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#401740 - 11/25/07 12:18 AM Re: What are you working on right now?  
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Right now I am working on the following:

William Bolcom=Piano Rags(5 of them)
Michael Daugherty=Piano Plus
Till Mein=Suite(3 movements)
Carter Pann=Uptown

The above is for the 2nd recital toward the master in piano performance

Schumann Piano Concerto for a concert in November 2008

In addition,I have a few recitals coming up

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#401741 - 11/25/07 02:51 AM Re: What are you working on right now?  
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I think you are overdoing it too. and you said you practise the pieces by playing through half-speed? that is not called practising at all and you will be simply stuck or hardly move at all.

i'm working on 9 pieces at once, ppl call me crazy and you are working on wayy more.

just change the way you practise and work on fewer pieces and you will progress much faster [/QB]
Thanks for the response.

It's only some of those pieces that are going at half speed; I think what I'm doing with them is worthwhile, even if it doesn't meet your criteria for "practicing", about which you are probably right. It's more like "study" or maybe "experimentation".

But whatever it is, something does come from doing it. For example, working on the Chopin op. 10, no. 1 very slowly has proved amazingly beneficial in developing a suppleness of hand I've never experienced before in 50-odd years of playig the piano and which I doubt I would ever have found otherwise. Actually, I couldn't attempt that etude at all, any other way. I really don't care if it ever gets even in the vicinity of Chopin's metronome marking, because what I've learned about playing the piano from working on it at half-speed is pretty good stuff to know, I think. In a way, it's like getting some coaching from Chopin himself.

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#401742 - 11/25/07 03:25 AM Re: What are you working on right now?  
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I've been working on the Italian Concerto on and off over the last half year. Finally I've kicked things into gear because I have a recital in two weeks. I've gotten myself a teacher, and it's shaping up very nicely. I'm pretty happy with my progress! It sounds very different than the way I was playing it a month ago, which is of course good.

Also on my plate is the Chopin etude in 3rds, Mozart c minor sonata, Mozart a minor sonata, Beethoven 110, Debussy's Pagodes. A whole lot to accomplish, but I have determination and time on my side.


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#401743 - 11/25/07 03:52 AM Re: What are you working on right now?  
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maintaning at performance level:
J.S Bach-Partita in c minor (Sinfonia)
Beethoven-Sonata in A major op.2 no.2 (1st&3rd)
Rachmaninoff-Prelude in g sharp minor op.32 no.12
Chopin-Etude in F major Op.10 No.8

pieces that I will be working with my teacher on Monday after putting them off for 6-7 months(working on them independently):
Mendelssohn-Andante & Rondo Cappriccioso op.14
Prokofiev-Visions Fugitives no.3,7,8&10
Chopin-Etude in G flat major op.10 no.5
Schumann-Piano Concerto in a minor op.54*finally*

just started:
Chopin-Etude in c sharp minor op.10 no.4

will be adding in another classical sonata and early 20th C piece soon as well as a p+f:
possibly Schubert Sonata in a minor D845
a debussy piece estampe or image
p+f in c sharp minor no.3 from bk 1?


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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#401744 - 11/25/07 04:10 AM Re: What are you working on right now?  
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Gee...you guys make me look bad!

Stuff I'm working on when not teaching:

Mozart--Sonata in B-flat, K. 333, 1st movement

Reinhold--Impromptu in C-sharp minor

Berkovich--Paganini Variations


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#401745 - 11/25/07 06:27 AM Re: What are you working on right now?  
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I'm doing the first movement of Waldstein sonata by Beethoven and the K332. I'm 13 years old, is that good?

#401746 - 11/25/07 09:57 AM Re: What are you working on right now?  
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Oh no, not another one of the "Am I good?" posts.

You should know that if you're doing the Waldstein at 13 you fall into one of two categories. The first is that you are overreaching and although you can play the notes now, the maturity of the piece is going to escape you. It may facilitate the process when you pick the sonata back up later in life, but right now, you're too young.

The other category is that you are some sort of genius who spends all his time practicing and going to competition instead of going to school and being a regular kid. The Waldstein would work itself out under your fingers and you have the musical experience, maturity, and aplomb to pull it off.

I'm saying this now before you get yourself shut down. So really this is a glorified "in before" post...


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#401747 - 11/25/07 12:38 PM Re: What are you working on right now?  
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The stuff I'm working on is listed below, but I'm also trying to find a good Christmas piece to work on (I've got a bunch I can sight read, but I want something a little more challenging). I was also thinking of adding Muczynski Toccata (I think that's the name of it, have ot pick up my book at the studio to verify).

Chazdaspaz: The Waldstein first movement isn't overly difficult, but it is advanced. The 3rd movement, however, is something entirely different! I agree with Minaku, that the maturity of emotion required for this stuff is something that will come as you get older, but there's not harm in working out the technical issues now if you are able. Many of these pieces you will revisit for competitions and auditions, and so by then perhaps you will be able to add something more to it. Of course, I'm saying this all without hearing you.

The K.332 is also not one of the hardest Mozart sonatas, but a lovely one. Will you be working on the 2nd movement of that? It is absolutely gorgeous.

I wouldn't really worry about where you are, becuase no matter how far you go, there will always be more. You add your own unique view on your pieces at whatever age, and you should be content with that. Comparing yourself with others really is an exercise in futility. There will always be at any given point in time someone who is better than you and someone who is worse than you. smile


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#401748 - 11/25/07 01:47 PM Re: What are you working on right now?  
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Oh no, not another one of the "Am I good?" posts.

You should know that if you're doing the Waldstein at 13 you fall into one of two categories.
Actually there are a few "other" catgories. wink


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#401749 - 11/25/07 02:24 PM Re: What are you working on right now?  
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Ok, I usually don't post in these "what are you working on" threads, but here it goes:

Prokofiev Seventh Sonata
Brahms Rhapsody in B minor
Chopin Etude in C mnor Op. 25 # 12


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Die Karpfen viel fressen,
Die Predigt vergessen.

Die Predigt hat g'fallen.
Sie bleiben wie alle.
#401750 - 11/25/07 07:23 PM Re: What are you working on right now?  
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I don't feel like I'm making a lot of progress lately... I started studying with a new professor earlier this year, so he's changing up my fingerings and paying attention to close detail... Now he fell sick and I have a replacement who disagrees and is making me change everything. Once my regular professor comes back, he'll probably scream at me for not making any progress. But anyway,
Bach - Prelude and Fugue in C-Minor, Book I
Beethoven - "Pathetique" Sonata
Chopin - Etude Op. 10 No. 5
Rachmaninoff - Prelude Op. 23 no. 5 - that's not being practiced right now.

On my own I've learned Chopin's Waltz in C#m, and I've been working on some other older pieces I used to play.

I am scared that even with a year of work, I may not have a good enough repertoire for the big name school auditions - what do you guys think of these pieces so far?

#401751 - 11/25/07 07:33 PM Re: What are you working on right now?  
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Right now, I am working on three pieces by Mompou. They'll all from his Preludes, Book 2:

- Prelude 5
- Prelude 6 (Pour la main gauche)
- Prelude 8

This was a good year for me as a piano student. My instructor just hosted an informal all-day recital for his students at his studio (lots of food!), and I got to perform all the pieces I studied with him this year. This was my "set", performed in the following order:

BACH: Allemande (from Partita #4, BWV 828)

SCRIABIN:

Op. 16 - Prelude #4
Op. 11 - Prelude #12
Op. 11 - Prelude #15

SHOSTAKOVICH: Prelude and Fugue #18 in f minor, Op. 87

I was pleased I got good feedback from the other students. I myself am most proud of the HARD WORK I put in the Bach piece (especially that third page!) and on the Shostakovich pieces.


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#401752 - 11/26/07 06:05 PM Re: What are you working on right now?  
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New stuff:

Prokofiev - Toccata Op. 11
Rachmaninoff - Piano Concerto No 2 Op. 18 (1st Mvt)

I'm also thinking about starting with Chopin Etude No 2 Op. 10. I have two piano teachers.


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#401753 - 11/26/07 06:10 PM Re: What are you working on right now?  
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Prokofiev - Toccata Op. 11

I can play the first page with ease... the rest , uhh cursing

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I'm doing the first movement of Waldstein sonata by Beethoven and the K332. I'm 13 years old, is that good?
I was playing the Waldstein at age 4... so I don't know...

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#401756 - 11/26/07 06:26 PM Re: What are you working on right now?  
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I'm doing the first movement of Waldstein sonata by Beethoven and the K332. I'm 13 years old, is that good?
Funny, I'm doing the whole op. 53, and I'm 14. Technically, I find it to be no challenge at all. That lets me focus on the MUSIC more!

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#401757 - 11/26/07 06:37 PM Re: What are you working on right now?  
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Some kind of contest here? Well my cousin is 6 months old and he can play the Rach 3.

(Play as in press play on the CD player).


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#401758 - 11/26/07 07:00 PM Re: What are you working on right now?  
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Bach- Prelude and Fugue in C#
Beethoven- Piano Concerto #3 1st Mvt.
Chopin- Nocturne #13 in C minor, Etudes Op. 10, #1,3,12
Liebermann- Gargoyles(Working on 3 and 4 now)
Schumann- 2nd Sonata in G minior (1st Mvt.)

I have yet to find anyone who is playing Gargoyles. It's such a fun piece. And yes I love Chopin.

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Prokofiev - Toccata Op. 11

I can play the first page with ease... the rest , uhh cursing [/b]
The rest is very hard for sure. I've just worked my way through page 2 and a little bit through page 3. The left hand jumps needs good accuracy and strict exercising. The right one isn't that hard yet, just repetitions of minor figures. I'm looking forward to my next piano lesson when my teacher and I will work more on it.


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#401760 - 11/27/07 04:42 PM Re: What are you working on right now?  
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[b] I'm doing the first movement of Waldstein sonata by Beethoven and the K332. I'm 13 years old, is that good?
I was playing the Waldstein at age 4... so I don't know... [/b]
Wow... I'm speechless.

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I have yet to find anyone who is playing Gargoyles.
Everyone plays Gargoyles, it's kind of a cliché. [Linked Image]

Then again, so is the Vine Sonata #1, which I am guilty of.

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Originally posted by chazdaspaz:
[b] I'm doing the first movement of Waldstein sonata by Beethoven and the K332. I'm 13 years old, is that good?
I was playing the Waldstein at age 4... so I don't know... [/b]
Wow... I'm speechless. [/b]
My infant repertiore was enourmous...

From there, thanks to sugary cerials and mindless television, my skill degressed to the point which I am at now. laugh

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Originally posted by chazdaspaz:
[b] I'm doing the first movement of Waldstein sonata by Beethoven and the K332. I'm 13 years old, is that good?
I was playing the Waldstein at age 4... so I don't know... [/b]
You still remember it?

Chang said that it's easier to remember pieces learned when you're young.


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Originally posted by chazdaspaz:
[b] I'm doing the first movement of Waldstein sonata by Beethoven and the K332. I'm 13 years old, is that good?
I was playing the Waldstein at age 4... so I don't know... [/b]
You still remember it?

Chang said that it's easier to remember pieces learned when you're young. [/b]
I wish I did! Fruit Loops and BugsBunny put an end to that.

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Originally posted by Debussy20:
[b] </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by chazdaspaz:
<strong> I'm doing the first movement of Waldstein sonata by Beethoven and the K332. I'm 13 years old, is that good?
I was playing the Waldstein at age 4... so I don't know... [/b]
You still remember it?

Chang said that it's easier to remember pieces learned when you're young. [/b]
I wish I did! Fruit Loops and BugsBunny put an end to that. </strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Perhaps there's a link between TV + sugary foods and brainpower eek


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#401766 - 11/27/07 11:27 PM Re: What are you working on right now?  
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Almost Done-Bach Invention No. 14

Halfway thru- Nakada's A Story in My Dream


You can take a noob and train him all day but that'll just make him a trained noob...
#401767 - 11/27/07 11:42 PM Re: What are you working on right now?  
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I can't wait to learn the Vine sonata! I don't care about cliches! That piece is brilliant.

What I am working on now:

Fantasiestucke, Op. 12 Schumann

No. 2 - Aufschwung
No. 4 - Warum?

Partita No. 6 in e minor Bach

Tocatta

Vingt Regards Sur L'Enfant-Jesue Messiaen

No. 1 - Regard du Pere
No.11 - Premiere communion de la Vierge

Piano Sonata in a min, Op Post 143 Schubert


laugh I want to do another Ligeti etude, Beethoven's Op. 26, and maybe Liszt's second Legende


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John Thanks for taking the time to comment. I didn't realize how big that list looked until after I'd posted it. Yikes! And it doesn't even include the other stuff I've played through in the last 4-5 days:

- Bach - WTC I c min, C sharp maj, G maj, a min, plus the 4 duets
- Beethoven - op. 53
- Chopin - op. 10, nos 2 and 7; nocturne op 55, no. 2; Allegro de concert; Herold Variations
- Rachmaninoff - Etudes-Tab. op 39, no.s 4, 8, 9; Bach Partita arrangement, Mendelssohn MSD scherzo, and Kreisler Liebslied
- Weber - the original "Perpetual Motion" that the Michalowski in the first post is an arrangement of (I think this should probably be in the "working on" list, since I've gravitating towards it a bit and it is going fairly ok), plus the Godowsky arrangement of it, too
- Prokofiev - 4 Pieces, op 32
- Hummel - Variations on a Gluck Theme, op 57
- Debussy - Suite Bergamasque; Reflets dans l'eau and Mouvement from Images I; L'Isle Joyeuse; Etudes in Thirds and Sixths
- Mendelssohn - about a half dozen of the SWW

So that's the more complete picture, together with Hanon and such for warm up.

You are absolutely right that spreading myself so thin is not going to help me progress at optimal speed on any one thing, but as an old geezer playing to amuse myself, I'm not terribly goal-oriented, and so progress is more of a side-effect than a primary consideration (although progress does happen, believe it or not). And I rather enjoy having many things going at various stages of ineptitude/accomplishment and which are coming along at all different rates, too. It keeps it interesting.

But I'm thinking that participating here might motivate me to at least pick out one or two things to really concentrate on and get into shape. We'll see how it goes...

wr
I understand now. You're just out enjoying the scenery. smile There's so much to play and so little time to enjoy it all.

You'll find the participation here can be very addictive. smile I have found myself rethinking things about technique, and interpretation not only by just reading the posts, but also by listening to the wonderful performances the members have posted.

Anyway the biggest thing is as long as you're having fun, which is what this should be.

John


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[b]John Thanks for taking the time to comment. I didn't realize how big that list looked until after I'd posted it. Yikes!


< listing of material representing too much fooling around deleted>

But I'm thinking that participating here might motivate me to at least pick out one or two things to really concentrate on and get into shape. We'll see how it goes...

wr
I understand now. You're just out enjoying the scenery. smile There's so much to play and so little time to enjoy it all.

You'll find the participation here can be very addictive. smile I have found myself rethinking things about technique, and interpretation not only by just reading the posts, but also by listening to the wonderful performances the members have posted.

Anyway the biggest thing is as long as you're having fun, which is what this should be.

John [/b]
I'm definitely having fun. And in spite of all appearances to the contrary, there is a small subset of all that stuff that I actually hope to get into presentable shape. I haven't checked out the member performances here yet - hope to do that soon. If the standard isn't too terrifyingly high (as in "if it's not as good as Argerich or Kocsis, don't even bother"), I may entertain the idea of posting some easy little ditty myself eventually. It would be a good reality check, I think. At any rate, just reading people's thoughts is great - this place is great.

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