Week Three: Vive la musique française!

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

 


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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  • Pieces you worked on: Emmanuel Chabrier, Feuillet d’Album

    One thing you found easy: The beginning. And the piece is nice and short.

    One thing you found difficult: Could have done with a few more weeks to feel technically more secure, to play the end with more direction, to experiment with more colors…

    But so far so good. 

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      • Gail Starr
      • Recently retired MBA (international consumer products/luxury goods/classical music mgt.)
      • Gail_Starr
      • 7 mths ago
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      Andrea Buckland Thank you for introducing me to this lovely piece!  You play it beautifully.

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    • Gail Starr Thank you very much, Gail! 

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    • Andrea Buckland  Beautiful! Love these short pieces everyone is playing this month. 

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    • Vidhya Bashyam Thank you, Vidhya, and Brava to your performance last night! I enjoyed it very much!

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    • Andrea Buckland lovely piece and performance! I had not heard it either! Thank you for introducing it. 

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    • Sindre Skarelven many thanks, Sindre! And congratulations to your marvelous  performance of the Arabesque last night! Very well played.

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    • Andrea Buckland I’m glad to hear that! Thank you so much, Andrea! 

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      • Juan Carlos Olite
      • Philosophy teacher and piano lover
      • Juan_Carlos
      • 7 mths ago
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      Andrea Buckland One more time, new music for me, very beautiful and melancholic. Thank you for sharing it, Andrea!

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    • Juan Carlos Olite Merci, Juan Carlos!

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    • Andrea Buckland ooh that’s so romantic! I love it. You really set the mood - well done!

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    • Susan Rogers thank you, Susan!

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    • Andrea Buckland that is such a pretty piece and very prettily played. A new one for me as well.

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    • Angela Fogg Merci, Angela!

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  • Piece You Worked On: Romance Sans Paroles Op 17 No 3 by Gabriel Faure

    One Thing You Found Easy: I love pieces with a good melody/where the melody stands out. The melody in this piece kept my interest throughout and helped me have some focus while learning. I could also easily imagine the words behind the melody- a narration of a love story.

    One Thing You Found Difficult: The last section at the very end. I feel this is where “they live happily ever after.” Need to work on the grace notes/melody here and basically make it prettier.

     

    I really enjoyed this month’s challenge as my piece and many played by others are by composers who are new to me. French music is beautiful!

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    • Vidhya Bashyam nice playing, Vidhya!

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    • Andrea Buckland Thanks Andrea!

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      • Gail Starr
      • Recently retired MBA (international consumer products/luxury goods/classical music mgt.)
      • Gail_Starr
      • 7 mths ago
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      Vidhya Bashyam Thank you for introducing me to this lovely, little gem.  You did a great job of bringing out the melody, and telling a story. (Well, maybe I made up my own story, but I bet they were similar stories!)

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    • Vidhya Bashyam Great playing, Vidhya! Loving this piece very much! 

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    • Gail Starr Thanks Gail!

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    • Sindre Skarelven Thanks Sindre! Enjoyed your performance the other day- even from the first few notes you played during the mike test!

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    • Vidhya Bashyam such a lovely, gentle piece. You sound beautiful.

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    • Susan Rogers Thanks Susan!

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      • Meiko
      • Meiko_Tabata
      • 7 mths ago
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      Vidhya Bashyam Nice playing!Heartwarming and touching.

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    • Meiko Thank you!

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