I’m going to promote my own concert, because I can: tonight, at 7:30 PM US Central time (that’s 2 1/2 hours from the time of this posting), the University of North Texas Symphonic Band is doing a concert. I’m one of the horn players. If you are free and want to hear some good music, here’s the live stream link:
Arthur Rubenstein Chopin Fantasie Impromptu
Days until Music College: 29
Over the past two months, roughly, I have had to quite literally relearn the piano. The way I approach the score, the way I approach practice and the way I approach music in general. In my final piano lesson with my teacher of ten years she said to me “You’re going to have to learn pieces much faster than this.” The only issue being that in the time I have been with her we have never formally discussed the process of practising. I am unsure as to the reasons why, I could speculate many but it would not be in my best interest.
Over the past two months I have taught myself how to learn pieces much quicker and done so with, probably not the best choice, a rather challenging Sonata, I had learnt the first movement using my poor “technique” if one could even call it that so I decided to just focus on the third movement, and also a challenging two piano piece which is deceptively hard! Although my progress with the pieces is not as far as sticking to easier repertoire I feel I have learnt considerably more than I could have from my other options.
Not only have these months been beneficial to my playing it has also opened my eyes to my capabilities. Before I doubted everything from memorising to technique and now I feel even stronger that studying at a Conservatoire is the place for me and that I am capable of much more. Discovering what I have in these few short months makes me wonder what I might achieve with the guidance of such distinguished pianists who will be tutoring me.
I went to the conservatoire today to practise for a little. It was so nice to sit in a practice room behind a Steinway and casually talk to a 2nd year, also behind a Steinway, about music and not feel threatened like I did in my audition!
What do you do when a butterfly lands on your head during the world’s top competition for your instrument?
" Piano Quintet In A Major, Op. 114, D.667, " Trout " - III. Scherzo : Presto " By Composer Franz Peter Schubert, Performed By The Caspar Da Salo Quintet