.

StarrKeys - "So, hip, so cool so sophisticated and yet emotional." Aahh StarKeys , you flatter me no end, must show this to my children (and wife) who all think I am an old stick in the mud with that funny music I play and listen too :-)

See you all at the next recital.
Posted by: TrapperJohn

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 12/08/12 11:03 AM

For your additional listening/viewing enjoyment - and for your comments if desired (all very nicely done!):

Erik Satie Recital Thread


Trap
Posted by: BenPiano

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 12/09/12 11:56 PM

Originally Posted By: jazztpt
BenPiano - "But by the end, from a listening perspective, my eyes were wide open and I was wondering where to bury the bodies!" I can assure you there are no buried bodies anywhere. I guess you didn't care for it Ben but at least it conjured up an image for you even if it wasn't the one intended :-)


Hi Russ. I did enjoy it, but perhaps got carried away in my previous comment on your piece. I guess I was trying to convey that most jazz I'm used to is soft and warm, and takes you home and tucks you into bed, and wraps up in the end like a typical movie.

But your piece was more blockbuster, like a chase scene that captivates the audience and has us at the edge of our seats, heartbeats elevated, getting absorbed into the film. I am certainly absorbed and on the edge of my seat when I listen to this.

I'm curious as to how you arrived at your title for this?
Posted by: jazztpt

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 12/10/12 08:52 AM

Hi Ben – just to make it clear I was not offended by your comments in any way , more intrigued by them.

I have listened to so much what might be called “way out” jazz that my little effort seems quiet tame to me, however, reading your comments I did consider that perhaps others on the forum might not be as used to those type of sounds ( I have thought this before actually).

Actually KenJazz asked the same question re the title, I answered:
I wrote this when I was listening to a fair bit of Chick Corea , that Spanish phygian sound. Nothing special about the title , I was looking for something to call it and I have a piece by Azimuth called "See" so I just added "You" to it. I suppose it could mean "You See" I can play the piano a little bit :-)

The above reflects how I feel about it all, some days I feel I can play a little bit and other days I feel the opposite frown


Regards
Russ
Posted by: MaryBee

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 12/11/12 12:56 AM

Originally Posted By: wouter79
Originally Posted By: MaryBee
It was very strange, because I'm not usually very emotional. But it touched me somehow. No, it wasn't sadness. Nostalgia, perhaps? It was the refrain, I think, that brought back feelings of childhood.

Mary, thanks for the more details on it! Someone in the family played this when you were young?
I was wondering that too. As far back as I can remember, there was always a piano in our house. My mom used to play, and maybe some great aunts when they would come to visit. Perhaps somewhere in that long-distant past, someone sat down at that piano and played this piece.
Posted by: MaryBee

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 12/11/12 12:57 AM

More thanks you's to people who have posted comments on my piece: CarlosCC, lyricmudra, bessel, BeccaBb, Starr Keys, Amaruk, jazzpt, SwissMS, Inlanding, Allard, and CMohr. I really appreciate the feedback!

Originally Posted By: lyricmudra
I heard Valentina Lisitsa play this piece, giving it new life and elevation, and to the delight of the audience. You should check it out. With a bit more speed, I bet you can play it as well as she did.
I did listen to Valentina's version of this. Wow -- watching her play is always mesmerizing.

Originally Posted By: bessel
Well, I happen to *like* Fur Elise. smile Of course, I'm also working on it now, so I appreciate everything about this!
Maybe we'll hear you play this in one of the upcoming recitals. smile

Originally Posted By: SwissMS
Beautiful touch on the chromatic run in the transition back to the theme!
Thank you for noticing! I had never done chromatic scales before this, so I had to put some work in to learn that.

Originally Posted By: Inlanding
You play it as though you are telling a story, expressing the music as your mind's ear hears it.
When we were preparing this piece, my teacher wrote at the top of the score: "Don't think. Listen!" A bit of a different approach for me, but maybe it helped.
Posted by: Mark R.

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 12/11/12 07:20 AM

Hi all,

I've been popping in and out of the recital threads for some time, and I might have some pieces ready by February or May. (I'll tune my piano during the holidays, so I'll try to make the February recital.)

Can anyone point me to a post where I can find out how to actually submit a contribution to a recital thread?

Also, I'm a bit confused about the difference between the "piano bars" and the "quarterly recitals", both of them being in the ABF.

Any clarification appreciated!
Mark
Posted by: Peyton

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 12/11/12 07:40 AM

Originally Posted By: Mark R.
Hi all,

I've been popping in and out of the recital threads for some time, and I might have some pieces ready by February or May. (I'll tune my piano during the holidays, so I'll try to make the February recital.)

Can anyone point me to a post where I can find out how to actually submit a contribution to a recital thread?

Also, I'm a bit confused about the difference between the "piano bars" and the "quarterly recitals", both of them being in the ABF.

Any clarification appreciated!
Mark


Mark, it's pretty simple really. The quarterly recitals are four times a year and the piano bar is ongoing and much more informal. To get an idea of how to submit to the recital check out the recent recitals 'cover page". Monica spells out the directions. The next recital will have the same directions.
Posted by: Mark R.

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 12/11/12 08:08 AM

Thanks!

I've also used the search function (duh, should have done that to start with!) and found some previous "call for submissions" threads, where I found instructions on making a submission.

Now the only thing I must still figure out, is how to extract the soundtrack from my digital camera (it's the only recording equipment I have, and generates quicktime movie files, filename.MOV ) and encode it to 192 kbps MP3 format...
Posted by: casinitaly

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 12/11/12 11:53 AM

Originally Posted By: Mark R.
Thanks!

I've also used the search function (duh, should have done that to start with!) and found some previous "call for submissions" threads, where I found instructions on making a submission.

Now the only thing I must still figure out, is how to extract the soundtrack from my digital camera (it's the only recording equipment I have, and generates quicktime movie files, filename.MOV ) and encode it to 192 kbps MP3 format...


I use AOA Audio Extractor ( you can get a simple version for free!) - then I convert from Audacity to MP3 - using FreeWAVtoMp3 .
It involves several steps but it is not difficult to do!
Posted by: Andy Platt

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 12/11/12 12:01 PM

Originally Posted By: casinitaly
I use AOA Audio Extractor ( you can get a simple version for free!) - then I convert from Audacity to MP3 - using FreeWAVtoMp3 .
It involves several steps but it is not difficult to do!


You can use the LAME plugin to Audacity and export directly to mp3 from Audacity: LAME Installation.
Posted by: casinitaly

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 12/11/12 12:22 PM

Originally Posted By: Andy Platt
Originally Posted By: casinitaly
I use AOA Audio Extractor ( you can get a simple version for free!) - then I convert from Audacity to MP3 - using FreeWAVtoMp3 .
It involves several steps but it is not difficult to do!


You can use the LAME plugin to Audacity and export directly to mp3 from Audacity: LAME Installation.



Oh that would be nice .... one less step!!

What a LAME idea lol.... not! (sorry my brain took a little holiday there).
Posted by: wouter79

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 12/11/12 12:33 PM

or in 1 step: drop the camera file in VLC and use its export function to extract the audio right away.
Posted by: Mark R.

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 12/11/12 04:29 PM

Ah, hartelijk bedankt, Wouter, that's the type of information I was hoping for... smile I'll download VLC and check it out, and with any (bad) luck, you guys will be hearing from me at the 29th recital.
Posted by: Mr Super-Hunky

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 12/12/12 03:10 AM

Originally Posted By: Mark R.
Hi all,


I'm a bit confused about the difference between the "piano bars" and the "quarterly recitals", both of them being in the ABF.

Any clarification appreciated!
Mark



Piano bar = Paper napkins.

Quarterly recitals = Linen tablecloths.

I could elaborate but this pretty much sums it up. Why not start out with a piano bar entry as a warm up and then jump in the next recital in Feb?
Posted by: Mark R.

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 12/12/12 03:40 AM

Right, paper napkins it'll be for a start. (But I need to tune my Ibach first - napkins or not. wink )
Posted by: PianoStudent88

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 12/12/12 05:50 PM

A few comments.

44. Valencia -- work in progress, Chopin Etude Op. 25 No. 11. Sounded very good.

40. Sam S -- Chopin, Raindrop Prelude. A great piece, that I could listen to many times.

36. lyricmudra -- Liszt, Consolation No. 3. Wow. Beautifully smooth flow and balance.

31. zrtf90 Richard -- Faure, Romance Sans Paroles Op. 17 No. 3. Overplayed and underrehearsed? Not that I could hear.

28. MaryBee -- Für Elise. I love this piece, and you played it with complete mastery.

25. Hawgdriver -- Chopin, Nocturne in B flat minor, Op.9/1. Chopin is growing on me. I wish I could play as delicately and smoothly as you do in this Nocturne.

23. SandTiger -- Original, Shimmer. I can hear your joy in playing piano in this composition.

12. Jake S. -- Chopin, Prelude Op. 24 No. 4. It is mind-boggling to me that at only 10 months you are playing this well.

10. TimmyAB -- Debussy, Arabesque No. 1. I love this kind of waterfall music, and you play it so nicely.

04. Peyton -- Original, Message from space: waiting for the sun. I loved this piece, look forward to what you'll play in the next recital, and will be checking the recital index to hear more of your playing.

02. jaredm2012 Jared Miller -- Nobuo Uematsu, To Zanarkand. I would have said you had been playing for years, not just 5 months, from listening to your playing. This was a sensitive rendition.

I am awed by the composers and improvisers in the group, and by the people who can make complex music slide flowingly from their fingers. I am impressed by everyone's courage and generosity in sharing your playing in the recital.

Chopin is growing on me, and I have all the Chopin performers in this recital to thank for my new interest.
Posted by: wouter79

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 12/13/12 11:34 AM

>Ah, hartelijk bedankt, Wouter, that's the type of information I was hoping for...

Met plezier, houd vingers gekruist dat VLC kan je camera formaat te verwerken!
Posted by: wouter79

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 12/13/12 04:24 PM

Originally Posted By: Sam Rose

05. wouter79 - Les Baricades Misterieuses
Impeccable piano sound, as usual. Your playing seems to get more confident and musical every time out. I've never heard of this composer, but your playing makes me want to learn about him, which means you've done your job really well. I wonder what you'll be playing in four or five recitals from now!! Thank you!


Thanks Sam! I also wonder about 5 recitals away, but I think I know what I will be playing two recitals from now since I'm already working on that laugh

Originally Posted By: Starr Keys
Wouter79 – I found this lighter and more charming and emotional than your usual selections from the period. Nice to see another side of Wouter79.


Thanks Starr Keys! looking at my todo list
there will definitely be more sides coming!
Originally Posted By: MaryBee
I was wondering that too. As far back as I can remember, there was always a piano in our house. My mom used to play, and maybe some great aunts when they would come to visit. Perhaps somewhere in that long-distant past, someone sat down at that piano and played this piece.

Thanks for the additional info. Or maybe I played something in a very similar way as they played?
Posted by: scorpio

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 12/28/12 10:46 AM

After listening to the recital, I am inspired. Such beautiful pieces. I look forward to contributing to my first recital in the months and/or years ahead.

Happy New Year to all. And thank you for sharing your work.
Posted by: floydthebarber71

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 12/29/12 09:44 AM

Wow, no.25 by Hawgdriver is really great. Thanks for that.

I also hope to contribute soon. However I'm just getting going with piano, so maybe I'll skip a couple.
Posted by: jotur

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 12/29/12 11:33 AM

How nice that people are still listening to the recital, and taking the time to comment.

I agree with you, floydthebarber71, about Hawgdriver's piece. I thought it was lovely.

We have had recitalists with only a couple of weeks worth of experience, so if the spirit moves please join any time. We *are* the beginners forum, after all.

Thanks again to those who are listening afresh.

Cathy
Posted by: CarlosCC

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 12/29/12 01:36 PM

A promise is a promise, so here are my last comments on comments.

Greener, Inlanding, SwissMS, Ganddalf, zrtf90 - I'm glade you like my piece. Thanks for your comment.

Kenjazz - The melancholy tone was not willful ... I just tried to keep the "wave" of the original melody. The piano sound is better but I still can not make the recording sound more "rich". Thank you.

Lyricmudra - As I said before, I tried to not make an abrupt transition to my composition. Thank you for your comment.

Sam Rose - I had doubts about sending my 1st "real" composition for the recital. But my daughter gave a "push"... Without her I had not even done the extension. Thanks for your comment.

Happy new year!!!
Posted by: MusicaMusique

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 01/16/13 07:04 AM

jotur, jazzwee, zrtf90, casinitaly, Sam S, Windywindy, BillM, MrSuperHunky, Ganddalf, Starr Keys, Andy Platt, TX-Dennis, Greener, CebuKid, CarlosCC, lyricmudra, bessel, BeccaBb,Amaruk, MaryBee, jazztpt, SwissMs, Inlanding, Allard, CMohr

Sorry for the late reply! I am glad to have you guys commented on my very first time Recital. blush

Thanks everyone for the comments and suggestions, many of you mentioned about the loud background. I should had recorded it with USB ^_^ It is the technical problem I need to learn about for my further recording in the future.

01. CarlosCC,
When I listen to your recording, it makes me think of some of the theme song of Final Fantasy, I don't know why.

Beautifully done!! Yours sounds more like Classic, I don't know why Starr Keys put us together, laugh

My note reading skill is very weak, if I need to learn a song by reading notes, it takes me forever.
Posted by: CarlosCC

Re: Recital #28 --- General Discussion Room - 01/16/13 08:04 AM

Originally Posted By: MusicaMusique
jotur, jazzwee, zrtf90, casinitaly, Sam S, Windywindy, BillM, MrSuperHunky, Ganddalf, Starr Keys, Andy Platt, TX-Dennis, Greener, CebuKid, CarlosCC, lyricmudra, bessel, BeccaBb,Amaruk, MaryBee, jazztpt, SwissMs, Inlanding, Allard, CMohr

Sorry for the late reply! I am glad to have you guys commented on my very first time Recital. blush

Thanks everyone for the comments and suggestions, many of you mentioned about the loud background. I should had recorded it with USB ^_^ It is the technical problem I need to learn about for my further recording in the future.

01. CarlosCC,
When I listen to your recording, it makes me think of some of the theme song of Final Fantasy, I don't know why.

Beautifully done!! Yours sounds more like Classic, I don't know why Starr Keys put us together, laugh

My note reading skill is very weak, if I need to learn a song by reading notes, it takes me forever.


Thanks MusicaMusique!
Your note reminded me that I have to start preparing the next recital... wink