Saturday, November 19, 2011

Piano Competition

A few days ago, I had a Colibri piano competition. The night before, I slept at my grandma's house because she was going to take me to the competition.  We had to get up very early in order to make it to the competition. Before the competition,  my grandma took me to my great aunts house. She plays the piano very well and gave me some last minute advice and corrections. It also allowed me to warm up my fingers for about one hour. Then we all drove to the competition. My other grandparents also came to watch me play. 

 I played Piano Sonata No. 16 in C Major by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Clair de Lune by Claude Debussy.  I started learning these 2 pieces in the summer and I was practicing and improving up to the last day. A piano competition is when you compete against other students your age.  At the end of the competition, the judges decide who gets first, second, or third place.  For this competition I received second place.

Below is a video of me playing.  I hope you enjoy it.

Now that my competition is over, I must choose what I will learn next. I have been listening to many different types of pieces, but have not yet chosen my next piece.

Do you have suggestions of what I should play next?


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    Dear Miriam,

    I am exceedingly proud of your dedication to the piano. Mr. Yollis and I just sat and enjoyed your two beautiful pieces! Brava! (Remember the Italian we learned last year?)

    Clair de Lune is one of my favorite pieces of all time. My mom plays it sometimes, and the mood of it is pure beauty.

    Were you nervous when you performed? If so, how did you calm yourself?

    You asked what piece I recommend. Hmm... One of my favorite composers is Chopin, but his work is quite challenging. His waltzes are especially pretty.

    Thanks for a wonderfully written post and the virtual competition I was able to attend. :-) (I loved your definition sentence about a piano competition.)

    Well done, Miriam!

    Your former teacher,
    Mrs. Y♥llis

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  2. Aloha Miriam,
    Congratulations! Your award is well deserved and is a reflection of your dedication to playing that wonderful instrument.

    I have to agree with my friend Mrs. Yollis, Clair de Lune is also one of my favorite pieces. It is a piece I can listen to repeatedly because of it's beauty.

    Chopin is a favorite of mine but I must admit I like a number of composers and enjoy each of them because they are all so different from each other.

    Mahalo for sharing this important event in your life. I always look forward to your posts and seeing how your writing is developing.

    A hui hou,
    Mrs. Jacobs

  3. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    Thank you for your lovely comment. I also love Chopin and just started to learn Nocturne in C sharp minor. It has a very beautiful melody. Chopin wrote a beautiful waltz called Grand Valse Brillante. The piece has many octaves and I still can't reach an octave, so I will have to wait until my hand grows bigger. Have you heard of these pieces?

    I was not nervous when I came on stage because my fingers were warmed up and I knew the songs really well.


  4. Dear Mrs. Jacobs,

    Thank you for your complimentary comment. Clair de Lune is also one of my favorite pieces and I love playing it over and over again. I also like many composers. Each one has their own beautiful music. It is hard to choose a favorite. Do you play any instruments?


  5. Dear Miriam,

    This is so wonderful I only got my computer back on line today been Monday afternoon and my first port of call was to visit your blog. :)

    Congratulations this is so wonderful as I feel really proud for you. I know it takes a lot of dedication and hard work. But in the end it all pays off.

    I wish I had a suggestion for what you should play next will think about it and hopefully will connect with you again with a suggestion.

    Wonderful! post Miriam.

    I am smiling for you all the way down under in Australia.

    From your friend,

  6. Marsha (Hannah and Leila's mom)November 22, 2011 at 8:14 AM

    Dear Miriam,

    Congratulations! What an amazing accomplishment!
    You played so beautifully, it was such a pleasure listening to you play the two pieces.

    I am most impressed with your dedication. I know that you practice many hours and it has obviously paid off! In your comment to Mrs. Yollis you mentioned that you were not even nervous, that really shows that you were very well prepared.

    I wish I had a suggestion for you but unfortunately I am not very well versed in classical piano pieces!

    Do you ever play any jazz pieces?

    Much love,

  7. Dear AA,

    Thank you for leaving me a complimentary comment. I feel special knowing that when you got your computer back you visited my blog first. I really enjoy getting comments from you.


  8. Dear Marsha,

    Thank you for your lovely comment. It is so nice of you to stop by and leave a comment.

    I found some really nice jazz pieces by Joplin, such as The Entertainer, but I can't reach some of the chords because my hand is still too small. Maybe when I am ten years old I will be able to play it. I have mostly focused on playing classical pieces.

    I hope you visit again.


  9. Dear Miriam,

    Well done for coming second in your piano competition.

    You play the piano so beautifully. I hope one day I will be as good as you playing the piano.

    Keep up the great work Miriam.

    From your friend,


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