Week One: Bonjour!
Hello and welcome to the WEEK ONE Main Thread for this challenge!
Alright everyone - this is the thread where we'll all be posting our daily updates.
Twice a week between May 9-16 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 worked on:
- One thing you found easy:
- One thing you found difficult:
- (Optional): a video of you performing it!
Sample daily update:
- Piece you worked on: Ravel's Prelude
- One thing you found easy: Learning the notes, and rhythms were rather straight-forward, and not challenging!
- One thing you found difficult: Shifting the Hands was a bit tricky to get smooth!
Feel free to make these updates as short or long as you wish!
For this challenge, I'm going to be learning some of the Nocturnes of Faure! Here's a clip of the second one! The voicing... this is a challenge! But the atmosphere, the spirit of the piece - this is something easy, not in terms of difficulty, but in terms of mood. Easy-going and gentle. Until he completely switches, and enters into a whirlwind, where the swaying of the melody, the juxtaposition of the hands against each other, turn the piece upside-down, only to straighten itself out at the end, finishing as it began, a beautiful cycle of emotions!
I can't wait to learn the rest and hear all of your beautiful music, dear Piano Community! Thank you for listening. :) XO
I've now started on Ravel's Prelude. This is actually quite a challenge for me, so i'm not sure how much progress i'll make over the next 21 days, but i'm keen to find out. I've split the piece in to phrases, and i've started on what looks to me like the most difficult bars: 10-15
- Piece you worked on: Ravel's prelude.
- One thing you found easy: It's in the key of A minor so I don't need to remember about sharps/flats, as all accidentals are written on the score for me. Also the rhythm is quite straightforward.
- One thing you found difficult: The consecutive octaves alongside the awkward mix of both hands fighting over the same area of the keyboard. I'm only practicing for 5-10 mins at a time because my hands get a bit tense.
Hopefully i'll have a bit of progress to report on Friday. Looking forward to hearing how everyone else is getting on
I have always loved the music of France, which partly relates to time I spent living and studying in the country. For this month I am going to work on at least three different pieces. Today I'll upload a practice piece of a work I've tried to learn previously but never properly, César Franck's Prelude Chorale and Fugue (he was naturalised French but Belgian born I think!)
One thing I found easy were the slower chord passages in the opening.
More difficult is trying to balance the voices in the opening and bring out the melody which had a echo effect as composed. The last few bars I find tricky with large chord spans which I have to break up.
Other pieces I want to learn are one of Poulenc's Novelletes and I'll return to Ravel's Sonatine to hopefully learn the second movement to add to the opening of the piece I've played before.
I will update as I make progress! Bon courage à tout le monde!