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!

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    • Will Green
    • Mystic/Musician
    • Will_Green
    • 8 mths ago
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    I have chosen the Liszt Sonata because of the depth of endurance required to play this piece... a marathon for the soul/spirit/body... I enjoy and love a challenge, because my experiences of transformation of my psyche enable me to understand other people's minds and assist them as they come to union with the God that created them. +

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    • Will Green Great playing, Will! This sonata has some of the most amazing transitions and progressions I know of. 

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      • ALICE
      • ALICE.1
      • 8 mths ago
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      Michelle R Just 3 years that's amazing. He is gifted!

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      • ALICE
      • ALICE.1
      • 8 mths ago
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      Will Green You are a pro!

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      • Michelle R
      • Michelle_Russell
      • 8 mths ago
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      Gail Starr ALICE Thank you! Yes, Thurmond seems to be made for music - and he practices a lot, too! His brother talked early and often, but Thurmond sang before he talked - if he wanted something, he would sing the "theme" for that thing! 

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    • Will Green monumental!! Can't wait to hear more. Bravo 馃憦

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      • Gail Starr
      • Retired MBA (international consumer products/luxury goods/classical music mgt.)
      • Gail_Starr
      • 7 mths ago
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      Michelle R What a cool kid!

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    • Michael
    • Art Historian, Musculoskeletal Radiologist, Former Harpsichordist
    • MichaelP
    • 8 mths ago
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    Beethoven Sonata 12 Opus 26 Andante with Variations

    First submission of Variation 1

    It does sound insufferably slow. Maybe that's not so bad at this stage, since it may condition me to accept that tempo while learning the more tricky variations 2, 4 and 5.

    Will and Libby, thanks so much for your encouragement.

     

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      • Gail Starr
      • Retired MBA (international consumer products/luxury goods/classical music mgt.)
      • Gail_Starr
      • 8 mths ago
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      Michael Slow is good at the early stages.

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    • Michael Sounds great! 

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      • Michelle R
      • Michelle_Russell
      • 8 mths ago
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      Michael I thought it was quite lovely. 

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      • Will Green
      • Mystic/Musician
      • Will_Green
      • 8 mths ago
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      Michael Beautiful lyricism, my friend. Looking forward to seeing where you take this!! :) 

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      • Juan Carlos Olite
      • Philosophy teacher and piano lover
      • Juan_Carlos
      • 8 mths ago
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      Michael Sounds beautiful Michael with very clear voicing!

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    • Michael Beautiful playing! 

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      • Adriana L贸pez
      • Concertist in the making
      • Adriana_Lopez
      • 8 mths ago
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      Michael sounds very good! And slow practice is better at the beginning. 
       

      Once you feel confident enough, your fingers will ask for more tempo :) 

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    • Michael
    • Art Historian, Musculoskeletal Radiologist, Former Harpsichordist
    • MichaelP
    • 8 mths ago
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    Help! Can anyone here who really knows how to read music look at this excerpt and tell me, in measure 80, should the right hand play an A or an A flat (the natural specified in the base cleff applies to the simultaneous note in the treble cleff)? Sounds pretty good to me playing A flat up there.

    Thanks!

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    • Michael it鈥檚 an A flat in the right hand because it鈥檚 a passing tone in the left. It鈥檚 a technique composers in the classical era used a lot. 

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      • Michael
      • Art Historian, Musculoskeletal Radiologist, Former Harpsichordist
      • MichaelP
      • 8 mths ago
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      Thurmond R Thanks! Great explanation. I was hoping I鈥檇 get to play A flat.

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      • Michael
      • Art Historian, Musculoskeletal Radiologist, Former Harpsichordist
      • MichaelP
      • 7 mths ago
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      Thurmond R Now that you have become my personal advisor on matters related to 鈥渇lats鈥 in notation, may I ask you for any insight you might be able to offer on the excerpt below. In measure 120, why have the F flats been noted as flats. I mean, they鈥檙e always flat. What鈥檚 the deal: am I supposed to be so steeped in music theory that I am expected to predict otherwise based on some anticipated harmonic progression, or something like that? The term 鈥渃ourtesy flat鈥 flashed dimly in the back of my mind. 

      P.S. I鈥檓 close to clueless in matters of music theory. Any instructors I had told me 鈥渘ot to bother.鈥 If you haven鈥檛 encountered this notational issue, not to worry, please just ignore my question. There may be no good answer.

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    • Michael , here鈥檚 a quick answer: https://youtu.be/HiFjBhUhVfw

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      • Michael
      • Art Historian, Musculoskeletal Radiologist, Former Harpsichordist
      • MichaelP
      • 7 mths ago
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      Thurmond R YOU ARE AWESOME! Thanks so much for taking the time to prepare that for me. I think I may need to put you on retainer as a theoretical, notational and musical consultant. Hearing it said that 鈥7 flats is not a useable key signature鈥 has validated my suffering during the past day of working on that variation.馃槉

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    • Michael Thanks, Michael. I鈥檓 happy to help when I can! Oh, and I said 鈥渘ot usual鈥 rather than 鈥榥ot useable鈥, though that might have the same effect. 馃檪

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      • Michael
      • Art Historian, Musculoskeletal Radiologist, Former Harpsichordist
      • MichaelP
      • 7 mths ago
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      Thurmond R 鈥urther demonstration that I hear only what I want to. And, by the way, thanks but you didn鈥檛 have to dress up for our consultation.馃ジ

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    • Kerstin
    • Kerstin
    • 8 mths ago
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    Hello everyone! I picked Chopin Ballade Nr. 4. Why - I have fallen in love with Chopin since the last Chopin Competition in Oct 2021.

    Last year I played a lot - some Etudes, Nocturnes, 2 Scherzos.

    My absolute favorite piece is Sonata Nr 3, but this piece is too long and really difficult. 2 weeks ago my teacher told me , I should play a Ballade now. I have played the first and third already and the second one is not my favorite piece. So it leaves the fourth. But in my whole piano time, I have never thought about this piece - not to play, even can鈥檛 remember I have listen to it, except the beginning. And anyway it鈥檚 only for professional pianists 鈥. I decided to forget all fixed ideas about it and have a look at it. And after 3-4 hours practicing I have fallen in love with this piece. Can鈥檛 get out of my mind. Maybe is a bit over my level - doesn鈥檛 matter. I have practiced it now 15-20 hours. Couldn鈥檛 make the whole piece but the half one. My challenge is to get through it in the next three weeks.

    Dominic thanks for this challenge! 
    https://youtu.be/mZFuY5Z_Q3c

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      • Michael
      • Art Historian, Musculoskeletal Radiologist, Former Harpsichordist
      • MichaelP
      • 8 mths ago
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      Kerstin such a beautiful, haunting piece of music. Judging by your rapid progress so far, by the end of three weeks you鈥檒l be ready to play it in the next Chopin Competition!

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      • Gail Starr
      • Retired MBA (international consumer products/luxury goods/classical music mgt.)
      • Gail_Starr
      • 8 mths ago
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      Kerstin Amazing progress!  You will master this beautifully by the end of the three weeks.

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