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!
Here's Chaminade's Romance op. 123 no. 7, from the first Children's Album, which I really enjoy. It isn't yet perfect, but I will be working on it throughout the month, as well as three other pieces from the two Children's albums. I found the opening to be fairly easy, while the ending was rather more challenging, as it is somewhat... Harmonically strange.
Here's the beginning of La fille aux cheveux de lin by Debussy. This is probably one of my favorite pieces by Debussy, and this month seems like an appropriate time to learn it. I find the expression easy (though the pianos don't quite come across as well on the recording...), though that's not to trivialize it any. measure 14 and similar passages are quite difficult, so those and the middle section will probably be the biggest obstacle in learning the piece.
Today is day 2 of my practice of Alkan's Allegro Barbaro. I found page 5 particularly difficult, and have spent a long time doing just the right hand figurations alone. It will be hard playing this at speed and still showing different articulations of the runs in the right hand. Probably will have to start memorising this...
- Piece you worked on: Alkan Allegro Barbaro op 35 no 5
- One thing you found easy: not easy, but after having gone through the piece, the octave runs seems easier by comparison.
- One thing you found difficult: playing page 5 and reading the notes of the last page
This is my second time typing a post. Almost finished one and then somehow lost it.....rookie mistake! I'm now typing it in a separate file and will then cut and paste. ;-)
Excited to be working on this Community Challenge. I have been working on Ravel's Pavane for a few months. I would like to use this challenge to get it performance ready by July.
- Piece I'm working on: Ravel - Pavane Pour une Infante defunte
- Thing I found easy: It wasn't easy initially, but now I feel I am able to play it well. It's the first seven measures of the piece, which require three different articulations at the same time: Legato in the soprano, staccato in the alto and portato in the bass. I used the practice techniques from Gwen Mok's Tonebase lesson on this piece, and feel like I was able to achieve the correct sound.
- Thing I found difficult: The A2 section, which is the same melody from the first seven measures, but with rolled 10ths in the LH and staccato 16ths in the RH, underneath the legato RH melody. I am having a hard time making it flow smoothly.
I recorded those two sections and have included it here. Will keep working!