Ok Peter, discussion time !
WITH REGARD TO CORELLI NOT WRITING FOR HARPSICHORD:
There are many angels from where you can look at this. Busoni rewrites a violin work of JS bach to piano solo (as does Bramhs for left hand only). Not an original piano piece.
Yes, many angles indeed. Let's just look at it from our angle. It is not so much that this is not an original piece, but that it seems to be an unknown arrangement. The comparison with Bach-Busoni and Bach-Brahms is pretty lame, as all three were great composers for the keyboard, and these transcriptions could be filed either under Bach or under the arranger. But I still maintain that Corelli, who as far as I can see did not compose any
solo keyboard works, should not have a page on PianoSociety. Had for instance Brahms done your Folia arrangement, we'd store it under Brahms rather than Corelli. On the other hand, even if we knew who composed your arrangement, that would not automatically mean this person could be listed as a composer here. That would depend on whether that person would also be a composer in his own right.
I prefer video above audio only. I think it is more interesting to look at the performance and it is more challenging to make. Apart from that, i can reduce the size of a video file to about 2,5 Mb per minute without compromizing audio quality. That is about 2,5 times the size of audio only (compared to 128 kbit audio streaming). So i think the bandwith should not realy be a problem. And to be honest with you: video is the future of internet.
Whether or not video is the future of the Internet (rather than a slightly exhibitionistic hype) is open for discussion - and it is not a dicussion that belongs here. Even if you're right, I am not sure video is the future of PianoSociety. We know that millions of people listen to music on CD, MP3 player or iPod day and night, but I can't see people watching piano videos all the time. I do not agree that watching somebody play is per definition more interesting than just hearing the music. It is nice to watch a video of a new pianist, so that we know who we are listening to and how he does it, but that is mostly all there is to it. People will repeatedly listen to an audio track if they like the music, but they will not repeatedly sit and watch you play it - unless perhaps there was something particularly spectacular going on. For example, I'd certainly want to listen to your Folia again, but not watch it again, as I've seen it.
So you prefer video to audio. I appreciate it's more of a challenge, perhaps more fun, and certainly better suited to promoting your enterpreneurial endeavours. But we really prefer audio here.
We have discussed this issue internally, and come to the conclusion that we should allow one video per pianist, mainly for the purpose of the pianist presenting himself to the public. This does not have to be a 'regular' recording or 'regular' repertoire. These videos would be linked directly from the pianists' personal page and do not necessarily have to be on a composer's page. So your Corelli arrangement would do fine here. On the other hand, it sounds like your upcoming Bach in a church may be more interesting, but of course such a 'personal' video can always be replaced. In the case if the Bach Overture, we'd like to have the soundtrack also filed on the Bach page, seeing as your audio quality is pretty good.
I realize that some of the content of our site violates the rules I laid down above. For example, there is a Rimsky-Korsakov page simple because in the past someone submitted his own Bumblebee arragement. And there are pianists who have several videos on the site, filed together with regular mp3's. All that is historical and we can not very well remove them now just because we've changed the rules.
Technically, these new rules also mean that you will need to submit at least one regular audio recording, of regular repertoire, in MP3 format, before we can include you on the site. But in this case we can create your page anyway, as you submitted before we laid down the rules, and wait for regular recordings to arrive later. So, if you want to be a pianist under these conditions, please mail me your bio information and I will take care of it.