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,
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!
I decided this week that I would upload the two Schubert waltzes that I chose to do, although it should be said that this community challenge has inspired me to return to many other pieces that I learned many years ago. This is the second spate of recording and there are still hiatuses when I search for the keys, which could pass for rubato... This course has required much more IT literacy that I have creatively. Recording and uploading this has been a learning experience!
I didnt check all the uploads yet, perhaps there are others who learned this piece, but I did see lots of people learning the op.90 impromptus. Not sure if I saw anyone taking nr 2 - in case there aren’t any uploads and if we want to do a. full set collaboratively, I uploaded nr 2 - which I knew from before (but otherwise we can discard). For my previous post - not sure if I should apologise more for the wrong notes or the bad spelling….