- Polonaise Fantasie by F. Chopin - Impromptu No. 4 in A♭ Major by F. Schubert (it technically starts in A♭ minor though but oh well) - Sonata Pathétique Mvt 2 by L. van Beethoven - String Quartet No. 10 in A♭ Major by D. Shostakovich - Maple Leaf Rag by Scott Joplin (yeah yeah cliche but it’s undeniably great) - Polonaise Héroïque by F. Chopin - Concerto for Two Pianos in A♭ major by F. Mendelssohn - Waltz in A♭ Major Op. 39 No. 15 by J. Brahms - Symphony No. 1 in A♭ Major by E. Elgar - String Quartet No. 14 in A♭ Major Op. 105 by A. Dvořák - Intermezzo in A♭ Major by F. Poulenc - Étude Op. 25, No. 1 (Aeolian Harp) by F. Chopin - Finlandia Op. 26 by J. Sibelius - Sonata No. 31 in A♭ Major Op. 110 by L. van Beethoven - Bruyères by C. Debussy - Lillies by S. Rachmaninoff (so calming) - Liebestraum No. 3 by F. Liszt (if I didn’t include this piece, I would feel like a bad person)
- Piano Sonata No. 23 (Appassionata) by L. van Beethoven - Violin Concerto L'inverno by A. Vivaldi (the Winter Concerto of the Four Seasons) - Symphony No. 1 in F minor by D. Shostakovich - Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor by F. Chopin (just……… all of it. so good.) - Fantasia in F minor for Piano, Four Hands by F. Schubert - Das Jahr: November by F. Hensel-Mendelssohn - Piano Sonata No. 1 in F minor Op. 2 No. 1 by L. van Beethoven (despite my suffering in trying to play this, it really is a fantastic piece) - Valse Romantique by C. Debussy - Sonata No. 3 in F minor by R. Schumann - Symphony No. 4 in F minor by P. I. Tchaikovsky (one of my favourite symphonies) - Prelude And Fugue in F minor BWV 881 by J. S. Bach (currently working on this one and now am essentially forced to include it. The fugue is especially good.) - Piano Quintet in F minor by J. Brahms - Ballade No. 4 in F minor by F. Chopin (probably my favourite piano work of all time)
This has been one phenomenally crappy week. TGIF!!!!
Sometimes, an outfit just feels too quick and easy for me. This is one of them. I like how it turned out, but it only took me about 10 minutes to get dressed. I’ll take that as a win?
Also, I mentioned that I’m standing up a real website. That is for real going to be coming! I’ve registered a domain and everything :) Now to hope I have interesting things to say… lol!
If anyone knows anything about Weebly website design, and wants to pitch in to help me design my site (it would be for free, because I can’t pay) let me know! I could use the help as I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed.
we’ve been having a sharps vs flats war on this blog, and I have good news for both sides: this war is not about nothing, because sharps and flats are not the same.
I’m going to paraphrase an article from a 1930s music magazine by sid hedges:
a pianist can never play perfectly in tune. if a piano were perfectly tuned it would be possible to play upon it only in one key. this peculiarity is due to the fact the octave does does not split up in 12 equal parts–and consequently, the semitones are of varying sizes. a piano tuner has to “split the difference” between varying notes so that all of the scales sound fairly accurate. a pianist has to make one note serve for d sharp and e flat, when actually they are not the same. a violinist, making their own notes, is able to observe the proper distinction.
if you sing up the the scale of e major, you will find yourself making the d sharp (the leading tone) very sharp. if you sing up the scale of e minor, you will instinctively make your e flat very flat–considerably more so than the note on the piano.
a violinist can test the matter with the same two scales. first, they play up an e major scale, ensuring their intonation is flawless, and put a pencil mark on the fingerboard where d sharp is. next, they play a c minor scale and find that the e flat lands about a quarter of an inch below d sharp.
Raindrop Prelude in D Flat Major | Frédéric Chopin
At last, it comes. You hear a patter… You see a leaf here and there bob and blink about you; you feel a spot on your face, on your hand. And then the gracious rain comes, gathering its forces — steady, close, abundant. Lean out of window, and watch, and listen. How delicious! The verandah beneath losing its scattered spots in a sheet of luminous wet; and, never pausing, the close, heavy, soft-rushing noise. — John Richard Vernon.