Since writing the above I have another repertoire choice to make: which Albinoni concerto to play in my teacher's annual double reed recital (September I hope but August if I'm unlucky...). I had hoped the double concerto that my flatmate and I tried and looked promising would do but no - it has to be solo .
Won't he let you do both? The concert last week was the first one in which I performed only solo pieces. Previously I have always pleaded for a duet with my teacher first in an attempt to settle my nerves.
So it was pretty well 90 mins of TORTURE. What ever made me think I might be able to play this beast!
I'm sure next week's will be better
No need to be nervous Katica, we will definitely get our act together in the morning. It's my job to follow you! So if we don't fit together it will be my fault not yours! It will be fine I'm sure!
What are you playing? I'm sure you'll both have a great time and I wish I could have come too.
I actually had an enjoyable lesson today but teacher has sent my mind into a bit of a spin by asking if I'd thought about upgrading my oboe to a professional model. I think it was partly prompted by her having another pupil wanting to upgrade to a semi professional who could be interested in buying my oboe, but she also said she thought I was at a level where I'd notice the difference. To be honest I hadn't really thought about it and had assumed that my S45 would last me a few years yet. Really there are other things I could spend my money on, but I did have a go at her model today.....and I could definitely tell the difference.... It is too tempting..... need to have a good hard think about it.
I think if you have the money you should go for it. The XL has made a lot of things easier and when things don't sound quite as I had imagined, I know it is me and not the instrument.
Kerioboe - Glad to hear you can hear the difference in the Vivaldi, it is always encouraging to hear improvement. Sorry I don't have any other suggestions for an alternative "non ethereal" piece, I've had a look through all my old syllabuses to see if the Dutilleux Oboe Sonata is on any of them, but it only seems to make an appearance at LRSM level.
I had found the Dutilleux on the LRSM syllabus too, which was what was worrying me. I took the Molique in today (which is *only* ATCL) and he said he thought it was a good choice... and then decided we would go into the concert room and play it with the piano I pointed out that I had played it through just once to get a feel for it and had done no work on it whatsoever but he was undeterred. I managed the first two pages reasonably well - apart from an ornament which he told me the notes for which had lots of Bs and Cs in it and my brain refused to understand that "si" was "B" and not "C" so I kept playing it back the front His concluding remark (on the two pages) was that it wasn't bad at all and that the only thing holding me back was a lack of confidence .