Sounds interesing, I will definitely have a look, teacher has suggested I pick up the Hindemith Sonata too. I'll also be picking up some reed making things and rummaging through any sale items.
My teacher turned up with a copy of the Hindemith Sonata to my lesson this afternoon but then decided that as I hadn't given up on the Strauss in despair, that we'll stick with the Strauss for the time being and leave Hindemith for later. As he cheerfully told me, the Strauss reveals all the glaring holes in my technique that I am able to get away with in other pieces
He did suggest some places to breathe and then drew a tombstone at the end of the first page as a symbol of how you feel when you've got that far This week's challenge is to practise taking really quick breaths while at the same time slowing down the music slightly before each breath so that musically the breath becomes part of the phrase. As he pointed out, the audience is not supposed to realise that this is technically difficult
Uncharacteristically (since we usually spend a whole lesson on just a few lines) after the first page, he skipped to the cadenza. Breathing is not a problem in this but it is supposed to be LOUD. By the end of the lesson I was starting to think that playing without breathing was probably easier than playing as loudly as he wanted .
Roseau. Being able to play through the Strauss at all will be a considerable achievement!
Do you have any practice tips to speed up breathing? That's yet another thing which is requiring some pretty urgent practice attention for me.