My Music Goals for 2016

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Lacie Bowman Music 2016.

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new numbers, a new year, and new priorities

Aren’t goals fun? Last year I challenged myself to some very specific music goals and learned just how helpful it is to write goals down. Without a comprehensive list to look at throughout the year, I know I would’ve ended up loosing track of something.

So, I’m doing it again. :)

Last year’s goals went well, but as a mommy of a 20 month-old and an 8-month-old now, my  2 0 1 6  list is going to look a bit different. //cheeese// This year I’m going for a smaller number of deeper goals… like getting a good grip on Music History (middle ages to impressionism), creating a number of music products, and writing several vocal and instrumental arrangements in a variety of music genres.

Here’s what this year’s list looks like:
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// Give Two Concerts – the first in June, the second in December.
// Write 8 new arrangements for violin, piano, voice or string ensemble.
// Add 5 new products to my store (that means more secret projects… yip, yip! ;)
// Learn or re-learn 1 new piece / month on violin or piano – 12 total.
// Maintain select pieces from my 2014 & 2015 Repertoire Challenges.
// Maintain all natural minor scales, arpeggios, inversions, and cadences on piano.
// Perform vocally at Remembering WWII. (September 24th… Join us!)
// Add 5 new vocal pieces to my 1940s wartime repertoire.
// Memorize lyrics from 12 hymns.
// Study Music History in greater depth (composers, periods, instrumental development).
// Add 12 new resources to my music library.

 

What are some of your goals for 2016?

Happy New Year, friends – have fun & work hard! <3

Lacie

My 2015 Music Goals: Mid-Year Update

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Happy July, everyone!

I can’t believe half the year is already gone. Wow. Back in January I wrote out my music-related goals for this year, and here’s the mid-year update on how they are going so far!

Personal Goals

// Maintain all pieces from my 2014 Repertoire Challenge.
Last Summer I challenged myself to learn 24 pieces on the piano in 24 weeks. I learned 112 pages of music in that time, and it was a quite a challenge indeed. But even harder was maintaining them all at the same time. This year my goal is to get them all back to performance level and then keep them for all of forever. Currently, I can sit down at anytime and play 12 of the 24:

Bach Fugue No. 2 in c minor
Bach Prelude No. 6 in d minor
Brahms Waltz in A-flat, Op. 59, No. 15
Chopin Waltz Op. 69, No. 2
Clementi Sonata in D Major, Op. 4, No. 1, Mvt. 1
Debussy Arabesque 1
Debussy Clair de Lune
Dvorak Humoresque, Op. 102, No. 7
Granados May Song, Op. 1, No. 3
Greig Arietta, Op. 12, No. 1
Mozart Sonata K. 331, Mvt. 3, “Alla Turca”
Pieczonka Tarantella in a minor

// Learn or re-learn 1 new piece / month on violin & piano – 24 total.
One might say I spent the first half of the year focusing on violin repertoire. I’ve already learned 2 more than the original 12 I challenged myself to do on violin this year, but only 3 of 12 on the piano. That means I’ve got 9 piano pieces to learn between now and the new year. Here’s what I’ve got so far:

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Bach Concerto for Two Violins, Mvt. 1
Vivaldi Concerto in a minor, Mvt. 1
Vivaldi Concerto in a minor, Mvt. 2
Vivaldi Concerto in a minor, Mvt. 3
Pachelbel Canon in D
Massenet Meditation from Thais
Monti Czardas
Williams Theme from Schindler’s List
Saint-Saens The Swan
Bach Air on G String
Purcell Hornpipe
Lovland Hymn to Hope
Vangelis Hymne
Handel Arrival of the Queen of Sheba

PIANO: 3 of 12
Bach Italian Concerto, Mvt. 3
Chopin Prelude in c minor
Smith The Giving

// Relearn all Major and minor (natural, harmonic, & melodic) scales, arpeggios, inversions  (I, IV, V, MmVII), and cadences on piano. 
One might also say I have NOT focused on scales. As in, not at all. So these next six months should prove to be fun… 48 scales and 24 arpeggios, inversions, and cadences, here we come!

// Memorize lyrics from 12 hymns.
I’ve memorized 6 of 12: The Church’s One Foundation, God of the Ages, Be Still My Soul, Before the Throne of God Above, Not What My Hands Have Done, & Praise My Soul the King of Heaven

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// Have a Solo Violin & Piano Recital.
DONE! We had our recital – An Evening of Classics & Hymns – on March 10th, and boy, we had a blast. (See the photos here.). We have a second one – A Classical Christmas – planned for December 1st, so mark your calendars!

Remembering WWII // Lacie Bowman Music// Coordinate Music for Remembering WWII.
Currently doing prep-work for the event, working with the event coordinators and performers, and starting a preliminary schedule! We’ll be having a fabulous USO-style show on Friday night (25th), plus a bunch of lovely music sprinkled throughout the whole day on Saturday (26th). It’s less than 3 months away… Hope you’ll join us!
[More info here: www.RememberingWWII.com]

// Perform (vocal) for Remembering WWII.
Picking and arranging some of my favorite wartime songs… This year I’ve got Vera Lynn, Bing Crosby, and Irving Berlin in the mix!


// Write 8 new arrangements for violin, piano, and/or string ensembles.

COMPLETED
The Church’s One Foundation (Violin & Piano)
Day by Day (String Ensemble – 3 Violins, Cello, Piano)

CURRENT
Agnus Dei (String Ensemble)

NEXT UP
Sleigh Ride (String Ensemble)
Still, Still, Still (String Ensemble)

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// Read 5 books on music.

COMPLETED:
Raising Musical Kids (Kavanaugh)
CURRENTLY READING:
A History of Western Music (Grout)


// Complete an exciting secret project I’ve been working on this last year.
DONE!!! In March I published my first book of hymn arrangements for violin and piano, God of the Ages! I am SO excited about it.

SEE A PREVIEW of the book here and ORDER YOUR COPY here!

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Studio Goals

// Expand my music studio.
Enjoying summer lessons, choosing new student repertoire, and making plans for new students in the fall.

// Expand my repertoire library and teaching materials – purchase at least 12 new music books for myself and/or my students.

PURCHASED 3 of 12:
Bach Notebook for Anna Magdalena (Henle edition)
Chopin Complete Preludes (Paderewski Edition)
Bastien Piano Literature, Volume 4

// Organize & systematize my music area.
Organizing, check. Systematizing, next up.

// Have my 1890s piano reconditioned.
We’re gettin there.

Blog & Social Media Goals

// Expand The Music Blog & add some exciting new features & pages.
In March I launched my new website, www.LacieBowmanMusic.com {how’s that for expanding? lol!}, which came with several new pages and features including a STUDIO page, a PHOTO gallery, and a STORE! Go check it out!

{P.S. Soon The Music Blog will be moved to that new address as well, so be looking out for that!}

// Hit 100 blog posts.
Up to 56… 44 to go. mm

// Do 4 giveaways this year!
January’s giveaway had 239 entries & 3 winners. It was loads of fun. MY NEXT GIVEAWAY IS THIS MONTH. I can’t tell you what it is yet… so stay tuned!

// Create 12 new FREE downloads for my free downloads page.
None yet… But I’ll be giving away a ton of new ones (theory sheets, activity sheets, and even a piece or two) next month in honor of summer ending!

// Become active on Google+.
Check! ADD ME HERE.

// Create a Youtube channel and post 12 videos by the end of year.
I started a channel, but I wouldn’t call it active… yet. One video posted so far with a few more in the works. I will be getting a few teaching tutorials up in the next couple months, so check my channel again soon! (or SUBSCRIBE HERE)

 

Dream Goal:

// Learn Cello.
Sigh. Not yet, my friends… not yet. But IT WILL HAPPEN.

 

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What music-related activities have you been enjoying this year?

 

 

Wedding Season is Here!

Lacie Bowman Music Weddings

 

…which means happy time! I love weddings. Adding a new stack of music to my wedding repertoire this year:

Hymn to Hope by Rolf Loveland
The Swan by Camille Saint-Saens
Hornpipe by Henry Purcell
Air on G String by Bach
Arrival of the Queen of Sheba by Handel


Seriously some of the most gorgeous music ever written. {Also, these five pieces count towards my 2015 Music Goal of learning 12 pieces on the violin this year!}

Can’t wait to play for Ben & Lauren’s wedding this weekend! <3

My Music Goals for 2015


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Happy New Year, friends!

The numbers  2 0 1 5  come with a fresh start, and if you’re like me, you’re focusing in on some new music goals for this new year. I’ve been having a great time these past few weeks looking ahead and jotting down my musical priorities for the year.

Here are the musical things I’m shooting to accomplish this year:

Personal Goals

// Maintain all pieces from my 2014 Repertoire Challenge.
// Learn or re-learn 1 new piece / month on violin & piano – 24 total.
// Relearn all Major and minor (natural, harmonic, & melodic) scales, arpeggios, inversions  (I, IV, V, MmVII), and cadences on piano.
// Memorize lyrics from 12 hymns.
// Coordinate Wartime Music for Remembering WWII. (Sept.)
// Perform (vocal) for Remembering WWII. (Sept.)
// Have Solo Violin & Piano Recital
// Read 5 of these books:

A History of Western Music (Grout)
The Treasures of Mozart (Irving)
Raising Musical Kids (Kavanaugh)
Piano Playing (Hofman)
Singing & Making Music (Jones)
The Perfect Wrong Note (Westney)
The Independent Piano Teacher’s Studio Handbook (Klingenstein)

// Write 8 new arrangements for violin, piano, and/or string ensembles.
// Complete an exciting project I’ve been working on this last year.  (Shhh, can’t tell you what it is yet…  It’s a secret. ;)

 

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Studio Goals

// Expand my music studio.
// Expand my repertoire library and teaching materials – purchase at least 12 new music books for myself and/or my students.
// Organize & systematize my music area.
// Have my 1890s piano reconditioned.

 

Blog & Social Media Goals

// Expand The Music Blog & add some exciting new features & pages. (More on that soon!)
// Hit 100 blog posts. (59 to go…)
// Do 4 giveaways this year!
// Create 12 new FREE downloads for my free downloads page.
// Become more active more on Google+.
// Create a Youtube channel and post 12 videos by end of year – an assortment of studio and personal performances, teaching & technique tutorials, etc.

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And, finally… Planning for the New Year wouldn’t be anything with out a dream goal, right?  Of course, not. ;) So here goes…

// LEARN CELLO.  <3

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I’ll keep you updated on my progress throughout the year…  In the meantime, I better go do something.  :D

What are some of your music goals for 2015?

Have fun & work hard, my friends!  <3

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Repertoire Challenge 2014: Finis!

 

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It happened. The last day of 2014 has arrived, as well as the last day of my Repertoire Challenge. And I’ve finished the last piece.  IT IS DONE!

I’ve learned 24 pieces of music in the last 24 weeks… 112 pages, to be precise.  I’ve spent a lot of hours with Bach, Scarlatti, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy, and many other wonderful composers…  and I loved it.

Here’s what the final 24 looked like:

LEARNED || 12

Scarlatti Sonata K. 141 (12/22) 
Bach Fugue No. 2 in c minor (11/23)
Clementi Sonata in D Major, Op. 4, No. 1, Mvt. 1 (12/27)
Beethoven Fur Elise (8/30)
Brahms Waltz in Ab, Op. 59, No.15 (7/25)
Chopin Nocturne Op. 9, No. 2 in Eb (12/31)
Chopin Waltz Op. 69, No. 2 (12/30)
Greig Arietta, Op. 12, No. 1 (12/13)
Dvorak Humoresque, Op. 102, No.7 (11/25)
Granados May Song, Op. 1, No. 3 (12/14)
Debussy Arabesque 1 (9/10)
Debussy Clair de Lune (7/29)

RE-LEARNED || 12

Bach Italian Concerto, Mvt. 1 (10/3)
Bach Prelude No. 6 in d minor (12/19)
Mozart Fantasy in d minor, K. 397 (8/27)
Mozart Sonata K. 310, Mvt. 1 (12/31)
Mozart Sonata K. 331, Mvt. 3, “Alla Turca” (7/30)
Beethoven Sonata Op. 13 “Pathetique”, Mvt. 1 (12/20)
Beethoven Sonata Op. 13 “Pathetique”, Mvt. 2 (11/15)
Beethoven Sonata Op. 27, No. 2 “Moonlight”, Mvt. 1 (8/18)
Chopin Nocturne in c# minor (8/25)
Greig Wedding Day at Troldhaugen (12/27)
Pieczonka Tarantella in a minor (9/3)
Joplin Maple Leaf Rag (9/24)
My goal for this “challenge” wasn’t mainly to see if I could learn 24 pieces in 24 weeks with a newborn. It was to get rid of the “I don’t really have any pieces finished right now…” syndrome when I sat down at the piano. And you know what? It’s gone. It has been SO MUCH FUN to sit down and just play so many of my favorite pieces one after the other.
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Now my bigger goal is to keep these pieces the rest of my life and add to them every year. If I can do that, I should be able to have all of Bach’s preludes & fugues, all of Beethoven’s sonatas, AND all of Chopin’s nocturnes by the time I’m 50, right?
Oh well, we’ll see. :D
I will now go celebrate with some hot chocolate and, um… well, cold chocolate.  :)
Have a Blessed New Year my friends! Persevere!
<3

Repertoire Challenge: October, November, December Update

 

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Yoohoo, I’m back! Where have I been, you ask… Gooooood question. It’s been such a flurry around here that even I don’t know where I went. Nevertheless, while I was wherever I was I missed 2 months of repertoire challenge updates. Mainly because I didn’t have any updates. At least not repertoire challenge ones.  Here’s what happened.

All of OCTOBER I was down with morning sickness… because I’m expecting again! And it’s a GIRL!!! My two little munchkins are going to be 12 months apart, so…… I think that means we’re officially going to be a circus family.  :D  More on that next year.

BTW, morning sickness totally forgot that it was just supposed to be in the morning.

At the beginning of NOVEMBER my grandfather passed away, and we made an emergency trip out-of-state for his funeral. After that, my grandmother came to live with us for two weeks. THAT was so wonderful. Then, November was over and DECEMBER was here.

And I stared at my repertoire list. And I saw that I had 10 pieces to finish and only 4 weeks to finish them in. And I’ll be out of state again Christmas week. So really, 3 weeks.

 

HERE’S WHERE IT STANDS:

I have 8 learned, 8 re-learned, and 8 to go. And 14 days. Including today. And my Christmas vacation days.

So. Shall we bring on the hot chocolate and see what happens? I guess I have no choice! :D

(Actually, make that a bucket of lemon water, cause i’m still kinda nauseated these days. ;)

Here’s a brief update on what I’ve done since the last update in September:

 

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learned ||  Bach Fugue, No. 2 in c minor

Because how could I NOT learn this one?

learned || Greig Arietta, Op. 12, No. 1

So elegant. So dreamy. I’ve played two pieces by Greig: The Wedding Day at Troldhaugen and this one.  And I might just like this one best of all.  :)

learned || Dvorak Humoresque, Op. 102, No.7

I learned this one on the violin when I was twelve, and it was squeaky, redundant, and, quite frankly, annoying.  On the piano it’s totally different – blooming with rich chords and so beautifully expressive!  The only thing the same is the melody.  :D

learned || Granados May Song, Op. 1, No. 3

The May Song is a lovely little wedding piece for the piano.  I first heard it when I was 11, and my sweet Mother has wanted me to learn it ever since.  I’ve taught it to students, but I’ve just now sat down and smoothed out all of the wrinkles.  And I love it.

re-learned || Beethoven Sonata Op. 13 “Pathetique”, Mvt. 2 

I learned and performed the complete Pathetique Sonata back in 2007, and this movement is still one of my all-time favorites.  Three layers of beautiful voices with breathtaking chords and gloriously subtle phrasing…  Beethoven was a genius.

 

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I’ll give one last update on the final state of the nations at the end of this month, so…  stay tuned! (Read my original repertoire challenge.)

Toodles!  ;)

Repertoire Challenge: September Update

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Month Two of my Repertoire Challenge is done!  Whew.  It was a GREAT month, though definitely harder than last.

I organized the music for an amazing history event last weekend called Remembering WWII.   My sister & I also performed some wartime songs – I sang, and she played piano – and I was busy all month writing those arrangements.  We had people attend from all over Tennessee & several other states, as well as twelve WWII veterans! It was an incredible weekend, and I wouldn’t have missed it for anything.
Also, Baby stopped liking to sit on my lap during practice…  which means my piano time is now limited to, like, 15 minutes a day.
Those two factors made this month’s Repertoire Challenge… well… challenging.  ;)  It would have been easy if I could have just substituted writing the arrangements for learning the new repertoire, but that would have defeated the whole point of the Repertoire Challenge – to learn the repertoire on top of everything else.  No subs.
So… that’s why I could often be found at the piano wondering if I should spend my 15 minutes arranging “It Hurts to Say Goodbye” or practicing Bach’s Italian Concerto.  :D
In the end, I got it all done, but just by a hair.
Here are the pieces I worked on this month.

 

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learned ||  Debussy Arabesque, No. 1

It’s a classic, and I LOVE it.  I never cared much for Debussy before this year, but I am really beginning to admire the harmonic color in his simpler pieces.  The dissonance is not as bold as in his advanced pieces (etudes, preludes, etc.), and the melodies are really quite enchanting.  He is a master of nuance.  I’m a new fan.  :)

relearned || Pieczonka Tarantella

I learned this when I was 12, and it’s been one of my favorites ever since.  It’s quick, feisty, and in minor (WIN!).  I’ve had a few students learn and perform this one, so between myself and them, I’ve heard it for hundreds of hours on end.  Still, I never get tired of it. And, boy, is it fun to play.

relearned || Joplin Maple Leaf Rag

I had planned to learn Glinka’s L’Alouette, but baby decided he didn’t want that one. I often play for him to fall asleep, and he used to drift off to soothing melodies like Clair de Lune and Chopin Noctunes. Not any more. His current lullaby of choice? The Maple Leaf Rag. He falls asleep to it almost every time. Crazy? Yep. But there’s that.  :)

relearned || Bach Italian Concerto, Mvt. 1

I learned this movement of the Italian Concerto back in 2006 before I loved Bach.  It’s been my faithful friend at many piano competitions, local to national, over the years (along with the 3rd movement, which I learned in 2007), and now that I’m a Bach insane-iac, it does my heart good just to play it.  <3

 

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So here’s the new rep for this month:

TO LEARN:
Dvorak, Humoresque, Op. 101, No. 7
Glinka, L’Alouette

TO RE-LEARN:
Bach, Prelude & Fugue No. 2 in c minor
Mendelssohn, Scherzo Op.16, No. 2

 

Click here to read my original challenge and see my current progress.

This month is going to be waay more crazy than last month.  Can’t tell you why just yet…  But I will SOON, so stay tuned!

Toodles!

;)

Repertoire Challenge: August Update

 

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Well, Month One of my Repertoire Challenge is successfully completed!  My goal was to learn four pieces this month, and I actually got to work on five.  Yay!

It was challenging – the majority of my practice has to be hands separate with my 18-week-old on my lap.  He watches my hands move back and forth, sings along (loudly!), and even reaches out and touches the keys.  It’s SO cute.  He loves it, and I love having him right there with me developing an interest in music so young.

As much as I love it, though, it does make hands together practice scarce and very valuable.  I get an average of about 20 minutes HT a day. Very different from my previous 3-4 hours a day.

But that’s why I called it a repertoire challenge, right?  :D

So. Here is what I’ve been working on these last 4 weeks.

 

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learned || Scarlatti Sonata K. 141.  
This is by far the hardest piece for this month. I’ve intended to learn this sonata for years, and finally…  it happened! Scarlatti composed over 500 single-movement sonatas for the piano, and they are fantastic.  I love the playful interaction between hands, and the dramatic repeated notes in this one.  

But, boy, is it fast!  I’ll be speeding this one up for a while.  I’ll wait to officially cross it off my list until it’s a bit faster.  Check out Martha Angerich’s performance of it!

 

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learned || Fur Elise.
This one.  It’s not hard piece, but since it is, in many people’s minds, the whole point of being a pianist, I thought I should make sure I could play it all the away through without bumbling.  ;)

relearned || Beethoven Sonata Op. 27, No. 2, Mvt. 1.  
The Moonlight Sonata.  A mysterious, dreamy, classic work of art that every pianist should learn at some point in their life.  So I did… again!

relearned || Chopin Nocturne in c# minor, Posth. 
Chopin composed a billion and one Nocturnes, and this is one of my favorites.  What a lovely piece!  Chopin was an incredible master of melody, and his creative genius really shines in this piece.  It’s great to have it under my fingers again.

relearned || Mozart Fantasy in d minor, K. 397.
One measure you have lazy arpeggios, the next you have furious chromatic runs. It’s very whimsical, and fantasy describes it well.  I learned this one back in 2006 for a Festival honoring Mozart.  It was fun to play back then, and it still is.

 

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Me after performing Mozart’s Fantasy in d minor for the Mozart Festival. Please forgive the bad photo quality… it was 2006, after all. ;)

 

Click here to read the original challenge and see what my current progress is.

I’ll be posting some video clips on my Instagram profile in the next few days – go follow me to see the videos!

Next month I’ll be working on four new pieces, maintaining the pieces I learned this month, and continuing to speed up the Scarlatti.  It should be another busy crazy-daisy jam-packed few weeks!

Here’s what’s on the blackboard for next month:

TO LEARN:
Glinka, L’Alouette
Debussy, Arabesque No. 1

TO RELEARN:
Bach, Italian Concerto, Mvt. 1
Pieczonka, Tarantella in a minor

 

Sooooo, on to a new month!  I’m looking forward to getting started on the new rep!

 

My Summer / Fall Repertoire Challenge

 

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Alright, guys.  There’s a stack of piano repertoire I’ve been intending to knock out for a few years now and just haven’t gotten around to.  (Can anyone else relate?)

So I decided to issue a repertoire challenge for myself to take on this summer & fall. And, just so I’ll take myself seriously, I’m gonna make it official with a repertoire liszt!

I mean list.  *cough*

I’ve divided my list into two sections.

    1. Pieces to learn for the first time.
    2. Pieces I have learned in the past and need to bring back.

Many of them are easy classics – like Für Elise, the Moonlight Sonata mvt. 1, and Brahms’ Waltz in A-flat (you know, the lullaby one) – that I never got around to perfecting but really should… at least if I’m going to call myself a real classical pianist.  ;D   There are hard ones, too, like Chopin’s Fantasie-Impromptu in c# minor, Mozart’s a minor Sonata K. 310, and a couple of Chopin’s etudes.

Then there are doozies like Ravel’s Jeux d’Eau and Liszt’s La Campanella.  Oi.

 

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L’Alouette “The Lark” (Glinka)

 

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Beethoven’s Sonata Op. 13 “Pathetique”, Mvt. I

 

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Jeux d’Eau (Ravel)

Here’s the complete run-down:

 

LEARN ||

Goal: 12
Current Progress: 12/12

Scarlatti                Sonata K. 141 (12/22)
Bach                     Fugue No. 2 in c minor (11/23)
Clementi               Sonata in D Major, Op. 4, No. 1, Mvt. 1 (12/27)
Beethoven            Fur Elise (8/30)
Schubert               Impromptu Op. 90, No. 2
Brahms                 Waltz in Ab, Op. 59, No.15 (7/25)
Chopin                  Etude Op. 10, No. 2 “Revolutionary”
Chopin                  Fantasie-Impromptu
Chopin                  Nocturne Op. 9, No. 2 in Eb (12/31)
Chopin                  Waltz Op. 69, No. 1 “L’adieu”
Chopin                  Waltz Op. 69, No. 2 (12/30) 
Greig                    Arietta, Op. 12, No. 1 (12/13)
Dvorak                  Humoresque, Op. 102, No.7 (11/25)
Glinka                   L’Alouette “The Lark”
Granados             The May Song, Op. 1, No. 3 (12/14)
Debussy               Arabesque 1 (9/10)
Debussy               Clair de Lune
Debussy               Golliwog’s Cakewalk
Ravel                    Jeux d’Eau
Tauriello               Toccata

RE-LEARN ||

Goal: 12
Current Progress: 12/12

Bach                     Italian Concerto, Mvt. 1 (10/3)
Bach                     Italian Concerto, Mvt. 3
Bach                     Prelude No. 2 in c minor
Bach                     Prelude No. 6 in d minor (12/19)
Mozart                  Fantasy in d minor, K. 397 (8/27)
Mozart                  Sonata K. 310, Mvt. 1 in a minor (12/31)
Mozart                  Sonata K. 331, Mvt. 3, “Alla Turca” (7/30)
Beethoven            Sonata Op. 13 “Pathetique”, Mvt. 1 (12/20)
Beethoven            Sonata Op. 13 “Pathetique”, Mvt. 2 (11/15)
Beethoven            Sonata Op. 13 “Pathetique”, Mvt. 3
Beethoven            Sonata Op. 27, No. 2 “Moonlight”, Mvt. 1 (8/18)
Chopin                  Nocturne in c# minor (8/25)
Greig                    Wedding Day at Troldhaugen (12/27)
Liszt                      La Campanella
Pieczonka             Tarantella in a minor (9/3)
Joplin                    Magnetic Rag
Joplin                    Maple Leaf Rag (9/24)

 

My goal is to have 12 pieces from each list learned and performance-ready by Christmas.  Basically, that translates into four pieces a month between now and the end of the year.

Ambitious?  Probably.  (read: “Oh, my mad graciousness, what am I thinking?!?”)  I mean, I have an 11-week-old, people.

But it’s worth a try, right?  :D

I’ll update this post at the end of each month with my progress to keep myself accountable.

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So that’s it!  My Summer / Fall Repertoire Challenge.

I’ll be posting 15-second clips of me playing pieces off of my list over on my music instagram page every week.  Go check out my page and follow me if you haven’t already!

So tell me, what are y’all working on this summer?

 

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