I'm learning to play one of these
For the past two years, I have been enrolled in the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Départemental de l'Aveyron -- what used to be known as l'Ecole de Musique; but, as the French say, "pourquoi faire simple quand on peut faire compliqué?"
I take harpsichord lessons with a wonderful teacher, and have been relishing the challenge of learning how to play a new instrument.
I grew up playing the piano, so keyboard instruments aren't totally unknown to me. However, the harpichord has a totally different sound and feel, as you can imagine if you know anything about musical instruments.
Also, I don't have one at home, so I practice at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement...etc... on a lovely, flowered harpsichord (not the Wikipedia Commons Image one above.)
Last year, everything was "just for fun," but this year I have somehow ended up in the bilan du premier cycle, where I am going to have to play in front of a jury on April 7.
As my wonderful teacher keeps telling a panicked me, this is not an examen, just a bilan to "see where I'm at."
Relax, girl. Oh yes, in the meantime I'll be playing my pieces in a "little recital" in late March, which is suddenly more or less tomorrow.
Deadlines, deadlines. I also have a huge one coming up at work that I really have to get on this week.
For all of these projects that need energy and élan, the weather is not cooperating:
The world from my window, February 20 2011
I've done very well chasing off the February blues this year until, shall we say, today?
Cheery comments are welcome!