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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  • I learnt this before - Debussy Passepied from Suite Bergamasque. Decided to work on it and try to improve - rather than learning a new piece. 

      • Michael
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      Johnathan North3 I never gave much thought to the other pieces in Suite Bergamasque aside from Clair de lune. This is really a fun piece. I might have to revisit the entire suite. Thank you Jonathan for sharing.

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  • I also practised this piece from Ravel. 

      • Gail Starr
      • Recently retired MBA (international consumer products/luxury goods/classical music mgt.)
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      Johnathan North3 Magical playing!  Such a lovely feeling of playfulness mixed with reverie.

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    • Johnathan North3 that is lovely playing on a lovely piano! What make is it? Thank you for the recording as well!

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      • Juan Carlos Olite
      • Philosophy teacher and piano lover
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      Johnathan North3 Great playing, too!

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    • Jeff
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    Hi all,

     

    it鈥檚 been a hectic week with lots going on so not have had much practice time at the piano. I was hoping to learn the piece to an acceptable standard by the end of the 3 weeks but looks like I will need at least another 3 weeks lol

    • Piece you worked on: Alkan op 35 no 5
    • One thing you found easy: first two pages
    • One thing you found difficult: contrapuntal writing in the various sections between the recurring theme.

    https://youtu.be/IOywb0BFdtg
     

    https://youtu.be/ioeIZSLShGg

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    • Jeff Great playing! Can鈥檛 imagine coming this far in 3 weeks with a piece like this.

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    • Jeff Well done with this very busy piece, Jeff! I'm glad to have learned about Alkan! 

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    • Jeff Wow what a piece! Amazing for only 3 weeks practice!

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      • Juan Carlos Olite
      • Philosophy teacher and piano lover
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      Jeff Great job with a very demanding piece! Bravo Jeff!

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    • Gail Starr
    • Recently retired MBA (international consumer products/luxury goods/classical music mgt.)
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    Here's my week 3, Chaminade - Pierrette, Op. 41.

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    • Gail Starr Love it Gail! So pretty and playful. Great choice.

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      • Gail Starr
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      Vidhya Bashyam Thanks, dear Vidhya!  It turned out to be trickier than I thought when I first picked it.  Can't wait to see what our challenge will be for June!  (Although, I might not have time to participate because I have my annual chamber music week in Georgia and lots of family obligations.)

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    • Gail Starr It's sounding good! I'm impressed at what you were able to do in these 3 weeks. It's a little slower than I'm used to, but you make it sound good at your tempo, and besides, it has only been 3 weeks of work. Very nice job! I think you capture the character well. 

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      • Gail Starr
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      Thurmond R You're totally right, it definitely needs to be faster.  I actually only worked on it for a total of 6 hours during the 3 weeks because of other commitments, so I hope that when I have more time I'll be able to get it up to speed!  Have you worked on this piece?

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    • Gail Starr Wow! I'm impressed! It's really sounding good for only 6 hours of practice. I knew you hadn't been able to work on it a lot because of other commitments, but I hadn't realized you'd only taken 6 hours. I haven't worked on this piece yet, though I do have the score and will occasionally play the first couple of measures. I'm looking forward to hearing it in the future!

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      • Gail Starr
      • Recently retired MBA (international consumer products/luxury goods/classical music mgt.)
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      Thurmond R  I鈥檒l take a break and then work on it again in July! 馃槉. Too much chamber music in June!

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    • Gail Starr beautiful! Wonderful playing, Gail!

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    • Gail Starr Brava, Gail! And what a great piece, absolutely loved it! 

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      • Tammy
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      Gail Starr Wow Gail, you play this with so much character and panache! Well done! 馃憦馃徏

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    • Gail Starr wonderful performance and great piece!! Really enjoyed it and I thought there was a great balance of whimsy and style! 馃憦

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      • Gail Starr
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      Tammy Thank you so much, Tammy! 

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      • Gail Starr
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      Sindre Skarelven Thank you so much for your kind words! Il me reste encore beaucoup 脿 faire avec ce morceau. 馃槉

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    • Gail Starr That is just gorgeous! Really enjoyed your performance! Thank you 

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      • Gail Starr
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      Angela Fogg Thank you for your kind remarks!  It still needs a lot of work鈥hen I listened to Chaminade in her recording from a century ago she plays it more quickly. 馃槉

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