When I was choosing the pieces for this month challenge I was very excited. After practicing the pieces for a short while I realized that they are really challenging and I would like to polish them little more, especially the surprise piece – Czardas by Monti and I’ve chosen other piece instead. As an extra I will share how does Czardas sound like after month of practice. Accolay wasn’t so much easier – ten days after February has ended I finally managed to record my last two pieces. Anyway I’ve learned 14 pages of music this month and I don’t know how I managed to work on it all.
04. Veracini – Gigue – RCM grade 7
Gigue in d minor is the fourth part of a sonata in d minor. Francesco Maria Veracini was baroque Italian composer and violinist. He is most known for his set of violin sonatas. Gigue is an upbeat dance originating from British gig. It’s usually written in 3/4 or 6/8.
This piece was a speed challenge for me. I originally recorded slower version, but then I wanted to try how fast can I play that. I have uploaded the faster version, because it sounds more interesting that way. I used a score from Suzuki book 5, but RCM grades this piece at grade 7.
05. Accolay – Violin Concerto no.1 in a minor – RCM grade 8
First violin concerto of Jean-Baptiste Accolay is an wonderful work from romantic period. Not much is known about the composer of this piece – there are any records of his life except three violin concertos that he composed. Some people believe that Accolay was an pseudonim of Henri Vieuxtemps – famous violin virtuoso and composer.
Playing this concerto was great fun for me, but recording this piece was really frustrating. This piece is really long and it’s really hard to play for 8 minutes without making any mistakes. It’s not my best outcome, but for the time spend working on it I am glad with the outcome.
06. Kroll – Donkey Doodle – RCM grade 3
Donkey Doodle is a simple piece from a collection of three pieces in first position. I realised that I won’t be able to finish Czardas this month, so I needed to chose something really simple to play instead. It was almost sightreadable for me. I needed to work on the dynamics and strings crossings a bit, but anyway it didn’t take me much time to finish this.
My unfinished special project – Czardas Monti – RCM grade 8
Czardas originally is a Gypsy dance consisting of slow theme followed by fast theme. This most famous czardas wasn’t composed by Gypsy, but Italian composer Vittorio Monti. I think that I got this piece to quite decent level, but I believe that it deserves much more polish, so I decided to record how this piece sounds right now to have a comparison, when I’ll finish working on it. I have recorded it together with Bach double for colab of me and Mariko.
Plans for next month
It’s almost middle of March and I haven’t started to work on my short term pieces yet. Right now for the next week I need to concentrate on my competition pieces – Spring 1st movement by Vivaldi and 1st movement 2nd violin of Bach double concerto. Then I decided that I will finish Komarowski concerto in A major – I will revisit 1st movement (out of challenge) and learn 2nd and 3rd movement. I need to chose one more piece to play this month. I don’t want it to be too difficult, so I’ll wait with decision to the moment, when I will finish the competition.
I have also exciting violin plans. I have started playing my first solo violin piece – Fantasy no. 10 by Telemann. Yesterday I were on a violin hunt, because I am planning to buy a new violin. It’s not only exciting violin news for me. On Monday 19th of March Anne Sophie Mutter is playing Bethoveen Violin Concerto with National Orchestra of Polish Radio in Katowice and I am going to her concert. I am thinking about vloging about this day, but I’m not sure if I’ll manage.