Polonaise in Ab Major, Op. 53 (“Heroic”) - Chopin

First time running through it from memory… that turnaround section that transitions from the B section back to A section is killing me…

Transcendental Etude No. 5 “Feux Follets” - Liszt

Ew. Haha. Needs plenty ‘o work…

…but I’m glad I fixed the lag…

Transcendental Etude No. 8: “Wilde Jagd” - Liszt

Some improvements. All in all, I think this is one of those cases where I got poisoned by listening to this piece alot, and a lot adrenaline gets pumped in, especially at the beginning- I feel it’s a little hectic and rushed at a lot of points. It’s still in its embryonic stage of development, but at least it’s learned. There’s some note checks that I need to practice, like in the lyrical section, when it goes into the E minor then to something with C in the bassline, the chord is questionable.

And that keyboard is no good for fast octaves or repeated marcato chords…

Transcendental Etude No. 8: “Wilde Jagd” - Liszt

I wanted to push this to performance tempo to see where my most prone spots are- and they are very apparent. Plenty of work to do…

 Biggest thing- relax. Slow practice.

Beginning- percussive, rhythmic. I would actually play each grouping at the beginning together, with a slight pause between the second repeat.

Practice sections with sequential movement in chordal figures.

Check notes- write out chords in lyrical middle section. Figure out phrases in the lyrical middle section and phrase rubato with that.

Next section, obviously returns to beginning material- I think I can shape the martellato parts with hairpins for each one. A “micro-dynamic” fitting into the “macro-dynamic” of the crescendo building into C major.

Note check from C Major section to end. SLOOOOOWWWWWW PRACCCCTICCEEEEE.

For the “swung flam-tap” C major -> A minor figure, practice slow, move fast.

I like the tempo of the descending I-V-I-V-I… line at the end. Not too fast, but with a resolute feeling.

Lots and lots to clean up. Horrible recording- but I think I could do a lot with this tomorrow, if I have time.

Transcendental Etude No. 9: “Ricordanza” - Liszt

Oh, and it’s hot, which explains the shirtlessness.

Fantaisie-Impromptu, Op. 66 - Chopin

I see piano in USU. I play something I suck on and haven’t played in a while. I grin like idiot.

Reflets dans l’eau - Debussy
La Campanella - Liszt

Trying out the camera on my new phone. Pretty good quality, I think.

Mary Jo Pagano Masterclass, 2/23/11 in Daniel Recital Hall at CSU Long Beach.

Covered in the masterclass: Toccata from Partita No. 6 in E Minor by Bach, Ballade No. 2 in F, Op. 38 by Chopin, Un Sospiro and La Campanella by Liszt

Piano Sonata No. 14 in C# Minor, Op. 27 No. 2: Mvt. III - Beethoven

Got plenty plenty to work on. Gotta dig in hard and kick it in high gear this next month.

Un sospiro - Liszt

Haven’t dusted this one off in a while either…