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Brahms Horn Trio last movement
Brahms Concerto 1 various passages
Mozart Sonata K 311 first movement
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Originally Posted by Canonie
5 hours, one hand, one piece... You're kidding!? crazy


No , I am not kidding. Why so shocked?

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Brahms Rhapsody Opus 119. OMG it's starting to sound like music,(well, the first 2 pages anyway.)

And one measure of Bach fugue F# major, book one, over and over, and over, and over. Darn trill.


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I am really happy because today I finished preparing the Bach Invention No. 4 for a recital this Saturday. It sounds great!


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BACH: Invention No. 13 in a min.
GRIEG: Notturno Op. 54 No. 4
VILLA-LOBOS: O Polichinelo

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Originally Posted by DameMyra
Chopin/Beethoven/Chopin/Beethoven/Chopin/Beethoven

Can't wait for juries and sophprof to be over. OT, got a B+ in Aural Performance Final, so it looks like I will pass Aural IV with a B/B+. I am ecstatic. Aural theory, especially IV has to be the hardest thing I've ever accomplished, except for maybe this Scherzo. (Back to practice.)


That's awesome! I had an awful time with the Aural studies. I couldn't get the Do, Re, Mi to come out right, or say them correctly when they were mixed up! Besides, I sounded like a dead frog when I tried to sing. It probably didn't help that the class was at 8:00 am! The brain isn't usually connected to anything at that hour, let alone trying to do a music lesson.

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Beethoven Sonata Op. 10 No. 2 in F, Haydn Sonata Hoboken XVI:41, Bach French Suite No. 5 in G BWV 816

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Originally Posted by Canonie
5 hours, one hand, one piece... You're kidding!? crazy


No , I am not kidding. Why so shocked?

Because I would feel lop-sided if I played with only one hand for that long.
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So... did you do it again the next day?

Survivordan - good on you! I hope your performance goes very well.


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My practice thus far today has felt like this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uu2VVLhoEM0

Okay, maybe not quite that bad... wink


Your suspicions were right on: I'm a slightly deranged sophomore piano performance major minoring in math and physics, tutoring theory, aural skills, and calculus on the side, teaching piano lessons for milk money and sheer joy, working to live Aristotle's "examined life".

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So far, I spent almost 2 hours working on the Alkan Sonate de Concert 1st movement, and have put a good dent in it. It's going to be quite an undertaking, but I've got the summer to learn it and it will be quite fun once I put it together with my friend. smile

I also spent a few minutes reviewing what I did yesterday on the Brahms Horn Trio last movement. Something tells me I'll learn this piece a WHOLE lot quicker than I will the Alkan, hehe...

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Bach Partita No. 1: Sarabande, Menuet I
Beethoven Six Variations on Nel cor piu non mi sento

Re-starting today:
Liszt Consolation No. 3

Beginning today:
Bach Partita No. 1: Menuet II, Gigue
Beethoven Sonata in G Opus 49 No. 2
Schumann Traumerei

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NOTHING! Hahahahaha! Juries are over, and I have nothing extremely pressing. Plus I have two big papers to write and exams to study for.

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Schumann Davidsbundlertanze, Book I #6.

Tricky tricky left hand!

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Incredibly, I did almost an hour today.

A little Woelfl and a little bit more Tomasek.

Joy for me, but not for the neighbours.

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-Brahms Horn Trio Op. 40 4th movement (first section is starting to take shape)
-Mozart Sonata in D Major K. 311 1st movement (WHY DOES IT HAVE TO BE SO HARD ALRIUHARLGUHAELRUHALEIURHGLAREIUHFLAERIUHGLAIUREHGLIAUERHGLIAUREGLH)
-Alkan Sonate de Concert Op. 47 1st movement (It will take a while, but slow metronome practice will do the trick. In fact, that's what I will do with all three of these)

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Originally Posted by 3pianists
My practice thus far today has felt like this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uu2VVLhoEM0

Okay, maybe not quite that bad... wink


Funny you should mention that. I often recall these skits when my practicing is going bad:
I'll never get it

my practicing today consisted of working through Cortot's exercises for a few Chopin etudes. We'll see if they are actually useful in a few weeks. I also played slowly through the Faure violin sonata to refresh where I left off a few weeks ago.


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Liszt Sonata!! Why is it so ridiculously hard...

Also worked through Scriabin's op.11 no. 11. It's finally coming together quite well, though still need to work through shading and phrasing.

Gretchen am Spinnrade....is still awkward, I need to find better fingerings or grow another finger on my right hand, because it's not working...I also practiced the 6th Hungarian Rhapsody, the octaves and presto sections are getting more clean..


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Debussy - Images Book II

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Brahms 76/4, Beethoven 14/1 2nd movement, Bach prelude 847 - even fingers even fingers even fingers (!)

Ok so today I must finally make a committment to definitely choose the last piece on my exam list. Discussed with teacher yesterday... and we came to a choice. Arrrrggghhhh but today I'm second guessing the choice again - needs to be easy to learn in a short time. The best choice probably IS Schoenberg (a few selections from op 19) but neither of us have the music on hand right now... and it's time to choose now. She thought Albeniz would be best - I have played through the notes, explored a bit, but no flow at all yet.

So I'm go to get seriously stuck into Albeniz Malaguena. ....just checked suggested tempo in my book, Oh Dear!

The "extra list" choices in ameb do not need to be prepared to the level of the main list choices, so a weeeee bit under tempo I hope get away with. And besides the examiner may ask to hear the Debussy instead :P


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No practice today other than warming up for juries and sophomore proficiency, both of which I passed. The semester is over and I am officially a junior. New rep: Schubert 664, Muczynski Desperate Measures, and looking at maybe doing some Bach & a couple Rachmaninoff Preludes and bringing up the Scherzo to performance level for a Junior Recital. But tonight is for a well-deserved drink. Tomorrow: start learning notes.


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Since it was my birthday today I was too busy celebrating with friends and family. But, tomorrow I will go back to practicing the last movement of the Moonlight Sonata, Rachmaninoff's Moment Musicaux number 4 and Bach's Prelude and Fugue number 2 and 3 (but the Bach is only a review; I learned them already a few years ago).

Don't you love to review old things and make them sound even better than before? smile

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Originally Posted by Tenuto

Don't you love to review old things and make them sound even better than before? smile


Yes!

Today I did one very final review of the Bach for the recital tonight. Planning on some pre-recital mental practice, too. I'm really pleased with how well this piece has come along - con't wait for the perfromance tonight.

Also working on church music for next week, and soon I need to start the Haydn and the Grieg Arietta for a masterclass next weekend.


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Schumann Davidsbundlertanze, Book I #6.

Tricky tricky left hand!


Toughest bit of the entire set!

Great piece, though. laugh


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