Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009

Posted by: Monica K.

Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 - 05/14/09 09:32 PM

PLEASE DO NOT POST IN THIS THREAD! USE THE DISCUSSION THREAD!

I am delighted to introduce our 14th quarterly Adult Beginners' Forum Recital. So, pull up a chair and have a listen.

I would like to take this opportunity to ask the audience to please refrain from commentary in this recital room.

A separate room has been provided for the purposes of intermezzo discussion. Please take any and all comments to the General Discussion Room.

Thank you. smile

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

Recital 14 Response Template

In addition to the zip files linked below, mahlzeit has added a feature to his program that creates an online streaming player. Just click on the link to hear all the recital pieces without having to download the zip files:

Recital 14 Online Streaming Player

For the convenience of forum members, mahlzeit's program has normalized the files for consistent volume and standardized the ID3 tags in a collection of zip files. This makes it easier to create personal CDs and playlists.

These zip files have been posted at the following URLs:

Recital 14 Zip 1
Recital 14 Zip 2
Recital 14 Zip 3
Recital 14 Zip 4
Recital 14 Zip 5
Recital 14 Zip 6
Recital 14 Zip 7
Recital 14 Zip 8




The zip files, along with past recitals, have also been uploaded to:

http://www.esnips.com/web/PWRecitals

Thanks to AnthonyB, a playlist containing all the YouTube videos uploaded as part of this recital can be found here:

http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=79577C48C0EFB5DE


Let me express my greatest thanks to five very special people: mr_super-hunky for coming up with the idea of our online recitals, which have proven to be more successful than any of us ever dreamed; Bob Muir for working out the technical details of pulling together the recital and doing so tirelessly for the first six, count 'em, six, recitals; LaValse for hosting the zip files and recital software on his server; Copper for also hosting the zip files and trouble-shooting help; and last but not least, mahlzeit for writing the absolutely fantastic web-based recital program that we are using. THANK YOU MAHLZEIT!!! heart

AGAIN: DO NOT REPLY OR POST ON THIS THREAD!!
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 - 05/14/09 09:36 PM

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Performer's name:AnthonyB
From:Center City, MN
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:1 year 4 months
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azvO8YX8uBE
Title of piece:Una Mattina
Composer:Ludovico Einaudi
Duration:03:28
Source of music:Una Mattina (Album) sheet music book
Instrument used:MIDI recorded on a Roland FP-7
Recording method:Digital piano's midi file converted using pianoteq 3 demo
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:After uploading this piece I did realize I wasn't playing the ending exactly according to the sheet music but it still sounds OK and I'm not about to lose out on my #1 spot to replace my recording. The youtube video link has the "proper" ending so feel free to watch that to hear it.

Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 - 05/14/09 09:36 PM

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Performer's name:jazzyprof
Experience:Self-taught as a kid, five years of lessons in this incarnation.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Intermezzo op.118 #2
Composer:J. Brahms
Duration:06:57
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Steinway B
Recording method:Zoom H4
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I hit a few clunkers but it would take me forever to make a better recording...so here goes!

Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 - 05/14/09 09:37 PM

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Performer's name:epf
From:Southern California
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:50+ years off and on
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ceN7jnbt9NM
Title of piece:Andante from Orpheo ed Euridice
Composer:Christoph Willibald von Gluck
Duration:02:27
Source of music:Sheet music.
Instrument used:PX-800
Recording method:Direct to Zoom H4 then Audacity to normalize. For the video I used Windows Movie Maker and manually synchronized the audio and video portions.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Had a hamburger for lunch. This piece is also known as the "Dance of the Blessed Spirits."

Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 - 05/14/09 09:39 PM

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Performer's name:rustyfingers
From:Massachusetts
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:7 as a child, 4 as an adult
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Arietta (8 Lyric Pieces, Op. 12, No. 1)
Composer:Edvard Grieg
Duration:01:21
Source of music:Edvard Grieg: Complete Lyric Pieces for Piano, Dover Publications, Inc., New York, 1989
Instrument used:Charles Walter 1520
Recording method:Zoom H4, amplified in Audacity.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I would not have known about these lovely little pieces if it weren't for the ABF recitals. This is the shortest piece I have submitted, but I really like it. Hope you enjoy it to.

Burrito Grande from Boca Grande for lunch. Yummm...
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 - 05/14/09 09:39 PM

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Performer's name:Carl Mc
From:Colorado
Experience:2 years 15 yrs ago 11 months now.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Summertime.reflection
Composer:George Gershwin
Duration:02:58
Source of music:Sheet music & improvisation
Instrument used:Schimmel K 213 NWS
Recording method:Zoom H2
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is my take on the Gerswhin standard "Summertime" from the 1935 opera "Porgy & Bess"

Beginning is baby's unrest. "Summertime" is a lulaby- mamma to baby of hope and promise. The ending is mamma's reflection on day's gone by.
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 - 05/14/09 09:40 PM

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Performer's name:tekkie
From:California
Experience:3 years
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Opus #9
Composer:Dustin O'Halloran
Duration:03:26
Source of music:sheet music
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 - 05/14/09 09:40 PM

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Performer's name:Riddler (Ed)
From:Florida
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:Two or three years of lessons as a kid; two and a half years of jazz lessons as an adult; and a lifetime of noodling and playing by ear.
Direct music link:click to download
Home page link:http://home.roadrunner.com/~riddlereader/
Title of piece:Tenderly
Composer:Walter Gross
Duration:04:09
Source of music:Lead sheet, improvisation.
Instrument used:Yamaha P-120
Recording method:Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is a jazz standard written by pianist Walter Gross, and popularized by singers like Rosemary Clooney, Nat King Cole, and Sarah Vaughan. It was originally written as a waltz, but I am playing it in 4/4 time, as is often done. I've always thought of this as a fascinating song, especially because of the way the melody line weaves in and out of the notes of the complex chords (e.g., #11th and 13th chords).
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 - 05/14/09 09:41 PM

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Performer's name:dannylux / Mel
From:Connecticut
Experience:3 years and 3 months after returning to piano. Lots as a kid.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Nazareth: Confidences
Composer:Ernesto Nazareth
Duration:05:33
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Yamaha P-140
Recording method:Piano Line-Out to computer sound card Line-In. Aucacity.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Confidências is a charming Waltz by Brazilian composer Ernesto Nazareth (1863-1934).
The first section, in a-minor really does sound like somebody whispering "confidences", or even "insinuations" to a friend.
The second section is in typical classical European Waltz form.
After the a-minor section is repeated, we get to the 3rd section, in A-major. It sounds like it's in 4/4 time, but it is actually still in Waltz time, 3/4.
The waltz ends quietly with a repeat of the first section.
My Brazilian friend tells me that when playing Brazilian music, you must let your heart guide the rhythm of the piece and add as much rubato as you like.
So I did.
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 - 05/14/09 09:41 PM

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Performer's name:Ode2Joy
From:Pasadena, CA
Experience:14 months returning adult, and about 2 years as a kid a long time ago
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Two Part Invention in F major, No 8
Composer:JS Bach
Duration:01:09
Source of music:JS Bach Two-Part Inventions
Edited by Palmer
Alfred Publisher
Instrument used:Yamaha C3
Recording method:Zoom H4 and Audacity for exporting as MP3
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:It is easy to let the tempo of this piece run away from you. Although I am not a huge fan of the Baroque period nor Bach, I find that the inventions I have learned so far have really helped my very weak and non-existent left hand improve.

Strawberry banana mango smoothie.
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 - 05/14/09 09:42 PM

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Performer's name:Ken.
From:USA
Experience:15 Months, 20-30 minutes/day
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Medley: Soldiers' March, Op.68 No.2 & 12 Easy Pieces, No.2
Composer:1st piece:Schumann, 2nd piece: Haydn
Duration:02:10
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Milton console
Recording method:Zoom H4
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Soldiers' March was the first tune I learned and was my backup piece in case I couldn't get my current piece 12 Easy Pieces, No.2 ready in time. They are both short pieces so I decided to submit them as a medley. Played from memory.
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 - 05/14/09 09:43 PM

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Performer's name:Ejay
From:United Kingdom
Experience:nearly 3 months self taught
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:FairiesHarp(Thompson)& Little Sonata (Wilton)Ist Movement
Composer:John Thompson & C.H. Wilton
Duration:02:09
Source of music:John Thompson Modern Course red book & Classics to Moderns 1
Instrument used:Roland Fantom X8
Recording method:Workstation onboard facility, audacity conversion of wav. to mp3
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 - 05/14/09 09:43 PM

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Performer's name:HomeInMyShoes
From:St. John's, NL, Canada
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:Twelve years of conservatory (no grades though) lessons as a kid/teenager and three years back at it since a fifteen year hiatus. I love the piano. How did I ever survive those fifteen years?
Direct music link:click to download
Home page link:http://homeinmyshoes.blogspot.com/
Title of piece:1er Prélude du Nazaréen
Composer:Eric Satie
Duration:06:29
Source of music:sheet music , Quatre Préludes pour piano (Editions Salabert)
Instrument used:Roland Fantom X8...I dream of having an acoustic piano again someday
Recording method:Direct resample, normalized and converted to mp3 in Wavepad.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I almost played this at my teacher's year-end recital twenty years ago. I think I ended up playing some Jarre on synthesizer instead. You guys and gals get to listen to all six and a half minutes of it (errors and all). I unfortunately had to stop and start at about the 1:50 mark (removed a bit) because my cat totally wiped out my concentration at that point. smile

Apparently, the 1er Prélude du Nazaréen, and it's brother the 2er were composed in 1892 as incidental music for a chivalric play. I'm still working on the 2er one and it's quite a bit more harmonically challenging, but then I'll have all four of the Quatre Préludes under my belt. You can find a recording of Prélude d'Eginhard on my home page. This work is from the pre-schola (enrollment in the Schola Cantorum to study again) time period of his compositions (other compositions from this period include the more well known Gymnopedies and Gnossiennes, you can find my recordings of the Gnossiennes on my home page as well.

Outside of that, I know very little about this work. It's one of those Satie pieces with no bar lines, no time signature and outside of "Assez lent" above the staff and "p lie et expressif" at the start there are no indications of how one should play it. I've only heard one recording of it and -- in my opinion -- it was too fast and felt sharp. Hopefully I did this justice and hopefully those who know the piece can help me out with its interpretation.

While many may find the piece rather dull and uninteresting, I find the harmonies subtle and love the cadence patterns marking the piece sections. Maybe it is my pipe organ background (I started with organ lessons first for eight years or so) that adds to my love of the Quatre Préludes.

Interesting sources: Satie the Composer, by Robert Orledge
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 - 05/14/09 09:44 PM

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Performer's name:Sam Smith
From:Georgia USA
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:Old Geezer returning to piano after a 35 year silence
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Prelude 21 from WTC #1
Composer:JS Bach
Duration:01:57
Instrument used:The mighty (worn out) 50 year old Wurlitzer
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is as fast as my old hands can go. I like the left hand more legato than most recordings.
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 - 05/14/09 09:44 PM

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Performer's name:TrueBeginner
From:VA, USA
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:1 year and 2 months
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Trip To Venice ( Voyage A Venice )
Composer:Paul De Sennerville
Duration:04:17
Source of music:Music Sheet
Instrument used:Casio Privia
Recording method:Digital piano to PC using audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This piece along with "Lettre a ma mere" are the most descriptive pieces by Sennerville. When I heard it the first time without knowing the title, I could imagine myself on a boat ride, going sightseeing in a city. I also like the eastern flair of the piece. I hope you guys like it too.
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 - 05/14/09 09:45 PM

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Performer's name:Mr Super-Hunky
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:True Story
Composer:Original cover
Duration:03:36
Source of music:Original cover played by ear
Instrument used:Mason & Hamlin BB
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is a simple but beautiful piece originally performed by Barbara Higbie. I was too cheap to buy the compilation book as there is no sheet music available for this piece so I played it by ear instead.

Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 - 05/14/09 09:46 PM

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Performer's name:Peyton
From:Maine
Experience:Off and on for many years
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=avPflvapoKk
Title of piece:Tear My Stillhouse Down
Composer:Gillian Welch
Duration:03:51
Source of music:Play-by ear
Instrument used:Pramberger Grand
Recording method:Metro
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I play bass occasionally with some bluegrass musicians and one of my favorite songs we play is “Tear My Stillhouse Down” by Gillian Welch. I had not tried it on piano before (mostly because it’s in D, not one of my best blues keys) but I transcribed it to F and it works for me. I changed a few chords too, playing a b-flat minor rather than major for instance. I also made it a little blues-ier. No one could do this better than Gillian but I have fun playing it.

I videoed while recording and have a link to YouTube
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 - 05/14/09 09:46 PM

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Performer's name:Schubertian
From:Dallas TX
Experience:5 years as child; 2 years as adult (current)
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Allegretto D. 915
Composer:Schubert
Duration:05:36
Source of music:Henle edition
Instrument used:Estonia 190
Recording method:Zoom H2
audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 - 05/14/09 09:47 PM

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Performer's name:Lisztener
From:Columbus, Ohio
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:4-1/2 years - estimate
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:If You Go Away
Composer:Jacques Brel
Duration:04:16
Source of music:My arrangement based on sheet music
Instrument used:Steinway acoustic
Recording method:Zoom H4 as phantom power for Rode NT5 mics
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Lamenting a lifetime of lost loves and lost loved ones.
Most affective for me while playing is reading the lyrics of Chorus - 1, Refrain - 2 and Chorus - 3.
I hope you enjoy.

- English translation by American poet, Rod McKuen -

Chorus - 1
1. If you go away on this summer day
Then you might as well take the sun away;
All the birds that flew in the summer sky
When our love was new and our hearts were high;
When the day was young and the night was long
And the moon stood still for the nightbird's song,
If you go away, if you go away, if you go away, if you
go away.

Refrain - 1
1. But if you stay, I'll make you a day
Like no day has been or will be again;
We'll sail on the sun, we'll ride on the rain,
We'll talk to the trees and worship the wind.
Then if you go, I will understand,
Leave me just enough love to fill up my hand,
If you go away, if you go away, if you go away.

Chorus - 2
1. If you go away, as I know you will,
You must tell the world to stop turning till
You return again, if you ever do,
For what good is love without loving you?
Can I tell you now, as you turn to go,
I'll be dying slow till your next hello,
If you go away, if you go away, if you go away, if you
go away.

Refrain - 2
2. But if you stay, I'll make you a night
Like no night has been, or will be again;
I'll sail on your smile, I'll ride on your touch,
I'll talk to your eyes that I love so much.
But if you go, go, I won't cry,
Though the good is gone from the word good-bye.
If you go away, if you go away, if you go away.

Chorus - 3
3. If you go away, as I know you must,
There'll be nothing left in the world to trust,
Just an empty room, full of empty space,
Like the empty look I see on your face;
I'd have been your shadow if I thought it might
Have kept me here, by your side;
If you go away, if you go away, if you go away . . .
please don't go away.
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 - 05/14/09 09:48 PM

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Performer's name:GreenRain
Experience:A little less than 9 years, but until 2008, i was never serious about piano and i never practised a lot. I had a 2 year break (2006-2008). I started playing piano in 1999, when i was around 8 years old.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Sonata Op. 35, 3rd mvt, Marche funebre
Composer:Chopin
Duration:08:18
Source of music:Scores
Instrument used:Petrof upright
Recording method:Digital camera
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:The recording might not be the best, thanks to my stupid camera. Bass is simply too loud on recording. I have to buy the good recorder before next recital. Anyway, I hope that you will enjoy it:)

I have also made a video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2QIsxIeeQE&feature=channel_page
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 - 05/14/09 09:49 PM

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Performer's name:JeanieA
From:Reno, Nevada
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:about 6 years of lessons
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Suicide is Painless
Composer:Mike Altman and Johnny Mandel
Duration:02:34
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Janssen spinet
Recording method:audacity; using the built-in mic on my Mac. If you listen closely towards the end, you might pick up the sound of Pickles the dog's tags as she rolled on the floor.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I've always liked both the music and TV show. Although Suicide may be painless, getting this recorded WASN'T! Worst case of "Red-Dot Fever" EVER!!
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 - 05/14/09 09:52 PM

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Performer's name:Coolkid70
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:One year as a child
Started again around early 2008
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Visions Vugitives #1
Composer:Sergei Prokofiev
Duration:01:32
Source of music:Schirmer Edition
Instrument used:Kawai K3, 2008
Recording method:1 MXL 770 condenser microphone hooked to computer through a preamp
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:The entire set of Visions Fugitives is very colourful. I particularly enjoy this first movement. It combines a melody derived from E phrygian with a variety seventh chords for a very rich effect. I feel that the set in general fulfills the lines that inspired it:

In every fugitive vision I see worlds,
Full of the changing play of rainbow hues.
(Konstantin Dmitreyovich Balmont)

Please enjoy.
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 - 05/14/09 09:52 PM

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Performer's name:Euphonatrix
From:Germany
Experience:5 years
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Album for the Young, No. 21 - *** (untitled)
Composer:Robert Schumann
Duration:02:10
Source of music:originally sheet music, now played from memory
Instrument used:rebuilt Weihenmeyer & Co. upright (piano originally dates from ca. 1921)
Recording method:one Shure PG 81 condenser mic into Sony Minidisc Recorder into computer via Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is one of the three pieces in Schumann's collection "Album für die Jugend" (Album for the Young, op. 68) which, instead of a title, bear only three small stars *** - and, of course, Schumann's instructions. In this case: "Langsam und mit Ausdruck zu spielen" ("To be played slowly and with expression").
Robert Schumann's daughter Eugenie recollects in her book "Memories" what her mother Clara answered when asked about the meaning of those three stars: "These, maybe, are the thoughts of parents about their children."

My mental imagery goes in a completely different direction, however - this is the beauty that lies in romantic music: It evokes very personal and unique feelings, images and thoughts.

I learned this piece a while ago and it has become a part of my repertoire. It keeps changing and growing all the time. This recording dates from today (May 3rd), but I am curious what my playing of the piece will sound like in five years from now :-)
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 - 05/14/09 09:53 PM

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Performer's name:GregF
From:South Carolina
Experience:The last 2 years + 2 years 30+ years ago in elementary school.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Hey Jude
Composer:John Lennon/Paul McCartney
Duration:03:39
Source of music:Lead sheet & left hand tips from Pete the Bean for this piece.
Instrument used:Yamaha Digital Piano: YPG-625
Recording method:XtremeMac's Micromemo for Ipod - direct line in from DP.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:One take wonder. A few misses, but I wanted to apply the pressure. On 5/15, I'm playing the prelude music for the recital at our studio and this is my finale piece for that. I think its the first time I've submitted anything over a minute and a half!
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 - 05/14/09 09:53 PM

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Performer's name:mahlzeit
From:Breda, The Netherlands
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:Coming up to 4 years.
Direct music link:click to download
Home page link:http://www.originalsolopiano.com
Title of piece:Quick Improv
Composer:me
Duration:02:57
Source of music:From the Aether.
Instrument used:Yamaha CP33 digital piano.
Recording method:MIDI into the computer (Red Dot Forever). Used REAPER and a handful of piano plug-ins to convert MIDI to WAV. WinLame to make the MP3 file.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is a quicky improv around a really simple theme. The chords are a basic 1625 pattern. I didn't have more time or I would have produced something better.
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 - 05/14/09 09:54 PM

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Performer's name:Serge88
From:Montreal, Canada
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:7.5 years
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHhvTynM2ew
Home page link:http://www.zenphoto.ca
Title of piece:Hey Jude
Composer:Lennon/McCartney
Duration:04:26
Source of music:Sheet music from Phillip Keveren
Instrument used:Digital Piano Roland FP-7
Recording method:Line out to Zoom H2
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 - 05/14/09 09:54 PM

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Performer's name:babama
From:Netherlands
Experience:20 months (+ years of childhood keyboard/synthesizer experience)
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Impromptu Op. 90 No. 4
Composer:Schubert
Duration:08:23
Source of music:sheet music
Instrument used:Roland HP-201
Recording method:Adobe Audition
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is one of the first big pieces I studied on for months. I posted an older version and this version before on PW topics, and now for the recital. Hope I can send in a new piece next time. smile
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 - 05/14/09 09:54 PM

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Performer's name:ohitpro (Tom)
From:Columbus, Ohio
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:About a year and a half with a digital piano - had a keyboard before that.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Harmony of the Angels - Op 100 No 21
Composer:J F Burgmuller
Duration:02:04
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Casio PX-200
Recording method:MIDI to Synthfont using Steinway soundfont
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is a flowing piece and I never made it through without a few glitches - that's why I'm a beginner! I'm still working on left hand dynamics and appreciate the constructive criticism I received from the last recital and tried to incorporate into my playing. Thanks for any comments or advice on this one, too!
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 - 05/14/09 09:57 PM

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Performer's name:Gary001
From:UK
Experience:14 Months, Self Taught.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Tune in G
Composer:Clementi
Duration:01:20
Source of music:The Piano Handbook, p75
Instrument used:Casio Privia PX-720
Recording method:Line-in on iRiver iHP-140, converted to mp3 via Audacity.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I haven't worked on this peice as much as I'd have liked. The piece I originally planned to submit to the recital is still too rough though.

I'm still not happy with the timing of the dotted eight and sixteenth runs in bars 5-7 and 13-15.
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 - 05/14/09 09:59 PM

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Performer's name:TTigg
From:SoCal
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:Just over 10mths (June 08)
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Wonderland
Composer:David Nevue
Duration:03:13
Source of music:Sheet Music (memorized) with a little improv at the end
Instrument used:Knabe WK151
Recording method:Zoom H2
Audacity to convert
Windows Movie Maker to syn up video & audio
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Love his stuff and will be doing more for sure. Lunch, well it's just about 12pm now so I'm going to head next door to the local taco place which has bitchin tacos for great value too !

SC

Here's a link to the YouTube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdSVRqNMh9Y

Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 - 05/14/09 10:02 PM

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Performer's name:Mar_red
From:Poland
Experience:1 year and 10 months of piano playing (plus a few years of accordion and guitar playing , more than 20 years earlier smile )
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Autumn Leaves
Composer:Joseph Kosma
Duration:05:06
Source of music:: I took part of the chords from Internet the rest is my interpretation played by ear
Instrument used:DP Roland FP-7
Recording method:DP to audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:As before, it is the next stop on my journey to my piano destination i.e. playing known standards or beautiful but less known tunes in the style between jazz and so called cocktail piano.

This rendition of this wonderful standard is probably the “Flag Ship” of my present repertoire and at the same time my next tentative foray into realm of “creative interpretation”. (I’m not quite sure if it deserves to be named improvisation...) It’s a simple, adult beginner’s interpretation (improvisation), not too far from the melody, mainly on diatonic notes. On the other hand, I think the listener should always hear some elements of the tune even in an improvisation. It’s more readable.

I was practicing it as a piano only tune and some day pushed, by chance, the “Split” button on my Roland and suddenly I heard a kind of Trio. It would be my dreams come true if I ever played in such an ensemble. So I decided to present to you this 1.000.001 version of Autumn Leaves in such a form.

And now some technicalities.
The split magic transformed my left hand into acoustic bass and cymbal - the rhythm section. In the left hand I played some kind of stride piano which proved to be convenient and translated mainly into (acoustic) bass and cymbal on the first and the third beat and cymbal with parts of chords on the second and fourth ones.
(Arpeggiated chords in the left hand are still beyond my reach smile. I guess it’s the result of not playing from sheet music at all.)
The chords are played more or less by both hands. There is also a part containing walking bass - my first attempt.

I hope very much you would enjoy it regardless of its too wide scope of deficiencies smile.

And last but not least. Here is the source of my inspiration...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWfsp8kwJto
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 - 05/14/09 10:04 PM

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Performer's name:ab-ster
From:Seattle
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:I've been playing piano for 20 years by ears, but I started learning sight reading and classical pieces for 3 months.
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-EsiwgsKUc
Title of piece:Chopin Nocturne No. 20 in C sharp minor
Composer:F. Chopin
Duration:03:21
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:1976 Steinway B
Recording method:Audacity, M-Audio Pulsar II microphones, PC
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I made a few mistakes here and there.
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 - 05/14/09 10:05 PM

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Performer's name:AdagioM (Michele)
From:Oregon
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:Off and on for 11 years
Direct music link:click to download
Home page link:http://pdxknitterati.com
Title of piece:Vals No. 6 from Valses Poeticos
Composer:Enrique Granados
Duration:02:00
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Weinbach 170 Grand
Recording method:Zoom H2, on the music desk, high prop stick!
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I love how melancholy and sentimental this is. The description in the book is "vals sentimental." I envision a woman looking at faded photographs of her long ago love. She goes into quite a reverie in the second half of this piece.

There are 7 waltzes in this collection, plus an introduction and conclusion. I've played the two slow ones (nos. 3 & 6) and a third one (no. 1) slowly! Yes, there's a reason my name is ADAGIO.
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 - 05/14/09 10:08 PM

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Performer's name:Pianonewb
From:No. Virginia
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:1 month
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Jesus Paid it All
Composer:Mrs. M.M. Hall/John T. Grape
Duration:05:06
Source of music:improvised score/play by ear
Instrument used:Kohler & Campbell New Yorker, studio model
Recording method:condenser mic straight to board and onto cd. ripped cd to computer as mp3.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is a simple arrangement. I don't have a clue what I'm doing. I learned the chords from "Piano Chords and Scales Made Easy", and improvised the melody from singing it. For the left hand I watched the pianist at church until I found a simple, easy to learn pattern that would fit. I started out learning it in G, but realised after 2 weeks that i couldn't sing it in that key, so switched it to C. I hope I didn't hurt your ears too much.
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 - 05/14/09 10:10 PM

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Performer's name:Honnli / Steven
From:Melbourne
Experience:About 2 years of near-continuous playing starting from the end of 2006, plus 2 and a half years of lessons 10 years ago.
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://www.youtube.com/user/Honnli
Title of piece:Cruel Angel's Thesis
Composer:Shiro Sagisu
Duration:02:28
Source of music:Sheet music.
Instrument used:Yamaha DGX620
Recording method:Digital to PC through USB, and then used the Steinway sample from The Grand 2.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is the opening theme from the anime "Neon Genesis: Evangelion". This arrangement was arranged by Piano Squall.
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 - 05/14/09 10:11 PM

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Performer's name:bluekeys
From:Virginia, USA
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:2 Yrs, 7 Mos (started at 50)
Direct music link:click to download
Home page link:http://bluekeys-diary.blogspot.com/
Title of piece:Inventions No. 1 and No. 8
Composer:JS Bach
Duration:02:28
Source of music:Sheet Music
Instrument used:Yamaha YDP223
Recording method:Midi out, rendered with TruePianos VST
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:These Inventions are fun, but they are wicked hard for such itty bitty little suckers. I spent 4 months learning No. 1 and can still barely play it. I've been doing No. 8 for 2 years and still mangled it near the end. My next one will be No. 4. I hear that's a little easier, so maybe I'll pair it up with another one for a future recital. BTW - for those not familiar, the recording has No 1. first then a pause then No. 8.
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 - 05/14/09 10:13 PM

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Performer's name:Musictuary
From:Aurora, Illinois
Experience:Six years of lessons from 7 - 13. Nearly two years of lessons as an adult. Between my two stints of lessons I played piano on and off for about 30 years.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Allegro con affetto
Composer:Friedrich Kuhlau
Duration:02:48
Source of music:ABRSM Grade 5 (2009 - 2010) A:2
Instrument used:Digital piano. Kawai CE200.
Recording method:Audacity and Digital to PC.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This piece is actually the first movement from Sonatina in A minor Op. 88 No. 3 by Kuhlau. It was one of the three pieces that I selected for my grade 5 piano exam (ABRSM Grade 5 (2009-2010). I selected this piece because at the time I was studying Kuhlau's six OP. 55 sonatinas with my music teacher. Since I was doing the exam on my own I figured there should be some similarities with what I had seen before in the Op 55 sonatinas and this one.

When I first played the piece, the beginning measures reminded me a lot of the beginning measures in Fur Elise. I was taken aback somewhat. But I recall reading somewhere that composers of that era freely "borrowed" ideas from each other. So maybe that would explain the similarity between the two pieces.

I enjoyed learning this piece as well as the other sonatinas from Kuhlau. I hope you'll enjoy listening to it. Thanks for listening.
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 - 05/14/09 10:14 PM

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Performer's name:joangolfing
From:Iowa
Experience:7 years
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Nocturne
Composer:Martha Mier
Duration:01:37
Source of music:Romantic Impressions by Martha Mier, Alfred Publishing Co.
Instrument used:Roland FP-4
Recording method:Akoustik Piano software, Normalized in Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 - 05/14/09 10:15 PM

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Performer's name:Always Wanted to Play Piano
From:41 miles west of Chicago
Experience:just shy of 18 months
Direct music link:click to download
Home page link:http://aw2pp.blogspot.com/
Title of piece:I Due Fiumi
Composer:Ludovico Einaudi
Duration:04:51
Source of music:Ludovico Einaudi - The Best Of
Instrument used:Casio Ap-200
Recording method:Recorded to piano onboard memory, downloaded using Red Dot Forever, rendered to .WAV using Synthfont (Maestro Concert Grand.gig sound font), converted to MP3 using Audacity.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I am playing this piece on the first Friday of June as an actual recital piece. I consider this recording rough by the standards of this forum, but not bad for me. I would be totally happy if I played this piece this well for my live recital. Any feedback you have for me that makes that more likely would be heartily welcomed.

For lunch, I had two PBJ's (one I made for myself, and one my two year old eschewed).
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 - 05/14/09 10:18 PM

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Performer's name:Undone
From:Connecticut, USA
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:1 year 4 months
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:A Bag of Rags
Composer:W. R. Mac Kanlass
Duration:04:08
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Yamaha YPG-625
Recording method:MinDisk to PC
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This piece was a real stretch for me. It’s something far beyond my normal Alfred’s Adult All-In-One Book comfort level (and is also my first non-Alfred’s recital piece). It’s one of a number of piano pieces that got me to start on my current piano journey, one that I thought “it would be great if I could learn to play this”. So well before I was really ready for it, I started trying to tackle this piece. I’ve been at it for many months now and it’s still far from perfect (as you will hear). I’m glad I did it though; I’ve had a lot of fun trying to learn the various parts and working on it has helped me through some slumps when the current Alfred’s pieces weren’t “doing it for me”. Anyway, I hope you enjoy listening to this good old Two Step from 1912.
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 - 05/14/09 10:19 PM

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Performer's name:Euan Morrison
From:Edinburgh, Scotland
Experience:3yrs, 7mths
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Comptine d'un autre ete: l'apres midi
Composer:Yann Tiersen
Duration:02:22
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Yamaha ydp-113 digital piano
Recording method:Recorded in midi, then used Galaxy II Steinway VSTi.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This piece is taken from the French film Amelie. It is probably Yann's most well-known piece which makes it strange that I have never formally recorded it. I tried to base my interpretation on his live performance on the 'C'etait Ici' album, rather than the written score.
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 - 05/14/09 10:20 PM

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Performer's name:Eighty8
From:Dayton, Ohio
Experience:lessons as a teenager, many years away, then back at it for a couple of years now.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Moonriver
Composer:Henry Mancini
Duration:03:02
Source of music:sheet music
Instrument used:Alesis QS8
Recording method:Digital keyboard to midi then to line-in of PC to convert to mp3 using Goldwave.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 - 05/14/09 10:20 PM

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Performer's name:IPHBAHN Sandy
From:Halifax, NS
Experience:2 years noodling, 7 years lessons
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Enchanted Waterfall
Composer:Martha Mier
Duration:02:04
Source of music:Sheet Music
Instrument used:Roland Digital
Recording method:Direct to PC
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I love this piece. It was fun to learn and took me about 4 weeks altogether. For some reason, a little more difficul;t to memorize than others of hers. I find that Martha Mier Romantic and Jazz pieces are a nice addition to my clasical study as they provide opportunity to complete expressive pieces in a few weeks.
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 - 05/14/09 10:21 PM

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Performer's name:TX-Dennis (Dennis Turner)
From:Texas
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:Forever on an off (more off than on, though)
Direct music link:click to download
Home page link:http://myweb.cableone.net/rxbetty
Title of piece:Some Day My Prince Will Come
Composer:Frank Churchill / Larry Morey
Duration:03:53
Source of music:sheet music
Instrument used:Kawai GE-30
Recording method:From Zoom to the Audacity of Hops
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:The piece is still a bit rough, but I'm running out of time, so here it is warts and all. Lunch? Rice cakes and Diet Coke (nutritious, huh?)
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 - 05/14/09 10:22 PM

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Performer's name:flyingfroggy
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:~10 years
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Midnight Rhapsody
Composer:Melody Bober
Duration:02:26
Source of music:sheet music
Instrument used:Schimmel Konzert Grand K 189
Recording method:Zoom H2, normalized with audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I first heard PianoN00b play this piece several recitals ago and loved it--so, thanks, PianoNoob for introducing it to me!
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 - 05/14/09 10:23 PM

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Performer's name:jotur - Cathy Turner
Experience:2 years of lessons mid-teens, 30+ years off, playing for dancing since 1995.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:San Antonio Rose
Composer:Bob Wills
Duration:03:28
Source of music:Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys Greatest Hits, and improvisation.
Instrument used:Casio Privia PX100
Recording method:digital to PC, audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is my update, but it still proves what I've said all along - we're all beginners at something smile For the kind of thing I play now in many ways being a good sight reader has been an awful handicap - but it's such a habit that I have trouble breaking it (even bad habits are hard to break laugh ). But I've been trying.

In previous pieces I've played in the recitals I've arranged variations in order to practice some of the licks I might need for improvising. The biggest one, as you can here hear, is using open 5ths/6ths in the right hand for harmonies. Another is a little "waggle" sound that I picked up from banjo players. I also like chromatic runs to modulate. I can wiggle my fingers to get little fills laugh .

The new skill I was primarily attempting was to be able to play what I'm hearing in my head, and to actually have something to "say" with my improv. The old tricks that I had to use to even come close include - slowing it down, knowing the chord progression really well (FAIL - laugh ), staying in the music, and various others.

So you're forewarned - this is one pass of play-by-ear with a little "stuff" thrown in, and a little less of what is obviously right-on-the-edge-of-out-of-control improv.

So put on your cowboy hat, and take it away, Leon -

Cathy
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 - 05/14/09 10:24 PM

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Performer's name:MichiKami
From:Los Angeles
Experience:4 years
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOPzeDO8hQY
Title of piece:The Crane
Composer:David Lanz
Duration:03:05
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Steinway grand
Recording method:Digital camera to PC
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Still needs some polish, but it's getting there. Another great piece by Lanz, full of imagery.
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 - 05/14/09 10:25 PM

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Performer's name:Seaside_Lee
From:Blackpool UK
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:5 years 7 months with pianomagic as an adult beginner, couple of years of long forgotten lessons as a child 30(ahem) years ago!
Direct music link:click to download
Home page link:http://seasidelee.com/pianojourney/
Title of piece:As Long as He/She needs me
Composer:Lionel Bart from the film Oliver
Duration:03:30
Source of music:Played by ear
Instrument used:casio privia PX-320 midi file recorded through Yamaha Motif rack ES
Recording method:Audacity - normalized through Nero
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This may be my last ABF recital (make way for new peoples journeys I guess) - hopefully I have inspired a few adults to keep on keeping on smile
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 - 05/14/09 10:32 PM

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Performer's name:Greywullf
From:Oregon, USA
Experience:21 years
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Goodness, Faithfulness, Peace
Composer:Matt Duhrkoop
Duration:05:24
Source of music:sheet music, self-published
Instrument used:1910 Chickering Grand
Recording method:Zoom H4, Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:These are three movements from the Fruit of the Spirit Suite for solo piano. I composed this about five years ago. The first of the three, No. 6 Goodness, is a three-voice fugue. I think that the fugue is styled less like Bach and more like a Mozart fuge I was playing at the time, in that I used several harmonies that include a major 2nd. The second, No. 7 Faithfulness,is a twelve-tone composition. Although I randomly selected the tone row and strictly followed the rules, I was able to achieve a gentler atonal sound that approaches a major/minor tonality by layering the rows. The third is No. 3 Peace. It has no sophisticated compositional technique, and may possibly be in an AB or ABC form.
The complete suite has nine movements and runs about 17 minutes.
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 - 05/14/09 10:32 PM

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Performer's name:Copper
From:Virginia
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:4.5 years
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:You Don't Bring Me Flowers
Composer:Neil Diamond
Duration:03:12
Source of music:Fake Book
Instrument used:Yamaha P-250
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I am such a beginner. I'll make progress next year - really.

Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 - 05/14/09 10:37 PM

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Performer's name:1weekPlayer
From:Spain
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:6 months
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:BWV Anh. 116. Minuet in G Major. Notebook for Anna Magdalena.
Composer:Bach
Duration:01:09
Source of music:Sheet music freely available at http://www.mutopiaproject.org
Instrument used:Roland HP-207
Recording method:Midi file to PC via USB memory.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I am far from happy with this recording. My expectations were set on been able to deliver a good recording of the first prelude of the WTC (BWV 846). Unfortunately, though I already have the keys on my fingers I am far from providing a decent interpretation according to the dinamics set by my teacher. So, I had to fall back to this piece to which I had paid less attention lately, so it's not much better neither. I edited the wav file to delete a silent period caused by a distraction. Now, a day after, I realize I did not make the repetitions.
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 - 05/14/09 10:39 PM

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Performer's name:AnotherSchmoe
From:USA
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:Just over 3 years self-taught.
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZsKylNwBPSA
Home page link:http://www.youtube.com/user/AnotherSchmoe
Title of piece:Eyes On Me
Composer:Nobuo Uematsu
Duration:04:04
Source of music:Sheet Music
Instrument used:1958 Gulbransen Spinet
Recording method:Recorded on May 12, 2009 using a Flip Ultra video camera (recorded video for my YouTube page). I then ripped the audio from the video file using a program called Switch Sound File Converter.
Technical feedback wanted:No
Additional info:Just me playing Eyes On Me from the Final Fantasy VIII Piano Collections. This one's pretty difficult for a newbie like me but I did my best, I'm still not completely satisfied with my performance but it'll have to do for now. This is also the first Final Fantasy Piano Collections piece I've attempted. It took me around a month of on and off practice to learn. I hope you enjoy it!
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 - 05/14/09 10:40 PM

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Performer's name:Wrenn
From:Australia
Experience:3 months returning player (played in school 20 years ago)
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Star Wars Main Theme
Composer:John Williams
Duration:01:05
Source of music:Sheet Music
Instrument used:Yamaha PSRE-413 Keyboard
Recording method:Red Dot Forever + SynthFont + Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I played a more complex version of this piece (with flute and double bass accompaniment) for my high school music exam 20 years ago so when I started playing again recently this was one of my first goal pieces. Weirdly the only thing I could remember of this piece after a 20 year break from playing piano was a single left hand chord ;-)
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 - 05/14/09 10:40 PM

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Performer's name:HeirborneGroupie
Experience:Approximately 3 years.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Melody by Schumann
Duration:01:24
Source of music:John Thompson's Modern Course for Piano
Instrument used:Charles Walter 1520
Recording method:Mic to Mac. Only in mono. Sound quality is poor.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is my first time submitting a piece for recital and also my first time recording myself. Please excuse the piano. It is only a month or so old and is still adjusting to its surroundings. I apologize if it is out of tune.
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 - 05/14/09 10:40 PM

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Performer's name:AlexDreamer
Experience:1 year (minus 12 days smile )
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Clementi's Sonatina N°1 - First Mouvement
Duration:01:59
Source of music:Sheet music.
Instrument used:Yamaha Clavinova 230
Recording method:Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I'm having a tight schedule so it's far from correct. However, I did want to participate^^
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 - 05/14/09 10:41 PM

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Performer's name:Gary Schenk
From:Huntington Beach, Calif.
Experience:7 months
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Old German Dance
Composer:Michael Praetorius
Duration:00:37
Source of music:The Joy of First Classics by Denes Agay
Instrument used:Kawai K-2
Recording method:Zoom H4, edited with Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:A simple piece, for sure, it is not exactly polished, but it is a nice composition. I had a bowl of chicken pozole for lunch.
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 - 05/14/09 10:41 PM

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Performer's name:pianahman / Richard
From:Cape Cod MA
Experience:Lessons: 1953-1959 and 1996-2004
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Adagio cantablile [from op.13, Sonate Pathetique]
Composer:Lv Beethoven
Duration:04:51
Source of music:sheet music
Instrument used:Baldwin Model L
Recording method:Zoom H4
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I love the "Adagio cantabile" from the "Sonate Pathetique". It begins and ends like a proper classical slow movement, but as it develops, it darkens harmonically and becomes rhythmically agitated. My Baldwin L has a rich base register that is well-suited to this movement.
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 - 05/14/09 10:43 PM

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Performer's name:ddh - Daniel
From:Abitibi
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:2.5 years
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Pajaro Triste (Sad Bird)
Composer:Federico Mompou
Duration:02:39
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Yamaha CVP 307
Recording method:Piono to Mac
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is my second piece of this series from Mompou called Intimate Impresisons. I loves Mompou and had quiche lorraine for supper. Hopes You likes it too.
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 - 05/14/09 10:43 PM

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Performer's name:DragonPianoPlayer
From:Denver
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:I stopped counting
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Novelette Romantique
Composer:Jean Baptiste Duvernoy
Duration:01:36
Source of music:Op 176 No 18 - from Keith Snell Etudes Level 4.
Instrument used:Casio PX310
Recording method:Recorded in Reaper using Galaxy Pianos Vienna Grand VSTi.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:My tenth recital entry - mistakes and all.

Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 - 05/14/09 10:45 PM

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Performer's name:Deep Elem (aka Buck)
Experience:3 years
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Just the Way You Are
Composer:Billy Joel
Duration:02:04
Source of music:Fakebook
Instrument used:Yamaha S90ES
Recording method:Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Despite the left thumb still being in a splint I got another piece done for the recital, so I'm happy about that. I like the tempo I had on this but it was just a bit too fast for my ability so there are some hesitations, oh well.
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 - 05/14/09 10:46 PM

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Performer's name:mheim
From:Redondo Beach, California
Experience:2 years, Piano Magic since July 2008
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Song for Rosablanca
Composer:freely after Que Sera Sera by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
Duration:04:08
Source of music:play-by-ear (Piano Magic)
Instrument used:Roland RD-700GX
Recording method:digital to PC
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Song was inspired by the story of Rosa, a fellow Piano Magic student who has persevered through difficulties and now spreads her piano knowledge online at: http://www.learnpianowithrosa.com
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 - 05/14/09 10:51 PM

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Performer's name:Mark...
From:Jersey Shore
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:2.5 years
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Prelude in C Major
Composer:Johann Sebastian Bach
Duration:02:45
Source of music:"Ambitious" Section from Alfred Adult book 3
Instrument used:Estonia L190
Recording method:ZoomH2 using Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:The design of this piece reminds me of the Clementi piece I played in another recital. In fact the Alfred book refers you to this Bach piece, when you finish the Clement Prelude in D minor.

This recording has some flaws (recording is a chore for me),but is the cleanest take I was able to record. Like past recital pieces I'm sure it will get even better over time. In fact this piece seems to beg for more attention in order to pull out the subtle flavors that lie inside this wonderful Bach piece. Hope you like it, and thanks for listening...
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 - 05/14/09 10:51 PM

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Performer's name:Yamaha G3 & P-80 Mike White
From:90 miles West of New Orleans
Experience:Lifetime by ear, self-teaching since retirement in 2001.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Reverie
Composer:Debussy
Duration:04:28
Source of music:sheet music
Instrument used:Yamaha P-80
Recording method:Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I hope to perfect this piece in time.
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 - 05/14/09 10:52 PM

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Performer's name:b528nf7 (Bill)
From:Gaithersburg, Maryland
Experience:6 Years
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVfeeYJgNcY
Title of piece:Now Is The Hour
Composer:Scott, Kaihau & Stewart
Duration:01:44
Source of music:Fake Book
Instrument used:Yamaha Clavinova CLP150
Recording method:Digital Camera. Audio portion stripped off using WinFF.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is a lovely piece that was thought to be written in 1913. It was used as a farewell to soldiers going off to fight in the First World War.
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 - 05/14/09 10:52 PM

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Performer's name:z32/Ben
From:Santa Clarita, California
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:2 years, 4 months
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Cloud Smiles
Composer:Nobuo Uematsu
Duration:02:50
Source of music:Sheet Music
Instrument used:Digital Piano - Yamaha DGX620/YPG625
Recording method:Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:So yea, here's the latest Final Fantasy piece I just finished up. Was going to put it in the monthly bar thread, but since we have this recital coming up, might as well just put this here instead! :P Hope you all enjoy!
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 - 05/14/09 10:53 PM

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Performer's name:Starting Over
From:Toronto
Experience:A little bit as a kid, then started over 3 years ago.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Grande Valse brillante / F. Chopin Op 34, No. 2
Composer:F. Chopin
Duration:03:28
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Estonia L190 grand piano
Recording method:Zoom H4 to Mac Garageband
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:A beautifully lyrical Chopin Waltz which I learned by participating in one of the ABF study groups a year or so ago. It is sooo difficult to get the right touch to make Chopin sound right. Maybe someday...

This is normally about a 5 to 6 minute waltz so, in the interest of brevity, I omitted the repeat of the middle section.

Please excuse the dog singing along. Unavoidable.

Also, just got the Mac so I'm really unfamiliar with how Garageband works at this point. I'm sure there are things I've missed but it seemed to work at least as well as Audacity with the Zoom.
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 - 05/14/09 10:53 PM

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Performer's name:WJ3/Walt
From:Salem. Or
Experience:3 years
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Let It Be
Composer:Lennon/ McCartney
Duration:04:41
Source of music:The Beatles Best, Arranged by Dan Fox
Instrument used:Hardorff Claredon Upright.
Recording method:Zoom H2/ Audacity,
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:The song is from the Beatles Best book arranged by Dan Fox. I stole the Intro from a Utube video by pianojohn. I had a hard time with tempo, not too happy with it but its what it is. Edited a couple of mistakes with audacity but left most of them in.
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 - 05/14/09 10:54 PM

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Performer's name:Monica K.
From:Lexington, Kentucky
Avatar:Avatar Image
Experience:About five years.
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5s4jS-i5hk
Title of piece:In un'altra vita (LaScala variation)
Composer:Ludovico Einaudi
Duration:07:32
Source of music:Combination of sheet music (from the "Best of Ludovico Einaudi" collection) and playing by ear.
Instrument used:Mason & Hamlin A
Recording method:Zoom H4
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I have always loved this piece by Einaudi, but I love the version he plays on his live "La Scala" concert album even more. It involves a minor variation in the melody in one section (at the 2:17-2:40 mark) as well as an entirely new improvised section toward the end (about 5:50 - 6:38), which is fun to play because it involves extended time on the very highest key on the keyboard. There's also a repeat of the first section that isn't on the album version. Although the sheet music didn't include these variations, I was able to figure it out by ear, which tickled me enormously because I've never been able to play anything by ear before. smile

Lunch: Lean cuisine frozen dinner (ugh) and Starbucks grande skinny hazelnut latte (yum).

Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Recital #14 --- May 15, 2009 - 05/14/09 11:08 PM

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Performer's name:cscl
From:Suburban Chicago
Experience:2 years, 8 months
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Waltz in a minor (op. post.), Chopin
Composer:Chopin
Duration:03:30
Source of music:Chopin: An Introduction to his Piano Works
Instrument used:Estonia 190
Recording method:Zoom H2
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Once again, a piece I'm not quite ready with yet. I'm trying to convince my teacher that I'm ready to play this at our end of May recital. My first Chopin. Exciting! But... super last minute, one take. Merely playing it through at this point! But, it's in, I think!