Week 2: Fully immersed in Grieg's musical landscape
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 May 29-June 5 I hope to be reading your daily updates in this very thread right here!
Here is this week's assignment!
1. Now that you have picked your piece, and have started practicing. Let us know what you are most enjoying about this immersion into Grieg's world!
2. What is most difficult?
3. OPTIONAL: post a video showing your practice (even if you might be practicing sight-reading it!)
OK, here is 2/3rds of Grieg "Gade", opus 57-2. Main challenge is bringing out the two voices while keeping everything else in the background. And tempo, of course - it is marked allegro, not andante! Then we have one of Grieg's famous ascending increases in tension, followed by the gradual descent through some chromatic harmonies back to where we started. Left to do is the final section that changes key briefly and then a coda.
I am enjoying the great variety of these little pieces. I am trying to imagine what might have been going through Grieg's head as he composed them. While playing "Summer Evening" Op 71 No2, I am imagining a sultry summer evening, Things going slowly because of the heat and humidity, then a pop up summer storm (the sixteenth notes) arrives, quickly, and leaves quickly. By the end, all is calm. Here is where it is right now:
For your amusement, here's a rather haphazard 26-minute practice session from today, complete with me occasionally muttering about stuff. Piece still needs work. Getting it up to the marked speed, while keeping everything even, will be tough.
Also, I probably should've done some warmups at the beginning. Puck is a terrible piece to play cold.