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.
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!
I have wanted to participate in these community events in the past but have been very self conscious about my playing. I played as a child and then took 22 years off :) I started again during the pandemic when I moved and inherited a very old piano from the previous owners of the home I moved to. I got addicted and bought a new piano a few months ago (the pedal breaking on the other piano was the last straw).
Schubert has always been my favorite composer and with this challenge I feel ready to share. I decided to learn Schubert's "Little" A Major Sonata D664. I am uploading a video of the practice session I took this morning when I tried playing the first movement. My partner didn't realize I was recording and decided to "sign" along. It made me laugh and given that Schubert was famous for his lieder I decided to just use this one and not record another. Hopefully you will appreciate it.
The piece is probably a bit of a reach for me at the moment (especially the 3rd movement). But I am trying to do it the best I can.
Not sure right now what I am most happy with. I feel like I have a lot to improve. What I hear (comparing to recordings) is how detached all my notes feel. I cannot seem right now to get the legato in this piece and I am using way to much pedal. Also a few things seem awry with the polyrhytems. I think it seems fine when the triplets are in one hand , but I seem to be doing some weird accenting when the triplets are in the RH.
This piece is just so pretty so I really hope I can clean it up in 3 weeks
Hi Hilda , I’m not sure I’m responding correctly. At any rate trying to learn 142 # 2 My last piano lesson was when I was 10 and that was in 1954! I fool around but this challenge pushes me to actually try to learn something. I will try to memorize piece as well but don’t know if I have enough Betz cells to pull this off. At any rate here is attempt at Allegretto section. Gerry W