Week 2: Amplifying your message!
Hello and welcome to the WEEK TWO Main Thread for this challenge!
Alright everyone - this is the thread where we'll all be posting our daily updates.
Twice a week between January 30 - February 6 I hope to be reading your daily updates in this very thread right here!
Here is this week's assignment!
1. Specify at least ONE aspect of the piece that you love most! (Ideally write this down here in the forum below!)
2. Ask yourself this question: "How do I AMPLIFY the experience of this moment for the audience?"
3. Consider your answer, write it down below, and then let us know how you are trying to implement this!
4. Submit your practice video below!
I love Debussy's piece "L'isle Joyeuse", especially the moment of the climax where the music transposes from A major and then briefly F major and then to B-flat major (measure 236). I need to focus on saving my reserves of energy for this passage, and have a fast speed of attack, plus a rich and explosive Left Hand pinky for that bass!!
Hello everyone! I love this Ballade Nr.4 because it has such a diversity of emotions - sometimes sad, sometimes angry, sometimes I have the idea he is reveling in good memories and so on. I choose bars 169-190 , a passionate flowing part. I still have to work on the melody and it could also be a little bit faster and bring out this little lines (I don’t know the English word) in the left hand. And I have to practice on the balance of all these voices. Really fantastic are bars 175 and 176. Here we have three notes (right hand) against two notes (left hand) and a little melody with right hand pinky - but this melody is the first note of four notes in this linie. Need some more practicing. Hope you enjoy.
I love the sound of longing and heartbreak in the Beethoven op 78....I am trying to bring that out more while also just trying to get all the notes, not easy. But I think it has improved. https://youtu.be/3Qsxs4XiTgM
Mozart Piano Concerto No.23 slow movement part 2. I love the long, singing melancholic lines of the piano part in this movement and the gentle supporting orchestral accompaniment. I’ve been trying make the orchestra and piano parts sound separate and distinct from each other to give the impression of soloist and orchestra. https://youtu.be/yDj6pLN25iQ
Life became busy and practice went by the wayside for a few days! The right balance is not always easy to achieve… Time to refocus and return to the piano… It is hard to put into words why I love Rachmaninov’s Op 16 no 5. The lilt of the base line running through the whole piece and driving it forward. The harmonies he creates. This is an early work, but you can already hear hints of what will come later. The simple, yet achingly beautiful melody line. The push and pull of dynamics that hints at an inner turmoil somehow kept under restraint. The second voice that arrives like a ray of hope in the final section. The simplicity of the writing is deceptive. I am forced to find different colours and textures in my playing in order to make sense of it. And it can be played many different ways within the framework of the score. So (like Bach) there is always room for spontaneity, it is always open to new possibilities and I never get tired of playing it.