Greetings to SDC

I’ve been lurking for a few days now and thought I should introduce myself. Very interesting community you guys have here. I’m still trying to make sense of all the crazy lingo…

I am from the USA, 25 years old, working in software. I play the piano too but not very well. I would like to play Don Juan one day (hence the name) but it’s sadly too hard for me. I hope to stick around and discuss piano technique, share recommendations, etc.

I also realized that @festinfurious is “alkanliszt” on Youtube (right?) which is pretty cool since his video of Le Festin was my first exposure to Alkan circa 2007 and got me into the composer. Nice to meet you.



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Rezpec! :approved:

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Welcome! Kinda flattered :wink: my :kan: vid isn’t great tbh but at the time it was one of the very few vids of him on da tube.

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HAHAHAHA welcome u mofo!!!

Aiiiight, rezpek!

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Tell us who your favourite pianists and favourite piano works are?

Rezpec for getting into :kan: when you were barely a teen :pimp:

Good to have you here! I’m Christian. The girl above is trumofo. You get used to him after three or four years. :+1:

I sincerely hope he didn’t join in hope of tapping trumofette’s ass :tm: :whale:

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I dun look quite like da pics


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Whalecum, young mofo! Dun worry about da lingo, n you don’t haff 2 use it, although it’s fun to keep up the tradition here and there.

I share your software and n0ob piano skillz background (probably the worst in this forum in that department). I was also quite starstruck when I found out who @vladspeedster was, having watched his videos for years.

A funny note on that: I read an interview with Hamelin yesterday and at the bottom of the article was 3 videos, 2 of which came from my channel. feelsgoodman.gif, #spreadingdamessidge

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My two favorite pianists are Pletnev and Sokolov. There are many more that I like including Hofmann, Yudina, De Larrocha, Annie Ficsher and Grosvenor, just off the top of my head. I’m fairly new to serious/critical listening so there’s still a lot of well-known pianists I’ve barely (or not at all) listened to.

Favorite piano works are Beethoven’s late sonatas, most of Chopin’s big works (ballades, Polonaise Fantasie, etc.) and also some Liszt pieces (Don Juan fantasy, Norma fantasy, sonata, certain selections from Annees de pelerinage)

And yeah, it was Liszt and Alkan that first got me excited about classical piano (mostly midis at the time, since I didn’t know or care about famous pianists). Before that I was just interested in improvising, playing some simple jazz and pop tunes and refusing to practice what my teacher told me to… even then, it wasn’t until years later that I actually learned how to use good practice habits, discipline, and anatomically natural technique. This less-than-ideal environment of my formative years stunted my development pretty badly, I’m afraid :disappointed_relieved:


You can make up for lost time now, assuming you have time to practise and a teacher who actually knows how to help you with your technical problems.

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An excellent background, selection of works, and composers, for a random dude, if you ask me :approved:

Everything you need mofo!

Girl? Has da TM ever tranny-dard himself out of curiousity?

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His lovely profile pic :kissing_heart: :kissing_heart: :kissing_heart: :tm:


You share quite a few favourites with me. Pletnev has been one of my heroes ever since I was in my teens, and while I’ve certainly had my ups and down with Sokolov over the years I’ve been more in to him than any other pianist now the past 6-7 years. Also a huge AdL fan, and Hofmann is one of my top picks among the golden agers today.

This is an excellent place if you want to hear more with either pianist, or get recommendations for good recordings with others you’ve not yet explored.

Also high five on late LvB, Alkan & Liszt!


Oh damn it, if I find out the new kinky Chinese chick on da FB is actually da Diraña or da XSDC messing with moi, I’ll be so pissed off!

can confirm da nu chick iz in fact da XMOFO

I had to think of something, I didn’t realise how hot you were until I saw you in makeup with a mop on your head


classic example of star-power & knowledge-about-thing being inversely aligned. It’s like when I met Nigel Farage when I still admired him. I got to know more about him afterwards and he turned out to be a vile tosser.