Monday, February 14, 2011

Judging the Princess


Simplicity is the final achievement. After one has played a vast quantity of notes and more notes, it is simplicity that emerges as the crowning reward of art. ~ Frederic Chopin

The Princess has been working on two piano pieces for the last few months: one Baroque piece called "Polonaise" by J.S. Bach (this was the speed she played it actually) and a Romantic piece called "A Little Flower" by Cornelius Gurlitt. She was to not only play them, but to memorize them for a judging, which took place Saturday.

She played Polonaise a bit too fast, according to the judge, although at the same speed of the CD that came with the book, but he also said that he was impressed that her technique was so good that she was able to do it at that speed rather well.

Then we had to wait for the call from her piano teacher, Miss Trudy, to find out how she did. When the phone rang Saturday night, the Princess was all over me asking if this was about her rating. It was Miss Trudy. Her scored was 92 out of a possible 100, which gave her a superior rating of five points, the most she can get in one year. When she accumulates fifteen points, she will be awarded a trophy, so it will be at least two more years before this can happen.

She also played the same songs at church yesterday. Everyone complimented her.

After church, we splurged by going out to eat at the restaurant of her choice, Ruby Tuesday's this time.

Need I say how proud her father and I are of her? It was a great Valentine's gift!

~ My Lord, thank you for giving my daughter such a wonderful gift and a wonderful teacher to help her develop her skills. May she use this talent to glorify You always. ~

6 comments:

  1. Congratulations Miss Princess! You have a very talented little lady! :) I would very much like to hear her play sometime.

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  2. Thank you, Birbitt. I suppose I need to do a video one of these days! I will pass on your congratulations to the Princess.

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  3. Yay! I told you the girl would be fine! I owe the Princess 2 e~mails but I was going to chat to her about runes because they are sort of like the hyrogliphs she was chatting to me about. Let her know I am getting to it. lol Just have one or 2 extra things on my plate just now holding me up.

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  4. The girl is driving me crazy! We have another judging with the Nazarene district next month and the month after that is the piano recital, I think. Thankfully, all will be done with the same pieces. Soon she will be going from 30-minute lessons to 45-minute...just because she is at that level.

    As to what she wrote to you, I am sad to say, I have not a clue so I did not see her spelling and grammar, but she has been going on and on for the last few days about proving scientifically that hawks can read Egyptian hieroglyphs. I have no clue where she got this idea but she has this involved plan to get near enough to a hawk give it a message and then see if it does what she wrote. I just cannot wait for this phase to fade away, but then I am still waiting for the baby goat sounds phase to end that started two years ago.

    If I wrote what she does on a daily basis, everyone would wonder how I keep my sanity--I am not kidding. Today she wanted to surprise me by decorating with Valentines before I got out of bed, but I get up early so my husband pulled me back into the bedroom and (wink, wink) to the Princess hiding in the hallway, after some tears I am told, that the morning was ruined. She had this elaborate plan to set her alarm earlier to get up before me...I live with a child who would have a (not so big) surprise party every day if we would allow it.

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  5. Ah, it's so wonderful that your daughter plays piano. And well, apparently! I played clarinet for a few years and then, ah, um, quit without remorse?

    Also: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA "hawks can read Egyptian hieroglyphs"......amazing.

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  6. Thank you, Turtleheart. She is very talented and has an nearly scary imagination. This is why I lose my mind so often, or at least think I do, because if it were lost, I would not know it, would I?

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