Saturday, January 21, 2017

Noah and the Raven

I recorded this in November 2016 for the Piano World recital (link1). It has been raining a lot here in Southern California. The song/tune is about Noah and his conversations with a Raven. Noah is famous for building an ark. The Raven is a symbol of his self doubt. Here is the link to the MP3 (link2).

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Gemini August ABF recital

Gemini is my August recital piece. The title comes from the call and response structure to the piece, reminding me of twins. It is in the key of C, recorded on a Casio PX150 digital piano. I use Audacity to boost the volume.

MP3 link. The Adult beginners recital with the many participants is at link2.


Saturday, May 14, 2016

The Capistrano suite

The Capistrano suite is three short piano pieces. They are inspired by the swallows of San Juan Capistrano. They return to San Juan Capistrano (Southern California) in March, and leave for Argentina in October.

The old mission building circa 1776 is sometimes used by the nesting birds. The town celebrates the return of the swallows on St. Joseph's Day (March 19th).

There are three movements, about six minutes total:
Leaving Capistrano (in Bb)
Light as a Feather 
Clear Blue Sky

Here is the link to the mp3. This my May recital piece for Piano World (recital 42). The recital isn't live quite yet, but here is a link to the forum (link2). Enjoy.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Clear Blue Sky - live

I've been writing music for a while now, long beyond my four years on piano. Clear Blue Sky is some of my best work (mp3). This is from a live performance, recorded at Namaste Cafe in January 2016. It is a Kimball grand piano, with a mic, pumped through a p/a system, recorded on a voice recorder. Kudos to the sound man for helping make such a clean sounding field recording. It is part of the Adult Beginners Forum virtual piano recital for February (#27 at link2).

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Rainbow revisited

For the 40th Adult Beginners Forum recital, one suggestion was to revisit an early piece. Somewhere Over the Rainbow was one of the first pieces I learned when I started in March of 2012. Here is the link to the new version (link). Enjoy.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The Southwind (old Irish folk tune)

The Southwind was one of the first tunes I learned on pennywhistle. I adapted it for piano. Here is the link

It is my contribution to the August 2015 Adult Beginners Forum recital. The entire recital can be played at link2


Saturday, May 16, 2015

Con Te Partiro (Time to Say Goodbye)

My May 2015 ABF recital piece is Con Te Partiro. Instrument is a Casio PX150 digital piano. This time I recorded on board, then played back "live" and recorded the audio to a voice recorder. Hopefully, this makes for a recording with more life.

Here is the link to the MP3 (link).  Piano lovers can find the entire recital of over 50 submissions at link2.

From the Wiki
"Con te partirĂ²" (literally "I will leave with you") is an Italian song written by Francesco Sartori (music) and Lucio Quarantotto (lyrics). It was first performed by Andrea Bocelli at the 1995 Sanremo Festival and recorded on his album of the same year, Bocelli. The single was first released as an A-side single with "Vivere" in 1995, topping the charts, first in France, where it became one of the best selling singles of all time, and then in Belgium, breaking the all-time record sales there.

A second version of the song, sung partly in English, released in 1996 as "Time to Say Goodbye", paired Bocelli with English soprano Sarah Brightman, and achieved even greater success, topping charts all across Europe, including Germany, where it became the biggest-selling single in history. Brightman and Bocelli produced a version with Brightman singing in German and Bocelli in Italian, with this version being available on the CD Time to Say Goodbye. That version alone has now sold more than 12 million copies worldwide, making it one of best-selling singles of all time.