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Re: What are you playing?
« Reply #320 on: May 15, 2013, 08:02:03 AM »
Thank you, Daniel!

That's great, Elgar's Dream of Gerontius is definitely a stunning work, congratulations! :)
How nice, I haven't listened to Copland's Fanfare yet, but The Planets and Shosty No.5 are masterpieces, it is enough not to make those concerts be missed! Are you going to play in the percussion section again? :) I love playing the glockenspiel or the xylophone in the Holst.

Sounds an amazing project, good luck! :)

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Re: What are you playing?
« Reply #321 on: July 20, 2013, 05:25:59 PM »
I have begun, as of a month ago, learning Messiaen's Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant-Jésus in its entirety. I am learning two movements at a time, one from each of two lists of ten of the twenty pieces: the first list is of the ten hardest pieces of the set, the hardest first; the second list is of the remaining pieces in chronological order, from the beginning to the end of the piece. This was after I learned and performed his Oiseaux exotiques (the piano solo) and his Livre du Saint-Sacrement (for organ) over the last several years. I play music of many other composers, mainly modern classical, but I also play traditional music, especially Bach and Schubert.
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Re: What are you playing?
« Reply #322 on: July 21, 2013, 03:24:53 AM »
I have begun, as of a month ago, learning Messiaen's Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant-Jésus in its entirety. I am learning two movements at a time, one from each of two lists of ten of the twenty pieces: the first list is of the ten hardest pieces of the set, the hardest first; the second list is of the remaining pieces in chronological order, from the beginning to the end of the piece. This was after I learned and performed his Oiseaux exotiques (the piano solo) and his Livre du Saint-Sacrement (for organ) over the last several years. I play music of many other composers, mainly modern classical, but I also play traditional music, especially Bach and Schubert.
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Re: What are you playing?
« Reply #323 on: July 21, 2013, 09:02:07 AM »
Welcome to the forum! You must be quite good if you can play Vingt!

Thank you very much! I look forward to being a part of it.
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Re: What are you playing?
« Reply #324 on: July 21, 2013, 01:20:34 PM »
And for your fellow New Englanders, let us know when you go public with Les regards!
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Re: What are you playing?
« Reply #325 on: July 22, 2013, 06:06:33 PM »
And for your fellow New Englanders, let us know when you go public with Les regards!

Of course!  ;)
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Re: What are you playing?
« Reply #326 on: October 21, 2013, 07:17:24 PM »
In Orchestra:  Tchaik 4, Haydn Trumpet Concerto, and Beethoven's Creatures of the  Prometheus Overture.

Solo:  Still Schubert's Arpeggione Sonata

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Re: What are you playing?
« Reply #327 on: December 06, 2013, 07:36:01 PM »
Tonight I practiced Bach's Partita in a minor for solo flute.  That's a great piece to play when I'm busking (when it's considerably warmer in Denver than now!) since it requires no accompaniment--but it's a tough piece!  I constantly need to brush up on some of the harder passages...
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Re: What are you playing?
« Reply #328 on: March 06, 2014, 02:39:18 PM »
Started studying:

Claude Debussy
Clair de lune


Of course, for piano.
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Re: What are you playing?
« Reply #329 on: October 12, 2015, 01:31:07 PM »
Shard by Elliott Carter. Last page is still a bitch to play and I have to play it in my final exam this year, Saturday week. :(

I love the piece though, and it's so fun to play! I hope I do well...

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Re: What are you playing?
« Reply #330 on: November 12, 2016, 07:00:42 PM »
I've actually been pretty productive on piano. Usually I have a bad habit of never finishing anything I ever start trying to learn, but I learned Berg's Sonata, op. 1 over the summer and I am currently working on Scriabin's Sonata No. 9 "Black Mass" (>:D). I thought that it would be too hard, but I've gotten to the point where I can actually play it cover-to-cover (still needs a lot of work, but I'm surprised I managed). Granted, it is one of his easier sonatas.

I managed to get a decent video of the Berg a few months ago (note that "decent" for me is far from what most of you think of as "decent" -- if I were to publish a recording of it and sell it on Amazon, you guys wouldn't want it,  :laugh:):

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/moryDZAX18Y" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/moryDZAX18Y</a>
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Re: What are you playing?
« Reply #331 on: February 11, 2017, 04:50:35 AM »
I periodically record myself sightreading various music, presumably in an effort to get myself to eventually start practicing. (Maybe 2017 will be the year I actually make some progress!)

Does it ever happen to other people that you're playing a piece and then find out your tempi are actually pretty far outside the mainstream?? I found this out tonight whilst reviewing my sightread through Schumann's Humoreske from a few weeks ago.

I Einfach/Sehr rasch und leicht - 6:52
II Hastig (Innere Stimme) - 5:22
III Einfach und zart/Intermezzo - 4:39
IV Innig - 2:39
V Sehr lebhaft - 2:23 [ok this one I was deliberately playing slower because it's hard]
VI Mit einigem Pomp - 1:41
VII Zum Schluß - 7:42

[Whereas the timings from Radu Lupu, ordinarily considered a reference recording: 5:25, 4:04, 4:30, 2:41, 1:41, 1:36, 5:59]

If I ever end up learning this piece I suspect I'll have to speed up movements 1 and 7 in particular to prevent listeners from becoming bored to tears :P

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