By Ausra Motuzaite-Pinkeviciene (get free updates of new posts here)
I'm in between projects now. It's a dangerous time. It's dangerous because one recital is behind me and another is further away.
In fact, besides our regular appearances at our church, this year Vidas and I will be travelling to Sweden (Stockholm German church), Poland (Paslek) and France (La Trinite in Paris) to play recitals. But the closest recital is about 6 weeks from now and I'm already almost prepared for it.
If you are in a similar situation, do what I did today: I chose 5 pieces I want to work on for the future. I don't have a date yet. I think I'm going to play them in the fall.
The pieces for me are: Fantasia Chromatica by Sweelinck, Dic nobis Maria by Scheidemann, Piece d'Orgue by Bach, Andante in D major by Mendelssohn, and Chorale in B minor by Franck.
Now no matter what schedule I have or how far away is my next recital, I know what I'm going to play today.
Vidas also selected his 5 pieces: Nun freut euch by Buxtehude, F major Toccata and Fugue by Bach, Chorale in E Major by Franck, Ride in a High-Speed Train by Ad Wammes, and some piece of his own that he is currently composing.
Select your own 5 pieces, if you are in between projects. It will give you a peace of mind and a sense of purpose.
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