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.
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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’m going to use this challenge to work on Rach 2 — the back half of the first movement.
Why did I choose this? Because it’s the GOAT! I learned the front half a while back but got distracted by other things. I’d now like to use this challenge to learn the recap and coda properly.
I’ll be traveling a lot and will really only have about 10 days or so to practice over the next few weeks, but I’ll take it!
Here is a tortured reading of the recap section all the way to the end. It's not great, but it's the state of things today. When un-butchered, it’s one of the greatest lyrical passages of all time.
I have gone back and forth on what I would like to play for this challenge. I really wanted to play one of Mussorgsky's short pieces (Meditation, or Une Larme), but they are more of a reach than I can reasonably do right now. So, I'll go to my second love: "Fiddler on the Roof." I'm not yet certain which song I will play from this musical - I initially pulled out "Sunrise, Sunset," but it has some small technical challenges that make it too much for me (though my son played it beautifully on a sight-read this morning). I'll post by the end of the week with a firm choice and initial run-through.