Schubert - Piano Sonata in A major, D.664
So I have decided to perform at the tonebase the community concert for September. I started off this year learning the first movement on Schubert's A major sonata during the Schubert community challenge in March. I continued through the year learning the second moment and am currently trying to polish up the 3rd movement. It is by far the hardest piece I have tried to get under my fingers. To even attempt this was quite an accomplishment for myself. I started out about a year and a half ago after an almost 20 year "break" from the piano. It was initially incredibly frustrating as I kept comparing myself to how I used to play as a child. Finding the motivation to push though was very difficult and honestly I think without a community like tonebase I might have never been able to get back to my old level (and maybe even a bit better!). I am going to be blogging here over the next few weeks to detail the work that I am putting in so that my performance at the end of the month is a musical as I can possibly make it. I also welcome any suggestions and critiques of my playing!
First full run though. Some commentary, I always find starting a piece so difficult. My mind seems to be everywhere except where it should be, i.e. on the temp and the music I am about to play!
Aside from a few memory lapses I am pretty happy with how this went. The German dance section of the A part is finally sounding nice. I had the hardest time getting the mordents to sound correct. I still don't like my staccato. I definitely could use some suggestions here. My teacher tells me to fall into the keys, and I have tried that but I think I can't get myself to fully commit.
Great job, Michael! You are doing a wonderful job on this sonata!
I'm not sure what your teacher means exactly when s/he says to "fall" into the keys, but maybe they mean to play "deeper" into the keys in order to get a richer, deeper tone?
I'm super impressed with your memory work. (Memorizing always scares me.) And I like your mordents!
About the staccato, are you referring the waltz pattern in the LH? Do you feel like you aren't putting the accent on the first beat and then the staccato isn't strong enough? Please let me know exactly where you are concerned and maybe I can help you figure out what to fix.
Maybe spend a bit of time thinking about your dynamic range and where exactly you'd like to have the most emphasis in this movement?
I thought it would be useful to share some of the tips and tricks I used while learning this movement. It's is far tricker than the other two and required (for me at least) to channel my inner Claire Huangci with a host of special fingering, hand substitutions, et. al. Hopefully you find it helpful. Will attempt to post an annotated score later on indicating my fingering and techniques I highlighted in my video.
I listened to your recording again last night, and i think I MIGHT have an idea a you your left hand staccato (if that is what you were concerned about?). I certainly can NOT play it any better than you do, but I might be able to show you what I THINK you teacher is suggesting.
(CAVEAT: I am a TOTAL amateur who hasn’t had professional lessons in many, many years).
Also, maybe the mordents need to have more of any accent when you start them?
I’ll make a tiny video to show you tomorrow.
Had a really great lesson with my teacher yesterday. Really focused on a lot of the smaller details like my articulation and dynamic variation. I have not been able to implement them all, but I have a better idea of what I need to do to produce a more pleasing and musical interpretation of the piece. I actually also had a really great practice session so I thought it would be good to record. Unfortunately I had a bunch of (new) misses during the recording, and while I think it's a marked improvement from my last practice update, it's not what I want to present yet. Hopeful that I can really clean this all up by the 24th.
Attaching a cold practice session from this evening. While it was far from my best I think at this point if I could have something that resembles this for this weekend I would be happy. I still have a few days left to polish up. The frustrating thing for me though right now is that when I do detail work on the smaller sections to get them down it falls apart when I attempt to put it all tougher. I think this is especially prevalent when the A section returns in E-major. At that point I think I get a little mentally tired and start to lose focus.