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Hey guys,

Considering the material I wrote in my last post, I believe an update is in order. wink

So let’s see. It is Friday, February 27, 2009. I decided to go back to school. I started 1/12/09 - Despite my predictions, I am still kicking. ...I've been reading a lot of Albert Camus... but still kicking! laugh

School has actually been going exceptionally well, impressively well. Here is what I have been working on, a wonderful work load:

Bach- Art of Fugue, Contrapunctus 1 - I am performing this on this Monday for my school's convocation. My teachers and I agreed that I would be learning this piece, and in the process my professor set up a complete Art of Fugue programme. I won't know for sure until this weekend... But I will be playing the first contrapunctus, there will be another pianist playing another fugue. We will have a harpsichordist play a fugue, one or two of the 4 hands fugues, a woodwind duet playing a cannon, and maybe even some overhead analysis!

Chopin - 25, 7
After quite a long spell of disenchantment with the majority of Romantic literature, the elegant etude refreshed and invigorated my enthusiasm, even my hope for the period. Hopefully in the next few weeks, good fortune will bring me to record all of the music I've been working on lately.


Messiaen - Regards 2,4
The fourth chapter of the set has challenged my knowledge of timbre control and range on the piano. It requires an absurd amount of control and delicacy, the perfect amalgamation between clarity and the desirable atmosphere.
Haven't started the second yet.

Mozart - K. 332, movement 2 (I finished the others last semester)
This Mozart has always been one of my favorites. The phrasing of the second movement is wonderful. The modulations and surprises are great, but those slow movement rhythms of Mozart have been difficult to shape.

Schubert - Sonata in a minor, Op. 143, movement 3 (finished the others last semester)
...more to come later...

Griffes - Roman Sketches, Op. 7, 1 The White Peacock
What an impressive piece! I had been embarrassingly too unfamiliar with the works of Griffes. I had heard of the sonata. I approached the piece with a hint of artistic caution, questioning the meaning of nationality and how it relates to the composition process. But exploring this piece was invigorating. Griffes has surely found an identity within his Impressionistic parameters.



I believe that the culmination of so many things - family and home stresses, worry over my back injury, school's beginning - led to my reaction (or over-reaction) about my future. Through the weeks spent here studying music with my great professors and peers, I have realized that this is the best place for me to spend my existence at the moment. ...Let's say I have a bit of an autistic reaction to change. laugh

Thanks for all you posts, and all your support


"Beauty is unbearable, drives us to despair, offering us for a minute the glimpse of an eternity that we should like to stretch out over the whole of time."

-Albert Camus,

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Thumbs up! Glad to hear things are going well.

Daniel


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Originally Posted by Ridicolosamente
things are going well.


Thank you for providing the Cliff Notes to that long first post! 8O)

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Originally Posted by Ridicolosamente
things are going well.
Thank you for providing the Cliff Notes to that long first post! 8O)
Dang, that's harsh.

In Jim's prior thread from last month (to which he referred), he asked for advice about a personal crisis with serious consequences. I think that those who offered their suggestions and support and are concerned about his situation must be pleased to know of the outcome and are interested in the details.

Jim, I am very happy for this turn of events and relieved that your optimism is sustained since we last communicated. You've got some great projects on your plate, and I'm confident you made the right decision. Thanks for sharing the good news!

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Sounds like some very cool stuff! One of my good friends played the Griffes. Heckuva piece. You're a piano performance major right?

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Indeed I am Matt.


"Beauty is unbearable, drives us to despair, offering us for a minute the glimpse of an eternity that we should like to stretch out over the whole of time."

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I would never have known of the Griffes piece if it weren't for that great and oft-mentioned little book by Charles Cooke, Playing the Piano for Pleasure.

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Congratulations L'Echange. This is an excellent turn around from your previous post. The mood is far less gloomy and self-deprecating. I hope you can maintain your new outlook and attitude. Kudos!


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