Week 3: Discovering Schubert Month

Dear Pianists,

 

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, 馃幑

Hilda

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    • Gail Starr
    • Recently retired MBA (international consumer products/luxury goods/classical music mgt.)
    • Gail_Starr
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    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.

     

    https://youtu.be/FeMxpplfYnM

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      • Hilda Huang
      • Concert Pianist and tonebase Piano Community Lead
      • Hilda
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      Gail Starr Monika Tusnady I'm SO gratified that tonebase has connected you to one another and that you can zoom-play   wonderful piece together!!! My goal is to cultivate and facilitate pianists meeting, chatting and learning from one another... so your performance - and wonderful playing - make me so happy. Congratulations on your wonderful interaction!! Do you have plans for another 4-hand piece, soon? 馃榿

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      • Gail Starr
      • Recently retired MBA (international consumer products/luxury goods/classical music mgt.)
      • Gail_Starr
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      Monika Tusnady Hilda We are going to do a Beethoven piece next, and Monika Tusnady has already researched it!  I truly hope she and I can meet (and play!) in person sooner or later.  We actually became friends when we were in a chat during one of the early Live Sessions, when we noticed that we were both texting in French to another member who is a new English speaker.

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    • Gail Starr Wow! That is so great! Vive internet! lol! Be able to play like this, togheter !  馃帀

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    • Gail Starr Monika Tusnady Well done both of you for putting this together!

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    • Gail Starr Monika Tusnady Looking forward to it so much!  I love that you hope to meet and play together one day.

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      Gail Starr What fun! Wonderful collaboration, Gail and Monika! Thank you!

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  • Schubert is build firmly into my life, but of course you can always listen and practise more.

    This is how far I have come these 3 weeks. Current challenge: Memorizing. Sorry for the phonecall at the end...

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    • Christian Thomsen Very nice playing! 

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    • Christian Thomsen it came a long way and sounds good! Your piano is lovely. So clear and powerful. I hope you are feeling better.

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    • Charlie Gesualdo Thank you, Charlie. I am feeling a lot better, still very tired though. 

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      • Gail Starr
      • Recently retired MBA (international consumer products/luxury goods/classical music mgt.)
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      Christian Thomsen Fabulous job.  You've learned so much in only 3 weeks!  I hope you are starting to feel better. 鉂わ笍

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      • Juan Carlos Olite
      • Philosophy teacher and piano lover
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      Christian Thomsen It sounds great, Christian!

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    • Juan Carlos Olite Thank you, Juan. Next time I hope for some spanish challenge: Granados or Albeniz...

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    • Gail Starr Thank you so much, Gail! Fortunately I feel a lot better, but I have been sleeping a lot these past weeks. Nasty virus!

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    •   Juan Carlos Olite Thank you very much, Juan. Next time I hope for some spanish challenge - Granados or Albeniz...

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      • Juan Carlos Olite
      • Philosophy teacher and piano lover
      • Juan_Carlos
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      Christian Thomsen Good idea 馃檪!

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      • Monika Tusnady
      • The Retired French Teacher
      • Monikainfrance
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      Christian Thomsen thank you for completing the challenge, despite being struck by COVID! The world is a better place for it! I like the weight you give to each dance - you give each one a sense of importance, which they deserve! Lovely pieces that will surely stay with you for some time to come!

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    • Christian Thomsen Wonderful!! Thank you, Christian!! 

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    • Anthony Miyake
    • Work with numbers and statistics, but music is my true passion. Piano hobbyist.
    • Anthony_Miyake
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    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.

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    • Anthony Miyake I鈥檓 impressed how far you got with this in such a short time. Thanks for sharing. It鈥檚 a great piece and I hope to learn it one day.

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      • Anthony Miyake
      • Work with numbers and statistics, but music is my true passion. Piano hobbyist.
      • Anthony_Miyake
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      Charlie Gesualdo , thank you!  I appreciate your kind words.  It's a wonderful piece so think it's worth continuing working on well after this challenge.

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      • Gail Starr
      • Recently retired MBA (international consumer products/luxury goods/classical music mgt.)
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      Anthony Miyake What a great job you've done in only 3 weeks!  Now you've inspired me to learn this piece, too.  So happy you have participated in this monthly challenge.

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      • Anthony Miyake
      • Work with numbers and statistics, but music is my true passion. Piano hobbyist.
      • Anthony_Miyake
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      Gail Starr , thank you!  I really enjoyed your duet with Monika.  I had forgotten that Schubert wrote that and it was the first time for me to hear the full piece played.

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      • Gail Starr
      • Recently retired MBA (international consumer products/luxury goods/classical music mgt.)
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      Anthony Miyake Thank you, Anthony!  The duet has additional parts, so we might try to learn those just for fun, also.  I wish I lived closer to Monika Tusnady because it would be much easier to practice and record if we were in the same room.  Or even the same COUNTRY!

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      • Juan Carlos Olite
      • Philosophy teacher and piano lover
      • Juan_Carlos
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      Anthony Miyake Very good job, Anthony!

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