Repertoire Challenge: October, November, December Update

 

Classical Christmas Music | Lacie Bowman Music

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!

;)