Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Beethoven 3rd Symphony for 4 Hands

A performance by me and Julie Knerr. Last year, we played a 4-hand arrangement of the 1st movement from Beethoven's 3rd Symphony ("Eroica"). It's actually not that bad considering the few times that we got together. This was part of a Beethoven Marathon Concert put on by the piano department at the University of Oklahoma. The department will be putting on another marathon concert on Friday, December 2 from 7 p.m. until whenever. The theme this year is music from the Romantic Era.

Here's some technical info on this video podcast. It's about 15 minutes long and is about a 40 MB download, so be patient! It was originally recorded on an analog VHS camcorder, but converted to digital video and processed through iMovie and then burned onto a DVD-R through iDVD.

In order to get it back to a format that I can podcast, I used a free program called HandBrake to rip it from the DVD-R and save it as an MPEG-4 movie. You probably hear some weird drops in sound in this recording. I'm guessing if it was recorded from an original digital source, then it would have came out smoother.

Disclaimer: I don't condone the action of ripping video from commercial DVDs that you do not own.
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