F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital Check-in

Posted by: gerg

F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital Check-in - 01/22/10 10:28 PM

Wishing everyone warm winter greetings!


(Image courtesy Mary Rose)

This thread is the check-in for the 22 February 2010 and 1 March 2010 E-citals, by which our virtual community will pay our humble homage to a great man, a man of character, a man of imagination, a genius whose unique depth of artistry has left its indelible stamp not only upon our hearts but upon history. There will never be another Fryderyk Chopin, nor another 200th anniversary of his birth.

I would humbly ask that participants who see this please check in and verify their participation. Last-minute changes are an ineluctable fact of life; by posting this with some lead time we hope to maximize participation. Mary Rose and I will try to bump this thread regularly to ensure everyone sees it.

This is for Fryderyk - let's celebrate him together!

Original Sign-up thread
http://www.pianoworld.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/ubb/viewmessage/message/66297/page/1.html#Post142643

http://www.chopinrecital.org/5301.html


Latest Program

Mazurkathon 22 February 2010
7/3 - Mati
7/4 - Mistaya
17/1 - Rustyfingers
17/4 - ab-ster
30/2 - Gabtytu
30/4 - Schubertian
33/1 - Piano&Violin
50/1 - Schubertian
56/1 - Schubertian
56/2 - Schubertian
56/3 - Secondo
59/2 - Chardonnay
63/1 - Secondo
67/4 - Tucsonpianist
68/3 - cscl
68/4 - Bassio

Other works 1 March 2010
Allegro de Concert Op 46 – Sotto Voce
Ballade no 1in G minor Op 23 - Tucsonpianist
Ballade no 2 in F major Op 38 – Liszt Addict
Ballade no 3 in A flat major Op 47- eggsdeee
Ballade no 4 in F minor Op 52 - doowlehc
Barcarolle Op 60 – heidiv
Cantabile - anonman
Concerto Op 21, Larghetto - Chardonnay
Fantasie Impromptu Op 66 - jazzyprof
Impromptu in A flat Op 29 – greywullf
Impromptu in G flat Op 51 – carey
Nocturne Op 9 No 2 - AnotherSchmoe
Nocturne Op 55 No 1 - Piano Again
Nocturne Op 15 No 1 - Horowitzian
Polonaise in C sharp minor Op 26 No 1 - akonow
Polonaise in A Major Op 40 No 1 – ab-ster
Polonaise in C minor Op 40 No 2 - Schubertian
Polonaise-Fantaisie in A-flat Op 61 – davidyko
Prelude Op 28/13 plus Etudes 10/8 and 25/10 – Black36White52
Prelude Op 28/17 - pianahman
Scherzo in B flat minor Op 31 - Chopin4life
Scherzo in C sharp minor, Op 39 – Kreisler
Sonata in B flat minor Op 35 first movement – whippen boy
Song: Nie ma czego trzeba - Elene
Variations brillantes Op. 12 - nlogn


(Participants: We request your verification of the above, and that you will inform us of omissions or other changes.)


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Posted by: AnotherSchmoe

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 01/22/10 10:31 PM

Verified! I eagerly await the anniversary recital and I deeply thank everyone involved with making these things a reality, what a great honor it is to perform for this occasion!
Posted by: Elene

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 01/22/10 10:36 PM

Yes, I'll have "Nie ma czego trzeba" and possibly another song.

Elene
Posted by: gerg

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 01/22/10 10:46 PM

I cannot wait! laugh
Posted by: jazzyprof

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 01/22/10 10:47 PM

Hey Gerg, you dropped me! smile I think you misunderstood my last post. I didn't say I was backing out of performing the Fantaisie Impromptu. I was just sending out a call for backup in case I couldn't bring it up to performance tempo. So, you can put me back in as I am still working on it diligently, patiently, assiduously, relentlessly.
Posted by: gerg

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 01/22/10 10:48 PM

Ahhhh! Thank's JP! I'll fix it. That is great news!
Posted by: LisztAddict

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 01/23/10 12:27 AM

Originally Posted By: Elene
I'll have "Nie ma czego trzeba" .....


Nie rozumiem. laugh
Posted by: Mary-Rose

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 01/23/10 03:07 AM

I'm pleased to say there are two further offerings for the 1st March ecital:
Nocturne 15/1 - Horowitzian
Scherzo in B flat minor Op 31 - Chopin4life

Thanks for posting this reminder, gerg. Only four weeks to go, folks!
Posted by: veem

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 01/23/10 03:16 AM

Only four weeks to go? Ah, verified!
Posted by: gerg

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 01/23/10 04:14 AM

Looks like we have a recital! thumb
Posted by: Chopin4life

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 01/23/10 04:18 AM

My appologies, but I thought I pulled out. I left a message on the original thread at the beginning of this month.
Posted by: Mary-Rose

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 01/23/10 04:20 AM

Chopin4life- yes, sorry - my mistake. I hope we hear your Scherzo another time maybe?
Posted by: Chopin4life

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 01/23/10 04:25 AM

Hopefully. I still practice it, but I'm dedicating less time to it at the moment. Just keeping it in the fingers so I can revisit it when my technique improves sufficiently enough. Watch this space! smile
Posted by: Chardonnay

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 01/23/10 07:22 AM

I'm trying my very very best, for both pieces..... (see jazzyprof's last sentence!)
Please beam good 'pianistic thoughts' my way, to bring me luck... fast agile fingers and sharp memory, etc... eek eek
Posted by: Horowitzian

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 01/23/10 10:16 AM

Originally Posted By: Mary-Rose
I'm pleased to say there are two further offerings for the 1st March ecital:
Nocturne 15/1 - Horowitzian
Scherzo in B flat minor Op 31 - Chopin4life

Thanks for posting this reminder, gerg. Only four weeks to go, folks!


Reminds me that I need to practice today. laugh
Posted by: Mati

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 01/23/10 11:49 AM

Gosh, so soon! Verified, of course! Will take some night shifts at the piano to do that laugh
Posted by: gerg

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 01/23/10 08:19 PM

We have received our first actual recording for the 1 March e-cital!
Posted by: heidiv

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 01/23/10 09:07 PM

Count me in!

I'm grateful to Greg and Mary-Rose (and anyone else behind the scenes) for organizing this wonderful tribute. 3hearts
Posted by: gerg

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 01/23/10 09:30 PM

Oh, stop it! blush Your Barcarolle will bring down the house I have zero doubt. I know how hard you have worked this piece, to perfect every minute detail. I am truly excited by how your playing will be received by this audience. (No pressure now, Heidi! wink )

BTW we have 150GB of web storage; we've used MAYBE 1% of that with our past recitals.
Posted by: heidiv

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 01/23/10 09:44 PM

Oh, my blush

Is it too late to change my submission to "Chopsticks"? grin
Posted by: ab-ster

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 01/24/10 10:09 AM

I'm confirming my submissions. Thanks!
Posted by: Schubertian

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 01/24/10 10:29 AM

What was I thinking when I signed up for 4 Mazurkas? They were ALL much harder than they looked. I hope to send everything in next week.
Posted by: AnotherSchmoe

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 01/24/10 12:49 PM

Originally Posted By: Schubertian
What was I thinking when I signed up for 4 Mazurkas? They were ALL much harder than they looked. I hope to send everything in next week.


Ouch, you are truly a brave soul! I salute you! thumb

I'm sure they'll all be great. smile
Posted by: heidiv

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 01/24/10 04:40 PM

Originally Posted By: AnotherSchmoe
Originally Posted By: Schubertian
What was I thinking when I signed up for 4 Mazurkas? They were ALL much harder than they looked. I hope to send everything in next week.


Ouch, you are truly a brave soul! I salute you! thumb

I'm sure they'll all be great. smile


Yikes, Schubertian! My hat's off to you. Are you submitting the Polonaise 40/2 also? wow
Posted by: Elene

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 01/27/10 02:41 PM

LA: "There is not what is needed" or something along those lines. (Mati, I realize that I was an idiot when I was translating it as "I do not have what I need."

I recorded it yesterday as a draft, but I cannot seem to get over the cough that has beset me for weeks, and it isn't adequate. A lot of people here have been complaining that they've been coughing for 5 weeks or more, so I may be dealing with this for a while yet, and time's a wastin'. I'm getting a bit concerned.

As far as my voice goes, nie mam czego trzeba, as yet.

Elene
Posted by: Piano Again

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 01/27/10 02:59 PM

I'm working on it.
Posted by: Mati

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 01/27/10 08:08 PM

Originally Posted By: Elene
LA: "There is not what is needed" or something along those lines. (Mati, I realize that I was an idiot when I was translating it as "I do not have what I need."


Of course you wasn't an idiot, Elene - don't you even say that! You're spot on with the translation.


p.s. another progress report - my hands don't like this fun Mazurka, but I will complete it without fail, I hope.

M.
Posted by: Maestro_007

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 01/28/10 04:15 PM

I just saw this post for the first time, and I wanted to know if I could submit something. I've just recorded three pieces that aren't on this list. Can I submit them?

Mazurka Op 24/1
Mazurka Op 24/2
Polonaise Op 26/2

Let me know,
MM
Posted by: gerg

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 01/28/10 04:25 PM

Maestro,

Greetings and a warm welcome to our little group!

Mazurka 24/1 is not on the list and was not previously performed. It is yours if you want it.

Mazurka 24/2 has already been performed, one year ago by Theowne.

Polonaise 26/2 is also yours, as it is free.

The e-cital date for the Mazurkas is 22 February 2010, and for the larger works, 1 March 2010.

Again, welcome!
Posted by: gerg

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 01/28/10 04:29 PM

I dare object to the notion that you are an idiot, Elene! Nothing of the sort.
Posted by: Mary-Rose

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 01/28/10 04:29 PM

Hallo Maestro, we would love you to perform the Polonaise but the Mazurkas have already taken place in previous ecitals in this series. We are not taking duplications.

Thanks for joining in!
Posted by: Mary-Rose

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 01/28/10 04:32 PM

Oh, did I make a mistake about the Mazurkas? Sorry, Maestro!
Posted by: Chardonnay

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 01/28/10 04:38 PM

Quote:
The e-cital date for the Mazurkas is 22 February 2010

eek eek help
(Actually I knew, I'm just venting!)
Posted by: rustyfingers

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 01/29/10 12:00 AM

I thought I posted to this thread earlier, but now I don't see it.

Any way, what I thought I said was that I'm working on Mazurka 17/1, but that I don't have it up to speed yet, so I'm not sure what will happen with it. We're at the stage of everyone in the family singing it all day, so you know I'm working on it. smile
Posted by: rustyfingers

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 01/29/10 12:05 AM

BTW there does seem to be at least one duplicate of past recitals in the Mazurka lineup. It doesn't matter to me, but it does seem like it would be fair to everyone to be consistent.
Posted by: Mary-Rose

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 01/29/10 03:50 AM

Originally Posted By: rustyfingers
BTW there does seem to be at least one duplicate of past recitals in the Mazurka lineup. It doesn't matter to me, but it does seem like it would be fair to everyone to be consistent.


That was a mistake though - because the Mazurkas were entered under a different name (sometimes they are given different numbering in different editions).
Posted by: Elene

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 01/30/10 12:25 AM

Thanks for your emotional support, Gerg and Mati-- I just meant I had mistranslated a verb form (3rd vs. 1st person) and had been ignorant of a common phrase ("nie ma"). I do know better now... but only a little! Off to practice!

Elene
Posted by: cscl

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 01/30/10 12:46 AM

Hi there,

a couple of weeks ago, I posted on the old thread for this about being willing to give up
68/3 - cscl
if anyone knows it already and/or wants it. It's billed as being a 4 out of 10 on the difficulty scale frequently referred to on the ABF.

I talked to my teacher about it this week and he thinks it will interfere too much with my upcoming recital piece, which I really need to devote my time to just now.

Is there anyone who wants to take it? I can try to keep working on it, but if it isn't ready, I wouldn't want to lower the quality of the e-cital with an unfinished entry.

Any takers?
Posted by: greywullf

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/03/10 11:35 PM

To all who are reading this thread,

My apologies for not posting recently.
Although I have (especially recently) been working on the impromptu I had chosen for this recital, I will not be able to perform it by the March 1 date.
Please take me off the list, although I look forward to listening to the works that we all have practiced.

Matt
Posted by: rustyfingers

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/05/10 10:27 AM

We may be thinking of a different piece. 17/4 was in the first mazurkathon and also in this upcoming one.

IIRC it was highly sought after. wink
Posted by: Manndrew

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/05/10 01:11 PM

Hello all,

I noticed that there are no waltzes listed in the other works. Are they not being accepted having been done before? If acceptable I'd like to do Opus 70, No. 12 in F minor. It's been a long time since I played Chopin, but this recital is a great idea.

Andy
Posted by: gerg

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/05/10 02:34 PM

We hope to present the waltzes in October. Actually, I wanted to "reserve" this particular piece - Op. 70 No. 2 - for my boss's daughter in an attempt to get her involved in these e-citals. However, we'd welcome your participation, and if she is not interested in participated, I will let you know!

Greg
Posted by: Manndrew

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/05/10 03:38 PM

Originally Posted By: gerg
We hope to present the waltzes in October. Actually, I wanted to "reserve" this particular piece - Op. 70 No. 2 - for my boss's daughter in an attempt to get her involved in these e-citals. However, we'd welcome your participation, and if she is not interested in participated, I will let you know!

Greg


That's fine, Greg. I'll check back when you've posted the October call for submissions.

Andy
Posted by: rustyfingers

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/05/10 09:30 PM

I just wanted to say that I really appreciate all the work that the organizers and the soon-to-be participants are putting into this, so I didn't mean to seem overly critical. This is all a lot to keep track of and it's a wonderful series of events.
Posted by: gerg

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/05/10 09:51 PM

That was my error, rustyfingers. I had no involvement in the original Mazurkathon event and should have left that decision to Mary Rose.
Posted by: rustyfingers

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/06/10 11:28 AM

Well it's a good thing I never make mistakes. Yeah, right. smile
Posted by: Elene

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/09/10 01:50 PM

Still fighting with my persistently phlegmed-in voice, but I have a couple of takes I at least don't hate so much now. I'll have "Nie ma czego trzeba" and "Dumka," the two versions of the same poem. I would like to add one or two others if that's OK-- they're all short. "Melodia" seems beyond my physical capabilities right now, but I hope, expect, and intend to be able to sing it for you later this year and post it on Box or something.

At least I am getting much more comfortable accompanying myself on the piano (never really did that before, only sang with lute and guitar). And my Polish pronunciation is benefiting from the practice. These e-citals really are wonderful learning tools.

Elene
Posted by: gerg

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/09/10 08:15 PM

Still fighting with my persistently phlegmed-in voice, but I have a couple of takes I at least don't hate so much now.

So, you too? Condolences. frown

These are really, truly songs... with actual singing, your singing, not just the tune to the song played? I don't know what to say, Elene. You are taking us to a whole new level. Anyone who can do this deserves true admiration, and you certainly have mine! heart

I cannot wait to hear your work, and please do add other songs if you will!
Posted by: Ricker Choi

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/11/10 12:43 AM

I am confirming my submission, and I jsut emailed it too
Posted by: Elene

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/11/10 11:38 AM

Gerg, yes, real songs, with actual words, in Polish of course. And me singing, for good or ill. I can do some while accompanying myself (some are a bit too complex for me to do both parts but most have mercifully easy piano parts), but I've tried to catch at least one or two with my teacher's awesome accompaniment. Every time we've had the opportunity to record together lately, my voice has broken down badly-- very suspiciously developing a cough or a lot of goo again. We have one last try scheduled this Tuesday.

I used to sing professionally, but at this point it looks like those days are over. You never know, though.

Elene
Posted by: gerg

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/12/10 02:30 AM

Got it, doowlehc! See the reply - we need the audio.

I don't think there is any consensus on whether to include YouTube videos in this recital. Anyone have an opinion on this?
Posted by: Chardonnay

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/12/10 06:08 AM

I'm fine with it....
Posted by: Mati

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/12/10 07:18 AM

Elene, I just can't wait to hear you singing!

Progress report: my Mazurka is technically under the fingers, but I need a lot of interpretation work to do. My teacher turned this piece upside down today at my lesson and gave a lot of valuable insight how to work with it. I will certainly have it on time - I only hope it will be in shape good enough not to be the black sheep of the recital...

M.
Posted by: LisztAddict

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/12/10 10:31 AM

Originally Posted By: Mati
..... not to be the black sheep of the recital...


I don't think that's possible even if you try laugh
Posted by: Elene

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/12/10 11:38 AM

Originally Posted By: Mati
Elene, I just can't wait to hear you singing!


Well... I hope you'll still feel that way at the time. And I hope you will find my pronunciation adequate-- I think you will.

I may be sort of a grey or brownish sheep.

I can't quite picture how YouTube videos would fit in, but I think it's a great idea. It's really a treat to see what the PW-ers actually look like, and seeing a video is the next best thing to a live performance.

Gerg, it's going to be a heck of a lot of work organizing and posting the recordings for two e-citals, isn't it?

Elene
Posted by: -Frycek

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/12/10 11:40 AM

Originally Posted By: LisztAddict
Originally Posted By: Mati
..... not to be the black sheep of the recital...


I don't think that's possible even if you try laugh


No, that honor is reseved for me. I may try to submit my op 11 larghetto, not promising. I had it in pretty good shape a month ago and then I asked my new teacher for help with it and he made me feel that playing the larghetto as a stand alone, sans orchestra, was in poor taste and wouldn't work on it with me, so I pretty much dropped it. I no longer have that teacher - his wife is seriously ill and he's cutting back on hours - and I'm having second thoughts about not submitting the larghetto. I mean this is the only 200th anniversary of Chopin's birth recital I'll ever be able to take part in, right?
Posted by: Nguyen

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/12/10 11:54 AM

Originally Posted By: -Frycek
...I mean this is the only 200th anniversary of Chopin's birth recital I'll ever be able to take part in, right?
Right. And I really want to hear your music too. You've got to do it. smile
Posted by: LisztAddict

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/12/10 12:04 PM

Originally Posted By: -Frycek
........playing the larghetto as a stand alone, sans orchestra, was in poor taste and wouldn't work on it with me, so I pretty much dropped it.


I know someone who played that 2nd movement (sans orchestra) and got into final of a competition.
Posted by: LisztAddict

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/12/10 12:06 PM

It's possible to extract just the audio from Youtube video. But we should tell doowlehc to do that if he doesn't already have MP3 file of it.
Posted by: Chardonnay

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/12/10 12:12 PM

Please submit it, Frycek.... I think your teacher was wrong, especially given the scope and purpose of this event. (That is one of the reasons I hesitate to rush to find a new teacher-they can be so discouraging at times). And we can be "black sheep" together, if you'd like: I am planning to submit the second (slow) movement from the second concerto, which is even more strange without the orchestra (in the middle section in particular). Yet I can't leave it out, because I think that section is a necessary contrast between the first and third (similar) sections.

I need a buddy! Pleeeeeaase??????? grin
Posted by: Chardonnay

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/12/10 12:15 PM

Quote:
Elene, I just can't wait to hear you singing!

You are all in for a treat! Elene is a wonderful singer (and too modest), and some of us have already heard previews. I can't wait either! smile
Posted by: LisztAddict

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/12/10 01:11 PM

Black sheep, white sheep, yellow sheep, blue sheep, red sheep, neon pink sheep, whatever color that is, please join in the celebration!!!
Posted by: Chardonnay

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/12/10 09:27 PM

Greg, do you have any deadlines to give us for submission? I'll probably need every nanosecond to get this done, but it would be helpful if there were deadlines stated for the 2 e-citals, thanks!
Posted by: Elene

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/13/10 12:04 AM

Frycek, Chopin himself sometimes played the concerti as solos, didn't he? So it can't be so wrong. Your teacher must not have known that it had been "officially" done in the past.

I suppose the composer managed to add more parts to his solo version than most of us would be able to do, but still, in principle, I can't see that playing concerto movements as solos is a bad thing. And my hat's off to anybody who can play all those runs.

Elene
Posted by: gerg

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/16/10 11:09 PM

Chardonnay,

Thank you for asking that.

It would be most helpful to have Mazurkas in by late Sunday evening U.S. Pacific Time. That way, we can have the Mazurkas up and running earlier on the 22nd for our European friends.
Posted by: Elene

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/16/10 11:36 PM

OK, I am ready to send in 4 songs: Nie ma czego trzeba, Dumka, Smutna rzeka, and Pierścień.
The first two I accompanied myself, and the others were recorded today with accompaniment by my teacher, Stephen Montoya (please acknowledge him in the program, Greg).

It's time to tell myself that it just isn't going to get any better than this any time soon... sigh... but it's sure a lot better than it was a couple of weeks ago!

Best wishes for crunch time!

Thanks,

Elene
Posted by: Chardonnay

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/17/10 08:18 AM

Greg,
I just sent in my Mazurka-
Now on to the rest! eek
Posted by: -Frycek

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/17/10 09:03 AM

Sorry guys, I waited too late to resussitate my Op 11 larghettto which has been languishing since December. May I reserve it for October?
Posted by: heidiv

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/17/10 09:05 AM

I had a frustrating day of attempts yesterday. Grrr...
Posted by: Elene

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/17/10 11:04 AM

Dang, I was looking forward to Frycek's larghetto. I guess more to look forward to in October.

Elene
Posted by: gerg

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/17/10 11:50 AM

You are all in for a real treat!

Frycek, I share Elene's saddness that you can't send the larghetto frown

Heidi, I know exactly how you feel! The good news is, after a hard, fruitless recording session you'll play it better in the next session! Chin up! thumb
Posted by: -Frycek

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/17/10 12:16 PM

We'll all enjoy it a lot more in October.
Posted by: pianahman

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/17/10 03:28 PM

Dear Friends --- Sorry to have to withdraw from the e-cital so close to the deadline. Unfortunately a family crisis (illness) necessitates that I be away from home and piano for a while. I had signed up to perform Prelude #17 in A-flat. I shall at least be able to listen to the e-citals online, and I am very much looking forward to doing so.
Posted by: gerg

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/17/10 05:49 PM

pianahman,

Thoughts and prayers for your family member frown Do what you have to do.
Posted by: gerg

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/21/10 02:32 AM

We're getting down to it. I hope we can get a few more for Monday!



Also, if anyone needs more time, or if I can be of assistance in any way, I am your servant at your service. Let's do this for a truly genius composer, our dear Fryderyk.
Posted by: Mati

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/21/10 07:19 AM

Mine will be in. At the last possible moment, but will be smile I have one usable take already, but I am trying to get a better one.

Edit: I have a better one now. I'm in!
Posted by: Chardonnay

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/21/10 11:48 AM

I'm going to be a long-shot, at best (for the March 1 e-cital). I wasn't meant to play this piece. Will keep trying for the remainder of the week to get a 'respectable' recording, but if I cannot- so be it. What was I thinking?
Posted by: Elene

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/21/10 01:19 PM

Chardonnay, perhaps you were thinking that you were a pretty advanced piano student with a good feel for Chopin, who would benefit by stretching herself with a challenging piece.

We'll respect you one way or another!

Elene
Posted by: Nguyen

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/21/10 01:39 PM

Originally Posted By: Elene
…We'll respect you one way or another!...

I respect you already Chardonnay, and all of you doing this. I’ve been listening to past E-citals on E-citals Featuring the Music of Fryderyk Chopin. So beautifully done, all of them. Sorry I don’t have enough time or expertise to comment individually. Let’s just say your works got me all goose bumps.

Enjoying my hot coffee, preparing tax, listening to your Chopin’s… It’s sunny out in the middle of this hash New England winter. What a Sunday!
Posted by: gerg

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/21/10 07:17 PM

Mazurkathon Part II Status

Mazurkathon 22 February 2010
7/3 - Mati IN smile
7/4 - Mistaya IN smile
17/1 - Rustyfingers
17/4 - ab-ster IN smile
30/2 - Gabtytu
30/4 - Schubertian
33/1 - Piano&Violin
50/1 - Schubertian
56/1 - Schubertian
56/2 - Schubertian
56/3 - Secondo
59/2 - Chardonnay IN smile
63/1 - Secondo
67/4 - Tucsonpianist
68/3 - cscl WITHDRAWN frown
68/4 - Bassio


We can do better than that, my friends! It's Chopin's 200th birthday, or one of two of his 200th birthdays (!) - the only such occasion of our lifetimes. We've got a rather expensive e-commerce grade web server to host it. Do we need more time?

On a more positive note, I'm pleased to report a slightly better response for the 1 March 2010 event. In fact, I have been truly moved, almost to tears (in a very good way) by some of the recordings that you've sent in thus far. heart
Posted by: rustyfingers

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/21/10 08:25 PM

I am SO sorry. I spent three hours doing what I thought was recording today and got home to discover that I have no recordings on my zoom. I'm heartbroken. Not that the performances were so great, but at least I would have had something.
Posted by: gerg

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/21/10 08:33 PM

Oh, I feel so bad for you frown I know, from firsthand experience, what this is like. Others know too frown

If you want to try again, take as much time as you need. We'll work the wording on the page in such a way that people will know your recording will be in.

Again, I truly feel for you.
Posted by: heidiv

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/21/10 09:09 PM

Oh rustyfingers,

I feel for you too. After a marathon-length recording session, I finally did what I thought was the take, only to discover my Zoom said "Card Full." frown

So to you and all of us, let's keep the faith! It needn't be perfect (ha! as if!). We're all in this together. We can do it!
Posted by: Elene

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/21/10 09:37 PM

Oh, no! I've had experiences like that, too, where I was sure I had pressed the red button on the Zoom but it turned out that it was still blinking at the end of my best take yet and nothing had been recorded... owww. But if you've done pretty good takes so far, you will be able to do it again, and we'll be glad to listen no matter what! Sincere best wishes!

Elene
Posted by: heidiv

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/21/10 09:38 PM

I feel like an old fisherman, telling tales about the one that got away! grin
Posted by: LisztAddict

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/21/10 11:08 PM

Originally Posted By: Elene
...I was sure I had pressed the red button on the Zoom but it turned out that it was still blinking at the end of my best take yet and nothing had been recorded... owww. But if you've done pretty good takes so far, you will be able to do it again


Exactly that happened to me a few times.
Posted by: rustyfingers

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/21/10 11:51 PM

I know I hit the button twice. I thought maybe the card was full, but it says there is 50% left. Tis a mystery. At any rate, I won't have a chance to record again until next week. So sorry to let you all down. Happy Birthday Chopin!
Posted by: Elene

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/22/10 12:28 AM

Rustyfingers, I didn't mean you had done something as dumb as I did! Dang! These machines have their limitations, don't they. Gerg, can the pieces that aren't making it in today, though the players did their level best, possibly get in for March 1?

Elene
Posted by: gerg

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/22/10 12:32 AM

Definitely!

The ones in now will be announced for tomorrow, but the rest... March 1 it is, even for Mazurkas. So, an extra week.

Great idea, Elene! thumb
Posted by: Mary-Rose

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/22/10 01:05 AM

I would be a complete hypocrite to be disappointed that those who have promised to take part, are so late with their submissions. The only time I intended to play for one of these ecitals I flunked at the last minute. But, dear people, do try to get your recordings to gerg as soon as possible, even if a few hours late. He has worked so hard on this. And, above all, Chopin deserves it.

Happy birthday, Chopin!

Posted by: gerg

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/22/10 12:08 PM

It is up!

Please note, because I didn't know about turning off caching when we did the new page in October, changes (i.e. the new Mazurkas!) may not show up unless you first "clear history" or "clear cache" from the browser.

This has been corrected, but your browser may still have the old page so you may have to do this once to get things to show up the first time.

Fine, fine work by our performers!

For others who didn't make it, you needn't wait a year; you can if you like send your Mazurka in sometime this week to be posted on 1 March.

Thanks everyone! heart
Posted by: ab-ster

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/22/10 12:38 PM

Thanks Gerg & Mary Rose!

I trully enjoyed Mati's, Mistaya's and Chardonnay's playing. I love how mazurka can be be mystical, tragic and lively and you guys delivered them.

I'm new to classical music and got really hooked on Chopin. Can't wait to hear more next week!

I attempted to record my Polonaise over the weekend and did pretty poorly. I didn't have the stamina and couldn't concentrate =( I will redo the recording this weekend.
Posted by: Chardonnay

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/22/10 12:48 PM

Greg-
Forgive me if I missed something (or if this is already in progress): but will there be a separate thread announcing the e-cital, with the website link?
Posted by: Horowitzian

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/22/10 12:55 PM

My chances of getting a recording of Op. 15 No. 1 are looking pretty bleak; I haven't gotten around to ordering a Zoom H4n in time and school is pressing me on all sides. I'll see what I can do later this week, though. frown
Posted by: LisztAddict

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/22/10 01:05 PM

Very nice new poster! and 4 very fine performances to start out the first day of this 200th Chopin birth-week.
Posted by: gerg

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/22/10 02:23 PM

You, my friends, are fantastic! We had a small turnout this time, but the quality of all four performances more than makes up for the lack of volume.


Ab-ster captures the deep and haunting angst of the Winter in the Op. 17 piece.

Mistaya plays with such playful and Springlike felicity.

Chardonnay plays a nostalgic Summer afternoon with her performance.

And Mati brings out the Polish flair that seemingly only a Pole can in this minor-key yet (to my ear) joyful dance, evocative of an Autumn harvest festival.


All four of you - you have done our friend proud! thumb
Posted by: Schubertian

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/23/10 05:27 AM

I've got some more mazurkas for you - I completely missed whatever announcement went out for them - where and how do I send them in?
Posted by: gerg

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/23/10 12:13 PM

Hail, Schubertian! Here's the address (I don't want it to become a spam target, hence the image).

Posted by: carey

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/25/10 01:41 AM

I've just recorded the Opus 51 Impromptu - and now need to figure out how to e-mail it to you by March 1st !!

Thanks for the opportunity to participate !!

Carey
Posted by: Elene

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/25/10 10:43 AM

Carey, the e-mail address is in the post right above yours. Congratulations on finishing your recording of a substantial piece.

Elene
Posted by: Spitfire

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/25/10 01:00 PM

This is problably a dumb question but being a newbie I did not know the answer smile. Where would I go to watch/listen to the e-cital on march 1st?
Posted by: Nguyen

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/25/10 01:21 PM

Originally Posted By: Spitfire
This is problably a dumb question but being a newbie I did not know the answer smile. Where would I go to watch/listen to the e-cital on march 1st?
Ha.. ha.. Spitfire, that is pretty dumb but... who cares... I ask this kind of questions all the time smile. On the first page, first post, there's a link there. Enjoy.
Posted by: jazzyprof

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/25/10 02:04 PM

After weeks of dedicated practice I have made significant progress but I am still not at the point where I'd feel comfortable posting a recording of op.66 in the March 1 Chopin e-cital. Is there anyone out there who has Fantaisie Impromptu in their current repertoire and can replace me in the e-cital? If not, I may simply submit the slow middle section and try again to record the whole thing in October.
Posted by: al-mahed

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/25/10 02:14 PM

Hi Gerg and everyone,

It is possible to me do the Prelude 4?

Cheers
Posted by: -Frycek

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/25/10 02:42 PM

Originally Posted By: jazzyprof
After weeks of dedicated practice I have made significant progress but I am still not at the point where I'd feel comfortable posting a recording of op.66 in the March 1 Chopin e-cital. Is there anyone out there who has Fantaisie Impromptu in their current repertoire and can replace me in the e-cital? If not, I may simply submit the slow middle section and try again to record the whole thing in October.


Jazzy, you keep your FI and let's do October together. I decided to revive my larghettto too late (I'd decided against it and then changed my mind) so I'm postponing till October too.
Posted by: jazzyprof

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/25/10 03:16 PM

Frycek: Sounds good. We'll shoot for October. I think that in 6 months I should be able to turn in a reasonable facsimile of the Fantastically Impossible. smile
Posted by: -Frycek

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/25/10 03:19 PM

My big mistake was listening to Horowitz play my larghetto.
Posted by: al-mahed

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/25/10 06:09 PM

Hi guys, as Gerg didn't reply yet I'll ask to you online: I want to participate in the e-cital, it is just a matter of "book" a piece? If so, please I chose prelude 4.

Sorry if my question is silly, but I went to the site and have read the first post but didn't figure out *exactly* the rules about it.

Thank you!
Posted by: gerg

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/25/10 06:28 PM

My apologies al-mahed. I'm under heavy pressure at the moment with other matters.

To answer your question: that is a beautiful prelude, but the goal with this series is to produce one amateur recording of each of the composer's works. The Prelude #4 was played in our inaugural Preludes recital, and you can hear it at the ecital website.

I do not wish, however, in any way to discourage your participation. All of the Waltzes are on the table for a future recital, and many Mazurkas remain yet unplayed.

Greg
Posted by: Mary-Rose

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/25/10 06:30 PM

Hi al-mahed, you have to remember that we all live in different time-zones and have different timetables to our lives. So gerg probably hasn't even had the chance to read your earlier post yet. We have been running these Chopin ecitals for a few seasons now, and it is our intention not to repeat performances of the same works until we have covered everything. Then we might well go round to the beginning again.

So, in answer to your question, I am afraid that your Prelude has already been 'taken' in a previous ecital: see here -

http://www.chopinrecital.org/5301.html

I do hope you will take part in a future Chopin ecital though. Do you, for example, play any of his Waltzes?
Posted by: gerg

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/25/10 06:35 PM

Mary-Rose and I typed our responses at almost exactly the same time - and said almost exactly the same thing!
Posted by: Mary-Rose

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/25/10 06:42 PM

So we did, gerg smile But my computer is so slow my response took too long.
Posted by: al-mahed

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/25/10 07:43 PM

Thank you guys, sorry if my post sounded like impatience or rude, not my intention at all!! Consider my bad english and the writing conversation limitations as a issue. I tought the same, Gerg maybe not avaiable to answer until the limit date.

Anyway, I tought the e-cital for 200 years would accept all the pieces, avoiding repeated pieces in the *same* e-cital. Now I know the rules I think I (and most people) will take years to be in any of the future e-citals since we don't have much options but the most difficult pieces to play...

Perhaps would be nice think of the possibility to make some rules flexible in order to estimulate the participation of all, which I think is the spirit of these e-citals, right?


Cheers

ps: unfortunately I don't play any of the Waltzes right now
Posted by: Horowitzian

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/25/10 09:53 PM

OK, it's definitely looking like my recording ain't gonna happen. I'm so disappointed because I was looking forward to doing an ecital finally, but school coupled with some other things says no. frown
Posted by: gerg

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/26/10 02:25 AM

Horowitzian, I am so sorry, and was so looking forward to hearing you play frown

Too, I barely have the time to manage this e-cital because of similar pressures. IF that makes you feel any better... If it wasn't Chopin's 200th...
Posted by: Elene

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/26/10 11:19 AM

Al-mahed is right in that we don't have many accessible, not-totally-virtuosic pieces left for the future! Perhaps we can figure out something for later.

Elene
Posted by: Horowitzian

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/26/10 02:02 PM

Originally Posted By: gerg
Horowitzian, I am so sorry, and was so looking forward to hearing you play frown

Too, I barely have the time to manage this e-cital because of similar pressures. IF that makes you feel any better... If it wasn't Chopin's 200th...


Thanks, gerg! It is nice to know I'm not the only one with a million things on my plate right now. smile

On a happier note, I will soon be hopefully starting to study composition and piano with a new teacher. cool
Posted by: Chardonnay

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/27/10 02:47 PM

Greg-
I just sent you the link to my piece.
Apologies to all in advance for the dropped notes, missed trills, rolled chords that weren't 'quite' rolled, the land mines that detonated under my fingers, causing an explosion of notes falling in a random haphazard manner... memory lapses, etc. etc. etc. blush

It just wasn't going to get any better this time around! frown
Posted by: al-mahed

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/27/10 05:41 PM

This is a problem, really. I don't think we'll lose nothing letting several versions of the same pieces be avaiable. It is a very good thing, in fact, listening to different interpretations of the same piece.

Letting only one version is almost like one person "own" a piece as a definitive rendition.


Originally Posted By: Elene
Al-mahed is right in that we don't have many accessible, not-totally-virtuosic pieces left for the future! Perhaps we can figure out something for later.

Elene
Posted by: gerg

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/27/10 07:06 PM

I'm open to changing the rules just for this event.

One performer per work was not my idea, though I did agree with the merits of it. The thinking was to avoid comparisons between performers given the nerves behind this music.

Can we discuss? Other opinions?
Posted by: Elene

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/27/10 07:18 PM

I think it's too late to change for this particular event, but in the future, we can do things differently if we like. This set of e-citals has already been going on for a few years and has its traditions established. I do think that after October, there are not going to be many intermediate pieces left for anyone new, if any, so at that point maybe everything should change. (What is set for October, anyway? I've been too utterly concentrated on March 1 to think about it.)

Piano World has lots of other e-citals at other times. One might also post a piece on YouTube, Box.net, or elsewhere to make it available to a wide audience. And Performance Today (on public radio) is asking for Chopin recordings. So no one is being shut out just because a certain piece is already taken in a particular e-cital. Al-mahed, maybe you can put something out someplace for us all to hear.

Chardonnay, I am very pleased that you did your recording! A great accomplishment no matter what!

Elene
Posted by: gerg

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/27/10 07:36 PM

Very well said, Elene. That was my thinking as well. The traditions are well-established within the confines of this particular series. However, there are many other opportunities to post a recording as part of an e-cital.

That said, I'd like to see a Chopin free-for-all event here at some point in the future.
Posted by: al-mahed

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/27/10 07:54 PM

Hi Elene, hi Gerg.

Gerg:

I agree with Elene, but I'd like to add that I don't think it is too late to change rules for this particular event. The issue of comparison between performers maybe make some people avoid to contribute, I agree. But we must keep in mind that the way it is now I think the number of people who could contribute to the recital - and don't do it because it is only one piece per person - is bigger than the number of people shy about their performances.

The fact there is only one person per piece do not prevent others from "judge" the performance. I can download the recording, liten to it, and compare with other professional or amateur recordings in another websites, like pianiosociety.com (a wonderful site full of amateur recordings of pieces from several composers, and if you take a look you'll see it is common to have lots of recordings of the same pieces).

All the fun is listen to amateur people playing the pieces we love to get new perspectives of playing, and try to do our best when recording the pieces.

Of course some will be more accurate or better than others, I know I don't play that good, and at least in my case I don't mind because this is fun for me, not a job that I depend on it, so I don't mind if my performance is not "professional", because probably will never be!

Please, feel free to disagree with me! All the best to you Gerg!

Elene:


I don't have a recording of the prelude 4, I was ready to work on a recording for this e-cital but now I'm playing other thing my teacher pointed to me smile

cheers
Posted by: Elene

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/27/10 08:28 PM

It's too late for this event simply because the work has to be done right now, or tomorrow, to get it online in less than 2 days. And I sure hope people have gotten their recordings in.

For those who haven't been around: we've had full programs with lots of participation in the past; last week's lack of submissions was unusual in our experience.

Elene
Posted by: -Frycek

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/27/10 08:45 PM

I have no objection to the duplication of pieces from earlier recitals in a later appropriate event. I'd envisioned this particular recital as a potpourri of pieces of varying levels of difficulty so as many as wanted to could participate. That would of necessity have meant allowing some of the preludes in, etc.
Posted by: al-mahed

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/27/10 08:55 PM

Elene, what you think about giving more time and allow people to post duplicated pieces from earlier recitals as Frycek said?

Lets say, 1 month for now?
Posted by: Elene

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/27/10 11:25 PM

I guess that would depend on what Greg can do as the webmaster, and is willing to do at that time. But in the past we haven't allowed pieces to be added later, I don't think. It sounds like what you are talking about would be a whole separate e-cital. Why don't we let this one get finished (Greg has more than enough to deal with) and then do other things later? Again, you can post pieces at other places on the Web any time you want.

I'm still struggling with my choreography, so I'm so glad I don't have to have that submitted to anyone by a certain time. I had really hoped to have it for March 1, but things are not looking so good!

Elene
Posted by: Frozenicicles

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/27/10 11:42 PM

al-mahed, you can always participate in the Schumann e-cital coming up this June. There are no restrictions on duplication so you can work on any Schumann piece you want. He wrote many that are very accessible to beginners and intermediates.
Posted by: gerg

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/28/10 02:58 AM

Frycek is one of the inner core group; if she is fine with this... I, too, agree.

al-mahed, I am not at all in disagreement with you and would very much like to see such a free-for-all event, esp. this year. Monday may be the composer's birthday, but 2010 as a whole is Chopin year.

E-cital.net was designed from the beginning to host many series of amateur recitals. Each series can have its own theme and its own tree of web pages - think a site within a site. No need for the Chopin motif throughout. It redirects to "chopinrecital.org" simply because that's what we paid for, but the site needn't be specific to Chopin. It is kind of like a whole website version of the "member recordings" on PW. Though we now have an embryonic message board, it is not intended to compete with PW, which would be a fool's errand. The focus with e-cital is on offering a tasteful showcase platform of for the amateur performer. There is love in these performances that most pros would be hard-pressed to match - the fruit of many hours of dedications and often frustration. They are humanized, and serve, I believe, to humanize the composers while honoring them.

The inspiration found its genesis in my childhood in the 1980s: no one except professionals would play Chopin for me because they felt it was "too hard", or they were embarrassed, or... I wanted to hear what was tough about his work, since anyone with formal training and able to devote their entire career to musical study would effectively hide it and make it all sound easy. Thus, all I ever heard were professional performances, which say little about a work's difficulty and even become, no matter how sublime the interpretation, rather vanilla like some mass-produced shrinkwrapped product - if that's all one ever hears! I wanted to offer a platform for amateur performers to showcase their work since - let's face it! - performance opportunities are rare. Most of all, I wanted people to believe in themselves and accomplish the impossible!

Sometimes we fail: I am not proud of my 25/6 from the Etudes, for example. It was a failure. But it stays there. I learned from it. If the Yankees beat the Mariners 5-4, I may not like it, but that game is forever recorded as a 5-4 Yankees victory. Sometimes we come through with flying colors, astounding even ourselves.

Honorable hat tip to Mr. Super-Hunky, as the online e-citals were his idea and are quite successful on ABF. I would like to participate in more of these, but my present station in life and commitment to the e-cial.net ecitals prevents it.

What we do not have, nor will any time soon, is an automatic submission mechanism. Reason is because I feel it important for each participant to feel that their particular submission gets individual human attention in its presentation, and is not simply fed into a computer vis-a-vis "take a number". This keeps the humans at the other end busier but is, in the long run, worth it.
Posted by: gerg

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/28/10 04:30 AM

Other works 1 March 2010
Allegro de Concert Op 46 – Sotto Voce
Ballade no 1in G minor Op 23 - Tucsonpianist
Ballade no 2 in F major Op 38 – Liszt Addict IN
Ballade no 3 in A flat major Op 47- eggsdeee
Ballade no 4 in F minor Op 52 - doowlehc IN
Barcarolle Op 60 – heidiv IN
Cantabile - anonman
Concerto Op 21, Larghetto - Chardonnay IN
Fantasie Impromptu Op 66 - jazzyprof OUT
Impromptu in A flat Op 29 – greywullf
Impromptu in G flat Op 51 – carey IN
Nocturne Op 9 No 2 - AnotherSchmoe IN
Nocturne Op 55 No 1 - Piano Again
Nocturne Op 15 No 1 - Horowitzian OUT
Polonaise in C sharp minor Op 26 No 1 - akonow
Polonaise in A Major Op 40 No 1 – ab-ster IN
Polonaise in C minor Op 40 No 2 - Schubertian IN
Polonaise-Fantaisie in A-flat Op 61 – davidyko
Prelude Op 28/13 plus Etudes 10/8 and 25/10 – Black36White52
Prelude Op 28/17 - pianahman OUT
Scherzo in B flat minor Op 31 - Chopin4life
Scherzo in C sharp minor, Op 39 – Kreisler
Sonata in B flat minor Op 35 first movement – whippen boy
Song: Nie ma czego trzeba - Elene IN
Variations brillantes Op. 12 - nlogn
Posted by: Schubertian

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/28/10 01:20 PM

Gerg/Greg: Just curious - the mazurkas I sent you (Late, I admit) - are they going up tomorrow along with the polonaise? I told my teacher to watch out for them - he visits this site
Posted by: al-mahed

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/28/10 03:16 PM

Is Gerg a typo? Your name is Greg? smile
Posted by: gerg

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/28/10 04:06 PM

Absolutely, Schubertian! They will be up with everything else, and announced accordingly. thumb
Posted by: Schubertian

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/28/10 05:44 PM

oh thanks -
good luck getting that all together - I am certainly looking forward to it
Posted by: -Frycek

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/28/10 06:40 PM

Originally Posted By: al-mahed
Is Gerg a typo? Your name is Greg? smile

Gerg is Greg spelled backwards. He did it on purpose.
Posted by: gerg

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 02/28/10 08:01 PM

To those of you who signed up but are not able to send anything and were gracious enough to let me know this in advance: thank you!

Allegro de Concert Op 46 – Sotto Voce OUT frown
Ballade no 1 in G minor Op 23 - Tucsonpianist
Ballade no 2 in F major Op 38 – Liszt Addict IN
[b]Ballade no 3 in A flat major Op 47- eggsdeee or gerg IN

Ballade no 4 in F minor Op 52 - doowlehc IN
[b]Barcarolle Op 60 – heidiv IN
Cantabile - anonman
[b]Concerto Op 21, Larghetto - Chardonnay IN

Fantasie Impromptu Op 66 - jazzyprof OUT
Impromptu in A flat Op 29 – greywullf
Impromptu in G flat Op 51 – carey IN
Nocturne Op 9 No 2 - AnotherSchmoe IN
Nocturne Op 55 No 1 - Piano Again IN
Nocturne Op 15 No 1 - Horowitzian OUT
Polonaise in C sharp minor Op 26 No 1 - akonow
Polonaise in E flat minor Op 26 No 2 - Maestro_007 IN
Polonaise in A Major Op 40 No 1 – ab-ster IN
Polonaise in C minor Op 40 No 2 - Schubertian IN
Polonaise-Fantaisie in A-flat Op 61 – davidyko
Prelude Op 28/13 plus Etudes 10/8 and 25/10 – Black36White52
Prelude Op 28/17 - pianahman OUT
Scherzo in B flat minor Op 31 - Chopin4life
Scherzo in C sharp minor, Op 39 – Kreisler
Sonata in B flat minor Op 35 first movement – whippen boy OUT
Song: Pierścień - Elene IN
Song: Nie ma czego trzeba - Elene IN
Song: Dumka - Elene IN
Song: Nie ma czego trzeba - Elene IN

Variations brillantes Op. 12 - nlogn

Mazurkas

24/1 - Maestro_007 IN
50/1 - Schubertian IN
56/1 - Schubertian IN
56/2 - Schubertian IN

Courtesy Maestro_007, we have another Mazurka and another Polonaise in the recital! thumb

(Did I miss anyone?)

Despite attrition we've a fairly respectable turnout for tomorrow, I'm pleased to report, 19 pieces in all. I've classified all of the Mazurkas and Nocturnes received herein as part of this e-cital insofar as the latter are delineated by their dates.

There is STILL TIME - if anyone is actually reading these updates. I'll check tomorrow morning Pacific Standard Time for any johnnie-come-latelys in the inbox, normalize them, and put them up.
Posted by: Horowitzian

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 03/01/10 07:31 AM

I'm glad you had such a respectable turnout! smile Again, I am really sad I couldn't make this one. frown I will take some time to listen to the others though! smile
Posted by: Piano Again

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 03/01/10 10:57 AM

A typo: on the recital page, it says the performer for 55/1 is Carey.
Posted by: Elene

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 03/01/10 11:05 AM

Big sigh of relief all around! Thanks, everybody. Enjoy the celebrations. Greg, I hope you got some sleep.

Elene
Posted by: gerg

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 03/01/10 12:10 PM

Will post the announcement shortly. Applying some last-minute changes.
Posted by: NancyM333

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 03/02/10 08:12 AM

Great job, everyone! I'm looking forward to hearing everything!

Nancy
Posted by: gerg

Re: F. Chopin's 200th: 2010 Spring E-Cital checkin - 03/03/10 08:41 PM

Thanks Nancy! Hope to have you join us again. I'll never forget your 28/15, "Raindrop" two-and-half years ago. smile