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Re: What are you playing?
« Reply #280 on: June 21, 2012, 01:33:00 AM »
The Moonlight Sonata (1st and 2nd movement) is quite special for me, it is one of the first pieces I learnt playing. :)

I haven't looked at the piano score of Alborada del Gracioso yet, though thinking of the music, I can certainly imagine it is very difficult! For me, since I will have school exams soon, I haven't got enough time to learn many new compositions, so I'm continuing to practise Rach C# Minor Prelude and Chopin's Nocturne Op.32/1; plus Mahler's Urlicht from the 2nd Symphony. ;)

What a beautiful project! The Appassionata is one of my favourite Beethoven's sonatas, so enchanting, and of course, Rach's preludes are outstanding! Good luck with them if you start studying these piece! :)

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It really is very difficult, however, it is extremely fun to attempt to play! I hope to be able to play the whole piece in a few months. My exam period is also over, but I am extremely worn out with coursework, which should hopefully be over in a few weeks. Then I can concentrate completely on new works and my listening pile! :)
How are you getting along with the Rach C# Minor? Ah, wonderful! :)
One of mine too, thank you, Ilaria! Good luck to you too! :)
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Re: What are you playing?
« Reply #281 on: June 21, 2012, 02:41:44 AM »
Speaking strictly as a non-pianist, Alborada del gracioso is a blast : )
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« Reply #282 on: June 21, 2012, 04:07:53 AM »
Speaking strictly as a non-pianist, Alborada del gracioso is a blast : )

It's such a brilliant, fun piece! :D
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Re: What are you playing?
« Reply #283 on: June 21, 2012, 04:19:23 AM »
Speaking strictly as a non-pianist, Alborada del gracioso is a blast : )
It's such a brilliant, fun piece! :D

I agree, it's so enchanting and expressive! ;D
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Re: What are you playing?
« Reply #284 on: June 22, 2012, 08:20:32 PM »
I'm currently working on Rolf Riehm's "Toccata Orpheus" for solo guitar. It is a highly unusual piece full of extended techniques...one could almost call it a multimedia performance due to the choreography involved!

I'm also working on Elliott Carter's "Shard" on the side. I am enjoying it quite a bit so far.

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Re: What are you playing?
« Reply #285 on: June 30, 2012, 03:41:39 AM »
Sang these in the choir a couple of weeks ago (music written for the First Church Boston choir by Larry Thomas Bell):

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/Ohc0ahm_TpQ" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/Ohc0ahm_TpQ</a>
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Re: What are you playing?
« Reply #286 on: July 08, 2012, 01:49:54 AM »
A friend of mine asked me to take a look at his Andante for piano; the score arrived yesterday evening, can't wait to start studying the piece! ;D
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« Reply #287 on: July 10, 2012, 01:21:25 PM »
Playing the Rach C# Minor Prelude in a school music event tommorow, very excited but nervous! Hoping it will go well! :)
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« Reply #288 on: July 10, 2012, 01:29:06 PM »
Playing the Rach C# Minor Prelude in a school music event tommorow, very excited but nervous! Hoping it will go well! :)

How wonderful, good luck, Daniel! :)
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Re: What are you playing?
« Reply #289 on: July 10, 2012, 01:32:21 PM »
How wonderful, good luck, Daniel! :)

Thank you very much, Ilaria! :)
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« Reply #290 on: July 11, 2012, 01:48:25 PM »
Playing the Rach C# Minor Prelude in a school music event tommorow, very excited but nervous! Hoping it will go well! :)

That was such a great, uplifting and happy evening!!!! Had so much fun! :) :)
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Re: What are you playing?
« Reply #291 on: July 11, 2012, 02:38:26 PM »
I have to pick something for my seating auditions in late August.  I've been thinking of Bloch's Meditation Hebraique, or Schubert's Arpeggione Sonata first movement, or doing something I've already done, like a transcription of the Adagio from Shostakovich's Second Ballet Suite.  Whatever I pick, I need to pick soon.

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Re: What are you playing?
« Reply #292 on: July 11, 2012, 06:14:57 PM »
Right now, I'm trying to re-learn a 20-minute work I wrote titled Painless Objections. There's so many chords to learn again!!!! There are probably 40+ chords in this piece. Also, I don't have the same equipment I did when I wrote this 11 years ago, so the overall sound has changed. Interestingly enough, I came up with this piece a month before 9/11. The general mood is quite ominous so it's quite fascinating that this piece was written to express this kind of feeling.
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« Reply #293 on: July 19, 2012, 08:35:08 AM »
Really looking forward to playing the Brahms A Major Intermezzo (Opus 118) at the school prizegiving today! :) A bit nervous as always, but am very excited! :)
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« Reply #294 on: July 19, 2012, 12:54:04 PM »
Really looking forward to playing the Brahms A Major Intermezzo (Opus 118) at the school prizegiving today! :) A bit nervous as always, but am very excited! :)

Was such a wonderful evening - was really pleased with my performance and the audience seemed to love it! It feels so wonderful when people comes up to you after the performance and compliment it! :)
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Re: What are you playing?
« Reply #295 on: July 19, 2012, 02:30:30 PM »
Was such a wonderful evening - was really pleased with my performance and the audience seemed to love it! It feels so wonderful when people comes up to you after the performance and compliment it! :)

What a great piece. So simple sounding at first, yet so rewarding.

I gave that piece a go myself about a year ago, but my voicing in the middle sections was not nearly good enough.

Good on you for performing it.

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« Reply #296 on: July 20, 2012, 06:22:30 AM »
What a great piece. So simple sounding at first, yet so rewarding.

I gave that piece a go myself about a year ago, but my voicing in the middle sections was not nearly good enough.

Good on you for performing it.

Yes, and I agree, it's certainly a very rewarding piece to play. Thank you very much! :)
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Re: What are you playing?
« Reply #297 on: July 24, 2012, 07:48:10 AM »
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Mirage - Piano part


Very enchanting piece. :)
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Re: What are you playing?
« Reply #298 on: July 24, 2012, 07:59:16 AM »
Thank you, indeed, Ilaria!
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Re: What are you playing?
« Reply #299 on: July 24, 2012, 08:02:27 AM »
Thank you, indeed, Ilaria!

My pleasure, Karl! I'll start studying the Cello Sonatina soon as well.
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