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Status: Music (2021 - June)

(Text as at 02/07/2021 20:32:38)

(For earlier versions of this Note, see the table at the end)


Rationale for this Project


Summary of Progress during April - June 2021
  1. I spent 22 hours in 21Q2 on this Project, or related work (112 hours YTD, where for "YTD" - Year to Date - I mean the (academic) year that commenced in October 2020). That's 24.5% of the planned effort (41.1% YTD). Overall, 3.2% of my Project effort in the Quarter was directed towards this project (making 5.5% YTD) - as against 13% planned (12.9% YTD).
  2. As can be seen, I’ve not yet recovered my focus, lost in 20Q3. I only spent about a quarter of the time planned. This was aggravated by a nasty bout of ‘flu at the end of the quarter.
  3. That said, … currently I’ve been focusing on Grade VII oboe, but have now started to look at Grade VIII. Unfortunately, of late – while I practice almost every day – it has only been for 15 minutes, which just about keeps things ticking over.
  4. Theoretically, I have oboe lessons every two weeks during term-time, but these came to a stop in mid-March 2020 on account of Covid-19. I had the opportunity to continue them via Facebook Messenger in May but decided against it for two reasons:-
    1. I wanted to prepare acceptable recordings for review.
    2. I wanted to try playing by ear, which would take time away from preparing set pieces.
  5. I was making good progress on my own – aided by my friend Dave providing me with piano backing tracks for pieces by Schumann. Unfortunately, I seem to have a couple of cloth ears for music, and attempts at playing by ear are in abeyance after a couple of hours effort. Also, I got “stuck” on the 3rd Movement of the Saint-Saens – it’s supposed to be played at 140 bpm, and I couldn’t manage it at 60 bpm, especially with the piano accompaniment that Dave had prepared for me. This led me to lose heart a bit and hence practice less, though I’ve subsequently found that the piece has been presented as a graduation piece at the RSM (according to a BBC R3 presenter).
  6. I’ve now decided to leave the above piece in the “must be joking” bucket for the time being until my skills improve so I can manage it. I’ve been practicing the three “studies” by Bach and can now play them pretty well.
  7. I signed up for the $4 / month version of "Earmaster - Ear Training & Sight-singing" in September 2020, though haven’t used it much yet.
  8. The Enigma Ensemble is trying to emerge from hibernation, though I missed the reunion session as both Henry and I were ill!.
  9. As a substitute, I purchased a couple of intermediate-standard oboe duet books, which Julie and I play through together on occasions, with Julie taking one of the oboe parts. We’ve moved on to some of Julie’s recorder music.
  10. I now record and report time spent practicing individual pieces on my oboe: follow this link2.
  11. Further details follow:-
Music (Total Hours = 22)
  1. Music - Administration
  2. Music - Oboe (Total Hours = 21.5)
    • Albinoni (Tomaso) - Concerto in D Minor Op. 9/2 for Oboe & Piano - 1st Movt (Allegro e no presto) (0.25 hours)
    • Albinoni (Tomaso) - Concerto in D Minor Op. 9/2 for Oboe & Piano - 2nd Movt (Adagio) (0.25 hours)
    • Albinoni (Tomaso) - Concerto in D Minor Op. 9/2 for Oboe & Piano - 3rd Movt (Allegro) (0.25 hours)
      → See "Albinoni (Tomaso) - Concerto in D Minor Op. 9/2 for Oboe & Piano" (0.75 hours)
    • Bach (J.S.) - 105 Difficult Passages from the Works of J. S. Bach. For oboe: No. 28 (0.5 hours)
    • Bach (J.S.) - 105 Difficult Passages from the Works of J. S. Bach. For oboe: No. 49 (0.5 hours)
    • Bach (J.S.) - 105 Difficult Passages from the Works of J. S. Bach. For oboe: No. 62 (0.25 hours)
    • Bach (J.S.) - 105 Difficult Passages from the Works of J. S. Bach. For oboe: No. 66 (0.5 hours)
    • Bach (J.S.) - 105 Difficult Passages from the Works of J. S. Bach. For oboe: No. 70 (0.5 hours)
      → See "Bach (J.S.) - 105 Difficult Passages from the Works of J. S. Bach. For oboe" (2.25 hours)
    • Boni (Giovanni) - Sonata in G - 1st Mvmt (Preludio - Largo) - From memory / By ear (0.75 hours)
    • Boni (Giovanni) - Sonata in G - 2nd Mvmt (Allegro) (0.25 hours)
    • Boni (Giovanni) - Sonata in G - 3rd Mvmt (Alla Siciliana) (0.25 hours)
    • Boni (Giovanni) - Sonata in G - 3rd Mvmt (Alla Siciliana) - From memory / By ear (0.5 hours)
    • Boni (Giovanni) - Sonata in G - 4th Mvmt (Allegro) (0.25 hours)
      → See "Boni (Giovanni) - Sonata in G" (2 hours)
    • Cimarosa (Domenico) - Oboe Concerto in C minor - 1st Movt (Introduzione: Larghetto) (0.25 hours)
    • Cimarosa (Domenico) - Oboe Concerto in C minor - 2nd Movt (Allegro) (0.25 hours)
    • Cimarosa (Domenico) - Oboe Concerto in C minor - 3rd Movt (Siciliana) (0.25 hours)
    • Cimarosa (Domenico) - Oboe Concerto in C minor - 4th Movt (Allegro giusto) (0.25 hours)
      → See "Cimarosa (Domenico) - Oboe Concerto in C minor" (1 hour)
    • Davies (John) & Harris (Paul) - 80 Graded Studies for Oboe: Book 1 - From memory / By ear (0.25 hours)
      → See "Davies (John) & Harris (Paul) - 80 Graded Studies for Oboe: Book 1" (0.25 hours)
    • "Fiocco (J.H.) - Arioso - Oboe + Piano" (0.25 hours)
    • "Head (Michael) - Presto for Oboe & Piano" (0.25 hours)
    • Hinke (Gustav Adolf) - Elementary Method For Oboe: Study No. 14 (0.25 hours)
    • Hinke (Gustav Adolf) - Elementary Method For Oboe: Study No. 18 (0.25 hours)
      → See "Hinke (Gustav Adolf) - Elementary Method For Oboe" (0.5 hours)
    • Miller (Vojislav) & Liebermann (Winfried), Eds. - Test Pieces for Orchestral Auditions (Orchester Probespiel) - Oboe - G6 (0.25 hours)
    • Miller (Vojislav) & Liebermann (Winfried), Eds. - Test Pieces for Orchestral Auditions (Orchester Probespiel) - Oboe - G6 - From memory / By ear (0.5 hours)
    • Miller (Vojislav) & Liebermann (Winfried), Eds. - Test Pieces for Orchestral Auditions (Orchester Probespiel) - Oboe - G7 (0.5 hours)
    • Miller (Vojislav) & Liebermann (Winfried), Eds. - Test Pieces for Orchestral Auditions (Orchester Probespiel) - Oboe - G8 (2.75 hours)
      → See "Miller (Vojislav) & Liebermann (Winfried), Eds. - Test Pieces for Orchestral Auditions (Orchester Probespiel) - Oboe" (4 hours)
    • Mower (Mike) - The Good Tempered Oboe - 'Answer the Question' (0.25 hours)
    • Mower (Mike) - The Good Tempered Oboe - 'Dop Dop Doobah' (0.5 hours)
    • Mower (Mike) - The Good Tempered Oboe - 'Enlightenment' (0.5 hours)
    • Mower (Mike) - The Good Tempered Oboe - 'Jauntless Jig' (0.25 hours)
    • Mower (Mike) - The Good Tempered Oboe - 'May The Fourth Be With You' (0.25 hours)
      → See "Mower (Mike) - The Good Tempered Oboe" (1.75 hours)
    • Nicholas (Morgan): Rhapsody for Oboe and Piano (0.25 hours)
      → See "Practice - Oboe - General Practice" (0.25 hours)
    • Nielsen (Carl) - Two Fantasy Pieces, Op. 2 for Oboe and Piano: Humoresque (0.25 hours)
    • Nielsen (Carl) - Two Fantasy Pieces, Op. 2 for Oboe and Piano: Romanze (0.25 hours)
      → See "Nielsen (Carl) - Two Fantasy Pieces, Op. 2" (0.5 hours)
    • Saint-Saens (Camille) - Sonata Op.166 in D Major for Oboe & Piano - 1st Movement (0.25 hours)
    • Saint-Saens (Camille) - Sonata Op.166 in D Major for Oboe & Piano - 2nd Movement (0.25 hours)
    • Saint-Saens (Camille) - Sonata Op.166 in D Major for Oboe & Piano - 3rd Movement (1.75 hours)
      → See "Saint-Saens (Camille) - Sonata Op.166 in D Major for Oboe & Piano" (2.25 hours)
    • Schumann (Robert) - 3 Romances, Op. 94 for Oboe and Piano: No. I (0.25 hours)
    • Schumann (Robert) - 3 Romances, Op. 94 for Oboe and Piano: No. I - From memory / By ear (0.5 hours)
    • Schumann (Robert) - 3 Romances, Op. 94 for Oboe and Piano: No. II (0.25 hours)
    • Schumann (Robert) - 3 Romances, Op. 94 for Oboe and Piano: No. II - From memory / By ear (1.25 hours)
    • Schumann (Robert) - 3 Romances, Op. 94 for Oboe and Piano: No. III (0.25 hours)
    • Schumann (Robert) - 3 Romances, Op. 94 for Oboe and Piano: No. III - From memory / By ear (0.5 hours)
      → See "Schumann (Robert) - 3 Romances, Op. 94 for Oboe and Piano" (3 hours)
    • Various - Duets with Julie (Oboe + Violin) - Dvorak Duets (0.75 hours)
    • Various - Duets with Julie (Oboe + Violin) - Handel Duets (1.75 hours)
      → See "Various - Duets with Julie (Oboe + Violin)" (2.5 hours)

Plans for the Near Future
Progress to Date

The lists of items performed is cumulative, so I’ve hived off the history to a separate document10, which needs a minor update.



In-Page Footnotes:

Footnote 4: Footnote 5: Footnote 6: Footnote 7: Footnote 8: Footnote 9: Ie. The following:-


Table of the Previous 12 Versions of this Note: (of 65)

Date Length Title
03/04/2021 19:58:05 9939 Status: Music (2021 - March)
04/01/2021 19:40:48 12086 Status: Music (2020 - December)
04/10/2020 00:27:22 11297 Status: Music (2020 - September)
03/07/2020 22:09:07 10687 Status: Music (2020 - June)
04/04/2020 00:14:24 9476 Status: Music (2020 - March)
19/01/2020 23:41:17 10111 Status: Music (2019 - December)
10/10/2019 23:58:34 9785 Status: Music (2019 - September)
14/07/2019 20:29:46 7564 Status: Music (2019 - June)
05/04/2019 10:36:29 6821 Status: Music (2019 - March)
06/01/2019 23:36:58 6927 Status: Music (2018 - December)
10/10/2018 16:43:41 6484 Status: Music (2018 - September)
06/07/2018 18:56:10 4990 Status: Music (2018 - June)



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