Sunday, April 8, 2012

CHROMA, again!

My next big project is a trip to Philadelphia.  Paul and I will be performing CHROMA on April 29, on the Delaware County Community College’s Performing Arts Series

When I booked this concert, it made a ton of sense.  I was very proud of my CHROMA programming, and the video project that went along with the recital was exciting, and popular.  I loved the repertoire and had worked incredibly hard on it.  The five full and partial performances I gave last spring made me confident that I could play the program over and over, and I wanted to make the most of that preparation.

Since then, of course, I have prepared a new program.  My Moveable Feast performance, with all new difficult repertoire, had been intended for January and February, but I wound up doing my final performances in late March instead.  So effectively, I am just beginning to practice CHROMA now, and will be performing it in 3 weeks.    Which seems like kind of a bad idea.

But it’s fun!  It’s going really well.  Turns out that one year is the perfect amount of time to let this music rest.  I still understand it, deeply and well, but I have enough critical distance to revisit some of my choices and rework them.  The technique is a little rusty, but there are fewer problems than I was fearing.  I have a few spots that I need to touch up, but they don’t feel unfamiliar - just hard - and I’ve identified them and spent good time on them already. 

Best of all, I’m not the least bit bored with it, and I certainly was last year after all those shows.  Three weeks ago I was kicking myself for not making this East Coast performance another repeat of A Moveable Feast, but the moment I played the final note on March 24th I was happy to be done with that concert.  I imagine that by next year at this time I’ll be missing it again - maybe I’ll try to duplicate this plan - but after living with the music for the months necessary to perform well I didn’t really want to do it any more.  My favorite part of playing a hard recital is playing it, but my second favorite part is retiring it afterwards.

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