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Performer's name:sma55 (Shepherd Abrams)
From:Originally from Chicago, but somehow got trapped in St. Louis beginning in 1989
Experience:Self taught as a child, then took a hiatus for a few decades, and then resumed playing with some intermittent lessons beginning 7 years ago.
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Video link:https://youtu.be/sj5tFA4biPA
Title of piece:Funeral March of a Marionette
Composer:Charles Gounod
Duration:05:05
Source of music:Memorized from sheet music
Instrument used:Steingraeber D232
Recording method:Zoom H4N and converted to mp3 in Audacity.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:After my piano tuner recently tuned my piano, I heard him playing this piece to test out the tuning. I instantly fell in love with the arrangement and just had to learn it. I find the piece to be quite quirky and fun--"Alfred Hitchcock Presents" notwithstanding. And so does my wife, who has asked me to play it at her funeral (yes, seriously).

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Performer's name:tyschoco
From:Singapore
Experience:Played casually when younger, took lessons for 1 Year and 7 Months now.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Invention No.5 in E-Flat Major BMV 776
Composer:J.S Bach
Duration:01:36
Source of music:I use Henle Urtext, but here is a link to the score on IMSLP:
https://imslp.simssa.ca/files/imglnks/usimg/2/28/IMSLP00751-BWV0776.pdf
Instrument used:Acoustic Piano, Zimmerman S6
Recording method:Iphone Voice Memo
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:First submission for the Adult Beginner forum Recital! Hopefully anyone listening enjoys my rendition of one of the lesser played Bach 2 invention in E flat smile

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Performer's name:barbaram
From:Ireland
Experience:c. 10 years
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Title of piece:Waltz in A Minor
Composer:Chopin
Duration:02:31
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Kawai CS8
Recording method:Digital to Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Chopin's easiest piece still presents a host of challenges for me and I have found it very satisfying to work on. I recognise there is plenty I could still improve (when would there ever not be!), but for now I'd rather move on.

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Performer's name:dumka1
From:Illinois (originally from Ukraine)
Experience:8 years as a child, off and on as an adult. Resumed regular lessons almost 6 years ago.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Prelude Op. 11 no 20
Composer:Scriabin
Duration:01:21
Source of music:Henle edition
Instrument used:Steinway Grand in a church
Recording method:Zoom H2N
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This is probably one of the hardest pieces I've ever played. The big jumps were new to me, and I'm still not consistent with them. Thankfully it's a short prelude, so I was determined to learn it (along with a few others). It's very passionate, I hope you enjoy it. I'm not sure the quality of the recording is great (I might have put the Zoom recorder too close to the piano...).

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Performer's name:Purrblast
From:Poland
Experience:3 years
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://youtu.be/D2hbT1QISXg
Title of piece:Baba Yaga, The Witch (Op. 39, No. 20)
Composer:P.I. Tchaikovsky
Duration:01:05
Source of music:Children's Album, Op. 39 - P.I. Tchaikovsky
Instrument used:Kawai CA78, pianist mode ("Classic" setting)
Recording method:Recorded to USB, normalized in Audacity.
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Not up to required tempo (presto) and with some mistakes, but here we go. Hope you'll enjoy it. smile

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Performer's name:PikaPianist
From:Australia
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Video link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k34_0EEleV8
Title of piece:Abendlied Op.5 No.3
Composer:Emil von Sauer
Duration:03:35
Source of music:IMSLP
Instrument used:Estonia L210 (2018)
Recording method:Zoom H5
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Emil von Sauer was a German composer. He was a pupil of Franz Liszt and one of the most distinguished pianists of his generation.

Another recording of a rare gem! You know a piece of music resonates with you when you catch yourself spontaneously humming the main theme of it multiple times throughout the day. I had no choice but to learn and record this lovely 'Evening song'. What a simple melody but such a beauty!

I found it difficult to voice the melody when the accompaniment consists of various uncomfortable intervals and jumps. Furthermore, with such a steady 6/8 rhythm in the accompaniment it's easy to accidentally slip into a rigid metronomic pulse, and thus ruining the gorgeous melody on top. Copious amounts of rubato is extremely helpful in giving life to such a rigid structure.

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Performer's name:Hawgdriver (Leon)
From:Denver
Experience:~10 with a 5 year break
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Title of piece:Moment Musicaux Number 3 in F minor
Composer:Schubert
Duration:02:09
Instrument used:Roland keyboard 700 something
Recording method:Audio line in to zoom H1
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:That dang pedal!!! lol You can hear me mistime the sustain pedal during the forte part. This has been the toughest piece for me in terms of use of pedal. Still a lot to master there, but it's listenable and just between you and me, I want to move on with this in a 'rotation' instead of continuing to obsess with just one piece.

I love Schubert!!! <3 <3

Besides the pedal mistake in the forte part, I'm curious about use of sustain pedal in the piece period--if you have any insight I'd love to hear how you approached it. It felt like a fine balance between maintaining a sparse staccato feel and adding lush romantic texture, so maybe there's a lot of discretion to the performer, but in any event it's a puzzle I don't feel I've solved to my satisfaction.

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Performer's name:winterflower
Experience:plenty
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Title of piece:Train Horn
Composer:winterflower
Duration:02:08
Source of music:improvised
Recording method:Pianoteq 7 Bluethner
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:What I really wanted was to catch the sound of the passing train's whistle (which accounts for the --least soothing-- parts of this piece), but perhaps that's hopeless. Hopeless for now.

If I do sound like I cam copying something else... well, that would be interesting to know.

I like comments.

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Performer's name:selfishplayer
From:US
Experience:7.5y
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Video link:https://youtu.be/9yq20osp2EA
Title of piece:EnglishSuite 2 bourree I
Composer:J.S.Bach
Duration:02:16
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:trying recording a new piece , but still need polish . So revert to record this old piece. But after long time no playing , it's tough to get used to , because the previous finger arrangement is wrong, now it's like relearn it from start to override the wrong muscle memory . boring and lack of sense of accomplishment
Though I tried hard to fix , still terrible playing ,
Hope 3 months later , I can polish both the new piece and this one to note perfect .

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Performer's name:EdmondRhapsody
From:San Francisco Bay Area
Experience:7 years as a kid, on and off as an adult
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Video link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6cL02bVy0w
Title of piece:Passacaglia
Composer:Handel/Halvorsen
Duration:02:54
Source of music:sheet music
Instrument used:Yamaha P-515
Recording method:keyboard USB recording
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I have listened to this piece many times over the years and really like the melody. I always thought it is a modern composition. It was not until recently I realized it was published by Norwegian composer/violinist Johan Halvorsen in 1894 based on Handel's Harpsichord Suite in G minor, HWV 432. The piece was originally arranged for String duos. The version I play is a piano arrangement.

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Performer's name:psyche23 (Edwin)
From:London, UK
Experience:Eight years as a child, 2 years since returning to the piano as an adult
Direct music link:click to download
Home page link:https://soundcloud.com/user-616625087
Title of piece:Romance in F sharp major, Op. 28 No. 2
Composer:Schumann
Duration:03:05
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Yamaha P-125 and Pianoteq 6
Recording method:Digital to PC (Pianoteq 6)
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:This beautiful piece was written by Robert Schumann in 1839 as the second of Three Romances ('Drei Romanzen') and given to his then fiancee, Clara. Legend has it that many years later, as she lay on her deathbed (and 40 years after Robert's passing), Clara requested her grandson perform this for her. It was the last music she ever heard; she died on May 20th 1896.

I love how the main theme is voiced by the thumbs and sits in the middle register, it really adds a different, slightly weightier feel to the music. Now it took me a while to get this under the fingers and I put this down to the fact it's in F sharp major (6 sharps) and for some reason I struggle to learn pieces in key signatures containing many sharps. If it had been written in G flat major (6 flats) it would have been much easier! No idea why!

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Performer's name:Sam S
From:Georgia, USA
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Experience:11 years now
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://youtu.be/KfODVCLtBjk
Title of piece:Polonaise op 40-1"Military"
Composer:Frederic Chopin
Duration:06:35
Source of music:Henle, Paderewski
Instrument used:Yamaha C3
Recording method:Zoom Q8
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:"Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy ride!"

Hopefully I conveyed some of the spirit of this piece, despite the missed notes! It's been a long project. I keep track of my practice hours, and I "only" spent 85 hours on it spread over a year. I worked on a section, got tired of it and set it aside, picked it up again, realized I would have to memorize it, started again, and so forth. Finally I had a couple of zoom lessons to help me correct my unintentional errors.

It's fun to play, but tiring. I really have to think about relaxing and reducing tension the whole time. It starts forte, and never drops below that for the rest of the piece, so it is a real workout to play it.

I've played it twice in live recitals in the last month, with varying success, but my real target during this whole process has been a live recital next weekend for my local piano group. Wish me luck!

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That's all folks! Thanks for keeping the recitals thriving!

Sam

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