Sunday, May 2, 2021

🎵 Notes from the May 2, 2021 online meetup

There were few attendees today but the Zoom meeting was just as pleasant.  Sound quality was particularly good and we wish we knew exactly why.  A composition by a modern composer, Riopy, was a new one for the group.   

Here's what was played:

  • Gregory:  St. Louis Blues, by W. C. Handy
  • Christopher: Prelude in D, Op. 23 #4, by S. Rachmaninoff
  • Jeff: Intermezzo Op. 76 #7 by J. Brahms
  • Christopher: For December, by Paulette Verlée
  • Jeff: Etude Tableau, Op. 33 #5, by S. Rachmaninoff
  • Christopher: “Noah”, by Riopy

Monday, April 19, 2021

🎵 Notes from the April 18, 2021 online meetup

We welcomed new member Andrew at today's near-capacity session, which featured a wide variety of styles and composers.

Here's what was played:

  • Gregory: Gladiolus Rag, by Scott Joplin
  • Karin: Intermezzo Op. 76 #3 by J. Brahms
  • Erin: Sonata in D, Adagio (Hoboken XVI: 24) by F. J. Haydn
  • Barb:  Etude Op. 25 #1 (Harp), by F. Chopin
  • Andrew: Enigma variations #1 and #6, by E. Elgar
  • Michiko: Moonlight Sonata, 2nd and 3rd movements, by L. V. Beethoven
  • Wesley (piano) and Debra (flute) (pre-recorded video): Berceuse, by G. Faure
  • Karin: (part) Nocturne in C# minor, by F. Chopin
  • Andrew: “Blind Man’s Bluff” from “Scenes from Childhood, by R. Schumann
  • Michiko: Etude #3, by F. Chopin
  • Wesley (piano) and Debra (flute) (pre-recorded video): Traumerei from Scenes from Childhood, by R. Schumann

Sunday, April 4, 2021

🎵 Notes from the April 4, 2021 online meetup

A pleasant Zoom meeting took place on April 4. Rachmaninoff appeared three times, and one piece was by a living musician and composer, Paulette Verlée.  

Here's what was played:

  • Lynda: Song without words, Op. 62 #1, by F. Mendelssohn
  • Gregory:  Elegie, by Jules Massenet
  • Gordon: Gavotte in G major, by J. S. Bach
  • Christopher: Prelude in D, Op. 23 #4, by S. Rachmaninoff
  • Jeff: Etude Tableau, Op. 33 #5, by S. Rachmaninoff
  • Lynda: Song without words, Op. 62 #6, by F. Mendelssohn
  • Gordon: Invention #13 in A minor, by J. S. Bach           
  • Christopher: For December, by Paulette Verlée
  • Jeff: Etude Tableau, Op. 37 #1, part 1, by S. Rachmaninoff

A piece by Rachmaninoff is played as other participants look on
A piece by Rachmaninoff is played as other participants look on


Sunday, March 28, 2021

🎹 Are you keyed up for World Piano Day?

March 29, 2021 is World Piano Day, the 88th day of the year!  Sure, it's just a made-up event, but you might as well celebrate by spending some extra time on the bench or listening to your favourite piano music.

To learn more about this recent invention, visit https://www.pianoday.org

Monday, March 22, 2021

🎵 Notes from the March 21, 2021 online and IRL meetup

We had our first ever combined in-person/Zoom session at Ottawa Pianos, performing on a fine Yamaha CFX concert grand for those at the store.  We welcomed new member Michiko.  

The most popular composers were Scriabin (6 pieces) and Chopin (5 pieces) without any prior collaboration, and we heard 2 works by a composer not previously heard: Marjan Mozetich.  

Thanks to Mitchell and Ottawa Pianos for allowing us to use their space while adhering to safety precautions.

Here's what was played today:

  • Wesley: Polonaise Op. 26 No. 1, by F. Chopin
  • Karin: Fantasia in D Minor, by W. A. Mozart
  • Mary Lou: Prelude, by Marjan Mozetich
  • David: Prelude Op. 28 No. 15 (Raindrop), by F. Chopin
  • Gordon: Waltz, Op. 70 No. 3, by F. Chopin
  • Jeff: Preludes Op. 11 No. 12 and Op. 17 No. 3, by A. Scriabin
  • Michiko: 1st Movement of Piano Sonata No. 14 (Moonlight), by L. V. Beethoven
  • Wesley: Prelude: Op. 11 No. 15, by A. Scriabin
  • Karin: Song Without Words Op. 19 No. 2, by F. Mendelssohn
  • Mary Lou: Adagietto, by Marjan Mozetich
  • David: Waltz Op. 69 No. 2, by F. Chopin
  • Gordon: Prelude Op. 13 No. 5, by A Scriabin
  • Jeff: Preludes Op. 31 No. 2  and  Op. 51 No. 2, by A. Scriabin
  • Michiko: Etude in E Major Op. 10 No. 3 (Tristesse), by F. Chopin


Monday, March 8, 2021

🎵 Notes from the March 7, 2021 online meetup

It was another Zoom session today, and a small one at that.  However, the sound quality was better than usual; the gods of Zoom must have been feeling quite perky!

Here's what was played:

  • Gregory: The Easy Winners, by Scott Joplin
  • Karin: Fantasia in D minor, by W. A. Mozart
  • Gordon: a) (pre-recorded video), Two-part invention in F major; and b) (live) Gavotte #2 in B from the French Suite, both by J. S. Bach
  • Jeff: Etude tableau Op. 39 #7 (complete), by S. Rachmaninoff
  • Gordon: Prelude Op. 87 #1, by D. Shostakovitch
  • Karin: Intermezzo in A minor, Op. 76 #7, by J. Brahms
  • Jeff: Intermezzo Op. 116 #4, by J. Brahms
  • Gregory: Of foreign lands and people, by R. Schumann

Sunday, February 21, 2021

🎵 Notes from the February 21, 2021 online meetup

A small group gathered today for another enjoyable Zoom session. Here's what was played:

  • Barb: Prelude for Left Hand Op. 9 No. 1 by Scriabin
  • Erin: Scenes from Childhood, Op. 15, No. 12 Child Falling Asleep, by R. Schumann
  • Randy: A Tear, by Modest Mussorgsky
  • David: middle section of Fantasie Impromptu Op. 66, by F. Chopin
  • Erin: Scenes from Childhood, Op. 15, No. 1 From Foreign Lands and People, by R. Schumann
  • Randy: Für Anna Maria, by Arvo Pärt
  • David: Hallelujah, by Leonard Cohen, arr. Dietmar Steinhauer

Sunday, February 7, 2021

🎵 Notes from the February 7, 2021 online meetup

The snow outside did not hinder us today--one of the few advantages of Zoom!

Today's piano pieces:

  • Gregory: Scenes from Childhood, Op. 15 #1, by Robert Schumann
  • Karin: Nocturne in C# minor, by F. Chopin
  • Tania: Morning Bell, Study No. 2, Op. 109, No.9 by Johann Friedrich Burgmuller
  • Gordon: Sonata #16 in C K545, 1st movement, by W. A. Mozart
  • Wesley: Preludes Op. 28 played in a group: #4 E minor, #6 B minor, and #7 A major, by F. Chopin
  • Jeff: Etude tableaux Op. 39 #7, by S. Rachmaninoff, first part
  • Gordon: Sonata #16 in C K545, 2nd and 3rd movements, by W. A. Mozart
  • Jeff: Prelude in D minor, part, by S. Rachmaninoff
  • Wesley and Deborah (piano-flute duet), Siciliano from Sonata No. 2 in E-flat for Flute & Piano, by J.S. Bach (Video recording)

Monday, January 25, 2021

🎵 Notes from the January 24, 2021 online meetup

Our Zoom piano sessions continued, with a nearly “full house” today.  We welcomed a new member, Tania.

Here's the music that was played:

  • Gregory: Pineapple Rag, by Scott Joplin
  • Tania: Nostalgia, by Olivier Toussaint
  • Lynda: Song without words, Op. 53#5 (Volkslied), by F. Mendelssohn
  • Gordon: 2 Bagatelles, Op. 33 # 2 and #3, by L. V. Beethoven
  • Wesley: Adagissimo from BWV992 “Capriccio on the departure of a beloved brother” and Invention #14 in B flat, by J. S. Bach
  • Jeff: 3rd part of Etude Tableaux Op. 39 #7, by S. Rachmaninoff
  • David: Prelude Op. 28 #15 (Raindrop), by F. Chopin
  • Lynda: Song without words, op. 53 #4, by F. Mendelssohn
  • Gordon: Album for the Young, op. 68 #23 (Horseman) and #37 (Sailor Song), by R. Schumann
  • Wesley: movement #2 of Pathetique Sonata, by L. V. Beethoven
  • Jeff: piano transcription of part of Cantata BWV127, by J. S. Bach
  • David: Time After Time, by Cyndi Lauper and Rob Hyman, arr. Eva Cassidy, accompaniment played to a recording of Eva Cassidy singing (listen here





Monday, January 11, 2021

🎵 Notes from the January 10, 2021 online meetup

Our first session of the new year continued on Zoom.  It was a fairly small group, but enthusiasm for the music remains high.  We also had the opportunity to hear a distant relative of the piano, a spinet.

Here's what was played:

  • Gregory: Solace: a Mexican serenade, by Scott Joplin
  • Janice G: Sonata Op. 10 #1, second movement, by L. V. Beethoven
  • Jeff: Etude Tableau op 39 #7 (middle section), by S. Rachmaninoff
  • Christopher: Arabesque #1, by C. Debussy
  • Sachie: Liebestraum, by F. Liszt S541/3
  • Sachie: Allemand from new keyboard Suite in A minor, by J. P. Rameau. Sachie played on her spinet, a kind of small harpsichord. Sachie explained that the lack of dynamics in the instrument mean that works for the spinet rely heavily on ornamentation.
  • Jeff: Prelude Op 87 #18, by D. Shostakovitch
  • Christopher: Night Rain, by Ola Gjeilo