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    I play piano and I am currently on Grade 8. About two years ago I used to play Ragtime but now I only play classical music because it is much better and there is more classical music out there than Ragtime. Don’t forget to leave me comment, subscribe, add me as a friend and leave a message! This channel is videos of myself playing mostly classical music. I love to play the piano and I will never stop! If there is a piece you would lke me to upload please let me know! PIECES PLANNED FOR UPLOAD: Chopin Nocturne Op.9 No.2 in E flat Major Beethoven Sonata No.25 in G, Op.79 1st and 2nd Mov. Mozart Sonata K.280 3rd Mov. So please have a look around my music videos and blogs and subcribe to my YouTube channel “ClassicalMusicPiano”!
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Chopin Prelude No.20 in C Minor

This piece is from my ABRSM edition of the Chopin Prelude’s. I think that this particular one is very dark and powerful and really brings out the bass end of the piano with them pounding octaves! Only practiced and started the piece an hour ago so it was easy enough and didn’t take that long to learn. I will probably be uploading more Preludes but in the meantime, please enjoy this. Don’t forget to comment and rate!

Chopin Nocturne in B Major Op.32 No.1

Only started tackling this beautiful Nocturne just two days ago and this is how far I got, I have the other two pages hands together but not as good as the first two which are shown here. I have this piece choses for my Senior Certificate Piano Exam (Royal Irish Academy of Music, Ireland), which is basically a Grade 9 along with Beethoven Piano Sonata No.5 in C Minor, 1st Mov. which I will be uploading when I have it completed. Please enjoy my performance and comment! Also, please give me suggestions of other Chopin Nocturnes to play, similar to this standard.

Chopin Waltz in B Minor Op.69 No.2

Me playing Chopin Waltz from my ABRSM edition of Chopin Waltze’s! Haven’t played this one in a while so this was a quick but messy upload. Enjoy and please comment with suggestions for other waltz to play.

Dublin International Piano Competition

The Competition will take place in Dublin from 4th May to 15th May 2012.

The Competition will be in four rounds.

The Dublin International Piano Competition gratefully acknowledges the support of the  Radio Telefís Éireann Authority

About the DIPC: The Dublin International Piano Competition was established in 1988. A triennial event, it was sponsored for the first three competitions by GPA. In 1994, the sponsorship was taken over by Guardian Insurance and when AXA acquired the company in 1999 they also took over title sponsorship which they sustained for 10 years. The Dublin International Piano Competition is now supported by a private benefactor.

Since its formation the Dublin Competition’s reputation has grown in stature, and now ranks among the most important piano competitions in the world. It offers a generous prize fund, but perhaps the most important prize is the prestigious list of engagements secured for the winner. These include début concerts in London, New York, Paris and of course Ireland. Previous winners have launched highly successful international careers from this springboard. Chaired by John O’Conor, who is also the Artistic Director, and adjudicated by distinguished members of the music profession from around the world, the Competition attracts an enormous international entry.

The Dublin International Piano Competition is a member of the World Federation of International Music Competitions and previous winners currently engaged in successful careers include Philippe Cassard, France (1988); Pavel Nersessian, Russia (1991); Davide Franceschetti, Italy (1994); Max Levinson, USA (1997); Alexei Nabioulin, Russia (2000), Antti Siirala, Finland (2003) and Romain Descharmes, France (2006). Alexej Gorlatch from the Ukraine, winner in 2009, joins this elite group who fly the flag for Ireland’s premier music competition around the world.

The 2012 Dublin International Competition will be held on the 4th – 15th May, 2012.

DIPC Website: http://www.dipc.ie/Competition.aspx

My Composition!

Leaving Certificate Music – Composing PDF

Here is my very 1st Composition! I play piano as some of you already know and I’m on Grade 8 but don’t compose. I am in 6th Year, my Leaving Certificate Year(Ireland) and for the Music exam we have to compose a 16 bar melody, with 4 bars already printed on the page as a guide. The exam is in June but the one above is the one I done myself as practice for the real thing. I think my efforts here are very good and I am happy with what I have written! Listen for yourself and input the notes to MuseScore or Finale Notepad!

PDF Free Sheet Music above so please print it out and have a go and tell me what you think in the comments box below or my YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/ClassicalMusicPiano


Chopin Waltzes and John Field Nocturnes!

Today I bought John Field Nocturnes(Peters Edition) and Chopin Waltzes(ABRSM Edition) with the money I had over Christmas. Chopin would have to be one of my favorie composers as he was the inventor of the piano nocturne. I haven’t even started to practice a piece from the Field Nocturnes book as I like the Waltzes much more. So I started on Chopin Waltz No.10 in B Minor Op.69 No.2 and all is going very well! I have it all down and playing (very slowly!) hands together and to my surprise I’m delighted with the results. All I have to do for the next few days is to continue to practice this piece and add in the usual dynamics and try to speed up the tempo. After I complete this Waltz I will start on Minute Waltz as it is my favorite.

Performances of the completed Waltz(es) will be uploaded here and to my YouTube channel(ClassicalMusicPiano) as always so check the channel and this blog from time to time to see new uploads. If anyone has any advice of what Waltz to play next or how to approach/practice this above nocturne please comment below. Hope this interests you as much as it interests me! Thanks for viewing! See you all soon.

Happy Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone! I just wanted to shout that out to everybody who keeps up to date with my classical piano blog. I should have Mozart Sonata K.280 in F Major, 3rd Mov. (Presto) for my Grade 8 piano exam that I’ll be doing in April 2012 uploaded in the next few days. Just trying to reach that ‘Presto’ tempo!Difficult enough but I’ll get it! Hopefully everyone has had a nice Christmas so far and got everything they wanted/hoped for. I got an iPod docking station, The Inbetweeners Movie DVD and Seasons 1-3 DVD, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 and The Script: Homecoming live at the Aviva Stadium and a new laptop charger, and loads more.

Also, as I was saying about piano above, Waltons Music Store (on Frederick St. North and Georges Street South) are having their sale starting on  Tuesday December 27th. I will be heading into town to Waltons that day to buy two new piano books. As classical music is my favorite, I will be buying Chopin Waltzes and John Field Nocturnes, as they would be my favorite pieces and Chopin being my favorite composer. So keep checking back here for new video uploads throughout the next few days/weeks and don’t forget to check my YouTube channel (ClassicalMusicPiano) for new uploads.

So I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas and a happy new year and happy piano practicing to whoever plays.

Beethoven Sonata No.20 in G Major Op.49 No.2 1st Mov.

I decided to try this sonata. A beautiful melody and easy enough! Please feel free to comment.

Scarlatti Sonata K.1 in D Minor

This piece is the for my Grade 8 piano exam (Royal Irish Academy of Music) which I will be doing in early April 2012. Please feel free to comment and give me some tips on how to improve.

Chopin Nocturne Op.9 No.2 in E flat Major

Sorry for the long wait on my new uploads!! The sound is not perfect on this piano but it’s alright. This is one of Chopin’s famous pieces and famous Nocturne and also my favorite Nocturne to play. I have to work hard at this one because I’m playing this piece as part of my Grade 8 piano exam (Royal Irish Academy of Music) which I will be dong in April/May 2012.
I am currently in the process of learning Chopin’s Waltz Op.64 No.2 in C sharp Minor so that will be uploaded as soon as I have it finished.
I will re-record this piece on my Casio Digital Piano but until now this is all I have. Better to have a piano than not have one at all! Don’t forget to check out all my other videos on my channel including: selections from Phantom of the Opera, Adele, Beethoven, Mozart, Scarlatti, more Chopin and more!

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