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#1009603 - 10/17/07 01:53 PM Presenting Frederic Chopin's Preludes: A Recital
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#1009604 - 10/17/07 03:00 PM Re: Presenting Frederic Chopin's Preludes: A Recital
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Sticky, please... then delete this post. Thanks
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#1009605 - 10/17/07 03:05 PM Re: Presenting Frederic Chopin's Preludes: A Recital
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Sticky has been requested. However, one mod is in Japan, and the other is (hopefully!) recovering from a life-threatening injury, so I don't know how long it will take the request to go through...
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#1009606 - 10/17/07 03:24 PM Re: Presenting Frederic Chopin's Preludes: A Recital
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Great website, very impressive, Gerg!

The line for Hershey88's prelude is not a hyperlink for me. It just shows up as plain text - don't know if others have that same problem?

btw, should praises and comments be posted in this thread, or the other "countdown" thread?
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#1009607 - 10/17/07 03:28 PM Re: Presenting Frederic Chopin's Preludes: A Recital
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What a tremendous accomplishment! You all should be very proud. \:\)
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#1009608 - 10/17/07 03:30 PM Re: Presenting Frederic Chopin's Preludes: A Recital
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I only listened to the No.11 so far, but Ragnhild, that was really, really good.
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#1009609 - 10/17/07 03:33 PM Re: Presenting Frederic Chopin's Preludes: A Recital
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It is the wonderful folks in ABF that deserve the credit, not me. Most of all, it is the composer himself, whose music has moved and inspired so many,

Kathleen is the one who really drives the passion for Chopin's music. Her enthusiasm is infectious.

I see no reason, if you want to comment, that we cannot do it here, since the recital is hosted elsewhere and comments won't clutter it.

I'll be starting another discussion thread because I am very, very interested to hear about everyone else's experience learning these pieces. Will wait a bit though, to give everyone a chance to listen to the whole thing.
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#1009610 - 10/17/07 03:41 PM Re: Presenting Frederic Chopin's Preludes: A Recital
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I think you should also post in the Pianist Corner. This is too big of an accomplishment to keep within one forum.
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#1009611 - 10/17/07 03:42 PM Re: Presenting Frederic Chopin's Preludes: A Recital
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I've just listened to them all; wow, what a great achievement and what a fantastic tribute to Chopin.

Bravo \:\)
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#1009612 - 10/17/07 03:51 PM Re: Presenting Frederic Chopin's Preludes: A Recital
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Bravo! Brava! Bravi! This is really incredible. Good work all of you!

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#1009613 - 10/17/07 03:55 PM Re: Presenting Frederic Chopin's Preludes: A Recital
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Originally posted by Theowne:
I think you should also post in the Pianist Corner. This is too big of an accomplishment to keep within one forum. [/b]
Go for it! Personally, I would like critical input for my own pieces from them, but for now we're all just going to rest in the joy of this achievement. Analyis can come later...
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#1009614 - 10/17/07 04:06 PM Re: Presenting Frederic Chopin's Preludes: A Recital
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There is someone who deserves special mention and a great big "thank you" in inspiring this recital:

C C Chang (CCC on PianoWorld). He's very busy finalizing publication of his book, "Fundamentals of Piano Practice." He will be announcing its publication here on PianoWorld very soon.

He breaks down the seemingly impossible (i.e. Adult "beginners" playing Chopin) into the possible and accessible. Without his book, I do not believe I would have had the confidence to suggest we could pull this off.

BookSurge is the publisher. I would highly recommend a copy of the book once it is published.
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#1009615 - 10/17/07 04:15 PM Re: Presenting Frederic Chopin's Preludes: A Recital
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Beginners? Come on now, quit pulling my legs. \:D

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#1009616 - 10/17/07 04:20 PM Re: Presenting Frederic Chopin's Preludes: A Recital
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Originally posted by gerg:
Sticky has been requested. However, one mod is in Japan, and the other is (hopefully!) recovering from a life-threatening injury, so I don't know how long it will take the request to go through... [/b]
Done. Note that I didn't get a request to make it sticky so if one was sent to both ShiroKuro and myself, at least I didn't get it.

Now, on to listening to the recital!
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#1009617 - 10/17/07 04:24 PM Re: Presenting Frederic Chopin's Preludes: A Recital
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Greg, thank you so much!!!!

I did not send you one because I did not know how available you were given that you need your rest.

Enjoy the recital!
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#1009618 - 10/17/07 04:40 PM Re: Presenting Frederic Chopin's Preludes: A Recital
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 Quote:
Originally posted by gerg:
Greg, thank you so much!!!!

I did not send you one because I did not know how available you were given that you need your rest.[/b]
Well, in between sleeping 18 hours/day, various treatments, visits to the doctor, consuming enough narcotics to make "Valley of the Dolls" look like a kids party and a very little bit of playing the piano, I've nothing but time on my hands \:D
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#1009619 - 10/17/07 04:44 PM Re: Presenting Frederic Chopin's Preludes: A Recital
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I just listened to all of these (except hershey88, as there was no link??). I know you all must be so proud. Your work (I can't begin to imagine how much you all put in!) is most impressive! And what a pretty website, by the way! Congrats, all! \:\)

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#1009620 - 10/17/07 04:50 PM Re: Presenting Frederic Chopin's Preludes: A Recital
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Greg, that's harsh! At least you are getting the rest. I can only imagine the discomfort of the injury itself, of staying in bed so long. The human body is a miraculous contraption though - you'll be out before you know it.

Tina, I am hoping you will participate one of these days! Don't ever say "I'm not good enough"! Have you seen the Mazurka Marathon thread?
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#1009621 - 10/17/07 05:16 PM Re: Presenting Frederic Chopin's Preludes: A Recital
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There you all sit, peers of artists like Koji, Julius Katchen and Ashkenazy \:\)

http://www.sailwave.com/music/abf.jpg

And Brahms too!

Bravo \:\)
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#1009622 - 10/17/07 05:23 PM Re: Presenting Frederic Chopin's Preludes: A Recital
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Nice!

If Brahms is playing the piano with his 1800's recording techniques, I know my recording HAS to sound good \:D \:D \:D
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#1009623 - 10/17/07 05:36 PM Re: Presenting Frederic Chopin's Preludes: A Recital
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Nice going Greg. I had no idea we were getting our own web site!
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#1009624 - 10/17/07 05:37 PM Re: Presenting Frederic Chopin's Preludes: A Recital
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Just listened to all, except Hershey88's, which has no link, and Nancy's Op28-15, which got me an Internet Explorer error - didn't open. It's a wma file.

Kudos to all the wonderful pianists. I think we are stretching to call this an adult "beginners" forum.

I haven't heard most of these pieces before so it's a great musical education as well as great enjoyment to listen to. I really love no. 24. (I don't mean to belittle anyone's accomplishment. I mean the composition just stands out for me.)

Thank you very much again gerg and Kathleen.

C7, Glad to see that you seem to be in good spirits - I am sure that itself will speed up the healing. Sending good vibes your way, one more time. You've got lots of good vibes from the preludes!
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#1009625 - 10/17/07 05:43 PM Re: Presenting Frederic Chopin's Preludes: A Recital
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Please keep checking back for Hershey's recording. He is a very, very special individual, and it will be worth your while...

I agree with you about the firey passion #24. LisztAddict did it justice, and it shares with #15 the distinction of Chopin's best-known prelude, though #4, #6, and #7 are also well-known.
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#1009626 - 10/17/07 05:47 PM Re: Presenting Frederic Chopin's Preludes: A Recital
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Originally posted by LaValse:
There you all sit, peers of artists like Koji, Julius Katchen and Ashkenazy \:\)

http://www.sailwave.com/music/abf.jpg

And Brahms too!

Bravo \:\) [/b]
Glad to see someone taking advantage of the labeling effort. It was a lot of work!
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#1009627 - 10/17/07 06:03 PM Re: Presenting Frederic Chopin's Preludes: A Recital
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btw gerg, I did notice the files are all systematically labelled, and the site is very well laid out, the graphics, the colors - the way the link color matches the border colors. Yes I noticed those details! Very good looking page indeed. The great music derserves a great presentation site and you provided that.

Edit: AND the invitation "flyer" at the top of this thread matches the site too. This is like a whole wedding package, all coordinated and pretty. (It takes a woman to see it this way \:\) )
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#1009628 - 10/17/07 06:04 PM Re: Presenting Frederic Chopin's Preludes: A Recital
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Well, that kept me at work until the end today! What a great recital. I didn't know any of the pieces, but it was a delight to listen to them all, and to all the different styles in pianos, much less playing.

And the invitation and the web site made me feel like I was in a grand concert hall with ornate railings and patterned carpets, and ladies with long gloves and fans \:\)

Congratulations to all - what a triumph.

Cathy
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#1009629 - 10/17/07 06:07 PM Re: Presenting Frederic Chopin's Preludes: A Recital
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Ramona gets credit for the site design! She did a marvelous job, and she did it all in ONE DAY, can you believe it?

Ramona did the initial layout of the invite, and Peyton, who is a professional artist, improved it.
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#1009630 - 10/17/07 06:21 PM Re: Presenting Frederic Chopin's Preludes: A Recital
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Originally posted by gerg:Tina, I am hoping you will participate one of these days! Don't ever say "I'm not good enough"! Have you seen the Mazurka Marathon thread?
Yes, I hope so too and thanks very much for your encouraging spirit \:\) Yes, I have indeed seen the Mazurka thread. Read every page the other day and daydreamed just a bit! I don't think even the simplest Chopin work is within my ability yet (but I don't KNOW that because I don't know what piece that would be!) but I will get there!

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#1009631 - 10/17/07 07:25 PM Re: Presenting Frederic Chopin's Preludes: A Recital
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This was an amazing accomplishment. I've listened to them all and know now why I didn't join in! Beginners? Ha! These are all wonderful and most sound like they are played by advanced players! Awesome! I've played a couple of these before(not as well however). Kathleen your playing certainly shows your passion for Chopin! You sound very professional! And the site is Great! Kudos to Gerg and Ramona!
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#1009632 - 10/17/07 11:19 PM Re: Presenting Frederic Chopin's Preludes: A Recital
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Bravo to everyone!

These are marvelous recordings and Gerg you did a marvelous job in putting this recital together \:\)
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