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#1949667 - 08/27/12 05:18 AM Re: What are you practicing? [Re: Hermanberntzen]  
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Polishing my pieces for my Diploma!!

Bach Partita#1 Sinfonia

Beethoven Sonata Op2 no1 (dear lord I despise making the melody in double forths hear-able and that 4th movement just doesn't want to sound melodic)

Brahms Intermezzo from Ballades Op10

Debussy Prelude Book 2 Broulliards

Messiaen's Regard de l'etoile (just trying to make it more scary)


HSC pieces:
Shostakovich Piano Concerto op 102. movement 1
Chopin Op10 No1
Debussy Broulliards Preludes Bk1
Kats-Chernin Russian Rag
Messiaen Regard d'letoile
Mozart Sonata for 2 pianos D major
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#1949677 - 08/27/12 06:20 AM Re: What are you practicing? [Re: apple*]  
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Originally Posted by apple*
prelude and fugue on a theme of Ponce.. it is fantastic

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

especially the fugue.. pretty hard too. ok - I can't play the fugue no way, I can hardly play the prelude, but i can work on it and pretend I am a concert pianist.

pic coming soon.

Apple,

I play a lot of Ponce, and his "Prelude and Fugue on a Theme of Handel" is one of my favorites.

I like Jorge Federico Osorio's performance, on his Balada Mexicana CD:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YI8upuGf8U4


And how about his Estudio de concierto VIII Preludio Galante:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64qKxvVh2Wk

PM me if you want a copy of the extremely rare score.



Mel


"Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get — only what you are expecting to give — which is everything. You give because you love and cannot help giving." Katharine Hepburn
#1949963 - 08/27/12 04:30 PM Re: What are you practicing? [Re: Brendan]  
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This week's project: tightening up Beethoven 3rd and Stravinsky's Concerto for Piano and Winds.


First Jeffrey Jones, and now you - the Stravinsky is climbing the charts!! I love it that one of my very favorite underplayed concertos is getting some attention.

#1950155 - 08/28/12 12:27 AM Re: What are you practicing? [Re: Hermanberntzen]  
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For an exam& 2 competitions back in Canada from May-June 2013:
Bach Toccata in c minor BWV 911,Mozart Sonata in c minor K.457, Mozart Piano Concerto in C major K.503, Liszt Transcendental Etude no.3 'Paysage' and Chopin Etudes op.10 nos.2&4

for technique/ to build my rep:
Hanon The Virtuoso Pianist Part 3, Bach Italian Concerto 3rd mvt and going to start Mendelssohn's Variations Seriesus op.54

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Mastering:Chopin Etudes op.10 nos.8&12 and op.25 no.1, Chopin Scherzo no.4 in E major op.54, Mozart Sonata in B flat major K.333& Khachaturian Toccata
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#2065449 - 04/16/13 09:47 AM Re: What are you practicing? [Re: Hermanberntzen]  
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Bumping this fun thread. Yesterday, I tried to impersonate Marc-Andre Hamelin/Stephen Hough. I found my project over the summer for my university's concerto competition wink

https://www.box.com/s/9f1urgdvaq3a5ekkri1i

#2065473 - 04/16/13 10:20 AM Re: What are you practicing? [Re: Hermanberntzen]  
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A Chopin scherzo and a Beethoven sonata.

#2065485 - 04/16/13 10:46 AM Re: What are you practicing? [Re: Hermanberntzen]  
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Faure-Attwood:Les Berceux(no recording available but here is the original song with its amazing lyrics and melody)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HxdIr0gu9rQ

Bach-Fryer:Sarabande fron Cello Suite
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITbcJMKVmts

Piazzolla-Mortensen:Milonga del Angel(piece starts around 3:10)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4RLZBgLH7H8&feature=related

Rodgers-Hough:Hello Young Lovers(not the best recording)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4wnBamEehc

Porter-Walter:Begin the Beguine
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFRsmNwMJlw

Kern-Jarrett:Old Man River
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFRsmNwMJlw






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#2065521 - 04/16/13 11:25 AM Re: What are you practicing? [Re: Hermanberntzen]  
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Nielsen suite op. 45
Dvorak Piano quintet
songs by Strauss and Szymanowski

Re-learning:

Chopin op 10 nr 8-10, 3rd scherzo
Schumann Humoreske

#2065527 - 04/16/13 11:37 AM Re: What are you practicing? [Re: Hermanberntzen]  
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Just started: Chopin Preludes, Beethoven 31/1, Sciarrino Anamorfosi and other uncommonly heard "water" pieces. Continuing work on Rach 3 for upcoming concerto competition.

#2065533 - 04/16/13 11:43 AM Re: What are you practicing? [Re: Hermanberntzen]  
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Mendelssohn Op 7 No. 6 "Sehnsuchtig"

Bach "Ich Ruf' zu Dir" -for both piano and organ.



#2065538 - 04/16/13 11:46 AM Re: What are you practicing? [Re: Hermanberntzen]  
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I agree it's nice to see the Stravinsky Piano & Winds concerto on this thread. One of my favorites as well.

I am in a rut, shall we say, in that I'm working on material for a new CD to be recorded in June, and so practicing for that to the exclusion of everything else. Well, almost. There's a performance of the Cage/Hiller HPSCHD coming up in New York in early May, and I'm playing three of the Solos (two other pianists play the others).

For the CD:

Michael Byron, Book of Horizons
Julius Eastman, Piano 2
"Blue" Gene Tyranny, The Drifter
Stuart Saunders Smith, Fences, in Three Tragedies

#2065567 - 04/16/13 12:26 PM Re: What are you practicing? [Re: Hermanberntzen]  
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OSK, thanks for reviving this thread. It's interesting to see what people are working on.

Me:
Polishing: Chopin Ballade #3 (Hope to perform this at piano camp recital this summer).
Reviving: Mozart Sonata #14, K457 (Also hope to perform this at camp.)
Learning: Beethoven Sonata #18, Opus 31 #3
For fun: Rachmaninoff Morceaux de Salon Opus 10, No 1 (For my piano group, maybe this Thursday.)


Best regards,

Deborah
#2065580 - 04/16/13 12:48 PM Re: What are you practicing? [Re: Hermanberntzen]  
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I'll bite. (looking forward to hearing the Ballade Deborah!)

Polishing (to be performed at an upcoming festival):
Chopin Nocturne Op. 48 1
Beethoven Tempest Sonata
Brahms Intermezzo Op 117 1

Learning:
Rachmaninoff Preludes Op. 23, 5 & 6
Bach P&F in A-b major, Bk 2


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#2065596 - 04/16/13 01:51 PM Re: What are you practicing? [Re: Hermanberntzen]  
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I am playing the gigue and the gavotte from Bach's French Suite no.5 and the prelude and fugue in C minor from WTC1 and March from "Seasons" by Tchaikovsky.

Rappel des Oiseaux by Rameau and allemande from the French Suite are in the queue. And then the rest of the suite. Then about 10 other Bach things.

#2065630 - 04/16/13 03:42 PM Re: What are you practicing? [Re: Hermanberntzen]  
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Fun thread!

I'm practicing these for an upcoming performance and Jury:
Rachmaninoff opus 32 no 10
Chopin opus 25 no 1
Beethoven Opus 27 no 1

All these I'm doing refinements and in depth shaping on

I'm also "mentally practicing", or these but will be going at them full force over the summer:
Rachmaninoff opus 32 no 13
Kapustin variations opus 41
Chopin opus 27 no 1, opus 10 no 4, opus 25 no 5
Bach WTC book II in am
Liszt "Un Sospiro"

Now, I probably won't actually perfect that big list of stuff I'm gonna take on over the summer, but I'm going to start through them and see which ones start to really take hold.


Piano/Composition major.

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Polish:
Liszt Petrarch Sonnet 104
Bach WTC book 1 no. 6.
Dello Joio Sonata no. 3

New:
Chopin op. 23
Bach WTC book 2 no. 20
#2065638 - 04/16/13 04:10 PM Re: What are you practicing? [Re: Hermanberntzen]  
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#2065642 - 04/16/13 04:13 PM Re: What are you practicing? [Re: Hermanberntzen]  
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Here is my update for the Boston Amateur Competition, coming up 19 - 23 Jun 13 --

First Round

John Harbison On an Unwritten Letter (1999)
Milton Babbitt The Old Order Changeth (1999)
Steven Paulus Rollicking, from Five Preludes (1993)

SemiFinal Round

Katherine Hoover Toccata (2011)
Richard Danielpour Elegy (2009)
Judith Zaimont Wizards (2003)

Final Round

Either
John Harbison Sonata No 2 (2001)
Or
Fred Hersch 24 Variations on a Bach Chorale (2004)
Michael Torke Blue Pacific (2006)

As you can see, all these pieces have been written over the past 20 years, and I consider them ALL reasonably "accessible" -- even the Babbitt! In these Amateur Competitions, I've sort of made seldom-heard literature my "shtick" -- and certainly virtually all solo piano contemporary compositions fit into that category.

Needless to say, I'll be shifting back and forth between all of these for the next couple of months.

#2065649 - 04/16/13 04:31 PM Re: What are you practicing? [Re: Hermanberntzen]  
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Wow Tim, that looks like a serious program you're working on! I don't know any of the pieces, and not all of the composers either. Fred Hersch, is it the same guy who is more known as a jazz pianist, or is this someone else?

#2065669 - 04/16/13 05:22 PM Re: What are you practicing? [Re: Hermanberntzen]  
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STILL trying to perfect every note of Ondine.

Mostly through the Waldstein 1st movement. I had it to memory, but took a lot of time off from it recently.

Working through Ginastera's unbelievable first sonata.

Finishing up the Chopin C# minor waltz. The D-flat section gives me the most trouble to memorize! Lots of syncopation.

Thinking about picking up another Scarlatti sonata, maybe K.9 or K.12

#2065692 - 04/16/13 06:19 PM Re: What are you practicing? [Re: Vid]  
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Originally Posted by Vid
I'll bite. (looking forward to hearing the Ballade Deborah!)

Polishing (to be performed at an upcoming festival):
Chopin Nocturne Op. 48 1
Beethoven Tempest Sonata
Brahms Intermezzo Op 117 1

Learning:
Rachmaninoff Preludes Op. 23, 5 & 6
Bach P&F in A-b major, Bk 2
Can't wait to hear you too. Which do you think you'll perform?


Best regards,

Deborah
#2065763 - 04/16/13 10:14 PM Re: What are you practicing? [Re: Hermanberntzen]  
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Beethoven Sonata #17, Opus 31 #2 (2nd mvt)
Bach 3rd French Suite

#2065770 - 04/16/13 10:30 PM Re: What are you practicing? [Re: -Frycek]  
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Originally Posted by -Frycek
Chopin 28/24

I'm also working on that.


Regards,

Polyphonist
#2065849 - 04/17/13 03:20 AM Re: What are you practicing? [Re: Hermanberntzen]  
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Here, as opposed to there
Patience.



"And if we look at the works of J.S. Bach — a benevolent god to which all musicians should offer a prayer to defend themselves against mediocrity... -Debussy

"It's ok if you disagree with me. I can't force you to be right."

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#2065947 - 04/17/13 09:23 AM Re: What are you practicing? [Re: fnork]  
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Hi, fnork -- Yes, that is indeed the jazz pianist Fred Hersch. He took it upon himself to compose an extended work in the Classical style -- although some of the variations clearly are informed by a jazz sensibility. The Bach Chorale in question is a setting of Hans Leo Hassler's "O Sacred Head, Now Wounded", which also was used as the melody for the contemporary '60s folk hit "Because All Men are Brothers". That's pretty much why Hersch thought it was an especially appropriate choice for a set of solo piano variations. I think he provided a really effective vehicle to hear both jazz-based and classically-based variations.

Just out of curiosity, which of the composers had you not heard of previously? I admit to not knowing much of anything of some of the European composers you've presented (Szymanowski, Lindberg). The composers are not widely known American composers, in the sense of a Gershwin or Bernstein, but they are all (IMO) pretty well known in the Classical Music world here in the US.

#2065961 - 04/17/13 09:45 AM Re: What are you practicing? [Re: stores]  
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Originally Posted by stores
Patience.

Who are you addressing and why?


Regards,

Polyphonist
#2065967 - 04/17/13 10:04 AM Re: What are you practicing? [Re: Hermanberntzen]  
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First movement of the Appassionata. I'm playing it for my teacher's conservatory students this Friday. Carving out 2h of practicing in the morning before work.


-J


Beethoven op.110, Chopin op.27/2, Liszt Vallée d'Obermann
#2065983 - 04/17/13 10:41 AM Re: What are you practicing? [Re: Tim Adrianson]  
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Originally Posted by Tim Adrianson
Just out of curiosity, which of the composers had you not heard of previously?

Babbitt and Harbison are of course very familiar names, Judith Zaimont rings a bell somehow, but the other names are unknown for me. I'll check them out though.

#2066035 - 04/17/13 12:56 PM Re: What are you practicing? [Re: gooddog]  
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Originally Posted by gooddog
Can't wait to hear you too. Which do you think you'll perform?


I will probably try to fit in all of the polished ones (Tempest, Brahms Intermezzo and Chopin Nocturne 48 1). The Chopin is a beast but would like to attempt it on the concert grand :P


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Originally Posted by stores
Patience.

Who are you addressing and why?


I would assume the weather! wink

#2066170 - 04/17/13 05:36 PM Re: What are you practicing? [Re: Hermanberntzen]  
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Jazz standards, Charlie Parker Omnibook

I don't have any classical music in my repertoire or my practise regimen. Should I?
My performance goals are exclusively jazz and blues oriented

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