When I was a kid I had the luck of studying music. I started with the
clarinet, and after making my teacher running away in desperation I
switched to piano. After three years and poor results (I've beed admitted
to the third year under condition as my level wasn't good enough for
a third year), finally realizing that piano was not my job, considered
that piano school wasn't mandatory (and moreover that in my family we
never had money to throw away) I decided to drop and so crying I said
it first to my piano teacher (and she took it very well indeed) and only
then to my mother (!).
Of course years later I think it was a wrong decision. I always kept
playing first the piano and then electronic synths (that included a
special device that made happy my family - hearphones).
Recently I decided to pick up the piano again so I bought an electronic
piano from yamaha. In this page (until I run out of web space) I've
promised myself to publish recordings from my playing.
|F.F.Chopin. Waltzer op. 64/2
This is the piece that made me buying a piano to give it another
try. I've heard this waltzer for the first time a few months ago
and I tried playing it with the synth I was using (no dynamics,
unweighted keys) connecting it to the software synthetizer I've
on my PC (the piano sound of the keyboard was outrageous).
However I realized that for this kind of music dynamic is not an
optional, so I made the jump and I also fell in love for the
weighted keyboard. I've to add that I also didn't realize how bad
was the latency in the soft synthetizer... in other words with a
piano, well, it's an horse of a different color.
|F.F.Chopin. Nocturne op. 9/1 (start)
This nocturne by Chopin is in my opinion simply fantastic.
When I heard it for the first time I thought that the hard part
were the tricks with the right hand, when indeed for me it was
harder to get smooth broken chords for the left hand.
I didn't finish the piece yet; I'm currently studying the middle
part, but a problem I have is that I like so much the initial part
(that is also similar to the ending part) that when I sit at the
piano I find myself playing it instead of studying the middle part.
I always had problems completing musical pieces... however I think
this is a problem for many piano hobbists.
|F.F.Chopin. Fantasie Impromptu op. 66 (start, fake)
This is a very famous piece, and I've heard this is the dream of
all piano hobbists. I started looking at the score only a few
days ago and, honestly, I don't think I'll be ever able to play
it at a reasonable speed. This recording is fake, I obtained it
by recording separately the left and the right hand and
then playing back the result at double the speed of
recording. Don't tell anyone I cheated ;-).