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Status: Music (2022 - September)

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Rationale for this Project


Summary of Progress during July - September 2022
  1. I spent 38.5 hours in 22Q3 on this Project, or related work (139 hours YTD, where for "YTD" - Year to Date - I mean the (academic) year that commenced in October 2021). That's 73.8% of the planned effort (66.6% YTD). Overall, 6% of my Project effort in the Quarter was directed towards this project (making 5.1% YTD) - as against 6.7% planned (6.6% YTD).
  2. As can be seen, I’ve not yet recovered my focus, lost in 20Q3, and am not likely to do so now that I’ve returned to Bridge and have a new puppy.
  3. That said, … while I’ve been focusing on Grade VII oboe, I have now started to look at Grade VIII. Unfortunately, while I practice almost every day when well, it has only been for 15 minutes, which just about keeps things ticking over.
  4. Until mid-March 2020, I had oboe lessons every two weeks during term-time, but these came to a stop in on account of Covid-19. I had the opportunity to continue them via Facebook Messenger in May 2020 but decided against it for two reasons, neither of which came to anything, as it happens:-
    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 about a day’s effort, spread over some weeks.
  6. 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, as the synchronisation is really awkward. 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). I do seem to be making some progress, however, so it’s been retrieved from the “must be joking” bucket.
  7. All things considered – not lest the ‘cost of living crisis’ – it doesn’t look as though I’ll be returning to Oboe lessons any time soon.
  8. I signed up for the $4 / month version of "Earmaster - Ear Training & Sight-singing" in September 2020, though have cancelled my subscription as I never even used all the free lessons.
  9. The Enigma Ensemble (Defunct) has emerged from Covid hibernation and meets approximately fortnightly during term time. With the new puppy, Julie and I may need to take it in turns.
  10. As a supplement – or substitute during holiday seasons – Julie and I occasionally play through a number of duet books for a variety of instruments, Julie playing the violin or recorder.
  11. I record and report time spent practicing individual pieces on my oboe: here2.
  12. Further details follow:-
    Music (Total Hours = 38.5)
    1. Music - Administration (Total Hours = 10.25)
    2. Music - Oboe (Total Hours = 28.25)
      • Albinoni (Tomaso) - Concerto in D Minor Op. 9/2 for Oboe & Piano - 1st Movt (Allegro e no presto) (0.5 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" (1 hour)
      • 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 (0.5 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" (2.5 hours)
      • Boni (Giovanni) - Sonata in G - 1st Mvmt (Preludio - Largo) (0.25 hours)
      • Boni (Giovanni) - Sonata in G - 2nd Mvmt (Allegro) (0.5 hours)
      • Boni (Giovanni) - Sonata in G - 3rd Mvmt (Alla Siciliana) (0.5 hours)
      • Boni (Giovanni) - Sonata in G - 4th Mvmt (Allegro) (0.5 hours)
        → See "Boni (Giovanni) - Sonata in G" (1.75 hours)
      • Cimarosa (Domenico) - Oboe Concerto in C minor - 1st Movt (Introduzione: Larghetto) (0.5 hours)
      • Cimarosa (Domenico) - Oboe Concerto in C minor - 2nd Movt (Allegro) (0.5 hours)
      • Cimarosa (Domenico) - Oboe Concerto in C minor - 3rd Movt (Siciliana) (0.5 hours)
      • Cimarosa (Domenico) - Oboe Concerto in C minor - 4th Movt (Allegro giusto) (0.5 hours)
        → See "Cimarosa (Domenico) - Oboe Concerto in C minor" (2 hours)
      • Davies (John) & Harris (Paul) - 80 Graded Studies for Oboe: Book 1 - Sight Reading (0.5 hours)
        → See "Davies (John) & Harris (Paul) - 80 Graded Studies for Oboe: Book 1" (0.5 hours)
      • Davies (John) & Harris (Paul) - 80 Graded Studies for Oboe: Book 2 - Blatt - Study No. 52 (0.25 hours)
      • Davies (John) & Harris (Paul) - 80 Graded Studies for Oboe: Book 2 - Ferling - Study No. 62 (0.25 hours)
      • Davies (John) & Harris (Paul) - 80 Graded Studies for Oboe: Book 2 - Harris - Study No. 74 (0.25 hours)
        → See "Davies (John) & Harris (Paul) - 80 Graded Studies for Oboe: Book 2" (0.75 hours)
      • "Fiocco (J.H.) - Arioso - Oboe + Piano" (0.25 hours)
      • Miller (Vojislav) & Liebermann (Winfried), Eds. - Test Pieces for Orchestral Auditions (Orchester Probespiel) - Oboe - G6 (1 hour)
      • Miller (Vojislav) & Liebermann (Winfried), Eds. - Test Pieces for Orchestral Auditions (Orchester Probespiel) - Oboe - G7 (1.25 hours)
      • Miller (Vojislav) & Liebermann (Winfried), Eds. - Test Pieces for Orchestral Auditions (Orchester Probespiel) - Oboe - G8 (3.75 hours)
        → See "Miller (Vojislav) & Liebermann (Winfried), Eds. - Test Pieces for Orchestral Auditions (Orchester Probespiel) - Oboe" (6 hours)
      • Mower (Mike) - The Good Tempered Oboe - 'Answer the Question' (0.5 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' (0.5 hours)
      • Mower (Mike) - The Good Tempered Oboe - 'May The Fourth Be With You' (0.5 hours)
        → See "Mower (Mike) - The Good Tempered Oboe" (2.5 hours)
      • Nicholas (Morgan): Rhapsody for Oboe and Piano (0.5 hours)
        → See "Practice - Oboe - General Practice" (0.5 hours)
      • Nielsen (Carl) - Two Fantasy Pieces, Op. 2 for Oboe and Piano: Humoresque (0.5 hours)
      • Nielsen (Carl) - Two Fantasy Pieces, Op. 2 for Oboe and Piano: Romanze (0.5 hours)
        → See "Nielsen (Carl) - Two Fantasy Pieces, Op. 2" (1 hour)
      • Oboe - Enigma Ensemble (2 hours)
      • Oboe - Enigma Ensemble - Practice (1.75 hours)
      • Oboe - Enigma Ensemble: Travel, Lunch, Interaction (3.5 hours)
        → See "Practice - Oboe - Enigma Ensemble - Playing & Practice" (7.25 hours)
      • "Puscoiu (Costel) - Easy Duets for Violin" (0.75 hours)
      • Schumann (Robert) - 3 Romances, Op. 94 for Oboe and Piano: No. I (0.5 hours)
      • Schumann (Robert) - 3 Romances, Op. 94 for Oboe and Piano: No. II (0.5 hours)
      • Schumann (Robert) - 3 Romances, Op. 94 for Oboe and Piano: No. III (0.5 hours)
        → See "Schumann (Robert) - 3 Romances, Op. 94 for Oboe and Piano" (1.5 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 69)

Date Length Title
03/07/2022 01:29:17 10307 Status: Music (2022 - June)
11/04/2022 00:01:26 10516 Status: Music (2022 - March)
03/01/2022 23:58:34 10756 Status: Music (2021 - December)
02/07/2021 20:32:38 12443 Status: Music (2021 - June)
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)



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Aeon Papers - Summary Document: 2017-2018 Status: Oboe Practice (2022 - November) Status: Priority Task List (2022 - November) Status: Summary (2022 - September), 2 Status: Summary Task List (2022: October - November)
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