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Offline liszmaninopin

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Re: Introduction
«Reply #100 on: February 07, 2004, 01:30:07 AM »
True, but politeness is very important:  the same piece of information presented two different ways can be acceptable to someone in one circumstance, and not acceptable in others.

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Re: Introduction
«Reply #101 on: February 07, 2004, 02:03:14 AM »
I don't want the kind of person that worries about those kind of things to agree with me anyway. They are the reason propaganda is so effective,
Ed

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«Reply #102 on: February 07, 2004, 02:39:55 PM »
Propaganda is an interesting thing.  There are two main kinds-obvious propaganda, the former Soviet Union used this for example.  Then, there is subtle, but powerful propaganda.  The American media uses this.

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«Reply #103 on: February 07, 2004, 07:26:35 PM »
You GUYS.  This is NOT introduction stuff you are talking about here (although it is an interesting topic).  I clicked on this thinking I would meet a NEW person. ERG!

But instead it's just you guys again, arguing over non-piano stuff.  
So much music, so little time........

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Re: Introduction
«Reply #104 on: February 07, 2004, 08:11:27 PM »
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You GUYS.  This is NOT introduction stuff you are talking about here (although it is an interesting topic).  I clicked on this thinking I would meet a NEW person. ERG!

But instead it's just you guys again, arguing over non-piano stuff.  


:-X,
Ed

(P.s. Liszmaninopin, I think the two different types of propaganda you identified are both the same type but on differing places of the scale.)

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Re: Introduction
«Reply #105 on: February 08, 2004, 05:42:20 PM »
I'm sorry for changing the subject, this will be my last off topic post on this thread unless somebody says something that just screams for a response.  Propaganda may be the same thing; but it's all in the presentation.  Just like we were discussing politeness earlier, how the same thing presented different ways can lead to totally different things, propaganda can be presented many ways.

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Re: Introduction
«Reply #106 on: February 12, 2004, 05:12:08 AM »
I'm going to break the train of discussion and introduce myself.  I'm a senior Church Music major (Piano Principal)at Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina.  I'm also a Christian and a fundamentalist.  In other words, I have trusted Jesus Christ as my Saviour, and I believe that the Bible, as God's Word, is wholly trustworthy.
I also love music.  I'm more interested in composition than piano, but I do enjoy both.  As a busy college student, I don't have much time to spend on the forum, but I have seen a few topics I would like to contribute to when I have a chance.  So for now, good night (or good morning) from SC!

Hannah Joy Patterson
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Offline liszmaninopin

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Re: Introduction
«Reply #107 on: February 13, 2004, 01:22:33 AM »
Welcome to this site!  The religion debate is a very active one, I might be interested to hear some new pro-theistic arguments.

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«Reply #108 on: February 22, 2004, 08:32:23 PM »
Ok...here goes...

My name is Euan(duh!)  and I live in the UK.
I discovered this great forum by a strange set of coincidences.  I do piano in my spare time,  along with violin/viola.

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Re: Introduction
«Reply #109 on: March 01, 2004, 01:58:20 PM »
I am a young pianist, 17 years old and a Junior in High School, i've been playing for 12 years, I recently found a new teacher Robert MacDonald who is the artist in Residence at Florida Southern College,  I live in Florida, i live for piano, and I spend so much time practicing that the neighbors are calling me at 2:30 in the morning telling me to shut the *** up and go to sleep.  I have performed in many concerts and competitions, next year I will be performing the infamous Rach 3, I want to go to a conservatory in NY or over seas.

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«Reply #110 on: March 09, 2004, 05:58:34 AM »
Hi my name is Brandon and I am a trombonist who urns to be a composer.  I found this forum through a search engine.  I am hoping to get a tons of help on the piano.  Currently I have been playing for a couple months off and on.  The most I have played was about an hour ago.

I am a trombonist first unfortunately that doesn't allow for much time on the piano.  I am trying to merge the two practice sessions.  When I get fatigued on the trombone (after about three hours of Rochut in tenor clef, alto clef and up an octave- bout to kill myself...).  

Currently I do not own a piano.  I have a keyborad at home and access to pianos at school (where the bulk of my practicing is).

So, looking forward to great advice!  Thanks!
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«Reply #111 on: March 14, 2004, 11:11:31 PM »
Hi everyone! I've been lurking on these forums for about half a year :) It's fascinating.

Obviously, Squinchy isn't my real name, but it can be my label for now. I'm quite young [can't drive, and that's all I intend to say about it], and live in Suburbia, USA.

I've been playing the piano for six years. I'm not particularly good, but I really enjoy playing and performing, which is what I believe sets me apart slightly. It's not like other kids that play because their mom makes them and thinks that piano is "totally uncool." It's sad that society demands girls be more concerned with clothes and hair, and boys be more concerned with football and paintball than other things.

I like to read and go on the internet. I also play viola, an instrument that should be more recognized. I think I'm generally saner than other people my age.

Vaguely and happily,
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Re: Introduction
«Reply #112 on: March 22, 2004, 09:32:28 PM »
Greetings!

Its been a lot of fun reading through this thread and given the warm reception most everyone received I compelled to contribute.  My name is Robert and today is my birthday ;D, so as of this morning Im 30 years  old (/shudders).  I started playing the piano at the ripe age of 9, although looking back now I realize that the quality of my early instruction was poor at best.

My study has been inconsistent over the years.  Ive gone through both times when Ive worked hard on my technique and years when I did not play at all.  Currently, Im trying to incorporate piano back into my schedule.

Like Ed, I purchase a lot of music that I never play (and probably will never be able to play) and listen to recordings while following along in the score.  I find this very relaxing and rewarding, and somewhat expensive.

I live in the States, currently in Boston.

Right now, Im working on:

Rachmaninoff: C# minor prelude - Revisiting this piece... learned it a long time ago (need some advice on this one and have an open question in Student section should anyone want to offer some help-nice bday present- hint, hint  ;) )

Beethoven: 'Moonlight' No. 1 Really trying to perfect this and working on wrist rotation.

Rachmaninoff: Etude G minor, Op. 33 Much harder than I originally thought, but it's coming along

Liszt: Un Sospiro First time on this piece for me; the consistently fast tempo is tough for me as I tend to tighten up
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Im searching for a teacher who will take students at my advanced age  ::) mostly because I want to work on my fundamentals.

Personally, Id like to say that Ive had a wonderful time reading through the threads here at Piano Forum (even the non piano threads- some of which are very colorful  ;D).  And I look forward to reading more in the future.

Ciao,
Rob


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«Reply #113 on: April 20, 2004, 11:01:41 PM »
Hey there everyone,

Well my name is Gerard, its French, don't ask.  I'm living in Brussels at the moment, in Belgium for those of you who didn't know, but was born in Zimbabwe, though i'm actually English, lol, fun huh.  I'm 18, have been playing now for almost a year, and love the piano though i am first and foremost a drummer.  I'm planning on doing music at university next year in london, so from what i gather i may see some of you there.

Well there isn't much else to say, i love music, don't have many other hobbies, and also love good rock, which may not be usual here.

So thats me, to the next poster: the space is all yours.
I'll be Bach

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Re: Introduction
«Reply #114 on: April 23, 2004, 07:03:49 PM »
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As seems to be the norm, I will also introduce myself. I am 17 years old and live in Kent in the UK. I have been playing for over ten years and hope to go to the Royal College of Music in London next year (auditions soon... :-/ ). My favourite composers are Prokofiev, Rachmaninov and Ravel and my favourite pianist is...Martha Argerich of course. I also spend a lot of money on music that I never play...maybe I should stop this habbit!
Ed


you should also stop your habit of misspelling words.

you remind me of my good friend rivers cuomo.
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Re: Introduction
«Reply #115 on: April 23, 2004, 07:16:22 PM »
nobody on this forum even knows my real name.
and few ppl like to disclose their name.

i often wonder why this(i ponder this every 43 minutes as a ritual).

is it because we are afraid that most people here are seriously insane and possibly genocidal maniacs?

i wonder.....

anyway, my name is joe kerr.
http://www.chopinmusic.net/sdc/

Great artists aim for perfection, while knowing that perfection itself is impossible, it is the driving force for them to be the best they can be - MC Hammer

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«Reply #116 on: April 25, 2004, 03:10:56 PM »
hello all!! i somehow managed to stumble across this website when looking to download khachaturian's toccata...
anyway i think this is really bril cos i've never really had the chance to talk to many other extreme lovers of the piano (all my friends who played quit years ago).
as for my own little intro, i'm 18 living in sydney, australia, and have been playing since i was 8 and am loving every minute of it! i'm currently at university doing B.Fine Arts/Arts so do music in my arts half. i'm not freakishly fantastic or anything but i love doing it and practicing all the time so that's good enough reason for me.
my fave composers would have to be chopin, debussy and various others, fave piece i'm playing at the moment is chopin's fantasie-impromptu (so fun!)
'J'aime presque autant les images que la musique' Debussy

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«Reply #117 on: April 26, 2004, 02:25:33 PM »
I have a tendency to ignore topics on sticky.  But when there aren't any topics on sticky, the forum somehow feels ... empty.  Anyway,

I don't really like the username "faulty_Damper".  It's just a name I picked out so I could join the forum.  But it seems like it's so informal and impersonal.  I should change it some day.  Maybe to PinBlock, or Iron Strings (kidding).

Maybe we are all paranoid because our governments are spying on us and not even in the good, perverted way, either.  That's why we don't like to expose ourselves.  I mean, most of us are not classified as "public" people; you know, performers and all.

I have no idea why I started playing the piano.  This was almost three years ago next month.  I think it was to impress a girl or to make myself more desirable to the opposite sex.  But all this did was keep me in seclusion practicing hours every day.  I've cut back significantly now that school takes up so much time and I have just gotten into bicycle racing, in which training easily takes up more time than playing.

I purposely cut myself just to have the experience.  I'm sure all of us did this to some degree when we were younger.  Difference is that I still do it because that's how we learn, through our experiences, and we are of those experiences.  Now I just need to jump out of a plane or cut someone else.  (kidding on the last part.)

Right now, it's 4am in the morning.  I should be doing my homework but I'm a procrastinator.  I'm actually looking forward to going to my English class today because I like the teacher.  She's intriguing to me.  She goes against all my years as a student with other English teachers.  She's younger than the past teachers, she has tattoos and a nose ring, and she has an idiosyncracy about her that I like.  And she's nice even though she comes off harsh at times, you know, what some of us would classify as a "pregnant dog" attitude.  But most women are like this when in charge.  Just look at the comedy sitcoms like the Simpsons, the King of Queens, Al and Peggy Bundy (I forget the name), Tool Time, etc.  The women in these shows are all stereotypical, right?  But my English teacher is somewhat like that but for some reason, she doesn't seem to fit as a stereotypical teacher.  I guess that's why I like her and I think I've her figured out.  The test comes today when I turn in my midterm exam that was due last week, Friday.  Funny story about how I went to turn it in but turned in the wrong essay!

I need a new piano.  Something with a much lighter action and also much more responsive.  Maybe a Steinway.  But I'm not rich, I'm a college student at the age of 22 years.  I sometimes forget my age -  a couple of days ago, I thought I was 23.  I was wrong, I'm not.

I also need a better goal.  Why do I play?  I should aim to be a concert pianist or something.  Or at least a teaching thing.  Maybe not even to get paid.  I'd rather not be paid...  Beethoven refused one woman's "gift" for lessons he gave to her daughter saying something classically Beethoven.  I forget what it was but something about not being able to buy 'it'.

I'm just rambling.  I should do my homework.  I hate homework which is why I'm spending that time posting on this forum.

Oh well...  Will someone do my homework for me?

-Lawrence.

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Re: Introduction
«Reply #118 on: April 28, 2004, 04:15:10 AM »
Yeah Faulty_Damper,

I often log on when I'm feeling lazy and don't want to do my homework as well. It's very relaxing... 8)

-Tony
"The trouble with music appreciation in general is that people are taught to have too much respect for music they should be taught to love it instead." -  Stravinsky

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Re: Introduction
«Reply #119 on: May 01, 2004, 10:46:34 AM »
Yeah, but does anyone want to do my homework? ???

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«Reply #120 on: June 02, 2004, 09:04:07 AM »
Hi, Im new in this forum, I like to play the piano, I only have like 8 months playing the piano, I have 20 years old and I want to make friends in here and not only make a lot of post and talk about piano and another things....
Well See you later  8)

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«Reply #121 on: June 03, 2004, 07:03:37 AM »
I'm on my summer break, and have been studying the art of piano for about 11 years now.  I try to find time but yeah usually it doesn't revolve around piano unfortunately. I'm still a piano student and I aim to be a concert pianist!

Who needs university when you have a piano  ;D

lol

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«Reply #122 on: June 14, 2004, 05:47:40 AM »
weel, lawrence, it's nice to know that your real name is Damper...
your story reminds me of a movie (forgot it's title) about love affection that a college student has to his english teacher... but she was already married :-/
Liszt, he looked like god and play like one

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«Reply #123 on: June 14, 2004, 02:00:23 PM »
"Actually, my name is not Damper but Lawrence.  You got it mixed up."


Now that is how you make it not funny. ;D  I got the humor but I'm just showing how you can stop someones insults should someone attept to insult you with humor.  I'm not saying you were trying to insult but it was something I thought I should show how easy it is to quell an insult.

And if all English teachers were physically hot-looking.  Yum. :-*

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«Reply #124 on: June 17, 2004, 05:53:54 AM »
Hi, folks, it is interesting to read about your lives and interests.   My name is Allan.  I live in Southern California (just a few blocks from the ocean were the weather is pleasant year round).  I have played the piano since I was around ten.  I am also an organist and I have a three manual church organ in my home.  I play as a substitute organist and at weddings on occasion.  

I practice law full time.  My all time favorite composer is Bach (he is, after all, the greatest composer of all time and the greatest architect of sound!!)   My other favorites include Liszt, Franck, Vierne, Durufle and Mendelssohn.  I am a Christian with a basic faith in God.  I believe the best way I can express my faith is in the way I treat people.   For me, music is at its best when it is for God's glory and for man's good.

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«Reply #125 on: June 24, 2004, 02:55:53 AM »
Hi all,
I'm on my second day here, just wandered into this thread.  I'm a high school senior in North Carolina and have been playing the piano for about ten years.  I have one (1) piano student, so I guess you could say I'm a piano teacher.  I also play the piano for two area churches.  Lastly, I play for myself, and piano is what gets me through a hard day.

Currently, sadly, I'm not working on any repertoire, due to an injury.  But hopefully I will soon resume the Grieg Piano Concerto (3d mvt).  Other than that I play mostly Chopin, Gershwin, and Beethoven.  What holds my interest the most is composition, and though I haven't developed my own unique style yet, I've dabbled in several areas.

I'm sad to say that my knowledge of the canon of piano music is slim outside from the works of the composers that I play.  Hopefully I'll be learning a lot here, I'm looking forward to going back and reading the rest of this thread!

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«Reply #126 on: June 24, 2004, 07:00:03 AM »
Allan, if you prefer Bach's music, then why do you practice Law all day?  At first I was confused,  but then I realized it was a typo and you were certainly talking about the 17th century English "LAWES" family... Thomas, Henry, John, William and the boys.  Now if I had a teacher that made me practice that stuff full time when I really wanted to play Bach, well then I'd have to consider getting a different teacher.   Do you have to use period instruments?
;)

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«Reply #127 on: June 24, 2004, 07:45:51 AM »
EdThomas, for a moment I thought you were serious.  Those little icons are sure helpful to add context to our messages! :) ;) :D :o ::)

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«Reply #128 on: June 24, 2004, 04:47:27 PM »
Allan, yes the icons do help bail me out of trouble sometimes.  I guess it isn't fair for me to tease someone who barristered their soul when I've never even introduced myself at this thread.  So here's a skewed snapshot of my 48 years so far...

Piano lessons for 10 years from bad teachers through HS.  Joined US navy in 1973 at 17 years old and retired in 1993.  About 6 years into the service, I went to full time music school at Univ of Hi at Manoa for 2 years.  Music school during the day while teaching for the navy at night.  Had to leave Hi when my job ran out.  No degree and not much credit to my piano teacher, except for my strong work ethic.  ("Your playing is wild and erratic."  Honey, my teacher says my playing is wild and erotic! )  With classes,  piano practice, family, and work, there wasn't much time for sleep those years.

Still not sure what I wanted to be when I grew up, so went to college for the hardest night school I could find during my final navy years in DC.  Graduated from Park college with CS degree at the same time I graduated from the navy.  Moved to the Shenandoah valley and worked as a programmer.  Quit to go back to school.  Got an MS in CS.  Got hooked on hot-forging.  Quit all jobs to be an ornamental blacksmith full time.  Doesn't pay very well, but it's very creative.  

I still have and play my G-2 I bought as a young sailor in Charleston SC.  I don't think I even had a car yet. I would go on a submarine patrol and put every dime in the bank for that time.  When I saved enough, I paid cash.  In those days at my pay, that was about 2 years with almost a year of that literally under water. That Yamaha went with me to Hawaii, back to Charleston, up to Washington DC, and here into Virginia.

My 3 kids are grown and gone.  I live with my wife inside the GW National Forest on my own 60 acres of mountainside in a log house.  Still not sure what I want to be when I grow up.


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Re: Introduction
«Reply #129 on: June 25, 2004, 06:37:43 AM »
I suppose I, too, had better go back and sign my name at the door here.

I started learning piano when I was 28 (actually I'm still 28  ;))...like right from scratch and I am passionately enthusiastic about it. I am a native of Aotearoa/New Zealand. English is my first language, French my second, Maori my third and music my fourth. This is a wonderful place to visit, browse and interject my own thoughts every now and then.

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«Reply #130 on: July 07, 2004, 11:22:37 PM »
Well, I've been posting here a couple months now, so I might as well introduce myself.

I started taking piano lessons fairly late at 13 years old and studied almost 5 years. During that time I had two teachers: one "lady down the street" who I took lessons from for about 4 months and then a wonderful teacher who had studied with Myra Hess and taught at the local music school. During that time I also composed and spent a summer on scholarship at the Junior Conservatory Camp in Vermont. I was preparing auditions for Curtis, Yale, Julliard and Oberlin when my life turned completely upside down.

I dropped out of school and stopped playing and composing.

I went through a marriage and divorce. Worked in the big city in advertising and finally moved to a quieter life by the seashore. I was without a piano for almost 35 years although I continued listening to and loving classical music.

I received a wonderful gift of a Yammie upright at the end of April and found a wonderful teacher at a university about 70 miles aways. Since it's almost an hour and a half drive and I have to leave work three hours early for my lesson, I am currently going every other week.

Even though I have a full time job and do some part time consulting and web design work, I manage to practice at least two hours every day, 3 - 4 on Saturdays and Sundays.

It has been very difficult and I don't know if I'll every develop my technique enough to play virtuoso pieces, but I am loving it. I feel like I am 18 again!
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«Reply #131 on: July 12, 2004, 01:39:22 AM »
Hello, I'm Dayna, and I'm a pianist (why does this sound like an A.A. meeting?). But seriously, folks, I started piano when I was four, took up clarinet in 4th grade, switched to trombone in 6th grade, started teaching piano when I was in high school (just to little kids), and it's all been downhill from there. I teach elementary and middle school band in southern Oregon (USofA, in case you've never heard of Oregon), and have a piano student here and there. I play percussion with a community band, trombone whenever I can get the gig, and piano purely for myself. Well, that's not quite right, I use the piano a lot when I teach, but it's the only instrument I play all by myself just for fun. Besides, all those great composers just didn't give us trombonists much to do.

As for my screen name, it's a long story, and let's just say that it certifies me as 100% nerd.  ;D

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«Reply #132 on: July 23, 2004, 02:10:42 AM »
Hello everyone,
I am new.  I play the piano.  And I'm from Canada.  

Perhaps I will expand a little.  I'm 21 and I'm a piano performance major at a University in Canada.  I've been playing since my mom could get me on the bench.  My parents are both musicians.  My mother is a pianist and opera singer (odd combination) and my dad is a violinist.  

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«Reply #133 on: July 23, 2004, 07:10:24 PM »
Nice to meet everyone. I'm a medical researcher and have studied piano for 23 yrs. Studied with a student of Claudio Arrau's --- very humbling to know you have a teacher lineage that goes back through Krause, Liszt, Czerny...  What else... my favorite piece of music ever written is Mendelssohn's piano trio in D minor.    
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«Reply #134 on: July 29, 2004, 03:02:56 PM »
I guess I may as well introduce myself here...

I'm 16, from England, I've been playing for something like 3 years now, future plans at the moment are to get a recital diploma at Trinity College...but only after I've done my A levels.  ::)

I may well recognise some people here from Chopinfiles..

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«Reply #135 on: August 10, 2004, 09:41:50 PM »

 hi all....

i'm 19 an accounting student.
i play piano and violin (better pianist than violinist but madly inlove with the violin)
and i started studying composition 2 monthes ago, i have a dream of composing 10 concerto
4 violin
2 piano
2 cello
1 flute
1 harp
and dozens other pieces in all geners.
i have already started  working on the first violin concerto and it's going great.

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«Reply #136 on: August 12, 2004, 06:56:28 AM »
Hi Max...

Hello everyone,

My name is Nico or PS, whichever.  

Anyways, I'm new here and I thought I'd say hi first!  

I come from another piano forum, but that one went severely downhill after a new member arrived and proper measures were not taken.

I'm a huge fan of Chopin, and he is my favorite composer. I'm 15, Canadian and I love piano.  

Nice to meet y'all.  

Nico

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Re: Introduction
«Reply #137 on: August 13, 2004, 01:35:03 AM »
hi a lot of people her know me from chopinfiles.

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«Reply #138 on: August 15, 2004, 09:22:10 AM »
Hi everyone. Ive been posting here for about a month after I found out that there was actually such thing as a piano forum.

Ive been playing piano for about four years. I started because my mom made me   ::), but eventually after the crappy adult books, I started playing classical and began to love it.

For the majority of my life though I was a video game bum  ;D. Once highschool began I had a few different interests; mostly tennis and rock climbing. I participated in both alot and liked them very much, but I decided music would be a better career to take, if just as hard to succeed in as my other two interests. I also thought about going into the air force, but decided against it.

Now Im trying my hardest to become a solo and concert pianist even though alot of practice is required and I would also like to become a proffessor.

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Re: Introduction
«Reply #139 on: August 23, 2004, 07:49:48 AM »
Hi,

I am quite new here (just joined for about a month). I am a audio engineering lecturer in Singapore. Play piano as a hobby. I like Chopin and Beethoven piano pieces.

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Re: Introduction
«Reply #140 on: August 27, 2004, 03:30:44 PM »
Hello. I'm just a young piano/high school student from Australia. Nothing remarkable.

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Re: Introduction
«Reply #141 on: September 06, 2004, 05:49:38 AM »
Hello everyone,

Well, I guess I'll go ahead and introduce myself. I'm Marc McCarthy, and I found this place a few days ago after being referred to Bernhard's posts here. ;D

About me... I graduated from high school this year. My home is Maryland, USA. I'll be going to the University of Navarre in Spain in a few weeks, for a bridge year program on International Economics which they set up for overseas students (basically, a one year program where they teach about economics as well as the Spanish language, culture, and the rest). I may stay there for the four years, if I really like it there and I find something which I would want to major in (I'm not completely sure as of now). If not, I'll come back after the USA, where I would study at the University of Maryland. I want to at least take classes in piano and/or music throughout my college years in addition to whatever I major in, as most likely a minor (possibly a major, but I'm hesitant).  

So, I'm currently 18, and I've been playing the piano since about Christmas of 2002, which is about a year and 8ish months ago. I played no instruments beforehand, so I had to learn to read music, but learning the ropes of notation wasn't too bad. (I say this because this is why I am hesitant about majoring in music - I'm still very new to it, and am feeling my way around, so to speak. I'm not sure if I would want to thrust myself into it after such a short involvement.) But anyway, things have been moving along fairly nicely, and I've been recording all the pieces which I have been learning, since a month or two after the time I started up to now. You may find them in .mp3 format at my website, http://www.mtm-piano.tk. If you would be so kind, please visit and send comments. There's a little more info about me there, as well. (Or maybe not that much - I've mentioned most of it already here. :P)

(As a side note, I'm also a part of C.C. Chang's Testimonials section in his piano book, so if you've checked the site recently, you may have recognised me.)

In any case, I love music, I love the piano, and I look forward to becoming a part of this great community.  :)
Marc McCarthy

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Re: Introduction
«Reply #142 on: September 13, 2004, 09:30:10 PM »
Hello, everyone, I've been reading these forums off and on for a few months now, and I thought I'd introduce myself.

I'm a freshman at the University of Tulsa majoring in piano and composition.  I've been playing since I was twelve, may is a bit of a late start, but I've seem to have caught up with my contemporaries through much hard work.  I've had a bit more success with composition than with piano, but I really enjoy playing more than composing(so tedious!  But then again, practicing is too)

Anyway I really love classical music, and I've been building my CD collection with some good CDs.  I enjoy piano and orchestra music best, and some of my favorite composers are Liszt, Rachmaninov, Debussy, Ravel, and Scriabin.  When it comes to orchestra music, I especially like the music of Samuel Barber and Aaron Copland, as well as Rachmaninov and Ravel.  Probably my favorite piece of music to listen to is Ravel's Daphnis and Chloe, but I'm always open to new suggestions.

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Re: Introduction
«Reply #143 on: September 18, 2004, 02:02:38 PM »
hi im new here. i'm from Australia and im 18. I decided to join after lurking on and off for a few weeks. I can be found on other piano related boards like Chopinfiles, Chopinmusic and Da SDC board

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Re: Introduction
«Reply #144 on: September 22, 2004, 07:07:43 AM »
Hello everyone. I'm Daniel. I've been playing the piano for many, many years and just LOVE music. it's awesome! I also play the trumpet... But I've been looking forward to coming to a forum like this. And it caught my eye real fast!

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«Reply #145 on: October 12, 2004, 09:51:20 PM »
I'm Chris, twenty two years old, a student at the university of pittsburgh.  Started playing piano about thirteen months ago and ever since its been one of the deerest joys in my life, always wish I had started playing earlier.

I'm a psychology major, love psychology. Very interested in how piano is learned.  And I've learned so much reading the posts in here

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«Reply #146 on: October 13, 2004, 03:29:12 AM »
Hiya :)

I recognize some of you from Chopin Files & Chopin Music (so far I've just seen PS & Jeliness ^_^), as you'll recognize me from there as well (I actually started out at Music-Scores).

Anyway, I'm Bosnian, 16 (a junior in hs), attend a private college preparatory school, and plan to study biology and piano performance (possibly go into dentistry) in college.

I've studied piano for 5 years now.
My currenty repertoir is as follows:
- Czerny Etudes Op.299 No.14 & 18
(I those are the right ones haha ; recently did No.11)
- Bach 3-Voice Invention No.4
(just finished the 15th; before that I did the 11th)
- Chopin Mazurka Op.63 No.3 in C # Minor
(before this, I had studied Tchaikovsky's Valse Sentimentale Op.51/6)
- Haydn Sonata no. 59 in E flat Major Hob.XVI:49 (1st mov.)
(recently did Beethoven's Op.2/1 (1st mov.))
- Grieg's Puck in E flat Minor

I have no clue what my audition pieces are yet... because I've yet to tell my teacher that I plan to study piano at university!  ::) hehe I really ought to get to that very soon ^-^''

Other than piano and classical music, I like many other genres of music as well (like popular stuff, like Christina Aguilera).
I like sleeping, eating, being lazy (;D), singing, drawing, chatting & going online, shopping, biking, archery, and dancing.

Oh, and just so y'all know.. (although it will be very clear, very soon).. I'm a very big fan of J.S. Bach & W.A. Mozart ;)

Anyway, glad to meet y'all.  :)
Music, even in situations of the greatest horror, should never be painful to the ear but should flatter and charm it, and thereby always remain music."
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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Re: Introduction
«Reply #147 on: October 16, 2004, 10:44:34 PM »
Welcome Choz :D (I'm ani, hardly ever post here, though)

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«Reply #148 on: October 17, 2004, 04:10:11 PM »
Hiya :)

I recognize some of you from Chopin Files & Chopin Music (so far I've just seen PS & Jeliness ^_^), as you'll recognize me from there as well (I actually started out at Music-Scores).

Anyway, I'm Bosnian, 16 (a junior in hs), attend a private college preparatory school, and plan to study biology and piano performance (possibly go into dentistry) in college.

I've studied piano for 5 years now.
My currenty repertoir is as follows:
- Czerny Etudes Op.299 No.14 & 18
(I those are the right ones haha ; recently did No.11)
- Bach 3-Voice Invention No.4
(just finished the 15th; before that I did the 11th)
- Chopin Mazurka Op.63 No.3 in C # Minor
(before this, I had studied Tchaikovsky's Valse Sentimentale Op.51/6)
- Haydn Sonata no. 59 in E flat Major Hob.XVI:49 (1st mov.)
(recently did Beethoven's Op.2/1 (1st mov.))
- Grieg's Puck in E flat Minor

I have no clue what my audition pieces are yet... because I've yet to tell my teacher that I plan to study piano at university!  ::) hehe I really ought to get to that very soon ^-^''

Other than piano and classical music, I like many other genres of music as well (like popular stuff, like Christina Aguilera).
I like sleeping, eating, being lazy (;D), singing, drawing, chatting & going online, shopping, biking, archery, and dancing.

Oh, and just so y'all know.. (although it will be very clear, very soon).. I'm a very big fan of J.S. Bach & W.A. Mozart ;)

Anyway, glad to meet y'all. :)

You forgot to mention you look like Brendel

 ;D
Kempff+Brendel= GOD

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«Reply #149 on: October 20, 2004, 12:11:52 AM »
Well, I've been lurking around reading posts for a while, before joining a week or so ago.

I'm 25 and I'm from Sydney, Australia, and I've been playing since I was four or five.  I started coz my cousins played and as a baby, as soon as I could climb onto the piano stool, I'd go and make as much noise as possible, so my parents decided to let me have lessons in an attempt to make the noise not so awful.

I quit piano two years ago, for various reasons, and went to do my Masters of Statistics, but I've started playing again and loving it.  I think having time away really made it clear to me that I love the piano.  Which is why I really admire people who start learning as adults, or return after many years away.  My uncle started learning after he retired from work!