Less than two months to go before my first recital at WAAPA, and I'm a bundle of nerves and intense motivation, which is probably the perfect combination. As other assessment requirements start to drop off, I'm finding more and more time to focus on the things I need to focus on. Thank goodness!
My rep is looking like this so far (in reverse order):
Di Primavera by Maria Grenfell
All in Twilight by Toru Takemitsu
Sarabande by Francis Poulenc
Guitare by Germaine Tailleferre; and
...darkness has not overcome... by me!
The last is a work in progress, of course, but its starting to take shape. There's a lot of music already in the recital, so it can't be too long. It's actually a solo work for guitar and looper, so it will be a lot of fun to perform.
Takemitsu's All in Twilight presents the greatest challenge. The shifts my hand has to overcome are a bit trickier than I'm accustomed to! I've asked around for advice, though. Slow practise is the key, and then what you do slowly is up to you. I've tried visualising the shift in my mind before I do it, and it sometimes works. My favourite practise technique, however, is practising one finger shifting at a time, then adding one, then adding another, then trying a different combination, then adding another finger...until I can go from one shift to another without any difficulty.
Haven't quite reached the 'without any difficulty' level for most of the shifts, but they'll get there.
I hope my recital will be quite atmospheric, as all the repertoire is. This is my musical focus during practise, and I have to remind myself that all technical hurdles have to be overcome for that very end.