Week 1: A Guitar has Six Strings, Right?
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Chopin Valse Op. 69.2 Complete ... sort of.
This is a complete recording of the Chopin Waltz (well, I didn't play the repeat of the B section - you're welcome) It went fairly well, though it does begin to fall apart a bit in the last half . I hope to have a more refined recording next week. I am also beginning work on some other transcriptions which will have their own thread when I get them.
Sorry for the double post. I haven't figured this out yet - me being an old dog and this is a new trick.
Schumann Traumerei (Op 15 No 7)
Here is a transcription I found in a couple of places. Apparently it is a very well-known melody, but I confess I do not know it at all. Schumann's Opus 15 is titled Kinderszenen (Scenes from Childhood) and this movement is called Traumerei (Dreaming). It is written for piano, of course.
I am working off of two transcriptions I found of the piece. One is by Tarrega (surprise!) and is in the collection of pieces that Martin posted for us. For some reason, it has the title "Reverie" on it, but it is clearly this piece. I also found a transcription of it by Frederick Noad in one of his anthologies. What I am playing is a mix of the two transcriptions, with some of my own adaptations as well.
On a side note, one thing I really like about playing transcriptions is the sense of freedom it gives me to change what I see on the page. I claim no special giftedness at transcription, but I find playing around with music to be really enjoyable.
This one is pretty challenging for me, so it may take me the rest of the challenge and beyond. We''ll see!
I admit I’m a bit off schedule. Many things happening around me keeping me from active practice. Yet, I’m working on the incredibly beautiful Capricho Catalan, inspired by Manny’s live lesson. It takes time to get ready for recording. So, not yet.
in the meantime, as an intermezzo I practiced for a little while this charming little piece from the film ´La Vita e Bella’: ‘ Buongiorno Principessa’. It takes more than one practice session, but I would like you to know this one., so I’m giving it a go as it is….