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Offline Air

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Re: What are you playing?
« Reply #180 on: September 29, 2009, 07:26:57 PM »
Chopin: First Ballade
Schumann: Klavierkonzert Op. 54
Bach: P&F 20 WTC I
Shostakovich: P&F No. 16

Still pondering WHICH Beethoven, Mozart, or Haydn sonata.  ;)
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Re: What are you playing?
« Reply #181 on: September 30, 2009, 01:05:15 AM »
Is this preparation for a performance?  It sound like a tough lineup! 

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Re: What are you playing?
« Reply #182 on: September 30, 2009, 02:13:33 PM »
Is this preparation for a performance?  It sound like a tough lineup! 

No, I'm just building up a repertoire.  I'd get exhausted if I had to play the whole thing.  :)
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Re: What are you playing?
« Reply #183 on: September 30, 2009, 04:59:04 PM »
Fair enough.  And have you decided which Beethoven, Mozart, or Haydn sonata?

secondwind

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Re: What are you playing?
« Reply #184 on: October 04, 2009, 06:01:50 PM »
Do have fun!
Well, I had some fun.  About as much fun as I can have playing imperfectly with a wretched cold.  But thanks to your excellent advice, I focused as much as possible on the fun parts--those few moments when the sound was exactly what I wanted it to be!  The composer claimed to be pleased with our rendition of his piece (whew!), and many people in the audience, including of course my fellow chamber music classmates and comrades in arms (I think we've established that clarinets at least can be lethal weapons) had kind things to say.  And I enjoyed listening to the other pieces on the program (even while recognizing their various imperfections).  I remain convinced, however, that it would be more fun to play better, so I will return to practice directly.   ;D

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Re: What are you playing?
« Reply #185 on: October 04, 2009, 07:31:06 PM »
Splendid!

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« Reply #186 on: October 30, 2009, 08:32:09 PM »
Just returned from the local composers' society concert, at which I played (for the second time) a trio for clarinet, horn and piano.  The concert was, as usual, quite a mixed bag of styles, ensembles, instruments, voices, and just about everything else.  I am encouraged that there are people writing music, and although nothing that I heard tonight might qualify as great music, there was a lot of good music--there was wit, there was tenderness, there was intelligence and even some adventurousness.  Although most (probably not all) of the performers were amateurs or students, there was some fine playing as well.  All in all, an encouraging evening, and I was very happy to be part of it.  I feel privileged to be asked by a composer to play his/her music--it feels like an honor and a responsibility, kind of like taking charge of someone's first-born for a year or two. 

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Re: What are you playing?
« Reply #187 on: December 16, 2009, 01:18:18 PM »
Brahms: Drei Intermezzi op. 117
Alkan: Scerzo Diabolico and another etude
Scriabin: 2 dances op. 74
Prokofiev: Sonata no. 3

am considering to play Alkans Grande Sonata soon maybe.

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Re: What are you playing?
« Reply #188 on: December 22, 2009, 08:45:38 AM »
Brahms: Drei Intermezzi op. 117
Alkan: Scerzo Diabolico and another etude
Scriabin: 2 dances op. 74
Prokofiev: Sonata no. 3

am considering to play Alkans Grande Sonata soon maybe.

just got the permission today from my teacher to play Alkans Sonata!  8)

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Re: What are you playing?
« Reply #189 on: December 22, 2009, 12:41:14 PM »
Wonderful!  I like Alkan.  The lineup sounds pretty ambitious!

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Re: What are you playing?
« Reply #190 on: December 22, 2009, 12:47:44 PM »
I'm getting out my basset horn tonight to play Mendelssohn's first concertpiece for clarinet, basset horn, and piano in a community concert.  I could use a couple more years to practice the part  :-[, but I'll play as many of the notes as I can and try to have fun with it. 

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Re: What are you playing?
« Reply #191 on: December 22, 2009, 01:34:55 PM »
Do! As much fun as the traffic allows!

secondwind

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« Reply #192 on: January 20, 2010, 09:23:07 PM »
Now working on the second concertpiece for clarinet, basset horn, and piano (Mendelssohn).  The basset horn is really getting a workout these days!  I may actually learning how to play the thing!   ;D We had a good coaching session today with the teacher of the pianist--amazing how much difference a good coach can make in a short time!  Now, if we can just retain what we learned today and add to it. . .   Next week we'll have a coaching session with the teacher of the clarinetist--one of the grand old men of the local clarinet world.  Maybe he can help me find somewhere to breath in the slow movement. . . or teach me circular breathing . . .?  It would come in handy from time to time. 

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Re: What are you playing?
« Reply #193 on: May 18, 2010, 04:36:26 PM »
During this semester, I haven't been playing much, due to student teaching and not having a direction to go in, but now that it's over, I would like to try to work on Koussevitsky's "Valse Miniature", the other movements to Weinberg's "Sonata for Double Bass"  (I did movements 3 and 4 from it already on my recital ((Which I am considering putting on youtube)), and Serge Lancen's "Concerto for bass".

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Re: What are you playing?
« Reply #194 on: June 03, 2010, 04:22:02 AM »
Beethoven sonata op.57, Chopin Nocturne op.62/1 and Rachmaninoff ET op.39/8. Lots of work ahead yet... 

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Re: What are you playing?
« Reply #195 on: June 11, 2010, 08:52:29 AM »
Right now I'm playing Mendelssohn's Spinning Song.

Offline mikkeljs

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Re: What are you playing?
« Reply #196 on: June 12, 2010, 12:52:59 PM »
absolutely nothing!  :'(

greg

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« Reply #197 on: June 12, 2010, 01:15:20 PM »
Go outside and play a video game, you young whippersnappers.

I'm not playing anything, either. Not really interested in performing other peoples' music, anyways (unless I know them). ;D

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Re: What are you playing?
« Reply #198 on: June 13, 2010, 05:52:58 AM »
Go outside and play a video game, you young whippersnappers.

I'm not playing anything, either. Not really interested in performing other peoples' music, anyways (unless I know them). ;D

But somehow I had ambitions before, at least for performing my own stuff or maybe a Sorabji work someday. But not anymore. I just had my bachelor exam last week, and I got a lower mark than when I got in 3½ years ago. 3½ years hard work for nothing! I was even satisfying with my performance, which is quite rare, and I had looked so much forward to this exam. The reason for the low mark was that I concentrated only on my bad site such as romantic melodic repertoir like Chopin and Brahms. But since I spent all the time working on that, I would expect to have a higher mark. I can´t relate to that mark logically or when I compare with others.  Therefore I have stopped playing completely for now. Only if someone will help me radically (and I already had the best teacher in DK for 3 years), I will play again. My whole picture is turned upside down, so has been just drinking (and composing) for a week. Will probably not practice for a couple of months at least.

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Re: What are you playing?
« Reply #199 on: June 14, 2010, 03:47:34 AM »
Although I don't think one little exam can judge how you are as a pianist... (probably not a good idea to take it too seriously)
But yeah, just take your time and start playing again when you feel like it.  8)