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 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.
I am learning Haydn's sonata in C major, Hob. XVI:50, composed around 1794 and one of the last works he wrote for piano, and for this challenge I'd like to choose the second movement, the Adagio in F major. It was written as a stand-alone piece before he wrote the rest of the sonata, which is dedicated to Therese Jansen-Bartolozzi, a virtuoso pianist (she was supposedly one of Clementi's best students), whose playing Haydn very much admired. This movement appeals to me because it is songful, almost operatic, and it feels like an opportunity to be especially expressive.
I have chosen Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata 1st Movement (that's the only movement I can dream of playing!). My dad taught me to play this when I was a kid, so truth be told, I've been playing it for a while. This piece will always have a place in my heart as I feel connected to my dad whenever I play it (he's been gone a while).
I'm learning BWV999. I divided the piece into a few chunks and try to memorize a chunk and rotate them over the next week. Here's what I have so far:
I will add the transition to each chunk and hope to memorize the entire piece. I won't have access to piano for a week due to traveling.