Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Preparing for Beethoven 9
I spent a large part of the day preparing for the Beethoven 9 project that begins tomorrow. It is (I think) my sixth time playing this symphony but today was the first time that I put in fingerings for the full first and last movements, the most difficult. It's interesting how devotion can grow. One might think that I would have become tired of the piece, too familiar to bother. It's possible to play a part without planning all of the fingerings, it's the way I've spent most of my orchestral career. But sitting next to Luigi earlier this year, who put a fingering over almost every note despite being a phenomenal cellist, influenced me. It's becoming more worth it to me to choose how I play something, rather than rely on habit or impulse. It's becoming more worth it to me to be more fully prepared. But it takes a lot of time right now. Eventually I hope my preferences become more solid, that I can implement them as quickly as I read. I have a lot of respect for this symphony. I'm still excited to play it again. It awakens a devotion that spreads to other things, to my own playing, to my own eduction.