Days 23, 24 & 25: On Monday I didn’t have a ton of time to practice today with all of the other tasks I needed to accomplish before teaching, but I made a bit of time to play through Jacques Casterede’s, Twelve Studies for Flute, Etude 7. This etude is technically demanding simply due to a fast tempo and a ton of accidentals. I’ll need to spend some more time with it in order to really learn it. Tuesday was another busy workday so I was happy to see that Jacques Casterede’s, Twelve Studies for Flute, Etude 8 is another lyrical etude, which was really easy to learn. On Wednesday I played Jacques Casterede’s, Twelve Studies for Flute, Etude 9, which presented some new challenges. It’s a scherzo alternating between 5/8 and 3/8 leading to difficultly due to its fast tempo.
We have a Springfield Symphony concert this weekend so this week I’m also learning Sergei Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 1, which will feature pianist, Alexander Schimpf. This week’s NightLights series program is titled “Paris When It Sizzled” and will also include works by Haydn, Prokofiev, Milhaud and Ravel.
Here’s a clip of our Music Director, Peter Stafford Wilson talking about this week’s program: