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Status: Music (2021 - December)

(Text as at 03/01/2022 23:58:34)

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


Rationale for this Project


Summary of Progress during October - December 2021
  1. I spent 30.5 hours in 21Q4 on this Project, or related work (30.5 hours YTD, where for "YTD" - Year to Date - I mean the (academic) year that commenced in October 2021). That's 58.8% of the planned effort (58.8% YTD). Overall, 4.4% of my Project effort in the Quarter was directed towards this project (making 4.4% YTD) - as against 6.2% planned (6.2% YTD).
  2. As can be seen, I’ve not yet recovered my focus, lost in 20Q3, and am not likely to now that I’ve returned to Bridge.
  3. Things were particularly bad in December when, as noted in my Summary Report, I was unwell, which made playing impossible for much of the time. However, I now seem to be recovering.
  4. That said, … while I’ve been focusing on Grade VII oboe, I 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.
  5. 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:-
    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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. All things considered, it doesn’t look as though I’ll be returning to Oboe lessons any time soon.
  9. I signed up for the $4 / month version of "Earmaster - Ear Training & Sight-singing" in September 2020, though didn’t use it much, and have now cancelled my subscription, as I never even used all the free lessons.
  10. The Enigma Ensemble is trying to emerge from hibernation, and will allegedly do so on 10th January 2022.
  11. As a substitute, Julie and I fairly regularly (December 2021 aside) play through a number of duet books for a variety of instruments, Julie playing the violin (or, occasionally, the recorder).
  12. I record and report time spent practicing individual pieces on my oboe: here2.
  13. Further details follow:-
    Music (Total Hours = 30.5)
    1. Music - Administration (Total Hours = 5)
    2. Music - Oboe (Total Hours = 25.5)
      • 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 (0.5 hours)
      • Bach (J.S.) - 105 Difficult Passages from the Works of J. S. Bach. For oboe: No. 66 (0.25 hours)
      • Bach (J.S.) - 105 Difficult Passages from the Works of J. S. Bach. For oboe: No. 70 (0.25 hours)
        → See "Bach (J.S.) - 105 Difficult Passages from the Works of J. S. Bach. For oboe" (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)
      • "Friedrichsen (J.M.) - Grandfather's Duets: Book 1 (for 2 oboes / recorders in C)" (2.5 hours)
      • Miller (Vojislav) & Liebermann (Winfried), Eds. - Test Pieces for Orchestral Auditions (Orchester Probespiel) - Oboe - G8 (0.25 hours)
        → See "Miller (Vojislav) & Liebermann (Winfried), Eds. - Test Pieces for Orchestral Auditions (Orchester Probespiel) - Oboe" (0.25 hours)
      • Mower (Mike) - The Good Tempered Oboe - 'Answer the Question' (0.25 hours)
      • Mower (Mike) - The Good Tempered Oboe - 'Dop Dop Doobah' (0.25 hours)
      • Mower (Mike) - The Good Tempered Oboe - 'Enlightenment' (0.25 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" (1.25 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)
      • Oboe - Enigma Ensemble (4.25 hours)
      • Oboe - Enigma Ensemble - Practice (7.5 hours)
      • Oboe - Enigma Ensemble: Travel, Lunch, Interaction (3 hours)
        → See "Practice - Oboe - Enigma Ensemble - Playing & Practice" (14.75 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)
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 66)

Date Length Title
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)
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)



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