I have made a recording of the first movement of my Sonata (Allegro) myself. I have to thank a lot Riley Tucker, that he has transcribed my little composition as a pdf-file, made a recording and even an orchestral arrangement of it. I appreciate his performance, which is played well. (He just forgot his good equipment or similar, so that the sound-quality of his recording wasn´t good enough to go on the main-site, so I hope, my new recording will work for that. I have done it with my usual equipment, Neumann KM184 mics etc.) I am also interested in his works, since he is a talented composer. As a return of his favor I have recorded his new piano piece "Giacoso" (see the topic here on PS, if you like). So, I think, we have started a nice collabaration, which we will continue!
You can watch me playing my old little piece also on YouTube. The mp3-file is exactly the sound-track of the video.
For all, who are interested, I copy the description, which I have written for my YouTube-channel, here:
This is one of my youthful follies (german: Jugendsünden) ;D It was a fun to replay this old little piece, composed by myself in 1984, when I was thirteen years old. I think, it expresses quite a lot of passion and feelings of the time of the beginning adolescence, though it mainly was an attempt to write a piece in classical respective early romantic style then and it was simply meant to be an exercise to learn the sonata form. This task I was assigned to my former teacher, Franz-Josef Streuff, I took lessons in composition in that time. So some of his help (and ideas) found their way into this piece. The whole sonata contains four movements in summary, this is only the first. The first theme consists of the notes a, d, e, a, f, a, which is a play with my name: These are all musical notes of "Andreas Pfaul", if you drop the letters, which are no musical notes (like n, r, p f.ex.). The second theme (in f-Major) has nothing to do with a name. It´s just a lyrical opposite to the first one (which is also quite lyrical, by the way ;D).
I would like to dedicate this recording to my appreciated teacher and friend, Franz-Josef Streuff, who has died in septembre 2011. (See also my playlist of his works, if you like.)
I took private lessons by Mr. Streuff from 1982-1987. Then I began to study composition at the "Musikhochschule" of Cologne by Jürg Baur (1918-2010, http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/J%C3%BCrg_Baur
) and later Krzysztof Meyer (*1943, http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krzysztof_Meyer
). I finished my composition lessons by Mr. Streuff with a final piano solo recital with only compositions by myself in April 1987 in my old school, Nelly-Sachs-Gymnasium in Neuss. I finished my studies as a Young Student (german: Jungstudent) in the subject "composition" when I made my final school examinations (german: Abitur) in 1991. In Wintersemester 1991/1992 I began my studies in school music and german literature and philology at the "Musikhochschule" and University of Cologne.
Occasion for this recording was a recording my friend Riley Tucker (USA) made of my piece. (See the topic on pianosociety.com, if you like: viewtopic.php?f=20&t=5620
) He is member and site-administrator of pianosociety.com and composer himself. (See my playlist of his compositions, if you like.) As a return of his favor I have recorded a new composition by himself (Giacoso), which he has dedicated to me, for this channel and for pianosociety.com. (Reverse he recorded my piece as a return of the favor, I have recorded his piano composition "Stalemate" for this channel and for pianosociety.com, by the way. ;D )
Btw, could someone tell me, how I can Switch off the correction of writing in Internet Explorer, please? (It´s really enerving, because it seems to be on german language and underlines me nearly every english word.)
Here is the link to the video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ye-8S5mxab0Pfaul - Sonata in D minor - 1: Allegro (2:42)