A huge thank you to everyone who has commented so far!!
Regarding tension / stiffness, you are all correct. It's something I've been working on, but it's just going to take a bit more time I think. During the hard sections it is sometimes a struggle for me to think of the music before playing it, and this problem is only exacerbated by having the camera rolling, which leads to greater tension. I hope this will work itself out with time.
for 2,5 year of playing it's very good and impressive.
but I think that pieces like this you maybe should skip for one or two years more of playing, when you will have better technique, just to play them softly
And you should sit closer to the piano, maybe some few cm
Thanks for the advice, but I will kindly reject it
I don't think there's anything wrong with working on repertoire that is above your head, as long as you work on other things at the same time. I would never have gotten this far with the piano if I took the normal route, because I wouldn't have had the motivation to practice. To put it Frostily, "I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference."
sam, this is brilliant! thanks for sharing...you've got me wanting to learn this piece! Is it possible? How did you approach it? did you memorize as you were learning it? what were the hardest bits?
sorry i can't offer any advice regarding the playing of it.
Thank you so much! I'm glad you liked it
Is it possible? Almost anything is possible. I approached it like a huge pile of bricks I needed to move from the backyard to the front yard. I moved a couple of bricks at a time over a long period of time. Eventually, most of the bricks were in the front yard! There are still a few really heavy bricks in the backyard that I'm just not strong enough to move yet. But hopefully soon I will be!
Now that I have the analogy out of the way, here's what I actually did. I started at the beginning and moved through the piece, memorizing each section. When I was about halfway done, I skipped to the coda and learned that, the thought being that since it's harder, I'd want to give it more practice time (if I waited until I got there linearly, everything before it in the piece would end up being practiced more, and the hardest part less). The hardest bits were, in order of difficulty, the coda
, the scherzando
(still haven't mastered it at all), the glorious middle section
, and then all the fine details that make a good performance great (I haven't figured that part out yet, but hopefully I will within a couple of years).
Of course, all of that time I was working on other things concurrently. But that should give you the basic gist of it.