Week 3: Fingers on Fire
Welcome to the Main Thread for the third week of "The Transcriptions" practice challenge!
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Pick a transcription that was originally composed for another instrument, like piano or violin. Don't be afraid to choose a challenging piece or explore works from composers you haven't played before.
Commit to practicing daily and share your progress with the community. Aim to practice every day and post at least two videos per week showcasing your progress. This will help you stay motivated and accountable, and also allow you to share your transcription journey with others. Whether you're tackling a complex piece, refining your skills with a piece you already play, or experimenting with new playing techniques, the community is here to support you and celebrate your achievements.
Share your favorite piece that you would like to see transcribed or your favorite recording of a transcription. This will not only inspire others in the community but also provide a rich resource of ideas for everyone to explore. Plus, it's a great way to celebrate the creativity and artistry involved in adapting music from one instrument to another.
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Hi, friends! I'm a bit late in this challenge. I would like to bring you a piece called Paulistana, from the Brazilian composer Claudio Santoro. The piece is originally for piano, and I did a transcription last year, in April. For this challenge, I have decided to review the transcription with better documentation, step by step. The result is in the PDF I upload.
Page 1 is the original score for piano, page 2 is the version I did in 2022. To start the review I wrote down the F clef transposed an augmented second up to put in a better region for our instrument.
The result is on page 3. After that, I wrote de G clef with the same transposition. The result is on page 4. As you can see there were some problems to solve, and I did a revision that results in the score on page 5. A fresh new version, with some changes, done with MuseScore, is on page 6.
My first attempt to record this piece in 2023 is below. I'll try a duo version, I guess, and another recording of this solo version too. Thank you, Tonebudies!
Hello everyone. Like Moyses, I’m late in this challenge,
The score I discovered 3 weeks ago, looked doable but I had so little time to practice. And it needs time to find the nuances and colour variation., and feel secure enough for a recording.
I took the score from https://bibliotecaabelcarlevaro.blogspot.com/ with the fingerings and (some minor) alterations by maestro Carlevaro. I had the orchestral version in mind (1 of my mum’s favourites). But for my interpretation I referred to Svjatoslav Richter’s piano interpretation, rather than Segovia.
what I found still difficult after a few practice sessions is to keep the pulse , while playing some rubato between the phrases. Also to keep the repeated D in the bass soft, rhythmic and even., while going up in sound and beat at some chord passages. I must remind myself to breathe with the phrases, not stop. Try to add crescendo/decrescendo, but keep them gradual and no accents. I will continue work on this one. O yes, arpeggiated chords ?
Scriabin - Prelude Op 16 No 4
Dale Needles posted his wonderful performance of this piece above. It really made me want to try it myself. I had never played any Scriabin before, nor I had really listened to his music. Now, however, I have become infatuated with this whole opus, listening to it over and over again on YT (on piano). If I ever learn the piano, I know I want to play these incredible preludes.
After experimenting with a few different keys, I settled in on A minor. I even toyed around with using a drop-D tuning, but decided against it.