My biggest challenge yet!

Posted February 25, 2016
Written by Phil Furneaux
My biggest challenge yet!
Meet Alice Rosser.  Alice is a classically trained pianist. After obtaining her degree in music performance at Colchester Institute, she studied piano at the North West German Music Academy in Detmold.
For many years she ran a private teaching practice in Blackpool and also taught the piano in schools in the area.
She is now semi-retired and works parts time, travelling the world as a Music Examiner.
And for the past year I have been working with Alice on my “classical project.”
One of the successes of  “A Real Distraction” was my rendition of Beethoven’s  Moonlight Sonata. So this project is a continuation of that idea… interpreting some of the romantic piano classics. We started with Ravel’s “Pavane pour une Enfante”. A tune which I was smitten with when I heard it on one of my CD’s. Faure’s: “Apres un Reve” was choosen because I was working the piece in a earlier life. Alice suggested Chopin’s “Tristesse”, Debussy’s: "Claire de Lune". Rachmaninoff’s "Vocalise" and one of the most moving pieces, Satie: "Gymnopedie No.1" finishes our repertoire as well as Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata”
Alice is a brilliant teacher …. I have learnt about phasing, how to keep exact timing and how to be more professional about preparation for the concert , which is next Monday . Arghhh!
So this is my biggest challenge yet …. How to keep exact time! We shall see on Monday whether the preparation and hard work has paid off. Concentration is the key! 


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