I discovered something this week.
A few years ago, I learned this piece, then put it away.
Along the way, I practiced it from time to time, but still didn’t feel ready to perform it.
Last weekend, a friend passed away. I had wanted to offer to play for her service, but didn’t quite know how. Her husband then requested that I play. I feel honored to do so.
What to play?
The service will be in a church with a good piano. I wanted to offer something appropriate and meaningful, not last minute thrown-together music that no one would care to listen to.
Once again, I thought of this wonderful transcription. But why would I magically be able to play it now?
On Thursday, I finally tried it. After having the flu for nearly two weeks, I must be more relaxed than usual. Also, there was neither time nor energy to try too hard.
And… now I can play the piece! What a nice surprise. I am looking forward to playing it for the service.
This is the entire prelude for the service:
Liebster Jesu, the hymn by Johann Rudodlph Ahle
Liebster Jesu, harm. J.S. Bach
Prelude in B flat minor, J.S. Bach, WTC I
Ich ruf’ zu dir, Bach-Busoni
La colombe, Messiaen (with a nod to the bird club)
Prelude in E minor, Chopin