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!

;)