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,
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.
I first heard Schubert’s Op 90 Impromptu No 4 as a child before I even knew what classical music was. The rippling notes of the 1st few bars always came on the radio before a particular programme and the melody enthralled me. It was only a few years ago that I found out these notes belonged to Schubert! It has taken me a long time to find Schubert and I’m glad I have this opportunity to refresh this Impromptu, which still needs much work!
Even though Monika & I live across an ocean from each other (and we have never met in person), we like to play 4 hand music. So, this time we tried a Schubert "Marche Militaire".
The file was too large to show here, so please click on the YouTube link below.