I have been taking piano lessons since I was about twelve, so it's been, what? Eight years on the piano? I really like to play, too, I wasn't one of those kids whose parents forced them to participate in activities. I chose to keep up with my lessons in college, believing that if I didn't have someone behind me the whole time telling me to practice I would probably only practice about once a month (which is sadly true). As much as I enjoy playing it, I just can't seem to practice often enough.
Over the past year and a bit, I decided to play songs by composers that I have admired since I started the piano, the major one being Chopin, but this year we have moved to Grieg. I am supposed to learn three pieces a semester, and this time around all of them are by our dear Edvard.
I got a book of his Lyric Pieces and I was glancing through it to see which pieces I wanted to learn. I hadn't heard of many of them, so I was playing little bits of them on the keyboard, just messing around really, when I landed on the Elfin Dance.
I really like it, I do, and I decided I wanted to play it. I am not very good at playing fast songs, but I decided, just this once, to try and improve myself.
Then I saw his Scherzo. It has a lovely triplet-over-straight eighths rhythm which I am particularly fond of, and when I sounded it out I decided it was going to be my second piece. Then, I looked it up on YouTube.
And it says, very blatantly at the top, that it is supposed to be played hella fast. Which I somehow missed on my first read-through. But the middle is nice and sweet, and I decided not to back down from the challenge.
Just this Thursday I got my third piece, which my instructor picked out for me, his Arietta, a nice, slow song.
So, yeah. It will be a challenging semester, if nothing else.