Week THREE: Share your love! (Watch Party is next week!)

Hello and welcome to the WEEK THREE 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 February 6 - 13 I hope to be reading your daily updates in this very thread right here!     

 

Here is this week's assignment!

 

Because the WATCH PARTY is next week, February 14th at 11am PT let's do the following this week!

 

1. OVERALL GOAL: Record your piece!

 

2. OPTIONAL: say a few words about why you choose your piece, and what you love so much about it BEFORE or AFTER you play! (Before is nice, because then we can listen with a guided imagination through your words!) You can submit two videos (one of your words and one of the music) I will then put them together into ONE video.

 

3. OPTIONAL: Record your piece at least TWICE! Why? Because we want you to submit your favorite recording, and tell us why you choose the one that you did. Was it because of technical reasons? Musical ones? It is important to practice evaluating your work through words!

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  • Managed to memorize the piece (Beethoven鈥檚 Path茅tique Second Movement) for the final post (thanks to the inspiration of Juan Carlos Olite ). 
    What do I love about this movement? The warmth and richness of the timeless melody, the many layers, as well as the sweet and dark moments. On a personal level, it is nostalgic and brings back happy memories.

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    • Vidhya Bashyam Beautiful playing! You are bringing out the melody so nicely, and awesome job memorizing it! 

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      • Juan Carlos Olite
      • Philosophy teacher and piano lover
      • Juan_Carlos
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      Vidhya Bashyam Very beautiful and heartfelt playing, Vidhya! Really touching! And very glad if I have been of help 馃槉

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      Vidhya Bashyam Lovely performance!

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    •  Darrell Jenkins Natalie Peh Juan Carlos Olite Sindre Skarelven Andrea Buckland Michelle R Judith Ching Lee Goh Hazel Thank you so much for listening and for your kind comments. I have really enjoyed all your performances as well!

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    • Vidhya Bashyam that sounded wonderful and with a very personal feeling! Well done on playing from memory too!

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    • Vidhya Bashyam Brava! Really lovely!!

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      • Michael
      • Art Historian, Musculoskeletal Radiologist, Former Harpsichordist
      • MichaelP
      • 7 mths ago
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      Vidhya Bashyam Nailed it!

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  • Here is my final submission for the challenge.  This piece is always a work in progress, but here it is as it stands now.  It is Brahms Intermezzo in A Major, Op. 118, No. 2.  All observations and feedback are welcome.  I look forward to more of these community challenges in the future!

    https://youtu.be/XLUXJ7A15-4

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    • Darrell Jenkins Great playing! You have understood this piece so well and bring out all the emotions Brahms is conveying. Thanks for sharing- inspiring me to go back to this piece again for sure.

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    • Vidhya Bashyam Thank you Vidhya! :)

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    • Darrell Jenkins that is gorgeous playing!  I hope to be able to play this piece one day :) 

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    • Natalie Peh Thank you Natalie!

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    • Darrell Jenkins very beautiful!

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    • Darrell Jenkins this is my all- time Brahms favourite piece!  Very nice playing especially the inner voicing in the middle section. 

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    • Darrell Jenkins You're playing of this piece is so lovely and heartfelt! I very much enjoyed your talking in the beginning of how you are seing this piece. Well done! 

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      • Juan Carlos Olite
      • Philosophy teacher and piano lover
      • Juan_Carlos
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      Darrell Jenkins Great and sensitive playing, Darrell! You show your deep understanding of this exquisite piece.

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      • Michelle R
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      Darrell Jenkins I'm a big fan of your playing of this piece. I find the tempo and the way you weave your way through the notes to be magical. What I see when I listen to you play this piece is  a dance between two people (they aren't always together in the dance). But for me this dance represents a lifetime, a finding, a coming together, tension and a separation, and then a final understanding with a reconciliation and re-union. It is more beautiful at the end than it was at the beginning. Thank you for sharing this with all of us.

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    • Darrell Jenkins really enjoyed this, such a warm piece and performance!

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    • Darrell  I am your fan. Your playing here is wonderful 鈥 precise yet tender, drawing out the various voices beautifully. I also love your concept of this work as a dialogue! Bravo!

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    • Natalie Peh I appreciate that Natalie! It is a joy to play. I want to hear you play it too!

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    • Andrea Buckland Thank you:)

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    • Ching Lee Goh Thanks Ching Lee! Right now my favorite Brahms composition is a tie between this one and the Romance in F. It's on my list to learn next.

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    • Libby Craig Much appreciated Libby! I'm a fan of yours too!

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    • Derek McConville Thanks Derek for the compliment and taking the time to hear my performance!

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    • Sindre Skarelven Thank you Sindre! I almost skipped the talking in the beginning but now I'm glad I did.

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