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#432347 - 10/26/01 09:22 PM No recitals for me!
Brendan Offline

Registered: 05/26/01
Posts: 5543
Loc: McAllen, TX
Well, I took a nasty spill the other day and injured my wrist (RH). Since it's been hurting steadily for the past few days, there may be the possibility of a hairline fracture.

Couldn't have happened at a better time; I've had to cancel two recitals and withdraw from a competition that I was planning on doing. Not to mention that my grad school auditions are coming up in two-three months, and the lost practice time can do my nothing but good. I always have wanted to learn the Ravel Left Hand Concerto...I guess that now is my chance considering that if I even look at my right hand it screams out in agony.

I also got a parking ticket today.

And yes, I typed most of this with my left hand.

Me quits.

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#432348 - 10/26/01 09:50 PM Re: No recitals for me!
Amy Offline
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Registered: 07/07/01
Posts: 433
Loc: Upstate New York
I'm so sorry to hear that Brendon!
I went through a similar situation.
Last year I had to have a surgery on my LH for an ulnar nerve entrapment. I couldn't even begin to play after the surgery for about 4 months. Plus I wasn't playing much before. When I started playing again it took me about 4 months to be able something relatively easy. I'm pretty much back now after 8 months. Here is my advice to you....DON'T GIVE UP!! What I did during that time was listen to a lot more music and I started writing music. I don't have a lot of theory so I was just sitting there playing with one hand until I heard something that I liked. I ended up writing a mallet quartet and towards the end of the school year me and 2 others debuted it at a school concert. Since you can't play right now find something else that you really like to do.
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#432349 - 10/27/01 12:16 AM Re: No recitals for me!
Brendan Offline

Registered: 05/26/01
Posts: 5543
Loc: McAllen, TX
I'm so sorry to hear that Brendon!



Here is my advice to you....DON'T GIVE UP!!!

You're too late! This minor injury has made me realize that my musical endeavors are worthless! I've already enrolled in the Clermont Beauty College, located in scenic Clermont County, OH, where diesel fuel and education are very cheap...

But seriously...what is discouraging is that I was going to perform the Liszt Sonata, the piece I've wanted to play since I've started playing. I hope that it's not a premonition of things to come with this piece.

#432350 - 10/27/01 01:24 AM Re: No recitals for me!
Josh Offline
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Registered: 08/06/01
Posts: 155
Loc: Lexington, KY
Ouch, I think Amy was just trying to be supportive. By the way, typos happen.

Jash . . . I mean JOsh

#432351 - 10/27/01 09:21 AM Re: No recitals for me!
Brendan Offline

Registered: 05/26/01
Posts: 5543
Loc: McAllen, TX
I know....sarcasm. \:D

#432352 - 10/27/01 12:49 PM Re: No recitals for me!
magnezium Offline
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Registered: 05/26/01
Posts: 722
Loc: Singapore
that's really sad... getting a hand injury has always been one of my worst fears... hope it gets better quickly...

#432353 - 10/27/01 03:26 PM Re: No recitals for me!
MacDuff Offline
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Registered: 05/26/01
Posts: 560
Loc: Southeast, U.S.A.
How terrible! Please keep us left-hand posted on your recovery. \:\(

#432354 - 10/27/01 04:30 PM Re: No recitals for me!
Cork Offline
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Registered: 05/25/01
Posts: 513
Loc: Dallas, TX
I am truly sorry to hear of your injury, Brendan. Best wishes for a rapid recovery.


#432355 - 10/27/01 04:39 PM Re: No recitals for me!
Alex Offline
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Registered: 05/25/01
Posts: 116
Loc: Plano, tx

Sorry to hear this. You've written enough good advice on this forum about being smart with injuries. I assume you'll follow your own advice - so no need for any from me.

I guess the one bright spot, from my perspective of course, is that there will be less Liszt out there polluting the earwaves of mankind. ;\) ;\)

#432356 - 10/27/01 05:08 PM Re: No recitals for me!
CrashTest Offline
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Registered: 06/23/01
Posts: 4111
I always knew that the Liszt sonata had something sinister about it! I recently bought the music for it, and I hope to start studying it soon; I will buy a helmet and full armor as I study just in case! Brendan, how difficult is this piece technically in comparison to the Trans. Etudes, or anything else for that matter? I know musically it is so huge it has its own little world, good and evil, joy and happiness all rolled into a convenient 30 pages! I hope you quickly recover, my fellow Lisztian. ;\)

#432357 - 10/27/01 05:43 PM Re: No recitals for me!
Joy Offline
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Registered: 05/26/01
Posts: 550
Loc: Encinitas, CA
Thumbs up for a speedy recovery, Brendan!

Learning the Ravel will be wonderful for you, I'm sure. Actually I remember someone else who used to post here a long time ago who said he learned it under similar circumstances, and discovered he LOVED playing that piece. Strengthened his left hand too.

Just curious: Whose performance of this piece is everyone's personal favorite?

Writing with a sore left arm from getting a flu shot,



#432358 - 10/27/01 09:24 PM Re: No recitals for me!
wghornsby Offline
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Registered: 05/26/01
Posts: 201
Loc: KY
I second Joy's wishes for a speedy recovery. Good luck to you....

#432359 - 10/28/01 10:51 PM Re: No recitals for me!
PianoMuse Offline
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Registered: 06/04/01
Posts: 902
Loc: Philly, PA
ohhhh, wrist and finger injuries...every pianist's worst nightmare come true! i hope that it isn't anyhting serious and that it heals quickly!
By the time i was in 5th grade my piano teacher wrote me notes to get me out of gym, and i haven't played any sports since, that's how paranoid she made me about injuries..and i STILL ended up with a double break in two of my fingers a year ago!! So i know your pain well,my friend! hang in there!
"Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music." ~Rachmaninoff

#432360 - 10/29/01 07:05 AM Re: No recitals for me!
AndrewG Offline
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Registered: 05/26/01
Posts: 2506
Loc: Denver, Colorado

I wish you a speedy recovery also. I know playing the piano every day is like breathing to many here on the forum. Look from the bright side. Wasn't it something similar happened to this year's Cliburn gold medalist four years ago that cut short his dream at Fort Worth? Look what that disaster did for him! Who knows? Someday you probably will be the first Cliburn winner from this piano forum. Way to Go!

BTW, Liszt Sonata is definitely a master piece. This is among the few Liszt pieces that I love. I'm sure in no time you will WOW the audience with this monumental composition.


#432361 - 10/29/01 04:13 PM Re: No recitals for me!
jodi Offline
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Registered: 05/26/01
Posts: 6959
Loc: The Evergreen State (WA)
Brendan - I'm so sorry! Have you had radiographs done? Not that this will make you feel better, but I've had some terrible news from my mother - her husband fell off the garage roof yesterday trying to trim the hedge - 12 feet down onto concrete - and smashed his wrist into many pieces. He is a classical guitarist, and we don't know how this will effect his playing. (it is his right hand) He is still in the hospital, with his wrist in traction til the swelling goes down so that they can do surgery. Sometimes you have to look at these things with the "is the glass is half empty or half full" analogy. We are thankful he is alive, as my next door neighbor fell off his roof a few years ago and died. I hope your wrist gets better soon, Brendan. \:\) Jodi

[ October 29, 2001: Message edited by: jodi ]

#432362 - 10/29/01 05:27 PM Re: No recitals for me!
ChemicalGrl Offline
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Registered: 08/03/01
Posts: 643
Loc: Durham, North Carolina
Sorry to hear about the wrist. I had the experience of having my right wrist immobilised for a month and I was going nuts. But I'm sure it'll recover nicely and you'll be back to playing condition soon.
Lyn F.

#432363 - 10/29/01 08:34 PM Re: No recitals for me!
Diarmuid Offline
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Registered: 05/27/01
Posts: 219
Ouch. Hope it's not serious \:\(

[ October 29, 2001: Message edited by: Diarmuid ]

#432364 - 10/29/01 08:59 PM Re: No recitals for me!
Brendan Offline

Registered: 05/26/01
Posts: 5543
Loc: McAllen, TX
Originally posted by jodi:
Have you had radiographs done?

Yes, I just had them today. Thankfully, it's not fractured. It has been gettting better in the past few days because I've been wearing a wrist brace, but the doc said that to be safe I should lay off until the end of next week. Advice that I will surely heed. I think that I need a break anyway - I've been going at it pretty hard in the last few weeks, so I guess that now is my chance to rest and to do some away-from-the-piano practicing in my head.

I have been tinkering around with the Ravel, and since I love it so much, I figure that I'll work on it anyway. Plus, it's a concerto that not many people have and will be good for competitions and what not.

Anyway, thanks for all of your kind comments.


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