Week Two: Joie de musique!

Hello and welcome to the WEEK TWO 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 16 - 23 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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    • Amy
    • Amy
    • 2 mths ago
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    I'm still continuing Ravel's Pavane.....hoping to have it memorized and performance ready by July. Not much practice time yet this week, so thought I would record the entire piece, so I can see where my trouble spots are. It's funny.....when I record myself, new trouble spots always seem to reveal themselves, just like playing for others!  It's in a rondo form: A - B - A1 - C - A2. 

    Piece I worked on: Ravel's Pavane

    Things that went well: I feel I have the A and B sections in pretty good shape. The B section requires the sound to be very distant, and I feel I have achieved that.

    Things I need to work on: The A1 and A2 sections continue to give me trouble with the rolled chords and making those sections flow. The C section has some bumpy spots as well. 

     

    https://youtu.be/50PvuykZD4M

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      • Amy
      • Amy
      • 2 mths ago
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      Michael Thanks Michael. I'm heading to pianoSonoma in July. While the main focus is chamber music, we have opportunities to play our solo pieces as well. :-)

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    • Amy very nice playing

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      • Gail Starr
      • Recently retired MBA (international consumer products/luxury goods/classical music mgt.)
      • Gail_Starr
      • 2 mths ago
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      Amy gorgeous phrasing!  Please tell us about pianoSonoma. That sounds like fun!

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    • Amy I love this piece and you are playing it so beautifully! Wonderful!

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      • Jenny
      • Jenny.1
      • 2 mths ago
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      Amy I just closed my eyes and listened.....magical. what a beautiful piece of music. Thank you for playing this with such sensitivity, it is a joy to listen to!

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      • Amy
      • Amy
      • 2 mths ago
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      Gail Starr Here's the website: http://www.pianosonoma.org/ This will be my 7th year attending it! Peter Dugan, one of the instructors on Tonebase, is one of the artists that is there. :-) It's fabulous!!

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      • Amy
      • Amy
      • 2 mths ago
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      Jenny Thank you! 

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      • Gail Starr
      • Recently retired MBA (international consumer products/luxury goods/classical music mgt.)
      • Gail_Starr
      • 2 mths ago
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      Amy I鈥檇 love to attend some day! Is Peter the same person who does 芦 From the Top 禄 now?

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      • Amy
      • Amy
      • 2 mths ago
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      Gail Starr Yes he is! 

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      • Gail Starr
      • Recently retired MBA (international consumer products/luxury goods/classical music mgt.)
      • Gail_Starr
      • 2 mths ago
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      Amy So cool!  Since I have about as far away from Sonoma as possible with still being on the USA, I鈥檓 not sure I could get there too easily.  But it sounds SO awesome!

       

      There is a cool piano camp on Vermont that seems quite fun, too.

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    • Michael
    • mpetnuch
    • 2 mths ago
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    I am still working on Debussy's Arabesque #1. I felt I made a marked improvement since last week.  Unfortunately, I wasn't able to find time before I had to leave for ... France :) So I will just hope that being in Paris infuses me with some extra creative juices to employee in my playing for when I return home. However, I just noticed in the train stations here they have random pianos setup. I am going to try to find a few minutes to capture playing in Paris #pianoEnGare.

     

    Looking forward to listening to everyones playing throughout the week.

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      • Gail Starr
      • Recently retired MBA (international consumer products/luxury goods/classical music mgt.)
      • Gail_Starr
      • 2 mths ago
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      Michael Yes, Gare de Lyon definitely has a nice piano (or it did before COVID).  You'll get lots of happy listeners.  Enjoy your trip!

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    • Jeff
    • Jeff
    • 2 mths ago
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    Hi All,

     

    Hope your practices are going well.

     

    Week Two of the practice: I am slowly playing both hands together. It turns out the non-unison figurations are much harder to play than the octave passages.  It cognitively challenging and somehow messes with my LH-RH coordination, I can almost feel smoke coming out of my head when I play through the piece. 

     

    Here is the score below:

    • Piece you worked on: Allegro Barbaro Op 35 no 5, by Charles Valentin Alkan
    • One thing you found easy by comparison: unison octave passages
    • One thing you found difficult: everything else.....

     

      • Gail Starr
      • Recently retired MBA (international consumer products/luxury goods/classical music mgt.)
      • Gail_Starr
      • 2 mths ago
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      Jeff I like your "everything else" comment!

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  • Hi everyone,

    For week two I worked on the opening movement from Ravel's Sonatine. This is a piece which I studied a number of years ago with my piano teacher, however it was both challenging and nice to practice it again for France month on Tonebase.

    • Piece you worked on: Ravel - Sonatine I (Modere)
    • One thing you found easy: I must admit there are no easy aspects to Ravel however I think the overall mood of the piece returned to me relatively better than other parts. 
    • One thing you found difficult: Balancing the melodic voices and in particular the top / soprano melody which is awkward with the rapid harmonies in the middle voices and which are a bit tricky in terms of hand positions. Frequent changes of tempo and shade also make this challenging. I was also trying to resist using too much pedal, even though its a tricky balance.

    I would love to learn more of the Sonatine later in this year and the last movement is a technical challenge which I would like to take on.

     

    Derek

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      • Jeff
      • Jeff
      • 2 mths ago
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      Derek McConville   Beautiful piece and what lovely playing! Thanks for sharing.

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      • Sindre Skarelven
      • Pianist, composer and piano teacher
      • Sindre_Skarelven
      • 2 mths ago
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      Derek McConville Well done, Derek! You are bringing out the melodies very nicely! This is so nice to listen to, and it鈥檚 a piece I hope to start learning myself next month :) Thank you for the post.  

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    • Derek McConville great piece and interpretation!

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    • Derek McConville that sounded wonderful! It is very beautiful.

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    • Jeff thank you!

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    • Sindre Skarelven thank you! it鈥檚 a really enjoyable piece and hope you find it interesting to learn if you get to it next month :)

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    • Vidhya Bashyam thank you so much!

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    • Susan Rogers thank you! 

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      • Gail Starr
      • Recently retired MBA (international consumer products/luxury goods/classical music mgt.)
      • Gail_Starr
      • 2 mths ago
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      Derek McConville So lovely!  You really bring out the personality of the movement with your light touch.  That beginning theme is SO tricky!  I worked on this a bit when I was a teenager, which was millions of years ago.  Gotta revisit it!

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      • Juan Carlos Olite
      • Philosophy teacher and piano lover
      • Juan_Carlos
      • 2 mths ago
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      Derek McConville Sounds wonderful, Derek! Admirable playing!

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