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Stanchinsky is Gramophone's Editor's Choice
The short-lived Russian pianist and composer Alexey Stanchinsky was playing in public by age six and was highly regarded in all the musical activities he undertook. Swedish pianist Peter Jablonski has recorded an album with selected Stanchinsky works for the Ondine label, a recording that was recently selected as Gramophone's Editor's Choice of May 2021. Piano Street talked to Jablonski about the young forgotten composer and his works. Read more >>

Topic: Difficulty playing a piece when not practiced for a while  (Read 938 times)

Offline chemblue

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Hope you are well and keeping safe!

In January 2019 I started learning Beethoven Sonata 14 1st movement. I was making good progress and absolutely loved playing it then my dear mom became terminally ill and I lost her within weeks causing me to have a breakdown for well over 3 months and I struggled to play. I am an adult learner of 58 and been playing for just over three years.  A couple of days ago I thought I would play it again and it is as if I have never played it even though previously I was close to playing it from memory. Can anyone offer me any advice. Should I learn it again from the beginning. Is the trauma of losing my dear heart affecting my memory. Look forward to hearing from you Regards and blessings to you

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Re: Difficulty playing a piece when not practiced for a while
Reply #1 on: March 25, 2020, 01:07:48 AM
Hi, and sorry to hear of your loss.

It is not out of the ordinary to feel like the work you have done in the past vanish, not having played a piece in a long time.  Do not worry, it will come back quickly.  Giving a piece rest is also a great way to freshen up your perspective of it.  Enjoy discovering the piece all over again.

Made a Liszt. Need new Handel's for Soler panel & Alkan foil. Will Faure Stein on the way to pick up Mendels' sohn. Josquin get Wolfgangs Schu with Clara. Gone Chopin, I'll be Bach

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