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,
My desire to keep Schubert in my life started many years ago after hearing Valentina Lisitsa play Standchen and Impromptu 142/3 on YouTube. I was so inspired that I learned them both in succession. Prior to that it was only Chopin that I ensured was in my repertoire. I particularly love the Schubert/Liszt lieder transcriptions and always have them in my “to learn” list. After hearing the beautiful sonatas played by others in this challenge, they will be added to my list too. No difficulty to build Schubert into my life.
At the beginning of the challenge I thought I would just work on polishing an old Schubert piece. I’m glad a chose something I had actually never heard of before- the valses sentimentales. It’s like finding a new book by a favorite author. I am definitely inspired to work more on the ones I started and learn the rest of these short but lovely pieces as well.
What a great month this has been, listening to your wonderful renditions of great pieces and the accompanying reflections that I have learned so much from!
These 9 Valses Sentimentales have been an opportunity to explore two sides of Schubert - the graceful and the humorous... hoping that this humour actually exists outside of my imagination! I have recently developed an immense affection for short character pieces and will definitely learn some Moments Musicaux and Dances in the near future to develop a closer relationship with the music of Schubert. "Heavenly length" is not for me anymore.
Yes, that little back-and-forth musical hesitation at the very end of my final waltz was intentional - who wants this delightful music to end, ever???
Thanks for another great Community Challenge, everyone!!!
I've been playing the 142 3rd Impromptu, a piece I first heard years ago. I'll go back to the week 1 questions. The left hand is very difficult here, there are a lot of jumps, and it controls the rhythm and also contributes to the melody.
Recording and then listening to oneself playing is quite cruel and yet it pushes me forward, so it's a good thing.