What a week....blessed hashbrown tags.
Friday- last night, and yesterday, I gave four performances with the group from the school that I work with, then, I played for the great Reverend Mitchell Williams's retirement gala.
My sweet Mama Cartier also dropped in for the night for a visit. I had to perform at a FUNeral today. Mom had to attend one as well. After our respective shows of paying respect, we gathered and did a bit of shopping.
Tomorrow's prelude at the church house will be Debussy's "Reflets dans l'eau" from Images I, (Reflections in the Water), a luxurious semi-virtuosic showpiece, if not virtuosic. Uber colorful, pretty difficult to play well.
I practiced that a long time. Then, on to tomorrow's postlude "Le Banjo: Fantaisie Grotesque" by Louis Moreau Gottschalk. The great Louisiana Liszt of his time. I hope this piece isn't out of fashion because it is indeed a virtuoso showpiece. The Stephen Foster song reference in it may be cheesy, alas, I enjoy this piece, and believe it to be a great way to send folks onto the glorious rest of their days. Spelling of the title and Gottschalk's name may be spelled or laid out wrong, but, I don't really care. Clearly, this is understandable.
My practice also included a light reading of Rachmaninoff/Rimsky-Korsakov or vice-versa "Flight of the Bumblebee" and then the Rachmaninoff/Kreisler "Liebeslied"