BYWEEKLY UPDATES (Section Two, Main Thread) - Submissions, Questions & Discussion
Welcome to the Main Thread for the second section of Santiago de Murcia's "Marizápalos"!
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Every day between February 23th (Week 1 stream) and March 16th (watch party), we are hoping to read your daily updates in this very thread right here!
Please use the following format when commenting (feel free to copy & paste!):
- Section you worked on:
- One thing you found easy:
- One thing you found difficult:
- (Optional): a video of you performing it!
- (Optional:) questions
So it seems I will be the first one to post an update! Stay strong and keep motivated, I look forward to all of your submissions
- Section you worked on: 2nd set of variations, bar 73-144
- One thing you found easy: I really enjoyed trying to accentuate the different character of each variation! Music as a language is so universal, even with the "limited" sonority and harmonic material of renaissance and baroque music we can understand different kinds of musical gestures without any words!
- One thing you found difficult: This set of variations really had some really non-guitaristic stumbling blocks! I found that from bar 109 up to 121 it's really easy to get lost with the fingering of your right hand. Moreover, bar 106 has a phrasing implemented within the original fingering of the facsimile, but it's so hard not to sound like you have a hiccup!
Section I worked on: 2nd set of variations (73-144)
Something I found easy: note image, no complicated passages or chords. Plus, it’s very inspiring to get so close to the musical tradition of this period/region via the manuscript. Martin showing us the way to practice.
Something I found difficult: making it sound fluent and rhythmical, the way I imagine it should sound. I heard some vocal versions and solos on original instruments. It gradually changed the way I understand the music. I do practice , but can’t find the way to do it. Hope to record some of it this weekend.
Section I worked on bars 73 to 145
Something easy, nothing really but I am enjoying playing around the contrasts in the 4 subsections. I hope I can record this part before Tuesday
something difficult among all is to interiorise the fingering pi pi in strings that are close giving it the right tone. Also the strumming makes here and there is this section need more “gracia”... the record of Martin will help me a lot
I was feeling sick Tuesday through Friday but I am better now. Unfortunately, I am behind but, oh well. Today I worked with the class video and Martin’s recording for measures 73-144 trying to get fingerings, ornaments, and phrasing down but it is a lot of work. I broke it up into smaller sections. It feels manageable but I wish I had those lost days back.