My First Goldberg Journey is Done! 9/26/11

October 10, 2011

I performed my first Bach: Goldberg Variations at Occidental College on 9/24/11. As I informed you before (!) I was excited and nervous, and looking forward and feared. Once I started to play the piece of more than 70 minutes long I kind of forgot to be nervous. I had so many things to remember. I practiced to play-through the piece for many times, but it was so different on the stage. I had a great time performing! After the concert one of my Occidental College colleagues told me the story on this piece. He had one more Goldberg experience to hear in the past. That pianist, a first class musician he said, could not go on after 20th variation. He basically broke down. In that sense I played through the piece with good intention!

Practicing Goldberg variations gave me the opportunity to refresh my piano technique. In busy days with so many different repertoire to perform it is easy to MANAGE the pieces. Of course to master Goldberg Variations is not to manage. It is to practice solidly, the way I learned when I was young. Through this recent practice my fingers are refreshed! When I p;lay other music from different musical period I can feel good behaving fingers as well!

Next journey on Goldberg Variations will be in about 3 weeks. My good practice will continue.

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