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I've been toying with the idea of putting up my piano performances up on here, and I'm still kinda uncomfortable with the idea of everyone knowing my last name (because I'm too lazy to upload these videos on a separate channel lol), but I figured why not. My only rule is that I'd rather not have members of the forums comment on my videos, as people from my real life can see these as well. Anyway, enjoy!
[removed]Brahms: Rhapsody Op. 79 No. 2
This piece. I worked on it like my whole junior year haha. My teacher (at the time) and I did a whole lotta analysis on this one as well, so I have a good understanding of the piece overall, but that won't keep me from making mistakes haha. I just love the structure of this piece. Coming in as "waking up", transitioning to a march, falling "back asleep", "having a nightmare", etc. Brahms is such a lyrical composer and this piece really describes that.
[removed]Bach: Prelude and Fugue BWV 848 in C-Sharp Major
Honestly... I hated this piece lol. This was kind of a sloppy performance I gave of it, but I still got a rating of a 1 with it, so aye that's something haha. I'm hoping to branch out in other Bach works, and I know that in college I'm going to have to do French/English Suites and definitely the Goldberg Variations (I'm pretty sure it's a requirement at the university I'll go to). I'm hoping to do some of the partitas as well. Overall, I'm kinda getting tired of Bach Preludes/Fugues (and yet I'm performing another one for my senior recital lol), so I'm really looking forward to branching out more.
[removed]Beethoven: Sonata Op. 31 No. 2, "Tempest", Movement 1
This is another fun sonata. I'm pretty sure this is the piece that was most likely to get me a 1 at the competition haha. I actually learned this piece in like my freshman year in about a week or so (the first movement at least). There's always a problem transitioning from triplets to eighth notes, the triplet tremolos against the quarter notes, etc. I did make some silly accuracy mistakes in this performance but overall it was good.
[removed]Chopin: Etude Op. 25 No. 7, "Cello"
Ughh I loved this etude. It's so calm and gentle and I just love it ugh. I actually think that my competition performance of this piece was my best performance of it as well. I did take this etude to the Penn State Honors Music Institute, which I'll link my audition to as well.
[removed]Music Institute Audition (summer camp): Mozart Sonata K. 332 Movement 1 and Chopin Etude Op. 25 No. 7
Here's my cringy sophomore version of me lol. Also I probably don't sound the same voice-wise as I did sophomore year, so be aware of that haha. I actually don't like this audition video tbh. A lot of the trills and stuff in the Mozart were extremely hard for me at the time to line up with both hands and just stuff like that. But what's neat about this is that you can see the change in the Chopin etude at least from my sophomore year to my senior year. Also I sped up in the Chopin like crazy and sat way too far back and idk why.
That's it for now! I'll still be updating this every once in a while, especially with a bunch of performances coming up. If you're interested, the Penn State and Brahms videos were from when I was with my old teacher, and my other videos are from my teacher that I switched to in September. Also, please note that I'm not trying to advertise myself or anything; I thought it'd be a good idea to post these videos just for your enjoyment, especially considering how much I talk about the piano lol.
editing notes: removed links due to the move. I'm not sure how I'll feel about my personal information being permanently on an archived site, so I felt like it'd be best to remove everything.
I'm so glad you created a portfolio, I can definitely see how passionate you are about the piano. I really enjoyed watching all of your performances! You have a beautiful technique. My favourite out of these is Chopin: Etude Op. 25 No. 7, "Cello", I've always really liked the piece. It's so calming to play and listen to.
Thanks, Michelle! It's probably my favorite out of all of them too; probably the most worked on with my teacher for my competition performances as well. Honestly, people can probably learn this in a week (which is probably about the time I learned it in, but I can't remember because that was two years ago lol), but there's so much extra stuff in the etude that needs to be brought out which is what makes it more challenging. Sucks that the top conservatories ban it from auditions though, but I can see why haha.
You have a tremendous amount of talent. I know how much work it takes to get up onto that stage dressed your best and showcasing your skills to the masses, both on stage and off stage. In my piano I went the more independent and artistic route, and I have massive respect for people like you who take their talent so professionally and diligently. You excel greatly at your craft. I hope you're able to take this and go wherever you want to go. I see it in you.
tbh even if i play piano and violin i still like OST better than anything else musical
Awesome pieces, and I really liked Chopin: Etude Op. 25 No. 7, "Cello", so calming to listen to and i dunno why but it sounds it would fit in YLIA. xD
Tbh I have a list of all the pieces I could see in YLIA lol. And thanks!
Thank you, Molly! Those are great words to hear, especially from a very artistic pianist like yourself. :3 And yeah, to me, performing for one person is the same feeling as performing for one hundred people. Thanks again for your kind response!
[removed]State Performance: Prokofiev Sonata 2, Movement 1[/url]
And this thread is back with my state performance from April 28th. I'm not proud of this performance, but I still got my superior rating so aye. I made a pretty obvious mistake making the triplets towards the beginning pretty uneven but oh well. I get to perform this piece again for my senior recital anyway. Anyway, this is such a weird piece and I love it. I hope you all enjoy this. Also, this was my last performance before I turned 18 (which is today)!
I'm so glad you made this thread because you're honestly so amazing at piano, and I love listening to you play. I've probably watched a few of the other vids on YouTube, but I watched the Tempest one just now, and I love how engaging your interpretation is! As you know, I played that one a few years ago, and I was never able to get it to sound nearly as good as yours. :P
Can't wait to see more videos! :D
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Thanks, Mari! I still remember hearing your Polonaise on YouTube haha. The Tempest is definitely a struggle-worthy piece that I'm glad I might not need to perform again, and I certainly wouldn't use that piece for any like college auditions.
As far as performances, I recently had my senior recital, but I'm not too pleased with it at all. In fact, I'm sure that my state performance of the Prokofiev is better than my performance at my recital. :L The Gershwin had many problems and problems with the camera, but I can maybe see if I can do a private recording of the clips we got. Our piano did get tuned on Monday though, so I might just record stuff from there. Although my teacher did say she was pleased with my recital and her friend who went to FREAKING UC SAN DIEGO AND NEW ENGLAND CONSERVATORY came and said she enjoyed it as well.
I'm also finding out what pieces I'm learning this upcoming semester in college soon too, so stay tuned! I'm just waiting on another email from my teachers.
Update: What the hell. Merry Christmas. Now I'm scared. If you're wondering, that's my teacher accompanying me. [removed]