I am still digesting the experience, and the video is still on the camera waiting to be edited and posted to YouTube.  That will likely take a week or so, given my schedule. Some thoughts, in no particular order.

  • I picked a difficult piece with challenging rhythms.   I felt that as an adult student, people expected more of me.
  • I started working on this piece with Daniel Delaney, and wanted to perform it to demonstrate that I still retained something from the pre-Danville, pre-Car-accident era.  I wanted to show that I was still good enough to play music at the level I had been.   I think I succeeded in this goal, and my rhythm improved.  I also have a clearer idea of the work involved.
  • Have a better idea of how to woodshed a section of music that is giving difficulty.
  • The ending section went really well, but it was rushed and tense in places. However, the nature of the piece with its repeating theme enabled me to get back on track.
  • This was my first time playing with an accompanist.  learning how to start together with my back to her was interesting.
  • Looking up at the audience relieved tension and improved my play.  Realizing that people were going to like what I did, faults and all totally changed my perspective.
  • Keeping the bow moving also helps.  Phantom practice, namely just using an imaginary cello but doing both RH and LH,  was more successful than it has ever been, as well, particularly in the final weeks.
  • Just as public speaking is a journey, so is this.  Success must be measured against one’s level of development.   This is the equivalent of my second speech, and in Toastmasters we need ten before we get certified as simply “competent communicator”
  • It was fun to do, and I’m looking forward to trying again.  Haven’t thought of my next pieces, but I might actually try this one again, along with some others.  The Beethoven Minuet and the Lully Gavotte from Book 3 are in good shape and could be brought to recital conditions by November.
  • I taped the cello at fourth position to give myself one less thing to worry about.   It’s better to play without it, of course, but knowing my A would always be in tune gave me confidence.
  • The remaining movements of that piece are still a couple of years from being able to perform, but I could work on sections until I can.  I do think it is a worthwhile goal to be able to perform the entire work someday.
  • My family came out to see me, and we went to dinner afterward.  It’s important to use music as a social occasion.

Still, I wish I made fewer mistakes, but even more important, I wish I had a better sense of time and not rushing parts.  I can deal with the occasional missed note.  This was a lovely lyrical piece, and I wish I had done more with it.