Week 1: Status check! (also pick your piece!)

Hello and welcome to the WEEK ONE Main Thread for this challenge! 馃ぉ

 


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!

473replies Oldest first
  • Oldest first
  • Newest first
  • Active threads
  • Popular
    • Michael
    • Art Historian, Musculoskeletal Radiologist, Former Harpsichordist
    • MichaelP
    • 4 mths ago
    • Reported - view

    To keep up momentum (with the added benefit of challenging my feelings of vulnerability) I am sharing today's progress. To frame it generously, I can now mostly read through Beethoven Son12 Op26 Andante Variation 5. (I certainly don't recommend that anyone watch this save for the morbidly curious. Even my dog abandoned me for this recording).

    The melody is covertly conveyed on the weakest beats of the measures at the beginning. This is perverse. Am I supposed to "bring it out" from its concealment? It then surfaces as the first notes of Alberti-like figures in the bass--kinda sneaky. And then it ups the ante by claiming the middle voice  under cover of trills above. I'm in way over my head.

    Like 6
      • Michelle R
      • Michelle_Russell
      • 4 mths ago
      • Reported - view

      Michael being morbidly curious, I listened and thought you handled everything quite well. 

      Like 3
      • Michael
      • Art Historian, Musculoskeletal Radiologist, Former Harpsichordist
      • MichaelP
      • 4 mths ago
      • Reported - view

      Michelle R I鈥檝e long suspected that the most morbidly curious can also be among the most supportive.

      Like 1
    • Serene
    • Serene
    • 4 mths ago
    • Reported - view

    Hi to all,

     

    joining this really late because my piano has been getting some tender-loving care from the tuner. 
     

    I鈥檓 choosing to play Sonata in A Op 664 by Schubert. 
     

    the first time I heard the piece, I fell in love with it. Made me feel young-er again and falling in love with love and life鈥 

     

    I鈥檓 working through this sonata for an exam (ARSM) together with a few other pieces (Bach, Debussy and a jazz piece). Started working on it about 2 months ago. I struggle big time with recording and performance anxiety. I hope through the exposure here, I鈥檒l learn to overcome this huge hurdle as a musician. 
     

    Thank you. 

    https://youtu.be/shPXjgrM1Bs

    Like 6
    • Serene Beautiful playing, Serene! I share your love with this piece. <3

      Like 2
      • Michael
      • Art Historian, Musculoskeletal Radiologist, Former Harpsichordist
      • MichaelP
      • 4 mths ago
      • Reported - view

      Serene your performance comes across with such elegance! Your piano thanks you for your tuner鈥檚 kind ministrations.

      Like 2
    • Serene Lovely playing! It is such a beautiful sonata.

      Like 2
      • Michelle R
      • Michelle_Russell
      • 4 mths ago
      • Reported - view

      Serene so very lovely. 

      Like 2
      • Gail Starr
      • Recently retired MBA (international consumer products/luxury goods/classical music mgt.)
      • Gail_Starr
      • 4 mths ago
      • Reported - view

      Serene I share your love of this piece and I'm so impressed that you are preparing for exams.  I'd be too scared!

      Like
      • Juan Carlos Olite
      • Philosophy teacher and piano lover
      • Juan_Carlos
      • 4 mths ago
      • Reported - view

      Serene Delicate and elegant Schubert, Serene!

      Like
    • Serene Such a wonderful piece Serene! Thank you for posting. Looking forward to hearing more!

      Like
    • Michael
    • Art Historian, Musculoskeletal Radiologist, Former Harpsichordist
    • MichaelP
    • 4 mths ago
    • Reported - view

    Determined to have read through my selection by the end of the first week, here I document (again mainly to reinforce my practicing habit) the Beethoven Son12 Op26 Andante Variation 3, my least favorite one. Sandwiched in between the much funner ones, it is in every sense minor, and its treatment of the theme so sparse as to render it virtually undetected. I feel compelled to mess with timing to create some interest. The video makes evident my dog's dislike of this variation too.

    Like 7
    • Michael I like this variation too! I think your dog was trying to balance out some of the darkness :) 

      Like 3
      • Will Green
      • Mystic/Musician
      • Will_Green
      • 4 mths ago
      • Reported - view

      Michael LOVE IT Michael !!! Wow, what progress and beautiful display of understanding, deepening each moment !! THANK YOU <3

      Like 1
    • Michael Your 鈥淚 feel compelled to mess with timing to create some interest鈥 made me smile. I am struggling with that now, too, in my (very short, elementary-level) piece for this challenge. 馃槉

      Like 1
      • Gail Starr
      • Recently retired MBA (international consumer products/luxury goods/classical music mgt.)
      • Gail_Starr
      • 4 mths ago
      • Reported - view

      Michael It can actually be a sort of "mysterious" variation, so your elastic rubato will enrich it. ( I grew up with a nearly identical dog and mine had a great dislike for contemporary music!)

      Like 1
    • Michael Hi Michael, I love your playing of this variation! Cute dog...I think he was cheering you on and wants you to take it further!

      Like
      • Alice Lin
      • Alice_Lin
      • 4 mths ago
      • Reported - view

      Michael I like this variation.  Beethoven in his element.  You dog has a great sense of rhythm. :)

      Like 1
    • Tammy
    • TT2022
    • 4 mths ago
    • Reported - view

    Rach 2 first movement recap, the excerpt I practiced today. It鈥檚 improved compared to the first video from earlier this week for sure. Next step鈥攃leaning up the pedaling and inner lines, and more shaping. 

    https://youtu.be/n3Z4ybLcnzI

    Like 6
    • Tammy this is soo beautiful, Tammy!!

      Like
      • Michael
      • Art Historian, Musculoskeletal Radiologist, Former Harpsichordist
      • MichaelP
      • 4 mths ago
      • Reported - view

      Tammy I feel like I鈥檝e just stepped into Carnegie Hall. Tears of joy in my eyes.

      Like
    • Tammy beautiful playing, Tammy!

      Like
      • Michael
      • Art Historian, Musculoskeletal Radiologist, Former Harpsichordist
      • MichaelP
      • 4 mths ago
      • Reported - view

      Tammy I was thinking about how much I like the sound of your piano. May I ask which model you have?

      Like
      • Tammy
      • TT2022
      • 4 mths ago
      • Reported - view

      Michael Thanks Michael, very kind of you, Rachmaninoff鈥檚 writing itself is stupendously lyrical. The playing is still bumpy here and there so will have to smoothen the lines out.
      The piano is a Yamaha Avant Grand N3X. It鈥檚 a hybrid 鈥 it has regular piano wooden hammers but they hit an electronic soundboard instead of strings. And I just used my plain old iPhone to record it. 

      Like
    • Tammy Very beautiful playing!

      Like
      • Juan Carlos Olite
      • Philosophy teacher and piano lover
      • Juan_Carlos
      • 4 mths ago
      • Reported - view

      Tammy Wow, sounds very beautiful, great playing Tammy!

      Like
Like Follow
  • 3 mths agoLast active
  • 473Replies
  • 574Views
  • 36 Following

Home

View all topics