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Sunday, June 9, 2013

Musical Interlude: Prokofiev

Here's me playing the Precipitato from Prokofiev's seventh piano sonata.  [Update:  Here's a much, much better version of me playing this piece.]  The performance is far from perfect, but it's the best I can do for now. Maybe one day I'll get a better video of myself playing it, but I don't have the time to be a perfectionist about it right now and I have this odd urge to get something of my Prokofiev playing online.  For now, I hope this is enjoyable for some.

I doubt I'll spend much time on the rest of the seventh sonata any time soon.  My favorite Prokofiev sonata is his eighth, which I've also been working on a little, but it'll be a long time before I can record it with any confidence.  I don't practice regularly, and have only been playing again for about a year after taking a very, very long break (of about eight years).  Interestingly, I'm much better at improvisation now, whereas my classical playing isn't quite back to where it was when I stopped in 2004, but it's getting there.

Of course, I'll never play Prokofiev nearly as well as Emil Gilels or Sviatoslav Richter.  Listening to them makes me wonder why I bother trying at all.