This year, I aim to make a professional (or semi pro) recording of my piano playing. I’ve already done a couple of attempts and so far I’ve recorded Brahms Rhapsody op 79, the Ballade in G minor from the opus 118 set by Brahms, two Chopin studies and the Chopin fourth Ballade (incredibly difficult).
Here is the YouTube clip of Chopin’s study in A-flat, op25, no 1, otherwise known as the “Harp Study”:
The title says it all. Spring has come bringing warm weather but also high levels of pollen, and my hay fever is severe at present. Double over the counter meds, plus Piriton at night and salt water sprays.
An Artist’s Life by Strauss. My blog post isn’t so grand as the famous Viennese waltz, bur rather a brief recap of the life of an artist during the last couple of weeks. I finished one writing project the other day and have sent out another to an editor, so it’s back to waiting. I’m also working towards a piano recording of works by Brahms and Chopin and am enjoying learning four languages. Four may sound a lot, but I have a particular study method involving listening and repetition as opposed to attempting to memorise long lists of vocabulary and complex grammatical rules. On top of everything else, I’ve thought a lot about photography recently, aware that I haven’t taken any serious shots for a while. I need to buy a new camera.