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 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.
Beethoven Sonata 12 Opus 26 Andante with Variations
First submission of the theme. Worked a lot yesterday. Love will do that.
I'm asking myself:
- Is the tempo too slow and ponderous? Is it the norm to play all the variations at the same tempo? Do I have to choose a tempo for the theme that works well with all the variations?
- I'm challenged by the several dynamic shifts over units of 1 measure or two. The sforzandos all make sense. But the crescendos in 1 or 2 measures followed suddenly by p in the next measure (like 5-8) sometimes don't correspond to my first guess on how I like to handle the dynamics. I'd like my crescendo-ing phrases to peak before the end of the measure. The only way I can reconcile this at the moment is to crescendo all the way through but ritardando at the end before shifting to piano.
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. +