WEEK 1: Discovering Schubert Month
Welcome welcome! It's always a highlight for me to hear your playing and get to celebrate in your achievements with you. This is the thread where we'll all be posting our biweekly updates.
Make sure you've read the rules before replying!
Twice a week between February 1st and February 22nd, I hope to be reading your daily updates in this very thread right here!
Please use the following format when commenting (feel free to copy & paste!):
- Piece you are working on:
- One passage you are satisfied with:
- One passage you are not yet satisfied with:
- (Optional): a video of you performing any or all of the piece you've been practicing!
Feel free to make these updates as short or long as you wish!
My name is Georgia Sears, and for this project I decided to play something that I've never played before. As I investigated which works I might do, I decided that with the limited amount of practice time I have I needed to be realistic!
So, I chose the Variation D 718 Waltz on a theme by Diabelli. I thought it was something lovely to learn as well as accessible to many of my students.
As I've listened to recordings and studied the score, my biggest challenge will be navigating some larger intervals - 10ths - which my hand is too small to play. I found a few artist recordings that have them rolled, so it is my practice plan to roll them as well!
Additionally, there are some lovely multiple tiered melodic moments - I need to work on bringing out not only the main melody beautifully, but also the interior lines.
I'll keep you posted!
I am working on the last sonata, and here is one of my favorite passages of the second movement. I believe it to be the most beautiful movement of any sonata written by Schubert, and perhaps, by anyone, at all! My heart.... it hurts after listening to this.....
I will continue to work on the whole sonata as the most difficult aspect of this piece is not technical but, rather, the depth of emotional valences and nuances. The expression of these colors... Schubert gives us a well from which we can draw our water. Death awaits us all, and I wonder - what will be the last piece of music we hear? Wouldn't it be lovely to die listening to this movement?
Hi, I’m in a re-learning/re-memorization state with my repertoire, currently on Bach French Suite No. 6 — yep, the entire suite... As, it’s coming along & to coincide with this Schubert challenge, I’ve decided to move up my re-visit of Impromptu No. 4 from Op. 90 D899.
My score is from the Royal Conservatory of Music Level 10 book.
I enjoyed that it didn’t have to read the score much before finding the feel of the piece again after not playing it for 2 years.
My current challenge is playing the correct chords again. I don’t know why some sets of chords come back more easily than others.
Since the pandemic, my attention span has deteriorated to the point where I’m only practicing in 5-10 minute spurts throughout the day, usually while waiting for something to boil or cook … I’m also being mentally drained in preparation to take my first international gymnastics judging test in a few days, so I don’t have great expectations to be able to play this piece 100% in 3 weeks.
This is my first post here with video, and I’m terrible with playing for recordings, so apologies if this might be hard to listen to …