Thursday, February 19th: Today’s “pièce de résistance” was Jacques Casterede’s, Twelve Studies for Flute, Etude 3. The first two presented challenges of meter and technique, so I breathed a sigh of relief to see that the third etude is slow and lyrical, therefore presenting a different set of performance challenges. It’s certainly sight-readable so I was able to bypass the learning process and go straight into music-making and artistry, which is the best part of preparing new music!
I’m really looking forward to tomorrow night. Joe and I will be sitting down to dinner with our dear friend and pianist, Michael Lester to discuss our future performance opportunities. My April goal is to take all of this music I’ve been learning and writing about this month and plan a live performance so you can all hear what I’ve been blabbing on and on about. More details to come very soon! 😉
Friday, February 20th: On today’s docket, we have Jacques Casterede’s, Twelve Studies for Flute, Etude 4, another technical etude. I’m not going to lie, I’m a little irritated at myself for picking etudes for this challenge, because I know I’m not going to perform them and therefore I’m only half-heartedly practicing them. My original plan was to finish out the month with all twelve of these etudes, but I might need to come up with another option and learn pieces that I might actually perform in the near future. At this point, I think that’s what it’s going to take to keep my interest in meeting my goal for the next week. Bleh!
On another note, I’m looking forward to a yummy dinner with Joe and Michael at one of our favorite places in Gahanna, El Arepazo! Stay tuned for future performance plans! 😉