Pages 16-17: J. Kosma & J. Prevert, Autumn Leaves

Time for a jazzy tune! Autumn Leaves, by Joseph Kosma based on a French poem by Jacques Prevert.

Sending the piece over to my friend Natacha who’s spending a year in Mumbai (thanks for the first blog comment on pianathon ;)). Profite-bien du reste de ton sejour !

Pages 10-15: J. Strauss, The Blue Danube

Today, I’m sight-reading a classical Viennese piece: The Blue Danube, the famous Waltz that is played and broadcasted for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day in Austria.

My grandma Baka Dana is moving home on Monday, so dedication to her today!

Pages 7-9: Chopin – Nocturne in C sharp minor

Today I’m playing Chopin’s Nocturne in C Sharp minor, one of Chopin’s most famous nocturnes. I really like this piece and have played it before (so not sight-reading this one ;)). Hope you like it!

I’m dedicating this piece to my piano teachers, Profs. Leda Parac & Ivana Novak-Zivkovic and Prof. Jean Micault. Hvala, merci!

Interesting fact about Chopin: He wrote 59 mazurkas, 27 études, 27 preludes, 21 nocturnes and 20 waltzes for the piano. Surely 500 pages right there :)!
Read more at http://www.classicfm.com/composers/chopin/guides/chopin-facts/#zO4bcVKgmozfl5bW.99

Pianathon Challenge

Happy New Year 2016 Everyone (end of January still counts right ;))!

As the beginning of 2016 started, I thought about some of my resolutions for the New Year. One of them was to play piano more regularly, or rather make the time for it: explore new piano pieces and improve my sight reading. One of my other resolutions was to give money for various charitable causes. When it comes to donating, I feel that in the past, I’ve been quite passive about it, tangled into my daily routine, donating quite rarely. I often said to myself “I’ll donate another time “insert excuse of the moment””…

So I’ve decided to create a challenge for 2016: not to run a marathon (I wish!) but a pianathon. I’m challenging myself to sightread/play 500 pages of music in 2016 and to donate $1 per page, which will be $500 for the year, divided into three donations (May 1st, October 1st, 31st December). If you would like to support this challenge, and donate yourself, I would be thrilled! I will set up a fundraising page for each organisation. Watch this space! Suggested donation $0.10 per page of music that I play but you can donate whatever amount you like. I would be grateful for all contributions, no matter the amount! I will upload my recordings (don’t expect concert quality but will play my best ;)) and page counts. Also, if you have suggestions of pieces, feel free to let me know!

Which organisation to donate to? There are many causes that I feel strongly about but have decided to narrow it down to three organizations for their incredible work in medical aid, fighting against poverty and social injustice as well as promoting education for women.

Fundraiser Page – no longer active ($1047 raised) http://goget.fund/1W1Ryfc

  • Oxfam Fundraising until 1st October

Fundraiser Page – no longer active (£650 raised)

https://fundraiseforoxfam.everydayhero.com/uk/yelenapianathon2016#/?_k=jnadyo

Fundraiser Page – no longer active (€1174 raised)

https://gogetfunding.com/pianathon-challenge-chapter-3-final-room-to-read/

I would love to hear your feedback/suggestions so feel free to comment below!

Piano, here I come!

Yelena

IMG_1067