8 months of just practicing can drive you stir crazy!

Well, my big junior recital is finally done! And not a moment too soon. I feel like I’ve been walking around with a huge African bull elephant on my shoulders for the past 8 months! And finally, someone has said to me, “Hey! Why are you carrying that African bull elephant around on your shoulders? Don’t you know that African bull elephants can walk on their own? Put him down!!” Jeez why didn’t anyone tell me?!?

Seriously though, I’ve been spending the last 8 months of my life locked in a practice room and working on classical music. It has been a huge challenge for me, especially after failing my performance final in the fall semester, and having to make it up in the spring. How one manages to memorize and perform 45 minutes of music, I will never know. All I can say is it just happened somehow.

The recital itself was quite a success! Although it was not without the nervous-tension-induced bobbles that have always plagued me over the years. Gee I hope no one noticed! The program was as follows:

 

Suite II in F major by Händel

I. Adagio

II. Allegro

III. Adagio

IV. Allegro

 

Suite Op 14 by Bártók

I. Allegretto

II. Scherzo

III. Allegro molto

IV. Sostenuto

—INTERMISSION—

Preludes, Book I by Debussy

VIII. The Girl with the Flaxen Hair

X. The Sunken Cathedral

 

32 Variations in C minor, WoO 80 by Beethoven

 

That pretty much sums it up. I can honestly say that I have never done anything like this before, and I would like to thank everyone for their wonderful and ongoing support. Thank you to all who showed up and all who were there in spirit!

I sure can’t wait to do it again next year……another 8 months in a stuffy practice room under flourescent lights just sounds SOOOOOO appealing!!

Take Care all for now!

-Jason