Week 1: Status check! (also pick your piece!)
Hello and welcome to the WEEK ONE Main Thread for this challenge!
Alright everyone - this is the thread where we'll all be posting our daily updates.
Make sure you've read the rules before replying (<- click)
Twice a week between January 23 - 30 I hope to be reading your daily updates in this very thread right here!
Here is this week's assignment!
1. Pick your piece!
2. If a new piece, post your sight-reading of it (never hurts to practice this valuable skill!) If it is an old piece, let's try and dust it off, and play through what we can, to evaluate its current condition. Let us know what your "piece status" is!
3. Optional: Tell us WHY you picked this piece that you love so much!
Hi, here is the start of the slow movement of Mozart Piano Concerto no23. I haven’t played it for a few months so it’s a bit rusty. Thanks Gail Starr for your kind offer to record the orchestra part for me but the transcription is just for 1 piano so it would probably be a bit difficult to untangle it! I think I need to work on the dynamics and make more contrasts. https://youtu.be/1Xb-HDwDxkw
Originally, I was planning on playing something by Prokofiev (either a piano transcription of a movement from Cinderella Suites, or the 2nd Piano Sonata) since I love Prokofiev, but after hearing everyone's choices I decided to opt for something different and perhaps more on theme.
For those of you who don't know, Rachmaninoff made a transcription of violin piece by Kreisler "Liebesleid" (Liebesleid translates to "Love's Sorrow"). I remember hearing Liebesleid performed by one of my violinist friends when I was younger and I really enjoyed. It seemed like such a joy to play. I have a soft spot for "salon music" -- something you can imagine being enjoyed casually in a small living room as background music in a social setting. All these years later, I discovered Rachmaninoff transcribed this piece and was excited since that meant I could learn this piece (or at least something like it)!
I started this awhile back but never quite got it to a place where I could play through the entire thing at least somewhat fluidly. This seems like the perfect opportunity to try to get it to some state of "completion". Posted in my "dust off".
PS- This is my first community challenge. All of your posts have been really inspirational to me. I was sort of in a piano rut and now I'm excited again!