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!
I choose Shostakovich Prelude and Fugue op. 87 no. 7
I first heard this piece when I was 16 and love it esp the fugue - so pretty and joyful - not something you normally associate with Shostakovich's music. I found this piece again recently through my work colleague who suggested the opus when I was pondering what to learn next.
I have already planned to learn the piece this year so taking the opportunity to kick it off. Starting with the fugue - which I already feel pretty challenged in working out the fingering and rhythmically playing both hands esp when 3rd voice enters. It's definitely not one I can sight read and it's not going to be a quick one to learn but let's just see how far three weeks can take me.
I also find doing this challenge itself poses another challenge of sharing and embracing the piece in-progress with all its blemishes ... This is me at day 3 for the first 20 bars.
Hello Everyone. Looking forward to my 2nd community challenge. I have chosen R. Schumann Romance, Op. 28, No. 2. This is one of my all time favorite pieces and a perfect piece for Valentine's Day. I love how the melody is in the middle voices, while being surrounded by the beautiful outside voices.
I have played it in the past, so my goal for this challenge is to memorize it. The piece is in F# Major and is written on three staffs, so it's easy to lose my place in the music and also get lost in all the sharps! Hoping that memorizing it will open up new opportunities for expression.
Here is a video of my dust-off: https://youtu.be/Gw_cTngBoy4