Week THREE: Share your love! (Watch Party is next week!)
Hello and welcome to the WEEK THREE Main Thread for this challenge!
Alright everyone - this is the thread where we'll all be posting our daily updates.
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!
My piece is Baile de Burgos from Joaquin Nin-Culmell, Tonadas, Vol. 1.
I love that it is a short, interesting piece that is accessible to those of us who are late elementary or early intermediate students without sounding like it was intended to be played by children. Played very quickly, it is reminiscent of loud, percussive street dances at the festivals in Burgos in central Spain. Played slowly, though, it is meditative, and Nin-Culmell’s own harmonies come through more beautifully.
I play it slowly. It evokes for me walking with my uncle through the city of Teruel in Aragon, half a century ago, exploring ancient churches and buildings in the exotic “Mudejar” architectural style unique to some regions of Spain. (I posted photos of a few examples, back in Week 1.)
Please excuse my flaws and overly dramatic gestures in the video — this is still a work in progress…
With all of the glorious music and playing in this forum, I feel a bit silly submitting my little piece! But I enjoyed working on it, and I hope it will encourage more beginners to participate and submit their playing for these activities.
For me, "If I Were a Rich Man" is a song of longing and desiring for something which is beyond - I think this sums up much of the human condition. Music seems to both fulfill and increase the desire for this "something," which is one of the reasons I enjoy playing and listening to good music. Also, being in the Nerds of Tonebase subgroup, I appreciate the correct usage of the subjunctive in the song's title and lyrics.
Of the two recordings I made, I chose the one with mistakes because it had more life in it. I found the more "correct" one a bit dry. The way I want to play it is a few years away, I think, but over the three weeks I noticed much improvement, which is why I joined this challenge.