Yesterday afternoon I had another D.M.A. (Doctor of Musical Arts) recital. I have to do six total for the degree, and this was my fourth. I've passed the halfway mark! This was an especially important one to me because it was my first since Daniel was born. Can I swing this whole thing of having a kid and continuing with a performance degree? If yesterday was any indication, the answer is a resounding "Yes!"

Everything about that performance felt good. For those interested, the program was as follows: Two of Dvorak's Slavonic Dances (C minor from op. 46 and E minor from op. 78), the Mozart FM 4-hand sonata, Debussy's Six Epigraphes antiques
and Poulenc's 2-piano sonata. I think yesterday was probably the best performance of Mozart I've ever given in public, and that's a damn hard piece.

I have to give due credit to my piano partner, Ellen. We've spent a LOT of time together the past two months, and it turns out we're a very good fit. I felt perfectly confident going into the performance and we both had a lot of fun performing. That's really what it's all about, right?


andre said…
Congratulations! So pleased it went well! It's awesome that you feel so good about the music you made and had fun making it. . It's a rich program and sounds great for autumn! All best with the recitals remaining!
Jenn Hacker said…
Congrats! And break a leg with the rest of it!
annalu alulu said…
Look how shallow I am: my formost thought when reading this was, "I wonder what she wore. I bet she has lots of awesome black dresses."
Suze said…
what to wear when you're performing is actually pretty important. it depends on the kind of recital and who you're performing with and what time of day it is. i had a black 2-piece knit velvet dress with sheer sleeves. pretty simple, really.

i don't have lots of black dresses, though i have lots of performing attire. i do have a nice black suit, a dark purple velvet pants outfit (that i found at goodwill of all places!), a variety of black trousers and tops (for less formal performances--good for brass and percussion recitals). my best thing is a burgundy satin skirt with beaded embroidery and a matching black velvet top. that's for really special stuff, like voice recitals.

singers often spend a lot of time deciding what to wear for performances because it's important for them, in particular, to look good. they also have plenty of bling.
Thorny said…
Congrats! So glad it went well!
pamigelsrud said…
I wish I could have been there to hear it, Susan! I'm sure it was awesome!!
Anonymous said…
Which reminds me of the question: How do you tell a Rottweiler from a soprano?
Answer: The Rottweiler does not wear jewelry.

(Actually, I like sopranos. I just thought this was funny, even if in bad taste.)


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