Pianistic accomplishments of 2005?

Posted by: jon-nyc

Pianistic accomplishments of 2005? - 01/01/06 12:39 PM

As a companion thread to the 'Piano Plans for 2006', what were your best accomplishments of 2005?


I'm not asking for an exhaustive list of what you studied or learned, but rather the one or two accomplishments that stand out.


For me there were two:

1 - Learning LvB's c minor variations. These were a fantastic exercise for me, since they require a very different technique than most of my previous repertory. I also think they'll be a great help in learning any other Beethoven works in the future.

2 - Starting lessons. I started lessons last February and they have made a tremendous difference (prior to that I was self taught). I make more progress with my teacher in one month than I would in a year without her.
Posted by: Derulux

Re: Pianistic accomplishments of 2005? - 01/01/06 12:49 PM

Ah! I've been looking for a blatant self-promotion thread! :p ;\)

1. Got a good teacher.
2. Rach 2 Mvt 1 \:\)

Ah, and didn't jam one finger this year! :p ;\)
Posted by: pianoanne

Re: Pianistic accomplishments of 2005? - 01/01/06 03:05 PM

Finished my Masters degree. Given my best recital so far.
Posted by: hannoverstudent

Re: Pianistic accomplishments of 2005? - 01/01/06 03:12 PM

My two greatest accompishments in 2005 are:

1 I became an official student of Vladimir Krainev. ( Before I just had 2 a month a lesson from him)

2 Recording my first official cd!
Posted by: Kreisler

Re: Pianistic accomplishments of 2005? - 01/01/06 03:36 PM

First performance with a broadway touring company.

Several didactic compositions accepted for publication by a well-known publisher of educational piano music.

http://pianoped.com/enesco.mp3
(Warning - file is 8 megabytes!)
Posted by: pianojerome

Re: Pianistic accomplishments of 2005? - 01/01/06 04:56 PM

Well, I had my first solo recital, my first performance with an orchestra, and I auditioned and was admitted to music school.
Posted by: whippen boy

Re: Pianistic accomplishments of 2005? - 01/01/06 05:06 PM

Happy New Year![/b]

I'm new to the Pianist Corner \:\) but am often in the Piano Forum.

2005 had three pretty big things for me:

1 I helped get a new Grotrian 225 for my church.

2. I coordinated a dedicatory piano recital featuring our many talented church members. It was a lot of work, but also very gratifying.

3. During the recital I played Liszt's Sonetto 47 del Petrarca. (I am a Liszt fan).

I am a professional accompanist and do lots of solo organ recitals, but have hardly done any big solo piano works in the past 30 years.

For 2006 - I'm having so much fun with the piano that I'm considering more solo performing - maybe getting a teacher too!

I've got lots of Liszt, Debussy, and Bach in my fingers; other composers too. But it is all extremely rusty. :rolleyes:
Posted by: LWpianistin

Re: Pianistic accomplishments of 2005? - 01/01/06 05:26 PM

erm, not much really. got used to being a piano major and have come to accept the lack of sleep and almost non-existant social life(except with other music majors), and started teaching my first student. in other musical pursuits, i have been taking lessons in double bass from my dad (when i'm over here in England). i have actually been practicing it more than piano this holiday
Posted by: Ted2

Re: Pianistic accomplishments of 2005? - 01/01/06 05:47 PM

It probably isn't much compared to what most here have done, but I am finally starting to understand Waller and play him with real life. I find, say, a piece such as Gladyse, just as difficult physically as Mazeppa and certainly much deeper musically.

Morton, on the other hand, I have still not grasped. I can play the notes but not the music. In 2006 perhaps ?
Posted by: signa

Re: Pianistic accomplishments of 2005? - 01/01/06 06:22 PM

learned some difficult pieces: Beethoven tempest 3rd movement & Chopin op.10.9; and found a teacher who has helped me improve my techniques significantly.
Posted by: Bassio

Re: Pianistic accomplishments of 2005? - 01/01/06 06:26 PM

I'm sorry to break this ring of fine accomplishments but 2005 was my worst pianistic year \:\(

All i have done is play a couple of unfinished small pieces .. visited my teacher only twice this year .. no recitals ..
my only complete achievement is finishing the pathetique mov.3

\:\( (i want to cry really, where is the damn icon? and where is pianojerome when you need him? )


At least, i am hoping for bigger achievements the next year (both medically and pianistically ;\) )
Posted by: jon-nyc

Re: Pianistic accomplishments of 2005? - 01/01/06 06:36 PM

Bassio - don't sell yourself short. What about your fine performance in the first ever PW duel????

\:D
Posted by: TheAsianPianist

Re: Pianistic accomplishments of 2005? - 01/01/06 07:06 PM

As for me, here are my two highest accomplishments:

1) Joining PW!!! And discovering so much more music from the suggestions of the forumites

2) Attempting to learn Chopin's Fantasy Impromptu (I know, it's not really an accomplishment, but considering I thought it was the hardest piece EVER when I first started piano, I think I've made strides)

Derelux, your Rach 2 was awesome! Keep it up and you'll be jammin out Rach 3 in no time
Posted by: PoStTeNeBrAsLuX

Re: Pianistic accomplishments of 2005? - 01/01/06 07:08 PM

jon-nyc:
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2 - Starting lessons. I started lessons last February and they have made a tremendous difference (prior to that I was self taught). I make more progress with my teacher in one month than I would in a year without her.
Similar for me. I re-started lessons in April 05 after a mere 23 years break ;\) . I'd had reasonable basic training in my teens (ABRSM Grade 8 distinction plus two years more of lessons on DipABRSM-type repertoire), and still played occasionally in the intervening period, but what remained of my technique was horrendously rusty. My new teacher has been a godsend in terms of motivation, focussing my efforts and making my practice much more effective and efficient. I am also gathering information from lots of sources (books, videos, and of course this forum) and I now feel that I am playing better than I ever did before (from both a technical and musical POV), and a growing addiction/obsession has seen my practice times grow from ~1hr to more like 3hrs/day... often more at weekends.

I think my new-found enthusiasm has also inspired me to "learn how to learn" IYSWIM and be more and more self-critical, so that my individual efforts at preparing pieces (for presentation and further study with my teacher) have, according to him, become of a higher initial standard each time. I am 40 years old this year and I know that I'll never be more that a reasonably proficient amateur pianist, but I still feel motivated to be as good as I can be within my ability and as far as family and work commitments will allow. I suppose if one has to have a mid-life crisis, it may as well be a creative and artistic one ;\) .

All the best for 2006,

- Michael B.
Posted by: kcoul058

Re: Pianistic accomplishments of 2005? - 01/01/06 08:04 PM

1) Wrote my first piece ever in an impressionist style! (should be up in a few months if I can learn it in time for the next composer's concert at my school)

2) Got offered a position at the university as the assistant sound tech for the summer and next school year (can't wait, I love audio engineering almost as much as I love music!)

3) Got accepted for a research project course to develop some revolutionary music software! (I was very lucky, normally, only grad students and the odd 4th year student gets accepted for this course, and I'm a 2nd year student, albeit a mature one!)

Yep, those are the big three for me ;\)
Posted by: kcoul058

Re: Pianistic accomplishments of 2005? - 01/01/06 08:06 PM

ps - question for Kreisler - by "didactic", do you mean these are excersize/etude/study pieces you have written? what level are they intended for?
Posted by: Kreisler

Re: Pianistic accomplishments of 2005? - 01/02/06 12:39 PM

Early intermediate level jazz repertoire.
Posted by: Wzkit

Re: Pianistic accomplishments of 2005? - 01/02/06 12:56 PM

Going on my piano hunt, ending up 7 months later with a wonder Sauter 6 foot grand, and giving myself a new reason to practice my repertoire in the process \:\)
Posted by: Arjen

Re: Pianistic accomplishments of 2005? - 01/02/06 01:03 PM

1) Starting lessons/piano at all.
2) everything else that followed.

\:D
Posted by: John Citron

Re: Pianistic accomplishments of 2005? - 01/02/06 01:26 PM

What did 2005 bring for me musically and pianistically?

1) Discovering the forums, especially the Pianist's forum because this has brought back my enthusiasm and drive to keep going at it.

2) Purchased a new acoustic piano - My beloved Vogel 177T.

After a diagnosis of dystonia (which it may not be afterall, but something more insideous), I went out and bought a real piano. I said to heck with it all, and went for something I always wanted. The thing is, to add insult to injury, I also took a hit financially. Like a slap back to reality, the day I signed papers for my piano, I also received a 15% cut in salary! It was as though someone bigger than me was trying to take this moment away. With my salary cut, I don't go out as often and therefore practice a lot more!

2) Brought back my technique somewhat from a year ago.

I couldn't play for nearly a year. My technique suffered tremendously. With constant work on my new piano, I am now able to play a lot of what I used to, and I am now looking a some new material to start.

So what will 2006 bring? Hopefully finding a decent teacher in my area, and starting lessons again.

John
Posted by: Opus_Maximus

Re: Pianistic accomplishments of 2005? - 01/03/06 04:03 AM

1.) Accepted to Manhattan School of Music
2.) Graduated High school
3.) Learned Chopin Sonata no. 3, Poloniase Fantaise, Mozart Fantaise in D minor, and Rach prelude in B minor.
4.) Completed a very musically oriented trip of Poland and Russia.
Posted by: jon-nyc

Re: Pianistic accomplishments of 2005? - 01/03/06 04:25 AM

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Originally posted by Opus_Maximus:

4.) Completed a very musically oriented trip of Poland and Russia. [/b]
Did you ever post about that? If so can you provide a link? If not, care to give us some details, specifically about the 'musical orientation' of the trip? It sounds interesting.
Posted by: andrewp

Re: Pianistic accomplishments of 2005? - 01/03/06 08:05 AM

1. Got a new piano
2. Got a good teacher
3. Highpoints: learning Schumann, 'Intermezzo' from Faschingsschwank; 'Aufschwung' from Fantasiestuecke; Bach Prelude and Fugue F minor WTC1.
Posted by: Auntie Lynn

Re: Pianistic accomplishments of 2005? - 01/03/06 10:29 AM

Most of the Schubert sonatae - plus somehow managing to stay employed in the piano biz...Gahbless!!
Posted by: Nina

Re: Pianistic accomplishments of 2005? - 01/03/06 10:49 AM

Somewhere in the past year, I "got" accompaniment. As some of you know, I started accompanying choirs about 1.5 years ago. It was a nerve-wracking experience, to say the least.

But the last two concerts have been, dare I say it, fun! I've improved both in sight-reading and in my ability to coordinate with the director and choir--sound balance, tempo changes, etc.

It's truly a blast. I'm having a great time. PLUS I've been accompanying soloists (vocal and instrumental) and playing some 4-hand stuff, so it's been a most social musical year for me! \:\)
Posted by: LWpianistin

Re: Pianistic accomplishments of 2005? - 01/03/06 11:32 AM

 Quote:
Originally posted by andrewp:
1. Got a new piano
2. Got a good teacher
3. Highpoints: learning Schumann, 'Intermezzo' from Faschingsschwank; 'Aufschwung' from Fantasiestuecke; Bach Prelude and Fugue F minor WTC1. [/b]
how difficult is 'Aufschwung'? I bought the music on a whim after on of the voice profs said I should play it. maybe i will....maybe
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Pianistic accomplishments of 2005? - 01/03/06 11:47 AM

My biggest piano accomplishments of 2005 were:

1.) Buying my M&H A :3hearts:

2.) Getting George Winston's Longing/Love in decent (though not yet perfect) shape.
Posted by: Soleil_nuage

Re: Pianistic accomplishments of 2005? - 01/03/06 12:01 PM

Similar to some others,

1) Started piano lessons (finally!)
2) Found on-line piano forums
3) Started Bach's AMB Notebook
4) Dumped bad teacher and hooked up with good teacher
Posted by: Fiorentino

Re: Pianistic accomplishments of 2005? - 01/03/06 12:38 PM

Stopped studying music >_>
Posted by: Dave Spelvin

Re: Pianistic accomplishments of 2005? - 01/03/06 01:31 PM

1. Discovered several sensational artists, most notably Sokolov and Ernst Levy. I can't speak highly enough of these guys. Thanks to all of you who hollered loudly about them.

2. Studied the Gershwin Preludes, which have always seemed unattainable somehow. They're not, and they're fabulous.

New Year's Resolution: Play some Schoenberg, doesn't much matter what.
Posted by: serge1paris

Re: Pianistic accomplishments of 2005? - 01/03/06 01:51 PM

Hi Jon

Very similar accomplishments.

Early 2005, I got a new grand piano much better than the previous one and this was quite a bet !!

After a few weeks of hanging around by myself I found an excellent teacher during a trip to Cuba and decided to work more seriously. Last June I met a young Cuban pianist in Paris and he comes every week to my home for lessons on my piano. Learning touch and control on my own piano is great.

I played a lot of Bach this year and this music is perfect to put my piano playing together : First Partita, second French Suite and now Italian Concerto.

Schubert Impromptus and Mozart Sonatas are next on the list....
Posted by: Max W

Re: Pianistic accomplishments of 2005? - 01/03/06 01:51 PM

 Quote:
Originally posted by e60m5:
Stopped studying music >_> [/b]
OBJECTION! ...and I can prove it!

Take that!

I get all my law education from Pheonix Wright. \:D
Posted by: L'echange

Re: Pianistic accomplishments of 2005? - 01/03/06 01:54 PM

1. Im am so very proud of my Ligeti Etude! So wonderful to play. It is such a nice piece, and when I finished it, I felt as if I had reached a new level.

2. Composed a work for tenor, bass, and piano which was programmed at FSU myself playing piano

3. Composed 6 short pieces for piano (about 2 minutes each) and a 'Monument' for piano (about 18 minutes long) which I programmed many times

4. Had several successful recitals

5. Gave an all Bach Recital and Lecture ( im not comfortable or scholarly enough to give a lecture, but it went well)

6. Worked very hard and added a substantial amount of repertoire to my list
Posted by: SinspawnAmmes

Re: Pianistic accomplishments of 2005? - 01/03/06 09:38 PM

Congrats to Derulux for the Rach 2! When you move up to Rach 3, post it too!

I actually started in late 2004, so this is the only year I've really had accomplishments, but here they are:

-Leaning to read music =)
-Butchering Rachmaninov's Op. 16 No. 4 with style
-Being unofficially ranked the thrid best pianist in my quaint high school of 800. I sure was proud.

I'm sure 2006 will be much more rewarding, because I'll be going to college and immersing myself in every musical opportunity they have.