WEEK TWO Updates: Main Thread - Brahms could be so charming!
Hello and welcome to the WEEK TWO Main Thread for this challenge!
Alright everyone - this is the thread where we'll all be posting our daily updates.
Twice a week between November 9-15th I hope to be reading your daily updates in this very thread right here!
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Please use the following format when commenting (feel free to copy & paste!):
- Waltz you worked on:
- One thing you found easy:
- One thing you found difficult:
- (Optional): a video of you performing it!
Sample daily update:
- Waltz you worked on: No. 1
- One thing you found easy: Learning the notes, and rhythms were rather straight-forward, and not challenging!
- One thing you found difficult: Shifting the Hands was a bit tricky to get smooth!
Feel free to make these updates as short or long as you wish!
What I worked on: Waltzes 6 to 11
What was easy: What’s easy about playing Brahms? Nothing.
What was challenging: Again, finding the right character – it’s all impossibly complex. First, I needed to discard the image of “Brahms the complex, humorless, bearded guy” and replace it with “Brahms dancing in the twilight with Clara Schumann.” Forget about the fact that he dedicated these waltzes to Hanslick: I mean, he could hardly dedicate something this intimate to the wife of a friend. More than anything, Op. 39 seems to show the many, nuanced facets of a love that is illicit but oh-so-real. I began thinking this way when I realized how many of the waltzes have a rise in emotion but then retreat, as if to say: “No-no, I didn’t really mean to say this, so sorry if I went too far, please don’t take it the wrong way!”
Well, I’m just saying, not expecting anyone to agree.
I've mentioned this in my very first post but here it is again: I've been working on these waltzes for some time hoping to have them ready by Christmas and NO, I didn't and couldn't possibly learn them in a couple of weeks.
The photography is always mine.
Week 2 update
Waltzes: 10 - 15
Easy: Having a great time with Brahms!
Challenging: If you take a look at the video, you can see there is work needed to be done in every waltz! When I was recording today I mest up every time I got to 14, so I decided to just make a new video from there.
I will continue with this set for the last week, and see if I can make a better recording next week :)