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Re: What are you currently practicing? [Re: scottgreen94] #2847066
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Debussy Clair de Lune...big piece for me. It's been three weeks and it's coming along but I suspect I'll be working on it for quite a while.


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Re: What are you currently practicing? [Re: scottgreen94] #2847164
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I adore Clair de Lune, cmb13! While you are at it, or soon thereafter, you may want to try Debussy's First Arabesque. It is also short, lyrical and beautiful.


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Re: What are you currently practicing? [Re: scottgreen94] #2847392
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I’m working on Chopin’s Ballade no. 3 at the moment - I’ve been at it on and off since November and still have the last two pages of notes to learn... then plenty of time to refine it!

I manage very little practise time so it’s slow slow progress for me and I often end up spending time just catching up to where I was last time I played. But I’m sure I’ll get there so it will be worth it!

Re: What are you currently practicing? [Re: Pover] #2847412
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I'm working on a Bach Sinfonia in E, Debussy's "Minstrels" from his Preludes, Book 1, and Rachmaninov's Prelude Op.23, No. 4 in D.

Originally Posted by Pover
I think part of the problem for me is the lack of performance opportunities; if I were to learn a large-scale work I'd want to play it for someone to be honest. It's actually sad how little music there is where I live, and how little anyone cares about classical music frown


Performance opportunities are so rare where I live that I have organized a get-together of all of my teacher's adult students at my place next Saturday, just to practice performance.

I have a friend in California who books herself to play for free at senior centers just for the performance practice.


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Re: What are you currently practicing? [Re: scottgreen94] #2847414
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I like to have many pieces going at once. I try to mix shorter easier pieces with ones that will take me longer. Like AaronSF, I am also working on Rachmaninov's Prelude Op.23 No.4. Such a beautiful song. In addition, I'm working to polish up Chopin Prelude No. 17 and No. 21. Also working on Brahms Ballade Op. 118 No 3 and Chopin Nocturne Op 48 No1. If that was not enough, I'm working on the last movement of Mozart's Sonata K332 and working my way through Bach's WTC. I have a few easy pieces thrown in for times when I do not want to concentrate hard enough. I wish I could learn pieces faster!

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Re: What are you currently practicing? [Re: scottgreen94] #2847418
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Beethoven Eroica Variations Op 35
Mozart Sonata K 309
Chopin Ballade no 3
Bach P&F in F# Major, Book 1

Re: What are you currently practicing? [Re: scottgreen94] #2847474
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Prokofiev Piano Sonata no 8 (this one is REALLY hard)

Re: What are you currently practicing? [Re: gooddog] #2849252
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Originally Posted by gooddog
I haven't been practicing much because I am still recovering from wrist surgery. I really wanted to revive Brahms' opus 119 for the Brahms/Schumann class at the VCM summer academy. Unfortunately, most of the pieces require large stretches which I still can't do without pain. I also wanted to perform the Schubert/Liszt "Gretchen am Spinnrade" but the pinkie work hurts. This morning, my hand surgeon told me to be patient. cry

Is that the summer program in Victoria, BC? It's fantastic! I've been there a couple of times and loved it. Great program.

Re: What are you currently practicing? [Re: scottgreen94] #2849298
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I'm close to wrapping up (well, as much as anyone can ever "wrap up" Bach) the English suite no 5 in e minor. The sarabande, passapied and gigue on that piece blow me away - such gorgeous writing. Took me two months. I know I SHOULD commit it to memory, because I love it so much. But I also have a lot else that I want to work on.

Also doing Rachmaninoff's Corelli variations. I'm doing around a variation a week, give or take. Some may take a lot longer. Man do I love this piece more and more each time I work on it. It's really worth playing. If you give it a listen, I think Lugansky's version is best, with Ashkenazy close behind.

Beethoven's 13th sonata, which I am solidifying the first three movements and am two pages from have the last movement in my fingers. Then it needs a whole lot of editorial work. Gosh, what a lovely sonata. It's taken about two months, and probably another month really polishing it. I could have moved faster, but I'm not a professional anymore so I can go whatever pace I want grin

Finishing off Satie's Pieces Froids. I like to play these and look out the window at the leaves blowing about in the Spring wind. Makes me feel very French wink

Just started Handel's suite in F sharp minor. The fugue from that suite is, to my mind, one of the most beautiful I have ever heard. I could live in that music.

Re: What are you currently practicing? [Re: patH] #2849301
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@PatH that Scherzo is a toughie. Those beautiful cascading phrases are a PAIN to get in the fingers, to say nothing of the entire ending! I found that it was tough going for a long while and then it started "clicking" really quickly. Keep working!

Re: What are you currently practicing? [Re: scottgreen94] #2849326
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Quite a variety but I am really struggling for practice time at the moment what with work, family and yet another Labrador-induced shoulder injury 🤬 (underlining that “how long does it take you to learn a piece” is basically “how long is a piece of string”). I started playing seriously again in January after a 20 year gap.

Easing in pieces
Bach 2 part Inventions - I love them! I’m memorising them as I go, and only up to no 3!
Chopin Preludes - a mix of quick wins and bite size horrors

Beethoven project
I want to delve deep into the sonatas so I started at the beginning with Op 2 No 1. Got the first mvmt down and memorised, 2nd nearly memorised, working on 4th (and 3rd for completeness]. Struggling a little at the moment due to left shoulder problem.

New repertoire
Schumann G Minor Sonata op 22. Had it for a few weeks but have probably only spent a few hours on it so far! Never played Schumann before.

As and when’s
Ravel “Pavane pour un infant defunte”
Godowsky “The Swan”

Next challenge
I don’t want to go through Beethoven in order. I’m considering whether to pick up “The Tempest” again from my student days or launch into the Appassionata

What I really need is a clone that can practice while I work.

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Re: What are you currently practicing? [Re: gooddog] #2849405
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Predominantly, Montagues and Capulets from Romeo and Juliet....
I love that piece!

I'm going to start learning it over the summer. Love it, too.

Working on movement 2 of Haydn's sonata in E minor (Hob XVI/34), while trying to polish the 1st movement. Bach, Prelude and Fugue in D minor from WTC book 1, Haydn's concerto in D major; just finished Tchaikovsky's "April." Will probably start "June" next. Too much beautiful music, too little time.

Re: What are you currently practicing? [Re: ShyPianist] #2849406
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@shypianist, I started playing seriously again in January after a 15-year break! You're smart for easing in slow, I haven't been doing that and I am starting to feel it in my wrists, arms and shoulders. The Chopin preludes are so wonderful - I did the full 24 back in the day, I'd love to re-do them again, and they seem like a good way to get back in the swing of things.

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No choice really, I just don’t have the time! But I did decide to start with a clean slate this time after a couple of aborted attempts at picking up old repertoire. I feel like I have some real gaps in core repertoire that I want to try and fill, hence turning to things like the Two Part Inventions which I really wish I’d studied as a child. In hindsight I think some pieces that my teacher assigned post grade 8 were that bit too hard at the time (the black key etude and Jeux d’Eau being a couple of examples) which meant I spent too long learning a handful of pieces instead of getting a broader sweep of core works. Decades later I’m trying to put that right!


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There are a lot of things one has to do to prepare for a performance season.


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Originally Posted by ShyPianist
No choice really, I just don’t have the time! But I did decide to start with a clean slate this time after a couple of aborted attempts at picking up old repertoire. I feel like I have some real gaps in core repertoire that I want to try and fill, hence turning to things like the Two Part Inventions which I really wish I’d studied as a child. In hindsight I think some pieces that my teacher assigned post grade 8 were that bit too hard at the time (the black key etude and Jeux d’Eau being a couple of examples) which meant I spent too long learning a handful of pieces instead of getting a broader sweep of core works. Decades later I’m trying to put that right!


I think there is a lot to be said for playing pieces at a higher level, sometimes even an almost impossibly higher level, but only up to a point, and for a specific reason. However, it should be something you choose yourself, and something you work on separately from your more conservatively chosen repertoire. Otherwise the student is turning up unable to do what she was able to do before i.e. make predictable progress from week to week, without the piano turning into a form of stressful torture. Jeaux d'Eau after grade 8? eek

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Originally Posted by ShyPianist
No choice really, I just don’t have the time! But I did decide to start with a clean slate this time after a couple of aborted attempts at picking up old repertoire. I feel like I have some real gaps in core repertoire that I want to try and fill, hence turning to things like the Two Part Inventions which I really wish I’d studied as a child. In hindsight I think some pieces that my teacher assigned post grade 8 were that bit too hard at the time (the black key etude and Jeux d’Eau being a couple of examples) which meant I spent too long learning a handful of pieces instead of getting a broader sweep of core works. Decades later I’m trying to put that right!


I think there is a lot to be said for playing pieces at a higher level, sometimes even an almost impossibly higher level, but only up to a point, and for a specific reason. However, it should be something you choose yourself, and something you work on separately from your more conservatively chosen repertoire. Otherwise the student is turning up unable to do what she was able to do before i.e. make predictable progress from week to week, without the piano turning into a form of stressful torture. Jeaux d'Eau after grade 8? eek


Yes, my first teacher was wonderful in so many ways, but looking back now I feel things did go awry a little after Grade 8. I got an amazing grounding in technique and musicianship which I will be eternally grateful to him for, but I’ve been trying to come up with a list of the things I learned in the couple of years between getting Grade 8 and starting to prepare for college auditions and I can’t remember many at all! A couple from WTC, some Chopin Etudes, a Liszt Consolation, Wedding Day at Troldhaugen, Mozart Concerto no 20 2nd mvmt (played with school orchestra). After that I’m struggling to think of others although there must have been more. I do remember rarely having anything I could just sit down and play for people and I really regret that now.

Then just as I was preparing for those college auditions he announced he would no longer be teaching so I ended up being mentored through my preparations by my violin teacher with a couple of lessons from a nearby college professor. I was successful but it was incredibly stressful and unsettling!

My tutor at college then assigned me a load of different things which I see now were aimed at plugging gaps and getting to know a wider range of repertoire. Not sure I fully appreciated that at the time. Youth, as they say, is wasted on the young. Now, decades later, I feel I need several lifetimes to learn all the works I want to play!


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