Vanna Chun performs “Morning” by Edvard Grieg, arranged by Faber, in her lesson.When Vanna found out that I wanted to post her video to YouTube, it motivated her practice and memorize this piece within no time!
The only way to successfully play the third movement of the Concerto in G Major by Maurice Ravel is to have a constant balance between strength and relaxation. It’s the shortest of all the movements, but the most challenging to endure. As I practiced, I had to find moments to relax the hand in between chords or between passages in order to prevent tension. There is so much life in this music that it requires a consistent mindset of living in the moment of performing and not thinking too far ahead; otherwise, it’s easy to become distracted by any tension in the hands, arms or even shoulders. After performing this piece with Anne Louise-Turgeon, I’ll never forget the feeling of satisfaction. Hard work pays off.
The simplicity of the second movement of the Concerto in G Major by Maurice Ravel can only be fully appreciated after the experience of the vivacious first movement. It’s a breath of fresh air, like stopping to enjoy a beautiful sunset after a long day. As time passes by, you begin to hear tension that builds into a delightful swirl of movement. It’s almost like getting lost into a whirlwind of colorful sound. It has become one of my favorite pieces to play, because it’s a challenge to be patient enough to truly listen for the variation of colors in its music.
The first movement of this concerto I performed certainly challenged my virtuosity! The hours I poured into this piece definitely made a better musician out of me.The opening of the concerto alone took a considerable amount of vivacious energy, note accuracy, and rhythmic drive.
The piece is the first movement of Maurice Ravel’s concerto in G Major, which he began composing in 1929. I studied under Anne Louise-Turgeon at Florida Atlantic University, who performed the orchestral part in this senior recital in 2009. Enjoy!