Sunday freestyle playlist (17 October 2010)

I had to fly out to San Francsico for business this week, so my Sunday playlist was cut short:

  • Morton Feldman, Intermission VI.  Stay tuned for a post on this piece later this week, perhaps.  It’s been a favorite warm-up piece for me lately and is making me think more and more about starting to focus on learning some Feldman.
  • Claude Debussy, “Danseuses de Delphes” and “‘Les sons et les parfums tournent dans l’air du soir'” from Preludes, book 1.  I have to say, my rusty sightreading skills (which weren’t all that great to begin with) were not up to “Les sons et les parfums” — too many strange chords and key signature changes!
  • Robert Schumann, Papillons.  Pieces like this led me at one point in my foolish youth I claimed that I would gladly give up Chopin and just play Schumann instead.  Frances has set me straight on that one!
  • Frederic Chopin, Etude, Op. 25, No. 10.   This is the octave etude, another one that I played thirty years ago.  I gave it a test spin, but it’s going to need a lot of work to get this one back.  Don’t expect a video any time soon!

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