Seven Quick Takes -- Saturday!  

Posted by Agnes Regina

1.

Summer vacation. Sigh. Now that my life isn't ruled by an academic schedule I feel like I'm not getting anything done. Now that I have time to practice four or five hours a day, I need to actually sit down at the piano and not leave it until I know I've gotten something productive out of the music. Of course, I suppose the productivity would depend on my state of mind after a couple of hours, but my fingers can certainly manage.

2.

Next week I am going to be in New York for a concert and the graduation ceremonies at BVM Academy, from which a few friends of mine will be graduating that weekend. It is going to be a blast! We're planning all sorts of music for the concert, covering the whole gamut of musical periods from Baroque to twentieth century - from piano solos, duets and duos to violin-and-piano and violin duets, to arias and even a double mandolin concerto by Vivaldi! I hope it is recorded, because it promises to be an impressive piece of work, showcasing the parish talent as well as a few "guest artists" from the Jam Session group.

3.

I can't believe we are so close to moving day! Only a few weeks. After that I may not be able to post for a short while but when we are settled I will see if I can do a post on "Moving After Sixteen Years!" That one should be interesting!

4.

I've begun to work seriously on Beethoven's Third Piano Concerto and a couple of Chopin's Etudes. They are crazy hard, but oh so gorgeous! Here is Murray Perahia playing part of the first movement of the Concerto (this actually begins around the middle and the first part is not posted but it is still awesome!):



5.

I discovered that a couple of my friends who graduated Webster last year (and had been dating for a couple of years) are getting married in June. I am so happy for them! Of all the pairs I saw at college they seemed to have one of the most solid and happy relationships - I was wondering when they would get married and I am delighted that I'll be around for it. Here's to Chris and Alyssa - may they have many happy years!

6.
My little sisters are watching "The new Adventures of Madeline," imitating the style of the original Ludwig Bemelmans stories. They are pretty cute, but I prefer the originals. You really can't beat the first tale of "the old house in Paris that was covered with vines..." and Madeline's attack of appendicitis. I used to be able to recite it from memory... ah, those were the days... :)

7.

The Viking and family and our friend JuxtaCrucem are over to dinner tonight. Oh, the fun!

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6 comments

Oh, this seems all pretty good Agnes. I hope the concert went well, and I hope Chris and Alyssa enjoy a wonderful marriage. Marriages always make me so happy, though much to my regret I haven't been to a single wedding in all my life.

And soon you'll finally be in the Bay State! Things have gotten slightly better with the advent of Scott Brown and the Tea Party, but an infusion of de Erausquin blood will do this commonwealth inestimable good! But what are your siblings gonna do about education? I don't imagine there are any SSPX or other traditionalist schools in the area.

June 6, 2010 at 12:10 AM

It was great to see you again this past weekend! I suppose I'll see you in another 6 months? ;)

I know how you feel about life without schedules. Hopefully you will find time and place to practice during your interim move. I at least have exams I am reviewing for each day so I'm not completely idle. =)

Congrats to your friends! May they find eternal happiness through their finite joy.

June 9, 2010 at 12:54 PM

Hopefully I'll see you before then! We should figure out some time for you to drop in on us! (Besides the obvious, my senior recital, which I forbid you to miss!) :)

June 10, 2010 at 2:51 PM

Do you know Kimberly Dueck?

Beautiful piano music on video of journal website of "Silver Leaves"

June 19, 2010 at 6:22 AM

Can't say I do, thanks for the link!

July 27, 2010 at 11:09 PM

Yeah, I found it enjoyable!

July 28, 2010 at 5:17 AM

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