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What did you practise today?
#1539853 10/20/10 11:36 PM
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Inspired by the "what did you do today?" thread in the piano technicians forum. Maybe we can keep this going for as long as they have!
Me:
Debussy - Tried to improve lightness, speed, and accuracy of 16th note arpeggiated figurations. Also worked on phrasing, pedaling and voicing. Some improvement, maybe?
Mozart sonata - 3rd movement - tried to get the LH accompaniment figurations light, fast and even: some improvement! Worked on the right hand ornaments and various arpeggios that I sometimes miss. Tried to perfect some phrasing.
Mussorgsky - Baba Yaga and Great Gates of Kiev - tried to get the humongous leaps fast and accurate. Failed. frown

Total time: An hour and a half. Not enough, but I have a midterm coming up so that's all I can spare.

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This is a fun idea! smile

Handel: Mostly worked on the fugue, slowly with a metronome, in an attempt to learn it relatively solidly before I have to play for class in a presentation next week...
Brahms: Worked on refining my pedaling in the theme and first few variations
Chopin: Worked on efficiency of motion in the fast octave passages (making sure that my arms etc. were relaxed and not tense?) and worked on bringing out the inner voices in the lento section (which I am finding strangely difficult).

I only practice for about an hour and half today too.

I spent another hour and half accompanying for a ballet class though! Some good sightreading practice! smile

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Chopin Trio: Still learning the notes. too much play-through and too little actually getting down to the nitty-gritties.

Played for fun a little bit of Mozart's K330.

Total Time: ~1 hour.

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Sonata Opus 78 for the December Beethoven E-Cital. Getting the 2nd movement memorized and up to speed in the next 5 weeks is going to be a challenge

Also worked on the Chopin Opus 25 No. 12 "Ocean" Etude - trying to increase speed on this one too without sacrificing accuracy. At least I've memorized it. Also working on No. 1, 2 and 9 from the same Opus.

Only had an hour to practice today.




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Not much... took a break today.

But I did read through a few of the Shostakovich op.34 preludes (C, eb min, Db, Eb, c min). Great little gems; gonna learn them some day.

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Gosh. This has been the first day in weeks that I haven't had either a concert, or a rehearsal, or too much to prepare in too little time! I actually took the day off and went shopping. smile

But before I went I did put in about a half-hour on the accompaniment to Be kind and courteous from Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream which I'm performing (amongst other things) with a soprano on Sunday.


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Chopin Scherzo no.3

Bach C minor Toccata

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This could be very embarassing...

Or, it could be the start of a new phase of focused practice wink

I did things today, but not my own practise. Worked on a number of easy/int pieces by tchaikovsky, grieg, bailey, mendelssohn, dello joio to prepare for teaching. So my sight reading continues to improve, well that's one good thing I suppose.

Also, I wrote 2 songs for beginners, very happy with one of them. And I played along with my students. So, at the piano for hours but no new Bach and Beethoven.


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But I did read through a few of the Shostakovich op.34 preludes (C, eb min, Db, Eb, c min). Great little gems; gonna learn them some day.

They are superb pieces, I was working on the Gb min this morning.

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Two Bach:

French Suite No 5: Gigue (G Major), and
Partita 3: Corrente (A Minor)

Also scales of all keys, similar motion, 4 octaves, major, harmonic minor, and melodic minor, and all keys contrary motion, 2 octaves, major and minor. (Doing this is one of my favourite 'warm up' exercises.)


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Frozenicicles #1540008 10/21/10 06:35 AM
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I haven't practiced yet today because it is only 7:30 am. But last time I practiced:

Mendelssohn Rondo Capriccioso: Worked on the two fast pages before the end slowly in sections to make them more clean and also in rhythms to speed them up.

Bach Prelude and Fugue in B flat: More rhythms for the fast parts of the prelude, and also worked on the phrasing of the big chords. Metronome practice with the fugue because it is uneven smirk

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I do most of my useful practice between midnight and 3 am.Usually about an hour or so.This morning as for most of the last two months I concentrated on the fugue from op 110.I do believe it's actually starting to yield a little, I was beginning to lose hope.I also started working out some of the details from the arioso sections.
For some light relief I did a run through of Chopin op 37 no 2.It's always been beyond me but it didn't sound too bad this morning.I might give it a go.

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90 minutes of improvising for a modern dance class
90 minutes of accompanying a ballet class (mostly classical ballet rep, plus some improvising)

45 minutes of practicing the Hindemith horn sonata
30 minute rehearsal on the Hindemith horn sonata

(need to clean up an octave passage in the 3rd movement and work out some voicing stuff in the first, but otherwise it's sounding okay)

Then 3 hours of teaching.

Today will be similar:

3 hours of dance classes
1.5 hours of rehearsing (for our state's MTNA competition - I'm accompanying four of the woodwind entrants)
3 hours of teaching

Hopefully I've have time tomorrow for real practicing! laugh


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After trying frantically to practice my Beethoven for my lesson tmr, I spent 3 hours reading/learning opera reductions and swearing every two bars.



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Sergei Bortkiewicz's Etude in D flat Op.15 No.8. I just love this great ultra-romantic piece. Such fun to play!

My first piece by a Croatian composer is Dora Pejačević's Red Carnations from Blumenleben Op.19. What a lovely piece. It's impossible to understand why her works are unknown.

Ernesto Drangosch's Concert Etude 'Burlesca' Op.14 No.1.

I sight read through Ignacy Dobrzyński's D flat Nocturne Op.23 No.2. Might be worth working up.


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Originally Posted by beet31425
But I did read through a few of the Shostakovich op.34 preludes (C, eb min, Db, Eb, c min). Great little gems; gonna learn them some day.

They are superb pieces, I was working on the Gb min this morning.

Gb minor? Do you mean... I don't know which you mean! smile

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Originally Posted by Pogorelich.
After trying frantically to practice my Beethoven for my lesson tmr, I spent 3 hours reading/learning opera reductions and swearing every two bars.


Haha I know what you mean! I have to accompany a singer right after my lesson every week, and one of the things she is working on is an Aria from Ariadne auf Naxos. The orchestral reduction is RIDICULOUS!

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orchestra reductions ARE ridiculous

one must be a titan to play them.

It's a good day when i practice before 10 AM.

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