ANNOUNCEMENTS

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Covid-19 cancels future meetings

Until further notice, all future meetings of the OPG will be conducted using a virtual format using Zoom. A notice will be posted when in-person meetings can resume.

Hints to improve your Zoom presentation
The Zoom service was designed and is quite good for group discussions, but it is not so great for music audio. We have been doing some testing and the attached document outlines the best setup combination so far (download from Dropbox). We’ve also included a link to a good YouTube video by Hugh Sung on how to get the best piano sound from Zoom with the equipment you have. IOS and Android versions of the app also now include the "original sound" option.

Pre-record your performance

If you have access to appropriate audio recording equipment, consider pre-recording your performance! You can post it as a YouTube or Vimeo link and then play it back at the next OPG meeting using the Zoom screen share feature. Simple recordings can be made using a cell phone or laptop. An external microphone can help get better quality. If you want to do this, please notify OPG so that we can be on top of your plans.

Sonata Piano Camp in Vermont

Caryn has forwarded information about a piano camp held each year in Vermont. She has attended and finds it an excellent experience. The adult events last 10 days and are offered several times during the year. For more information, go to the camp website. There is also a video about the camp.
NOTE: it appears that this camps has NOT been cancelled (yet)

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Music played on June 21, 2020


A hot mid-summer afternoon of playing via Zoom, which we are becoming more comfortable with.  Several performers provided recorded versions of their performances.  The URLs for their performances (plus password if needed) are presented here.  No guarantee that the videos are still available :-)

Round 1:

# Performer Work
1. Jeff Intermezzo Op. 116 No. 4, by J. Brahms
2. Gregory Toccata in D Minor, by J. S. Bach
3. Wesley & Deborah Après Un Rêve (flute with piano accompaniment) by Gabriel Fauré. Screen share. Password: opgmusic
4. Jane T. The Prayer, by Carole Bayer Sager and David Foster, piano arrangement was by Dan Coates
5. Gordon Sonata #8, op 13 (Pathetique), 2nd movement, by L. V. Beethoven
6. David Sonatina in G Major, by W. A. Mozart
7. Adrian Etude Op. 5 No. 11 “Winter Wind”, by F. Chopin. Screen share

Round 2:

# Performer Work
1. Gordon Fur Elise, by L. V Beethoven
2. Wesley Waltz Op. 69 #1 by F. Chopin Screen share, Password: opgmusic
3. Adrian D Major Prelude and Fugue from WTC Book 1, by J.S. Bach Screen share
4. David Prelude and Fugue in F Minor from WTC Book 2, by J.S. Bach Screen share

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Music Played on March 15, 2020

In retrospect, the last of out pre-COVID meetings. 

There were fewer people this week at Gregory's place on a sunny cool March afternoon, but we made up for the lower numbers with some longer works.  We also had a treat with Annabelle playing the flute..

Round 1:

# Performer Work
1. Gregory Great Crush Collision March, by Scott Joplin
2. Gordon Piano Sonata Op. 49 No. 2, by L. V. Beethoven
3. Jeff Prelude in G Minor Op. 32 No. 10, by S. Rachmaninoff
4. John Yield Not to Temptation (Hymn)
5. Soojin and Annabelle (piano/flute duet) Concerto for Flute Op. 283. 1st mvt, by C. Reinecke
6. Wesley Invention No. 6 in E Major, by J. S. Bach

Round 2:


# Performer Work
1. Gregory An die Musik, by F. Schubert
2. Gordon Piano Sonata Op. 49 No. 1, by L. V. Beethoven
3. Jeff Etude Tableaux, Op. 33 No. 8 in G Minor, by S. Rachmaninoff
4. John PA Triad Improvisation on Rachmaninoff’s Prelude in G. Minor
5. Annabelle (flute) Bourrée Angloise, by J. S. Bach
Tango étude No. 4, by A. Piazzolla
4. Wesley Prelude in D Flat Major, by F. Chopin

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Music played on May 24, 2020


We had another fun afternoon with Zoom.  Still searching for the “secret sauce” to provide the best piano sound, which is getting better but continues to be a work in progress.
 
One note: we have a new Scriabin interpreter this session: Karin.


Round 1:

# Performer Work
1a. Gregory Waltz in A Flat, Op. 39 No. 15, by J. Brahms
1b. Gregory Von Fremden Landern Und Menschen, Op 15 No. 1, by R. Schumann
2. Karin Prelude in G Flat Major, Opus 16, No. 3, by A. Scriabin
3. Gordon Sonata op. 13, 1st Movement (Pathetique), by L.V. Beethoven
4. Lynda Nocturne Op. 48, No. 1, by F. Chopin
5. Jeff Intermezzo Op. 116 No. 4, by J. Brahms
6. Sachie Wedding Day at Troldhaugen Op. 65 No. 6, by E. Grieg
7. David Prelude and Fugue in F Minor from Book 2 of Well Tempered Clavier, by J.S. Bach

Round 2:

# Performer Work
1. Gregory Lara's Theme (from Dr. Zhivago), by Maurice Jarre
2. Lynda Hungarian Dance, by J. Brahms
3. Gordon Two-Part Invention No. 8 in F Major, by J.S. Bach
4. Sachie Two-Part Invention No. 4 in D Minor (on her spinet), by J.S. Bach
5. David Let It Be. by J. Lennon, arrangement by Andrew Wrangell

Music played on May 3, 2020

The OPG had our second Zoom session today. We are still learning how to make it work for us :( With the fine Spring weather, there was a slightly smaller group of enthusiastic participants. This allowed some time to share ideas on how we each go about learning a new piece.

Round 1:

# Performer Work
1. Lynda Nocturne Op. 9 No. 2, by F. Chopin
2. Christopher Romance Op.9 No. 2, by J. Brahms
3. Erin Adagio in F Major, Hob. XVII:9, by J. Haydn
4. Walter Partita for keyboard No. 4 in D Major, BWV 828 - Allemande, by J. S. Bach
5. Jeff Etude Tableaux Op. 33 No. 5, by S. Rachmaninoff
6. David Sonata in B Minor, K. 27, by D. Scarlatti
Zoom screen share of his performance from a year ago

Round 2:

# Performer Work
1. Walter Lyric Piece Op. 54 No. 2 Norwegian March, by E. Grieg
2. Jeff Prelude in B Minor, Op 32. No. 10, by S. Rachmaninoff

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Music played on April 19, 2020

Due to the unique worldwide situation, this was our group’s first online Zoom meeting. It provided us with a unique opportunity to welcome back Liz from England. Liz is co-founder of the Ottawa Piano Group … 10 years ago! She was able to join us from the UK, so it was also an international event, our own version of One World: Together at Home. We struggled a bit with connections and sound quality, but it is amazing that we are able to do this at all.

After the meeting, suggestions for improving future Zoom meetings were developed (see the announcement at the top of the web site)

The most popular composer competition has been suspended until we can resume in-person meetings.

Round 1:

# Performer Work
1. Caryn Prelude in A minor, by M. Ravel
2. Walter Prelude Op. 45, by F. Chopin
3. Deborah (Flute) and Wesley Sonata in E Minor for Flute and Keyboard, 3rd mov., by J. S. Bach
4. Gregory Prelude in D, No. 4 of 6 little preludes, by J. S. Bach
5. Gordon Sonata, #14, op 27/2 (Moonlight) 3rd movement, by L. V. Beethoven
6. Lynda Nocturne Op. 32 #2, by F. Chopin
7. Janice S. “Children in Slumber”, by R. Schumann
8. Erin Fugue from Suite in F., by G. F. Handel
9. Jeff Intermezzo Op. 116 No. 4, by J. Brahms
10. Liz 2nd Gnossienne, by E. Satie
12. Piano duet: David (Secondo) & Karin (Primo) “Sheep may safely Graze”, by J. S. Bach, Sharon Aaronson transcription

Monday, March 2, 2020

Music played on March 1, 2020

Another enjoyable afternoon of music, at Kathy's.  A smaller group of performers attended but provided a good range of musical styles as usual.  We welcomed guest flautist Annabelle who is preparing for her university audition later this month.

Beethoven made a strong return to the field this week.  He had dipped his toe into the water in February but March marked his full return with three  performances of movements from his sonatas. He wins the coveted most popular composer competition,.  A strong second place goes to Poulenc.  He has been showing up recently in the performance list, with strong support from Curt.

Round 1:

# Performer Work
1. David Moonlight Sonata Op. 27 No. 2, 1st & 2nd mvt, by L.V. Beethoven
2. Christopher Etude Tableau Op. 33 No. 8, by S. Rachmaninoff
3. Kathy Sonata in A Major D. 664, 2nd & 3rd mvt, by F. Schubert
4. Curt Novelette No. 1 in C Major, Novelette No. 3 in E Minor, by F. Poulenc
5. Soojin and Annabelle (piano/flute duet) Concerto for Flute Op. 283. 1st mvt, by C. Reinecke
6. Adrian Sonata No. 24 in F Sharp Major Op. 78, by L.V. Beethoven

Round 2:


# Performer Work
1. Curt Intermezzo in A Flat Major, by F. Poulenc
2. Christopher Armellodie, by Chilly Gonzales
3. Annabelle (flute) Tango Etude No. 4, by A. Piazzolla
4. David Prelude and Fugue in F Minor, WTC2, by J.S. Bach
5. Adrian Sonata No. 31 Op. 110, 1st mvt, by L.V. Beethoven

Music played on February 16, 2020

Weather did not hinder travel this month, and we enjoyed a wonderful view from Jeff’s apartment and the recently renovated Steinway.  We were especially pleased to welcome first-time participants Wesley and François, and hope that they join us again.  An excellent variety of pieces was performed, including some composers seldom heard in our group before.

The most popular composer competition was a run-away victory this week by Chopin: four performers played five pieces by Chopin. Congratulations!

I learned something new this month about an old topic: the numbering of Mozart's works. I assumed that the Kochel (K) classification was 'fixed'. Not so.  Turns out there are 6 versions of the 'K' classification, including one done by Einstein. Wesley reported his work as 'KV300h', This is the same as K330. 'KV' is the sixth, and most recent, version of the organization.  The newer versions were largely created to incorporate newly discovered works and more accurate information about the dates of composition.  You can look at this link for more information.  I'll probably stick to the original K numbering since all my recordings and music scores use that.  But, worth knowing about.

Round 1:

# Performer Work
1. Karin & David (duet) Sheep May Safely Graze, by J. S Bach (arr. By Sharon Aaronson)
2. Gregory Adieu to the Piano, attributed to Beethoven but composer unknown.
3. Gordon Sonata Op. 27 No. 2, mov. 1&2, by L. van Beethoven
4. Curt Mélancolie, by F. Poulenc
5. Wesley Sonata K 330 (or KV300h), Andante Cantabile, by W. A. Mozart
6. Caryn Traumerei, by R. Schumann
7. Jeff Prelude in B Minor, by S. Rachmaninoff
8. Hedda On the Lake, by Heinrich Hofmann
9. Lynda Deux Nocturnes Op. 56 No. 1, by F. Chopin
10. François Ballade No. 4, by F. Chopin

Round 2:

# Performer Work
1. Gregory (playing) and Gordon (singing) Climb Every Mountain, by Rodgers and Hammerstein
2. Wesley Polonaise Op. 26 No. 1 (Meno mosso), by F. Chopin
3. Jeff Intermezzo Op. 16 No. 1, by J. Brahms
4. Curt Moment Musicaux Op. 16 No. 1, by S. Rachmaninoff
5. David Hallelujah, by Leonard Cohen (arr. by Dietmar Steinhauer)
6. Gordon Prelude Op. 51 No. 2, by A. Scriabin
7. Lynda One Note Samba by Carlos Jobim
A day in the Life of a Fool by Luiz Bonfa
8. François Nocturne No. 20 in C-Sharp Minor, by F. Chopin
9. Hedda Peace Country Hoedown, by Christine Donkin

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Music played on January 19, 2020

A second meeting in January!  The second event of the first of our new twice a month schedule.  

A snowstorm the day before threatened today’s event. But ,fortunately, it cleared enough so that there were only a few absences.  

This was one of the few times that two duets were performed during the same session.

In the most popular composer competition, two composers had two pieces played: Haydn and JS Bach.  However, for Haydn, it was two movements of the same sonata.  Bach had two different pieces, including a duet. Using that as a tie breaker, I am declaring JS Bach the winner of the January (second half) prize.

A reminder to all Group members - starting this month, there will be two groups meeting each month for you to attend. But, you can only sign-up for one group per month.

Round 1:

# Performer Work
1. Nancy & Karin (duet) Arioso, by J.S. Bach
2. Gregory & Gordon (duet) Slavonic Dance Op 72 No 2, by A. Dvorak
3. Kathy Sonata No. 49 in Eb major, 1st mov, by J. Haydn
4. Caryn The Swan, by C. St. Saens
5. Jackie March from the Nutcracker suite, by P. Tchaikovsky

Round 2:


# Performer Work
1. Caryn Danza de la Moza, by A. Ginestera
2. Jackie Ballade pour Adeline, by Paul de Senneville
3. Kathy Sonata No. 49 in Eb major, 2nd mov, by J. Haydn
4. Gregory Magnetic Rag, by S. Joplin
5. Karin Adagio (BWV 974), by J.S. Bach, arr by Marcello
6. Gordon Sonata No. 8 in A minor, K310, 3rd mov., by W. A. Mozart

Monday, January 13, 2020

Music Played on January 5, 2020

A selected group of pianists met at Curt's house for an early new year afternoon of music fun. We welcomed new group member Barb! The small group allowed for performers to take part in three rounds of performance.

Of the eleven pieces that were played, 6 came from two composers: three each from Schumann and Rachmaninoff. There being no clear winner in the 'most popular composer' competition, I went to a tie breaker. We couldn't use a shoot-out because all the performers had already left by the time the tie was noticed. So, I opted to count up the number of notes in the pieces played. On that basis, I am declaring Serge Rachmaninoff the winner of the January (first half) prize.

A reminder to all Group members - starting this month, there will be two group meetings each month for you to attend. But, you can only sign-up for one group per month.

Round 1:

# Performer Work
1. J.P. Kinderszenen No 1 to 5, by R. Schumann
2. Curt Prelude Op. 33, No. 8, by S. Bortkiewicz
3. Christopher Etude Tableuax in G (?Op), by S. Rachmaninoff
4. Jeff Prelude in B- Op. 32 No. 10, by S. Rachmaninoff
5. Barb Ballade No. 2, op 38 in F+, by F. Chopin

Round 2:


# Performer Work
1. J.P. Kinderszenen No 11 to 13, by R. Schumann
2. Curt Intermezzo in A Flat, by F. Poulenc
3. Jeff Etude Tableuax in G- (?Op), by S. Rachmaninoff
4. Christopher Nachtbilder Op. 25, No. 2, by, T. Kirchner

Round 3:


# Performer Work
1. J.P. Kinderszenen No 6 to 8, by R. Schumann
2. Curt Reverie du Soir, by S. Lyapunov

Music played on December 8, 2019

A full house enjoyed a great variety of music on Jeff’s recently renovated Steinway grand. Between performances, we all admired the view of the Ottawa river and surroundings. Pieces from some “big name” composers were played.  However, we also heard from a few composers who are rarely heard, together with some appropriate poetry, and one seasonal favorite.

There was no clear winner in the 'most popular composer' competition. Debussy rushed out to the lead with the first two performances.  But, he faltered in the late going, being caught by three other composers: Rachmaninov, Scriabin and Chopin.  In the spirit of the season, the coveted prize will be awarded to Santa Claus. Will that put me on his 'good list'?

Round 1:

# Performer Work
1. Gregory Claire de Lune, by C. Debussy
2. Karin Album Leaf, by C. Debussy
3. Jackie Oh Holy Night, by Adolf Adam
4. Gordon Prelude, op 35 No 3 & Op 11 #13, by A. Scriabin
5. Mary Lou Adagio Cantible from Sonata #8, Op 13 (with poetry recital), by L. von Beethoven
6. Caryn Danza de la Moza Donosa Op. 2 #2, by A. Ginastera
7. Curt Novelette, by F. Poulenc
8. Erin Allegro in F+, by G.F. Handel
9. Jeff Etude Tableau Op 33 No 3, by S. Rachmaninoff
10. Sachie Fantasie Impromptu, by F. Chopin
11. Randy Impromptus Op 5 No 1 & 6, by J. Sibelius
12. Lynda Nocturne, Op 29 No 1, by F. Chopin
13. Janice S. Von Fremden Ländern und Menschen & Traumerei, from Kinderszenen, by R. Schumann

Round 2:


# Performer Work
1. Gregory. Prelude Op33 No3, by A. Scriabin
2. Caryn Venetian Boat Son, by F. Mendelssohn
3. Gordon Gavotte #2 in D major from English Suite #6, by J.S. Bach
4. Mary Lou Hermit Thrush at Eve Op. 92 #1(with poetry recital), by Amy Beach
5. Lynda Ojos Encantadas, by Oscar Strock
6. Curt Elegie Op. 46, by Sergei Bartkiewicz
7. Jeff Prelude Op. 32 #10 (excerpt), by S. Rachmaninoff
8. Randy Prélude de la Porte Héroïque du Ciel, by E. Satie