Week 3: The final dance of the Soirees!

I am so impressed by the hard work, and determination that you all have for this piece! Extremely admirable work from everyone, and THANK YOU for sharing your videos with all of us! This is the final week of the challenge so keep it up! A watch party will be happening next week :)

 

If you need some help with the piece, check out a livestream that goes INDEPTH with this piece! 

 

https://app.tonebase.co/piano/live/player/liszt-schubert-community-challenge-indepth

 


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 August 30th - September 6th I hope to be reading your daily updates in this very thread right here!    


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Liszt's: Soirees De Vienne No.6

 

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Liszt's: Soirees De Vienne No.6


Please use the following format when commenting (feel free to copy & paste!):    

  • Section you worked on:
  • One thing you found easy:
  • One thing you found difficult:
  • (Optional): a video of you performing it!

Sample daily update:    

  • Section you worked on: No. 1
  • One thing you found easy: Learning the notes, and rhythms were rather straight-forward, and not challenging!
  • One thing you found difficult: Playing the trills/ornaments in an elegant way was what challenged me the most.

Feel free to make these updates as short or long as you wish!

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  • Have been working on 4-9. Generally focussing on the fingering for the triplets, sixths, and the cadenza.  So more or less all coming together. I think this piece is best played from memory to avoid the bumpiness of trying to read the score, turn the page, and watch hand jumps simultaneously! But step by step and here is my video of #4, and hopefully will record the rest tomorrow.

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    • Ching Lee Goh Nice playing! Looking forward to the rest :) 

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    • Ching Lee Goh Good work Ching Lee!! Keep it up!! :) Memory definitely helps!!

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    • Brett Gilbert
    • Piano and classical guitar
    • brett_gilbert
    • 1 yr ago
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    • Variation you worked on: The whole piece!
    • One thing you found easy: Some sections easier than others an overall easier than most Liszt pieces.
    • One thing you found difficult: Sections 1,3,5 and finding the time to practice!

    Hi everyone, I vowed to make a recording before I leave for the weekend so here is my video. 
    Having a deadline is great motivation to practice and making the video is a useful tool as it simulates a "performance" situation (I get a bit nervous as soon as I hit record).

    Wish I'd had more time to practice and provide regular updates, but I'm just happy to participate and enjoy everyone's videos!   

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    • Brett Gilbert I’m impressed ,it was gorgeous !  I particularly liked the way you rolled those chords in section 4 and that cadenza was so delicate and pretty . 

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      • Juan Carlos Olite
      • Philosophy teacher and piano lover
      • Juan_Carlos
      • 1 yr ago
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      Brett Gilbert Great playing, Brett! With energy in the rhythm and a beautiful contrast in the melodic fragments! I enjoy listening it! I'll try to make my video today... (a bit nervous too)...

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    • Brett Gilbert Well done, Brett! I agree, both to having a deadline, and getting some nerves while recording. It's been a fun ride these 3 weeks :) 

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    • I liked the section 4 melody a lot. It sounded great. A lovely light sound. 

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    • Brett Gilbert Great job! You have a wonderful energy propelling this piece forward! And the more you record yourself, the better and easier it gets! Really great experience to be doing this! 

      I really enjoyed your performance!!! 

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    • Gail Starr
    • Recently retired MBA (international consumer products/luxury goods/classical music mgt.)
    • Gail_Starr
    • 1 yr ago
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    Great job, Brett!

     

     I love how you convey the different “personalities” of each section.  

     

    And I get nervous just playing for my husband, so you are very brave to make a whole video.

     

    ill try to make a video of the few sections I worked on yesterday, too.

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  • This piece is really tougher than it looks! One of the hardest for me is trying to maintain fluidity in the triplets - maybe with another 3 weeks they could get better, though I wouldn’t bet on it! Here goes my final sections. 

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      • Gail Starr
      • Recently retired MBA (international consumer products/luxury goods/classical music mgt.)
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      • 1 yr ago
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      Ching Lee Goh great job! You are definitely getting the hang of it! 😊❤️  I can’t even play it that fast yet.  I definitely need several more weeks to learn this.

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    • Ching Lee Goh Well done! I enjoy listening to your playing. I agree, those triplets are a challenge :) 

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    • Ching Lee Goh Nice job with these finger-twisting passages! You have done such wonderful work!! Great 6ths btw!

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    • @Ching Lee Goh  Wow , that was very lovely ☺️

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  • Here is my final video! I'm so happy to have participated in this challenge, it's been a GREAT experience! I almost felt like a student again, witch is something I have missed.  Thank you Dominic ! And everyone else! Already looking forward to the next one! 

     

    This week I've worked on what I like to call "The extended version" that is the version Dominic played. It has some added parts and ornaments. 

    What I found easy was practicing the new parts, because it was so enjoyable! 

    What I found challenging was trying to make a perfect recording. It is 10 minutes of music, and some nerves did sneak in on the trickier parts. 

    Overall I'm satisfied with the performance :)  

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      • Juan Carlos Olite
      • Philosophy teacher and piano lover
      • Juan_Carlos
      • 1 yr ago
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      Sindre Skarelven Wonderful playing, Sindre! It sounds great and you are really brave to play the extended version! Bravo!  I agree with you and Brett, it is not easy to record de whole piece (nerves...).

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    • Juan Carlos Olite Thank you so much! Yes, I like a little bravery ;) 

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    • Sindre Skarelven Bravo!!!1 I love that you incorporated some of the "fancier" parts! Sounds wonderful, and it is fun to add them isn't it! :)

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    • Sindre Skarelven That was great and I loved all the extras that put into your performance. Congratulations!

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      • Brett Gilbert
      • Piano and classical guitar
      • brett_gilbert
      • 1 yr ago
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      Sindre Skarelven Congratulations!  Quite an achievement - an amazing performance and fully memorized!

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      • Matt
      • Matt
      • 1 yr ago
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      Well done! Also, I understand how nerves show up when the camera is running. But in your performance, I can't tell at all. 

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    • Sindre Skarelven MEGET bra, Sindre! Bravo!

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      • Greg
      • Greg
      • 1 yr ago
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      Sindre Skarelven Hi Sindre. It is beyond my comprehension that someone could learn, memorise and play such a lengthy, complex piece to such a high standard in so little time. I am in awe! Very well done. I only started playing about 5 yrs ago at the age of 54. It would take me several months just to learn the notes for this. I would be interested to know more about your experience and training. I don’t think it will be long before you are teaching on Tonebase! Regards. Greg

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    • Greg Thank you for this HUGE compliment! I can tell you a little bit about my experience and training :) 

      I did play some classical growing up, but actually started playing more rhythmic music in teenage years. I have studied jazz, classical and popular music in music college. My master-degree is from pop and jazz. I work as a piano and keyboard teacher, and also teach bands and musical-class. I like to arrange music, and compose original pieces. The last few years I've enjoyed classical music the most, so this is where I put most of my time now. I plan on starting a youtube-channel where I share things I'm working on. 

      Thank you for your interest! You are doing a great thing learning the piano. Hope you are having a good time with it :) 

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