After trying to get out of playing the Bach partita and having my laziness denied by my teacher twice, I have decided it is time to conquer
The notes to the Sinfonia, Allemande, and Capriccio are there now, and the music is on its way... hoping to pick up the Rondeau over the next week so I will be almost 90% done with the partita (at least by the edition I am using
). I've had the notes to the Chopin Barcarolle down since last week, so for now that will take a back seat, but I am working a bit on the Valse op. 42 because I want to expand my Chopin repertoire and it's not at all similar to the Barcarolle, though as delightful in its own way
QUOTE(jod @ Jul 12 2011, 01:19 PM)
Well it looks like I'm going to be learning these things for a while longer especially the Grade 8 pieces. Actually if I keep all 5 going and the scales they'll all benefit from one another. I'll also add rest of Pathetique Sonata to keep interest level up and focussed.
Need to to a huge Self-esteem boost at Piano now.
Sorry to hear that, jod... but hopefully you'll have better luck next time around
Before your retake, have you considered performing/playing for other musicians in order to get some advice? I don't know if you have already done this, but since you haven't mentioned it I thought I would bring it up. It might be easier to make improvements with the help of objective and educated listener(s), and could also serve as performance experience if you aren't used to performing as a pianist. It would also be useful to try practicing/performing on as many different pianos as you can access so that the quality of the instrument doesn't throw you off so much.
QUOTE(1993allende @ Jul 12 2011, 04:59 PM)
Chopin op. 40 no.2 polonaise in c minor. Not gonna lie, it's going to take a portion... No all of my cunning to bring out all the colour, cantabile voices etc
Rethinking my approach to Beethoven op.90 after youtubing some Barenboim masterclasses. He is an extraordinarily intellegent musician.
Ooh, that's an interesting polonaise... very different from and unfortunately overshadowed by op. 40 no. 1. And op. 90 is one of Beethoven's stranger sonatas... it's beautiful, but I don't really know how to make sense of it. My teacher and I decided it wasn't worth learning because I have smallish hands and it would take forever to get the obnoxiously wide alberti bass in place ;P But Barenboim is quite illuminating... he might not be the world's best pianist, but he is quite the musician!