Thanks for the great comments and advice! I will definately play this again at some point so can make good use of your help. In the case of this particular performance, it was the first time I had played this piano and I was being perhaps over-cautious. The first E-flat when the right hand begins playing the melody line rang out so loudly that I think it made me a bit "gun shy" - given the quiet and introspective nature of the music. Next time I will try to do better!
Yes, I was SO lucky to have been able to study under Wild. He taught the Lit & Rep course for two semesters and I also had private lessons with him on select repertoire. He was such a phenomenal pianists, but equally known as a story-teller and joker. We affectionately referred to him as "Uncle Earl."
If you would be interested in creating a page for Earl Wild as a composer, you may want to use this bio (see below), which I just pulled together. Perhaps others will want to record some of his works?
Earl Wild (1915-2010)
Widely regarded as one of the premier concert pianists of the 20th century, (Royland) Earl Wild has been described as the “white-maned lion of the keyboard,” and a “national treasure.”
Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1915 to a working-class steelworker family, Wild first displayed his precocious talent at age three when he would play along with phonograph recordings of opera overtures in the same key. Labeled as a prodigy, he began piano lessons immediately, eventually enrolling in Carnegie Tech (now Carnegie Mellon University), from which he graduated in 1937. As a young person he studied with Selmar Janson, Egon Petri, Paul Doguereau, Marguerite Long and Jean Roger-Ducasse. He also was a friend and protégé of Maurice Ravel.
Wild’s composing career began as a teenager when he regularly composed solo piano works, transcriptions, and arrangements for chamber orchestra. Although he was constantly engaged as a recitalist and orchestral soloist, he remained active as a composer. In 1962 he was commissioned by the ABC Network to compose an Easter Oratorio, “Revelations,” which was based on the apocalyptic visions of St. John the Divine. Other important works that he composed include Variations on a Theme of Stephen Foster (“Doo-Dah Variations”), a set of virtuoso piano etudes based on George Gershwin’s popular songs I Got Rhythym, Somebody Loves Me, Liza, Embraceable You, The Man I Love, Oh Lady Be Good, and The Man I Love. He also composed a solo improvisation in the form of a theme and three variations on Gershwin’s “Someone to Watch Over Me,” as well as a Grand Fantasy on Porgy and Bess. Well known as a transcriptionist, he also composed transcriptions based on fourteen songs of Sergei Rachmaninoff. In the year 2000 he composed his Piano Sonata 2000.
Wild served on the faculties of the Julliard School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, Eastman School of Music, Penn State University, Ohio State University, and Carnegie Mellon University, his alma mater, where he held the title of Distinguished Visiting Artist.