practice journal 7
What a day...
Thursday- one of my favorite days, usually because Friday is my "Saturday" for most of you... Tonight, I had a concert to play in with the youngsters. This concert was put on by the directors that told me thank you yesterday after playing for the performances. Again- always nice to be told that you don't go unnoticed.
I hate bowing in performances that aren't solo performances of mine. If the piece sounds like it deserves a bow, then I will take one. If the piece is applauded by obvious obligation, I nod on a small, simple acknowledgement scale. Sometimes, I nod, or do the namaste hands or whatever. When I do my solo performances, I do want to be noticed, and do the full head to your waist sort of low-dip bow.
Speaking of tricks, buy up that penicillin before some disgusting dweeb like Martin Shkreli get's ahold of it and charges too much. Actually tonight's trick in question is that ol' Rachmaninoff. Let's be bougie tonight and spell as Rachmaninov.
The piece in question tonight is as usual per lately, the transcription of Kreisler's Liebeslied. Well... I have been "learning" and marinating with this piece for years and years, and YEARS! Recently re-visiting Liebeslied, I am re-working, re-learning everything. This number is a beast. Firstly, it is deceptive to the eye. Looking like a simple waltz, at first glance, then the second glance reveals more. Then the third look, even more, and so on and so forth ad-nauseam. It's just a tough piece. The cadenza while visually a mess, is not nearly as tedious as the inner movements and details of the rest of the piece.
Rachmaninov/Kreisler or Kreisler/Rachmaninov: Liebeslied
Chopin: Etudes Op. 10, 1 & 2
Moment Musicaux: 4 &6
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