Allow me to present my best result of two hours of recording: Stephen Foster--Tioga Waltz Stephen Collins Foster (1826-1864). Famous for such pieces as "Oh Susanna" and "My Old Kentucky Home". He is considered as "the father of American music". Sadly he died young (just like other great composers Chopin, Mozart, etc.) Here is a quote from Wikipedia: Stephen Foster died on January 13, 1864, at the age of 37. He had been impoverished while living at the North American Hotel at 30 Bowery on the Lower East Side of Manhattan (possessing exactly 38 cents) when he died. In his pocket was a scrap of paper with only the enigmatic, "dear friends and gentle hearts", written on it. His brother Henry described the accident in the New York theater-district hotel that led to his death: confined to bed for days by a persistent fever, Stephen tried to call a chambermaid, but collapsed, falling against the washbasin next to his bed and shattering it, which gouged his head. It took three hours to get him to the hospital, and in that era before transfusions and antibiotics, he succumbed after three days. In his hand when he died there was a letter that said "dear friends and gentle hearts". http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Foster Here are some links to help formulate a biography--I tried to do it for you but I could not muster anything original: (that is if you, Mr. Breemer, or Mr. Robert decide to add this to the database) http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/foster/peo ... oster.html http://www.pitt.edu/~amerimus/foster.htm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Foster http://www.bobjanuary.com/foster/sfhome.htm http://www.pdmusic.org/foster.html http://www.kikomusic.com/foster/graphics/foster2.jpg Now with my recording. I am submitting a little known waltz composed by him when he was only 13 years old. (Funny that I record pieces composed by the youthful composers--i.e. Liszt Waltz) I believe that the waltz is named after a county in the state of Pennslyvania or in New York. [Herr Olaf, was beduetet "Ortsname"?] I used my keyboard for this one. But I promise you I will re-record it on a real piano once I have the opprotunity (two or three weeks). There are a few slips, but I hope they are minor. (Two hours of playing the same piece over and over really gets to one's head) If it the slips are too big I will gladly re-record it this weekend. Thank you very much, -Julius p.s. you can find the sheet music recently posted in the "What are you learning now" thread. p.p.s I really need a real piano...anyone have a couple thousand dollars to give away :wink: :lol: :?