Vladimir Horowitz

Practice Tip: Don't Bite of More than You can Chew

This week, I have the immense honour of playing on the Steinway CD 503 grand that legendary pianist Vladmir Horowitz played on. I just found out this morning that there were still openings, so I snagged some practice time. That gives me less than 24 hours to throw something together that would be worthy to play on such an instrument. That brings me to my point: don't bite off more than you can chew. I've dusted off Mozart's Sonata in C, K. 545 from last year. I just have to focus on trouble spots as the rest is holding together fine.

I am torn. I'd like to play Chopin on it. I may still. Debussy is on the short list as it doesn't take me long to get any of my ol' Debussy preludes under my fingers. We'll see if I can resurrect a Chopin Nocturne. No guarantees.

And in honour of VC3.0's big weekend coming up, I should toss in a bit of Eric Whitacre's Seal Lullaby. The moral of the story is: when you don't have a lot of time, stick to what is actually do-able in the time you have to prepare. I leave you with a performance by Vladmir Horowitz: