I recently spotted a piano challenge taking place fourth time on the Pianoworld forums. I immediately liked the idea of a whole challenge. As a huge fan of learning and sightreading new repertoire, so I decided to try my best and try to finish this challenge as my new year resolution.
Link to original 2018 thread on Pianoworld forum: http://forum.pianoworld.com/ubbthreads.php/topics/2700076/1/40-pieces-a-year-club-for-2018.html
The Goal: Learn 40 pieces in a year
How to pursue my goal:
Playing 40 pieces a year means that i need to complete 3.3 pieces every month. Most of them will be short term projects (1-2 weeks of learning) that means they need to be easier than my long term projects (3-4 months of learning) that I am working on with my teacher. To rank pieces I will use RCM Violin Sylabus – it grades more repertoire than any other violin sylabus. I am currently at level 8/9, but I’ve worked on grade 10 etudes. In my challenge I will chose my short term projects from grades 5-7 and long term projects spanning from grade 8 to 10. I want to work on
Why I am doing this challenge:
This challenge opens a huge discussion whether quality or quantity is more important in learning the craft. I believe that both of them are equally important to become better player.
Quality means for me long term work striving to perfection. When you want to play something really well you need to put in a lot of time working on each problem to reach a solid level when you can play certain piece more mechanically.
Quantity helps you to develop your sightreading skills, play more variety of repertoire and work on some problems that may help you with your long term goals. It gives you opportunity to met with repertoire variety.
What I am going to play?
After completing a piece I will try to record myself to track my progress. I will also edit this list
My long term goals:
- Vivaldi – Concerto in E major ‘Spring’ – 1st movement – RCM grade 9
- Corelli – La folia (Urtex edition)
- Rachmaninoff – Vocalise – RCM grade 9
- Rovelli – Etude 9 – RCM grade 10
My short term goals:
- Severn – Polish Dance – RCM grade 7
- Kreisler – Rondino on a Theme by Beethoven – RCM grade 7
- Stoyanov – Lullaby
- Accolay – Concerto in a minor – RCM grade 8
- Vercianni – Gigue – RCM grade 7
Will you join me with my challenge?