As I’ve mentioned in my post from beginning of January, this year I am pursuing 40 pieces a year challenge. I want to regularly show my progress to save my nice memories and to be able to track my progress.
I have recorded January pieces that were my short term goals. I’ve chosen three pieces – Severn Polish Dance, that is stylized mazurka written in virtuosic style, Kreisler Rondino on a Theme by Beethoven and more modern sounding Lullaby by Vesselin Stoyanov. This month I’m little bit late with the post, but I’ll try to be more on time next month.
01. Severn – Polish Dance
Edmund Severn is quite unknown American composer. Despite that fact Polish Dance – his most famous composition found its place among the most popular violin pedagogical repertoire. This piece is written in the key of D major, but the middle section transposes to key of g minor. Piece is a nice introduction to left hand pizzicato, double stops, natural and artificial harmonics. Despite that many challenges its violinistically written, making it really approachable. It’s graded at level 7 by RCM.
I had much fun working on this piece. Virtuosic pieces are really pleasant to listen and that was for me a nice introduction to this style. I had problems with playing artificial harmonics on the e string, probably caused by the fact my violin is not really good.
02. Kreisler – Rondino on a Theme by Beethoveen
Fritz Kreisler is one of legendary violinists from 20th century and author of multiple small salon pieces. It was composed around 1905 and first published in 1915. Piece is in the key of E flat major. Piece is slow and lyrical. That’s a nice study of phrasing combined with playing whole phrases on one string, but anyway it isn’t very hard. RCM grades it at 7th level.
It was really funny to work on this miniature. Getting one section on the g string was really challenging, but I managed to play it in a nice way. I really enjoyed the outcome.
03. Stoyanov – Lullaby
When I was looking through one of old Russian by Fortunatov, I wasn’t expecting that I will find there this small masterpiece. I found only five recordings of this piece on the internet, so I decided that I must make a piano accompaniment for this piece. It took me some time to complete. It is composed in neoromantical style that I really enjoy. I really want to find and play more pieces like that.
That was a nice study in vibrato and lyrical phrasing. It wasn’t really hard, but had a nice short phrase in 5th position. The ornaments wasn’t hard to execute. I really liked a transposition one octave lower after the second theme. I am really excited to share the result.
Working in three/four months pieces rotation that I had last two years was really nice to work really deeply on a single piece. Right now I don’t have so much time to complete one piece, but anyway I really like the results. I am doing my best to polish the piece as much as I can. Playing more things is enjoyable for me, since after some time in pieces can become very boring and playing them leads to opposite results. I am really happy that I decided to pursue this challenge.
I was little bit late with my progress video this month, but I’ll try to improve next month. I am really satisfied that I have completed three pieces this month. I just finished first semester finals and I have winter holidays in February, so I will have opportunity to work more on something harder this month.
I am planning to work on Accolay Concerto in a minor this month (I am working on memorising the whole piece right now) – RCM 8 and Gigue by Vercianni from Suzuki book 5 – RCM 7. I am thinking about something special this month, but I am not sure if I’ll manage to complete it this month. I am excited to learn those things!