What are you guys looking forward to working on this year?
This year, I'm going to most likely have a Chopin recital, which is cool since we're all big Chopin nerds. Fanatics! So, I will be polishing up a lot of the old small scale works by him.
And since I've been neglecting the etudes, I guess I shall be forced to learn some more. eggh, the thought of having to bring my technique to somewhere semi-virtuosic is sickening. lol I'm still having trouble with some of Mozart's left hand passages!
So, I was thinking of these possibilities for what I have to prepare in my Chopin repertoire:
Op. 37 no.1
Op. 48 no.1
Scherzo no. 2 or 3
Random Polonaises and Mazurkas (lol probably my teacher will decide, but mazurkas will probably be OPUS 24)
Prelude Op.28 no.24
I'm also going to be trying to add some more Liszt pieces
I know I'm avoiding him, but it just seems like I don't know much about his music to choose any of his pieces, and when I find a piece, I don't feel like printing it out, because most of his works on the sma are so condensed that it would take out half my printer's ink.
And for long-scale works,
I'm thinking of tackling some chamber music. Any recommendations? After I have a yard sale this summer, I might earn enough to buy some new music, instead of being leant it by my teacher. I'm currently begining to start the Toot Suite by Claude Bolling for Trumpet and Jazz Piano.
This is okay until the words "Jazz Improvize." My immediate response is "no" I will not stumble about the keyboard poking at random keys and trying to accompany them with chords that take me 15 seconds each to process and another moment to figure out how I should play it.
Anyway, for Piano Sonatas, I'm doing the Schubert Sonata in D major Op.53
, Mozart Sonata in C Minor K. 457
, Beethoven's Sonata in G Major Op. 31 no.1
, and maybe starting Brahms Sonata in F Minor Op.5
and Schumann's Sonata in G Minor Op. 22
. The Schumann is tiring! lol, How I wish it wasn't marked "Presto il possible". While most recordings for the first movement are in the 5.5 minute range, my weird first attempt was somewhere in the teens of minutes. haha, of course, I did play the repeat. Though exhausting, it's certainly a blast to play. All this practicing of voicing, shaping, and phrasing in the Symphonic Etudes are really paying off. Now I know the point the composer is trying to make when they put a big fat "Sf" under a note.
lol (Phrase crossing over to a new voice.)
And also, my teacher wishes that I play a lot more Brahms. Brahms. Brahms. Oh well, and I might do a few local competitions and such. Not that I would even place. People are very critical of my playing lol. Once this Russian guy told me I couldn't project my playing. And some chinese orchestra conductor from Boston said that my wrist was too high. Those are fixed, but now I'm kind of cautious about playing for other musicians for who are judging me. In Example, at an audition, I was playing my Bach Prelude and Fugue for two pianists and I lost my place and completely froze. It was quite quite embarassing.
And since then, I've had a huge amount of trouble with memorizing and nervousness because I will forget what I am playing. lol, My memory used to be so good, but that audition just gave me the creeps about my playing. You should have seen me at my solo recital- I ended up using my music for half the program! Not very Liszt-Recital-ish. I am ashamed.