For the purpose of practicing with recording I have recorded the Six Pièces Faciles Op. 89 by Jaime Bosch y Renard (1826-1895) integrally as a project. During recording it became quite clear to me that the term easy pieces gets another meaning once you are in front of the microphone.
Nr. 1 Enfantillage is a children’s tune with a mainly unison melody. I took the tempo reasonably high and tried to play with the accents in the last repeat.
Nr. 2 Guagirana 1 has a title that associates with a Spanish dance, yet in literature this form is not known as such. A Guajirita comes closest, but I guess that Bosch just made up the title of this piece. Challenge of this piece was the tempo and the contrasts. Apart from a few inaccuracies, I succeeded in maintaining the tempo. It is tricky to give the triplets their time despite the tempo.
The major part of Guagirana 2 consists of a bass line in unisono. Because the tempo should be allegro, the triplets in the bass line presented the main problem. In one case I had to reconsider the fingering to be able to play the triplet in time. This illustrates the good use of recording for preparation purposes.
Nr. 4 Les Adieux is a relatively slow piece with clear phrasing. They offer some room for dynamics and experiments with tone. I found out that I must exaggerate even more to get an audible effect. The free scale passage in the middle section appeared most affected by performance stress, so I had to practice it carefully in advance.
Nr. 5 Lamento offers a nice opportunity to emphasize the melody over the accompaniment. A point of improvement would be playing the accompaniment slightly more legato.
Nr. 6 Gitanella is a joyful conclusion to this set of six pieces. I found it a bit tricky to play the triplets well-timed while maintaining speed.
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