Week Three: Vive la musique fran莽aise!

Hello and welcome to the WEEK THREE Main Thread for this challenge! 馃ぉ

 


Alright everyone - this is the thread where we'll all be posting our daily updates.      

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Twice a week between May 23 - 30 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! 

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    • Jenny
    • Jenny.1
    • 4 mths ago
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    It's been another wonderful week of practice, i'm so inspired by this lovely little piece I just love practicing it.

     

    • Piece you worked on: Ravel's Prelude
    • One thing you found easy: Surprisingly for me, i'm finding it easy to memorise sections of it (I haven't tried to memorise anything before)
    • One thing you found difficult: Interpreting the dynamics. At the moment i'm not really hearing any dynamic changes. 

    Hope everyone's practice is going well this week 馃檪 

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    • Piece you worked on: Pavane pour une infante d茅funte - Maurice Ravel 
    • One thing you found easy: It's been very enjoyable learning this piece, and I feel a connection to Ravel's tonal language. So I found it easy to be motivated learning this piece. 
    • One thing you found difficult: I think voicing this piece "correctly" is pretty challenging. Ravel gives a lot of directions, and I would like to follow them the best I can (with a little personal flavor). The last time the main theme returns is the part I think is the most technically challenging, and I can use a little more practice there. 
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    • Sindre Skarelven Beautiful! Enjoyed listening to your interpretation. 

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    • Sindre Skarelven you are sounding great! I can see the voicing of the melody at the end must be tricky and I hear it coming through very well. Such a beautiful piece.  

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    • Vidhya Bashyam Thank you, Vidhya! :D 

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    • Susan Rogers That's good to hear! Thank you, Susan! :D

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      • Anthony Miyake
      • Work with numbers and statistics, but music is my true passion. Piano hobbyist.
      • Anthony_Miyake
      • 4 mths ago
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      Sindre Skarelven , lovely playing.  I wasn't familiar with this piece, but it sounds familiar somehow.

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    • Anthony Miyake Thank you, Anthony! Yes, I鈥檓 pretty sure the theme is more well known then the piece somehow. At least I too was familiar with it before hearing the whole piece. 

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      • Gail Starr
      • Recently retired MBA (international consumer products/luxury goods/classical music mgt.)
      • Gail_Starr
      • 4 mths ago
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      Sindre Skarelven Great job bringing out the melody above the repeated chords.  You also have created a lovely tempo that moves the piece forward while keeping it calm, mysterious and rich.

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    • Gail Starr Thank you, Gail! Yes, there is a bit of mystery to this piece. Calm and reserved, yet deep emotions underneath. I was so glad to see you in the audience for the concert yesterday :D 

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      • Juan Carlos Olite
      • Philosophy teacher and piano lover
      • Juan_Carlos
      • 4 mths ago
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      Sindre Skarelven Great interpretation, Sindre! I think you are voicing the piece very good and create the beautiful atmosphere of this music. 

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      • Gail Starr
      • Recently retired MBA (international consumer products/luxury goods/classical music mgt.)
      • Gail_Starr
      • 4 mths ago
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      Sindre Skarelven You have inspired me to try to play in the next monthly concert!

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    • Juan Carlos Olite Great to hear that! Thank you Juan Carlos! 

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    • Gail Starr Awesome!! Looking forward to it! :D

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    • Sindre Skarelven that sounded really great! Voicing really coming across clearly and the melody was so heartfelt!

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    • Derek McConville Thank you so much, Derek! 

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      • Tammy
      • TT2022
      • 2 mths ago
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      Sindre Skarelven Verrrry nice! 

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    • Tammy Thank you, Tammy! So glad you listened to this! I had a great time learning this wonderful piece. 

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  • I have been brushing up on three Debussy pieces previously learned - Arabesque 1, Sunken Cathedral and Girl with the Flaxen Hair. I also have been having fun reading through/exploring the Couperin Les Baricades Misterieuses and Gounod Meditation/Prelude Bach which I printed out from Dominic鈥檚 list at the beginning of French month. 

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    • Susan Rogers Great pieces you are brushing up on and exploring! 

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    • Sindre Skarelven yes, I am really enjoying French music month! :)

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      • Gail Starr
      • Recently retired MBA (international consumer products/luxury goods/classical music mgt.)
      • Gail_Starr
      • 4 mths ago
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      Susan Rogers Can't wait to hear your Debussy!

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    • Gail Starr Thanks Gail! I tried making the Arabesque 1 video a couple of days ago but got really aggravated by my sustain pedal squeaking. It was really bad in the Ravel video too, but it鈥檚 so short I muddled through with it. I may wait to make another video until my piano technician comes out next month. I just get so annoyed hearing that squeak! :/

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      • Gail Starr
      • Recently retired MBA (international consumer products/luxury goods/classical music mgt.)
      • Gail_Starr
      • 4 mths ago
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      Susan Rogers I totally know what you mean about pedal squeaks!  I don't have that problem at the moment, but when the weather changes it comes back.  Soooo annoying.  You sound lovely any way!

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    • Gail Starr you鈥檙e so kind :)

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