Days 26, 27 & 28: For my final three days of this February challenge I decided to complete Jacques Casterede, Twelve Studies for Flute, with Etudes 10, 11 & 12. Etude 10 is a presto in 12/8 with accidentals all over the place and is supposed to be played in one. Etude 11 is written in a fast rumba tempo with octave slurs throughout, and it’s a test of embouchure endurance for sure. The final etude is written in an improvisatory style to be played freely and is rhythmically very demanding.
Hindsight is 20/20 and if I could go back and do anything again, I think I would have picked 12 different solo works instead of the Casterede Etudes for this challenge. I was always very excited to learn the Ian Clarke pieces and the trio sonatas because I can use those pieces for future performances. By the time I reached these etudes at the end of my February goal, I was running out of steam and didn’t approach them with the same motivation I had for the other works.
If you’ve been reading our blogs, then you are probably wondering what ever happened with my January goal of eating vegan. I’m happy to report that I’ve been eating mainly vegan/vegetarian for the month of February and have only had a very small amount of meat on a few occasions. Between making healthy nutrition choices and working out every weekday morning, I’m feeling absolutely fantastic! I have great energy, my complexion has cleared dramatically and I couldn’t be happier about that. I’m looking forward to taking the next step forward in March and adding yoga to my daily routine. 🙂