Friday, January 18, 2008

Music Clip the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd

Well, it took me entirely longer than it should have, but after much fiddling with my desktop, apache, Audacity, my MP3 player, and (of course) my piano, I have 2 new performances and one old performance to re-post for you. I'm tempted to wax amazed here about how far embedding music into HTML has come since I did might web-coding, but since this is a piano blog, I will refrain and stick to the important things.

**Edit - a little birdy told me he wanted direct links to the MP3s, so now you get links -and- embeds! Fancy!

Clip the First: a re-post of Rollin Prelude No. 2

Clip the Second: C.P.E. Bach's Solfeggietto

And, Clip the Third: Chopin Prelude in B Minor

Before I ramble on about these a bit, a question to my (admittedly few) readers. Would you all be interested in a more complex music player? Something over to the side that listed all the pieces I'd uploaded, so you could play them at your leisure in the order you'd like? Just something to think on.

Now, about the two new pieces I posted.

I'm absolutely thrilled to say that I had to play the Prelude exactly once to get a clean recording of it. That's right - one time through, no big mistakes. I was quite pleased. ...Unfortunately, my success with the Prelude did not carry over to Solfeggietto. I've played it through both quickly and cleanly a number of times, but this time it was not to be. The first day I tried to record I literally played it through 20+ times, and got nothing even approaching clean. The trend seems to be: either I have one huge, awful, glaring mistake and have to backtrack; or I have a whole bunch of smaller mistakes riddling the music throughout.

I've tried re-recording Solfeggietto several times since I took the recording I put up here, but have still had no luck any time I was actually recording. As such, I'm going to stop before I get monstrously frustrated with it, and just put up this version, which contains a number of little foibles - though listening to it again after a long hiatus, I don't notice nearly as many. Guess it's not that bad after all :]

I suppose that's about it! Thanks to anyone who is still reading, in spite of the hideous delays in getting actual music posted. I hope to post at least one completed piece a month for the rest of the year - I can't promise they'll be new or exciting pieces, but I think it's well within my capability to get one old piece a month back into playing order while I work on new things.

Now, enjoy the music (please?) and look for another upcoming post about what I'm working on now.


JD said...

I like the embedded music players personally. But then, I might be biased on this one since I hear these pieces quite a lot. :)

Jonathan said...

Ooh, I like these pieces. Good job!

DGL said...

For some reason, the links to recordings in this post aren't working at the moment, so I'll come back and hear them later. The first recording of your Rollin Prelude sounds really nice though. Your new piano has a beautiful tone, and your playing is as clean and expressive as I remember it! ;-)

Now, let it be known that I'm going to start spamming your comments on a daily basis if you don't post some pictures of the piano. SOON!