After being away for most of 2016 so far with business travel I am very happy to be finally back home and getting some decent bench time at good last :)
Finally I got round to finish learning my favourite Stanley Voluntary, a piece I have wanted to play ever since I first heard in in autumn 2004.
While I learned the Adagio several years ago, the Allegro was really hard work and pushed my humble skills fair and hard. Even now it doesn't take much to trip up on the ornamentation.
Took me ages to get there but smiling like a Cheshire cat having finally mastered it :)
As I have not touched the Adagio for a long time I found myself a little bit lost as to how to approach it now. I tried a few different touches and tempi but found this one the most 'acceptable' of them. I like it but not 100% sure it's the best I could do.
I'll be aiming a bit lower for the near future as I want to bring my (sight)reading skills up next and also get going with pedalling now that I finally own a pedalboard.
While I love Stanley's music it's definitely not music I can play from the sheet. Quite the contrary....I had to painfully memorise every nth detail.....and then remember not to forget any of it :)