I just played “Opening” from “Glassworks” by Philip Glass at a very eclectic Christmas charity concert. Yes, a Christmas concert. I was pleasantly surprised by the audience reaction… people loved it! And they weren’t an ordinary classical music crowd.
Perhaps it’s really got legs after all, this slightly crazy project. Hm.
I had a few minutes to myself before the Voices of Angels Christmas concert last night. So I thought I would take the opportunity to have a little practise of Philip Glass’s “Opening”. I’ll be performing it in another Christmas concert on Monday evening and (admission time) I’ve not played it at all since I recorded it in late November!
Anyway, I was practising away in the orchestra pit in the City Recital Hall at Angel Place, on what most piano players would call a *very* nice instrument, a Steinway concert grand. But here’s the thing… it felt all wrong. I had the sudden realisation that I have *learnt* to play this music on a Stuart and Sons piano which, as I’ve mentioned before, has very specific idiosyncracies. And now that I need to perform it on another instrument, it’s like I have to learn to play the piece all over again from scratch, as it were.
I’m wondering how people are going to cope when I play Philip Glass at Monday’s Christmas charity concert “The Blue Gem Shining Amongst the Stars”? With the kind of crowd we’re expecting, it really could go either way…. eep.