Today….today! One of my piano students completed and nailed this piece, Graceful Ghost by William Bolcom. She conquered it! Playing the piece is like wading through nails, it has that many accidentals. For those of you that don’t play the piano that means lots of sharps and flats and naturals. Generally speaking, white notes are easier to read (in the music) than black notes. Look at the video and notice where his fingers are the majority of the time.
My student has worked on this piece for nigh upon a year. Isn’t it the difficult, seemingly impossible tasks which, when completed, provide the most satisfaction? Graceful Ghost caused tears some weeks, but great smiles today. Bravo Shelby! I’m so proud of you!
I don’t know Richard Dowling, but he plays the piece very well. I especially like the rubato [the freedom a pianist takes with the tempo for expression].
So sit back and enjoy!