Pianist Jocelyn Swigger plays and talks you through her journey learning the Chopin etudes, some of the most difficult and beautiful music ever written for the piano. Sometimes exuberant, sometimes rueful, always thought-provoking, Play It Again, Swig is her weekly practice report. For more information, and older episodes, go to http://playitagainswig.com
Not practicing very much in the pandemic; Bach as comfort food (and an example of how muscle memory is totally unreliable); a perk of playing music by live composers; three of the Four Pieces for Piano by Katerina Ruzickova Pinosova; Valse Boheme by Celeste Heckscher (and some thoughts on ledger lines); Cortege by Lili Boulanger. […]
137: Last week’s porch concert
Play-throughs (with some a little yelling) of last week’s porch concert: Katerina Ruzickova’s Four Pieces for Piano, Lili Boulanger’s Trois Morceaux, Dorothy Rudd Moore’s A Little Whimsy, and Florence Price’s Silk Hat and Walking Cane. Plus a first play-through of Rachmaninov’s Prelude in G major, Op. 32 No. 5.
136: Porch Concerts
A project I hope will help me find meaning in these strange times. Also bits of, and questions about, Katerina Ruzickova’s Four Pieces for Piano, and a not-quite-memorized performance of Bach’s C# major fugue from WTC book I.
135: Viardot Mazurka and a fun project
Pauline Viardot’s Mazurke (and how I’m stepping up my work and thinking about it), and a fun project I got to work on this weekend. You can see me play Viardot’s mazurke live on Tuesday April 14 on All Together Now, with other guests and host Bobbie Steinbach, coming together to share music and stories […]
133: Pandemic Practicing
These times are good for practicing, as I texted a student today. In this episode: an insight about Chopin thanks to Pauline Viardot, with bits of mazurkas by both of them. Also a look at some small hand workarounds in Lili Boulanger with some moments of improvised practicing in Boulanger and Rachmaninov. And a report […]
Inside the Mind of a Concert Pianist
It's so rare to get a glimpse into the inner world of a pianist's mind. When we consume piano music we are presented with a "final product" and are left to wonder how she (or he) arrived at the version we're hearing. Jocelyn dispels the myth in the most engaging and entertaining way possible. This blog/podcast is of great use to students, teachers, professionals, and anyone who cares about advanced piano playing, especially the Chopin Etudes. With an honest, open and friendly approach, the listener can truly learn about the steps along the way to a successful performance.
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