Goal for this week
- Technical work + something else
Long term goal
- Build a repertoire
- explore explicit variety of textures in first page. rubato must be varied and not too much. don’t put cap on ppp
- When large chords come in, allow space for phrasing
- Focus on sideways movement in LH, to limit volume
- sfff section, prioritise bottom melody, make sure pedalling is correct
- agitato section, phrasing chromatic downwards is fine.
- phrasing must be exaggerated to be significant
- recording analysis is essential for an independent interpretation
- bounce off this Bb, not too loud
- after sf, comedic contrast to p
- if anything, preserve integrity of top phrasing line. when slurred, try best to avoid ‘staccato’ touch
- don’t neglect LH line here. RH, try to preserve held note with fingers to allow for variability in pedal
- coordinate these two notes. LH is in tandem RH, LH is not an accompaniment. Catch bottom note with pedal.
- in mf section, phrasing is key with top line. It is much more phrased than the ff section. (more influenced by fluctuations)
- When in practice mode this week, do without pedal
- fff section is diminshed chords resolving to minor chords
- always have light 3rd beat, especially when slur ends on 3rd beat. Watch pedalling for this as well.
- Equally as important
- start: trumpets
- lightly section: phrase, but back away quickly. Watch out for chromatic
- use of arm weight first page will give greater control. phrase of inner chords should still be phrased, only on top note though
- phrasing is based on how much it blends into the
Hot tips 4 learning quick
- fundamental philosophy is ‘correct repetitions’
- smaller sections
- important if low on time
3 elements this week:
- accent on 1
- left hand thumb in accomp is important
- fast notes should not be ‘rushed’
- even if going really soft, make sure notes are going down fully. Keep legato so there isn’t an over-reliance on pedal.
Arpeggios: accuracy + legato
- ppp sections, keep soft, not too much rubato.
- mf sections, watch pedalling, can lift off slightly but keep the spirit
- last line of first page, opportunity to voice something in the LH
Notes 12 Nov
- count start slowly, rubato before 3rd note
- follow pedalling carefully
- phrase by subtle differences on how clear the top note is
- You can skip to fff section, middle section is difficult
- when playing soft, not actually weak technique. Confident but soft, go down to the bottom of the key rapidly
- dolce, the zone that projects, but is not aggressive. Certain peaks of phrasing can be aggressive
- LH marcato more here (voice LH). Generally in middle section, RH softer.
- cresc in RH here. bar 31-32, diminuendo late
- RH getting louder
- take advantage of small notes for rubato
- don’t repeat tie note here
Notes 5 Nov
- start arpeggios
- high level analysis: assign each pitch a separate dynamic level
- Now that pedalling is adjusted, listen carefully to voicing of melody. Can I hear it (do I want to hear it?). In front section, make sure phrasing occurs from RH
- Inner triplets always soft
- rubato, bigger or smaller? good self assessment tool is recording
- pp, rubato before, take advantage of small note
- sotto voce – under your voice, fade with accompaniment
- aggression on this crescendo
- start RH softer here for bigger cresc
- voice top note here
Notes 29 Oct
- Hit top note hard for phrasing
- group in 4s make sure it is 4 octaves
- Start Dominant 7th of E
- in opening section, much less pedal. The left hand pattern/motif needs to be clear
- when doing rubato, always have original speed in mind to return to. Can do more rubato.
- When phrasing, take advantage of getting softer.
- check number of LH notes in these sections
- half pedal here, helps voice the melody here
- Pedalling is okay here because it gives the feeling of coming towards an ‘end’
- At the simplest level, rubato here is pause then speed up. Should be in perfect balance.
- Rhythm: find fundamental divisions and read rhythm off that.
- Reading: next step up is to read harmonically