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It is now offical. [May. 15th, 2006|09:00 pm]
Jackie has lost her mind.

Actually, I've lost mine even more so.

It has been decreed that I am doing solo and quartet MTNA next semester. I can deal with that; I'm actually looking forward to it. But the solo program . . . (not that this will mean anything to most of you)

Vittorio Monti, Csardas
Niccolo Paganini, Caprice No. 24
Ingolf Dahl, Concerto

Oh, and my scale requirement is altissimo scales, up to D.

SOMEBODY SHOOT ME. (I love it though, but don't tell anyone I said that.)

I have several theories as to why this is so. All of them or none of them could be true.

1) I know she doesn't think France is the best place to study saxophone - Dr. Lamar is of the opinion that they waste a lot of time doing unnecessarily difficult exercises while reaching for goals that they all know to be impossible. In this, I agree with her. While the players that come out of that school are all amazing, a lot of what they do is just wasting time. I think she wants to show Matt this by demonstrating that a player can improve just as much as he did while spending much less time in the practice room.

2) She has known all along that I haven't practiced in two years and is like, "I wonder how much milage I can get out of him before he breaks down?"

3) She has gone mad.

Now, for why I have lost my mind. I am wanting to do another recital next semester, where I will play the above program and add

Karel Husa, A Postcard From Home
Astor Piazzola, Historie du Tango (for solo soprano sax, not the quartet version.)

Now before you all start going AAAHHHHH and throwing things at me for bitching when it's partly my own stupidity, allow me to explain.

1) The Piazzola is a piece I got back in Febuary and have been wanting to play forever. I know a lot of people here are looking forward to hearing it too. Also, it will add some much-needed color to the program.

2) The Husa, well, Karel Husa sent an autographed copy to me. Remember my "today was the shit!" entry a couple entries down? Well, when Husa was here I played Elegie et Rondeau for him privately before the recital. He was so impressed that he asked to write something in my copy: "To Robert Mckinney, with sincere thanks, Karel Husa", and as he left he turned to me and said, "I have a short piece for saxophone that I would love to send you." I, of course, said yes. I figure, if the man went to all the trouble of sending it to me, particularly since it's Karel Husa, it'd be rather rude not to play it, right?

Still, though. Dr. Lamar is so going to shoot me when she finds I've done this behind her back. It'll be worth it, though.