Watch “Grieg Piano Sonata in E minor, op 7” on YouTube

I am the soloist  Grieg Piano Sonata in E minor, op 7: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1ve2qnzk8iumrXL8s6SuEBX3QfMwffyP

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A Long Wait

I’m still waiting for the editing report on my first novel, a psychological thriller set in the English countryside.   That’s one of the things in trying to get a book published  – you end up spending ages waiting each step of the way.  For me, the waiting is the worst bit.  It feels long and drawn out, and I tend to get impatient and worry about what might happen next.  

In the meantime, without having a definite time frame to work in, I don’t think I can continue with the most recent novel (another psychological thriller set near the Dorset coast), so I’ve made extensive backup copies of the first fourteen chapters and hope to return to the story sometime next year.  I’m working on something entirely different while I wait for the editor’s report – my student days at Dartington College of Arts in Totnes, Devon, where I studied music and classical piano.  

I’m also spending a lot of time at the piano, playing works by Beethoven, Chopin, Grieg and Liszt.

New Online Recording

 

July 16, 2009: I spent a couple of hours this morning at a friend’s flat, recording the Grieg piano sonata in E minor, along with a couple of Chopin preludes and the Liszt’s fifth Hungarian Rhapsody.  My friend will go through the various tracks and send the files back to me.

After a particularly frustrating afternoon, I’ve finally managed to put six piano pieces on YUDU.   For some reason, the Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody got missed out.   For more.

An Online Recording

I spent a couple of hours this morning at a friend’s flat, recording the Grieg piano sonata in E minor, along with a couple of Chopin preludes and the Liszt’s fifth Hungarian Rhapsody. My friend will go through the various tracks and send the files back to me.

Elsewhere, I’m plugging away at my latest writing project and am waiting to hear back from the editor in regards to my first novel.

Friday’s Concert

The piano recital went well.  I played Grieg’s piano sonata in E minor, four of the preludes from the op 28 set by Chopin, Hungarian Rhapsodies no 5 and 12 by Franz Liszt, Chopin’s “military” polonaise,  Debussy’s Clair de Lune and the arpeggio study in C minor from the final set of Chopin studies.    And I wasn’t even that nervous.

Tomorrow

Tomorrow is the day of the concert.  I think the programme is at a reasonable standard, although I feel I haven’t fully mastered the first item of the recital, the Grieg Piano Sonata in E minor.   I’m particularly looking forward to the Liszt Hungarian Rhapsodies at the end (nos 5 and 12).

Piano Recital

The piano recital is now less than a week away.   Everything seems to be going to plan, although I keep getting slight memory lapses in the final movement of the Grieg piano sonata op 7.  I’m also working on encore items and have started polishing up one of the Chopin  studies – the arpeggio study in C minor.

A Piano Recital

It’s creeping up on me…on Friday 26th June, I’m giving a piano recital at St James’ Church in Muswell Hill, North London, at 8pm.   Fortunately, I managed to memorise the programme several months back, but I’m still hoping to perfect it and work on my general piano technique.    See earlier articles on Czerny, octave practice and the composer Liszt.

The programme:

  • Grieg – Piano Sonata in E minor
  • Chopin – Four Preludes
  • Liszt – Hungarian Rhapsody no 5, Hungarian Rhapsody no 12

Composer Liszt

I rarely blog about music these days, but I’m still very much involved in it.  I’m working on a classical piano recital programme that I hope to perform several times in the next couple of months.

Originally, I studied music at degree level at Dartington College of Arts, Totnes, Devon,  specialising in composition and the psychology of music.   About four years later, I got interested in piano performance.  Earlier, I’d avoided performing in public due to performance nerves and stage fright, but this hasn’t been too much of a problem over the years, except for those occasions when I suddenly get a feeling of unreality as I’m playing before an audience.

My favourite composers are Beethoven (mid sonatas), Chopin, Liszt, Grieg and Rachmaninoff.  The following, I believe, is an outstanding performance of Liszt’s 12th Hungarian Rhapsody:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAqA2E5D0lI

I’m studying the same work for a concert, but can’t imagine getting it up to the same standard in the clip.