Brother (Br.) Will's Practice Diary

Hey tonebase community! 

 

I am so enthused to be a part of this music-loving community. As a former piano performance major, I thoroughly enjoy sharing music with whomever I can, and being a supporter of all performers of every stripe. Continuing to concertize privately amongst my community, and sometimes travelling to perform by request, I am still active as a concert pianist, though I have obtained a degree in philosophy and will be attending seminary to become a priest (through quite supranatural turns of events, I must say!)

 

I am planning to give a recital in the springtime, and have just begun to work on the new repertoire which I have recently purchased and received. The repertoire includes:

 

Bartok - Piano Sonata

Messiaen - Prelude no. 1 "La Colombe" (The Dove)

                    Prelude no. 3 "Le nombre léger" (The Light Number)

                    Prelude no. 7 "Plainte calme" (Calm Plaint)

Prokofiev - Sonata no. 3 in a minor, op. 28

Rachmaninoff - Etude Tableaux in g minor, op. 33 no. 8 

Rachmaninoff/Arr. Peng-Peng Gong - Piano Concerto no. 3 in d minor, op. 30

 

I very much look forward to updating my log to share my progress and journey with this recital music! Thanks so much for your support and encouragement, and I look forward also to encouraging all of you as you journey ahead with your musical endeavors. Ciao! 

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  • Wow -- amazing repertoire, lots of modern pieces. Also v. intrigued by the transcription of the Rach 3, I'm going to look it up right now! Good luck with the recital prep.  

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  • Ditto, and my curiosity has really been spiked by your 'supranatural turn of events'!!!

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  • You are amazing and obviously very bright! Looking forward to follow your journey here, and hear you play! 

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    • Gail Starr
    • Recently retired MBA (international consumer products/luxury goods/classical music mgt.)
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    What an amazing set of repertoire!  And please (when you have a chance) share with us your journey to start seminary.  Can't wait to hear your recital!

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  • Dear friends, 

     

    I want to share this Mazurka of Chopin with you. I hope it brings some peace to your spirit. Be safe and well. XOXO

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    • Brother Will Green what a great piece, really enjoyed the performance, so natural!

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    • Derek McConville Thanks, Derek! 

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    • Brother Will Green Beautifully played. 👏

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    • Heng-Pin Chen Thank you!! 

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      • Sindre Skarelven
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      Brother Will Green Beautifully played! It did bring some calmness to me, thank you :) 

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    • Sindre Skarelven Thank you, Sindre!

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      • Juan Carlos Olite
      • Philosophy teacher and piano lover
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      Brother Will Green Wonderful played, Brother Will Green! It has this Chopin's unmistakable mixture of beautiful voice singing and popular rhythm. Thanks for sharing.

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    • Juan Carlos Olite Thanks for your support, Juan Carlos!! Looking forward to hearing you at the Community Concert!! :)

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  • Very beatifully played and very gracious hand movements!🙂

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    • Jarkko Janhunen Thank you very much 🙂

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  • I just started working on the Prokofiev today! Here's the coda. I think it encapsulates the energy a lot of us are feeling - like a pent-up bottle, ready to explode! 

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      Brother Will Green What a firework! Bravo!   

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    • Sindre Skarelven Thank you, Sindre!! Yes, Prokofiev burns brightly these days, that’s for sure!!! 

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      • Tammy
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      Brother Will Green Wow! 💥💥💥

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    • Brother Will Green Wow! What an explosion 💥!😃

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    •  Tammy Thank you!!

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    • Jarkko Janhunen Thanks, Jarkko!! POW POW!! 😂

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    • Brother Will Green Stupendous!

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    • Ching Lee Goh Thank you!!!

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      • Juan Carlos Olite
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      Brother Will Green Volcanic Prokofiev! It sounds great, Brother Will Green! Bravo!

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    • Brother Will Green Sounds amazing.

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    • Juan Carlos Olite Thank you Juan Carlos!!!

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    • Vidhya Bashyam Thank you!!!

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  • Who is your favorite contemporary composer for the piano, 21st century?

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      Brother Will Green Nikolai Kapustin has to be on the list, for his 6 Concert Etudes amongst loads of other works  

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  • Hi Brother Green, it was great to meet you last weekend at the dress rehearsal and I'm really looking forward to hearing you play! This clip you've posted of the Prokofiev is awesome. I think it's so fantastic that you've kept up your cops while pursuing your studies to become a priest.

     

    Where and when will your upcoming spring recital take place? 

     

    Hilda 

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    • Hilda Hi! Thanks so much for listening! I'm still deciding on a date (with Covid...!!!) and the venue is a local church that always hosts my recitals. I can't wait to hear you play and all of your thoughts on music!! Prokofiev and the Russians are always inspirational for me, perhaps as Bach is for you. Be well :) 

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  • Here is a fun improvisation I did on a theme of "Joshua Fit The Battle" for the online edition of my job as a pianist at a church. 

     

    Hope you enjoy :) xx

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      • Sindre Skarelven
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      Brother Will Green Very nice playing and impro! Lot's of fun stuff, tempo changes, a little bit of drama, and great licks. Thank for sharing! :D 

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    • Sindre Skarelven I love your Mozart!!! Thanks for listening, Sindre. :) 

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      • Juan Carlos Olite
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      Brother Will Green Wow! Great playing full of contagious energy; I love it!

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    • Juan Carlos Olite thank you so much, Juan Carlos!!! 🙏🙏🙏

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  • I love this piece Brother Will Green ! Such fun sounds, really well done!

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    • Derek McConville Thanks, Derek! It's always fun to take a song and improvise over the notated music, composing as you go!!Thanks for listening my friend. Hope you're doing well. 

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  • Hey everyone!

     

    I'm completely changing this repertoire! I am notorious for doing this.... sometimes I've changed the repertoire the night before the concert... one time I was in a terrible accident, and had to change it two weeks in advance... at least this time, I have some time! 

     

    So, I'm now going to be playing a concert called-

    Russians: Favorite and Forgotten

     

    All music by Russian composers! I'm keeping the third concerto of Rachmaninoff on this program - that's a definite favorite! I'll be updating more and finalizing the new program soon. Thanks for all of your comments and support! I absolutely LOVE this community! 

     

    May God sustain your spirit and inspire your music. Hope you are all doing well.

    XOXO

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  • Wow. What a repertoire to work on! Rach is now limited for my reach and I hope that I can explore more of his works in the near future.

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  • Hi Will I finally recorded a page of my Italian Concerto format says mp4 but when I try to upload it it says file to big so I made a zip file still says too big. I see yours are on YouTube. I don' t want my practice Journal playing on YouTube. Help please what do I do to Upload? you can reply here or at [email protected] Thank You in advance, Carole

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  • Hi everyone, 

     

    After a debilitating couple of months suffering with psychical/spiritual transformations and transfigurations, I finally had energy enough to practice, and learned this piece today. I hope you enjoy. It is by Medtner, a Russian composer who I hope is becoming more well known. He certainly deserves the same attention as Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, and other prominent Russian composers (in my opinion)!! Thanks for listening. I do hope you are well. Thank you for all of your support and encouragement. 

     

    May you be always in the presence of peace which transcends all of our understanding, 

     

    Brother Will +

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    • Brother Will Green Please, if you haven't heard them, check out the whole set of these Forgotten Melodies, along with Medtner's many sonatas. They're fabulous!! xo 

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    • Brother Will Green Ah, that´s very beautiful! 🙂

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      • Anthony Miyake
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      Brother Will Green , thanks for sharing.  Sorry to hear you're going through some things ( I think we all have things we need to go through in life). But hopefully your piano playing brings you some joy.  You play so beautifully.

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    • Brother Will Green that was absolutely ravishing! Thank you for posting and for introducing me to this gorgeous piece! May all go well with you.

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    • Jarkko Janhunen 🙏 xx

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    • Susan Rogers Thank you 😊🙏 you too. 

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    • Anthony Miyake Thank you!! 

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      Brother Will Green What a beautiful playing and music, Brother Will! I hope you are better, you know: the healing power of music...

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    • Juan Carlos Olite Thank you, Juan Carlos!!

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    • Brother Will Green beautiful! Hope you feel much better now!

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    • Andrea Buckland Thanks so much, Andrea. Yes, am feeling much better. XO 

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  • Gorgeous. I too have had some heavy things on my heart. I will keep you in my prayers. Happy Easter, Brother Will!

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    • Denise Thanks so much, Denise! I will keep you in prayer as well. God bless and keep you. +++ 

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  • Finally! 

     

    After battling with much 'spiritual warfare' as it is called in the Christian tradition (and how rightly!!) I can affirm the concert will be going on as planned! By the end of the month of May I do hope to have the Rachmaninoff Concerto no. 3 ready. In the mean time, I have been preparing the Preludes of Rachmaninoff, of which I'll play five. Here's one of my favorites. Written at the birth of his daughter, we can call this prelude of Rachmaninoff 'autobiographical'.    :) 

     

    I pray you are well. Do be careful with your minds and spirits these days, as we are told they are filled with the most darkness yet known to mankind. But know this - the LIGHT has won, LOVE will triumph! God bless you all. 

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    • Brother Will Green Bravo, I enjoyed your performance🎶  while eating chocolate cake and sipping coffee. 😃 So typical Rachmaninov. Reminds very much of his second concerto. 

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      Brother Will Green Lovely!! 

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      Brother Will Green 

      Thank you for your beautiful playing!!Love it so much.

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    • Jarkko Janhunen Thank you :) xxxx

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    • Denise Thank you!! XO

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    • Hannahong Thank you so much :) 

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    • Brother Will Green ah thank you for posting that - so gorgeous and soothing. I’ve been absent from contributing much lately - but I so appreciate hearing from you.

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    • Susan Rogers Thank you so much, Susan :) I pray you are well. So nice to hear from you! xxxx

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