Goal for this week
- Further develop expressive ideas in nocturne
- Experiment with Prelude in E minor
- If have time, prepare one of List A or B
Long term goal
- Grade 8 mid-2021
Notes 22 Oct
- rubato tweaks
- Bigger slow down
- quicker rebound, like a rubber band
- this section should reference speed with semiquavers triplets
- ease into smorzando earlier and larger
- Good to plan out rubato points ahead of time
- Middle section, keep working on it technically
- 2nd slow section, what are the differences? Greater features? greater contrast?
- even within a very simple framework, there’s so many opportunities. There are also fairly big differences even between professionals.
- this piece is an excellent example of how to explore rubato and phrasing, so you can play around with it this week.
List D: Gershwin
Notes 15 Oct
- poco cresc e riten big momentum shift, get much slower here. Especially on dolciss, treat this delicately. Add
- treat triplets carefully and spread out
- be intentional with rubato, commit to it 100%.
- Make sure allignment is here is correct
- smorzando less phrasing towards the end. slow down more here as well.
- don’t get stuck with rubato. Compare the two ‘growls’ one is bigger than than the other
- bring focus to RH, start small on the crescendo
- keep inner section of ff line loud, bit of rubato before next line
- last line 2nd page, do lots of cresc and dim
- strong/horror difference
- amplify ballade ideas. The stronger your ideas the better.
- spread out 7 tuplet and do tie
- connect speeds
- link up triplet speed
Notes 8 Oct
- don’t take extra time on the louder bits. Keep it rhythmically rigid.
- do arpeggios. Make sure it is legato
- Recommended minimum 2-5 minutes of technical before starting pieces. It has a payoff!
- Avoid overpedalling. Experiment with half pedal and no pedal options
- Listen to other approaches to pedal, rubato, tempo, phrasing and balance. There are many you should be sure of what you are doing.
- Balance: misty (strong RH). LH could soft could help this overall as well.
- Phrasing: strong
- Tempo: stable
- Rubato: subtle (could a bit more)
- Pedal: maybe a bit less
- Check notes here
- You are very talented so we just have to start that engine of self-evaluation. Once you start heading the right direction, then it will be very exciting to hear your final product!
- Storm and stress: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sturm_und_Drang
- forte, aim for a boomy sound than percussion hit sound
- soft dip must be big and fast. Timing of dynamics is critical
- Ab bar 13-14
- bar 15 Eb and phrasing