Thank you Fluent Historian for this challenge.
When I began piano lessons I was introduced to the classical composers. My teacher would give out tiny busts of the composers whenever a student mastered a piece by that composer.
I had a few busts: Bach, JS Bach, Brahms…even Dvorak…but I couldn’t seem to master any of Tchaikovsy’s work for that really cool looking bust! It about drove me crazy for a good six months. I concede that most of my problem was my utter inability to read the music.
I am dyslexic…I think I have made that statement a few times..but with music my mind simply could not find a way to read the notes on the bass clef. When I tried to play what my mind was interpreting things sounded really wonky. I was a player by ear instead. if I heard something a few times I could generally pick it out with a bit of practice.
Tchaikovsky though….it is incredibly complex music. beautiful to hear, not so much when playing by ear.
This is the ONLY piece I was ever able to play with any sort of mastery. it took a good nine months or so to learn it, but the playing of this piece got me that coveted bust! Imagine playing this on ONE piano! It is almost too complex for a duet.