Week 3: Discovering Schubert Month
As we're coming up to the last week of Discovering Schubert Month, I'm keen to hear of your insights and takeaways from your month's work.
Here's the Week 3 thread, where you may post your text and video updates! I've only got one question for you this week:
What does it take to build Schubert into your life?
I've previously asked you about the piece you are working on, a passage you are satisfied with, and one you're less satisfied with. I've also learned a lot about your musical imagination and pianism by asking you how you might describe the character of your piece, the pianistic tools you use to convey the aforementioned character, and particular elements of the piece you notice by playing it. I'm always so moved by the process of learning a piece of music, playing it, performing it, and continuing to live with it. Playing piano has always been a bastion in my life and I hope that through your regular ritual and practice it can be a source of comfort and empowerment for you too.
I hope you'll consider proposing your Schubert piece for Piano Community's upcoming Community Concert, and to share your work with other supportive members of our community! I really believe I am awarded deep insights when I take the time to deeply consider the elements of my colleagues' successes.
If you're new to the Schubert gathering this week, welcome-it's never too late to join! You may find the guidelines for participation in the Rules and FAQ thread.
See you below,
Took advantage of the holiday here in the US to record my 2nd video for week 3. This is the 1st Tonebase community challenge I've participated in and have really enjoyed the whole experience, from looking over Schubert's vast and beautiful repertoire and selecting a piece, to seeing what others selected (and sometimes having second thoughts on my selection), to learning the piece, practicing it, and recording it.
I look forward to participating in other community challenges.
As a side-note, after Dr. Yui's excellent live stream on Beethoven's Waldstein Sonata, I immediately went to the piano and tried to see if I could play the running trill in the 3rd movement and voice the melody with my pinky--now that's a challenge.
Schubert became part of my life many years ago when I had singing lessons and got to know „Winterreise“. Since I try to go through the cycle once a year with a friend. Also my husband (who is a composer) and I made a start to establish „Schubertiades“ in our house before corona. The rule was that every guest/listener would also perform something or rather - even if it would just be reciting a poem. We would always have at least one piece by Schubert in the program an one first performance of a new composition. We very much hope to be able to continue with this idea soon.
Now about the A-minor Sonata. For me it is like a „Heldenreise“ in literature.
It starts off with a call for adventure - a quiet one in the mind of the protagonist who hesitates to follow the call first but then gets going. The „Wanderschaft“ begins. In the development section he has to go through phases of solitude, struggles, meets up with friends, and in the end comes back somehow bent/ injured (the 5th of the main theme gets diminuished in its lasts appearance in the coda) but nonetheless triumphant.
Here is my attempt:
Hello, dear Piano Friends,
I love hearing everyone’s lovely Schubert. What a fabulous composer to pick for the month of February.
I’m afraid I started a bit late on learning my Schubert, so I’m just attaching a practice video for the first 5 minutes of the Impromptu Op. 142 #3. I was originally going to learn one of the Op. 90’s, but once I noticed how popular they were, I pivoted and tried this one because I now LOVE variations (after participating in some of the monthly challenges that showed me how much fun variations can be). I’ll definitely keep learning this well into next month.
Hilda - If I can finish it time, I’d love to record it for the Watch Party!
Domenic - Thanks to your excellent fingering suggestions for my Dvorak, I found a way to use that technique HERE, too!