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#4: Prepare and Play a Recital

Oh dear. Well, I've gone and done it. I've set a (tentative...I need to find out if the hall I have in mind is available) date for my solo recital. And I've let a few people who will keep accountable know about the plan.

I decided that a recital would serve as a nice capstone to this slightly mad year-long experiment. So the recital will take place last weekend left before all of it will end - Saturday, March 5th, 2017.

I've already started thinking about repertoire because, frankly, I'll need to choose something very soon in order to be prepared. I'm looking for pieces that are challenging, but learn-able within a year's time. It's scary. I haven't played a solo recital since I was...oh...22 or 23 years old. So this is a big, scary leap!

I have a few ideas in mind in terms of pieces, but I'm leaning towards the first movement of the Kabalevsky violin concerto. It's one that I love (man oh man, I love Russian composers), it's difficult but not as hard as it sounds, it's a good length, I've never played it before (hello, new challenges!) and most importantly it's fun! I've included a video of the first movement above. Sorry for the poor quality, but it was honestly the version I liked the most out of the many videos on YouTube.

There will also be some easier pieces, and some (hopefully) chamber music mixed in there too!

This particular challenge is one that really makes me nervous. Every time I think about it, I get butterflies! step at a time. I'll keep you all posted!