Archives for category: Chopin

The podcast is starting up again! Featuring 25/11 and 10/2, with only a little screaming.

A report on a performance of Opus 10, including a rock star moment, and a plan for Op. 25.

A report on how practicing Chopin helped me play Brahms last week; some quotes from Chopin (and one from Chuck Close); thinking through my next performance (with a request for your ideas); snippets of all 24 etudes (I’m ignoring the other three for now); an impromptu play-through, with some yelling, of 10/5; how I’m practicing 10/11 (and a couple of minutes of actual practicing).

Thanks so much to listeners who have written reviews on iTunes. Unless I get 100 reviews by December 20–and it doesn’t yet look like I will–there will be only five more episodes of this podcast. Thanks for being my practice buddy!

PIAS 75

Chopin 25/6 goes on the shelf; a weird practice week; the key to 10/6 (maybe); adding a new etude.

PIAS 54

Practicing in the holidays; hope for Chopin op. 25 no. 3; thoughts on venues and audiences; op. 25 no. 5 with holes; a plan for op. 25 no. 6; yet another edition of these etudes.

You can hear the singalong song I talk about here.

PIAS 45

 

 

Bits of a dozen etudes; some ruminating on art vs. craft, Apollo vs. Dionysus, and emoting vs. actually getting anything done. Plus an unapologetically (well, mostly unapologetic) cheezy improv.

PIAS 38

PIAS 21

Slowly getting better; a plan to get back on track; the first bar or few of 10/1, 10/2, 10/4, 10/5, 10/6, 10/8, 10/12; some small improvements; note-changing exercises; working on a supported thumb (see teeny video).

PIAS 18

10/1, some improv, and the start of 10/2; 10/8, 10/9 and 10/12 with some yelling; getting closer with 10/10 and 10/11.

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