Today is the last day before I get to play Extase with the orchestra. We have two rehearsals tomorrow and one on Sunday before our Sunday afternoon performance. And I love this part! At this point, my work is done. I can't improve my playing any more now - I've been living with the piece for 11 months and I know it as well as I ever will. If I spend more time on it now I will only get tense and tire myself out, and since I still have Prokofiev 5 to play tonight I have no interest in that.
I have taken my instrument apart and cleaned and oiled it. I have a case full of reeds. I did a trial run with the dress today - checked the fit, hemmed it, decided on shoes and undergarments. The babysitters are hired. It's 4:00 and all I need to do is rest until my concert tonight, and then enjoy the heck out of tomorrow and Sunday.
And I cannot wait.
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