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Casement window on Crete

Casement window on Crete (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My school responsibilities are over for now.  After teaching a lesson this morning, I had free time!

For the first time in months, I didn’t have to keep track of the time, running out the door in order to be somewhere.  What a pleasure!

So I had a choice.  I could have listened to the opera broadcast at 1:00.  Or I could have taken a nap.  Spending time outside would have been fun on such a beautiful day.

I felt like practicing.  With no time limits, and the sun streaming through the window, that would be truly enjoyable.  The conditions were perfect.  Not too hot, not too cold, no fatigue.  Practicing today felt like a new experience because it hasn’t happened in that way for a long time.


First up was practicing for church tomorrow:  Dandrieu, Fischer, and Willan.

Next, I looked at portions of the Scriabin sonatas to familiarize myself with the style.

After that, I played some Shostakovich preludes, which I love.  I have yet to perform them.  Performing the second trio and the cello sonata felt pretty cool, though.

Then I read through Grieg’s “In Holberg’s Time” again.  The original is for piano. It’s definitely going to be on my next concert program.

What happened to my preference for deadlines?

Well, I’m not switching my M.O. quite yet.  I work well on deadline.  Having a performance booked provides a goal.  You would be surprised how fast the music improves that way.  No more sight-reading with no improvement.

However, having an open schedule feels great right now.  I’ll book a few concerts soon, but for now I’m going with this.

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